Patents by Inventor Peter J. Boul

Peter J. Boul 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: 10899953
    Abstract: A nanosilica containing fluid system for shale stabilization in a shale formation. The nanosilica containing fluid system comprising a functionalized nanosilica composition operable to react with shale at the surface of the shale formation to form a barrier on the shale formation. The functionalized nanosilica composition comprising a nanosilica particle, the nanosilica particle having a mean diameter, and a functionalization compound, the functionalization compound appended to the surface of the nanosilica particle. And an aqueous-based fluid, the aqueous-based fluid operable to carry the functionalized nanosilica composition into the shale formation. The functionalization compound is an amino silane. The aqueous-based fluid is selected from the group consisting of water, deionized water, sea water, brine, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20200332638
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of suspending proppants in a hydraulic fracturing fluid including adding a quantity of precursor nanoparticles including carbon nanotubes supported by metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles to the hydraulic fracturing fluid. The metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles and the hydraulic fracturing fluid are selected such that the metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles are dissolvable in the hydraulic fracturing fluid. The metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles dissolve in the hydraulic fracturing fluid, resulting in an amount of carbon nanotubes dispersed within the hydraulic fracturing fluid. The carbon nanotube dispersion increases the value of at least one of a Newtonian viscosity, a yield point, a plastic viscosity, and a density of the hydraulic fracturing fluid with the dispersed carbon nanotubes versus a similar or equivalent hydraulic fracturing fluid without the carbon nanotube dispersion. The method may further include adding proppants to the hydraulic fracturing fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ashok Santra, Peter J. Boul
  • Publication number: 20200332169
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of suspending at least one weighting agent in drilling fluids. The embodiments include adding a quantity of precursor nanoparticles including carbon nanotubes supported by metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles to the drilling fluid. The metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles and the drilling fluid are selected such that the metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles are dissolvable in the drilling fluid. The metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles dissolve in the drilling fluid, resulting in an amount of carbon nanotubes dispersed within the drilling fluid. The carbon nanotube dispersion increases the value of at least one of a Newtonian viscosity, a yield point, a plastic viscosity, and a density of the drilling fluid with the dispersed carbon nanotubes versus a similar or equivalent hydraulic fracturing fluid without the carbon nanotube dispersion. The method may further include adding at least one weighting agent which will become suspended in the drilling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ashok Santra, Peter J. Boul
  • Publication number: 20200332179
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of making nanocomposite coated proppants with a nanocomposite coating, including adding a quantity of precursor nanoparticles comprising carbon nanotubes supported by metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles to an uncured resin. The metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles and the uncured resin are selected such that the metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles are dissolvable in the uncured resin. The metal oxide catalyst nanoparticles are capable of dissolving in the uncured resin such that an amount of carbon nanotubes are dispersed within the uncured resin to form a nanocomposite coating. The method may further include coating proppant particles with the nanocomposite coating to make nanocomposite coated proppants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Ashok Santra, Peter J. Boul
  • Publication number: 20200332170
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates methods of suspending at least one weighting agent in a drilling fluid. The embodiments include synthesizing carbon nanotubes via chemical vapor deposition on iron oxide catalyst nanoparticles to form a quantity of nanoparticles. Individual nanoparticles of the iron oxide catalyst nanoparticles include a transition metal disposed on iron oxide. The embodiments further include adding a quantity of nanoparticles to the drilling fluid which results in an amount of carbon nanotubes dispersed within the drilling fluid. The dispersion of the quantity of nanoparticles increases the value of at least one of a Newtonian viscosity, a yield point, a plastic viscosity, and a density of the drilling fluid with the dispersed nanoparticles versus a similar or equivalent drilling fluid without the nanoparticle dispersion. The method may further include adding at least one weighting agent which will become suspended in the drilling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ashok Santra, Peter J. Boul, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Patent number: 10704377
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a substance in a well can include disposing at least one optical electromagnetic sensor and at least one electromagnetic transmitter in the well, and inducing strain in the sensor, the strain being indicative of an electromagnetic parameter of the substance in an annulus between a casing and a wellbore of the well. A system for monitoring a substance in a well can include at least one electromagnetic transmitter, and at least one optical electromagnetic sensor with an optical waveguide extending along a wellbore to a remote location, the sensor being positioned external to a casing in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Barfoot, Peter J. Boul, Tasneem A. Mandviwala, Leonardo de Oliveira Nunes
  • Patent number: 10683446
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir comprising a reversible aminal gel composition. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Patent number: 10683445
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir, optionally as a kill pill, and comprising a reversible aminal gel composition. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20200181472
    Abstract: A nanosilica containing fluid system for shale stabilization in a shale formation. The nanosilica containing fluid system comprising a functionalized nanosilica composition operable to react with shale at the surface of the shale formation to form a barrier on the shale formation. The functionalized nanosilica composition comprising a nanosilica particle, the nanosilica particle having a mean diameter, and a functionalization compound, the functionalization compound appended to the surface of the nanosilica particle. And an aqueous-based fluid, the aqueous-based fluid operable to carry the functionalized nanosilica composition into the shale formation. The functionalization compound is an amino silane. The aqueous-based fluid is selected from the group consisting of water, deionized water, sea water, brine, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20200181014
    Abstract: Provide is a cement ink for a cement ink for 3D printing (which also includes additive manufacturing) of 3D cement structures and materials. The cement ink includes an American Petroleum Institute (API) Class G cement, a nano-clay, a superplasticizer, a hydroxyethyl cellulose, and a defoamer. The nano-clay may be hydrophilic bentonite. The superplasticizer may be a polycarboxylate ether. The defoamer may be 2-ethyl-1-hexanol. Processes for forming the cement ink and printing 3D cement structures using the cement ink are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Muhammad M. Rahman, Seyed Mohammad Sajadi, Ashok Kumar, Peter J. Boul, Carl Thaemlitz, Pulickel M. Ajayan
  • Publication number: 20200165164
    Abstract: Cement slurries, cured cements, and methods of making cured cement and methods of using cement slurries are provided. The cement slurries have, among other attributes, an extended thickening time, leading to improved retardation, flowability, and pumpability and may be used, for instance, in the oil and gas drilling industry. The cement slurry comprises water, a cement precursor material, acrylic acid copolymer, zinc oxide, and a phosphonic acid-based thickener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Peter J. Boul
  • Patent number: 10662362
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir, optionally as a kill pill, and comprising a reversible aminal gel composition. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz, Diana Rasner
  • Patent number: 10611942
    Abstract: A nanosilica containing fluid system for shale stabilization in a shale formation. The nanosilica containing fluid system comprising a functionalized nanosilica composition operable to react with shale at the surface of the shale formation to form a barrier on the shale formation. The functionalized nanosilica composition comprising a nanosilica particle, the nanosilica particle having a mean diameter, and a functionalization compound, the functionalization compound appended to the surface of the nanosilica particle. And an aqueous-based fluid, the aqueous-based fluid operable to carry the functionalized nanosilica composition into the shale formation. The functionalization compound is an amino silane. The aqueous-based fluid is selected from the group consisting of water, deionized water, sea water, brine, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Patent number: 10604691
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir comprising a reversible aminal gel composition. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition with valence 3, 4, or 5. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20190367794
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir, optionally as a kill pill, and comprising a reversible aminal gel composition is disclosed. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz, Diana Rasner
  • Publication number: 20190359877
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir comprising a reversible aminal gel composition is disclosed. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition with valence 3, 4, or 5. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20190352554
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir comprising a reversible aminal gel composition is disclosed. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition with valence 3, 4, or 5. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Patent number: 10421891
    Abstract: A well treatment composition for use in a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir comprising a reversible aminal gel composition is disclosed. The reversible aminal gel composition includes a liquid precursor composition. The liquid precursor composition is operable to remain in a liquid state at about room temperature. The liquid precursor composition comprises an organic amine composition; an aldehyde composition; a polar aprotic organic solvent; and a metal salt composition with valence 3, 4, or 5. The liquid precursor composition transitions from the liquid state to a gel state responsive to an increase in temperature in the hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, B. Raghava Reddy, Matt Hilfiger, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20190169956
    Abstract: Provided is a wellbore casing liner printing system that includes a casing liner print head adapted to be disposed in an annular region located between a casing pipe disposed in a wellbore of a hydrocarbon well and a wall of the wellbore and adapted to rotate within the annular region and deposit material into the annular region to form a casing liner in the annular region. The casing liner print head including a first set of printing nozzles arranged in series in a radial direction, and a second set of printing nozzles arranged in series in the radial direction and offset from the first set of printing nozzles. The first set of printing nozzles adapted to eject a first casing liner material into the annular region and the second set of printing nozzles adapted to eject a second casing liner material into the annular region to form the casing liner of the first casing liner material and the second casing liner material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, Carl J. Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20190169966
    Abstract: Provided are systems and method for casing a wellbore of a hydrocarbon well. The casing including disposing a casing print head in a wellbore of a hydrocarbon well, and conducting a downhole casing operation including operating the casing print head to eject casing material to form a casing tubular in the wellbore, and operating the casing print head to eject casing liner material into an annular region located between the casing tubular and a wall of the wellbore to form a casing liner in the annular region, the casing tubular and the casing liner forming a casing of the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Peter J. Boul, Carl J. Thaemlitz