With Tool Shaft Detail Patents (Class 175/320)
  • Patent number: 10914121
    Abstract: Embodiments and methods relate to pulling and installing a product line along an underground arcuate path beneath an obstacle, including pulling the product line for an extended length (i.e. a length that might otherwise be deemed impracticable) along the underground arcuate path beneath the obstacle. A sealing/locking mechanism is located at one end of an outer pipe and at an end of an inner pipe at a position within the underground arcuate path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Halderman, Pablo Esteban Guerra, Richard Neil Smith, John Steven Meaders, James Williams
  • Patent number: 10913482
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a first shaft and a second shaft telescopically engaged with the first shaft. The steering column assembly includes a bore extending through the first shaft to the second shaft. A plug is disposed in and occludes the bore. The plug is resiliently expandable relative to the first shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erik William Soderlind, Alan Joseph Porter
  • Patent number: 10883506
    Abstract: An electric submersible pump system can include a shaft; at least one impeller operatively coupled to the shaft; and a bearing assembly that rotatably supports the shaft, where at least one component of the electric submersible pump includes a volumetric composite material that includes polycrystalline diamond material and at least one metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: David Milton Eslinger, Spyridon Joseph Kotsonis, David Hoyle, Alejandro Camacho Cardenas, Arthur Watson
  • Patent number: 10851588
    Abstract: A coupler includes a main body that has an inner bore. The inner bore has a non-circular profile and a longitudinal axis. The coupler includes a cross aperture disposed in the main body. The cross aperture has an axis that is nonintersecting with the longitudinal axis of the main body. The coupler also includes a sleeve that is positioned around an exterior surface of the main body. The sleeve has at least one drilling fluid flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Langenfeld, Jacob Richard Smith
  • Patent number: 10787950
    Abstract: A processing system 100 includes a heat insulating pipe 12, a temperature measuring device 19, and a control device 20. The heat insulating pipe 12 has an inner pipe and an outer pipe. An airtight space is formed between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. A fluid having a temperature lower than that of an indoor space in which the heat insulating pipe 12 is placed is flown within the inner pipe. The temperature measuring device 19 measures a temperature of a surface of the heat insulating pipe 12. The control device 20 is controls a pressure within the airtight space by controlling an exhaust device 16 configured to exhaust a gas within the airtight space based on the temperature of the surface of the heat insulating pipe 12 and a dew-point temperature calculated from a humidity and the temperature of the indoor space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Kohei Otsuki, Akiyoshi Mitsumori
  • Patent number: 10767469
    Abstract: A method of forming a short-hop communications transceiver includes creating, in a conductive tool body, an annular cavity that is electromagnetically coupled to an external tool surface by a surface gap that encircles the tool body. The method further includes positioning material having high magnetic permeability in the annular cavity. The method further includes coupling electrical leads from an electronics module to opposite sides of the surface gap. The method further includes operating the electronics module to perform short-hop telemetry by driving or sensing a voltage signal across the surface gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Ma, Glenn Andrew Wilson
  • Patent number: 10745972
    Abstract: A rock drilling shank adaptor includes an elongate body having an internal flushing bore and an entry hole through the sidewall of the adaptor in fluid communication with the internal bore. The adaptor wall at the region of the entry hole is reinforced such that an internal diameter of the flushing bore at the reinforced region is less than an internal diameter of the bore at a position axially beyond the reinforced region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Susanne Lejon, Magnus Persson, Tomas Sh Jansson
  • Patent number: 10711535
    Abstract: A bearing (12) for a downhole apparatus (10) comprises a body (42) and an upset portion (44). The upset portion (44) extends radially outwards from the body (42), the body (42) and the upset portion (44) defining a channel (46) for receiving fluid flow for lubricating the bearing (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Neil Andrew Abercrombie Simpson
  • Patent number: 10690179
    Abstract: An assembly for use in a wellbore can include a drill string having an outer housing and a thrust bearing sleeve positioned within the outer housing of the drill string. The assembly can also include a stationary thrust bearing positioned within the thrust bearing sleeve and coaxially around a mandrel extending through a longitudinal length of the thrust bearing sleeve. The assembly can further include an interlocking component including a first end coupled to the stationary thrust bearing and a second end positioned in a recessed portion of a housing of the drill string for preventing the stationary thrust bearing from rotating about a central axis of the mandrel, and for allowing the stationary thrust bearing to rotate about one or more axes perpendicular to the central axis. The assembly can include a flexible member for opposing a rotational force applied to the stationary thrust bearing by another thrust bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hossam Mohamed Gharib, Steven Graham Bell, Steven Park
  • Patent number: 10683895
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure can relate to an apparatus including a first member having a first bearing surface formed from a hard material (e.g., a diamond-based material, such as a polycrystalline diamond material), and a second member coupled to an input shaft to translate (e.g., rotate, slide, etc.) with respect to the first member. The second member has a second bearing surface formed from a hard material, and the second bearing surface is to bear against the first bearing surface. In embodiments of the disclosure, the first and second members can be for devices including, but not necessarily limited to: solenoids, generators and/or motors (e.g., out-runner radial flux generators, axial flux generators, radial flux generators/motors, roller vane motors, etc.), gearboxes, rotary data swivels, digital actuators, filters (e.g., inner rotating filters), valves (e.g., proportional valves), sensors (e.g., pressure differential sensors), and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Jonathan D. Marshall, Scott S. Dahlgren, Daniel Manwill, R. Craig Boswell, Scott Richard Woolston
  • Patent number: 10487588
    Abstract: Various drill bits, drilling systems and related methods are provided. In one embodiment, a drill bit comprises a bit body having a face and a shank, at least one insert having a convex engagement surface coupled with the face and at least one wear insert coupled with the shank. In one particular embodiment, the at least one wear insert may be positioned immediately adjacent a coupling end of the shank. The at least one wear insert may include a superabrasive table which may be bonded with a substrate. The at least one wear insert includes a wear surface defined in the superabrasive table. In one embodiment, the superabrasive table may comprise polycrystalline diamond. Similarly, the inset having a convex engagement surface may include a superabrasive material, such as polycrystalline diamond, bonded with a substrate. Such a drill bit may be used, for example, in a top hammer percussion drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Grant K. Daniels, Nathan A. Tulett
  • Patent number: 10428597
    Abstract: A downhole tool comprises a 360-degree wear band placed circumferentially around a portion of the largest outer diameter (OD) of the tool. In some embodiments, the wear band comprises fiber, resin, and a hard mineral. In some embodiments, the hard mineral comprises alumina oxide, carbide, poly crystalline diamond, or combinations thereof. In some embodiments, the wear band has a thickness of from about 0.001 inch to about 0.5 inch or wherein the wear band has a width of from about 0.01 inch to about 1.0 inch or wherein the wear band is flush with the largest OD of the tool. In some embodiments, the portion of the largest outer diameter of the tool is a part of a mule shoe, or a gage ring, or a bottom sub. Methods of making such a wear band are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Plastics & Composites, L.P.
    Inventor: Jarrad Zaiser
  • Patent number: 10408793
    Abstract: A tool and method for reducing azimuthal current. An EM induction tool may comprise a tubular, which may further comprise a body with a central axis and an insulating layer that may be non-azimuthally symmetric with respect to the central axis. The EM induction tool may further comprise a transmitter coupled to the tubular and a receiver coupled to the tubular. A method of reducing azimuthal current may comprise introducing a current through a transmitter into a subterranean formation, wherein the transmitter is coupled to a tubular, allowing an insulating layer of the tubular to at least partially block azimuthal currents originating from the transmitter from flowing on the tubular, wherein the insulating layer is non-azimuthally symmetric, and measuring eddy currents induced by the current with one or more receiver coupled to the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilker R. Capoglu, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10407993
    Abstract: In at least some embodiments, a high-voltage drilling system includes a a power supply to output high-voltage power to an electrical conductor, a bit that extends a borehole based on the high-voltage power, and a hybrid drillstring that transports a fluid flow from the bit to convey detached formation material out of the borehole. At least part of the electrical conductor resides within the hybrid drillstring to convey power to the bit. The hybrid drillstring includes a coiled tubing section and a jointed pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Dirksen, Blaine C. Comeaux, Christopher A. Golla
  • Patent number: 10365097
    Abstract: Provided herein are sondes having a pressure sensor that is separated from active sensing portions of the other sonde sensor or sensors by a longitudinal distance along the sonde. The pressure sensor may be positioned in the base portion of the sonde, with removable sensors connected thereto with a sensor plane at a distal end of the sensors that measures any number of parameters associated with the liquid in which the sonde is immersed. An orientation sensor positioned in the base portion determines an orientation angle of the sonde that, in combination with the depth determined at the pressure sensor location by the pressure sensor, provides the ability to determine the actual depth of the sensor plane, irrespective of orientation angle. Accordingly, improved depth measurement is achieved, without having to confine placement of the pressure sensor at the sensor plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: IN-SITU, INC.
    Inventors: Ashley Steinbach, Duane B. McKee
  • Patent number: 10227857
    Abstract: A method of predicting behavior of a drilling assembly includes: generating a mathematical representation of a geometry of each of a plurality of components of a drilling assembly, the plurality of components including a plurality of cutters and one or more additional components configured to at least one of: support the plurality of cutters and operably connect the plurality of cutters to the drill string, the one or more additional components including a drill bit crown; simulating one or more operating conditions incident on the drilling assembly representation, and simulating an interaction between the plurality of components and an earth formation; and predicting physical responses of the drilling assembly representation to the one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Christian Herbig, Hanno Reckmann, Bernhard Meyer-Heye, Frank Schuberth, Jayesh Rameshlal Jain, Jonathan Mackey Hanson, Carmel Zouheir El Hakam, Reed W. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10151145
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing rubber stator material from inside a housing includes a head, at least one blade, and an actuator. For example, the apparatus can be used to core out rubber material from the housing so new material can be molded therein. Also, the apparatus can be used to cut back excess rubber material newly molded in the housing. The head is rotated about an axis and is moved along the axis relative to the housing. The at least one blade is pivotably connected to the head and removes the rubber stator material at least partially from inside the housing with the rotation and movement of the head through the housing. The actuator is associated with the at least one blade and is operable to adjust a pivot of the at least one blade relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Clean-Tube LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Jezek
  • Patent number: 10119388
    Abstract: A retrievable tool for steering through an earth formation includes a first tool assembly and a tilted antenna attached to the first tool assembly. The tool also includes a second tool assembly attached to the first tool assembly and a tilted antenna attached to the second tool assembly. The first tool assembly attaches to the second tool assembly so that the antennas are tilted in predetermined directions. The tilted antennas are transmitter antennas or receiver antennas. Each tool assembly is a tubular cylinder with a longitudinal axis running the length of the cylinder, wherein the tubular cylinder has two ends, each end including a rotational attachment mechanism. The tool assemblies attach to each other through their rotational attachment mechanisms. The rotational attachment mechanism may be a screw-on mechanism, press-fit mechanism, or welded mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Bittar, Clive Menezes, Martin D. Paulk
  • Patent number: 10024019
    Abstract: A helical pile coupler assembly is operable to be drivingly attached to a helical pile section and is rotatable with the helical pile section about a coupler axis. The coupler assembly is operable to transfer torque supplied by a rotating drive to the helical pile section as the helical pile section is driven through the ground. The coupler assembly includes male and female couplers that define a projection and a socket, respectively. The male and female couplers are shiftable relative to each other along the coupler axis into and out of a mated condition where the projection and socket are mated so that the couplers drivingly engage each other and are configured to transfer torque therebetween. The socket is shaped to removably receive the projection in the mated condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Steven Edward Hunter
  • Patent number: 9951608
    Abstract: A lateral bore communication system where data signals are transmitted across the break in conductive path between a main bore and a lateral bore using a downhole structure section which has an electrode provided around a tubing portion and separated therefrom by an insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Expro North Sea Limited
    Inventor: Steven Martin Hudson
  • Patent number: 9945501
    Abstract: A plug unit and system for connecting capillary tubes, especially for high-performance liquid chromatography, with a plug capillary tube projecting through a hole of a plug housing, which is detachably connectable to a bushing unit. The plug capillary tube front end projects into a capillary tube receptacle in the bushing unit with its end face essentially aligned opposite a front end of a bushing capillary tube or a bushing capillary tube opening of the bushing unit, the end face of which is butted against. The plug housing applies a force, with its end face facing the plug capillary tube end, directly or indirectly on an annular sealing element surrounding the plug capillary tube in the region of the front end of the plug capillary tube such that the front end of the plug capillary tube is sealed through deformation of the sealing element against the capillary tube receptacle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Hermann Hochgraeber, Adolf Satzinger
  • Patent number: 9777549
    Abstract: A wellbore isolation device comprising: a first material, wherein the first material: (A) is a metal or a metal alloy; and (B) partially dissolves when an electrically conductive path exists between the first material and a second material and at least a portion of the first and second materials are in contact with an electrolyte; and an electrolytic compound, wherein the electrolytic compound dissolves in a fluid located within the wellbore to form free ions that are electrically conductive. A method of removing the wellbore isolation device comprises: placing the wellbore isolation device into the wellbore; and allowing at least a portion of the first material to dissolve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Zachary W. Walton, Zachary R. Murphree
  • Patent number: 9670737
    Abstract: A mud motor has integrated rotatable reamer elements. The reamer elements may be located directly radially outwardly of a rotor of the mud motor on an outer surface of the mud motor. The reamer elements may be applied to provide one or more of sizing a wellbore, smoothing a wellbore and stabilizing a bottom hole assembly and/or drill bit during drilling. The reamer elements may project from pockets formed in an outside surface of the mud motor. Axes of rotation of the reamer elements may be parallel to and/or skewed relative to a longitudinal centerline of the mud motor. Reamer devices that connect at couplings between drill string sections may be used together with the mud motor or applied separately of the mud motor. The reamer devices include inwardly-projecting elements that engage gaps between the drill string sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: First Choice Drilling
    Inventors: Vincent Gille Berube, Kevin Kalman, Aaron W. Logan
  • Patent number: 9506214
    Abstract: A self-aligning and torque transmitting coupler assembly includes an outer coupler coupled to a first shaft of and an inner coupler coupled to a second shaft. The outer coupler comprises an inner surface having primary and secondary alignment and torque transmitting features, and the inner coupler comprises an outer surface having primary and secondary alignment features. The primary and secondary alignment features are configured to interlock and facilitate alignment of the first and second shafts along a common axis in an exemplary application of a foundation support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Pier Tech Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Kaufman, Michael D. Wilkis
  • Patent number: 9500037
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drill bit (20) for percussive rock drilling, which comprises: —a drill head (21); —a skirt (24), which has a first end and an opposite second end, the skirt being connected to the drill head at said first end; —a recess (25) extending axially through the skirt from the second end of the skirt towards the first end thereof, the recess being provided with an internal, cylindrical female thread (26); and —an impact surface (27) at the bottom of the recess. Every cross-section of the recess (25) between the impact surface and the part of the recess where the female thread has its full thread profile has a cross-sectional area which is smaller than the cross-sectional area of a cross-section of the recess at the part of the recess where the female thread has its full thread profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Bo Carlstrom, Jens Sundin, Susanne Lejon
  • Patent number: 9500041
    Abstract: An inground isolator and associated method can provide an electrically isolated break in a drill string using electrical insulating members/isolators that are supported by a housing. During drill string operations, the isolators are subject only compressive forces responsive to both extension (pushing) and retraction (pulling) by the drill string. The isolators can be formed from an electrically insulating material such as a ceramic material. An interchangeable inground tool system is described which integrally serves to provide an electrically isolating gap in the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Chau, Kenneth J. Theimer
  • Patent number: 9453372
    Abstract: A fluid-actuated directional percussive impact tool includes a back head for connection to a pressurized fluid source and a tool casing housing a drill bit longitudinally movable with respect thereto. The drill bit has a central axis extending longitudinally therethrough. A sonde housing is coupled between the back head and the tool casing and has a sonde disposed therein. The sonde housing has a central axis extending longitudinally therethrough. A bent sub is integrally formed with the sonde housing and connects the sonde housing to the tool casing such that the central axis of the drill bit intersects the central axis of the sonde housing at a non-zero angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy Stump, Antonio Castrero, William Michael Mulligan
  • Patent number: 9447641
    Abstract: A rotary steerable drilling tool with an electromagnetic steering system can include a drill collar, a bit shaft, an orientation control module, a mud tube, a mud tube coupler, a universal joint, a mud sealing device, and a drill bit. The bit shaft can be mechanically coupled to the drill collar through the universal joint and the orientation control module and rotate about the universal joint. The orientation and the inclination angle of the bit shaft against the drill collar can be controlled by the orientation control module with the electromagnetic steering system. The orientation control module can include a guide track mounted on the inside wall of the drill collar, arrays of electromagnets mounted on the guide track, a positioning frame, a permanent magnet mounted on the positioning frame, a coupling tube, and at least two bearing wheels. A corresponding electromagnetic steering method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Naizhen Liu, Qihui Zhao, Yuzhou Lu, Yonghe Li, Rui Bai, Jing Li, Ce Liu
  • Patent number: 9435193
    Abstract: Generally, a sonde, associated components and methods are described which can be used in conjunction with an inground tool having an inground tool housing that defines an inground tool cavity such that the inground tool cavity is exposed to an ambient pressure environment which surrounds the inground tool during an inground operation. A sonde housing assembly includes an exterior configuration that is receivable within the inground tool cavity. The sonde housing assembly at least partially defines a sonde interior and is further configured for receiving the pressure sensor body of a pressure sensor in a pressure sealed engagement. A sonde electronics package is supported within the sonde interior and is at least configured to receive the pressure signal and transfer a corresponding pressure signal from the sonde.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Chau, Dmitry Feldman, Benjamin John Medeiros
  • Patent number: 9389634
    Abstract: A stop mechanism of a helm device includes a rotation member, rotatable disks, fixed disks, and an electromagnet which presses these disks against one another. An inversion control pin is provided in a steering shaft. Slits are formed in a cylindrical portion. Both ends of the inversion control pin are inserted into the slits. The slits are shaped to be elongated in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical portion. A first pin receiving stopper wall is formed on one end of the slits. A second pin receiving stopper wall is formed on the other end of the slits. The inversion control pin can move within the range of inversion allowance angle between the pin receiving stopper walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keishi Washino
  • Patent number: 9297253
    Abstract: A well pipe for inductive connection to a well tool includes a tubular pipe string and an inductive pipe element. The pipe string includes an inner pipe wall defining a longitudinal opening, where a compartment is provided radially in a radial groove of the inner pipe wall and the inductive pipe element is provided in the compartment. The well tool includes a tool body and an inductive tool element provided in a groove provided radially on the outside of the tool body. The inductive tool element is connected to the tool body by a connection device, where the inductive tool element is movable between a run state and a set state, where the inductive tool element is provided in the groove in the run state and where the inductive tool element is radially protruding from the groove in the set state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Interwell Technology AS
    Inventors: Espen Hiorth, Bjørnar Svenning
  • Patent number: 9291004
    Abstract: Tubular drill string component for drilling a hole with circulation of a drilling fluid around the component and in a direction going from a drill hole bottom to the surface. The component includes a first end including a female threading, a second end including a male threading, and a substantially tubular central zone. The component includes a communication tube arranged at least in the central zone and in contact with a bore of the central zone. A signal transmission cable is arranged in the tube. The communication tube includes a body formed from at least one metal strip arranged with an annular component. The body includes, in section along a plane passing through the axis of the tube, at least two axially elongated lengths, partially overlapping one another with an axial play selected to accommodate the maximum elastic deformation of the component under axial compressive and/or bending stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Didier David, Gérard Leveau, Gabriel Roussie
  • Patent number: 9115752
    Abstract: A bearing assembly includes a tubular outer housing and a tubular inner mandrel. The outer housing has an exterior surface and an interior surface defining an interior bore. The inner mandrel has an exterior surface and an interior surface defining an interior mud flow channel. The inner mandrel is journaled for rotation within the interior bore of the outer housing. Pairs of diamond bearings having opposed curved bearing surfaces are disposed between the outer housing and the inner mandrel. One of each pair of opposed curved bearing surfaces being convex and being secured to one of the inner mandrel or outer housing and another of each pair of opposed curved bearing surfaces being concave and secured to another of the inner mandrel or outer housing. The opposed curved bearing surfaces accommodate limited relative misalignment and provide radial and axial support between the inner mandrel and the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Wenzel
  • Publication number: 20150144401
    Abstract: A bottom hole assembly includes a drill string, a bit coupled to an end of the drill string, a rotary steerable system coupled to the drill string above the bit, a hydraulically actuated tool assembly coupled to the drill string above the rotary steerable system, and an electrically controlled tool coupled to the drill string above the hydraulically actuated tool assembly and electrically coupled to the rotary steerable system. A method includes running a bottom hole assembly downhole, the bottom hole assembly including a drill bit, a rotary steerable system, an electrically controlled tool, and a hydraulically actuated tool assembly disposed between the rotary steerable system and the electrically controlled tool. The method includes cutting a formation with the drill bit, actuating the hydraulically actuated tool assembly, and maintaining an electrical connection between the rotary steerable system and the electrically controlled tool during the running, the cutting, and the actuating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Mahavir Nagaraj, John Michael Aubin, Renato Pereira, Bhushan Pendse, Francesco Vaghi
  • Patent number: 9038750
    Abstract: A rotary joint for use in directional control of a subterranean rotary steerable drilling apparatus. The rotary joint is formed by mated spherical-shaped sockets, each of which is connected with a hollow rod. By virtue of this arrangement, a continuous passageway is provided for fluid to flow through the rotary joint, which fluid may be used for cooling the rotary joint during operation of the rotary steerable drilling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventor: Hamid Ali Abbasi
  • Publication number: 20150129319
    Abstract: A slip ring apparatus which includes a housing, a contact assembly recess defined by the housing, a slip ring rotor assembly contained within the interior of the housing adjacent to the contact assembly recess, a slip ring contact assembly mounted within the interior of the housing, wherein the slip ring contact assembly is insertable and removable from the interior of the housing via an exterior recess side of the contact assembly recess, and a hatch cover for covering the contact assembly recess, wherein the hatch cover is removable and replaceable via the exterior recess side of the contact assembly recess. A method of servicing a slip ring apparatus which includes removing a hatch cover, servicing the slip ring apparatus, and replacing the hatch cover, all via an exterior recess side of the contact assembly recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Alben D'Silva, Mesfin Ayele Demissie
  • Publication number: 20150117960
    Abstract: A helical screw pile having a soil displacement device (lead displacement plate) on its shaft above at least one helical plate, which pulls the pile into the ground when the shaft is rotated. The lead displacement plate has a disk that carries at least two curved, axially extending bottom blades, which preferably extend beyond the disk periphery. The axial height of the blades preferably is greater than the axial pitch of the helical plate(s) divided by the number of blades. The top of the disk has an axially extending adapter ring that defines an annular seat for centering a tubular casing. Extension displacement plates can be used between extension shafts for centering additional tubular casings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Michael KEMP, Shawn David DOWNEY, Kelly Suzanne HAWKINS
  • Patent number: 9016359
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling power delivered to a pulsed power system which includes a command charge switch for controlling when power produced by a primary power system is fed into a cable. The command charge switch also controls the power delivered to the pulsed power system in a bottom hole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: SDG, LLC
    Inventor: William M. Moeny
  • Patent number: 9004197
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary drill stem component for exploration of a hydrocarbon well with drilling mud in movement around the component from a bottom of the well towards the surface. The drill can include a central tubular element having an axis of revolution and extended on either side respectively by a first and a second tool joint each respectively and successively including a first cylindrical portion connected to the tubular element, a second tapered portion, a third cylindrical portion with a radius greater than that of the tubular element. The drill can include a threaded end which can connect the component to another component, the component including a first shell provided with one or more functional zones, the first shell being mounted on one of the tool joints in a cohesive and removable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Vam Drilling France
    Inventors: Gabriel Roussie, Christophe Rohart
  • Patent number: 9004196
    Abstract: A drill bit assembly has a bit head and a pin body. The bit head comprises a cutting end, an opposite connecting end with an engagement section, and a feature facing the connecting end. The pin body comprises a tubular body with an axial bore therethrough, a connecting end with an engagement section and a feature facing the connecting end. The drill bit assembly is manufactured by positioning the pin body connecting end with the bit head connecting end such that the pin body and bit head engagement sections overlap with a gap therebetween, and the pin body and bit head features are aligned; injecting a thermoplastic or other connecting material in liquid form between the bit head and pin body engagement sections and into the gap; and solidifying the thermoplastic or other connecting material such that the bit head and pin body are mechanically coupled together at their connecting ends and their features are securely aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kjell Haugvaldstad, Derek Logan, Garry Holmen, Tony R. Dopf, Aaron Logan, Rob Utter
  • Publication number: 20150060148
    Abstract: A drilling apparatus including a rotary cutting tool having a proximal end and a distal end and further defining a rotary axis generally extending between the proximal and distal ends. The rotary cutting tool includes a proximally directed face located between the proximal and distal ends that face mainly in a proximal direction. The rotary cutting tool also includes an angled mounting face that extends between the proximally directed face and the proximal end. The angled mounting face is angled relative to the proximally directed face and the rotary axis where one of a mounting aperture and a mounting protrusion are provided at the proximally directed face. The one of the mounting aperture and the mounting protrusion have a mounting depth that extends generally in the direction of the rotary axis. The distal end includes a feature that is configured for at least one of cutting and grinding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher R. Fontana, Keith Allen Hoelting, Randy R. Runquist
  • Publication number: 20150041221
    Abstract: Collection device for connecting a drilling tool, such as a bit, to the end of a drilling column, in which the connection device comprises a first element, with a first end, intended to be connected to the end of the drilling column, and a second element, with a second end, intended to be connected to the drilling tool, in which the second element is fixed to the first element so as to allow a translational movement in a longitudinal direction in order to make it possible to change the distance between the first end and this second end, characterized in that the connection device comprises a “pusher” structure for transmitting a thrust force from this first element towards the second element, comprising a set of “Belleville” washers making it possible to ensure that said thrust force, from the first element toward the second element, is substantially constant in any position of the second element with respect to the first element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Tercel IP Ltd.
    Inventors: Sebastian Daniel Jean Desmette, Magdy Zaki, Walleed Ibrahim
  • Publication number: 20150041214
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating a signal to or from a downhole tool includes a drill pipe configured to be rotated to drill a borehole, a tubular under axial tension and secured in the drill pipe, and a retention device secured to the tubular and configured to maintain the tubular under the axial tension. The retention device includes a portion extending from a body of the device in a direction that is non-inward-radial with respect to a longitudinal axis of the drill pipe. The apparatus further includes a transmission line disposed in the tubular and in an opening of the retention device and in communication with the downhole tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Stephan Mueller, Ingo Roders, Robert Buda, Rene Schulz, Henning Rahn, Detlev Benedict
  • Patent number: 8944189
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling system for rod segments for use in horizontal earth boring, wherein the ends of the rod segments are interlinked via a separate sacrificial element which can be used as a predetermined breaking point or which allows the rod segments to be pivoted relative each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tracto-Technik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Franz-Josef Püttmann
  • Patent number: 8944188
    Abstract: A retaining arrangement suitable for use with a drill string assembly having a sub adaptor and a drill spindle in use connected together, the retaining arrangement including: one or more retaining bodies, the or each retaining body comprising a connection region for removably connecting the or each retaining body to one of the sub adaptor and the drill spindle; and a first retaining or catch region adapted to catch the other of the sub adaptor and drill spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cardinal Trading Company Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Jacob Garth Lowry
  • Publication number: 20150027785
    Abstract: A borehole reaming cutter retention and fastening/locking system enable field replacement of borehole reaming cutter assemblies utilized in infrastructure emplacement horizontal drilling (HDD) applications. The borehole reaming cutter assembly retention/fastening system can withstand borehole drilling forces without the necessity of permanent welding, thereby allowing cutter interchangeability/replacement in the field. The borehole cutter retention assembly shape and design, coupled with the fastening/locking mechanism design, may be robust enough to replace permanent welding and may allow field cutter interchangeability and replacement. Current designs and devices utilize permanent welding of component/cutter assemblies, thereby requiring workshop/welding construction and deconstruction to enable the interchangeability and replacement of cutter assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Brent Lane, Darrell Klesel
  • Patent number: 8931548
    Abstract: A modular tool for use in subterranean formations includes a first module, a second module and one or more connectors for connecting the first and second modules. In particular, the first module includes a first collar that at least partially defines an exterior of the tool and that includes a first engagement mechanism at a first end of the collar and a second engagement mechanism at a second end of the collar. The first module also includes a fluid passageway for passing drilling fluid therethrough. The second module has a similar configuration as includes similar architecture. The one or more connectors facilitate the connection of at least one flowline fluidly connected to an exterior of the tool, and an electrical pathway for transmitting power and/or data between the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ashers Partouche, Steven G. Villareal, Julian J. Pop, Albert Hoefel, Kent D. Harms
  • Patent number: 8931581
    Abstract: A drilling tool that has a flexible shaft so as to be able to make short radius curves while still being able to transmit torque and axial loads. The drilling tool includes a drill shaft for transmitting axial load, comprising a series of coaxial ring members connected together such that adjacent ring members are flexible in an axial plane relative to each other; each ring member being connected to an adjacent ring member by connecting member arranged to transmit torque therebetween; and axial supports extend between adjacent ring members so as to transmit axial loads therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Coporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Publication number: 20140374168
    Abstract: A chuck isolator for the chuck of a drill comprising a base plate mountable to the chuck, a drive plate connectable to a drill bit, and a first elastomeric member interposed between the base plate and the drive plate. The base plate and the drive plate are wider than the drill bit. The chuck isolator is connectable to the chuck of the drill and capable of providing sound and vibration isolation when the chuck isolator is connected to the drill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Michael, Ernest B. Ferro, JR., Jeffrey A. Ferro, David Scott Yantex, Lynn A. Alcorn
  • Patent number: 8915315
    Abstract: A drillpipe for a drill stem to drill a hole. The drill stem includes a drill string and a bottom hole assembly. The drillpipe includes a first end having a first inertia, a second end having a second inertia, a first intermediate zone adjacent to the first end, a second intermediate zone adjacent to the second end, and a central substantially tubular zone with an external diameter smaller than the maximum external diameter of at least the first or the second end. A casing is fixed on the pipe over a portion of the external surface thereof, at least one physical parameter sensor is disposed in the casing, and at least one data transmission/storage mechanism is connected to the sensor output, the casing being disposed at a distance from the first and second ends, the casing being integral with the central zone at a distance from the first and second intermediate zones and having a smaller inertia than the first and second inertias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Vam Drilling France, Association Pour la Recherche et le Developpement de Methodes et Processus Industriels
    Inventors: Jean Boulet, Stéphane Menand