(19)
(11)EP 2 354 441 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
18.01.2017 Bulletin 2017/03

(43)Date of publication A2:
10.08.2011 Bulletin 2011/32

(21)Application number: 11151292.7

(22)Date of filing:  18.01.2011
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
E21B 33/04(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME

(30)Priority: 21.01.2010 US 691327

(71)Applicant: Vetco Gray Inc.
Houston, TX 77041 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Duong, Khanh A.
    Sugar Land, TX 77478 (US)

(74)Representative: Illingworth-Law, William Illingworth 
GPO Europe GE International Inc. The Ark 201 Talgarth Road Hammersmith
London W6 8BJ
London W6 8BJ (GB)

  


(54)Wellhead Annulus Seal Assembly


(57) A ring like seal assembly (44) for a wellhead assembly (38) that seals between a pair of coaxial tubulars (40, 42). The seal assembly (44) includes a spring member (54) for exerting an axial force on the seal. The spring member (54) projects from an end of the seal assembly (44) substantially parallel to the axis of the seal assembly (44) and is compressed when installing the seal assembly (44) between the tubulars ((40, 42). Compressing the spring member (54) maintains an axial force on the seal assembly (44) to keep the seal assembly (44) radially deformed so that it can maintain sealing contact with both coaxial tubulars (40, 42).







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