Fluid Pressure Biased To Open Position Position Patents (Class 166/321)
  • Patent number: 10968720
    Abstract: There are described downhole devices, methods and other apparatus, which may be used to generate energy, monitor fluids and/or provide control signals or otherwise trigger for actuation. The devices, methods, etc. may provide improved autonomy and/or accuracy, while at the same time minimise any effect on the operation of a well. Such devices and methods may be particularly useful downhole and in remote locations. An example of a device comprises a generating material having a fluid contact surface, that contact surface being configured to be in contact with a fluid downhole. The generating material may be configured to generate an electric charge at the material in response a fluid at the contact surface. In some examples, the device further comprises a signal source configured to provide a signal in response to a generated electric charge at the generating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SWELLFIX UK LIMITED
    Inventor: John Hunter
  • Patent number: 10934799
    Abstract: A wellhead valve assembly feedthrough for a cable or conduit comprises a lower connector disposed within the wellhead valve assembly and being coupled to an upper end of a cable or conduit disposed in a wellbore, and a moveable upper connector disposed above the lower connector, the upper connector extensible to connect to the lower connector and retractable to disconnect from the lower connector. The wellhead valve assembly feedthrough further includes a sealed exit arrangement having a segment of conduit or cable passing therethrough to outside the wellhead valve assembly, wherein one end of the segment of conduit of cable is connected to the upper connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ZiLift Holdings, Limited
    Inventors: Iain Maclean, Allan Denholm
  • Patent number: 10907434
    Abstract: A hydraulic arrangement for fail-safe and pump-through of a safety valve. The arrangement allows for compact actuation of a safety valve through accumulators. The arrangement supports automatic closure of the valve in the emergent circumstance of any loss of hydraulic control above the valve. Additionally, the arrangement also allows for a technique of re-opening the valve for long term killing of a well in direct response to the introduction of kill fluid without requiring any added complex interventional measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventors: Uyiosa Anthony Abusomwan, John Schoellmann, Laurent Alteirac, Amin Parnian, Tej Bhadbhade
  • Patent number: 10844677
    Abstract: A downhole cutting tool and method of operating the cutting tool. The cutting tool (10) has first and second flow pathways through the tool body (12) and a switching mechanism operated by axial force via weight-set or drop ball to control the opening of the flow pathways and direct fluid to the second flow path and operate the cutting mechanism (18). Fluid flow through the first pathway can be used to actuate a hydraulically operated tool mounted on the tool string below the cutting tool (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARDYNE HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Steffen Hansen
  • Patent number: 10830011
    Abstract: A selective downhole actuator comprising at least a first actuator position, a second actuator position and a third actuator position. The selective downhole actuator is reconfigurable between the first actuator position and the second actuator position. The selective actuator is selectively reconfigurable to the third actuator position by varying an operating parameter during a transition of the selective downhole actuator between the first and second actuator positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NOV Downhole Eurasia Limited
    Inventors: Alan MacKenzie, Alagappan Viswanathan, Alastair Henry Walter MacFarlane
  • Patent number: 10815754
    Abstract: A splitflow valve comprises a tubular body, a valve element and a lock. The tubular body defines a through hole and has at least one lateral bypass port. The valve element defines a flow restriction and is moveable along the through hole along a first direction between a first position and a second position, wherein the bypass port is closed by the valve element in the first position. In the second position the bypass port is open. The lock maintains the valve element in the second position wherein a flow of fluid entering the through hole of the tubular body is split into a first flow portion passing the flow restriction and a second flow portion exiting the at least one bypass port. Further, the lock is deactivatable to allow the valve element to return to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SCHOELLER-BLECKMANN OILFIELD EQUIPMENT AG
    Inventors: Richard Earle, Nathan Strilchuk
  • Patent number: 10794162
    Abstract: A method of controlling flow in a tubular including developing a pressure in the tubular with an electric submersible pump (ESP), directing a flow of fluid through a flow control device arranged on the tubular downhole of the ESP in response to the pressure, sensing a parameter of the flow of fluid, and adjusting, in real time, a flow parameter of the flow control device with a coil tubing in response to the parameter of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Stolboushkin, Aaron C. Hammer, Jason Allen, Ian Mitchell, Joshua Raymond Snitkoff
  • Patent number: 10781663
    Abstract: A tubular includes an outer surface, an inner surface defining a passage, and a plurality of openings extending through the outer surface and the inner surface. A sleeve is positioned within the passage. The sleeve includes an outer surface portion having at least one recess. At least one release member extends from the inner surface into the at least one recess. The at least one release member maintains the sleeve in a first configuration relative to the plurality of openings. At least one of the inner surface and the outer surface portion includes a self-holding connection that establishes one of a reduced diameter portion of the passage and an increased diameter portion of the sleeve. The self-holding connection is configured to maintain the sleeve in a second configuration axially shifted relative to the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos De La Cruz, Sean Gaudette, Robert O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10655431
    Abstract: A bypass diverter sub including a housing defining a flow passage, a control line bypass piston arranged within a control line bypass bore defined in a wall of the housing, and a balance line bypass piston arranged within a balance line bypass bore defined in the wall. An outer magnet is disposed within a magnet chamber and is operatively coupled to the control and balance line bypass. A flow tube profile is positioned within the flow passage and provides an inner magnet magnetically coupled to the outer. The flow tube profile is movable between a first position, where control line and balance line pressures circulate through the bypass diverter sub to a subsurface safety valve, and a second position, where the control line pressure is diverted into the flow passage and the balance line pressure is diverted into a balance line jumper conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Merced Gonzalez, Andrew Kelbie
  • Patent number: 10605047
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for effective interventionless activation of a valve in wells of multilateral architecture. The assembly may be pressure actuated from an oilfield surface even in certain circumstances where another valve in another leg of the well has been opened in a manner compromising pressure control of the well. Due to the multi-stage nature of the actuator, pressure based activation remains viable as a result of supplemental and/or fail-safe modes of actuation, for example, where such pressure control becomes compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dinesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10502023
    Abstract: A valve arrangement including a housing having a port, a closure member defining a bore, the bore being of a smaller flow area than an adjoining flow area to produce a lower pressure in flowing fluid therein than pressure in fluid flowing in the adjoining flow area, the closure member being disposed within the housing and movable between a closed position and an open position, a volume defined between the closure member and the housing, an opening in the closure member extending from the volume to the bore of the closure member to convey fluid pressure generated in the bore of the closure member to the volume thereby creating a lower pressure in the volume thereby biasing the closure member into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: William A. Hered
  • Patent number: 10458202
    Abstract: A system for control using a hydraulic fluid includes a hydraulic control line for flowing the hydraulic fluid, a fluid line in fluid communication with the hydraulic control line, a flow controller configured to regulate a flow of the hydraulic fluid in the fluid line, and a piezoelectric device in fluid communication with the hydraulic control line and configured to actuate the flow controller upon receiving a selected flow of the hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jalpan Piyush Dave, Paul G. James, Pranay Asthana, Aswin Balasubramanian, Quanling Zheng
  • Patent number: 10443350
    Abstract: A casing having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, a packer positioned on a tool configured to expand across an annulus, and a pressure port positioned within a between the inner diameter and the outer diameter of the casing. The pressure port includes a first end being positioned on a lower annulus on a first side of the packer and second end being positioned on an upper annulus on a second side of the packer, wherein the pressure port is configured to create a pressure differential between the upper annulus and the lower annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: COMITT WELL SOLUTIONS US HOLDING INC.
    Inventor: Peter Kris Cleven
  • Patent number: 10370938
    Abstract: A technique provides a simplified and cost-effective approach for deployment and operation of completion systems. The construction of the overall completion system and the deployment methodology provide an efficient approach for placement and operation of completion systems in a variety of wellbores. In many applications, the system and methodology may be used for sand control applications in which the completion equipment comprises sand control features, such as sand screens deployed along well zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dinesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10364986
    Abstract: A system and method for vent gas combustion in storage tank for heavy oil production is provided. Auxiliary burners located are provided for combusting the well casing gas. A burner management system for controlling the auxiliary burners is provided which receives a gas pressure value and initiates the auxiliary burners based upon one or more threshold values when the gas pressure exceeds the one or more pressure values. An auxiliary exhaust stack may be collocated with a main exhaust stack of a tank heater for the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: REM Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Howard L. Malm, Leslie Allan Keast, Greg Brown
  • Patent number: 10337285
    Abstract: A downhole tool and method, of which the downhole tool includes a first sub defining a port extending radially therethrough, a second sub spaced apart from the first sub, and a housing connected with the first and second subs. A valve element is disposed at least partially within the housing, and is movable from a closed position to an open position. In the closed position, the valve element blocks fluid communication between a bore and an opening in the housing. When the valve element is in the open position, fluid communication between the bore and the opening is permitted. An actuation chamber is defined between the first sub, the housing, and the valve element, and is in fluid communication with the bore via a flow path that includes the port. A flow restrictor in the flow path is configured to slow fluid flow from the bore to the actuation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Justin Kellner
  • Patent number: 10329863
    Abstract: An automatic drilling apparatus having a tool body, a motive device connected to the tool body, and a drill bit connected to the tool body. The apparatus also includes a setting tool connected to the body, at least one sensor disposed on the tool body, and a computer disposed in the tool body, wherein the computer is configured to actuate the motive device, the drill bit, the setting tool, and the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: A&O TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10214994
    Abstract: A downhole arrangement (32) comprises first (34) and second (41) members, a lock profile (4) fixed relative to one of the first and second members, and a lock member (10) for engaging the at least one lock profile. A release member (40) is provided which is moveable to selectively lock the lock member in engagement with the lock profile so as to selectively secure the second member relative to the first member. Such a downhole arrangement may permit a releasable connection between the first and second members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Manning, Daniel George Purkis
  • Patent number: 10190397
    Abstract: A closure device is provided to close a surge pressure reduction tool disposed in a deviated wellbore. The closure device may include a tubular body, a fin, and a rupture disk disposed in the tubular body. The closure device may be pumped downhole to close the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Marcel Budde, Mark Baas, Norman Vladimir Parra Mayorga
  • Patent number: 10184317
    Abstract: A check valve has a valve member flexibly attached to a seat with resilient members that fold in response to flow above a predetermined value to shut the valve. The flexibly extending members store potential energy that is released to separate the valve member from the seat when the pressure applied against the seated valve member declines to the point that the potential energy stored in the flexible members is able to move the valve member off the seat. The valve assembly including the valve member, the seat and the flexible members can be a common material, or can be all one or more nonmetallic materials or involve composites or other easily drilled materials that are compatible with the operating conditions of pressure differential, temperature and composition of the well fluid. The check valve assembly can be pushed with pressure when closed to operate a subterranean tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Zachary S. Silva, Andre′ J. Porter
  • Patent number: 10082012
    Abstract: A re-fracturing method involves placement and centralization of a liner string that has shaped charges at predetermined locations that are externally isolated with packers. The shaped charges can be set off in a desired order and re-fracturing can then take place in new locations. In a bottom up order for perforating sequentially larger balls can be landed on seats and developed pressure or component movement generated by applying pressure can be used to set a shaped charge and isolate portions of the borehole below. The balls and even the seats can be later milled out or just allowed to disintegrate or dissolve with well fluids that are present or later added to clear the liner for subsequent production. Alternatively, the liner could be removed by release of the packers before production or injection begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Silviu Livescu, Thomas J. Watkins, Jeyhun Najafov
  • Patent number: 10060210
    Abstract: A downhole tool includes a housing and a mandrel glidingly arranged within the housing, wherein the mandrel is formed as a piston. The flange is acting on a spring arranged around the mandrel. In a first position of the mandrel, a fluid flow can run 100% through the tool via a first nozzle at a first end of the housing, the inside of the mandrel and a second nozzle at a second end of the housing. At a predetermined flow rate and with the help of a passage arranged in the housing wall and connecting the first side of the tool with the space or ring room on the non-spring side of the mandrel and a side port in the mandrel on its spring side, the mandrel will be moved towards the second nozzle due to sufficient force acting on a flange of the mandrel thus overcoming the spring resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DRECO ENERGY SERVICES ULC
    Inventor: Kristoffer Braekke
  • Patent number: 10030513
    Abstract: A drill stem test string may include a tubular body having an axial bore formed at least partially therethrough. An axial flow valve may be coupled to the first tubular body and allow fluid to flow axially through the first tubular body when in an open state and prevent fluid from flowing axially through the first tubular body when in a closed state. A radial flow valve may be coupled to the first tubular body and allow fluid to flow radially through the first tubular body when in an open state and prevent fluid from flowing radially through the first tubular body when in a closed state. A seal assembly may be coupled to an outer surface of the first tubular body and positioned between a lower end of the first tubular member and the first radial flow valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dinesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10006270
    Abstract: A circulation mechanism in a subsea assembly is selectively actuated to allow fluid communication between the riser annulus and tubing string to immediately kill the well using heavy-weight fluid in the riser annulus; perform well control operations by adjusting the weight or other properties of fluid in the tubing string or riser annulus; and/or to circulate the riser of a deep-water well undergoing well testing or intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Schwendemann, Donald H. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9976414
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein generally relate a downhole probe assembly incorporating a Bluetooth device for wirelessly transmitting electrical information between the downhole probe assembly and a surface electronic interface such as a computer when the probe assembly is above ground. The downhole probe assembly includes sensors for sensing downhole conditions; a controller in electrical communication with the sensors and configured to receive and process information from the sensors; a housing enclosing the one or more than one sensor and the controller; the Bluetooth device in electrical communication with the controller; and an end cap assembly fitted at one end of the housing. The end cap assembly partially surrounds the Bluetooth device and is configured for transmission of the electrical information therethrough. Also described is an end cap assembly for fitting to one end of a downhole probe assembly including a transmission module mated with and electrically connected to the Bluetooth device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Switzer, Jili Liu, Patrick R. Derkacz, Aaron W. Logan
  • Patent number: 9903196
    Abstract: A pressure test and actuation tool includes a housing; an insert disposed in operable communication with the housing. A metering head initially in sealed relation to both the housing and insert. A damper relief shoulder operably positioned relative to the metering head to initially support the metering head in sealed relationship with the housing and the insert and movable to unsupport the metering head defeating the sealed relationship with the housing and the insert. A method actuating a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: James S. Sanchez, Jason M. Harper
  • Patent number: 9896909
    Abstract: A steam injection mandrel comprises a housing generally defining an axial flow bore and comprising one or more ports, an inner mandrel disposed within the housing, and a slot formed in the inner mandrel. The slot transitions at least three hundred sixty degrees about the longitudinal axis of the housing, and the steam injection mandrel is configured to provide fluid communication between the axial flow bore and the one or more ports through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmie Robert Williamson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9850742
    Abstract: Disclosed is reclosable sleeve assembly including a housing defining one or more flow ports that provide fluid communication between a wellbore annulus and an interior of the housing, an outer sleeve arranged within the housing and movable between a closed position, where the outer sleeve occludes the one or more flow ports, and an open position, where the one or more flow ports are exposed, and an inner sleeve concentrically arranged within the outer sleeve and defining a plurality of flow slots, the inner sleeve being movable between an open position and a closed position where, when in the open position, the plurality of flow slots are axially aligned with the one or more flow ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Beck, Tom Swan, Robert L. Thurman, Ellen Thurman
  • Patent number: 9810343
    Abstract: The annular space surrounding a flow tube in a subsurface safety valve is sealingly isolated at opposed ends of the flow tube and pressure compensated to the tubing pressure. The subsurface safety valve is inserted and aligned in an outer housing so that hydraulic operating connections are sealingly aligned with opposite hand split ring seals that are properly compressed when the safety valve is secured in its surrounding housing. The assembly is then able to meet high pressure, heavy debris, and marine environment service requirements for subsea conditions with minimal reconfiguration for what would otherwise serve as a borehole subsurface safety valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Wade A. Miller, John E. Burris, Michael L. Hair
  • Patent number: 9765603
    Abstract: A gas lift valve assembly includes a housing and a check valve. The housing defines an inlet port and an outlet port, and includes an inner casing having a radial outer surface and a radial inner surface at least partially defining a main flow passage. The check valve includes a sealing mechanism disposed around the radial outer surface of the inner casing, and a valve member including an outwardly extending sealing segment. The valve member is moveable between an open position and a closed position in which the sealing segment sealingly engages the sealing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xuele Qi, Norman Arnold Turnquist, Roderick Mark Lusted, Omprakash Samudrala, Shourya Prakash Otta, Ricardo Lopez, Jifeng Wang, Vic Arthur Randazzo
  • Patent number: 9739118
    Abstract: A setting tool for actuating a well tool within a wellbore includes a sleeve telescopically engaging a mandreland a floating piston disposed between the sleeve and the mandrel. The floating piston has a first face subjected to a downhole hydrostatic pressure. The setting tool also includes a pressure chamber formed between the floating piston and the valve, a working fluid in the pressure chamber, and a fluid-tight collapse chamber formed between the valve and a sealed end of the sleeve. The valve selectively the working fluid from the pressure chamber into the collapse chamber if the working fluid reaches a predetermined primary pressure setting of the valve. The setting tool is connected to and actuated a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eric Halfmann, Daniel C. Ewing, Bryan T. Storey
  • Patent number: 9708888
    Abstract: A completion assembly for use in a wellbore is disclosed that in one non-limiting embodiment includes a tubular member having at least one packer to isolate a zone between the completion assembly and the wellbore, and a flow control device for closing flow of fluid through the tubular member, the flow control device including a valve that includes a fluid flow path and a seal member configured to close the fluid flow path, and a fluid-activated device that cycles each time a pressure differential is created across the flow path and moves the seal member to close the valve after completion of a selected number of cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Jason A. Allen
  • Patent number: 9638006
    Abstract: A safety system for a well having a cable deployed electronic submersible pump includes a barrier valve having a control line for opening and closing the valve, a first flapper safety valve assembly, and a second flapper safety valve assembly. The second flapper safety valve allows the cable for the pump to pass through the second flapper safety valve when the valve is in a closed position. An integral flapper safety valve assembly incorporates the first and second flapper safety valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Tejas Research & Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Henschel, Thomas G. Hill
  • Patent number: 9611719
    Abstract: A downhole tool comprising an inner sleeve with a plurality of sleeve ports and a housing positioned radially outwardly of the inner sleeve and having a plurality of housing ports, with the housing and inner sleeve partially defining a space radially therebetween. The space is occupied by a shifting sleeve. A fluid path extends between the interior flowpath of the tool and the space. A fluid control device, such as a burst disk, occupies at least portion of the fluid path. In one state, the shifting sleeve is in a first position between the housing ports and the sleeve ports to prevent fluid flow between the interior flowpath and exterior of the tool. The fluid control device may selectively permit fluid flow, and thus pressure communication, into the annular space to cause a differential pressure across the shifting sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Peak Completion technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Hofman, William Sloane Muscroft
  • Patent number: 9567832
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to downhole tools, including downhole valves, which actuate via a pressure differential created across a shifting element having one or more pressure surfaces isolated from fluid, and fluid pressure, flowing through the interior flowpath. Embodiment downhole tools of the present disclosure may actuate in response to, among other signals, fluid pressure in the interior flowpath of the tool and fluid pressure communicated to a pressure surface of the shifting sleeve from the exterior of the tool. Certain embodiments may also have an outlet connector whereby fluid pressure from the downhole tool may be communicated to its exterior, including to additional tools in the tubing strings via flowlines connecting the two tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Peak Completion Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Hofman, William Sloane Muscroft
  • Patent number: 9540892
    Abstract: A setting tool for an expandable liner hanger. A method includes the steps of: releasably securing the setting tool to the hanger, the setting tool including an expansion cone for displacing through the hanger; and conveying the setting tool and hanger into the well on a generally tubular work string while no portion of the hanger extends longitudinally between the expansion cone and the work string. A setting tool includes an expansion cone, which is displaceable through the liner hanger to expand the hanger; at least one piston positioned on one side of the expansion cone; and an anchoring device for releasably securing the setting tool to the liner hanger, the anchoring device being positioned on an opposite side of the expansion cone. The expansion cone is pressure balanced between its two sides when the expansion cone is displaced through the liner hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Brock W. Watson
  • Patent number: 9500063
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the disclosure, a hydraulic cycle opening sleeve includes a valve assembly and an opening assembly. The valve assembly includes at least one valve chamber and valve piston positioned to move in response to fluid pressure. The opening assembly includes a sliding piston to selectively open or close the hydraulic cycle opening sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TAM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Iain Greenan
  • Patent number: 9453380
    Abstract: A well tool apparatus comprises a control arrangement configured to control response of the downhole tool by varying a bore-annulus pressure difference. The control arrangement includes a valve piston longitudinally slidable in a generally tubular controller housing that is in operation substantially co-axial with the wellbore, to open or close a valve port to a fluid flow connection between the drill string's interior and the tool. A latch mechanism is configured to latch the valve piston against movement in one axial direction, keeping the valve piston in an open or a closed condition. Unlatching of the valve piston requires displacement thereof in the other axial direction to a mode change position. A stay member is automatically displaceable under hydraulic actuation responsive to bore-annulus pressure differences above a trigger threshold value, to obstruct movement of the latched valve piston under hydraulic actuation to the mode change position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ransford Hardin, Jr., Daniel M. Winslow, Jean-Pierre Lassoie, Nicolas Mouraret
  • Patent number: 9441440
    Abstract: A downhole tool comprising a nested sleeve moveable from a closed position to an open position following actuation of a fluid control device. The fluid control device may selectively permit fluid flow, and thus pressure communication, into the annular space to cause a differential pressure across the shifting sleeve, and thereby moving the shifting sleeve to an open position. A static plug seat is positioned in the tubing or casing upwell of the downhole tool. When the shifting sleeve is opened, fluid flow is established through the static plug seat, allowing a dissolvable or disintegrable ball or other plug to engage the plug seat, preventing fluid flow past the plug seat to the opened downhole tool, thereby permitting pressurization of the tubing or casing, such as for a pressure test. Disintegration of the ball allows fluid communication to be re-established with the downhole tool, permitting fluid to flow through the tubing for subsequent operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Peak Completion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Hofman, William Sloane Muscroft, Eric Fruge
  • Patent number: 9441456
    Abstract: A subsurface safety valve is operable to close a fluid flow path by virtue of an axially movable flow sleeve. The valve includes a recockable actuator and a latch mechanism so that the valve can be moved to a closed position without overcoming the pressure head and frictional forces currently encountered in conventional safety valves. The latch mechanism includes one or more micro pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Tejas Research + Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hill, Jr., Robert C. Henschel
  • Patent number: 9394909
    Abstract: A submersible pump housing with seal bleed ports is provided. In an implementation, a pump housing for electric submersible pumps (ESPs), such as a centrifugal ESP, has end seals that are located inside or further inboard toward the high thrust pressure generated by the pump, than the threaded ends of the pump housing. The inboard seals contain and seal off the pump pressure and spare the threaded regions that are more pressure-vulnerable from the pump's high pressure interior, thereby increasing the pressure rating of the entire housing. Leak ports or bleed ports are provided further outboard of the end seals to relieve fluid seeping from inside the submersible pump housing past each end seal. A plate may be added to direct small amounts of fluid escaping from the end seals away from the wellbore casing in which an ESP is situated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Milton Eslinger
  • Patent number: 9359877
    Abstract: A single trip multizone time progressive well treating method and apparatus that provides a means to progressively stimulate individual zones through a cased or open hole well bore. The operator can use pre-set timing devices to progressively treat each zone up the hole. At each zone the system automatically opens a sliding sleeve and closes a frangible flapper, at a preselected point in time. An adjustable preset timing device is installed in each zone to allow preplanned continual frac operations for all zones. An optional “Stand-Down-Mode” can be integrated into the timing system so that if pumping stops the timers go into a sleep mode until the pumping resumes. The apparatus can consist of three major components: a packer, a timing pressure device, and a sliding sleeve/isolation device. The packer may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Completion Tool Developments, LLC
    Inventor: Gregg W. Stout
  • Patent number: 9279302
    Abstract: A plug counter including a housing sized to receive and pass plugs. A helix sleeve rotatably positioned relative to the housing. The helix sleeve including a helical track having a plurality of consecutive turns. A key positionable relative to the helical track and responsive to movement of the helix sleeve in a first rotational direction, wherein the key prevents further movement of the helix sleeve in the first rotational direction after a selected number of plugs pass through the plug counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Hector H. Mireles
  • Patent number: 9267345
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow activated circulating valve (1). The valve comprises an outer housing (10) comprising radial ports (11) provided axially between an upper portion (1a) of the valve (1) and a lower portion (1b) of the valve (1). An inner sleeve (20) provided inside the outer housing (10), where the inner sleeve (20) is providing an axial bore (21) through the upper portion (1a) of the valve (1) to the radial ports (11). A cylinder compartment (30) is provided between the inner sleeve (20) and the outer housing (10). A piston (40) is arranged for axial and rotational movement in the cylinder compartment (30), where the piston (40) comprises piston ports (41) arranged to provide fluid communication between the axial bore (21) and the radial ports (11) when the piston (40) is in an open position (P0), and where the piston (40) is arranged to prevent fluid communication between the axial bore (21) and the radial ports (11) when the piston (40) is in closed positions (P1, P2, P3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Interwell AS
    Inventors: Eirik Grande, Arild F. Stein
  • Patent number: 9200502
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base pipe, a screen and a first assembly. The screen at least partially circumscribes the base pipe to create a flow path between a first region that is outside of the screen and a second region that is inside the base pipe. The flow path includes at least one radial port of the base pipe and a third region between the screen and the exterior of the base pipe. The first assembly regulates fluid communication through the flow path. The first assembly includes a second assembly that is disposed in and mounted to the base pipe and a flow control device that is slidably connected to the second assembly. The flow control device is adapted to translate between at least two positions to regulate the fluid communication through the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Terje Moen
  • Patent number: 9103185
    Abstract: A technique facilitates prolonging the useful life of a subsurface valve without requiring replacement of the entire hydraulic chamber housing of the subsurface valve. A removable piston tube is provided and may be inserted into a valve housing of a subsurface valve. The removable piston tube is removably secured within a piston passage in the valve housing via a fastening mechanism. If necessary, the removable piston tube can be removed and replaced without requiring replacement of the overall housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: David James Biddick, Paul G. Goughnour, Geoffrey Pinard
  • Patent number: 9080098
    Abstract: A composite downhole article is disclosed. The article is selectively corrodible in a wellbore fluid. The article includes at least one corrodible core member comprising a first material that is corrodible in a wellbore fluid at a first corrosion rate. The article also includes at least one outer member disposed on the core member and comprising a second material that is corrodible in the wellbore fluid at a second corrosion rate, wherein the corrodible core member has a composition gradient or a density gradient, or a combination thereof, and wherein the first corrosion rate is substantially greater than the second corrosion rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, Michael Johnson
  • Patent number: 9051824
    Abstract: A well completion system for monitoring multiple annuluses in a well, including an “A” annulus (between the production tubing and production casing) and a “B” annulus (between the production casing and intermediate casing). The system includes a tubing hanger suspension assembly that seals and separates an upper area of the production annulus. Port(s) in the production casing above the seal provide access between the “B” annulus and the separated area. The system also includes a moveable sleeve that allows fluid communication through the port(s) when in an open position, but not in a closed position. The tubing hanger suspension assembly includes means for moving the sleeve from the closed position to the open position. In addition, the tubing hanger housing includes “A” and “B” annulus passageways in communication with the production annulus and the separated area, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Proserv Operations Inc.
    Inventors: Earl Broussard, Richard Jolly
  • Publication number: 20150144360
    Abstract: A drill string element for use in the drilling of a borehole, the drill string element comprising: a main body; and a flow control mechanism, wherein the drill string element defines a first aperture, another aperture and a passage configured to provide a fluid flow path between the first aperture and the other aperture, the first and other apertures provide fluid communication between a volume around the drill string element and the passage, and the flow control mechanism is configured to inhibit the flow of fluid through the passage in a first operating mode and to permit the flow of fluid through the passage in a second operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: David Shearer
  • Patent number: 8991782
    Abstract: A device for automatic closure of control valves in separable connection units for flexible pipes is described. The device comprises, for every sector of the control valve, a slidable body operating on the valve sector to cause closing and opening rotation thereof, elastic means housed within a first chamber to activate the sliding body to cause the closing rotation of said valve sector, a braking fluid housed in a second chamber to brake the movement of said sliding body in the closing direction and fluid dynamic communication means between said chambers to permit the controlled transfer of the braking fluid from the second chamber to the first chamber during the movement of the sliding body in the closing direction. The fluid dynamic communication means comprise a passage duct with an enlarged part and a cartridge with external grooves of variable length inserted in said enlarged part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: MIB Italiana S.p.A.
    Inventor: Lorenzo Bormioli