Patents Assigned to Baker Hughes Incorporated
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10337255
    Abstract: Cutting elements for earth-boring tools include one or more recesses and/or one or more protrusions in a cutting face of a volume of superabrasive material. The superabrasive material may be disposed on a substrate. The cutting face may be non-planar. The recesses and/or protrusions may include one or more linear segments. The recesses and/or protrusions may comprise discrete features that are laterally isolated from one another. The recesses and/or protrusions may have a helical configuration. The volume of superabrasive material may comprise a plurality of thin layers, at least two of which may differ in at least one characteristic. Methods of forming cutting elements include the formation of such recesses and/or protrusions in and/or on a cutting face of a volume of superabrasive material. Earth-boring tools include such cutting elements, and methods of forming earth-boring tools include attaching such a cutting element to a tool body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Baker Hughes Incorporated, Element Six Limited
    Inventors: Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Yavuz Kadioglu, Danny E. Scott, Matthew J. Meiners, Rudolf Carl Pessier, Nicholas J. Lyons, Clement D. van der Riet, Donald Royceton Herschell, Cornelis Roelof Jonker, Roger William Nilen, Gerard Peter Dolan
  • Patent number: 10323463
    Abstract: Methods of making cutting elements for earth-boring tools may involve placing a powdered mixture into a mold. The powdered mixture may include a plurality of core particles comprising a diamond material and having an average diameter of between 1 ?m and 500 ?m, a coating material adhered to and covering at least a portion of an outer surface of each core particle of the plurality of core particles, the coating material comprising an amine terminated group, and a plurality of nanoparticles selected from the group consisting of carbon nanotubes, nanographite, nanographene, non-diamond carbon allotropes, surface modified nanodiamond, nanoscale particles of BeO, and nanoscale particles comprising a Group VIIIA element adhered to the coating material. The powdered mixture may be sintered to form a polycrystalline diamond table. The polycrystalline diamond table may be attached to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Soma Chakraborty, Oleksandr V. Kuznetsov, Gaurav Agrawal
  • Publication number: 20190178058
    Abstract: A fuel cell for use in downhole applications stores steam created by the chemical reaction in a desiccant like Zeolite. The fuel cell also uses ambient hydrostatic pressure to increase cell voltage and power-density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thomas KRUSPE, Joachim F. OPPELT
  • Patent number: 10316648
    Abstract: A system and method of estimating properties of a wellbore fluid that directs the fluid through a cavity, and generates acoustic waves in the fluid while in the cavity. The acoustic waves are generated by oscillating an electroactive material over a range of frequencies. An electrical admittance spectra of the electroactive material is measured over the range of frequencies; where the electrical admittance spectra includes the magnitude, real, and imaginary components. Differences between the maximum values for each component and a vacuum electrical spectra are calculated, the differences are substituted into estimator equations to estimate the fluid properties. Electrical admittance spectra of the electroactive material was simulated for a series of known fluids flowing through the cavity, and a multi-regression statistical analysis was then used to derive the estimator equations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Dwight W. Swett
  • Patent number: 10309157
    Abstract: A cutting element for use in a drilling bit and/or a milling bit having a cutter body made of a substrate having an upper surface, and a superabrasive layer overlying the upper surface of the substrate. The cutting element further includes a sleeve extending around a portion of a side surface of the superabrasive layer and a side surface of the substrate, wherein the sleeve exerts a radially compressive force on the superabrasive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Baker Hughes Incorporated, Element Six (Production) (PTY) LTD., Element Six Limited
    Inventors: Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Nicholas J. Lyons, Matthew S. Hale, Konstantin E. Morozov, John H. Liversage, Danny E. Scott, L. Allen Sinor
  • Patent number: 10296678
    Abstract: A method of controlling drill bit trajectory in a subterranean formation includes receiving drilling parameters for operating a specific bottomhole assembly (BHA), constructing, with a computer processor, a directional drill-ahead simulator including a computer model of the BHA and the subterranean formation, calculating axial motion and lateral motion of a drill bit connected to a bottom end of the BHA using formation parameters and drilling parameters, predicting bit walk of the drill bit by accounting for and calculating contact forces and frictional forces between the BHA and a wall of a borehole in the subterranean formation using the computer model of the BHA, and determining an adjusted drill bit trajectory to account for the predicted bit walk. The method includes determining adjusted drilling parameters for operating the BHA to substantially follow the adjusted drill bit trajectory and operating the BHA according to the adjusted drilling parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Reed W. Spencer, Timothy P. Uno, Jonathan M. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10287824
    Abstract: A polycrystalline diamond compact includes a polycrystalline diamond material having a plurality of grains of diamond bonded to one another by inter-granular bonds and an intermetallic gamma prime (??) or ?-carbide phase disposed within interstitial spaces between the inter-bonded diamond grains. The ordered intermetallic gamma prime (??) or ?-carbide phase includes a Group VIII metal, aluminum, and a stabilizer. An earth-boring tool includes a bit body and a polycrystalline diamond compact secured to the bit body. A method of forming polycrystalline diamond includes subjecting diamond particles in the presence of a metal material comprising a Group VIII metal and aluminum to a pressure of at least 4.5 GPa and a temperature of at least 1,000° C. to form inter-granular bonds between adjacent diamond particles, cooling the diamond particles and the metal material to a temperature below 500° C., and forming an intermetallic gamma prime (??) or ?-carbide phase adjacent the diamond particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Baker Hughes Incorporated, Diamond Innovations, Inc
    Inventors: Marc W. Bird, Andrew Gledhill
  • Patent number: 10282495
    Abstract: Methods of evaluating prototype cutting elements for earth-boring tools may involve generating first and second sets of virtual representations of cutting elements from first and second sets of used cutting elements. First and second sets of measures of damage corresponding to damage for each of the first and second sets set of virtual representations of cutting elements may be determined. A best-performing set of cutting elements from the first and second sets of used cutting elements according to the first and second sets of measures of damage may be identified by performing a statistical analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Konrad T. Izbinski, Aaron J. Dick, Nicholas J. Lyons, Alejandro Flores, Suresh G. Patel, Jarod DeGeorge
  • Patent number: 10279454
    Abstract: A polycrystalline compact includes a plurality of diamond grains of micron size, submicron size, or both, and a plurality of diamond nanoparticles disposed in interstitial spaces between the plurality of diamond grains. A method of forming a polycrystalline compact includes combining a plurality of micron and/or submicron-sized diamond grains and a plurality of diamond nanoparticles to form a mixture and sintering the mixture in a presence of a carburized binder to form a polycrystalline hard material having a plurality of inter-bonded diamond grains and diamond nanoparticles. Cutting elements including a polycrystalline compact and earth-boring tools bearing such compacts are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: Baker Hughes Incorporated, Element Six Limited
    Inventors: Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Roger William Nigel Nilen
  • Patent number: 10280359
    Abstract: Methods of using a component in a subterranean wellbore include positioning a component including a degradable thermoset polymer material in a wellbore location, obstructing flow with the component, exposing the component to an acidic solution to degrade the selectively degradable thermoset polymer material and to remove the component from the wellbore location, and flowing a fluid through the wellbore location where the component was positioned. Methods of forming a component of a wellbore system include forming at least a portion of the component to comprise a degradable thermoset polymer material. Wellbore systems include at least one component including a selectively degradable thermoset polymer material. The selectively degradable thermoset polymer material may be a polyhexahydrotriazine (“PHT”) material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Anil K. Sadana, Jeffrey R. Potts
  • Patent number: 10280908
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the existence of a pump-off condition in an ESP system and controlling the motor to prevent fluid pound that would otherwise result from the pump-off condition. The current drawn by the ESP motor during a power stroke is monitored and the instantaneous force generated by the motor is determined from the instantaneous current. Pump-off conditions may be indicated by sudden, large decreases in the generated force, smaller decreases in force that occur over a longer period, or forces below those seen during a dwell time. In response to detecting a pump-off condition, the motor may be stepped through the rest of the stroke, temporarily halted and re-initialized, thereby preventing potentially damaging fluid pound that would otherwise result from the pump-off condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Saylee P. Panchbhai, Kurtis Kandel
  • Patent number: 10273759
    Abstract: A self-adjusting earth-boring tool includes a body carrying cutting elements and an actuation device disposed at least partially within the body. The actuation device may include a first fluid chamber, a second fluid chamber, a first reciprocating member, and a second reciprocating member. The first and second reciprocating members may divide portions of the first fluid chamber from portions of the second fluid chamber. A connection member may be attached to both of the first and second reciprocating members and may have a drilling element removably coupled thereto. A first fluid flow path may extend from the second fluid chamber to the first fluid chamber. A second fluid flow path may extend from the first fluid chamber to the second fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Gregory L. Ricks, Chaitanya K. Vempati, Jayesh Rameshlal Jain, Juan Miguel Bilen, Anthony Phillips
  • Patent number: 10273758
    Abstract: A method of forming a cutting element comprises disposing diamond particles in a container and disposing a metal powder on a side of the diamond particles. The diamond particles and the metal powder are sintered so as to form a polycrystalline diamond material and a low-carbon steel material comprising less than 0.02 weight percent carbon and comprising an intermetallic precipitate on a side of the polycrystalline diamond material. Related cutting elements and earth-boring tools are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Evans, Steven W. Webb
  • Patent number: 10259992
    Abstract: A method of extracting hydrocarbons from a subterranean formation comprises introducing a solution comprising a silicon-containing compound into the subterranean formation. The silicon-containing compound may comprise a terminal group comprising one of an alkanoate group, a fluoroalkanoate group, and a perfluoroalkanoate group, and one or more of an alkoxy group and a chlorine atom bonded to a silicon atom. The method comprises attaching the silicon-containing compound to one or more of formation surfaces of the subterranean formation to form an oleophilic surface on the one or more of the formation surfaces and the surfaces of proppant particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Oleg A. Mazyar, Valery N. Khabashesku, Oleksandr V. Kuznetsov, Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10259101
    Abstract: Polycrystalline compacts include an interface between first and second volumes of a body of inter-bonded grains of hard material. The first volume is at least substantially free of interstitial material, and the second volume includes interstitial material in interstitial spaces between surfaces of the inter-bonded grains of hard material. The interface between the first and second volumes is configured, located and oriented such that cracks originating in the compact during use of the compacts and propagating along the interface generally toward a central axis of the compacts will propagate generally toward a back surface and away from a front cutting face of the compacts at an acute angle or angles. Methods of forming polycrystalline compacts involve the formation of such an interface within the compacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Xiaomin Chris Cheng
  • Patent number: 10260498
    Abstract: Systems and methods for securing coils of magnet wire to a support core in a linear motor that is used, for example, in an ESP. A hollow member such as a cylindrical metal tube is provided as a support core which is adapted to receive a mover of the linear motor. Coils of magnet wire are positioned at the exterior of the support core (e.g., wound around the core). An outer layer of shrink-wrap material is placed around the support core and coils and is heated, causing it to shrink and conform to the coils and the support core. The shrink-wrap material provides pressure against the coils which holds them securely against the support core. This assembly is then positioned within a stator housing and secured to form the stator for the linear motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: John M. Knapp
  • Patent number: 10246945
    Abstract: An earth-boring tool comprises a body having a face at a leading end thereof, blades extending from the body and comprising primary blades and secondary blades, and cutting elements on the blades and arranged in groups each comprising neighboring cutting elements. Some of the groups are disposed only on the primary blades in a first spiral configuration. Others of the groups disposed only on the secondary blades in a second, opposing spiral configuration. Methods of forming an earth-boring tool, and methods of forming a borehole in a subterranean formation are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Boehm, Nephi M. Mourik, Timothy P. Uno, Miguel E. Garcia
  • Patent number: 10233697
    Abstract: Cutting elements for earth-boring tools may include a superhard, polycrystalline material and a substrate adjacent to and secured to the superhard, polycrystalline material at an interface. The substrate may include a first region exhibiting a first coefficient of thermal expansion and a second region exhibiting a second, different coefficient of thermal expansion. The first region may be spaced from the superhard, polycrystalline material. The second region may extend from laterally adjacent to at least a portion of the first region to longitudinally between the first region and the superhard, polycrystalline material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Konrad T. Izbinski, Xu Huang, Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Marc W. Bird
  • Patent number: 10233735
    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: July 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Nathan Etter, David L. Garrett, Gary Williams