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Energy & Mining

The model of an express drilling rig, 1914


‘Join in!’ was the motto of the appeal made in 1909 to support the Museum with exhibits. The deep-drilling company Albert Fauck & Comp. was particularly proud of its product and chose to donate the model of an express drilling rig.

In 1911 the deep-drilling company Albert Fauck, headquartered at Vordere Zollamtstrasse in Vienna’s 3rd district, responded to the collection appeal of the then Technical Museum for Trade and Industry by donating miniature drilling equipment for demonstration purposes. As the archive correspondence shows, the exhibition donation was to be contingent on the permission to be allowed to visit the Museum in future with potential business partners and to ‘have one of our people demonstrate the models on site’. The company would even have been willing to cover the running costs for ‘electricity consumption, maintenance and supervision of the models, exhibition space and room use’ – an offer the Museum declined.

In 1914 it finally delivered a complete 1:10 scale model of an express drilling rig patented ‘Fauck II’ that was activated by an electric motor. The rig’s operating principle was based on impact drilling. This involves raising the drill bit, then letting it drop down again under its own weight, with a spring to dampen the impact. The rapid impact sequence crushes the rock, which is then transported up to the surface using a flushing cycle. Steam machines provided the necessary energy.

The deep-drilling company had come to prominence mainly as a result of the deep drilling operations commissioned by the state in Wels in 1902/03, which penetrated down to a depth of up to 1,048 m in the granite gneiss of the Bohemian Massif. Ultimately, however, the costly enterprise proved unsuccessful as no oil was found.

Model of a patented Fauck express drilling rig for depths of up to 1,550 m

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