With Assembly Means Or Feature Patents (Class 285/18)
  • Patent number: 10934800
    Abstract: A running tool runs a hanger and tubing string into a wellbore. A tool body threads onto the hanger. Lugs are held on the body with catches. During the threading, triggers engage with the hanger and release the catches, and springs bias the lugs to an extended condition. Being extended, the lugs can engage in slots in the hanger, such as flutes in the hanger's flange. The engagement of the lugs with the slots prevents further threading of the tool on the hanger while the threads keep the tool connected to the hanger. The tubing string can be rotated and moved axially during cementing to distribute the cement evenly. Once done, the lugs can ratchet out of the slots as the tool is unthreaded from the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Adam J Hatten
  • Patent number: 10823320
    Abstract: A pipe joint has male and female couplers with interfitting features that join pipe sections together when the male coupler is positioned within the female coupler. The couplers can be separate rings or formed in the ends of lengths of pipe. Typically, a male coupler is at one end of a length of pipe and a female coupler is at the opposite end of the pipe. The interfitting features can include three or more ridges or teeth of a first coupler (a male coupler) and the same number of ridges or teeth of a second coupler (a female coupler) each tooth being positioned in a respective transition region of the coupler. Ramp surfaces of the couplers are positioned at opposite sides of each tooth. The ramp surfaces have respective slopes, and the interfitting features are designed to reduce the forces required to push the couplers together into a locked engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Northwest Pipe Company
    Inventor: Brent Keil
  • Patent number: 10794517
    Abstract: A pipe system can include a coupling having an axis, axial ends and a bore. Each axial end can include a coupling spline groove formed in the bore, and a seal groove axially inboard of the coupling spline groove. The seal groove can be configured to house a seal. At least two pipes can be configured to be inserted into different axial ends of the coupling and be secured therein with retainers. Each pipe can include a pipe spline groove, a band groove axially adjacent to and radially shallower than the pipe spline groove, and a band mounted in the band groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Dmitry Yashin, Joshua E. Clapper
  • Patent number: 10797328
    Abstract: A fuel cell module that can suppress deterioration of sealability caused by liquid (water) that has collected in a system is provided. In the fuel cell module, a port portion of a gas-liquid separator is provided with a discharge groove in a region of from the outer periphery toward the inner periphery of the port portion, and the bottom portion of the discharge groove is inclined so as to become lower toward the inner side. Liquid (water) that is stuck between the port portion and a housing portion is discharged, due to its own weight or the like, to the inside of the port portion (to the side of the gas-liquid separator) through the discharge groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 10711737
    Abstract: A device for mounting a conduit of a vapor canister on a vehicle includes a base having a first side and an opposing second side. The base includes fastener openings for receiving fasteners to attach the base to a frame. A connector extends from the first side of the base between the fastener openings for connecting the device to a conduit of a vapor canister. A pipe having an inlet extends from the second side of the base and forms an air passage from the inlet to the connector. The device may also include supports on the second side of the base for supporting the device on frame members with rounded or flat surfaces. The conduit mounting device can be installed by attaching the device on a frame member without the need for tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Reedy
  • Patent number: 10641064
    Abstract: A system for connecting two conduits in a body of water, exhibits a first tubular structure, which is coupled to a conduit that extends along a first longitudinal axis; a second tubular structure, which is coupled to another conduit that extends along a second longitudinal axis and comprises a tubular member, and a sleeve, which is telescopically coupled to the tubular member, and faces the first tubular structure; and an actuating assembly, which comprises a bidirectional translating device configured to selectively displace the sleeve forward and backward to selectively couple and uncouple an end portion of the sleeve and the first tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Diego Lazzarin, Gianluca Toso, Alessandro Radicioni
  • Patent number: 10591095
    Abstract: A fluidic coupling includes a compression screw having an axial bore, a threaded portion configured to engage a threaded bore of a coupling body, and a drive surface, a tube extending through the axial bore of the compression screw, the tube including a body and a fluidic channel extending through the body to a sealing end, the body including a pocket formed at the sealing end having a depth, a collet secured to an outer surface of the tube and having a first end configured to receive the drive surface of the compression screw, and a polymer seal having a channel to pass a fluid, the polymer seal including a flange portion and an insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Jencks, Mark W. Moeller, Kenneth R. Plant
  • Patent number: 10571061
    Abstract: A pipe fitting comprising three annular coaxial sections including a grip section, middle section, and a seal section, the grip section and seal section being separately fixed to the middle section, an annular array of grips in the grip section, an annular semi-rigid seal in the seal section, a hydraulic grip actuator in the housing for radially constricting the grips into gripping engagement with an exterior of a pipe extending into the housing, and a hydraulic seal actuator hydraulically and mechanically independent of the grip actuator, for forcing the seal radially into engagement with an exterior of the pipe, a first mechanical lock for maintaining the grips in contact with the pipe and a second mechanical lock maintaining the seal in contact with the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron Z. Louden, Glenn Beard, Shon Joseph George Meenathethil
  • Patent number: 10527222
    Abstract: An articulated mechanism and associated systems and methods therefore are disclosed. An example articulating mechanism within the scope of the disclosure includes a stud, a keyed washer having a plurality of threaded apertures, and a nut. The nut threadingly engages the stud. The nut includes a plurality of apertures segregated into a plurality of groups. A size of the apertures formed in the nut are larger than a size of the apertures formed in the keyed washer, resulting in an angular variation over which an aperture of the nut remains aligned with an aperture of the keyed washer. The apertures of the respective nut and washer are arranged such that at least one aperture of the nut aligns with an aperture of the keyed washer continuously throughout rotation of the nut relative to the keyed washer. The aligned apertures receive a fastener to secure the nut to the keyed washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Geoffrey C Jawidzik, William Monteleone
  • Patent number: 10487609
    Abstract: A system includes a running tool having a tool body configured to couple to a hanger assembly, a first sleeve disposed around the tool body and configured to move in an axial direction with respect to the tool body, a torque sleeve disposed around the tool body and configured to move in the axial direction as a result of movement of the first sleeve in the axial direction, where the torque sleeve has a first torque transfer interface configured to interlock with a second torque transfer interface of the hanger assembly to enable torque transfer from the running tool to the hanger assembly, and a second sleeve configured to couple to the first sleeve, where the second sleeve is configured to move to engage a lock member of the hanger assembly and to move the lock member between a locked position and an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Haw Keat Lim, Sanjay Menon, Sufian Bin Mohamed Arip, Yong Wee Lee, Kim Siang Ong, Boon Keng Tay
  • Patent number: 10435958
    Abstract: Examples describe systems and methods for a tool to remove portions of casing from a wellbore. A tool may include a bottom sub-assembly and casing that selectively detach from a sub-assembly. This may allow for tools and casing within the wellbore to be efficiently and effectively removed from the wellbore without having to cut tools down well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vertice Oil Tools
    Inventor: Mohamed Ibrahim Saraya
  • Patent number: 10378685
    Abstract: The present invention provides a faucet coupling structure capable of enabling a user to complete the faucet installation by simply inserting the faucet instead of rotating to tighten the faucet, and enabling the user to separate the faucet by holding and rotating the faucet by hand. The user can conveniently install the faucet while adjusting the angular orientation of the faucet to a desired angle. The user can install the faucet by holding and inserting the faucet by hand, and can also separate the faucet by holding and rotating the faucet by hand. As a result, the user can install and separate the faucet without using a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Do Kyeng Lee, Choong Bum Ahn
  • Patent number: 10253582
    Abstract: Systems and methods for riser monitoring and lifecycle management are disclosed. The riser monitoring and lifecycle management method includes receiving a signal indicative of an identification of a riser component at a monitoring and lifecycle management system (MLMS), wherein the riser component forms part of a riser assembly. The method also includes detecting one or more properties via at least one sensor disposed on the riser component during operation of the riser assembly, and communicating data indicative of the detected properties to the MLMS. The MLMS stores the data indicative of the detected properties with the identification of the riser component in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dril-Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake T. DeBerry, Morris B. Wade
  • Patent number: 10234070
    Abstract: A fitting structure is provided for supply of gas and connectable between an air supply tube in the form of a hose or a plastic pipe and an air outlet of an air compressor and includes a fitting and a thermal insulation tube. The fitting includes a first coupling opening connectable with the air outlet of the air compressor and a second coupling opening connectable with the air supply tube. The thermal insulation tube has a first end part fixed inside the second coupling opening of the fitting and a second end part extending outside the second coupling opening such that a portion of the thermal insulation tube that extends outside the second coupling opening is received in the interior of the air supply tube. High-temperature air from the air compressor is conducted through the thermal insulation tube into the air supply tube without being directly applied to the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Chi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 10220508
    Abstract: A robot includes a curved arm including a first member, a second member, and a coupling member and bending in a longitudinal direction, the first member couples to a distal end of the coupling member in the longitudinal direction, and the second member couples to a base end of the coupling member in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Yokota, Jun Sakurada, Akio Niu
  • Patent number: 10138687
    Abstract: A technique facilitates formation of a connection between a first component and a second component. The first component and the second component may each comprise a tubular component. Additionally, the second component is secured to the first component via a coupler which is constructed to establish a hydraulic chamber between the coupler and at least one of the first component and the second component. Application of hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic chamber causes a desired preloading of the first component and the second component across the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholas Taylor, Sammy Deville, Timothy Wood, Jonathan Cruz
  • Patent number: 10119372
    Abstract: A high-pressure, high-temperature tieback system including a production casing tieback tool consisting of a ratchet-latch sleeve disposed in a recessed portion of an annular extension of increased wall thickness of the production casing tieback tool and a production casing mudline hanger disposed about the production casing tieback tool. The production casing tieback tool is configured to directly engage the production casing mudline hanger. The ratchet-latch sleeve is configured to directly engage a threaded axial segment of a tubular other than the production casing mudline hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Julian Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 10118017
    Abstract: An activator attachment that can be attached to the proximal end of a catheter adapter and can activate a blood control valve within the catheter adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: S. Ray Isaacson, Richard Champion Davis, III, Bryan G. Davis, Austin Jason McKinnon
  • Patent number: 10113385
    Abstract: A hanger system is disclosed for supporting a production tubing string in a well. The system includes a hanger body with an inner bore extending through the body along an axis. The system also includes an inner mandrel attachable to the production tubing string and passable from the hanger body inner bore. The inner mandrel is also engageable with the hanger body by rotation of the inner mandrel. Further, the inner mandrel is movable into a landed position by axial, non-rotational movement of the inner mandrel relative to the hanger body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Tyler Loudon
  • Patent number: 10101576
    Abstract: A bore scope system includes an HVAC system has at least one duct and at least one vent. An electronic device is provided that has an input and a display. The electronic device is manipulated to observe the display. A camera unit is provided. The camera unit is comprised of a resiliently bendable material. Thus, the camera unit may be manipulated into a selected shape. The camera unit is inserted into the at least one vent and is urged into the at least one duct. Thus, such that the camera unit records an interior of the at least one duct for inspection purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: David Torres
  • Patent number: 10077705
    Abstract: A flange structure for connecting together two members each having a flow path with different angles which can control an increase in flow resistance and can realize easy and stable manufacture can include a first member and a second member connected to each other through a flange. A central axis of a flow path of the second member can be slanted at a first angle with respect to a central axis of a flow path of the first member. The flow path of the first member and the flow path of the second member are allowed to communicate with each other by an in-flange flow path formed in the flange, and a second angle constituted of an acute angle between a central axis of the in-flange flow path and the central axis of the flow path of the first member is smaller than the first angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Shouta Kogure
  • Patent number: 10030800
    Abstract: A push-to-press inflation adaptor is provided for use with an English valve and includes a valve connector, a connection barrel, a coupler, an air tube, and a spring. The valve connector includes a first movement hole, a positioning cavity, a communication compartment, a valve opening and a constraint opening. The connection barrel is coupled to the valve connector. The connection barrel includes a second movement hole and an air tube opening. The coupler is received in the first movement hole and the second movement hole of the valve connector and the connection barrel and is reciprocally movable through application of a force thereto. The air tube is received through the air tube opening into the connection barrel to be jointed to the coupler. The spring is supported between the coupler and the connection barrel to provide a preloading force to bias the coupler in a direction toward the constraint opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 9970582
    Abstract: A subsea connector system having ejection capability has a first connector with a flange extending radially outwardly therefrom and a second connector. The second connector has a hub, a housing extending around the hub, and an actuator mounted on or in the housing. The actuator is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The actuator bears on the flange of the first connector when in the extended position so as to allow the second connector to be disengaged from the first connector. The first connector is a plurality of collet segments engageable with the hub of the second connector. The actuator causes the plurality of collet segments to separate from the hub when the actuator is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Brent Cox, Jeffrey Partridge
  • Patent number: 9909580
    Abstract: A valve cover lock assembly for a pump having a fluid end module can include a ring adapted to couple to the module, an insert comprising a plurality of segments, and a cone adapted to couple with the insert, wherein the ring comprises a first coupler and the insert comprises a second coupler configured to couple with the first coupler, wherein the cone is configured to move one or more of the plurality of segments when the cone is moved, and wherein the first and second couplers are adapted to at least partially resist movement of the insert. A method of locking a valve cover can include coupling a ring to a valve cover opening, disposing an insert comprising a plurality of segments at least partially within the ring, coupling an actuator to the insert, and coupling the insert to the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Premium Oilfield Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas A. Jahnke
  • Patent number: 9850930
    Abstract: A shaft adapter configured to be removably-coupled to shafts of differing diameters. The shaft adapter may have a stepped cylinder cavity with multiple inner diameters. The shaft adapter may further have a spring-loaded adapter ring configured to translate along an inner wall of the stepped cylinder cavity, and may be configured to support an outer wall of a first shaft received into the shaft adapter, or may be configured to be urged into a compressed position when the shaft adapter receives a second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Paratech, Incorporated
    Inventor: William O. Teach
  • Patent number: 9828835
    Abstract: A telescoping joint is used to space out ends of a string and distribute the string weight between the tie-down locations. The joint can be compressed to reduce its length but has a locking mechanism that prevents extension under tensile loading. The seals in the joint provide a longer service life due to minimization of relative movement in the expansion joint components. The locking mechanism is preferably a ratchet system that uses a body lock ring that is enabled after breaking a shear pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew J. Krueger, Sidney K. Smith, William J. Cauley
  • Patent number: 9816343
    Abstract: A subsea connection includes an umbilical termination head having a termination head housing and at least one first connecting line, each of which has a first mating device; a subsea base unit having a base unit housing and at least one second connecting line, each of which has a second mating device that is connectable with a corresponding first mating device; and a locking device for locking the termination head to the subsea base unit. The second mating device is fixed to a stab plate and kept in a retracted position before connection of the termination head with the base unit, and the stab plate and the second mating device are arranged to move relative to the base unit housing during connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS
    Inventors: Trond Løkka, Oddbjørn Aase
  • Patent number: 9784044
    Abstract: The present invention is a connector (5) for a riser equipped with an external locking collar (11). Locking collar (11) cooperates with a male flange (24) of a male connector element (9) and a female flange (23) of a female connector element (8) by means of a series of tenons. The invention also relates to a riser including several sections (4) assembled by a connector (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Emmanuel Persent, Navid Saeedi, Gerard Papon
  • Patent number: 9771762
    Abstract: A downhole separation apparatus for releasing a pipe string from a bottom hole assembly is disclosed. The apparatus has a tubular collet body, a tubular bottom sub, and a piston collet positioned within the collet body. The collet piston has a plurality of collet fingers threadedly engaging an internal profile of the bottom sub. Separation is accomplished by pumping a circulation ball through the pipe string until it lands on a ball seat inside the collet piston. Increasing fluid pressure then shifts the piston collet axially downward within the collet body thereby causing the collet fingers to collapse to disengage the bottom hole assembly from the pipe string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: KLX Energy Services LLC
    Inventor: Toby Scott Baudoin
  • Patent number: 9708863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for riser monitoring are disclosed. A riser monitoring system includes a riser assembly having a plurality of riser components, wherein the riser assembly includes an internal bore running through the plurality of riser components. An external sensor is disposed on an outer surface of the riser assembly, an internal sensor is disposed along the internal bore of the riser assembly, or both. A communication system is coupled to the external sensor, internal sensor, or both to communicate signals from the external and/or internal sensors to an operator monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Dril-Quip Inc.
    Inventors: Blake T. DeBerry, Morris B. Wade
  • Patent number: 9695644
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a smart riser handling tool are disclosed. The riser handling tool may be movable to manipulate an equipment asset, such as a riser component. The riser handling tool may include one or more sensors for measuring one or more properties associated with the equipment asset, and a communication system coupled to the one or more sensors to communicate data indicative of the one or more measured properties to an operator monitoring system. In some embodiments, the riser handling tool may include an electronic identification reader for identifying the equipment asset, and the communication system may be coupled to the electronic identification reader to communicate data indicative of the equipment asset identification to the operator monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Drill-Quip Inc.
    Inventors: Blake T. DeBerry, Morris B. Wade
  • Patent number: 9650870
    Abstract: A safety device and method for protection of the integrity of well barrier(s) or other interfacing structure(s) at an end of a riser string or a hose includes a releasable connection in the riser string or hose, the releasable connection arranged to release or disconnect during given predefined conditions in order to protect the well barrier(s) or other interfacing structure(s). The safety device safety device includes at least one sensor to monitor at least one of tension loads, bending loads, internal pressure loads and temperature. The sensor provides measured data relating to at least one of tension loads, bending loads, internal pressure loads and temperature. An electronic processing unit receives and interprets the measured data from the sensor. An electronic, hydraulic or mechanical actuator or switch is arranged to receive a signal from the electronic processing unit and initiate a release or disconnect of the releasable connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Peter Jenkins, Ola Ystgaard, Harald Holden
  • Patent number: 9599263
    Abstract: A movable coupling for a pipeline, which can be applied in aviation and aerospace. The coupling includes a dip pipe, a counter piece and a displaceable component. The counter piece has a passage, into which the dip pipe is inserted. The counter piece has a holder extending from the passage. The component includes a clearance that the dip pipe extends through. A portion of the displaceable component is received in the holder so the displaceable component can be displaced relative to the counter piece in a direction not parallel to the longitudinal axis of the dip pipe. When the dip pipe moves relative to the counter piece, the displaceable component is tight against the dip pipe and also against the counter piece. A tank arrangement includes a tank with a pipeline connected to the tank and including a movable coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Lutzer
  • Patent number: 9482068
    Abstract: A subsea well connector for connecting a tubular member to a subsea wellhead assembly includes a tieback connector having an annular stationary connector body that circumscribes a portion of an annular moveable connector body. A tie rod with a tie rod profile extends axially from the stationary connector body. A dog ring circumscribes the tie rod and is moveable between a lockdown open position where the dog ring is spaced from the tie rod, and a lockdown engaged position where a dog ring inner diameter profile engages the tie rod profile, to axially couple the stationary connector body and the moveable connector body. An annular piston circumscribes the dog ring and has a region with a reduced inner diameter that engages an outer diameter of the dog ring to retain the dog ring in the lockdown engaged position. A cylinder circumscribes the annular piston, defining a lockdown piston cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Vetco Gray, Inc.
    Inventor: Rockford Dee Lyle
  • Patent number: 9404245
    Abstract: An apparatus for effectively plunging a drain by blocking the redirection of water is provided. The apparatus includes a pipe mainframe defining an enclosed area. The pipe mainframe includes a plurality of piping having a front portion and a rear portion. Tee pipes are outwardly disposed on the front portion and the rear portion of the pipe mainframe. The rear portion includes an adjustable connector attached to the outward end of the tee pipe. The adjustable connector can modify the length of the pipe mainframe to accommodate sinks or basins of various lengths. The apparatus further includes a rubber pipe cap at a distal end of the front portion of the pipe mainframe to effectively block the flow of water and provide support for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: John Lagger
  • Patent number: 9382771
    Abstract: Sealing mechanisms are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a connector configured to couple one or more flow-control valves to equipment installed at a well and an isolation sleeve configured to be retained by the connector. The isolation sleeve may include a seal and a hydraulically actuated piston disposed adjacent one another about a body of the isolation sleeve such that actuation of the piston engages the seal. The isolation sleeve may also include a mechanically driven actuator ring, where the actuator ring energizes a seal against the bore of a tubing hanger. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventors: Brian Hart, Cameron J. Berry, Dennis Harwood
  • Patent number: 9334705
    Abstract: A subsea connector for connecting an upper subsea component to a lower subsea component of a drilling, production, or completion system. The subsea connector includes locking members configured to move radially inward to engage the upper and lower subsea components in a locked position, and radially outward to return to an unlocked position. The locking members are hydraulically or mechanically actuatable. The subsea connector particularly may include a locking member such as a dog or collet connector disposed in the subsea connector to lower the bending moment of the system, thereby increasing the bending capacity of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventors: Scott D. Ward, Christopher Kocurek, Daniel McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9322293
    Abstract: A venting pipe used to guide a gas stream in a turbojet including at least one hollow rotary shaft inside which the pipe is mounted, the pipe extending generally along an axis. The pipe includes at least two pipe segments configured to be aligned longitudinally and assembled to one another while retaining a degree of freedom in relative translation thereof, at least one of the segments including a deformable mechanism configured to deform radially as the pipe segments are tightened against one another in the shaft of the turbojet, to bear on the shaft. The pipe structure facilitates mounting of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Michel Gilbert Roland Brault, Philippe Pierre Vincent Bouiller
  • Patent number: 9303492
    Abstract: The device of the present disclosure comprises a holder (80) fixed to the first element and a connection element (82) borne by the holder (80). The connection element (82) is intended to engage on the second element (24). It is mounted with radial mobility in relation to the holder (80) between a separated placement configuration and a contracted configuration for holding the connection elements (82) on the second element (24). The or each connection element (82) comprises a self-locking system (100) and a mobile catching member (102), the catching member (102) being mounted with the ability to move in the self-locking system (100). The fixing device (22) comprises an actuator (104) for moving the catching member (102) in the self-locking system (100) between a deployed position and a position in which it is retracted in the self-locking system (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Frédérick Vergne, Sylvain Routeau
  • Patent number: 9285252
    Abstract: A sensor and housing suitable for harsh environments includes a central axis and first and second housing sections. The first housing section includes a first fitting including a mating surface orthogonal to the axis and a tapered recess formed in the mating surface and coaxial with the axis. The tapered recess has a decreasing internal dimension at points further from the mating surface and terminates at a faceted recess. The second housing section includes a second fitting having a flange and a frusto-conical projection terminating in a faceted tip. When the first and second housing are coupled, the flange and mating surface are aligned, the frusto-conical projection contacts an interior surface of the first fitting that defines the tapered recess, and the faceted tip seats within the faceted recess. The housing may include a head for housing sensor electronics and a shield that encloses the head and is spaced from the head by an air gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Angela Nugent, Todd Allen, Todd Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9260934
    Abstract: A rotating control device can include a housing assembly, a body and a clamp device which releasably secures the housing assembly to the body. The clamp device can include a piston which radially displaces a clamp section. A well system can include a rotating control device which includes at least one seal which seals off an annulus between a body of the rotating control device and a tubular string which extends longitudinally through the rotating control device. The rotating control device can also include a piston which displaces longitudinally and selectively clamps and unclamps a housing assembly to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig W. Godfrey, Peter Antonenko, Neal G. Skinner, Fredrick D. Curtis, Derrick W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9244482
    Abstract: A device for the application of a preload between a subsea wellhead and a conductor housing includes an activating member, a support housing, a locking member, and at least one element for securing the support housing relative to the wellhead. Movement of the activating member causes an inclined lateral movement of the locking member. The activating member carries a ratchet having a multiplicity of serrations which have a regular pitch in the activating direction and the support housing carries at least two latches which allow the relative movement and can engage the ratchet to inhibit movement reverse to the activating direction. The discrete locking positions provided by one of the latches are positionally out of phase with the discrete locking positions provided by the other latch or latches. A support member is positioned to be moved laterally in response to movement of the activating member and to support the locking member against the engagement zone of the datum member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Stuart James Ellison
  • Patent number: 9222318
    Abstract: Systems and methods for riser coupling are disclosed. A riser coupling system comprises a riser joint connector comprising a first tubular assembly coupled to a second tubular assembly. The riser coupling system further comprises a spider assembly which receives the riser joint connector and has a connector actuation tool. The connector actuation tool comprises a dog assembly, a clamping tool and a splined member. The dog assembly selectively extends a dog to engage the riser joint connector. The clamping tool couples the first tubular assembly and the second tubular assembly. Finally, the splined member actuates a locking member of the riser joint connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Dril-Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake T. DeBerry, Morris B. Wade, James Daryl Kizer, Michael J. Lynch, Sascha Antonio Castriotta
  • Patent number: 9194203
    Abstract: A subsea latch tool has a latch tool body with an outer surface, a lock piston slidably mounted over the outer surface of the latch tool body and movable between an extended position and a retracted position, and a lock ring extending around the outer surface of the latch tool body. The lock piston has a wedge surface at an end thereof. The wedge surface of the lock piston is interposed between the outer surface of the latch tool body and an inner surface of the lock ring. The lock piston is movable from the retracted position to the extended position so as to expand an outer diameter of the lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Teng P. Lee
  • Patent number: 9175524
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to a gripping device configured to cooperate with a pipe drive system or top drive to provide a sealed engagement with drillpipe elements. The gripping device includes a housing configured to extend over and at least partially around a distal end of the drillpipe element. Further, the gripping device includes a seal area positioned along an inner perimeter of the housing such that, when a seal is inserted in the seal area, the seal is arranged to engage with a face of the distal end of the drillpipe element and a face of the gripping device. Further, the gripping device includes engagement features configured to extend inwardly from the inner perimeter to facilitate coupling of the gripping device with an outer circumferential area of the drillpipe element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Everett Leman, Thomas George Roesner
  • Patent number: 9169712
    Abstract: A locking door assembly, blowout preventer and method are provided. The blowout preventer is for sealing about a tubular extending from a wellbore of a wellsite. The blowout preventer includes a housing having a bore and a channel therethrough. The tubular is positionable through the bore and engageable therein. The blowout preventer also includes a door assembly including a door slidably positionable along an axis of the channel and providing selective access to the channel, and a lock. The lock includes at least one locking member having at least one raised portion extending along the door assembly in a direction transverse to the axis of the channel. The locking member is extendable into at least one corresponding receptacle of the housing and movable therealong between an unlocked and a locked position whereby the door assembly is selectively retractable from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Jahnke
  • Patent number: 9169710
    Abstract: A wellsite connector (110) includes a connector body (232) having an end adapted for coupling to a first of the components and a cavity (265) to receive a second of the components, a piston (234) axially movable in the connector body and having a piston profile along an inner surface thereof, and a plurality of collets (236). The collets are positionable about the connector body adjacent the piston and radially movable thereabout. The collets have a collet profile along an outer surface thereof corresponding to the piston profile of the piston. The collets also have a grip profile along an inner surface thereof selectively engageable with the second of the components whereby the collets are selectively latchable about the second of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Jahnke
  • Patent number: 9145752
    Abstract: A mudline connector including a compression adaptor which can be elastically deformed onto an internal tubular member. The compression adaptor deflects inwardly to grip upper and lower sealing mandrels, providing axial and bending load support and creating a seal to isolate bore pressure from an outer annulus. The clamping arrangement provides a sealed connection between two well casing sections extending in opposite axial directions. The well casings are gripped and held in an end to end configuration by a radial load applied internally by a compression ring. The connector is activated by introducing pressure to activate pistons which in turn provide an axial thrust to stroke the internally tapered compression ring along the externally tapered compression collar, effectively creating an interference fit therebetween. This deflects the inner surface of the compression collar inwardly, deflecting the compression adaptor inwardly to grip the outer surfaces of the upper and lower sealing mandrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Plexus Holdings, PLC.
    Inventor: Craig Hendrie
  • Patent number: 9140464
    Abstract: In a heating medium utilizing apparatus utilizing heating medium heated by a heating device, it is aimed to provide a pipe which achieves both of the strength of a connection part to an external pipe and the ease of pipe layout without increasing a manufacturing time. On a tip portion of an internal pipe through which the heating medium or fluid to be heat-exchanged with the heating medium flows, a pipe expanding process to expand a pipe diameter and a pipe shrinking process to shrink the pipe diameter are carried out, thereby forming the connection part to be connected to the external pipe connected to external equipment by work hardening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutaka Suzuki, Kei Takeyama, Takuya Suenaga
  • Patent number: 9074710
    Abstract: A pipe unit includes a pipe body, first and second flanges, and an adjusting structure. The first flange and the second flange are respectively disposed on opposite first and second ends of the pipe body. The adjusted structure is disposed between the first and second flanges and serves to adjust the length of the pipe unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Chih-Neng Chou, Kuo-Pang Tseng