Device Including Passages Having V Over T Configuration Patents (Class 137/834)
  • Patent number: 9033003
    Abstract: A device for vibrating tubing as it is inserted into a wellbore is disclosed. The device has a fluidic switch that has no moving parts. The fluidic switch is connected to a piston that oscillates back and forth in a cylinder. The piston is the only moving part. As the piston oscillates, it blocks and unblocks openings in the cylinder or other components. The movement of the piston controls the timing of the oscillation, and also generates an impulse or vibration. The vibration may reduce the friction between the tubing and the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Standen, Douglas James Brunskill
  • Patent number: 8985150
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a device for directing the flow of a fluid comprises: a fluid chamber; a first outlet; a second outlet; a first outlet fluid passageway, wherein the first outlet fluid passageway is operatively connected to the first outlet; and a second outlet fluid passageway, wherein the second outlet fluid passageway is operatively connected to the second outlet; wherein the fluid rotationally flows about the inside of the chamber, and wherein the fluid flowing through the first outlet fluid passageway conjoins with the fluid flowing through the second outlet fluid passageway at a point downstream of the first and second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Jason D. Dykstra
  • Patent number: 8905144
    Abstract: A flow control device can include a surface that defines a chamber and includes a side perimeter and opposing end surfaces, a greatest distance between the opposing end surfaces being smaller than a largest dimension of the opposing end surfaces, a first port through one of the end surfaces, and a second port through the surface and apart from the first port, the side perimeter surface being operable to direct flow from the second port to rotate about the first port. Another device can include a cylindroidal chamber for receiving flow through an inlet and directing the flow to an outlet, a greatest axial dimension of the cylindroidal chamber being smaller than a greatest diametric dimension of the cylindroidal chamber, the cylindroidal chamber promoting rotation of the flow based on a characteristic of the inflow through the inlet. The device can have a flow path structure in the cylindroidal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra, Michael L. Fripp
  • Patent number: 8844571
    Abstract: A fluid actuator for influencing the flow along a flow surface by ejecting a fluid flowing through the fluid actuator is described. The fluid actuator has at least two outlet lines with outlet openings at the respective ends thereof, and a feed line connected to the outlet lines for feeding fluid at a supply pressure, a flow direction diverting device into which the feed line opens and out of which the outlet lines open, and an adjusting device coupled to the flow direction diverting device to control the latter. The adjusting device is configured so the fluid is conducted successively in a cyclic sequence into each of the outlet lines. A discharge device for discharging a fluid out of a flow body, and a flow body having a multiplicity of discharge openings and a discharge device of said type are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Burkhard Gölling, Matthias Bauer
  • Patent number: 8840850
    Abstract: A flow channel structure includes a substrate having a flow channel formed therein, and plural fibrous bristles extending from the inner wall of the flow channel. The flow channel is configured to allow a solution to flow through the flow channel. The inner wall of the flow channel is made of silicon. The flow channel is configured to allow a solution to flow through the flow channel. This flow channel structure can homogenize the solution inside the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Nakatani, Makoto Takahashi, Hiroshi Ushio, Takeki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8733401
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fluidic oscillator insert for use in a subterranean well can include forming the insert with a conical housing engagement surface thereon, and forming at least one fluidic oscillator on a substantially planar surface of the insert. A well tool can include a housing assembly, at least one insert received in the housing assembly, the insert having a fluidic oscillator formed on a first surface thereof, the insert being at least partially secured in the housing assembly by engagement of conical second and third surfaces formed on the insert and housing assembly, and a cover which closes off the first surface on the insert. An insert for use in a well tool can include a conical housing engagement surface, and at least one fluidic oscillator formed on a substantially planar surface. The fluidic oscillator produces oscillations in response to fluid flow through the fluidic oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Schultz, Robert Pipkin
  • Patent number: 8418725
    Abstract: A well tool can comprise a fluid input, a fluid output and a fluidic oscillator which produces oscillations in a fluid which flows from the input to the output. The fluidic oscillator can include a vortex chamber with inlets, whereby fluid enters the vortex chamber alternately via the inlets, the inlets being configured so that the fluid enters the vortex chamber in different directions via the respective inlets, and a fluid switch which directs the fluid alternately toward different flow paths in response to pressure differentials between feedback fluid paths. The feedback fluid paths may be connected to the vortex chamber. The flow paths may cross each other between the fluid switch and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Schultz, Robert Pipkin, Travis Cavender
  • Patent number: 8276669
    Abstract: A variable flow resistance system for use in a subterranean well can include a flow chamber having an outlet and at least one structure which resists a change in a direction of flow of a fluid composition toward the outlet. The fluid composition may enter the chamber in the direction of flow which changes based on a ratio of desired fluid to undesired fluid in the fluid composition. Another variable flow resistance system can include a flow chamber through which a fluid composition flows, the chamber having an inlet, an outlet, and a structure which impedes a change from circular flow about the outlet to radial flow toward the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra, Michael L. Fripp
  • Patent number: 8092761
    Abstract: A microfluidic diaphragm valve. The valve comprises: an inlet port; an outlet port; a weir positioned between the inlet and outlet ports, the weir having a sealing surface; a diaphragm membrane for sealing engagement with the sealing surface; and a thermal bend actuator for moving the diaphragm membrane between a closed position in which the membrane is sealingly engaged with the sealing surface and an open position in which the membrane is disengaged from said sealing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Gregory John McAvoy, Emma Rose Kerr, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7691331
    Abstract: A microfluidic flow device includes at least one flow channel flowing into a branch point, to which at least two branched channels are connected, and at least one linking channel interconnecting the two branched channels. The linking channel flows into each branched channel at a short-circuit point which is preferably located at less than half of the length of each branched channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Rhodia Chimie
    Inventors: Armand Ajdari, Galder Cristobal, Mathieu Joanicot
  • Publication number: 20080115849
    Abstract: A micro-fluidic oscillator comprises a main body and a cover body for covering the main body. An oscillation chamber is disposed on the main body to provide an oscillation space for fluid. A sudden-expansion micro-nozzle is connected with one end of the oscillation chamber, and an outlet passage is connected with the other end of the oscillation chamber. Two fluid-separating bodies are located at the connection positions of the outlet passage and the oscillation chamber, respectively. Two feedback channels are located outside two attachment walls. The sudden-expansion micro-nozzle is used to break the viscous shear stress between fluid and the walls and to generate unstable flow and oscillation. Moreover, the two feedback channels have different lengths, inside diameters and alternate outlet positions to further enhance the oscillation of fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Jing-Tang Yang, Chi-Ko Chen, Kun-Chih Tsai
  • Patent number: 7080664
    Abstract: A fluid amplifier is presented. The fluid amplifier comprises at least one control valve for controlling at least one of a first control fluid flow and a second control fluid flow. That is, the control valve has a movable element for selectively opening and closing at least one of the first control stream channel and the second control fluid flow channel. The control valve also includes a diaphragm for isolating the moveable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Crystal Fountains Inc.
    Inventor: George Ayer
  • Patent number: 7080661
    Abstract: A fluid amplifier having a filter interposed in an upstream conduit for filtering the power stream. The interior surface of the upstream conduit downstream from the filter is sealed to impede debris from being introduced to the power stream downstream from the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Crystal Fountains Inc.
    Inventors: George Ayer, Michael J. Philips
  • Publication number: 20040244854
    Abstract: Method of converting and amplifying a weak pneumatic signal into an enhanced hydraulic signal comprises a few of interrelated techniques: keeping free planar liquid high-speed jet-stream flow in steady-state compact quasi-parallelepipedic shape along its trajectory of free path throughout gas ambient of pneumatic control chamber; dividing pneumatic control chamber into two isolated cavities by said jet-stream flow and separating said pneumatic chamber from downstream adjacent intake hydraulic chamber by solid partition, slotted with jet stream passing channel; insulating low pressurized said control pneumatic chamber from highly pressurized said hydraulic intake chamber by forming locking liquid whirls in gaps between entire liquid side free surfaces of jet-stream flow and adjacent solid side surfaces of jet-stream passing channel; enhancing an impact of liquid jet-stream flow impulse upon output channels of intake hydraulic chamber by effecting thereupon with additional impulses of thrust reactive flows; cre
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: CTRL Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Vadym Buyalsky
  • Publication number: 20040094220
    Abstract: A method and flow system for controlling the flow of a liquid in a flow system, the liquid flow comprising particles and being led into a channel thereof. The method comprises the steps of enveloping the liquid flow by a flow of carrier liquid, hydrodynamically focussing the particles in the liquid flow providing a measurement signal of the liquid flow from an observation area in the channel, and dividing the liquid flow at a branching point into two or more outlets in response to the measurement signal. The division of the liquid comprises introducing a control liquid from at least one control channel at a merging point or merging area in the channel. The amount of control liquid is controlled by at least one electro-kinetic pump, the pump effect of which is controlled in response to the measurement signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Claus Barholm-Hansen
  • Publication number: 20030140976
    Abstract: With a method of controlling the flow in a flow system where a liquid flow contains a particle concentration, the liquid flow is surrounded by a carrier liquid. The liquid flow and carrier liquid are led into a central channel in which there is provided an observation area (4) where measurements of the liquid flow are effected. The result of the measurements are used to lead the liquid flow into one of several channels, in that control liquids are introduced into the liquid flow before this reaches the channels, the control liquids being derived from a capillary pump structure which pumps on the basis of an electro-kinetic effect, e.g. an electro-osmotic effect. In a preferred embodiment, the pump structure consists of two capillary structures, to each of which an electrical field can be applied. Depending on the strength of the field, the amount of control liquid will be able to be controlled so that the liquid flow with the particle concentration can be led to one of two channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Claus Barholm-Hansen
  • Patent number: 4693822
    Abstract: A fluidic contactor comprising a vortex stage and a separator stage. The vortex stage is in the form of a vortex chamber whereby fluids of different densities when introduced into the chamber through one or more tangential inlets are caused to swirl through the chamber before passing into the separator stage which is in the form of a column forming an extension of an axial outlet from the vortex chamber. In passing along the column the fluids become separated and emerge through separated outlets at the end of the column remote from the chamber. The fluids can be mixed together before entry into the chamber or separate fluids can be intimately mixed together in swirling through the chamber, in each case to permit mass transfer of constituents between the fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    Inventors: Michael J. Bowe, Samuel N. Oruh, Jaswant Singh
  • Patent number: 4379492
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control apparatus for a pneumatic impact wrench driven by an air motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Assignee: Nippon Pneumatic Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 4369811
    Abstract: A trim circuit for compensating for null offset of the jet stream in a flic transducer, such as an amplifier or jet deflection sensor, includes a flow bias control circuit and a supply sensitive difference flow control circuit. The flow bias control circuit supplies fluid pressure to a pair of symetrically disposed control channels at the input end of the transducer. This fluid pressure tends to decrease the amount of null offset of the jet stream from a central axis of the transducer which intersects a pair of symetrically disposed output channels. The supply sensitive difference flow control circuit removes the null offset remaining after correction by the flow bias control circuit. The supply sensitive difference flow control circuit may be disposed in one of the later stages of a cascaded fluidic amplifier chain or at the control inputs of a single stage transducer or amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Francis M. Manion, Charles E. Paras
  • Patent number: 4258753
    Abstract: A fluidic amplifier or switch for supplying pulses of a power gas to be controlled which is insensitive to load impedance or back pressure. One arm of the fluidic switch comprising part of the gas injection path is coupled to a working outlet and the other arm is coupled through a sonic orifice to a vent outlet. An orifice is provided in the downstream end of the power gas injection path, the injection pressure is maintained at preferably at least about twice the maximum back pressure and a substitute gas is injected into the arm of the fluidic switch not carrying the power gas to be controlled. The two gases are each alternately supplied to the working outlet and the vent outlet. When the power gas to be controlled is supplied to the working outlet, the substitute gas is supplied to the vent outlet and when the substitute gas is supplied to the working outlet, the power gas to be controlled is supplied to the vent outlet to maintain the pressure constant across the working outlet orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolf Limpaecher
  • Patent number: 4148333
    Abstract: A fluid diverting assembly is constituted by a structural body having a nozzle from which a main stream of fluid is issued as the fluid passes therethrough, a pair of opposed control chambers positioned adjacent the nozzle and on respective lateral sides of the stream of fluid, a pair of side walls outwardly diverging in a direction downstream of the nozzle with respect to the direction of flow of the main fluid stream, and control apertures respectively communicated to the control chambers. An interceptor mechanism is provided for alternately adjustably closing any one of the control apertures for deflecting the direction of flow of the main fluid stream issued by the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Nawa, Yutaka Takahashi, Masaru Nishijo
  • Patent number: 4000757
    Abstract: A bistable fluidic amplifier having high gain is disclosed. Power fluid is upplied through an inlet port and lobe-shaped feedback cavities downstream provide an oscillating differential pressure or flow between a pair of outlets. A pair of opposed control ports are provided between the inlet port and the feedback cavities and a differential control pressure or flow applied to the control ports creates a differential outlet pressure or flow having a gain in the range of 10-15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1977
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Peter A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 3938557
    Abstract: A fluidic device using a free jet in which a control nozzle or nozzles terminate within the emitter jet, is disclosed. Positioning the ends of the control nozzles within the emitter jet avoids jet distortion when acted upon by control fluid for deflection. In the preferred embodiment, geometric symmetry is provided, either with control nozzles in pairs disposed opposite to each other, or another control member, such as a rod, disposed opposite to each control nozzle. A receiver for preventing air or gas entrainment is also disclosed. The device provides high efficiency, low noise, and operates with low pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1976
    Assignee: Canadian Patents and Development Limited
    Inventor: J. Douglas Malcolm
  • Patent number: RE30870
    Abstract: A fluidic system (e.g. amplifier or bistable unit) having an inlet branch and a pair of outlet branches separated by a fluid-flow splitter whereby the fluid is rendered electromagnetically susceptible, e.g. magnetic by incorporating magnetic particles therein, electrostatically responsive by being relatively dielectric, or electrically conductive, so that the fluid flow to the outlet branches may be controlled by magnetic, electrostatic or current flow means or an output may be derived by similar electromagnetic means for controlling an ancillary device, providing an indication of a fluid flow parameter or feedback control of an input parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1971
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1982
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Inoue