US 7,277,026 B2 Oct. 2, 2007
(54) DOWNHOLE COMPONENT WITH
MULTIPLE TRANSMISSION ELEMENTS
(76) Inventors: David R. Hall, 2185 S. Larsen Pkwy., Provo, UT (US) 84606; David Bartholomew, 2185 S. Larson Pkwy., Provo, UT (US) 84606; Joe Fox, 2185 S. Larson Pkwy., Provo, UT (US) 84606
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 304 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 11/133,905
(22) Filed: May 21, 2005
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2006/0260797 Al Nov. 23, 2006
A tubular component in a downhole tool string has a first end and a second end. The first end includes first and second inductive couplers, and the second end includes third and fourth inductive couplers. The component further has a first conductive medium and second conductive medium. The first conductive medium is connecting the first and third couplers, and the second conductive medium is connecting the second and fourth couplers. The first and second ends may include additional inductive couplers and the component may include an additional conductive medium connecting the additional couplers. A tubular component in a downhole tool string may have a first end and a second end and electronic equipment disposed in the component. The first end may have a first plurality of inductive couplers, and the component may further have a conductive medium connecting each inductive coupler of the first plurality of inductive couplers and the electronic equipment.
16 Claims, 16 Drawing Sheets