The Davis-Villinger Temperature Probe (DVTP) is designed to take heat-flow measurements in semiconsolidated sediments that are too stiff for the Advanced Piston Corer Temperature (APCT) tool. Coring must be interrupted to take a temperature measurement. The DVTP can also be run on wireline and hung below the bit (when the bit is off bottom) as a temperature logging tool for borehole fluids.
The DVTP is run through the drill string on a dedicated coring wireline round trip. The DVTP is typically run with the colleted delivery system, which latches into the bottom-hole assembly (BHA). The DVTP probe extends 1.4 m below the bit and is pushed into bottom sediment by the driller with 5000–15,000 lbs and held there for 10 min.
The tool latches into either the Advanced Piston Corer/Extended Core Barrel (APC/XCB) or Rotary Core Barrel (RCB) BHA.
Benefit: The tool latches into both major coring BHAs, increasing functionality.
2) Probe Length
The robust probe extends 1.4 m below the bit.
Benefit: The probe penetrates into relatively undisturbed sediments ahead of the bit.
3) Decoupled from Heave
The DVTP is deployed on the colleted delivery system, which allows the probe to be disengaged from the BHA after it is pushed into the sediments.
Benefit: This prevents drill string movement (from ship heave) from disturbing the probe while recording formation temperature.
4) Tool Disturbance
An onboard accelerometer monitors tool disturbance while a thermistor records formation temperature.
Benefit: Measures potential tool movement during data recording to assist in interpreting temperature data.
5) Data Collection
The tool is capable of storing eight channels of data for 24 hr when sampling at 3-s intervals. After the tool is recovered, the data is downloaded and calibrated on a computer running ODP LabView software.
Benefit: The DVTP provides sufficient measurement detail and recording time to assure good-quality data.
16-bit analog-to-digital converter
496 Kb of RAM memory
Programmable sample interval from 3 to 10 s
51,000 ohm thermistor temperature sensor
Temperature accuracy ±0.02ºC
Acceleration accuracy ±2 G
Conical probe tip continuously tapered at 2.5º from 55.5 to 8 mm in diameter
Typical Operating Range
–5ºC to 105ºC temperature measurement range
Soft to semiconsolidated sediments (e.g., chalks or firm clays)
Not used in hard rocks (e.g., chert, dolomite, limestone, or basalts)