Patents by Inventor William D. Myers

William D. Myers 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: 20170082133
    Abstract: A sleeve for retaining one or more washers in abutting relation to a face of a fastening means is disclosed. The sleeve includes a main body having a top portion which is angled at a top end to form a ridge, and a bottom portion which includes an annular lip that extends radially inward from an inner surface thereof. The ridge is designed to rest against a flange of the fastening means, and the annular lip is designed to retain the washer in abutting relation to the face of the fastening means. The sleeve partially surrounds and loosely holds the washer and the fastening means together, and becomes detached from the fastening means and the washer after installation of the fastening means. Also disclosed is a fastener assembly including the sleeve, a fastening means, and a washer, and methods of manufacturing the fastener assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Superbolt, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven G. Grosick, William D. Myers
  • Patent number: 9121265
    Abstract: A perforating gun assembly for a monobore application eliminates a full bore isolation valve or other component that has a limiting internal or external dimension and is designed to remain in position after firing. The assembly is run into the hole on a string with a running tool and left in position with the string and the running tool removed. Pressure pulses communicate with a detonation control system to open a poppet to pressurize a chamber with a firing head. It should be noted that other types firing heads can also be utilized to initiate detonation in the system. Detonation clears the gun internals for flow and opens a gun valve that has no reduction in drift dimension as compared to the gun internal path after detonation. Production takes place through and around the gun. The top of the gun can be entered for future intervention work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: William D. Myers, Stephen N. Zuklic
  • Patent number: 8910713
    Abstract: Devices and methods for deploying perforating guns through a wellhead production assembly and into a wellbore. In particular embodiments, the invention provides devices and methods for deploying multiple perforating guns through a wellhead production assembly. In the event that the perforating gun assembly is dropped into the wellhead production assembly, a safety clamp will land upon a landing profile within a deployment riser, preventing the perforating gun assembly from falling into the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen N. Zuklic, Bengisu Abramsky, Garry Kaiser, William D. Myers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8905129
    Abstract: A tubular closure assembly responsive to speed or velocity of an object. The tubular closure assembly includes at least one sensor in operable communication with an interior of a tubular. The at least one sensor sensing an object passing a first point and then a second point within the tubular. A processor receiving an output from the at least one sensor and calculating speed of the object from the first point to the second point. A control panel receiving information from the processor and a closure system movable between an open condition and a closed condition. Activatable to the closed condition by the control panel in response to the object moving from the first point to the second point at speed faster than a preset value or at a velocity outside a preset range. Also included is a method of closing a tubular of a borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: William D. Myers
  • Patent number: 8844625
    Abstract: Perforating gun connectors are provided with a small diameter inner tube to house the detonating cord and an outer load-bearing tube that is ported to be in pressure balance. The inner tube controls the volume in the gun for the well fluids to enter after the guns are fired and the initial pressure surge dissipates. The smaller diameter also increases pressure rating and diminishes the chance of plastic deformation. Since the inner tube is inset even some deformation is tolerated without distorting the outer tube due to the space between the tubes. A bored rod is used as a housing member or a layered single outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Nauman H. Mhaskar, William D. Myers
  • Publication number: 20130233554
    Abstract: A perforating gun assembly for a monobore application eliminates a full bore isolation valve or other component that has a limiting internal or external dimension and is designed to remain in position after firing. The assembly is run into the hole on a string with a running tool and left in position with the string and the running tool removed. Pressure pulses communicate with a detonation control system to open a poppet to pressurize a chamber with a firing head. It should be noted that other types firing heads can also be utilized to initiate detonation in the system. Detonation clears the gun internals for flow and opens a gun valve that has no reduction in drift dimension as compared to the gun internal path after detonation. Production takes place through and around the gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATE
    Inventors: William D. Myers, JR., Stephen N. Zuklic
  • Publication number: 20130153212
    Abstract: A tubular closure assembly responsive to speed or velocity of an object. The tubular closure assembly includes at least one sensor in operable communication with an interior of a tubular. The at least one sensor sensing an object passing a first point and then a second point within the tubular. A processor receiving an output from the at least one sensor and calculating speed of the object from the first point to the second point. A control panel receiving information from the processor and a closure system movable between an open condition and a closed condition. Activatable to the closed condition by the control panel in response to the object moving from the first point to the second point at speed faster than a preset value or at a velocity outside a preset range. Also included is a method of closing a tubular of a borehole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: William D. Myers
  • Publication number: 20130105146
    Abstract: Perforating gun connectors are provided with a small diameter inner tube to house the detonating cord and an outer load-bearing tube that is ported to be in pressure balance. The inner tube controls the volume in the gun for the well fluids to enter after the guns are fired and the initial pressure surge dissipates. The smaller diameter also increases pressure rating and diminishes the chance of plastic deformation. Since the inner tube is inset even some deformation is tolerated without distorting the outer tube due to the space between the tubes. Alternative embodiments with a bored rod as a housing member or with a layered single outer wall effect are also contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Nauman H. Mhaskar, William D. Myers
  • Publication number: 20130020094
    Abstract: Devices and methods for deploying perforating guns through a wellhead production assembly and into a wellbore. In particular embodiments, the invention provides devices and methods for deploying multiple perforating guns through a wellhead production assembly. In the event that the perforating gun assembly is dropped into the wellhead production assembly, a safety clamp will land upon a landing profile within a deployment riser, preventing the perforating gun assembly from falling into the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen N. Zuklic, Bengisu Abramsky, Garry Kaiser, William D. Myers, JR.
  • Patent number: 8286697
    Abstract: A perforating system having a perforating gun with a high pressure gun body. The gun body can be thickened so that no empty space is present between it and a corresponding gun tube. Alternatively, the gun body could be a solid cylinder with slots radially formed therein to receive a shaped charge. In another embodiment, a flowable material, such as foam, fluid, sand, ceramic beads, eutectic metal, and combinations thereof, is provided in the space between the gun body and gun tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Randy L. Evans, Avigdor Hetz, Mark Sloan, William D. Myers, Nauman H. A. L. Mhaskar
  • Patent number: 8127846
    Abstract: A method and system for cementing and perforating a wellbore in a single step by coupling a perforating gun with a wiper plug. The method includes injecting cement in a wellbore having casing therein and an annulus between the casing and wellbore. A wiper plug is dropped on the cement having a perforating gun attached to the wiper plug. The plug is forced downward pulling the perforating gun along. The downward motion of the plug in turn pushes the cement out the bottom end of the casing and into the annulus. The cement in the annulus is allowed to set and the perforating gun is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Freeman L. Hill, Randy L. Evans, John H. Clark, Mark L. Sloan, William D. Myers, Jr., Joseph Gregory Barolak, George Patton
  • Patent number: 8127848
    Abstract: A method of perforating a wellbore by forming a perforation that is aligned with a reservoir characteristic, such as direction of maximum stress, lines of constant formation properties, and the formation dip. The wellbore can be perforated using a perforating system employing a shaped charge, a mechanical device, or a high pressure fluid. The perforating system can be aligned by asymmetric weights, a motor, or manipulation from the wellbore surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: William D. Myers, Jr., Randy L. Evans
  • Publication number: 20110284246
    Abstract: A downhole tool used in the pressure isolation of adjacent subterranean formations. The downhole tool may comprise flow restriction devices along the outer circumference for impeding flow along the length of the tool. The tool may further comprise a perforating gun and an accumulator. Impeding flow along the length of the tool provides a dynamic flow restriction within the wellbore that precludes fluid flowing from one subterranean zone to an adjacent zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: William D. Myers, Alphie S. Wright
  • Patent number: 7980308
    Abstract: A downhole tool used in the pressure isolation of adjacent subterranean formations. The downhole tool may comprise flow restriction devices along the outer circumference for impeding flow along the length of the tool. The tool may further comprise a perforating gun and an accumulator. Impeding flow along the length of the tool provides a dynamic flow restriction within the wellbore that precludes fluid flowing from one subterranean zone to an adjacent zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: William D. Myers, Jr., Alphie S. Wright
  • Publication number: 20100276136
    Abstract: A perforating system having a perforating gun with a high pressure gun body. The gun body can be thickened so that no empty space is present between it and a corresponding gun tube. Alternatively, the gun body could be a solid cylinder with slots radially formed therein to receive a shaped charge. In another embodiment, a flowable material, such as foam, fluid, sand, ceramic beads, eutectic metal, and combinations thereof, is provided in the space between the gun body and gun tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Randy L. Evans, Avigdor Hetz, Mark Sloan, William D. Myers, Nauman H. A.L. Mhaskar
  • Publication number: 20100096131
    Abstract: A method and system for cementing and perforating a wellbore in a single step by coupling a perforating gun with a wiper plug. The method includes injecting cement in a wellbore having casing therein and an annulus between the casing and wellbore. A wiper plug is dropped on the cement having a perforating gun attached to the wiper plug. The plug is forced downward pulling the perforating gun along. The downward motion of the plug in turn pushes the cement out the bottom end of the casing and into the annulus. The cement in the annulus is allowed to set and the perforating gun is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Freeman L. Hill, Randy L. Evans, John H. Clark, Mark L. Sloan, William D. Myers, JR., Joseph Gregory Barolak, George Patton
  • Patent number: 7600568
    Abstract: A perforating system connection sub comprising a vent valve for providing fluid flow communication through the connection sub wall. The vent valve is selectively opened and may include a frangible member. The frangible member is rupterable by the shock wave produced by ignition of an associated detonation cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Colby W. Ross, Timothy W. Sampson, William D. Myers, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090242198
    Abstract: A method of perforating a wellbore by forming a perforation that is aligned with a reservoir characteristic, such as direction of maximum stress, lines of constant formation properties, and the formation dip. The wellbore can be perforated using a perforating system employing a shaped charge, a mechanical device, or a high pressure fluid. The perforating system can be aligned by asymmetric weights, a motor, or manipulation from the wellbore surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Randy L. Evans, William D. Myers, JR.
  • Patent number: 7591212
    Abstract: A perforating gun connector comprising a first and second section connected together on one end. The two sections of the perforating gun connector that couple together are correspondingly tapered so that one end of one connector is tapered and fits into the corresponding tapered hollowed section of one end of the other section. The present invention also provides for the inclusion of shaped charges and booster charges within. Adjacent the charges are sealing bulkheads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: William D. Myers, Jr., Edgar W. Van Sickle, Kristian Vargervik
  • Publication number: 20080210425
    Abstract: A perforating gun connector comprising a first and second section connected together on one end. The two sections of the perforating gun connector that couple together are correspondingly tapered so that one end of one connector is tapered and fits into the corresponding tapered hollowed section of one end of the other section. The present invention also provides for the inclusion of shaped charges and booster charges within. Adjacent the charges are sealing bulkheads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: William D. Myers, Edgar W. Van Sickle, Kristian Vargervik