U.S. Patent Office grants DTI patent for innovation in riser tensioner stroke monitoring
The U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent number to Drilling Technological Innovations LLC
for the company’s latest advancement in drilling riser tensioners.
“The latest patent in our catalog of more than 20 issued and
pending patents promises to move the industry forward relative to riser
tensioner stroke monitoring,” says David Trent, president and CEO of the
Houston-based designer, manufacturer and provider of offshore oil and gas
drilling and production riser tensioner systems, in a company press release. “All
prior technologies consisted of considerable flaws that affect accuracy and,
ultimately, safety. The patent is proof that we have created a unique and superior
way of monitoring the cylinder stroke so that appropriate operator and riser
recoil valve responses are made.”
The new technology uses a laser stroke sensor, mounted to
the DTI direct-acting tensioner cylinder, to accurately and continually monitor
how far out the cylinder’s stroke is at any given time. Without real
measurement of the cylinder, the actual stroke position may be unknown, which
can lead to considerable damage to the riser system or wellhead.
“We have run a multitude of tests, as is standard for DTI,
on the laser stroke sensor in order to ensure its exactness in identifying
stroke position. Proper scenarios were simulated in consideration of various
and typical events within the offshore environment. In every test, the laser
stroke sensor proved to be precise,” Trent says.
The company says its laser stroke monitoring system advances
the performance and sustains the safety of DTI’s direct-acting drilling riser