Patents Examined by Taras P Bemko
  • Patent number: 10415325
    Abstract: A drilling string stabilizer tool comprises a cylindrical body and a plurality of stabilizer blades machined as an integral component forming in this way a monolithic blade stabilizer tool. The stabilizer blades have an elongated shape and are aligned in the direction of the axis of the cylindrical body. The blades are disposed in such a way to result in an almost constant flow-by-area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: European Drilling Projects B.V. (NL)
    Inventor: Michael Thomas Newman
  • Patent number: 10415321
    Abstract: A washpipe assembly includes a seal stack including at least one packing ring adapted to seal between a washpipe and the seal housing; a packing spacer ring adapted to maintain spacing between the seal housing and the washpipe, and a guide bushing ring positioned between the packing spacer ring and the washpipe. The guide bushing ring is made from a softer material than the wash pipe such that any contact therebetween will avoid damage to the washpipe. Additionally, the inclusion of the guide bushing ring may allow the packing spacer ring to be offset further from the washpipe than otherwise allowable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Steve Deel
  • Patent number: 10415317
    Abstract: An earth-boring tool comprising a bit-body, a blade, and a cutting element assembly. The cutting element assembly comprising a journal, a rotatable cutting element, and a retention element. The journal defines an upper cylindrical exterior surface, a first bearing surface that intersects the upper cylindrical exterior surface, and a first external groove in the upper cylindrical exterior surface. The rotatable cutting element comprises a table of polycrystalline hard material having an end cutting surface and a supporting substrate. The substrate defines a second bearing surface, a longitudinally extending blind hole having a diameter larger than the diameter of the upper cylindrical exterior surface of the journal, and a second groove in the surface of the substrate defining the blind hole. The retention element is disposed at least partially in the first groove and partially within the second groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, LLC
    Inventors: John Abhishek Raj Bomidi, Alexander Rodney Boehm, Kegan L. Lovelace, William A. Moss, Jr., Jon David Schroder
  • Patent number: 10408014
    Abstract: The well killing device comprises: a first path; a flow regulating device; a pressure detector and a controlling device. The controlling device may control the discharge amount of the killing fluid in different killing stages according to the gas-fluid two-phase flow theory, the pressure of the killing fluid at the wellhead, and the rising speed of the drilling column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: China University of Petroleum (East China)
    Inventors: Baojiang Sun, Xueqing Teng, Yaoming Zhang, Zhiyuan Wang, Hongtao Liu, Jianbo Zhang, Youqiang Liao
  • Patent number: 10408036
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring a hole in the ground having at least one measuring probe having at least one measurement signal transmitter to transmit a measurement signal, at least one measurement signal receiver to receive the measurement signal reflected on a wall area of the hole, and an evaluation unit for determining a wall distance between the measurement signal transmitter and the wall area of the hole, wherein a measuring distance based on an assignment rule can be assigned to the received, reflected measurement signal. A calibrating device having at least one calibration element. The measurement signal transmitter transmits a calibration signal, which can be reflected on the calibration element, wherein the measurement signal receiver receives the calibration signal reflected on the calibration element. The evaluation unit changes and calibrates the assignment rule based on the calibration signal reflected and received by the calibration element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Daubner, Kai Gabelunke
  • Patent number: 10400761
    Abstract: A long stroke pumping unit includes a tower, a counterweight assembly movable along the tower, a crown mounted atop the tower, and a drum supported by the crown and rotatable relative thereto. A belt has a first end connected to the counterweight assembly and a second end connectable to a rod string, and the belt extends over the drum. A linear electromagnetic motor is used to reciprocate the counterweight assembly along the tower. The linear electromagnetic motor includes a traveler mounted to an exterior of the counterweight assembly and a stator extending from a base of the tower to the crown and along a guide rail of the tower. The pumping unit further includes a sensor for detecting position of the counterweight assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Clark E. Robison, Benson Thomas, William Kevin Hall, Sean M. Christian
  • Patent number: 10400598
    Abstract: Invention relates to the mining industry and may be used for magmatic lava extraction and lifting to the surface for further processing. The disclosed method comprises using a carrier pipe for lava lifting and a smaller diameter pipe for injection of an incombustible gas, wherein the pipes are connected via a disperser. The carrier pipe and the disperser have a plurality of holes of various diameters to ensure efficient lava saturation by gas. The dispenser is preferably designed as cowl concentrically wrapped around carrier pipe. The effect of lava lifting through the carrier pipe is achieved via repetitive lowering and lifting motions of the carrier pipe with simultaneous lava saturation with the gas inside the carrier pipe, which lowers the lava viscosity. After stabilization of the flow velocity of the gas-saturated lava from the carrier pipe, the lava lifting process is changed to lava collection conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Anuar Rajhanovich Kulmagambetov, Vladimir Il'ich Bodyakin
  • Patent number: 10400519
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for connecting at least two downhole tools to a section of tubing, the clamp assembly having a first clamp part and a second clamp part. The first and second clamp parts having ends, sides, and inner and outer surfaces extending between the sides. A first clamp part end has at least two mechanical connections defining ports for receiving and securing downhole tools, wherein one of the ports is a read-out port. A hinge assembly connects the first clamp part to the second clamp part and is configured to permit the first clamp part and the second clamp part to be moved to a closed position and an open position. A fastener connects clamp sides when the first clamp part and the second clamp part are in the closed position. When in a closed position, the first and second inner clamp surfaces grip the exterior surface of the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Christophe M. Rayssiguier
  • Patent number: 10400533
    Abstract: A downhole hanger assembly having a downhole hanger and a telemetry unit. The telemetry unit can reside within the downhole hanger or the telemetry unit can reside in a telemetry component which is coupled with the downhole hanger. The downhole hanger assembly can be lowered into a wellbore tubular and set against an interior wall of the wellbore tubular. The telemetry unit can receive and transmit data uphole and/or downhole. The data can be received from another telemetry unit and/or from a tool assembly, such as a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Alistair Gordon, Jack Gammill Clemens, Paul David Ringgenberg
  • Patent number: 10385627
    Abstract: A downhole tool comprises a plurality of blades that extend outward from a tool body. Each blade has an under-gauge surface with a blade diameter that is less than a gauge diameter of a drill bit to be used with the downhole tool. A waterway is defined between a pair of adjacent blades and has a waterway base that is recessed from the blade diameter. One or more waterway inserts are disposed within the waterway and extend from the waterway base. Each of the one or more waterway inserts does not extend to the blade diameter. No component of the downhole tool is positioned outside the blade diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bailey, Dean Waters, Stephen Williams
  • Patent number: 10385615
    Abstract: A method of operating a Moineau system to substantially eliminate vibrations, the method includes rotating a first rotational member, and rotating a second rotational member. Each of the first rotational member and the second rotational member includes a plurality of lobes. A first rotational speed of one of the first rotational member and the second rotational member is selected based on 1) a second rotational speed of the other of the first rotational member and the second rotational member and 2) the number of lobes of one of the first rotational member and the second rotational member to maintain eccentric force of one of the first and second rotational members below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Christian Herbig, Andreas Hohl, Hanno Reckmann, Carsten Hohl, Harald Grimmer
  • Patent number: 10385645
    Abstract: A fracturing system is provided. In one embodiment, the fracturing system includes a fracturing manifold for routing fracturing fluid to multiple wells. The fracturing manifold can be coupled via fluid conduits to fracturing trees installed at the wells. In some cases, each fracturing tree that is coupled to the fracturing manifold is coupled by at least one rigid fluid conduit. The fracturing manifold can include a trunk line that provides fracturing fluid to multiple outlet branches, which can include valves for controlling flow of fracturing fluid to wells downstream of the valves. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Kirk P. Guidry
  • Patent number: 10378322
    Abstract: A system for producing hydrocarbons from a subterranean well includes an electrical submersible pump assembly with a pump, intake, protector, and motor. A production tubing is in fluid communication with the electrical submersible pump assembly and has an inner bore sized to deliver well fluids containing both gases and liquids from the electrical submersible pump assembly to a wellhead assembly. A packer assembly circumscribes the production tubing downstream of the electrical submersible pump assembly. An inverted shroud has a closed end located between the intake and the protector and an opposite open end that is open towards the packer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Chidirim Enoch Ejim, Jinjiang Xiao, Rafael Adolfo Lastra
  • Patent number: 10378321
    Abstract: A plunger for oil and gas wells includes a shaft and a sleeve carried by the shaft. The sleeve defines a passageway located between a surface of the sleeve and a portion of the shaft, and the sleeve is longitudinally translatable relative to the shaft from a first configuration to a second configuration and vice versa. In the first configuration the plunger inhibits fluid flow through the passageway, and in the second configuration the plunger permits fluid flow through the passageway. The plunger further includes a force dissipating element interposed between the shaft and the sleeve. The force dissipating element at least partially dissipates forces caused by at least one of (1) the sleeve stopping relative to the shaft after translating from the first configuration to the second configuration; and (2) the sleeve stopping relative to the shaft after translating from the second configuration to the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Well Master Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Nelson, David Green, Stephen Wiese
  • Patent number: 10370931
    Abstract: A first aspect of the invention provides a gas or oil well tubing having an annular packer mounted thereon, wherein the annular packer is formed from an eutectic alloy. By prefabricating the annular packer on the tubing it can be placed in situ from the outset and thus can be active by melting at any time to form a eutectic seal quickly and easily. An annular packer with by-pass conduits is also provided to enable cement to be pumped past the annular packer when it is in situ. The annular packer is further provided with conduit clearance means to clear cement from within the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BiSN Tec Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Carragher
  • Patent number: 10370907
    Abstract: A downhole tool for incorporation in a drill pipe for selective operation of the tool from surface level when the tool is in a wellbore. The tool comprises a controller electrically powered by a power source separate from surface level, a first sensor of the controller to detect a dynamic variable of the tool in the wellbore and produce an output signal dependent thereon; a second sensor of the controller to detect a mechanical signal transmitted from an operator at surface level; a motor driven by the power source under the control of the controller when said mechanical signal is received; and an actuator driven by the motor to actuate the tool; wherein the controller switches between at least two states in response to changes in said dynamic variable, only in said second state the controller being receptive to said mechanical signal from the operator to drive the motor. The tool may be a disconnect device and/or a circ sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Ollerenshaw, James Hardy
  • Patent number: 10370912
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed a mineral extraction system comprising a locking clamp configured to be secured to a first tubular member, wherein the locking clamp comprises an outer radial surface having a first geometry and a rotary table adapter. The rotary table adapter comprises a base and an extension extending from the base, wherein the extension defines a recess, the recess comprises an inner radial surface having a second geometry, wherein the first geometry and the second geometry correspond with one another, and the rotary table adapter is configured to be disposed within a rotary table of a drilling rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Farzan Tavakoli, Hendrik Schalk Le Roux, Colin Trevor Maxwell, Vince Fortier
  • Patent number: 10364641
    Abstract: A mechanically-set packer system for use in a wellbore may include a packer assembly. The packer assembly may include a first ring and a second ring. The packer assembly may also include a packing element positioned between the first ring and the second ring. The packer system may include a mandrel having an interior and an exterior. The packer assembly may be configured to slide onto the exterior of the mandrel. The packer system may further include a line configured to run between the exterior of the mandrel and an interior of the packing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Carmody, Clifford T Frazee, Matthew Krueger, Frank Maenza
  • Patent number: 10364657
    Abstract: A composite drill gun for use in a wellbore environment can include a detonation housing containing a detonation source, a composite carrier containing one or more encapsulated charges, and a detonation train connecting the detonation source to the encapsulated charges. The detonation source and each individual encapsulated charge are all sealed with respect to the wellbore environment, and thus the carrier need not be sealed with respect to the wellbore environment. The carrier can be made out of composite materials without worry of leaks into the interior of the carrier, as the detonation source and encapsulated charges are all sealed with respect to the wellbore environment. The composite carrier can be easily drilled out of the wellbore after detonation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lee Mason, Blake Lyndon Arabie, Dirk James Punch, Raymond Dane Newman, Jack Phillip Tourres, III, David Francis Suire
  • Patent number: 10364607
    Abstract: A whipstock assembly includes a whipstock providing a ramped surface, and a mill releasably coupled to the whipstock with a shear bolt and providing a mill profile. A tension arm is pivotably coupled to the whipstock and movable between a stowed position, where the tension arm is received within a cavity defined in the ramped surface, and an engaged position, where an engagement head of the tension arm mates with the mill profile to assume at least a portion of a tensile load assumed by the shear bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Bradley Stokes, Loc Phuc Lang