Providing Support For Well Part (e.g., Hanger Or Anchor) Patents (Class 166/382)
  • Patent number: 10781650
    Abstract: A downhole tool includes a tool body and an anchoring device integrated with the tool body. The anchoring device includes a contact pad that is at least partially external to the tool body, the contact pad having multiple stages with different thicknesses. The anchoring tool also includes a first linear actuator and a second linear actuator. The first linear actuator is configured to move the contact pad axially with respect to the tool body to align one of the multiple stages with the second linear actuator. The second linear actuator is configured to apply a radial force to the contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Adan Hernandez Herrera, Nikhil Manmadhan Kartha
  • Patent number: 10745992
    Abstract: An energizing ring for setting a downhole sealing element includes a passage extending through a width of the energizing ring and a wing extending radially outward from a body of the energizing ring, the wing includes a sealing arm coupled to the body at a joint and a slot arranged between at least a portion of the sealing arm and the body, wherein the sealing arm is configured to pivot relative to the joint in response to a fluid pressure within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS PRESSURE CONTROL LP
    Inventors: Samuel Heung Yeung Cheng, Wei He, Kevin O'Dell, Joseph Pallini
  • Patent number: 10718178
    Abstract: A packer includes a sealing element positioned at least partially around a tubular, the sealing element having an axial end, a gage ring positioned at least partially around the tubular and adjacent to the axial end of the sealing element, and a plurality of petals pivotally coupled to the gage ring, extending at least partially axially therefrom toward the sealing element, and positioned radially outwards of the axial end of the sealing element. The gage ring is movable axially along the tubular, towards the sealing element, such that the gage ring applies an axial force to the sealing element to expand the sealing element radially outwards, and the plurality of petals are configured to pivot radially outwards when the sealing element radially expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Justin Kellner
  • Patent number: 10718170
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vise arrangement for a directional drilling machine. The vise arrangement can include a translatable and pivotal vise. The vise arrangement can also include up-hole and down-hole rod guides/supports. The vise arrangement can further include a lubrication dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Clint Recker, Tanner Vos
  • Patent number: 10683709
    Abstract: An assembly adapted to be disposed within an oil or gas wellbore and including first and second completion joints, each including a base pipe, a shunt tube disposed along the base pipe, and a tubular outer shroud disposed about respective portions of the shunt tube and the base pipe; a jumper tube coupling the shunt tube of the first completion joint to the shunt tube of the second completion joint; and a tubular sliding shroud disposed about at least one of the first and second completion joints and adapted to slide longitudinally to a run-in position, in which the tubular sliding shroud is disposed about the jumper tube and respective portions of the first and second completion joints, thereby covering the jumper tube. A method and apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Veit, Matthew Ryan Gommel
  • Patent number: 10669816
    Abstract: A system for controlling a downhole component within a borehole, the system including a transfer assembly coupled between a rotatable component and the downhole component, the transfer assembly including a swash plate assembly configured to control the downhole component and a member configured to engage the swash plate assembly. The member is configured to move radially based upon a rotational speed of the rotatable component to selectively engage the swash plate assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Neelesh Deolalikar, Ruchir Shirish Patwa
  • Patent number: 10648275
    Abstract: A frac plug that is energized by a ball member, the frac plug comprising an upper mandrel having a tapered outer surface, a seal member coupled to the upper mandrel, and a lower mandrel coupled to the upper mandrel. A button ring having one or more buttons is disposed about the upper mandrel. The lower mandrel is movable relative to the upper mandrel to move the button ring along the tapered outer surface and force the buttons into gripping contact with a surrounding wellbore. The seal member is movable into sealing contact with the surrounding wellbore by the ball member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Dirocco
  • Patent number: 10648274
    Abstract: A downhole wellbore system is provided, comprising one or more downhole sleeves run on a liner; and an intervention tool deployable into the liner. The intervention tool is reciprocateable within the line and one or more downhole sleeves between any one or more positions selected from the group consisting of: downhole sleeve opening position, downhole sleeve closing position, pull uphole position, push downhole position, and setting in a blank section of the liner position. A method is further provided for manipulating an intervention tool in a liner comprising one or more downhole sleeves. The method comprises the steps of deploying an intervention tool into the liner and reciprocating the intervention tool between one or more positions selected from the group consisting of: downhole sleeve opening position, downhole sleeve closing position, pull uphole position, push downhole position, and setting in a blank section of the liner position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The WellBoss Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hughes, James W. Schmidt, Shane D'Arcy
  • Patent number: 10648287
    Abstract: A downhole tool, configured to receive a milling tool or other forcing tool, includes: a tubular mandrel; an adapter housing coupled to the mandrel; a guide sleeve disposed within the adapter housing; a movable sleeve configured for sliding movement within the guide sleeve; and a retainer positioned uphole of the movable sleeve. The retainer includes an upper annular portion, a lower annular portion, an annular void between the upper and lower annular portions, and a bridge portion extending between the upper and lower annular portions. The upper annular portion is initially fixed to the guide sleeve. The lower annular portion is configured such that downward movement of the lower annular portion causes the movable sleeve to move downward within the guide sleeve. The bridge portion comprises a through-passage and a thin walled segment adjacent to the void. Milling or otherwise disconnecting the bridge portion permits the lower annular portion to move the moveable sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DRECO ENERGY SERVICES ULC
    Inventors: Graham S. Styler, Lewis R. Facca, Andrew N. Sushko
  • Patent number: 10648277
    Abstract: A sealing device for a well plug includes a mandrel device, a sealing element, a first supporting device provided on a first side of the sealing element and a second supporting device provided on a second side of the sealing element. Each supporting device includes proximal supporting elements provided proximal to the sealing element and distal supporting elements, where first ends of the respective proximal and distal supporting elements are pivotably connected to each other. The second ends of the proximal supporting elements are pivotably connected to a connector of a proximal supporting ring. The sealing device is brought from a run state to a first set state by relative axial movement of the distal supporting rings towards each other and relative axial movement of the proximal supporting rings towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Interwell Technology AS
    Inventor: Terje Stormo
  • Patent number: 10633946
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug includes a plug body, a sealing element, and a slip. The plug body includes a first sub and a second sub. The first sub includes a first composite material outer sleeve, and a first metal inner core engaged with and structurally supporting the first composite material outer sleeve. The second sub includes a second composite material outer sleeve, and a second metal inner core engaged with and structurally supporting the second composite material outer sleeve. The sealing element is circumferentially disposed about the first sub and, when actuated, seals an annulus between the frac plug and a tubular section. The slip is disposed between the first sub and the second sub and, when actuated, engages the tubular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PETROQUIP ENERGY SERVICES, LLP
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10590727
    Abstract: A system that includes a wellhead. The wellhead defines a bore. A hanger system is positioned within the wellhead. The hanger system includes a piston angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the bore. A first spring biases the piston in a first direction. The piston contacts a slip segment to couple the slip segment to a casing string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Christopherson, Delbert Vanderford, Jose Navar
  • Patent number: 10584549
    Abstract: A method for completing a well includes extending coiled tubing into the well through a wellhead assembly, the coiled tubing having a lower end within the well and an upper end outside of the well. A tool is releasably attached to a central portion of the coiled tubing between the lower and upper ends. The tool has a tool body has an inner diameter surface sized to circumscribe the coiled tubing. A gripping feature is located on the inner diameter surface for limiting relative axial movement between the tool and the coiled tubing when the inner diameter of the tool circumscribes the coiled tubing. A tool feature extends from the tool body and is shaped to engage a well member. The tool is lowered into the well with the coiled tubing and the tool feature engages the well member. The tool is removed from the well with the coiled tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Andrew Browne Helvenston, Eugene Allen Borak, Vanson Huynh
  • Patent number: 10570710
    Abstract: A well tubular is expanded using an expandable segmented cone (301-303) which is at a large diameter bottom or gauge section of the cone (301-303) provided with a robust sealing assembly (300A-C) comprising a sealing ring or sealing lips that engage(s) an expanded section of the tubular (307).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Djurre Hans Zijsling
  • Patent number: 10563475
    Abstract: A liner assembly tool includes a base tubular that includes a bore therethrough; a wellbore liner that includes a liner top and is coupled to the base tubular; a pack-off element radially positioned between the base tubular and the wellbore liner to ride on the base tubular; and a wedge positioned to ride on the base tubular and expand the pack-off element to at least partially seal the liner top to a wellbore wall based on a particular fluid pressure supplied through the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Shaohua Zhou
  • Patent number: 10538985
    Abstract: A stackable support system and method are disclosed to increase the final contact area of an expanding lock component by stacking one ring on top of another such that one ring acts as an actuator for the one beneath it. As a body lands inside a receptacle, e.g. a narrow cylinder lands inside a larger cylinder, the components or rings expand in a domino effect, resulting in a greater contact between the body and receptacle than would occur if there was only one component or ring. The stackable support system includes a number of expandable lock rings which stack on top of each other. These rings, when expanded, steadily increase in diameter, resulting in an overall larger surface on the bottom of the support system than could have been achieved with one ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher John Cookston
  • Patent number: 10508526
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in forming a plug during hydraulic fracturing of a subterranean soil formation comprising a top tubular retaining body extending between top and bottom ends and having a frustoconical outer surface extending from the bottom end thereof. The apparatus further includes a plurality of slip arms located around the outer surface of the retaining body, each slip arm extending between top and bottom ends and having an inner surface extending from the top end corresponding to the outer surface of the retaining body and an exterior surface adapted to frictionally engage a wellbore; and a seal element located around the outer surface of the retaining body above the plurality of slip arms adapted to be displaced towards the top end of the retaining body by the plurality of slip arms so as to seal an annulus between the retaining body and the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Ring, Grant George, Matthew McCarthy, Shane Sargent
  • Patent number: 10508513
    Abstract: A valve that allows control of each of one or more flow paths using one actuator is presented. Rotary motion of a motor is transformed into linear motion using a roller screw mechanism. The travel of the roller screw nut is predefined between front and back hard stops that prevent the roller screw from rotating when the stops are reached. A poppet is attached to the nut using a flexible connection. The nut drives a sleeve with inclined surfaces that moves relative to a locking flexure. When the sleeve is driven, it deforms flanges of the locking flexure causing a cantilever end finger of the flexure to move radially and prevent the poppet from being pushed back. If the sleeve is moved farther, a groove on the sleeve engages notches on the fingers creating a detent that prevents the spring to push the sleeve back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mircea Badescu, Stewart Sherrit, Xiaoqi Bao, Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jeffery L. Hall
  • Patent number: 10487614
    Abstract: An annular sealing assembly and method are disclosed. The assembly includes a mandrel and an expandable element disposed around the mandrel which expands to seal against the inner diameter of a tubing or casing string. The expandable element seals the mandrel from the annulus between the mandrel and the tubing string. The assembly includes at least one back┬Čup element having a plurality of pivoting blades circumferentially secured in a ring around the mandrel. The back-up element is capable of radially expanding and contracting upon longitudinal movement along, and engagement with, a generally ring-shaped ramp. A guide ring guides the back-up element along the guide ramp. The method is directed to expanding the expandable element to seal the annulus and the back-up element so the blades come in contact with the inner diameter of the tubing string preventing the expandable element from extruding outward into the annulus beyond the back-up element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorn Scott MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10435982
    Abstract: A downhole plug having a plug body which includes (i) a base cylinder with a first outward facing locking surface and a central bore formed there through, (ii) a single set of circumferentially spaced slip ramps formed on the base cylinder, and (iii) slip guides positioned between the slip ramps, the slip guides having a second inward facing locking surface. The plug includes a single set of slips which a plurality of slip wedges with each slip wedge engaging a slip ramp. A slip compression cap is configured to urge the slip wedges along the slip ramps and the slip compression cap includes a locking ring having a third outward facing locking surface. A compression shoulder is configured to move a ratchet ring into contact with the first locking surface on the base cylinder and the ratchet ring includes a fourth inward facing locking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Superior Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Piro Shkurti, Gustavo Andrew Oliveira, Iain Greenan
  • Patent number: 10422216
    Abstract: A method of hanging an inner tubular string from an outer tubular string cemented in a wellbore includes running the inner tubular string and a deployment assembly into the wellbore using a deployment string, wherein a running tool of the deployment assembly longitudinally and torsionally fastens the liner string to the deployment string; plugging a bore of the deployment assembly; hanging the inner tubular string from the outer tubular string by pressurizing the plugged bore; and after hanging the inner tubular string, sending a command signal to the running tool, thereby unlocking or releasing the running tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Rocky A. Turley, Robin L. Campbell, Karsten Heidecke, George Givens
  • Patent number: 10385651
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a first sub, a second sub, a slip, a sealing element, a lock ring, a back-up ring, and a compression ring. The first sub may be threadably engaged with the lock ring. The lock ring may be threadably engaged with the second sub. The slip and the back-up ring may be positioned between the first sub and the second sub, and circumferentially disposed about a tapered outer surface of the first sub. The slip and the back-up ring may include a tapered inner surface. The slip may also include a left-hand thread profile defined by the outer surface. The sealing element and compression ring may be circumferentially disposed about the first sub, and the compression ring may be threadably engaged with the first sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PETROQUIP ENERGY SERVICES, LLP
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10316611
    Abstract: A bridge plug for deployment in a well defined by casing has a stackable tubular body having a front portion, a middle portion, a back portion, and an internal bore extending therethrough with the front portion having a first opening in fluid communication with the internal bore and the back portion having a second opening in fluid communication with the internal bore. The stackable tubular body has an outer configuration shaped to receive another adjacent bridge plug when the adjacent bridge plug is stacked within the well. The middle portion includes an expandable component that can frictionally engage the casing to hold the bridge plug in a fixed position within the well. The expandable component can be destroyed, at least partially, to facilitate movement of the bridge plug within the well while maintaining fluid communication between the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin David Wutherich
  • Patent number: 10301927
    Abstract: A technique includes deploying an untethered object through a passageway of a string in a well to cause the untethered object to travel along the passageway. The technique includes operating the untethered object as the object travels in the passageway to expand a metal sealing device of the untethered object to cause the object to become caught at a downhole location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alan Sallwasser
  • Patent number: 10233710
    Abstract: A system includes a hanger running tool that has a tool body configured to couple to a hanger via a first set of threads, a first sleeve coupled to configured to couple to the tool body via a second set of threads, where the first set of threads and the second set of threads are oriented in opposite directions, such that the first sleeve rotates in a first circumferential direction when the tool body rotates in a second circumferential direction, opposite the first circumferential direction, and a second sleeve coupled to the first sleeve, wherein the second sleeve is configured to engage a push ring of the hanger to drive a lock ring of the hanger into a recess of a casing spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10227842
    Abstract: A downhole tool includes an upper wedge member and a lower wedge member. The upper and lower wedge members each have a circumferential width that decreases proceeding from an outer axial end thereof to an inner axial end thereof. As the downhole tool actuates from a first state to a second state, the upper and lower wedge members move axially with respect to a central longitudinal axis through the downhole tool, the upper and lower wedge members move radially-outward with respect to the central longitudinal axis, and the upper and lower wedge members remain coupled to one another as the upper and lower wedge members move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Kellner, Carl Martin
  • Patent number: 10208544
    Abstract: A centralizer assembly and method for manufacturing a centralizer assembly. The centralizer assembly includes a mandrel including a first raised region having a first diameter, and a turned-down region having a second diameter, the second diameter being smaller than the first diameter. The centralizer assembly also includes a first stop segment extending at least partially around the mandrel in the turned-down region, and a centralizer disposed at least partially in the turned-down region. The first stop segment is received between axial extents of the centralizer, to limit a range of motion of the centralizer relative to the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Greg P. Roger, Jeff Musselwhite, Brent James Lirette, Iain Levie
  • Patent number: 10161211
    Abstract: A system and method for locking together a running tool and a tubular member to rotate the tubular member. The system includes a tubular member and a running tool adapted to engage in a mechanical connection such that the running tool and the tubular member are arranged concentrically and moveable longitudinally together. The system includes a locking assembly adapted to lock the tubular member and the running tool together once the tubular member and the running tool are engaged in the mechanical connection, so that torque applied to the running tool is applied to the tubular member through the locking assembly to rotate the running tool and the tubular member synchronously. The locking assembly is adapted to unlock the tubular member and the running tool when the tubular member is landed on a shoulder of an outer tubular member so that the mechanical connection can then be disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Stream-Flo Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Todd Anthony Travis, Chi Yao, Eric Calzoncinth, Heinrich Lang
  • Patent number: 10138698
    Abstract: A wellhead housing has a bore with a landing shoulder aid an annular retaining groove spaced above the landing shoulder. A casing hanger connects to a string of easing and lands on the landing shoulder. A seal assembly between the hanger and an interior side wall of the wellhead housing below the retaining groove has an energizing ring that moves axially downward relative to the seal member to a set position that causes the seal member to sealingly engage the hanger and the interior side wall. A lockdown member has an outer lower end portion that bears against an upper end of the energizing ring and an inner lower end portion that hears against an upper end of the hanger. A lockdown ring mounted to the lockdown member engages the retaining groove to prevent upward movement of the lockdown member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: VETCO GRAY, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Barnhart, David L. Ford
  • Patent number: 10119369
    Abstract: A method for orienting a tubing string in a wellbore comprises lowering a tubular string within a casing string in a wellbore, engaging the tubular aligning tool with a casing aligning tool while lowering the tubular string, rotating the tubular string in response to engaging the tubing aligning tool with the casing aligning tool, rotationally aligning the tubular string opening with a casing string opening disposed through the casing string based on the rotating, and retaining the tubular string opening in an axial aligning and a rotational aligning with the casing string opening. The tubular string comprises: a tubular string opening and a tubular string aligning tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Dan P. Saurer
  • Patent number: 9951587
    Abstract: A method of hanging a liner in a wellbore is disclosed that in one non-limiting embodiment includes: conveying a liner having a liner hanger and a liner hanger actuator into the wellbore by a service string that includes controller that determines a downhole parameter of interest relating to setting of the liner hanger; determining by the controller the parameter of interest relating to setting of the liner hanger in the wellbore; and sending a wireless liner hanger command signal from the controller in response to the determined parameter of interest to cause the liner hanger actuator to set the liner hanger in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Edward T. Wood, Aubrey Clifton Mills
  • Patent number: 9841343
    Abstract: A test tool and related method for testing a blowout preventer (BOP). The test tool includes a first sub, a first pipe adapted to be connected to, and disconnected from, the first sub, the first pipe including an external spline, a second sub adapted to be connected to, and disconnected from, the first sub, the second sub including an internal spline adapted to engage the external spline of the first pipe, and a second pipe adapted to be connected to the second sub. The test tool includes an operational configuration in which the internal spline of the second sub engages the external spline of the first pipe so that a torque is transferable from the second sub to the first pipe via at least the engagement between the internal spline and the external spline. One or more high pressure low torque (HPLT) connections are incorporated into the test tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMOCO OIL TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Jeremy Hellail, Mahammad Aloudat, Ranfis Miguel Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9810043
    Abstract: A self-setting casing protector secured to a slip type casing elevator for grabbing a casing tubular and running the casing tubular into and out of a wellbore having two C-shaped setting plates each with a plurality of fastening holes; a plurality of support tubes positioned between aligned fastening holes; a plurality of bolts each penetrating pairs of fastening holes and a support tube, the second C-shaped setting plate simultaneously engaging (i) two aligned slip setting segments, and (ii) two aligned die retainers. As the slip type casing elevator is hoisted, the casing tubular drops while attached to the first C-shaped setting plate setting the casing tubular in the slip type casing elevator while simultaneously (i) protecting each casing tubular as it is sequentially lowered into or pulled from the wellbore, and (ii) protecting an upsetting box with premium connections as the tubular is run into and out of a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Dewayne Bentley
  • Patent number: 9797208
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are usable for automatically engaging and setting slips of an automatic slip setting apparatus about a tubular, when the automatic slip setting apparatus is properly positioned relative to a desired section of the tubular for gripping, lifting and/or holding, and installing and/or removing the tubular, in or out from a wellbore, while preventing slippage and/or dropping of the tubular. The automatic slip setting apparatus is usable with an elevator or spider assembly, each comprising a main body having a central opening extending therethrough, a plurality of slips, and a yoke. An arm assembly, connected to the elevator or spider assembly, moves when contacted by a tubular moving through the central opening, and a latching member, which is connected to the yoke, can be moved by the arm assembly, thereby causing the plurality of slips to move to a closed position for gripping the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Donald E. Mosing, Vernon J. Bouligny, John E. Stelly, Timothy Bernard, Jacob Chu, Adrian Paval
  • Patent number: 9777569
    Abstract: A running tool for deploying a tubular string into a wellbore and methods for operating a wellbrore using the running tool are disclosed. The running tool includes a tubular body and a latch for releasably connecting the tubular string to the body. The running tool further includes a lock to keep the latch engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Rocky A. Turley, Robin L. Campbell, Karsten Heidecke, George Givens
  • Patent number: 9714558
    Abstract: A method for forming a lateral junction in an open hole section of a wellbore includes lowering a tubular member through a cased section of the wellbore. Thereafter, the tubular member is expanded in an open hole section of the wellbore, thereby anchoring the tubular member in the wellbore in a manner that leaves an open hole section of the wellbore between the expanded, tubular member and the cased section. Thereafter, a window is formed in a sidewall of the tubular member, and a lateral wellbore is drilled through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Gordon Barker, Douglas Brian Farley, William Clifford Hogg
  • Patent number: 9695643
    Abstract: A pipe mat for use with a tubing tray for receiving, organizing and storing drill pipe tripped out of a drill string on a drilling rig has a plurality of substantially parallel and spaced-apart support rails to form a plurality of drain channels disposed between adjacent pair of support rails. A plurality of substantially parallel and spaced-apart nub rails is disposed on the plurality of support rails. The nub rails are substantially orthogonal to the support rails, thereby forming a lattice structure having openings disposed between the nub rails that are in communication with the drain channels. A plurality of spaced-apart pipe nubs extend upwardly from the nub rails, which hold a drill pipe in place when an end of the drill pipe is placed onto one of the pipe nubs. A method for collecting fluids draining from drill pipe uses the pipe mat with the tubing tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Katch Kan Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Quinn A. J. Holtby, Dallas Laird Greenwood
  • Patent number: 9605533
    Abstract: A system and method for locating a bottom hole assembly during liner drilling. The system and method employ a liner and a drill string. The liner may include a stop sub. The drill string may include a bottom hole assembly position indicator. In one or more embodiments, the bottom hole assembly position indicator is configured to engage the stop sub and arrest further advancement of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Erik P. Eriksen, Michael Eric Moffitt
  • Patent number: 9574404
    Abstract: Well conduit system and methods using a first outer conduit wall and at least one second inner conduit wall positioned through a wellhead to define an annulus with radial loading surfaces extending across the annulus and radially between at least two of the conduit walls to form passageways through subterranean strata concentrically, wherein an inner pipe body of greater outer diameter is inserted into an outer pipe body of lesser inner diameter by elastically expanding the circumference of the outer pipe body and elastically compressing the circumference of the inner pipe body, using a hoop force exerted therebetween. Releasing the hoop force after insertion will release the elastic expansion and compression of the pipe bodies to abut the radial loading surfaces within the annulus for sharing elastic hoop stress resistance and thereby forming a greater effective wall thickness, capable of containing higher pressures than the conduit walls could otherwise bear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce A. Tunget
  • Patent number: 9556680
    Abstract: A liner assembly (100) includes a drill string (120) to drill a borehole (105) in a formation (110). The liner assembly further includes a liner assembly releasably coupled to the drill string to move with the drill string in the borehole while the drill string drills, and to be released from the drill string in the borehole after the drill string drills to a depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, James H. Dudley, Kenneth D. Caskey, Joseph D. Parlin
  • Patent number: 9453393
    Abstract: An apparatus for setting a liner in a wellbore that includes a setting tool attached to a work string. The setting tool includes a stretching mandrel and a liner top releasably attached to the setting tool. The liner top includes banded elastomer sheaths positioned in multiple locations along its length. The apparatus may also include a roller screw, operatively attached to the setting tool, so that a rotational movement imparted to the work string causes a forward, rotational movement of the stretching mandrel and engages the stretching mandrel with an inner portion of the liner top so that a protuberance is formed on the inner portion of the liner top and a groove is formed on an outer surface of the liner top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Seminole Services, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Mullins
  • Patent number: 9435166
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for deploying a retrievable MWD tool in a non-retrievable environment and aligning a selected orientation of an MWD tool, as deployed in a bottom hole assembly (BHA), with a selected orientation on a tool face on the BHA. Preferred methods include providing an orienting hanger assembly (comprising a tubular inner hanger, a tubular outer collar, and a tool adapter) and attaching an MWD tool to the tool adapter. The outer collar is inserted into a BHA and the selected tool face orientation is marked on the outer collar. The inner hanger is rotated within the outer collar to align (via the alignment notch) the high side of the MWD tool to the tool face orientation transferred onto the outer collar. The inner hanger is locked to the outer collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GE Energy Oilfield Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Macdonald, Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 9366105
    Abstract: The lockdown mechanism (10) and running tool (50) are provided for securing the casing hanger (12, 13) within the wellhead (14) and sealing the annulus between the casing and the wellhead. The lockdown ring (20) fixes the lockdown sleeve (40) to a wellhead in response to a lockdown piston (22). A first seal (24) energized by the running tool seals between the lockdown sleeve and the wellhead. Ball seat (30) is axially movable within the running tool, and a second seal also energized by the running tool (32) seals between the lockdown sleeve and the casing hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Dril-Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry E. Reimert, Denise A. M. Antunes, Morris B. Wade
  • Patent number: 9353597
    Abstract: An apparatus for isolating fluid flow in a bottomhole tool assembly comprises a generally cylindrically shaped flow tube with a side, a top, and a bottom; an upper ball seat connected to the top of the flow tube; a lower ball seat connected to the bottom of the flow tube; a plurality of openings in the side of the flow tube; a tapered inner diameter in the upper ball seat, acting as a ball valve; a tapered inner diameter in the lower ball seat, acting as a ball valve, smaller than the tapered inner diameter in the upper ball seat; an upper sub attached to the bottomhole tool assembly; a lower sub attached to the bottomhole tool assembly; shear pins connecting the upper ball seat to the upper sub; and a limiting pin in the lower sub below the lower ball assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: TD TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Dotson, Barrett Tucker
  • Patent number: 9347280
    Abstract: An adjustable riser suspension system for suspending a riser under tension including a riser hanger, a mating sleeve rotationally coupled to the riser hanger, a ratchet-latch sleeve located inside the mating sleeve with an external profile configured to engage an internal profile of the mating sleeve and an internal profile configured to engage an externally threaded face of the riser. The riser hanger and mating sleeve are configured to move downward relative to the riser such that the mating sleeve fits over at least a portion of the riser, causing the ratchet-latch device to ratchet over the external threads of the riser. The mating sleeve is configured to rotate relative to the riser, causing the internal and external profiles of ratchet-latch device to lock the riser and the mating sleeve to prevent movement of the riser relative to the mating sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Delbert Edwin Vanderford, Max Van Adrichem
  • Patent number: 9303481
    Abstract: A non-rotation lock screw for a wellhead assembly is provided that includes a rotating portion and a non-rotating portion. The non-rotating portion includes a distal end configured to engage a component of the wellhead assembly, and may include one or more seals. The rotating portion may be rotating into a component of wellhead assembly such that the non-rotating portion translates in a radial direction. The rotating portion and non-rotating portion may be coupled together via a bearing to enable free rotation of the rotating portion. Systems and methods of operation that include the non-rotation lock screw are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9260926
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the sealing apparatus includes a mandrel having at least two portions, a first portion having a seal ring disposed on an exterior surface and a second portion without a seal ring disposed on an exterior surface. In one embodiment, the seal ring is disposed around the first portion. In another embodiment, the burst and collapse integrity of the first portion is substantially the same as the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: George Givens, Rocky A. Turley
  • Patent number: 9249640
    Abstract: A release mechanism for use with a downhole component in a wellbore environment comprises a shifting sleeve disposed about a mandrel, where the shifting sleeve is torsionally locked with respect to the mandrel, a collet prop disposed about the mandrel and engaged with the shifting sleeve, where the engagement between the collet prop and the shifting sleeve is configured to torsionally lock the collet prop with respect to the shifting sleeve, and a collet engaged with the collet prop, wherein the collet couples the mandrel to the downhole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Noffke, Arthur T. Stautzenbeger
  • Patent number: 9175537
    Abstract: A wellhead seal assembly that forms a metal-to-metal seal between inner and outer wellhead members. A seal member has inner and outer seal legs separated by a slot. A locking ring is positioned in the outer seal leg and has wickered sections, where each of the wickered sections protrude through a window in the outer seal leg of the seal member. An energizing ring has an upper tapered surface that is oblique to an axis of the annular energizing ring and extending laterally from the axis over a portion of the locking ring and a lower tapered surface that is oblique to and extending laterally from the axis. As the energizing ring is moved into the slot, the upper tapered surface engages an inner surface of the locking ring, and the lower tapered surface engages an inner annular wall of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Peter Gette, David Lawrence Ford, Michael Benjamin Snyder
  • Patent number: 9133671
    Abstract: A shifting tool for sleeves is supported on wireline or slickline and is pumped to the desired location by pressure from above delivered against the tool and passing around its periphery or against an articulated peripheral extending member that can optionally seal. Once in the vicinity of the desired sleeve to be shifted the shifting key is engaged to the sleeve and further applied pressure on the articulated peripheral seal shifts the sleeve in a downhole direction. The sleeve can also be shifted in an uphole direction with an anchor that grabs near the sleeve and a latch key that grabs the sleeve and is configured to retain grip as a motor moves the latch key uphole. Power can come from a wireline or can be locally provided if using slickline. The seal or extending member is retractable for tool removal or relocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Justin C. Kellner