United States Patent Application: 20080007421
Serial No.: 684386
Series Code: 11
Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Inventors: Liu; Ce Richard; (Sugar Land, TX) ; Li; Jing; (Houston, TX)
Title: Measurement-while-drilling (MWD) telemetry by wireless MEMS radio units
A system for transmitting measurement-while-drilling (MWD) data from at least one downhole device positioned within a borehole containing drilling mud to at least one surface device, comprising a downhole tool positioned within the borehole, a plurality of wireless MEMS radio units, wherein the MEMS radio units are selectively positioned within the borehole at selected distances to create a relay system between the downhole device and the surface device, and wherein data from the downhole device is transmitted through the relay system of MEMS radio units to the surface device.