Patents Examined by Aaron L Lembo
  • Patent number: 11557985
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an outer structure body having an inner surface defining a cavity and an inner structure body rotatably supported within the cavity. The inner structure body has an outer surface in opposing relation to the inner surface and a central bore. Movable elements are positioned along the inner surface and movably coupled to the outer structure body. Ball elements are positioned along the outer surface and coupled to the inner structure body for movement with the inner structure body. The ball elements releasably contact the movable elements and impart motion to the movable elements in response to relative motion between the inner structure body and the outer structure body. Energy harvesters are positioned to generate electrical charges based on piezoelectric effect or magnetostrictive effect when motion is imparted to the movable elements by the ball elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY, Macquarie University
    Inventors: Chinthaka Pasan Gooneratne, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Bodong Li, Guodong Zhan, Arturo Magana-Mora, Timothy Eric Moellendick
  • Patent number: 11555370
    Abstract: A downhole tool for transmitting rotation to a casing string includes a tool body having a bore extending from a first end to a second end. The downhole tool also includes a cam positioned within the tool body, the cam being axially translatable along an axis of the bore. The downhole tool further includes a recess, formed in an outer diameter of the cam. The downhole tool includes a locking mechanism, positioned at least partially within the tool body. The locking mechanism includes a tool key. The locking mechanism also includes a biasing member, the biasing member driving the tool key toward the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Noel Monjure, David L. Ford, Steve Peters, Phil Potter, James Sonnier
  • Patent number: 11549329
    Abstract: A downhole sealant injection system includes a first casing configured to be positioned in a wellbore and a second casing configured to be positioned in the wellbore within the first casing. Cement at least partially fills an annulus between the interior of the first casing and the exterior of the second casing. A first sealant injection tool is configured to be attached to the exterior of the second casing, and is positioned at a downhole location and within an annulus between the interior of the first casing and the exterior of the second casing. The sealant injection tool includes a plurality of nozzles configured to inject sealant into voids within the cement in the annulus between the interior of the first casing and the exterior of the second casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ahmed Al-Mousa, Ahmed Ghaffar, Omar M Alhamid, Marius Neacsu
  • Patent number: 11549352
    Abstract: A system for hydrocarbon production comprising a host for receiving produced hydrocarbon; an offshore hydrocarbon production facility comprising: a production wellhead for connection to a subsea hydrocarbon reservoir; a production platform configured to receive produced fluid from the wellhead and being in fluid communication with the host via a long distance pipeline wherein the wellhead is local to the production platform, and the production platform is configured to process the produced fluid to provide a semi-stable oil product suitable for exporting along the long distance pipeline to the host; wherein the host is configured to store the semi-stable oil product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Equinor Energy AS
    Inventors: Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Arild Samuelsberg
  • Patent number: 11549331
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gate valve assembly (20) for use in a subsea workover system comprising: —a valve block (22) having a flow path (21c); —valve seats (33, 34) located within the valve block (22) around a periphery of the flow path (21c), —a gate valve member (40) which is moveable across the flow path (21c) between a first position in which the flow path (21c) is open and a second position in which the flow path (21c) is closed; —said gate valve member (40) comprising a first portion (31) surrounding an opening (32) adapted to mate with the flow path (21c) when the gate valve member (40) is in the first position, said first portion (31) is provided with a cutting member (30) arranged on the periphery of the first portion (31) towards the opening (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Aker Solutions AS
    Inventor: Jan Herland
  • Patent number: 11549326
    Abstract: A tubing rotator and a drive therefor. The tubing rotator includes an input shaft to a tubing rotator gear; an electric motor including an output shaft; and a plurality of worm drives arranged in series and configured to (i) receive input from the electric motor and (ii) output torque to the input shaft of the tubing rotator. The worm drives may be identical speed reducers, such as with an input to output reduction ratio of from 25:1 to 40:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: EVOLUTION OIL TOOLS INC
    Inventor: Emery Stoesser
  • Patent number: 11549316
    Abstract: Sensor systems for sucker rod pump systems and gear rod rotator systems may include one or more sensor modules comprising a sensor including at least one of a position sensor, a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, or a vibration sensor for detecting a characteristic related to at least one component of the sucker rod pump systems or the gear rod rotator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: NORRIS RODS, INC.
    Inventors: Pablo E. Barajas Cortes, Wanru Casey, Ramamurthy Narasimhan, Jack Lynn Wallace, Juan Felipe Correa Pugliese
  • Patent number: 11542777
    Abstract: A downhole tool for cleaning and sealing a wellbore includes a wash tool configured at a downhole end of the downhole tool to generate pulses of a first fluid at a first frequency and a first pressure for washing a target interval of a wellbore. The downhole tool further includes a plugging tool configured uphole or downhole from the wash tool to generate pulses of a second fluid at a second frequency and a second pressure for depositing a sealing plug at the target interval of the wellbore. The second fluid has a higher viscosity than the first fluid, the second frequency is lower than the first frequency, and the second pressure is higher than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Quero, Harley Jones
  • Patent number: 11536116
    Abstract: A drilling rig includes a rig component, an actuator coupled to the rig component, an electric power storage device coupled to the actuator and configured to cause the actuator to actuate. The actuator, by actuating, may perform a safety function in the rig component. The rig also includes a renewable power generator coupled to the electric power storage device and configured to supply at least some of the electric current to the electric power storage device that is supplied to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Olson, Stephen McGuire
  • Patent number: 11536108
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly includes a wellhead housing; a tubing hanger, plug, back pressure valve, two-way check valve, BOP test plug, temporary abandonment plug, or other device; and a torque ring. The wellhead housing includes an inner bore. The wellhead housing has one or more mating grooves formed on an inner wall of the wellhead housing. The tubing hanger, plug, back pressure valve, two-way check valve, BOP test plug, temporary abandonment plug, or other device is positioned within the inner bore of the wellhead housing. The torque ring is positioned within a slot formed in the tubing hanger or other device. The torque ring includes a protrusion extending beyond the tubing hanger and into the mating groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: CACTUS WELLHEAD, LLC
    Inventor: Jacob C. Emmett
  • Patent number: 11536120
    Abstract: Described is a flow control device comprising a body locatable with a tubular and a flow regulator, housed within the body. The flow regulator defines a flow path through the body to accommodate flow between internal and external locations of a tubular in use. The flow regulator comprises a valve arrangement forming part of the flow path, and a biasing mechanism configured to urge the valve arrangement towards an open configuration from a restricted configuration in which fluid flow though the flow path is restricted. The biasing mechanism and the flow path through the flow control device are configured such that a differential pressure acting across the flow regulator, in excess of a particular threshold, moves the valve arrangement from the open configuration towards the restricted configuration in order to limit flow through the flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: SWELLFIX UK LIMITED
    Inventors: James Anderson, Annabel Green
  • Patent number: 11530575
    Abstract: A vibration generator (9) for a drilling installation comprises a housing (16), at least one rotation body (17), a suspension (24) by means of which the rotation body is suspended rotatably within the housing, the mass centre of the rotation body (17) being eccentric with respect to the rotation axis of the suspension, and a drive (18) for rotating the rotation body. The housing (16) holds a fluid (15) which is in contact with the rotation body (17) whereby relative rotation between the rotation body and the fluid generates a flow resistance and in that the rotation body comprises flow resistance reduction means (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: IHC Marine and Mineral Projects (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Lourens Christiaan de Jager
  • Patent number: 11525314
    Abstract: A polished rod elevator has a top lift platform defining a polished rod passage and a mouth to laterally receive a polished rod into the polished rod passage; a plurality of linear actuators depending below the top lift platform and radially spaced from an axis of the polished rod passage to define a production tree receiving gap; and a plurality of arcuate wellhead flange mounting base plates connected to base ends of the plurality of linear actuators. Related methods of use and kits are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Richard K Young, Alan D Voth
  • Patent number: 11525333
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of controlling flow communication with an apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus includes a flow communicator, a flow control member, an uphole-disposed flow interference effector uphole of the flow communicator, and a downhole-disposed flow interference effector downhole of the flow communicator. While each of the uphole-disposed flow interference effector and the downhole-disposed flow interference-effector, independently, is contacting the flow control member, the flow communicator is closed. Displacement of the flow control member, relative to the flow communicator, in the downhole direction, opens the flow communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: NCS Multistage Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Miguel Montero Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11506019
    Abstract: A valve is for closing fluid communication between a horizontal or deviated well and a production string when a content of a first or a second undesired fluid in the fluid flow exceeds a predetermined level. The valve has a primary flow channel, and a piston arrangement movable within the valve between an inactive position allowing fluid flow through the primary channel and an active position preventing fluid flow through the primary channel. The piston arrangement further has a secondary flow channel and a bypass flow channel and inflow control elements exposed to the fluid flow upstream of the flow barrier and having different density and movable within independent paths in response to a density of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Innowell Solutions AS
    Inventors: Rune Killie, Trygve Rinde
  • Patent number: 11499389
    Abstract: A control unit includes a hydraulic fluid system, a lubricant system, at least one sensor cable, an electronics module in communication with the at least one sensor cable, the hydraulic fluid system, and the lubricant system. A housing of the control unit contains the hydraulic fluid system, the lubricant system, the sensor cable(s), and the electronics module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cook, Corey Massey, Chad Vrla
  • Patent number: 11492863
    Abstract: An enhanced geometry receiving element for a downhole tool, such as an enhanced geometry receiving element for a plunger downhole tool used in the oil and gas industry. In one embodiment, the enhanced geometry receiving element includes a set of axial grooves disposed in the interior of a fishing neck portion of a bypass plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Well Master Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Southard, Daniel J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 11486210
    Abstract: A method used to determine an operational mode of a tong. The method includes rotating a first sensor target relative to a first sensor and rotating a second sensor target relative to a second sensor. The method also includes identifying a position of the first sensor target using the first sensor and analyzing the position of the first sensor target to determine the operational mode of the tong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Rothe, Heidi N. Cline, Frank Wern
  • Patent number: 11486217
    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 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: FMC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul L. Riley, Ramu Valliappan Manickam, Wei Soung Tan, May-Ling Rachel Ho, Guoxiang Calvin Wu
  • Patent number: 11472008
    Abstract: A tool for gaining lateral access to a well includes a head portion configured to advance axially forwardly relative to a lateral access passage. The tool includes a first shaft and a shaft assembly including a second shaft. The second shaft is at least partly received in the first shaft so as to be axially forwardly moveable therewith. In use, axial forward movement of the first and second shafts causes forward advancement of the head portion. The second shaft is axially forwardly moveable relative to the first shaft. The first shaft includes an internal thread and the shaft assembly includes an external thread engaging the internal thread of the first shaft so that relative rotation of the internal and external threads causes the axial forward movement of the second shaft relative to the first shaft without rotation of the second shaft relative to the first shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Quality Intervention Technology AS
    Inventor: Bjorn Bro Sorensen