Flow Stopping Type; E.g., Plug Patents (Class 166/192)
  • Patent number: 9708884
    Abstract: An embodiment of an isolation member cooperates with an isolation member seat to isolate a well first portion of an earthen well drilled into the earth's crust from a well second portion and comprises an interior chamber to receive an explosive charge. The explosive charge may be surrounded by a filler material that is resistant to deformation. A pressure sensor, a circuit, and a battery are also received into the chamber. The isolation member material may comprise one of zirconium oxide, aluminum oxide, bulk metallic glass, silicon nitride or tungsten carbide, and the isolation member is resistant to deformation within the isolation member seat under the application of a substantial pressure differential across the isolation member and isolation member seat. Detonation of the explosive charge fragments the isolation member to prevent the isolation member from presenting an obstruction to subsequent well operations. A safety fuse may be included to enable safe handling and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Jeffrey Stephen Epstein
    Inventor: Jeffrey Stephen Epstein
  • Patent number: 9677355
    Abstract: Expandable apparatus include a triggering element comprising an at least partially corrodible composite material. Methods are used to trigger expandable apparatus using such a triggering element and to form such triggering elements for use with expandable apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: James Andy Oxford
  • Patent number: 9605520
    Abstract: A process for isolating one or more segments of a gravel packed well from other segments to treat the isolated segments and easily re-establish flow from the other segments after the treatment is described. The treatment includes techniques for enhancing or permanently blocking production from the isolated segment. The process includes the installation of a removable sealing element and a permeability poison that forms a fluid seal to prevent longitudinal fluid flow along the annular production space outside the tubular production pipe. With wireline or other low-cost wellbore workover systems, access is re-engaged with the secluded formation including removal of plugs and fluid seals within the tubular production pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Curtis G. Blount, John C. Braden, Dan E. Venhaus
  • Patent number: 9470061
    Abstract: Device, system, and method to adhesively bond a sleeve to a mandrel are disclosed. The sleeve and the mandrel may be used as part of frac plug or a bridge plug in oil and gas applications. The bonded adhesive connection with grooves is strengthened to reliably achieve higher levels of lap shear strengths than attainable by conventional means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CCDI Composites Inc.
    Inventor: Rob Sjostedt
  • Patent number: 9366106
    Abstract: A method of making a composite downhole article is disclosed. The method include forming at least one removable core member comprising a first metallic material that is removable in a wellbore fluid at a first removal rate; and disposing at least one outer member on the core member, the outer member comprising a second material that is removable in the wellbore fluid at a second removal rate, wherein the removable core member has a composition gradient or a density gradient, or a combination thereof, and wherein the first removal rate is substantially greater than the second removal rate. A method of using a composite downhole article is also disclosed. The method includes forming a composite downhole article as described above; using the article to perform a first wellbore operation; exposing the article to the wellbore fluid; and selectively removing the second removable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, Michael Johnson
  • Patent number: 9353596
    Abstract: A frac plug is configured to seal a bore of a pipe of a downhole well. The frac plug comprises a generally cylindrical plug member comprising a glass body. The glass body may be tempered or high-compression glass. The plug member has axial opposite ends and a length extending between the axial ends. The plug member has an outer diameter surface extending along the length. The outer diameter surface is tapered. The frac plug further comprises a seal of compressible material extending substantially around the plug member outer diameter. The seal has opposite axial ends generally corresponding to the axial ends of the plug member. The seal is movable axially relative to the plug member outer diameter surface. The seal is compressible against the plug member outer diameter surface and expandable radially outward to engage the bore of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Rayotek Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: William Raggio
  • Patent number: 9109419
    Abstract: A system for maneuvering a plug in and out of a tubing hanger mounts to a subsea wellhead assembly. The system includes a tractor and an end effector that are sheltered in a housing. A control cable spools from a reel mounted on the housing and attaches to the tractor. The control cable provides communication from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to the tractor and end effector so that commands from the ROV via the control cable control the tractor and end effector. After the housing connects to the wellhead assembly, control signals from the ROV activate the tractor to drive the end effector into the wellhead assembly and command the end effector to set the plug in the tubing hanger, or to remove the plug from the tubing hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray U.K. Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Paul Fenton
  • Patent number: 9045959
    Abstract: A fluid diverting apparatus for use with a blowout preventer or a wellhead has a lower marine riser package having an interior passageway through which fluids can pass, an elongate member affixed to the lower marine riser package at an end opposite the blowout preventer stack or the wellhead, and a tubular member extending through a portion of the interior of the elongate member. The tubular member extends through a portion of the interior passageway of the lower marine riser passage. A seal is formed in one of the lower marine riser package of the elongate member so as to extend around an exterior of the tubular member so as to allow fluids to flow through a passage in the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: TRENDSETTER ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Mario R. Lugo
  • Publication number: 20150129212
    Abstract: A method for underdisplacing fracture proppant in a well bore. The method can include providing a set retainer having a passage configured to receive a wiper plug. The method may also include installing the set retainer in the well bore and injecting a proppant-laden fluid into the well bore, through the passage of the set retainer and through a perforation to create the fracture. The method may include providing a wiper plug configured to be received in the passage of the set retainer. The method may also include inserting the wiper plug into the well bore and allowing the wiper plug to wipe a portion of the proppant-laden fluid past the set retainer and into the fracture. Additionally, the method may include allowing the set retainer to receive the wiper plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Maloy NOE, David Paul BRISCO, Benjamin MOWAD, Robert Dale SMITH, Erneston Rafael FONSECA OCAMPOS, Joddie Joseph CARLILE
  • Patent number: 9016320
    Abstract: The present invention is an intelligent flow control valve which may be inserted into the flow coming out of a pipe and activated to provide a method to stop, measure, and meter flow coming from the open or possibly broken pipe. The intelligent flow control valve may be used to stop the flow while repairs are made. Once repairs have been made, the valve may be removed or used as a control valve to meter the amount of flow from inside the pipe. With the addition of instrumentation, the valve may also be used as a variable area flow meter and flow controller programmed based upon flowing conditions. With robotic additions, the valve may be configured to crawl into a desired pipe location, anchor itself, and activate flow control or metering remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Anthony R Kelley
  • Publication number: 20150107823
    Abstract: A downhole tool for opening a travelling valve assembly of a downhole pump is disposed with the travelling valve assembly within a pump barrel, and includes a substantially cylindrical housing and a piston. The housing defines an axial bore extending from a bottom opening for fluid communication with the pump barrel, a radial port for fluid communication between the axial bore and the pump barrel, and a channel formed in the outer surface of the housing for fluid communication between the radial port and the travelling valve assembly. The piston occludes the axial bore above the radial port, and in response to an upward pressure exerted by a production fluid below the piston, slides upwardly within the axial bore to engage and open a valve member of the travelling valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: GLOBAL OIL AND GAS SUPPLIES INC.
    Inventor: David GRONNING
  • Publication number: 20150107843
    Abstract: A buoyancy fluid is sealed in an interior central bore of a completion liner with a plug assembly in the interior central bore. The buoyancy fluid has a lower density than the fluid contained in the wellbore. The buoyancy fluid reduces the force, and thus friction, at the interface between the liner and the bottom of the wellbore while the completion liner is being run to final depth. When the buoyancy fluid is no longer needed, the plug assembly can be withdrawn uphole from the completion liner and to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Clifford Lynn Talley, Ramon Eduardo Melean
  • Publication number: 20150101797
    Abstract: A downhole tool useable for isolating sections of a wellbore, the downhole tool including a setting sleeve; and a mandrel further comprising a first end and a second end. The second end includes a first outer surface area and a second outer surface area. The second outer surface area is in contact with the setting sleeve prior to setting of the tool, and at least part of the first outer surface area is not in contact with the setting sleeve prior to setting of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Evan Lloyd Davies, Duke VanLue
  • Publication number: 20150101796
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to a downhole system useable for isolating sections of a wellbore that includes a work string comprising a downhole end; a setting sleeve coupled with the downhole end; and a downhole tool engaged with the setting sleeve during run-in, the downhole tool further comprising a mandrel, a composite member, and at least one slip, wherein the setting sleeve comprises at least one channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Evan Lloyd Davies, Duke VanLue
  • Publication number: 20150096743
    Abstract: A coating having a gradient composite structure, applied to a substrate, which may be a disposable tool. The gradient composite comprises a bonding component and an erosion and/or corrosion resistant component. When applied to a disposable tool, such as a ball and seat assembly in a downhole environment, the coating enhances the performance of disintegrable materials used in such tools. The coating may be configured to expire at the end of a selected duration, allowing the underlying material to disintegrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, Deepak Kumar
  • Publication number: 20150090440
    Abstract: Degradable polylactic or polyhydroxyalkanoate polymers may be used to viscosify aqueous fluids for use in wells. Sand control screen or liner can be coated with a solid degradable polymer during placement in a well. Mechanical changes or flow changes in a well can be caused by solid degradable polymer that changes physical properties after it is placed in a well. Parts of devices or entire devices can be made of solid degradable polymer that converts to a fluid after selected times in an aqueous environment in a well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Claude E. Cooke, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150090453
    Abstract: Systems and methods for secondary sealing of a perforation present within a wellbore casing associated with a primary sealing agent. The wellbore casing defines a casing conduit present within a wellbore that extends between a surface region and a subterranean formation. The systems and methods include a sealing apparatus that retains a charge of sealing material with a secondary sealing agent and is conveyed within the casing conduit to within a threshold distance of the perforation. The systems and methods further include selectively releasing the charge of sealing material from the sealing apparatus, such as by a release mechanism, to deliver the charge of sealing material to the perforation, to supplement the primary sealing agent (and/or a seal formed thereby), and/or to decrease a flow rate of a fluid from the casing conduit through the perforation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Randy C. Tolman, Renzo M. Angeles Boza, Kris J. Nygaard, Christian S. Mayer, Pavlin B. Entchev
  • Publication number: 20150083434
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve assembly may be coupled to one or more casings and/or tubular members to control fluid communication therebetween. In one embodiment, the valve assembly includes a tubular body having a port for fluid communication between an exterior of the tubular body and an interior of the tubular body; a chamber formed in a wall of the tubular body, the chamber in fluid communication with the port; a closure member disposed in the chamber and configured to control fluid communication through the port in response to a pressure differential; and a retaining member coupled to the closure member for retaining the closure member in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Stephanie Dianne WIND
  • Patent number: 8985228
    Abstract: A treatment plug includes, an anchor runnable and settable within a structure having, at least two slips movably engaged with one another to cause the at least two slips to move radially into engagement with the structure in response to longitudinal movement between the at least two slips. The treatment plug also has at least one seal having a deformable metal member configured to radially deform into sealing engagement with the structure in response to longitudinal compression of the deformable metal member, and a seat that is sealingly receptive to a plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: YingQing Xu, Graeme Michael Kelbie
  • Patent number: 8985227
    Abstract: A dampered drop plug drops down a bore of a drill string. The dampered drop plug includes a retainer configured to land on an upward facing shoulder of a tubular sleeve, and a plug releasably coupled to the retainer. The plug couples to the retainer while at a first pressure in the bore and decouples from the retainer at a second pressure in the bore. The dampered drop plug lands on the upward facing shoulder of a tubular sleeve and actuates a first function. The plug then releases from the retainer, and passes fluid through the retainer at a controlled flowrate. The plug then lands on a ball seat and actuates a second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin James Nikiforuk
  • Publication number: 20150075773
    Abstract: A frac plug is configured to seal a bore of a pipe of a downhole well. The frac plug comprises a generally cylindrical plug member comprising a glass body. The glass body may be tempered or high-compression glass. The plug member has axial opposite ends and a length extending between the axial ends. The plug member has an outer diameter surface extending along the length. The outer diameter surface is tapered. The frac plug further comprises a seal of compressible material extending substantially around the plug member outer diameter. The seal has opposite axial ends generally corresponding to the axial ends of the plug member. The seal is movable axially relative to the plug member outer diameter surface. The seal is compressible against the plug member outer diameter surface and expandable radially outward to engage the bore of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: William Raggio
  • Publication number: 20150060085
    Abstract: A method of reducing restriction in a borehole that is configured for a multizone fracturing operation wherein the borehole has a plurality of plug reception assemblies and each of the plurality of plug reception assemblies includes at least one component configured to disintegrate upon exposure to a selected condition. The method includes exposing the at least one component to a disintegrating environment and facilitating restriction reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: YingQing Xu
  • Patent number: 8960308
    Abstract: A wellhead is provided. In one embodiment, the wellhead includes a plug for sealing a side passage of the wellhead. The plug may include an outer member, an inner member extending through the outer member and coupled to the outer member with at least one degree of freedom of movement relative to the outer member, and a moveable seal disposed around the outer member. In some embodiments, the moveable seal is configured to seal against the side passage in response to being moved on the outer member by the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, David Anderson, Delbert Vanderford
  • Publication number: 20150027707
    Abstract: A method of wellbore strengthening may include providing a wellbore strengthening fluid comprising a drilling fluid, a particulate, and a fiber; introducing the wellbore strengthening fluid into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation; and forming a plug comprising the particulate and the fiber in a void near the wellbore, the plug being capable of maintaining integrity at about 1000 psi or greater overbalance pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Arunesh Kumar, Sharath Savari, Donald L. Whitfill, Dale E. Jamison
  • Publication number: 20150021042
    Abstract: A drillable plug includes a mandrel having an upper end and a lower axial section, the lower axial section having a geometry transition point separating an upper circular mandrel profile from a lower non-circular mandrel profile, a seal element disposed around the upper circular mandrel profile, and a lower cone having an inner surface forming a passage, the lower cone disposed around the lower non-circular mandrel profile whereby the lower cone is rotationally locked with the mandrel and a lower slip assembly moveably disposed on a sloped outer surface of the lower cone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: George J. Melenyzer, Christopher Cromer
  • Publication number: 20150013965
    Abstract: A down hole tool assembly can be installed at a desired location within a subterranean wellbore that is capable of isolating one portion of the wellbore from another, while sealing fluid pressure within the wellbore from at least one direction. The plug assembly can include components constructed of non-metallic material that can be drilled, milled or mechanically broken up more quickly and efficiently than conventional wellbore plugs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: BLAKE ROBIN COX, WILLIAM J. ELDRIDGE
  • Patent number: 8915297
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for improving the reliability of pinpoint stimulation operations is disclosed. A pinpoint stimulation improvement apparatus is disclosed which includes a hold down device, at least one flow reducer coupled to the hold down device, and a jetting tool coupled to the flow reducer. The flow reducer is positioned downstream from the jetting tool. A fluid flowing through the jetting tool passes through the flow reducer and forms a sand plug downstream from the pinpoint stimulation improvement apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja, Billy Wilson McDaniel, Loyd E. East
  • Publication number: 20140367083
    Abstract: A modular changeable fractionation plug for use in a wellbore with a crown engagement and a plug receiving end formed on a mandrel which is adapted to be a caged ball configuration, a drop ball configuration and a bridge plug configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Tony D. McClinton, Stanley Keeling
  • Patent number: 8910715
    Abstract: A system including a combined plug and valve device that may be precisely delivered to and inserted into an uncontrolled undersea oil well. Once positioned in the well, the device is operated in graduated fashion to anchor the plug to the well and gradually stanch the flow of oil from the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rowan University
    Inventors: Charles Earl Linderman, Karl Bachman Dyer, Ryan Alexander Bandura, Eric William Constans, Kandalam Venkata Ramanujachary
  • Patent number: 8900839
    Abstract: Biomass (e.g., plant biomass, animal biomass, and municipal waste biomass) is processed to produce useful products, such as fuels. For example, systems are described that can use feedstock materials, such as cellulosic and/or lignocellulosic materials, to produce ethanol and/or butanol, e.g., by fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Publication number: 20140345852
    Abstract: A landing collar having a housing, a first sleeve configured to receive a lead wiper plug, and a latching mechanism configured to couple the first sleeve to an inner wall of the housing. The latching mechanism including a c-ring coupled to the housing and a landing insert disposed within the c-ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: James M. Hall, Cem Monur
  • Publication number: 20140338925
    Abstract: A wiper plug including a body having one or more wiping elements radially extending therefrom. An obstructing portion is disintegrable upon exposure to a selected fluid in order to permit fluid communication across the wiper plug when the obstructing portion is disintegrated. A method of using a wiper plug is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. Warlick, Ruslan V. Filyukov, Michael Aaron Londa, Christopher J. Snapp
  • Patent number: 8887818
    Abstract: A composite frac plug (12) is formed of composite polymer materials, except for shear pins (52) and anchor cleats (96, 112) which are formed of metal. The composite materials provide for easy drilling of the frac plug (12) at the end of 5 fracturing operations. The frac plug (12) has an elastomeric ball seat (44) which sealing engages with a frac ball (18). A ratchet lock assembly (26) has a split ratchet ring (82) which moves over the mandrel (22) in a downward direction only, and prevents movement of the mandrel (22) downward within the ratchet ring (92). An anchor assembly (28) has slip bodies (92, 108) which are segmented and separately urge anchor cleats (96, 112) into 10 the interior surface of a well casing (136).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: DIAMONDBACK Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy L. Carr, Derrek D. Drury, Robert C. Andres, Trea H. Baker
  • Patent number: 8875800
    Abstract: A downhole sealing system includes a reactive material provided on a tubular and including an oxidizable substance; and a sealing material, wherein the oxidizable substance oxidizes when in contact with the sealing material. Also included is a method of providing a seal in a downhole system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward T. Wood, Justin Cash Bowersock, James R. Korte
  • Patent number: 8869904
    Abstract: A retrievable stimulation frac (retrievable stimulation frac) plug for a well casing having an elongate mandrel having a fluid flow bore, a check valve mandrel seal moveable between an open position and a closed position for selectively sealing the fluid flow bore, a sealing mechanism for sealing between the mandrel and the casing, and a locking mechanism for axially locking the retrievable stimulation frac plug in the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sure Tech Tool Services Inc.
    Inventor: William Jani
  • Patent number: 8851184
    Abstract: A containment valve assembly using the upcoming pressures to control the flow of oil/gas through a riser pipe with a stop flow plug positioned within the valve housing that has an outer surface shaped to fit within and against the riser pipe, and an inner socket cavity having a conical nose receiver portion with a relief vent allowing the oil/gas to escape through the valve assembly, when desired. The stop flow plug is shaped to fit within the inner socket cavity and moves between an open position and a closed position, wherein the stop flow plug fits securely against the conical nose receiver portion, sealing the relief vent. At the top of the valve, a nut will lock the stop flow plug to the close out plate for additional stoppage. A second embodiment adds a heavy duty insert to supplement the sealing pressure, when needed. Electronic monitors convey data remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: John Mayn Deslierres, Maria R. Cabedo-Deslierres
  • Publication number: 20140284046
    Abstract: Anti-extrusion devices, packer elements, and inflatable packers include shape memory polymer (SMP) materials to enhance the operation of a packer, a bridge plug, or other downhole isolation tool. Seal system use seals of various material including SMP materials as booster for the seal produced. Tool for flow shut-off and sliding sleeve applications use SMP materials to open or close off flow through a tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jacob Bramwell
  • Patent number: 8839873
    Abstract: An interval can be divided into zones by inserting a series of plugs that register with specific profiles at predetermined intervals along a section of pipe. Each plug supports a releasable perforating gun that can release from the plug and perforate an interval for treatment such as fracturing or acidizing. A subsequent plug then isolates the just treated zone and the process is repeated working up toward the surface. When the full interval is treated the plugs can then be removed by making their cores disappear using a reaction or dissolving techniques. Mechanical alternative that push all the plugs to hole bottom or that retrieve them together or individually are possible alternative techniques for removal of the plugs from the treated interval before production is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles C. Johnson, Michael H. Johnson, Maria M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 8839872
    Abstract: A plug for sealing a conduit. The plug comprises a housing, a setting member, at least one anchor and at least one seal element. Rotation of the setting member with respect to the housing in a setting direction sets the at least one anchor and the at least one seal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Petrowell Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Purkis
  • Publication number: 20140262212
    Abstract: A new resin blend is disclosed, which may be referred to as a hybrid resin. The resin blend includes an effective amount of benzoxazine resin or benzoxazine derivative mixed with at least one of epoxy resin, phenolic resins and other thermosetting polymers at varying ratios. The new resin blend has enhanced hot/wet performance in down hole frac and bridge plug applications in a cost effective manner with ease of processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CCDI COMPOSITES, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis Sherlin
  • Publication number: 20140262268
    Abstract: A well apparatus including a magnetic field source positioned in a borehole and a magnetorheological fluid that forms a barrier pill proximate to the magnetic field source where the barrier pill formation isolates one well zone from another well zone. The apparatus may be used to define a treatment or cementation zone. A method for utilizing the apparatus for creation or maintenance of a well includes introducing a magnetorheological fluid into a borehole, forming a downhole barrier pill by providing a magnetic field source proximate to the fluid, and isolating one well zone from another well zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. ("HESI")
    Inventor: Paul Leon KAGELER
  • Publication number: 20140224487
    Abstract: A method of running casing in a dual gradient system includes lowering a casing into a low density fluid region and allowing the low density fluid to enter the casing; releasing a plug into the casing; supplying a high density fluid behind the plug; and lowering the casing into a high density fluid region until target depth is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel BUDDE, Brent J. LIRETTE, Michael LOGIUDICE
  • Publication number: 20140224479
    Abstract: A stage tool apparatus and components for same are described. In several exemplary embodiments, the stage tool apparatus is part of tubular string or casing positioned within a preexisting structure such as, for example, a wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Top-Co Cementing Products Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory James Alexander Andrigo
  • Publication number: 20140224503
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a hydraulic communication device that is used in a wellbore for fluid communication during a wellbore operation. In one aspect, a hydraulic communication device is provided. The hydraulic communication device includes a body having a central passageway and a bore formed in a wall of the body. The bore is in fluid communication with the central passageway, and the bore is configured to receive an end of a control line. The hydraulic communication device further includes a plug assembly disposed in the bore formed in the wall of the body. The plug assembly is movable from a first position in which fluid communication through the bore is blocked and a second position in which fluid communication through the bore is unblocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: WEATHERFORD / LAMB, INC.
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Paul L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140224505
    Abstract: A runnable member catcher includes a body fixedly attachable within a tubular, the body defines inner radial dimensions that are smaller than portions of the body that are fixedly attached the body to the tubular, the body is configured to be structurally weakened upon exposure to an activation fluid to facilitate removal of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael Ramon
  • Publication number: 20140216753
    Abstract: The disclosed hydrocarbon lift system and method prohibits water-coning in production of oil from a subterranean reservoir to the earth's surface. The system comprises a well bore with a first and a second section. The first section has perforations which draw a first fluid into and up the well bore based on a negative pump pressure applied thereto. The second section has perforations which draw a second fluid into the well bore based on a differential pressure between the pump pressure and a lower induced pressure therein. The system also comprises a venturi structure fixtured into the well bore. The venturi structure has flaring ends connected by a constricting throat defining perforations therein. The constricting throat perforations draw the second fluid through the second section perforations into the venturi throat in response to the lower induced pressure in the second section created by an increased first fluid velocity there through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Rodney Dee Smith, Thomas D. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20140196908
    Abstract: A system, including a plug, including one or more fluid pathways extending between upstream and downstream sides of the plug, and an internal lock positionable in an unlocked position and a locked position, wherein the internal lock is resiliently biased to the locked position upon release from the unlocked position, wherein the locked position is configured to internally secure the plug within a wellhead component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Stephen C. Muse
  • Publication number: 20140196888
    Abstract: A downhole flow control apparatus comprising: at least one tubular body (1) locatable at a zone of a well, the tubular body (1) having a longitudinal through bore and one or more transverse ports (5a, 5b) and a port covering device (3) which, in use, is movable from a lower position in which the or each port is covered to an upper position in which the or each port is open; and at least one plugging device (6) which is operable to travel downhole from the surface to locate within and seal the through bore of the tubular body, the plugging device including moving means (10) to cause the port covering device (3) to move from the lower position to the upper position thus allowing fluid communication between the through bore and the or each port (5a, 5b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: David Glen Martin, Roland Marcel Van Dort
  • Publication number: 20140190685
    Abstract: Downhole tools for use in oil and gas production which degrade into non-toxic materials, a method of making them and methods of using them. A frac ball and a bridge plug comprised of polyglycolic acid which can be used in fracking a well and then left in the well bore to predictably, quickly, and safely disintegrate into environmentally friendly products without needing to be milled out or retrieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Frazier Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: W. Lynn Frazier, Garrett Frazier, Derrick Frazier
  • Patent number: 8763688
    Abstract: A rubber bullet-shaped cylindrical device that functions to non-invasively plug a gushing pipe of high pressure oil. The steel belted inflatable rubber plugging device with attached high pressure hoses is inserted into a gushing oil well pipe while it pumps shipboard a high pressure stream of recycled oil itself that will not freeze at the gushing oil well to fight or knife through the oil and the pressure of the oil gushing to assist with inserting and descending the apparatus into the pipe while the operator follows a sequence of operational steps. A hose that has a vacuum applied to reduce the size of the inflatable bladder to allow it to fit it into the pipe unrestricted until it stops at the right location then recycled oil that will not freeze is pumped into the bladder to seal the oil well and to allow the cement pouring operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: John Karl Webb, Jr.