Patents Examined by Jennifer H Gay
  • Patent number: 10352141
    Abstract: A pressure regulating device for the injection of an aqueous polymer solution into an oil well, the device consisting of a series of straight tubes each with a pressure gauge, each tube being separated by a valve, where the valves are gate valves and/or needle valves. A method to reduce the injection pressure of an aqueous polymer solution according to the pressure of the well using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: S.P.C.M. SA
    Inventors: Emmanuel Pich, Julien Bonnier
  • Patent number: 10344537
    Abstract: An earth-boring tool comprises a body, a plurality of blades, and cutting elements. The body has a face at a leading end thereof and comprises a cone region, a nose region, a flank region, a shoulder region, and a gage region. The plurality of blades extends longitudinally and radially over the face. The cutting elements are disposed within the shoulder region of the body on different blades of the plurality of blades than one another, a first of the cutting elements exhibiting a different size than a second of the cutting elements. A method of forming an earth-boring tool and a method of forming a borehole in a subterranean formation are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: David Gavia, Kenneth R. Evans, Bibek Ghimire
  • Patent number: 10337285
    Abstract: A downhole tool and method, of which the downhole tool includes a first sub defining a port extending radially therethrough, a second sub spaced apart from the first sub, and a housing connected with the first and second subs. A valve element is disposed at least partially within the housing, and is movable from a closed position to an open position. In the closed position, the valve element blocks fluid communication between a bore and an opening in the housing. When the valve element is in the open position, fluid communication between the bore and the opening is permitted. An actuation chamber is defined between the first sub, the housing, and the valve element, and is in fluid communication with the bore via a flow path that includes the port. A flow restrictor in the flow path is configured to slow fluid flow from the bore to the actuation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Justin Kellner
  • Patent number: 10337270
    Abstract: A bailer bottom, bailer system, and method for performing bailer operations at a wellsite are disclosed. The wellsite is positioned about a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation. The bailer bottom is deployable in the wellbore. The bailer bottom includes a plurality of downhole components and a select fire unit. The plurality of downhole components includes a cement unit which includes a cement chamber and a valve. The cement chamber has a port therethrough in selective communication with the wellbore via the valve. The select fire unit includes a downhole switch electrically coupled to the plurality of downhole components. The downhole switch has a polarity for each of the plurality of downhole components. The downhole switch is triggerable to selectively move between the multiple polarities to selectively pass a signal to one of the plurality of downhole components whereby the plurality of downhole components are selectively activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: NEO Products, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Carisella, Kevin Morrill
  • Patent number: 10329843
    Abstract: A drill bit includes a shank having a threaded coupling formed at an upper end thereof; a bit body mounted to a lower end of the shank and having a plenum; a gage section forming an outer portion of the drill bit; a cutting face forming a lower end of the drill bit and including: a core receptacle formed at a center of the cutting face, operable to receive a core of earth, and including: a concave core cutter mounted to a bottom of the bit body; and a core port extending from the plenum through the bottom of the bit body and operable to discharge drilling fluid onto the core and core cutter; a plurality of blades protruding from a bottom of the bit body and extending from a periphery of the core receptacle to the gage section; and a plurality of leading cutters mounted along each blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VAREL EUROPE S.A.S.
    Inventors: Sebastien Reboul, Bruno Cuillier De Maindreville, Alfazazi Dourfaye, Gilles Gallego
  • Patent number: 10329850
    Abstract: A releasable locking mechanism 20 for use in a downhole well 10 is provided. The releasable locking mechanism 20 is suitable for use in a cable termination assembly 11. The cable termination assembly 11 is coupled to a downhole apparatus 12 and is configured for coupling a cable line 13 thereto. The releasable locking mechanism 20 includes an extension tube 21 adapted to be coupled to the cable line 13, and a base assembly 23 adapted to be coupled to the cable termination assembly 11. The extension tube 21 and the base assembly 23 are adapted to releasably engage each other in such a manner that when a tensile load in the cable line 13 exceeds a predefined threshold value, the extension tube 21 and the base assembly 23 are disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Allan Nicholson
  • Patent number: 10323471
    Abstract: An injector control system for a coiled tubing unit includes a programmable logic controller arranged to receive a signal related to sensed parameters of a coiled tubing injection operation; a traction pressure control hydraulic circuit operable to adjust hydraulic pressure provided to at least one traction cylinder in a coiled tubing injection head; a motor pressure control hydraulic circuit operable to adjust hydraulic pressure provided to at least one motor of the coiled tubing injection head; and at least one of the traction pressure control hydraulic circuit and the motor pressure control hydraulic circuit including a proportional control valve in receipt of a variable electrical signal from the programmable logic controller. The programmable logic controller adjusts the signal delivered to the proportional control valve throughout the coiled tubing injection operation as dictated by the sensed parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Ken P. Dobkins, Bo Wu, Stuart J. Murphy, Timothy T. Ramsey, Jeyhun Y. Najafov, Thomas T. Watkins, William A. Aitken, William B. Oliver
  • Patent number: 10316586
    Abstract: A pressurized fluid flow system for a normal circulation down-the-hole hammer comprises a cylinder coaxially disposed in between an outer casing and a piston which reciprocates due to changes in pressure of pressurized fluid contained inside a front chamber and rear chamber located at opposites sides of the piston, the supply/discharge of fluid to/from these chambers being conducted through sets of supply and discharge channels defined by recesses on the outer surface of the cylinder and arranged in a parallel fashion, the fluid flow into and out of the front and rear chambers being controlled solely by the relative overlap of the piston and the cylinder and channeling of the fluid flow below the inner surface of the cylinder and above the outer surface of the piston. A hammer having this system comprises a drill bit with one or more flushing passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Jaime Andres Aros
  • Patent number: 10316621
    Abstract: A system includes a downhole tool having a first load of a plurality of loads that receive power from a system power supply. The downhole tool includes a second load of the plurality of loads configured to receive power from the system power supply. The downhole tool includes control electronics that control a temporal distribution of power delivered from the system power supply to at least the first and second load such that timing of power drawn by the first load is based on timing of power drawn by the second load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Arthur Adolph, Tadashi Tajima, Julien Tavernier
  • Patent number: 10309176
    Abstract: A cable that includes outer cable jacketing located about a conductor layer. The conductor layer includes cable elements that are resistant to compression and a plurality of compression-resistant members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald Clemence Allmaras, Roger A. Post, Martin Leonard
  • Patent number: 10309160
    Abstract: An electrical handheld shovel system includes a handheld shovel with an auger bit. The shovel includes a motor configured to rotate the auger bit and a portable power source configured to power the motor. The shovel includes an input/output (I/O) device and a controller to control rotation of the auger bit. The shovel has a handle and a shovel portion. In one example, the power source is integrated into the handle, and in another example, the power source is detachably coupled to the handle. The shovel has a gearbox coupled to the motor. The shovel portion includes a blade positioned proximal to the auger bit to retain debris from the auger bit. The auger bit has a flute that is partially covered by the blade, and the blade defines a discharge opening configured to discharge at least some of the debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Technology Interiors, LLC
    Inventor: Rick Goren
  • Patent number: 10301891
    Abstract: A jig and method useful for coupling and/or uncoupling drill string sections. In some embodiments, the jig comprises a body having an outer surface for engaging a torqueing tool and a cavity extending from a first end to a second end of the body and an engagement means at the first end of the body. The engagement means may be dimensioned to non-rotationally engage an outer surface of a first end of a drill string section and the cavity may be sized to fit about a drill string section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Derkacz, Aaron W. Logan, Justin C. Logan
  • Patent number: 10287852
    Abstract: A method of actuating at least one of a plurality of downhole tools (10) connected to at least one hydraulic fluid line (L1, L2) is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: a) providing each of the downhole tools with a control unit (20) comprising a timer which permits fluid communication between the at least one hydraulic fluid line and the downhole tool during a window of time; and b) controlling the pressure in the at least one hydraulic fluid line for at least a sufficient period of time required to at least actuate the said downhole tool, wherein the said sufficient period of time coincides at least partially with the said window of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel George Purkis, Paul Lincoln Smith, Simon John Harrall
  • Patent number: 10280695
    Abstract: A centralizer sub for cementing a tubular string in a wellbore includes: a tubular body; a centralizer disposed along an outer surface of the body and having a pair of collars and a plurality of bow springs connecting the collars; and a joint longitudinally linking the centralizer to the body. The joint has: a groove formed in and around the body outer surface, and a plurality of protrusions formed integrally with or mounted to one of the collars and extending into the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Maxime R. Rodrigue, Philip E. Dufrene, Beau H. Martin, Christian Kiess, Martin Helms, Adam Kyzar
  • Patent number: 10267131
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for forming a transverse fracture in a subterranean formation surrounding a wellbore including measuring a property along the length of the formation surrounding the wellbore, forming a stress profile of the formation, identifying a region of the formation to remove using the stress profile, removing the region with a device in the wellbore, and introducing a fluid into the wellbore, wherein a transverse fracture is more likely to form than if the region was not removed. Some embodiments benefit from computing the energy required to initiate and propagate a fracture from the region, optimizing the fluid introduction to minimize the energy required, and optimizing the geometry of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Brice Lecampion, Romain Charles Andre Prioul
  • Patent number: 10267118
    Abstract: An apparatus to inject a fluid into a geological formation. The apparatus includes a central bore running axially through the apparatus; a normally-closed sleeve valve with a sliding sleeve, the sleeve valve configured to open at a sleeve activation pressure; an upstream packer disposed upstream from the sleeve valve; a downstream packer disposed downstream from the sleeve valve; and a normally-open bottom valve disposed downstream from the downstream packer, the bottom valve configured to block axial fluid flow at a first bore pressure. The upstream packer and the downstream packer are configured to set at a second bore pressure between the first bore pressure and the sleeve activation pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Comitt Well Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Peter Kris Cleven
  • Patent number: 10260301
    Abstract: A string from the surface is connected to a packer extension with a thread to provide a metal to metal seal for production or injection through the packer. The thread provides a metal to metal seal. The initial string is released from the packer extension by a tubular cut made with a cutting tool above the thread that provides the metal to metal seal to the packer extension. An outer sleeve surrounds an expanded length of wall which is the target cut zone above the threaded connection. A cut through the tubular does not cut the outer sleeve. The outer sleeve features a left handed square thread to engage a known released tool run in on a string to connect to the packer release mechanism and release the packer for removal with the release tool suspended from a string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Limb, Frank J. Maenza, Gary L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10260313
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling an annulus between a wellbore and a casing string with cement are provided. A baffle is arranged between a port on a side of the casing string and an interior volume of the casing string. The baffle includes orifices arranged there around that distribute the flow of cement about the circumference. After the cement has been pumped, a sealing sleeve is moved over the baffle and the port and forms a metal-to-metal seal that isolates the baffle and the port from the interior volume of the casing string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Luis A. Urdaneta Nava, Paul Andrew Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 10246954
    Abstract: A loss mitigation bottom hole assembly for use in a wellbore to isolate a severe loss zone of a formation, including a drill bit for drilling a well bore, and a dual wall drill string connecting the drill bit to a fluid source, and having a first fluid passage for delivering fluid to a drill bit, and a separate second fluid passage for returning the fluid away from the drill bit. The assembly further includes a drilling liner circumscribing and attached to a bottom portion of the dual wall drill string, and surrounding the drill bit, the drilling liner having an end adjacent the drill bit to contain the fluid exiting the drill bit and prevent the fluid from entering the severe loss zone of the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Shaohua Zhou
  • Patent number: 10240421
    Abstract: A “back-off” tool comprises a magazine cylinder having one distal end of a long mast rod secured to the lower end-face of a magazine cylinder. The magazine cylinder is attached to an electrically detonated firing head. A first plurality of blind hole cavities penetrate the magazine cylinder end-face around the mast rod junction. A second plurality of elongated detonation cord ends are inserted into high temperature grease filled magazine cylinder cavities. From the cavities, the detonation cord lengths are bound to the rod surface along the rod length by non-metallic cord. The tool assembly is secured to the end of a wireline or tubing string for downhole placement and detonation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: William T. Bell, James G. Rairigh