Patents Assigned to Baker Hughes Incorporated
  • Patent number: 10647614
    Abstract: Cutting elements include at least one metal diffused into interbonded grains of diamond. Earth-boring tools include at least one such cutting element. Methods of forming cutting elements may include forming a mixture of the at least one metal salt and a plurality of grains of hard material and sintering the mixture to form a hard polycrystalline material. During sintering, the metal salt may melt or react with another compound to form a liquid that acts as a lubricant to promote rearrangement and packing of the grains of hard material. The metal salt may, thus, enable formation of hard polycrystalline material having increased density, abrasion resistance, or strength. The metal salt may also act as a getter to remove impurities (e.g., catalyst material) during sintering. The methods may also be employed to form cutting elements and earth-boring tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Anthony A. DiGiovanni
  • Patent number: 10598011
    Abstract: A system and method for logging in a wellbore where sensor assemblies on a logging tool are deployed and landed in the wellbore. After the sensor assemblies are landed in the wellbore and released from the logging tool, the logging tool is pulled uphole. Moving the logging tool uphole from where the sensor assemblies are landed, reduces interference of the logging tool with measurements obtained with the sensor assemblies. The sensor assemblies include sensors for detecting fluid flow, pressure, temperature, fluid density, formation resistivity, and which can be mechanical, optical, acoustic, or electromagnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Homero Castillo
  • Patent number: 10550676
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining proper phase rotation in a linear motor where the phase rotations associated with power and return strokes are initially unknown. Power having an initial phase rotation is provided to a linear motor until the motor's mover reaches the end of the stroke, and then power to the motor is discontinued. While power is discontinued, the mover is monitored to detect its movement. if the mover moves without power, the mover was at the top of the stroke, so the initial phase rotation is associated with an upward stroke of the mover, and a second phase rotation which is opposite the initial phase rotation is associated with a downward stroke of the mover. Otherwise, the initial phase rotation is associated with the downward stroke of the mover and the second, opposite phase rotation is associated with the upward stroke of the mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Renato L. Pichilingue
  • Patent number: 10541582
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electric motor, where the stator core has one or more stator core sections, each of which is a single-piece unit formed of soft magnetic composite (SMC) material, and where the stator core sections are positioned end-to-end with seals at each end to form a plurality of stator slots, where each of the stator slots extends through each of the stator core sections and is in fluid communication with the others to form a sealed stator chamber. The sealed stator chamber may have an expansion chamber to allow expansion and contraction of dielectric fluid in the stator chamber while maintaining separation of the dielectric oil from lubricating oil which is within the motor but external to the stator chamber. The sealed stator chamber can prevent well fluids that leak into the motor from reaching the stator windings and degrading their insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yong Li, John M. Knapp, Jackson Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20190366442
    Abstract: A superhard construction comprises a substrate comprising a peripheral surface, an interface surface and a longitudinal axis and a super hard material layer formed over the substrate and having an exposed outer surface forming a working surface, a peripheral surface extending therefrom and an interface surface. One of the interface surface of the substrate or the interface surface of the super hard material layer comprises one or more projections arranged to project from the interface surface, the height of the one or more projections being between around 0.2 mm to around 1.0 mm measured from the lowest point on the interface surface from which the one or more projections extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicants: ELEMENT SIX LIMITED, BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: ROGER WILLIAM NIGEL NILEN, NEDRET CAN, HUMPHREY SITHEBE, DAVID BOWES, DEREK NELMS
  • Patent number: 10487632
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a linear motor (e.g., for an ESP), where the motor's mover moves in a reciprocating motion within a bore of the stator. Hard stops are located at the ends of the bore. The motor has a first set of sensors in the stator positioned proximate to the bore. When the mover moves in the bore, the sensors produce corresponding output signals, except when the mover is in a position near, but not in contact with a hard stop. While the sensors produce output signals, the motor is driven in a first direction toward the hard stop. When the sensors stop producing the output signals, the mover has reached the first position, and the motor is controlled to reverse the direction of the mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Nathan Etter, David L. Garrett, Gary Williams
  • Publication number: 20190338636
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for predicting a formation parameter at a drill bit drilling a formation is disclosed. A vibration measurement is obtained at each of a plurality of depths in the borehole. A formation parameter is obtained proximate each of the plurality of depths in the borehole. A relationship is determined between the obtained vibration measurements and the measured formation parameters at the plurality of depths. A vibration measurement at a new drill bit location is obtained and the formation parameter at the new drill bit location is predicted from the vibration measurement and the determined relation. Formation type can be determined at the new drill bit location from the new vibration measurement and the determined relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jianyong Pei, Thomas G. Dahl, John D. Macpherson, Pushkar N. Jogi, Hanno Reckmann
  • Publication number: 20190331466
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for providing an apparatus for use in a wellbore. The apparatus includes an apparatus body defining a volume, a propellant disposed within the volume, wherein the propellant has a first burn rate, and at least one propellant insert disposed within the propellant, wherein the propellant insert has a second burn rate, and the second burn rate is different than the first burn rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Suman Khatiwada, John Welch, Anil Sadana, Ramon Garza
  • Patent number: 10443362
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and arresting free fall of a mover in a linear motor for an ESP. In one embodiment, the motor of the ESP is initially automatically commutated, but is limited by the back pressure of the fluid being pumped. The drive system of the ESP monitors the speed of the mover in the linear motor and determines whether the speed of the mover exceeds a threshold speed (e.g., by determining whether time differentials between transitions in position sensor signals fall below a threshold value). If the speed of the mover does not exceed the threshold speed, the motor is deemed not to be in free fall. If the speed of the mover exceeds the threshold speed, the motor is considered to be in free fall, so automatic commutation of the motor is disabled and the mover is advanced through its stroke at a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Evan G. Mackay
  • Patent number: 10435974
    Abstract: Activation modules for selectively sealing entrances to inner barrels of coring tools may include an activator body and an activation rod movable between a first position and a second position. A locking element may temporarily hold the activator body in place and a sealing element may form a temporary seal. The activation rod may include a locking portion, a releasing portion of a smaller diameter, a sealing portion, and an unsealing portion of a smaller diameter. The locking portion may be aligned with the locking element and the sealing portion may be aligned with the sealing element when the activation rod is in the first position. The releasing portion may be aligned with the locking element and the unsealing portion may be aligned with the sealing element when the activation rod is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Christoph Wesemeier, Thomas Uhlenberg
  • Patent number: 10428591
    Abstract: A cutting element for an earth-boring tool includes a substrate and volume of superabrasive material positioned on the substrate. The volume of superabrasive material includes a cutting face having at least one recess extending into the volume of superabrasive material and/or at least one protrusion extending outward from the volume of superabrasive material. The volume of superabrasive material includes a first chamfer surface having a peripheral edge and a radially innermost edge. The peripheral edge of the first chamfer surface is located proximate a cutting edge of the volume of superabrasive material. A radial width of the first chamfer surface is between about 0.002 inch and about 0.045 inch. The volume of superabrasive material also includes a second chamfer surface having a peripheral edge and a radially innermost edge. The peripheral edge of the second chamfer surface is located adjacent the radially innermost edge of the first chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Suresh G. Patel, David A. Stockey, Alejandro Flores, Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Danny E. Scott, Leroy W. Ledgerwood, III
  • Patent number: 10422204
    Abstract: A system and method for stimulating hydrocarbon production from a wellbore that perforates the formation around the wellbore in strategic locations so that fractures can be formed in the formation having specific orientations. The system includes deep penetration perforators that extend past a portion of the formation adjacent the wellbore having locally high internal stresses (a stress cage); and big hole perforators that form perforations with a larger entrance diameter. The perforators form perforations in the formation that are axially consolidated along the wellbore. After perforating, the wellbore is hydraulically fractured with high pressure fluid, which creates fractures in a formation surrounding the wellbore that extend radially outward from the perforations. Creating perforations that are axially consolidated reduces the chances of forming competing fractures in the formation during fracturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Timothy Sampson, Stephen Zuklic, Khaled Gasmi, Brent W. Naizer, Rajani Satti, Scott G. Nelson, Harold D. Brannon, Jason McCann, James N. Gilliat, Juan C. Flores
  • Patent number: 10415371
    Abstract: A method of estimating properties of wellbore cement by penetrating the cement, and monitoring the amount of energy or power required for penetrating the cement. Penetrators include a drill bit that bores into the cement, and probes or pins that are forced into the cement. The energy or power monitored can be current and/or voltage supplied to a motor that drives the drill bit or probe. Comparing the monitored energy or power with that required to penetrate a reference cement sample of known properties can yield information about the cement being sampled. When the wellbore is lined with multiple coaxially disposed strings of casing with cement between adjacent strings and on the outer surface of the outer string; the method further includes obtaining core samples from portions of each string, each layer of cement, and formation adjacent the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Ian Gareth Draper, Hermanus J. Nieuwoudt, Mohamed Daoud
  • Patent number: 10408208
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling downhole linear motors to minimize connections to surface equipment. In one embodiment, an ESP system is coupled by a power cable to equipment at the surface of a well. The ESP system includes a linear motor and a reciprocating pump. The motor has a set of position sensors that sense the position of a mover in the motor. Combining circuitry (E.G., XOR gate) combines the outputs of the position sensors into a single composite signal in which signal components corresponding to the position sensors are indistinguishable. A single channel carries the composite signal from the ESP system to the surface equipment. A control system determines a starting position of the motor and determines its subsequent position based on transitions in the composite signal. The motor is then operated based on the position determined from the composite signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary Williams, Evan G. Mackay
  • Patent number: 10401203
    Abstract: A flowmeter for use in a borehole that includes a transmitter and receivers spaced axially away from the transmitter. Energizing the transmitter creates electrical field lines that extend between the transmitter and the receivers, and that pass through fluid flowing past the flowmeter. The magnitude of the electrical field lines at each of the receivers is measured, and varies in response to different types of fluid flowing past the flowmeter, and changes in phase of the fluid. Example transmitters and receivers include coils and electrodes. The transmitters and receivers can define elongate arrays, where the arrays are arranged parallel to, oblique, or perpendicular to an axis of the borehole. Multiple array orientations provide a radial cross sectional image of the flowing fluid. Thus not only can multi-phase flow be detected, but the type of flow regime can be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Otto N. Fanini, Mohamed Daoud
  • Patent number: 10399119
    Abstract: A multi-layer film for use in forming a layer of hardfacing on a surface of a tool includes a first layer and a second layer covering at least a portion of a surface of the first layer. The layers each include a polymer material and a plurality of particles dispersed throughout the polymer material. An intermediate structure includes a body of an earth-boring tool, a first material layer disposed over a surface of the body, and a second material layer disposed over the first material layer. A method of applying hardfacing includes providing a first material layer on a surface of a body of an earth-boring tool, providing a second material layer adjacent the first material layer, heating the body and removing the polymer material from the body of the earth-boring tool, and heating the body of the earth-boring tool to a higher temperature to form a layer of hardfacing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Jimmy W. Eason, Travis E. Puzz
  • Publication number: 20190257194
    Abstract: A dual telemetric coiled tubing running string for disposing a bottom hole assembly into a wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Louis D. Garner, Silviu Livescu, Thomas J. Watkins
  • Patent number: 10374481
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing vibration in an electric motor using rotor bearing assemblies that are positioned within a bore of the stator to support the motor's shaft and rotor sections so that they can rotate within the stator bore. Each rotor bearing assembly includes an outer bearing and an inner bearing sleeve that rotates within the bearing. The bearing is secured so that its rotation within the stator is inhibited, but it can move axially. Each end of the bearing sleeve has a conically tapered contact surface which contacts and secures the corresponding rotor section and centers the rotor section with respect to the axis of rotation of the bearing. The contact surfaces of the rotor sections may be chamfered at an angle complementary to the tapered contact surface of the bearing sleeve to distribute the contact pressure between them over a greater contact surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: James C. Clingman, Michael A. Forsberg
  • Patent number: 10370911
    Abstract: Methods of drilling earth formations may involve removing a portion of an underlying earth formation utilizing cutting elements of an earth-boring drill bit. A rotational speed of the drill string may be sensed utilizing a first sensor. A rate of penetration of the drill string during advancement of the earth-boring drill bit may be sensed utilizing a second sensor. An instantaneous average depth of cut of cutting elements of the earth-boring drill bit may be determined utilizing a control unit to calculate the instantaneous average depth of cut based on a sensed rotational speed of the drill string and a sensed speed of advancement of the drill string. The weight on the earth-boring drill bit may be increased utilizing the drawworks when the instantaneous average depth of cut is less than the predetermined minimum depth of cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Baker Hughes Incorporated, BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: David A. Curry, Rudolf Carl Pessier, Reed W. Spencer, Andrea Kuesters, John Wingate
  • Patent number: 10344537
    Abstract: An earth-boring tool comprises a body, a plurality of blades, and cutting elements. The body has a face at a leading end thereof and comprises a cone region, a nose region, a flank region, a shoulder region, and a gage region. The plurality of blades extends longitudinally and radially over the face. The cutting elements are disposed within the shoulder region of the body on different blades of the plurality of blades than one another, a first of the cutting elements exhibiting a different size than a second of the cutting elements. A method of forming an earth-boring tool and a method of forming a borehole in a subterranean formation are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: David Gavia, Kenneth R. Evans, Bibek Ghimire