Use of the Subterrene for Military Drilling Applications.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION LIVERMORE CALIF EXPLOSIVE EXCAVATION RESEARCH LAB
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The subterrene melts holes through soil and rock by means of a high temperature penetrator. Its capabilities include precision drilling, simple operation, a natural casing of the drill hole in the form of a glass lining produced during penetration, long life of the penetrator the life of the subterrene penetrator far exceeds that of the rock bit, and environmental advantages the loud noise and dust produced by rotary and percussion drills do not exist at a subterrene site. On the other hand, the cost of subterrene operations is a definite limitation it is very high compared with that of conventional drilling. An analysis of military drilling requirements reveals that additional serious limitations arise when the subterrene is considered for military applications. It is concluded that, in its present configuration and even with its projected capabilities, the subterrene does not meet a significant number of the drilling requirements of the Army.
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