Apparatus for expanding a tubular member

  • US 20040182569A1
  • Filed: 01/30/2004
  • Published: 09/23/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/07/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member, comprising:

  • a support member comprising a fluid passage;

    a mandrel for radially expanding and plastically deforming the tubular member movably coupled to the support member for longitudinal displacement relative to the support member comprising an expansion cone;

    at least one pressure chamber defined by and positioned between the support member and mandrel fluidicly coupled to the first fluid passage; and

    one or more releasable supports coupled to the support member adapted to support the tubular member.

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