Patents by Inventor Zachary William Walton

Zachary William Walton 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: 20200362668
    Abstract: A frac sleeve system includes a well casing with a tubular wall having a frac port defined there through for hydraulic fracturing. A sleeve within the well casing includes a sleeve body. The sleeve is mounted for axial movement relative to the tubular wall of the well casing among three positions including: a closed position in which the sleeve body blocks the frac port, a frac position in which the sleeve body clears the frac port so the frac port is open for hydraulic fracturing there through, and a production position in which the sleeve at least partially blocks the frac port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Linley FRIPP, Stephen Michael GRECI, Richard Decene ORNELAZ, Zachary William WALTON
  • Publication number: 20200362224
    Abstract: A method may comprise: inserting an apparatus into a wellbore, wherein the apparatus comprises: a seal element comprising: an elastomer; and a swellable metal embedded in the elastomer; exposing the seal element to a fluid; transitioning the seal element from an initial state with an initial volume to an expanded state with an expanded volume to form a seal in the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Jon Wellhoefer, Geir Gjelstad, Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton
  • Publication number: 20200355054
    Abstract: Sliding sleeve assemblies may include one or more sliding sleeve tools to stimulate one or more zones in a wellbore. The one or more sliding sleeve tools may be actuated based on an actuation sensor. A property sensor may be disposed adjacent to a sliding sleeve tool to collect data indicative of a wellbore property associated with one or more different zones of a fracture or the actuation sleeve. The property sensor may transmit data to the surface or to other property sensors associated with downhole tools. Configuring or disposing one or more property sensors to a downhole tool may provide real-time feedback regarding the rate of production for a particular zone or area downhole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Matthew James Merron
  • Publication number: 20200325749
    Abstract: A sealing apparatus is provided. The sealing apparatus includes a swellable metal. The swellable metal, when exposed to a fluid, is transitionable from an initial configuration having an initial volume to an expanded configuration having an increased volume. The swellable metal, upon transitioning to the expanded configuration in an annulus of a fluid channel, forms a seal against a surface of the fluid channel such that fluid communication across the swellable metal in the annulus is at least partially restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Linley FRIPP, Geir GJELSTAD, Zachary William WALTON
  • Patent number: 10801315
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include methods to obtain measurements of a wellbore and data logging devices. In one embodiment, the method includes measuring, by a sensor of a wellbore isolation device, at least one condition of the wellbore proximate to the sensor. The wellbore isolation device has a dissolvable portion, and the sensor is releasable from the wellbore isolation device upon dissolution of the dissolvable portion. The method also includes storing measurements of the at least one condition of the wellbore in a machine-readable medium. The method further includes providing the stored measurements of the sensor to a controller following dissolution of the dissolvable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, John Todd Broome, Zachary William Walton
  • Publication number: 20200248531
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for performing wellbore completion and production operations in a subterranean formation are provided. In some embodiments, the methods include: disposing an electronic initiator sleeve within a closed wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation, wherein the electronic initiator sleeve comprises: a housing having at least one port, a sleeve in a closed position, an actuator, and at least one sensor; increasing fluid pressure within the closed wellbore for a period of time, wherein the sleeve remains in the closed position during the period of time; detecting a signal with the at least one sensor; and actuating the actuator in response to the signal to transition the sleeve from the closed position to an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Matthew James Merron, Michael Linley Fripp, Raymundus Jozef Meijs, Matthew Bryan Roseman
  • Publication number: 20200240235
    Abstract: Swellable metal sealing elements and methods for forming a seal in a wellbore using said swellable metal sealing elements. An example method comprises providing a swellable metal sealing element selected from the group consisting of an O-ring, a gasket, or a seal stack; wherein the swellable metal sealing element is disposed in or around a downhole tool disposed in the wellbore. The method further comprises exposing the swellable metal sealing element to a brine and allowing or causing to allow the swellable metal sealing element to swell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Michael L. FRIPP, Stephen Michael GRECI, Zachary William WALTON
  • Patent number: 10724340
    Abstract: Downhole tools, methods, and systems related thereto. An example downhole tool includes a body comprising a degradable core and a chelating agent or a chelating agent/scale inhibitor mixture integrated therein. The chelating agent and scale inhibitors help to direct and control the degradation of the degradable core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Aaron Beuterbaugh, Enrique Reyes
  • Patent number: 10677015
    Abstract: Wellbore isolation devices may be produced with wear bands and slips having modified surfaces to change the frictional properties between these components and the surrounding wellbore surface. A wellbore isolation device may include: a mandrel; slips disposed circumferentially about the mandrel and in a first position along the mandrel. The slips comprise particles coupled thereto forming a modified surface. The particles comprise at least some sharp protrusions. At least one packer element is disposed along the mandrel and in a second position along the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, John Charles Gano, Zachary William Walton
  • Patent number: 10655411
    Abstract: Frangible components like shear pins, rupture disks, retainer rings, and shear rings of downhole tools (e.g., frac plugs, sliding sleeves, darts, packers, expansion joints, valves, and tool-conveyance coupling apparatuses) may be composed of a degradable material that degrades in a wellbore environment at a desired time during the performance of a subterranean formation operation. For example, a tool string may include a conveyance or top adapter sub threadably coupled to a first end of a stinger; a wellbore tool coupled to the stinger via a coupling at a second end opposing the first end of the stinger, wherein the coupling comprises a frangible, degradable shear pin and a frangible, degradable shear ring, wherein the frangible, degradable shear pin and the frangible, degradable shear ring independently comprise a degradable metal alloy selected from the group consisting of a magnesium alloy, an aluminum alloy, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Matthew James Merron
  • Patent number: 10633947
    Abstract: Degradable downhole tools that include a doped aluminum alloy may degrade via a galvanic mechanism. More specifically, such a degradable downhole tool may comprise at least one component of the downhole tool made of a doped aluminum alloy that at least partially degrades by micro-galvanic corrosion in the presence of water having a salinity of greater than about 10 ppm, wherein the doped aluminum alloy comprises aluminum, 0.05% to about 25% dopant by weight of the doped aluminum alloy, less than 0.5% gallium by weight of the doped aluminum alloy, and less than 0.5% mercury by weight of the doped aluminum alloy, and wherein the dopant is selected from the group consisting of iron, copper, nickel, tin, chromium, silver, gold, palladium, carbon, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton
  • Patent number: 10626695
    Abstract: A wellbore isolation device may include a mandrel; degradable slips disposed about the mandrel and composed of a degradable metal alloy selected from the group consisting of a magnesium alloy, an aluminum alloy, and any combination thereof; and at least one packer element disposed along the mandrel. The degradable slips may be formed of a degradable metal material. Optionally, the wellbore isolation device may further include degradable slip bands formed of a degradable metal material or a degradable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton
  • Patent number: 10605027
    Abstract: A downhole wellbore isolation tool includes an elastomeric sealing element for engaging a casing member or another tubular member in a wellbore. The isolation tool includes one or more expandable slips for gripping the tubular member and holding the isolation tool in place. The sealing element has an axial end in direct contact with an abutment surface of the expandable slip such that the slip limits, if not eliminates, unwanted extrusion of the sealing element, e.g., upon setting of the isolation tool. The expandable slips may be constructed of a plurality of slip elements, and the elastomeric sealing element may flow into gaps defined between the slip elements when the isolation tool is set. The slip segments and other components of the isolation tool may be constructed of a dissolvable material to facilitate removal of the isolation tool from the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp, Michael James Jurgensmeier, John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 10533392
    Abstract: A wellbore isolation device includes a wedge member that defines an outer surface and a barrel seal having a cylindrical body that provides an inner radial surface and an outer radial surface. The inner radial surface is engageable with the outer surface of the wedge member. The barrel seal further includes a plurality of longitudinally extending grooves defined through the body in an alternating configuration at opposing ends of the body. A raised lip protrudes radially from the outer radial surface and circuitously extends about a circumference of the body. A plurality of slip buttons is positioned in a corresponding plurality of holes defined in the outer radial surface of the body. At least one of the wedge member and the barrel seal is made of a degradable material that degrades when exposed to a wellbore environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp, John Charles Gano, Zachary Ryan Murphree, David Allen Dockweiler
  • Patent number: 10526868
    Abstract: Downhole tools, methods, and systems of use thereof, the downhole tool comprising a wellbore isolation device that provides a plurality of components including one or more first components and one or more second components, wherein at least the first and second one or more components are made of a degradable metal material that degrades when exposed to a wellbore environment, and wherein the one or more first components is fabricated by a first fabrication method and the one or more second components is fabricated by a second fabrication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 10472918
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a wellbore isolation device, a method to form the wellbore isolation device, and a downhole, device-tracking system. In one embodiment, the system includes a wellbore isolation device having a first identification tag and a dissolvable component. The first identification tag is operable to travel along a fluid flow path toward the surface of a well upon dissolution of the dissolvable component. The system also includes a detector disposed along the fluid flow path, where the detector is operable to detect the first identification tag when the first identification tag is proximate to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, John Todd Broome, Zachary William Walton
  • Publication number: 20190323305
    Abstract: Methods and systems for depassivating completion tool batteries are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: providing a completion tool disposed within a wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation, wherein the completion tool is electrically coupled to an at least partially passivated lithium battery; depassivating the at least partially passivated lithium battery in the wellbore by discharging the lithium battery; and powering the completion tool with the at least partially depassivated lithium battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Matthew James Merron
  • Publication number: 20190309622
    Abstract: Communication from a well surface location at a well site to a downhole tool positioned within a wellbore may be performed such that fluid flow is not restricted through the downhole tool. For example, a method may include: sending a signal from an uphole location to a downhole tool located in a wellbore, wherein the signal comprises at least one event selected from the group consisting of a magnetic wellbore projectile, an acoustic pulse, and a pressure change; taking measurements with a sensor coupled to the downhole tool, wherein the sensor is at least one selected from the group consisting of a magnetic sensor, an acoustic sensor, and a pressure sensor; identifying the signal based on at least one of the measurements greater than an adaptive threshold value; and actuating the downhole tool from a first configuration to a second configuration upon identification of the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Donald G. KYLE, Matthew James MERRON, Michael Liniey FRIPP
  • Publication number: 20190249549
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using flow rate signals for wireless downhole communication are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: generating a first flow rate signal within a wellbore by altering the flow rate of a first fluid in the wellbore, wherein the first flow rate signal comprises at least two detectable characteristics; detecting the first flow rate signal at a first downhole tool disposed within the wellbore; and actuating the first downhole tool in response to detecting the first flow rate signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Matthew Merron, Thomas Frosell
  • Publication number: 20190249520
    Abstract: A completion section includes a base pipe defining a central flow passage, an injection port, and a production port. A fracturing assembly includes a frac sleeve positioned within the central flow passage adjacent the injection port, a sensor that detects a wireless signal, a first frac actuator actuatable in response to the wireless signal to move the frac sleeve and expose the injection port, and a second frac actuator actuatable based on the wireless signal to move the frac sleeve to occlude the injection port. A production assembly is axially offset from the fracturing assembly and includes a production sleeve positioned within the central flow passage adjacent the production port, a filtration device arranged about the base pipe, and a production actuator actuatable based on the wireless signal or an additional wireless signal to move the production sleeve to an open position where the production ports are exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew James MERRON, Zachary William WALTON, Michael Linley FRIPP