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Publication numberUS2760408 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 28, 1956
Filing dateMay 19, 1953
Priority dateMay 19, 1953
Publication numberUS 2760408 A, US 2760408A, US-A-2760408, US2760408 A, US2760408A
InventorsTaylor William B
Original AssigneeJohnston Testers Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Firing head
US 2760408 A
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FIRING HEAD Filed May 19, 1955 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 IN VEN TOR. W/u/AM 5. 770202 Ari-06% FIRING HEAD William B. Taylor, Houston, Tex., assignor, by mesne assignments, to Johnston Testers, Inc, Houston, Tex., a corporation of Texas Application May 19, 1953, Serial No. 355,899

Claims. (Cl. 89-1) This invention relates to oil well equipment and par-- ticularly to a perforating gun firing head employed in firing the charges of a perforating gun.

In my copending application entitled Method of Completing Oil Wells, Serial No. 355,900, filed May 19, 1953, there is disclosed a method of completing an oil well including the steps of lowering a perforating gun into an oil well on the lower end of a string of tubing into registry with a selected production formation, replacing the mud fluid in the well with oil by circulating oil downwardly through the tubing, outwardly through a passage above but adjacent the perforating gun, and upwardly through the space between the tubing and the casing, thereafter closing the space between the tubing and casing, thereafter firing the gun to perforate the casing and the surrounding production formation, and then permitting formation fluid from the production formation to flow into the above-mentioned passage and upwardly through the tubing to the surface past a valve controlled opening in the tubing at the surface. Since the tubing-is filled with fluid at the time it is desired to fire the perforating gun, attempts at firing the gun by employing a go-devil, functioning as a percussion element, have not proved successful because the fluid in the tubing buoys up the go-devil by an amount equivalent to the fluid displaced by the go-devil, thus lessening the downward velocity of the go-devil through the tubing, said fluid also acting as a cushioning medium to prevent sharp impact between the go-devil and a firing pin or equivalent element on the firing head. Although an electrically fired type firing head may be employed in carrying out my method described in the above-entitled copending application, this would entail the use of at least one long electrical lead, and a special construction of the tubing to accommodate this lead. It is a main object of the present invention to provide a perforating gun firing head adapted to be lowered into a well bore, a string of casing or tubing containing fluid, as a part of a perforating gun and conditioned for firing by a go-devil dropped down the well and actually fired by the pressure of the fluid in the well.

A more particular object of the present invention is to provide a perforating gun firing head including a tubular firing head body adapted to be connected to the charged carrier of a perforating gun and adapted to be lowered into an oil well which is occupied by fluid under hydrostatic head, the tubular body having a passage opening into the upper end of the bore of said body for admitting well fluid, said body'containing a piston slidably disposed within the bore of the tubular body at a place below said passage, a rupturable or frangible seal closing the bore at a place between the passage and the piston so as to free the piston from the force of the hydrostatic head of the fluid in the well and the tubing, a detonable fuse means beneath the piston adapted to be detonated by the piston when the piston is driven downwardly into sharp contact therewith, and means holding the piston out of engagement with the detonable fuse means responsive, when the seal is broken and the hydrostatic head of the fluid in the nite States atent 2,760,408 Patented Aug. 28, 1956 well and the tubing becomes effective on the piston, "to permit downward movement of said piston.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a firing head as described in the immediately above paragraph wherein there is an orifice-type passageway communicating at its opposite ends with the space between the piston and the seal and the space beneath the piston, to prevent fluid, which may leak past the seal, from build ing up pressure above the piston and causing premature firing of the detonable fuse means.

Various other objects of the present invention will be apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein:

Fig. 1 is a longitudinal mid-sectional view through a firing head employing the concepts of the present invention, the parts being depicted in their running-in conditron.

Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1, but showing the parts after rupture of the seal, but before firing of the detonable fuse means.

Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2, but showing the parts after the piston has been driven downwardly and caused detonation of the detonable fuse means.

Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. l, but showing how fluid, which leaks past the seal, by-passes the piston.

Although the firing head of the present invention has been especially designed to be connected to a lower end of a string of tubing to enable carrying out of some of the steps of the method described in my copending applica tion, above identified, the invention is not intended to be limited to this use, since the concepts of my present invention may be employed in other installations and the firing head may be supported by other means.

Referring to the accompanying drawings wherein similar reference characters designate similar parts throughout, there is disclosed a perforating gun including a firing head comprising a composite tubular firing head body including a top sub 11, a middle sub 13, and a bottom sub 15 suitably threadedly connected together in endto-end relation. Bottom sub 15 is formed for attachment to the charged carrier 17 of the perforating gun. Top sub 11 is formed for attachment to a string of tubing 19 by which the perforating gun may be lowered into a well. Formed through the walls of top and middle subs 11 and 13 are passageways 21 providing communication between the interior of the head and the fluid in the well. The connection between top sub 11 and middle sub 13 provides a shoulder 23 upon which is supported an upwardly convex frangible sealing disc 25 held in place and pressed against the shoulder by the lower end 26 of said top sub.

Slidably disposed within middle sub 13 is a piston 27 having a reduced stem 29 depending therefrom, the piston and stem being disposed within upper and lower bores formed in the middle sub which substantially agree in diameter with said piston and stem, respectively, as is apparent from the drawings.

Piston 27 is provided with an external annular groove receiving a resilient O-ring seal 31 which sealingly engages the walls of the bore within which the piston rides. Disposing the piston in engagement with disc 25 is a strong compression spring 33 surrounding stem 29.

At its lower end, middle sub 13 is counterbored to receive a detonable fuse means generally entitled 35 fitting in said counterbore and within a counterbore formed in the upper end of bottom sub 15. Fuse means 35 includes a cartridge cylinder 37 and cartridges 39. Above and below the cylinders 37 are disc washers 41 and 4-3, respectively, the detonable fuse assembly being clamped between the middle and top subs as shown in Fig. l. Cartridges 39 are of the type which are sensitive to shock and thus when piston 27 is driven downwardly so that the stem thereof is driven into contact with the'detonable fuse means 35,

. the cartridges are detonated by the resulting shock.;

, A resilient O-ring seal'45 is received in opposed annular grooves provided in'the opposed ends of middle and hottom subs l3 and 15 to prevent fluid from leaking inwardly between the middle and bottom subs and coming-into con 7 tact with detonable fuse means 35. I

Bottom sub 15 is pro'videdwith a flash bore 47 extend ing from the 'detonable'fuse means 35'd0w11wardly to the central passage'dfl of the charged carrier 17 to cause I detonation of the charges or, the carrier upon firing of cartridges 39.

- In operation, whenit is desired to the the perforating I gun, a go-devil, such as indicated at 49, is dropped down the tubing and gravitates throughthe fluid within the tubing into engagement with the frangible sealing disc 25 to rupture the same and hence allow the hydrostatic head of the fluid'in the well and in the tubing to be effective against piston 27 to drive the same downwardly to cause sharp contact between stem, 29 and fuse means:35 to cause detonation'of the cartridges; The flash flame thus created thefiuidin the Well suddenly. becomes effective'on. the pis.

.ton to permit downward movement of said piston, and a:

Having thus described my invention, What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

I l. A firing head, comprising a tubular firing head, body. adapted to be lowered into an oil well which is occupied by-fluidunder hydrostatic head, said tubular body having a passage opening intothe upper end of the bore of said body for admitting the well fluid, a piston slidably disposed within the bore of the tubular .body at-a place below said passage, a rupturable seal-closing the. bore at aplace between the passage and the piston so as to free the piston from the force of the hydrostatichead of the fluid in the well, detonable fuse means beneath the piston adapted to be detonated by the piston when the piston is driven downwardly into sharp contact therewith, means holding the piston out of engagement with the detonable fuse means, said means being responsive when the hydrostatic head of restricted passage insaid piston providing communication between the spaces above and below said piston whereby,; when the seal isbroken, thehydrostatic head of the fluid Y in the well. suddenly becomes effective on the piston to Go-devil 4-9 has suitable tubing as the'go-devil travels downwardly therethrough.

The lower end of the-go-devil is downwardly; tapered soas not to block inward flow of formation fluid through pas sages 21- and also to provide more or less point contact between thego-devil and frangible disc 25; j

Althoughfrangible disc 25 is normally securely held. i in place and functions as anv effective seal, occasionally I because of manufacturing tolerances, carelessness. in assembling the parts, of 'cetera, the scal is not held tightly in place and hence fluid under the influence of the hydrostatic head in the well does leak past saiddisc. To pre-' vent a pressure buildup above piston 27, which would. tend'to cause premature contact between the piston stem and the detonable fuse means, an orifice 51 is formed in the piston to communicate between the space above the piston and below the disc and the space below the piston. Hence, under the above circumstances, the fluid pressures on the upper and lower sides of piston 27 are equalized and the piston remains in its elevated condition and no premature firing occurs. In fact when leakages occur, no firing at any time can occur. However, if there is no fiuid leakage past disc 25, when the disc is broken, the orifice cannot equalize the pressures on the opposite sides of the piston because of the suddenness of the subjection of the piston to the fluid, and hence the piston is driven downwardly in the manner previously described.

Although the specific form of the invention disclosed is especially adapted to be lowered into the well by a string of tubing, it is apparent that the firing head is also adapted to be lowered into a well on a wire line. In such a construction, a go-devil could be dropped down the wire line into engagement with a disc breaker to rupture the disc and break the seal.

By the present invention, a novel firing head has been provided wherein the head is adapted to be fired by the employment of the force of the hydrostatic head of the fluid in the well and conditioned for firing by a go-devil dropped down the well.

While I have shown the preferred form of my invention, it is to be understood that various changes may be made in its construction by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

force the same. downwardly into sharp contact with the detonable fuse means to the the same, and whereby any. 25

fluid which might. leak into. the space above said piston prior to the rupturing of said sealwill bypass through said restricted passage. and prevent premature firing of I the device.

2. A firinghead, comprising a tubular firing head body adapted to belowered into an oil. well on the lower end of a tubular string which is occupied by fluid under hy- I drostatic head, a piston slidably disposed within thebore I I I of the tubular body, a rupturable seal closing the bore at a place. above the piston so as to free the piston from the force of the hydrostatic head of the fluid in the tubing, detonablefuse means beneath the piston adaptedto be detonated by the pistonwhen the piston is driven downwardly into sharp contact therewith, means holding the piston out of engagement with the detonablefusemeans,

said means being responsive when the hydrostatic head a 7 of the fluid in the tubing suddenly becomes effective on the piston to permit downward movement of the piston, and a restricted passage in said piston providing communication between the spaces above and below said piston whereby, when the seal is broken, the hydrostatic head of the fluid in the tubing suddenly becomes effective on the piston to force the same into sharp contact with the detonable fuse means to fire the same, and whereby any fluid which leaks into the space above said piston prior to the rupturing of said seal will bypass through said restricted passage and prevent premature firing of the device.

3. A device as defined by claim 1, wherein the means for holding the piston out of engagement with the detonatable fuse is a strong compression spring.

4. A device as defined by claim 1, wherein the seal is a frangible disc adapted to be broken by a go--devil dropped through the tubular string.

5. A device as defined in claim 1, wherein the means for holding the piston out of engagement with the detonatable fuse is a strong compression spring, and the seal is a frangible disc adapted to be broken by a godevil dropped through the tubular string.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,474,548 Pope Nov. 20, 1923 2,125,487 Church Aug. 2, 1938 2,307,360 Collins Ian. 5, 1943

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Classifications
U.S. Classification175/4.54, 89/1.15, 166/55
International ClassificationE21B43/1185, F42D1/00, F42D1/04, E21B43/11
Cooperative ClassificationE21B43/11855, F42D1/04
European ClassificationE21B43/1185D, F42D1/04