Detents Or Clutches Patents (Class 166/237)
  • Patent number: 10323480
    Abstract: Rotating wellhead hanger assemblies are provided. In one embodiment, a wellhead hanger assembly includes a casing hanger and a casing hanger running tool coupled to the casing hanger. An exterior surface of the casing hanger includes a recess and the casing hanger running tool includes a dog that extends inward from the casing hanger running tool into the recess of the exterior surface of the casing hanger. Engagement of the dog with the recess of the casing hanger facilitates synchronous rotation of the casing hanger and its running tool. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Cocker, III, Shailesh U. Vaghmashi, Jacob C. Emmett, Randy Gonzalez, Andrew R. Hanson, James D. Cavanagh, Michael F. Levert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10227844
    Abstract: A pressure response fracture port tool and method for its use reliably provides a noticeable indication at surface to an operator as to when the flow port is opened. The tool includes an outer housing and a sliding sleeve which resides within the outer housing. The outer housing has a first and second set of flow ports. The inner mandrel moves between a first position and a third position to expose the flow ports to the wellbore. The first set of flow ports, with its smaller area relative to the second set of flow ports, creates a noticeable pressure increase or spike that can be observed at surface when exposed to the wellbore. The second set of flow ports creates a noticeable pressure drop when it is exposed to the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Watson Well Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Watson, Nevin Dahl
  • Patent number: 10208581
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting screen-out using a fracturing valve for mitigation, wherein the fracture method can comprise fracturing a well using a fracturing valve, while a downhole pressure is less than a predetermined threshold. The method can also comprise actuating by automated process the fracturing valve from a fracturing position to a nonfracturing position upon detecting by a pressure sensor in the wellbore that the downhole pressure has reached the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Flowpro Well Technology a.s.
    Inventor: Kristian Brekke
  • Patent number: 10208565
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and method for delaying actuation using a destructible impedance device. In one embodiment, a delayed actuating system can comprise a base pipe comprising a first portion of an orifice, a sliding sleeve around the base pipe, the sliding sleeve comprising a second portion of said orifice, further said sliding sleeve maneuverable into a first position, wherein said first portion of said orifice rests at least partially over said second portion of said orifice, a second position, a distance away from said second position. Further, the delayed actuating system can comprise a biasing device biasing the sliding sleeve toward the second position, and a destructible impedance device at least partially in side said orifice, the destructible impedance device preventing the sliding sleeve from leaving the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Flowpro Well Technology a.s.
    Inventor: Kristian Brekke
  • Patent number: 10047573
    Abstract: An assembly for inclusion between a drill bit and a drill string, the assembly having an overrunning clutch mechanism that disengages the drill bit from the drill string during the “slip” portion of a stick-slip cycle to allow the drill bit to freely rotate faster than the drill string. The assembly further includes a rotational vibration dampener operatively connected between the overrunning clutch and the drill bit. The vibration dampener may include a fluid chamber with viscous fluid or restrictions to fluid flow to effect dampening. During normal operation, the one-way overrunning clutch remains engaged to transfer torque between the drill string and bit, while the torsional damper is in its maximum displaced position to transfer the load. During slip, the drill bit is disengaged until its speed is lower than the drill string speed. Torsional vibration dampener dampens sudden impulse force of the overrunning clutch re-engaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ratish Suhas Kadam, Bhargav Gajji, Ankit Purohit, Rahul Ramchandra Gaikwad
  • Patent number: 9995113
    Abstract: A method and apparatus generally concerning the treatment of hydrocarbon-bearing formations adjacent a wellbore. In one embodiment, fracturing jobs are performed through the use of subs disposed in a casing string having profiles that interact with profiles formed on retractable keys of a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar G. Garcia, David Ward, Michael Sessa
  • Patent number: 9988876
    Abstract: A valve assembly can include a generally tubular housing, a mandrel reciprocably disposed in the housing and operative to displace a valve closure in response to relative displacement between the mandrel and the housing, an engagement device reciprocably disposed externally on the housing and secured relative to the mandrel, so that the mandrel displaces with the engagement device, and a biasing device that biases the mandrel and engagement device in a selected longitudinal direction. A system can include a tubular string and a valve assembly reciprocably disposed in the tubular string, the valve assembly including a valve that selectively restricts flow through a longitudinal passage. The valve closes in response to displacement of the valve assembly in a selected longitudinal direction relative to the tubular string, and the valve opens in response to displacement of the valve assembly in the same longitudinal direction relative to the tubular string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jason J. Brasseaux, Brian J. Ritchey, Joshua M. Hornsby
  • Patent number: 9982494
    Abstract: An attachment device for an element is made to be arranged on a downhole tubular body, in which an end portion of a sleeve, which is arranged to surround a portion of the tubular body, comprises an attachment portion. The attachment portion comprises at least one clamping element arranged for axial displacement by the abutment of an abutment surface against a conical abutment portion of a surrounding adapter sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ace Oil Tools AS
    Inventor: Ken Erik Steine
  • Patent number: 9932778
    Abstract: A top sub, for connection to a tubing string of a production well, has a first engagement structure, and a mandrel has a second engagement structure. A coupling engages the first and second engagement structures. A housing covers an internal space of the tubing swivel, in which the coupling is located. The coupling includes a first coupling structure having a shape complementary to a shape of the first engagement structure and a second coupling structure having a shape complementary to a shape of the second engagement structure. One of (i) the first engagement structure and the first coupling structure and (ii) the second engagement structure and the second coupling structure has a clutch mechanism to enable the top sub to be rotated in a first direction relative to the mandrel and to rotate the mandrel with rotation of the top sub in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Premium Artificial Lift Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcel Obrejanu
  • Patent number: 9909367
    Abstract: A downhole tool (10) comprising rotatable inner and outer sleeves (62, 63). The sleeves (62, 63) comprise coupling portions for transmitting a torque between the sleeves (62, 63). The tool is reconfigurable between a first configuration whereby the coupling portions are axially misaligned to prevent transmission of torque between the inner and outer sleeves (62, 63), and a second configuration whereby the coupling portions are axially aligned to permit a transmission of torque between the sleeves (62, 63). At least one of the coupling portions is configured to prevent the transmission of torque above a predetermined torque threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NOV Downhole Eurasia Limited
    Inventors: Alan Martyn Eddison, Rory McCrae Tulloch
  • Patent number: 9745802
    Abstract: A connection between two wellbore components includes a male portion with sets of male formations formed on an outer surface and male knobs disposed around the outer surface. A female portion has mating sets of female formations formed on an inner surface thereof, with each set separated by a female gap and female knobs disposed around the inner surface. Each male gap is wider than each female formation and each female gap is wider than each male formation. The male and female portions can be mated together in a manner whereby the male sets occupy female gaps and the female sets occupy the male gaps and, thereafter, the male portion is rotatable in a counterclockwise direction relative to the female portion to interconnect the male and female formations, thereby preventing axial movement of one portion relative to the other portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery Morrison, Kevin Wood, Richard Lee Giroux
  • Patent number: 9657532
    Abstract: A well tool has an inner and outer component arranged to move relative to one another and defining a shear juncture therebetween. A shear member spans the shear juncture. The shear member has first portion with a different cross-sectional area than a second portion. A cam surface is associated with the inner or outer component and abuts the shear member. The cam surface moves the shear member as the inner and outer components move relative to one another and changes the shear member from having the first portion aligned with the shear juncture to having the second portion aligned with the shear juncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Bradley Stokes
  • Patent number: 9617819
    Abstract: A subsea connection system for connecting to a hub has a body with an interior passageway suitable for allowing fluids to flow therethrough, a collet having a plurality of collet segments that are movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, an outer sleeve overlying the collet, and a translator cooperative at the outer sleeve so as to move the outer sleeve between a first position and a second position. The plurality of collet segments are in the unlocked position when the outer sleeve is in the first position. The plurality of collet segments are in the locked position when the outer sleeve is in the second position. The locked position is adapted to secure the body in connection with the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: TRENDSETTER ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: David Older, Jeffrey Partridge, Brent Cox
  • Patent number: 9567829
    Abstract: A method of completing a subsea borehole including connecting a first vessel to a subsea wellhead assembly via a riser. A borehole is drilled with a drill string communicated to the subsea wellhead assembly through the riser. A lower completion assembly is run on a service string into the borehole through the riser. At least two barrier valves of the lower completion assembly are set with the service string in order to form a mechanical barrier to fluid flow with each of the at least two barrier valves. The riser is disconnected from the subsea wellhead assembly. An upper completion string is run through open water to the borehole and connected to the lower completion assembly. An lower completion assembly for a subsea borehole is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eguaoje J. Pogoson, Charles T. Kirkpatrick, Nicholas J. Clem, Ian M. LeBlanc, Jonathan N. Croy, Andres Garcia, Kenneth J. Chauvin
  • Patent number: 9518428
    Abstract: A mechanism for adjusting the relative angular orientation between two coaxial components includes a housing, a mandrel disposed in the housing, a lower ratchet member disposed around the mandrel, wherein a lower engagement interface between the lower ratchet member and the mandrel restricts relative rotation between the lower ratchet member and the mandrel, an upper ratchet member disposed around the mandrel, wherein an upper engagement interface between the upper ratchet member and the mandrel restricts relative rotation between the upper ratchet member and the mandrel, and a central sleeve disposed around the mandrel, wherein an outer engagement interface between the central sleeve and the housing restricts relative rotation between the central sleeve and the housing, wherein the central sleeve has an upper position configured to transmit torque between the upper ratchet member and the housing and a lower position configured to transfer torque between the lower ratchet member and housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Dreco Energy Services ULC
    Inventors: Jonathan Ryan Prill, Nicholas Ryan Marchand
  • Patent number: 9458672
    Abstract: New apparatus and methods are provided for positioning and attaching centralizers to the inside sidewalls of a wellbore. One or more centralizers are maintained in the interior of a pipe that is transported downhole into a well for deployment. Preferably, the pipe is also the wellbore's casing and the centralizers are deposited in a top-down manner as the casing travels downhole. The centralizers of the present invention are constructed to have an at least partially circular structure with a central hole. The preferred centralizer has an expanding circular structure wherein the diameter of the centralizer is substantially uniform so as to form an annular construction. Once deployed, the annular centralizer expands to engage the wellbore sidewall with the central hole expanded for passage of the well casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PORTABLE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott E. Jewett
  • Patent number: 9353599
    Abstract: A pressure response fracture port tool and method for its use reliably provides a noticeable indication at surface to an operator as to when the flow port is opened. The tool includes an outer housing and a sliding sleeve which resides within the outer housing. The outer housing has a first and second set of flow ports. The inner mandrel moves between a first position and a third position to expose the flow ports to the wellbore. The first set of flow ports, with its smaller area relative to the second set of flow ports, creates a noticeable pressure increase or spike that can be observed at surface when exposed to the wellbore. The second set of flow ports creates a noticeable pressure drop when it is exposed to the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Watson Well Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Watson, Nevin Dahl
  • Patent number: 9303494
    Abstract: The proposed hydro-mechanical slot-type perforator enables simultaneously performing at least two slots in a production column. The perforator includes a casing, upper and lower pistons movable within the casing, a cutting unit driven by the pistons and carrying extendable cutting tools, and, optionally, a retractable mechanism fixing the perforator for transportation. The extension is provided by rotatable shackles, or balance beams, or a combination thereof. The lower piston is moved by pressurized fluid supplied through hydraulic channels or a hydraulic system, made in the casing. The shackles rotate around axles being spaced apart, or coincided. The cutting tools can be mounted on the shackles' movable parts, and, when mutually interacted, oppositely extend the cutting tools during countermovement of the pistons. The cutting tools can be mounted in the balance beam's shoulders, or can represent sharp edges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Passerby Inc.
    Inventor: Marie Pasvandi
  • Patent number: 8991489
    Abstract: A mud motor for use in a wellbore includes: a stator; a rotor, the stator and rotor operable to rotate the rotor in response to fluid pumped between the rotor and the stator; and a lock. The lock is operable to: rotationally couple the rotor to the stator in a locked position, receive an instruction signal from the surface, release the rotor in an unlocked position, and actuate from the locked position to the unlocked position in response to receiving the instruction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Redlinger, Thomas Koithan, Christopher M. Vreeland, Wesley Don Heiskell, Andrew Antoine, Scott McIntire
  • Patent number: 8985230
    Abstract: A lock holds a movable member in position to a stationary member. The set position of the tool is held while being configured to release with the capability of being reset in the same trip to lock a set position of the tool in the same or a new location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen L. Crow, Christopher W. Guidry, William A. Hered
  • Patent number: 8967246
    Abstract: An actuator for connecting to and displacing of a component in a well tubular is disclosed. The actuator includes a tool shaft provided with a radial direction spring-loaded gripping device which are complementary fitting in the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Altus Intervention AS
    Inventors: Espen Osaland, Lasse Haugland
  • Publication number: 20150034331
    Abstract: A clutch employed in a tool string includes an annular housing and an annular sleeve arranged and moveable within the housing. The sleeve is configured to move into engagement with the housing to inhibit relative rotation and axial translation between the housing and the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Merron
  • Publication number: 20150021012
    Abstract: A coiled spring is extended axially and its outside diameter is reduced for the run in position of a tool preferably a liner hanger. Upon release of the stored potential energy the diameter of the spring grows so that contact of the surrounding tubular is made by the spring to at least in part support one string to another. Alternatively, the rotational force from unwinding the spring can drive a slip or other support member radially outwardly into contact with the surrounding tubular and if desired lock the gripping position between the tubulars. Unexpended potential energy of the unwinding spring can also be a residual force to hold the expanded spring to the surrounding tubular. The axial shrinkage of the coiled spring can also be deployed in actuation of the slip in conjunction with rotational movement to advance the slip radially for a grip of the surrounding tubular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: David P. Gerrard
  • Publication number: 20140332205
    Abstract: A test packer is lowered to a set liner hanger in a locked position that prevents the seal and slips from setting during running in. A first ball is dropped to shift a sleeve to release the grip of dogs to a groove on an outer housing. Setting down weight sets the test packer seal and sets the slips. After the casing integrity pressure test is done the test packer is lifted to again position the groove in the outer housing by the dogs. A second ball lands on the same seat now enlarged due to earlier movement and breaks a retainer on a locking sleeve. A spring return or continued downhole motion of the locking sleeve locks the packer in the run in position. Subsequent rotation and circulation can take place as completion fluid is circulated in. A circulation port above the packer can be opened optionally for circulation or reversing above the test packer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin E. Harrington, Gregory L. Hern, Yang Xu
  • Publication number: 20140144619
    Abstract: A lock system works in combination with a mandrel to allow selective operation and disabling of a downhole tool. In the specific situation of a Smart Collet® the tool is locked from being able to find support when engaged to a mating profile as the tool is moved between landing locations. A lower housing features an external dog that in response to rotation takes with it a collet ring with circumferentially oriented fingers. An outer housing cams the collet heads into a respective groove in the mandrel. Reversal of such relative rotation between the upper and lower housings allows the collet heads to spring out of the mandrel groove for the unlocked position. The lock is adapted for use in a variety of tools. The rotation to unlock and then lock is accomplished by dog interaction with shaped internal profiles in a surrounding tubular assembly at strategic locations where needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert S. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20140069634
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing and using hydrajetting tools within a borehole is described. The apparatus includes a housing that defines an inner bore. A flow limiting member may be disposed within the inner bore. The flow limiting member may include a first a first jet in fluid communication with the top of the housing, a first chamber positioned below and in fluid communication with the first jet, and a first cavity aligned with the first jet and in fluid communication with the chamber. A groove may be disposed on an outer surface of the housing, with an anchor assembly that is disposed around the housing and axially slidable and securable within the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja, Dustin Holden, Desmond Jones
  • Publication number: 20140008052
    Abstract: A collet system is disabled from gaining profile support when moved between profiles that will be used ultimately to support an inner string at a desired plurality of locations. It is when the collet reaches a desired location that it is unlocked by virtue of inner string movement so that a profile on the outer assembly is engaged by a sleeve to induce relative rotation of the sleeve with respect to the mandrel that supports the sleeve. The relative rotation moves a tab into alignment with a slot to permit relative axial movement between the mandrel and the tool so that the tool can function as intended. The sleeve is engaged by another profile for further relative rotation to misalign the tab and the slot to lock the tool. The tool is preferably a support collet for a crossover in a multi-zone gravel pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Jason A. Allen
  • Patent number: 8616292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a torque limiter having driver mandrel and driven axially aligned mandrels, a piston movable into and out of an engaged position wherein the driver and driven mandrels are coupled together to transmit torque there between. Hydraulically locking the movable piston in an engaged position. Disengaging the hydraulic lock when during rotation when a specified torque magnitude is exceeded to allow relative rotation between the mandrels. Resetting the torque limiter by hydraulically locking the piston in the engaging position when relative rotation ceases or is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Benton T. Knobloch, Jr., Todd J. Roy, David J. Tilley
  • Patent number: 8590628
    Abstract: A selective sleeve system includes, a tubular, a sleeve movably disposed at the tubular, and a movable member having at least one dog radially biased and configured to be radially displaceable into a recess. The at least one dog is positionable perimetrically adjacent to at least one tab, subsequent displacement into the recess to radially overlap with the sleeve sufficiently to move the sleeve relative to the tubular upon movement of the movable member relative to the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Jason A. Allen, Steven Rowell Hayter
  • Patent number: 8511392
    Abstract: The present invention provides a swivel sub for connection in a work string between a workstring and a downhole apparatus. The swivel sub includes a first substantially cylindrical body, including a sleeve portion having one or more teeth and a second substantially cylindrical body being partially located within the sleeve portion. The bodies are arranged to rotate relative to each other. The swivel sub also includes a sliding sleeve, having one or more teeth arranged mutually engage with the first teeth is axially moveable between disengaged and engaged positions, in one embodiment by a pressure differential being created in the sub. Further, the present invention provides methods for of running the tool, with particular application to setting and hanging of liners and screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Tercel Oilfield Products UK Limited
    Inventors: Paul Howlett, James Bain
  • Publication number: 20130186646
    Abstract: A treatment plug setting tool includes, a shank, a collet attached to the shank, and a sleeve attached to the shank that is positioned and configured to provide longitudinally compressive support to fingers of the collet while allowing the fingers to radially deflect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: YingQing Xu
  • Patent number: 8490691
    Abstract: A plug for sealing a conduit comprises a body having a first section and a second section, and at least one seal element for creating a seal between the plug and the conduit. The at least one seal element is adapted to be energized by movement in a setting direction of the first body section relative to the second body section. The plug further comprises seal locking means comprising a first portion and a second portion wherein as the at least one seal is energized, the seal locking means first portion is rotatable unidirectionally relative to the seal locking means second portion to take up the movement of the first body section relative to the second body section in the setting direction and prevent movement of the first body section relative to the second body section in a releasing direction, opposite the setting direction. In one embodiment the seal locking means first portion is a locking nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Petrowell Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Purkis
  • Publication number: 20130175027
    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. A method of locking an assembly is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Douglas J. Murray
  • Patent number: 8474527
    Abstract: A mechanism for adjusting the relative angular orientation of two coaxial components includes a mandrel having a cylindrical central section between upper and lower splined sections, a sleeve rotatably and slidably disposed around the mandrel's central section, and generally cylindrical upper and lower ratchet members positioned, respectively, about the mandrel's upper and lower splined sections. The ratchet members have internal grooves which receive the mandrel splines for torsional load transfer while permitting limited rotation relative to the mandrel, but their axial positions relative to the mandrel are fixed. The upper and lower ends of the sleeve have circumferentially-arrayed ratchet teeth engageable, respectively, with corresponding teeth on the upper and lower ratchet members. The central sleeve has torque-transferring external splines slidable within matching grooves on the inner surface of a cylindrical tool housing enclosing the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Dreco Energy Services Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ryan Prill, Nicholas Ryan Marchand
  • Publication number: 20130161027
    Abstract: A downhole actuation system comprises an actuation mechanism comprising an indicator; a wellbore tubular; and a collet coupled to the wellbore tubular. The collet comprises a collet protrusion disposed on one or more collet springs, and the collet protrusion has a position on the one or more collet springs that is configured to provide a first longitudinal force to the indicator in a first direction and a second longitudinal force to the indicator in a second direction. The first longitudinal force is different than the second longitudinal force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
  • Patent number: 8408291
    Abstract: An engaging device includes a body selectively slidably engagable about a first tubular runnable within a second tubular. The body is runnable past at least one profile on the second tubular in a first direction during a first running and is prevented from running past the at least one profile on subsequent runs subsequent to running by the at least one profile in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Bryan P. Pendleton, Thomas J. Zweifel
  • Publication number: 20130056223
    Abstract: The downhole torque limiter and method eliminate damage to downhole components by eliminating excessive torque transmission. The device comprises a housing, compression assemblies, and anti-rotation plates. Inner and outer assemblies of the device are permitted to slip with respect to each other after reaching a settable torque limit which is preferably below the maximum capacity of other downhole components. The device may be positioned in drill strings that comprise a downhole motor and/or drill bit as well as drill strings that do not comprise a downhole motor and/or drill bit. In drill strings comprising a downhole motor and/or drill bit, the device may be positioned below the downhole motor and above the drill bit, adjacent to and above the downhole motor, or above the downhole motor such that at least one drill string joint is positioned between the device and the downhole motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Mark B. Nichols
  • Publication number: 20130048273
    Abstract: A lock can hold a movable member in position to a stationary member for holding the set position of the tool while being configured to release and still be capable of being reset in the same trip to lock a set position of the tool in the same or a new location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephen L. Crow, Christopher W. Guidry, William A. Hered
  • Patent number: 8316954
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating a downhole tubular string into two parts. The apparatus includes a receptacle operably associated with a first part of the downhole tubular string and a mandrel operably associated with a second part of the downhole tubular string. First and second sleeves each having a profile are slidably positioned between the receptacle and the mandrel and are operable to be securably coupled to the mandrel in first and second positions relative to the mandrel. First and second rings are respectively positioned between the profiles of the first and second sleeves and the profiled surface of the receptacle. The first and second rings are operable to initially limit longitudinal movement of the receptacle relative to the mandrel, to prevent tubular string recoil during operation and to allow longitudinal movement of the receptacle relative to the mandrel after operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jody R. McGlothen
  • Patent number: 8281868
    Abstract: A well drilling tool has a tubular member connected into a casing string that serves as a drill string. A load shoulder is located within the bore of the tubular member. The load shoulder has a torque transferring portion that extends from a lower terminus to an upper terminus. The load shoulder has an axial force transferring portion that faces upward. A bottom hole assembly is lowered through the casing string and lands on the load shoulder. The bottom hole assembly has a mating profile to the load shoulder so that it will be supported by the load shoulder and will receive torque transferred from the load shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Tesco Corporation
    Inventor: Per G. Angman
  • Publication number: 20120234559
    Abstract: The present invention provides a swivel sub for connection in a work string between a workstring and a downhole apparatus. The swivel sub includes a first substantially cylindrical body, including a sleeve portion having one or more teeth and a second substantially cylindrical body being partially located within the sleeve portion. The bodies are arranged to rotate relative to each other. The swivel sub also includes a sliding sleeve, having one or more teeth arranged mutually engage with the first teeth is axially moveable between disengaged and engaged positions, in one embodiment by a pressure differential being created in the sub. Further, the present invention provides methods for of running the tool, with particular application to setting and hanging of liners and screens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: TERCEL OILFIELD PRODUCTS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul HOWLETT, James BAIN
  • Patent number: 8201623
    Abstract: A positioning tool engages a profile with retaining members such as dogs so that a pulling force can be applied for a predetermined time as a signal that the tool is at the proper location. The time delay is a fluid system that drives fluid through a narrow restriction. The restriction is variable to allow unloading of the resistance from the fluid system while the dogs are still adequately supported. As a result the dogs are released from the profile without regional overstressing. A lock can prevent the tool from resetting to limit its use to locating at a single location. The lock holds the hydraulic system in a defeated position so that even if the dogs engage another profile when locked they will immediately exit that profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert S. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8191639
    Abstract: The present invention provides a swivel sub for connection in a work string between a workstring and a downhole apparatus. The swivel sub includes a first substantially cylindrical body, including a sleeve portion having one or more teeth and a second substantially cylindrical body being partially located within the sleeve portion. The bodies are arranged to rotate relative to each other. The swivel sub also includes a sliding sleeve, having one or more teeth arranged mutually engage with the first teeth is axially moveable between disengaged and engaged positions, in one embodiment by a pressure differential being created in the sub. Further, the present invention provides methods for of running the tool, with particular application to setting and hanging of liners and screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Tercel Oilfield Products UK Limited
    Inventors: Paul Howlett, James Bain
  • Patent number: 8109339
    Abstract: A zero backlash downhole setting tool including a mandrel; a body lock ring at the mandrel; a setting sleeve in operable communication with a device to be set; a rotary take-up in tensile force transmissive contact with the device to be set; and a follower housing configured to follow the rotary take-up in a first mode of operation and extend away therefrom in another mode of operation, the follower being engaged with the body lock ring and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard YingQing Xu
  • Patent number: 8069925
    Abstract: A top sub of a clutch swivel for connection to a production well tubing string is movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position relative to a mandrel. The engaged position allows an anchor to be set in a well casing by rotating the tubing string. Tension can be applied to the tubing string to move the top sub to the disengaged position, allowing the tubing string to be rotated without rotating the mandrel. The anchor can be moved to a different position, without pulling the tubing string to the surface, by removing tension from the tubing string to move the top sub from the disengaged position to the engaged position, rotating the tubing string in an opposite direction to release the anchor, and resetting the anchor by again rotating the tubing string. The top sub may also include a sealed internal volume of the swivel remains constant are.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Star Oil Tools Inc.
    Inventor: Marcel Obrejanu
  • Patent number: 7975784
    Abstract: A drill bit assembly for fluid-operated percussion drill tools. The assembly comprises a percussion bit (1) having a head portion (3) formed with an axially extending stub shank (32). A drive bush (2) is releasably connectable to the bit head portion (3). Axially extending splines (35) on the drive bush (2) are slideably engageable with complementary splines (36) formed on a drive chuck (4) whereby rotational drive from the chuck (4) may be transmitted to the drive bush (2). The assembly further comprises engagement means on the chuck (4) adapted for connecting the chuck (4) to a drive means (5) of the fluid-operated percussion drill tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Minroc Technical Promotions Limited
    Inventor: Joseph Purcell
  • Patent number: 7946348
    Abstract: A downhole rotation tool comprises a housing rotatable and axially slideable in relation to a gear shaft. The gear shaft is located interior of the housing. A tube gear is located intermediate the gear shaft and the housing. Helical threading on the gear shaft exterior interacts with helical threading interior of the tube gear to impart rotation of the tube gear upon linear movement of the gear shaft. A gear face at a lower end of the tube gear interacts with a corresponding gear face on the housing. Face gear teeth of the tube gear and the housing include axially-aligned engaging surfaces to rotate the housing in a preferred direction on downward stroke of the gear shaft and include inclined slip surfaces to allow relative rotation of the housing gear face and the tube gear face upon upward stroke of the gear shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry L. Swinford
  • Patent number: 7921926
    Abstract: A jointed spearhead assembly can include a base portion that is adapted to be connected to a down-hole object and a spearhead portion having a first end and a second. The second end includes a follower tab with a non-convex first follower interface. The spearhead portion can be pivotally coupled to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Longyear TM, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Drenth, George Ibrahim, Anthony Lachance
  • Patent number: 7918273
    Abstract: A torque head for gripping tubular members, in at least some aspects, has a housing, grip mechanism secured within the housing, the grip mechanism for selectively gripping a tubular member, the grip mechanism including at least one jaw selectively movable toward and away from a portion of a tubular member within the housing, the at least one jaw having mounted thereon slip apparatus for engaging the portion of the tubular member, the slip apparatus including die apparatus movably mounted to the at least one jaw, the die apparatus movable with respect to the at least one jaw so that relative movement of the tubular with respect to the torque head is possible to the extent that the die apparatus is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Gene Snider, David Othman Shahin, John Timothy Allen, Kevin Leon Gray, Gary Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110056678
    Abstract: A positioning tool engages a profile with retaining members such as dogs so that a pulling force can be applied for a predetermined time as a signal that the tool is at the proper location. The time delay is a fluid system that drives fluid through a narrow restriction. The restriction is variable to allow unloading of the resistance from the fluid system while the dogs are still adequately supported. As a result the dogs are released from the profile without regional overstressing. A lock can prevent the tool from resetting to limit its use to locating at a single location. The lock holds the hydraulic system in a defeated position so that even if the dogs engage another profile when locked they will immediately exit that profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Robert S. O'Brien