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1. (WO2019067705) FLUID END CROSSBORE
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CLAIMS

WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A fluid cylinder for a reciprocating pump, said fluid cylinder comprising:

a body comprising an inlet bore, an outlet bore, and a plunger bore, the inlet and outlet bores extending through the body approximately coaxial along a fluid passage axis, the plunger bore extending through the body along a plunger bore axis that extends at an angle relative to the fluid passage axis, the body further comprising a crossbore extending through the body at the intersection of the fluid passage axis and the plunger bore axis such that the inlet bore, the outlet bore, and the plunger bore fluidly communicate with each other, the crossbore intersecting the inlet bore, the outlet bore, and the plunger bore at an inlet bore end, an outlet bore end, and a plunger bore end, respectively; and

wherein the inlet bore end and the outlet bore end are connected to the plunger bore end at respective first and second corners of the crossbore, the first corner comprising a first linear bridge segment that is connected to the inlet bore end and the plunger bore end by corresponding curved segments, the second corner comprising a second linear bridge segment that is connected to the outlet bore end and the plunger bore end by corresponding curved segments.

2. The fluid cylinder of claim 1, wherein the first linear bridge segment extends at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°, the second linear bridge segment extending at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°.

3. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the first linear bridge segment of the first comer extends at an angle of approximately 45° relative to the plunger bore axis and an angle of approximately 45° relative to the fluid passage axis.

4. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the second linear bridge segment of the second comer extends at an angle of approximately 45° relative to the plunger bore axis and an angle of approximately 45° relative to the fluid passage axis.

5. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the first and second comers have substantially the same geometry as each other.

6. The fluid cylinder of claim 1, wherein the body further comprises a face extending over the crossbore, the face comprising a plunger side that extends from the first comer to the second comer, an inlet side that extends from the first comer along the inlet bore end, and an outlet side that extend from the second comer along the outlet bore end, wherein a midpoint of the face is approximately equidistant from the first and second comers.

7. The fluid cylinder of claim 1, wherein the body further comprises a face extending over the crossbore, the face comprising a plunger side that extends from the first comer to the second comer, an inlet side that extends from the first comer along the inlet bore end, and an outlet side that extend from the second comer along the outlet bore end, wherein a midpoint of the face is approximately aligned with an intersection of the plunger bore axis and the fluid passage axis.

8. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the body further comprises an access bore extending through the body along the plunger bore axis, the crossbore intersecting the access bore at an access bore end, the access bore end being connected to the inlet and outlet bore ends at respective third and fourth corners, the third corner comprising a third linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the inlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, the fourth corner comprising a fourth linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the outlet bore end by corresponding curved segments.

9. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the body further comprises an access bore extending through the body along the plunger bore axis, the crossbore intersecting the access bore at an access bore end, the access bore end being connected to the inlet and outlet bore ends at respective third and fourth corners, the third corner comprising a third linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the inlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, the fourth corner comprising a fourth linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the outlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, wherein the third and fourth corners have substantially the same geometry as each other.

10. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the body further comprises an access bore extending through the body along the plunger bore axis, the crossbore intersecting the access bore at an access bore end, the access bore end being connected to the inlet and outlet bore ends at respective third and fourth corners, the third corner comprising a third linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the inlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, the fourth corner comprising a fourth linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the outlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, wherein the third linear bridge segment extends at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°, and the fourth linear bridge segment extends at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°.

1 1. The fluid cylinder of claim 1 , wherein the body of the fluid cylinder is configured to be used during operation of the reciprocating pump without undergoing a manual hand blending process.

12. A reciprocating pump assembly comprising

a power end portion; and

a fluid end portion having a fluid cylinder comprising a body having an inlet bore, an outlet bore, and a plunger bore, the inlet and outlet bores extending through the body approximately coaxial along a fluid passage axis, the plunger bore extending through the body along a plunger bore axis that extends at an angle relative to the fluid passage axis, the body further comprising a crossbore extending through the body at the intersection of the fluid passage axis and the plunger bore axis such that the inlet bore, the outlet bore, and the plunger bore fluidly communicate with each other, the crossbore intersecting the inlet bore, the outlet bore, and the plunger bore at an inlet bore end, an outlet bore end, and a plunger bore end, respectively, wherein the inlet bore end and the outlet bore end are connected to the plunger bore end at respective first and second corners of the crossbore, the first corner comprising a first linear bridge segment that is connected to the inlet bore end and the plunger bore end by corresponding curved segments, the second corner comprising a second linear bridge segment that is connected to the outlet bore end and the plunger bore end by corresponding curved segments.

13. The reciprocating pump assembly of claim 12, wherein the first linear bridge segment extends at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°, the second linear bridge segment extending at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°.

14. The reciprocating pump assembly of claim 12, wherein the first linear bridge segment of the first corner extends at an angle of approximately 45° relative to the plunger bore axis and an angle of approximately 45° relative to the fluid passage axis, and wherein the second linear bridge segment of the second corner extends at an angle of approximately 45° relative to the plunger bore axis and an angle of approximately 45° relative to the fluid passage axis.

15. The reciprocating pump assembly of claim 12, wherein the body of the fluid cylinder further comprises a face extending over the crossbore, the face comprising a plunger side that extends from the first corner to the second corner, an inlet side that extends from the first corner along the inlet bore end, and an outlet side that extend from the second corner along the outlet bore end, wherein a midpoint of the face is approximately aligned with an intersection of the plunger bore axis and the fluid passage axis.

16. The reciprocating pump assembly of claim 12, wherein the body of the fluid cylinder further comprises an access bore extending through the body along the plunger bore axis, the crossbore intersecting the access bore at an access bore end, the access bore end being connected to the inlet and outlet bore ends at respective third and fourth corners, the third corner comprising a third linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the inlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, the fourth comer comprising a fourth linear bridge segment that is connected to the access bore end and the outlet bore end by corresponding curved segments, wherein the third linear bridge segment extends at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°, and the fourth linear bridge segment extends at corresponding angles relative to the plunger bore and fluid passages axes that add up to no greater than approximately 90°.

17. A method for fabricating a reciprocating pump having a fluid cylinder, said method comprising:

forming a crossbore within a body of the fluid cylinder such that an inlet bore, an outlet bore, and a plunger bore of the fluid cylinder fluidly communicate with each other;

machining first and second corners of the crossbore that connect the plunger bore to the inlet and outlet bores, respectively; and

assembling the reciprocating pump without performing a manual hand blending process on the first and second corners.

18. The method of claim 17, further comprising operating the reciprocating pump without performing a manual hand blending process on the first and second corners.

19. The method of claim 17, wherein machining the body of the fluid cylinder to define the first and second corners of the crossbore comprises:

machining a first linear bridge segment of the first corner such that the first linear bridge segment is connected to the inlet bore and the plunger bore by corresponding curved segments; and

machining a second linear bridge segment of the second corner such that the second linear bridge segment is connected to the outlet bore end and the plunger bore by corresponding curved segments.

20. The method of claim 17, further comprising machining third and fourth corners of the crossbore that connect an access bore to the inlet and outlet bores, respectively, wherein assembling the reciprocating pump further comprises assembling the reciprocating pump without performing a manual hand blending process on the third and fourth corners.