With Means Carrying Cuttings Laterally Of Bore Axis Comprising (1) Chute, (2) Conveyer, Or (3) Vehicle Patents (Class 175/88)
  • Patent number: 9422772
    Abstract: A drill head clean out device having a clean out tool, a first bar having a first end and a second end, wherein the clean out tool is adapted to be positioned on the first end of the first bar, a coupling member having a first aperture adapted to receive the first bar when the first bar is in a vertical orientation, a second bar having a first end and a second end, wherein the coupling member has a second aperture adapted to receive a first end of the second bar when the second bar is in a horizontal orientation, and wherein the second end of the second bar is adapted to be positioned within an aperture in a base of a drill rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: PDI INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Mitchell Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20150129312
    Abstract: A drill cuttings conveyance system includes a collection tank that includes a screw conveyor and a chamber operable to accommodate drill cuttings, the screw conveyer extending along a longitudinal axis of the collection tank from a first end of the chamber to a second end of the chamber; a port disposed at the second end of the chamber of the collection tank, the port including a channel operable to direct the drill cuttings from the chamber of the collection tank; a pump including an inlet connected to the port and operable to receive drill cuttings from the port, an outlet, and a pumping mechanism operable to direct the drill cuttings through the outlet of the pump; and a drag chain conveyor in communication with the chamber of the collection tank via an auxiliary opening, the drag chain conveyor being operable to remove drill cuttings from the collection tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn Bender, Donald C. Brenneman
  • Patent number: 8950510
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to drill cuttings conveyance systems comprising a collection tank, a port, and a pump. The collection tank comprises a chamber operable to accommodate drill cuttings and a screw conveyor. The screw conveyor extends along a longitudinal axis of the collection tank from a first end of the chamber to a second end of the chamber. The port comprises a channel operable to direct drill cuttings from the chamber of the collection tank to the pump. The pump comprises an inlet operable to receive drill cuttings from the port, an outlet, and a pumping mechanism operable to direct drill cuttings through the outlet of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Beitzel Corporation
    Inventor: Shawn Bender
  • Patent number: 8839882
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling device and a drilling method for drilling inside a casing tube, wherein the drilling apparatus has a supporting frame with a fastening means for fixation with respect to the casing tube and a drilling tool, which is driven in a rotating manner via a telescopic rod by means of a drill drive arranged on the supporting frame. An emptying station for attachment to the upper end of the casing tube is provided, wherein the supporting frame of the drilling apparatus can be fastened on the emptying station. For emptying the drilling tool of drill cuttings the emptying station has an unloading means, which is adjustable for receiving the drill cuttings. The unloading means is designed for conveying the drill cuttings away from the emptying station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Michael Finkenzeller
  • Publication number: 20140238751
    Abstract: An auxiliary working apparatus configured for use with a drilling apparatus including a platform which is supported above ground and a drill pipe which extends through a hole in the platform to be displaced into the ground for drilling a hole in the ground. The drill pipe is of a type having a central passage along which pressurized air is blown. The apparatus is mounted to an underside of the platform by means of an auxiliary support structure which includes a hub, a number of vanes mounted to the hub and a hydraulic motor for driving the hub. The vanes are in the form of flexible rubber flaps which are circumferentially spaced and extend radially outwardly from the hub. The vanes revolve around the drill pipe so as to displace chippings which are blown from the hole during a drilling operation, outwardly away from the drill pipe to form an annular mound around and spaced from the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Petrus Christiaan Gouws
  • Patent number: 8590639
    Abstract: An articulated pre-skimmer mount for a pre-skimmer associated with a drill bit feed unit comprises a feed mounting arm mounted to the drill bit feed unit. A first end is configured for attachment to the drill feed unit and a second end includes a cylindrical mounting shaft and an axial positioning plate. An intermediate arm has a first end comprising a cylindrical sleeve mounted thereto. The cylindrical sleeve has an inner cylindrical opening configured for sliding engagement with the cylindrical mounting shaft and a mating plate configured for locking, face-to-face engagement with the axial positioning plate. A second end comprises a pre-skimmer mounting assembly configured for attachment to the pre-skimmer, wherein an axial positioning plate and a mating plate are operable to disengage, for rotation of the intermediate arm about an axis of the feed mounting arm for alignment of the pre-skimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Stuart A. Connell
  • Publication number: 20130299166
    Abstract: A system for processing solids may include a solids mover configured to receive the solids from the separator and convey the solids to at least one disposal container and a solidification material applicator configured to apply a solidification material to the solids in the solids mover. A related method includes conveying the solids from the separator to at least one disposal container using a solids mover and applying the solidification material to the solids in the solids mover using a solidification material applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Todd M. Lapeyrouse, Richard T. Collins
  • Publication number: 20120217068
    Abstract: In one aspect, a drilling apparatus is provided, where the drilling apparatus includes a fluid pump disposed in a main wellbore, a lateral well in fluid communication with the fluid pump and a drilling assembly disposed in the lateral well, wherein the drilling assembly is configured to receive a fluid from the fluid pump to power the drilling assembly and to transport cuttings from the drilling assembly to the main wellbore. The drilling apparatus further includes a sealing mechanism disposed in the main wellbore, the sealing mechanism being configured to direct the cuttings in the fluid downhole of the sealing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steffen Toscher, Ingo Roders, Harald Grimmer, Volker Krueger
  • Patent number: 8230949
    Abstract: An auger boring machine having spoils ejector having a power source attached to an auger, a plurality of large casings extending linearly from the power source, a plurality of small casings located linearly within the large casings and centered within the large casings with the auger extending linearly within the small casings, a cutting head attached to the terminal end of the large casings, and a spoils ejector, with the spoils ejector attached to the auger and to the cutting head, with the spoils ejector located between the terminal end of the small casings and the cutting head, with the spoils ejector enclosed within the large casings, with the spoils ejector having a front, a back, first and second sides each attached to the front and to the back, first and second curved plates each attached the front, the back, and to the first and second sides, at least one of the sides having a collector aperture formed therein adjacent one of the curved plates, with the back having formed therein at least one spoils
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: William C. Blevins, Brian J. Froehlich
  • Publication number: 20120080195
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drilling composition comprising: I) an organic phase comprising components: i. from about 20 wt. % to about 99.999 wt. %, based on the total weight of components i. and ii., of at least one linear or branched, cyclic or non-cyclic, saturated hydrocarbon; ii. from about 0.001 wt. % to about 25 wt. %, based on the total weight of components i. and ii., of at least one ester; II) from 0 to about 50 wt. %, based on the total weight of the composition, of water or aqueous phase; III) from 0 to about 60 wt. %, based on the total weight of the composition, of at least one additive, wherein the sum of the weight components I) to III) is 100 wt. %, to a process for preparation of a drilling composition, to uses of a drilling composition, to a drilling system, to a process for making a borehole, to a process for conveying cuttings, to a process for treating a drill head, to a process for production of at least one of oil and gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: COGNIS OLEOCHEMICALS GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Fefer, Jun Liu, Heinz Mueller, Nadja Herzog, Diana Maeker
  • Publication number: 20120012390
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling device and a drilling method for drilling inside a casing tube, wherein the drilling apparatus has a supporting frame with a fastening means for fixation with respect to the casing tube and a drilling tool, which is driven in a rotating manner via a telescopic rod by means of a drill drive arranged on the supporting frame. An emptying station for attachment to the upper end of the casing tube is provided, wherein the supporting frame of the drilling apparatus can be fastened on the emptying station. For emptying the drilling tool of drill cuttings the emptying station has an unloading means, which is adjustable for receiving the drill cuttings. The unloading means is designed for conveying the drill cuttings away from the emptying station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: BAUER MASCHINEN GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Michael FINKENZELLER
  • Publication number: 20110198130
    Abstract: An articulated pre-skimmer mount for a pre-skimmer associated with a drill bit feed unit comprises a feed mounting arm mounted to the drill bit feed unit. A first end is configured for attachment to the drill feed unit and a second end includes a cylindrical mounting shaft and an axial positioning plate. An intermediate arm has a first end comprising a cylindrical sleeve mounted thereto. The cylindrical sleeve has an inner cylindrical opening configured for sliding engagement with the cylindrical mounting shaft and a mating plate configured for locking, face-to-face engagement with the axial positioning plate. A second end comprises a pre-skimmer mounting assembly configured for attachment to the pre-skimmer, wherein an axial positioning plate and a mating plate are operable to disengage, for rotation of the intermediate arm about an axis of the feed mounting arm for alignment of the pre-skimmer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: BUCYRUS MINING EQUIPMENT
    Inventor: Stuart A. Connell
  • Patent number: 7770665
    Abstract: A system for preparing a slurry in-transit including a first cuttings storage vessel disposed on a transport vehicle, a module configured to operatively connect to the first cuttings storage vessel, and a fluid supply line in fluid communication with the first cuttings storage vessel, the module including, a grinding device configured to facilitate the transfer of fluids and reduce particle size of drill cuttings, wherein the system is operated while the transport vehicle is moving. A method of operating an in-transit slurrification system including using a first vessel disposed on a moving transport vehicle for cuttings storage, and operating the first vessel in a slurrification process while the transport vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: M-I LLC
    Inventors: Jan Thore Eia, Gordon M. Logan
  • Patent number: 7493969
    Abstract: Vessels, system and methods for conveying drilling cuttings material, which, in certain aspects, include a system for conveying material from a vessel, the system having a vessel for receiving material to be conveyed, a first conduit for conveying air, a second conduit for receiving air from the first conduit and for conveying air into the vessel, a metering screw for receiving material from the vessel and for moving the material from the vessel, a discharge line for receiving the material from the metering screw, the discharge line having an exit end, pressure sensor apparatus for sensing pressure in the discharge line, and control apparatus for automatically controlling the metering screw in response to a pressure sensed by the pressure sensor apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Varco I/P, Inc.
    Inventors: George Alexander Burnett, Colin Crabb, David Wood, Kenneth Wayne Seyffert, James Michael McIntosh
  • Publication number: 20080179097
    Abstract: A system for preparing a slurry in-transit including a first cuttings storage vessel disposed on a transport vehicle, a module configured to operatively connect to the first cuttings storage vessel, and a fluid supply line in fluid communication with the first cuttings storage vessel, the module including, a grinding device configured to facilitate the transfer of fluids and reduce particle size of drill cuttings, wherein the system is operated while the transport vehicle is moving is disclose. A method of operating an in-transit slurrification system including using a first vessel disposed on a moving transport vehicle for cuttings storage, and operating the first vessel in a slurrification process while the transport vehicle is moving is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: M-I LLC
    Inventors: Jan Thore Eia, Gordon M. Logan
  • Publication number: 20080179096
    Abstract: A system for preparing slurry on a rig including a first cuttings storage vessel, a module, and a fluid supply line in fluid communication with the first cuttings storage vessel, the module including a grinding device configured to facilitate the transfer of fluids, an inlet connection configured to connect to an outlet of the first cuttings storage vessel, and an outlet connection configured to connect to an inlet of the first cuttings storage vessel is disclosed. A method of operating a slurrification system including using a first vessel for cuttings storage and operating the first vessel in a slurrification process is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: M-I LLC
    Inventors: Jan Thore Eia, Gordon M. Logan
  • Publication number: 20080128173
    Abstract: A system for handling drill cuttings conveys cuttings into bulk tanks via a conduit. The bulk tanks have a lower portion that converges to an elongated opening. A conveyance member positioned at the elongated opening forces the cuttings out of a discharge port at the bottom of the bulk tank. Once suitable conveyance member is a screw-type conveyor coupled to a motor that applies a motive force to the cuttings. The bulk tank lower portion can be formed as a wedge or trough that generally conforms to the configuration of the conveyance member. The bulk tanks hold the cuttings until it can be discharged via the discharge port to a transport vessel for processing or disposal. For offshore operations, the system includes a separation unit on the rig that forms the cuttings from fluid returning from the wellbore and a cuttings flow unit that conveys the cuttings from the separation unit to the bulk tanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Glynn M. Hollier, Alexander R. Harper, Daniel Bruce
  • Publication number: 20040256157
    Abstract: A method for drilling a borehole includes; providing a drill string of drill pipe including a center bore, a distal end, a bit assembly at the distal end; hanging a liner from the drill string, thereby forming an annular space between the drill string and the liner and with the bit assembly extending from a lower end of the liner; positioning the drill string with the liner attached thereto in a borehole such that a second annular space is formed between the liner and the borehole wall; operating the bit assembly to proceed with drilling the borehole; and circulating drilling fluid down through the center bore of the drill string out through the bit assembly and down through the second annular space between the liner and the borehole wall, the drilling fluid returning up through the annular space between the drill string and the liner. An apparatus for use in this method is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicant: TESCO Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Tessari, Bruce D. Houtchens
  • Patent number: 6745856
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for processing deleterious material on a floating vessel during transportation from a well to a disposal site. The vessel contains equipment for the slurrification and agitation of the deleterious material. Such equipment includes storage tanks, slurrification units, and agitation units, as well as transfer equipment such as flow lines and vacuum or pump means. The deleterious material is transferred from the drill site to the storage tanks on the vessel. The vessel then transports the material to a disposal site, such as an injection well. During transportation, the deleterious material is processed. Such processing can include slurrification and/or agitation of the deleterious material to maintain the slurry, adding fluid if necessary. Once at the disposal site, the deleterious material slurry is then transferred from the vessel to the disposal site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: M-I, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Barry Simpson, Fabio Manotas, Tim Barr
  • Patent number: 6079508
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ultrasonic processor for the treatment, for example, dispersing, emulsifying, dissolving, mixing or deagglomerating of materials by the application of ultrasound thereto, wherein said ultrasonic processor comprises a hollow elongate enclosure member with a plurality of transducers fixed to the exterior of said elongate enclosure member along the length thereof; each said transducer being capable of applying ultrasonic waves to materials passing through the interior of said hollow elongate enclosure member; and control means for control and/or regulating the frequency of such ultrasonic waves produced by said transducers; and sensing means for the determination of the nature of the materials passing through the interior of said hollow elongate enclosure member, wherein said sensing means actuates said transducers to produce ultrasonic waves at the prescribed frequency in accordance with the nature of said materials to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Advanced Assured Homes 17 Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Stanley George Caza
  • Patent number: 5890549
    Abstract: A well drilling system for drilling with gaseous drilling fluid, particularly natural gas, in a closed circulation path including an enclosure or bell nipple mounted on a wellhead between the wellbore and a rotary control head for the drillstem. The enclosure redirects the flow of cuttings laden gaseous drilling fluid being circulated out of the well and includes a plurality of fire extinguishing fluid injection nozzles arranged to inhibit or extinguish fire within the enclosure and the rotary control head. Drill cuttings are separated from the gaseous drilling fluid in a pressure vessel which includes separator baffles and a drill cuttings port and valve arrangement for dumping samples and substantial quantities of drill cuttings collected within the pressure vessel during operation of the system. The enclosure and fire extinguishing system may be used in conjunction with operations using conventional liquid drilling fluids and conventional liquid-solids separation equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Paul Robert Sprehe
  • Patent number: 5571962
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying cuttings from a wellbore is disclosed. The cuttings can be identified by measuring emissions such as alpha, beta, or gamma particles which emanate from the cuttings. A continuous wellbore profile of the alpha or beta emissions can be constructed by measuring the emissions from cuttings taken from different locations in the wellbore, and by documenting such emissions. The effects of cuttings dispersion caused by differing particle sizes can be reduced by collecting cuttings of an intermediate size for analysis. The profile of the intermediate size cuttings can be compared with a well log to identify the original elevation of the cuttings within the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Core Holdings B.V.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Georgi, Homer A. Robertson, Mark S. Franks
  • Patent number: 5067569
    Abstract: An auger assembly for drilling holes or similar openings in the ground includes an auger blade mounted for vertical movement and a dirt retaining shell that surrounds the auger blade also mounted for vertical movement independently of the auger blade. When the hole has been drilled to the appropriate depth, the retaining shell is lowered down into the hole to surround the auger blade and the auger blade and the retaining shell are removed from the hole simultaneously. The retaining shell retains the dirt on the auger blade to prevent the dirt from falling back into the hole. A pair of lateral extensions provide a cutting a cutting edge on the perimeter of the auger blade in order to provide a hole which is slightly larger in diameter than the diameter of the auger blade to permit the retaining shell to be lowered around the auger blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventor: John T. Gilcrease
  • Patent number: 5067570
    Abstract: An auger assembly for drilling holes in the ground includes an auger blade mounted for vertical movement and a dirt retaining shell that surrounds the auger blade also mounted for vertical movement in relation to the auger blade. When the hole has been drilled to the length of the auger blade, the retaining shell is lowered down into the hole to surround the auger blade and the auger blade and the retaining shell are removed from the hole simultaneously. The retaining shell retains the dirt on the auger blade to prevent the dirt from falling back into the hole. The drilling and removal of dirt is repeated until the hole reaches the appropriate depth. A pair of lateral extensions provide a cutting edge on the perimeter of the auger blade in order to provide a hole which is slightly larger in diameter than the diameter of the auger blade to permit the retaining shell to be lowered around the auger blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventor: John T. Gilcrease
  • Patent number: 4793423
    Abstract: Used drilling fluids, drilled cuttings and salt contaminated soil, etc., are processed for disposal or reuse by staged water-washing and solids separating procedures which are monitored for the salinity of the water contacting the particles and are repeated to the extent necessary to obtain selected low values, in order to produce saline wash water suitable for injecting into a disposal well and size-graded substantially salt-free materials suitable for construction operations or non-hazardous waste disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Shell Western E&P Inc.
    Inventor: Beth C. Knol
  • Patent number: 4550787
    Abstract: This invention is a machine assembly, including a post, an earth excavating machine and a crane interchangeably mountable on the post; the earth excavating machine including a sleeve enclosure around the post, a radially extending ground surface toothed scraper attached to the enclosure, a vertical screw inside the enclosure, and a loose earth conveyor belt extending from the sleeve, and the crane including a horizontal arm, a structure that rotates or elevates the arm and a cable assembly that suspends the arm adjustably from the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: Alexander Stefan
  • Patent number: 4494617
    Abstract: A machine for boring a shaft in earth strata or the like. An annular support ring means having an outside diameter approximately equal to the diameter of the shaft which is selectively engageable or disengageable with the shaft wall by the use of clamping means is disclosed. A carriage means which is slidably mounted on the annular support ring means and orbital thereabout is also disclosed. A rotary cutting wheel means having a diameter substantially smaller than the diameter of the shaft is mounted on the carriage means and is axially displaceable with respect thereto for movement in a direction which may be parallel or inclined with respect to the axis of the shaft. Various drive means for moving the carriage means circumferentially about the annular support ring means, and for moving the rotary cutting wheel means in an axial direction with respect to the carriage means, and for rotating the rotary cutting wheel means are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Assignee: Harrison Western Corporation
    Inventor: Larry L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4483403
    Abstract: A shaft drilling machine has a circularly moving drilling head. The drilling head is angularly oriented with respect to the longitudinal axis of the shaft sought to be drilled. Loosened material is transported from the lower portion of the shaft by pickup means, moving with the drilling head, and taken to the upper portion of the angularly oriented bottom of the shaft, whereupon the loosened material or borings slide, by gravity, to a centrally located vertical conveyor mechanism for final removal of the material or borings from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johannes Hennecke, Heinz Horst, Helmut Podellek
  • Patent number: 4434861
    Abstract: A conveying and collection system adapted for drilling rigs for conveying drill cuttings entrained with a bailing air flow stream emanating from the drillhole includes a generally tubular head fitted around the drillhole having a flow deflecting surface portion adapted to deflect the flow stream of drill cuttings into a conveying enclosure whereby velocity reduction and change of direction of the flow stream will separate relatively coarse cuttings. A mechanical conveyor may be disposed in the enclosure to convey the cuttings to a point remote from the drillhole. The head may be extended and retracted with respect to the drill rig deck plate by actuators controlled in accordance with the conduction of bailing air to the drill stem. One embodiment of the head comprises an enclosure formed by overlapping helical convolutions of a flat spirally coiled band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Inventor: D. Franklin Howeth
  • Patent number: 4429754
    Abstract: Means are provided in combination with the depending cylindrical skirt of a drill rig for conveying drill cuttings from around the drill stem during a drilling operation so they will not deposit in the usual annular pile around the open mouth of the drill hole. The means comprise a hopper attached to the lower end of the skirt and having a side discharge opening into which one end of an endless conveyor protrudes in confronting relationship with the drill stem that passes through an accommodating opening in the otherwise closed bottom of the hopper. The conveyor is advantageously of scraper type, having an endless chain with scraper blades at intervals along its length that scrape along the bottom of a conveyor trough, and advantageously having an elongate discharge opening extending lengthwise of the bottom of the trough adjacent to the discharge end of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Inventor: Leo P. Cormier
  • Patent number: 4317494
    Abstract: A material removal device for removing auger spoil from a drilling site (such as, for example, an earth situs). A hollow spoil-receiving container is provided having an inclined floor and having a generally vertically disposed barrel portion secured to the inclined floor adjacent the upper end thereof for enclosing a preselected axial length portion of the auger with a snug operable fit. The auger is operably movable in the container barrel portion during drilling to permit the spoil from the drilling operation to be carried upwardly through the barrel portion by the auger flights and deposited in the main part of the container. The container also has a selectively lockable door vertically hinged on the container at a point adjacent the lower end of the container inclined floor. A generally vertically disposed elongated framework structure is secured to the container and extends upwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1982
    Assignee: Lee Turzillo Contracting Company
    Inventor: Arthur A. Hightower
  • Patent number: 4295534
    Abstract: An improved spoil handling conveyor for well boring rigs wherein the conveyor working surface comprises a plurality of endless belts arranged side-by-side to allow the separation of spoil from drilling fluid by drainage therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1981
    Inventor: Thomas R. Zachmeier
  • Patent number: 4265036
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing bottom material from beneath the surface of a body of water includes a floatable base upon which a tower is mounted for extending vertically upwardly therefrom. A rigid, elongate member having a bucket is connected to the tower and shiftable relative thereto by means of a power-driven motor mounted adjacent the tower. The motor is operable for selectively shifting the elongate member in a substantially vertical direction to effect raising and lowering of the bucket. A carriage is connected by cables to the motor and is operable for substantially vertical shifting along guides provided on the tower. The elongate member is connected to the carriage and suspended therefrom and is also pivotally connected to the carriage to permit pivotal movement of the elongate member about a horizontal axis extending generally perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Inventor: William J. Staats
  • Patent number: 4264106
    Abstract: An auger machine, such as a mining machine, embodying features that reduce the cost of mining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1981
    Assignee: The Salem Tool Company
    Inventors: Ronald C. Deeter, Thad A. Lora, Warren E. Kelm
  • Patent number: 4226477
    Abstract: A device for removing the earth generated while tunneling to install conduit, pipe or the like. The earth removed from the tunnel is conveyed to the surface as it is generated. The apparatus includes a first auger-conveyor disposed at the side of the tunneling machine having a tray for catching the loose dirt from the tunneling operation as the tunneling advances, and a plurality of inlet apertures along the outer wall of the conveyor to ingest the loose dirt generated. A second auger-conveyor consumes the discharge of the first conveyor translating the loose dirt to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Inventor: Anastascio Capoccia
  • Patent number: 4148367
    Abstract: This invention is a Well Drilling Apparatus primarily intended for drilling water wells, but also adaptable for other well, or hole drilling activities. The apparatus is particularly characterized by an independent driving arrangement for the drill, accompanied by an independent driving arrangement by which the casing may be turned during the drilling operation for ease of insertion and may accompany the drill into the ground to prevent collapse during drilling operations as well as to enhance the removal of drilled material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Inventor: Wendell L. Reich
  • Patent number: 4059163
    Abstract: A drilling apparatus comprises a support structure adapted to be moved on rails to position a drilling assembly mounted thereon adjacent to a selected drilling site. The drilling assembly includes a carriage movably mounted on the support structure for longitudinal movements thereon and a shroud secured on the carriage and having an auger rotatably mounted therein. A cutting edge, having a square configuration, is disposed adjacent to a forward end of the auger and at least one double-acting hydraulic cylinder is interconnected between the support structure and the carriage to aid in pushing the auger and cutting edge through material to form an opening having a square cross section. Upon full extension of the auger and cutting edge, a second drilling assembly may be attached rearwardly on the first-mentioned drilling assembly to increase the overall penetration capabilities of the drilling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Assignee: Caterpillar Tractor Co.
    Inventor: Robert N. Stedman
  • Patent number: 4057117
    Abstract: An auger drilling apparatus includes a spoil disposal box guided on the lower end of the auger leads. The auger extends vertically through the box and deposits spoil from the hole being drilled into the box. During drilling, the box rests on the ground at the top of the hole being drilled. When the box is filled, it can be raised on the leads to an elevated position and eject the spoil directly into a dump truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1977
    Assignee: Bermingham Construction Limited
    Inventor: Christopher William Bermingham
  • Patent number: 4025119
    Abstract: A method of strip mining in which a plurality of vertical shafts of square cross section are formed closely adjacent to one another with each shaft extending through overburden and a layer of valuable material such as coal. As spoil is removed in forming one shaft it is conveyed to a previously formed shaft and deposited therein. The apparatus includes a casing of square cross section, a cylindrical auger casing within the square casing, an auger rotatable in the auger casing and a square cutter at the lower end of the square casing. The latter is slidably mounted on a vertical track and is power driven vertically to force the cutter into the earth formation being worked. The auger is rotated under power to cut into the earth formation and remove spoil and coal therefrom. The upper end portions of both casings are formed with two sets of aligned discharge ports. A movable closure is provided for each set and a rake for each set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1977
    Inventor: James P. Watts
  • Patent number: 3965995
    Abstract: A cutter wheel is mounted at the lower end of the machine for rotation about a horizontal tubular support. Cuttings are picked up by buckets on the cutter wheel and are directed into the tubular support to be received by an endless bucket conveyor which carries them upwardly to a discharge station. As the machine is advanced the cutter wheel is rotated to make a first cut in the shape of the leading portion of the cutter wheel. The cutter wheel is then retracted out from the cut and is rotated about the axis of the hole. This repositions the cutter wheel so that when it is advanced again it will make a second cut which crosses the first. This procedure is repeated until the desired cross-sectional configuration (e.g. circular) of the hole is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: The Robbins Company
    Inventor: David B. Sugden
  • Patent number: 3965998
    Abstract: This dust control system is mounted on a drill tower. A housing with an open bottom is used for drawing air into the housing. A side air outlet is used for drawing the dust and chips from the housing to a skimmer. The housing is provided with a pair of longitudinally separated flexible seals with central holes adapted to flexibly receive the drill bit and drill string. The dust hood is movable longitudinally with respect to the drill tower so that the dust hood may be adjusted to a predetermined height above the top of the hole. The hood may be swung from a position aligned with the drill bit and drill string to a position laterally spaced from the side of the drill tower and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Laszlo Gyongyosi, Paul A. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 3952858
    Abstract: Apparatus for collecting and loading auger spoil comprising a spinning plate having a central opening co-axial with an auger hole, power means for rotating said spinning plate; a fixed circular wall structure spaced from the periphery of the spinning plate, having a lower edge spaced from the upper surface of said spinning plate and formed with a gap; a conveyor belt having one end located at said gap; and a series of rings detachably secured together in stepped relation with the outermost ring connected to the spinning plate at the edge defining the opening therein whereby one or more of said rings may be removed from or added to said series to provide a plate opening of the same diameter as that of a particular auger hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1976
    Inventor: James P. Watts