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US6065551: Method and apparatus for rotary mining

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Inventor(s) Allen James Gourley · Larry Parks Gourley ·
Assignee(s) G & G Gas, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP ·
Primary Examiner William Neuder ·
Assistant Examiner Zakiya Walker ·
Application Number US9062493
Filing date 04/17/1998
Issue date 05/23/2000
Predicted expiration date 04/17/2018
U.S. Classifications 175/291  · 175/53  ·
International Classifications F21B 730  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 17553;19;291;266 ·
25 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

The present invention is directed to a rotary mining apparatus. The apparatus includes an elongated housing with a leading end and an opposite trailing end. The apparatus also includes a compression device coupled to the housing. The apparatus further includes a plurality of cables extending along the housing. Each of the cables has an end connected to the compression device. The apparatus also includes a plurality of cutting devices attached to the cables at ends of the cables opposite the ends connected to the compression device. The present invention is also directed to a method of removing subterranean material. The method includes the step of inserting a rotary mining device having radially extendable cutting devices into a subterranean shaft. The method also includes the steps of rotating the mining device such that the cutting devices contact the sides of the shaft and extending the cutting devices into the sides of the shaft.

Independent Claims | See all claims (25)

  1. 1. A rotary mining apparatus, comprising:an elongated housing having a leading end and an opposite trailing end;a compression device located within and coupled to said housing;a plurality of cables extending along said housing, each of said cables having an end connected to said compression device; anda plurality of cutting devices attached to said cables at ends of said cables opposite said ends connected to said compression device.
  2. 15. A rotary mining apparatus, comprising:an elongated housing having a leading end and an opposite trailing end, said housing having a spin tip assembly located at said leading end, said spin tip assembly having a plurality of apertures, said housing having a plurality of air holes located adjacent to said apertures, and wherein said spin tip assembly includes a plurality of air holes corresponding to said air holes in said housing and a plurality of pulley assemblies, said pulley assemblies located in said housing and corresponding to said apertures;a compression device coupled to said housing, said compression device including:a compression chamber located in said housing;an air shaft extending between each end of said housing;a spring coiled around said air shaft and extending between each end of said compression chamber;a damper cap closing an end of said compression chamber and closing an end of said housing at an end of said housing opposite said end having said apertures;a damper base located at an end of said compression chamber opposite said damper cap;a top disk located at said end of said compression chamber adjacent said damper cap when said spring is in an extended position;a bottom disk located adjacent said damper base when said spring is in the extended position, wherein said cables are connected to said bottom disk; anda plurality of drop rods connecting said top disk to said bottom disk;a plurality of cables extending along said housing, each of said cables having an end connected to said compression device, wherein each of said pulley assemblies accepts one of said cables and aligns said cable with one of said apertures; anda plurality of cutting devices attached to said cables at ends of said cables opposite said ends connected to said compression device.
  3. 16. A method of removing subterranean material, comprising the steps of:inserting a rotary mining device into a subterranean shaft, said device comprising:a housing having a leading end and an opposite trailing end;a compression device located within and coupled to said housing;a plurality of cables extending along said housing, each of said cables having an end connected to said compression device; anda cutting device attached to each of said cables at an end of said cables opposite said end connected to said compression device; androtating said mining device such that said cutting devices contact the sides of said shaft, thereby loosening the material.
  4. 21. A method of removing subterranean material, comprising the steps of:inserting a rotating mining device having a housing into a subterranean shaft, said device having a plurality of radially extendable cable supported cutting devices;rotating said mining device such that said cutting devices contact the sides of said shaft; andradially extending said cables from the housing such that said cutting devices cut into the sides of said shaft.

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Patent Family

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AU3746899 G & G GAS INC GOURLEY ALLEN JAMES et al. Nov 1999
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