Patents by Inventor Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.

Harris A. Reynolds, Jr. 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).

  • Patent number: 9714547
    Abstract: A riser joint connection includes a box connector having a box preload fixture, a pin connector having a pin preload fixture, at least one shear element configured to fit into at least one shear element cavity defined by a box connector shear groove in alignment with a pin connector shear groove, wherein the at least one shear element contacts load surfaces of the pin connector and the box connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Post Curtiss, III, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9322221
    Abstract: A substantially cylindrical buoyancy module for a marine riser includes a plurality of buoyancy elements separated along at least one helical separation plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Paul Howard, Alan Hugh Summers, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr., Kati Rachelle Andrus
  • Patent number: 8668233
    Abstract: A threaded connection including a pin member and a box member, and methods for manufacturing and forming said threaded connection. The pin member has a pin thread with a pin thread crest, a pin thread root, a pin load flank, and a pin stab flank. The box member has a box thread with a box thread crest, a box thread root, a box load flank, and a box stab flank. At least one of the pin thread crest, the pin load flank, the pin stab flank, the box thread crest, the box load flank, and the box stab flank has at least one perturbation formed thereon. Upon a selected make-up of the pin member with the box member, a reduced clearance gap exists between the pin thread and the box thread at the at least one perturbation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hydril Company
    Inventors: David Llewellyn Mallis, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130095712
    Abstract: A substantially cylindrical buoyancy module for a marine riser includes a plurality of buoyancy elements separated along at least one helical separation plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Donald Paul Howard, Alan Hugh Summers, Harris A. Reynolds, JR., Kati Rachelle Andrus
  • Patent number: 8177262
    Abstract: An expandable tubular connection includes a pin member and a box member. The pin member includes a pin thread formed on a small step and a large step and a first seal surface formed between the small step and the large step. The box member includes a box thread formed on a small step and a large step and a second seal surface formed between the small step and the large step. The pin thread and the box thread are wedge threads. Upon a selected make-up of the pin member with the box member a selected gap exists between the first seal surface and the second seal surface. The gap is selected such that, when plastically radially expanded by a selected amount, a seal is formed between at least a portion of the first seal surface and the second seal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Hydril Company LP
    Inventors: Robert S. Sivley, IV, Gary W. Ward, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8171613
    Abstract: An electrically-insulative threaded connection includes a pin member having a pin thread and a box member having a box thread. An insulating composite layer is disposed between the pin thread and the box thread. The insulating composite layer includes an insulating fiber and insulating resin. The pin thread and the box thread are wedge threads. A method of making an electrically-insulative threaded connection includes forming a pin wedge thread on a pin member and winding a filament over the pin wedge thread. The filament is wetted with a resin, thereby forming a composite layer. The composite layer is cured and machined to mate with a box wedge thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Hydril Company
    Inventor: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7988205
    Abstract: A threaded pipe connection includes a pin member having an external thread increasing in width in one direction, a box member having an internal thread increasing in width in an opposite direction so that complementary internal and external threads move into engagement upon make-up of the connection, and at least one contact zone in which the pin member and box member are in sealed contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Hydril Company
    Inventors: David Llewellyn Mallis, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7967959
    Abstract: A cathodic protection system for use in an electrolyte includes a protected structure to be at least partially immersed in the electrolyte, at least one sacrificial anode to be at least partially immersed in the electrolyte and electrically connected to the protected structure, and a substantially impermeable barrier disposed between the at least one sacrificial anode and the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Paul Howard, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7942454
    Abstract: A threaded connection includes a pin member including a pin thread having a pin thread crest, a pin thread root, a pin load flank, and a pin stab flank, and a box member including a box thread having a box thread crest, a box thread root, a box load flank, and a box stab flank, wherein at least one of the pin thread crest, the pin thread root, the box thread crest, and the box thread root has at least one perturbation formed thereon. Upon a selected make-up of the pin member with the box member, a localized clearance or a localized interference exists between the pin thread and the box thread at the at least one perturbation, wherein the localized clearance between the pin thread and the box thread exists across substantially the entire pin thread crest or substantially the entire box thread crest, and wherein the localized interference between the pin thread and the box thread exists across substantially the entire pin thread crest or substantially the entire box thread crest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Hydril Company
    Inventor: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7850211
    Abstract: A wedge-threaded tubular connection includes a pin member and a box member, wherein each of the pin and box members include an engaged thread area, and a clearance gap volume formed between corresponding roots and crests of the pin and box members and arranged along an axial length of the engaged thread area according to a distribution profile. The clearance gap volume distribution profile is configured having a greater clearance gap volume proximate a central portion of the engaged thread area and progressively less clearance gap volume towards each of the distal ends of the engaged thread area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Hydril Company
    Inventors: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr., Andrew H. Tate
  • Patent number: 7828337
    Abstract: A threaded connection includes a pin member having a pin thread having a pin load flank and a pin stab flank. The threaded connection includes a box member having a box thread having a box load flank and a box stab flank. The pin thread includes a first wedge segment on the pin stab flank and the box thread includes a second wedge segment on the box stab flank. Upon make-up of the pin member with the box member, a contact stress results from engagement of the first wedge segment with the second wedge segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hydril Company LP
    Inventor: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100270169
    Abstract: A cathodic protection system for use in an electrolyte includes a protected structure to be at least partially immersed in the electrolyte, at least one sacrificial anode to be at least partially immersed in the electrolyte and electrically connected to the protected structure, and a substantially impermeable barrier disposed between the at least one sacrificial anode and the electrolyte.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Paul Howard, Harris A. Reynolds, JR.
  • Patent number: 7810849
    Abstract: A threaded connection includes a pin member having a pin thread having a pin thread crest, a pin thread root, a pin load flank, and a pin stab flank, a box member having a box thread having a box thread crest, a box thread root, a box load flank, and a box stab flank, wherein at least one of the pin thread crest, the pin thread root, the box thread crest, and the box thread root has at least one perturbation formed thereon, and wherein upon a selected make-up of the pin member with the box member, at least one of a localized clearance or a localized interference exists between the pin thread and the box thread at the at least one perturbation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Hydril Company LP
    Inventor: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100164223
    Abstract: A riser joint connection includes a box connector having a box preload fixture, a pin connector having a pin preload fixture, at least one shear element configured to fit into at least one shear element cavity defined by a box connector shear groove in alignment with a pin connector shear groove, wherein the at least one shear element contacts load surfaces of the pin connector and the box connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Post Curtiss, III, Harris A. Reynolds, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100156099
    Abstract: A threaded connection includes a pin member including a pin thread having a pin thread crest, a pin thread root, a pin load flank, and a pin stab flank, and a box member including a box thread having a box thread crest, a box thread root, a box load flank, and a box stab flank, wherein at least one of the pin thread crest, the pin thread root, the box thread crest, and the box thread root has at least one perturbation formed thereon. Upon a selected make-up of the pin member with the box member, a localized clearance or a localized interference exists between the pin thread and the box thread at the at least one perturbation, wherein the localized clearance between the pin thread and the box thread exists across substantially the entire pin thread crest or substantially the entire box thread crest, and wherein the localized interference between the pin thread and the box thread exists across substantially the entire pin thread crest or substantially the entire box thread crest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Hydril Company
    Inventor: Harris A. Reynolds, JR.
  • Patent number: 7717478
    Abstract: A threaded connection between adjacent tubular members includes a pin member providing an external wedge thread and a box member providing an internal wedge thread, wherein the internal wedge thread corresponds with the external wedge thread. Further, the threaded connection includes at least one interruption along a helical thread length of one of the external wedge thread and the internal wedge thread and at least two regions along an axial length of the threaded connection where the external wedge thread and the internal wedge thread form a thread seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Hydril LLC
    Inventor: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100084588
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system and method utilizing a retrievable control pod for the actuation of subsea blowout preventer stacks are disclosed. In one embodiment, the hydraulic control system comprises a subsea hydraulic umbilical line, a lower marine riser package having a hydraulic receptacle, a hydraulic control pod having a hydraulic connector for hydraulically mating with the hydraulic receptacle, at least one pod umbilical hydraulic connector hydraulically connected through umbilical connector piping to the hydraulic control pod, and at least one lower marine riser package umbilical hydraulic connector for hydraulically mating with the pod umbilical hydraulic connector and the subsea hydraulic umbilical line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Post Curtiss, III, John Stephen Hiltpold, Patrick D.M. Rogan, Harris A. Reynolds, JR.
  • Patent number: 7686350
    Abstract: Threaded connections including a pin member and a box member and are mismatched. The pin member and the box member have wedge threads formed thereon with a gap formed between pin and box load flanks and/or pin and box stab flanks of the threaded connection. The mismatch may comprise different flank angles and/or different flank profiles between corresponding flanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Hydril LLC
    Inventors: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr., Robert S. Sivley, IV
  • Patent number: 7607333
    Abstract: A tubular connection and methods of manufacturing a box member. The tubular connection includes a box member that includes an internal thread and a pin member that includes an external thread. The external thread is adapted to threadedly engage the internal thread. A substantially helical groove is formed on an outer surface of the box member. The method of manufacturing the box member includes selecting an outer diameter for a box member that causes the tool joint to have a greater than a selected bending strength ratio. A helical groove is formed on the outer diameter of the box member such that the helical groove reduces the bending strength ratio to be about the selected bending strength ratio. An internal thread is formed on an internal surface of the box member. Another method of manufacturing the box member includes forming an internal thread on an internal surface of a cylinder and forming a substantially helical groove on an outer surface of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Hydril LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Sivley, IV, Harris A. Reynolds, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7578039
    Abstract: A method for making-up a wedge thread connection comprising a pin member and a box member includes applying a pipe dope to at least one of the pin member and the box member, wherein the pin member and the box member comprise corresponding wedge threads, reducing the viscosity of the pipe dope at least temporarily, and rotating the pin member relative to the box member to make-up the wedge thread connection, wherein the rotation occurs while the viscosity of the pipe dope is at least temporarily reduced. A collar to be used with a tong assembly in making-up a threaded connection between a pin member and a box member includes at least one power unit configured to temporarily reduce the viscosity of pipe dope applied to at least one of the pin member and the box member, and an inner surface having a selected diameter to correspond to an outer diameter of at least one of the pin member and the box member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Hydril LLC
    Inventors: Harris A. Reynolds, Jr., Robert S. Sivley, IV