Anchor Actuated By Fluid Pressure Patents (Class 166/120)
  • Patent number: 10927638
    Abstract: A wellbore isolation is introduced into a wellbore and includes an elongate body defining an interior and comprising an upper sub, a lower sub, and a mandrel extending therebetween. A sealing element is disposed about the mandrel and upper and lower slip assemblies are positioned on opposing axial ends of the sealing element. A setting piston is positioned within a piston chamber defined by the lower sub and the mandrel, and a mandrel plugging device is positioned within the mandrel. The mandrel plugging device plugs the interior and transitions between occluding setting ports defined in the mandrel and exposed the setting ports to facilitate fluid communication between the interior and the piston chamber. The interior is pressurized to actuate the setting piston and set the lower slip assembly, and further pressurized to move the mandrel and set the upper slip assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dale Ezell, Beauford Sean Mallory
  • Patent number: 10920526
    Abstract: Hydraulic setting tools, packer setting systems, and methods thereof are provided. The hydraulic setting tool includes a mandrel containing a main flow path, a piston housing surrounding at least a portion of the mandrel, and a piston disposed between the piston housing and the mandrel. A cavity is defined at least partially between the piston, the piston housing, and the mandrel. The tool also includes a port passing through the mandrel and configured to provide fluid communication between the main flow path and of the cavity, and an isolation sleeve located within the mandrel and movable along the main flow path between a closed position and an opened position to control the fluid communication between the main flow path and the cavity via the port. A remotely activated valve is located downstream from the isolation sleeve along the main flow path and controls the fluid passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdel Hamid Rawhi Abeidoh, Colby Munro Ross
  • Patent number: 10883326
    Abstract: A hydraulic anchoring assembly (10, 10a), and method of its use, for anchoring and sealing an insertable progressing cavity pump on rods in a well. The assembly (10, 10a) has one or more cup seals (42, 42a), upstream of one or more inflatable packers (14, 14a) upstream of one or more hydraulic slips (16). The cup seals (42, 42a) provide a pressure differential for inflation of the upstream most inflatable packer (14), which in turn provides a pressure differential for the downstream inflatable packer(s) (14a) to inflate to produce a fluid tight seal between the insertable progressing cavity pump and the well. In highly deviated wells the up seals (42, 42a) can be used to pump the hydraulic anchoring assembly (10, 10a) down the well in situations where the rods would otherwise buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Francis John Guillena Ford
  • Patent number: 10822915
    Abstract: A method of setting a tandem releasable bridge plug system in a casing includes assembling a tandem bridge plug string including a lower bridge plug and an upper bridge plug. Both the upper bridge plug and the upper connector are initially disabled by a lock and unlockable from topsides; running in the tandem plug string on a drill pipe string until the lower plug is at its setting target depth in the casing; setting and shutting the lower plug; disconnecting the upper plug from the lower plug; pulling up the upper plug to its upper setting target depth in the casing, enabling the upper plug by releasing the lock; venting annulus gas to a central bore of the upper plug through a radial aperture below a packer of the upper plug and below a ball valve; shutting said ball valve in said central bore the upper plug; and disconnecting the drill pipe string from the upper plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ARCHER OILTOOLS AS
    Inventors: Jan-Ove Fagna, Eirik André Revheim
  • Patent number: 10822911
    Abstract: A straddle packer has a multicomponent mandrel with an active mandrel component. A modular pressure cylinder reciprocates within a limited range over the active mandrel component. Pistons the modular pressure cylinder are respectively interconnected and cylinder walls of modular pressure cylinder are respectively interconnected. When fluid is pumped through a tubing string into the straddle packer, the pistons are urged in one direction along an axis of the active mandrel component while the cylinder walls are urged in an opposite direction along the axis to simultaneously compress spaced-apart packers of the straddle packer to a packer set condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: EXACTA-FRAC ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Joze John Hrupp
  • Patent number: 10808493
    Abstract: A technique facilitates temporary locking of a mechanical packer to prevent inadvertent actuation of the mechanical packer. The mechanical packer may be set via manipulation of a setting mandrel which works in cooperation with a releasable locking mechanism. The releasable locking mechanism may be initially locked against the setting mandrel and held in place via a piston, e.g. an annular piston, received in a piston chamber, e.g. an annular chamber surrounding the setting mandrel. The piston may be selectively shifted via pressure applied in the piston chamber so as to release the releasable locking mechanism, thus enabling actuation of the mechanical packer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Quangen Du, Brian John Bethscheider
  • Patent number: 10753173
    Abstract: A retrievable packer device for use in a wellbore includes first and second end rings configured to be mounted on a base member and a deformable sleeve extending from the first end ring to the second end ring and configured to extend around the base member. A swellable sleeve is mounted on the deformable sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Swellfix B.V.
    Inventors: Benn Voll, Barry Huffer, Colin Mackie, Neil Anderson
  • Patent number: 10689930
    Abstract: A dual-action hydraulically operable anchor includes a hydraulic anchor body for positioning a whipstock in a wellbore. A split clamp retains an upper sub and the hydraulic anchor body. A lower cap guides the hydraulic anchor within the wellbore. The floating mandrel transmits a hydraulic fluid into the fixed housing, transmitting compressive force from the upper hydraulic piston or from mechanical force applied to the whipstock above and adjoining the hydraulic anchor. The lower hydraulic piston operates along the floating mandrel using transmitted hydraulic fluid. A T-slot adapter and a slip move from a flush position along the fixed housing to an extended position along the fixed housing such that the slip firmly engages the wellbore to hold the hydraulic anchor and the whipstock in a fixed position for providing a path for lateral drilling outside the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: John Lloyd Crabb, Charles H. Dewey, Antonio Garza
  • 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: 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: 10597986
    Abstract: A technique facilitates hanging of a liner in a borehole. According to the technique, a liner hanger and a liner may be deployed downhole into a borehole. A wellbore anchoring device of the liner hanger is initially actuated to engage a surrounding surface and to resist downward movement of the liner. Additionally, a hold down anchor is subsequently actuated to resist upward movement of the liner. The hold down anchor may be released via mechanical manipulation of the liner hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Travis Raymond Burke, James Hall, Raghavendar Ranganathan, Srihari Chebolu, David E. Hirth
  • Patent number: 10590732
    Abstract: A packer for sealing in a tubular includes a mandrel on which a packing element is disposed between booster pistons. Each piston defines a sealed chamber with housed areas of the mandrel. A setting force compresses packing element between the booster piston, which shear free. Ratchet mechanisms including ratchet sleeves and body lock rings disposed between the pistons and the housed areas initially allow the pistons to move in a direction away from the packing element, which expands the respective sealed chamber. Thereafter, in response to a pressure differential across the respective sealed chamber, the ratchet mechanisms each permit urging of the respective piston toward the packing element while preventing retraction of respective piston in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Duron Ingram
  • Patent number: 10584558
    Abstract: A packer comprising a mandrel having a radially directed port disposed therein and a passageway axially disposed therein and a packer element disposed around a portion of the mandrel. The packer further includes a housing disposed around a portion of the mandrel creating an annulus area between the mandrel and the housing, the housing is disposed adjacent to the packer element to squeeze the packer element and axially expand the annulus area when fluid flows through the radially directed port and into the annulus area above a fluid pressure threshold. The packer can be included in a downhole assembly having an upper packer and a lower packer. A method of using the packer includes placing the packer into a wellbore to seal one zone from another and pumping fluid into the packer to set the packer element against a casing in the wellbore. A method of using the assembly that incorporates the upper packer and the lower packer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Thru Tubing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Manke
  • Patent number: 10538981
    Abstract: A setting tool for use in setting plugs downhole using opposing pistons to axially compress a plug, thereby causing it to radially expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Johnny Covalt, Rick Smith
  • Patent number: 10533390
    Abstract: An annular barrier has a tubular part, and a downhole expandable tubular to be expanded in an annulus downhole from a first outer diameter to a second outer diameter to abut against an inner face of a casing or borehole. The downhole expandable tubular has a first end section, a second end section and an intermediate section between the first end section and the second end section, the downhole expandable tubular surrounding the tubular part. Each end section of the downhole expandable tubular is connected with the tubular part and extends along a longitudinal axis, and defines an annular barrier space between the tubular part and the downhole expandable tubular. The tubular is made from one metal tubular blank of one metal material, the metal material of the end sections having a higher yield strength than the metal material of the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: WELLTEC OILFIELD SOLUTIONS AG
    Inventors: Ricardo Reves Vasques, Dean Richard Massey
  • Patent number: 10513898
    Abstract: A setting mechanism for a liner hanger to be secured within the casing of an oil/gas well includes an expandable hydraulic chamber a portion of which is connected to a setting collar positioned around the liner hanger. Expansion of the chamber will cause the setting collar to radially move one or more slips having a gripping surface into contact with an inner surface of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Allamon Properties LLC
    Inventors: Jerry P. Allamon, Javier E. Bolivar
  • Patent number: 10513917
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a formation penetrated by a wellbore, the method includes fracturing the formation by increasing an annulus pressure in the wellbore above a fracture initiation pressure. The method also includes decreasing the annulus pressure below a fracture closure pressure, and re-fracturing the formation by increasing the annulus pressure in the wellbore above the fracture initiation pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nebojsa Kostic, Eric Bivens, Loyd E. East, Jr., Ronald G. Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 10472921
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packer device (1) for sealing against an inner surface of a surrounding pipe or casing string (4), preferably for isolating zones or sections in an oil well, comprising a tubing body (3) and at least one sealing element (7a, b), where a cylinder/piston arrangement (2) comprises a cylinder (5) having a closed volume containing a fluid, such as a gas or liquid, arranged to expand when exposed to heat thereby exerting a mechanically pressure on movable elements (12), initially locked in a fixed position by means of at least one fixing element, such as a shear member (6), and where the movable elements (12) are adapted to be released into an operative state at a predetermined axial force, exerted by the closed volume in the cylinder (5), resulting in that the at least one sealing element (7a, b) is pressed radially outwardly in such a way that it seals the packer device (1) against the surrounding pipe-/casing string (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vanguard Oil Tools & Services LLC
    Inventors: Len Barton, Mats Johansson, Borre Loviknes
  • Patent number: 10472914
    Abstract: A system includes a hanger running tool and a pressure port. The hanger running tool includes an upper body, a lower body disposed about the upper body, a first lock ring disposed between the upper body and the lower body, the first lock ring comprising a tapered top surface, a first push ring disposed between the upper body and the lower body, the first push ring comprising a tapered bottom surface that interfaces with the tapered top surface of the first lock ring, an upper piston disposed about the upper body, and a lower piston disposed about the first lock ring, the first push ring, and the lower body, extending axially downward. The pressure port is in fluid communication with a volume between the upper piston and the lower piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10443346
    Abstract: A new cement valve is disclosed for use in the production of an oil or gas well where hydraulic fracturing has been employed. In particular, the embodiments include a cement valve having a reclosable valve. When properly located, a first piston sleeve is hydraulically actuated to open the cement ports on the tool. After the cement has been pumped through the tool and the cement ports to a wellbore annulus, a blocking ball is dropped to stop flow through the tool. The tool is internally pressurized. The pressure overcomes shear pins to force downward movement of a ball housing inside the cement valve. This movement translates a travelling pin along a guide path, which rotates a ball valve inside the ball housing, releasing the blocking ball to open up the internal flow path through the cement valve at the same time the cement ports are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DLA-Desheim Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Abney, Valeriy Kasyanenko
  • Patent number: 10428623
    Abstract: A ball dropping system includes a ball retention feature. The ball retention feature includes an ejection arrangement blocked from activating in a first condition of the ball dropping system, activatable in a second condition of the ball dropping system, and activated to eject a ball from the ball dropping system that is releasably secured by the ball retention feature in a third condition of the ball dropping system. A setting sleeve is movable from a first position to a second position with respect to the ejection arrangement. The setting sleeve has the first position to block the ejection arrangement from activating in the first condition of the ball dropping system. The setting sleeve is movable to the second position to render the ejection arrangement activatable in the second condition of the ball dropping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary Silva
  • Patent number: 10400556
    Abstract: A cementless downhole completion system including an annular barrier with a tubular metal part being mounted as part of a first well tubular metal structure arranged in a borehole in a formation and the annular barrier is arranged opposite an impermeable cap layer in the formation. A downhole completion system for completing a well having a top, comprising a formation comprising a cap layer, a borehole extending through the cap layer to provide an inner cap layer face and, a first well tubular metal structure arranged in the borehole comprising a first annular barrier and a second annular barrier. In the expanded position, the expandable tubular of the first annular barrier overlaps the cap layer and the expandable tubular of the second annular barrier overlaps the cap layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Welltec Oilfield Solutions AG
    Inventor: Paul Hazel
  • Patent number: 10400529
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for anchoring a morphable tubular in a wellbore in which an anchoring system is arranged around the circumference of an expandable portion of the tubular member. The anchoring system has a gripper element with oppositely arranged inclined surfaces and wedge elements having inclined surfaces mutually arranged on either side of the gripper element with at least one of the wedge elements being a beam spring. Following morphing of the tubular member the anchoring system is configured to maintain the gripper element in a radially extended position by action of the at least one beam spring and thereby increase the load bearing capacity of the morphed tubular member in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Damien Gerard Patton
  • Patent number: 10365079
    Abstract: A downhole setting tool having a first housing, a second housing having a chamber connected to the first housing, a power charge positioned within the chamber, an igniter connected to a portion of the power charge, and an ignition device connected to the igniter. The ignition device is configured to actuate upon receipt of an electrical signal. The ignition device is configured to ignite the igniter. The ignition device may rapidly heat up or apply a voltage or current to the igniter. The igniter is configured to cause the detonation of the power charge to set a device within a wellbore. The igniter may be embedded into the power charge with the ignition device positioned within a cavity in the igniter. The igniter may be a pyrotechnic material or may release high energy heat upon application of voltage or current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Edgar Harrington, Larry Palmer, Zhiyue Xu, YingQing Xu, Lei Zhao, Kent Meyer
  • Patent number: 10301902
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for an anti-preset and anti-reset mechanism for a retrievable packer are disclosed herein. These features may be used to prevent the packer from being actuated prematurely during deployment downhole and to prevent the packer from re-actuating during retrieval. An apparatus may include a mandrel, a slip assembly disposed about the mandrel, a collet member disposed about the mandrel and adjacent to the slip assembly, and a cover sleeve disposed about the mandrel and coupled to the collet member. A method for releasing a packer may include cutting a mandrel, sliding a cover sleeve and a collet member having a collet lug downhole with respect to the mandrel, applying force from the collet member to the slip assembly, disengaging the slip assembly from a well casing, and engaging an inner surface of the collet lug to a protrusion on the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburotn Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Cynthia S. Tuckness, James W. Scott, Michael D. Ezell
  • Patent number: 10294777
    Abstract: A steering tool system may provide a bottom hole assembly (BHA) and a surface control/interface (SCI). The steering tool may provide an improved electronic schematic that provides a data line that is separate from the power line. The BHA may provide a full bore flow path. The connectors of a cablehead section may be designed to ease make up with proper contact to the connectors. The BHA may also be suitable for pumping a ball to a hydraulic disconnect. The design of the system allows conductors to pass through the hydraulic disconnect and orienter control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CUDD PRESSURE CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Jarman, Philippe Giacalone, Rick Kleinhans, Brian Wright, Jeffrey Adams, Nigel Rowcliffe
  • Patent number: 10287847
    Abstract: A downhole sealing apparatus includes a cup sealing assembly defining a central bore to permit mounting on a mandrel. At least a portion of the cup sealing assembly is configured to be rotatably coupled to a mandrel. Such a downhole sealing assembly may be millable when in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Rubberatkins Limited
    Inventors: Vijayamirtharaj Avanashiappan, David Matthew Hare, Craig Spalding
  • Patent number: 10273801
    Abstract: A sensing and communication system for a gas lift well is provided. The gas lift well includes a casing, production tubing positioned within the casing, and a gas lift valve coupled to the production tubing. The sensing and communication system includes a turbine configured to rotate in response to an injected gas stream flowing through the turbine, wherein the turbine is positioned one of i) within an annulus defined between the production tubing and the casing and ii) within the gas lift valve, an alternator coupled to the turbine and configured to generate electrical power from rotation of the turbine, and at least one sensor coupled to the alternator and configured to operate using the generated electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vimal Vinod Shah, Stewart Blake Brazil, Wilson Chun-Ling Chin, Roderick Mark Lusted
  • Patent number: 10273777
    Abstract: A down-hole packer is provided for positioning in a wellbore to establish a seal with a surrounding surface. The packer includes a sealing element that is responsive to compression by a setting piston to radially expand into the wellbore. An actuator is provided to longitudinally move the setting piston in response to a telemetry signal received by the down-hole packer. The actuator can include a hydraulic pump, an electromechanical motor or valves operable to control hydraulic energy to apply a down-hole force to the setting piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc
    Inventors: Eric Conzemius, Megan Rae Kelley, Reid Elliott Zevenbergen, Gregory Thomas Werkheiser
  • Patent number: 10246954
    Abstract: A loss mitigation bottom hole assembly for use in a wellbore to isolate a severe loss zone of a formation, including a drill bit for drilling a well bore, and a dual wall drill string connecting the drill bit to a fluid source, and having a first fluid passage for delivering fluid to a drill bit, and a separate second fluid passage for returning the fluid away from the drill bit. The assembly further includes a drilling liner circumscribing and attached to a bottom portion of the dual wall drill string, and surrounding the drill bit, the drilling liner having an end adjacent the drill bit to contain the fluid exiting the drill bit and prevent the fluid from entering the severe loss zone of the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Shaohua Zhou
  • Patent number: 10233720
    Abstract: A technique facilitates deployment and operation of actuatable plugs, e.g. frac plugs or bridge plugs. According to one embodiment, the plug comprises a flexible element slidably mounted on a portion of a cone, e.g. an upper cone. The upper cone comprises a tapered surface which works in cooperation with upper slips movably secured to the upper cone. The bridge plug also comprises a lower cone which comprises a lower tapered surface which works in cooperation with lower slips movably secured to the lower cone. Depending on the application, the plug may be constructed with each of these features combined into an overall assembly or with a portion of these features to facilitate plug operation in a specific environment and operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Tse, Robert M. Graham, Christopher Cromer
  • Patent number: 10227833
    Abstract: A centralizer comprises a plurality of bow springs, wherein each bow spring has a first and second end. A first collar is coupled to the first end of each of the plurality of bow springs and includes a longitudinal frangible region. A second collar is coupled to the second end of each of the plurality of bow springs and also includes a longitudinal frangible region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Enventure Global Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Nanda Boddeda
  • Patent number: 10227848
    Abstract: A treatment tool can include a housing with longitudinal passages, a valve that controls flow between sections of one passage, another valve that controls flow between the one passage and a section of another passage, and a locking device that prevents the first valve from being transitioned to an open configuration from a closed configuration. A method can include flowing a fluid through a passage of a service string and into an annulus about a screen, the fluid entering the screen and flowing to another annulus via another passage of the service string, then installing a plug in the first passage, thereby preventing flow through the first passage to the annulus about the screen, and creating at least one pressure differential across the plug, thereby preventing flow from an interior of the screen to the other annulus and permitting flow from the first passage to the screen interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Candido Castro, Joshua M. Hornsby, Brian J. Ritchey
  • Patent number: 10208550
    Abstract: An anchoring device includes at least one slip configured to fixedly engage the anchoring device to a structure when urged against the structure, and a member separate from the at least one slip positioned radially of the at least one slip having a portion that is radially deformable in response to longitudinal compression, the portion being configured to urge the at least one slip against the structure when deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Ammar A. Munshi, Keven M. O'Connor, Jeffrey C. Williams
  • Patent number: 10208549
    Abstract: This invention relates to an activating tool (1) for connecting to and displacing a component (40) in a well tube (4), activating tool (1) includes a driving device (8) axially displaced in two axial directions; a sleeve-shaped release element (14) with an annular end portion (52); a gripper holder (20) arranged axially displaceable in release element (14) and displaced by driving device (8); axially longitudinal recesses (24) in gripper holder (20); at least two radially displaceable gripping elements (26) spring-biased in a radial outward direction, positioned in respective recesses (24) and complementarily fitting respective cut-outs (42) in the component (40), and each gripping element (26) has a slanted rear portion (48); gripping elements (26) retracted into release element (14) in passive positions of gripping elements (26), and gripping elements (26), at least partially, displaced out of release element (14) in active positions of gripping elements (26) so end portion (52) hits slanted rear portions (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Qinterra Technologies AS
    Inventors: Lasse Haugland, Arne Motland
  • Patent number: 10174573
    Abstract: A downhole actuator device comprises a central shaft formed with external threads; a sleeve formed with internal threads and placed substantially concentrically around the shaft; and an electromotor arranged to rotate at least a first one of said shaft and said sleeve so that a second one of said shaft and said sleeve may be moved linearly relative to the first one of said shaft and said sleeve. The actuator further comprises a plurality of roller screws that are rotatingly supported between the shall and sleeve in engagement with said external threads on the shaft and said internal threads on the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TARGET Intervention AS
    Inventors: Stig Bakke, Kenneth Bergland, Thomas Berge
  • Patent number: 10145197
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a downhole tool used to free stuck tools in a wellbore and the method of using the downhole tool. The downhole tool includes at least one packer element for engaging a casing in a wellbore. The packer works to isolate one area of the casing from another. The downhole tool also includes at least one slip element for engaging the casing to maintain the position of the downhole tool in the casing or wellbore. Further, the downhole tool includes a mandrel slidably disposed within the at least one packer element and the at least one slip. The mandrel includes at least one port disposed therein above the at least one packer element when the mandrel is in a first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Brown, Henry F. Brown
  • Patent number: 10132148
    Abstract: Downhole stimulation tools include a housing and at least one propellant structure within the housing comprising at least one propellant grain of a formulation, at least another propellant grain of a formulation different from the formulation of the at least one propellant grain longitudinally adjacent the at least one propellant grain, and at least one initiation element proximate at least one of the propellant grains. At least one pressure containment structure is secured to the housing and comprises a seal element expandable in response to gas pressure generated by combustion of a propellant grain of the at least one propellant structure. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Orbital ATK, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Moore, John A. Arrell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10107066
    Abstract: In one example a tool is provided, having a body configured to expand from a first diameter to a second diameter, an outer covering for the body, the outer surface having at least one inlet to accept fluid through the outer covering into the body, the outer covering to outer proximate ends and at least two anti-creep rings abutting the outer covering at each of the outer proximate ends, wherein the anti-creep rings constrain the outer covering from movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrice Milh, Pierre-Yves Corre
  • Patent number: 10101714
    Abstract: A well screen assembly includes a valve configured to control flow between the interior and exterior of the well screen assembly, and in certain instances control flow through a flow control device (e.g., inflow control device and/or other). The valve can be operated in response to a signal detected by an in-well sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Lopez, Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Liang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10101715
    Abstract: An in-well type production device includes a tubing having a center bore. A valve is carried by the tubing and configured to control flow between the center bore and an exterior of the tubing. An electronic controller is carried by the tubing and is in communication with the valve. The controller has a timer and is configured to operate the valve after a specified time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Lopez, Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci
  • Patent number: 10087705
    Abstract: A seal assembly for establishing a seal in an annulus between a mandrel and a bore wall includes a mandrel, a radially expandable seal element mounted on the mandrel, and a setting arrangement mounted on the mandrel and being arranged to displace the seal element radially outwardly from a retracted configuration to an extended configuration. The expandable seal element defines a cup seal when in the extended configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rubberatkins Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas Atkins, David Matthew Hare, Mike Allen, Stephen Michael Rooney
  • Patent number: 10077624
    Abstract: An embodiment of a gripping arrangement includes a mandrel having an axially extending groove therein, a first slip ring about the mandrel, a first cone about the mandrel spaced from the first slip ring, and a key engaged with the groove such that the key is axially movable and rotationally fixed relative to the mandrel. The key is disposed to maintain the spacing between the first slip ring and the first cone. The gripping arrangement also includes a release feature releasably interconnected with the key and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: James Doane
  • Patent number: 10077626
    Abstract: A fracturing system including a plug having a solid mandrel preventing fluid flow therepast when set. A setting tool in operable communication with the plug; and a perforating gun disposed adjacent to the setting tool. A method for fracturing a formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: YingQing Xu, Xiaobin Huang
  • Patent number: 10053948
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting tubing in casing includes a setting tool and a liner top packer, which can be used for tieback. A setting slip is disposed uphole of a packing assembly on the packer and is movable from a retracted to an extended state engaging the casing. The setting tool has a temporary connection to the packer and has a pack-off that seals the tool in the packer but allows for movement. After running downhole, the temporary connection of the setting tool to the packer is disconnected, and the setting slip is set in the casing by moving the setting tool in an uphole direction. To set the packing assembly, the packer is moved in the uphole direction by engaging the setting tool with the pack-off and compressing the packing element (e.g., packing element and opposing cones and slips) against the set setting slip. Eventually, the setting tool is disconnected from the packer by disengaging the pack-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew J. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10053937
    Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to tools for setting production packers or actuating other downhole tools in response to activation signals received via an electrical control line within the wellbore. In one aspect, a downhole assembly for a wellbore is provided. The downhole assembly can include a reservoir and a pressuring module in fluid communication with the reservoir. The reservoir can contain a control fluid in communication with a fluid control path of a downhole tool. A quantity of the control fluid can be transmitted via the fluid control path for actuation of the downhole tool. The quantity of the control fluid can be controlled using a pressure change in the control fluid. The pressure change in the control fluid can be caused by the pressurizing module in response to an activation signal received by the pressurizing module via an electrical control line coupled to the pressurizing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Mark Richards, Timothy Rather Tips, James Andrew Flygare
  • Patent number: 10053961
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing debris from a wellbore using a cleaning tool. The tool may comprise an inner mandrel and a cup member coupled to the inner mandrel. The cup member is moveable between a collapsed position where fluid may flow across the exterior of the cup member, and an extended position where fluid is diverted into a flow path disposed between the inner mandrel and the cup member. The fluid is diverted through a filter member that is coupled to the inner mandrel below the cup member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy L. Wilson, Albert C. Odell, II, Simon J. Harrall
  • Patent number: 10053949
    Abstract: A cement retainer comprises a plug that may be run into casing on a wire line and set in a conventional manner. A passage through the plug allows cement to be pumped therethrough. A wiper plug follows the cement, wipes the inside of the casing and latches onto the retainer to prevent back flow of cement. In some embodiments, the cement retainer and wiper plug are made of drillable materials allowing a series of squeeze operations to be conducted, one after another without undue delay, and then be drilled up in a single bit run. In some embodiments, the cement retainer and wiper plug are made of metals, drillable or non-drillable, or other long lived materials in order to plug wells in the process of abandoning them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNUM OIL TOOLS INTERNATIONAL LTD
    Inventor: W. Lynn Frazier
  • Patent number: 9995111
    Abstract: A single element hydraulic open hole packer is provided. A method is provided for multistage isolation and fluid treatment of a borehole, in which a first frac valve tool and a second frac valve tool are provided, a first packer is mounted downstream from the first frac valve tool, a second packer is mounted between the first frac valve tool and the second frac valve tool, a third packer is mounted upstream from the second frac valve tool, at least one of the first, second and third packers being a hydraulic set packer having a single packing element, the first frac valve tool being moveable between a closed and an open position, the second frac valve tool moveable between a closed and an open position; running the liner into a wellbore; hydraulically setting the single element packers; conveying means for moving the first frac valve tool to the open position; and forcing stimulation fluid out through the first frac sleeve tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Resource Well Completion Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Hughes, Ryan D. Rasmussen, James W. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9970252
    Abstract: A system including a mineral extraction system, including a hanger, and a dual lock system configured to couple the mineral extraction system component to a tubular, wherein the dual lock system comprises an outer lock ring and an inner lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen