Patents by Inventor Bennett M. Richard

Bennett M. Richard 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: 10830028
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a flow of a fluid between a wellbore tubular and a formation may include a frac tool having at least one port in selective fluid communication with the formation, and an inflow control device having a flow control path configured to provide a predetermined pressure drop for a flowing fluid. The inflow control device may have a flow coupler configured to provide selective fluid communication with the at least one port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Bennett M. Richard, Gonzalo Garcia
  • Patent number: 10612659
    Abstract: A seal includes a metal composite that has a cellular nanomatrix that includes a metallic nanomatrix material, a metal matrix disposed in the cellular nanomatrix, and a disintegration agent; an inner sealing surface; and an outer sealing surface disposed radially from the inner sealing surface. The seal can be prepared by combining a metal matrix powder, a disintegration agent, and metal nanomatrix material to form a composition; compacting the composition to form a compacted composition; sintering the compacted composition; and pressing the sintered composition to form the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, YingQing Xu, Gregory Lee Hern, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 10538996
    Abstract: A wire cross-sectional shape for a wire wrap screen provides a primary and secondary gap with a contained circumferential volume in between. The secondary gap extends screen life by taking the place of the primary gap if erosion opens the primary gap and lets the larger solids get past. The closed space between the primary and secondary gaps also has the effect of reducing velocity due to the enlarged volume before the secondary gap is reached while also creating turbulence between the gaps to slow the fluid velocity to protect the secondary gap. All or parts of the wire outer surface can optionally be coated to extend service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Chance E. Mann, Bennett M. Richard, Michael H. Johnson, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10233746
    Abstract: In producing methane a bottom hole assembly the borehole may enlarge due to shifting sands in an unconsolidated formation as the methane is produced. The enlargement of the borehole can be sensed in real time such as by using a fiber optic cable. In response to such information parts of the bottom hole assembly near the washout can be isolated or the bottom hole assembly in the vicinity of the washout can be fortified with inserts from the surface to minimize damage from erosion caused by higher velocities resulting from borehole washouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Johnson, Bennett M. Richard, John K. Wakefield
  • Patent number: 10125274
    Abstract: An article comprises a substrate, a coating disposed on a surface of the substrate. The coating comprises a carbon composite dispersed in one or more of the following: a polymer matrix; a metallic matrix; or a ceramic matrix. The carbon composite comprises carbon and a binder containing one or more of the following: SiO2; Si; B; B2O3; a filler metal; or an alloy of the filler metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Lei Zhao, Zhiyue Xu, Bennett M. Richard
  • Publication number: 20180298734
    Abstract: A wire cross-sectional shape for a wire wrap screen provides a primary and secondary gap with a contained circumferential volume in between. The secondary gap extends screen life by taking the place of the primary gap if erosion opens the primary gap and lets the larger solids get past. The closed space between the primary and secondary gaps also has the effect of reducing velocity due to the enlarged volume before the secondary gap is reached while also creating turbulence between the gaps to slow the fluid velocity to protect the secondary gap. All or parts of the wire outer surface can optionally be coated to extend service life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Chance E. Mann, Bennett M. Richard, Michael H. Johnson, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10060232
    Abstract: In a completion for producing methane the bottom hole assembly has a base pipe with porous media surrounding it for equalizing flow along the base pipe. A shape memory polymer foam surrounds the porous media. The borehole can be reamed to reduce produced methane velocities. Surrounding the shape memory polymer is an exterior layer of consolidated proppant or sand that can self-adhere and/or stick to the polymer foam. The proppant or sand can be circulated or squeezed into position although, circulation is preferred. The borehole may enlarge due to shifting sands in an unconsolidated formation as the methane is produced. The bottom hole assembly helps in fluid flow equalization and protects the foam and layers below from high fluid velocities during production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Johnson, Mark K. Adam, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 10000993
    Abstract: A wire cross-sectional shape for a wire wrap screen provides a primary and secondary gap with a contained circumferential volume in between. The secondary gap extends screen life by taking the place of the primary gap if erosion opens the primary gap and lets the larger solids get past. The closed space between the primary and secondary gaps also has the effect of reducing velocity due to the enlarged volume before the secondary gap is reached while also creating turbulence between the gaps to slow the fluid velocity to protect the secondary gap. All or parts of the wire outer surface can optionally be coated to extend service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Chance E. Mann, Bennett M. Richard, Michael H. Johnson, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 9885226
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of extracting heat from a downhole device is disclosed, which method, in one non-limiting embodiment, may include: providing a heat exchange fluid that includes a base fluid and core-shell nanoparticles therein; circulating the heat exchange fluid in the downhole device proximate to a heat-generating element of the downhole to cause the core of the core-shell nanoparticles to melt to extract heat from the downhole device and then enabling the heat exchange fluid to cool down to cause the core of the core shell nanoparticles to solidify for recirculation of the heat exchange fluid proximate to the heat-generating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Oleg A. Mazyar, Bennett M. Richard
  • Publication number: 20170328183
    Abstract: In a completion for producing methane the bottom hole assembly has a base pipe with porous media surrounding it for equalizing flow along the base pipe. A shape memory polymer foam surrounds the porous media. The borehole can be reamed to reduce produced methane velocities. Surrounding the shape memory polymer is an exterior layer of consolidated proppant or sand that can self-adhere and/or stick to the polymer foam. The proppant or sand can be circulated or squeezed into position although, circulation is preferred. The borehole may enlarge due to shifting sands in an unconsolidated formation as the methane is produced. The bottom hole assembly helps in fluid flow equalization and protects the foam and layers below from high fluid velocities during production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Johnson, Mark K. Adam, Bennett M. Richard
  • Publication number: 20170321069
    Abstract: An article comprises a substrate, a coating disposed on a surface of the substrate. The coating comprises a carbon composite dispersed in one or more of the following: a polymer matrix; a metallic matrix; or a ceramic matrix. The carbon composite comprises carbon and a binder containing one or more of the following: SiO2; Si; B; B2O3; a filler metal; or an alloy of the filler metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Lei Zhao, Zhiyue Xu, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9777557
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a wellbore is disclosed that in one non-limiting embodiment includes a tubular having an inside and an outside, a sensor on the outside of the tubular that provides a sensor signal in response to a strain induced in the tubular, and a processor that provides a signal responsive to the sensor signal to operate a device in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bennett M. Richard, Michael H. Johnson, Jason J. Barnard, Edward T. Wood
  • Patent number: 9777548
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in wellbore includes a device having a shape conforming member that includes a shape memory alloy that has been compressed from a first expanded shape to a second compressed shape. The apparatus further includes a device for supplying electrical energy to the shape memory alloy downhole to transform the shape memory alloy from the second shape to or near the first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Carlos A. Prieto, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9725990
    Abstract: In a completion for producing methane the bottom hole assembly has a base pipe with porous media surrounding it for equalizing flow along the base pipe. A shape memory polymer foam surrounds the porous media. The borehole can be reamed to reduce produced methane velocities. Surrounding the shape memory polymer is an exterior layer of consolidated proppant or sand that can self-adhere and/or stick to the polymer foam. The proppant or sand can be circulated or squeezed into position although, circulation is preferred. The borehole may enlarge due to shifting sands in an unconsolidated formation as the methane is produced. The bottom hole assembly helps in fluid flow equalization and protects the foam and layers below from high fluid velocities during production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael H. Johnson, Mark K. Adam, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9719339
    Abstract: A well with existing perforations is re-fractured by positioning isolators at locations offset from the existing perforations and perforating through those isolators. The isolators are part of a bottom hole assembly that can be delivered on coiled or rigid tubing. The initial fractures can be straddled by the isolators with no mandrel openings between them to effectively isolate the existing perforations as new perforations take place through the isolators. The elements of the isolators can have internal gaps to allow for axial shifting after perforation that is thermally induced. The gaps assure remaining alignment with the new perforations despite some axial shifting. The bottom hole assembly can alternatively have an anchor to resist thermally induced forces that can cause axial shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Bennett M. Richard, Edward T. Wood
  • Publication number: 20170145795
    Abstract: A method for making a beaded matrix includes positioning two or more beads near one another. Accelerating the two or more beads toward one another; and impacting the two or more beads with one another so that electrons are shared between molecules thereby fusing the two or more beads together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Bennett M. Richard
  • Publication number: 20170138479
    Abstract: A seal includes a metal composite that has a cellular nanomatrix that includes a metallic nanomatrix material, a metal matrix disposed in the cellular nanomatrix, and a disintegration agent; an inner sealing surface; and an outer sealing surface disposed radially from the inner sealing surface. The seal can be prepared by combining a metal matrix powder, a disintegration agent, and metal nanomatrix material to form a composition; compacting the composition to form a compacted composition; sintering the compacted composition; and pressing the sintered composition to form the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, YingQing Xu, Gregory Lee Hern, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9605509
    Abstract: A fully disintegrating plug has a passage therethrough and a ball seat at an upper end. The seal material that comprises plastic nuggets, sand and a grease binder is initially disposed behind a protective sleeve. A wireline setting tool creates relative movement between a plunger and a mandrel body that has a ramp surface adjacent the outlet of the protective sleeve. The sleeve outlet is closed for running in but plunger movement pushes the seal material so as to displace the closure at the sleeve outlet with the seal material that is forced up the mandrel ramp surface and against the surrounding tubular. After an object is landed on the mandrel seat and the treating is concluded, the plug components are caused to disintegrate or otherwise fail for complete removal. Multiple plugs are contemplated for fracturing or other treating applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: James C. Doane, James G. King, Jason M. Harper, Robert J. Taylor, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9605519
    Abstract: A non-ballistic tubular perforating system includes a tubular having a wall with perforations therethrough and at least one radially extendable member positioned radially of the perforations configured to displace cement radially of the tubular and configured to radially extend prior to pumping of the cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bennett M. Richard, Edward J. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 9605508
    Abstract: A seal includes a metal composite that has a cellular nanomatrix that includes a metallic nanomatrix material, a metal matrix disposed in the cellular nanomatrix, and a disintegration agent; an inner sealing surface; and an outer sealing surface disposed radially from the inner sealing surface. The seal can be prepared by combining a metal matrix powder, a disintegration agent, and metal nanomatrix material to form a composition; compacting the composition to form a compacted composition; sintering the compacted composition; and pressing the sintered composition to form the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, YingQing Xu, Gregory Lee Hern, Bennett M. Richard