Patents by Inventor Elmer R. Peterson

Elmer R. Peterson 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: 9010417
    Abstract: An assembly of screens made of connected joints with exterior bypasses that span the threaded connections among the joints features common fluid connections for the bypasses adjacent joint threaded ends that are connected with a coupling. A mandrel spans from one joint to the next inside the threaded coupling and is sealed to the respective bases pipes on opposed ends of the coupling. At each end of the mandrel the surrounding base pipe has openings from the common fluid connection where the bypasses terminate to define an annular flow path between pairs of common fluid connections. The bypasses can have slanted gravel outlet passages or no gravel openings at all. The bypasses can span over screen or blank pipe with an option to mount a shroud over the generally parallel bypasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Britain A. Fisher, Elmer R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20130206394
    Abstract: An assembly of screens made of connected joints with exterior shunts that span the threaded connections among the joints features manifolds for the shunts adjacent joint threaded ends that are connected with a coupling. A mandrel spans from one joint to the next inside the threaded coupling and is sealed to the respective bases pipes on opposed ends of the coupling. At each end of the mandrel the surrounding base pipe has openings from the manifold where the shunts terminate to define an annular flow path between pairs of manifolds. The shunts can have slanted gravel outlet passages or no gravel openings at all. The shunts can span over screen or blank pipe with an option to mount a shroud over the generally parallel shunts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Britain A. Fisher, Elmer R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8469105
    Abstract: A flow control device is provided that in one embodiment includes a flow-through region configured to receive formation fluid at an inflow region and discharge the received fluid at an outflow region and a setting device configured to adjust the flow of the fluid through the flow-through region to a selected level. The setting device includes a coupling member configured to be coupled to an external latching device adapted to move the coupling member to cause the setting device to alter the flow of the fluid from the flow-through region to the selected level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward J. O'Malley, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Luis A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 8469107
    Abstract: A flow control device is provided that in one embodiment includes a flow-through region configured to receive formation fluid at an inflow region and discharge the received fluid at an outflow region and a setting device configured to adjust the flow of the fluid through the flow-through region to a selected level. The setting device includes a coupling member configured to be coupled to an external latching device adapted to move the coupling member to cause the setting device to alter the flow of the fluid from the flow-through region to the selected level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward J. O'Malley, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Luis A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 8210258
    Abstract: A method of producing fluids from a wellbore that has therein n adjustable flow control device for controlling flow of fluid between a formation and the wellbore may include: providing a tool having a sensor configured to provide measurements relating to a downhole property of interest, wherein the tool is configured to adjust flow from the flow control device; conveying the tool into the wellbore; determining the property of interest using the tool; and adjusting the flow through the flow control device with the tool at least in part in response to the determined parameter of interest. An apparatus for controlling fluid flow between a formation and a wellbore, according to one embodiment may include: a tool configured to be conveyed into a wellbore that contains at least one sensor for estimating a property of interest downhole and a latching device configured to couple to a flow control device in the wellbore to alter flow of the fluid through the flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward J. O'Malley, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Luis A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 8127447
    Abstract: A method of making a screen for downhole use uses mesh screen layers that are diffusion bonded to each other. The ends that will overlap to make a seam when the sheets that are attached together are rolled into a tube are compressed before the tube shape is created or thereafter when the tube shape and an inner base pipe are drawn through a die to join the seam made by the overlapping edges. Because of the compression of the edges, when they overlap to form a tube the wall thickness at the overlap is about the same as the remaining thickness of the screen portion. Optionally, a resilient material can be compressed into the open areas of the screen portions that will be overlapped to make the generally longitudinally oriented seam. The seam can be parallel to the screen axis or spiral around it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Elmer R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8096351
    Abstract: A device and system for controlling fluid flow into a wellbore tubular may include a flow path in a production control device and at least one in-flow control element along the flow path. A media in the in-flow control element adjusts a cross-sectional flow area of the flow path by interacting with water. The media may be an inorganic solid, a water swellable polymer, or ion exchange resin beads. A method for controlling a fluid flow into a wellbore tubular may include conveying the fluid via a flow path from the formation into a flow bore of the wellbore; and adjusting a cross-sectional flow area of at least a portion of the flow path using a media that interacts with water. The method may include calibrating the media to permit a predetermined amount of flow across the media after interacts with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Bennett M. Richard, Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8069921
    Abstract: A flow control device may include a body having at least two flow paths configured to convey the fluid. The flow paths may be hydraulically isolated from one another in the body and at least one of the flow paths may be selectively occludable. In certain arrangements, a filtration element may be positioned upstream of one or more of the plurality of in-flow control devices. The flow paths may utilize features such as chamber and openings in order to impose a specified pressure drop on the fluid flowing thereacross.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Martin P. Coronado, Elmer R. Peterson, Sean L. Gaudette, Michael H. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110146975
    Abstract: A method of producing fluids from a wellbore that has therein n adjustable flow control device for controlling flow of fluid between a formation and the wellbore may include: providing a tool having a sensor configured to provide measurements relating to a downhole property of interest, wherein the tool is configured to adjust flow from the flow control device; conveying the tool into the wellbore; determining the property of interest using the tool; and adjusting the flow through the flow control device with the tool at least in part in response to the determined parameter of interest. An apparatus for controlling fluid flow between a formation and a wellbore, according to one embodiment may include: a tool configured to be conveyed into a wellbore that contains at least one sensor for estimating a property of interest downhole and a latching device configured to couple to a flow control device in the wellbore to alter flow of the fluid through the flow control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Edward J. O'Malley, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Luis A. Garcia
  • Publication number: 20110147006
    Abstract: A flow control device is provided that in one embodiment includes a flow-through region configured to receive formation fluid at an inflow region and discharge the received fluid at an outflow region and a setting device configured to adjust the flow of the fluid through the flow-through region to a selected level. The setting device includes a coupling member configured to be coupled to an external latching device adapted to move the coupling member to cause the setting device to alter the flow of the fluid from the flow-through region to the selected level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Edward J. O'Malley, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Luis A. Garcia
  • Publication number: 20110147007
    Abstract: A flow control device is provided that in one embodiment includes a flow-through region configured to receive formation fluid at an inflow region and discharge the received fluid at an outflow region and a setting device configured to adjust the flow of the fluid through the flow-through region to a selected level. The setting device includes a coupling member configured to be coupled to an external latching device adapted to move the coupling member to cause the setting device to alter the flow of the fluid from the flow-through region to the selected level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Edward J. O'Malley, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Luis A. Garcia
  • Publication number: 20100122447
    Abstract: A method of making a screen for downhole use uses mesh screen layers that are diffusion bonded to each other. The ends that will overlap to make a seam when the sheets that are attached together are rolled into a tube are compressed before the tube shape is created or thereafter when the tube shape and an inner base pipe are drawn through a die to join the seam made by the overlapping edges. Because of the compression of the edges, when they overlap to form a tube the wall thickness at the overlap is about the same as the remaining thickness of the screen portion. Optionally, a resilient material can be compressed into the open areas of the screen portions that will be overlapped to make the generally longitudinally oriented seam. The seam can be parallel to the screen axis or spiral around it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Elmer R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20090205834
    Abstract: A flow control device may include a body having at least two flow paths configured to convey the fluid. The flow paths may be hydraulically isolated from one another in the body and at least one of the flow paths may be selectively occludable. In certain arrangements, a filtration element may be positioned upstream of one or more of the plurality of in-flow control devices. The flow paths may utilize features such as chamber and openings in order to impose a specified pressure drop on the fluid flowing thereacross.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Martin P. Coronado, Elmer R. Peterson, Sean L. Gaudette, Michael H. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090101329
    Abstract: A device or system for controlling fluid flow in a well includes a flow control element and a water detector. The water detector may actuate the flow control element in response to a measurement of a property of the flowing fluid. The water detector may be a capacitive proximity sensor. The measured property may be a dielectric constant. The flow control element may permit a predetermined amount of fluid flow after being actuated to a closed position. Also, the water detector may measure a property of the fluid flowing after the flow control element is in the closed position. A method for controlling a flow of fluid into a wellbore tubular may include positioning a flow control element along the wellbore tubular; measuring a property of a flowing fluid using a water detector; and actuating the flow control element in response to the measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Clem, Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado
  • Publication number: 20090101355
    Abstract: A device and system for controlling fluid flow into a wellbore tubular may include a flow path in a production control device and at least one in-flow control element along the flow path. A media in the in-flow control element adjusts a cross-sectional flow area of the flow path by interacting with water. The media may be an inorganic solid, a water swellable polymer, or ion exchange resin beads. A method for controlling a fluid flow into a wellbore tubular may include conveying the fluid via a flow path from the formation into a flow bore of the wellbore; and adjusting a cross-sectional flow area of at least a portion of the flow path using a media that interacts with water. The method may include calibrating the media to permit a predetermined amount of flow across the media after interacts with water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Elmer R. Peterson, Martin P. Coronado, Bennett M. Richard, Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7441605
    Abstract: Devices and methods for monitoring wellbore conditions while conducting hydrocarbon production within a wellbore, particularly an open-hole wellbore, having multiple zones within. A production tubing string assembly is made up having a plurality of packers for sealing within an open-hole wellbore having multiple individual zones. The production tubing string includes production nipples and one or more fiber optic sensor lines disposed upon the outside of the production tubing string. The sensor line or lines are disposed through the packers using a pass-through system so as to provide unbroken sensing line(s) to the surface of the wellbore. This allows temperature, pressure or other wellbore conditions to be monitored at the surface in each of the individual zones of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Martin P. Coronado, Elmer R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 7401647
    Abstract: Casing or other well tubulars that have failed are repaired in a manner that doesn't reduce the final inside diameter and doesn't further propagate the failure. The tubular needing repair is first expanded on at least one zone above and below the damaged area. This expansion in an undamaged area arrests failure propagation when the damaged area is then expanded. After the damaged area is expanded, the patch coupled preferably with exterior seals is positioned in the expanded zone of the damaged tubular and expanded. The procedure can also be accomplished in a single trip into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Perry D. Baycroft, Elmer R. Peterson, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 7278493
    Abstract: Systems and methods for guiding a seal assembly associated with a string of production tubing, or a tubular member generally, into a receptacle within a wellbore. The muleshoe of a seal assembly is provided with an auto entry guide device in the form of a guide member or kickover lug that is radially moveable with respect to the muleshoe. The kickover lug is collapsible radially inwardly and biased radially outwardly. The auto entry guide device may also include a centralizer bowspring that is mounted upon the muleshoe. Additionally, the muleshoe is mounted for rotational movement with respect to the seal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas G. Corbett, Elmer R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6607032
    Abstract: A downhole completion method and an expandable filtration apparatus are disclosed. The filter assembly comprises a plurality of layers beginning with a coated perforated base pipe. The coating reduces the force required for expansion. A drainage layer overlays the base pipe with the filtration layer above it. The drainage layer improves flow through the filtration layer and protects it from burrs in the base pipe. A filtration enhancement layer fits over the filtration layer and an outer shroud protects the assembly during run in. The assembly can be used as made or expanded downhole in one or a series of expansions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Benn A. Voll, Elmer R. Peterson, Simon Angelle, Ken Dyson, John L. Baugh, John T. Broome
  • Patent number: 6478092
    Abstract: Three embodiments of an expandable screen are described. In the preferred embodiment, the base layer, filtering layer, and outer layer are joined together in a sintering furnace in the form of a flat sheet which is in turn rolled up. The layered sheet is then formed into a tube by rolling it to make a longitudinal or spiral joint which is welded with connections placed on ends. In an alternative embodiment, the base layer and filtering layer are sintered together and formed into a tube which is in turn inserted into an outer protective tube. In a third embodiment, a base pipe is perforated and its exterior surface threaded. A wire runs through the threads with a protective jacket over the underlying assembly. Upon expansion, the opening sizes remain relatively constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Benn A. Voll, Elmer R. Peterson, Simon Angelle, Ken Dyson, John L. Baugh, John T. Broome