Patent Number: 6,305,753

Title: Hydraulic expansion tube

Abstract: An hydraulic expansion tube is provided which may be inserted into bore holes and expanded to break apart rock. An expandable tube is secured at its ends with end caps and sleeves which are carried on a support shaft. The end caps and sleeves form a tight interference fit with the ends of the expandable tube. Hydraulic fluid is ported through the support shaft into the interior of the expandable tube. The end caps and sleeves may be provided with threads to better grip the expandable tube and prevent it from pulling away from the end caps after repeated expansion. Additionally, an expandable sheath may be provided to surround the ends of the expandable tube to limit the expandable tube from flowing around the end caps when pressurized.

Inventors: Rodrigues; Casiano Glenie (West Hill, Ontario, CA)

Assignee:

International Classification: E21C 37/00 (20060101); E21C 37/10 (20060101); E21C 037/10 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018