30 September 2019 to 3 October 2019
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
Europe/Copenhagen timezone

Penetration Technology for Investigation of Subglacial Lake Vostok

1 Oct 2019, 11:00
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35 DK-1553 Copenhagen V Denmark
Oral Session 3


Mr Dmitrii Vasilev (Saint-Petersburg Mining University)


The results of operations to penetrate into the subglacial lake proved that with the differential pressure of -0.2 MPa, lake water ingresses into the borehole through the annular clearance between the drilling assembly and the borehole walls, rising up to 15 meters above the drilling assembly. While rising through the annular space, the water mixes up with the filling liquid. This creates an emulsion due to freon presence in the borehole, which acts as a surfactant. In order to enhance environmental safety during investigations of Subglacial Lake Vostok, it was decided to drill a new access borehole using organosilicon fluid as the filling liquid. Decreasing the level of water that ingresses into the borehole upon its completion requires that the diameter of the lower section of the borehole is increased at least 2-2.5 times before the penetration into the lake.
The authors are grateful for the logistic support provided by the Russian Antarctic Expedition. This work was conducted with the support of the Russian Foundation of Fundamental Research No. 18-55-16003\18.

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Mr Dmitrii Vasilev (Saint-Petersburg Mining University)


Mr Nikolay Vasilev (Saint-Petersburg Mining University) Mr Andrei Dmitriev (Saint-Petersburg Mining University) Mr Alexey Turkeev (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute) Mr Alexey Bolshunov (Saint-Petersburg Mining University) Mr Sergey Ignatiev (Saint-Petersburg Mining University) Mr Danil Serbin (Saint-Petersburg Mining University)

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