Polymer Derived From Acrylic Acid Monomer Or Derivative Patents (Class 507/224)
  • Patent number: 10640693
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides treatment fluids that comprise star macromolecules as a fluid loss additive or a viscosifier. An embodiment of the present disclosure is a method comprising: providing a treatment fluid that comprises: an aqueous base fluid; and a star macromolecule that comprises: a hydraulic polymeric core, a first group of polymeric arms attached to the core wherein each of the arms in the first group consists of hydrophilic monomers, and a second group of polymeric arms attached to the core wherein each of the arms in the second group comprises at least one hydrophilic homopolymeric segment and at least one hydrophobic homopolymeric segment; and introducing the treatment fluid into a wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Weibin Zha, Hui Zhou
  • Patent number: 10604695
    Abstract: Salt-tolerant friction-reducing terpolymer compositions are provided. The compositions can be used in a method of reducing friction resulting from turbulent flow in an aqueous fracturing fluid in a subterranean fracturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Evonik Corporation
    Inventor: Cruise Kenneth Jones
  • Patent number: 9688899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and methods for reducing or preventing the loss of drilling fluids and other well servicing fluids into a subterranean formation during drilling or construction of boreholes in said formation. Specifically, this invention comprises a curable composition capable of free radical polymerization for creating lost circulation material in-situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Phillip S. Athey, Bernard E. Obi, Michael K. Poindexter
  • Patent number: 9499736
    Abstract: The invention relates to a class of novel surfactants that have utility in the recovery and/or extraction of oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Soane Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Kristoffer K. Stokes, Michael C. Berg, David S. Soane, Kevin T. Petersen, John H. Dise, Atul C. Thakrar, Rosa Casado Portilla
  • Patent number: 9139762
    Abstract: The invention is directed to long lasting crosslinked water-soluble swellable polymers, methods for making same, and their uses. More particularly, the invention relates to a composition comprising expandable polymeric particles having cationic sites as well as labile crosslinkers and stable crosslinkers, said particle mixed with a fluid. A particularly important use is as an injection fluid in petroleum production, where the expandable polymeric particles are injected into a target zones in the reservoirs and when the heat and/or a suitable pH in the reservoir cause degradation of the labile crosslinker and when the particle expands, the cationic sites in the polymer adsorb to negative sites of the rock in the formation, thus diverting water to lower permeability regions and improving oil recovery. However, many other uses are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignees: ConocoPhillips Company, The University of Kansas
    Inventors: Ahmad Moradi-Araghi, James H. Hedges, David R. Zornes, Riley B. Needham, Huili Guan, Jenn-Tai Liang, Cory Berkland, James P. Johnson, Min Cheng, Faye Lynn Scully
  • Patent number: 9139760
    Abstract: The invention is directed to stable crosslinked water-soluble swellable polymers, methods for making same, and their various uses in the hygiene and medical arts, gel electrophoresis, packaging, agriculture, the cable industry, information technology, in the food industry, papermaking, use as flocculation aids, and the like. More particularly, the invention relates to a composition comprising expandable polymeric microparticles having labile crosslinkers and stable crosslinkers, said microparticle mixed with a fluid and an unreacted tertiary crosslinker that is capable of further crosslinking the microparticle on degradation of the labile crosslinker so as to form a stable gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Ahmad Moradi-Araghi, David R. Zornes, Riley B. Needham, James H. Hedges, Everett L. Johnston, Faye L. Scully
  • Patent number: 9034805
    Abstract: Fluid treatment systems and compositions are provided including (a) at least one material including (1) at least one carboxylic acid functional group and (2) at least one sulfur-containing group selected from the group consisting of sulfonyl functional groups, sulfonate functional groups and mixtures thereof; and (b) at least one scale control agent. The fluid treatment systems and compositions can be used to treat aqueous systems, for example as fracturing fluids for treating aqueous compositions found in subterranean formations. Methods for inhibiting formation and/or precipitation of calcium salts in an aqueous composition using the fluid treatment systems or compositions also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: KROFF CHEMICAL COMPANY, NABORS COMPLETION & PRODUCTION SERVICES CO.
    Inventors: Paul Rey, Susan Rey, Michael John Seyman, David Grottenthaler, Matthew E. Blauch
  • Patent number: 9034804
    Abstract: Fluid treatment systems and compositions are provided including (a) at least one material including (1) at least one carboxylic acid functional group and (2) at least one sulfur-containing group selected from the group consisting of sulfonyl functional groups, sulfonate functional groups and mixtures thereof; and (b) at least one friction reducing agent selected from the group consisting of guar gums, polyacrylamides, hydratable cellulosic materials, viscoelastic surfactants, and mixtures thereof. The fluid treatment systems and compositions can be used to treat aqueous systems, for example as fracturing fluids for use in fracturing subterranean formations. Methods for inhibiting formation and/or precipitation of metal oxides in an aqueous composition using the fluid treatment systems or compositions also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: KROFF CHEMICAL COMPANY, NABORS COMPLETION & PRODUCTION SERVICES CO.
    Inventors: Paul Rey, Susan Rey, Michael John Seyman, Matthew E. Blauch
  • Publication number: 20150119301
    Abstract: Treatment methods for coated or uncoated proppants that can, among other things, control fugitive dust during typical handling procedures with typical transport equipment and/or add functional features to the proppant solid are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Preferred Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert McDaniel, Kerry Drake, Spyridon Monastiriotis, Ralph Barthel
  • Patent number: 9018144
    Abstract: A polymer composition includes a base polymer comprising a hydrocarbon rubber, an acrylic copolymer, and a refined oil in which the acrylic polymer is dispersed. The polymer composition is swellable when treated with an aqueous medium, non-aqueous medium, or both. A sealing element for a flow channel includes an expandable section filled with a swellable composition that swells when treated with a swelling material. The swellable composition includes the polymer composition, and the swelling material may be aqueous, non-aqueous, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: James R. Korte, John Thurston
  • Publication number: 20150105303
    Abstract: The current technology relates to mining processes and compositions which inhibit the growth of complex scale. More specifically it relates to a process for preventing/inhibiting and/or controlling gypsum scale in aqueous mineral ore slurries, and for inhibiting scale in relatively high solids content environments in industrial mining operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kirill N. Bakeev, Andrew M. DiMaio
  • Publication number: 20150096751
    Abstract: A hydraulic fracturing composition includes: a superabsorbent polymer in an expanded state; a plurality of proppant particles disposed in the superabsorbent polymer; a well treatment agent, and a fluid to expand the superabsorbent polymer into the expanded state. A process for treating a well with well treatment agent includes disposing a hydraulic fracturing composition comprising the well treatment agent in a well. The well treatment agent can be a scale inhibitor, tracer, pH buffering agent, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dong Shen, Leiming Li, Jia Zhou, Hong Sun
  • Publication number: 20150083415
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor may be metal and the hydrophobic tail may be an organo-silicon material, a fluorinated hydrocarbon or both an organo-silicon material and a fluorinated hydrocarbon. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu
  • Publication number: 20150087565
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the formation of a gel within a medium M, in particular within an underground formation, which comprises the following steps: (EI) a basic compound C is added to a fluid latex L comprising dispersed particles of a polymer P, bearing ester side functions, said basic compound C being added in an amount suitable for hydrolysing at least one part of said ester side functions into carboxylic acid and/or alcohol functions, as a result of which a modified latex L? is obtained, the viscosity of which gradually increases with time from the addition of the compound C up to the formation of a gel; then (E2) the resulting modified latex is introduced into the medium M before the formation of the gel and the gel is left to form within the medium M.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Arnaud Cadix, Chi-Thanh Vuong
  • Patent number: 8975217
    Abstract: Methods are provided for treating a portion of a well. The method according to this aspect comprises the steps of: (A) forming a treatment fluid, the treatment fluid comprising: (i) water; (ii) a water-soluble polymer; (iii) a complexed metal cation that: (a) has a valence state of at least three; and (b) is capable of cross-linking the water-soluble polymer; and (iv) an aromatic compound that is capable of dissolving, melting, or chemically decomposing, dissociating, or reacting, to form a chelating agent, wherein the chelating agent comprising vicinal substituents containing donor heteroatoms, and wherein the chelating agent is capable of chelating the metal cation; and (B) introducing the treatment fluid into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: B. Raghava Reddy, Rajesh K. Saini, Sherry G. Gaskins
  • Patent number: 8969261
    Abstract: A composition for enhancing fluid viscosity including a mixture of at least one cationic or cationizable polymer and at least one anionic or anionizable (hydrolysable) polymer. The composition has a zeta potential at 25° C. in the range of 0.5 to 100 mV or ?0.5 to ?100 mV, typically 1 to 60 mV or ?1 to ?60 mV, or is a precursor convertible at a temperature of 100 to 250° C. to the composition having a zeta potential at 25° C. of 0.5 to 100 mV or ?0.5 to ?100 mV, typically 1 to 60 mV or ?1 to ?60 mV. Typically the compositions exhibit salt tolerance and interaction of both polymers at very high temperatures (>300° F.) such that the system exhibits an increase of viscosity at extreme temperatures. The compositions are useful for hydraulic fracturing, enhanced oil recovery, subterranean acidization, personal care as well as home and industrial cleaners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Rhodia Operations
    Inventors: Ruela Talingting Pabalan, Nemesio Martinez-Castro, Subramanian Kesavan, Marie Pierre Labeau, Bruno Langlois
  • Publication number: 20150057196
    Abstract: Charged nanoparticles may be added to an aqueous downhole fluid having polymers therein where the charged nanoparticles may crosslink at least a portion of the polymers. The polymers may be or include, but are not limited to polyacrylamide, xanthan, guar, polyacrylic acid, poly 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propane sulfonic acid (AMPS), polyethylene oxide, polypropylene oxide, or combinations thereof. The polymers may be homopolymers, copolymers, terpolymers, or combinations thereof. The charged nanoparticles may be or include, but are not limited to clay nanoparticles, modified nanoparticles, or combinations thereof. The aqueous downhole fluid may be or include, but is not limited to fracturing fluids, injection fluids, and combinations thereof for performing a fracturing operation, an injection operation, another enhanced oil recovery operation, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Saet B. Debord, Christabel Tanifum
  • Publication number: 20150045260
    Abstract: Aqueous and substantially anhydrous fluids having particularly low thermal conductivities and variable densities are disclosed. The fluids include: one or more organic and/or inorganic salts and at least one aprotic polar organic solvent, a mixture of aprotic and protic polar organic solvents, and/or a polar organic solvent having both protic and aprotic polar functional group linkages. The fluids optionally include one or more viscosifying agents and are free of cross-linking agents. Methods for formulating and using the fluids are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey McKennis, Marshall Chiasson, Mohammad Hossaini, Nam-Sook Bae
  • Publication number: 20150027702
    Abstract: Methods of treating a subterranean formation are disclosed that include placing a treatment fluid into a subterranean formation, the treatment fluid containing a one or more polymers capable of consolidating to form a polymeric structure at a downhole location. Also disclosed are treatment fluids including a polymeric structure for treating a subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Jazmin Godoy-Vargas, Sergey Makarychev-Mikhailov, Brent Busby, Philip Sullivan, Patrice Abivin, Marie Cambournac
  • Patent number: 8940667
    Abstract: Fluid treatment systems and compositions are provided including (a) at least one material including (1) at least one carboxylic acid functional group and (2) at least one sulfur-containing group selected from the group consisting of sulfonyl functional groups, sulfonate functional groups and mixtures thereof; (b) at least one friction reducing agent selected from the group consisting of guar gums, polyacrylamides, hydratable cellulosic materials, viscoelastic surfactants, and mixtures thereof; and (c) at least one scale control agent. The fluid treatment systems and compositions can be used to treat aqueous systems, for example as fracturing fluids for treating aqueous compositions found in subterranean formations. Methods for inhibiting formation and/or precipitation of metal oxides in an aqueous composition using the fluid treatment systems or compositions also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Kroff Chemical Company, Nabors Completion & Production Services Co.
    Inventors: Paul Rey, Susan Rey, Michael John Seyman, Matthew E. Blauch
  • Publication number: 20150021033
    Abstract: A thixotropic agent comprised of a gel which is comprised of a polymeric organic material cross-linked with certain boehmite aluminas having a crystallite size of less than about 100 ? as measured on the 120 plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: David A. Barclay
  • Publication number: 20150013983
    Abstract: The present invention relates to solid-supported crosslinkers for treatment of a subterranean formation. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of treating a subterranean formation. The method can include obtaining or providing a composition that includes a solid-supported crosslinker. The solid-supported crosslinker includes a supporting solid, and a crosslinker supported on the supporting solid. The method can also include contacting a subterranean material downhole with the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Ali Alwattari
  • Publication number: 20140364345
    Abstract: Compositions, systems and methods for the prevention or reduction of clumping or sticking of particulate hydraulic fracturing chemical additives. In preferred examples the particulate hydraulic fracturing chemical additives may be coated with, for example, a coating comprising a polymeric component and with or without silica. Inorganic flow agents (IFA) may be applied to the exterior surface of the particulate hydraulic fracturing chemical additives to prevent hardening or clumping of the additives upon storage. Preferably the coating is permeable, but insoluble in an aqueous medium, whereupon the additive components are released into the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Magesh Sundaram, Stephen Mosher, Joseph Yaritz
  • Publication number: 20140364511
    Abstract: A stable, aqueous composition containing a crosslinked, nonionic, amphiphilic polymer capable of forming a yield stress fluid in the presence of a surfactant is disclosed. The yield stress fluid is capable of suspending insoluble materials in the form of particulates and/or droplets requiring suspension or stabilization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: LUBRIZOL ADVANCED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Krishnan Chari, Shui-Jen Raymond Hsu, Wei-Yeih Yang, Prachur Bhargava, Murat Kadir
  • Patent number: 8901047
    Abstract: A binder is described which comprises A) a hydrolysate or heterocondensate of at least one hydrolysable silicon compound and at least one metal, phosphorus or boron compound, the metal being selected from Al, Ge, Sn, Pb, Ti, Mg, Li, V, Nb, Ta, Zr and Hf, B) an organic polymerizable or polycondensable monomer or oligomer and C) a buffer, so that the pH of the buffered binder is in the range from 2 to 7, and optionally a complexing agent, if appropriate, the at least one hydrolysable silicon compound comprising one or more hydrolysable silicon compounds having at least one nonhydrolysable group or oligomers thereof. The binder is suitable for consolidating bulk or loose substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: EPG (Engineered Nanoproducts Germany) AG
    Inventors: Christian Schmidt, Helmut Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140348887
    Abstract: A stable, aqueous composition containing a crosslinked, nonionic, amphiphilic polymer capable of forming a yield stress fluid in the presence of a surfactant is disclosed. The yield stress fluid is capable of suspending insoluble materials in the form of particulates and/or droplets requiring suspension or stabilization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Shui-Jen Raymond Hsu, Krishnan Chari, Wei-Yeih Yang, Prachur Bhargava, Murat Kadir
  • Patent number: 8895476
    Abstract: Aqueous and substantially anhydrous fluids having particularly low thermal conductivities and variable densities are disclosed. The fluids include: one or more organic and/or inorganic salts and at least one aprotic polar organic solvent, a mixture of aprotic and protic polar organic solvents, and/or a polar organic solvent having both protic and aprotic polar functional group linkages. The fluids optionally include one or more viscosifying agents and are free of cross-linking agents. Methods for formulating and using the fluids are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey McKennis, Marshall Chiasson, Mohammad Hossaini, Nam-Sook Bae
  • Patent number: 8895481
    Abstract: A method of treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore involves introducing an acid treatment fluid through the wellbore into the formation. The treatment fluid is formed from a zwitterionic viscoelastic surfactant, an acid in an amount to provide the treatment fluid with an initial pH of ?0 and a rheology enhancer. The treatment fluid has a high viscosity at the initial pH and a lower viscosity when the pH of the treatment fluid is raised to an intermediate pH of from greater than 0 to about 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yiyan Chen, Abbas Mahdi, Richard Marcinew, Matt Graham, Timothy L. Pope
  • Publication number: 20140338907
    Abstract: A method of servicing a wellbore in a subterranean formation comprising placing a wellbore servicing fluid in the wellbore and/or subterranean formation, wherein the wellbore servicing fluid comprises a hydrophobically modified relative permeability modifier, an oxygenated alkylating agent, and an aqueous base fluid, and allowing the wellbore servicing fluid to modify the permeability of at least a portion of the wellbore and/or subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: B. Raghava REDDY, Larry S. Eoff, Christopher A. Lewis, Natalie L. Pascarella
  • Publication number: 20140332214
    Abstract: A hydraulic fracturing composition includes: a superabsorbent polymer in an expanded state; a plurality of proppant particles disposed in the superabsorbent polymer; an additive comprising a surfactant, a viscose polymer, or a combination thereof, and a fluid to expand the superabsorbent polymer into the expanded state. A process for disposing a plurality of proppant particles in a fracture comprises: disposing a hydraulic fracturing composition in a downhole environment; forming a fracture; disposing the hydraulic fracturing composition in the fracture; breaking the superabsorbent polymer after forming the fracture; and releasing the plurality of proppant particles from superabsorbent polymer. The process also comprises injecting a proppant-free fluid and a proppant-containing fluid in an alternating order into a subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jia Zhou, Qi Qu, Scott G. Nelson, Hong Sun, Leiming Li
  • Patent number: 8883695
    Abstract: Reduction of the water permeability within a subterranean formation, particularly within a proppant pack or a gravel pack, can be achieved through the use of a relative permeability modifier (RPM) coated on a particulate material. Methods for reducing the water permeability include providing RPM-coated particulates that contain a RPM coating on the particulates, and placing a treatment fluid containing a base fluid and the RPM-coated particulates in at least a portion of a subterranean formation. The treatment fluid can also contain a companion polymer that serves to further reduce the water permeability compared to that achievable when using the RPM alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry S. Eoff, Bradley L. Todd, David B. Allison
  • Publication number: 20140329726
    Abstract: Polymeric additives used with viscoelastic surfactants, fluids comprising such additives and viscoelastic surfactants, and associated methods of use, are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: providing a treatment fluid that comprises an aqueous base fluid, a viscoelastic surfactant, and an amphiphilic polymer, the amphiphilic polymer comprising a hydrophobic component, and a hydrophilic component comprising at least 15 monomer units; and introducing the treatment fluid into at least a portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan G. Ezell, Ryan van Zanten
  • Patent number: 8877689
    Abstract: Of the many compositions and methods provided herein, one example composition includes a treatment fluid comprising: an aqueous fluid; and a tar stabilizing polymer comprising at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of a styrene polymer, an acrylate polymer, a styrene-acrylate polymer, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Haliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Wayne Livanec, Greg Paul Perez
  • Patent number: 8871691
    Abstract: Methods of treating flowback water from a subterranean formation penetrated by a well bore are provided, comprising: (a) providing remediated flowback water having a ferrous iron (Fe+2) ion concentration of less than about 100 milligrams of ferrous iron ion per liter of flowback water, a barium ion (Ba+2) concentration of less than about 500 milligrams of barium ion per liter of flowback water, and a calcium ion (Ca+) concentration of at least about 1,000 milligrams of calcium ion per liter of remediated flowback water; and (b) treating the flowback water with: (i) at least one friction reducing agent; and (ii) at least one scale formation inhibiting agent and/or at least one iron precipitation control agent to provide treated flowback water which can be reused as fracturing fluid in a well drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kroff Chemical Company
    Inventors: Paul Rey, Susan Rey, David Grottenthaler
  • Patent number: 8865632
    Abstract: A drag-reducing additive includes 40-85% by weight of a polymer emulsion that includes a polymer, a first surfactant, and a first solvent; 10-35% by weight of a second surfactant with an HLB greater than 8; and 5-30% by weight of a second solvent. In a preferred embodiment, the second solvent includes a terpene. In another preferred embodiment, the polymer is a copolymer that includes acrylamide and acrylic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: CESI Chemical, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl Parnell, Todd Sanner, Marlin Holtmyer, David Philpot, Andrei Zelenev, Gydeon Gilzow, Lakia Champagne, Thomas Sifferman
  • Publication number: 20140305646
    Abstract: A method of treating a wellbore may include emplacing in at least a selected region of the wellbore a formulation that includes at least one diene pre-polymer; at least one reactive diluent; at least one inert diluent comprising an oleaginous liquid or a mutual solvent; and at least one initiator; and initiating polymerization of the at least one diene pre-polymer and the at least one reactive diluent to form a composite material in the selected region of the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Andrew Chew, Guido De Stefano, Steven Young, Jason T. Scorsone, Matthew Offenbacher
  • Publication number: 20140262262
    Abstract: This invention discloses articles, in the form of particles to small granules to macro sized objects, capable of the controlled release of active ingredients (AI) from a mixture as a solid solution, a matrix or an encapsulated system containing AI and one or more of polymers, additives and/or carriers. The invention also covers additional surface coatings on those articles to further reduce the rate of release of AI. Finally, methods for producing these articles and treating the oil field well and other segments of the oil industry, for example piping, storage tank, and refinery locations, are introduced. The claimed articles can be used as is or mixed with other oil filed components or system, for example proppant fluid, in oil field applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Landec Corporation
    Inventors: Qiang Zheng, Damian Hajduk, Steven P. Bitler
  • Publication number: 20140262293
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to fracturing fluids having temperature-sensitive viscosities. The fracturing fluids may include a mixture of a hydrophobically associative polymer (HAP) and a surfactant in an aqueous medium, wherein the surfactant imparts a critical solution temperature (CST) to the fluid. The fluid is more viscous at temperatures lower than the CST as compared to temperatures above the CST.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jingshe Song, Jesse Vincent Mello, Lulu Song
  • Patent number: 8828913
    Abstract: A high carrying capacity temperature-stable breakable gel of selectable viscosity with exceptional lubricity and high-temperature stability for varied use as a carrier of solids and particulate matter, as well as semi-solids and liquids in water and petroleum well drilling, completion and production such as gravel pack fluid, drilling fluid, fracturing fluid, pigging fluid, sweep for coiled tubing, and other uses. A preferred formulation comprises a formulated “Base Concentrate” which is added to water or drilling fluids to be viscosified and an “Activator” which is added in amounts to develop the desired gel consistency. When breaking of the gel is desired a “Breaker” composition containing multivalent ions collapses the gel into a free-flowing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Beverley A. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 8822388
    Abstract: A water based solution having a controllable gel time is disclosed. The solution has predetermined ratios of a water soluble silicate solution having at least one alkali metal, a predetermined ratio of a water dispersible polymer, and a predetermined ratio of a water soluble initiator containing a reactive carbonyl compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: SPI Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Lyle D. Burns, James E. Hessert, Kenneth D. Oglesby, James A. Glass, Michael A. Burns
  • Patent number: 8802601
    Abstract: A method of treating a sandstone-containing formation penetrated by a wellbore is carried out by forming a treatment fluid comprising an aqueous fluid containing a hydrogen fluoride source and an amorphous silica precipitation inhibitor. The treatment fluid is introduced into the formation through the wellbore at a pressure below the fracture pressure of the formation to facilitate dissolution of formation materials, optionally as a single stage. The amorphous silica inhibitor may be a polycarboxylate and/or polycarboxylic acid, an organosilane or a phosphonate compound. The amorphous silica inhibitor may be capable of inhibiting precipitation of amorphous silica so that the treatment fluid contains at least about 500 ppm of silicon after at least about 100 minutes subsequent to the treatment fluid being introduced into the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Fuller, Isabelle Couillet, Ryan Hartman
  • Patent number: 8796187
    Abstract: Composition comprising a plurality of particulates wherein at least some particulates are at least partially covered with a coating that impedes the intrusion of water into the particulates; and, a silica scale control additive, wherein the silica scale control additive is capable of suppressing silica scale build-up proximate the plurality of particulates. Some compositions further include a treatment fluid wherein and the silica scale control additive are present in the treatment fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique A. Reyes, Jimmie D. Weaver, Matt E. Blauch, Corine L. McMechan
  • Publication number: 20140209305
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles that can be used to deliver agents deep into hydrocarbon reservoirs. Methods of making and using said polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicants: University of Kansas, ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Ying-Ying LIN, Cory BERKLAND, Jenn-Tai LIANG, Ahmad MORADI-ARAGHI, Terry M. CHRISTIAN, Riley B. NEEDHAM, James H. HEDGES, Min CHENG, Faye L. SCULLY, David R. ZORNES
  • Patent number: 8783356
    Abstract: Water-soluble, hydrophobically associating copolymers which comprise new types of hydrophobically associating monomers. The monomers comprise an ethylenically unsaturated group and a polyether group with block structure comprising a hydrophilic polyalkylene oxide block which consists essentially of ethylene oxide groups, and a terminal, hydrophobic polyalkylene oxide block which consists of alkylene oxides with at least 4, preferably at least 5 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Roland Reichenbach-Klinke, Thomas Pfeuffer, Kati Schmidt, Thomas Ostrowski, Reinhold J. Leyrer, Yulia Fogel, Stefan Friedrich, Peter Gaeberlein, Andrea Orleans, Manfred Schuhbeck, Marcus Guzmann, Marcus Rösch, Bjorn Langlotz
  • Publication number: 20140196902
    Abstract: A method, system, and composition for producing oil from a formation utilizing an oil recovery formulation comprising a surfactant, an ammonia liquid, an alkali metal carbonate or bicarbonate, a polymer, and water are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey George SOUTHWICK, Yi SVEC, Gordon Thomas SHAHIN
  • Patent number: 8765647
    Abstract: Method and agent for reducing water production from oil and gas wells. The agent comprises polymer, cross-linked particles which are stable in water-free solvents. The particles are manufactured in an oil-in-oil emulsion and are cross-linked with at least one water-stable cross-linker and at least one water-labile cross-linker. The water-labile cross-linker is chosen so that when it is opened or broken in a reaction with water a hydrophilic seat is formed which increases the particle's ability to swell in water. The particles furthermore comprise a controlled amount of an immobilized chemical compound which by means of the reaction between water and reactive groups in the polymer skeleton, become able to form chemical bonds to another particle, to another reactive seat in the same particle or to another compounds thereby increasing the agent's stability in the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Wellcem Innovation AS
    Inventors: Lars Kilaas, Einar Dahl-Jörgensen
  • Publication number: 20140178324
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pH responsive polymer made with mono-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]phthalate and/or mono-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl hexahydro]phthalate. Also disclosed is an aqueous coating composition including at least one latex polymer derived from at least one monomer copolymerized or blended with alkali swellable acrylate copolymer. Also provided is an aqueous coating composition including at least one latex polymer derived from at least one monomer blended with alkali swellable acrylate copolymer, at least one pigment, and water. Also provided is a method of preparing an aqueous coating composition such as a latex paint including the above components. Also provided are methods of preparing mono-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]phthalate. Also provided are conpositions and methods using the polymer in hydraulic fracturing, personal care and or home and industrial cleaners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Rhodia Operations
    Inventors: Nemesio Martinez-Castro, Jennie McGuire, Herve Adam, James Woods
  • Publication number: 20140178325
    Abstract: An anti-settling additive, composition containing the anti-settling additive, and methods for use in coating compositions or formulations. A HASE thickener with improved resistance to surfactants and anti-sag properties, compositions containing the thickener and methods for use of the thickener in coating compositions or formulations and the like. The anti-settling additive and the thickener being a polymer synthesized using a specialized associative monomer that contains C1-C4 alkyl, propylene oxide, ethylene oxide and a polymerizable group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Rhodia Operations
    Inventors: Nemesio Martinez-Castro, Jose P. Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20140165457
    Abstract: Polymeric compositions obtainable by free-radical polymerization of at least two different alkyl (meth)acrylates in the presence of at least one ethylene-vinyl ester copolymer, the alkyl (meth)acrylates used being a mixture comprising alkyl (meth)acrylates having linear C12- to C60-alkyl radicals and different alkyl (meth)acrylates having linear C1- to C11-alkyl radicals and/or branched C4- to C60-alkyl radicals and/or cyclic C5- to C20-alkyl radicals. The use of such polymeric compositions as pour point depressants for crude oils, mineral oils or mineral oil products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ivette Garcia Castro, Kai Gumlich, Stefan Frenzel, Maria Heuken, Rouven Konrad, Karin Neubecker
  • Patent number: 8741816
    Abstract: Of the many compositions and methods provided herein, one method includes a method comprising: contacting tar resident in a well bore with a tar stabilizing polymer comprising at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of a styrene polymer, an acrylate polymer, a styrene-acrylate polymer, and any combination thereof; and allowing the tar stabilizing polymer to interact with the tar to at least partially reduce the tendency of the tar to adhere to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Wayne Livanec, Greg Paul Perez