Patents Examined by Patrick F Lambe
  • Patent number: 10385639
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for inducing vibrations in an object in a wellbore is disclosed that in one embodiment includes a tubular conveyable in the wellbore and has at its bottom end an engagement tool that is configured to engage with or latch onto the object. A first flow control device, such as a cycling valve, in the tubular cycles (closes and opens) at a selected frequency or rate and generates at each closing a first upward pressure pulse in a fluid flowing through the tubular and a downward pressure pulse in the fluid, which induces a first force in the engagement tool and thus in the fish engaged with the engagement tool. A second flow control device, above the first flow control device in the tubular, closes in response to the first upward pressure pulse during each cycle and generates a second upward pressure pulse in the fluid flowing through the tubular and a second downward pressure in the fluid and a corresponding second force in the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: William A. Hered
  • Patent number: 10384245
    Abstract: The present invention generally pertains to treatment cells, systems and methods for rehabilitating and valorizing a soil. More specifically, the present invention relates to methods for removing volatile compounds from the contaminated soils. The methods and system generally make use of an openable and reclosable rigid enclosure capable of receiving and treating many tons of soils. According to the invention, heated air is circulated through the soil to allow volatilization of the contaminants which can then be captured and separated form the circulating air before the air is re-heated and re-circulated through the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Terra Neutra Inc.
    Inventor: Benoit Ringuette
  • Patent number: 10385628
    Abstract: Wear sleeves and methods of using and installing such sleeves within a tubing hanger in a production wellhead assembly. A method includes positioning a wear sleeve around a polished rod and within a tubing hanger in a production wellhead assembly, the wear sleeve defining a production fluid passage. A wear sleeve includes an outer part with pin threading sized to fit uphole facing box threading in an internal bore of a tubing hanger; an inner part defining a polished rod passage, the inner part comprising sacrificial material; a keyway defined on an uphole facing surface of one or both the outer part and the inner part; and a production fluid passage defined in use by one or more of the outer part or the inner part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Colenutt Contracting Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher Lee Colenutt
  • Patent number: 10385679
    Abstract: A system and associated method for monitoring pressure of water at a sub-surface water location. The system includes a chamber, enclosing a fluid, and a fluid line. The system includes a differential pressure sensor with first and second fluid pressure inputs connected to the chamber and the fluid line, respectively. The system includes a first valve configured to have a first position in which the chamber is in fluid communication with the fluid line through the first valve and configured to have a second position in which the chamber is blocked from fluid communication with the line. The system includes a second valve configured to have a first position in which the fluid line is blocked from fluid communication with the water at the sub-surface location and is configured to have a second position in which the line is in fluid communication with the water through the second valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dag Thorstein Wang, Bjorn Erik Seeberg, Christopher Grinde
  • Patent number: 10378309
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward a choke valve system including a choke valve body and a plurality of choke trims. The plurality of choke trims comprises a plug and cage choke trim, an external sleeve choke trim, and a drilling choke trim, wherein the drilling choke trim is configured to enable a fluid flow rate greater than the plug and cage choke trim and the external sleeve choke trim, and wherein each of the plurality of choke trims is configured to be mutually exclusively secured within the choke valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Declan Elliott, Michael Anthony McKeon
  • Patent number: 10364645
    Abstract: A system, including a wellhead system, and a flow control system coupled to the wellhead system, wherein the flow control system comprises, a flow control device including a housing, a flow path through the housing from an inlet to an outlet, and a flow control element disposed in the housing along the flow path, and an actuator mounting assembly coupled to the flow control device, wherein the actuator mounting assembly is configured to selectively mount one of a manual actuator and a powered actuator to actuate the flow control element of the flow control device, without taking the flow control system offline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Anthony McKeon, Declan Elliott, Finbarr Williams Evans
  • Patent number: 10364938
    Abstract: A compressed fluid energy storage system includes a submersible fluid containment subsystem charged with a compressed working fluid and submerged and ballasted in a body of water, with the fluid containment subsystem having a substantially flat portion closing a domed portion. The system also includes a compressor and an expander disposed to compress and expand the working fluid. The fluid containment subsystem is at least in part flexible, and includes an upper portion for storing compressed energy fluid and a lower portion for ballast material. The lower portion may be tapered proximate the flat portion to prevent it from being collapsed by ballast materials. The region between the fluid and the ballast has exchange ports to communicate water between the inside and outside of the containment subsystem. In other embodiments, an open-bottomed fluid containment system is held in position underneath a ballast system by a tensegrity structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Frazier, Brian Von Herzen, Alex Lau
  • Patent number: 10352122
    Abstract: A jarring device for a coiled tubing of an oil well-bore is disclosed. A sliding assembly of the jarring device which is slideable within a barrel assembly includes a mandrel and a knocker. The barrel assembly comprises a fluid chamber. The fluid chamber includes an upper chamber, a restricted segment and a lower chamber. Further, a braking assembly is attached to the sliding assembly. The braking assembly includes a ring valve made of an alloy belonging to Aluminum-Bronze family of copper alloys, and which is capable of expanding when exposed to pressure. When the braking assembly is moved into restricted segment, and the fluid within the fluid chamber is compressed, flow of fluid through the restricted segment gets blocked due to expansion of the ring. When the braking assembly exits the restricted chamber, a sudden drop in pressure causes the knocker and/or the mandrel to strike the barrel assembly and generate a powerful jarring impact and shock wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Swinford
  • Patent number: 10344548
    Abstract: A downhole cutting tool for cutting sections or “windows” in tubular strings in wellbores has rotating cutters and a lower stabilizer section, both actuated by a fluid operated mechanism. The stabilizer section keeps the downhole cutting tool centralized in the tubular string. The cutters may have a robust profile and structure which enhances the window cutting function and permits passage of an operating rod to operate the stabilizer section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ABRADO, INC.
    Inventors: David J. Ruttley, Charles L. Bryant
  • Patent number: 10329893
    Abstract: A tubular support assembly, method, and offshore drilling rig. The tubular support assembly includes a spider configured to support a tubular received therethrough, and a rotary table that supports the spider and transmits a vertical load applied to the spider to a rig floor. The tubular support assembly also includes a load cell configured to measure the vertical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Logan Smith
  • Patent number: 10316606
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is adapted to be operably coupled to a subsea blowout preventer and includes a first tubular member defining an internal passage, and a second tubular member extending within the internal passage. A sealing assembly is disposed radially between the first and second tubular members, and includes a sealing element. The second tubular member covers the sealing element and thus facilitates protecting the sealing element from any fluid flow through the internal passage. According to another aspect, a sealing element of a connector is protected before engaging the connector with a subsea casing. The connector is engaged with the casing while the sealing element is protected so that the sealing element is fluidically isolated from any fluid flow through the connector. The sealing element sealingly engages the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Seaboard International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Keith Rhodes, Kenneth Bean, Paul Horton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10316599
    Abstract: A landing nose adapted to deploy a sensor package within a tubular string may include one or more fins. The fins may be positioned to extend radially outwardly from the body of the landing nose and extend beyond the end of the landing nose body. The landing nose may be adapted to seat against a landing ring positioned within the tubular string. The fins may be adapted to, when the landing nose is seated, allow fluid to flow between the fins and through a central aperture of the landing ring. The fins may also be adapted to reduce the opportunity for the landing nose and sensor package to catch on any protrusions or features of the tubular string. In operation, the landing nose and sensor package may be run through the tubular string from the surface until the landing nose contacts the landing ring. The sensor package may then survey the wellbore as the tubular string is tripped-out from the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan Thomas Paszek, Benjamin Curtis Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 10316657
    Abstract: An extendable probe for a formation testing tool includes a piston housing having a first diameter portion and a second diameter portion thereof. A piston including a piston base and a piston conduit. A piston base seal disposed between the piston base and the first diameter portion of the piston housing. The piston base seal representing an area; a piston conduit seal disposed between the piston conduit and the second diameter portion, the piston conduit seal representing an area. A pin in operative communication with the piston housing and extending though the piston; a pin seal disposed between the pin and the piston base, the pin seal representing an area; and wherein the piston conduit seal. Piston base seal and pin seal each are configured to adhere to the equation: piston conduit seal area=piston base seal area?pin seal area. A method for querying a formation fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Shiva Paramhans, David A. Hejl, Russell W. Mceacharn
  • Patent number: 10301886
    Abstract: A riser assembly is disclosed comprising: a main tube; two flanges coupled to the main tube, each flange comprising: a central lumen configured to be in fluid communication with the main tube; at least one choke/kill hole configured to receive a choke/kill line; at least one booster hole configured to receive a booster line; and a plurality of bolt holes, each bolt hole comprising a tapered portion and a dowel slot, where each bolt hole is configured to receive a nut, a bolt, and a dowel. In certain embodiments, riser strings comprising at least two riser assemblies coupled to each other are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen J. Walker, Gilbert Nance, Randy Arthion
  • Patent number: 10293896
    Abstract: A method for assembly of a riser string onboard a vessel that is adapted to perform subsea wellbore related operations involving said riser string, said riser string being configured to extend between a subsea wellbore and the vessel in a wellbore related operation, wherein the vessel including a hull, a riser storage adapted to store therein, in horizontal orientation, multiple pre-assembled riser stands and/or multiple individual riser stand, a deck structure having an elongated transfer opening above said riser storage, a transfer elevator, wherein multiple pre-assembled riser stands, each being pre-assembled from multiple riser sections connected end-to-end and each having a length of at least 150 ft. (45.72 m), and/or multiple individual riser sections each having a length of at least 150 ft. (45.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Diederick Bernardus Wijning
  • Patent number: 10294748
    Abstract: A wellbore dart or pill is provided such that each time the dart passes through a downhole tool having a seat, an externally extending finger is forced radially inward into the dart. As the finger moves inward to its depressed position, the finger moves a ball or other placeholder from a first position to a second position. When the ball is moved to the second position it may be released into the interior of the well bore or into a chamber in the tool. Once each of the balls have been released from the second position the finger is locked radially outward causing the dart to land and be locked in place at the next seat that is encountered by the dart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dreco Energy Services ULC
    Inventors: Vincenzo Barbato, Richard Westgarth
  • Patent number: 10287869
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a subsea laboratory configured to be positioned and operated below a sea surface. The subsea laboratory includes a housing, a fluid chamber within the housing and configured to receive a fluid from subsea drilling or production equipment, and a sensor within the housing and configured to generate a signal indicative of a characteristic of the fluid. The monitoring system also includes a controller having a processor configured to receive and to process the signal to determine the characteristic of the fluid, to determine an appropriate output based on the characteristic of the fluid, and to provide a control signal that causes an indication of the output via a user interface of a remote base station positioned above the sea surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Jaffrey
  • Patent number: 10280740
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of completing a wellbore is disclosed that in one non-limiting embodiment includes: placing a completion assembly in the wellbore, the completion assembly including a first link along an outside the completion; placing a second link between a surface location and a subsea location; placing a string having a third link between the first link and the second link; and connecting the third link to the first link and the second link to provide a continuous link between the completion assembly and the surface location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Mark K. Adam
  • Patent number: 10280717
    Abstract: A downhole turbine assembly includes a stator housing having one or more stator blades positioned within the stator housing and extending radially inward therefrom. A rotor shaft having a first end and a second end is rotatably positioned within the stator housing and has a first portion exhibiting a first diameter and a second portion exhibiting a second diameter greater than the first diameter. One or more rotor blades are secured to the second portion for rotation with the rotor shaft, and a first bearing assembly is positioned at the first end and a second bearing assembly is positioned at the second end. At least one of the bearing housings provides a primary flow path and a secondary flow path, and one or more radial bearings and one or more thrust bearings are arranged in the secondary flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Scott Riley, Larry DeLynn Chambers
  • Patent number: 10280684
    Abstract: According to aspects of the present disclosure, systems and methods for controlling the speed of a fluid-controlled drive mechanism are described herein. An example system may include a housing, a variable flow fluid pathway disposed within the housing, an electromagnet coupled to the housing, a fluid-controlled drive mechanism in fluid communication with the variable flow fluid pathway, and a load-generating assembly coupled to the fluid-controlled drive mechanism. An example method may include altering a variable flow fluid pathway disposed within a housing, wherein the variable flow fluid pathway is in fluid communication with a fluid-controlled drive mechanism, and generating an electrical current through an electromagnet, wherein the electromagnet is coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Golla, Daniel Winslow, Neelesh Deolalikar