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The North American Testing (NAT) was designed to test critical functions of a Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) at a site in northern Utah. The RAID was designed to rapidly drill in Antarctica through over 2500 m of ice and then take a core sample of the bedrock. The system has many innovative features that required field testing before the system was shipped to Antarcitca. The NAT facility consisted of a borehole where we froze a column of ice to test drilling and fluid circulation functions.
Articles | Volume 22
Sci. Dril., 22, 29–33, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/sd-22-29-2017
Sci. Dril., 22, 29–33, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/sd-22-29-2017

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Technical development | 31 May 2017

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Das, D. K. and Jois, S. S.: Thermal modeling of ice cores and boreholes via the finite element technique, Proceedings Forth International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology, Tokyo, Mem. Nat. Inst. Polar Research, 49, 256–280, 1994.
Edwards, M. C. and Chapman, D. S.: Geothermal resource assessment of the Basin & Range province in western Utah, University of Utah, Department of Geology and Geophysics, 112 pp., 2013.
Gerasimoff, M. D.: Prospectus for a Rapid Access Ice Drill: a drilling system equipped for rapid transit of glacial ice, equipped for on-the-fly ice coring and suitable for regional geological mapping and glaciology, Ice Drilling Design and Operations report, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 57 pp., 2012.
Goodge, J. W. and Severinghaus, J.: Rapid Access Ice Drill: a new tool for exploration of the deep Antarctic ice sheets and subglacial geology, J. Glaciol., 62, 1049–1064, https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2016.97, 2016.
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The North American Testing (NAT) was designed to test critical functions of a Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) at a site in northern Utah. The RAID was designed to rapidly drill in Antarctica through over 2500 m of ice and then take a core sample of the bedrock. The system has many innovative features that required field testing before the system was shipped to Antarcitca. The NAT facility consisted of a borehole where we froze a column of ice to test drilling and fluid circulation functions.
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