Patents Examined by D. Andrews
  • Patent number: 10794143
    Abstract: A flapper valve system including a valve body having a valve seat, and a flapper base connected to the valve body. The flapper base supports a flapper selectively positionable on the valve seat. A flapper sleeve includes a first end arranged adjacent the flapper base, a second end, and an intermediate portion having an opening receptive of the flapper. The first end includes a flow tube travel limiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hair
  • Patent number: 10794171
    Abstract: A drill bit analysis and optimization system for use in a wellbore is provided. The system includes a drill bit including a cutter, a sensor that collects a data signal on a surface of the drill bit proximate to the cutter, and a signal processor unit that receives the data signal from the sensor and receives the expected drilling properties from the data reservoir. The processor analyzes the data signal to detect a resistivity profile from the sensor through a formation and optimizes a drilling parameter by comparing actual drilling properties with expected drilling properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Aixa Maria Rivera-Rios, Burkay Donderici, Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 10787861
    Abstract: A vehicular auger implement. The implement is configured to be operated by a single operator and comprises an auger having a bit. The implement includes a four bar linkage comprising a first bar, a second bar, a third bar, and a fourth bar. The first bar is coupled to each of the second bar and a hydraulically actuated arm. The auger is operably coupled to the fourth bar. The four bar linkage is configured to convert a rotational motion of the second bar to a vertical motion of the auger. A vehicle to which the auger implement is coupled is configured to remain stationary while a hole is bored using the vertical motion of the auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BILLY GOAT INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kirk Jones, Stephen Eugene Longmeyer
  • Patent number: 10787868
    Abstract: A coiled tubing injector apparatus for inserting and/or removing coiled tubing from a well head comprising a first injector column and a second injector column forming a central pathway within a frame. The first and second injector columns each comprise an inner and outer band, the outer band containing a plurality of rolling elements for engaging the coiled tubing and the inner band creating drive force to energize the outer band. The inner band further comprises a wear plate designed to sustain the majority of wear for less costly maintenance and repair of injection heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Coil Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Cecil C. Hassard
  • Patent number: 10787886
    Abstract: An auxiliary feeding device for a flexible pipe of a radial horizontal well, comprising an oil pipe, a steering gear connected to the oil pipe at a lower opening, and two impellers. Each of the impellers comprises an impeller shaft, a barrel body and at least three blades fixed outside the barrel body and provided at a top thereof with a notch, where the two impeller shafts are parallel to each other. The two impellers are parallel and are synchronously rotated, and the notches on two sides of the inlet are in one-to-one correspondence relation to form a holding passage that can clamp the flexible pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: China University of Petroleum—Beijing
    Inventors: Zhongwei Huang, Jingbin Li, Jilei Niu, Gensheng Li, Zhen Cheng
  • Patent number: 10781663
    Abstract: A tubular includes an outer surface, an inner surface defining a passage, and a plurality of openings extending through the outer surface and the inner surface. A sleeve is positioned within the passage. The sleeve includes an outer surface portion having at least one recess. At least one release member extends from the inner surface into the at least one recess. The at least one release member maintains the sleeve in a first configuration relative to the plurality of openings. At least one of the inner surface and the outer surface portion includes a self-holding connection that establishes one of a reduced diameter portion of the passage and an increased diameter portion of the sleeve. The self-holding connection is configured to maintain the sleeve in a second configuration axially shifted relative to the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos De La Cruz, Sean Gaudette, Robert O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10774604
    Abstract: A slick line, fiber optic cable, or tubing wellbore pulling tool includes a propulsion module having a main section and a hinged propulsion arm. A propulsion wheel with a gear system is supported in the propulsion arm. A gear system of the propulsion wheel includes an eccentric, internally toothed gear system with a fixed inner gear and a movable outer gear. The movable outer gear constitutes the propulsion wheel. An electric motor is configured to drive the propulsion wheel via the gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WELL CONVEYOR AS
    Inventor: Kenneth Fuglestad
  • Patent number: 10767462
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and techniques for performing automated drilling of a wellbore. The wellbore is drilled in response to a first drilling parameter target (such as weight on bit) that includes a first drilling parameter offset modified by a first drilling parameter perturbation signal. A first drilling performance metric (such as rate of penetration) is measured and is indicative of a response of the drilling to the first drilling parameter target. An output of a first objective function is determined using the measured first drilling performance metric. A first correlation between the output of the first objective function and the first drilling parameter perturbation signal, and an integral of the first correlation, are determined. The first drilling parameter target is updated using the integral modified by the first drilling parameter perturbation signal. The wellbore is drilled in response to the updated first drilling parameter target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PASON SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Choon-Sun James Ng, Sergey Khromov
  • Patent number: 10767419
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for pulling a drill string out from a wellbore and lowering the drill string back into the wellbore, with minimal or no disassembly of the drill string, are provided. The apparatus has a first tension mechanism, a second tension mechanism, an up-hole cable, a down-hole cable and a guide. To pull a drill string out from a wellbore, the up-hole cable is connected to an up-hole end of the drill string and the drill string is pulled upwardly into and through the guide. To lower the drill string into the wellbore, the down-hole cable is connected to the mid-section (and/or the up-hole end) of the drill string and the drill string is pulled downwardly from the guide back into the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: David Wyeth Sigurdson
  • Patent number: 10760384
    Abstract: A method of creating and finishing perforations in a hydrocarbon well having a well wall that includes causing a high velocity jet of a material to shoot into the well wall, thereby creating a perforation in the well wall. The method further includes introducing a gas blast into the perforation, for a blast time duration, the gas blast creating an increasing pressure at the perforation until a maximum pressure is reached; and allowing the pressure of the gas blast to undergo a period of rapid decline to a level of less than 50% of the maximum pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Gasgun, LLC
    Inventors: Adam C. Schmidt, Jaia D. Schmidt, Richard A. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10760394
    Abstract: A system and method of producing oil is provided. The system includes a support module that provides air, water and fuel to a well. A steam generator is fluidly coupled to the support module to receive the air, water and fuel. The steam generator includes an injector having a plurality of tubes. The tubes have an outer surface with an oxidation catalyst thereon. The steam generator is configured to divide the supplied air and direct a first portion through the tubes. A second portion of the supplied air is mixed with supplied fuel and directed over the outside of the tubes. The air and fuel is burned in a combustor and water is sprayed on the combustion gases to produce steam. The steam and combustion gases are directed in the direction of the oil reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC., GENERAL ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Baird, Sandeep Alavandi, J. Kevin Burns, Bruce Crowder, Brian Kay, Richard Mastanduno, Curtis Morgan, Chester Ledlie Sandberg
  • Patent number: 10753160
    Abstract: A well tool device may include a first subsection and a second subsection connected to each other. The first subsection comprises a first connector having an outwardly facing first connection interface and the second subsection comprises a second connector having an inwardly facing second connection interface, where the second connector is provided radially outside of the first connector. The first connection interface is facing towards the second connection interface. The first connection interface comprises a first recess provided in the first connector. The second connection interface comprises a second recess provided in the second connector. The first and second recesses together are forming a bolt compartment. The well tool device further comprises a locking bolt provided in the bolt compartment formed by the first and second recesses in order to connect the first and second subsections to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Interwell Technology AS
    Inventor: Espen Hiorth
  • Patent number: 10753152
    Abstract: A rotor catch assembly includes a rotor catch housing and a rotor catch stem. The rotor catch housing is tubular and includes a landing ring formed on an inner surface thereof. The rotor catch stem is tubular and includes an annular landing flange about the rotor catch stem. The landing flange is positioned within the bore of the rotor catch housing above the landing ring. The interior of the rotor catch stem defines a rotor catch stem bore, which is coupled to the bore of the rotor catch housing below the landing ring by a rotor catch nozzle. The rotor catch stem includes a piston assembly, burst disk assembly, or nozzle assembly positioned to reduce or stop flow through the rotor catch stem bore through the rotor catch nozzle until the landing flange of the rotor catch stem lands on the landing ring of the rotor catch housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TURBO DRILL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sheldon Ritchie, Chad Feddema
  • Patent number: 10745987
    Abstract: There is provided a locator comprising a wellbore coupler including an engagement member that is biased by a biasing member for becoming disposed in a locating position within a locate profile within a wellbore, and a displacement impeding member for impeding displacement of the engagement member relative to the locate profile, while the engagement member is being supported by the displacement impeder, wherein the displacement is for effecting retraction of the engagement member from the locate profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NCS Multistage Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Werries, Juan Montero
  • Patent number: 10745973
    Abstract: A downhole drilling tool is disclosed. The downhole drilling tool may include a drill bit having a bit body, a blade disposed on an exterior portion of the bit body, the blade including a pocket and a pocket groove adjoining the pocket. The drill bit may also have a drilling element located in the pocket, the drilling element including a drilling-element groove at least partially aligned with the pocket groove. In addition, the drill bit may have a locking element extending through a combined space inside the pocket groove and the drilling-element groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Christopher Grosz, Brandon James Hinz, Seth Garrett Anderle
  • Patent number: 10738558
    Abstract: A modular rotating diverter head is disclosed for use on oil, gas or geothermal wells. While providing for sealing with or without rotation of the drill pipe, the head consists of a central housing body which has removable mounted flanges for vertical and horizontal use. The design enables the use of a multitude of different connectors and adapters as well as the replacement of these due to wear and tear without affecting the life and integrity of the central housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ADS Services LLC
    Inventor: Charles Robert Orbell
  • Patent number: 10738556
    Abstract: A fluid-driven adapter for a mineral extraction system is provided. The adapter includes a sleeve (e.g., annular piston) that engages a mandrel disposed in a wellhead component and moves in an axial direction in response to fluid pressure. The adapter moves the mandrel between a first position and a second position to open or close passages in the wellhead component. The adapter includes a lock ring that moves in response to fluid pressure and that locks the adapter to a wellhead assembly to prevent axial movement of the adapter. Methods of operation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk Guidry, Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10738570
    Abstract: A safety valve features a flow tube operated flapper for the normal open and closed positions that can be obtained with one or two control lines to a principal operating piston. Pressure applied to the piston moves the flow tube to rotate the flapper open behind the flow tube. Release of pressure to the principal piston allows a closure spring to return the flow tube up to let the flapper close. A secondary piston can drive the flow tube with applied pressure through a control line. Cycling the applied pressure in combination with an indexing mechanism allows the flapper to be locked open and then released to normal operation. The pistons act as backup for each other as they both drive the flow tube. The flow tube has a clearance fit to the body in the locked open position to exclude debris from the flapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Wade A. Miller, John E. Burris
  • Patent number: 10731319
    Abstract: An auger attachment system for an extendable boom having a first stage, and a second stage, the auger attachment system having a fixed mounting configured to couple to an auger, the fixed mounting being coupled to the second stage of the extendable boom, an extendable mounting, configured to couple to the auger, the extendable mounting being coupled to the first stage of the extendable boom, and a linear actuator configured to extend and retract the extendable mounting to transfer the auger from the extendable mounting to the fixed mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Tadano Mantis Corporation
    Inventors: Reagan Bull, Thomas Wallace, Daniel Denney, Mark McKinley, Kei Ohara, Julie Fuller
  • Patent number: 10731432
    Abstract: Systems and methods for moving a tubular string within a subterranean well include a downhole assembly. The downhole assembly includes a torque disconnecting member and a shock generating member. During normal drilling activities, both components are inactive. When a stuck pipe event occurs, first the torque disconnecting member is activated while the shock generating member is still inactive. Once the torque disconnecting member is activated, then the shock generating member is activated. A laterally-protruding shock pad of the activated shock generating member produces shocks against the proximate side of a wellbore wall while the shock generating member is rotating. Systems and methods for moving a tubular string within a subterranean well include a fishing assembly. The fishing assembly includes a fishing member, a swivel member, and an imbalanced member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Krzysztof Karol Machocki, Michael Anthony Affleck