Abstract: A method and apparatus for surveying a subterranean borehole is disclosed which uses two sets of accelerometers joined by a joining structure which prevents relative rotation between the two sets, the whole apparatus being arranged to permit movement along a borehole to one or more survey positions. Each set of accelerometers measures the gravity in at least two directions at its respective positions, and then from these measured values it is possible to calculate the borehole inclination and azimuth. The present invention is particularly suitable for use in areas with high magnetic interference, or for measuring boreholes with low inclinations. Tests of the present invention shows that an accuracy similar to that obtained by gyro surveys was achievable.
Abstract: An end connector for fuse with composite coiled tubing for use in downhole wellbore operations is disclosed. The connector comprises intermediate portions of first and second end portions connected thereto. The first end portion has threads defined thereon to mate with threads defined on the inner surface of the composite coiled tubing. The outer surface of the end connector is flush with the outer surface of a composite coiled tubing when connected thereto. The connector has a means for providing a seal between the end connector and the composite coiled tubing and is adapted to be connected to apparatus, tools and equipment used in downhole wellbore operations in which coiled tubing is utilized.
April 29, 1998
Date of Patent:
July 24, 2001
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
Clint W. Isennock, Dickey C. Headrick, Scott A. Berning
Abstract: A towel roll holder and towel dispenser includes a housing for retaining a roll of toweling. The housing is affixed to a support surface, and easily opened or removed for replacement of the roll. In one embodiment, Velcro strips mounted on the support surface releasably engage oppositely configured Velcro strips mounted on an outwardly extending flange on the base of the housing. In another embodiment, magnetic strips or ferromagnetic material mounted on the support surface releasably attach to complementary strips on the housing flanges. In another embodiment, one side or end of the housing base flange is hinged to the support surface, and the opposite side or end of the housing base flange is releasably attached to the support surface with Velcro or magnetic (or ferromagnetic) strips as referred to above, or a rotatable latch. Towels may be dispensed from a narrow end of a cone-shaped nozzle on the end of the housing, or through a slot in a housing wall.
Abstract: An extended-life trash receptacle includes walls forming a body having an open bottom. A replaceable bottom is adapted to fit within the body. The walls include flanges or other support means on their lower peripheries for supporting the replaceable bottom, and retaining strips or other retaining means for holding the replaceable bottom on the support means. The replaceable bottom is preferably made of plastic, Fiberglas, hard robber, aluminum, or other suitable strong, durable, tough, non-rusting, non-corroding, and relatively chemical-impervious material. If the replaceable bottom becomes worn, punctured, or otherwise damaged in use, it can be quickly and easily replaced by removing the retaining means and lifting the bottom out of the body. A new replaceable bottom can then be dropped into place in the body, and the retaining means reinstalled. The trash receptacle can then be returned to service, thus extending its useful life.
Abstract: A faulted circuit sensor is disposed in a releasable and reusable clamp mountable on an electrical conductor. The clamp includes a body for receiving the faulted circuit sensor indicating circuitry, and a pair of hinged fingers which actuate over the conductor to grip the clamp to the conductor and align the fault indicating circuitry with respect to the conductor. The fingers include a triggering arm which causes the arms to engage over the conductor when the conductor is properly aligned in the proximity of the clamp.
Abstract: A sealing assembly for sealing between two relatively rotatable cylindrical surfaces. The assembly comprises two seal parts (46, 48) disposed in a groove (40) in one of the surfaces so that one of said parts is disposed radially outwardly of the other. One (46) of the parts is movable axially relative to the other (48) to effect setting of the sealing assembly and the groove (40) and parts (46, 48) are so dimensioned that they become compressed between the surfaces during setting of the assembly. Adjacent surfaces of the seal parts (46, 48) may have inter-engaging profiles (55) which permit relative movement for setting the assembly, but resist movement in the opposite direction.
Abstract: A heat exchanger tube bundle extractor having an improved sled and motive means operable to move the tube bundle into or out of its shell. A fixed screw shaft is provided on the chassis, and a rotatable drive nut on the sled. The drive nut is threadedly retained on the screw shaft. The drive nut is held against axial movement with respect to the sled by a gear box disposed on the sled. The gear box output includes a rotating shaft to which the drive nut is connected, which provides the drive nut with the appropriate speed and power to effectively pull the tube bundle from, or push it back into, the shell. A balance nut disposed on the opposite end of the drive shaft from the drive nut, and threadedly engaged with the screw shaft, reacts against side forces on the sled and screw shaft to assist in keeping the drive nut and screw shaft properly aligned.
January 22, 1992
Date of Patent:
June 21, 1994
Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc.
Milo A. Persinger, Robert A. Baten, William L. Anderson, Jr., Richard I. Cushman
Abstract: An angular and radial self-aligning coupling includes a first support block having a flow bore therethrough with an enlarged counterbore around one outlet of the flow bore. The enlarged counterbore forms a convex annular surface. A spherical seal plate also having a flow bore therethrough includes a concave surface on one side which matingly engages the convex annular surface of the support block. The spherical seal plate also has an annular bearing surface on its other side which engages a bearing face on a radial seal plate. The radial seal plate includes a stab counterbore on its other side. A second support block includes a flow bore therethrough and includes a piston which may be hydraulically actuated to an extended position. Upon actuation of the piston, the piston enters the stab counterbore and the radial seal plate and spherical seal plate automatically adjust for any radial or angular misalignment to allow the piston to stab within the stab counterbore.
Abstract: A device for treating obstructions in vessels or small openings in the body, comprising a rotatable ablator tip which is guided to the obstruction in a reduced diameter configuration, expanded and rotated to remove the obstruction, and contracted to remove the device from the body. The variably expandable abrasive tip coil in one embodiment is actuated by piston means within the coil. A pair of collars is attached to the ends of the coil, and the piston effects relative longitudinal axial movement of the collars and the respective ends of the coil tip. When the ends of the coil tip are so moved, expansion and contraction of the diameter of the coil tip results. In another embodiment, the expansion tip coil is actuated by an expandable and contractible bellows disposed within the coil. In another embodiment, the expansion and contraction of the coil tip are effected by longitudinal axial movement of an internal coil attached to one end of the coil tip, within an outer coil attached to its other end.
Abstract: An apparatus and a method are disclosed for separating a first fluid from a second fluid wherein the first fluid is lighter than the second fluid and the first fluid is immiscible with the second fluid. A first portion of the first fluid is separated from a mixture containing the first and second fluids in a gravity separator. The remaining mixture flows to a hydrocyclone where a second portion of the first fluid is separated from the remaining mixture. The underflow from the hydrocyclone which includes most of the second fluid and the remaining portion of the first fluid flows to a second gravity separator without substantial pressure reduction to avoid shearing of the droplets of the first fluid. In the second gravity separator a third portion of the first fluid is removed.
Abstract: A split ball closure member is disposed in the central chamber of a valve. The closure member includes a pair of sealing ball halves each having a substantially spherical sealing surface adapted to seal against annular seats in the valve body around the flow passages, and flow portions therethrough. A head member is mounted on the end of the valve operating stem extending into the chamber, for rotation with the stem. The split ball halves are pivotably mounted to the head member to be pivotable about the mounting means alternately to separate the halves from one another or to collapse them toward one another. The closure member is rotatable with the stem and head member alternately to place the flow port portions in register with the seats to open the valve, or to align the sealing surfaces with the seats to close the valve.
Abstract: The present invention comprises a method and apparatus for constructing hexagonal structures. In forming a right hexagonal prism structure, three rectangular sections are constructed, each having two parallel end pieces of a preselected height and width, and having a length equal to the width of the end pieces times the square root of three. The sections are stacked and nested such that the edges of their end pieces touch the edges of adjacent end pieces, resulting in the rectangular sections being rotated 60.degree. with respect to one another around an axis. Adjacent end pieces are then connected together, with the six end pieces defining the sides of a right hexagonal prism. In forming a hexagonal surface structure, three rectangular units are constructed, each having two parallel end members of a preselected width, and having a length equal to the width of the end members times the square root of three. The units are stacked and nested in a manner similar to that for the right hexagonal prism structures.
Abstract: A system and method for acquiring an equity position in a company through the purchase of qualifying products or services offered by the company, by accumulating credits toward the purchase of stock in the company based on the quantity of goods or services purchased. The invention is adapted for implementation, in part, on a digital computer. Consumers who purchase qualifying goods or services redeem UPC labels showing proof of purchase, and are given a designated credit toward the purchase of stock in the manufacturer or supplier for each label redeemed. When a participating consumer has accumulated enough credits for a particular manufacturer or supplier to purchase one or more shares of its stock, a buy order is issued for the appropriate number of shares, and the consumer's credits are reduced accordingly.
Abstract: A device for removing obstructions from vessels or small openings in the body, comprising a rotatable ablator tip which is guided to the obstruction in a reduced diameter configuration, expanded and rotated to remove the obstruction, and contracted to remove the device from the body. The variably expandable abrasive tip coil in one embodiment of the invention is actuated by a piston means disposed within the coil. A pair of collars is attached to the ends of the coil, and the piston effects relative longitudinal axial movement of the collars and, hence, the respective ends of the coil tip. When the ends of the coil tip are so moved with respect to one another, expansion and contraction of the diameter of the coil tip results. In another embodiment of the invention, the expansion tip coil is actuated by an expandable and contractible bellows means disposed within the coil, instead of the piston means.
Abstract: A self-actuating, releasable weight support system includes a structural support member with a central bore therethrough. The bore has a recessed load support surface therein and a no-go shoulder on the inner periphery of the load support surface. A weight support member is insertable within the bore, and includes an expandable load ring disposed thereon for landing on the no-go shoulder and expanding onto the load support surface as the weight support member is inserted further into the bore.
Abstract: A window insulator comprising an insulator core of lightweight rigid insulating materials and/or flexible foam materials, the flexible foam materials being employed at least around the periphery of the core, enclosed by a cover for placement in a window for blocking the entry of sunlight into the interior portion of the structure, for reducing the level of sound energy passing through the window, and for substantially preventing or reducing the transfer of heat through the window. The insulator core may comprise a one-piece body of lightweight, relatively rigid but slightly hand-compressible insulating material. Alternatively, the core may comprise flexible foam material. Alternatively, the core may comprise an interior body of lightweight rigid insulating materials, and flexible, resilient foam members affixed to the peripheral edges of the interior body.
Abstract: A break-away flowline fitting for protecting a subsea Christmas tree to which the flowlines are connected when the flowlines are subjected to an externally applied axial load and/or bending moment. The fitting comprises a tubular member having a reduced wall thickness section integrally formed in the member and designed to part or separate axially at an externally applied load less than what would be necessary to harm the tree. A clamp closely surrounds the reduced wall thickness section and limits the pressure induced hoop membrane stress in the reduced wall thickness section to about the same value as in the adjacent normally configured fitting portions, thereby maintaining the pressure integrity of the fitting. A frame having supports disposed on the normally configured fitting portions and axially beyond each end of the reduced wall thickness section has removable reinforcing members which span the reduced wall thickness section prior to placing the fitting in service.
Abstract: A double walled riser extends from a platform to a subsea well and is connected, through a suitable connector, to the top of the wellhead housing. The wellhead housing has annulus access passageways therein. The connector has passageways therethrough which communicate at one end with the annulus access passageways in the wellhead housing and at the other end with small diameter annulus access tubes carried between the two walls of the double walled riser. The inner wall of the double walled riser comprises a pressure containing member, and the outer wall comprises a structural support member. The small diameter annulus access tubes disposed in the annulus between the inner and outer walls of the riser communicate at one end with one of the respective passageways through the connector, and extend at the other end to the platform.
Abstract: The short hop communication link includes a sensor module positioned downhole from a motor in a well. The module includes sensors that monitor operational, directional and environmental parameters downhole and provide an electrical data signal indicative thereof. Sensors may also be positioned in the drill bit for obtaining parameters related to the bit, and communicating data signals reflecting the sensed parameters to the sensor module. The sensor module includes a transceiver, with an annular anrenna, for transmitting electromagnetic sensor data signals to a point above the motor. A control module, which also includes a transceiver with an annular antenna, is located above the motor, and receives the electromagnetic signals from the sensor module reflecting the sensed parameters. In addition, the control module is capable of transmitting command signals to the sensor module requesting data regarding desired parameters.
April 17, 1991
Date of Patent:
November 3, 1992
Smith International, Inc., Develco, Inc.
Patrick E. Dailey, Charles D. Barron, Louis H. Rorden
Abstract: A pipe connector including a main body having a stepped bore in one end for telescopic insertion over the end of a pipe, creating a stepped annular area around the pipe. A slip retaining nut is threaded into the end of the main body around the pipe, closing off the stepped annular area. Slips are carried in a tapered annular space between the nut and pipe. Prior to actuation, the slips are held up in disengaged position by shear pins. A pair of metal seal rings is disposed in the end of the stepped annular area opposite the nut. A pair of dual-acting, hydraulically actuated pistons is disposed in the stepped annular area between the metal seal rings and slips. Hydraulic pressure actuates the upper piston to move upwardly to energize the metal seals, and the lower piston to move downwardly to actuate the slips into gripping engagement with the pipe.
July 7, 1989
Date of Patent:
October 27, 1992
Cooper Industries, Inc.
Alfred L. Anderson, Christopher G. Sanchez