The influence of extremely abrasive rock on the drilling velocity and tool wear in bored piles

T. Sattler, A. Loibl, J. Festl, T. Zweininger, W. Eckl, K. Thuro

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The significance of the excavatability for the successful completion of constructional projects has been recognized in recent years, but little attention has been paid specifically to rotary pile boring. Given the quantity of geological parameters alone which need to be taken into account, it is apparent that the estimation of the drilling rate is difficult. Based on a case study in extremely abrasive tertiary silcretes (quartzite), the engineering geological influences on the drillability are examined. A minutely detailed documentation of the drilling process was produced, and laboratory testing was conducted to gain a better understanding of the correlation between significant rock properties and wear on drilling tools. The examined silcretes (quartzite) show CERCHAR abrasivity indices (CAI) up to a value of more than 6. It comes as no surprise that this highly abrasive rock causes extensive wear on piling equipment and an extremely high consumption of wear parts. In combination with the drilling velocity of both the drill tools and the casing shoe remaining well below 10 cm/min, it is obvious that the drilling performance is significantly impacted in more than one way. A correlation between the lifespan of the wear parts and the net drilling velocity is developed, allowing for a more reliable performance prediction for bored piles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012044
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 6 Sep 2021
EventEUROCK 2021 Conference on Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering from Theory to Practice - Turin, Virtual, Italy
Duration: 20 Sep 202125 Sep 2021


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