South Dakota Patent of the Month – January 2023

High pressure manifolds, commonly referred to as missiles or manifold trailers, are a critical component in hydraulic fracturing applications. They are used to aggregate high-pressure fracturing fluids from multiple hydraulic fracturing pumps, and direct the consolidated high-pressure hydraulic fracturing fluids towards the wellhead. However, the missiles currently in use are subject to a significant amount of stress due to the harsh environment in which they operate, and leave a lot to be desired.

Aladdin Capital, Inc. has solved this problem by introducing its modular multiport pod missile. This system includes pipe sections which are securable together to form a conduit for fluid transport. A pod is secured between two of the pipe sections, and each pod has a set of input ports that extend radially outwardly at an angle from its perimeter.

The input ports are angled so that the high-pressure fluid flowing through the input ports merges with the fluid in the conduit in the same direction of travel. This design allows the high-pressure fluids to enter the respective section of pipe at an angle of less than 90 degrees, which reduces stress on the system and increases its longevity.

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