Submersible Type Patents (Class 417/423.3)
  • Patent number: 11867190
    Abstract: A vertical electric pump for moving a liquid, that includes a containment jacket a mechanical section, which includes an intake port and a delivery port, an assembly for the movement of the liquid which includes one or more impellers, spaced out by diffusers and keyed on a driving shaft, an electromechanical section, which includes an electric motor having a rotor and a stator that surrounds the rotor, the rotor being keyed on the driving shaft, and a set of instruments for the control and monitoring of its operation accessible from a single side of the electric pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: DAB PUMPS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Sinico, Stefano Tazioli, Sara Lucia
  • Patent number: 11585355
    Abstract: An electric submersible pump (ESP) with reduced vibration is provided. In an implementation, an ESP section has radial bearings placed at shaft locations of reduced vibration to reduce wear. The locations of reduced vibration are selected to avoid areas of high vibration and vibrational waves that reinforce each other due to structure resonance and natural excitation frequencies. In an implementation, a radial bearing is positioned at a node of reduced vibration of a standing vibrational wave. In an implementation, a succession of multiple radial bearings are spaced at different intervals from each other to avoid conventional even spacing of the bearings that causes standing waves, resonance waves, and vibrational waves at natural excitation frequencies. In an implementation, a span between adjacent radial bearings is selected to spare other adjacent bearings at different spans the effects of vibrations that may extend over a range of excitation frequencies in the ESP section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Hao Lam, Arthur I. Watson, Jacques Orban, Lauro De Camargo, David Milton Eslinger
  • Patent number: 11572886
    Abstract: An electric submersible pump (ESP) seal section assembly. The assembly comprises a seal section filled with dielectric oil; a coupling body partially inserted into the seal section, and a coupling body, wherein the coupling body is substantially cylindrical and has a first outside diameter at an upper end of the coupling body, has a second outside diameter smaller than the first diameter below the first outside diameter, has a circumferential tapered shoulder between the portion of the coupling body having the first diameter and the portion of the coupling body having the second diameter; a service-less flange coupled to the seal section, wherein the service-less flange defines a circumferential opening having a circumferential tapered shoulder on an upper edge that contacts the circumferential tapered shoulder of the coupling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Pyron, Jeffrey Frey
  • Patent number: 11497138
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a liquid storage device configured for storing a working liquid and including a casing and a liquid driving device. The casing includes a reservoir and an accommodation part detachably disposed on the reservoir. The reservoir has a reservoir chamber. The liquid driving device is disposed in the accommodation part and forms a liquid chamber. The liquid driving device includes an impeller located in the liquid chamber and configured to force the working liquid to flow towards the liquid chamber from the reservoir chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shui-Fa Tsai, Tsung-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 11441523
    Abstract: A fuel pump includes a pump holder having a sidewall extending from a first end to a second end which is closed off by an end wall, the pump holder having a fuel inlet. An upper plate located within the sidewall has an upper plate flow channel. A lower plate located within the sidewall has a lower plate flow channel and an outlet chamber is formed between the lower plate and the end wall. An outlet passage extends from the lower plate flow channel to a lower surface of the lower plate. A pumping element located between the upper plate and the lower plate is rotated by an electric motor such that fuel is drawn through the fuel inlet into, and pressurized within, the upper plate flow channel and the lower plate flow channel and discharged into the outlet chamber through the outlet passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: John G. Fischer
  • Patent number: 11408432
    Abstract: A system and methodology are provided for enhancing the life and usefulness of a thrust bearing assembly in a submersible pumping system component. The technique utilizes a thrust runner positioned adjacent a thrust bearing in the submersible pumping system component. The thrust runner is rotated relative to the thrust bearing via a shaft. Gas that may accumulate in a lower region beneath the thrust runner is vented through a passageway from the lower region to an upper region above the thrust runner. The gas is vented to help maintain a hydrodynamic fluid film between the thrust runner and the thrust bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Arthur Ignatius Watson
  • Patent number: 11391293
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a rotor for a molten metal pump and a molten metal pump including the rotor. The rotor has a main body and a top comprised of a material that is at least twice as hard as the main body. The top, among other things, may form a first portion of each rotor blade wherein the first portion directs molten metal into a pump chamber or other structure in which the rotor is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Molten Metal Equipment Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Paul V. Cooper
  • Patent number: 11339772
    Abstract: A hydraulic power unit (“HPU”) with a submerged motor for moving hydraulic fluid between a first chamber and a second chamber of a hydraulic device is provided. The HPU may comprise a tank for storing hydraulic fluid, wherein the tank houses: a motor submerged in the hydraulic fluid, the motor having a powered on and a powered off configuration based on at least one command signal; and a pump submerged in the hydraulic fluid and connected to the motor, wherein the motor drives the pump to route the hydraulic fluid in and out of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: KTI Hydraulics Inc.
    Inventor: Chun Nien King
  • Patent number: 11152831
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from a subterranean well include an electrical submersible pump assembly with a motor. The motor has a motor housing and a stator is located within the motor housing. The stator has a stator body with an interior cavity. A rotor assembly is located within the interior cavity of the stator. The rotor assembly includes a rotor shaft, a rotor member, and an intermediate rotor bearing assembly. The rotor member and the intermediate rotor bearing assembly circumscribe the rotor shaft. The rotor shaft extends along the central axis of the stator. A liner is located along an interior surface of the interior cavity, the liner being a thin walled member that is secured to the motor housing and seals the stator body from a wellbore fluid. The liner has a polygonal cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher Wrighton
  • Patent number: 11124127
    Abstract: A storage and conveying utility that is mountable to elements of a vehicle roof rack is disclosed. The utility includes a carrier having first and second parallel elongated slots formed therein and different walls thereof for mounting at either one or both of vertical and/or horizontals elements. In its embodiment for use in water storage, dispensing and conveyance a heating assembly is attachable thereto at the slots. A removable insulating cover assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel B. Cotton
  • Patent number: 11073118
    Abstract: A fuel pump is connected to a suction filter which is provided with a filter connecting portion having a cylindrical hole and a projecting portion protruding radially inward from an inner peripheral wall of the cylindrical hole. The fuel pump suctions the fuel filtered by the suction filter. The fuel pump is provided with a suction port having multiple suction openings at a side of the suction filter so as to suction the fuel therethrough, and a pump connecting portion provided at outer side of the multiple suction openings and connected with the filter connecting portion. The pump connecting portion has an outer peripheral wall of which outer shape corresponds with a shape of the inner peripheral wall, and a dent portion denting inward from the outer peripheral wall, which the projecting portion is engaged with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Satoshi Ito, Daiji Furuhashi, Yuuji Hidaka, Hiromi Sakai
  • Patent number: 10869412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for data center liquid cooling apparatus provisioning are described. In some aspects, such systems and methods may provision one or more data center liquid cooling apparatus, e.g., prior to such apparatus being put into service to a data center to cool data center devices, such as server trays (and more specifically, heat-generating devices such as processors, memories, voltage regulators, and other devices mounted on motherboards of the server trays). In some aspects, such liquid cooling apparatus include cold plates or evaporators that are mounted in thermal communication with the heat generating devices (in the server trays) and utilize a flow of a cooling liquid (e.g., water, glycol, refrigerant) to remove heat from the server tray (e.g., with or without a phase change of the cooling liquid).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Chiu, Skyler Salman, Madhusudan Krishnan Iyengar
  • Patent number: 10833554
    Abstract: A circulation pump assembly, with a wet-running electrical drive motor (4), includes a pump casing (6) as well as a motor housing (22) which is connected to the pump casing (6). The motor housing (22) is a combined stator and electronics housing that accommodates a stator (18) of the drive motor (4) as well as motor electronics (34). The motor housing (22), at a first axial end (24) facing the pump casing (6), is closed by an air gap sleeve (16) of the drive motor. The motor housing (22), at a second axial end (26) which is away from the pump casing (6), includes an opening (42) closed by a cover (28). An interior of the motor housing (22), in a region adjacent the first axial end (24), is filled with a potting mass (40) surrounding the stator (18) and the motor electronics (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Pino Brösamle, Georg Blaser
  • Patent number: 10794386
    Abstract: A compressor system includes a compressor unit having a first rotor and a permanent magnet motor unit having a second rotor connected to the first rotor. The first and second rotors are rotatably supported on at least first, second and third bearings, and the compressor system further includes a housing having a first chamber in which the motor unit is located, a second chamber in which the compressor unit is located and a third chamber in which at least the first bearing is located. The first and third chambers are fluidly sealed from the second chamber and contain a cooling, lubricating and barrier liquid within which the motor unit and the first bearing are submerged, and during operation of the compressor system the fluid is circulated between the first and third chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS
    Inventor: Leif Arne Tønnessen
  • Patent number: 10604006
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fuel tank having a module pot, which forms a first separate fuel reservoir for a fuel pump arranged inside the fuel tank. To prevent a gap in delivery of fuel to supply the first fuel reservoir in certain operating conditions, in particular when there is persistent lateral acceleration, according to the invention, a second separate fuel reservoir arranged separately from the first fuel reservoir inside the fuel tank is proposed, such that fuel is transferred from the second fuel reservoir into the first fuel reservoir at least when a predetermined acceleration level acting on the fuel tank is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Gerrit Michaelis, Peter Grauer, Patrick Gmünd, Matthias B. Olbrich, Alex Ehler
  • Patent number: 10514047
    Abstract: A pump (100) has an inlet (28), a first outlet (30) and a second outlet arrangement. The pump (100) is arranged so that when operated in a body of water (104), water from that body of water (104) is pumped thought the first outlet to a remote location. Additionally liquid is delivered to the second outlet system (102) which subsequently flows out from the second outlet system (102) back into the body of water (104) to create a flow of the liquid back into the body of water 104 and away from the pump (100). The liquid can be water from the body of water (104). In this instance a portion of the water at the first outlet can be diverted to the second outlet arrangement. But alternately liquid can be sourced externally from the body of water (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: PUMPENG PTY LTD
    Inventors: Paul Meneghel, Tony Murray
  • Patent number: 10184490
    Abstract: A noise reduction diffuser for an electric blower has a motor holder and a rear cover fitted to the motor holder. The motor holder includes a sidewall and a bottom portion at one end of the sidewall. The other end of the sidewall has an opening for mounting an electric motor inside the sidewall. An output shaft of the motor extends through the bottom portion for driving a fan. The motor holder and the rear cover form a Helmholtz resonance cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Chuan Hui Fang, Ming Ju Chen, Hong Guang Li
  • Patent number: 10082150
    Abstract: A well pump assembly has a submersible well fluid pump, motor, and seal section with a seal section shaft for transferring rotation of a motor drive shaft to a pump drive shaft. The seal section has a shaft passage through which the seal section shaft extends. A movable compensating element has an interior containing motor lubricant that is in fluid communication with motor lubricant in the motor and also in fluid communication with motor lubricant in the shaft passage. A shaft seal restricts well fluid from entry into the shaft passage. A lubricant pump driven by the shaft has a discharge within the shaft passage below the shaft seal. A recirculation passage extends from the shaft passage at a point between the discharge of the lubricant pump and the shaft seal to the interior of the compensating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Risa Rutter, Arturo Luis Poretti
  • Patent number: 10024283
    Abstract: A suction filter includes: a casing having an intake port through which fuel is drawn; a filtration member to filter the fuel to be drawn into the intake port; and a wall component which defines a fuel passage for fuel which passes the filtration member toward the intake port. At least a part of the filtration member is located higher than the intake port. The wall component has an upper end positioned higher than the intake port, and the fuel passage is defined so that the fuel flowing through the fuel passage flows over the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishitoya, Ryosuke Takahashi, Katsuhisa Yamada
  • Patent number: 9915251
    Abstract: A pump system is disclosed for use with a fuel system of an engine. The pump system may have a first pump with a first end, a second end, a reservoir located at the second end, and at least one pump mechanism configured to receive fluid from the reservoir. The pump system may also have a second pump mounted to the first pump at the second end and having at least one pump mechanism configured to discharge fluid into the reservoir of the first pump. The pump system may further have a mechanical input operatively connected to the at least one pump mechanism of each of the first and second pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Dana R. Coldren, Joshua W. Steffen
  • Patent number: 9685891
    Abstract: Systems and methods for driving a plurality of permanent magnet synchronous motors are provided. An embodiment of the system can include a first permanent magnet synchronous motor coupled to a first slip coupling, a second permanent magnet synchronous motor coupled to a second slip coupling, and the first permanent magnet synchronous motor and the second permanent magnet synchronous motor can be electrically connected in parallel on a bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Rodrigo Feliu, Maxim Alekseevich Klyuzhev, Todor K. Sheiretov, Pierre-Arnaud Foucher, Xuedong Yang
  • Patent number: 9556715
    Abstract: A pressure control system varies a parameter of a gas flowing out of the well to artificially generate a pressure value at a fluid mover. The fluid mover receives fluid from a conduit such as a dip tube positioned in the well. The system may also include a flow control device controlling a gas flow out of the well and a controller controlling the flow control device using information relating to at least one wellbore parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Leslie C. Reid, Edward C. Kanady
  • Patent number: 9316170
    Abstract: A controller integrated fuel pump module for a vehicle, may include a reservoir cup configured to be fixed to an interior of a fuel tank, a fuel pump installed in an interior of the reservoir cup to pump fuel introduced into the interior of the reservoir cup, and a flange for fixing the reservoir cup and the fuel pump to the fuel tank, wherein a receiving part may be formed to an outer surface of the flange and may include an inner space, and wherein a printed circuit board (PCB) assembly configured to mount devices of a controller to a PCB may be molded in the receiving part, in a state in which the PCB assembly may be received in the receiving part, and a molding portion surrounds the PCB assembly in the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Ju Tae Song, Yeoun Kwan Sung
  • Patent number: 9255577
    Abstract: Disclosed is a large-scale submersible sewage pump assembly that includes a pump and a pump seat installation structure, wherein the pump seat installation structure has a concrete installation base layer, and a pump seat for installing the pump. The pump seat is fixed to the pump installation layer, and the bottom of the pump is directly connected onto the pump seat. The pump has a motor cooling apparatus, wherein the cooling apparatus has an internal cooling apparatus installed inside the case of the motor, and an external cooling apparatus installed outside the motor. The pump seat installation structure can stably mount and support the large-scale submersible sewage pump, preventing potential safety hazard during running of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: Songmao Zhai, Quanmin Li, Jianguo Ying, Zhilong Lin, Jun Jing, Kangle Teng
  • Patent number: 9169848
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for sealing an electrical submersible pump assembly are described. An electric submersible pump (ESP) system for pumping solid-laden fluid comprises a thrust chamber of an ESP seal section, the thrust chamber sealed from well fluid on a downstream side by a stationary sand barrier and on an upstream side by a mechanical seal, the thrust chamber further comprising, a rotatable shaft extending axially through the thrust chamber, a head tubularly encasing the thrust chamber and threadedly coupled to a centrifugal pump intake, and a diamond-coated hydrodynamic bearing set inside the thrust chamber, wherein well fluid enters and exits the chamber through cross-drilled apertures in the head of the chamber, and wherein the well fluid forms a hydrodynamic film between the bearing set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Summit ESP, LLC
    Inventors: Larry James Parmeter, Brett Leamy, John Vanderstaay Kenner, David Lunk, Keith Leon Johnson, Thomas John Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 9140264
    Abstract: A fluid pump kit is provided. The kit includes a magnetic driven member for coupling with and rotating a propeller, and a magnetic driver for magnetically coupling to and driving the magnetic driven member by a magnetic attraction force establishable between the magnetic driver and the magnetic driven member. A motor of the kit operates the magnetic driver. First and second casings are provided for housing the magnetic driver and the magnetic driven member, respectively. The first and second casings with housed magnetic driver and magnetic driven member, respectively, are detachably securable to opposite sides of a non-magnetic spacer solely by the magnetic attraction force establishable between the magnetic driver and the magnetic driven member sufficient to support the second casing and the housed magnetic driven member in a particular position without the use of mechanical aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ecotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lawyer, Patrick Clasen, Timothy Marks
  • Publication number: 20150139832
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for a downhole device has first (12) and second sealing (22) components which are urged together to make up the assembly such that a first sealing surface (34) on the first component radially presses a lip member (44) on the second component to change the angle of a second sealing surface (45) in the connected assembly. The components are urged together by a driving member (60) which can have screw threads that cooperate with the first component. The lip may be annular and may be formed by an undercut or recess (42) radially inwardly or outwardly of the lip member, allowing the lip member to bend radially inwards into the recess, during insertion of the second sealing component into the first.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: RMSpumptools Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Peter Murty, Stuart David Gordon
  • Patent number: 9033685
    Abstract: The well pump flow sleeve assembly provides a method of quickly fitting a flow sleeve to a well pump. The sleeve is made by cutting a pipe normal to the pipe centerline of the pipe surfaces, to a length appropriate for the well pump length. A pump centering bottom cap is inserted into the pipe lower opening and the well pump assembly is then inserted into the pipe upper opening and mates with the bottom cap to align the pump in the sleeve. The pump is now completely within the sleeve with the pump discharge and electrical connection extending through the pipe upper opening. Two flow sleeve cap halves are then fitted around the pump discharge and electrical connection/safety rope to form an upper cap which is inserted into the pipe upper opening. The submersible pump is then ready for service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Rex N. Await
  • Publication number: 20150130377
    Abstract: A microcomputer operates as a positioning part positions a rotor at a control start position, which is a position of the rotor relative to a stator to be able to start controlling driving of a brushless motor, by supplying a current to a winding set a number of times “n” (n is an integer equal to two or more) before starting to control driving of the brushless motor. The microcomputer, operating as the positioning part, controls electric power supplied to the winding set so that the rotor rotates in the same direction at each of “n” times of power supply to the winding set, that is, at each of “n?1” times of switchovers of power supply to the winding set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yuuji HIDAKA, Kiyoshi NAGATA
  • Publication number: 20150125325
    Abstract: A high temperature connector for use in connecting a power cable to an electric motor includes an outer housing, an inner housing inside the outer housing and a cable conductor disposed through the inner housing. To maintain a seal around the cable conductor during thermal expansion and contraction, the connector includes at least one spring-energized seal disposed around the cable conductor. The spring-energized seal permits the expansion and contraction of the cable conductor without deforming the cable conductor or the inner housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: GE OIL & GAS ESP, INC.
    Inventors: Edward John Flett, Ilya Golberg
  • Patent number: 9017043
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for sealing an electrical submersible pump assembly are described. An electric submersible pump (ESP) system for pumping solid-laden fluid comprises a thrust chamber of an ESP seal section, the thrust chamber sealed from well fluid on a downstream side by a stationary sand barrier and on an upstream side by a mechanical seal, the thrust chamber further comprising, a rotatable shaft extending axially through the thrust chamber, a head tubularly encasing the thrust chamber and threadedly coupled to a centrifugal pump intake, and a diamond-coated hydrodynamic bearing set inside the thrust chamber, wherein well fluid enters and exits the chamber through cross-drilled apertures in the head of the chamber, and wherein the well fluid forms a hydrodynamic film between the bearing set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Summit ESP, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Parmeter, Brett Leamy, John Vanderstaay Kenner, David Lunk, Keith Johnson, Thomas John Gottschalk
  • Publication number: 20150110642
    Abstract: A pumping device for pumping a fluid is provided. The pumping device includes a pump and a power housing. At least a portion of the pump is positioned within the power housing. The pumping device also includes a first motor and a second motor. The first motor is operably connected to the pump and adapted to provide energy to the pump. At least a portion of the first motor is positioned within the power housing. The second motor is operably connected to the pump and adapted to provide energy to the pump. At least a portion of the second motor is positioned within the power housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Mohamad Khalil Dahouk, Jason Jon Kreidler, Bruce R. Cole, Norman Carl Golm, JR., Lester Benjamin Manz, Gregory L. Gross, Michael Allen Marks, John Sheldon Wagley, Yilcan Guzelgunler
  • Patent number: 9011115
    Abstract: A bearing assembly for use in a deepwell submersible pump, the pump and a method of pumping a geothermal fluid. The bearing assembly is constructed to include a lubricant conveying mechanism, a bearing sleeve and a multilayer bushing. The lubricant is forced between the bushing and a bearing sleeve by the lubricant conveying mechanism that cooperates with the rotation of a shaft used to connect a power-providing motor with one or more pump impellers. In this way, there exists a substantially continuous lubricant environment between the sleeve and bushing to act in a hydrodynamic fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Behrend Goswin Schlenhoff, Axel Helmut Tank-Langenau, Thomas Albers
  • Patent number: 9011117
    Abstract: A pump for pumping molten metal and delivering flux includes a refractory base that can be submerged in molten metal including an impeller chamber, an inlet and an outlet. A refractory shaft sleeve has upper and lower end portions and is fastened to the base at the lower end portion. A motor is disposed near the upper end portion of the shaft sleeve. A refractory shaft extends in the shaft sleeve and is connected to the motor near the upper end portion of the shaft sleeve. A refractory impeller is connected to the shaft and is rotatable in the impeller chamber. A flux feeding device feeds flux into the shaft sleeve. Also featured is a method for delivering flux in the shaft sleeve of the pump and a method for cleaning flux accretions in the shaft sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Bruno H. Thut
  • Publication number: 20150104328
    Abstract: This disclosure includes subsea pumping apparatuses and related methods. Some apparatuses include one or more subsea pumps, each having an inlet and an outlet, and one or more motors, each configured to actuate at least one pump to communicate a hydraulic fluid from the inlet to the outlet, where the subsea pumping apparatus is configured to be in fluid communication with a hydraulically actuated device of a blowout preventer. Some subsea pumping apparatuses include one or more of: a desalination system configured to produce at least a portion of the hydraulic fluid; one or more valves, each configured to selectively route hydraulic fluid from an outlet of a pump to, for example, a subsea environment, a reservoir, and/or the inlet of the pump; and a reservoir configured to store at least a portion of the hydraulic fluid. Some apparatuses are configured to be directly coupled to the hydraulically actuated device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Guy Robert Babbitt, John Mathew Dalton, Luis Pereira, James Edward Kersey
  • Patent number: 8992190
    Abstract: A reservoir is in a bottomed tubular shape and located in a fuel tank. A lid member closes an opening of the reservoir. A pump unit discharges fuel stored in the reservoir to an exterior of the fuel tank. The pump unit is supported by a holding portion of the lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Kyosan Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Okazono, Shinobu Oikawa, Hironobu Oki
  • Patent number: 8985972
    Abstract: An electric motor of an electric submersible pump is electrically isolated from a power conduit for diagnostic testing of the power conduit and wet connection components in place within a wellbore. The electric motor is electrically connected to the power conduit through a wet connection assembly having motor leads in electrical connection with a transfer contact and a receptacle assembly disposed on a tubing string having a supply contact electrically connected to the power conduit. Electric power flows through the power conduit, through the supply contact, through the transfer contact, and through the motor leads to the motor. The supply contact and the transfer contact are separated by a sliding sleeve that hydraulically inserts between the contacts, insulating the transfer contact and grounding the supply contact for testing. The contacts may also be separated by a relative rotation of the assemblies that grounds the supply contact for testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven K. Tetzlaff, John Bearden, Ken Bebak, William H. Milne
  • Patent number: 8985971
    Abstract: A motor assembly for use in a downhole submersible pumping system includes an electric motor and a motor protection bag. The motor protection bag surrounds a portion of the exterior surface of the motor to form an impermeable, corrosion-resistant barrier. The motor protection bag comprises a seamless, elongate cylindrical having a substantially constant inner diameter and open ends. The motor protection bag may be constructed from a suitable polymer, such as perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) fluoropolymer. The motor protection bag is held in place along the exterior surface of the motor with a plurality of clamps that prohibit the migration of fluid between the exterior of the motor and the motor protection bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventor: Arcady Royzen
  • Publication number: 20150071799
    Abstract: An electrical submersible pump assembly has a centrifugal pump with stages, each having an impeller and a diffuser. A shaft extending from an electrical motor rotates the impellers. In the stages, a thrust runner is coupled to the shaft for rotation in unison. A bushing is non rotatably mounted in a receptacle in the diffuser. The bushing has a bore that receives the body of the runner in sliding, rotating engagement. The bushing has a thrust receiving end engaged by the thrust face of the runner in rotating, sliding engagement to transfer thrust from the runner to the diffuser. An elastomeric compliant member between a cylindrical exterior of the bushing and the receptacle allows limited radial movement of the bushing relative to the diffuser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Daniel Johnson, Arturo L. Poretti, Kevin R. Bierig
  • Publication number: 20150064032
    Abstract: An electric submersible well pump assembly includes a pump and an electrical motor filled with a dielectric lubricant. A capsule extends around a portion of the motor, defining a chamber between the capsule and the motor. A port through a side wall of the motor communicates the lubricant within the motor to the chamber. Thermoelectric devices are located within the chamber. Voltage supplied to the thermoelectric devices cools the lubricant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Anil K. Sadana, Carlos A. Prieto, Sayantan Roy
  • Publication number: 20150053414
    Abstract: A well pump assembly includes rotary pump and a submersible motor. A shroud surrounds the pump intake and the motor. The shroud has an open upper end in fluid communication with the pump intake for drawing well fluid along an upper flow path down the shroud into the pump intake. A dip tube is secured to and extends downward from a junction with a lower end of the shroud. The dip tube is in fluid communication with the pump intake and has an open lower end for drawing well fluid along a lower flow path up the dip tube to the pump intake. The upper flow path has a minimum flow area that is smaller than a minimum flow area of the lower flow path. The dip tube has a smaller outer diameter than an outer diameter of the shroud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Leslie C. Reid
  • Patent number: 8961153
    Abstract: A subsea, seawater injection system, positionable on a seabed for connection to a subterranean well includes a frame, an electrical submersible pump (ESP) positioned in the frame so as to be oriented substantially parallel to the seabed when positioned thereon, and a filter operationally positioned between a source water intake and the ESP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Steven S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8956130
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a sump pump system that pumps fluid. The system can include a base with one or more inlets and one or more outlet. The system can also include a first cartridge coupled to the base and removable from the base. The first cartridge can include a first electric motor. The system can further include a second cartridge coupled to the base and removable from the base. The second cartridge can include a second electric motor. The first cartridge and/or the second cartridge can be capable of operating at any given time in order to propel fluid from inlets to the outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Pentair Flow Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastien Buzit, Richard Cameron
  • Publication number: 20150037171
    Abstract: A downhole electric submersible pump system includes a plurality of motors operatively coupled on a common shaft with an electric submersible pump and a downhole switch mechanism for providing an electrical circuit to each motor of the plurality of motors, wherein the downhole switch mechanism allows power to be delivered to at least one motor. A downhole switch mechanism located in a wellbore, the downhole switch mechanism including an electrical power input for receiving power from an electrical cable and at least two electrical power outputs connected to at least two motors operatively coupled with one or more electric submersible pumps, wherein the downhole switch mechanism is actuated from the surface via the electrical cable and allows power to be delivered to at least one motor of the at least two motors coupled with the one or more electric submersible pumps. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Yamila Antonieta Orrego, Gopikrishna Chava, Ben Partington, Jose A. Gamboa
  • Publication number: 20150030480
    Abstract: A power cable assembly supplies power to and suspends in a well an electrical well pump. The assembly includes metal tubing having a longitudinal tubing center line and a cylindrical side wall. Power cable has an exterior delta shape when viewed in a cross-section. The delta shape defines three exterior side surfaces that face radially outward and join each other at corners. Power cable has three insulated power conductors wrapped helically with a metal strip. The power cable is located in the tubing with the corners deformed against an inner diameter of the tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Larry V. Dalrymple, David H. Neuroth
  • Publication number: 20150023822
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing seals around the motor leads and other conductors in ESP's. In one embodiment, elastomeric boot seals are positioned within annular spaces around motor leads in an ESP motor. When the motor is filled with dielectric oil, the elastomeric material of the boot seals absorbs some of the oil and swells. High temperatures may also cause the material of the seals to expand. Retainers which are not subject to swelling are positioned around the boot seals, thereby preventing the boot seals from expanding away from the leads. The retainers thereby maintain the seal of the boot seals against the motor leads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew T. Majors, Chris J. Layton, Jeffrey G. Frey
  • Publication number: 20150004031
    Abstract: An electrical submersible pump assembly has a rotary pump, an electrical motor, and a seal section. A drive shaft extends from the motor into the pump. A radial bearing for the shaft includes a bearing sleeve secured to the shaft for rotation. A bushing rotatably receives the bearing sleeve in sliding contact. A support member has a receptacle into which the bushing locates. The receptacle has a greater inner diameter than an outer diameter of the bushing, defining an annular gap. A bearing carrier has a bore into which the support member is secured against rotation and radial movement relative to the bearing carrier. A compliant member in the gap in engagement with the bushing and the support member prevents rotation of the bushing relative to the support member and allows limited radial movement of the bushing relative to the bearing carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: John J. Mack
  • Publication number: 20140369868
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for reducing gas intake in horizontal submersible pump assemblies are described. A horizontal electric submersible pump (ESP) system for pumping gaseous fluid comprises a multi-stage centrifugal pump, an electric motor operatively coupled to the centrifugal pump, and an intake section upstream of the pump comprising a tapered core further comprising a sloped outer surface extending between a downstream side and an upstream side, a first intake port for the intake of well fluid in an ESP assembly, the first intake port located on a top portion of the tapered core and proximate to the downstream side, a gravity-actuated closing member moveably attached on the sloped outer surface, wherein the gravity-actuated closing member closes the first intake port, and a second intake port located on a bottom portion of the tapered core, the second intake port open to the well fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Keith Tetzlaff, Lance Travis Robinson, Wesley John Nowitzki
  • Patent number: 8911219
    Abstract: A submersible, water circulation system for enclosed tanks such as used by municipalities, fire districts, and industries. The system includes a driving unit having a shell extending along an axis with a pump supported within the shell. The shell has at least one inlet and at least one outlet and is positionable on the floor of the tank with the outlet facing upwardly. In operation, the pump continuously draws an incoming flow of water from outside of the driving unit adjacent the tank floor through the inlet of the driving unit and preferably drives all of the continuously incoming flow out through the upwardly facing outlet. The upwardly facing outlet is preferably a thin, elongated slot that creates a thin, substantially planar discharge of water therethrough that presents a very large surface area for its volume and induces water adjacent the shell to move upwardly with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Medora Environmental, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas P. Walter, Joel J. Bleth, Willard R. Tormaschy, Corey M. Simnioniw, Jonathan L. Zent
  • Patent number: 8910718
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for producing a hydrocarbon fluid from a subterranean environment. The system and method utilize an electric submersible pumping system having a motive unit comprising a combined submersible motor section and protector section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur I. Watson, Steven Dornak, Michael W. Miller, Parveen Sayela, Cody Casey, Gregory H. Manke, Mark McCorry, John D. Rowatt, Mark E. Allen, Diego A. Narvaez