Stratapax Drill Bit for Gulf Coast Drilling

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R. P. Radtke, H. C. Bridwell, R. A. Handsel

Rucker-Hycalog, Houston Tex.

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 100(2), 234-235 (May 01, 1978) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454457 History: Received June 27, 1977; Revised January 03, 1978; Online October 25, 2010


A drill bit employing GE Stratapax drill blanks has been developed for Gulf Coast drilling. Single point cutting tests demonstrated superior impact qualities of Stratapax when compared to natural diamonds. A new “pocket” brazing technique was developed to achieve a suitable attachment to a hard matrix bit body. Laboratory drilling tests suggest that high rates of penetration can be anticipated in future field tests.

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