Receptacles Patents (Class 166/162)
  • Patent number: 9689252
    Abstract: A system and method utilizing a painted joint simulator to reduce the time required to conduct a dummy run in order to space out subsea test equipment within a blow-out preventer. In certain embodiments, a heavy weight fluid is injected into a chamber of the joint in order to assist in its downhole descent speed. In other embodiment, a high pressure fluid is injected into a second chamber of the joint in order to force the heavy weight fluid out of the joint in order to assists in the assent back to the surface. Other embodiments include an umbrella assembly that assists in the descent or assent of the painted joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul David Ringgenberg
  • Patent number: 9605509
    Abstract: A fully disintegrating plug has a passage therethrough and a ball seat at an upper end. The seal material that comprises plastic nuggets, sand and a grease binder is initially disposed behind a protective sleeve. A wireline setting tool creates relative movement between a plunger and a mandrel body that has a ramp surface adjacent the outlet of the protective sleeve. The sleeve outlet is closed for running in but plunger movement pushes the seal material so as to displace the closure at the sleeve outlet with the seal material that is forced up the mandrel ramp surface and against the surrounding tubular. After an object is landed on the mandrel seat and the treating is concluded, the plug components are caused to disintegrate or otherwise fail for complete removal. Multiple plugs are contemplated for fracturing or other treating applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: James C. Doane, James G. King, Jason M. Harper, Robert J. Taylor, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9494013
    Abstract: A configurable metering cartridge includes a body having a tortuous pathway between an inlet and an outlet, and the tortuous pathway includes a plurality of restrictors. At least one valve is in fluid communication with the tortuous pathway and is selectively positionable to allow or prevent fluid flow through one or more of the plurality of restrictors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul David Ringgenberg, Kevin Michael Renkes
  • Patent number: 9033031
    Abstract: A downhole well control tool allows for the control of in-situ fluid flow from a production well. The flow control tool is engaged to an electrical submersible pump (“ESP”) and allows for the in-situ fluid to flow through the tool when the ESP is both active and inactive. The tool also allows for the flow of drilling mud and other drilling fluids when necessary. In addition, the well control tool may also be used to seal off the flow of fluids, and may be used in the retrieval of the ESP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SOAR Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Dee A. Carr, Jerry Pechacek
  • Publication number: 20150068736
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus and a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to advance a sampling and guard probe (100) with a surrounding sealing pad (108) against a borehole wall, to adjust the size of the area associated with a fluid flow inlet of the probe, where the size of the inlet area (104) is selectably and incrementally variable, and to draw fluid into the fluid flow inlet by activating at least one pump (344) coupled to at least one fluid passage (128) in the probe. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Mark A. Proett, Jim Wilson, Abbas Sami Eyuboglu, Lizheng Zhang, Wei Zhang, Abdolhamid Hadibeik
  • Publication number: 20150053400
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for mixing a first fluid with a second fluid are described herein. One such apparatus includes a chamber that contains the first fluid and the second fluid. The apparatus also includes a piston that is positioned within the chamber and that is movable within the chamber. The piston can move back and forth to mix the first fluid and the second fluid together. The apparatus further includes a restrictor that provides for controlled movement of the piston and thus protects the piston and other components of the apparatus during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: RONALD E. G. VAN HAL, JAGDISH SHAH, VICTORIA LEE
  • Publication number: 20150027691
    Abstract: An apparatus has an elongate body defining an interior chamber and a gas passage in communication with the interior chamber. The elongate body further includes a base defining a liquid opening and a cap defining an outlet opening. The liquid opening is adapted to receive a liquid disposed in a wellbore. The gas passage is adapted to receive a gas. An outlet of the gas passage is disposed a first distance from the base and an inner conduit is disposed in the interior chamber. The inner conduit includes a first open end in communication with the liquid opening and a second open end in communication with the interior chamber. The second open end is disposed a second distance from the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe d/b/a Red Willow Production Company
    Inventor: Michael Scull
  • Patent number: 8936097
    Abstract: A method for downhole injecting treatment fluids, and for providing in an annular space between a well tubular and the surrounding formation or between pipes of a wellbore system, includes loading the treatment fluids into separate fluid containers that are arranged in an injection tool. Each container includes container walls that surround the fluid in the fluid container, and an outlet opening. The method also includes lowering the injection tool body into the wellbore or the well tubular to a predetermined position, and then pumping the fluids from each fluid container into the wellbore or the well tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Maersk Olie OG Gas A/S
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Hubertus Paulus Maria Heijnen
  • Patent number: 8931559
    Abstract: A depressurization tool is described for use downhole in depressurizing an isolated zone. A decompression chamber containing a compressible fluid volume is described. The opening of the chamber is sealed with a closure that is configured to open upon application of a pressure differential across the opening. When used downhole within an isolated and nonpermeable wellbore zone, excessive ambient pressure will cause the closure to open and allow the chamber to fill with fluid at increased pressure, depressurizing the wellbore zone. The tool is useful in wellbore completion systems that include sliding sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: NCS Oilfield Services Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Getzlaf, Marty Stromquist, John Edward Ravensbergen, Lyle Laun, Eric Schmelzl
  • Publication number: 20140326465
    Abstract: A hybrid dump bailer is disclosed herein comprising a bailer tubes for containing a material, such as cement slurry, to be dumped. The hybrid dump bailer comprises a pressure pulse piston that is accelerated by a spring causing a pressure pulse to expel the material to be dumped. The hybrid dump bailer further comprises a collet, a retaining rod, a piston, valve, and a supply of pressurized fluid which is holds the pressure pulse piston in place while the spring is compressed. Once the valve is opened, releasing the pressurized fluid, the retaining rod separates from the collet allowing the pressure pulse piston to accelerate can produce the pressure pulse to dump the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: James V. Carisella
  • Publication number: 20140318811
    Abstract: A screen assembly including one or more screen members that correspondingly form one or more flow paths. The one or more flow paths are discrete from a tubular with which the one or more screen members are associated, but in fluid communication with an axial passageway of the tubular. A method of using a screen assembly is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20140311738
    Abstract: A fluid container reloading tool for a downhole fluid sampling tool (114) is described. The reloading tool includes an elongated cylindrical body. The body may include a bottom opening sized to engage with a fluid sampling tool deployed within a borehole. A cache (263) of empty fluid containers (210) may be included within the body (201). A piston may be coupled to at least one of the fluid containers in the cache of fluid containers. The piston may be used to transfer the cache of fluid containers into the fluid sampling tool. The reloading tool may also include a pump in fluid communication with the piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 8844619
    Abstract: A subterranean debris catcher swirls the incoming debris laden stream by putting grooves or spiral projections on the inside of the inlet pipe. The solids come out of openings in the side of the inlet pipe and in others the solids can exit near the top either directly into the enclosed solids holding volume as the liquid exits straight out or the solids can be discharged out the end of the inlet pipe into the bigger open space defined by the housing. In the latter case the inside housing wall can have a screen or vanes that slow down the solid particles as the fluid continues to a housing exit and eventually to an exit screen before being discharged to either go to the surface or recirculate back along the outside of the tool to the inlet pipe while picking up additional debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Mohan L. Soni, Gerald D. Lynde, Ronnie D. Russell, Jeremy J. Guillory, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Publication number: 20140251604
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a fluid communication device, a sample chamber, and a coupling assembly. The fluid communication device is operable to establish fluid communication between a downhole tool and a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore in which the downhole tool is positioned. The sample chamber is in selectable fluid communication with the formation via the fluid communication device. The coupling assembly mechanically couples the sample chamber within the downhole tool and comprises a cam rotatable between a first position and a second position, wherein the cam preloads the sample chamber when in the first position is disengaged from the sample chamber in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Juan Jaramillo
  • Publication number: 20140238663
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a closure pressure of a fractured formation surrounding a wellbore is disclosed. The apparatus, in one embodiment, includes an isolation device for isolating a section of the wellbore, a fluid supply unit for supplying a fluid from the wellbore under pressure into the isolated section of the wellbore to cause a fracture in the formation proximate the isolated section, a receiving unit for receiving fluid from the isolated section at a constant or substantially constant rate due to pressure difference between the formation and the receiving unit, and a sensor for determining pressure of the formation during receiving of the fluid into the receiving unit. The apparatus further includes a controller for determining the closure pressure from the determined pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hermanus J. Nieuwoudt, James T. Cernosek
  • Patent number: 8813841
    Abstract: A hybrid dump bailer is disclosed herein comprising a bailer tubes for containing a material, such as cement slurry, to be dumped. The hybrid dump bailer comprises a pressure pulse piston that is accelerated by a spring causing a pressure pulse to expel the material to be dumped. The hybrid dump bailer further comprises a collet, a retaining rod, a piston, valve, and a supply of pressurized fluid which is holds the pressure pulse piston in place while the spring is compressed. Once the valve is opened, releasing the pressurized fluid, the retaining rod separates from the collet allowing the pressure pulse piston to accelerate can produce the pressure pulse to dump the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: James V. Carisella
  • Publication number: 20140190699
    Abstract: A treatment formulation for use in enhanced oil recovery is described which includes a dispersing polymer which may be a partly hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol and a displacing polymer which may be a partially hydrolysed polyacrylamide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: OILFLOW SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Fletcher, Jeffrey Forsyth, Cory Jaska
  • Patent number: 8752620
    Abstract: An assembly capable of being disposed in a subterranean bore for obtaining a fluid sample is described. The assembly can include an apparatus having a sample chamber and a housing encasing the sample chamber and providing a pressure source. The pressure source can be disposed of in an annulus defined by the sample chamber and the housing. The assembly can be attached to a slick line or wire line and conveyed into a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Paul Zeller, Paul David Ringgenberg, Scott Luke Miller, Cyrus Aspi Irani
  • Publication number: 20140158358
    Abstract: A reagent processing vessel is disclosed comprising: an outer container; a reaction chamber disposed in the outer container; a mixing chamber disposed in the outer container for allowing transfer of a substance between the reaction chamber and the mixing chamber; a delivery chamber disposed in the outer container for allowing transfer of a substance between the mixing chamber and the delivery chamber; and at least one of a mixing motor and a delivery pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: John Pantano
  • Publication number: 20140151062
    Abstract: A wellbore servicing system disposed at a wellbore, the wellbore servicing system comprising at least one wellbore servicing equipment component, wherein a flow path extends from the wellbore servicing system component into the wellbore, and a flow-back control system, wherein the flow-back control system is disposed along the flow path, and wherein the flow-back control system is configured to allow fluid communication via the flow path in a first direction at not less than a first rate and to allow fluid communication via the flow path in a second direction at not more than a second rate, wherein the first rate is greater than the second rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Stanley V. STEPHENSON, Joseph A. BEISEL
  • Publication number: 20140151038
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for obtaining a fluid from a formation is disclosed that in embodiment may include a fluid extraction device that extracts the fluid from the formation into a first fluid line, a sample chamber coupled to the first fluid line via a second fluid line that receives the fluid from the first fluid line, wherein the first fluid line and the second fluid line receive contaminated formation fluid when the fluid extraction device initially extracts the fluid from the formation, and a fluid removal device associated with the second fluid line for receiving at least a portion of the contaminated formation fluid from the second fluid line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Francisco Galvan-Sanchez, Christopher J. Morgan, Mario Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20140110108
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing fluid samples from a borehole is described. The system includes an outer pipe (703) and an inner pipe (702) disposed within the outer pipe. A removable capture assembly may be disposed within the inner pipe proximate to a top of the inner pipe. A flow port (706) may provide fluid communication with the inner pipe. The system may also include a flow mandrel (756) disposed around the outer pipe. The flow mandrel may include a flow path in fluid communication with an annular space within the outer pipe, and the removable capture assembly may be at least partially disposed within the flow mandrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Publication number: 20140076569
    Abstract: An oilfield material reservoir is disclosed. The oilfield material reservoir has a body, the body having an upper end, a lower end, a sidewall extending between the upper and lower ends, the sidewall defining a recess within the body, an opening defined by the upper end, and a first orifice defined by the lower end. The oilfield material reservoir is also provided with a metering gate connected to the body at the lower end. The metering gate has a base having a second orifice aligned with the first orifice, and a knife gate connected to the base. The second orifice has a substantially trapezoidal shape. The knife gate is configured to slidably cover the second orifice. A method is also disclosed for controlling a discharge rate of oilfield material within the oilfield material reservoir by adjusting a metering open area of the second orifice according to mathematical modeling equations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hau Nguyen-Phuc Pham, Miguel Lopez, Laurent Coquilleau
  • Publication number: 20140069640
    Abstract: A formation testing apparatus and method for obtaining samples with lower levels of contaminants is provided. Such a method can remove contaminants from at fluid sample, and can include the steps of obtaining fluid, from a formation and passing a first quantity of the fluid through a sample flow line. A connection between the sample flow line and a sample chamber can he opened, and a first portion of the first quantity of the fluid can be drawn into the sample chamber via a floating piston. The first portion can be forced out of the sample chamber, and this process can be repeated until sufficient contaminants have been removed. Finally, a second portion of the first quantity of the fluid can be drawn into the sample chamber as the fluid sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshitake Yajima, Nathan Landsiedel, Pierre Campanac
  • Publication number: 20140041873
    Abstract: An apparatus is for supplying a treatment fluid to a well portion. A container is provided with a fluid chamber which is in closable fluid communication with at least one first outlet, the fluid chamber being defined by front and rear pistons. The front piston, in a starting position, forms a fluid barrier between the fluid chamber and the at least one first outlet, and the rear piston is provided with a rear piston rod projecting from a rear container end. A method is for supplying a treatment fluid to a well portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Archer Norge AS
    Inventor: Reidar Lovik
  • Publication number: 20140014320
    Abstract: A subterranean debris catcher swirls the incoming debris laden stream by putting grooves or spiral projections on the inside of the inlet pipe. In some embodiments the solids come out of openings in the side of the inlet pipe and in others the solids can exit near the top either directly into the enclosed solids holding volume as the liquid exits straight out or the solids can be discharged out the end of the inlet pipe into the bigger open space defined by the housing. In the latter case the inside housing wall can have a screen or vanes that slow down the solid particles as the fluid continues to a housing exit and eventually to an exit screen before being discharged to either go to the surface or recirculate back along the outside of the tool to the inlet pipe while picking up additional debris.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Mohan L. Soni, Gerald D. Lynde, Ronnie D. Russell, Jeremy J. Guillory, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 8613330
    Abstract: An example coring tool includes a cylindrical body having a leading edge to contact a substance and a cavity defined at least in part by an inner surface of the cylindrical body. The inner surface is to engage and retain a sample from the substance with a plurality of raised features. The raised features are shaped so that at least one of the raised features or an exterior surface of a sample in the cavity deforms to increase a force required to remove the sample from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Moon, Vincent Jeffrey Pisio, Steven E. Buchanan
  • Patent number: 8584744
    Abstract: A subterranean debris catcher swirls the incoming debris laden stream by putting grooves or spiral projections on the inside of the inlet pipe. The solids come out of openings in the side of the inlet pipe or the solids can exit near the top either directly into the enclosed solids holding volume as the liquid exits straight out or the solids can be discharged out the end of the inlet pipe into the bigger open space defined by the housing. In the latter case the inside housing wall can have a screen or vanes that slow down the solid particles as the fluid continues to a housing exit and eventually to an exit screen before being discharged to either go to the surface or recirculate back along the outside of the tool to the inlet pipe while picking up additional debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Mohan L. Soni, Gerald D. Lynde, Ronnie D. Russell, Jeremy J. Guillory, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Publication number: 20130248181
    Abstract: A depressurization tool is described for use downhole in depressurizing an isolated zone. A decompression chamber containing a compressible fluid volume is described. The opening of the chamber is sealed with a closure that is configured to open upon application of a pressure differential across the opening. When used downhole within an isolated and nonpermeable wellbore zone, excessive ambient pressure will cause the closure to open and allow the chamber to fill with fluid at increased pressure, depressurizing the wellbore zone. The tool is useful in wellbore completion systems that include sliding sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: NCS Oilfield Services Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Getzlaf, Marty Stromquirst, John Edward Ravensbergen, Lyle Laun, Eric Schmelzl
  • Publication number: 20130245948
    Abstract: A production pipe arrangement for a producing petroleum well with at least one of the well fluids (oil, gas, or water) with influx fluids two or more influx zones or influx locations to a production flow in a central production pipe in said well, with tracer sources with distinct tracer materials in known levels of the well, one or more separate delay chambers arranged as a completion component in said pipe, the delay chambers provided with said one or more of the tracers sources arranged in an annular space formed between the completion pipe and a borehole wall, with at least one of said tracer sources arranged exposed to the fluids in at least one of said influx zones, the delay chambers having one or more apertures to the fluid flow in said central pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: RESMAN AS
    Inventor: Fridtjof NYHAVN
  • Publication number: 20130220594
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a tube-in-tube system comprising: (a) an outer conduit having a proximal end and a distal end, and (b) an inner conduit having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the inner conduit is disposed within the outer conduit, wherein the proximal end of the inner conduit is in fluid communication with a first aperture, and the proximal end of the outer conduit is in fluid communication with a second aperture, and the distal ends of the inner and outer conduits are in fluid communication with each other and to a third aperture. The present invention also provides for a split toroidal borehole clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: The Regents of the University of California
  • Publication number: 20130206391
    Abstract: A three port vortex container to collect liquid samples from the production flow line of an oil reservoir. The device includes a three port vortex container used to separate the gas and liquid phases from a multiphase production flow. Multiphase flow is received by the container, inducing a vortex where the gas and liquid phases are separated due to their varying densities. The device further includes a sampling system where a pressurizing device is used to create a pressure differential across the sampling circuit, directing a fluid flow into the three vortex container. The liquid flow is then directed into a sampling container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alexandre Gordon
  • Publication number: 20130199795
    Abstract: An exercise tool assembly for operating a downhole tool auxiliary to a primary actuator system of the downhole tool includes a cylinder mandrel configured to be received in the central bore of the downhole tool. A piston mandrel is in and sealed with the cylinder mandrel. The exercise tool assembly is configured to couple to an actuator sleeve of the downhole tool and to couple to the downhole tool at a location apart from the actuator sleeve. The piston mandrel is responsive to a change in pressure in the central bore to translate relative to the cylinder mandrel and translate the coupling with the actuator sleeve relative to the coupling at the location apart from the actuator sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130175036
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for downhole extraction and analysis of heavy oil are disclosed. An example method includes lowering a viscosity of formation fluid in a subterranean formation and flowing the formation fluid from the subterranean formation into a downhole tool. The example method also includes controlling the viscosity of at least a portion of the formation fluid in the downhole tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Andreas Hausot
  • Publication number: 20130160990
    Abstract: Fluid flow influencer devices in chambers subsequent to vortex assemblies are described. A flow-affecting device can move from a first position to a second position based on a flow path of fluid flowing from the vortex assembly to the chamber. The flow path may depend on an amount of rotation of the fluid from the vortex assembly. The flow-affecting device in the first position can substantially allow fluid to flow through a chamber exit opening. The flow-affecting device in the second position can substantially restrict fluid from flowing through the chamber exit opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Haliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Publication number: 20130153235
    Abstract: Systems and methods to inhibit packoff events during downhole assembly motion within a wellbore comprise a downhole assembly that includes an energy-storing structure that defines a charged state and a discharged state and is configured to generate a motive force upon transitioning from the charged state to the discharged state. A fluidizing stream is generated with the motive force from the energy-storing structure which emits the fluidizing stream from the downhole assembly to fluidize a portion of a cuttings bed that may be within the wellbore and proximal to the downhole assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Lillard Eugene Korn, JR., Pietro Valsecchi
  • Publication number: 20130140030
    Abstract: A well chemical dispensing system includes a tubular sub for securing into a drill string. A ball stop is located within the passage. A ball filled with a liquid surfactant is pumped down the well. The ball is formed of a frangible material for shattering on impact with the ball stop, so as to dispense the surfactant, causing foaming when mixing with well fluid. Struts within the ball extend across an interior of the ball and join to inner surfaces of the ball. The struts are formed of a solid surfactant material. The ball has a spherical shape with dimples formed in an exterior surface of the sphere. A spring in the passage applies an upward force on the ball stop. The ball stop has upper and lower grids extending across the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: E. Edward Rankin
  • Publication number: 20130133885
    Abstract: An apparatus disclosed herein includes a downhole tool having a body defining an interior bore and an exterior surface. The example apparatus also includes first and second fluid ports to provide respective fluid paths between the exterior surface and the interior bore. The first fluid port is to receive wellbore fluid from an annulus of a wellbore in which the downhole tool is to be disposed and the second fluid port is to receive formation fluid extracted from a subterranean formation. The formation fluid is to mix with the wellbore fluid to form an output mixture in the interior bore. The example apparatus also includes a controller to control a concentration of the formation fluid in the output mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Rana Khalid Habib, Erik Quam, Sylvain Bedouet
  • Publication number: 20130126154
    Abstract: A well tool for use with a subterranean well can include a flow passage extending longitudinally through the well tool, an internal chamber containing a dielectric fluid, and a flow path which alternates direction, and which provides pressure communication between the internal chamber and the flow passage. A method of controlling operation of a well tool can include actuating an actuator positioned in an internal chamber of the well tool, a dielectric fluid being disposed in the chamber, and the chamber being pressure balanced with a flow passage extending longitudinally through the well tool, and varying the actuating, based on measurements made by at least one sensor of the well tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130105149
    Abstract: A well tool for use with a subterranean well can include a flow passage extending longitudinally through the well tool, an internal chamber containing a dielectric fluid, and a flow path which alternates direction, and which provides pressure communication between the internal chamber and the flow passage. A method of controlling operation of a well tool can include actuating an actuator positioned in an internal chamber of the well tool, a dielectric fluid being disposed in the chamber, and the chamber being pressure balanced with a flow passage extending longitudinally through the well tool, and varying the actuating, based on measurements made by at least one sensor of the well tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8425160
    Abstract: A drill cuttings storage and conveying system is disclosed herein. The system includes a pressure vessel for containing drill cuttings and comprising a plurality of drill cuttings outlets. The system also includes a drill cuttings conveyor in communication with the outlets for carrying drill cuttings from the vessel. In an inventive method for practicing the invention, drill cuttings are passed into the pressure vessel having the plurality of outlets. The vessel is pressurized. A selected outlet is opened such that a volume of drill cuttings passes from the vessel to the conveyor. The drill cuttings with the conveyor from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: William Curle
  • Patent number: 8418757
    Abstract: Corrosion management systems protecting against or managing corrosion of various components in generally vertically oriented structures, that can he located one or more of aboveground and underground. The corrosion management system includes a dispenser system that dispenses at least one corrosion inhibitor to the structure desired to be protected at a plurality of different vertical heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Northern Technologies International Corporation
    Inventors: Efim Ya Lyublinski, Yefim Vaks
  • Publication number: 20130075093
    Abstract: Described herein are variable-volume reservoir (e.g., syringe pump) based processes and systems usable to characterize samples of reservoir fluids, without having to first transport the fluids to the surface. Variable-volume reservoirs are used, for example, for one or more of storing reactants, controlling mixing ratios and storing used chemicals. The processes and systems can be used in various modes, such as continuous mixing mode, flow injection analysis, and titrations. A fluid interrogator, such as a spectrometer, can be used to detect a change in a physical property of the mixture, which is indicative of an analyte within the mixture. In at least some embodiments, a concentration of the analyte solution can be determined from the detected physical property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald E. G. van Hal, Jimmy Lawrence, Jane T. Lam
  • Publication number: 20130037259
    Abstract: A well system and associated method can include an acoustic generator which can be used to excite a formation with acoustic waves transmitted from the acoustic generator. Another well system and associated method can include an acoustic generator which can transmit acoustic waves into cement surrounding a casing. Another well system and associated method can include an acoustic generator which can be used to transmit acoustic waves into an annulus surrounding a well screen during or after a gravel packing operation. Another well system and associated method can include an acoustic generator which can be connected in a drill string in close proximity to a drill bit, with the acoustic generator transmitting acoustic waves into a formation ahead of the bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130025854
    Abstract: A system and method for sampling fluid from a production wellsite are provided. The system includes an interface operatively connectable to the port and a separation circuit operatively connectable to the interface for establishing fluid communication therebetween. The separation circuit includes a pumping unit and at least one sample chamber. The pumping unit includes pumping chambers having a cylinder with a piston therein defining a fluid cavity and a buffer cavity. The fluid cavities define a separation chamber for receiving the fluid and allowing separation of the fluid therein into phases. The buffer cavities have a buffer fluid selectively movable therebetween whereby the fluid flows through the separation circuit at a controlled rate. The sample chamber is for collecting at least one sample of the phases of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bernard Theron, John Nighswander, Robert Saunders, Andrea Sbordone, Paul Guieze, Gerald Smith
  • Publication number: 20120325468
    Abstract: A downhole assembly, including a line operatively arranged to carry a first fluid, and a trap arranged in fluid communication with the line, the trap operatively arranged to enable the first fluid to flow in a first direction, while capturing a second fluid in a compartment, thereby preventing migration of the second fluid through the line in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert S. Rees, Louis F. Lafleur
  • Publication number: 20120222867
    Abstract: An oil production arrangement comprises an oil reservoir (4), a horizontal wellbore (6) and a vertically extending production well (8). A pump (10) is positioned at the bottom of the production well (8) for pumping fluid along the horizontal wellbore and up the production well for recovery. Tubing (12) having a fluid delivery device (14) at its end is introduced into the production well and moved downwards past the pump (10) and along the horizontal wellbore as far as possible for example close to the toe (not shown) of the wellbore or at least beyond a point in the wellbore at which it is assessed that the hydrocarbon flow has terminated because of a balance between reservoir pressure and wellbore differential pressure being achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: OILFLOW SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Fletcher, Michael John Crabtree, Steven Dallison, Patrick Pidgeon
  • Patent number: 8210267
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an atmospheric chamber. The atmospheric chamber includes, a first opposing wall of the chamber and a second opposing wall of the chamber, end members sealingly joining the first and second opposing walls of the chamber to create a fluid tight volumetric space, and at least one support substantially bridging between the first opposing wall and the second opposing wall positioned between respective end members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Marcus A. Avant
  • Publication number: 20120138292
    Abstract: An apparatus for obtaining fluid samples in a subterranean wellbore comprises a carrier assembly configured to be disposed in a subterranean wellbore; a sampling chamber operably associated with the carrier assembly; a pressure assembly coupled to the sampling chamber and configured to pressurize a fluid sample obtained in the sampling chamber, wherein the pressure assembly is configured to contain a pressure generating agent; an activation mechanism configured to activate the pressure generating agent; and a power device operably associated with the carrier assembly and configured to provide an impulse for activating the activation mechanism, wherein the power device is not disposed on the pressure assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20120118576
    Abstract: Modular debris chambers of a debris extraction tool and a method for collecting debris using such modular debris chambers are disclosed. The modular debris chamber for a debris extraction tool may include a plurality of debris chambers. The modular debris chamber may include a bucket for collecting debris, an inner flow tube being concentrically arranged within the bucket, and a deflector arranged in a lower end of the bucket for deflecting a flow of debris from the inner flow tube of a subsequent modular debris chamber connectable to a lower end of the modular debris chamber. The method for collecting debris using a modular debris chamber may include a plurality of the modular debris chambers interconnected to form a debris extraction tool, and reflecting fluid off the deflector allowing solid debris in the flow of debris to deflect off the deflector into the bucket of a subsequent modular debris chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: M-I DRILLING FLUIDS UK LIMITED
    Inventor: George Telfer