Expansible Means Translated By Wedge Or Cam Patents (Class 166/217)
  • Patent number: 9637883
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the installation of pipe pilings into the ground for use as structural building foundations, geothermal piles, or both, are disclosed. In addition to specialized fittings for pipe pile assemblies, the inventions include specialized drive mechanisms used in conjunction with rotary or vibratory motors. Methods of installing pipe pilings are further improved with the disclosure of methods of adding grout or similar materials during or after installation of the piles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: American Piledriving Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul W. Suver
  • Patent number: 9631451
    Abstract: An outer casing string, including a surface casing head, and associated installation method. In some embodiments, the surface casing head includes an outer tubular member insertable through a diverter of an installed conductor system, an inner tubular member at least partially disposed within and moveable relative to the outer tubular member, and a sleeve ring rotatably coupled to the inner tubular. The outer tubular member has an annular recess. The sleeve ring includes a snap ring that is displaceable between an extended position and a retracted position. In the extended position, at least a portion of the snap ring is received within the annular recess, and the outer tubular member is axially immovable relative to the inner tubular member. In the retracted position, no portion of the snap ring is received within the annular recess, and the outer tubular member is axially moveable relative to the inner tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin Paul Robottom, Edward T. Thornburrow, Nigel Hogg
  • Patent number: 9617813
    Abstract: A locating assembly includes an inner mandrel and an outer mandrel. The outer mandrel is connected to the inner mandrel via a frangible device. The locating assembly also includes a positioning device connected to the outer mandrel. Further, the locating assembly is directly or operatively connected to a tool, and the tool is located within a wellbore. An application of a first downward force causes the positioning device to move to a first position, and, when the positioning device is in the first position, the tool is located and maintained in a first position. An application of a second downward force causes the inner mandrel to move relative to the outer mandrel into a second position, and, when the inner mandrel is in the second position, the tool is located and maintained in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Colby M. Ross
  • Patent number: 9574424
    Abstract: A method for pre-tensing sections of concentric tubulars in a wellbore. The method can include mechanically coupling an inside tubing pipe to an inside tubing string disposed in the wellbore. The method can also include mechanically coupling a second tubing to a second tubing string disposed in the wellbore. The method can further include suspending, by the first tubing, the first tubing, the first tubing string, the second tubing string, and the second tubing. The method can also include inserting, while suspending the first tubing, the first tubing string, the second tubing string, and the second tubing by the first tubing, a first slip into the first space between the first tubing and the second tubing. The method can further include inserting the first tubing, the first tubing string, the second tubing string, the second tubing, and the first slip further into the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: George Taylor Armistead, Alvaro Jose Arrazola
  • Patent number: 9447671
    Abstract: A fracturing system includes a fracturing spool that mounts onto a wellhead assembly for injecting fracturing fluid into a well beneath the wellhead assembly. An isolation sleeve is included with the fracturing system that couples to the fracturing spool and extends into the wellhead to isolate and protect portions of the wellhead assembly from the fracturing fluid. A seal is between the isolation sleeve and bore of the wellhead assembly, which is threaded to the isolation sleeve. Manipulating the threaded connection between the isolation sleeve and seal selectively positions the isolation sleeve to designated axial positions within the wellhead assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS PRESSURE CONTROL LP
    Inventors: Khang V. Nguyen, Eugene Allen Borak, Saurabh Kajaria
  • Patent number: 9441448
    Abstract: A down hole tool or plug includes a segmented back up ring acting to minimize extrusion of a seal in an axial direction thereby promoting radial expansion of the seal into engagement with the internal diameter of a casing string. The segments of the ring are joined to a ring body having a passage thereby by a junction having, as its outer dimension, the outside diameter of the tool and an inside dimension provided by a groove opening into the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNUM OIL TOOLS INTERNATIONAL, LTD
    Inventor: W. Lynn Frazier
  • Patent number: 9416608
    Abstract: A slip for a tangentially loaded retrievable slip system includes a frame including an interior having first and second sides; and, a key having a first portion within the interior of the frame. The first portion of the key movable within the interior of the frame; wherein the key is movable from a set condition with at least a contact point of first and second sides of the first portion of the key pushing against at least a portion of the first and second sides of the interior of the frame in the set condition to an unset condition with the first and second sides of the first portion of the key releasing pressure from the first and second sides of the interior of the frame. Also included is a method of managing a tangential load imparted by a tangential slip system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Antonio C. Ruffo
  • Patent number: 9388662
    Abstract: A settable down hole includes a set of metal slips which include intersecting zones of weakness in the metal which fracture into a large set of pieces during setting of the tool so the pieces can be circulated out of a well without further reduction in size. One zone of weakness is a closed bore passage extending axially through one or more of the slip segments. An expander cone of increased hardness allows an increased angle on the expander cone and slips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNUM OIL TOOLS INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
    Inventor: W. Lynn Frazier
  • Patent number: 9382764
    Abstract: A system and methodology facilitates conveyance of a tool, e.g. a downhole completion or completion component, via a tool string. The tool string comprises a contraction joint designed to contract if the tool incurs sufficient axial loading. The contraction joint may comprise an outer housing and a mandrel slidably received in the outer housing. The contraction joint also comprises a resettable locking member which selectively releases the mandrel with respect to the outer housing to contract the contraction joint when under sufficient axial loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry Phan, John Algeroy
  • Patent number: 9194206
    Abstract: A design for a bridge plug wherein the slip elements include an outer contact portion to engage a surrounding tubular member and an inner body portion designed to easily disintegrate during removal of the bridge plug by subsequent milling. The inner body portion is formed of a softer material than the outer contact portion. Also, the inner body portion is made up of a plurality of segments that are readily separated and dispsersed during milling out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard Yingqing Xu, Edward O'Malley
  • Patent number: 9181758
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a diamond core drill wire line. Included is a cylindrical main body having a main body interior, an outer wall, a main body end and a latch end. A ball hole is defined through the main body. An inner shaft ball lock is contained within the main body. A spring is disposed on the inner shaft ball lock. A main body top is attached to the main body end to contain the inner shaft ball lock within the main body and limit upstream movement of the inner shaft ball lock. A steel ball is then captured between the inner shaft ball lock and the outer wall of the main body such that upon axial movement of the inner shaft ball lock the ball penetrates up through the outer wall to extend past the main body to thereby latch onto an outer tube assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Leroy G. Hetager
  • Patent number: 9163487
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for laying an expansible lining in a conduit. The device may include a patch having an initial diameter less than that of the conduit, and the patch may be configured to deform by radial expansion beyond an elastic limit to an expanded diameter such that it may contact a wall of the conduit. The device may also include an expander tool axially displaceable inside the patch, and the expander tool may be configured to cause the radial expansion of the patch to an expanded diameter. The device may also include a checking member mounted in proximity to the expander tool. A section of the checking member may be calibrated so that the checking member and the expander tool are capable of passing freely inside the patch when the patch is properly expanded, and the checking member and the expander tool are unable to pass inside the patch when the patch is improperly expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Saltel Industries
    Inventors: James Leighton, Frédéric Nicolas, Yoann Riou, Benjamin Saltel, Jean-Louis Saltel, Gwenaël Tanguy
  • Patent number: 9103177
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to a metal slip for a downhole tool that may include a slip body; an outer surface comprising gripping elements; and an inner surface configured for receiving a mandrel. In aspects, slip body may include at least one hole formed therein, and a buoyant material may be disposed in the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: National Boss Hog Energy Services, LLC
    Inventor: Duke VanLue
  • Patent number: 9085967
    Abstract: An expansion system including a mandrel slidably coupled to plurality of primary cone segments that are interleaved with a plurality of secondary cone segments. The expansion system has a the first position wherein the primary cone segments and secondary cone segments are in a retracted position, a second position wherein the primary cone segments are in an expanded position and the secondary cone segments are in a retracted position, and a third position wherein the primary cone segments and the secondary cone segments are in an expanded position. When the expansion assembly is disposed within a tubular member and in the second position, the primary cone segments expand the tubular member into a tri-lobe cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Frederick Cornell Bennett
  • 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: 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: 8997857
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for anchoring an expandable tubular to a borehole wall. The system comprises a support member having a first end fixed relative to the outside of the tubular and a second end comprising a ramping surface. An anchor member has a first end fixed relative to the outside of the tubular and a second end extending toward the support member, said second end being movable relative to the outside of the tubular. Said support member includes a ramp surface that tapers in the direction of said anchor member. Expansion of the portion of the expandable tubular between the first support end and the first anchor end causes the axial device length to shorten, wherein the difference in length is sufficient to cause the second anchor end to move radially outward and engage the borehole wall as a result of engagement with said ramping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Enventure Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Antonius Leonardus Maria Wubben, Djurre Hans Zijsling
  • 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: 8997856
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for anchoring an expandable tubular to a borehole wall. The system comprises a support member having a first end fixed relative to the outside of the tubular and a second end comprising a ramping surface. An anchor member has a first end fixed relative to the outside of the tubular and a second end extending toward the support member, said second end being movable relative to the outside of the tubular. Said support member includes a ramp surface that tapers in the direction of said anchor member. Expansion of the portion of the expandable tubular between the first support end and the first anchor end causes the axial device length to shorten, wherein the difference in length is sufficient to cause the second anchor end to move radially outward and engage the borehole wall as a result of engagement with said ramping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Enventure Global Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Antonius Leonardus Maria Wubben, Djurre Hans Zijsling
  • Publication number: 20150068728
    Abstract: A single piece composite slip component is disclosed, making it easier and more feasible for milling up a composite plug after use. Moreover, because the composite slip component is one piece during deployment, and not in segments like conventional slip segments, it can better withstand the high speeds and higher fluid velocities and pressures downhole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew R. Stage, Jonathan A. Young, Wesley C. Pritchett, James A. Rochen
  • Patent number: 8973654
    Abstract: A system for anchoring an expandable tubular to a borehole wall comprises a support member having a first end fixed relative to the outside of the tubular and a second end comprising a ramping surface. An anchor member has a first end fixed relative to the outside of the tubular and a second end extending toward the support member, the second end being movable relative to the outside of the tubular. The support member includes a ramp surface that tapers in the direction of the anchor member. Expansion of the portion of the expandable tubular between the first support end and the first anchor end causes the axial device length to shorten, wherein the difference in length is sufficient to cause the second anchor end to move radially outward and engage the borehole wall as a result of engagement with the ramping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Enventure Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Antonius Leonardus Maria Wubben, Djurre Hans Zijsling
  • Patent number: 8967245
    Abstract: A method and assembly for reducing a radial gap between radially proximate components including a setting member having a first dimension that partially defines the radial gap, the setting member including a circumferential groove extending radially from the first dimension, and a first toroid having a second dimension, the setting member operatively arranged to engage with the first toroid, wherein increasingly engaging the setting member with the first toroid enables a boundary dimension of the assembly to be extended toward the radial gap for reducing the radial gap, the circumferential groove operatively arranged to catch the first toroid when the setting member is fully engaged with the first toroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Amy L. Farrar, Edward T. Wood, Gregory C. Badke, Robert O. Castillo, Anthony P. Foster
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150027737
    Abstract: A slip assembly for a downhole tool, such as a bridge plug, has a slip body and at least one insert unit with a base and one or more inserts. The slip body has an incline at one end that interfaces with an inclined surface of a cone. As this occurs, the slip body is pushed away from the tool's mandrel against a surrounding casing wall. The insert unit is disposed in the slip body with the base oriented at an angle relative to the incline, and with the one or more inerts extending from the base. In particular, the base can be disposed at or parallel to the incline, and the one or more inserts with less surface area than the base can extend perpendicular to the inline for the insert's distal ends to engage a surrounding wall of casing or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: James Alan Rochen, Shawn J. Treadaway
  • Patent number: 8939220
    Abstract: A liner hanger includes a mandrel and a slip assembly disposed around the mandrel, wherein the slip assembly includes an expandable non-frangible slip ring and a plurality of gripping members. A liner top packer includes a mandrel, a slip assembly disposed around the mandrel, and a sealing element disposed around the mandrel, wherein the slip assembly includes an expandable non-frangible slip ring and a plurality of gripping members disposed circumferentially around the expandable non-frangible slip ring. A method for setting a tool in a wellbore includes running the tool having a slip assembly disposed around a mandrel of the tool into the wellbore, positioning the tool at a predetermined wellbore location, actuating the tool to impart a force on the slip assembly, and expanding the expandable non-frangible slip ring from a first diameter to a second diameter to displace the gripping members radially outward into engagement with a surrounding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Harris
  • Patent number: 8939221
    Abstract: A lock assembly including a mandrel having one or more windows arranged alternatingly with one or more struts. One or more dogs are included corresponding to the one or more windows and are radially extendable therethrough. A member is operatively arranged for radially extending each of the one or more dogs. Each of the one or more dogs is operatively coupled between the member and the mandrel when fully radially extended by the member for bypassing loading in the one or more struts during loading of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Douglas J. Murray
  • Patent number: 8919431
    Abstract: A hydraulic wellbore anchoring system for use with whipstocks or other tools in either cased or open hole wellbores. The anchoring system includes an upper slip system and a lower slip system. The anchor system may be set using hydraulic pressure and withdrawn by a predetermined upward force. While the slips of the upper and lower slip systems may be set substantially simultaneously, the anchoring system enables sequential disengagement of the slips to reduce the force required for withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cobra Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Lott
  • Patent number: 8915305
    Abstract: A packer tool has safety devices to prevent premature and reverse setting and release operations. The safety devices are independent of shear-pin safety systems. Confined annular segments prevent a setting actuator piston from moving absent tool-setting hydraulic pressure. The setting pressure first moves a cylinder in an opposite direction to unroof the segments allowing them to exit confinement and free the piston to set the packing and the anchor slips. Release safety pins extend radially inward from a packing-holder collar into short slots formed on a mandrel surface, preventing the mandrel from being turned. Previous set motion causes the pins to leave the slots thereby freeing the mandrel to turn only after the tool has been set. A third safety device comprises an expanded ring which is dragged by the release cone during release motion until it lodges in a circumferential groove in the mandrel, locking against reverse movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Texproil S.R.L.
    Inventor: Horacio Daniel Burgos
  • Patent number: 8899336
    Abstract: A method of lining a wellbore includes deploying a BHA into the wellbore using a conveyance. The BHA includes setting tool, an anchor, and an expandable tubular. The method further includes pressurizing a bore of the setting tool, thereby releasing the anchor from the setting tool. The method further includes pulling the conveyance, thereby: extending the anchor into engagement with a casing of the wellbore, pulling an expander of the setting tool through the expandable tubular, and expanding the tubular into engagement with an open and/or cased portion of the wellbore and retracting the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Giroux, Larry A. Kendziora, Lev Ring
  • Patent number: 8893779
    Abstract: A downhole tool slip mechanism including a cone, cage, and slip disposed on a mandrel. The cone and cage can be move in relation to one another, and the cone may be locked into place during run-in and retrieval downhole. The cage contains slip slots contains a spring retaining finger for a spring that resides between the retention finger and the slip. This spring serves to bias the slip inward during run-in and retrieval. The slip slots have load-bearing shoulders used to engage the slip during retrieval. The slips outer surface is completely covered in wickers so that the slip can sustain greater loads when set in place. Additionally, the slip has load-bearing shoulders with an increased thickness cross-section to sustain greater loads during retrieval while minimizing slip and cage failures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Treadaway, Robert C. Stratton, James A. Rochen
  • Patent number: 8893807
    Abstract: An actuation tool uses a lock that when released allows a moving magnet to move into position to repel another magnet. The repelling force on the second magnet moves it away from a locking position on a stored potential energy system where the release of the potential energy creates kinetic energy to drive an actuation assembly to set the tool. In a preferred application the tool can be a liner hanger. The release device can be a selectively energized electromagnet or a solenoid that shifts at least one magnet into alignment with at least one second magnet so as to defeat the second magnet from effectively storing the potential energy that can set the tool when the lock is defeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Alasdair R. Tait
  • Patent number: 8887798
    Abstract: A downhole stabilizer includes a radial expansion assembly deployed about, and configured to rotate substantially freely with respect to, a tool mandrel. The expansion assembly preferably includes at least one stabilizer block configured to extend radially outward from the mandrel into contact with a wellbore casing string. When deployed between uphole and downhole cones, the stabilizer block preferably includes a plurality of angled splines configured to engage corresponding splines disposed on the cones. Relative axial motion between the stabilizer block and the cones causes a corresponding radial extension or retraction of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Simson, Ronald G. Schmidt, Charles H. Dewey
  • Patent number: 8875783
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an apparatus and method for expanding an expandable tubular assembly in a borehole. In one aspect, a system for expanding a tubular having an anchor portion in a borehole is provided. The system includes a running tool configured to position the tubular in the borehole. The running tool including a first expander configured to activate the anchor portion by expanding the tubular to a first diameter. The system further includes a second expander configured to expand the tubular to a second larger diameter, wherein the second expander is movable between a retracted position and an expanded position. In another aspect, a method of expanding a tubular having an anchor portion in a borehole is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Giroux, Varadaraju Gandikota, Nader E. Abedrabbo, Larry A. Kendziora, Lev Ring
  • Patent number: 8857525
    Abstract: A sealing device which has a housing with an outside diameter, a core inside the housing; at least two sealing segments in slidable engagement with the core to change the outside diameter of the sealing device on at least one position of the sealing device; and at least two wedges in slidable engagement with the core and the sealing segments to seal the sealing device against a casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jan Noord
  • Publication number: 20140262214
    Abstract: A slip assembly for a downhole tool, such as a bridge plug, has a slip body composed of independent segments. The segments are affixed together along their longitudinal sides by a bond, which can be composed of thermoplastic or thermoset resins, an elastomer, epoxy adhesives, bonding agent manufactured using ceramic, metallic agent, or a combination of these. The surface area over which the bonding agent is applied can be controlled for a particular implementation. Thus, more or less of the longitudinal sides of the segments can be bonded to other segments. This provides greater control of the required force to break the bond itself, which can be tailored as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Nauman Mhaskar, Shawn J. Treadaway, Matthew Stage, Jonathan A. Young
  • Publication number: 20140262349
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a weight setting indicator which is used to indicate that an applied force to a tool achieved or exceeded a predetermined amount. In one aspect, a packer actuator for use with a packer is provided. The packer actuator includes a body with a recess. The packer actuator further includes a dog assembly disposed in the recess of the body. The dog assembly is configured to set the packer when a force is applied to the packer actuator. The packer actuator also includes a setting indicator disposed in the recess adjacent an end of the dog assembly. The setting indicator is configured to move from a pre-set position to a post-set position when the force is applied to the packer actuator, wherein the setting indicator is plastically deformed in the post-set position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Rocky A. Turley, Kathleen C. Cassard
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140209325
    Abstract: An expansion apparatus for anchoring a downhole tool in a well is provided. The expansion apparatus has a wedge, an expansion wedge and a slip ring. The wedge and expansion wedge interact so as to radially expand wedge segments of the expansion wedge. The slip ring and expansion wedge interact so as to radially expand the slip ring to grippingly engage the wellbore or casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: David Allen Dockweiler, Anthony Valencia
  • Patent number: 8789588
    Abstract: A weight down system comprises a wellbore comprising a plurality of restrictions, and a weight down tool. The weight down tool comprises a central mandrel configured to be coupled to a wellbore tubular, an outwardly extending indicator disposed about the central mandrel, and a plurality of radially expandable weight down lugs configured to selectively transition between an expanded position and a retracted position. The indicator is configured to expand the weight down lugs into the expanded position in response to moving through one or more restrictions of the plurality of restrictions in an upwards direction, and the weight down lugs are configured to retract to the retracted position in response to the weight down lugs moving through one or more restrictions of the plurality of restrictions in an upwards direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Mark Richards, Thomas Jules Frosell
  • Patent number: 8763686
    Abstract: A linkage device separate from the integrated slips bridge links the pair of spaced-apart members of each slip to prevent sizeable fractured bits from moving away in the event of a fracture in the slip. The linkage device comprises a pair of ductile steel bars the ends of which loosely anchor in holes in each slip member, the holes being located at both sides of the slips at opposite ends of a groove that houses the linkage bar preventing it from falling out of the holes. In this way, a fractured slip may continue to assist in setting the tool and, moreover, potential hazardous interference in further tool operations are avoided. Furthermore, tool damage including slips fracture is reduced by a resilient damper material which buffers the lower cone as it slides down on the slip-holder cage during a tool release operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Texproil S.R.L.
    Inventor: Horacio Daniel Burgos
  • Publication number: 20140174759
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to setting pistons designed to centralize downhole tools within a wellbore. In one embodiment, a downhole tool includes a probe extendable to engage a wall of a wellbore and a setting piston extendable towards the wall of the wellbore. A roller is coupled to the setting piston and designed to roll circumferentially along the wall to pivot the downhole tool within the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Edward Harrigan
  • Publication number: 20140166315
    Abstract: A lock assembly including a plurality of dogs, each dog being circumferentially adjacent to at least one other dog in the plurality and each dog including a load bearing surface. An extender body is operatively arranged to transition the plurality of dogs between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration. The load bearing surface of each dog is operatively arranged in the extended configuration for engaging against a shoulder of a radially adjacent structure for supporting the lock assembly. The load bearing surfaces of the dogs together form a substantially circumferentially continuous shape when arranged in one of the retracted or extended configurations. A method of locking radially adjacent components is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven S. Black
  • Patent number: 8714243
    Abstract: An expansion tool for use in a wellbore includes an expansion surface made up of a concave portion, a convex portion and a straight section therebetween. The straight section is formed according to a formula Y=(1.26) (X)?0.13, where X is the wall thickness of a tubular and Y is the length of the straight section. The concave portion and the convex portion have an arc length extending the concave portion to a trailing edge of the tool. The concave and convex portions are radius-shaped. The arrangement of the shapes and their relation to each other reduces relatively high and low contact pressures and lessens the effects of axial bending in a tubular or a connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. DeLange, Scott H. Osburn, Varadaraju Gandikota, Ghazi J. Hashem
  • Patent number: 8714242
    Abstract: An anchor assembly can anchor a downhole power unit in a wellbore. The anchor assembly can couple to a downhole power unit and can include a coupling member supported by a supporting member in a body. The supporting member can move vertically relative to the body in response to a force and the coupling member can move radially between an expanded position and a retracted position in response to movement by the supporting member. The coupling member in the expanded position can anchor the anchor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd B. Miller
  • Patent number: 8696039
    Abstract: Various novel connectors are provided. In one embodiment, the connector includes a collar configured to receive first and second components. In this embodiment, the connector may also include a load ring configured to be received in a groove of the second component and to move into and out of engagement with the collar when the second component is received by the collar. The connector of this illustrative embodiment may also include a cotter configured for installation to the second component and to inhibit disengagement of the load ring from the collar. In some embodiments, engagement of the load ring and the collar effects securing of the first and second components to one another. Other devices, systems, and methods related to connectors are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk P. Guidry, Dennis P. Nguyen, Joseph R. Wilhelmi, Terry L. Shinn
  • Patent number: 8695700
    Abstract: A seal assembly between a wellhead housing having a bore and a casing hanger, has an inner seal leg for sealing against hanger and an outer seal leg for sealing against housing. An extension extends downward from outer seal leg and is connected to a nose ring having a downward facing shoulder that rests on the hanger shoulder to provide a reaction point for setting operations. A lock ring is retained within interior portion of the nose ring. An upward facing shoulder formed on an upper portion of nose ring contacts the lower surface of the inner seal leg. The shoulder prevents the downward deflection of the inner leg and eliminates buckling due to Poisson effect from the resulting axial force due to growth of the seal legs during setting operations. The shoulder thus prevents crooked or twisted setting of the seal to prevent plastic strain in the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Gette, Carl Boehm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8662189
    Abstract: A tubing hanger assembly for suspending a tubing string into a wellbore comprises a hanger body having a radially outer surface including external threads having a first thread handedness. In addition, the assembly comprises a load ring coaxially disposed about the hanger body. The load ring has a radially inner surface including a first set of internal threads that matingly engage with the external threads of the hanger body and a second set of internal threads having a second thread handedness that is opposite the first thread handedness. The load ring also has a radially outer surface including a frustoconical cam surface. Further, the assembly comprises an expandable ring disposed about the hanger body adjacent the lower end of the load ring. The expandable ring has a radially inner surface including a frustoconical surface that slidingly engages the cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Harsono Harsono, Andre Willy
  • Patent number: 8651182
    Abstract: A plurality of rows of locking dogs are provided with housing flexibility between rows to allow them to share a shear loading while leaving enough structural integrity in the housing to define the windows through which the dogs emerge. The dogs can also have extensions with a surface that grippingly engages the housing adjacent the window on extension of the dogs such that loads can transfer from the housing into the extension and into the profile in which the dog is disposed rather than passing the shear stress through the window edge into the dog that is in the profile. The dog configuration can also share the load on multiple contact surfaces of the housing to reduce stress at each contact location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter J. Fay, Marcus A. Avant
  • Publication number: 20140041880
    Abstract: An expansion cone comprising a cone body having a first expansion surface with a diameter that increases from a leading edge to a first expansion diameter. A resilient sleeve disposed on an actuation mandrel that is coupled to the cone body. Movement of the actuation mandrel relative to the cone body moves an outer surface of the resilient sleeve to a second expansion diameter that is greater than the first expansion diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Marshall Noel, Charles Anthony Butterfield, JR.
  • Patent number: 8607861
    Abstract: A downhole tool includes a first portion having a first metal protrusion configured to seal against a first metal surface and a second portion having a second metal protrusion configured to seal against a second metal surface. A ratcheting device includes a first element having a plurality of grooves, and a second element having at least two sets of teeth, wherein one of the at least two sets of teeth engages the plurality of grooves. Additionally, a method of forming a downhole seal includes disposing in a wellbore a downhole tool including an inner tubular, a lock ring, a lower ring, an upper ring, an insert ring, and a deformable element. The method further includes moving a wedge sleeve axially downward with respect to the downhole tool such that the wedge sleeve engages the deformable ring and forces a first metal protrusion on the deformable element into contact with an outer tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Saylor, III, Sudarsanam Chellappa