Relative Angular Displacement Of Axes Of Shafts Patents (Class 464/19)
  • Patent number: 9782566
    Abstract: The present invention is an access sheath comprising a tube or sheath with a passageway primarily for endoscopic procedures accessing the ureter through the bladder. The sheath has a bend limiting feature to limit the bend angle or bend radius. The sheath exhibits flexibility up to this limit at which point it becomes rigid. Excessive force is required to bend the sheath beyond the bend limit and would result in the kinking of the tubular frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Annex Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Loran J. Paprocki, Stuart J. Lind
  • Patent number: 9453376
    Abstract: Self-assembling segmented coiled tubing is a concept that allows the strength of thick-wall rigid pipe, and the flexibility of thin-wall tubing, to be realized in a single design. The primary use is for a drillstring tubular, but it has potential for other applications requiring transmission of mechanical loads (forces and torques) through an initially coiled tubular. The concept uses a spring-loaded spherical ‘ball-and-socket’ type joint to interconnect two or more short, rigid segments of pipe. Use of an optional snap ring allows the joint to be permanently made, in a ‘self-assembling’ manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventor: David W. Raymond
  • Patent number: 9447640
    Abstract: A directional drilling tool which comprises a pair of shafts with an eccentric bore to vary the radial position of a stabilizer, such tool including one or more eccentric couplings which are used to transmit torque between a pair of elements of the tool which are intended to be movable relative to each other in a direction transverse to their longitudinal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NABORS LUX FINANCE 2 SARL
    Inventor: Tore Kvalvik
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8146653
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bore screen comprising a plurality of perforated rigid tubular modules (1) impermeably connected in series by ball joint means (2), allowing an extracted fluid to flow though all of the elements in series and allowing the consecutive elements to move freely relative to one another, tilting in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Euroslot KDSS France
    Inventor: Abdol Hossein Naderi
  • Patent number: 8113302
    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: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 7891442
    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: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 7882904
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the direction of drill bit within a wellbore. The apparatus comprises a first housing with a first housing axis therein, and wherein the first housing has a first threaded opening having a first threaded opening axis. The first housing has a helical end. A second housing is included, and the second housing contains a second housing axis, and a second threaded opening having a second threaded opening axis configured to engage with the first threaded opening. A collar is included that has a helical collar end that engages the helical collar end and wherein the helical collar end is configured reciprocal to the helical end, and rotational displacement of the first housing relative to the collar will angularly displace the drill bit axis. The apparatus may further include spline members for locking the collar in place relative to the first and second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Ashmin, LC
    Inventors: Gunther H H von Gynz-Rekowski, William Christian Herben, Daryl Elliot Bolejack
  • Patent number: 7543607
    Abstract: An improved power conduit for use with automatic pool cleaners particularly configured to avoid the formation of persistent coils and/or knots. Embodiments in accordance with the invention are characterized by the use of at least one axially stiff elongate member together with axially flexible and axially swivelable means for coupling said stiff member between a stationary power source fitting and a cleaner. The axially flexible means includes means for resiliently biasing adjacent stiff members to an axially aligned orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Henkin-Laby, LLC
    Inventors: Melvyn L. Henkin, Jordan M. Laby
  • Patent number: 7186182
    Abstract: A drive line for a down hole mud motor has a plurality of elongate keys extending radially from an exterior surface of a central shaft for the purpose of transmitting torque. A plurality of circumferentially spaced axial keyways are provided in an interior surface of each end housing, which are adapted to receive the keys. Each of the keys has opposed sides, opposed ends and a front face. The front face is radiused both in a first direction between the opposed ends and in a second direction between the opposed sides, thereby accommodating the omni-directional pivotal movement of the shaft relative to the housing. The use of keys for torque transmission increases available contact area, with a corresponding increase in torque load capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventors: William R Wenzel, Daryl A Ronaghan
  • Patent number: 7182158
    Abstract: In a drilling device with a drive unit for rotation and advance the rod assembly has a plurality of pipe sections interconnected by means of plug-type connections torque proof in both directions. A tension rod protrudes through the interior of the rod assembling. The pipe sections are braced among each other with aid of the tension rod. The tension rod can be made of pipe sections or of a tension rope and allows the possibility, that the rope assembly can be moved in its integrity against the drilling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Tracto-Technik GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Völkel
  • Patent number: 7165609
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling tubular goods which includes an elongate tubular body having a peripheral sidewall and opposed ends. The peripheral sidewall has a plurality of axial slots arranged circumferentially around the tubular body parallel to an axis of the tubular body. An articulating coupling protrudes from at least one of the opposed ends. The articulated coupling includes an insert positioned within the tubular body with radial pins that engage the slots, the pins being axially movable along the slots. A gripping assembly is provided at one of the opposed ends for engaging a tubular good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Noetic Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice William Slack, Trent Michael Victor Kaiser, Daniel Mark Shute
  • Patent number: 6997811
    Abstract: A hermetic seal functions as a closure between opposite ends of the coupling by combining a metal sleeve and an elastomer sleeve extension. The metal sleeve is sealingly attached to the outer surface of one end of the coupling and the elastomer sleeve, sealingly attached to the metal sleeve, is attached at the distal end to the other end of the coupling. As an alternative, the distal end may be bonded to a second metal sleeve sealingly attached to the other end of the coupling. The seal may be convoluted, with multiple convolutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr., Chad M. Daigle
  • Patent number: 6949025
    Abstract: A downhole motor universal joint assembly includes a female coupler which receives a male end of a drive shaft. The female coupler has a retainer that prevents separation of the male end and the female coupler. The retainer has a rearward extending skirt with flow passages to prevent solid material from accumulating in an exposed space between the female coupler and the male coupler. Also to prevent solid material from accumulating in this space, a shoulder formed on the male coupler diverts the flow of well fluid towards the outside of the joint. Thrust loads are transmitted between the male coupler and the female coupler by a thrust ball positioned between the male coupler and the female coupler. Torque loads are transmitted between the male coupler and the female coupler by a plurality of balls positioned in annularly spaced concave pockets on the exterior surface of the male coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Black Warrior Wireline Corp.
    Inventors: James E. Kraus, Gary W. Lambert
  • Patent number: 6915865
    Abstract: A locking swivel apparatus is provided. The locking swivel includes an upper body portion having a counter bore about a cylindrical axis, a mandrel receivable in the counter bore, and a lower cap member threadably engaged with the upper body portion. The apparatus further includes an internal locking arrangement configured to selectively couple and decouple the upper body portion and the mandrel. The selective coupling and decoupling is disposed to correspondingly constrain and allow relative rotation of the upper body portion and the mandrel about the cylindrical axis. The apparatus still further includes a supplemental internal locking mechanism configured, upon engagement, to selectively constrain the upper body portion and the mandrel from reciprocating along the cylindrical axis. The engagement of the supplemental locking mechanism is operable to secure the upper body portion and the mandrel in a coupled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Boyd's Bit Service, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Ray Boyd
  • Patent number: 6843332
    Abstract: A steering assembly includes upper and lower tubular housings connected by a universal joint. An angle cam is disposed on the end of the lower housing and projects into the upper housing. A plurality of wedge members extend axially from the upper housing and into engagement with the angle cam. Drive trains are connected to the wedge members to move the wedge members toward and away from the angle cam so as to pivot the lower housing at the universal joint and change the angle and azimuth of the lower housing with respect to the upper housing. The lower housing is connected to a bearing pack supporting a drill bit such that upon changing the angle and azimuth of the lower housing, the direction of the drilling of the drill bit is also changed. The steering assembly being connected to composite tubing having conductors in the wall thereof for conducting data and commands between the steering assembly and a processor at the surface and for providing power to the steering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Eppink, Albert C. Odell, II, James W. Estep, James B. Terry, Thomas Platt Wilson, William F. Trainor
  • Patent number: 6598687
    Abstract: A steering assembly includes upper and lower tubular housings connected by a universal joint. An angle cam is disposed on the end of the lower housing and projects into the upper housing. A plurality of wedge members extend axially from the upper housing and into engagement with the angle cam. Drive trains are connected to the wedge members to move the wedge members toward and away from the angle cam so as to pivot the lower housing at the universal joint and change the angle and azimuth of the lower housing with respect to the upper housing. The lower housing is connected to a bearing pack supporting a drill bit such that upon changing the angle and azimuth of the lower housing, the direction of the drilling of the drill bit is also changed. The steering assembly being connected to composite tubing having conductors in the wall thereof for conducting data and commands between the steering assembly and a processor at the surface and for providing power to the steering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Eppink, Albert C. Odell, II, James W. Estep, James B. Terry, Thomas Platt Wilson, William F. Trainor
  • Patent number: 6378630
    Abstract: A locking swivel device is provided for connection with a proximal end of a drill string and for conducting a drilling fluid to the drill string. The device is comprised of a housing and a mandrel rotatably supported within the housing such that an annular space is defined between the housing and the mandrel, wherein one of the housing and the mandrel is connectable with the drill string such that the drill string rotates therewith. A clutch assembly is positioned within the annular space which is actuatable between an engaged condition in which the clutch assembly engages the housing and the mandrel in order to inhibit the rotation of the mandrel relative to the housing and a disengaged condition in which the clutch assembly disengages the housing and the mandrel in order to permit the rotation of the mandrel relative to the housing. The clutch assembly is actuated to the engaged condition by a pressure exerted by the drilling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Canadian Downhole Drill Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Leonardo Ritorto, Robert Roszak
  • Publication number: 20010051543
    Abstract: A shaft coupling includes an annular plate having a proper axial flexibility. The annular plate is formed with mounting holes. A first group of coupled portions are fixedly connected to an input shaft, whereas a second group of coupled portions are fixedly connected to an output shaft. The first and second groups of coupled portions are coupled with each other through the annular plate placed therebetween, so that the first and second groups of coupled portions circumferentially alternate with each other. The annular plate has coupling arm portions each extending between two adjacent mounting holes to absorb axial vibrations. A radial width of the coupling arm portion is dimensioned to be narrower than a radial width of a peripheral region of each of the mounting holes. A length of the coupling arm portion is dimensioned to be longer than a distance between the two adjacent mounting holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Applicant: UNISIA JECS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Aoki, Takayuki Yokota
  • Patent number: 6302797
    Abstract: In the invention a flexible drill pipe comprising a plurality of short tube sections assembled end to end. Each short tube section having the same number and type of saw tooth shaped gear teeth cut around the circumference of each end of the short tube section. The orientation of the gear teeth on each end of the short tube section is such that the gear teeth of the short tube sections will intermesh when the short tube sections are assembled end to end. The plurality of short tube sections assembled end to end carries the torque load of the flexible drill pipe. A tool joint is interfaced on each of the plurality of short tube sections. The end of the tool joints that interfaces with the plurality of short tube sections has the same overall diameter and internal diameter and the same type and number of gear teeth as the short tube section. Wire rope lengths are assembled around and parallel to a hose used to carry drilling fluids through the flexible drill pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: W. B. Driver
  • Patent number: 6059661
    Abstract: A rotary shaft assembly including a mechanism by which one part of the shaft rotates about a rotation axis which is controllably deviated from the rotation axis of the other part of the shaft. The angular extent of deviation is controllably varied by mutually rotating adjacent shaft supports about an axis which is at a non-zero angle with respect to both rotation axes. The direction in which the shaft is deviated is controlled by rotating the non-deviated shaft support with respect to a reference shaft support. The assembly includes remote control of direction and deviation and is is particularly applicable to drilling of deviated wells. Further, the assembly includes a remotely actuated and de-actuated temporary anchoring system for downhole direction sensing and deviation adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Japan National Oil Corporation
    Inventor: Neil Andrew Abercrombie Simpson
  • Patent number: 5704838
    Abstract: A universal joint assembly (12) includes a coupling hub member (26) and a female coupling member (24). The female coupling member (24) includes a receptacle (28) at one end for receiving a pivot end (30) of the coupling hub member (26). The joint (12) includes a central bearing structure (34) interposed between the coupling hub member (26) and female coupling member (24) for enabling the coupling members to pivot up to a maximum pivot angle with respect to each other about a coupling axis. The universal joint (12) also includes a plurality of torque transmitting rollers (50), each received in a different roller slot and spaced apart about the periphery of the coupling hub member (26) near its pivot end (30). The roller slots are formed on both the coupling hub member (26) and female coupling member (24) and enable the torque transmitting rollers (50) to transmit torque between the coupling members while rolling with respect to the roller surfaces as the coupling members pivot about the coupling axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Drilex Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Teale
  • Patent number: 5671816
    Abstract: A drill bit for drilling subterranean formations includes a device to provide a "universal" effect between the shank and crown for self alignment of the crown with the bore hole in the formation. The bit is suitable for downhole assemblies configured for straight drilling, directional drilling and navigational drilling. The device can be incorporated into both drag bits and roller-type "rock" bits. Preferred embodiments include a flexible sub connecting the crown to the shank portion and having reduced stiffness relative to the drill string. Alternatively, a spherical universal joint or trunnion type universal is used. Replaceable lugs increase durability and reliability of the universal. The device equalizes the loads on cutters while reducing wear, average loads, and impact loads on cutters. Bore hole diameter and chatter of the bit in the bore hole are reduced, promoting maximum efficiency and rate of penetration as wobble and precession are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Gordon A. Tibbitts
  • Patent number: 5503236
    Abstract: A drill bit for drilling subterranean formations includes a device to provide a "universal" effect between the shank and crown for self alignment of the crown with the bore hole in the formation. The bit is suitable for downhole assemblies configured for straight drilling, directional drilling and navigational drilling. The device can be incorporated into both drag bits and roller-type "rock" bits. Preferred embodiments include a flexible sub connecting the crown to the shank portion and having reduced stiffness relative to the drill string. Alternatively a spherical universal joint or trunnion type universal is used. Replaceable lugs increase durability and reliability of the universal. The device equalizes the loads on cutters while reducing wear, average loads, and impact loads on cutters. Bore hole diameter and chatter of the bit in the bore hole are reduced, promoting maximum efficiency and rate of penetration as wobble and precession are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Gordon A. Tibbitts
  • Patent number: 5203595
    Abstract: A coupling device and method of coupling especially suitable for coupling multiple components of surgical instruments are provided. A wedging portion provides an interference fit between parts so that a secure connection can be made that will not unintentionally dissociate. In a preferred embodiment, bores and counterbores within dovetail portions are provided. Especially preferred is the use of this coupling device to secure a reamer head to a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Rocco R. Borzone, Jay Bichet, Thomas F. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 5007490
    Abstract: A downhole drilling apparatus which includes a progressive cavity drive train comprising a progressive cavity device and a coupling for converting the complex motion of the rotor into simple rotation. The coupling includes two shafts coupled to one another by joint assemblies connected to opposite ends of an intermediate shaft. The joint assemblies include interleaved annular extensions from the opposite ends of the joint assembly and an elastomer filling the spaces between the annular extensions. The elastomer is highly restrained by the interleaved annular extensions, but is still flexible in shear. The moving components within the coupling are perfectly isolated from the surrounding environment; the joint assembly may further include backup features such as a thrust bearing member and radial pins locking the interleaved portions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Russell D. Ide
  • Patent number: 5007491
    Abstract: A downhole drilling apparatus which includes a progressive cavity drive train having a progressive cavity device and a coupling for converting the complex motion of the rotor into simple rotation. The coupling is constructed along the lines of a double Hooke's joint. Each joint includes two transversely arranged pins which pivot within a torsion member. The pins are supported for rotation with a bore formed in the torsion member on a plurality of rollers. An elastomer encases the rollers and fills the remaining spaces between the pin and torsion members such that all sliding surfaces within the coupling are perfectly isolated from the surrounding environment and thereby hermetically sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Russell D. Ide
  • Patent number: 4904228
    Abstract: An improved universal ball joint especially adapted to be used in the transmission of high torque, as in oil field use, includes a driving and driven shaft. One of the shafts, which may be the driving shaft includes a spherical ball received in a housing provided in the other shaft, which may be the driven shaft. The opposed surfaces of the ball and housing include axially extending grooves of essentially the same depth and length forming therebetween a plurality of chambers. Each chamber receives a pin which is tapered at each end and which forms the driving connection between the shafts. The shafts and the ball may include a bore for flow of fluid through the assembly, the ball being sealed in the ball chamber by seals to provide a sealed ball chamber which may be filled with lubricant, the ball being seated on a bearing and retained in the chamber by a retainer member which prevents relative axial movement between the shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Norton Christensen, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Frear, John S. Davis, Craig R. Hyland
  • Patent number: 4685895
    Abstract: A stabilizing mechanism for guiding drill direction of a flexible drill string when drilling the straight portion of a deviated well bore. The stabilizing mechanism comprises a tubular mandrel adapted for connection between the flexible drill string and a drill bit. The mandrel has at least two, reduced diameter areas spaced apart and disposed axially along its length. A non-rotating type stabilizer sleeve is positioned on each of the reduced diameter areas. Bearing means is provided at each end of each of the sleeves to reduce wear. The mandrel is capable of traversing a short radius curve of a deviated well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Assignee: Texas Eastern Drilling Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Hatten
  • Patent number: 4679638
    Abstract: A downhole motor has a rotor and a stator, of the progressive cavity type, inside a housing. A bearing shaft is mounted within the housing, with a bearing between the housing and the bearing shaft, and the bearing shaft is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the bearing shaft and the housing. A flexible rod, with a connection on each end, extends between the rotor and the bearing shaft, for translating the rotation and gyration of the rotor to the true rotation of the bearing shaft. A cylindrical overload sub is located concentrically around the rod. A plurality of splines and slots on the connections engage a plurality of splines and slots on the sub to allow the connections to rotate axially a limited amount in relation to one another. Teeth may be used instead of splines and slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Hughes Tool Company
    Inventor: Jay M. Eppink
  • Patent number: 4625815
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling equipment whose annular bit (4) for cutting the rock located in the deepest point of the drill hole is provided with high-pressure water-jet nozzles and is connected via a flexible high-pressure hose pipe (13) with a high-pressure pump. In order to be able to drill with the aid of such a drilling equipment small-diameter drill holes of high directional stability, the invention proposes that the high-pressure hose pipe (13) be constructed to be rigid under torsion, non-rotatably connected to the annular bit (4) and the turning drive (24, 25) of the drilling machine (8) and to be journaled in a non-rotatable jacket tube (15) elastically deflectable from the extension position, said jacket tube being rigid in radial direction and guided in the area of the drill hole mouth in a deflecting device (7) and displaceable together with the high-pressure hose pipe (13) in its longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Klaus Spies
  • Patent number: 4575359
    Abstract: A heavy duty rotary drive coupling is suitable for use in drilling holes in subterranean formations. The coupling includes passages for delivering drilling fluids to and from the bottom of the drill hole, and yet is designed to accommodate axial misalignment and can be rapidly connected and disconnected. The drive coupling is particularly suitable for use in floating drilling platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: Bermingham Construction Limited
    Inventor: Patrick D. Bermingham
  • Patent number: 4449953
    Abstract: An articulated coupling has two cylindrical half-couplings facing each other at their end faces. Recesses are formed in the end faces which recesses in which a cage is installed in the recesses with a clearance. Radial coaxial openings are formed in the cage and the half-couplings and rollers are installed in the coaxial openings with clearances. The half-couplings are provided with a device for holding the rollers in the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1984
    Assignee: Permsky Filial Vsesojuznogo Nauchno-Issledovatelskogo Instituta Burovoi Tekhniki
    Inventors: Samuil S. Nikomarov, Anatoly M. Kochnev, Vladimir B. Goldobin, Jury M. Sarapulov, Isaak Y. Valdman
  • Patent number: 4368786
    Abstract: A downhole drilling apparatus for drilling holes at right angles to a vertical well hole which includes a tubular housing capable of being inserted in the well hole and containing at least one elbow tube or guide, and multiple tapered and splined, interlocking drilling segments which are rotatably stacked and nested as a segment string in the guide tube with the bottom one of the drilling segments designed for drilling through the well casing, the concrete sheathing and into the production interval, and the top one of the segments cooperating with a drive means to effect rotation of the nested segments inside the guide. The guide tube extends from the tubular housing wall upwardly and telescopes at the top of the segment string to permit slidable movement of the drive means inside the tubular housing and slidable and rotatable movement of the nested segments inside the guide tube and into the production interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Inventor: James E. Cousins
  • Patent number: 4343369
    Abstract: A guide for drilling a straight section of a bore hole deflected from the vertical. The apparatus comprises either a normally straight or a curved-straight tubular member which has a plurality of generally circumferential cuts disposed along the length of the guide. The cuts allow the guide to be bent sufficiently to enter and traverse a short radius curve and then return to its normal configuration for guiding the drilling of the straight portion of the deflected bore hole. A clutch mechanism disposed in the drill guide permits engagement of the guide by the drill string for orientation of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Drilling Development, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Lyons, Scot L. Scurlock, Edward A. Zublin