Drill Pipe Float Valve
This Float Valve is normally installed in a standard bore-back of the bit sub, to provide fluid flow control at the bottom of the drill stem. It also prevents backflow of cuttings from plugging the drill bit jets while making connections.
Plunger-Type Float Valves:
Model F-Plunger Type Standard
The Model F is a plunger-type float valve that provides a positive instantaneous shut off, providing constant fluid control while drilling. The Model F is a reliable and economical selection under standard drilling operations.
Flapper-Type Float Valves:
Model G-Flapper Type Standard
The Model G is a flapper-type float valve that, when opened, offers an unobstructed bore through the float valve. The uniquely designed flapper closes rapidly to prevent shavings from entering the drill string when circulation stops and also assists primary BOP equipment in maintaining internal pressure control. The valve will fully open when the first joint is raised from the hole, preventing pulling wet joints.
Model GA-Flapper Type Pressure Monitoring
The Model GA Pressure-Monitoring flapper-type float valve is indistinguishable from the Model G with the exception of a tungsten-carbide insert in the flapper valve. The insert has a quarter-inch orifice through the center that allows for differential pressure monitoring. The orifice also allows for partial automatic filling of the drill pipe during run in.
Model GC-Flapper Type Automatic Fill
The Model GC Automatic-Fill flapper-type float valve incorporates a unique self-releasing key assembly that holds the flapper partially open during run in, allowing the pipe to fill from the bottom. This eliminates the need for filling the drill pipe from the top, saving time and money. The valve will fully open when the first joint is raised from the hole, preventing pulling wet joints while avoiding the environmental and safety risks related to having mud on the rig floor. The valve can be run with the automatic-fill option or in the standard, closed position.
Model GCA-Flapper Type Auto Fill/Pressure Monitoring
The Model GCA Automatic-Fill/Pressure-Monitoring flapper-type float valve includes all the advantages of the Models G, GC, and GA. An unobstructed bore through the float valve, when open, permits automatic partial filling of the drill pipe from the bottom and measuring differential pressures when necessary.