Fluid Pressure Actuated Patents (Class 166/212)
  • Patent number: 10352130
    Abstract: A flushable well screen or filter assembly for placement within a tubular. The assembly includes a well screen or filter having an inlet end and an outlet end; and a velocity fuse positioned downstream of the outlet end of the well screen or filter, the velocity fuse in fluid communication with the well screen or filter. A system for removing fluids from a well and a method for back-flushing an upstream well screen or filter installed within a tubular are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Randy C. Tolman, Michael C. Romer
  • Patent number: 10309179
    Abstract: A pulling tool deploys on a workstring to retrieving a well component, such as casing or a liner, stuck downhole. The tool has an anchor, a puller, and an implement. The implement is supported on the end of the puller and engages the component. Hydraulic pressure supplied downhole moves at least one puller piston coupled to the implement along a piston mandrel to pull the implement and component. An anchor mandrel coupled to the workstring and the piston mandrel anchors the pulling tool downhole. The anchor has slips disposed on the anchor mandrel that engage in surrounding casing when an anchor piston disposed on the anchor mandrel is hydraulically actuated with the communicated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Mark C. Glaser, Richard J. Segura, Thomas D. Helbert
  • Patent number: 10280706
    Abstract: A hydraulic setting tool apparatus and method for drilling operations providing one-trip setting of a cement-retainer assembly and pumping of cement without excessive pulling, pushing, or twisting of the workstring, using hydraulic drilling fluid pressure and internal movement in the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Harvey Sharp, III
  • Patent number: 10246961
    Abstract: A setting tool for deploying a downhole tool within a wellbore is described herein. The setting tool uses an in situ non-explosive gas-generating power source to generate high-pressure gas, which drives a mechanical linkage to actuate the deployment of the downhole tool. According to certain embodiments the non-explosive gas-generating setting tool contains no hydraulic stages and may contain only a single piston. The setting tool may be fitted to provide different stroke lengths and can provide usable power over a greater percentage of its stroke length, compared to setting tools using explosive/pyrotechnic power sources. Methods of using a non-explosive gas-generating setting tool to deploy a downhole tool within a wellbore are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Robertson, Douglas J. Streibich, Antony F. Grattan, Roy L. Sparkman, Mark Lancaster
  • Patent number: 10240420
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for recovering a tubular structure (3) from a well (1), wherein a so-called free point is defined as the location where the tubular structure is stuck in the well. The method comprising providing a downhole tool string comprising a pipe-severing tool and an upper part of the downhole tool string; lowering the downhole tool string into the tubular structure to release the free pipe. Before the step of triggering the pipe-severing tool to sever the tubular structure, the method includes releasing the pipe-severing tool and subsequent withdrawing the upper part, of the downhole tool string away from the free point towards the surface over at least a predefined distance. The invention relates to a downhole tool string for use in such method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Qinterra Technologies AS
    Inventor: Georges Emile Arnaly
  • Patent number: 10233714
    Abstract: A wellhead hanger assembly is provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a wellhead hanger, a running tool coupled to the wellhead hanger, and a torque sleeve positioned to transmit torque from the running tool to the wellhead hanger. The running tool can be in castellated engagement with the torque sleeve via a first set of castellations and mating slots, and the wellhead hanger can be in castellated engagement with the torque sleeve via a second set of castellations and mating slots. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Shuang Yong Cheah, Choon Keat Lai, Haw Keat Lim, Brandon B. Shirley
  • Patent number: 10174560
    Abstract: A self-contained module for actuating an element of an earth-boring tool comprises a drive unit configured to be coupled to at least one actuatable element of the earth-boring tool. The drive unit is configured to be disposed at least partially within a compartment of a body of the earth-boring tool. The compartment is radially decentralized within the earth-boring tool. The drive unit includes a drive element configured to be coupled to the at least one actuatable element. The drive unit is configured to move the drive element in a manner moving the at least one actuatable element from a first position to a second position in a direction having a component parallel with a longitudinal axis of the earth-boring tool. The self-contained module is configured to be repeatedly attached to and detached from the earth-boring tool. Such a module may be attached to a tool body carrying extendable elements to form an earth-boring tool for borehole enlargement or stabilization within an enlarged section of the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Volker Peters
  • Patent number: 10156104
    Abstract: A centralizer for centralizing a pipe is provided which collaborates the spring force of its bow springs. The centralizer includes a pair of end collars, and at least one center collar. Each of the collars has a center hole for coaxially receiving a pipe. In addition, the centralizer includes a plurality of longitudinally extending and arcuate bow springs having ends which affix to the end collars. The centralizer includes linkage arms which connect the center collar to the bow springs. The linkage arms may provide additional outward spring force against the bow springs. Preferably, the centralizer includes a mechanism for forcing the bow springs radially inward from their at rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Portable Composite Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Jewett
  • Patent number: 10151162
    Abstract: There is provided a locator configured for coupling to a workstring for locating a wellbore feature, The locator includes a protrusible member, a chamber, a hydraulic fluid supplying passage, and a hydraulic fluid supply source. The protrusible member is moveable, relative to the workstring, and biased for disposition, relative to the workstring, in an extended position. In the extended position, the protrusible member is engageable with the wellbore feature. The first chamber is disposed in fluid pressure communication with the protrusible member, and has a volume configured to change correspondingly with a change in position of the protrusible member such that expansion of the first chamber corresponds with an extension of the protrusible member and such that contraction of the first chamber corresponds with a retraction of the protrusible member. The hydraulic fluid supply source is fluidly coupled to the first chamber via the hydraulic fluid supplying passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NCS Multistage Inc.
    Inventors: Don Getzlaf, John Edward Ravensbergen
  • Patent number: 10060213
    Abstract: A pressure actuated module associated with a subterranean tool is set with pressure in the well annulus supplemented by added pressure. The addition of pressure to the hydrostatic opens access to a setting piston that is referenced to a low pressure chamber. The piston strokes to a travel stop reducing the volume of the atmospheric chamber while setting the tool. After the tool is set the annulus is communicated to the low pressure reference chamber for the actuating piston to remove a residual net force on the setting piston after the set. One way to do this is to sequentially break multiple rupture discs at different pressures. Another is to have a degradable member in the atmospheric chamber. A piston is fixed in place during setting, and shifts with the application of additional pressure allowing pressure to pass through a port between the annulus and the atmospheric chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Maenza, Nicholas S. Conner
  • Patent number: 9988868
    Abstract: A gripper assembly for anchoring a tool within a downhole passage and for possibly assisting movement of the tool within the passage. The gripper assembly includes an elongated mandrel and flexible toes that can be radially displaced to grip onto the surface of the passage. The toes are displaced by the interaction of a driver slidable on the mandrel and a driver interaction element on the toes. In one embodiment, the toes are displaced by the interaction of rollers and ramps that are longitudinally movable with respect to one another. In another embodiment, the toes are displaced by the interaction of toggles that rotate with respect to the toes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: WWT NORTH AMERICA HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Duane Bloom, Norman Bruce Moore, Rudolph Ernst Krueger, V
  • Patent number: 9932781
    Abstract: A surface handling tool for casing employs slips to grab the casing internally and a lock that operates mechanically in conjunction with the setting of the slips. The slips rub on the inside wall to hold an outer housing against rotation. The top sub and mandrel are rotated in tandem relative to the outer housing that is held by the rubbing of the slips on insertion. The mandrel rises when rotated to extend the slips while lock segments ratchet over a series of protrusions that are shaped to resist downward movement of the mandrel. Once slips and lock are set, subsequent rotation will not release the lock or slips. When the casing is supported on the rig floor weight can be set down and a spring compressed as the leading ramp of the top sub retracts the lock segments such that rotation to the right can then retract the slips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventor: William A. Hered
  • Patent number: 9879492
    Abstract: A clad is expanded with a variable swage or other ways to create a seat for an object to obstruct the passage therethrough while at the same time expanding at least a part of the clad into a surrounding tubular for support and sealing. The exterior of the clad can have grit to enhance the grip. A perforating gun can be delivered in the same trip with the clad. After the swage passes through the clad the gun is positioned and fired, the bottom hole assembly is retrieved and the ball is dropped from the surface onto the seat formed in the clad with expansion or with some other means. A treating operation against the clad and into the surrounding formation can then take place. The process can be repeated preferably in a bottom up direction until the formation is fully treated. The clads and objects landed on the clads disintegrate with time or borehole exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery D. Kitzman
  • Patent number: 9764404
    Abstract: An erosion device and a corresponding method are disclosed for machining a hollow-cylindrical workpiece, wherein the device is elongated and/or formed in the manner of a tube or cylinder and is characterized in that at least two rotationally acting drives (A1, A2), each with a drive shaft (AW1, AW2), and also an erosion electrode (E), interacting with the drives (A1, A2) and formed in the manner of a ring or disc, are provided. The drives (A1, A2) and the electrode (E) are adapted in size and extent to the internal diameter of the workpiece (W) to be machined, so that the device can be introduced into the respective hollow-cylindrical workpiece (W) and can be positioned at the location respectively to be machined or the region to be machined in the workpiece (W), and the erosion electrode (E) can be pivoted or can be rotated by a coupled pivoting or rotating movement of the at least two drives (A1, A2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Marko Eckert
  • Patent number: 9739115
    Abstract: A tubular segment that has openings that are initially closed so that pressure can be conducted through the segment has the ability to open the segments by making a degradable material unblock the openings to facilitate another completion operation or production. Some applications include a slotted liner with a screen where an intermediate layer of a controlled electrolytic material initially allows the structure to conduct pressure and then after degradation allows access through the screen and the slotted liner for production. Other variations can be simply using slotted liner where the slots are closed for running it to allow circulation and then opened for production or other completion steps. The transformation can take place over time using available well fluids or it can take place with induced well conditions at the location that are initiated from the surface or locally at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Nicholas Carrejo
  • Patent number: 9732597
    Abstract: A deployment assembly for expanding a liner string in a wellbore includes: a tubular mandrel having a bore therethrough; an expander linked to the mandrel and operable between an extended position and a retracted position; an extension tool disposed along the mandrel and operable to extend the expander; and a retraction tool disposed along the mandrel. The retraction tool has: an upper piston in fluid communication with the mandrel bore and operable to retract the expander; a lower piston in fluid communication with the mandrel bore and operable to balance the upper piston; a valve disposed between the pistons for isolating the lower piston from the upper piston in a closed position; and an electronics package linked to the valve for opening and closing the valve in response to receiving a command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Mike A. Luke, Karsten Heidecke, Scott McIntire
  • Patent number: 9506314
    Abstract: The invention relates to isolation of part of a well, which comprises pipe provided, along its external face, with a first external sleeve, wherein the opposite ends are connected directly or indirectly to said external face of the pipe. The pipe, first external sleeve and its ends together delimit an annular space, the wall of said pipe exhibiting at least one opening which allows it to communicate with said space, this sleeve being likely to expand and to be applied tightly against the well over an intermediate part of its length. The device also comprises on the one hand, a second internal sleeve, which extends between said pipe and the first sleeve, its ends being also connected directly or indirectly to the external face of said pipe and, on the other hand, at least one communication passage between the exterior of the first sleeve and said space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Saltel Industries
    Inventors: Samuel Roselier, Benjamin Saltel, Jean-Louis Saltel
  • Patent number: 9482067
    Abstract: A hydraulic anchor is coupled to a packer subassembly of a tool string. The hydraulic anchor, when actuated by fluid pressure, engages the surrounding wellbore, holding the tool string in place within the wellbore. A packer may then be actuated, held in position within the wellbore by the hydraulic anchor. In some embodiments, an inflatable packer may be held in the desired location by the hydraulic anchor. In some embodiments, a straddle packer assembly may be held in place by the hydraulic anchor. In some embodiments, a swellable packer may be held in place during the swelling process by the hydraulic anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: TAM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Colin Dewars, Philip Scott, Steven Scott
  • Patent number: 9458708
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) coaxial transmission line to be positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation may include a series of coaxial sections coupled together in end-to-end relation. Each coaxial section may include an inner conductor, a dual-wall outer conductor surrounding the inner conductor, and a dielectric therebetween. Each of the dual-wall outer conductors may include an outer wall and an inner wall spaced apart therefrom defining a fluid passageway. Each coaxial section may further include a threaded endpiece coupled to each opposing end of the dual-wall outer conductor and having threads to define an overlapping mechanical threaded joint and an electrical joint with an adjacent threaded endpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Wright, Raymond Hewit, Keith Nugent
  • Patent number: 9458686
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fracturing tool anchor adapted for use with a work string in a wellbore. In one embodiment, the anchor has a housing with a central passage and an uphole and downhole end. The housing has a plurality of ports positioned circumferentially around the housing and along the length of the housing. The ports each contain an engagement member, such as a piston, and a return spring. The engagement member is adapted to extend radially outward when the anchor is pressure activated, to engage the wall of the casing or wellbore. The present application is also directed to a fracturing tool anchor that does not need to be pressure activated and utilizes slips as the engagement members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Trican Well Service Ltd.
    Inventor: Scott Sherman
  • Patent number: 9447648
    Abstract: A gripper mechanism for a downhole tool is disclosed that includes a linkage mechanism. In operation, an axial force generated by a power section of the gripper expands the linkage mechanism, which applies a radial force to the interior surface of a wellbore or passage. For certain expansion diameters, the expansion force can be primarily transmitted from a roller-ramp interface expanding the linkage. For other expansion diameters, the expansion force can be primarily provided by expansion of the linkage, in which during a first stage the expansion force is primarily provided by a first link and during a second stage the expansion force is primarily provided by a second link. Thus, the gripper can provide a desired expansion force over a large range of expansion diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: WWT NORTH AMERICA HOLDINGS, INC
    Inventor: Sarah Brianne Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9341032
    Abstract: A centralizer for centralizing a pipe is provided which collaborates the spring force of its bow springs. The centralizer includes a pair of end collars, and at least one center collar. Each of the collars has a center hole for coaxially receiving a pipe. In addition, the centralizer includes a plurality of longitudinally extending and arcuate bow springs having ends which affix to the end collars. The centralizer includes linkage arms which connect the center collar to the bow springs. The linkage arms may provide additional outward spring force against the bow springs. Preferably, the centralizer includes a mechanism for forcing the bow springs radially inward from their at rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: PORTABLE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Jewett
  • Patent number: 9133675
    Abstract: A work string tool to be operably associated with a weight-set packer tool uses pressure applied by fluid circulated from the surface above the weight-set packer, to deploy a hydraulic hold-down anchor mechanism above the packer to reduce the risk of unsetting during a high pressure “positive” wellbore integrity test. An axial bore of a tool tubular body houses first and second inner sleeves, and is configured to accommodate independent axial movement of the sleeves to provide multiple fluid flowpath configurations through the tool which allow use of circulation fluid pressure to circulate a ball obturator to a valve seat in a sleeve when a configuration change is required to deploy or release the anchor mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: M-I Drilling Fluids UK Limited
    Inventor: George Telfer
  • Patent number: 9127776
    Abstract: A sleeve valve including a permanent end position and comprising an inner sleeve concentrically disposed within an outer sleeve comprising at least one radially facing outer opening and an operating range defined by an open position in which the inner sleeve does not block the outer opening, and a closed position in which the inner sleeve blocks the outer opening. The inner sleeve is axially displaceable or rotatable within the outer sleeve to provide an operating range in the longitudinal direction or an operating range in the form of an angle. At least one plastically deformable locking area of one the inner or outer sleeve is adapted for being radially deformed into a locking groove of the other sleeve when the inner sleeve is moved outside of the operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ARCHER OILTOOLS AS
    Inventors: Arve Byberg, Ketil Ronning
  • Patent number: 9127533
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a completion assembly for running into a borehole in a formation through a well head or blowout preventer, comprising a casing string having a first end and a second end, and a drill pipe having a first end and a second end and extending through the well head or the blowout preventer and being releasably connected at the first end with the casing string. Furthermore, the invention relates to a completion method for completing a casing string. Moreover, the invention relates to a completion kit for making a completion assembly according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventors: Jorgen Hallundbæk, Paul Hazel
  • Patent number: 9097087
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a downhole tool extending in a longitudinal direction, comprising a tool housing; an arm assembly movable between a retracted position and a projecting position in relation to the tool housing; an arm activation assembly for moving the arm assembly between the retracted position and the projecting position; wherein the arm activation assembly comprises: a piston housing comprising a piston chamber, said piston chamber extending in the longitudinal direction of the downhole tool, a piston member arranged inside the piston chamber and engaged with the arm assembly to move the arm assembly between the retracted position and the projecting position, the piston member being movable in the longitudinal direction of the downhole tool and having a first piston face and a second piston face, the piston member being able to apply a projecting force on the arm assembly by applying a hydraulic pressure on the first piston face moving the piston in a first direction, and a spring member ap
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventor: Jørgen Hallundbæk
  • Patent number: 9097069
    Abstract: There is disclosed a tool for centering a casing or liner In a borehole. The tool Includes a tubular section Inserted In the casing/liner. A number of pressure cylinders (4) are mounted in the tubular section along the circumference. The pressure cylinders may be expanded by pressure from the Inside of the tubular section. In use, the casing/liner with the tubular section is run into the borehole with the pressure cylinders retracted. Thereafter, the pressure Inside the casing/liner Is Increased pressing the pressure cylinders out and centering the casing/liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Geir Håbesland
  • Patent number: 9027659
    Abstract: A technique enables anchoring of a tool in a wellbore. The technique provides traction against a well component without creating high stress concentrations that weaken the well component. An anchoring device comprises anchoring members that are selectively movable to an expanded configuration for anchoring the tool. The anchoring members have traction surfaces able to selectively engage a smooth anchoring surface of the well component at any desired location along the well component. Each traction surface is formed to facilitate traction while minimizing stress concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ruben Martinez, Max E. Spencer
  • Patent number: 9010416
    Abstract: A tubular anchoring system includes a first frustoconical member. Slips in operable communication with the first frustoconical member are radially expandable into an anchoring engagement with a structure in response to longitudinal movement relative to a frustoconical surface of the first frustoconical member. A collar in operable communication with the first frustoconical member is radially expandable into sealing engagement with the structure in response to longitudinal movement relative to a second frustoconical member. A seat in operable communication with the first frustoconical member having a surface configured to be sealingly engagable with a plug runnable thereagainst, is configured and positioned relative to the collar to aid the seat in maintaining a radially expanded configuration against a pressure differential formed across the seat when plugged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: YingQing Xu, Gregory Lee Hern
  • Patent number: 9010446
    Abstract: An anchoring system for use with a downhole tool includes a body with anchor members mounted on the body that pivot radially outward from the body and into engagement with an inner surface of a tubular. Curved slots are provided along a portion of the members and a sliding block has a protrusion that projects into the slots. The slots are curved so that when the block is urged axially within the body, the interaction between the slots and protrusions pivots the members radially outward. A piston is urged through the body to drive the block. Optionally, an elongate helical gear may cooperate with grooves formed in an edge of the members so that rotating the gear pivots the members radially outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Karsten Fuhst, Andreas Peter, Matthias Moeller, Christian Weiner, Ulrich Michael, William Befeld
  • Patent number: 9000941
    Abstract: A method for estimating a steady state response of a drill string in a borehole includes calculating a first displacement of the drill string in a frequency domain for a first excitation force frequency and a number of multiples of this frequency using an equation of motion of the drill string. The equation of motion has a static force component, an excitation force component, and a non-linear force component with respect to at least one of a deflection and a derivative of the deflection of the drill string. The method further includes: transforming the first displacement from the frequency domain into a time domain; calculating a non-linear force in the time domain; calculating a frequency domain coefficient derived from the calculated non-linear force in the time domain; and calculating a second displacement of the drill string in the frequency domain using the equation of motion and the frequency domain coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Andreas Hohl, Frank Schuberth, Hanno Reckmann
  • Patent number: 8955604
    Abstract: A receptacle sub that increases the venting flowrate during retrieval of a running tool. The sub includes a sleeve with a bypass port in a central bore defined by a tubular body. The sleeve is selectively moveable from an upper position to a lower position. A seal on the sleeve seals the sleeve to the bore while a retainer holds the sleeve in the upper position. A bypass passage in the body is in fluid communication with the bypass port. A drop member lands on the sleeve, blocking downward flow through the sleeve and actuating a hydraulic function. The drop member receives a fluid pressure greater than the hydraulic function fluid pressure, releasing the retainer to move the sleeve to the lower position. This allows fluid communication from above the central bore through the bypass passage and through the bypass ports of the sleeve below the drop member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Peter Gette
  • Patent number: 8950504
    Abstract: A disintegrable tubular anchoring system comprises a frustoconical member; a sleeve with at least one first surface being radially alterable in response to longitudinal movement of the frustoconical member relative to the sleeve, the first surface being engagable with a wall of a structure; a seal with at least one second surface being radially alterable; and a seat having a land being sealingly engagable with a removable plug runnable thereagainst. The frustoconical member, sleeve, seal, and seat are disintegrable and independently comprise a metal composite which includes a cellular nanomatrix comprising a metallic nanomatrix material; and a metal matrix disposed in the cellular nanomatrix. A process of isolating a structure comprises disposing the disintegrable tubular anchoring system in the structure; radially altering the sleeve to engage a surface of the structure; and radially altering the seal to the isolate the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, YingQing Xu, Gregory Lee Hern, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 8944161
    Abstract: A gripper assembly for anchoring a tool within a downhole passage and for possibly assisting movement of the tool within the passage. The gripper assembly includes an elongated mandrel and flexible toes that can be radially displaced to grip onto the surface of the passage. The toes are displaced by the interaction of a driver slidable on the mandrel and a driver interaction element on the toes. In one embodiment, the toes are displaced by the interaction of rollers and ramps that are longitudinally movable with respect to one another. In another embodiment, the toes are displaced by the interaction of toggles that rotate with respect to the toes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: WWT North America Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Bloom, Norman Bruce Moore, Rudolph Ernst Krueger, V
  • Patent number: 8893780
    Abstract: A downhole apparatus and assembly for use in a well bore and associated method are disclosed. The downhole apparatus includes a mandrel, a first slip, and a second slip, both slips being disposed on the mandrel. The slips are configured to grippingly engaging the well bore when in a set position. A packer cup is also disposed on the mandrel. The packer cup is provided for sealing an annulus between the mandrel and the well bore. The packer cup is slidable relative to the mandrel, and can be controlled to slide along the mandrel in order to move the slip to the set position. The downhole assembly includes a downhole tool and a setting apparatus. The setting apparatus can be used to lower the downhole apparatus to a desired setting depth and then to release the downhole apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Donald Roy Greenlee, Donald Jonathan Greenlee
  • Patent number: 8881836
    Abstract: A packer is provided for sealing an annular region in a wellbore. In one embodiment, the, packer includes a boosting assembly adapted to increase a pressure on the packing element in response to an increase in a pressure surrounding the packer, for example, an increase in the annulus pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Duron Ingram
  • Publication number: 20140311751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an annular barrier system for expanding an annular barrier in an annulus between a well tubular structure and an inside wall of a borehole downhole. The annular barrier system comprises an annular barrier having a tubular part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, the annular barrier further comprising an expandable sleeve surrounding the tubular part, at least one end of the expandable sleeve being fastened in a fastening means of a connection part in the tubular part. The annular barrier system also comprises a tool for expanding the expandable sleeve by letting a pressurised fluid through a passage in the tubular part into a space between the expandable sleeve and the tubular part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jørgen HALLUNDBÆK, Paul HAZEL
  • Publication number: 20140311759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an annular barrier system (100) connected with a well head (40) via a well tubular structure (3), comprising a first annular barrier (1) and a second annular barrier (21) to be expanded in an annulus (2) between the well tubular structure and an inside wall (4) of a casing (20) or a borehole (5) downhole for providing zone isolation between a first zone (8) and a second zone (9), each annular barrier comprising a tubular part (6) extending in a longitudinal direction for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, an expandable sleeve (7) surrounding the tubular part and defining a space (13), an opening (11) for letting fluid into the space to expand the sleeve, and a first connection part (15) and a second connection part (16) connecting the expandable sleeve with the tubular part, and wherein the first connection part is arranged nearest to the well head, the system further comprising a flow line (17) fluidly connecting the well head with the opening for supplying fluid
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventors: Jørgen Hallundbæk, Paul Hazel
  • Patent number: 8826974
    Abstract: An additional string is run through an existing string using a running string. With the strings overlapping an upper inflatable secures them together leaving gaps. The upper inflatable creates an upper expanded zone where the swage assembly is then built. The swage assembly has a seal and upon pressure being applied between the upper inflatable and the seal the swage assembly releases the running string and is pushed to expand the additional string until tagging a cement shoe. The running string is rejoined to the swage assembly and after cementing a lower inflatable is deployed to make a bell and to set an external packer if used. If there is an external packer the shoe releases and on the way out of the hole the upper inflatable sets a seal in the lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Joerg Lehr, Anja Erdmann, Keven O'Connor, Ines Gruetzmann
  • Publication number: 20140246210
    Abstract: A remotely actuated clamping device for a borehole seismic sensing system. The remotely actuated clamping device includes a clamping mechanism configured to engage a surface of a borehole by actuation of the clamping mechanism. The remotely actuated clamping device also includes a fluid based actuator configured to actuate the clamping mechanism. The fluid based actuator includes a chamber configured to be kept at a pressure that is isolated from an ambient pressure of the borehole. The fluid based actuator also includes a piston within the chamber. The chamber receives a pressurized fluid to move the piston within the chamber to actuate the clamping mechanism. The pressure used to actuate the clamping mechanism is independent of the ambient pressure of the borehole. Also disclosed are methods of operating the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: US Seismic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James K. Andersen, Afshin Kianpour, Eric L. Goldner
  • Patent number: 8820418
    Abstract: A shifting tool and method of shifting a downhole device that requires only a minimal profile or no profile to engage and move the movable portion of the tool. The invention comprises a ported housing assembly and at least one friction pad alignable with said at least one port and radially movable through the port between a first pad position and a second pad position. In the second pad position, the friction pad extends outside said outer diameter of said housing assembly to engage the targeted downhole device. A mandrel positioned through the ported housing has a first section with a first outer diameter and a second section with a second outer diameter, said second outer diameter being greater than said first outer diameter. The mandrel is movable between a first mandrel position and a second mandrel position. In the second mandrel position, the second outer diameter supports the friction pads in the second pad position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Raymond A. Hofman, Steve Jackson
  • Patent number: 8794312
    Abstract: A liner hanger is locked for run in to prevent accidental setting using a trapped collet assembly. The liner is internally pressurized to push a ring from which the collet extends. The collet heads leave a mandrel groove and compress a return spring while at the same time shouldering against an outer assembly that ramps the slips out on cones for a grip of the surrounding casing. Weight is released and the slips prevent the assembly attached to them from moving to hold the return spring compressed. Picking up weight releases the load on the slips of the hanger and allows the spring to retract the slips and return the collet assembly to the run in position in an exterior mandrel groove. This can be used with a relative rotation feature incorporated into the liner hanger to allow liner rotation during cementing, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Jason C. Stingerie
  • Publication number: 20140158375
    Abstract: An anchoring system includes a housing having a radial opening therein, and a piston disposed within the housing which is axially movable therein. A slip is in operable communication with the piston such that movement of the piston in a first axial direction relative to the housing causes movement of the slip in a first radial direction relative to the housing to anchor the anchoring system to a structure and movement of the piston in a second axial direction allows the slip to move in a second radial direction that allows unanchoring of the anchoring system. A sleeve is configured to cause movement of the piston in the second axial direction when moved in the second axial direction relative to the housing, in response to either mechanically pulling the sleeve in the second axial direction or increasing pressure applied against the piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Nicholas K. Tonti, Stephen James
  • Patent number: 8726985
    Abstract: A method is provided of radially expanding a tubular element (56) in a well-bore using an expander located in the tubular element, the expander (40) comprising an expansion member (48) and a plurality of segments (50) spaced in circumferential direction around the expansion member, the segments being movable between a radially retracted position and a radially expanded position by axial movement of the expansion member relative to the segments. The method includes a plurality of successive expansion cycles, wherein each expansion cycle comprises the steps of: (a) moving the expander (40) in axially forward direction through the tubular element (56) whereby the segments (56) are in the radially retracted position; and (b) radially expanding the tubular element by moving the segments to the radially expanded position by axially moving the expansion member relative to the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Enventure Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Louis Leonardus Hessels, Serge Mathieu Roggeband, Antonius Leonardus Maria Wubben, Djurre Hans Zijsling
  • Publication number: 20140124221
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are for connecting a pipe to a confinement of a subsurface borehole where an annulus is formed between the pipe and the confinement. The method includes: providing an expandable metallic bladder element, that by use of a fluid is expandable between an unexpanded and an expanded position, in a sector of the annulus; and expanding the metallic bladder element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Fishbones AS
    Inventor: Rune Freyer
  • Publication number: 20140116680
    Abstract: A packer for a well is described. The packer comprises a seal element and seal setting apparatus. The seal setting apparatus is moveable with respect to the seal element in a setting direction to apply a setting force to the seal element to move the seal element from a run-in configuration to a set configuration in which, in use, the seal element forms a contact seal with a conduit wall. In use, the packer is arranged such that, in the set configuration, a pressure differential across the packer, which creates a force in the setting direction, will increase the setting force applied by the seal setting apparatus to the seal element to maintain the seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: PETROWELL LIMITED
    Inventors: Lee Mercer, Iain MacLeod
  • Publication number: 20140102719
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a formation fixation device for securing a tubular in an open-hole wellbore, the formation fixation device comprising a tubular part, a fixation unit and a fluid passage. Furthermore, the invention relates to a downhole fixation system for securing a casing comprising a first end and a second end in an open-hole wellbore and to a method of permanently fixating a tubular part in an open-hole wellbore as well as to use of a formation fixation device according to the invention for fixating a tubular part in an open-hole wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventor: Jørgen Hallunbæk
  • Patent number: 8684096
    Abstract: Anchor assemblies for installation within an existing conduit. The anchor assemblies have a nondeformable mandrel, an expandable metal sleeve, and a swage. The expandable metal sleeve is carried on the outer surface of the mandrel. The swage is supported for axial movement across the mandrel outer surface from a first position axially proximate to the sleeve to a second position under the sleeve. The movement of the swage from the first position to the second position expands the sleeve radially outward into contact with the existing conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Key Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Harris, Martin Alfred Stulberg
  • Publication number: 20140069633
    Abstract: A system, in certain embodiments, includes a tubing hanger running tool (THRT) configured to position a tubing hanger within a wellhead. The THRT includes an integrated pressure equalization system including a tube having a first end in fluid communication with an annulus of the wellhead, and a second end in fluid communication with a control line. The integrated pressure equalization system also includes a piston disposed within the tube. The piston is configured to move within the tube to balance a pressure differential between a first fluid within the annulus and a second fluid within the control line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: David June, Claudio Santilli
  • Patent number: RE46137
    Abstract: A tubing pressure operated sliding sleeve is used in cementing a tubular string. The sleeve is configured to hold closed as pressure builds to a predetermined value. When pressure is further raised a rupture disc blows and provides access to an integral piston disposed outside the sleeve. The back side of the piston is exposed to a low pressure or atmospheric chamber located between upper and lower seals. The sleeve thickness near the chamber can be made relatively thick to avoid flexing or bending under differential pressure because the net force to shift the sleeve is from differential pressure on the piston rather than the piston areas created by the upper and lower seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Mailand C. Jason, Justin C. Kellner, Charles C. Johnson, Charles T. Kirkpatrick, Marcus A. Avant