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Drilling Technology

Advanced Bit Technology Sandia's drilling program has traditionally focused on geothermal drilling, which is challenging because the formations are hot, hard, abrasive, corrosive and often fractured. Most of Sandia's geothermal technology also has application to oil and gas drilling. As a national laboratory, Sandia's drilling research plays a vital role in support of various defense [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Drilling Technology

Sandia-Developed Alloy Has Potential for Electronics in Wells

Sandia researcher Tom Crenshaw sets up a specimen in a test frame that will pull a solder joint apart to determine its tensile strength. He co-authored a paper that won the Best of Proceedings category in the Surface Mount Technology Association’s International 2012 Best Papers conference. (Photo by Lloyd Wilson) A few years [...]

By | April 3rd, 2013|Energy, Geothermal, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on Sandia-Developed Alloy Has Potential for Electronics in Wells


Sandia's work in drilling technology is aimed at reducing the cost and risk associated with drilling in harsh, subterranean environments. The historical focus of the drilling research has been directed at significantly expanding the nation's utilization of geothermal energy. This focus in geothermal related drilling research is the search for practical solutions to challenges associated [...]

By | November 10th, 2010|Comments Off on Geothermal