Patents Assigned to FMC Technologies, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190128454
    Abstract: An adjustable flow line may include an outer pipe body having a first flange, an inner pipe body partially disposed within the outer pipe body and axially translatable with respect to the outer pipe body, a metal seal positioned between an outer surface of inner pipe body and an inner surface of the outer pipe body, a sleeve positioned around the inner pipe body and outside of the outer pipe body, and a second flange positioned around the inner pipe body, wherein when connected to the first flange. The sleeve may be axially translatable with respect to the inner pipe body. The second flange may axially secure the sleeve with respect to the outer pipe body and cause the sleeve to energize the metal seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Chirko, Dan R. Fink, Brian J. Baca
  • Publication number: 20190120010
    Abstract: A subsea tree for use with a well includes a master block that has a flow hub located at the top of the subsea tree, a flow bore in fluid communication with the well, a swab valve, and a master valve. A choke block is coupled to a side of the subsea tree and includes a choke in a flow passage of the choke block. The swab valve is selectively closed so that fluid flowing through the master block is directed through the choke in the choke block. A method for operating the subsea tree, includes directing flow of a first fluid into the flow bore of the subsea tree, through the choke of the choke block, and then into the flow bore of the subsea tree. The method includes reversing flow of a direction of a second fluid through the subsea tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10267139
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a condition in at least one of a plurality of casing annuli in a subsea hydrocarbon production system having a wellhead housing mounted at the upper end of a well bore and a number of concentric well casings extending from the wellhead housing through the well bore, including an innermost casing through which a hydrocarbon fluid is produced. The plurality of casing annuli are defined between successive ones of the wellhead housing and the well casings. The method involves sensing at least a first condition at a first location in a first casing annulus, generating a first data signal at the first location which is indicative of the first condition, transmitting the first data signal from the first location to a second location either outside the wellhead housing or inside the innermost casing, receiving the first data signal at the second location; and transmitting the first data signal from the second location to a remote location at which the first condition may be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Mulholland, Corey Jaskolski, Gabriel Silva
  • Patent number: 10221662
    Abstract: A submersible well fluid system for operating submerged in a body of water may include an electric machine and a fluid end. The electric machine includes a rotor and a stator residing in a first housing at specified conditions. The fluid end may include an impeller and be coupled to the electric machine. The submersible well fluid system may also include an adjustable speed drive for the electric machine in the housing. The submersible well fluid system may also include a chemical distribution system for supplying treatment chemicals to the submersible well fluid system, a barrier fluid supply system for supplying a barrier fluid to the submersible well fluid system, and a pressure management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Cunningham, Eduardo Cardoso, Timothy Bartlett, Paulo Guedes-Pinto, Co Si Huynh, Robert Perry, John Davis Sink
  • Patent number: 10196872
    Abstract: An emergency casing packoff assembly (170) that is adapted to be installed in a wellhead (100) through a blowout preventer includes an upper packoff body (171), a lower packoff body (174) releasably coupled to the upper packoff body (171), and a metal seal ring (175) that is adapted to create a metal to metal seal between the packoff assembly (170) and a casing (110) supported in a wellhead (100) when a pressure thrust load is imposed on the packoff assembly (170). The casing packoff assembly (170) further includes a lock ring energizing mandrel (173) threadably coupled to the upper packoff body (171), wherein at least a portion of the lock ring energizing mandrel (173) is adapted to be threadably rotated relative to the upper packoff body (171) so as to lock the packoff assembly (170) into the wellhead (100) while the imposed pressure thrust load is maintained on the packoff assembly (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Kauffmann, George B. Haining
  • Patent number: 10184312
    Abstract: A subsea tree for use with a well includes a master block that has a flow hub located at the top of the subsea tree, a flow bore in fluid communication with the well, a swab valve, and a master valve. A choke block is coupled to a side of the subsea tree and includes a choke in a flow passage of the choke block. The swab valve is selectively closed so that fluid flowing through the master block is directed through the choke in the choke block. A method for operating the subsea tree, includes directing flow of a first fluid into the flow bore of the subsea tree, through the choke of the choke block, and then into the flow bore of the subsea tree. The method includes reversing flow of a direction of a second fluid through the subsea tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10161418
    Abstract: A submersible fluid system for operating submerged in a body of water includes a fluid-end that has a fluid rotor disposed in a fluid-end housing. An electric machine housing is coupled to the fluid-end housing and includes a hermetically sealed cavity. An electric machine, such as a motor and/or generator, is disposed entirely within the cavity of the electric machine housing. The electric machine includes an electric machine stator and an electric machine rotor. A magnetic coupling couples the electric machine rotor and the fluid rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Cunningham, Co Si Huynh
  • Patent number: 10125563
    Abstract: A communication link between a first subsea device and a second subsea device includes a first component positioned upon a distal end of the first subsea device and a second component positioned upon a proximal end of the second subsea device, wherein one of the first and second components comprises an engaged position and a disengaged position, and wherein the one of the first and second components is configured to be displaced from the disengaged position to the engaged position after the first and second subsea devices are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10119352
    Abstract: An apparatus, fixed or recoverable to control a remote device includes a valve assembly having a cylinder, a piston dividing the cylinder into a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber, a spring to bias the piston toward the first hydraulic chamber, and a linkage to connect the piston to the remote device, a quick-vent valve assembly comprising an inlet connected to a hydraulic source, an outlet connected to the first hydraulic chamber, and a vent port, wherein the quick-vent valve assembly is configured to discharge fluid from the outlet to the vent when a pressure of the hydraulic source connected to the inlet drops below a threshold value, and a vent line connecting the vent port of the quick-vent valve assembly to a hydraulic accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis Holmes, Iain G. Duncan, Kevin Masterson
  • Patent number: 10119353
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first hub having a body and an end surface, first and second openings defined in the body and a plurality of segmented collets positioned around the body. A locking mandrel is operatively coupled to the body, wherein the locking mandrel is adapted to engage the plurality of segmented collets, and a latching/release mechanism is positioned at least partially within the first and second openings defined in the body, wherein the latching/release mechanism is adapted to be positioned in a first position wherein the locking mandrel is in an unlocked and loaded position and in a second position wherein the locking mandrel is released and engages the plurality of segmented collets so as to couple the first hub to a second hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chance R. Mullins
  • Patent number: 10100852
    Abstract: A pump including a power end (202) and a fluid end (204). A bore (214) extends through the fluid end (204). A rod (212) is disposed in the bore (214) of the fluid end (204) and extends into the power end (202). The rod (212) includes a reduced diameter portion (222) and the rod (212) is configured to connect the power end (202) and the fluid end (204). The pump also includes a retaining apparatus (216) coupled to the reduced diameter portion (222) of the rod (212). A shoulder (218) is formed between a first inner diameter (226) of the bore (214) and a second inner diameter (228) of the bore (214). The first inner diameter (226) is smaller than an outer diameter of the retaining apparatus (216). A first end (260) of the retaining apparatus (216) is configured to contact the shoulder (218) and a second end (262) of the retaining apparatus (216) is configured to contact a contact surface formed on the rod (212) in order to restrict movement of the rod (212) within the bore (214).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Morreale, Alex D. Hollanshead, Jason D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10100959
    Abstract: A swivel joint comprises a tubular female member which is rotatably connected to a tubular male member. The female member includes a female race portion having an axially extending inner annular recess, a female inner end portion which is formed at an axially inner end of the recess, and a number of inner annular grooves which are formed in the recess coaxially therewith. The male member includes a male race portion having an annular outer surface which is configured to be received in the recess, a male nose portion which is formed at an end of the male race portion, and a number of outer annular grooves which are formed on the outer surface coaxially therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, William H. Garner, Monty W. Champion, Tommy Thammavongsa
  • Publication number: 20180284816
    Abstract: A zipper manifold for use in wellbore operations includes a trunk line having a first longitudinal axis, an inlet on a first axial end, an outlet on a second axial end, and a first gate valve positioned between the inlet and the outlet, a block tee fluidly connecting the trunk line to a secondary line, the secondary line having a second longitudinal axis parallel to the first longitudinal axis, a second gate valve positioned along the secondary line, and an outlet head at an end of the secondary line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cook, Corey Massey
  • Publication number: 20180283151
    Abstract: A manifold alignment system includes a first modular skid with a first frame, the first frame having a first end with at least one first sloped surface, a second modular skid with a second frame, the second frame having a second end with at least one second sloped surface, wherein the at least one first sloped surface mates with the at least one second sloped surface, and a removably mounted hydraulic mechanism attached to the first end of the first skid and the second end of the second skid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cook, Justin Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180283618
    Abstract: A well isolation unit has an inlet, an outlet, at least one flow pathway connected between the inlet and the outlet, and at least one bleed-off manifold connected between the inlet and the outlet. A method includes isolating well-side equipment of a wellbore operation system from pump-side equipment of the wellbore operation system, wherein the pump-side equipment is connected to a well isolation unit via a single primary inlet to the well isolation unit and the well-side equipment is connected to the well isolation unit via a single primary outlet of the well isolation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Cook
  • Publication number: 20180284817
    Abstract: A universal power and control unit in a manifold system includes a control subsystem having a primary controller and a power subsystem having a power unit and at least one power connection selected from the group consisting of electrical cables, umbilical cables, pneumatic hoses, pneumatic lines, hydraulic hoses, and hydraulic lines for distributing at least one of electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic power throughout the manifold system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cook, Dan R. Fink
  • Publication number: 20180283102
    Abstract: A modular pad system includes a plurality of connected-together modular skids, wherein each of the modular skids has a frame and a primary manifold connection with a primary inlet, a primary outlet and one or more primary flow paths extending therebetween, wherein the frame of each modular skid has a mounting footprint having substantially the same size, and wherein the primary manifold connection of each modular skid are connected together to fluidly connect the modular skids together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Cook
  • Patent number: 10082231
    Abstract: A connector 116 comprised of a body 116A adapted to be positioned adjacent two hubs 112A, 112B, a primary locking means for connecting the two hubs 112A, 112B together and at least one actuatable reaction member 130 that is operatively coupled to the connector body 116A, wherein, when actuated, an inner surface 130S of the at least one actuatable reaction member 130 is urged toward an outer surface 112S of one of the two spaced apart hubs 112A, 112B and wherein a line of travel 133 of the at least one actuatable member 130 is axially spaced apart 134 from a sealing interface that is to be established between the two hubs 112A, 112B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Murphy, Jasmeet S. Johar, Scott Coltman, Barry Stewart
  • Patent number: 10030509
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating optical signals between an external device located on a first side of a wellbore barrier and a downhole device located on a second side of the well bore barrier includes a first wireless node which is positioned on the first side of the well bore barrier and is in communication with the external device via a first cable. A second wireless node is positioned on the second side of the well bore barrier and is in communication with the downhole device via a second cable. The first and second wireless nodes are configured to communicate wirelessly through the well bore barrier using near field magnetic induction (NFMI) communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Mulholland, Gabriel Silva, David Kane, Daniel McStay
  • Patent number: 10024316
    Abstract: An apparatus to block an access port of a pump includes a cover having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end is configured to be received into the access port, an indexing device to prevent rotation of the cover with respect to the access port, a first component of an anti-rotation mechanism located upon the proximal end of the cover, a retainer configured to rotatably engage and abut the proximal end of the cover to resist removal of the cover from the access port, a key to engage the proximal end of the cover through a profiled keyway of the retainer, wherein the key comprises a second component of the anti-rotation mechanism, and at least one magnet to retain the key against the proximal end of the cover, wherein the profiled keyway is configured to restrict rotation of the key with respect to the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason D. Smith