Patents Examined by Catherine Loikith
  • Patent number: 10294733
    Abstract: A length-adjustable connector for a downhole tool has an outer tubular body with an inner bore and a first locking profile accessible from the inner bore. A rotatable inner tubular body having a second locking profile is within the outer tubular body. The connector also has a threaded connection between the outer and- inner tubular bodies that causes axial movement of the inner tubular body relative to the outer tubular body as the inner tubular body rotates, and a locking sleeve having first and second ends sized to engage the first and second locking profiles respectively. The locking sleeve prevents relative rotation of the tubular bodies when engaged with the locking profiles. A connector is carried by the inner tubular body that extends axially away from the locking sleeve, and moves axially relative to the outer tubular body as the inner tubular body is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canamera Coring Inc.
    Inventor: Orren Johnson
  • Patent number: 10294743
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a downhole anchoring apparatus for use in a downhole tool. An example downhole anchoring apparatus may include a housing with a hub provided within the housing. The hub may be arranged to rotate in a bidirectional fashion about a longitudinal axis. The downhole anchoring apparatus may also include a deployment linkage. The deployment linkage may be coupled to the hub by a hinge so that when the hub is rotated in a first direction, a distal end of the deployment linkage is extended radially outward from the central axis, and when the hub is rotated in a second direction, the distal end of the deployment linkage is retracted toward the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil M. Kartha, Mark S. Holly, Sean Gregory Thomas, Jack Clemens
  • Patent number: 10287877
    Abstract: A fracture interrogation system includes an antenna adapted for placement in a subterranean wellbore and a plurality of pseudoparticles adapted for distribution with a proppant material into hydraulic fractures along the wellbore. The presence of the pseudoparticles in the hydraulic fractures is detectable by the antenna. The pseudoparticles can include a magnetoelastic resonator having a resonant frequency. An interrogation field excites the resonators at the resonant frequency for detection by the antenna. The same or a different antenna can act as the interrogation field source, and the system can be configured to operate in a talk-and-listen mode to better separate the response signal from the interrogation signal. Electromagnetic, mechanical, or acoustic impulses can be used to excite resonators of the pseudoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Yogesh Gianchandani, Scott Green, Kamal Sarabandi, Mazen Kanj, Howard Schmidt, Jun Tang, Jiangfeng Wu
  • Patent number: 10287482
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a cross-linked scale control agent particle comprising: a scale control agent and a cross-linker. The scale control agent is cross-linked by the cross-linker. The present invention is also directed to a cross-linked organic-based crystalline inhibitor particle comprising: an organic-based crystalline inhibitor and a cross-linker. The organic-based crystalline inhibitor is cross-linked by the cross-linker. The present invention is also directed to the use of cross-linkers which can also act as benefit agents and to the use of capping and extension agents which act as further benefit agents The present invention is further directed to a particle comprising more than one cross-linked active agents; the active agent may be a combination of a scale control agent and an organic-based crystalline inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AKZO NOBEL CHEMICALS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Michael Ferm, Klin Aloysius Rodrigues, John Socrates Thomaides, Stuart Holt, Jian Zhou, Lei Zhang, Jannifer Sanders
  • Patent number: 10287848
    Abstract: A seal assembly features radially stacked sealing elements separated by a ring shaped structural member with the structural member configured to fold on itself as the inner and outer sealing elements are axially compressed during the setting process. The structural member remains embedded in the outer sealing element when the assembly is set. Seal rings flank the inner and outer sealing element and feature an outwardly facing bevel to contact a conforming bevel shape on extrusion ring assemblies. During axial compression the extrusion rings are pushed out with the seal rings and then the inner and outer sealing elements are axially compressed as the structural member's ends come together and its middle folds. The structural member creates gaps to allow fluid to escape during setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Guijun Deng, Ping Duan, Yingqing Xu, Xiao Wang
  • Patent number: 10287092
    Abstract: A liquid containment structure such as a frac pond has a perimeter wall; a floor liner bounded by the perimeter wall; and a platform underneath the floor liner, the platform formed of a plurality of mats laid edge to edge and whose upper faces collectively define a support surface. Related methods of use of the structure include installing the structure at a well site, and in some cases using the structure as a frac water pond. A drain channel may be defined in the support surface below a portion of the floor liner, with the portion of the floor liner extending downward into the drain channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: A.O.S SERVICES LTD.
    Inventors: Dustin Daubert, Brian Daubert
  • Patent number: 10280361
    Abstract: A method of breaking the viscosity of a treatment fluid comprises: adding hydrophobic nanoparticles to a treatment fluid comprising a base fluid and a viscoelastic surfactant gelling agent, the hydrophobic nanoparticles comprising metallic nanoparticles that are surface modified with C6-30 aliphatic groups, wherein the hydrophobic nanoparticles are added in an amount effective to decrease the viscosity of the treatment fluid as compared to a treatment fluid absent the hydrophobic nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Shiv Shankar Sangaru, Prahlad Yadav, Tianping Huang, Gaurav Agrawal, Pranjal Sarmah
  • Patent number: 10273773
    Abstract: An electromagnetic jarring tool and related systems and methods provide for the use of an electromagnetic system to generate jarring forces within a wellbore. The electromagnetic jarring tool includes a chamber having a first end and a second end, a magnetic hammer disposed within the chamber, and an electromagnet operable to generate an electromagnetic field across at least a portion of the chamber. The magnetic hammer is operable to move toward the second end of the chamber in response to the electromagnetic field to deliver an impact. One or more electromagnets may be included to enhance operation of the tool, and the tool may be actuated by a surface controller that selectively delivers electrical power or a control signal to the tool to specify a mode of operation of the electromagnetic jarring tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo G. Collins
  • Patent number: 10267135
    Abstract: A downhole system for oil production wells includes a tubular cover having a specific length to diameter configuration, the tubular cover including: a first section including 3 groups of 4 perforations equally spaced around the tubular cover; a second section including 3 groups of 4 perforations equally spaced around the tubular cover, wherein the second section is located below the first section, and a third section including 4 groups of 4 perforations equally spaced around the tubular cover, wherein the third section is located below the second section. The system further includes a suction rod having a specific length to diameter configuration based on the tubular cover length to diameter configuration, the suction rod located within the tubular cover, wherein the tubular cover and suction rod are configured for coupling to a suction of a positive displacement pumping device located within production tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GASPORT INTERNATIONAL COMPANY
    Inventor: Jorge Echenagucia Cioppa
  • Patent number: 10266747
    Abstract: The present invention discusses methods for making a cement composition comprising a nanoparticle zeolite. The addition of the nanoparticle zeolite may provide enhanced compressive and tensile strengths, improved rheology, and a change to the cement microstructure. These effects may improve the cement's use as a cement sheath in drilling operations and under high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Muhammad Kalimur Rahman, Mirza Talha Baig, Abdulaziz Al-Majed
  • Patent number: 10266749
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed relate to compositions including a glycerol ester including at least two epoxides for treatment of subterranean formations. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of treating a subterranean formation. The method includes placing in a subterranean formation a composition including a glycerol ester that includes at least two epoxides. The composition also includes a hardening agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ravikant S. Belakshe, Mallikarjuna Shroff Rama, Rajender Salla, Sumit Ramesh Songire
  • Patent number: 10266746
    Abstract: The present invention discusses methods for making a cement composition comprising a nanoparticle zeolite. The addition of the nanoparticle zeolite may provide enhanced compressive and tensile strengths, improved rheology, and a change to the cement microstructure. These effects may improve the cement's use as a cement sheath in drilling operations and under high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Muhammad Kalimur Rahman, Mirza Talha Baig, Abdulaziz Al-Majed
  • Patent number: 10260339
    Abstract: A system includes a formation sampling tool having a body, a probe shoe extendibly mounted to the body, a packer coupled to the probe shoe, and an inlet fixedly coupled to the probe shoe and the packer. The packer surrounds the inlet and the inlet includes an anti-extrusion ring extending beyond an outer surface of the packer. The system also includes a filter disposed within the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Corre
  • Patent number: 10253247
    Abstract: A composition, e.g., a fracturing carrier fluid, for fracturing a subterranean formation containing at least one linear or branched hydrofluorocarbon compound having a boiling point, at a pressure of 1 atmosphere, of between 0° C. and 65° C., and at least one proppant. A method for fracturing a subterranean formation with the composition is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventor: Gilles Barreto
  • Patent number: 10242790
    Abstract: A number of toroidal ferromagnetic cores for an inductor may be arranged to form a ferromagnetic multi-core array, through which a calculated sequence of wire turns is wound. The array may be structured within certain permitting geometries, to a preferred geometrical shape for use within a downhole tool. The array of cores can take any practical form, include square, rectangular, hexagonal, circular, or the like, as long as the magnetic fluxes of all coils wound about a given core create a magnetic flux within the core that flows in the same direction within the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando Oliveira da Fonseca
  • Patent number: 10240397
    Abstract: A hammering and rotatable drill bit, which is meant for ground and rock drilling includes a hollow shaft having a hole that is adjusted to direct flushing air onto the drilling surface to the front of the drill bit and further from there towards the outer edge of the drill bit. the drill bit includes a drilling part which protrudes from the surface of the drill bit, functions as a drill point and drills the mid-area of the hole to be created wherein the mentioned part is adjusted to prevent the flushing flow from flowing directly through the mentioned hole located inside the shaft onto the drilling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MINCON NORDIC OY
    Inventors: Jukka Ahonen, Jussi Sammatti
  • Patent number: 10227852
    Abstract: A reclaiming machine for fluids in wells, which performs strokes on a cyclical basis up to the bottom of the casing pipe of the well, collecting fluids brought to the surface and drawing them from the well by gravity. The reclaiming basket is the component performing the downstroke towards the bottom of the casing pipe of the well, to submerge in the hydrocarbon to be collected, and then begin the upstroke with the hydrocarbon collected, stored at the top of the pickup basket, to draw it from the well by gravity through the unloading head. Included in an embodiment is a pickup basket having communication ports, a positive check valve, and a gear motor. When the upstroke concludes, the collected fluid is directed through an unloading coupling and stored in a unloading tank and directed where it is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Pablo Leónidas Jimenez Vallejo
  • Patent number: 10221648
    Abstract: A multistage high pressure fracturing system and tubular hydraulic valve (THV) system for connection to a completion string to enable isolation of a zone of interest within a well. In particular, the system enables access to a downhole formation for fracturing the zone of interest and for hydrocarbon production. The system generally includes a plug counting system, a plug capture system and a valve system wherein dropping a series of plugs down the completion string enables successive capture of individual plugs within individual THVs for subsequent fracturing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: COMPLETIONS RESEARCH AG
    Inventors: Robert James Graf, Robert Steve Smolka
  • Patent number: 10214683
    Abstract: A method for producing hydrocarbons within a reservoir includes (a) injecting an aqueous solution into the reservoir. The aqueous solution includes water and a thermally activated chemical species. The thermally activated chemical species is urea, a urea derivative, or a carbamate. The thermally activated chemical agent is thermally activated at or above a threshold temperature less than 200 C. In addition, the method includes (b) thermally activating the thermally activated chemical species in the aqueous solution during or after (a) at a temperature equal to or greater than the threshold temperature to produce carbon-dioxide and at least one of ammonia, amine, and alkanolamine within the reservoir. Further, the method includes (c) increasing the water wettability of the subterranean formation in response to the thermally activation in (b). Still further, the method includes (d) waterflooding the reservoir with water after (a), (b) and (c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc
    Inventors: James Neil, Spencer Taylor, Huang Zeng, Allan Peats, Giovanna Boccardo, John V. Bullen, Ian Ralph Collins, Andrew Rees
  • Patent number: 10214995
    Abstract: A system includes a valve housing with a port formed in a wall of the housing, a rotation sleeve disposed in the valve housing, an orienting sleeve with an orienting feature disposed in and fixed to the valve housing, and a shifter. The rotation sleeve is rotatable relative to the valve housing and includes a port formed therethrough. The shifter includes engagement features disposed a distance from each other along a length of the shifter and a rotational distance from each other about a circumference of the shifter. The engagement features are receivable into corresponding features of the orienting sleeve and the rotation sleeve to rotate the rotation sleeve relative to the valve housing as the shifter travels through the valve housing. The system may be used to selectively manipulate any number of valves in downhole equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jody Ray McGlothen