Patents by Inventor Michael Linley Fripp

Michael Linley Fripp 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: 10605027
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp, Michael James Jurgensmeier, John C. Gano
  • Publication number: 20200064871
    Abstract: A control system may comprise a flow control device, wherein the flow control device comprises water floats and gas floats and a regulatory valve connected to the flow control device through a control line. An autonomous flow control device may comprise a housing, one or more floats disposed within the housing, one or more protrusions connected to the outside of the housing, and an outlet disposed in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Hadi Arabnejad Khanouki
  • Publication number: 20200063518
    Abstract: A fluid control system may comprise a flow control device including one or more floats attached within the flow control device, an outlet within the flow control device that is connected to the one or more floats, a regulatory valve that is fluidly connected to the flow control device, and a blocking element placed within the regulatory valve. An autonomous flow control system may comprise a first flow control device attached to a production tubing at a first location in a wellbore, a second flow control device attached to the production tubing at a second location in the wellbore, a first set of floats attached within the first flow control device, and a second set of floats attached within the second flow control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Hadi Arabnejad Khanouki, Ibrahim El Mallawany
  • Publication number: 20200056466
    Abstract: A method for hydraulically fracturing a subterranean formation includes sending a first command from a controller to a pump to achieve a first target flow rate for a fracturing fluid being injected into a subterranean formation during a fracturing operation. Monitoring an injection property of the fracturing operation. Determining a rate of change of the pressure over a first time period. Determining, by the controller, a second target flow rate based, at least in part, on the rate of change of the pressure. Sending a second command from the controller to the pump to achieve the second target flow rate for the fracturing fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Mehdi Sebdani Mazrooee, Michael Linley Fripp, Matthew Lewis Lahman, Mark Allen Adams
  • Publication number: 20200048995
    Abstract: Provided is a well screen assembly, and method of use therefore. The well screen assembly, in one embodiment, includes a plurality of fluid collecting elements, wherein the fluid collecting elements have collection troughs extending along a length thereof. The well screen assembly, of this embodiment, further includes filter elements positioned over the collection troughs, and flexure mechanisms connecting proximate pairs of the fluid collecting elements, the flexure mechanisms allowing the plurality of fluid collecting elements to radially extend from a compact state to a radially extended state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Linley Fripp
  • Publication number: 20200032616
    Abstract: A safety valve may include: an outer housing comprising a central bore extending axially through the outer housing; a flow tube including: a translating sleeve; and a flow tube main body disposed within the translating sleeve, wherein the flow tube main body has an upper end and a lower end; a piston operable to transmit a force to the translating sleeve; a flapper valve disposed on a distal end of the outer housing; and an electromagnet assembly operable to maintain the safety valve in an open state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Dan Vick, JR., Jimmie Robert Williamson, Bruce Edward Scott, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 10533380
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include downhole capacitive coupling systems, and methods and apparatuses to provide an electrical connection between two downhole strings. In one embodiment, the system includes a first electrode deployed along an internal surface of a first string deployed in a wellbore, the internal surface being defined by an annulus. The system also includes a second electrode deployed along an external surface of a second string, the second string being deployed within the annulus, and the external surface of the second string and the internal surface of the first string being separated from each other by the annulus. The first electrode and the second electrode are operable to form a first capacitive coupling between said first electrode and said second electrode to transfer electrical current from the second electrode to the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Thomas Jules Frosell, Richard Decena Ornelaz
  • Patent number: 10533392
    Abstract: A wellbore isolation device includes a wedge member that defines an outer surface and a barrel seal having a cylindrical body that provides an inner radial surface and an outer radial surface. The inner radial surface is engageable with the outer surface of the wedge member. The barrel seal further includes a plurality of longitudinally extending grooves defined through the body in an alternating configuration at opposing ends of the body. A raised lip protrudes radially from the outer radial surface and circuitously extends about a circumference of the body. A plurality of slip buttons is positioned in a corresponding plurality of holes defined in the outer radial surface of the body. At least one of the wedge member and the barrel seal is made of a degradable material that degrades when exposed to a wellbore environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp, John Charles Gano, Zachary Ryan Murphree, David Allen Dockweiler
  • Publication number: 20200011153
    Abstract: A system for providing autonomous flow control of a fluid from a wellbore to an interior of a tubing string by using a variable flow resistance system. The system can include a body, with a chamber that can be configured to induce rotational flow in a fluid that flows through the chamber. The chamber can include an inlet for fluid entering the chamber and an outlet for fluid exiting the chamber. A cross-sectional area of the chamber can be reduced along a central axis of the chamber toward the outlet, with the cross-sectional area being perpendicular to a central axis. A well screen assembly may utilize one or more of the variable flow resistance systems to provide a determined flow resistance and/or flow rate of the fluid through the screen assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Frederic Nicolas Felten
  • Publication number: 20200011172
    Abstract: A tubular string formed by one or more tubulars with a central flow passage for an internal fluid therethrough and an external surface. The tubular having a wall thickness defined between external surface and the central flow passage and at least one sensor port disposed along a longitudinal length of the tubular. At least one sensor includes a main body and=nipple extending from the main body and inserted into the sensor port of the tubular. The nipple extends through the wall thickness sufficient to detect a property of an internal fluid within the central flow passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES
    Inventors: Clint Adam BROWN, Suzi Marie MARCUCCIO, Michael Linley FRIPP, Thomas Jules FROSELL
  • Patent number: 10526868
    Abstract: Downhole tools, methods, and systems of use thereof, the downhole tool comprising a wellbore isolation device that provides a plurality of components including one or more first components and one or more second components, wherein at least the first and second one or more components are made of a degradable metal material that degrades when exposed to a wellbore environment, and wherein the one or more first components is fabricated by a first fabrication method and the one or more second components is fabricated by a second fabrication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Publication number: 20200003024
    Abstract: Provided is an untethered downhole tool assembly. The untethered downhole tool assembly, in one aspect, includes a housing and a signal generator located on or in the housing, the signal generator capable of transmitting a passive or active signal to a downhole device located on an outside of a metal wellbore casing as it travels through an inside of the metal wellbore casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jonathan Paul Smith, Michael Linley Fripp, James Marshall Barker
  • Publication number: 20200003033
    Abstract: Provided is a downhole perforating device, a well system, and a method for perforating a well system. The downhole perforating device, in one aspect, includes a perforating structure for surrounding at least a portion of an outer surface of a wellbore casing. The downhole perforating device, according to this aspect, includes one or more perforation elements at least partially embodied within the perforating structure, the one or more perforation elements positioned to perforate the wellbore casing to an inside thereof, and electronics at least partially embodied within the perforating structure, the electronics for triggering the one or more perforation elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jonathan Paul Smith, Michael Linley Fripp, James Marshall Barker
  • Publication number: 20190383137
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a well tool. The well tool system includes a receiving tool disposed in a wellbore tubular. The receiving tool is configured to transition from an inactive state to an active state in response to a triggering signal. The well tool system further includes a transmitting tool at a surface and proximate to the receiving tool. The transmitting tool is configured to wirelessly transmit the triggering signal to the receiving tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zahed Kabir, Thomas Jules Frosell, Zachary Ryan Murphree
  • Publication number: 20190368290
    Abstract: Provided is a wellbore tractor and method for operating a well system. The wellbore tractor, in one aspect, includes a base member, and one or more turbines fixed to the base member for rotating the base member in a first rotational direction based upon a first direction of fluid flow. The wellbore tractor, according to this aspect, further includes one or more wellbore engaging devices radially extending from the base member, the one or more wellbore engaging devices contactable with a surface of a wellbore for displacing the base member and one or more turbines axially downhole as the one or more turbines rotate in the first rotational direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: James Dan Vick, Jr., Michael Linley Fripp, Xiaoguang Allan Zhong
  • Publication number: 20190368331
    Abstract: Provided is a wellbore tractor and method for operating a well system. The wellbore tractor, in one aspect, includes a base member, a hydraulically powered drive section coupled to the base member, and one or more turbines coupled to the hydraulically powered drive section for powering the hydraulically powered drive section based upon fluid flow across the one or more turbines. The wellbore tractor, according to this aspect, further includes one or more wellbore engaging devices radially extending from the hydraulically powered drive section, the one or more wellbore engaging devices contactable with a surface of a wellbore for displacing the wellbore tractor axially downhole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: James Dan Vick, Jr., Michael Linley Fripp, Xiaoguang Allan Zhong
  • Patent number: 10494904
    Abstract: Included are well systems and methods for use in subterranean formations. An example well system comprises a water front sensor operable to sense a water front, wherein the water front sensor comprises a water front sensor signal transmitter and a water front sensor signal receiver. The example well system further comprises an electronic inflow control device, wherein the electronic inflow control device comprises a flow regulator in fluidic communication with an inlet of the electronic inflow control device and adjustable to provide a flow resistance to a fluid flowing through the electronic inflow control device, and a controller configured to actuate the flow regulator to change the flow resistance through the electronic inflow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jules Frosell, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 10472918
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a wellbore isolation device, a method to form the wellbore isolation device, and a downhole, device-tracking system. In one embodiment, the system includes a wellbore isolation device having a first identification tag and a dissolvable component. The first identification tag is operable to travel along a fluid flow path toward the surface of a well upon dissolution of the dissolvable component. The system also includes a detector disposed along the fluid flow path, where the detector is operable to detect the first identification tag when the first identification tag is proximate to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, John Todd Broome, Zachary William Walton
  • Publication number: 20190323305
    Abstract: Methods and systems for depassivating completion tool batteries are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: providing a completion tool disposed within a wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation, wherein the completion tool is electrically coupled to an at least partially passivated lithium battery; depassivating the at least partially passivated lithium battery in the wellbore by discharging the lithium battery; and powering the completion tool with the at least partially depassivated lithium battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Matthew James Merron
  • Publication number: 20190316445
    Abstract: A system, method, and power control device for powering electronics located in a wellbore intersecting a subterranean earth formation. The system comprises a battery, a turbine generator, an electronic device, and a processor. The battery is locatable in the wellbore and the turbine generator is locatable in the wellbore so as to be in fluid communication with a flow path in the wellbore. The electronic device is locatable in the wellbore and electrically coupled to the battery and the turbine generator. The processor determines if a power condition is satisfied to allow the turbine generator to power the electronic device. The method comprises powering an electronic device located in the wellbore using a battery and opening a closed flow path in communication with a turbine generator. The method also comprises powering the electronic device using the turbine generator if a power condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Thomas Jules Frosell, Richard Decena Ornelaz