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US6188647: Extension method of drillstring component assembly

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Douglas S. Drumheller ·
Assignee(s) Sandia Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Russeu D. Elliott ·
Primary Examiner Ian J. Lobo ·
Application Number US9306672
Filing date 05/06/1999
Issue date 02/13/2001
Predicted expiration date 05/06/2019
U.S. Classifications 367/165  · 295/94  · 29/253.5  · 367/173  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 367 82 · 367157 · 367165 · 367173 · 29594 · 29 2535 ·
19 Claims, 5 Drawings


Abstract

A method of assembling transducer tools for down-hole applications wherein piezoelectric elements in the tools are pre-stressed by mechanically stretching an elastic mandrel about which the piezoelectric elements are positioned and subsequently releasing the mandrel so that it contracts causing the piezoelectric elements to be captured in an interference fit in a recess in the mandrel. The method can be adapted to embodiments where the recess in the mandrel is bound by two regions of the mandrel, itself, or where the recess is defined on one end by a portion of the mandrel and on the other end by a separate anvil member positioned against the piezoelectric elements and then secured to the mandrel.

Independent Claims | See all claims (19)

  1. 1. A method for assembling an acoustic transducer for use in downhole applications comprising the steps of: providing a mandrel comprising an elastic material and including two ends and a recess therebetween, the recess being in the form of a modified cylinder substantially symmetric about a central axis, applying force to extend the length of the mandrel and the recess in a dimension substantially parallel to the central axis, positioning piezoelectric elements in the recess, and releasing the force so that the mandrel contracts substantially to its original length and the piezoelectric elements are captured in an interference fit in the recess.
  2. 8. A method of assembling an acoustic transducer comprising the steps of: a) providing a one-piece mandrel in the form of a modified cylinder substantially symmetric about a central axis and having: two ends, a first mandrel region including an outer surface substantially parallel to the central axis and at a first substantially constant radial distance from the central axis, and a second mandrel region including an outer surface substantially parallel to the central axis and at a second substantially constant radial distance from the central axis, the second substantially constant radial distance being less than the first substantially constant radial distance, whereby the first region includes a shoulder member extending from the outer surface of the first region to the outer surface of the second region, b) positioning over the outer surface of the second region of the mandrel and adjacent to the shoulder member a plurality of washer-shaped discs comprising piezoelectric material and having an outer radius and an inner radius, the inner radius being slightly larger than the substantially constant radial distance associated with the outer surface of the second region of the mandrel, and the outer radius being larger than the inner radius, whereby the second region of the mandrel passes through an aperture defined by the inner radius of the plurality of washer-shaped discs and a portion of the second region of the mandrel extends beyond the plurality of washer-shaped discs, c) applying force to extend the length of the second region of the mandrel dimension substantially parallel to the central axis, d) positioning over the outer surface of the second region of the mandrel extending beyond the plurality of washer-shaped discs an anvil in the form of a cylinder substantially symmetric about the central axis and having: first and second ends, an outer anvil surface substantially parallel to the central axis and at a third substantially constant radial distance from the central axis, and an anvil central aperture bound by an inner anvil surface that is substantially parallel to the central axis, the inner anvil surface being at a fourth substantially constant radial distance from the central axis, the fourth substantially constant radial distance being less than the third substantially constant radial distance, and a base member in the region of the first end extending from the outer anvil surface to the inner anvil surface, whereby part of the second region of the mandrel extending beyond the plurality of washer-shaped discs passes through the anvil central aperture bound by the inner surface of the anvil, and the base member is adjacent to the plurality of washer-shaped discs, e) securing the anvil to the second region of the mandrel, and f) releasing the force so that the second region of the mandrel contracts substantially to its original length and the plurality of washer-shaped discs are captured between the shoulder member of the first region of the mandrel and the base of the anvil in a pre-stressed interference fit.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US5357486* Innovative Transducers Inc. Pearce Oct 1994
US5703836 Sandia Corporation Drumheller Dec 1997
* cited by examiner

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