Patents Assigned to FMC Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10689921
    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: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Murphy
  • Patent number: 10648325
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating signals across a wellbore barrier defined by a first flow completion system component positioned at an upper end of the wellbore and a second flow completion system component mounted within the first flow completion system component includes a first wireless node which is mounted on the first flow completion system component on a first side of the wellbore barrier, the first wireless node being configured to be connected to an external device, and a second wireless node which is mounted on the second flow completion system component on a second side of the wellbore barrier, the second wireless node being located generally opposite the first wireless node and being configured to be connected to a downhole device. The first and second wireless nodes are configured to communicate wirelessly through the wellbore barrier using near field magnetic induction (NFMI) communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Mulholland, Gabriel Silva, David Kane, Daniel McStay
  • Publication number: 20200134553
    Abstract: A method may include the following steps: determining, based on timing measurements between a first digital radio communication device (DRCD) node and at least a second DRCD node, a distance between the first DRCD disposed on a tanker and the second DRCD disposed about a loading/unloading facility; and facilitating, in response to determining a position based on the timing measurements, fluid payload loading/unloading of the tanker at the loading/unloading facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick G. Weiser, James M. Pettinato, Jr., Iulian Constantinescu
  • Publication number: 20200131872
    Abstract: A rigid chain actuator (201) including a tool body (203) having a bore (204) with a chain (206) at least partially disposed in a housing (211) coupled to the tool body. Additionally, the rigid chain actuator includes a chain extension/retraction mechanism to extend the chain from the housing into the bore and recoil the chain from the bore into the housing. Furthermore, the chain may translate a force onto at least one wellbore tool through the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Simen Christian Florus Rønne, Josué Vasconcelos Monteiro, Jr., Lincoln Facundo, H. Brian Skeels, Ole Eddie Karlsen, Luis Felipe, Vidar Sten-Halvorsen
  • Publication number: 20200123868
    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: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicants: FMC Technologies, Inc., FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Riley, Ramu Valliappan Manickam, Wei Soung Tan, May-Ling Rachel Ho, Guoxiang Calvin Wu
  • Publication number: 20200124186
    Abstract: A flow control device includes a valve body, a first port disposed on the valve body, a second port disposed on the valve inbody, a gate disposed within the valve body and configured to control a flow of a fluid between the first port and the second port, and a seat disposed between the gate and the valve body, the seat including a first surface configured to form a circumferential seal with the valve body and a second surface configured to form a face seal with the gate. A method includes receiving, by a sealing assembly forming a circumferential seal between a seat and a valve body, a first force from a collar disposed on the seat in response to a first movement of a gate, and moving, in response to receiving the first force, the sealing assembly in a first direction of the first force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicants: FMC Technologies, Inc., FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Linder, Robert P. Matson, Calvin C. Liu
  • Publication number: 20200124211
    Abstract: A wing nut may include a body having a first part extending from a first end surface to a parting line and a second part extending from the parting line to a second end surface. A passage may axially extend through the body, the passage defining an interior surface of the body. An internal threaded section may be formed on an interior surface of the first part. An internal shoulder may be formed on the interior surface of the second part. A stress relief may be formed on the interior surface of the second part between the internal shoulder and the parting line. A rib may extend inward from the interior surface of the second part, the rib being intermediate the stress relief and the internal threaded section. At least one lug may extend radially from the exterior surface of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Morreale
  • Publication number: 20200123867
    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 31, 2016
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicants: FMC Technologies, Inc., FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Riley, Ramu Valliappan Manickam, Wei Soung Tan, May-Ling Rachel Ho, Guoxiang Calvin Wu
  • Patent number: 10619774
    Abstract: A swivel joint includes 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: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, William H. Garner, Monty W. Champion, Tommy Thammavongsa
  • Patent number: 10612658
    Abstract: A sealing system (100) that includes a first component (112), a second component (114) and a polymer seal (116) positioned in a seal recess (118) in the first component. A TWSMA member (122) is positioned in the seal recess (118), wherein the TWSMA member (122) has a retracted shape (122R) and an expanded shape (122E), the TWSMA member (122) transitioning from the retracted shape (122R) to the expanded shape (122E) at a temperature that is less than an installation temperature when the polymer seal (116) and the TWSMA member (122) were positioned in the seal recess (118).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwok Lun Lee, William Thomas, David Zollo, Gabriel Albor
  • Patent number: 10605056
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for installing an ESP on a well. In one example the system comprises a production tree (12, 50) that is operatively coupled to a well (14), an ESP spool (16) that is operatively coupled to the production tree and production tubing (60) that extends into the well. The system also comprises an ESP (22) positioned within an inside diameter of the production tubing (60), wherein the ESP (22) comprises an electric motor (22M) and a pump (22P), the electric motor (22M) being positioned above the pump (22P), and wherein the pump (22P) comprises a fluid inlet (22X) and a fluid outlet (22Y). The system is installed above the existing down hole safety valve, and requires no modification to the existing well's completion equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Hartley
  • Patent number: 10596489
    Abstract: A separation system for separating a multiphase fluid into an oil fraction and at least one of a water fraction and a gas fraction includes an elongated separator vessel which includes a multiphase fluid inlet and an oil outlet located downstream of the multiphase fluid inlet, a first immersed plate heater which is positioned in the separator vessel between the multiphase fluid inlet and the oil outlet, a heating medium heater which is located externally of the separator vessel and is fluidly connected to the first immersed plate heater, a second immersed plate heater which is positioned in the separator vessel between the multiphase fluid inlet and the oil outlet and which includes an inlet and an outlet, and an oil discharge line which is connected between the oil outlet and the inlet of the second immersed plate heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor van Asperen, Sander G. Baaren, Wouter Balk
  • Publication number: 20200063908
    Abstract: A system for transporting corrosive or erosive fluids having a flow conduit or flow equipment with a flow bore. One or more inserts (50) are disposed within the flow bore of the flow conduit or flow equipment. The insert(s) (50) include an internal structure (52) and an erosion or corrosion resistant coating (54) disposed around the internal structure. The insert(s) (50) is/are disposed inside the flow bore and provide erosion and/or corrosion resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Fink
  • Patent number: 10480273
    Abstract: A packoff assembly for sealing between an inner tubular member and an outer tubular member has a lower packoff which is configured to seal between the inner and outer tubular members, an upper packoff which is configured to seal between the inner and outer tubular members above the lower packoff, the upper packoff being releasably connected to the lower packoff and, when connected to the lower packoff, being axially movable relative to the lower packoff between a first position and a second position, a latch ring which is supported on the lower packoff, the latch ring being radially expandable into a corresponding locking groove in the outer tubular member, and a locking mandrel which is operably engaged by the upper packoff such that upon axial movement of the upper packoff from the first position to the second position, the locking mandrel expands the latch ring into the locking groove to thereby lock the upper and lower packoffs in position between the inner and outer tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Chirko, Kien Tan Vu
  • Patent number: 10472916
    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: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20190338873
    Abstract: A hammer union includes a male sub, a threaded female sub, a threaded union nut disposed around abutting ends of the threaded female sub and the male sub, the abutting ends of the threaded female sub and the male sub include contact surfaces perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the hammer union, and an outermost diameter of the perpendicular contact surfaces and a minor thread diameter of the female sub are equidistant from a longitudinal axis of the hammer union. A method of assembling a hammer union includes inserting a plurality of load segments between a threaded union nut and a male sub, threadedly engaging internal threads of the threaded union nut with external threads of a female sub, and engaging flat contact surfaces of abutting ends of the male sub and the female sub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, Paul A. Crawford, William H. Garner, Alan R. Killingsworth, King F. Choi
  • Publication number: 20190320025
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of control system elements (CSEs) and a control system platform (CSP) including a data repository and operatively connected to the plurality of CSEs, and configured to: receive, from a CSE of the plurality of CSEs, a state logging message including measurement device state information (MDSI) and a control system element identifier (CSEI); store the MDSI in the data repository; process the MDSI to obtain analytic information; obtain, from the data repository, client device notification criteria (CDNC) associated with the CSEI; perform a comparison between the MDSI and the analytic information against the CDNC; determine, based on the comparison, that at least one notification trigger specified in the CDNC has been met; generate, in response to determining, an analysis notification message comprising the MDSI and the analytic information; and transmit the analysis notification message to a client device operatively connected to the CSP via a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Breter, Robert M. Smith, Frederick G. Weiser
  • Publication number: 20190293193
    Abstract: A check valve includes a valve body having a flow bore which extends between the inlet and outlet ends of the body, a cavity which intersects the flow bore, and an opening which is connected to the cavity. A body cap is removably secured in the opening, and a seat cartridge is configured to fit through the opening and be slidably received in the cavity. The seat cartridge has an open first end which is aligned with the opening, a second end which is located opposite the first end, a chamber which extends between the first and second ends and defines an inner wall of the seat cartridge, a first bore which extends between the chamber and an inlet bore portion, a second bore which extends between the chamber and an outlet bore portion, and a valve seat which is formed on a portion of the inner wall that surrounds the first bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. FINK
  • Patent number: 10422483
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Cook
  • Publication number: 20190277116
    Abstract: A subsea hydrocarbon production field includes a number of first subsea Christmas trees, a first manifold and a number of first flexible flowline jumpers, each of which is connected between the first manifold and a corresponding first tree. In one embodiment, Each first flowline jumper includes a first flow conduit and a number of first umbilical lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tore HALVORSEN, Paulo COUTO, Alain MARION