CAR-BER Investments Inc.
|CAR-BER Investments Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20120318396||Pipe Sealing Tool with External and Internal Clamp - An apparatus for sealing an open end of a pipe includes an external clamp for frictionally being secured to the exterior surface of the pipe and an internal clamp for frictionally being secured to the interior surface of the pipe. A sealing plate, connected to one or both of the clamps seals the open end of the pipe. The apparatus further includes a means for pressurizing the interior of the pipe. A method of sealing and pressurizing the pipe is also provided.||12-20-2012|
|20110204052||INTERNAL RESTRAINT DEVICE - A restraint or gripping device for anchoring within the interior of a pipe comprises a pair of end plates adapted to be urged towards each other and a plurality of shoes, positioned between the end plates, and adapted to be moved radially outwardly as the end plates are urged together. In a further aspect, a method of restraining a pipe plug or isolation tool is provided. Also provided are assemblies for pipe isolation including an integral restraint or gripping mechanism.||08-25-2011|
|20110132074||Apparatus and Method for Testing Lengths of Pipe - An apparatus for pressure testing a pipe includes a frame supporting a mandrel, the mandrel being adapted for positioning within the pipe, and two sealing devices connected to the mandrel and adapted to seal opposite ends of the pipe to create an annular space between the mandrel, the pipe, and the sealing devices. The integrity of the pipe is tested by pressurizing the annular space and monitoring such pressure.||06-09-2011|
|20110115144||METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING AXIAL STRESS FOR WELD TESTING - A method for testing the integrity of a weld on a pipe includes the application of an axial stress on the weld during the integrity test. An assembly for performing the method is also provided, wherein a pair of circumferential supports are provided on the pipe, on opposite sides of the weld, and between which extend axial force applying devices. In one aspect, the invention is used to test a weld securing a flange to a pipe. The invention also provides novel circumferential clamps for securing to the exterior of pipes.||05-19-2011|
|20110048112||NOZZLE TESTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method for testing the integrity of welds used to secure a nozzle to a vessel and the like comprises forming a sealed space within the nozzle by providing a blind against the flange and a sealing plate within the vessel and filling the space with a pressurizing fluid. The sealing plate is not biased against the flange. As such, the method of the invention simulates normally occurring axial expansion stresses within the nozzle thereby providing a more accurate test. The apparatus of the invention comprises a blind flange for sealing the flange face and a back plate for positioning against the inner surface of the vessel. The apparatus includes a biasing means for urging the back plate against the vessel wall. In one embodiment, the biasing means includes a front plate located outside of the vessel and connected to the back plate. In another embodiment, the biasing means comprises a plurality of magnets for engaging the vessel wall.||03-03-2011|
|20100206416||PIPE SEALING TOOL WITH EXTERNAL CLAMP - An apparatus for sealing an open end of a pipe includes a clamp for frictionally being secured to the exterior of the pipe, a sealing plate for covering the open end of the pipe and being connectable to the clamp, and sealing means for urging the sealing plate towards the clamp and for forming a seal between the sealing plate and the open end of the pipe. In one aspect, the clamp comprises an annular body formed by at least two sections that are radially tightened over the pipe exterior. In another aspect, the clamp comprises cooperating annular bodies, one capable of radially narrowing the other for frictionally engaging the pipe outer surface. In another aspect the method provides a method of sealing an end of a pipe. According to the invention, once the open end is sealed, the interior of the pipe may be pressurized, for example for testing the integrity thereof.||08-19-2010|
|20100186484||Apparatus and Method for Isolating or Testing a Pipe Segment with Axial Reinforcement - An apparatus and method for testing the integrity of a weld securing a flange to the end of a pipe comprises a testing assembly and a reinforcement assembly. The testing assembly comprises a first sealing means positioned within the pipe and a second sealing means secured against the flange face to form a sealed region within the pipe with the region overlapping the weld. The reinforcement assembly comprises a circumferential clamp secured to the outer wall of the pipe and an anchor plate positioned opposite the flange. The first sealing means is connected to the anchor plate to prevent relative movement there-between. The anchor plate is connected to the clamp to prevent relative movement there-between. The weld test procedure comprises installing the apparatus, filling and pressurizing the sealed space and monitoring the pressure created therein. The reinforcement assembly prevents the first sealing member from being separated and allows a weld test to be performed without a compressive force being applied on the weld. The invention also provides a reinforced tool and method for isolating an end segment of a pipe.||07-29-2010|
|20100011840||External Pipe Testing Tool and Testing Method Using Same - An apparatus for testing the integrity of pipe welds includes a sleeve for circumferentially surrounding the pipe, the sleeve having an inner diameter greater than the outer diameter of the pipe. The sleeve having end walls extending radially inwards towards the pipe wall. The apparatus including at least two seals to form a sealed annular space between the pipe, the sleeve and the sleeve end walls. A filling and pressurizing means pressurizes the annular space. The test procedure comprises monitoring of the pressure within the space.||01-21-2010|
|20090200797||PIPE FITTING AND PIPE COUPLING ASSEMBLY EMPLOYING SUCH FITTING - A fitting for fixedly attaching to pipes and the like includes an inner and outer ring being coaxially provided over a pipe. The inner and outer rings are preferably connected by means of a ratchet mechanism allowing for one way advancement there-between. Advancement of the outer ring over the inner ring radially compresses the latter thereby resulting in swaging of the pipe. The radial compression of the pipe results in the fitting being locked in place and prevents axial movement between the fitting and the pipe. Various apparatus are provided for advancing the outer ring over the inner ring. Coupling assemblies are provided utilizing the fittings for forming joints between abutting pipes.||08-13-2009|
|20090084165||NOZZLE TESTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method for testing the integrity of welds used to secure a nozzle to a vessel and the like comprises forming a sealed space within the nozzle by providing a blind against the flange and a sealing plate within the vessel and filling the space with a pressurizing fluid. The sealing plate is not biased against the flange. As such, the method of the invention simulates normally occurring axial expansion stresses within the nozzle thereby providing a more accurate test. The apparatus of the invention comprises a blind flange for sealing the flange face and a back plate for positioning against the inner surface of the vessel. The apparatus includes a biasing means for urging the back plate against the vessel wall. In one embodiment, the biasing means includes a front plate located outside of the vessel and connected to the back plate. In another embodiment, the biasing means comprises a plurality of magnets for engaging the vessel wall.||04-02-2009|
|20080211228||PIPE TESTING TOOL WITH MAGNETIC CLAMPS - An apparatus for sealing a section of a pipe interior includes a clamp having a magnetic engagement means for axially positioning the clamp within the interior of a pipe and preventing relative axial movement there-between and a sealing plate securable thereto. Movement of the sealing plate against the clamp results in deformation of a resilient sealing member thereby forming a seal between the apparatus and the pipe. The apparatus can be used in conjunction with another oppositely oriented apparatus or other sealing means to form a sealed space within the tube. Pressurization of the sealed space allows for a radial and/or axial force being applied to the sealed section of the pipe.||09-04-2008|
|20080209986||APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING OR ISOLATING A PIPE SEGMENT WITH MAGNETICALLY ACTUATED SEALING MEANS - An apparatus for isolating and/or testing a section of a pipe includes a generally annular body having, on each end, a boss. A resilient member such as an O-ring is provided between the annular body and each boss. A series of electromagnets are provided for forcing or urging the bosses towards each other thereby resulting in deformation of the resilient members resulting in a seal being formed between the apparatus and the pipe. A method for isolating and/or testing a pipe segment is also provided.||09-04-2008|
Patent applications by CAR-BER Investments Inc.