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Electrical transmission line diametrical retention mechanism

United States Patent

6,981,546
January 3, 2006
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The invention is a mechanism for retaining an electrical transmission line. In one embodiment of the invention it is a system for retaining an electrical transmission line within downhole components. The invention allows a transmission line to be attached to the internal diameter of drilling components that have a substantially uniform drilling diameter. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the system includes a plurality of downhole components, such as sections of pipe in a drill string, drill collars, heavy weight drill pipe, and jars. The system also includes a coaxial cable running between the first and second end of a drill pipe, the coaxial cable having a conductive tube and a conductive core within it. The invention allows the electrical transmission line to withstand the tension and compression of drill pipe during routine drilling cycles.
Hall; David R. (Provo, UT), Hall, Jr.; H. Tracy (Provo, UT), Pixton; David (Lehi, UT), Dahlgren; Scott (Provo, UT), Sneddon; Cameron (Provo, UT), Briscoe; Michael (Lehi, UT), Fox; Joe (Spanish Fork, UT)
IntelliServ, Inc. (Provo, UT)
10/ 456,104
June 9, 2003
FEDERAL SPONSORSHIP This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-01NT41229 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.