Patents by Inventor Brian B. Beall

Brian B. Beall 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: 10611955
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor is an organophosphorus acid derivative. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Spurlock Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Publication number: 20180340118
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor is an organophosphorus acid derivative. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 10047280
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor is an organophosphorus acid derivative. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 9739132
    Abstract: A well treatment fluid includes an aqueous-based fluid, a crosslinked CMHEC polymer, and a crosslinker. The CMHEC polymer exhibits a DS of 0.2 to 0.6 and a MS of 2.0 to 2.5. The well treatment fluid exhibits a viscosity of at least about 100 cP. A well treatment method includes crosslinking a CMHEC polymer in an aqueous-based fluid at a pH of at least about 6. The crosslinking increases a viscosity of the well treatment fluid to at least about 100 cP. A well is treated with the well treatment fluid at a temperature of at least about 200° F. Another well treatment method includes forming a well treatment fluid from produced water that has a TDS content of at least about 150,000 ppm. The crosslinking increases a viscosity of the well treatment fluid to at least about 100 cP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jia Zhou, Magnus U. Legemah, Hong Sun, Brian B. Beall, Qi Qu
  • Publication number: 20170233642
    Abstract: A well treatment fluid includes an aqueous-based fluid, a crosslinked CMHEC polymer, and a crosslinker. The CMHEC polymer exhibits a DS of 0.2 to 0.6 and a MS of 2.0 to 2.5. The well treatment fluid exhibits a viscosity of at least about 100 cP. A well treatment method includes crosslinking a CMHEC polymer in an aqueous-based fluid at a pH of at least about 6. The crosslinking increases a viscosity of the well treatment fluid to at least about 100 cP. A well is treated with the well treatment fluid at a temperature of at least about 200° F. Another well treatment method includes forming a well treatment fluid from produced water that has a TDS content of at least about 150,000 ppm. The crosslinking increases a viscosity of the well treatment fluid to at least about 100 cP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: JIA ZHOU, MAGNUS LEGEMAH, HONG SUN, BRIAN B. BEALL, QI QU
  • Patent number: 9562188
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor may be metal and the hydrophobic tail may be an organo-silicon material, a fluorinated hydrocarbon or both an organo-silicon material and a fluorinated hydrocarbon. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 9291045
    Abstract: In a method of hydraulically fracturing a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation, a proppant stage is introduced into the fracture which contains a gaseous fluid and an ultra lightweight proppant suspended in a viscosified aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the proppant stage contains at least about 90 volume percent of the combination of gaseous fluid and aqueous fluid. A pad fluid may first be introduced into the formation, the pad fluid containing a gaseous fluid and, optionally, an aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the pad fluid mixture typically contains at least 70 volume percent of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard S. Wheeler, Chandler C. Newhall, Roger R. Myers, Brian Ward, Brian B. Beall, Harold D. Brannon
  • Publication number: 20150083414
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor is an organophosphorus acid derivative. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Publication number: 20150083415
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor may be metal and the hydrophobic tail may be an organo-silicon material, a fluorinated hydrocarbon or both an organo-silicon material and a fluorinated hydrocarbon. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 8980800
    Abstract: Methods and compositions of treating formations using viscoelastic treatment fluids are provided that reduce the amount of fluid loss to the formations due to the lack of polymer backbone in the viscoelastic treatment fluids. The methods and compositions of treating formations include a fluid loss additive that includes a copolymer that includes a hydrophilic monomeric unit and a first anchoring monomeric unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian B. Beall, Richard S. Wheeler, D V Satyanarayana Gupta
  • Publication number: 20150041139
    Abstract: A well treatment fluid includes an aqueous-based fluid, a crosslinked CMHEC polymer, and a crosslinker. The CMHEC polymer exhibits a DS of 0.2 to 0.6 and a MS of 2.0 to 2.5. The well treatment fluid exhibits a viscosity of at least about 100 cP. A well treatment method includes crosslinking a CMHEC polymer in an aqueous-based fluid at a pH of at least about 6. The crosslinking increases a viscosity of the well treatment fluid to at least about 100 cP. A well is treated with the well treatment fluid at a temperature of at least about 200° F. Another well treatment method includes forming a well treatment fluid from produced water that has a TDS content of at least about 150,000 ppm. The crosslinking increases a viscosity of the well treatment fluid to at least about 100 cP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: JIA ZHOU, MAGNUS U. LEGEMAH, HONG SUN, BRIAN B. BEALL, QI QU
  • Publication number: 20130032346
    Abstract: In a method of hydraulically fracturing a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation, a proppant stage is introduced into the fracture which contains a gaseous fluid and an ultra lightweight proppant suspended in a viscosified aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the proppant stage contains at least about 90 volume percent of the combination of gaseous fluid and aqueous fluid. A pad fluid may first be introduced into the formation, the pad fluid containing a gaseous fluid and, optionally, an aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the pad fluid mixture typically contains at least 70 volume percent of the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Richard S. Wheeler, Chandler C. Newhall, Roger R. Myers, Brian Ward, Brian B. Beall, Harold D. Brannon
  • Patent number: 8109336
    Abstract: In a method of hydraulically fracturing a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation, a proppant stage is introduced into the fracture which contains a gaseous fluid and an ultra lightweight proppant suspended in a viscosified aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the proppant stage contains at least about 90 volume percent of the combination of gaseous fluid and aqueous fluid. A pad fluid may first be introduced into the formation, the pad fluid containing a gaseous fluid and, optionally, an aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the pad fluid mixture typically contains at least 70 volume percent of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard S. Wheeler, Chandler C. Newhall, Roger R. Myers, Brian Ward, Brian B. Beall, Harold D. Brannon
  • Patent number: 8084402
    Abstract: An ionic liquid may be used to inhibit the swelling and/or disintegration of clay in a subterranean formation. A subterranean clay-containing formation may be treated with the ionic liquid by contacting the formation with a well treatment composition containing the ionic liquid dispersed or dissolved in a carrier fluid. Damage to the formation caused by contact with the well treating composition is reduced or substantially eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Huges Incorporated
    Inventors: Sandra L. Berry, Brian B. Beall, Joel L. Boles, Harold D. Brannon
  • Publication number: 20110168396
    Abstract: In a method of hydraulically fracturing a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation, a proppant stage is introduced into the fracture which contains a gaseous fluid and an ultra lightweight proppant suspended in a viscosified aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the proppant stage contains at least about 90 volume percent of the combination of gaseous fluid and aqueous fluid. A pad fluid may first be introduced into the formation, the pad fluid containing a gaseous fluid and, optionally, an aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the pad fluid mixture typically contains at least 70 volume percent of the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Richard S. Wheeler, Chandler C. Newhall, Roger R. Myers, Brian Ward, Brian B. Beall, Harold D. Brannon
  • Patent number: 7913762
    Abstract: In a method of hydraulically fracturing a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation, a proppant stage is introduced into the fracture which contains a gaseous fluid and an ultra lightweight proppant suspended in a viscosified aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the proppant stage contains at least about 90 volume percent of the combination of gaseous fluid and aqueous fluid. A pad fluid may first be introduced into the formation, the pad fluid containing a gaseous fluid and, optionally, an aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the pad fluid mixture typically contains at least 70 volume percent of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard S. Wheeler, Chandler C. Newhall, Roger R. Myers, Brian Ward, Brian B. Beall, Harold D. Brannon
  • Publication number: 20100144560
    Abstract: Methods and compositions of treating formations using viscoelastic treatment fluids are provided that reduce the amount of fluid loss to the formations due to the lack of polymer backbone in the viscoelastic treatment fluids. The methods and compositions of treating formations include a fluid loss additive that includes a copolymer that includes a hydrophilic monomeric unit and a first anchoring monomeric unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Brian B. Beall, Richard S. Wheeler, D V Satyanarayana Gupta
  • Publication number: 20100018707
    Abstract: In a method of hydraulically fracturing a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation, a proppant stage is introduced into the fracture which contains a gaseous fluid and an ultra lightweight proppant suspended in a viscosified aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the proppant stage contains at least about 90 volume percent of the combination of gaseous fluid and aqueous fluid. A pad fluid may first be introduced into the formation, the pad fluid containing a gaseous fluid and, optionally, an aqueous fluid. The gaseous fluid of the pad fluid mixture typically contains at least 70 volume percent of the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Richard S. Wheeler, Chandler C. Newhall, Roger R. Myers, Brian Ward, Brian B. Beall, Harold D. Brannon
  • Publication number: 20090114394
    Abstract: Fluid producing or injecting wells may be treated with a water-in-oil emulsion for the removal or inhibition of unwanted particulates, including pipe dope, asphaltenes and paraffins. In addition, such emulsions are effective in the displacement of oil base drilling muds and/or residues from such muds from wells. The emulsion may also be used to break the interfacial and/or rheological properties of oil base mud and synthetic oil base mud filter cakes, and act as a demulsifier to break the water-in-oil emulsion present in such oil base and synthetic oil base muds. The water-in-oil emulsions may optionally contain a dispersing agent as well as a surfactant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: BJ SERVICES COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul H. Javora, Brian B. Beall, Mark A. Vorderburggen, Qi Qu, Sandra L. Berry
  • Publication number: 20090029880
    Abstract: An ionic liquid may be used to inhibit the swelling and/or disintegration of clay in a subterranean formation. A subterranean clay-containing formation may be treated with the ionic liquid by contacting the formation with a well treatment composition containing the ionic liquid dispersed or dissolved in a carrier fluid. Damage to the formation caused by contact with the well treating composition is reduced or substantially eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Sandra L. Berry, Brian B. Beall, Joel L. Boles, Harold D. Brannon