University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Sciences Lab

Archive for June, 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) group asked PSL to build new 4-inch drill barrels. They replace barrels that were fabricated in the 1970s. According to IDDO’s Jay Kyne, many other parts of the drill system have been upgraded but not the barrels. A new manufacturer was found that made tubing with “great straightness and roundness” at a price much cheaper than the process used for the original barrels (that process was used to make missile tubes).