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Communications systems and methods for subsea processors

United States Patent

April 26, 2016
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A subsea processor may be located near the seabed of a drilling site and used to coordinate operations of underwater drilling components. The subsea processor may be enclosed in a single interchangeable unit that fits a receptor on an underwater drilling component, such as a blow-out preventer (BOP). The subsea processor may issue commands to control the BOP and receive measurements from sensors located throughout the BOP. A shared communications bus may interconnect the subsea processor and underwater components and the subsea processor and a surface or onshore network. The shared communications bus may be operated according to a time division multiple access (TDMA) scheme.
Gutierrez; Jose (Houston, TX), Pereira; Luis (Houston, TX)
14/ 055,795
October 16, 2013
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under Work for Others Agreement No. NFE-12-04104 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.