Operating Valve, Closure, Or Changeable Restrictor In A Well Patents (Class 166/373)
  • Patent number: 11326420
    Abstract: A gravel pack flow path used to flow slurry fluids during a gravel pack phase may be closed or at least limited with a swellable metallic material prior to a production phase. An example apparatus may include a base pipe, a screen disposed about the base pipe, an inflow control device having an ICD flow path in fluid communication with an outer annulus between the screen and base pipe. The gravel pack flow path defined in part by perforations in a base pipe or by a secondary housing. A swellable metallic material is activated to close the gravel pack flow path in response to a reactive fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Williams Cho, Stephen Michael Greci
  • Patent number: 11306561
    Abstract: A completion assembly defines a throughbore and comprises an isolation valve configurable between an open state (permitting fluid to flow through the throughbore) and a closed state (preventing fluid from flowing through the throughbore). A method for use in installing the assembly into a wellbore in a single trip comprises running the assembly into the wellbore with the valve in the open state until a downhole end of the assembly reaches a target position; injecting a fluid through the throughbore and the valve when the valve is in the open state; configuring the valve into the closed state; and performing a pressure integrity test of the throughbore above the valve. The valve is configurable between the open and closed states without any requirement for the valve to be mechanically engaged by an activation member or a tool whilst the valve receives power from a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Franklin, Euan Murdoch, Christopher Munro
  • Patent number: 11306560
    Abstract: A flow control apparatus is provided comprising: a housing including a port; a housing passage disposed within the housing; a flow control member, displaceable, relative to the port, for effecting opening of the port; and a co-operating member. The flow control member and the co-operating member are co-operatively configured such that displacement of the flow control member, relative to the port, is with effect that a force is applied by the flow control member to the co-operating member, with effect that a seating surface is obtained for receiving a flow communication interference body that is being conducted through the housing passage. The seating surface is obtained in response to a deformation effected by the applied force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NCS Multistage Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Werries, Brock Gillis, Tim Johnson, Ramin Tajallipour
  • Patent number: 11299945
    Abstract: A counter including a housing disposed about a tubular creating a space therebetween, a piston disposed in the space and responsive to pressure up events in the tubular to compress a transfer chamber, a supply chamber fluidly attached to the transfer chamber; a trigger chamber fluidly attached to the transfer chamber wherein sequential pressure events cause the piston to move fluid from the supply chamber to the trigger chamber. A counter including a fluid incrementing configuration, an activation member in fluid force communication with the fluid incrementing configuration, the activation member having a first position where a fluid port is blocked and a second position where the fluid port is unblocked, the fluid port being fluid pressure connected to a tool to be actuated when the activation member is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Warlick, Sean Gaudette, Bradley Kellogg, Taylor Broussard
  • Patent number: 11280189
    Abstract: A suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system includes a BOP, the BOP attached to a wellhead. The BOP is positioned above a wellbore. The suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system further includes a TEC, the TEC connected to a sensor package. The TEC and sensor package extend through the BOP into the wellbore. The suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system also includes a fluid sample line, the fluid sample line extending through the BOP into the wellbore. The suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system also includes a fluid sample intake and filtration device, the fluid sample intake and filtration device mechanically coupled to the fluid sample line within the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: GAS SENSING TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Michael Siefert
  • Patent number: 11280161
    Abstract: A frac sleeve assembly and method of operation. The frac sleeve assembly includes a ball seat that retains a frac ball. The ball seat moves within a sleeve. The sleeve includes a profile that separates the first half and the second half to allow passage of the frac ball through the ball seat when the ball seat moves within the sleeve. Alternatively, the ball seat has a ring for receiving the frac ball and the sleeve has a protrusion that selectively engages a shifting pin to move the ring with respect to a ridge to release the ball from the ball seat when the ball seat moves within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Stone
  • Patent number: 11274664
    Abstract: An actuation device may include a plurality of actuation units disposed about an axis. Each actuation unit of the plurality of actuation units may include a shape memory alloy component, an auxetic material component operationally coupled to the shape memory alloy component, and a power source operationally coupled to the shape memory alloy component. Additionally, the actuation device may include a control system operationally coupled to the power source, the control system is configured to actuate the shape memory alloy component through the power source. Further, when actuated, the shape memory alloy component moves in a direction outward from the axis to pull the auxetic material component, and the auxetic material component expands in a direction perpendicular to the movement direction of the shape memory alloy component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brian Skeels
  • Patent number: 11274526
    Abstract: A technique facilitates wellbore operations and utilization of wellbore equipment, e.g. equipment comprising actuation devices for downhole tools. According to an embodiment, the system comprises a pump solution for an electrically control device, e.g. an electrically controlled valve. The system may comprise hydraulic circuitry which utilizes bellows to effectively enclose the hydraulic circuitry. Consequently, the system enables an electrically control downhole system having components hydraulically actuated via a closed loop hydraulic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benoit Deville, Srinivas Poluchalla, Virinchi Mallela, Marian Faur, Charley Martinez
  • Patent number: 11261709
    Abstract: A downhole gravel packing apparatus, comprising: a tubular assembly for being arranged within a wellbore to define an annulus between said tubular assembly and a wall of the wellbore; and a control valve provided within the tubular assembly to control flow of a gravel pack carrier fluid between external and internal regions of the tubular assembly, the control valve comprising a fluid reactant arrangement which reacts with a first fluid to reconfigure the control valve from a first configuration in which flow through the control valve is permitted during a gravel packing operation, and a second configuration in which flow through the control valve is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Swellfix UK Limited
    Inventors: Annabel Green, Oliver Webster
  • Patent number: 11261698
    Abstract: Flow control systems are described for variably resisting flow of a fluid composition dependent on the surface energy of the fluid composition. Surface energy is a measure of the wettability of a surface with a particular the fluid. Surface energy dependent flow resistors of the present disclosure include a support structure extending across and/or filling a control passageway such that the surface area exposed to a fluid may be maximized. The flow control systems described may autonomously distinguish between fluid compositions having high and low proportions of a desired fluid component even when the fluid compositions have substantially equal viscosities. Flow control valves are described which may be employed in downhole production and injection equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Larry Steven Eoff
  • Patent number: 11255167
    Abstract: A shunt tube entry device comprises one or more inlet ports, a shroud disposed at least partially about a wellbore tubular, and a shunt tube in fluid communication with the chamber. The shroud defines a chamber between the shroud and the wellbore tubular, and the chamber is in fluid communication with the one or more entry ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez, Jan Veit, Luke William Holderman, Maxime Coffin, Andrew Penno
  • Patent number: 11248428
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a locking system for a downhole tool. The locking system includes a first portion having a plurality of displaceable members, a second portion disposed around the first portion; a locked position wherein axial movement between the members is prevented; and an unlocked position wherein axial movement between the members is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: William Allen Schultz, Jr., David W. Teale, Richard C. Davis
  • Patent number: 11236586
    Abstract: Downhole electrical energy harvesting and communication in systems for well installations having metallic structure carrying electric current, for example CP current. In some instances there is a harvesting module (4) electrically connected to the metallic structure (2) at a first location and to a second location spaced from the first location, the first and second locations being chosen such that, in use, there is a potential difference therebetween due to the electric current flowing in the structure (2); and the harvesting module (4) being arranged to harvest electrical energy from the electric current. In addition or alternatively, there may be communication apparatus (4, 5, 6) for communication by modulation of the current, for example CP current, in the metallic structure (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: METROL TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Shaun Compton Ross, Leslie David Jarvis, Steven Martin Hudson
  • Patent number: 11180974
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a cylindrical housing having a hinge, a flapper attached to the hinge, and a slidable element is within the cylindrical housing, wherein the flapper can rotate from a first flapper position to a second flapper position. The slidable element is slidable from a first position to a second position and engages with the flapper at the first position to prevent the flapper from moving to the second flapper position. The flapper is movable to the second flapper position when the slidable element is disengaged from the flapper. The apparatus also includes a latching mechanism attached to the slidable element movable from a first latching mechanism position to a second latching mechanism position. The slidable element is at the first position when the latching mechanism is at the first latching mechanism position and at the second position when the latching mechanism is at the second latching mechanism position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Dan Vick, Jr., Jimmie Robert Williamson
  • Patent number: 11125045
    Abstract: A frac plug system downhole tool and method of securing a frac plug system in a wellbore. A mandrel extending from a first end to a second end. A setting assembly is on the first end of the mandrel and is movable along the mandrel. An anchor is at the second end of the mandrel and is expandable to engage the wellbore. A gas generates a pressure to move the setting assembly along the mandrel to expand the anchor at the second end of the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Hern, YingQing Xu, Juan Carlos Flores Perez
  • Patent number: 11125346
    Abstract: A gas migration prevention module can include a housing, control line connections configured to connect the housing between control line sections, spaced apart pistons sealingly received in the housing, and a fluid volume defined between the pistons. A control line system can include an upper control line section, a lower control line section in fluid communication with a downhole tool, and a gas migration prevention module connected between the upper and lower control line sections, the lower control line section providing fluid communication between the gas migration prevention module and the downhole tool, and the gas migration prevention module comprising spaced apart pistons and a fluid volume defined between the pistons, the fluid volume being in fluid communication with an exterior of the gas migration prevention module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Otavio Maffud Cilli, Don A. Hopmann
  • Patent number: 11118443
    Abstract: Methods and systems for producing hydrocarbons in a subterranean well with a completion system include landing an isolation valve completion within the subterranean well. The isolation valve completion is landed within an observation wellbore and downhole of a junction with a production wellbore. The isolation valve completion includes an isolation valve. A production tubing is delivered into the subterranean well. The production tubing has a downhole end located uphole of the junction with the production wellbore. An annulus defined between an outer diameter surface of the production tubing and an inner diameter surface of the subterranean well is sealed with a production packer that circumscribes the production tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Faleh Mudlah Shammeri
  • Patent number: 11118407
    Abstract: A directional drilling device for drilling a borehole having a borehole wall, the device including an outer housing and a driveshaft selectively rotatable with respect to the housing and including an axial flow bore and a through port formed in the driveshaft wall. The device also includes one or more borehole engagement members rotatable with and radially moveable with respect to the outer housing toward engagement with the borehole wall to urge the directional drilling device in a radial direction with respect to the borehole. The device further includes a mud pressure actuation system. The mud pressure actuation system controls fluid flow through the through port to control hydraulic pressure on a piston device and thus movement of the borehole engagement members into engagement with the borehole wall to maintain a rotational position of the outer housing and the corresponding radial direction in which the device is being urged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Neelesh V. Deolalikar, Daniel M. Winslow
  • Patent number: 11091983
    Abstract: A circulation sub assembly for circulating fluids in a subterranean well includes a circulation sub body that is a generally tubular shaped member with a sub central bore. A circulation port extends through a sidewall of the circulation sub body. A valve member is moveable between a closed position where the valve member prevents a flow of fluid through the circulation port and an open position where the valve member provides a fluid flow path through the circulation port. An actuation assembly includes an isolated hydraulic fluid system operable to move the valve member between the closed position and the open position. A control system includes an electronic processor, a memory, a data transmitter, and a data receiver. The control system is operable to instruct the actuation assembly to move the valve member between the closed position and the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Victor Carlos Costa De Oliveira, Mario Augusto Rivas Martinez, Helmut Josip Luquetta Berrio
  • Patent number: 11072999
    Abstract: Downhole electrical energy harvesting and communication in systems for well installations having metallic structure carrying electric current, for example CP current. In some instances there is a harvesting module (4) electrically connected to the metallic structure (2) at a first location and to a second location spaced from the first location, the first and second locations being chosen such that, in use, there is a potential difference therebetween due to the electric current flowing in the structure (2); and the harvesting module (4) being arranged to harvest electrical energy from the electric current. In addition or alternatively, there may be communication apparatus (4, 5, 6) for communication by modulation of the current, for example CP current, in the metallic structure (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: METROL TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Shaun Compton Ross, Leslie David Jarvis, Steven Martin Hudson
  • Patent number: 11066903
    Abstract: A downhole tool string for conveying within a wellbore, including an engagement device for engaging a downhole feature located within the wellbore, a first actuator for applying a substantially non-vibrating force to the engagement device while the engagement device is engaged with the downhole feature, and a second actuator for applying a vibrating force to the engagement device while the engagement device is engaged with the downhole feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas MacDougall, Mark Milkovisch, Todor Sheiretov
  • Patent number: 11047186
    Abstract: A system and method to actuate a downhole tool, where the tool can include a body, a closure member and a degradable actuation ring. A profile of the actuation ring can be configured to engage an actuation tool (e.g. shifting tool, ball drop, dart, plug, etc.) used to displace the activation ring via the engagement and thereby displacing the closure member to a different position. The degradable actuation ring can be degraded by an agent downhole to degrade and/or remove the actuation ring from the downhole tool thereby providing an increased clearance through the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Shaun Wen Jie Ng, Katherine Ann Davies
  • Patent number: 11047217
    Abstract: An extraction systems in the oil sector, in particular to the equipment intended for the completion of the wells after their drilling; more in particular, the system relates to a safety valve for artificial lifting wells driven by reciprocating downhole rod pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: FORE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Orsini
  • Patent number: 11041364
    Abstract: The invention relates to the oil industry and the production of oil. An insert safety valve is mounted inside a piping safety valve in a production tubing string and comprises a housing having a longitudinal bore, an upper landing assembly with extendable slips for fixing inside the piping safety valve having a landing nipple, a hydraulic line, annular seals and a valve device with a spring-driven element. The insert safety valve is mounted on a carrying cable, the hydraulic line has tubes connected to two valves. The first valve is connected to the piping safety valve housing in the production tubing string, and the second valve extends to a port in the inner portion of the landing nipple. A hollow sleeve functions as a moving element, and the valve device is formed as openings in the sleeve and in the housing, wherein the openings are configured to being aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Joint Stock Company “Novomet-Perm”
    Inventors: Viktor Georgievich Ostrovskiy, Dmitrii Valeryevich Gorbunov, Aleksej Aleksandrovich Fotiev
  • Patent number: 11041361
    Abstract: A flow system, comprising: a flow control device, wherein a portion of the flow control device is disposed within a fluid pathway, wherein the flow control device is configured to rotate, wherein the flow control device comprises floats, wherein the floats block a potential flow path for fluids to travel through an outlet of the flow control device; a regulatory valve, wherein the regulatory valve is configured to receive a remaining portion of fluids from the fluid pathway; a control line, wherein the control line couples the outlet of the flow control device to the regulatory valve; an offset line, wherein the offset line provides fluid communication between fluids that travel past the flow control device and the regulatory valve; and a fluid restrictor, wherein the fluid restrictor is disposed within the fluid pathway upstream from the flow control device, wherein the fluid restrictor is configured to reduce fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Stephen Michael Greci, Ibrahim El Mallawany
  • Patent number: 11035202
    Abstract: A substance deposition and backflow preventing arrangement including a housing having a port therein, a sleeve disposed within the housing and positionable to cover or uncover the port, the sleeve having a first seal at one end thereof presenting a first hydraulic dimension and a second seal at another end of the sleeve having a different hydraulic dimension, a biasing member operably connected to the sleeve and to the housing and configured to urge the sleeve to a position covering the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Andrew, Matthew Stone, Adam M. McGuire
  • Patent number: 11015419
    Abstract: Bypass devices are disclosed for providing alternative flow paths within an annulus formed around a production string of a subterranean wellbore. In some embodiments, the bypass devices include inlet flow paths and outlet flow paths in fluid communication with the annulus so that fluids may flow through the inlet and outlet flow paths to bypass a blockage in the annulus. The bypass devices are also configured to avoid internal blockages within the internal flow paths defined by the inlet flow paths and outlet flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Foster, Kevin Whaley, Patrick Keatinge
  • Patent number: 11015414
    Abstract: An exemplary activation device for a downhole tool includes an outer shell configured to sealingly engage a seat and configured to be sheared by the seat whereby the activation device can pass through the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Mathew John Kennedy, Michael Desmond Slattery
  • Patent number: 11015416
    Abstract: Downhole tools including a wellbore isolation device that provides a plurality of components including a mandrel, and a slip assembly comprising a plurality of slip elements including a slip wedge and a slip, wherein an element of the slip assembly is composed of a degradable metal material, and wherein the slip comprises a slip insert embedded therein, the slip insert having a compressive strength of greater than about 120,000 psi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 10975646
    Abstract: An object removal enhancement arrangement including a seat, a volume movable with the seat, the volume being protected in a first condition of the seat and unprotected in a second condition of the seat, and a material disposed within or as a part of the volume, the material degradative of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: YingQing Xu, Michael Johnson, Matthew Stone, Colin Andrew, Zhiyue Xu
  • Patent number: 10968734
    Abstract: An untethered sensing object able to sense and record well fluid and wellbore parameters. The untethered sensing object is adapted to transmit recorded data towards a communication module of a toolstring, whereas the toolstring is conveyed from surface and reaches a proximity distance with the untethered sensing object inside the well fluid of a wellbore. The untethered sensing object includes at least one sensor, an acquisition module, a recording module and a transmitting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Gregoire Max Jacob, Sylvain Bedouet
  • Patent number: 10947809
    Abstract: A dissolvable frac plug is disclosed. The dissolvable frac plug has an internal chamber surrounded by an external wall with the chamber containing a dry powder component in an amount sufficient to combine with ground water or other wellbore fluids to form a solution or environment that enhances dissolution of the plug. The dry powder is released from the chamber as a portion or portions of the external wall dissolves due to contact with water or other wellbore fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GRYPHON OILFIELD SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ganesh Subbaraman, Tyler Roberts, Ian Beckett
  • Patent number: 10941640
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-functional well completion apparatus and method of operation thereof that offers the ability, in a single trip and with limited running tool manipulation, to perform a sand control frac or other fluid stimulation operation and reverse out operations that has improved reverse out flow rates. Furthermore, a combination of dropped balls and hydraulic pressure open one or more sleeves for selective access to a plurality of isolated zones. Additionally, a combination of concentric pipe and internal flow paths creates a reverse flow path. This reverse flow path provides a live annulus during treating, the ability to take returns, and the ability to reverse excess proppant from the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Frosell, Mark Douglas Macek, Colin E. Kappe
  • Patent number: 10920528
    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: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Watson Well Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Watson, Nevin Dahl
  • Patent number: 10907444
    Abstract: A choke system for a downhole valve including a first tubular having an outer surface, an inner surface, and a first flow port extending through the outer surface and the inner surface. A second tubular is shiftably arranged relative to the first tubular radially inwardly of the inner surface. The second tubular includes a second flow port that is selectively aligned with the first flow port. A choke member including a choke opening is positioned between the first tubular and the second tubular. The choke member is selectively shiftable and rotatable relative to the first tubular and the second tubular. A choke actuator is axially aligned with the choke member and positioned between the first tubular and the second tubular. The choke actuator being selectively shiftable to unseat the choke member and rotate the choke opening relative to the first and second flow ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Donavan Holland Brown
  • Patent number: 10900309
    Abstract: A setting tool for deploying a downhole tool within a wellbore is described herein. The setting tool uses an in situ non-explosive gas-generating power source to generate high-pressure gas, which drives a mechanical linkage to actuate the deployment of the downhole tool. According to certain embodiments the non-explosive gas-generating setting tool contains no hydraulic stages and may contain only a single piston. The setting tool may be fitted to provide different stroke lengths and can provide usable power over a greater percentage of its stroke length, compared to setting tools using explosive/pyrotechnic power sources. Methods of using a non-explosive gas-generating setting tool to deploy a downhole tool within a wellbore are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Robertson, Douglas J. Streibich, Antony F. Grattan, Roy L. Sparkman, Mark Lancaster
  • Patent number: 10900323
    Abstract: Stimulation sleeve (1) for well intervention in a subterranean wellbore, comprising: a housing (10) having a through channel (11) with a first end (11a) and a second end (11b), and one or more flow ports (14), and a sliding sleeve (13) disposed axially movable within the housing (10) to open or close said flow ports (14). Said sliding sleeve (13) is equipped with at least a first obturator seat (15) for receipt of a obturator (17) to partially or fully close fluid communication in the through channel (11) of the housing (10), and a time delay mechanism (20) to allow the sliding sleeve (13) to axially travel in the housing (10) at a predetermined speed to open or close said flow ports (14). The invention also discloses a method for well completion in a subterranean wellbore using a sliding sleeve (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Anthony Kent
  • Patent number: 10895121
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the state of a choke valve in a managed pressure drilling system using a valve state parameter to represent the state of the choke valve includes measuring the flow rate of a material across the choke valve, measuring the pressure differential of the material across the choke valve, obtaining a valve characteristic of the choke valve, and calculating the valve state parameter using the flow rate, the pressure differential and the valve characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: EQUINOR ENERGY AS
    Inventors: Henrik Manum, Qin Li
  • Patent number: 10871057
    Abstract: An apparatus that is usable with a well includes a housing and a body. The housing includes an inlet and an outlet, and a fluid flow is communicated between the inlet and outlet. The body disposed inside the housing to form a fluid restriction for the fluid flow. The body includes an opening therethrough to divert a first portion of the fluid flow into a first fluid flow path; and a first surface to at least partially define the first fluid flow path. The body is adapted to move to control fluid communication through the first flow path based at least in part on at least one fluid property of the flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gocha Chochua, Aleksandar Rudic, Ke Ken Li, Terje Moen, Carlos Alberto Araque, Barbara J. A. Zielinska
  • Patent number: 10822920
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are for controlling a fluid flow in, into or out of a well. An orientation means is for orienting the apparatus in the well. The apparatus has a main flow channel; a chamber in fluid communication with the main flow channel, and having a flow control element movable between a first non-blocking position and a second blocking position for the fluid flow. The flow control element is movable in response to density of fluid in the chamber. The main flow channel has with pressure changing means causing a pressure differential in a fluid return conduit providing fluid communication between the chamber and a portion of the main flow channel, so that fluid in said chamber is recirculated back to the main flow channel when the main flow channel is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Innowell Solutions AS
    Inventors: Rune Killie, Thorleif Lager
  • Patent number: 10815755
    Abstract: A frac sleeve includes an expandable ball seat configured to allow a single frac-ball to treat a plurality of zones associated with a plurality of frac sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Vertice Oil Tools Inc.
    Inventor: Mohamed Ibrahim Saraya
  • Patent number: 10808523
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a well tool. The well tool system includes a receiving tool including two ends positioned in a wellbore tubular in a predetermined orientation. The receiving tool is configured to transition from an inactive state to an active state in response to a triggering signal. The well tool system further includes a transmitting tool at a surface and proximate to the receiving tool. The transmitting tool is configured to wirelessly transmit the triggering signal to the receiving tool using inductive coupling based on the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zahed Kabir, Thomas Jules Frosell, Zachary Ryan Murphree
  • Patent number: 10738573
    Abstract: Fluid flow control systems are configured to resist erosion-corrosion and minimize wall shear stress during injection or production. A fluid flow control system includes a base pipe with an internal passageway. A housing is positioned around the base pipe to define a fluid flow path between the filter component and the internal passageway. A flow control component is positioned within the fluid flow path in order to control fluid flow. A flow-induced erosion resistance component, which may take a variety of forms, is positioned within the fluid flow path to reduce and/or eliminate wall shear stress along the base pipe. As a result, erosion-corrosion of the bases pipe is reduced and/or eliminated altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Weiqi Yin, Frederic Nicolas Felten, Georgina Corona Cortes, Caleb Thomas Warren, Bryon David Mullen, Richard Hancock Merrill
  • Patent number: 10731452
    Abstract: A gas separator assembly has a pump inlet that generates an artificial sump in a production casing. The assembly includes an inner casing in series with the production casing of the well and an outer casing supported externally of the inner casing. First and second ports at opposing top and bottom ends of the outer casing communicate from the production casing to an annulus between the inner and outer casings. A barrier supported in the primary passage between the first and second ports diverts flow through the annulus. One or more dissolvable sleeves within the annulus prevents the annulus from filling with material during construction of the casing but dissolves when the sleeves come in contact with wet wellbore fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Blackjack Production Tools, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Ellithorp
  • Patent number: 10724329
    Abstract: Systems and methods for thru-tubing completion including a sub-surface completion unit (SCU) system including a SCU wireless transceiver for communicating with a surface control system of a well by way of wireless communication with a down-hole wireless transceiver disposed in a wellbore of the well, one or more SCU anchoring seals having an un-deployed position (enabling the SCU to pass through production tubing disposed in the wellbore of the well) and a deployed position (to seal against a wall of the target zone of the open-hole portion of the wellbore to provide zonal isolation between adjacent regions in the wellbore) and one or more SCU centralizers having an un-deployed position (enabling the SCU to pass through the production tubing disposed in the wellbore of the well) and a deployed position (to position the SCU in the target zone of the open-hole portion of the wellbore).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Muhammad Arsalan, Mohamed N. Noui-Mehidi
  • Patent number: 10724344
    Abstract: A well system having primary and secondary wellbores wherein a completion sleeve is positioned in the primary wellbore and defines a window aligned with a primary wellbore casing exit and upper and lower couplings defined on opposing axial ends of the window. An isolation sleeve is positioned within the completion sleeve and defines a helical slot. The isolation sleeve is movable between a first position, where a engagement device engages the upper coupling and the isolation sleeve occludes the window, and a second position, where the isolation sleeve is moved axially within completion sleeve to expose the window and the engagement device engages the lower coupling. A whipstock assembly includes a latch key that selectively locates and engages an inner profile of the isolation sleeve to move the isolation sleeve to the second position. An orienting key mates with the helical slot to angularly orient the whipstock assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley P. Dietz
  • Patent number: 10724648
    Abstract: A float valve assembly includes a cylindrical housing defining an inner flow path and a check valve is positioned within the housing and movable between an open position, where uphole and downhole fluid flow through the inner flow path is allowed, and a closed position, where uphole fluid flow is prevented while downhole fluid flow is allowed. An activation member is movably positioned within the housing between a first position, where the activation member holds the check valve in the open position, and a second position, where the activation member moves axially and out of engagement with the check valve. A drag body is coupled to the activation member and fluid flow in the downhole direction generates a drag force on the drag body that places an axial force on the activation member to move the activation member to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Mericas, Todd Anthony Stair
  • Patent number: 10711570
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for utilizing a valve with a pump rotor passage with a downhole production string, the pump rotor being on a rotatable rod with a bobbin moving along the rod between a position for opening the passage to fluid flow, when the bobbin is not seated on a shuttle seat, and a position for closing the passage to fluid flow, when the bobbin is seated on the shuttle seat. The pump rotor and rod are removable through the passage while leaving the pump stator in place upstream of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence Osborne
  • Patent number: 10704359
    Abstract: A flow control system for use in a subterranean well includes a flow chamber comprising an inlet and an outlet that is configured to receive a fluid, and a flow restriction member positioned and movable within the flow chamber. The flow restriction member is configured to restrict fluid flow from the inlet to the outlet of the flow chamber based upon a density of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Stephen M. Greci, Thomas J. Frosell
  • Patent number: 10669796
    Abstract: The method for stimulation of oil production involves the positioning of a downhole device at the operational depth of a well, the device being connected to a surface supply, and the excitation of elastic oscillations of certain distinct frequencies. Furthermore, bottom-hole clogging products are crushed and formation oil recovery is stimulated by a periodic impact on the bottom-hole zone of an ultrasound-range elastic oscillation field in a continuous mode and in a low-frequency pulse mode with simultaneous removal of clogging materials from the bottom-hole oil formation zone. In the continuous mode, the impact is carried out using a high-frequency oscillation of 16-25 kHz, and in the pulse mode, the impact is carried out at a frequency of 1-50 Hz. In terms of their design, the devices for stimulation of oil production consist of the following principal items of equipment: an ultrasound generator, a downhole ultrasonic emitter, a jet pump and a geophysical cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ILMASONIC-SCIENCE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexandr Alexeevich Saltykov, Yuriy Alexeevich Saltykov