The Difference Between Diamond Core Drilling & Reverse Circulation (RC) Drilling
There are many applications for diamond drilling and diamond-imbued drill bits, thanks to their unmatched strength and precision.
As well as the many uses for diamond drilling on a construction site, diamond drilling can also be used by geologists and in mining for exploratory work. Let’s take a look how diamond core drilling compares to reverse circulation drilling, another prevalent exploratory drilling method.
What is diamond core drilling?
What is reverse circulation (RC) drilling?
What is the difference between RC drilling and diamond core drilling?
- The kind of sample each drilling method allows differs. Diamond core drilling is good for precise sampling and analysis of layers; RC drilling is good at extracting bulk samples.
- Drilling rate can depend on the ground conditions but RC drilling tends to be quite a lot quicker than diamond core drilling.
- Diamond core drilling can be used at much greater depths than RC drilling.
- Diamond core drilling is the more flexible option, allowing drilling to be carried out on a wider range of ground types and conditions.