Patents by Inventor Thomas D. Ricles

Thomas D. Ricles 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: 5215148
    Abstract: A firing apparatus for use with a tubing-conveyed perforating apparatus is disclosed. Wellbore pressure applies an upward force to a first piston connected by a shearable coupling to a firing piston. At a predetermined pressure the coupling shears, allowing the first piston to move upward. The first piston moves upward until the firing piston is in fluid communication with the pressure. The firing piston is forced downward by the pressure, firing the perforating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Ricles
  • Patent number: 5088557
    Abstract: A downhole pressure attenuation apparatus is provided by which the explosive and hydraulic peak pressure and quasi-static pressure pulses generated by perforating gun detonation are attenuated by one or more fluid-free chambers having initially closed vent ports which are opened substantially contemporaneous with gun detonation so as to provide one or more free volume, pressure absorbing cavities. The pressure attenuation apparatus is made up of at least one fluid-free chamber and one or more pressure relief vents. Each pressure relief vent includes at least one charge port assembly having a prestressed port and an explosive filled shaped charge. The number of charge port assemblies used in each vent is determined by the surface area to be opened and the size of the vent chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ricles, John A. Barton
  • Patent number: 5044388
    Abstract: Hydraulic cylinder apparatus, including a ram and attached piercing element is chained and secured around a perforating gun. A hydraulic cylinder is pressurized to thereby drive the piercing element through the sidewall of the perforating gun. The piercing element is tapered so that it is self-sealing during penetration of the gun sidewall. The piercing element is allowed to retract in a controlled manner so as to control the depressurization of the perforating gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Barton, Thomas D. Ricles
  • Patent number: 5024277
    Abstract: A running tool and method for the use thereof in locating apparatus in a well bore includes an elongated hollow tool body and outer sleeve encircling the body; a mandrel disposed within the body and sleeve and carrying a collet on the lower end thereof which, in the running position of the tool, is enclosed within the sleeve; and a sealed chamber having a substantially incompressible fluid therein which is metered through a flange located on a tool mandrel to control the time required to move the mandrel between the running and release positions, thus controlling the force and time required for actuation of the tool to avoid inadvertent release of the well apparatus being lowered into the well bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Ricles
  • Patent number: 5007486
    Abstract: A perforating gun assembly and universal perforating charge clip apparatus in which a universal design of the charge and the charge clip include trapping of the detonating or firing cord, a lock-in position of the charge in both the raidal and transverse directions and vertical support of the shaped charge in the gun assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Ricles
  • Patent number: 5007344
    Abstract: A unitary dual firing assembly includes a high explosive detonation cord with ends, each actuable by a different firing mechanism. The ends of the high explosive detonation cord are adjacent respective bulkhead membranes which, if broken, are effective to transfer a shockwave to detonate the high explosive cord. An intermediate section of the high explosive cord is effective to detonate perforating gun apparatus. A hydraulic firing head is located adjacent the membrane at one end of the high explosive detonating cord, while a mild explosive detonating cord is located adjacent the membrane at the other end of the high explosive detonating cord. An upper end of the mild explosive detonating cord terminates in a stem cap assembly which is responsive to an impact for detonating the high explosive cord, via a lower end of the mild explosive detonating cord. Mechanical or fluid inputs can thus be applied to reliably detonate one or the other of the firing mechanisms to trigger the perforating gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ricles, Richard M. Ward
  • Patent number: 4886127
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment of the invention, a pressure actuated firing assembly for use in connection with a tubing conveyed perforating system is provided. The firing assembly is connected to a cable and lowered into engagement with the tubing conveyed perforating apparatus set within the well. The cable is removed and pressure is applied to the tubing annulus. At a predetermined pressure a shear member breaks, arming the firing assembly. Force is exerted upon an impact firing rod by a spring member causing fluid to move from a reservoir through a flow path traversing a piston attached to the impact firing rod. In one embodiment, the flow path may be restricted to provide a time delay before the impact firing rod is released whereby the force exerted by a spring forces the firing rod into a percussion firing assembly to thereby detonate the percussion firing assembly and the attached perforating apparatus. Alternatively no flow path may be provided to give instantaneous firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ricles, Gary R. Domstead
  • Patent number: 4776393
    Abstract: Perforating gun automatic release mechanism wherein the perforating gun is linked to the drilling string by a coupling member. The coupling member includes a plurality of collet fingers, by which said coupling member is attached to the drilling string. The heads of the collet fingers, when inserted into the bottom of the drilling string engage a circumferential groove therein. A slidable locking sleeve, coaxially disposed within the coupling member prevents the inward radial movement necessary for the collet finger heads to disengage the groove. The locking sleeve sits on a slidable piston, which is contained inside the coupling member on top of the explosive charge which detonates the perforating gun. Upon detonation, the resulting shock wave traveling upward pushes the piston and locking sleeve to a position where the collet finger heads are free to disengage the groove, which the weight of the perforating gun then causes, dropping the gun, coupling member and all attachments away from the drilling string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Forehand, Robert A. Turney, Max M. Murray, Thomas D. Ricles