Patent Number: 6,305,467

Title: Wireless coiled tubing joint locator

Abstract: A wireless coiled tubing joint locator for locating joints or collars in a production tubing string. An electromagnetic coil assembly or giant magnetoresistive digital field sensor senses the increased mass of a pipe joint, and provides a signal to an electric circuit which generates a signal received by a pilot solenoid valve. The solenoid valve momentarily opens a pilot passageway which activates a piston to close a circulation port in the joint locator, resulting in an increase in a surface pressure reading observable by the operator. In one embodiment, a rupture disk is provided so that pressure cannot be applied to any downhole tool below the joint locator prematurely. A seat sleeve prevents premature communication of fluid to the rupture disk but can be opened by dropping a ball into the joint locator. A second embodiment may be used for either logging or washing operations or both. The electronic circuit can provide a selected one of a plurality of time delays. A fixed test period in the circuit delays activation of the time delay so that the joint locator may be tested before it is run into the well. The electric circuit and power supply are provided in a removable case.

Inventors: Connell; Michael L. (Duncan, OK), Tucker; James C. (Springer, OK), Howard; Robert G. (Duncan, OK)

Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

International Classification: E21B 23/04 (20060101); E21B 23/00 (20060101); E21B 34/00 (20060101); E21B 34/06 (20060101); E21B 21/00 (20060101); E21B 21/10 (20060101); E21B 47/00 (20060101); E21B 34/14 (20060101); E21B 47/09 (20060101); E21B 029/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018