split-ring core lifter

split-ring core lifter

[′split ¦riŋ ′kȯr ‚lif·tər]
(design engineering)
A hardened steel ring having an open slit, an outside taper, and an inside or outside serrated surface; in its expanded state it allows the core to pass through it freely, but when the drill string is lifted, the outside taper surface slides downward into the bevel of the bit or reaming shell, causing the ring to contract and grip tightly the core which it surrounds. Also known as core catcher; core gripper; core lifter; ring lifter; split-ring lifter; spring lifter.