Patents by Inventor James Daniel Montoya

James Daniel Montoya 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: 10787883
    Abstract: A testable back pressure valve can include a housing comprising a housing body. The valve can also include a valve seat coupled to the housing, where the valve seat includes a valve seat body having a first cavity and a second cavity, and where the valve seat further includes a first network of channels disposed in the valve seat body. The valve can further include a valve head movably disposed within the first cavity of the valve seat. The valve can also include a piston follower movably disposed within the second cavity of the valve seat, where the valve head is fixedly coupled to the piston follower. The valve can further include a travel piston movably disposed within the second cavity of the valve seat, where the travel piston is moveably coupled to the piston follower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: James Daniel Montoya, Heath Evan Lynch, Jay Patrick Painter, Jacobo Rogelio Archuleta
  • Patent number: 10689947
    Abstract: A testable back pressure valve can include a body. The valve can also include a first flow regulating device movably disposed within a top end of the body, where the first flow regulating device is configured to move from a first default position to a first position based on first flow characteristics of a first fluid that flows into a top end of the body toward a bottom end of the body. The valve can further include a second flow regulating device movably disposed within the bottom end of the body. The valve can also include a network of channels disposed within the body between the first flow regulating device and the second flow regulating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: James Daniel Montoya, Heath Evan Lynch, Jay Patrick Painter, Jacobo Rogelio Archuleta
  • Patent number: 10627282
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a floating roof of a liquid storage tank and a method for use of the system are described. The system includes linear position measuring devices to determine the vertical location and orientation of the floating roof within the storage tank and one or more transmitters to relay such information to a monitoring, recording, or control device, or to a remote computer network location. Typically, three measuring devices are used, positioned at or near the top of the storage tank and generally equally spaced around the perimeter of the tank. The system and method are useful to monitor the position and inclination of a liquid storage tank floating roof, such as may be used in the petrochemical, chemical and other industries where such storage tanks are in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: James Daniel Montoya, Jacobo Rogelio Archuleta, Heath Evan Lynch, Cole Thomas Brinkley, Monica Suman Krishnan, Ronald Derane Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20190316446
    Abstract: A downhole on-demand power source system can include at least one first energy storage device located within a wellbore disposed in a subterranean formation in a first inactive state. The system can also include at least one first trigger that initiates the at least one first energy storage device from the first inactive state to a first active state. The at least one first energy storage device, once initiated, can provide a first power to an electrical load disposed in the wellbore proximate to the at least one first energy storage device. The at least one first energy storage device, when in the first inactive state, is incapable of providing the first power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Publication number: 20190112912
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting structural integrity of a well casing. The system may detect casing structural integrity events. The casing structural integrity events may include structural failures of the casing and/or potential structural failures of the casing. The well casing may be drilled and/or otherwise embedded into a geologic structure. The well casing may be subject to geologic forces generated by the geologic structure. Unplanned and/or unexpected forces and/or movement may pose a risk to the structural integrity of the casing. Forces and/or movement of sufficient magnitude may result in damage to and/or destruction of the casing. Damage to and/or destruction of the casing may cause a loss of the natural resources being extracted via the well associated with the well casing, contamination of areas surrounding the well, undesirable surface expression, and/or other negative effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Melvin Clark THOMPSON, James Daniel MONTOYA, Jacobo Rogelio ARCHULETA
  • Publication number: 20180266874
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a floating roof of a liquid storage tank and a method for use of the system are described. The system includes linear position measuring devices to determine the vertical location and orientation of the floating roof within the storage tank and one or more transmitters to relay such information to a monitoring, recording, or control device, or to a remote computer network location. Typically, three measuring devices are used, positioned at or near the top of the storage tank and generally equally spaced around the perimeter of the tank. The system and method are useful to monitor the position and inclination of a liquid storage tank floating roof, such as may be used in the petrochemical, chemical and other industries where such storage tanks are in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: James Daniel Montoya, Jacobo Rogelio Archuleta, Heath Evan Lynch, Cole Thomas Brinkley, Monica Suman Krishnan, Ronald Derane Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20180179881
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting structural integrity of a well casing. The system may detect casing structural integrity events. The casing structural integrity events may include structural failures of the casing and/or potential structural failures of the casing. The well casing may be drilled and/or otherwise embedded into a geologic structure. The well casing may be subject to geologic forces generated by the geologic structure. Unplanned and/or unexpected forces and/or movement may pose a risk to the structural integrity of the casing. Forces and/or movement of sufficient magnitude may result in damage to and/or destruction of the casing. Damage to and/or destruction of the casing may cause a loss of the natural resources being extracted via the well associated with the well casing, contamination of areas surrounding the well, undesirable surface expression, and/or other negative effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Melvin Clark THOMPSON, James Daniel MONTOYA, Jacobo Rogelio ARCHULETA
  • Publication number: 20180163505
    Abstract: A testable back pressure valve can include a body. The valve can also include a first flow regulating device movably disposed within a top end of the body, where the first flow regulating device is configured to move from a first default position to a first position based on first flow characteristics of a first fluid that flows into a top end of the body toward a bottom end of the body. The valve can further include a second flow regulating device movably disposed within the bottom end of the body. The valve can also include a network of channels disposed within the body between the first flow regulating device and the second flow regulating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: James Daniel Montoya, Heath Evan Lynch, Jay Patrick Painter, Jacobo Rogelio Archuleta
  • Publication number: 20180163506
    Abstract: A testable back pressure valve can include a housing comprising a housing body. The valve can also include a valve seat coupled to the housing, where the valve seat includes a valve seat body having a first cavity and a second cavity, and where the valve seat further includes a first network of channels disposed in the valve seat body. The valve can further include a valve head movably disposed within the first cavity of the valve seat. The valve can also include a piston follower movably disposed within the second cavity of the valve seat, where the valve head is fixedly coupled to the piston follower. The valve can further include a travel piston movably disposed within the second cavity of the valve seat, where the travel piston is moveably coupled to the piston follower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: James Daniel Montoya, Heath Evan Lynch, Jay Patrick Painter, Jacobo Rogelio Archuleta
  • Patent number: 9651440
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm separator having a protrusion. The pressure sensor further includes a resonator, where the protrusion is in contact with the resonator on a first side of the resonator. The protrusion is positioned to exert an imparted force onto the resonator. The pressure sensor also includes a backing diaphragm positioned on a second side of the resonator. The backing diaphragm exerts a counter force onto the resonator in response to the imparted force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Patent number: 9625338
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm flexure and a crystal retaining flexure. The diaphragm flexure is designed to exert imparted force on the crystal retaining flexure. The imparted force is proportional to fluid pressure exerted on the diaphragm flexure. The pressure sensor further includes a resonator having opposing curved end portions connected to each other by a bridge section. A portion of the crystal retaining flexure is positioned between the diaphragm flexure and the resonator. The crystal retaining flexure is designed to exert a load on the resonator. The load results from the imparted force exerted on the crystal retaining flexure by the diaphragm flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Patent number: 9625339
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm flexure and a crystal retaining flexure. The diaphragm flexure is designed to exert imparted force on the crystal retaining flexure. The imparted force is proportional to fluid pressure exerted on the diaphragm flexure. The pressure sensor further includes a resonator having a round outer perimeter. A portion of the crystal retaining flexure is positioned between the diaphragm flexure and the resonator. The crystal retaining flexure is designed to exert a load on the resonator. The load results from the imparted force exerted on the crystal retaining flexure by the diaphragm flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Patent number: 9506828
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm separator and a flexure structure. The diaphragm separator exerts an imparted force on the flexure structure, where the imparted force is proportional to fluid pressure exerted on the flexure structure. The pressure sensor further includes a piezoelectric resonator. A first resonator interface section of the flexure structure is in contact with a first edge of the piezoelectric resonator. A second resonator interface section of the flexure structure is in contact with a second edge of the piezoelectric resonator. The first edge and the second edge are opposite narrow edges of the piezoelectric resonator. The flexure structure exerts a load proportional to the imparted force onto the first edge of the piezoelectric resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Publication number: 20150377728
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm separator and a flexure structure. The diaphragm separator exerts an imparted force on the flexure structure, where the imparted force is proportional to fluid pressure exerted on the flexure structure. The pressure sensor further includes a piezoelectric resonator. A first resonator interface section of the flexure structure is in contact with a first edge of the piezoelectric resonator. A second resonator interface section of the flexure structure is in contact with a second edge of the piezoelectric resonator. The first edge and the second edge are opposite narrow edges of the piezoelectric resonator. The flexure structure exerts a load proportional to the imparted force onto the first edge of the piezoelectric resonator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: JAMES DANIEL MONTOYA
  • Publication number: 20150260595
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm flexure and a crystal retaining flexure. The diaphragm flexure is designed to exert imparted force on the crystal retaining flexure. The imparted force is proportional to fluid pressure exerted on the diaphragm flexure. The pressure sensor further includes a resonator having opposing curved end portions connected to each other by a bridge section. A portion of the crystal retaining flexure is positioned between the diaphragm flexure and the resonator. The crystal retaining flexure is designed to exert a load on the resonator. The load results from the imparted force exerted on the crystal retaining flexure by the diaphragm flexure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Publication number: 20150260594
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm flexure and a crystal retaining flexure. The diaphragm flexure is designed to exert imparted force on the crystal retaining flexure. The imparted force is proportional to fluid pressure exerted on the diaphragm flexure. The pressure sensor further includes a resonator having a round outer perimeter. A portion of the crystal retaining flexure is positioned between the diaphragm flexure and the resonator. The crystal retaining flexure is designed to exert a load on the resonator. The load results from the imparted force exerted on the crystal retaining flexure by the diaphragm flexure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya
  • Publication number: 20150160084
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for sensing pressure of a fluid includes a diaphragm separator having a protrusion. The pressure sensor further includes a resonator, where the protrusion is in contact with the resonator on a first side of the resonator. The protrusion is positioned to exert an imparted force onto the resonator. The pressure sensor also includes a backing diaphragm positioned on a second side of the resonator. The backing diaphragm exerts a counter force onto the resonator in response to the imparted force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: James Daniel Montoya