Ultrasonic rock sampling using longitudinal-torsional vibrations

Cardoni, A., Harkness, P. and Lucas, M. (2010) Ultrasonic rock sampling using longitudinal-torsional vibrations. Physics Procedia, 3(1), pp. 125-134. (doi:10.1016/j.phpro.2010.01.018)

Cardoni, A., Harkness, P. and Lucas, M. (2010) Ultrasonic rock sampling using longitudinal-torsional vibrations. Physics Procedia, 3(1), pp. 125-134. (doi:10.1016/j.phpro.2010.01.018)

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Abstract

In recent years several European and US space projects have been focused on the development of surface rovers for planetary missions, such as ExoMars and Mars Exploration Rovers. The main function of these vehicles consists of moving across planet surfaces, and drilling and retrieving samples for in-situ analysis. Recent research has shown that drilling of rock materials can be achieved using axially oscillating tuned devices which, compared with conventional rotary drills, operate at lower power and highly reduced preload requirements. As a result, at present, ultrasonics is considered a very promising technology for exobiological prospecting. In this work, two novel ultrasonic rock samplers, both operating in a longitudinal-torsional composite mode, are proposed along with the conceptual design of a full coring apparatus, for preload delivery and core removal. To assess the penetration capability of the excited composite vibrations, preliminary drilling trials were conducted. Since sand constitutes a significant portion of the Martian surface, sandstone was used in the trials.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Presented as an invited paper at 2009 International Congress on Ultrasonics, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cardoni, Dr Andrea and Lucas, Professor Margaret and Harkness, Dr Patrick
Authors: Cardoni, A., Harkness, P., and Lucas, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Physics Procedia
ISSN:1875-3892
ISSN (Online):1875-3884

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
453421Ultrasonic drilling and coring for planetary astrobiological applicationsMargaret LucasScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/F003587/1ENG - ENGINEERING SYSTEMS POWER & ENERGY