Radically new tunneling and excavating devices based upon rock-melting may offer enhanced advance rates at significantly reduced cost. Potential applications have been investigated to determine where rock-melting offers a logical extension to present drilling and excavating methods, and to identify those areas in which the unique capabilities of the rock-melting system present new technological opportunities. A preliminary investigation is presented in the form of a survey of attitudes and opinions of anticipated users and beneficiaries as to possible advantages, unique capabilities, and potential problems of the new excavation technology. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    P.O. Box 1663
    Los Alamos, NM  United States  87545
  • Authors:
    • Sims, D L
  • Publication Date: 1973-2

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LA-5206-MS
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG.36
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM