CA2633182A1 - Apparatus for gripping a tubular on a drilling rig - Google Patents

Apparatus for gripping a tubular on a drilling rig

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CA2633182A1
CA2633182A1 CA 2633182 CA2633182A CA2633182A1 CA 2633182 A1 CA2633182 A1 CA 2633182A1 CA 2633182 CA2633182 CA 2633182 CA 2633182 A CA2633182 A CA 2633182A CA 2633182 A1 CA2633182 A1 CA 2633182A1
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apparatus
tubular
gripping
fluid
further
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Inventor
Albert C. Ii Odell
Richard Lee Giroux
Tuong Thanh Le
Gary Thompson
Karsten Heidecke
Joerg Lorenz
Doyle Frederic Boutwell Jr.
Michael Hayes
Bernd-Georg Pietras
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Weatherford/Lamb Inc
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Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
Albert C. Ii Odell
Richard Lee Giroux
Tuong Thanh Le
Gary Thompson
Karsten Heidecke
Joerg Lorenz
Doyle Frederic Boutwell Jr.
Michael Hayes
Bernd-Georg Pietras
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E21EARTH DRILLING; MINING
    • E21BEARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING; OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS
    • E21B33/00Sealing or packing boreholes or wells
    • E21B33/02Surface sealing or packing
    • E21B33/03Well heads; Setting-up thereof
    • E21B33/04Casing heads; Suspending casings or tubings in well heads
    • E21B33/05Cementing-heads, e.g. having provision for introducing cementing plugs
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E21EARTH DRILLING; MINING
    • E21BEARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING; OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS
    • E21B19/00Handling rods, casings, tubes or the like outside the borehole, e.g. in the derrick
    • E21B19/10Slips; Spiders ; Catching devices
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E21EARTH DRILLING; MINING
    • E21BEARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING; OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS
    • E21B19/00Handling rods, casings, tubes or the like outside the borehole, e.g. in the derrick
    • E21B19/16Connecting or disconnecting pipe couplings or joints
    • E21B19/165Control or monitoring arrangements therefor
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E21EARTH DRILLING; MINING
    • E21BEARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING; OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS
    • E21B33/00Sealing or packing boreholes or wells
    • E21B33/10Sealing or packing boreholes or wells in the borehole
    • E21B33/13Methods or devices for cementing, for plugging holes, crevices, or the like
    • E21B33/14Methods or devices for cementing, for plugging holes, crevices, or the like for cementing casings into boreholes
    • E21B33/16Methods or devices for cementing, for plugging holes, crevices, or the like for cementing casings into boreholes using plugs for isolating cement charge; Plugs therefor

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for running tubulars into and out of a wellbore. A gripping apparatus is activated with an actuator having a primary actuator and a redundant safety feature. The backup safety feature may include one or more redundant fluid operated pistons. The gripping apparatus may include an integrated safety system adapted to prevent damage to the tubulars while making and breaking out connections between the tubulars and the tubular string.
The apparatus may be part of a top drive and comprise a swiver, a cementing plug launcher and/or a sensor.

Claims (59)

1. An apparatus for gripping a tubular for use with a top drive, comprising:
a connection at one end for rotationally fixing the apparatus relative to the top drive;
one or more gripping members at a second end for gripping the tubular;
a primary actuator configured to move and hold the gripping members in contact with the tubular, wherein the primary actuator is fluidly operated;
and a backup assembly adapted to maintain the gripping member in contact with the tubular, wherein the backup assembly comprises a check valve operable in conjunction with the primary actuator to ensure the primary actuator remains operable in the event of fluid failure..
2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the backup assembly comprises a selectively powered redundant actuator.
3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the backup assembly is fluid operated.
4. The apparatus of claim 3, further comprising a monitor coupled to a controller for monitoring a condition in at least one of the primary actuator and the backup assembly.
5. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein the monitor monitors a condition in the primary actuator.
6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the backup assembly further includes an additional source of fluids to ensure the primary actuator remains operable in the event of fluid failure.
7. The apparatus for claim 1, further comprising a first swivel configured to communicatively couple the primary actuator to a power source.
8. The apparatus of claim 7, further comprising a second swivel coupled to the backup assembly configured to communicatively couple the backup assembly to the power source.
9. The apparatus of claim 7, further comprising a second swivel coupled to the backup assembly configured to communicatively couple the backup assembly to a second power source.
10. The apparatus of claim 7, further comprising at least one hydrodynamic sealing member located in a recess in the first swivel, wherein a plurality of cavities are created between the hydrodynamic sealing member and the recess.
11. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the connection comprises a lock for preventing the apparatus and the top drive from rotating independently of one another.
12. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the lock comprises a shaped sleeve for engaging a shaped outer diameter of the top drive and the apparatus.
13. The apparatus of claim 11, wherein the lock comprises:
two or more link elements configured to surround the connection, and one or more gripping dies on an inside surface of each link element, the one or more gripping dies configured to engage the apparatus and the top drive.
14. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a release actuated by applying weight to the apparatus to actuate a fluid operated piston.
15. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the fluid operated piston is coupled to a fluid resistor for constricting fluid flow.
16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the fluid resistor acts to release the gripping members from the tubular using a substantially constant force applied over time.
17. An apparatus for gripping a tubular for use in a wellbore, comprising:
a gripping member for gripping the tubular, wherein the gripping member is coupled to a rotatable mandrel;
an actuator for actuating the gripping member;
a locking member for locking the gripping member into engagement with an inner diameter of the tubular; and a swivel for connecting the actuator to the gripping member.
18. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the actuator is electrically operated.
19. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the actuator comprises one or more chambers controlled by fluid pressure.
20. The apparatus of claim 19, wherein the fluid pressure actuates a piston.
21. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the locking member includes one or more pressure chambers connected to a fluid source configured to provide.
22. The apparatus of claim 17, wherein the locking member is one or more check valves provided between a fluid source and the one or more pressure chambers.
23. The apparatus of claim 21, further comprising a controller for monitoring the fluid pressure in the one or more pressure chambers.
24. The apparatus of claim 17, further comprising a release actuated by applying weight to the gripping apparatus to actuate a fluid operated piston.
25. The apparatus of claim 24, wherein the fluid operated piston is coupled to a fluid resistor for constricting fluid flow.
26. The apparatus of claim 25, wherein the fluid resistor acts to release the gripping members using a constant force applied over time.
27. An apparatus for gripping a tubular for use in a wellbore comprising:

a set of slips connectable to a rotating mandrel for engaging an inner diameter of the tubular;
a plurality of fluid chambers for actuating the slips; and a swivel for fluidly connecting a fluid source to the plurality of fluid chambers.
28. The apparatus of claim 27, wherein the chambers comprise one or more primary actuators and one or more redundant actuators.
29. The apparatus of claim 28, wherein the redundant actuator has a locking member.
30. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the locking member comprises a check valve configured to hold pressure in the redundant actuator.
31. The apparatus of claim 30, wherein the check valve allows one way flow of fluid into at least one of the plurality of fluid chambers.
32. The apparatus of claim 27, wherein the fluid source supplies a hydraulic fluid.
33. The apparatus of claim 27, wherein the fluid source comprises a pneumatic fluid.
34. The apparatus of claim 27, further comprising a controller for monitoring at least one of the plurality of fluid chambers.
35. The apparatus of claim 34, further comprising a sensor coupled to a stop collar, wherein the sensor is configured to communicate to the controller when the stop collar engages the tubular.
36. The apparatus of claim 27, further comprising a control line connectable to the swivel and the plurality of fluid chambers.
37. A method for connecting a tubular, comprising:
providing a fluid pressure from a fluid source;

conveying the fluid pressure through a swivel to a plurality of chambers, wherein the swivel has two or more annular seals located in a recess on each side of a fluid inlet;
actuating a gripping member to grip the tubular, wherein the gripping member is actuated by applying a fluid pressure to a piston within the plurality of chambers;
rotating the tubular using the gripping member;
moving a pressurized fluid into cavities between the two or more annular seals and the recess in response to rotating the tubular; and continuing to supply the fluid source through the swivel and into the chambers via the swivel during rotation.
38. The method of claim 37, further comprising locking at least one chamber of the plurality of chambers upon actuation.
39. The method of claim 38, wherein locking the at least one chamber comprises flowing fluid through a check valve.
40. The method of claim 37, further comprising monitoring at least one of the plurality of chambers with a controller.
41. The method of claim 37, wherein the gripping member is operatively coupled to a top drive.
42. The method of claim 41, wherein the gripping member is rotated by the top drive.
43. A tubular handling system, comprising:
a tubular torque device coupled to a hoisting system and a gripping apparatus;

and a cementing plug launcher having a tubular housing for selectively engaging the gripping apparatus; and one or more plugs located within the tubular housing configured to perform a cementing operation.
44. The cementing plug launcher of claim 43, further comprising a check valve disposed within the tubular housing configured to prevent fluid flow from the launcher to the gripping apparatus.
45. The cementing plug launcher of claim 43, further comprising a controller and one or more cement plug activator for remotely releasing the one or more plugs.
46. The cementing plug launcher of claim 44, further comprising a swivel that allows for a fluid to be pumped into the launcher while the torque device rotates the launcher.
47. The cementing plug launcher of claim 46, wherein the gripping member comprises a spear.
48. The cementing plug launcher of claim 46, wherein the gripping member comprises an external tubular gripper.
49. A method of completing a wellbore, the method comprising:
providing a tubular handling system coupled to a hoisting system, wherein the tubular handling system comprises a gripping apparatus, an actuator, and a top drive;
gripping a first tubular using the gripping apparatus;
coupling the first tubular to a tubular string by rotating the first tubular using the top drive, wherein the tubular string is partially located within the wellbore;
lowering the first tubular and the tubular string;
releasing the first tubular from the gripping apparatus;
gripping a cementing tool using the gripping apparatus;
coupling the cementing tool to the first tubular by rotating the cementing tool;
flowing cement into the cementing tool; and cementing at least a portion of the tubular string into the wellbore.
50. The method of claim 49, further comprising preventing cement from flowing into contact with the gripping apparatus with a check valve.
51. A release for releasing a gripping apparatus from a tubular, the release comprising:
a piston and a piston cylinder operatively coupled to a mandrel of the gripping apparatus;
a fluid resistor configured to fluidly couple a release chamber to the piston by providing a constrained fluid path; and a shoulder adapted to engage the tubular and increase pressure in the release chamber as weight is applied to the shoulder, and wherein continued weight on the shoulder slowly actuates the piston thereby slowly releasing the gripping apparatus from the tubular.
52. A safety system for use with a tubular handling system, the safety system comprising:
a sensor adapted to track movement of a gripping mechanism of a gripping apparatus, wherein the sensor sends a signal to a controller when the gripping apparatus is in a position that corresponds to the gripping apparatus being engaged with the tubular.
53. The safety system of claim 52, wherein the sensor comprises a trigger which is actuated by a wheel coupled to an arm, wherein the wheel moves along a track coupled to an actuator as the actuator moves the gripping mechanism.
54. The safety system of claim 53, wherein the track has one or more upsets configured to move the wheel radially and actuate the trigger as the wheel travels.
55. A method for monitoring a tubular handling system, the method comprising:
moving a gripping apparatus toward a tubular;
detecting the presence of an upper end of the tubular with a sensor located on the gripping apparatus;
sending a signal from the sensor to a controller indicating that the tubular is in an engaged position;
stopping movement of the gripping apparatus relative to the tubular in response to the signal; and gripping the tubular with the gripping apparatus.
56. The method of claim 55, further comprising monitoring a position of one or more engagement members of the gripping apparatus relative to the tubular using a second sensor, and sending a second signal to the controller indicating that the gripping apparatus is engaged with the tubular.
57. The method of claim 56, further comprising coupling the tubular to a tubular string held by a spider on the rig floor and verifying that the tubular connection is secure.
58. The method of claim 57, further comprising having verified the tubular connection is secure and the gripping apparatus is secure the controller permits release of the spider.
59. An apparatus for gripping a tubular for use with a top drive, comprising:
a connection at one end for rotationally fixing the apparatus relative to the top drive;
one or more gripping members at a second end for gripping the tubular;
a primary actuator configured to move and hold the gripping members in contact with the tubular, wherein the primary actuator is fluidly operated;
a backup assembly adapted to maintain the gripping member in contact with the tubular, wherein the backup assembly comprises a separate selectively powered redundant actuator.
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