Patents by Inventor Jerry Keith Rhodes

Jerry Keith Rhodes 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: 10316606
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Seaboard International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Keith Rhodes, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170074064
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: JERRY KEITH RHODES, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, JR.
  • Patent number: 9534467
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SEABOARD INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Keith Rhodes, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160017682
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Jerry Keith Rhodes, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, JR.
  • Patent number: 9175551
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Seaboard International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Keith Rhodes, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140151059
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry Keith Rhodes, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, JR.
  • Patent number: 6422791
    Abstract: An attachment extends between an outer sleeve and an inner riser pipe where the pipe penetrates the keel of a platform. In one version, the attachment is a conically-shaped with a small diameter ring that engages the riser pipe and a large diameter ring that engages the outer sleeve. This attachment has elements that are very flexible in bending but relatively stiff and strong in axial load. Other versions include flat rings where lateral load is taken directly into tension and compression in the beams, allowing for relatively high lateral load transfer. Both the conically-shaped attachment and the flat ring have a number of variations that provide low bending stiffness but high axial stiffness of the elements. Depending on whether resistance to axial loads, lateral loads, or resistance to combination of both loads is desired, the attachment and the flat ring may be used alone or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: ABB Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph William Pallini, Jr., Kim Hoang Phan, Jerry Keith Rhodes, Chii Ren Lin, Rickie Gene Wester, Rockford D. Lyle
  • Patent number: 6260624
    Abstract: An internal tieback connector for connecting a riser from a platform to a subsea wellhead having internal grooves and a casing hanger therein. The connector has an inner body which carries a lower housing adapted to land on the wellhead. A plurality of dogs abut the lower housing and are adapted to engage and lift the inner body relative to the lower housing. An upper housing is carried on the inner body and adapted to force the dogs inward into engagement with the inner body. A plurality of latch members are carried on the inner body and are adapted to engage the internal grooves when the internal is moved upward relative to the lower housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: ABB Vetco Gray, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph William Pallini, Jr., Jerry Keith Rhodes