Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Pisklak

Thomas J. Pisklak 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: 9279583
    Abstract: A catalytic burner is provided. The method of using the catalytic burner utilizes flameless combustion. The absence of a flame results in a more even temperature distribution throughout the length of the burner. The invention lowers the autoignition temperature by placing a catalytic surface within the burner and offers relatively even distribution of heat from the burner. Thus, the amount and location of the combustion reaction can be controlled by varying the amount and distribution of catalyst within the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Stonewick, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Patent number: 9227872
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are cement compositions and methods of using set-delayed cement compositions in subterranean formations. A method of cementing in a subterranean formation, may comprise providing a set-delayed cement composition comprising water, pumice, hydrated lime, and a set retarder, activating the set-delayed cement composition with a cement set activator, wherein the cement set activator comprises at least one activator selected from the group consisting of nanosilica, a polyphosphate, and combinations thereof, introducing the set-delayed cement composition into a subterranean formation, and allowing the set-delayed cement composition to set in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Kyriacos Agapiou, Pauline A. Otieno, Ronnie G. Morgan, Peter J. Boul, Lance E. Brothers
  • Patent number: 9033040
    Abstract: A lightweight composite having an activated surface contains a lightweight hollow core particle having cement grains which may be adhered to the hollow core or embedded in the surface of the hollow core. The hollow core particle may be prepared from calcium carbonate and a mixture of clay, such as bentonite, and a glassy inorganic material, such as glass spheres, glass beads, glass bubbles, borosilicate glass and fiberglass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Elizabeth G. Morillo, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 8851173
    Abstract: A variety of methods and compositions are disclosed, including, in one embodiment, a method of cementing in a subterranean formation, comprising: providing a set-delayed cement composition comprising water, pumice, hydrated lime, and a set retarder; activating the set-delayed cement composition; introducing the set-delayed cement composition into a subterranean formation; and allowing the set-delayed cement composition to set in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance E. Brothers, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Patent number: 8841914
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of approximating or determining at least one dimension of at least one underground geological feature in a zone of interest proximate to a well bore includes generating an electric field in the zone of interest while the well bore and geological feature at least partially contain conductive fluid. At least two sensing electrodes are provided in the well bore and configured to detect differences therebetween in electric potential caused by at least one target object in the zone of interest and provide data relating thereto to at least one data processing system. The data processing system(s) approximates or determines the dimension(s) of the geological feature(s) based at least partially upon data provided by the sensing electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Qi Qu, Russell L. Maharidge, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Patent number: 8797037
    Abstract: A method of approximating or determining at least one dimension or other characteristic of at least one underground geological feature in a zone of interest proximate to a well bore includes generating an electric field in the zone of interest. At least two sensing electrodes are provided in the well bore and configured to detect differences therebetween in electric potential caused by at least one target object in the zone of interest. Proppant containing signal generating devices (SGD) is delivered into the geological feature(s). The SGD generate a detectable signal in response to at least one downhole condition or property. At least one receiver receives the detectable signals and provides data relating thereto. At least one dimension or other characteristic of the geological feature is approximated or determined based at least partially upon data provided by the sensing electrodes and receiver(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Harold Dean Brannon, Qi Qu, Russell L. Maharidge, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Patent number: 8796188
    Abstract: A process for forming a strong, low-density proppant, which process includes heating pumice particulates, or shaped agglomerates thereof, so as to form heat-treated pumice particulates, or heat-treated, shaped pumice agglomerates, having an apparent density of 2.4 or less and a crush resistance of no more than 10% fines at 4000 psi. Proppants, and well treatment fluids comprising proppants, meeting these characteristics and processes for treating subterranean formations using fluids which include such proppants are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Richard F. Stevens, Jr., Qi Qu, Elizabeth G. Morillo
  • Publication number: 20130248183
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are cement compositions and methods of using set-delayed cement compositions in subterranean formations. A method of cementing in a subterranean formation, may comprise providing a set-delayed cement composition comprising water, pumice, hydrated lime, and a set retarder, activating the set-delayed cement composition with a cement set activator, wherein the cement set activator comprises at least one activator selected from the group consisting of nanosilica, a polyphosphate, and combinations thereof, introducing the set-delayed cement composition into a subterranean formation, and allowing the set-delayed cement composition to set in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Kyriacos Agapiou, Pauline A. Otieno, Ronnie G. Morgan, Peter J. Boul, Lance E. Brothers
  • Publication number: 20130233550
    Abstract: A variety of methods and compositions are disclosed, including, in one embodiment, a method of cementing in a subterranean formation, comprising: providing a set-delayed cement composition comprising water, pumice, hydrated lime, and a set retarder; activating the set-delayed cement composition; introducing the set-delayed cement composition into a subterranean formation; and allowing the set-delayed cement composition to set in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Lance E. Brothers, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Publication number: 20130193975
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of approximating or determining at least one dimension of at least one underground geological feature in a zone of interest proximate to a well bore includes generating an electric field in the zone of interest while the well bore and geological feature at least partially contain conductive fluid. At least two sensing electrodes are provided in the well bore and configured to detect differences therebetween in electric potential caused by at least one target object in the zone of interest and provide data relating thereto to at least one data processing system. The data processing system(s) approximates or determines the dimension(s) of the geological feature(s) based at least partially upon data provided by the sensing electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Qi Qu, Russell L. Maharidge, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Publication number: 20130153222
    Abstract: A lightweight composite having an activated surface contains a lightweight hollow core particle having cement grains which may be adhered to the hollow core or embedded in the surface of the hollow core. The hollow core particle may be prepared from calcium carbonate and a mixture of clay, such as bentonite, and a glassy inorganic material, such as glass spheres, glass beads, glass bubbles, borosilicate glass and fiberglass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Elizabeth G. Morillo, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 8430336
    Abstract: A wick which comprises a network matrix ceramic that is contacted either directly or indirectly with a liquid composition such as a fragrance-containing composition. The wick absorbs and transports the liquid composition through capillary action, and the composition is subsequently diffused into the surrounding ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Stonewick, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Publication number: 20130043873
    Abstract: A method of approximating or determining at least one dimension or other characteristic of at least one underground geological feature in a zone of interest proximate to a well bore includes generating an electric field in the zone of interest. At least two sensing electrodes are provided in the well bore and configured to detect differences therebetween in electric potential caused by at least one target object in the zone of interest. Proppant containing signal generating devices (SGD) is delivered into the geological feature(s). The SGD generate a detectable signal in response to at least one downhole condition or property. At least one receiver receives the detectable signals and provides data relating thereto. At least one dimension or other characteristic of the geological feature is approximated or determined based at least partially upon data provided by the sensing electrodes and receiver(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Harold Dean Brannon, Qi Qu, Russell L. Maharidge, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Patent number: 8062389
    Abstract: Low vapor pressure compound-based fuels are provided. These fuels are useful in catalytic burner systems that can be used to disperse fragrances, insecticides, insect repellants (e.g., citronella), aromatherapy compounds, medicinal compounds, deodorizing compounds, disinfectant compositions, fungicides and herbicides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110118155
    Abstract: A process for forming a strong, low-density proppant, which process includes heating pumice particulates, or shaped agglomerates thereof, so as to form heat-treated pumice particulates, or heat-treated, shaped pumice agglomerates, having an apparent density of 2.4 or less and a crush resistance of no more than 10% fines at 4000 psi. Proppants, and well treatment fluids comprising proppants, meeting these characteristics and processes for treating subterranean formations using fluids which include such proppants are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: BJ SERVICES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Richard F. Stevens, JR., Qi Qu, Elizabeth G. Morillo
  • Publication number: 20100301128
    Abstract: A wick which comprises a network matrix ceramic that is contacted either directly or indirectly with a liquid composition such as a fragrance-containing composition. The wick absorbs and transports the liquid composition through capillary action, and the composition is subsequently diffused into the surrounding ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Publication number: 20090256575
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatus useful for determining at least one dimension of at least one geological feature of an earthen formation from a subterranean well bore includes at least two emitting electrodes and at least one sensing electrode disposed in the well bore. The emitting electrodes are configured to create an electric field and the at least one sensing electrode is configured to detect perturbations in the electric field created by at least one target object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: BJ SERVICES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Pisklak, Qi Qu, Russell Lawrence Maharidge
  • Patent number: 5203978
    Abstract: A membrane-electrode structure for use in an electrochemical cell comprising an ion exchange membrane with a cathode layer and an intermediate layer between the cathode and the membrane. The intermediate layer comprises about 5 to 80% by weight of inorganic solid particles and about 95 to 20% by weight of an ionic conductive polymeric binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventors: Yu-Min Tsou, James W. McMichael, Richard N. Beaaver, deceased, Thomas J. Pisklak
  • Patent number: D606239
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Stonewick, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Pisklak