Patents by Inventor William Walter Shumway

William Walter Shumway 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: 10961431
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the use of thermally responsive lost circulation materials in subterranean formations are provided. In one embodiment, the methods include introducing a treatment fluid including a base fluid and a thermally responsive lost circulation material including a thermally responsive hydrogel that includes at least one thermoresponsive polymer into a wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation including a loss zone; allowing the thermally responsive lost circulation material to reach a thickening transition temperature; and allowing the treatment fluid to at least partially set in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway, Preston Andrew May
  • Publication number: 20210087456
    Abstract: A method of reducing a density of a density of a stable emulsion drilling fluid may comprise providing a stable emulsion drilling fluid comprising: an aqueous liquid; a biopolymer; an emulsifier; solid particulates; and an oil; wherein the stable emulsion drilling fluid is capable of remaining in quiescent storage at approximately 70° F. and atmospheric pressure without phase separation for about 8 hours or longer; circulating the stable emulsion drilling fluid though a drill string and annulus; adding additional oil to the stable emulsion drilling fluid to decrease the density of the stable emulsion drilling fluid and produce a reduced density stable emulsion drilling fluid; and circulating the reduced density stable emulsion drilling fluid though the drill string and the annulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Walter Shumway, Jeffrey J. Miller
  • Publication number: 20210079285
    Abstract: The present disclosure may be directed to treatment fluids and methods of using a treatment fluid for minimizing fluid loss in a wellbore. An example method may comprise providing a drill-in fluid. The drill-in fluid may comprise an aqueous liquid, a base oil, a polyol, an emulsifying surfactant, and a solid bridging agent. The method may further comprise circulating the drill-in fluid through a drill-string and past a drill bit. The method may further comprise drilling in a reservoir section of a subterranean formation to extend a wellbore in the reservoir section the drill-in fluid is circulated therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Chesnee Lae Davis, Jeffrey J. Miller, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10947443
    Abstract: Provided are compositions, methods, and systems that relate to use of viscoelastic surfactant gels in well perforation. A method for well treatment comprising: introducing a viscoelastic surfactant gel into a wellbore; and forming one or more perforation channels in an interval of the wellbore while the viscoelastic surfactant gel is disposed in the wellbore. A method for well treatment comprising: introducing a viscoelastic surfactant gel into a wellbore over an interval of the wellbore to be perforated; disposing a perforating gun into the wellbore such that the viscoelastic surfactant gel is disposed between the perforating gun and a casing of the wellbore; and forming one or more perforation channels in the interval of the wellbore. A downhole perforating system comprising: a perforating gun disposed at a distal end of a work string; and a viscoelastic surfactant gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Carvalho Mota, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10947434
    Abstract: A method including providing a drilling fluid that comprises a base fluid, a weighting agent, and a sag stability enhancer, wherein the sag stability enhancer comprises polyethylene glycol (PEG) having a molecular weight of greater than or equal to about 200 g/mol; and placing the drilling fluid in a subterranean formation via a wellbore penetrating the subterranean formation. A method including forming a fluid comprising a base fluid, a weighting agent, and from about 0.5 ppb (1.4 kg/m3) to about 30 ppb (85.5 kg/m3) of a sag stability enhancer, wherein the sag stability enhancer comprises a glycol; and introducing the fluid into at least a portion of a well. A drilling fluid containing a base fluid, a weighting agent, and a sag stability enhancer comprising polyethylene glycol (PEG) having a molecular weight of greater than or equal to about 200 g/mol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Chesnee Lae Davis, Philip Wayne Livanec, William Walter Shumway
  • Publication number: 20210071489
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing dielectric properties of a pulsed power drilling fluid are provided. In one embodiment, the methods include introducing a drilling fluid into a drilling pipe that extends into a portion of a wellbore; separating the drilling fluid into a solids rich portion and a solids lean portion in the drilling pipe at a location proximate to a pulsed power drill bit; allowing the solids lean portion of the drilling fluid to flow through the pulsed power drill bit; and drilling at least a portion of a wellbore. In some embodiments, the methods and systems include passing the drilling fluid through one or more hydrocyclones. In some embodiments, the methods and systems include passing the drilling fluid through one or more centrifuges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway
  • Publication number: 20210062639
    Abstract: Methods of sculpting a hard material. An example method includes providing a pulsed power apparatus comprising: an articulated arm; a pulsed power drill bit comprising two electrodes and coupled to the articulated arm; and a power generator coupled to the two electrodes. The method further includes positioning the pulsed power drill bit such that at least one of the electrodes contacts the hard material; submerging the electrodes in a dielectric fluid; and discharging a high voltage pulse from at least one of the electrodes such that the discharged high voltage pulse passes through the hard material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10934835
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for using and testing chemically tagged drilling fluid additives. In one embodiment, the method comprises: circulating a drilling fluid in a wellbore, wherein the drilling fluid comprises a chemically tagged drilling fluid additive; and extending the wellbore into one or more subterranean formations while circulating the drilling fluid. A system comprising: a drilling fluid comprising a chemically tagged drilling fluid additive; a drill string comprises a drill bit and a downhole tool; a data processing system operable to receive measurements from the downhole tool to produce a visual representation of the chemically tagged drilling fluid additive in a subterranean formation or a filter cake. An apparatus comprising: a vessel for holding a quantity of a drilling fluid a filter media; a mud sensor; a cake sensor; an outlet sensor; a data processing system coupled to the mud sensor, the cake sensor, and the outlet sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Paul Deville, William Walter Shumway, Adam R. Dotson, Kevin Gregory Kleinguetl, Brice Aaron Jackson, Lawrence Joseph Herskowitz
  • Patent number: 10919781
    Abstract: A method including contacting a stream including water with a coated porous substrate including a porous substrate coated with a hydrophilic and oleophobic coating to produce a treated water including water that passes through the coated porous substrate; and utilizing at least a portion of the treated water as a component of a hydraulic fracturing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway
  • Publication number: 20210017439
    Abstract: Compositions, methods, and systems for using particulates treated with one or more hydrophobizing agents in forming filter cakes during drilling to improve filter-cake removal. A method for drilling a wellbore may include circulating a drilling fluid in the wellbore, wherein the drilling fluid comprises particulates treated with one or more hydrophobizing agents; extending the wellbore while the drilling fluid is circulated in the wellbore; and forming a filter cake in the wellbore, wherein the filter cake comprises a portion of the particulates from the drilling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica Paola Ramirez Angulo, William Walter Shumway
  • Publication number: 20210016940
    Abstract: A re-sealable vessel includes a body with an open end and a lid assembly. The lid assembly includes a cap with a seal sized to seal against the open end of the body and the cap is at least partially formed from a fusible metal with a melting point less than a threshold temperature comprising a boiling point or a temperature associated with a threshold vapor pressure of a liquid contained within the body, such that when a temperature of the fusible metal exceeds the melting point, the fusible metal melts, leaving an aperture through the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway
  • Publication number: 20200369945
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using an invert emulsion fluid that is beneficial in the drilling, completing and working over of subterranean wells are provided. In some embodiments, the method includes: preparing a treatment fluid including an invert emulsion, wherein the invert emulsion further includes an aqueous dispersed phase, an oleaginous continuous phase, and an amine surfactant emulsifier and placing the treatment fluid in a wellbore penetrating at least portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Li Guo, William Walter Shumway, Jay Paul Deville, Kingsley Ihueze Nzeadibe
  • Publication number: 20200354621
    Abstract: Provided are compositions, methods, and systems that relate to use of viscoelastic surfactant gels in well perforation. A method for well treatment comprising: introducing a viscoelastic surfactant gel into a wellbore; and forming one or more perforation channels in an interval of the wellbore while the viscoelastic surfactant gel is disposed in the wellbore. A method for well treatment comprising: introducing a viscoelastic surfactant gel into a wellbore over an interval of the wellbore to be perforated; disposing a perforating gun into the wellbore such that the viscoelastic surfactant gel is disposed between the perforating gun and a casing of the wellbore; and forming one or more perforation channels in the interval of the wellbore. A downhole perforating system comprising: a perforating gun disposed at a distal end of a work string; and a viscoelastic surfactant gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Carvalho Mota, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10793761
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the use of treatment fluids comprising metalate-based additives to treat subterranean formations are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise providing a treatment fluid comprising a non-aqueous base fluid and at least one metalate-based additive comprising: an anion selected from the group consisting of: a tungstate, a molybdate, a vanadate, a manganate, and any combination thereof, and an organic cation; and introducing the treatment fluid into a wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Cato Russell McDaniel, Hui Zhou, Timothy N. Harvey, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10787872
    Abstract: A method of servicing a wellbore extending from a surface of the earth and penetrating a subterranean formation, including: removing water from an aqueous based wellbore servicing fluid by contacting the aqueous based wellbore servicing fluid with a porous substrate coated with a hydrophilic and oleophobic coating, whereby water is removed from the aqueous based wellbore servicing fluid via passage through the porous substrate, and whereby a water concentration and a volume of the aqueous based wellbore servicing fluid are reduced and a density of the aqueous based wellbore servicing fluid is increased to provide a modified aqueous based wellbore servicing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway
  • Publication number: 20200299562
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an electrocrushing drilling fluid with an electrocrushing drilling base fluid including a non-polar oil, water, and glycerin. The base fluid may further include a polar oil and an alkylene carbonate. The electrocrushing drilling fluid may further contain at least one additive. The electrocrushing drilling fluid may have a dielectric constant or dielectric strength of at least a set amount, an electric conductivity less than a set amount, or a combination of these properties. The disclosure further relates to an electrocrushing drilling system containing the electrocrushing drilling fluid and an electrocrushing drill bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Donald Curtis Van Slyke, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10738550
    Abstract: Disclosed are treatments of recovered commercial solids and use of the treated recovered commercial solids in well treatment fluids. Systems and methods are disclosed for chemically treating recovered commercial solids to remove contaminants and then recycling the recovered commercial solids by using them in a treatment fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Chesnee Lae Davis, Katerina V. Newman, Kimberly Jo Burrows, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10738549
    Abstract: A method of managing water content of a pulsed power drilling fluid, the method comprising contacting the pulsed power drilling fluid with a water absorbent material, wherein the pulsed power drilling fluid comprises water at a first water concentration, and whereby the water absorbent material absorbs at least a portion of the water from the pulsed power drilling fluid to provide a treated pulsed power drilling fluid and a spent water absorbent material comprising absorbed water, wherein the treated pulsed power drilling fluid comprises water at a second water concentration, wherein the second water concentration is lower than the first water concentration. A pulse power drilling fluid and a system for carrying out the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, William Walter Shumway, Rocio Macarena Moyano Dip
  • Publication number: 20200248066
    Abstract: A crosslinked polymer comprising reactants of a first repeating unit, a second repeating unit, and a crosslinker that react to form the crosslinked polymer, wherein the first repeating unit is a sulfonic acid-containing monomer present from 50% to 99% by weight of the reactants, wherein the second repeating unit is selected from the group consisting of an N-vinyl amide-containing monomer, a terminal double bond-containing monomer, and any combination thereof, and is present from 1% to 50% by weight of the reactants, and wherein the crosslinker comprises at least two olefinic bonds, and is present in the range of about 9% to about 25% by weight of the reactants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Weibin Zha, Kay A. Galindo, William Walter Shumway
  • Patent number: 10717915
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an electrocrushing drilling fluid with an electrocrushing drilling base fluid including a non-polar oil, water, and glycerin. The base fluid may further include a polar oil and an alkylene carbonate. The electrocrushing drilling fluid may further contain at least one additive. The electrocrushing drilling fluid may have a dielectric constant or dielectric strength of at least a set amount, an electric conductivity less than a set amount, or a combination of these properties. The disclosure further relates to an electrocrushing drilling system containing the electrocrushing drilling fluid and an electrocrushing drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Curtis Van Slyke, William Walter Shumway