Patents by Inventor John C. Gano

John C. Gano 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: 10364652
    Abstract: A system for coupling a shunt tube of a first screen assembly to a shunt tube of a second screen assembly includes an elongate jumper tube and a misalignment joint. The misalignment joint has a first end coupled to the jumper tube. The first end is moveable relative to a second end of the misalignment joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halluburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Lopez, John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 10294750
    Abstract: A downhole assembly comprising: a tubing string located within a wellbore; an outer housing located around a portion of the tubing string; an annulus located between the outside of the tubing string and the inside of the outer housing; at least one flow path through the annulus; an inflow control device positioned within the flow path; and a degradable rod, wherein the degradable rod fits into the flow path adjacent to the inflow control device, and wherein the degradable rod is positionable within the flow path or removable from the flow path. The downhole assembly can be used in an oil or gas operation to variably control the amount of a fluid flowing through the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Liam A. Aitken, Michael L. Fripp, John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 10280696
    Abstract: A jumper tube for use with a shunt tube assembly comprises a first tubular member configured to engage a first shunt tube, a second tubular member axially disposed within the first tubular member, and a locking member configured to prevent the second tubular member from axially displacing into the first tubular member. The second tubular member is configured to slidingly engage within the first tubular member, and the second tubular member is configured to engage a second shunt tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, John C. Gano, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Publication number: 20190078419
    Abstract: A flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which influences a pressure in the chamber. A method of controlling flow of steam in a well can include providing a flow control device which varies a resistance to flow in the well, the flow control device including a chamber having a variable volume, water disposed in the chamber, and a biasing device. The biasing device influences the chamber volume. Another flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which reduces a boiling point of the water in the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, John C. Gano, Zachary R. Murphree
  • Publication number: 20180328132
    Abstract: A downhole wellbore isolation tool includes an elastomeric sealing element for engaging a casing member or another tubular member in a wellbore. The isolation tool includes one or more expandable slips for gripping the tubular member and holding the isolation tool in place. The sealing element has an axial end in direct contact with an abutment surface of the expandable slip such that the slip limits, if not eliminates, unwanted extrusion of the sealing element, e.g., upon setting of the isolation tool. The expandable slips may be constructed of a plurality of slip elements, and the elastomeric sealing element may flow into gaps defined between the slip elements when the isolation tool is set. The slip segments and other components of the isolation tool may be constructed of a dissolvable material to facilitate removal of the isolation tool from the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp, Michael James Jurgensmeier, John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 10119362
    Abstract: A flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which influences a pressure in the chamber. A method of controlling flow of steam in a well can include providing a flow control device which varies a resistance to flow in the well, the flow control device including a chamber having a variable volume, water disposed in the chamber, and a biasing device. The biasing device influences the chamber volume. Another flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which reduces a boiling point of the water in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, John C. Gano, Zachary R. Murphree
  • Patent number: 9725988
    Abstract: A well screen system for use in a wellbore has an elongate base pipe and a screen encircling the base pipe. The screen is configured to filter against passage of particulate into a center bore of the base pipe. The base pipe has a fluid impermeable portion exterior to the screen. A cover sleeve resides over the fluid impermeable portion of the base pipe. A drain tube with a fluid permeable sidewall resides exterior to the base pipe and screen, affixed to the cover sleeve. The drain tube is adapted to communicate fluid from the wellbore around the fluid impermeable portion to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 9719327
    Abstract: A downhole tool for use in a wellbore tubular string comprises a housing having a bore therethrough forming part of a fluid flowpath through the wellbore tubular string, a sliding member operable to slide with respect to the housing, a plurality of magnetic pins, and a corresponding plurality of springs. A sliding line is formed by interfacing surfaces of the sliding member and the housing, and the plurality of pins comprise a locked position and an unlocked position whereby in the locked position at least one pin spans the sliding line to prevent the sliding member from sliding with respect to the housing and in the unlocked position no pins span the sliding line. The plurality of springs biases the pins towards the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Gano
  • Publication number: 20170067334
    Abstract: Some examples can be implemented to determine electric submersible pump efficiency to estimate downhole parameters. At a computer system, a load signal on an in-well type electric submersible pump to transfer fluid through a wellbore is received. At the computer system, a load represented by the received load signal and an expected load on the pump is compared. A difference between the load represented by the received load signal and the expected load based on comparing the load represented by the received load signal and the expected load on the pump is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Linley FRIPP, Jason D. DYKSTRA, Fanping BU, John C. GANO
  • Patent number: 9567833
    Abstract: A sand control completion system comprises: (A) a first flow rate regulator, wherein the first flow rate regulator is positioned in a first interval of a wellbore, wherein the first flow rate regulator is part of a first sand control assembly; and (B) a second flow rate regulator, wherein the second flow rate regulator is positioned in a second interval of the wellbore, wherein the second flow rate regulator is part of a second sand control assembly, wherein a reservoir fluid is caused or allowed to simultaneously flow through the first and second flow rate regulators into a tubing string, wherein the reservoir fluid is commingled into a single fluid stream within the tubing string. A method of using the sand control completion system to simultaneously produce a reservoir fluid from more than one zone of a subterranean formation is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Jannise, Gregory W. Garrison, John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 9534701
    Abstract: A device for opening or closing a fluid flow path comprises: a fluid inlet, wherein the fluid inlet comprises one end of the fluid flow path; an inlet covering, wherein the inlet covering is adjacent to the fluid inlet; and a material, wherein the material is capable of expanding or contracting via a change in temperature; wherein the expansion or contraction of the material causes movement to the inlet covering, and wherein the movement of the inlet covering either opens or closes the fluid flow path. A method for opening or closing a fluid flow path using the device comprises: allowing or causing a change in temperature to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Gano, Michael L. Fripp, Caleb T. Warren
  • Publication number: 20160369592
    Abstract: A downhole assembly comprising: a tubing string located within a wellbore; an outer housing located around a portion of the tubing string; an annulus located between the outside of the tubing string and the inside of the outer housing; at least one flow path through the annulus; an inflow control device positioned within the flow path; and a degradable rod, wherein the degradable rod fits into the flow path adjacent to the inflow control device, and wherein the degradable rod is positionable within the flow path or removable from the flow path. The downhole assembly can be used in an oil or gas operation to variably control the amount of a fluid flowing through the annulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Liam A. Aitken, Michael L. Fripp, John C. Gano
  • Publication number: 20160251913
    Abstract: A jumper tube for use with a shunt tube assembly comprises a first tubular member configured to engage a first shunt tube, a second tubular member axially disposed within the first tubular member, and a locking member configured to prevent the second tubular member from axially displacing into the first tubular member. The second tubular member is configured to slidingly engage within the first tubular member, and the second tubular member is configured to engage a second shunt tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, John C. Gano, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 9382779
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling the flow of fluid, such as formation fluid, through an oilfield tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. Fluid flow is autonomously controlled in response to change in a fluid flow characteristic, such as density or viscosity. In one embodiment, a fluid diverter is movable between an open and closed position in response to fluid density change and operable to restrict fluid flow through a valve assembly inlet. The diverter can be pivotable, rotatable or otherwise movable in response to the fluid density change. In one embodiment, the diverter is operable to control a fluid flow ratio through two valve inlets. The fluid flow ratio is used to operate a valve member to restrict fluid flow through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D Dykstra, Michael Linley Fripp, Orlando DeJesus, John C. Gano, Luke Holderman
  • Patent number: 9366115
    Abstract: A jumper tube for use with a shunt tube assembly comprises a first tubular member configured to engage a first shunt tube, a second tubular member axially disposed within the first tubular member, and a locking member configured to prevent the second tubular member from axially displacing into the first tubular member. The second tubular member is configured to slidingly engage within the first tubular member, and the second tubular member is configured to engage a second shunt tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, John C. Gano, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Publication number: 20160153263
    Abstract: A sand control completion system comprises: (A) a first flow rate regulator, wherein the first flow rate regulator is positioned in a first interval of a wellbore, wherein the first flow rate regulator is part of a first sand control assembly; and (B) a second flow rate regulator, wherein the second flow rate regulator is positioned in a second interval of the wellbore, wherein the second flow rate regulator is part of a second sand control assembly, wherein a reservoir fluid is caused or allowed to simultaneously flow through the first and second flow rate regulators into a tubing string, wherein the reservoir fluid is commingled into a single fluid stream within the tubing string. A method of using the sand control completion system to simultaneously produce a reservoir fluid from more than one zone of a subterranean formation is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Richard C. Jannise, Gregory W. GARRISON, John C. GANO
  • Publication number: 20160003014
    Abstract: A well screen system for use in a wellbore has an elongate base pipe and a screen encircling the base pipe. The screen is configured to filter against passage of particulate into a center bore of the base pipe. The base pipe has a fluid impermeable portion exterior to the screen. A cover sleeve resides over the fluid impermeable portion of the base pipe. A drain tube with a fluid permeable sidewall resides exterior to the base pipe and screen, affixed to the cover sleeve. The drain tube is adapted to communicate fluid from the wellbore around the fluid impermeable portion to the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventor: John C. Gano
  • Publication number: 20150361765
    Abstract: A system for coupling a shunt tube of a first screen assembly to a shunt tube of a second screen assembly includes an elongate jumper tube and a misalignment joint. The misalignment joint has a first end coupled to the jumper tube. The first end is moveable relative to a second end of the misalignment joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Lopez, John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 9109423
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for controlling flow of fluid in a tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. A flow control system is placed in fluid communication with a main tubular. The flow control system has a flow ratio control system and a pathway dependent resistance system. The flow ratio control system has a first and second passageway, the production fluid flowing into the passageways with the ratio of fluid flow through the passageways related to the characteristic of the fluid flow. The pathway dependent resistance system includes a vortex chamber with a first and second inlet and an outlet, the first inlet of the pathway dependent resistance system in fluid communication with the first passageway of the fluid ratio control system and the second inlet in fluid communication with the second passageway of the fluid ratio control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra, Michael Linley Fripp, Orlando DeJesus, John C. Gano, Luke Holderman
  • Patent number: 9091133
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for swellable material activation and monitoring in a subterranean well. A sensor system for use in a subterranean well includes a swellable material, and at least one sensor which is displaced to a wellbore surface in response to swelling of the swellable material. Another sensor system includes a sensor which detects swelling of a swellable material. A swellable well tool system includes a base pipe, a swellable material on an exterior of the base pipe, and eccentric weighting for inducing rotation of the swellable material about a longitudinal axis of the base pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Stewart, Rutger Evers, Roger L. Schultz, Tom Rune Koloy, John C. Gano