Patents by Inventor Andrew Sherman

Andrew Sherman has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11566171
    Abstract: A composite particle that incorporates a material and is designed to undergo a reaction and/or mechanical or chemical change with the environment to increase in volume. The composite particle can be combined with a constraining matrix to create an expandable particle upon reaction. These particles can be used in stimulating wells, including oil and gas reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: POWDERMET, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Doud, Brian Werry
  • Publication number: 20220415051
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for obtaining a first image from a first sensor; detecting a first object within the first image; extracting discriminative features of the first object into a first feature vector; obtaining a second image from a second sensor; detecting a second object within the second image; extracting discriminative features of the second object into a second feature vector; and determining, based on a comparison between the first feature vector and the second feature vector, that the second object is same as the first object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: Joseph Sherman, Michael Mohamed, Andrew Hayes
  • Patent number: 11534845
    Abstract: A heterogeneous composite consisting of near-nano ceramic clusters dispersed within a ductile matrix. The composite is formed through the high temperature compaction of a starting powder consisting of a core of ceramic nanoparticles held together with metallic binder. This core is clad with a ductile metal such that when the final powder is consolidated, the ductile metal forms a tough, near-zero contiguity matrix. The material is consolidated using any means that will maintain its heterogeneous structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: POWDERMET, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Grogan, Brian Doud, Andrew Sherman
  • Patent number: 11525078
    Abstract: A modified high density brine for use in subterranean drilling and completion operations. The modified high density brine includes the addition of high density particle addition that can optionally be surface-modified. The resultant modified high density brine eliminates the need for toxic, corrosive, and costly ZrBr2 additions or other ionic additives to boost the density of the modified high density brine to 15-17 lbs./gallon or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: TERVES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Haixong Tang
  • Publication number: 20220388058
    Abstract: A variable stiffness engineered degradable ball or seal having a degradable phase and a stiffener material. The variable stiffness engineered degradable ball or seal can optionally be in the form of a degradable diverter ball or sealing element which can be made neutrally buoyant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Nicholas Farkas, Raghu Meesala
  • Publication number: 20220372832
    Abstract: A temporary well isolation device which has an axial passage that comprises a temporary housing having an internal cavity containing a chemical material and a temporary barrier or plug member that can be actuated by an external mechanism to allow fluid to flow into the internal chamber and contact the chemical material in the internal chamber. When the chemical material is exposed to fluid, the chemical material causes the temporary housing to corrode, dissolve, and/or degrade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Doud, Nicholas Farkas, Kurt Gilbert
  • Patent number: 11459846
    Abstract: A temporary well isolation device which has an axial passage that comprises a temporary housing having an internal cavity containing a chemical material and a temporary barrier or plug member that can be actuated by an external mechanism to allow fluid to flow into the internal chamber and contact the chemical material in the internal chamber. When the chemical material is exposed to fluid, the chemical material causes the temporary housing to corrode, dissolve, and/or degrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TERVES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Doud, Nicholas Farkas, Kurt Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20220298916
    Abstract: The use of degradable components has become a more common practice in subterranean operations for such applications as temporarily isolating zones or diverting flow. A major concern of operators in using degradable tools is the ability to ensure that the tool has completely degraded and is no longer blocking or obstructing flow. This issue can be resolved through the use of degradable components that include one or more chemical additives that are released upon the partial or full dissolution of the degradable component, and which can be used to facilitate in the dissolution of the degradable component. The degradable component can optionally include tracer elements that are released upon the partial or full dissolution of the degradable component, and which can be detected at the surface to ensure the desired degradation or removal of the degradable component as well as hydraulic access to that stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Doud
  • Publication number: 20220275482
    Abstract: A degradable, high-strength zinc composition suitable for use in producing degradable tools and components for in use in oil and gas and related application fields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Josh Caris, Nicholas Farkas, Gabriel Santillan
  • Patent number: 11421179
    Abstract: Low-friction fluorinated coatings are disclosed herein. A preferred low-friction material contains a low-surface-energy fluoropolymer having a surface energy between about 5 mJ/m2 to about 50 mJ/m2, and a hygroscopic material that is covalently connected to the fluoropolymer in a triblock copolymer, such as PEG-PFPE-PEG. The material forms a lubricating surface layer in the presence of humidity. An exemplary copolymer comprises fluoropolymers with average molecular weight from 500 g/mol to 20,000 g/mol, wherein the fluoropolymers are (?,?)-hydroxyl-terminated and/or (?,?)-amine-terminated, and wherein the fluoropolymers are present in the triblock structure T-(CH2—CH2—O)—CH2—CF2—O—(CF2—CF2—O)m(CF2—O)n—CF2—CH2—(O—CH2—CH2)p-T where T is a hydroxyl or amine terminal group, p=1 to 50, m=1 to 100, and n=1 to 100. The copolymer also contains isocyanate species and polyol or polyamine chain extenders or crosslinkers possessing a functionality of preferably 3 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, Adam F. Gross, Elena Sherman
  • Patent number: 11407028
    Abstract: A syntactic metal foam composite that is substantially fully dense except for syntactic porosity is formed from a mixture of ceramic microballoons and matrix forming metal. The ceramic microballoons have a uniaxial crush strength and a much higher omniaxial crush strength. The mixture is continuously constrained while it is consolidated. The constraining force is less than the omniaxial crush strength. The substantially fully dense syntactic metal foam composite is then constrained and deformation worked at a substantially constant volume. The deformation working is typically performed at a yield strength that is adjusted by way of selecting a working temperature at which the yield strength is approximately less than the omniaxial crush strength of the included ceramic microballoons. This deformation causes at least work hardening and grain refinement in the matrix metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: POWDERMET, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Doud
  • Publication number: 20220235621
    Abstract: A variable stiffness engineered degradable ball or seal having a degradable phase and a stiffener material. The variable stiffness engineered degradable ball or seal can optionally be in the form of a degradable diverter ball or sealing element which can be made neutrally buoyant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Nicholas Farkas, Raghu Meesala
  • Patent number: 11396607
    Abstract: This invention provides durable, low-ice-adhesion coatings with excellent performance in terms of ice-adhesion reduction. Some variations provide a low-ice-adhesion coating comprising a microstructure with a first-material phase and a second-material phase that are microphase-separated on an average length scale of phase inhomogeneity from 1 micron to 100 microns. Some variations provide a low-ice-adhesion material comprising a continuous matrix containing a first component; and a plurality of discrete inclusions containing a second component, wherein the inclusions are dispersed within the matrix to form a phase-separated microstructure that is inhomogeneous on an average length scale from 1 micron to 100 microns, wherein one of the first component or the second component is a low-surface-energy polymer, and the other is a hygroscopic material. The coatings are characterized by an AMIL Centrifuge Ice Adhesion Reduction Factor up to 100 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nowak, April R. Rodriguez, Elena Sherman, Adam F. Gross
  • Patent number: 11365164
    Abstract: An engineered composite system designed to be passive or inert under one set of conditions, but becomes active when exposed to a second set of conditions. This system can include a dissolving or disintegrating core, and a surface coating that has higher strength or which only dissolves under certain temperature and pH conditions, or in selected fluids. These reactive materials are useful for oil and gas completions and well stimulation processes, enhanced oil and gas recovery operations, as well as in defensive and mining applications requiring high energy density and good mechanical properties, but which can be stored and used for long periods of time without degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TERVES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Doud, Andrew Sherman, Nicholas Farkas, Brian Werry
  • Patent number: 11364693
    Abstract: A composite film having a high dielectric permittivity engineered particles dispersed in a high breakdown strength polymer material to achieve high energy density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: POWDERMET INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Haixong Tang, Brian Doud
  • Patent number: 11352553
    Abstract: A cross-linkable thermoplastic resin coating that is suitable for use in a coated proppant material used in sand control in oil and gas wells. The cross-linkable thermoplastic exhibits improved stability and low temperature and pressure strength compared to current thermosetting resin formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: POWDERMET, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Werry
  • Publication number: 20220163556
    Abstract: An air data system includes a laser emitter, a laser receiver, and an electronics module. The electronics module includes a processor and computer-readable memory encoded with instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the laser to emit a coherent light pulse into a target volume locating within an exhaust flow aft of an aircraft. The laser receiver detects backscatter produced by the coherent light pulse interacting with the aft target volume, and the electronics module determines an air data parameter based on the backscatter and at least one of an engine parameter indicative of an engine condition of the aircraft and an aircraft parameter indicative of a state of the aircraft before outputting the air data parameter to a consuming system of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Brian Brent Naslund, Andrew Sherman, Benjamin John Langemo, Matthew Paul Anderson
  • Publication number: 20220145753
    Abstract: The use of degradable components has become a more common practice in subterranean operations for such applications as temporarily isolating zones or diverting flow. A major concern of operators in using degradable tools is the ability to ensure that the tool has completely degraded and is no longer blocking or obstructing flow. This issue can be resolved through the use of degradable components that include one or more chemical additives that are released upon the partial or full dissolution of the degradable component, and which can be used to facilitate in the dissolution of the degradable component. The degradable component can optionally include tracer elements that are released upon the partial or full dissolution of the degradable component, and which can be detected at the surface to ensure the desired degradation or removal of the degradable component as well as hydraulic access to that stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Doud
  • Publication number: 20220127534
    Abstract: A non-linear surfactant, and particularly a non-linear surfactant comprising bi-functionalized molecules or particles having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups. The non-linear surfactant includes a nanoparticle template of a rigid molecular structure, wherein the nanoparticle comprises a molecule or a particle that is bi-functionalized with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups to obtain an amphiphilic nanoparticle. The template nanoparticle can be used as a surfactant, wetting agent, emulsifier, detergent or other surface active agents or for the preparation of nanoemulsions or dispersions. The non-linear surfactant can provide smaller particle sizes for emulsion suspensions and foams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Sherman, Brian Werry
  • Publication number: 20220127954
    Abstract: An imaging agent, a method of production of the imaging agent, and the use of the imaging agent for microseismic monitoring of subterranean formations such as those generated during hydraulic fracturing. The acoustic emitting agent is tailorable for emission delay to ensure placement and frequency emission profiles for well region differentiation. This monitoring tool is highly useful in gas, oil, and geothermal well defining and stimulation monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Brian S. Werry, Brian Doud, Andrew Sherman