Releasable Seal Or Cleaner Disengaged By Projection On Inner Member Patents (Class 166/82.1)
  • Patent number: 9085953
    Abstract: A flow control device, including a first member defining a first portion of a flow path and a second member defining a second portion of the flow path. The flow path has a cross sectional flow area defined at least partially by the first member and the second member. A length of the flow path is greater than a largest dimension of the cross sectional flow area, and the cross sectional flow area is adjustable by movement of at least a portion of the first member relative to the second member. A crush zone arranged with at least one of the first member and the second member that can change in length due to loading thereof. A method of adjusting restriction of a flow path is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: René Langeslag
  • Publication number: 20150021043
    Abstract: A system is provided that include a safety device configured to mount in a mineral extraction system and block axial movement of a plug in the mineral extraction system while the plug is released from a retainer. In one embodiment, the safety device may be a sleeve configured to receive screws or other retention mechanism in a tubular. A method is provided that includes installing a plug safety catch into a tubular of a mineral extraction system in which the plug is configured to block axial movement of a plug in response to a pressure differential while the plug is released from a mount position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Randall Dean Harkins, Kirk Paul Guidry, Thomas Edgar Taylor
  • Patent number: 8813837
    Abstract: A wellbore system comprising a housing assembly and a hanger assembly. The hanger assembly comprises an actuation member that interacts with a portion of the housing assembly when the hanger assembly is positioned at a desired location in the housing assembly. The hanger assembly also comprises a load member that is adapted to extend between the hanger assembly and the housing assembly to enable the housing assembly to support the hanger assembly. The load member is carried into the wellbore in a retracted position. When the actuation member interacts with the housing assembly at the desired location, the actuation member actuates the load member to expand outward to extend between the hanger assembly and the housing assembly. The actuation member is adapted to transfer a lifting force from the surface to the load member to enable an over-pull test of the hanger assembly to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Gette, Daniel W. Fish, Sean P. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8646521
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in cleaning a drill string comprises a body portion (10) having a tubular side wall and a resiliently compressible cleaning member (11) mounted inside the hollow interior thereof under compression, the body portion (10) comprising an open lower end adapted to engage the drill string. A separate actuator (13) is provided for fitting to the body portion (10) for displacing the cleaning member (11) out of the tubular side wall of the body portion (10) into the drill string. In use, the cleaning member (11) can be loaded into the body portion (10) at a remote location prior to the cleaning operation thereby reducing the time taken to insert the cleaning member (11) into the drill string and alleviating the risk of injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Adrian Bowen
  • Patent number: 8381816
    Abstract: A method of flushing a wellbore fluid from a downhole tool containing a bearing package includes pumping hydraulic oil through at least one of a hydraulic inlet line and at least one of a pneumatic inlet line connected to the main housing and into an annulus formed between the bearing package and a main housing of the downhole tool, wherein the hydraulic oil replaces the wellbore fluid in the annulus, removing the wellbore fluid from the annulus through at least one hydraulic outlet line and at least one pneumatic outlet line connected to the main housing, pumping air through the at least one pneumatic inlet line connected to the main housing and removing the hydraulic oil from the at least one pneumatic inlet line connected to the main housing, and removing the hydraulic oil through at least one pneumatic outlet line connected to the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: Trung Leduc, Huward Paul Fontenot, Alberto Zubia, Robert James Costo
  • Publication number: 20120193105
    Abstract: A disconnect device comprises a tubular member having a window for receiving an engagement member, and a sleeve having connected and disconnected positions. The engagement member engages with a component of a downhole string to connect the disconnect device to the rest of the string such as through a helically-shaped thread disposed on the engagement member and on the component. The window can comprise at least one wall that is outwardly tapered so as to prevent the engagement member from passing through the window when the tubular member is disconnected from the component of the string. The engagement member is maintained within the window by the sleeve when in its connected position to maintain the connection between the tubular member and the component. When moved to its disconnected position, the engagement member disengages the component by moving inwardly into the bore of the tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: John P. Davis
  • Publication number: 20120048540
    Abstract: A safety apparatus for catching a test fixture released from a shaft of a downhole tool during the uphole calibration and testing of the shaft force generation capability of the tool. The safety apparatus includes a hollow body having a distal end that will partially envelope the test fixture to catch the test fixture once the test fixture is released from the downhole tool. The safety apparatus further includes a proximal end portion that is releasably securable to the body of the tool. A method for testing and calibrating the tool is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Darrell Housden, Kenneth Thomas Black
  • Publication number: 20110168382
    Abstract: A leak detection method uses a comparator to compare fluid values in and from the latch assembly of the latch system for an oilfield device and/or in and from the bearing assembly of a rotating control head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Bailey, James W. Chambers
  • Patent number: 7861789
    Abstract: A method of completing a well having a casing hanger set in a subsea wellhead housing includes attaching a running tool to a tubular bridging hanger. A metal-to-metal inner seal is attached to a lower exterior portion of the bridging hanger and a metal-to-metal outer seal is located on an upper exterior portion of the bridging hanger. The assembly is lowered into the well and the lower exterior portion of the bridging hanger is inserted into the casing hanger. The inner seal is wedged between the casing hanger and the bridging hanger in response to weight of the running string. The running tool is actuated to set the outer seal between the upper exterior portion of the bridging hanger and the wellhead housing. Then, a tubing hanger is landed and sealed in the interior of the bridging hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20100276162
    Abstract: A wellhead seal assembly forms a metal-to-metal seal between inner and outer wellhead members. A metal seal ring has inner and outer walls separated by a slot. An energizing ring has a C-ring captured on its outer surface. When the energizing ring is moved further into the slot, the C-ring is forced from its pocket and engages a profile on the seal ring, locking the energizing ring to the seal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7740073
    Abstract: A wellhead seal unit for sealing a subsea oil and/or gas well at the wellhead. The unit comprises a sleeve, sealingly engaged to the workstring and to which, blow out preventer rams can engage. The unit allows the workstring to be rotated and reciprocated within the wellbore without releasing the seal. Methods of cleaning the sealed well and performing an inflow test are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Specialised Petroleum Services Group Limited
    Inventor: Paul David Howlett
  • Patent number: 7735562
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of sealing a tieback to a tubular. The method includes, positioning a metal deformable member of the tieback within a tubular and contacting the tubular with a sleeve of the tieback. Moving the sleeve in a first axial direction thereby contacting and radially deforming a first portion of the deformable member by axially compressing the deformable member and sealably engaging the tubular with the radially deformed first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Rodney D. Bennett, Sidney K. Smith, Jamie L. Imhoff, James M. Fraser, III
  • Publication number: 20100084143
    Abstract: A wellhead assembly including a wellhead housing. The wellhead housing comprises a throughbore having a recessed sealing area and a tubing hanger positioned in the throughbore. A seal is positioned between the wellhead housing and the tubing hanger, the seal being positioned so as to form a gap between the seal and the wellhead housing. The wellhead assembly can further include a seal energizer capable of moving relative to the seal in a manner that forces the seal against the wellhead housing to bridge the gap. A method of installing a tubing hanger into a throughbore of a wellhead housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Andy Dyson, Charles Li, Oystein Mogedal, Paulo Cezar Silva Paulo, Nick Newlands
  • Patent number: 7316271
    Abstract: A deformable member can be used in a well tool for use in downhole oil/gas wells. In one embodiment, a deformable member is described which is deformable between undeformed and deformed positions, and comprises a generally hollow cylindrical body defining a wall. The wall includes three circumferential lines of weakness in the form of grooves, with two grooves provided in an outer surface of the member wall and the other groove provided in an inner surface. The member is deformed outwardly by folding about the lines of weakness and is used in particular to obtain sealing contact with a tube in which the member is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Zeroth Technology Limited
    Inventor: Peter Barnes Moyes
  • Patent number: 6896049
    Abstract: A deformable member can be used in a well tool for use in downhole oil/gas wells. In one embodiment, a deformable member (46) is described which is deformable between undeformed and deformed positions, and comprises a generally hollow cylindrical body (48) defining a wall (50). The wall (50) includes three circumferential lines of weakness in the form of grooves, with two grooves (52, 54) provided in an outer surface (56) of the member wall (50), and the other groove (58) provided in an inner surface (60). The member (46) is deformed outwardly by folding about the lines of weakness (52, 54, 56) and is used in particular to obtain sealing contact with a tube in which the member (46) is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Zeroth Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Barnes Moyes
  • Patent number: 6722426
    Abstract: A metal seal for a wellhead assembly has upper and lower legs extending in opposite directions from each other and a rib extending radially outward from a junction of the legs. A first conical band on the upper leg extends uninterrupted from the rib a selected distance toward a tip of the upper leg. A second conical band on the upper leg extends uninterrupted from the tip of the upper leg toward the first conical band. An annular recess is located between the first and second conical bands. The lower leg also has two conical seal bands separated by a recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: ABB Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Sweeney, Norman Brammer, George Chalmers
  • Patent number: 6612371
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a sealing sleeve which is disposed in a lateral fluid conduit that extends at least partially through a tubing hanger and a surrounding spool and which is slideable between a retracted position for running and retrieval of the tubing hanger and an extended position for sealing across the interface between the tubing hanger and the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin J. McIntosh, Roberto L. Quoiani