Patents by Inventor Gregory W. Peterson

Gregory W. Peterson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20030116357
    Abstract: A drill bit has a plurality of air tubes extending into the bowl for separating entrained debris and liquids from air flow used to clean and cool bearings in the cutters of the bit. The air tube is assembled from a tube and a cap. The tube has open ends and a plurality of openings through the sidewall of the tube for allowing air to flow through the openings while preventing large debris from entering the tube. The lower end of the tube is inserted into an inner portion of a fluid passage, and the cap is secured to the upper end of the tube. The cap is removable for providing access to the interior of the tube when necessary to dislodge debris from within the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Gregory W. Peterson, Samuel B. Davis
  • Patent number: 6513607
    Abstract: A bit is provided having at least one leg extending downwardly and inwardly from the bit body. A cutter cone is rotatably mounted on a shaft extending inwardly from the lower portion of each leg. The annular space defined by the base of the shaft and the inner surface at the base of the cone forms a seal gland. An elastomeric o-ring sealingly engages an inner surface of the cone and a first rigid ring which rotates with the o-ring and cone. The o-ring energizes the first rigid ring for sealingly engaging a second rigid ring mounted to the leg of the bit near the base of the shaft. The second rigid ring is secured to and seals against a surface at the base of the shaft and is held stationary relative to the surface. A lubricant passage for lubricating the seal is pressurized by the drilling fluid pressure in the center of the bit body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Gregory W. Peterson, Howard J. Walk
  • Publication number: 20020108788
    Abstract: A bit is provided having at least one leg extending downwardly and inwardly from the bit body. A cutter cone is rotatably mounted on a shaft extending inwardly from the lower portion of each leg. The annular space defined by the base of the shaft and the inner surface at the base of the cone forms a seal gland. An elastomeric o-ring sealingly engages an inner surface of the cone and a first rigid ring which rotates with the o-ring and cone. The o-ring energizes the first rigid ring for sealingly engaging a second rigid ring mounted to the leg of the bit near the base of the shaft. The second rigid ring is secured to and seals against a surface at the base of the shaft and is held stationary relative to the surface. A lubricant passage for lubricating the seal is pressurized by the drilling fluid pressure in the center of the bit body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Gregory W. Peterson, Howard J. Walk
  • Patent number: 5638506
    Abstract: A method is described for logically isolating a cache memory bank from the other cache memory banks, as well as from the associated disk drive system and the computer system, while allowing effective use of the remaining cache banks. Linked lists of pointers to free space in a given cache bank are located entirely within the bank; therefore, failure of, or removal of, a cache bank does not prevent the computer and disk drive system from utilizing the free space in the remaining banks. The implementation of the method is such that initialization of all cache memory banks may also be efficiently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Peterson, Leonard J. Kurzawa
  • Patent number: 5269019
    Abstract: A method is described for managing data records stored in non-volatile memory in a disk drive system with cache memory. A variable-length directory containing descriptors of disk records is used to locate a selected record non-volatile memory. A table, ordered sequentially by record number, is used to quickly locate a record in non-volatile memory without having to perform a time-consuming search. In order to efficiently utilize space in non-volatile memory, a list is kept of free space for storing record descriptors. After an initial nominal allocation, additional free space is allocated only when required, thus further increasing the efficiency of use of non-volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Peterson, Leonard J. Kurzawa