wedge core lifter

wedge core lifter

[′wej ¦kȯr ‚lif·tər]
(mechanical engineering)
A core-gripping device consisting of a series of three or more serrated-face, tapered wedges contained in slotted and tapered recesses cut into the inner surface of a lifter case or sleeve; the case is threaded to the inner tube of a core barrel, and as the core enters the inner tube, it lifts the wedges up along the case taper; when the barrel is raised, the wedges are pulled tight, gripping the core.