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Water 2019, 11(2), 289;

Design Parameters of Hot-Water Drilling Systems

Polar Research Center, Jilin University, Changchun 130026, China
Architectural College, East China Institute of Technology, Nanchang 330013, China
College of Construction Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026, China
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Received: 7 December 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 1 February 2019 / Published: 7 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management and Governance)
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Currently, hot-water drill systems are actively used to observe ocean cavities under ice shelves, detect the effects of climate change on glaciers, retrieve sub-ice seabed samples, study the internal ice structure with video imaging, log temperatures, measure deformations within ice, determine basal sliding velocity, provide clean access to subglacial lakes, and many other scientific applications. The main parameters of hot-water drilling systems in any configuration are flow rate, delivery pressure, and temperature of the delivered water. The controlled outcome variables are the diameter of the drilled borehole, rate of penetration, power and fuel consumption for ice melting, and refreezing rate of the borehole. The independent variables while drilling are the current/target depth and the temperature of the ice. The paper aims to present a design procedure for hot-water drilling parameters that are necessary to choose appropriate equipment and tools at the planning stage. View Full-Text
Keywords: design principles; hot water drill; glaciers; heat transfer; pressure losses; refreezing rate design principles; hot water drill; glaciers; heat transfer; pressure losses; refreezing rate

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Liu, G.; Talalay, P.; Wang, R.; Yang, Y.; Hong, J.; Gong, D.; Liu, A.; Fan, D. Design Parameters of Hot-Water Drilling Systems. Water 2019, 11, 289.

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