Patents Assigned to FMC Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11180963
    Abstract: One illustrative production/annulus bore stab disclosed herein includes a one-piece body that comprises a first cylindrical outer surface and a second cylindrical outer surface and a plurality of individual fluid flow paths defined entirely within the one-piece body. In this illustrative example, each of the individual fluid flow paths is fluidly isolated from one another and each of the fluid flow paths comprise a first inlet/outlet at a first end of the fluid flow path that is positioned in the first cylindrical outer surface and a second inlet/outlet at a second end of the fluid flow path that is positioned in the second cylindrical outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Murphy
  • Patent number: 11180969
    Abstract: A tubing hanger assembly includes a body, a lockdown feature which is located on the body, a load nut which is threadedly connected to the body and which includes a downward facing load shoulder, and a torsion spring member which includes a first end that is connected to the tubing hanger and a second end that is connected to the load nut. In operation, the torsion spring member rotates the load nut to thereby move the load nut axially relative to the body. In this manner, the axial distance between the load shoulder and the lockdown feature is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 11143189
    Abstract: A novel integrated modular, multi-stage motor-pump/compressor device (10) is disclosed herein. In one example, the device (10) includes an outer housing (12) an electric motor stator (25) positioned within the outer housing (12) and a rotatable integrated motor/pump rotor (18) positioned within the electric motor stator (25). The rotatable integrated motor/pump rotor (18) comprises at least one electromagnet driver device (42, 33, 37) that is adapted to be electromagnetically coupled with the electric motor stator (25) and at least one impeller (28), where an inner surface (34A) of the rotatable integrated motor/pump rotor (18) and the impeller (28) define a primary process fluid flow path (36) within the rotatable integrated motor/pump rotor (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Costin Ifrim, Bradley Dean Beitler, Bryan Wang Lam, Brian Scott Dejarnett
  • Publication number: 20210293114
    Abstract: One illustrative diverter valve disclosed herein includes a body with a primary flow path therethrough, first and second fluid flow galleries, first and second fluid outlets, a first sliding sleeve element and a second sliding sleeve element. The first and second sliding sleeve elements, respectively, include first and second internal flow bores, respectively, wherein each of the first and second sliding sleeve elements are adapted to be moved from a first closed position to a second open position, and vice-versa. In the first and second positions, respectively, the first sliding sleeve element blocks or does not block, respectively, fluid flow between the first internal flow bore and the first fluid flow gallery. In the first and second positions, respectively, the second sliding sleeve element blocks or does not block, respectively, fluid flow between the second internal flow bore and the second fluid flow gallery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Partridge
  • Patent number: 11112028
    Abstract: One illustrative embodiment of a valve disclosed herein comprises a body (12), a valve stem (22) that comprises a combination threaded-splined section (22X) and an unthreaded section (22Y) wherein the combination threaded-splined section (22X) comprises at least one spline (22S) and a thread (22Z). The valve (10) also comprises an anti-rotation ring (26) that includes at least one tab (26T) positioned in the at least one spline (22S) of the combination threaded-splined section (22X) and a threaded drive nut (24) that is adapted to engage the thread (22Z) of the combination threaded-splined section (22X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Hackney Kusmertz, Zac Michael LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20210270263
    Abstract: A reciprocating pump system for replacing a removable packing bore, the system includes a fluid end and a pump drive end. The fluid end includes a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, a working barrel, a reciprocating member disposed in the working barrel, and the removable packing bore disposed within the working barrel. The pump drive end includes a gearbox integrally connected to a crankshaft, a crosshead, a transverse member configured to oscillate the reciprocating member of the fluid end in transverse motion. The removable packing bore and the transverse member are each configured to be connected to a packing bore connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy C. Stephens, Cody Gill, Christopher Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20210268520
    Abstract: One illustrative cyclone separator disclosed herein includes an outer body, an inner body positioned at least partially within the outer body, an internal flow path within the inner body, the internal flow path having a fluid entrance and a fluid outlet, a first fluid flow channel between the inner body and the outer body, and a re-entrant fluid opening that extends through the outer body and is in fluid communication with the fluid flow channel, wherein the re-entrant fluid opening is positioned at a location upstream of the fluid entrance of the internal flow path in the inner body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sander Baaren
  • Publication number: 20210270129
    Abstract: A communication system employed during wellbore operations, such as during drilling, cementing, fracturing, or other wellbore operations, which utilizes ultrasound (i.e., acoustic waves characterized by ultrasonic frequencies) to communicate sensor and/or control information from inside a riser and/or blowout preventer (BOP) to outside the riser/BOP, and/or vice versa. More specifically, the communication system may include an internal ultrasonic module (IUM) residing inside the riser/BOP and acoustically coupled to a drill string and/or a centralizer also inside the riser/BOP. The communication system may further include an external ultrasonic module (EUM) residing outside the riser/BOP and acoustically coupled to the riser/BOP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David George Moodie, Alan Graham, Scott David Petrie, John Cristopher Whelan, Norman Lewis Mackenzie, Steven William Bremner
  • Patent number: 11105175
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Chirko, Dan R. Fink, Brian J. Baca
  • Publication number: 20210262309
    Abstract: An assembly includes an inlet hub (112) coupled to a first flow passage (124) located within a flow control module, the first flow passage having a first flow bore, a flow meter (144) associated with the first flow bore and positioned for top-down fluid flow, a choke (109) disposed in a second flow passage (136) having a second flow bore, and an outlet hub (119) coupled to a distal end of the second flow passage. A system includes a flow control module assembly (902) having an inlet (912) and at least two outlets (914, 916), a main line (920) in fluid communication with the inlet, a first branch line (922) coupled to the main line and to a first outlet (916) of the at least two outlets, and a second branch line (924) coupled to the main line and to a second outlet (914) of the at least two outlets, and a tie-in connector (918) coupled to the inlet of the flow control module assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Riley, Ramu Valliappan Manickam, Wei Soung Tan, May-Ling Rachel Ho, Guoxiang Calvin Wu
  • Publication number: 20210254731
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a check valve and methods of making a check valve that include a valve body having an inlet end, an outlet end, a flow bore that extends between the inlet and outlet ends, a cavity which intersects the flow bore, and an opening which is connected to the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Soltau, Cody Bedwell, Dusty Quinn
  • Publication number: 20210252431
    Abstract: A system (100) includes a separator vessel (134) that is adapted to separate solids particles (192) from a flow of a multi-phase fluid (190), a level sensor (154) that is coupled to the separator vessel (134), wherein the level sensor (154) includes a viscosity sensor that is adapted to measure changes in the viscosity of a fluid mixture that includes the solids particles (192) that are separated from the flow of multi-phase fluid (190) by the separator vessel (134), and a control system (160) that is adapted to determine a level of the separated solids particles (192) accumulated in the separator vessel (134) from the changes in the viscosity of the fluid mixture measured by the viscosity sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Malone, Eric Rasmussen, Sander Baaren
  • Publication number: 20210222514
    Abstract: A valve block may be assembled, in a controlled environment, a valve block to be modular and purpose built for a specific application. The specific application may be an operation to be performed at a well site. The modular purpose built valve block may be function tested, in the controlled environment. Additionally, the modular purpose built valve block may be pre-packaged, in the controlled environment, to have a digital system to operate and automate the modular purpose built valve block. Further, the modular pre-packaged purpose built valve block may be deployed to the well site, and the modular pre-packaged purpose built valve block may be fluidly coupled to a wellhead. The modular pre-packaged purpose built valve block may be operated to perform the operation at the well site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cook, Gareth Boyd, Julian Keihany, Thiago Machado
  • Publication number: 20210198969
    Abstract: A flow control module includes an inlet hub coupled to a first flow passage having a first flow bore, a flow meter associated with the first flow bore and positioned for top-down fluid flow, a choke disposed in a second flow passage having a second flow bore, the second flow passage coupled to a distal end of the first flow passage, and an outlet hub coupled to a distal end of the second flow passage, the outlet hub facing in a different direction from the inlet hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Riley, Ramu Valliappan Manickam, Wei Soung Tan, May-Ling Rachel Ho, GuoXiang Calvin Wu
  • Patent number: 11041366
    Abstract: One illustrative diverter valve disclosed herein includes a body with a primary flow path therethrough, first and second fluid flow galleries, first and second fluid outlets, a first sliding sleeve element and a second sliding sleeve element. The first and second sliding sleeve elements, respectively, include first and second internal flow bores, respectively, wherein each of the first and second sliding sleeve elements are adapted to be moved from a first closed position to a second open position, and vice-versa. In the first and second positions, respectively, the first sliding sleeve element blocks or does not block, respectively, fluid flow between the first internal flow bore and the first fluid flow gallery. In the first and second positions, respectively, the second sliding sleeve element blocks or does not block, respectively, fluid flow between the second internal flow bore and the second fluid flow gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Partridge
  • Publication number: 20210180423
    Abstract: A Christmas tree may include a body and a sleeve. The body may include a production flowbore therethrough, a longitudinal flowbore intersecting the production flowbore, and optionally one or more annulus passageways, crossover passageways, or chemical injection passageways intersecting at least one of the production flowbore and the longitudinal flowbore. The sleeve may be attached to and circumferentially rotatable about at least a portion of the body and may include a transverse flowbore therethrough. An annular fluid gallery may be formed between the body and the sleeve. At least one of the longitudinal flowbore and the one or more annulus passageways, crossover passageways, or chemical injection passageways may include a flowpath connecting to the annular fluid gallery or is configured to be connected to a flowpath connecting to the annular fluid gallery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Murphy, Kevin McIlwaine
  • Patent number: 11028932
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve includes a valve body having a main bore, an inlet bore which is connected to the main bore, an outlet bore which extends through a side of the valve body, and a valve bore which connects the inlet bore with the outlet bore. A valve member is positioned in the valve bore and is movable between a closed position in which a fluid in the inlet bore is prevented from flowing into the outlet bore and an open position in which the fluid in the inlet bore is permitted to flow into the outlet bore. The valve member is movable from the closed position to the open position in response to an overpressure event in the main bore. The valve body further includes a return bore which connects the inlet bore with the main bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Fink
  • Patent number: 11021924
    Abstract: An assembly includes an inlet hub (112) coupled to a first flow passage (124) located within a flow control module, the first flow passage having a first flow bore, a flow meter (144) associated with the first flow bore and positioned for top-down fluid flow, a choke (109) disposed in a second flow passage (136) having a second flow bore, and an outlet hub (119) coupled to a distal end of the second flow passage. A system includes a flow control module assembly (902) having an inlet (912) and at least two outlets (914, 916), a main line (920) in fluid communication with the inlet, a first branch line (922) coupled to the main line and to a first outlet (916) of the at least two outlets, and a second branch line (924) coupled to the main line and to a second outlet (914) of the at least two outlets, and a tie-in connector (918) coupled to the inlet of the flow control module assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Riley, Ramu Valliappan Manickam, Wei Soung Tan, May-Ling Rachel Ho, Guoxiang Calvin Wu
  • Publication number: 20210156241
    Abstract: A modular pumping pad skid may include a base with one or more high pressure fluid conduits and one or more low pressure conduits. Additionally, two or more pumps may be removably fixed to the base, and fluidly connected to the high pressure fluid conduits and the low pressure conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Cook
  • Patent number: 11007542
    Abstract: One illustrative cyclone separator disclosed herein includes an outer body, an inner body positioned at least partially within the outer body, an internal flow path within the inner body, the internal flow path having a fluid entrance and a fluid outlet, a first fluid flow channel between the inner body and the outer body, and a re-entrant fluid opening that extends through the outer body and is in fluid communication with the fluid flow channel, wherein the re-entrant fluid opening is positioned at a location upstream of the fluid entrance of the internal flow path in the inner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sander Baaren