Patents Examined by Taras P Bemko
  • Patent number: 10851603
    Abstract: A slip for a downhole sealing device includes a plurality of slip segments angularly disposed about a central axis, each slip segment including, a body, and a plurality of engagement members molded or cast at least partially within the body, wherein each of the slip segments are releasably coupled to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: G&H Diviersified Manufacturing LP
    Inventor: Edward Cannoy Kash
  • Patent number: 10851589
    Abstract: An integrated bearing section includes a mandrel partially disposed within a housing. The bearing section includes spherical members disposed between the mandrel's outer surface and the housing's inner surface. A radial bearing portion is formed by spherical members disposed partially within grooves and engaging a flat profile opposing surface. The grooves may be in the mandrel's outer surface, an outer surface of a mandrel sleeve, the housing's inner surface, or an outer radial bearing's inner surface. The flat profile opposing surface may be on an outer radial bearing's inner surface, the housing's inner surface, the mandrel's outer surface, or a mandrel sleeve's outer surface. A thrust bearing portion is formed by spherical members disposed partially within grooves in two opposing surfaces, such as the mandrel's outer surface or a mandrel sleeve's outer surface, and the housing's inner surface or an outer thrust bearing's inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rival Downhole Tools LC
    Inventors: Gunther H H von Gynz-Rekowski, Mark Allen Reeves, William Christian Herben
  • Patent number: 10851596
    Abstract: A first platform is mounted to a central riser that is configured to flow a fluid into or out of a wellbore. The central riser is fluidically and structurally attached to a wellhead. The first platform is positioned relative to the central riser to allow access to substantially all external portions of the central riser from the first platform. A second platform is positioned above and supported by the first platform. The first platform is positioned between the second platform and the wellhead. The second platform is movable relative to the first platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Brian A. Roth, Jinjiang Xiao
  • Patent number: 10844852
    Abstract: A long-stroke pumping unit includes a tower, a counterweight assembly movable along the tower, and a crown mounted atop the tower. A sprocket is supported by the crown and rotatable relative thereto. The counterweight is coupled to a belt. The pumping unit further includes a motor having a stator mounted to the crown and a rotor torsionally connected to the sprocket. A sensor is used to detect a position of the counterweight assembly. The pumping unit may include a dynamic control system for controlling a speed of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Clark E. Robison, Jeffrey John Lembcke, Victoria M. Pons, William Kevin Hall, John Edward Stachowiak, Jr., Benson Thomas, Sean M. Christian, Bryan A. Paulet, Hermann Basler
  • Patent number: 10844691
    Abstract: An adjustable and fixed inflow control device is provided. According to one embodiment, the adjustable inflow control device comprises a set of flow path walls defining a flow path that extends from an inlet to an outlet. The inlet may be open to the outer surface of a tubular and the outlet may be fluidly connected to an inner diameter of the tubular. The flow path may be adapted to control flow of fluid between the outlet and the inlet. The inflow control device further comprises a movable regulator that is movable to alter the flow path. The movable regulator may be movable between a number of positions. The inflow control device may be modular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Van Petegem, John Lee Emerson
  • Patent number: 10837465
    Abstract: An elongated tank for a slurry injection system has a side wall disposed in a vertical direction and top wall. The tank further comprises an end cap coupled to the side wall comprising a slurry injection channel and defining a bottom side of the tank. The bottom side is angled downward from the side wall toward the slurring injection channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Vector Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Eli Oklejas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10837237
    Abstract: At least one labyrinth seal assembly is disposed within a roller cutter of a roller reamer. A first labyrinth seal assembly of a roller cutter is positioned toward a first pillow block of a cutter cartridge that includes the roller cutter. An optional second labyrinth seal assembly is disposed within the roller cutter and toward second pillow block of the cutter cartridge A bearing shaft of the cutter cartridge extends through an inner channel of the roller cutter. The cutter cartridge is retained in an axial recess of a tool body of the roller reamer via a compound and separate wedging of each of the two pillow blocks into a same axial recess. Each pillow block is rotatably coupled to the bearing shaft at an opposing end of the roller cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Duane Shotwell
  • Patent number: 10837495
    Abstract: A drive unit includes a drive stem having first friction surfaces and a load coupling, wherein the load coupling is a threaded coupling. The drive unit also includes a transmission unit having second friction surfaces parallel to the first friction surfaces; and shoulders proximate a bottom of the transmission unit. The drive unit further includes a transmission selector movable to an “on” position or an “off” position, wherein the drive stem moves synchronously with the transmission unit when the transmission selector is in the “on” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Liess
  • Patent number: 10837248
    Abstract: A chemical capsule joint having a chemical capsule filled with a chemical that is to be released into a casing string to which the chemical capsule joint is deployed in a wellbore after an end of the chemical capsule joint if drilled up. The chemical capsule joint allows continuation of cementing operation until an end of the chemical capsule joint is drilled up to release the chemical from the chemical capsule in the chemical capsule joint. The chemical is then freed from the chemical capsule and allowed to leach into production fluids in the casing string to which the chemical capsule joint is deployed in a well bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Skye Buck Technology, LLC.
    Inventors: Dustin James Hattenbach, Jerry Don Gathings
  • Patent number: 10830014
    Abstract: A downhole tool includes a compact heat source including an inner housing having thermal insulation. The compact heat source includes an electrically activated heat source disposed in the inner housing and configured to receive electrical energy to generate first thermal energy. Additionally, the compact heat source includes active metal exothermic materials disposed in the inner housing and configured to receive the first thermal energy from the electrically activated heat source to initiate a first exothermic reaction in the active metal exothermic materials that generates second thermal energy. Further, the compact heat source includes a thermite material disposed in the inner housing. The thermite material is configured to receive the second thermal energy from the first exothermic reaction and ignite a second exothermic reaction of the thermite material to generate third thermal energy. Additionally, the compact heat source is configured to output the third thermal energy out of the inner housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manuel Marya
  • Patent number: 10830036
    Abstract: Systems and methods that relate to monitoring a subterranean formation using casing centralizers. A system for well monitoring comprising: a casing centralizer comprising arms configured to contact a wellbore when the casing centralizer is installed in a wellbore; and a receiver coupled to the casing centralizer and configured to measure an electrical magnitude of a current injected into a subterranean formation through the arms of the casing centralizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Etienne M. Samson, Ahmed Elsayed Fouda, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10829994
    Abstract: Disclosed are control apparatus and methods for direct control in automated drilling. The control apparatus can include a display, a control unit, and an input device for receiving a plurality of measurements comprising one or more of present depth, present bit position, inclination, azimuth, top drive position, magnetic toolface, gravity toolface, a target control parameter. The control apparatus is configured to generate a drill string position indicator relating to a present depth and a present bit position. The control unit is configured to generate a vertical bar graph inclination indicator and a horizontal bar graph display azimuth indicator. The control unit is configured to generate a top drive position index. The control unit is configured to generate a toolface rosebud and a control parameter display. The control unit is configured to iteratively update the display in substantially real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Penn, Michael Porche, Reza Banirazi-Motlagh
  • Patent number: 10830020
    Abstract: The tool assembly vibrates a casing string or drill string in a wellbore. The tool assembly includes a housing, an insert mounted in the housing as a fluidic agitator, a coating on the insert, and a cover fitted over the insert. The coating on the insert provides erosion resistance and a smooth surface compatible with high velocity fluid flow required to achieve the strength and frequency of desired high strength and low frequency pressure pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: CNPC USA Corporation, Beijing Huamei Inc.
    Inventors: Jianhui Xu, Ming Zhang, Chris Cheng, Yu Liu, Xiongwen Yang
  • Patent number: 10830011
    Abstract: A selective downhole actuator comprising at least a first actuator position, a second actuator position and a third actuator position. The selective downhole actuator is reconfigurable between the first actuator position and the second actuator position. The selective actuator is selectively reconfigurable to the third actuator position by varying an operating parameter during a transition of the selective downhole actuator between the first and second actuator positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NOV Downhole Eurasia Limited
    Inventors: Alan MacKenzie, Alagappan Viswanathan, Alastair Henry Walter MacFarlane
  • Patent number: 10822905
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing at least a section of a tubular includes an axially elongated body configured to be advanced through an inner tubular in a borehole to a selected location, the inner tubular disposed within an outer tubular in the borehole and having a diameter that is less than a diameter of the outer tubular. The apparatus also includes a cutter configured to be actuated between a closed position in which the cutter is disposed within the body and an open position in which the cutter extends radially, the cutter having a length sufficient to engage and cut the outer tubular, the cutter configured to be advanced in an axial cutting direction as the outer tubular is cut. The apparatus further includes an automatic stabilization member disposed on the cutter, the stabilization member configured to restrict lateral movement of the cutter by contacting the outer tubular during cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: James Sonnier, Anthony Zavesky
  • Patent number: 10822907
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly includes an outer wellhead member having a bore and an inner wellhead member located in the bore, defining an annular pocket between the outer and inner wellhead members. A sealing assembly is located within the annular pocket, the sealing assembly having an annular seal and an energizing ring. The energizing ring engages inner and outer legs of the annular seal to push the inner and outer legs into sealing engagement with the inner and outer wellhead members. A retainer nut is threadingly attached to the free end of the outer leg of the sealing assembly. Mating grooves are located on one of an inner diameter of the retainer nut and an outer diameter of the energizing ring and mating protrusions located on the other. The mating protrusions mate with the mating grooves to prevent relative axial movement between the energizing ring and the annular seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: VETCO GRAY INC.
    Inventors: Robert Jen-Yue Du, Dinesh Narayan, Durai Balaji, David Lawrence Ford, Baozhi Zhu, Krishnanand Anandan, Kendra Limbrick
  • Patent number: 10822896
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling fluid flow through a drill string includes a housing having an axis, a radial wall with a bore extending axially therethrough, and an aperture formed in the radial wall. The aperture is in fluid communication with the bore. A piston is located inside the housing and has an orifice configured to permit axial fluid flow through the housing. The spring axially biases the piston to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Darin H. Duphorne, Gregory L. Hern, William A. Hered
  • Patent number: 10822909
    Abstract: A sealing system for a flow channel is disclosed. The sealing system includes a mandrel; a swellable element disposed about the mandrel; and a swell control element disposed on a surface of the swellable element and configured to delay swelling of the swellable element. The swell control element contains a polymeric matrix that is impermeable to oil, water, or a combination thereof; and a channel inducer dispersed in the polymeric matrix, the channel inducer including carbon nanotubes, a hollow fiber, an oil swellable material, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Anil Sadana, Anton Kovalchuk
  • Patent number: 10815753
    Abstract: Included are systems, apparatuses, and methods for operation of an electronic inflow control device without electrical connections. An example of a well system comprises an electric control line and an electronic inflow control device. The electric control line comprises at least one primary winding. The electronic inflow control device comprises a secondary winding inductively coupled to the primary winding; a flow regulator in fluidic communication with an inlet of the electronic inflow control device and adjustable to provide a flow resistance to a fluid flowing through the electronic inflow control device and a controller configured to actuate the flow regulator to change the flow resistance through the electronic inflow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Thomas J. Frosell
  • Patent number: 10808384
    Abstract: A well management system provides Internet-enabled monitoring, configuration, and control of a well system that may include a pump and a pressure tank. A controller is operatively coupled to the pump. The controller controls the pump based on pressure readings from a pressure sensor to maintain a configured pressure range within the system. The controller can communicate with a management system via a communications network. The management system is further in communication with one or more client devices, which may be associated with a homeowner, a service provider, a manufacturer, or the like. Via the management system, the client devices can receive information from the controller and send commands to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AMTROL LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Van Haaren, Michael Cogliati