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Device and method for generating a beam of acoustic energy from a borehole, and applications thereof

United States Patent

October 1, 2013
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In some aspects of the invention, a method of generating a beam of acoustic energy in a borehole is disclosed. The method includes generating a first acoustic wave at a first frequency; generating a second acoustic wave at a second frequency different than the first frequency, wherein the first acoustic wave and second acoustic wave are generated by at least one transducer carried by a tool located within the borehole; transmitting the first and the second acoustic waves into an acoustically non-linear medium, wherein the composition of the non-linear medium produces a collimated beam by a non-linear mixing of the first and second acoustic waves, wherein the collimated beam has a frequency based upon a difference between the first frequency and the second frequency; and transmitting the collimated beam through a diverging acoustic lens to compensate for a refractive effect caused by the curvature of the borehole.
Vu; Cung Khac (Houston, TX), Sinha; Dipen N. (Los Alamos, NM), Pantea; Cristian (Los Alamos, NM), Nihei; Kurt T. (Oakland, CA), Schmitt; Denis P. (Katy, TX), Skelt; Christopher (Houston, TX)
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (San Ramon, CA), Los Alamos National Security LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
12/ 793,414
June 3, 2010
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Contract Number DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in this invention.