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Floating Plug Seal Life And Vibration Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000258247D
Publication Date: 2019-Apr-23

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The goal of this design is to make a floating plug system more robust and to accommodate vibrations in the grease system as a result of cone or other bit movement. This should translate to additional floating plug life and ultimately bit life. To that end, a series of plugs and/or alternate plug types may be used to protect the integrity of the primary sealing plug from vibration and wear. This includes adding plugs, using different types of plugs, and/or adding features to insulate the plugs from vibration. This can be achieved in multiple ways. Some of which are described below: