Cutting Means Actuated By Contacting Element Suspended In Well By Cable Or Rope Patents (Class 166/54.6)
  • Patent number: 9482500
    Abstract: A marine cable cutter is provided for wirelessly severing wire responsive to an electromagnetic command signal. The cutter includes an explosive package for wrapping around the wire, and a clamshell case for containing the package around the wire. The package includes a wireless receiver to receive the command signal, an electric pulse generator triggered by the receiver, an explosive initiated by the generator, and a platform for containing the receiver, generator and explosive. The clamshell case includes a pair of envelopes connected along mutual first edges by a hinge and mutual second edges by respective clamps. The envelopes pivot on the hinge to open and receive the package with disposal of the wire therein, and subsequently to close and secure by the clamps. The envelopes can be composed of sheet metal with the clamps being flanges with aligned holes for receiving bolt fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Steven E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9476276
    Abstract: A method for installing and operating a cable head with cable shear mechanism for wireline cable supporting oilfield equipment in a wellbore. The cable head has a housing, a cable bore, a tapered sleeve, a sliding bell, a drive pinch cylinder, a linear biasing mechanism positioned between the tapered sleeve and the drive pinch cylinder, a plurality of shear pins disposed partially into the housing and though the drive pinch cylinder, wherein each shear pin is adapted to withstand from 100 pounds to 2000 pounds of shear load, a pair of slidable cutting segments, and a pair of slidable cutting segment guides. When cable load exceeds a preset limit, the shear pins shear allowing the slidable cutting segments to be moved up the slidable cutting segment guides to impact and shear the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: G&H DIVERSIFIED MANUFACTURING, LP
    Inventors: Joe Noel Wells, Edward Cannoy Kash
  • Patent number: 9441439
    Abstract: A technique facilitates cutting of a conveyance or other member passing through a tubular system, such as a landing string and/or a subsea test tree. The technique utilizes a pair of cutter blades pivotably coupled together at a pivot which may be located adjacent a pair of cutting edges. The pair of cutter blades is located in a body which has a passage sized to enable movement of certain tools and conveyances therethrough. The pair of cutter blades is connected to a piston actuated mechanism which may be selectively actuated to move the cutting edges toward each other and across the passage extending through the body. When the cutter blades are in an open position, the tools and/or conveyance may be moved through the cutter body along the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: David Carter Allensworth
  • Patent number: 8899330
    Abstract: A shear pig assembly and method of use for severing a linear conductor within a surrounding tubular. A shear pig assembly includes a main body and a nose that radially surround the linear conductor within the tubular. The main body and nose are axially moveable with respect to each other to cause a shear plug to move radially within a shearing chamber, thereby severing the linear conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: John Gordon Misselbrook
  • Patent number: 8376040
    Abstract: A cutting device and a method for emergency cutting of a line in a well are disclosed. The cutting device includes a tapering guide including a narrow end portion and a wide end portion for feed-through of the line, the narrow end portion being placed, when in its position of use, at a lower position than that of the wide end portion; at least one sliding block arranged axially movable within the tapering guide; at least one cutting knife connected to the sliding block and directed inwards in the tapering guide; at least one releasable holding mechanism for standby holding of the at least one sliding block at the wide end portion of the guide, and for releasing the at least one sliding block in connection with emergency cutting of the line. Upon release, the at least one sliding block will move downward in the direction of the narrow end portion of the guide where it will force its at least one cutting knife with increasing force against the line until it is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Smart Installations AS
    Inventors: Petter Birkeland, Oyvind Koldal
  • Patent number: 7810553
    Abstract: A wireline cutter comprises a primary housing with a first axial bore configured to receive a wireline positioned within a well bore, and a first blade mounted within the primary housing and operable to cut the wireline. A method of cutting a wireline in a well bore comprises running a wireline cutter into the well bore, receiving the wireline within the wireline cutter, and cutting the wireline with the wireline cutter. A one-trip cutting system for use in a well bore comprises a wireline cutter, and a coiled tubing cutter. A method for cutting a coiled tubing with a wireline disposed therein comprises running a system comprising a wireline cutter and a coiled tubing cutter into the well bore, cutting the coiled tubing with the coiled tubing cutter, and cutting the wireline with the wireline cutter, wherein both cutting steps are performed in one trip into the well bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian W. Cruickshank, Benjamin Bianchi, Richard Messa
  • Patent number: 7422055
    Abstract: A wireline cutter comprises a primary housing with a first axial bore configured to receive a wireline positioned within a well bore, and a first blade mounted within the primary housing and operable to cut the wireline. A method of cutting a wireline in a well bore comprises running a wireline cutter into the well bore, receiving the wireline within the wireline cutter, and cutting the wireline with the wireline cutter. A one-trip cutting system for use in a well bore comprises a wireline cutter, and a coiled tubing cutter. A method for cutting a coiled tubing with a wireline disposed therein comprises running a system comprising a wireline cutter and a coiled tubing cutter into the well bore, cutting the coiled tubing with the coiled tubing cutter, and cutting the wireline with the wireline cutter, wherein both cutting steps are performed in one trip into the well bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian W. Cruickshank, Benjamin Bianchi, Richard Messa
  • Patent number: 7264060
    Abstract: A side entry sub for use with a drill string, where the side entry sub receives a wireline within its inner diameter. The present invention includes a device capable of severing the wireline proximate to the side entry sub. The present invention can further include a capturing device to grapple the severed portion of the wireline to prevent it from being dropped within the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Philip Wills
  • Patent number: 7128155
    Abstract: A cutting device cuts one or more downhole control lines such that the cut ends of the one or more control lines will not interfere with subsequent fishing operations. The cutting device comprises a mandrel, a cutting sleeve and a housing supported on a tubing. Movement of the tubing induces relative motion of the cutting sleeve to cut the one or more control lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Brian W. Cho
  • Patent number: 7114563
    Abstract: A downhole tool system comprising a side entry sub comprising a side entry adapted to receive a wireline, a cutting sub comprising a cutting apparatus, a cable head adapted to connect a downhole tool to the cutting sub, and a release releasably connecting the wireline to the cable head, the cutting apparatus adapted to cut the wireline. The downhole tool system is conveyed downhole on a pipe string to perform downhole operations. If lodged, the wireline may be released and removed from the downhole tool system such that fishing operations may be performed to retrieve the remaining portions of the downhole tool system. If lodged, the pipe string may also be released or removed from the downhole tool system such that fishing operations may be performed to retrieve the remaining portions of the downhole tool system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Lawrence C. Rose
  • Patent number: 6997262
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cutting one or more longitudinal members, external to a downhole tubular conduit, by pulling upward on a cutter body attached to the tubular conduit, where the longitudinal members are run between cutter knives within the cutter body. The cutter knives are attached to one external longitudinal member. After the main tubular conduit is cut below the cutter body, the tubular conduit is pulled, lifting the cutter body, thereby engaging the cutter knives with sloping surfaces on the cutter body to force the knives together, severing the external longitudinal members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry T. Palmer, James S. Trahan
  • Patent number: 6439313
    Abstract: A method of machining a workpiece in a subterranean wellbore comprises the steps of: (a) providing a workpiece that comprises (1) a first section that comprises a first material, and (2) a second section that comprises a second material, the second section forming at least one surface of the workpiece; (b) placing the workpiece in a subterranean wellbore that is surrounded by a geologic formation; and (c) machining the workpiece to remove at least part of the second material in the second section, whereby at least one surface of the workpiece is formed into a desired configuration. This method allows, for example, a landing nipple to be installed in a wellbore, and customized locking recesses to be formed in the inner surface of the nipple at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Hubertus V. Thomeer, James Michael Costley, Randolph J. Sheffield, David M. Eslinger, Marc Allcorn, Mark C. Oettli
  • Patent number: 6296053
    Abstract: A pipe string in an oil well has a cable 2 slidingly attached along it. It may be necessary to break the pipe string. Apparatus is provided for controlling the position of a fracture in the cable, as it is desirable to break the cable at about the same point. The apparatus comprises a pocket 1 attached to the cable and having a passage through which the cable passes, and upper and lower nipples 5 and 6 attached to the cable in the pocket. The lower face 5′ of the nipple 5 is skewed relative to the lower internal face 3′ of the pocket and the facing faces (5″, 6′) of the two nipples are skewed relative to each other, so bending and kinking the cable when tension is applied. The cable therefore breaks at the bend or kink. The pipe string includes a plurality of such apparatuses located at spaced points along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Subsurface Technology AS
    Inventor: Henning Hansen