Patents by Inventor Michael T. Pelletier

Michael T. Pelletier 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).

  • Publication number: 20210310352
    Abstract: A formation test probe and a formation test system and method for implementing a self-drilling probe are disclosed. In some embodiments, a test probe includes a body having a channel therethrough to a frontside port, and further includes drill-in tubing disposed within the channel and having a front tip that is extensible from the frontside port. An exciter is disposed within the body in contact with the drill-in tubing and operably configured to induce resonant vibration in the drill-in tubing during a drill-in phase of a formation test cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, Darren Gascooke, Li Gao, Christopher W. Berry
  • Patent number: 11131154
    Abstract: A centralizer apparatus for deployment in a subterranean wellbore, including a tubular adapted to be deployed in the subterranean wellbore such that a long axis of the tubular is parallel to a portion wellbore and a stack of fin modules stacked parallel to the long axis of the tubular. Each one of the fin modules includes a hub having an opening adapted to fit around the outer surface of the tubular, the hub including a stop structure configured to restrict the rotation of adjacent ones of the fin modules in the stack of fin module, and, one or more fin blades projecting from an outer surface of the hub. Rotating the tubular in one rotational direction aligns the fin modules into a screw-shaped state such that the one or more fin blades of adjacently stacked fin modules are progressively offset in a rotational direction perpendicular to the long axis of the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, Michael T. Pelletier, William Cecil Pearl, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11104835
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using a cooling apparatus comprising an elastocaloric material to reduce the temperature of downhole packages in a subterranean formation are provided herein. In one or more embodiments, the methods of the present disclosure comprise: disposing a downhole package in a wellbore penetrating a portion of a subterranean formation; and disposing a cooling apparatus comprising an elastocaloric material and at least one actuator downhole in the wellbore, wherein the cooling apparatus is adjacent to the downhole package. In one or more embodiments, the systems of the present disclosure comprise: a downhole package having a temperature; and a cooling apparatus coupled to the downhole package, wherein the cooling apparatus comprises an elastocaloric material coupled to at least one actuator, wherein the cooling apparatus is configured to reduce the temperature of the downhole package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Li Gao, David L. Perkins, Michael T. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 11090685
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of fabricating an integrated computational element for use in an optical computing device. One method includes providing a substrate that has a first surface and a second surface substantially opposite the first surface, depositing multiple optical thin films on the first and second surfaces of the substrate via a thin film deposition process, and thereby generating a multilayer film stack device, cleaving the substrate to produce at least two optical thin film stacks, and securing one or more of the at least two optical thin film stacks to a secondary optical element for use as an integrated computational element (ICE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Michael T. Pelletier, James M. Price
  • Publication number: 20210207478
    Abstract: Downhole tool is provided that includes a body, an intake port for receiving fluid from external the body, a pump, a filtration device, and an exit port. The pump is in fluid communication with the intake port for withdrawing fluid through the intake port. The filtration device has a particulate removing filter, and a flow line extending from the intake port to the filtration device. The filtration device is contained within the body and is in fluid communication with the intake port. The exit port is in fluid communication with the filtration device for ejecting the fluid to external the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. PELLETIER, Christopher Michael JONES, Darren GASCOOKE, David L. PERKINS
  • Patent number: 11041358
    Abstract: Oilfield tools having a metal-to-metal seal formed between a first metal surface and a second metal surface, wherein at least one of the first and second metal surfaces are at least partially coated by chemical bonding or physical deposition of a coating material that is more durable and has a lower coefficient of friction than either or both of the first and/or second metal surfaces to which the coating material is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Jones, Darren Gascooke, James M. Price, Michael T. Pelletier
  • Publication number: 20210164908
    Abstract: The present application relates sensing reactive components in fluids by monitoring band gap changes to a material having interacted with the reactive components via physisorption and/or chemisorption. In some embodiments, the sensors of the present disclosure include the material as a reactive surface on a substrate. The band gap changes may be detected by measuring conductance changes and/or spectroscopic changes. In some instances, the sensing may occur downhole during one or more wellbore operations like drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and producing hydrocarbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, David L. Perkins, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 10962484
    Abstract: The present application relates sensing reactive components in fluids by monitoring band gap changes to a material having interacted with the reactive components via physisorption and/or chemisorption. In some embodiments, the sensors of the present disclosure include the material as a reactive surface on a substrate. The band gap changes may be detected by measuring conductance changes and/or spectroscopic changes. In some instances, the sensing may occur downhole during one or more wellbore operations like drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and producing hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, David L. Perkins, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Publication number: 20210080380
    Abstract: A system comprising (i) thin film optical element comprising substrate and thin film stack (?2 film layers; uniform thickness—variation of less than ±5% in any 10 mm2 stack) deposited on substrate's first side; (ii) holder comprising at least one opening; wherein holder has inner side and outer side having beveled edge extending into lip having flat side and beveled edge side; wherein beveled edge/beveled edge side of lip form angle <45° with flat side of lip/first side; wherein flat side of lip and holder inner side define socket receiving substrate; wherein opening exposes first side to deposition plume; wherein first side contacts flat side of lip, thereby allowing film stack deposition on first side; wherein beveled edge side/beveled edge provide film uniformity, and (iii) deposition source providing plume traveling towards first side perpendicular to flat side of lip/first deposition side; and wherein beveled edge side faces plume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Michael JONES, Bin DAI, James M. PRICE, Jian LI, Michael T. PELLETIER, Darren GASCOOKE
  • Patent number: 10941654
    Abstract: Fluid properties like viscosity, yield strength, and density may be measured by analyzing fluid motion in response to disturbing the surface of the fluid. For example, a method may include disturbing a surface of a fluid in one or more locations, thereby forming a deformation and waves at the surface of the fluid for the one or more locations; imaging and measuring at least one selected from the group consisting of the deformation, the waves, and a combination thereof; and calculating a property of the fluid based on the at least one selected from the group consisting of the deformation, the waves, and a combination thereof, the property selected from the group consisting of viscosity, yield strength, density, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Li Gao, Michael T. Pelletier, Andreas Ellmauthaler
  • Publication number: 20210047890
    Abstract: A centralizer apparatus for deployment in a subterranean wellbore, including a tubular adapted to be deployed in the subterranean wellbore such that a long axis of the tubular is parallel to a portion wellbore and a stack of fin modules stacked parallel to the long axis of the tubular. Each one of the fin modules includes a hub having an opening adapted to fit around the outer surface of the tubular, the hub including a stop structure configured to restrict the rotation of adjacent ones of the fin modules in the stack of fin module, and, one or more fin blades projecting from an outer surface of the hub. Rotating the tubular in one rotational direction aligns the fin modules into a screw-shaped state such that the one or more fin blades of adjacently stacked fin modules are progressively offset in a rotational direction perpendicular to the long axis of the tubular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, Michael T. Pelletier, William Cecil Pearl, JR.
  • Patent number: 10914165
    Abstract: A method includes collecting tracer concentration measurements from a flow stream in a borehole as a function of time. The method also includes recovering an uplink telemetry signal from the collected tracer concentration measurements, wherein the uplink telemetry signal conveys a downhole tool measurement or communication. The method also includes performing an operation in response to the recovered uplink telemetry signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, Li Gao, Christopher M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10914169
    Abstract: A frequency sensor comprises a surface functionalized with a reactant sensitive to an analyte and a vibration detector coupled to the functional surface to detect a frequency of a fluid having the analyte and located on the functional surface during vibration thereof. The frequency sensor comprises a measurement circuitry coupled to the vibration detector to determine a frequency shift over time of the detected frequency, wherein the frequency shift corresponds to the presence of the analyte which has reacted with the reactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, Li Gao
  • Patent number: 10901115
    Abstract: Systems and methods for placing well bores and/or portions of completed well systems in a subterranean formation relative to tar mats or other phenomena in the formation are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: identifying a reservoir characteristic associated with a chemical or physicochemical property of a fluid in or proximate to the reservoir characteristic; measuring the property of a fluid in at least a portion of a subterranean formation in two or more locations in the subterranean formation; identifying a variation of the property of the fluid at one or more of the locations in the subterranean formation; and determining a target location or direction for a portion of a well system based at least in part on the variation of the property of the fluid, the well system comprising a borehole penetrating the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Douglas Kirkwood, Christopher Michael Jones, Darren Gascooke, Michael T. Pelletier, Anthony Herman van Zuilekom
  • Publication number: 20200408092
    Abstract: Interaction of adsorbing chemicals with a downhole tool presents inaccuracies in the adsorbing chemical measurement and analysis. The principles of the present disclosure provide a method and system of sampling fluids including an adsorbing chemical in a subterranean reservoir. One method may include modeling an interaction between the adsorbing chemical and a downhole tool, applying the model to a measurement of the adsorbing chemical, and adjusting the measurement in response to applying the model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher M. Jones, Michael T. Pelletier, Mark Proett
  • Patent number: 10876398
    Abstract: An illustrative method for measuring a fluid viscosity that includes vibrating a tube containing a fluid of interest, obtaining a vibration signal from the vibrating tube, deriving a system energy loss rate measurement from the vibration signal, calculating an energy loss rate for the fluid of interest from the system energy loss rate measurement and a reference energy loss rate measurement, and generating a viscosity measurement of the fluid of interest based on the energy loss rate for the fluid of interest and a density of the fluid of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Li Gao, Michael T. Pelletier, James E. Masino
  • Patent number: 10859734
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an optical element including selecting a lamp spectrum and bandpass filter spectrum, obtaining a spectral characteristics vector to quantify the concentration of a component in a sample and obtaining a target spectrum from the lamp spectrum, the bandpass filter spectrum, and the spectral characteristics vector, is provided. Further including selecting a number of layers less than a maximum value, and performing an optimization routine using the index of refraction and thickness of each of the number of layers until an error between a model spectrum and the target spectrum is less than a tolerance value, or a number of iterations is exceeded. And reducing the number of layers if the error is less than a tolerance and stopping the procedure if the number of iterations is exceeded. A device using an optical element for optically-based chemometrics applications fabricated using the method above is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Publication number: 20200370425
    Abstract: A tool including a dispersive spectrometer deployable within a wellbore is provided. The dispersive spectrometer includes a waveguide layer to detect electromagnetic radiation according to wavelength. The dispersive spectrometer also includes a plurality of detector elements disposed along the waveguide layer to detect electromagnetic radiation associated with a portion of the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation. A method for using the tool in a subterranean application is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Christopher M. Jones, Nagaraja Pai, Michael T. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10794824
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for terahertz spectroscopy to analyze a sample. The device comprises a transmitter, a waveguide, a receiver, and a processor. The transmitter generates electromagnetic (EM) radiation in a terahertz frequency band from about 0.1 terahertz to about 10 terahertz. The waveguide propagates the EM radiation generated from the transmitter and houses the sample to attenuate the EM radiation. The receiver is in communication with the waveguide and generates a signal in response to EM radiation propagating in the waveguide. The processor analyzes the signal to identify a parameter associated with the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hartmut Nitsche, Michael T. Pelletier, John Laureto Maida
  • Patent number: 10787904
    Abstract: Interaction of adsorbing chemicals with a downhole tool presents inaccuracies in the adsorbing chemical measurement and analysis. The principles of the present disclosure provide a method and system of sampling fluids including an adsorbing chemical in a subterranean reservoir. One method may include modeling an interaction between the adsorbing chemical and a downhole tool, applying the model to a measurement of the adsorbing chemical, and adjusting the measurement in response to applying the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Jones, Michael T. Pelletier, Mark Proett