Hard rock drilling is facing increasing importance by using geothermal energy as a new energy source. Percussive drilling methods are generally well suited for drilling hard rocks. However, until now there is no drilling tool available on the market that uses percussive drilling methods and can be applied in deep boreholes in combination with common drilling muds. The aim of the DGMK project 733 is to develop a hammer drill which generates the impact energy downhole and works with conventional drilling mud. Seven different drive concepts were developed during the feasibility study. Demonstrators were manufactured for four of the seven drive concepts. The evaluation of the drive concepts showed that two of them have a high potential for the implementation in the field. These two concepts will be developed further to laboratory prototypes and were investigated at a test facility.

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