Patents by Inventor Ryan Herbel

Ryan Herbel 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: 8689888
    Abstract: An outer wellhead member has a bore with a first profile portion and an annular recess. A tubular inner wellhead member with a centralizer/overpull ring is lowered into the outer wellhead member. The centralizer/overpull ring is biased to expand outward to engage the bore of the outer wellhead member to center the inner wellhead member within the bore as the inner wellhead member is lowered through the bore. The recess of the outer wellhead member is adapted to receive the centralizer/overpull ring and oppose axial movement of the centralizer/overpull ring to enable an upward test pull of the inner wellhead member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Sibu Varghese, Ryan Herbel, Dien Nguyen, Javier Garcia
  • Patent number: 8517089
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly having a wellhead housing, a casing hanger set within the wellhead housing, and sealing areas provided on opposing surfaces of the wellhead housing and casing hanger. The sealing areas circumscribe an axis of the wellhead assembly along respective axial distances on the wellhead housing and casing hanger. A seal is included with the wellhead assembly that has inner and outer legs that respectively engage the sealing areas and form sealing surfaces against the sealing areas. The axial distances of the sealing areas exceeds the length of the inner and outer legs, so that an original seal can be removed and replaced by a secondary seal, wherein the secondary seal engages sealing areas different from the sealing areas engaged by the original seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Galle, Nicholas P. Gette, Ryan Herbel
  • Patent number: 8413730
    Abstract: A wellhead housing has a telescoping casing hanger with an actuator mechanism to provide for direct transfer of casing and pressure loads to the housing. The transfer of casing and pressure loads occurs even in conditions where the telescoping casing hanger may be set in a high position in the wellhead housing on a load shoulder. The transfer of casing and pressure loads also occurs in conditions where the telescoping casing hanger may be set in an earlier installed casing hanger in the wellhead housing for a larger diameter casing string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas P Gette, Ryan Herbel, John Nelson, Armando Faz, Detrick Garner
  • Publication number: 20120132441
    Abstract: A wellhead housing has a casing hanger with an actuator mechanism to provide for direct transfer of casing and pressure loads to the housing even in conditions where the casing hanger may be set in a high position in the wellhead housing on a load shoulder, or in a casing hanger in the wellhead housing for an earlier installed, larger diameter casing string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Gette, Ryan Herbel, John Nelson, Armando Faz, Detrick Garner
  • Publication number: 20120103597
    Abstract: An outer wellhead member has a bore with a first profile portion and an annular recess. A tubular inner wellhead member with a centralizer/overpull ring is lowered into the outer wellhead member. The centralizer/overpull ring is biased to expand outward to engage the bore of the outer wellhead member to center the inner wellhead member within the bore as the inner wellhead member is lowered through the bore. The recess of the outer wellhead member is adapted to receive the centralizer/overpull ring and oppose axial movement of the centralizer/overpull ring to enable an upward test pull of the inner wellhead member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Sibu Varghese, Ryan Herbel, Dien Nguyen, Javier Garcia
  • Publication number: 20120012336
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly having a wellhead housing, a casing hanger set within the wellhead housing, and sealing areas provided on opposing surfaces of the wellhead housing and casing hanger. The sealing areas circumscribe an axis of the wellhead assembly along respective axial distances on the wellhead housing and casing hanger. A seal is included with the wellhead assembly that has inner and outer legs that respectively engage the sealing areas and form sealing surfaces against the sealing areas. The axial distances of the sealing areas exceeds the length of the inner and outer legs, so that an original seal can be removed and replaced by a secondary seal, wherein the secondary seal engages sealing areas different from the sealing areas engaged by the original seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: VETCO GRAY INC.
    Inventors: Gary Galle, Nicholas P. Gette, Ryan Herbel