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Publication numberUS2543823 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 6, 1951
Filing dateMar 26, 1948
Priority dateMar 26, 1948
Publication numberUS 2543823 A, US 2543823A, US-A-2543823, US2543823 A, US2543823A
InventorsAdelbert Barry
Original AssigneeStandard Oil Dev Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Casing perforating gun
US 2543823 A
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2 Claims. (Cl. 164-05) The present invention is concerned with an improved apparatus and method of perforating oil casing and solid formations in a well borehole. The invention is more particularly conce1-ned with an improved perforating gun by which it is possible to positively control the number of shots firedat any one time or at any particular level. The invention is specifically directed to an improved electrical circuit wherein pressure arming switches are utilized in conjunction with the flring of any one or of any series of shots.

In the production and recovery of oil from subterranean areas, it is well known in the art to drill the borehole and line it with steel casing to seal off undesirable uids or unproductive formations. It is also the usual practice to cement between the steel casing and the formation adjacent the borehole to secure the casing in place.

Since these boreholes extend into the earth for considerable depth, they in many instances pass through a plurality of oil-containing formations disposed at various depths. It is the usual practice to leave upper productive formations sealed off until such time as lower formations are depleted of oil at which time the lower formation is cemented or plugged closed, and the casing is then perforated adjacent the next higher productive formation to allow entry of the oil or gas into the casing. Usually a plurality of holes through the casing is necessary to produce the desired volume of flow.

One method of accomplishing the desired perforation is to lower a gun into the borehole adjacent the area at which perforation is desired. The gun can then be fired and pulled to the surface for reloading. Subsequent firings and reloadings are then necessary to accomplish the desired amount of perforation. This procedure is, however, very time consuming and expensive. It is, thus, very desirable that the gun employed for perforating the casing be capable of flring a multiplicity of shots without the necessity of withdrawing from the bore hole for reloading. This feature is additionally desirable when it it necessary to perforate several formations at different levels and reduces the possibility of errors in the depth measurements.

Numerous suggestions and methods have been proposed using various instruments in order to secure the desired flexibility in a casing perforating gun. For example, one gun perforator utilized is an instrument, the operation of which is a function of differences in resistances of a 2 plurality of electrical resistors in an electrical circuit.

A new method and an improved perforating gun have now been discovered by which it is possible to have the desired control. The perforating gun of the present invention utilizes an electrical circuit connected to a plurality of firing mechanisms in a manner that the firing mechanism or firing circuit of the next succeeding circuit is not closed except by the force of the explosion of the preceding circuit which activates a pressure actuated switch in the succeeding circuit.

The invention may be readily understood by reference to the drawings illustrating embodiments of the same.

Fig. 1 illustrates the ring gun containing flring charges at spaced intervals.

Fig. 2 illustrates the ring and electrical hookup utilized in conjunction with Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 illustrates one suitable type of pressure actuated switch which is employed in conjunction with the electrical circuits.

Fig. 4 comprises a diagrammatical cross-sectional view of the method of employing my gun for piercing solid formations in a well borehole.

Referring specifically to Fig. l, casing perforating gun I4 is adapted to be lowered to any point in a borehole by means of suspension cable I. The gun may comprise and contain any number of firing chambers. For the purpose of illustration, flring chambers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 1 are shown. The pressure switches employed in conjunction with my circuit and methods of operating the casing perforating gun are also illustrated as 8, 9, I0, Il, l2 and I3.

Referring specifically to Fig. 2, the flring circuits are illustrated. The method of operation ls as follows. For the purpose of illustration, four flring chambers, 20, 2|, 22 and 23 are shown. As a safety precaution the firing circuits are opened as the device is lowered into the well until hydrostatic switch 24 is closed which is set to close at a predetermined pressure. When the gun has reached the predetermined depth at which it is desired to perforate the casing, flring switch 25 is closed. This completes the circuit through the battery 60 and indicator meter 6| and closes the circuit through the firing filament ln flring chamber 20. It is to be understood that any suitable flring means may be utilized in conjunction with the invention. For example, the detonation elements may be of any suitable type, the propellant charge likewise may comprise conventional means as well as the projectile.

Under certain circumstances it may be desirable to use merely the force of the explosive charge to secure penetration as, for example, the eiect ci a shaped charge.

Upon detonation of the explosive ln firingl chamber 20 part of the gases are utilized to operate pressure switch 26 which closes the circuit between conductor 200 through tiring switch 21 and ground return conductor 300. Due to the current load, the filament of firing chamber 20 is broken, thus breaking the circuitl through conductor |00, ring switch 25 and ground return conductor 300.

The casing perforating gun may then be moved to the next level at which it is desired to perforate the casing, and firing chamber 2| fired by closing ilring switch 21. The circuit operates similarly to that described with respect to the circuit in firing chamber 20. The filament in tiring chamber.2| is broken by the explosion, thus breaking the circuit through conductor 200, iiring switch 21 and ground return conductor 300. Simultaneously pressure actuated switch 23 is closed thus establishing a completed circuit through conductor |00, iiring switch 25 and ground return conductor 300. The gun may then be moved to a new location and a similar procedure followed. Upon firing of chamber 22 by closing ring switch 25 the lament in firing chamber 22 is broken thus breaking the conductor circuit. Simultaneously pressure switch 29 is closed, which establishes a completed circuit through conductor 200 controlled by ring switch 21. Chamber 23 may then be nred by the closing of switch 21.

It is to be understood that any number of firing chambers may be employed in conjunction with the alternate circuits as shown. As pointed out, the flring chamber may fire a projectile or merely an explosive charge. It it is desired that all charges be fired substantially simultaneously, this is accomplished by merely closing the two control switches 21 and 25.

Referring specifically to Fig. 3, one type of pressure switch is illustrated. The control mechanism is housed in a metallic body 30 which is rigidly attached to the wall of the perforating gun. The electrical contacts 3| and 34 are maintained apart against the force of compression spring 32 by means of shear disc 33. The shear discs may comprise a frangible plastic disc or any suitable equivalent means. Upon the explosion of a preceding charge the disc is shattered or sheared, thus releasing the compression spring. Compression spring moves the ground contact 34 against contact 3| thus closing the circuit. It is to be understood that any suitable or equivalent gas-operated contact switch may be employed. Furthermore, the method of positioning the contact switch in the perforating gun may be varied as deemed advisable.

Referring specifically to Fig. 4, a diagrammatical sketch is given showing one method by which the invention may be operated. The pressure switch 40, the firing chamber 4| with its accompanying firing mechanism is all positioned in gun body 50. Current is passed through the firing filament by impressing voltage between wires 42 and 43. The ring filament by means of a suitable booster, causes the propellant charge to be ignited and to force the projectile through the ring chamber from the gun body into the area in which perforation is desired.

As the projectile moves through the firing chamber and passes port A, some of the cornbustion gases from the propellant powder passes through ports A and B, and exerts pressure against the frangible disc causing it to break. Thus the pressure switch is actuated as heretofore described. The pressure switch functions to close the contacts and set up a completed circuit as described with respect to Fig. 2.

Having described the invention, it is claimed:

l. An improved casing perforating gun which comprises a plurality of ring chambers and a plurality of circuit closing switches comprising two contacts held apart against the tension of a closing spring by means of a breakabie disc, means for closing a circuit switch of a succeeding tiring chamber actuated by the combustion gases of the explosion in a preceding iiring chamber, said means comprising conduits from the ring chamber to one face of said disc, and means for raising and lowering said gun to any desired point in a well bore hole.

2. An improved casing perforating gun which comprises a plurality of iiring chambers and a pluralityof pressure actuated closing switches which comprise two contacts held apart against the tension of a closing spring by means of a breakable disc, said firing chambers being alternately connected to one of two electrical circuits which are separately controlled by individual hand tiring switches, said ilring chambers having disposed therein a firing lament through which current-is passed in ring and which filament is broken upon ring, means for closing a pressure actuated circuit switch of a succeeding firing chamber actuated by the combustion gases of the explosion in a preceding iiring chamber, said means comprising conduits from the tiring chamber to one face of said disc and means for raising and lowering said gun to any desired point in a well bore hole.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,223,866 Graham et al. Apr. 24, 1917 2,257,271 McCullough Sept. 30, 1941 2,343,087 Schlumberger Feb. 29,1944

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U.S. Classification175/4.54, 200/5.00R, 200/82.00R, 175/4.55, 102/217, 89/135, 200/61.8, 102/321, 200/83.00R
International ClassificationF42D1/00, F42D1/06, E21B43/11, E21B43/1185
Cooperative ClassificationF42D1/06, E21B43/1185
European ClassificationF42D1/06, E21B43/1185