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Title:
VERSATILE FLYING LEAD (VFL) TERMINATION HEAD SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/164944
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A diagnostic system may utilize telemetry from a monitored system to infer information about the operation of various components systems within the monitored system. In embodiments, inferences may be drawn from a comparison of various component systems using a system of implication and exoneration. Exoneration is utilized to isolate faulty components from functioning components by comparing information between the systems, which may run in parallel. A dynamic grouping algorithm may eventually isolate faulty components and suggest the root cause as well as multiple distinct faults.

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Inventors:
LU, Ronald (22407 Limestone Crest Lane, KATY, Texas, 77449, US)
DUNCAN, Jason (11911 FM 529, HOUSTON, Texas, 77041, US)
PRAKASH, Sunil (15727 Cutten Rd, Apt 1324HOUSTON, TX, 77070, US)
WILLIAMS, Christoper (3914 Randle Ridge Ct, FULSHEAR, Texas, 77441, US)
Application Number:
US2019/018769
Publication Date:
August 29, 2019
Filing Date:
February 20, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC (11911 FM 529, HOUSTON, Texas, 77041, US)
International Classes:
E21B33/038; E21B33/035; E21B41/04; E21B43/01; E21B43/013; F16L1/26
Domestic Patent References:
WO2018127552A12018-07-12
Foreign References:
US20170284172A12017-10-05
US20100059229A12010-03-11
US20070227740A12007-10-04
US20170350209A12017-12-07
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MAZE, Gary Robin (211 E Parkwood Ave, Suite 110FRIENDSWOOD, Texas, 77546, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system, comprising:

a. an underwater vehicle interface (110);

b. an interface plate (120); and

c. a termination frame ((130 and 140) or 210), comprising:

i. a connection end (141 or 201) connected to the underwater vehicle interface (110);

ii. an interface end (132 or 212), the interface plate (120) connected to the interface end (212); and

d. an adjuster (131 or 231) disposed proximate the connection end, the adjuster configured to provide a configurable declination angle which sets a hang-off angle of a device connected to the interface plate (120) with respect to the underwater vehicle interface (110).

2. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the device comprises a subsea umbilical (10) or a cable.

3. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the adjuster comprises a fastener, a threaded rod, a gear and pinion, and/or a drive screw.

4. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 3, wherein:

a. the fastener comprises a bolt; and

b. the underwater vehicle interface (110) further comprises a bracket, the bracket comprising a bolt receiver.

5. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the configurable declination angle comprises a set of predetermined distinct configurable declination angles.

6. The versatile flying lead (VFL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the underwater vehicle interface (110) comprises an interface to a remotely operated vehicle or an autonomously operated vehicle.

7. The versatile flying lead (VFL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the interface plate (120) comprises an upper interface plate (l20a) removably connected to a lower interface plate (l20b).

8. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the frame comprises:

a. a lower termination frame plate (130), the lower termination frame plate (130) comprising the interface end (132); and

b. an upper termination frame plate (140) operatively connected to the lower termination frame plate (130), the upper termination frame plate (140) comprising the connection end (141).

9. The versatile flying lead (VFL) termination head system of Claim 8, wherein

a. the lower termination plate (130) comprises a first adjuster portion (131); b. the upper termination plate (140) comprises a second adjuster portion (131);

c. the first adjuster portion (131) comprises a latch (132) or a latch receiver (133); and

d. the second adjuster portion (131) either comprises:

i. the latch receiver (133) configured to removably receive the latch (132) if the first adjuster portion comprises the latch; or

ii. the latch (132) configured to be removably received into the latch receiver if the first adjuster portion comprises a latch receiver.

10. The versatile flying lead (VFL) termination head system of Claim 8, wherein the interface plate (120) is connected to the lower termination plate (130) at an end of the lower termination plate (130) opposite from an end of the lower termination plate (130) where the underwater vehicle interface (110) is disposed.

11. The versatile flying lead (VFL) termination head system of Claim 8, further comprising: a. a set of lower frame covers (1 lOa) connected to the lower termination frame plate (130); and

b. a set of upper frame covers (1 lOb) connected to the upper termination frame plate (140), the set of upper frame covers (l lOb) configured to slidably interface with set of lower frame covers (1 lOa).

12. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 1, wherein the frame comprises:

a. a termination frame plate (210);

b. a connection end (201) connected to the underwater vehicle interface (110);

c. an interface end (202), the interface plate (120) connected to the interface end (212).

13. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 12, wherein:

a. the connection end (201) comprises a predetermined set of connector receivers (204);

b. the underwater vehicle interface (110) comprises a bracket (111), the bracket comprising a predetermined set of bracket receivers adapted to align with a predetermined subset of the predetermined set of connector receivers; and c. the adjuster (231) comprises a predetermined set of fasteners (232) adapted to be received through the predetermined set of bracket receivers and their aligned predetermined subset of the predetermined set of connector receivers.

14. The versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system of Claim 13, wherein the fasteners comprise a bolt (232) and a nut (233) adapted to thread onto the bolt.

15. A method of manufacturing and assembling a subsea termination head, comprising:

a. obtaining a predetermined set of standardized structural building blocks that fit together to form a complete termination frame, the termination frame comprising:

iii. a termination frame plate;

iv. an interface plate configured to be connected to the frame; and

v. an underwater vehicle interface (110) configured to be adjustably connected to the frame; and

vi. an adjuster (131);

b. using the predetermined set of standardized structural building blocks to construct a subsea termination head from the predetermined set of standardized structural building blocks substantially in parallel; and

c. connecting the underwater vehicle interface (110) to the frame at a predetermined angle using the adjuster.

16. The method of manufacturing and assembling a subsea termination head of Claim 15, the termination frame comprising a predetermined set of internals, the method further comprising:

a. constructing and testing the termination frame, the constructing and testing coinciding separately; and b. fitting the termination frame and its internals together to form the completed termination head assembly.

17. The method of manufacturing and assembling a subsea termination head of Claim 16, where the internals comprise a tubing, a coupler, or a connector.

18. The method of manufacturing and assembling a subsea termination head of Claim 16, further comprising using standardized components such that individual sets of components are manufactured and tested at different facilities and then combined together to form the termination frame.

19. The method of manufacturing and assembling a subsea termination head of Claim 15, wherein the termination frame comprises:

a. an underwater vehicle interface (110);

b. an interface plate (120); and

c. a frame, comprising:

vii. termination frame plate (210);

viii. a connection end (211) connected to the underwater vehicle interface

(110);

ix. an interface end (212), the interface plate (120) connected to the interface end (212); and

d. an adjuster (231) disposed proximate the connection end, the adjuster configured to provide a configurable declination angle which sets a hang-off angle of a device connected to the interface plate (120).

20. The method of manufacturing and assembling a subsea termination head of Claim 15, wherein the termination frame comprises: a. a frame, comprising:

x. a lower termination frame plate (130); and

xi. an upper termination frame plate (140) operatively connected to the lower termination frame plate (130);

b. an underwater vehicle interface (110) operatively in communication with the upper termination frame plate (140); and

c. an adjuster (131) operatively in communication with the upper termination frame plate (140) and the lower termination plate (130), the adjuster operative to adjustably set an angle of a connection of the upper termination frame plate (140) to the lower termination plate (130).

Description:
VERSATILE FLYING LEAD TERMINATION HEAD SYSTEM

Inventors: Ronald Lu; Christopher Williams; Jason Duncan; Sunil Prakash

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This application claims the benefit of priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) from U.S.

Provisional Patent Application No. 62/632,714 entitled“Versatile Flying Lead (HFL) Termhead System” filed October 20, 2018.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The invention relates to diagnostics, detection, location, and prediction of faults within a bio-electrical-mechanical system that provides a method of telemetry and has expected behavior.

BACKGROUND

[0003] Subsea termination frames are typically welded or bolted structures with a fixed declination angle, preventing a custom frame designed for a particular client's requirement. These are also typically not able to be re-configured to rapidly meet varies operation requirements.

[0004] Further, current manufacturing processes of subsea termination frames occur in a rigid, linear path. A parallel manufacturing process for subsea termination heads can allow the structural termination frame and the internals to be manufactured in parallel, reduce the total manufacturing time/cost for a subsea termination head.

FIGURES

[0005] The following figures are illustrative.

[0006] Fig. 1 is a plan view in partial perspective of a first exemplary embodiment of a versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system; [0007] Fig. 2 is a plan view in partial perspective of the first exemplary embodiment of the versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system;

[0008] Fig. 3 are plan views in partial perspective of the first exemplary embodiment of the versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system;

[0009] Fig. 4 are plan views in partial perspective of an the first exemplary embodiment of the versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system illustrating various adjusted angles;

[0010] Fig. 5 is a plan view in partial perspective of a second exemplary embodiment of a versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system;

[0011] Fig. 6 is a plan view in partial perspective of the second exemplary embodiment of a versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system;

[0012] Fig. 7 is a plan view in partial perspective of the second exemplary embodiment of a versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system illustrating various adjusted angles;

[0013] Fig. 8 is a further plan view in partial perspective of the first exemplary embodiment of a versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system illustrating various adjusted angles;

[0014] Fig. 9 is a block diagrammatic view of a linear manufacturing process; and

[0015] Fig. 10 is a set of plan views in partial perspective illustrating a manufacturing process of the first exemplary embodiment of a versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system using standard building blocks.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0016] In its embodiments, versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system 100 comprises underwater vehicle interface 110 allows adjustability of frame angle which further allows one termination head design to be used for various operation requirements. It also allows for use of standardized machined (non-fabricated) building blocks for a centralized spine of the disclosed termination frame which allows for part simplicity and remote manufacturing.

[0017] In various embodiments, parallel manufacturing of versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system 100 may reduce manufacturing time and cost.

[0018] Referring now to Figs. 1-2 and 5, versatile flying lead (VHL) termination head system 100 comprises underwater vehicle interface 110 which can provide an interface to an underwater vehicle such as a remotely operated vehicle or an autonomously operated vehicle; interface plate 120 (shown in an embodiment having two halves, l20a and l20b); and a termination frame (130 and 140 in Fig. 2 or 210 in Fig. 5).

[0019] Interface plate 120 may further comprise upper interface plate l20a removably connected to lower interface plate l20b.

[0020] In embodiments the termination frames comprises a connection end (141 (Fig. 2) or 201 (Fig. 5)) connected to underwater vehicle interface 110; interface end (132 (Fig. 2) or 212 (Fig. 5)), the interface plate (120) connected to the interface end (212); and adjuster (131 (Fig. 2) or 231 (Fig. 5)) disposed proximate the connection end where the adjuster is configured to provide a configurable declination angle which sets a hang-off angle of a device connected to interface plate 120 with respect to underwater vehicle interface 110.

[0021] The configurable declination angle typically comprises a set of predetermined, distinct, configurable declination angles.

[0022] The device may comprise a typical underwater component such as subsea umbilical (10) or a cable.

[0023] In embodiments, the adjuster (131 (Fig. 2) or 231 (Fig. 5)) may comprise a fastener, a threaded rod, a gear and pinion, and/or a drive screw. If a fastener is present, the fastener may comprise a bolt (similar to pins 132) and underwater vehicle interface 110 may further comprise bracket 111 which comprises one or more bolt receivers.

[0024] Underwater vehicle interface 110 typically comprises remotely operated vehicle bucket (150).

[0025] In certain embodiments, a conduit (not shown the figures) may be present and connected to interface plate 120 and/or underwater vehicle interface 110.

[0026] In embodiments, underwater vehicle interface 110 comprises removable plate 112 and may further comprise remotely operated vehicle bucket 150.

[0027] Referring now to Figs. 1-4, in an embodiment the termination frame comprises lower termination frame plate 130 which comprises interface end 132 and upper termination frame plate 140 operatively connected to lower termination frame plate 130, where upper termination frame plate 140 comprises connection end 141. In this embodiment, lower termination plate 130 typically comprises first adjuster portion 131 and upper termination plate 140 comprises second adjuster portion 131. First adjuster portion 131 may comprise latch 132 or latch receiver 133. Second adjuster portion 131 comprises either latch receiver 133 configured to removably receive latch 132 if first adjuster portion comprises latch 132 or latch 132 configured to be removably received into latch receiver 133 if first adjuster portion 131 comprises latch receiver 133. In either of these configurations, latch 132 may comprise a set of pins 132 and latch receiver 133 may comprise a set of pin receivers 133, that correspond to a predetermined subset of the set of pins 132.

[0028] In these embodiments, interface plate 120 is typically connected to lower termination plate 130 at an end of lower termination plate 130 opposite from an end of lower termination plate 130 where underwater vehicle interface 110 is disposed. Further, interface plate 121 may be present and disposed intermediate interface plate 120 and lower termination frame plate 130 where interface plate 121 is connected to interface plate 120 and lower termination frame plate 130. Interface plate 121 may further comprise interface plate mounting support 122 configured to connect interface plate 121 to lower termination frame plate 130.

[0029] In these embodiments, a set of lower frame covers l lOa may be present and connected to lower termination frame plate 130. Further, a set of upper frame covers l lOb may be present and connected to upper termination frame plate 140 where the set of upper frame covers 110b is configured to slidably interface with the set of lower frame covers 1 lOa.

[0030] Referring now to Figs. 5-7, in other contemplated embodiments the termination frame comprises termination frame plate 210, connection end 201 connected to underwater vehicle interface 110; and interface end 202 connected to interface plate 120.

[0031] Further, connection end 201 may comprise a predetermined set of connector receivers 204 and underwater vehicle interface 110 may comprise bracket 111 which comprises a predetermined set of bracket receivers adapted to align with a predetermined subset of the predetermined set of connector receivers. Adjuster 231 typically comprises a predetermined set of fasteners 232 adapted to be received through the predetermined set of bracket receivers and their aligned predetermined subset of the predetermined set of connector receivers.

[0032] In these embodiments, fasteners typically comprise bolt 232 and nut 233 adapted to thread onto bolt 232.

[0033] In the operation of exemplary embodiments, a versatile flying lead (VHL) subsea termination head system 100 may be manufactured and assembled by obtaining a predetermined set of standardized structural building blocks that fit together to form a complete termination frame, where the termination frame is as described above in its various embodiments. The predetermined set of standardized structural building blocks may be used to construct the versatile flying lead (VHL) subsea termination head system 100 from the predetermined set of standardized structural building blocks substantially in parallel.

[0034] Underwater vehicle interface 110 may be connected to the termination frame at a predetermined angle using the adjuster (131 (Fig. 2) or 231 (Fig. 5)). Typically, the termination frame may be constructed and tested where the constructing and testing coincide separately and the termination frame and its internals fitted together to form the completed versatile flying lead (VHL) subsea termination head system 100. These internals may comprise a tubing, a coupler, or a connector, or the like, or a combination thereof. Standardized components may be used such that individual sets of components are manufactured and tested at different facilities and then combined together to form completed versatile flying lead (VHL) subsea termination head system 100.

[0035] Figs. 7-8 illustrate how versatile flying lead (VHL) subsea termination head system 100 may be configured in its declination angle. As illustrated, one of ordinary skill in these arts can see how the declination angle of the termination frame sets the hang-off angle of an attached subsea umbilical or cable.

[0036] As further illustrated in Figs. 9-10, the manufacturing process described above provides for the construction and assembly of versatile flying lead (VHL) subsea termination head system 100 utilizing standardized structural building blocks that fit together to form the complete termination frame, resulting in a flexibility which allows for parallel and remote manufacturing processes. As illustrated in Fig. 9, manufacturing of subsea termination frames currently occurs along a rigid linear path. Parallel manufacturing allows the construction/testing of the structural termination frame and its internals (tubings, couplers, connectors such as illustrated in Fig. 10) to coincide separately, and then fitted together to form the completed termination head assembly. Remote manufacturing is where the building blocks are standardized so that individual blocks can be manufactured/tested at different facilities and then combined together to form the complete structural termination frame.

[0037] The foregoing disclosure and description of the inventions are illustrative and explanatory. Various changes in the size, shape, and materials, as well as in the details of the illustrative construction and/or an illustrative method may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention.