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Operating valve, closure, or changeable restrictor in a well

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166374000 Operated by fluid pressure controlled above ground 56
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20090229833Injection valve - A valve for use in a downhole tool The valve has an inlet communicating with the work string from which it is anchored. The inlet provides a flow path of a first cross-sectional area. A sealing assembly comprising a spring biased seal cap moves within an outer tubular body to open and close a number of ports arranged through the body. The ports provide a flow path of a combined cross-sectional area greater than the first cross-sectional area and the valve is arranged such that fluid flow through the inlet moves the seal cap to open the valve and create an unimpeded flow path between the inlet and the ports with negligible pressure drop. An embodiment including a shear ring is described to facilitate pressure testing above. A further embodiment includes a load adjuster to assist in closing the valve. The valve can be a high lift injection valve.09-17-2009
20130025876SELECTIVE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TOOL AND METHOD THEREOF - A selective downhole tool including a tubular having a longitudinal bore enabling passage of fluids there through. Having a valve opening in a wall of the tubular. An expandable ball seat selectively movable between a first size sized to trap a ball to block flow through the tubular. A larger second size sized to release the ball through the tubular. A valve cover longitudinally movable within the tubular, the valve cover including a dissolvable insert. Also included is a method of operating a downhole tool.01-31-2013
20120199366ACTUATOR AND METHOD - An actuator or valve for use in a well comprising: an obstructing member, such as a piston, moveable between: a first position and a second position; and a retaining member, such as a ball, moveable between: a retaining position which retains the obstructing member in the first position; and, a release position which does not retain the obstructing member in the first position and/or allows or causes the obstructing member to move to the second position; wherein the retaining member is adapted to move in use, from one of the retaining position and release position to the other of the retaining position and release position, at least in part, by centrifugal forces caused by rotation of the actuator/valve. Thus at least some control of the actuation of the actuator/valve may be afforded by rotation thereof. In preferred embodiments some control is also afforded by fluid flow contacting the actuator/valve. Embodiments of the invention provide a convenient apparatus and method to control equipment in a well, especially to control a reamer for widening a well.08-09-2012
20130025878SURFACE CONTROLLED REVERSIBLE COILED TUBING VALVE ASSEMBLY - A valve assembly for reversibly governing fluid flow through coiled tubing equipment. Valves of the assembly may be directed by a telemetric line running from an oilfield surface. In this manner, valve adjustment and/or reversibility need not require removal of the assembly from the well in order to attain manual accessibility. Similarly, operation of the valves is not reliant on any particular flow rate or other application limiting means. As such, multiple fluid treatments at a variety of different downhole locations may take place with a reduced number of trips into the well and without compromise to flow rate parameters of the treatments.01-31-2013
20130025877Sliding Sleeve Valve with Feature to Block Flow Through the Tool - Sliding sleeve valves that include a housing with an axial flowbore defined along its length and at least one lateral fluid port disposed through the housing. One or more sliding sleeve members are disposed within the flowbore and carry first and second ball seats. Landing a first ball onto the first ball seat will move the valve from a first position wherein lateral flow is blocked to a second position wherein lateral flow is permitted. Landing a second ball onto the second ball seat will move the valve to a third position wherein lateral flow is again blocked and axial flow is permitted.01-31-2013
20130043044Internal Blowout Preventer Apparatus - An internal blowout preventer assembly having a central through-bore and flapper valve. The flapper valve permits fluid flow in a downward direction, but not the opposite (upward) direction. A retrievable tubular lockout sleeve can be conveyed via wireline, coiled tubing or other similar means and installed within the through-bore of the internal blowout preventer assembly. Once installed, the lockout sleeve prevents the flapper valve from closing, thereby permitting wireline or other concentric operations to be performed (as well as upward fluid flow) though the internal blowout preventer.02-21-2013
20130043045FLOW STOP VALVE - A flow slop valve (02-21-2013
20130043043High Flow Rate Multi Array Stimulation System - A system of sliding valves wherein the inserts of multiple sliding valves may be shifted to an open position using a single shifting ball. Each individual sliding valve has a movable insert that, depending upon the position of the insert within the sliding valve, may either block, permit fluid to radially flow between the interior and exterior of the sliding valve at a first rate, or permit fluid to radially flow between the interior and exterior of the sliding valve at some different second rate.02-21-2013
20130043041SELECTIVELY DEGRADABLE PASSAGE RESTRICTION - An actuation system and method, the system including a tubular defining a passage, and an assembly disposed with the tubular, the assembly including a restriction operatively arranged to receive a restrictor for enabling actuation of the assembly, the restriction including a degradable material with a protective layer thereon, the degradable material degrading upon exposure to a fluid in the passage and the protective layer isolating the degradable material from the fluid.02-21-2013
20130043040SYSTEM FOR ENABLING SELECTIVE OPENING OF PORTS - A system and method for selectively enabling fluid communication between two volumes, the system including a tubular having a port housing with at least one port, a member disposed with the tubular and movable between a closed position in which the port is closed and an open position in which the port is open, a lock element positively engaged with both the member and the tubular for maintaining the member in the closed position, and an actuator in keyed engagement with the lock element for biasing the lock element, wherein actuation of the actuator releases the lock element to resiliently spring into engagement with solely one of the member or the tubular for enabling the member to move relative to the tubular to the open position for opening the port.02-21-2013
20130043038Debris barrier for hydraulic disconnect tools - A hydraulic connection mechanism for use in a wellbore comprises an upper connection running tool, a lower connection tool configured to engage the upper connection running tool and form a fluid communication pathway through the hydraulic connection mechanism, and a debris barrier disposed in the fluid communication pathway. The debris barrier comprises a body element, and a spring element configured to maintain the body element in a closed position when the upper connection running tool is disengaged from the lower connection tool.02-21-2013
20130043042Multiple Shift Sliding Sleeve - A system of sliding valves wherein the inserts of multiple sliding valves may be shifted to an open position using a single shifting ball. Each individual sliding valve has a movable insert that, depending upon the position of the insert within the sliding valve, may either block or permit fluid to radially flow between the interior and exterior of the sliding valve. The insert has a profile about the interior of the movable insert allowing a shifting tool to connect to and move the insert so that fluid may be prevented from entering the interior portion of the sliding sleeve.02-21-2013
20110203807Multistage Production System and Method - A system and method for more efficiently stimulating and producing from a production string. The present invention comprises production tubing; at least one selectively-openable valve assembly located inline with the production tubing; and at least one flapper valve assembly located inline with the production tubing. One flapper valve assembly is associated with each selectively-openable valve assembly. The flapper valve assembly is orientated to impede fluid flow in the downwell direction when closed.08-25-2011
20130043039TUBING PRESSURE INSENSITIVE PRESSURE COMPENSATED ACTUATOR FOR A DOWNHOLE TOOL AND METHOD - A tubing pressure insensitive, pressure compensated actuator system includes a housing having a bore therein. A force transmitter sealingly moveable within the bore. The force transmitter defining with the bore two fluid chambers. The two fluid chambers being in fluid communication with each other, one at each longitudinal end of the force transmitter. An activator in one or both of the two fluid chambers and operatively connected to the force transmitter. At least two seals sealingly positioned between the housing and the force transmitter. One of the seals disposed near one end of the force transmitter and another of the seals disposed near another end of the force transmitter. A separate compensation piston disposed in the housing so as to expose one end of the compensation piston to tubing pressure and to expose the other end of the compensation piston to a fluid volume including the fluid chambers. Also included is a method for reducing force requirements of an actuator.02-21-2013
20100084137Methods and Equipment to Improve Reliability of Pinpoint Stimulation Operations - Apparatuses and methods for improving the reliability of pinpoint stimulation operations are disclosed. The pinpoint stimulation improvement apparatus includes an elastomeric element and a spring positioned on an inner surface of the elastomeric element. A flow limiter is coupled to the elastomeric element.04-08-2010
20080257558Shifting apparatus and method - A device for shifting a sliding sleeve. The sliding sleeve is concentrically positioned within a well, and wherein the well is in communication with a hydrocarbon reservoir. In the most preferred embodiment, the device comprises an outer housing forming an annulus with the well and a power piston slidably disposed within the outer housing. The power piston includes an upper shoulder configured to form an annular chamber and a tubular chamber relative to the outer housing, a lower shoulder configured to form an atmospheric chamber relative to the outer housing. The device further comprises a first latch for preventing upward movement of the power piston, a second latch for preventing downward movement of the power piston, and wherein movement of the power piston shifts the sliding sleeve.10-23-2008
20080257557Wellbore Control Device - A wellbore control device (10-23-2008
20110192612Controller for a Downhole Tool - The controller comprises housing (08-11-2011
20130075109BARRIER VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME WITH TUBING PRESSURE - A completion system including a barrier valve operatively arranged in a tubing string to selectively impede fluid flow through a lower completion. At least one control line is included for supplying a control line pressure for controlling operation of the barrier valve. The at least one control line is operatively arranged with the tubing string for enabling tubing pressure in the tubing string to determine the control line pressure. A method of operating a barrier valve is also included.03-28-2013
20130075106ELECTRICAL GENERATOR FOR A CEMENTING MANIFOLD - Apparatuses and methods comprising a cementing head comprising a stationary body comprising a toothed ring; a rotating body disposed below the stationary body, the rotating body comprising an armature disposed inside the toothed ring; a battery disposed on the rotating body; and a wire connected to the armature and the battery.03-28-2013
20130075107METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUS DOWNHOLE FLUID SELECTION WITH PATHWAY DEPENDENT RESISTANCE SYSTEM - An apparatus is described for controlling flow of fluid in a subterranean formation based on a selected characteristic of fluid flow, such as viscosity, velocity or density, as that characteristic varies over time. A pathway-dependent resistance assembly, such as a vortex chamber having two inlets and an outlet, provides varying resistance to fluid flow based on the ratio of flow from the inlets, the direction of flow as directed by the inlets, and the characteristic of the fluid. The incoming flow ratio is preferably determined by flowing fluid through a plurality of passageways having differing flow rate responses to fluid having differing characteristics. Fluid of a selected characteristic will encounter lesser resistance to flow across the system, while fluid of an un-favored characteristic will encounter greater resistance to flow. Thus, flow of well fluids can be autonomously restricted as the fluid characteristics change over time.03-28-2013
20130075108BARRIER VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CLOSING SAME BY WITHDRAWING UPPER COMPLETION - A completion system, including a barrier valve transitionable between an open position and a closed position. An upper completion is operatively coupled with the barrier valve for mechanically transitioning the barrier valve to the closed position when the upper completion is withdrawn. A method of operating a completion system is also included.03-28-2013
20130075110Debris Barrier for Hydraulic Disconnect Tools - A hydraulic connection mechanism for use in a wellbore comprises an upper connection tool, a lower connection tool configured to engage the upper connection tool and form a fluid communication pathway through the hydraulic connection mechanism, and a debris barrier disposed in the fluid communication pathway. The debris barrier comprises a body element, and a spring element configured to maintain the body element in a closed position when the upper connection tool is disengaged from the lower connection tool.03-28-2013
20090101352Water Dissolvable Materials for Activating Inflow Control Devices That Control Flow of Subsurface Fluids - An apparatus for controlling flow of a fluid into a wellbore tubular may include a flow control device controlling the flow of the fluid; and a disintegrating element associated with the flow control device. The flow control device may be actuated when the disintegrating element disintegrates when exposed to the flowing fluid. The disintegrating element may disintegrate upon exposure to water in the fluid. A method for producing fluid from a subterranean formation includes: configuring an element to disintegrate when exposed to a selected fluid; positioning the element in a wellbore; and actuating a flow control device using the element. The element may disintegrate when exposed to water. Actuating the flow control device may restrict a flow of fluid into a wellbore tubular.04-23-2009
20090071657Annular Pressure Monitoring During Hydraulic Fracturing - A pressure or flow responsive valve is provided in a hydraulic fracturing assembly so that if the formation sands out during proppant pumping and pressure in the bypass to the annulus around the work string rises, the bypass is closed by the valve to prevent overpressure of lower pressure rated components further uphole from the formation being treated. These components could be large casing or the blowout preventer assembly.03-19-2009
20090229832Pressure Compensator for Hydrostatically-Actuated Packers - Devices and methods for operating a tool within a wellbore. A downhole tool includes a tool operation portion having a moveable tool member and a setting portion having a setting piston and setting chamber. A fluid pressure compensation reservoir is in fluid communication with the setting chamber and containing a pressurized fluid which offsets external hydrostatic pressure.09-17-2009
20100071908DOWNHOLE BACKUP SYSTEM AND METHOD - A downhole backup system including, a tubular positionable within a downhole structure such that an annular space exists between the tubular and the downhole structure, and a plurality of wedges that are radially movably positioned within the annular space, each of two opposing ends of the plurality of wedges are configured to completely cover the annular space at all possible radial positions of the plurality of wedges.03-25-2010
20130037273METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WELLBORE CONTROL - A method and apparatus for wellbore control include a downhole facing ball stop and sealing area that can stop and seal with an actuator ball migrating toward surface with wellbore returns or production. The downhole facing ball stop operates with the returning actuator ball to create a seal against any returns or production migrating toward surface such that well control is provided until the ball is removed from the sealing area or a bypass is opened around the seal.02-14-2013
20090120647FLOW RESTRICTION APPARATUS AND METHODS - In some embodiments, apparatus for restricting the flow of fluid from an earthen formation into at least one interior space of a tubular member includes a passageway fluidly connecting the earthen formation and the at least one interior space of the tubular member. At least one swellable member is expandable into the passageway between the interior space of the tubular member and the earthen formation.05-14-2009
20130032354ANNULAR PRESSURE REGULATING DIAPHRAGM AND METHODS OF USING SAME - Downhole tools comprise a housing chamber with an expandable member disposed therein. An interior of the expandable member is in fluid communication with an outside environment so that hydrostatic pressure can act on an inner wall surface of the expandable member. The outer wall surface of the expandable member partially defines a sealed chamber within the housing chamber such that expansion of the expandable member due to an increase in hydrostatic pressure causes the volume within the sealed chamber to decrease, thereby energizing the sealed chamber. Thus, an increase in hydrostatic pressure within an outside environment is compensated. Further, when the hydrostatic pressure within the outside environment decreases, the energized sealed chamber causes contraction of the expandable member, thereby compensating for the decrease in hydrostatic pressure.02-07-2013
20100044054Drill String Control Valves and Methods - Drill string flow control valves and more particularly, drill string flow control valves for prevention of u-tubing of fluid flow in drill strings are provided. Drill string flow control valves may comprise a valve housing, a valve sleeve axially movable within a valve housing from a closed position to an open position, a piston axially movable within said valve housing and bearing against the valve sleeve, a biasing mechanism for biasing the valve sleeve into the closed position, a static pressure port for actuating said piston utilizing internal fluid pressure within said valve and a plurality of dynamic pressure ports for allowing a differential pressure to be exerted on the valve sleeve during dynamic flow conditions. The differential pressure exerted on the valve sleeve may be the result of an upstream pressure and a downstream pressure during fluid flow through said valve. By allowing a differential pressure resulting from a fluid flow to act on the valve sleeve, u-tubing in a drill string can be prevented or substantially reduced. Methods of use are also provided.02-25-2010
20100096142Gas-Lift Valve and Method of Use - A gas-lift valve comprising an elongated vertically orientated tubular body with inlet ports positioned for communication with the inlet ports of a gas-lift valve mandrel, a valve seat and valve port at the upper end of the valve body, a movable gas charged dome positioned within the body below the valve seat, a valve ball assembly attached to the dome, and a collapsible bellows positioned to move the dome and manipulate the valve ball assembly downward onto and off of the valve seat in response to pressure from said inlet ports of the valve body and pressure on the seat and thereby allow injection gas to flow upward through the valve port to exit at the upper end of the valve body. A tubular latch is provided with a removable plug to provide for pressure testing and completion of the well with only one wireline trip.04-22-2010
20090159293ISOLATING TUBING - An apparatus 06-25-2009
20090159292LOGGING TOOL DEPLOYMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITHOUT PRESSURE COMPENSATION - Systems and processes are provided for safely facilitating transfer of down-hole devices through an adaptive seal assembly capping a well under pressure. At least one dynamic seal is provided having a size and shape to accommodate varying cross section of an elongated down-hole device, such as a logging tool. The adaptive seal assembly includes a mating flange for coupling its open end to a reversibly sealable wellhead fixture. A pressure is maintained along a wellbore side of the reversible seal, while the aperture is varied according to the varying cross section of the down-hole device as it is translated along the axis. More than one dynamic seals can be actuated in a controlled sequence to apply axial thrust in a preferred direction to the tool. One or more robotic systems can be provided to further expedite manipulation of at least one of the tool and the vessel.06-25-2009
20100108325METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SECURING A WELL - A method and a device for securing a well during sluicing in of a well tool (05-06-2010
20100108326GAS LIFT VALVE ASSEMBLY - An apparatus that is usable with a well includes a gas lift valve and an isolation member. The gas lift valve includes a valve element that is located between an annulus and a passageway of a tubing. The valve element is adapted to selectively open and close to control fluid communication through the valve element. The isolation member is adapted to in a first state, isolate the valve element from at least one of the annulus and the passageway and in a second state, permit fluid communication between the valve element and the annulus or passageway.05-06-2010
20100108324Linear Actuation System in the Form of a Ring - A device for use in actuating a valve to control the flow of fluids through a flow tube comprises a stationary ring surrounding the flow tube, the ring having an inner diameter greater than an outer diameter of the flow tube. An interior of the ring and an exterior of the flow tube have complementary screw threads. At least three actuators are equally circumferentially spaced along an exterior of the ring. When activated an actuator induces a screw thread on the interior of the ring to engage a screw thread on the exterior of the flow tube such that the flow tube is moved in an axial direction relative to the ring.05-06-2010
20130048302SURFACE CONTROLLED SUBSURFACE SAFETY VALVE - A safety valve for subsurface disposal equipped with an interfacing element of elastomeric and non-elastomeric components. The components include an elastomeric energizing component and a non-elastomeric seal ring configured to work together in attaining an internal seal sufficient for allowing the valve to remain consistently closed. Indeed, the aid afforded by the interfacing element may allow the valve to remain consistently and effectively closed even in particularly low pressure well environments or those of widely varying temperatures.02-28-2013
20130081823VALVE - A valve has a moveable member movable between open and closed configurations and a cutting device arranged to shear against an anvil member when moving between the open and closed configurations and a sealing member providing a seat for seating of the moveable member when the moveable member is in the closed configuration. The anvil member and the sealing member are moveable relative to one another when the moveable member is moving from the open to the closed configuration. During opening and closing the sealing member is displaced away from the cutting device as the cutting device engages the anvil member. The sealing member is pushed away from the moveable member and the anvil to a maximum separation from the movable member at the point on the stroke when the cutting surface of the moveable member is moving past the anvil member.04-04-2013
20080245531DOWNHOLE DEPLOYMENT VALVES - Methods and apparatus enable reliable and improved isolation between two portions of a bore extending through a casing string disposed in a borehole. A downhole deployment valve (DDV) may provide the isolation utilizing a valve member such as a flapper that is disposed in a housing of the DDV and is designed to close against a seat within the housing. The DDV includes an operating mechanism for opening/closing the DDV. In use, pressure in one portion of a well that is in fluid communication with a well surface may be bled off and open at well surface while maintaining pressure in another portion of the casing string beyond the DDV.10-09-2008
20130032356ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED INSERT SAFETY VALVE - A method of operating an insert safety valve in a subterranean well can include installing the insert safety valve in a flow passage which extends longitudinally through an outer safety valve, making electrical contact between the insert safety valve and an electrical connector, and operating the insert safety valve, thereby selectively permitting and preventing flow through the flow passage. An insert safety valve can include a closure assembly which selectively permits and prevents flow through a longitudinal flow passage, and at least one electrical connector which electrically connects to another electrical connector external to the insert safety valve.02-07-2013
20130032355SAFETY VALVE WITH PROVISIONS FOR POWERING AN INSERT SAFETY VALVE - A method of operating a valve can include installing an electrical actuator in a flow passage extending longitudinally through the valve, and operating a closure assembly in response to electrical power being supplied to the electrical actuator. An outer safety valve can include a closure assembly which selectively permits and prevents flow through a longitudinal flow passage, and at least one electrical connector which electrically connects to an insert safety valve positioned in the flow passage. A method of operating an outer safety valve in a subterranean well can include installing an insert safety valve in the safety valve, and operating the insert safety valve with electrical current flowing from the safety valve to the insert safety valve.02-07-2013
20120181043ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMPING COMPLETION FLOW DIVERTER SYSTEM - A technique provides a system and methodology for enhancing the operational life of an electric submersible pumping system. A completion is combined with a flow diverter valve and is positioned downhole in a wellbore. An electric submersible pumping system is coupled into the completion and the flow diverter valve is oriented to control fluid flow with respect to the electric submersible pumping system. For example, the flow diverter valve may be automatically operable to direct well fluid to the electric submersible pumping system when the pumping system is operating and to direct well fluid to bypass the electric submersible pumping system when the pumping system is not operating.07-19-2012
20130048301Downhole Fluid Flow Control System and Method having Dynamic Response to Local Well Conditions - A downhole fluid flow control system having dynamic response to local well conditions. The system includes a tubing string operably positionable in a wellbore. Annular barriers are positioned between the tubing string and the wellbore to isolate first and second zones. A fluid flow control device is positioned within each zone. A flow tube that is operably associated with the fluid flow control device of the first zone is operable to establish communication between the second zone and the fluid flow control device in the first zone such that a differential pressure between the first zone and the second zone is operable to actuate the fluid flow control device of the first zone from a first operating configuration to a second operating configuration.02-28-2013
20130048298System and method for servicing a wellbore - A wellbore servicing apparatus, comprising a housing defining an axial flowbore and comprising ports, a first sleeve, a second sleeve movable relative to the housing from (a) a first position in which the second sleeve obstructs fluid communication via the ports of the housing to (b) a second position in which the second sleeve allows fluid communication via the ports of the housing, and wherein the first sleeve is movable relative to the housing from (a) a first position in which the first sleeve does not allow a fluid pressure applied to the axial flowbore to move the second sleeve from the first position to the second position to (b) a second position in which the first sleeve allows a fluid pressure applied to the axial flowbore to move the second sleeve from the first position to the second position, and an expandable seat.02-28-2013
20100126731APPARATUS AND METHODS TO REMOVE IMPURITIES AT A SENSOR IN A DOWNHOLE TOOL - Apparatus and methods to remove impurities at a sensor in a downhole tool are disclosed. During the testing and/or sampling of formation fluid in a borehole, the downhole tool creates a transient high rate of fluid flow of the formation fluid to remove impurities at the sensor.05-27-2010
20130087344DOWNHOLE VALVE ASSEMBLY - A downhole valve assembly operable to control production fluid flow around an obstruction in a production tubing string. The obstruction may be caused by another valve or valve assembly located in the production tubing string, where the valve is closed and blocks flow through the production tubing. The downhole valve assembly comprises a tubular body that includes an axial passage extending through the body and one or more ports extending substantially radially through the body. The downhole valve assembly also includes one or more actuating members operable to move relative to the body. Movement of the actuating members selectively opens the ports such that a fluid flow path through the ports is defined between an annulus region outside of the valve assembly and the axial passage such that the blockage can be bypassed.04-11-2013
20130056221FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND FLOW CONTROL METHOD - A method and apparatus is disclosed for controlling the flow of fluid in oil and/or gas production, involving a control device or an autonomous valve (03-07-2013
20130056220VALVE FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING THROUGH CEMENT OUTSIDE CASING - A valve includes: a housing; a mandrel disposed in the housing; a rupture disk disposed in a passageway of the mandrel; a sliding sleeve disposed between the housing and the mandrel; and a ball seat disposed in the mandrel. A method for actuating a valve includes: flowing a fluid through the valve; dropping a ball; seating the ball in the ball seat and blocking fluid flow through the mandrel; flowing fluid through the passageway to the sliding sleeve; moving the sliding sleeve axially within the valve; and exiting fluid through the openings of the housing and mandrel. A valve includes: a housing having an opening; a mandrel disposed in the housing; a sliding sleeve disposed between the housing and the mandrel; and a ball seat disposed in the mandrel blocking fluid communication between the mandrel and the passageway.03-07-2013
20120217021ACTIVATION DEVICE FOR USE IN A DOWNHOLE WELL - An activation device for use in a downhole well for activation of a downhole tool in the well. The downhole tool has a seat adapted to engage the activation device. The activation device can travel through a borehole of the downhole well to reach the seat. The activation device has an outer layer and a core. The material of the outer layer resists erosion by drilling fluid when the activation device is in the borehole. The material of the core is eroded by drilling fluid when the activation device is engaged in the seat. The activation device is then able to pass through the seat. There is also described a method of operating a downhole tool having a seat for engaging an activation device. The method includes the step of eroding at least a portion of the activation device with drilling fluid until it can pass through the seat.08-30-2012
20090095486CIRCULATION CONTROL VALVE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A circulation control valve. A method of controlling circulation flow between an interior flow passage of a tubular string and an annulus external to the tubular string in a subterranean well includes the steps of: interconnecting a valve in the tubular string, the valve including at least one opening for providing fluid communication between the interior flow passage and the annulus; applying an increased pressure to the interior flow passage while fluid communication through the opening between the interior flow passage and the annulus is prevented, thereby permitting fluid communication through the opening between the interior flow passage and the annulus; and then applying another increased pressure to the interior flow passage while fluid communication through the opening between the interior flow passage and the annulus is permitted, thereby preventing fluid communication through the opening between the interior flow passage and the annulus.04-16-2009
20120031625FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND FLOW CONTROL METHOD - The present invention relates to a method of improving flow stability for a multiphase fluid flowing through a tubular element (02-09-2012
20090056952Downhole Tool - A method of actuating a tool in a downhole string comprises utilising a flow restriction, such as a non-return valve, which provides less restriction to fluid flow in the normal direction to induce a reverse fluid pressure differential to permit actuation of the tool.03-05-2009
20090056951FLUID LOSS CONTROL FLAPPER VALVE - A system for completing a well bore, comprises, a string having a housing having an inner diameter, the housing defining an inner channel, a valve seat having an inner diameter coupled to the housing, a flapper pivotally coupled to the valve seat, the flapper configured to move from a first open position to a second closed position; and a sleeve positioned in the inner channel of the valve seat and configured to retain the flapper in the first open position. The flapper has an arcuate orientation that is generally concentric with the housing when the flapper is in the first open position, the flapper isolates a region of the inner channel of the housing below the flapper from a region of the inner channel of the housing above the flapper when the flapper is in a closed position, and the flapper may move to the second closed position when the sleeve is withdrawn from the inner channel of the valve seat.03-05-2009
20090266556FORMATION ISOLATION VALVE - A valve includes a housing, a valve element that is located in the housing, an operator, a locking device and an interference device. The housing includes an interior surface that has a profile. The operator may be configured to transition the valve element between open and closed states. The locking device is adapted to be selectively extended into the profile. The interference device may be adapted to be selectively extended radially inside the locking device to retain the locking device in the profile, thereby locking the valve element in the open or closed state.10-29-2009
20090266555SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW IN A WELLBORE - A technique enables control over flow in a wellbore with a flow control system. The flow control system combines a flow reduction mechanism with a flow control device, such as a valve. The flow reduction mechanism comprises a closure member which can be selectively moved between an unactuated and actuated position, allowing relatively greater flow through the flow control device in the unactuated position. The flow reduction mechanism actuates prior to or in conjunction with the flow control device to reduce flow and thus reduce the loading forces that would otherwise act against the flow control mechanism upon closure of the flow control device.10-29-2009
20130062071MINIMAL TRAVEL FLOW CONTROL DEVICE - A technique facilitates controlling flow in a wellbore with a simplified valve. The design of the valve also enables reduction in the overall length of the valve to improve spatial considerations. The valve comprises a valve component, e.g. a flapper, movable between a closed position and an open position. A flow tube is designed to selectively open the valve component with reduced travel, thus enabling a shortened flow tube. The short flow tube enables use of valve housings, springs, and other valve components having a reduced length.03-14-2013
20130213665Apparatus Including Water-Soluble Material for Use Downhole - In one aspect, a device for use downhole is provided that in one embodiment includes a member having a composite material reinforced with a water-soluble material. In another aspect a method of performing an operation in a wellbore is disclosed that in one embodiment includes placing a device at a selected location in the wellbore, which device includes a member having a composite material reinforced with a water-soluble material, performing the operation and allowing the water-soluble material to dissolve at least partially in the wellbore.08-22-2013
20130213666OPERATION OF MULTIPLE INTERCONNECTED HYDRAULIC ACTUATORS IN A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A system for use with a well can include multiple hydraulic actuators in the well, each of the actuators being connected to a common hydraulic line, and multiple pressure control devices, each pressure control device preventing flow from the hydraulic line to a respective one of the actuators unless a pressure differential across the pressure control device exceeds a predetermined level. A method of controlling operation of multiple hydraulic actuators in a well can include applying pressure to at least one of the actuators, thereby increasing pressure in a common hydraulic line connected to each of the actuators, preventing communication of the increased pressure in the common hydraulic line to additional actuators, and permitting flow from the common hydraulic line to each of the actuators, in response to a pressure differential across the pressure control devices exceeding a predetermined level.08-22-2013
20130213667Well Flow Control with Multi-Stage Restriction - A well screen assembly includes a tubular base pipe. The base pipe has a sidewall aperture that communicates fluid between an interior central bore of the base pipe and an exterior of the base pipe. A filtration screen is around the base pipe. The filtration screen defines a lateral fluid passage along a axial length of the well screen assembly. A flow control device is coupled to the base pipe and the filtration screen. The flow control devices includes a ring sealing the lateral fluid passage from the central bore. An elongate restrictor passage is in the ring, oriented longitudinally. The elongate restrictor passage is configured to communicate fluid between the lateral fluid passage and the central bore. The restrictor passage includes an internal, square edged orifice defined by a fixed, annular protrusion. The annular protrusion extends inwardly from an interior surface of the restrictor passage.08-22-2013
20110011597TUBULAR VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tubular valve system including a tubular having a plurality of ports therethrough; a plurality of strokable sleeves disposed at the tubular being configured to stroke in response to a same external input; and a plurality of motion translating details disposed at at least one of the tubular and the plurality of strokable sleeves configured to alter a stroke of the plurality of strokable sleeves after a selected number of strokes to thereby open at least one of the plurality of ports and method.01-20-2011
20090255685MULTI-CYCLE ISOLATION VALVE AND MECHANICAL BARRIER - A method for performing a wellbore-related activity may include positioning a sealing device along the wellbore; conveying a work string into the wellbore; using the work string to perform the activity; extracting the work string out of the wellbore; and shifting the sealing device to a closed position to seal a bore of the wellbore using a portion of the work string. A device that selectively seals or occludes a wellbore tubular may include a sealing device having a first and a second sealing element that seal a bore of the wellbore tubular. The first and second sealing elements may support a pressure applied in different directions. Pulling an engagement sleeve with the work string in an uphole direction may fold the first and second sealing elements into the closed position. The bore may be unsealed by applying a pressure cycle to shift the sealing device.10-15-2009
20130068473PRESSURE CONTROLLED WELL CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS USABLE FOR HYDROCARBON OPERATIONS, STORAGE AND SOLUTION MINING - Apparatus and methods for fluidly communicating between conduit strings and wells through crossovers forming a subterranean manifold string, usable for pressure contained underground hydrocarbon operations, storage and solution mining. Concentric conduits enable fluid communication with one or more subterranean regions through an innermost passageway usable for communicating fluids and devices engagable with a receptacle of the manifold. A wall of the manifold string and/or a selectively placed fluid control device diverts fluid mixture flow streams from one passageway to another radially disposed inward or outward passageway to selectively control pressurized fluid communication, thereby forming a plurality of pressure bathers. The pressure bathers can be used to selectively communicate fluid mixtures to and from a reservoir for hydrocarbon operations, solution mining, and/or control of a storage cushion space during such operations.03-21-2013
20130068474Downhole System and Apparatus Incorporating Valve Assembly with Resilient Deformable Engaging Element - An apparatus, system and method relating to a valve assembly for use in a subterranean well for oil, gas, or other hydrocarbons. The valve assembly comprises an engaging element with a resilient portion having a first shape when a first pressure differential is applied across the engaging element in a direction and a second shape when a second pressure differential is applied across the element in the direction; a receiving element having sealing section; wherein the engaging element is engagable with the first receiving element to substantially prevent the flow of fluids through the sealing section a pressure differential is applied to the engaging element that is less than a first pressure differential; wherein the engaging element is extrudable through the first receiving element by applying a second pressure differential that is greater than the first pressure differential.03-21-2013
20130068476WELL BARRIER - A well barrier for sealing a downhole conduit is described. The well barrier includes a housing defining a throughbore having a longitudinal axis, a valve actuator and a flapper valve. The flapper valve includes a flapper attached to the valve actuator. The flapper valve and the valve actuator are axially movable with respect to the housing in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis. The flapper is adapted to move from one of a throughbore open and throughbore closed positions to the other of said open and closed positions when the actuator and flapper valve move a predetermined axial distance.03-21-2013
20130068475Multistage Production System Incorporating Valve Assembly With Collapsible or Expandable C-Ring - A valve assembly, and related system and method, with an annular sleeve having an inner surface with a diameter, a first cylindrical outer surface, and a plurality of openings extending between the inner surface and the first cylindrical outer surface. The annular sleeve includes a second cylindrical outer surface having a different diameter than the first cylindrical outer surface. A first C-ring having a body with a seating surface, opposing terminal ends, and an outer diameter extending from the body is at least partially within the inner surface of the sleeve. A coil spring is positioned around a portion of the sleeve and in an annular space at least partially defined by an annular body and the second cylindrical outer surface.03-21-2013
20130068472Hydraulic Three Position Stroker Tool - A stroker tool operates a subterranean tool between three operating positions. The stroker tool includes an outer housing defining a piston chamber within. A piston assembly having first and second piston members is moveable within the piston chamber between a first position, a second position, and a third position. A shifting member is operably connected with the piston assembly and is moved to an uppermost axial position when the piston assembly is in the first position, an intermediate axial position when the piston assembly is in the second position, and a lowermost axial position when the piston assembly is in the third position.03-21-2013
20130068471Transition tool and method - A throttling valve formed by introducing an elongate tubular body into a tubular member through which fluid is flowing. The tubular body is provided with first and second ends, the first end being adapted for engaging a flow control device and the second end having a beveled end that enables fluid communication between the tubular member and the tubular body. The tubular body is provided with a tapered stem, the outside diameter of the stem proximate the first end of the tubular body being greater than the outside diameter of the stem proximate the second end, for seating against the opening in the end of the tubular member and effecting a seal between the outside surface of the stem and the margin of the opening in the tubular member. An elastomeric or other seal may be mounted on the outside surface of the stem for this same purpose.03-21-2013
20100084139Downhole Waterflood Regulator - A downhole waterflood regulator installs in a side pocket mandrel to regulate fluid flow in a waterflood completion. The regulator has an internal piston and can have a check dart. The piston and check dart regulate fluid flow within the regulator's housing. Packings on the regulator's housing packoff the mandrel's ports that communicate with a surrounding annulus. When initially installed in the mandrel, a blanking plug on the regulator's latch prevents fluid flow through the regulator so that the regulator acts as a dummy valve and allows operators to set and test packers or perform other operations. To begin the waterflood operation, operators use a slickline to remove the blanking plug disposed in the latch. With the plug removed, fluid communicated from the tubing string can pass through the ported latch and into the regulator where the piston and check dart regulate the fluid flow out to the annulus.04-08-2010
20120227983SAFETY VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - A safety valve control system may include a remotely operable control assembly, a first transducer, a valve assembly, and a compressor assembly in communication with the control assembly. The control assembly is operable to actuate the pump and valve assemblies to supply fluid to actuate the safety valve into open and closed positions, in response to one or more signals received from the first transducer. A method of operation may include maintaining the safety valve in an open or closed position while sensing a physical property with the control system; communicating a signal corresponding to the sensed physical property to the control system; and automatically closing or opening the safety valve in response to a comparison of the sensed physical property to a pre-set condition.09-13-2012
20090014185Incremental annular choke - An annular choke mechanism is incorporated into a flow path within the outer housing of the sleeve valve to the interior flow ports of the sliding sleeve member. As the sliding sleeve member is moved axially within the housing, the lateral fluid ports of the sliding sleeve member are aligned within particular bore portions so that the size of the annular space between the fluid ports in the housing and the fluid ports in the sleeve is varied. The annular flow area through the annular space governs the rate of fluid flow through the valve.01-15-2009
20120111577VARIABLE FLOW RESISTANCE SYSTEM WITH CIRCULATION INDUCING STRUCTURE THEREIN TO VARIABLY RESIST FLOW IN A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A flow control device can include a surface that defines a chamber and includes a side perimeter and opposing end surfaces, a greatest distance between the opposing end surfaces being smaller than a largest dimension of the opposing end surfaces, a first port through one of the end surfaces, and a second port through the surface and apart from the first port, the side perimeter surface being operable to direct flow from the second port to rotate about the first port. Another device can include a cylindroidal chamber for receiving flow through an inlet and directing the flow to an outlet, a greatest axial dimension of the cylindroidal chamber being smaller than a greatest diametric dimension of the cylindroidal chamber, the cylindroidal chamber promoting rotation of the flow based on a characteristic of the inflow through the inlet. The device can have a flow path structure in the cylindroidal chamber.05-10-2012
20120111576DOWNHOLE TOOL - A downhole bypass valve comprises a tubular body including a side port and a sleeve axially movably mounted in the body and normally biased to a closed position to close the side port. An activating device is configured to be pumped or dropped into the body to engage the sleeve and permit movement of the sleeve to an open position and open the side port. A latch has a part in the body and a part in the activating device, the parts of the latch configured to engage and retain the sleeve in the open position. The activating device is further operable to disengage from and translate through the sleeve and the parts of the latch are further operable to disengage and permit the sleeve to return to the closed position.05-10-2012
20120111575Subsurface Safety Valve Flapper - A flapper for use as a component of a safety valve designed for deployment in a well bore having well bore fluids. The flapper includes a flapper body forming a flapper valve bore therethrough. The flapper body forms a groove proximate to the flapper bore. The flapper also includes a plunger member sized and configured to be received in the flapper valve bore. The plunger member includes a first end portion and a second end portion. Additionally, the flapper includes a leaf spring including a primary end portion and a secondary end portion, the primary end portion of the leaf spring detachably attached to the second end portion of the plunger member and unattached to the flapper body and the secondary end portion of the leaf spring being sized and configured to be received and retained in the groove and to bias the plunger member into the flapper valve bore.05-10-2012
20120111574DELAYED OPENING WELLBORE TUBULAR PORT CLOSURE - A wellbore tubular port closure system includes a mechanism to delay the opening of the port after the port closure has been actuated to open. A method and apparatus incorporate the wellbore tubular port closure system with a port opening delay mechanism configured to act after actuation of the pressure responsive mechanism to delay full movement of the port-closure to the port-open position until after a selected time has lapsed.05-10-2012
20120234557METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUS DOWNHOLE FLUID SELECTION WITH PATHWAY DEPENDENT RESISTANCE SYSTEM - Apparatus and methods for controlling the flow of fluid, such as formation fluid, through an oilfield tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. Fluid flow is autonomously controlled in response to change in a fluid flow characteristic, such as density or viscosity. In one embodiment, a fluid diverter is movable between an open and closed position in response to fluid density change and operable to restrict fluid flow through a valve assembly inlet. The diverter can be pivotable, rotatable or otherwise movable in response to the fluid density change. In one embodiment, the diverter is operable to control a fluid flow ratio through two valve inlets. The fluid flow ratio is used to operate a valve member to restrict fluid flow through the valve.09-20-2012
20100276155SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUBSEA CONTROL AND MONITORING - A technique operates a valve system in a subsea test tree via a control system of a type suitable for gaining desired industry ratings. A monitoring system is utilized to monitor functions of the control system, but the monitoring system is independent from the control system.11-04-2010
20110155392Hydrostatic Flapper Stimulation Valve and Method - A downhole tool including a tubular housing, a sleeve, a flapper valve, and a pressurized chamber. The tubular housing has an inner bore. The sleeve is disposed in the inner bore and configured to slide between a first position and a second position. The flapper valve is pivotally coupled to the tubular housing, maintained in an inoperative position when the sleeve is in the first position, and pivotable between an open position and a closed position when the sleeve is in the second position. The pressurized chamber is in fluid communication with the sleeve, wherein, upon activation of the downhole tool, a hydrostatic pressure is applied on the sleeve via the pressurized chamber, such that the sleeve slides from the first position to the second position.06-30-2011
20090250222REVERSE FLOW IN-FLOW CONTROL DEVICE - A fluid flow control apparatus includes a flow path that conveys the fluid into a wellbore tubular, a first passage formed along the flow path, an annular space receiving the fluid from the first passage, and a second passage receiving fluid from the annular space. The passages may flow the fluid in an axial direction along the flow path. The apparatus may include an enclosure that receives a sleeve in which the passages are formed. The annular space may be formed between the sleeve and the enclosure. The passages may include an inlet that reduces a pressure of the fluid flowing through the inlet. The passages may include a bore and may include parallel conduits. The first and the second passages may convey the fluid in a first axial direction, and the annular space may be configured to convey the fluid in a direction opposite to the first axial direction.10-08-2009
20110024132MULTI-PROCESS ELECTRONIC CONTROL VALVE SYSTEM - A valve system is disclosed. The system has a main valve that is adjustable for output flow and pressure. The system also includes an output flow transducer, an output pressure transducer, and a fluid depth transducer. A microcontroller is operatively coupled to the valve, the output flow transducer, the output pressure transducer, and the fluid depth transducer. The microcontroller operates the valve to selectively control the output flow, the output pressure, and the fluid depth according to inputs received from a user.02-03-2011
20110100643DOWNHOLE SUB WITH HYDRAULICALLY ACTUABLE SLEEVE VALVE - A method for opening a port through the wall of a ported sub including: providing a sub with a port through its tubular side wall; providing a hydraulically actuable valve to cover the port, the valve being actuable to move away from a position covering the port to thereby open the port; increasing pressure within the sub to create a pressure differential across the valve to move the valve toward the low pressure side, while the port remains closed by the valve; thereafter, reducing pressure within the sub to reduce the pressure differential; and driving the valve to move it away from a position covering the port.05-05-2011
20110278017SLIDING SLEEVE SUB AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WELLBORE FLUID TREATMENT - A tubing string assembly is disclosed for fluid treatment of a wellbore The tubing string can be used for staged wellbore fluid treatment where a selected segment of the wellbore is treated, while other segments are sealed off The tubing string can also be used where a ported tubing string is required to be run-m in a pressure tight condition and later is needed to be in an open-port condition A sliding sleeve in a tubular has a driver selected to be acted upon by an inner bore conveyed actuating device, the driver drives the generation of a ball stop on the sleeve.11-17-2011
20100243265DRILLING FLUID FLOW DIVERTER - An embodiment of the apparatus includes a housing having a first flow bore and a second flow bore, the first flow bore having a drilling fluid flowing therein, a device disposed in the second flow bore to receive a fluid flow, and a diverter disposed between the first and second flow bores, the diverter having a first position preventing the drilling fluid from flowing into the second flow bore and a second position allowing a portion of the drilling fluid to flow into the second flow bore and through the device. Another embodiment includes a variable second position directing the drilling fluid into the second flow bore at a variable flow rate. A further embodiment includes a drill collar as the housing and a power generation assembly as the device to receive the fluid flow. Embodiments of a method of diverting a fluid flow in a downhole tool include diverting a portion of a first fluid flow to a second flow bore, and further varying a flow rate of the fluid to the second flow bore.09-30-2010
20110017470SELF-ADJUSTING IN-FLOW CONTROL DEVICE - Devices, systems and related methods control a flow of a fluid between a wellbore tubular and a formation using a flow control device having a flow space formed therein; and a flow control element positioned in flow space. The flow control element may be configured to flex between a first radial position and a second radial position to in response to a pressure differential along the flow space.01-27-2011
20110127043GAS LIFT VALVE - A gas lift valve assembly includes a housing that includes a first passageway that is substantially concentric with the central passageway of a string to communicate well fluid and a second passageway that is eccentrically disposed with respect to the central passageway to communicate a second fluid to lift the well fluid. The gas lift valve assembly includes a valve that is disposed in the second passageway and includes a ball valve to regulate communication of the second fluid.06-02-2011
20110297394MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL BLOWOUT PREVENTER - A Blowout Preventer comprising a housing, one or more magnets and a magnetic fluid is described. More particularly, a Magnetorheological Blowout Preventer with a Magnetorheological Ram Head that conforms to virtually any cross sectional shape is described with ultra-reliable termination of natural gas and/or oil effluent flow resulting.12-08-2011
20120006561METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A WELL EMPLOYING THE USE OF AN ACTIVATION BALL - A system includes a tubular string that is adapted to be deployed downhole in a well and an activation ball. The activation ball is adapted to be deployed in the tubular string to lodge in a seat of the string. The ball includes a spherical body, which is formed from a metallic material that has a specific gravity less than about 2.0.01-12-2012
20110297392SUB-SEA CHEMICAL INJECTION METERING VALVE - An apparatus that includes a chemical injection management system. The chemical injection management system may include an interface configured to couple the chemical injection management system to a mineral extraction system. In addition, the chemical injection management system may include an ultrasonic flow meter.12-08-2011
20110297393INTELLIGENT COMPLETION SYSTEM FOR EXTENDED REACH DRILLING WELLS - Apparatus and methods for completing, treating, and/or producing a wellbore are provided. The apparatus can include a tubular body defining an inner bore, one or more injection inflow control devices, and one or more production inflow control devices. The one or more injection inflow control devices can include one or more first check valves in fluid communication with the inner bore, with each first check valve being configured to allow fluid to flow therethrough from the inner bore to a region of the wellbore, and to substantially block a reverse fluid flow therethrough. The one or more production inflow control devices can include one or more second check valves coupled to the tubular body, each second check valve being configured to allow fluid to flow therethrough from the wellbore to the inner bore and to substantially block a reverse fluid flow therethrough.12-08-2011
20110290504CONTROL SYSTEM - An improved control system for use in a subterranean well is described. The system comprises at least one apparatus positioned within the subterranean well, at least one power generation device positioned within the subterranean well, the at least one power generation device adapted to supply electrical power to the at least one apparatus and at least one control line positioned in the subterranean well. The at least one control line is adapted to supply a hydraulic pressure applied from surface to the at least one power generation device from which the at least one power generation device generates electrical power.12-01-2011
20110214882SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAFE WELL CONTROL OPERATIONS - A system and method for safely controlling a well being drilled or that has been drilled into a subterranean formation in which a conventional blow-out preventer operates to close the well bore to atmosphere upon the detection of a fluid influx event. Fluid pressures as well as fluid flow rates into and out of the well bore are measured and monitored to more accurately and confidently determine the fracture pressure and pore pressure of the formation and perform well control operations in response to a fluid influx event. During a suspected fluid influx event, one or more of the fluid flow and pressure measurements are used to confirm the fluid influx event and to safely regain well control by circulating the fluid influx out of the well through a choke line while maintaining the pressure inside the well between specified, selected limits, such as between the fracture and pore pressures.09-08-2011
20090151957Zonal Isolation of Telescoping Perforation Apparatus with Memory Based Material - A method and apparatus for isolating formation zones preferably with a memory based material formed into an expansion element, with an outer diameter larger than a borehole, adjacent to a radially telescoping perforation element, converting the memory based expansion element to a stable, smaller, run-in diameter, running it into the borehole, then allowing the memory based material to expand and seal against the borehole wall. Expansion can be enhanced by expanding a mandrel on which the expansion element is formed. The expansion element separates two or more groups of outwardly radially telescoping perforation elements, to isolate formation zones and allow the perforation elements to access the isolated zones.06-18-2009
20100236790CONTROL OF WELL TOOLS UTILIZING DOWNHOLE PUMPS - A method of selectively actuating from a remote location multiple downhole well tools includes: selecting one of the well tools for actuation by applying a voltage polarity to a set of conductors in the well, thereby operating a downhole pump connected to the well tool and displacing a piston of the well tool in one direction; and selecting the well tool for actuation by applying an opposite voltage polarity to the set of conductors, thereby operating the downhole pump and displacing the piston in an opposite direction. A system includes multiple electrical conductors in the well; and multiple control devices that control which of the well tools is selected for actuation in response to current flow in a set of the conductors, each of the control devices including at least one downhole pump which applies a pressure differential to an actuator of a respective one of the well tools.09-23-2010
20110198097AUTONOMOUS INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - A valve assembly for regulating fluid flow in a horizontal wellbore. A housing can be coupled to a production tubular. A chamber is defined within the housing and can be in fluid communication through a flow channel with an inner annulus formed adjacent the wellbore. A piston and a biasing member can be disposed within the chamber, where the biasing member biases the piston into a first position. A flowpath is defined within the housing and communicable with both the production tubular and the inner annulus. The flowpath can include one or more nozzles disposed therein, and the piston can be configured to move between the first position allowing fluid flow through the flowpath to the production tubular and a second position preventing fluid flow to the production tubular.08-18-2011
20110192613Cluster Opening Sleeves for Wellbore - A downhole sleeve has an insert movable in the sleeve's bore from a closed condition to an opened condition when a ball dropped in the bore engages an indexing seat in the sliding sleeve. In the closed condition, the insert prevents communication between the bore and the sleeve's port, while the insert in the opened condition permits communication between the bore and port. Keys of a seat extend into the bore to engage the ball and to move the insert open. After opening, the keys retract so the ball can pass through the sleeve to another cluster sleeve or to an isolation sleeve of an assembly. Insets or buttons disposed in the sleeve's port temporarily maintain fluid pressure in the sleeve's bore so that a cluster of sleeves can be opened before treatment fluid dislodges the button to treat the surrounding formation through the open port.08-11-2011
20090095487FLOW RESTRICTION DEVICE - An inflow control device may include flow control elements along a flow path. The flow control elements may change the inertial direction of the fluid flowing in the flow path. The change in inertial direction occurs at junctures along the flow path. The flow control elements may also be configured to form segmented pressure drops across the flow path. The segmented pressure drops may include a first pressure drop segment and a second pressure drop segment that is different from the first pressure drop segment. The pressure drop segments may be generated by a passage, an orifice or a slot. In embodiments, the plurality of flow control elements may separate the fluid into at least two flow paths. The flow control elements may also be configured to cause an increase in a pressure drop in the flow path as a concentration of water increases in the fluid.04-16-2009
20080264647SHAPE MEMORY MATERIALS FOR DOWNHOLE TOOL APPLICATIONS - A technique utilizes shape memory materials in wellbore applications. Well components are formed with shape memory materials able to transition to a desired state when activated. The well components are moved downhole with the shape memory material in one state. Upon introduction of an activating agent, the automatic transition of the shape memory material is initiated and the well component is changed to a state in which it is able to perform a desired downhole function.10-30-2008
20110079399Hydra-Connector - A hydraulic connector for a wellhead hub is provided that includes a piston and a bottom portion configured to move in an axial direction via hydraulic pressure applied to one or more hydraulic ports in the connector. The movement of the piston and the bottom portion moves a ring and a segment of the connector in a radial direction to engage recesses in the wellhead hub. The connector may be unlocked by applying hydraulic pressure to a hydraulic port of the connector. A system and method of operating the connector are also provided.04-07-2011
20110079398MULTI-POINT CHEMICAL INJECTION SYSTEM FOR INTELLIGENT COMPLETION - An intelligent completion system includes a production tubing configured for production from multiple zones in a wellbore; at least one flow control valve disposed on the production tubing for each of the multiple zones, wherein the at least one flow control valve regulates flow of a wellbore fluid into the production tubing; a chemical injection mandrel disposed on the production tubing adjacent the at least one flow control valve in the each of the multiple zones, wherein the chemical injection mandrel is connected to at least one chemical injection line for injecting one or more chemicals into the wellbore; and a control mechanism connected to the at least one flow control valve and the chemical injection mandrel such that the injection mandrel and the at least one flow control valve are operated in a coordinated manner.04-07-2011
20110226485DUAL BALL UPPER INTERNAL BLOW OUT PREVENTER VALVE - An internal blowout preventer used in drilling rigs for the discovery and production of hydrocarbons from the earth is disclosed. The internal blowout preventer has two independently and remotely operable blowout preventer valves in the same body, providing for greater service life and higher reliability during drilling operations. The two valves are loaded into the internal blowout preventer housing from a single end, and are operable by an actuator assembly.09-22-2011
20110180268Openable Port and Method - An openable port includes a body, a sleeve movable relative to the body, and a plug disposed at the sleeve that is extrudable through the sleeve. And the sleeve is substantially occluded to flow therethrough by the plug prior to extrusion of the plug and is open to flow therethrough after extrusion of the plug.07-28-2011
20110186303Control System for a Surface Controlled Subsurface Safety Valve - Surface controlled subsurface control valves for use in wells and methods of controlling the same. In one embodiment, a valve includes a valve body, a bore closure assembly, a mechanical linkage, a drive assembly, and a control assembly. The valve body defines a bore for fluid to flow through when the bore closure assembly is in an open position. When the bore closure assembly is in its closed position, the bore closure assembly prevents fluid from flowing through the bore. The mechanical linkage is operatively connected to the bore closure assembly and to the drive assembly. The primary control assembly determines a force to apply to the mechanical linkage based on a present operating condition of the valve and causes the drive assembly to apply the determined force to the mechanical linkage. As a result, the mechanical linkage drives the bore closure assembly.08-04-2011
20100084138Downhole Ball Mechanism With Enhanced Drift Clearance - A downhole tool including a ball valve having a pivotal ball and providing full drift clearance through a fluid pathway of the valve over a portion of a pivotal range of the ball is described. An internal bore of the ball includes a first opening larger than a second opening, and the internal bore transitions between the first and second openings. The first opening overlays or encompasses an opening formed by a first bore portion over a range of pivot of the ball, and the second opening may be fully encompassed by an opening formed by a second bore portion over a pivotal range when the internal bore is not centrally aligned with the first or second bore portions.04-08-2010
20110198096Unlimited Downhole Fracture Zone System - Apparatus and method are provided for diverting treatment fluids in wells. Sliding sleeves or valves are sequentially opened by dropping balls that may be of uniform size. Opening of one valve moves a collet into position such that the same size ball can be used to open a second valve. Any selected number of valves can be opened with the same size balls. Systems using the valves are also disclosed, along with methods for operating.08-18-2011
20090101356DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR WELL COMPLETION AND CONTROL AND METHOD FOR COMPLETING AND CONTROLLING A WELL - A screen assembly including a tubular having a plurality of openings therein, a screen disposed about the tubular, and a plurality of devices disposed within the plurality of openings, the devices each including a beaded matrix and a housing. A method for completing a wellbore with a sand screen.04-23-2009
20090205834Adjustable Flow Control Devices For Use In Hydrocarbon Production - A flow control device may include a body having at least two flow paths configured to convey the fluid. The flow paths may be hydraulically isolated from one another in the body and at least one of the flow paths may be selectively occludable. In certain arrangements, a filtration element may be positioned upstream of one or more of the plurality of in-flow control devices. The flow paths may utilize features such as chamber and openings in order to impose a specified pressure drop on the fluid flowing thereacross.08-20-2009
20090205833Thermal activation mechanisms for use in oilfield applications - A method and apparatus associated with producing hydrocarbons. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises at least one heating element that is disposed in a chamber with actuator material. A member is also partially coupled to the chamber. The member is configured to extend to a first configuration when the at least one heating element converts at least a portion of the actuator material from a first phase to a second phase and contract to a second configuration when the actuator material converts from the second phase to the first phase.08-20-2009
20090242210DOWNHOLE FLUID RECIRCULATION VALVE - A downhole valve for insertion in a production tubing string permits recirculation of fluid pumped into the casing annulus. The valve includes a cylindrical housing defining an opening, an internal mandrel disposed within the housing, defining a central bore and defining an opening, a valve between the housing and the mandrel, wherein said valve opens to allow fluid communication from the mandrel central bore to the annulus space in response to a pressure differential between the mandrel central bore and the annular space, and biasing means for biasing the valve in a closed position. The valve may be set within a completion string by wireline techniques10-01-2009
20130098632GRADATIONAL INSERTION OF AN ARTIFICIAL LIFT SYSTEM INTO A LIVE WELLBORE - A method of inserting a downhole assembly into a live wellbore, includes: assembling a pressure control assembly (PCA) onto a production tree of the live wellbore; inserting a first deployment section of the downhole assembly into a lubricator; landing the lubricator onto the PCA; connecting the lubricator to the PCA; lowering the first deployment section into the PCA; engaging a clamp of the PCA with the first deployment section; after engaging the clamp, isolating an upper portion of the PCA from a lower portion of the PCA; and after isolating the PCA, removing the lubricator from the PCA.04-25-2013
20110168403WIRELESSLY ACTUATED HYDROSTATIC SET MODULE - A hydrostatic set module configured with a wireless trigger mechanism to allow wireless activation thereof from an oilfield surface. The trigger mechanism includes a charge for exposing the module to wellbore pressures and allowing it to behave as an intensifier for actuation of a downhole device such as a production packer. The mechanism also includes a sensor for detection of the wireless communications along with a processor for analysis thereof and to direct spending of the charge. Pressure pulse or other wireless communication forms that are suitable for the downhole environment may be transmitted from surface in a variety of different signature patterns for responsive analysis by the trigger mechanism.07-14-2011
20090114396Wellsite measurement and control while producing device - Disclosed is a device, method and system for a measurement while producing (MWP) and flow throttling (FTD) device for placement in a pipe with liquid or gas flowing through it such as an oil or gas well's wellhead, casing, tubing, or horizontal or lateral passage which is responsive to the flow of fluid through it. The MWP/FTD device can create pressure pulses through the production fluid or otherwise send signals to provide bit data that are read and analyzed at the wellhead or externally thru wireless communications. The data analysis provides information regarding pressure, fluid flow, and type of fluid/gas flowing primarily within the lateral passages or generally anywhere the MWP/FTD is situated. The device helps identify whether the pipe, lateral or other passage should remain open, closed or restricted. This identification occurs by use of either autonomous control and sensors within the device and/or pre-programmed or wirelessly controlled signals that are transmitted from the well head (or externally) to the MWP/FTD. The MWP/FTD is subsequently urged to regulate the fluid/gas flow.05-07-2009
20090294132APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING FLUIDS FROM A WELL AND/OR INJECTING FLUIDS INTO A WELL - Methods and apparatus for diverting fluids either into or from a well are described. Some embodiments include a diverter conduit that is located in a bore of a tree. The invention relates especially but not exclusively to a diverter assembly connected to a wing branch of a tree. Some embodiments allow diversion of fluids out of a tree to a subsea processing apparatus followed by the return of at least some of these fluids to the tree for recovery. Alternative embodiments provide only one flowpath and do not include the return of any fluids to the tree. Some embodiments can be retrofitted to existing trees, which can allow the performance of a new function without having to replacing the tree. Multiple diverter assembly embodiments are also described.12-03-2009
20100006302LOCKING ARRANGEMENT TO STORE SETTING FORCES - A locking arrangement to store setting forces including a housing, one or more recesses in the housing, one or more jam members in operable communication with one or more of the recesses, and an incremental setting force holding configuration receivable at the housing and placable in operable communication with one or more of the one or more jam members. A backlash reduction arrangement including a housing, one or more recesses in the housing, one or more jam members in operable communication with one or more of the recesses, and an incremental holding configuration receivable at the housing and placable in operable communication with one or more of the one or more jam members. The one or more jam members positioned within the housing to assure that at least one of the jam members will engage the incremental holding configuration with substantially no backlash. A method for setting a downhole tool.01-14-2010
20120292044TELEMETRIC CHEMICAL INJECTION ASSEMBLY - A chemical injection assembly with telemetric capacity and a single fluid injection line capable of reaching multiple downhole injection points. The assembly may take advantage of downhole power telemetry modules so as to intelligently power and direct actuator valves at any of a number of different injection points. So, for example, the need for cumbersome and expensive usage of different delivery lines dedicated to serve different delivery points with the same fluid may be avoided.11-22-2012
20110203806ARRANGEMENT FOR DIRECTING A FLUID FLOW - An arrangement for directing a fluid flow or a tool transported in a fluid flow in an under water structure includes plural flow line arrangements each including at least one flow line, and at least two distribution devices to be varied between at least two positions. One distribution device connects at least two flow arrangements providing for the selection of the fluid flow pattern directing the fluid through the distribution devices and the flow arrangements depending on the position of each of the distribution devices. A method directs a fluid flow or a tool transported in a fluid flow.08-25-2011
20090008102Isolation Valve for Subsurface Safety Valve Line - A valve for a line going to a subsurface safety valve can be blocked off with a valve that is initially held in a closed position. An upper spring pushes collets against a shoulder to keep a seal on a support assembly for the collets within an initial bore in a sealing relation. Application of pressure to the line urges the support assembly to move with respect to the collets and causes the collets to become unsupported. This initial movement of the support assembly is against a second spring that is weaker than the upper spring. The upper spring forces the collapsed collets into a smaller bore while the support assembly is retained against reverse movement at the urging of the second spring by a ratchet assembly. The seal is shifted into a bigger bore to allow flow through the valve and into or beyond the subsurface safety valve.01-08-2009
20080236839CONTROLLING FLOWS IN A WELL - A technique includes providing equipment in a well and downhole in the well, regulating a ratio of flows provided to the equipment.10-02-2008
20090050332Ball valve - A bearing mounted ball valve (02-26-2009
20120285702SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACTUATING TOOLS DOWNHOLE - A technique facilitates actuation of a downhole tool in a well string. The downhole tool may be actuated hydraulically via the controlled flow of a hydraulic fluid under pressure to the downhole tool through a port. Flow of the pressurized fluid through the port is controlled by a barrier member which may be opened by a plunger working in cooperation with the barrier member. Movement of the plunger is controlled by selectively increasing the pressure acting on the plunger through, for example, actuation of an expansion device or other suitable device.11-15-2012
20080283251METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DROPPING A PUMP DOWN PLUG OR BALL - An improved method and apparatus for dropping a ball, plug or dart during oil and gas well operations (e.g., cementing operations) employs a specially configured valving member with curved and flat portions that alternatively direct fluid flow through a bore or opening in the valving member or around the periphery of the valving member.11-20-2008
20080302538Cemented Open Hole Selective Fracing System - A cemented open hole selective fracing system and method are shown. In the producing zone, an open hole is drilled therein and a production tubing is cemented in place. At preselected locations along the production tubing, the production tubing will have sliding valves located there along. The sliding valves may be selectively opened, and the cement around the sliding valve dissolved. Thereafter, the formation may be fraced immediately adjacent the opened sliding valve. By selectively opening different combinations of sliding valves, fracing can occur in stages with more fracing pressure and more fracing fluid being delivered deeper into the formation. Just as the sliding valves can be selectively opened, the sliding valves can also be selectively closed to protect the production of the well.12-11-2008
20080251259Safety valve - The safety valve includes a first generally tubular body 10-16-2008
20090020292FLOW CONTROL DEVICE - A choke that is usable with a well includes an inlet port and an outlet port. The choke also includes pressure drop stages between the inlet port and the outlet port. Each of the pressure drop stages is adapted to create part of an overall pressure differential between the inlet and outlet ports.01-22-2009
20100200244METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR COMPLETING A WELL - A completion apparatus (08-12-2010
20110203808DISPOSAL OF WELL CONTROL FLUIDS - Hydraulic well fluid vented from a hydraulically controlled actuating device is disposed of by pumping the fluid via a pump and a valve into a production flowline of the well.08-25-2011
20110203805Valving Device and Method of Valving - A valving device includes a tubular having a wall including a passageway therethrough fluidically connecting an outside of the tubular with an inside of the tubular, a plug movable relative to the wall between a first position wherein the plug substantially prevents fluid flow through the passageway and a second position wherein the plug permits fluid flow through the passageway. At least one force failing member configured to maintain the plug in the first position until attainment of a selected force acts upon the plug, and movement of the plug is in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the tubular yet non-coaxial with the tubular.08-25-2011
20100206578Sealing Device and Method for Sealing a Casing - The present invention provides a sealing device for sealing a casing comprising: a housing with an outside diameter, a core inside the housing; at least two sealing segments in slidable engagement with the core to change the outside diameter of the sealing device on at least one position of the sealing device; and at least two wedges in slidable engagement with the core and the sealing segments to seal the sealing device against the casing.08-19-2010
20100206579FAIL AS IS MECHANISM AND METHOD - A technique enables failsafe control over actuators used to actuate downhole tools. The technique may utilize a well system having a tool with an adjustable member. An actuation mechanism serves as a fail-as-is mechanism and works in cooperation with the adjustable member. The actuation member is shiftable upon receiving a predetermined input; however the actuation member does not move the adjustable member upon each shift. Once the actuation member has been shifted the requisite number of times to move the adjustable member to another position, at least one subsequent shift of the actuation member is not able to cause movement of the adjustable member. The result is a fail-as-is technique for ensuring the tool is not inadvertently actuated to another operational position.08-19-2010
20090139727Shape Memory Alloy Actuation - An actuator for use in actuating a valve to control the flow of fluids through the valve, the valve having a valve member movable between positions opening and closing the valve. The actuator comprises one or more shape memory alloy elements each being transformable from a martensitic to an austenitic state by applying heat energy to achieve an austenitic transformation. The one or more shape memory alloy elements are connected to the valve member such that austenitic transformation of the one or more shape memory alloy elements induces movement of the valve member from its closing position to its opening position.06-04-2009
20090139728SCREENED VALVE SYSTEM FOR SELECTIVE WELL STIMULATION AND CONTROL - A well system includes a valve interconnected in a casing string and selectively configurable between first and second configurations via a line external to the casing string, the valve in the first configuration being operable to selectively permit and prevent fluid flow between the casing string exterior and interior, and in the second configuration to selectively filter and prevent fluid flow between the casing string exterior and interior. A method of selectively stimulating a formation includes: positioning a casing string in a wellbore intersecting the formation, the casing string including a valve operable via an external line to selectively permit and prevent fluid flow between the casing string interior and exterior; and stimulating an interval set of the formation by opening the valve, flowing a stimulation fluid from the casing string into the interval set, and then configuring the valve to filter formation fluid which flows into the casing string.06-04-2009
20120067595REMOTELY OPERATED ISOLATION VALVE - A method of operating an isolation valve in a wellbore includes: deploying a work string into the wellbore through a tubular string disposed in the wellbore. The work string comprises a deployment string, a shifting tool, and a bottomhole assembly (BHA). The tubular string comprises the isolation valve and an actuator. The method further includes rotating the actuator using the shifting tool, thereby opening or closing the isolation valve. The isolation valve isolates a formation from an upper portion of the wellbore in the closed position.03-22-2012
20120067594SIGNAL OPERATED ISOLATION VALVE - A method of drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore through a formation by injecting drilling fluid through a drill string and rotating a drill bit. The drill string includes a shifting tool, a receiver in communication with the shifting tool, and the drill bit. The method further includes retrieving the drill string from the wellbore through a casing string until the shifting tool reaches an actuator. The casing string includes an isolation valve in an open position and the actuator. The method further includes sending a wireless instruction signal to the receiver. The shifting tool engages the actuator in response to the receiver receiving the instruction signal. The method further includes operating the actuator using the engaged shifting tool, thereby closing the isolation valve and isolating the formation from an upper portion of the wellbore.03-22-2012
20120067593SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW IN A WELLBORE - A technique facilitates controlling flow in a wellbore. One or more flow control valve assemblies may be designed for coupling with downhole well equipment. Each flow control valve assembly comprises a flow control valve which cooperates with a control module. The control module comprises a plurality of electrically controlled valves arranged to control flow of actuating fluid to the flow control valve. Each flow control valve assembly also comprises a hydraulic override system to enable hydraulic actuation of the flow control valve to a predetermined position when, for example, no electrical power is available for the electrically controlled valves of the control module.03-22-2012
20120067592SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING FLOW OF AN ACTUATING FLUID - A technique utilizes a simplified valve system structure to facilitate actuation of tools, such as actuating pads in a steering section of a wellbore drilling assembly. A valve system may comprise a bi-stable actuator which controls two double-stage valves. Each of the double-stage valves is able to perform both charging and dumping functions which facilitate use of the valve system in a variety of downhole applications. In drilling applications, a single valve system is able to operate a plurality of actuating pads.03-22-2012
20120067591METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRECISE CONTROL OF WELLBORE FLUID FLOW - A method for controlling flow of fluid from an annular space in a wellbore includes changing a flow restriction in a fluid flow discharge line from the wellbore annular space. The flow restriction is changed at a rate related to a difference between at least one of a selected fluid flow rate out of the wellbore and an actual fluid flow rate out of the wellbore, and a selected fluid pressure in the annular space and an actual pressure in the annular space.03-22-2012
20090200038HYDRAULIC CONNECTOR APPARATUSES AND METHODS OF USE WITH DOWNHOLE TUBULARS - A hydraulic connector to direct fluids between a lifting assembly and a bore of a downhole tubular includes an engagement assembly configured to selectively extend and retract a seal assembly disposed at a distal end of the hydraulic connector into and from a proximal end of the downhole tubular and a valve assembly operable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the valve assembly is configured to allow the fluids to communicate between the lifting assembly and the downhole tubular through the seal assembly when in the open position, and wherein the valve assembly is configured to prevent fluid communication between the lifting assembly and the downhole tubular when closed position, and a one-way valve to allow fluid communication from the downhole tubular to the lifting assembly.08-13-2009
20090101357DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR WELL COMPLETION AND CONTROL AND METHOD FOR COMPLETING AND CONTROLLING A WELL - A tubing component for use in a downhole environment including a tubular having a plurality of openings therein and a plurality of beaded matrixes disposed in the plurality of openings the beaded matrixes being configured to be pluggable in situ in the downhole environment. A method for controlling flow in a wellbore.04-23-2009
20090101353Water Absorbing Materials Used as an In-flow Control Device - A device or system for controlling fluid flow in a well includes a flow restriction member that transitions from a first effective density to a second effective density in response to a change in composition of the flowing fluid. The flow restriction member may increase in effective density as the water cut of the flowing fluid increases and/or disintegrate when exposed to a selected fluid in the flowing fluid. The flow restriction member may be formed of a water-absorbing material and/or a porous material. The pores may be water permeable but not oil permeable. A method for producing fluid from a subterranean formation includes controlling a flow of fluid into a wellbore tubular with a flow restriction member. The method may include reducing a flow of water into the wellbore tubular when a percentage of water in the flowing fluid reaches a predetermined value.04-23-2009
20090250224Phase Change Fluid Spring and Method for Use of Same - A phase change fluid spring (10-08-2009
20090250223Ballistically Compatible Backpressure Valve - A backpressure valve. The backpressure valve may be configured to maintain a substantially controlled pressure in coiled tubing uphole thereof while simultaneously being compatible with a ballistically actuated tool downhole thereof. The valve may include a housing with an uphole chamber in alignment with the coiled tubing and downhole chamber in alignment with the ballistically actuated tool. A gate mechanism disposed between the uphole and downhole chambers may thus be employed to receive a ballistic actuator from the uphole chamber for dispensing into the downhole chamber without sacrifice to pressure control within the coiled tubing.10-08-2009
20090242209SAFETY VALVE TORSIONAL SPRING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD - A safety valve assembly comprises a valve body, a flapper mount, flapper and a hinge used to rotate the flapper in an opened or closed position. Torsional pins are mounted adjacent the flapper mount, each having ends which extend into the hinge and terminating adjacent each other at a location along the hinge. Torsional springs are circumferentially mounted around the torsional pins. Tabs extend from the torsional springs and contact an actuation member extending over the top of the flapper. As such, the torque created by the torsional springs is transferred to the actuation member via the tabs, thereby reducing the stress on the torsional springs.10-01-2009
20120103628Method and Apparatus for Single-Trip Time Progressive Wellbore Treatment - A single trip multizone time progressive well treating method and apparatus that provides a means to progressively stimulate individual zones through a cased or open hole well bore. This system allows the operator to use pre-set timing devices to progressively treat each zone up the hole. At each zone the system automatically opens a sliding sleeve and closes a frangible flapper, at a pre-selected point in time. An adjustable preset timing device is installed in each zone to allow preplanned continual frac operations for all zones. The apparatus is present as a “Frac Module” that can consist of three major components, a packer, a timing pressure device, and a sliding sleeve/isolation device. A hydraulic packer may be removed or replaced with a swellable type packer.05-03-2012
20120103627SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROL OF TOOLS IN A SUBTERRANEAN COMPLETION APPLICATION - A technique utilizes a completion system deployed for use in select groundwater applications. The completion system comprises a plurality of sensors, e.g. pressure probes, and a plurality of multi-function tools which are positioned to control the opening and closing of corresponding pumping ports and/or other devices. The multi-function tools can be controlled individually via communication signals, thus avoiding the need to retrieve and/or reconfigure portions of the completion to make operational changes to the pumping ports and/or other devices.05-03-2012
20100258319BACK PRESSURE VALVE - A system in some embodiments includes a back pressure valve configured to mount in a mineral extraction system. The back pressure valve comprises a cylindrical body comprising a venting port coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body and a plunger disposed in the venting port, wherein the plunger comprises a stem that extends from the venting port into an adjacent cavity of the cylindrical body. In some embodiments, a method of operating a valve, includes biasing a plunger to an open position, biasing a valve locking mechanism to a locked position in relation to a bore of a mineral extraction system, and biasing a plunger to a closed position.10-14-2010
20100186967Assembly for Controlled Delivery of Downhole Treatment Fluid - An assembly for delivery of treatment fluid at a target location downhole. The assembly is configured to avoid any substantial loss of treatment fluid in advance of reaching the target location in spite of low well pressure or a potentially excessive depth of the location. The assembly also allows for loading with treatment fluid from a downhole end thereof so as to avoid driving treatment fluid through the entirety of a tubular accommodating the assembly. The assembly may employ a spot valve to enhance filling with treatment fluid along with a backpressure valve coupled to the spot valve on-site so as to avoid premature loss of treatment fluid during a delivery application.07-29-2010
20090078428FLOW CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Disclosed herein is a device for controlling flow within, e.g., a production well or an injection well. The device consists of a movable flow passage and a stationary variable choke or valve that is sensitive to flow parameters and automatically adjusts itself to provide a predetermined flow rate through the device.03-26-2009
20100193196Valve - Bypass valve comprising a ported housing (08-05-2010
20100155079Bellows valve - The present invention relates to a valve device comprising an external structure with a longitudinal axis and a valve seat, and a valve body mounted movably inside the external structure. The valve device comprises a first bellows device permitted to be moved in a substantially radial direction, in fluid connection with a first fluid, and hydraulically connected to a second bellows device permitted to be moved in a substantially axial direction. The second bellows device is connected to a first part piston cooperating with a second part piston, thereby giving the second part piston an oppositely directed movement relative to the first part piston, which thereby moves the valve body relative to the valve seat. The invention also relates to a method for operation of a valve device and the use thereof.06-24-2010
20100212912Valve - A downhole valve comprises a tubular body and a valve member. The valve member is normally closed and in the closed position may prevent or restrict passage of a working fluid through the body. The valve member is movable to an open position, a first working fluid pressure differential being necessary to move the valve member from the closed position and a lower second working fluid pressure differential being necessary to maintain the valve member in the open position.08-26-2010
20100212910FLUID METERING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR WELL TOOL - A method of actuating a well tool includes the steps of: increasing pressure in a fluid line of a fluid metering device; closing a pilot-operated valve in response to the pressure increasing step; and discharging a predetermined volume of fluid from the metering device in response to the pressure increasing and valve closing steps. A fluid metering device for a well tool includes a piston separating chambers; and a pilot-operated valve which selectively prevents fluid communication between the chambers in response to at least a predetermined pressure being applied to a fluid line of the metering device, and which permits fluid communication through the valve between the chambers in response to pressure in the fluid line being less than the predetermined pressure. A greater pressure may be applied to the fluid line to thereby bypass the metering device and allow fluid to discharge from the line.08-26-2010
20100212911TRIGGERING MECHANISM DISCRIMINATED BY LENGTH DIFFERENCE - A downhole trigger mechanism and method for using the same are provided. The downhole trigger mechanism can include at least two contact points spaced a longitudinal distance from one another. The trigger mechanism can be actuated when the contact points of the trigger mechanism are simultaneously contacted by at least two contact points of an actuator. The contact points of the actuator can be spaced a longitudinal distance from one another.08-26-2010
20100224371CIRCULATION CONTROL VALVE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A method of controlling flow between a flow passage of a tubular string and an annulus includes: constructing a valve having an opening for flow between the passage and annulus; permitting flow through the opening; then preventing flow through the opening in response to applying pressure to the valve; and then mechanically displacing a closure device, thereby allowing flow through the opening. Another method includes applying a pressure differential across a piston of a valve, thereby displacing a closure device; and then displacing the closure device relative to the piston, thereby allowing flow between the passage and the annulus. A valve includes an opening for flow between an interior and exterior of the valve, a closure device for permitting and preventing flow through the opening, and a piston which biases the closure device to displace, the closure device being mechanically displaceable relative to the piston.09-09-2010
20100252272APPARATUS AND METHOD TO MAINTAIN CONSTANT FLUID CIRCULATION DURING DRILLING - The invention regards an apparatus and method for maintaining constant circulation of drilling fluid during the entire drill process. A cylindrical valve section (10-07-2010
20100243268SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SNUBBING UNDER PRESSURE - A snubbing plug is configured to enable pressure equalization above and below the plug before it is removed from a mineral extraction well. The pressure may be equalized via fluid pathways through the snubbing plug. While the snubbing operations are ongoing, the fluid pathways are closed and sealed by a valve. Upon completion of the snubbing operations, the valve is opened to enable fluid flow through the pathways. The valve includes a piston disposed within a body of the snubbing plug. The piston may be coupled to pins disposed within L slots in the body. While the valve is closed, the pins are disposed in a horizontal portion of the L slot, blocking vertical movement of the piston. To open the valve, the piston is rotated until the pins reach a vertical portion of the L slot, whereupon a spring biases the piston upward to open the fluid pathways.09-30-2010
20100243267CONTROL MECHANISM FOR SUBSURFACE SAFETY VALVE - A control mechanism for use with a safety valve adapted to seal a wellbore is described. The control mechanism comprises at least one valve actuator for engaging with the safety valve, the at least one actuator being moveable, in use, between a valve open position in which the safety valve is open and a valve closed position, in which the safety valve is closed. The control mechanism further comprises biasing apparatus adapted to bias the at least one valve actuator to the valve closed position, wherein, in use, the at least one valve actuator extends from the safety valve up to a wellbore wellhead. In one described embodiment, the safety valve is moved between the open and closed positions by movement of the at least one valve actuator with respect to the wellbore.09-30-2010
20100243266SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LONGITUDINAL AND LATERAL JETTING IN A WELLBORE - A system and method for enabling longitudinal and radial drilling in a wellbore is described. The system and method enable an operator to perforate the casing of a wellbore with an under-reamer at the end of a drill string and, without removing the drill string from the wellbore, initiate and complete lateral jetting of the wellbore into the surrounding formation. The system utilizes a perforation tool having a ball seat, which upon seating a drop ball in the ball seat enables the perforation tool to move from a closed position to an open position thereby allowing access to the formation using a jetting tool. Prior to seating the drop ball, an under-reaming operation may be performed using a hydraulic pressure activated under-reaming tool.09-30-2010
20100126730ON DEMAND ACTUATION SYSTEM - A method of selectively actuating a downhole tool, wherein the downhole tool includes a tubular body with an axial borehole therethrough and at least one component, includes increasing a flow rate of a circulating fluid in the axial borehole of the downhole tool to reach a specified circulating fluid pressure, detecting an increased circulating fluid pressure in the borehole of the tool with at least one sensor, actuating a motor to operate a pump, and sending a fluid to operate a sliding sleeve. The method further includes operating the sleeve disposed in the axial borehole to open an actuation chamber port in response to the increased circulating fluid pressure in the borehole of the tool, thereby filling an actuation chamber with the drilling fluid, and moving the at least one expandable component radially outward.05-27-2010
20090139726High Differential Shifting Tool - Systems and methods for opening and/or closing sliding sleeve valves while preventing significant stress upon and damage to the fluid seals that are disposed between the outer housing and the sleeve member elements of the valve. A shifting tool carries a latching device and a fluid closure portion with sacrificial seals. In operations the shifting tool is secured to the sleeve member with the latching device as the closure portion seals off across the fluid flow port of the sleeve member. The shifting tool is then moved to slide the sleeve member between open and closed positions.06-04-2009
20090071658VALVE - A well tubing valve is described, having a substantially tubular body connected in a tubular string and a rotational valve member having at least one aperture. The valve member, which may be a sleeve having a part spherical surface, is rotationally moveable relative to the body to align and misalign the aperture in the valve member with a port in the body. The valve member is actuable to rotate relative to the body in a single direction, and moves from the open position to a closed position and back by rotation in the same sense. In an alternative embodiment, two such valves members are provided and each valve member is actuable from a common control line to at least three operating positions, to. incrementally adjust flow through the ports. Methods of operation are also described.03-19-2009
20100294509FLOW-ACTUATED ACTUATOR AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is a downhole flow-actuated actuator. The actuator includes, a first tubular, a second tubular longitudinally movably disposed within the first tubular and movable in response to fluid flow therethrough, the second tubular having a full bore therethrough, and a movable member movably attached to the second tubular and movable with the second tubular relative to the first tubular. The movable member is movable between a first position and a second position, the movable member is unobstructive of the full bore when in the first position and at least partially occluding of the full bore when in the second position, the movable member is movable from the first position to the second position in response to movement of the second tubular.11-25-2010
20100294508FLOW-ACTUATED ACTUATOR AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is a flow-actuated actuator. The actuator includes, a tubular movable relative to a structure within which the tubular is positionable, and a plurality of full bore flow-resisting elements disposed at the tubular, the plurality of full bore flow-resisting elements having a greater resistance to fluid flow therethrough than any one of the plurality of full bore flow-resisting elements has alone.11-25-2010
20100300702Wellbore Shut Off Valve with Hydraulic Actuator System - A wellbore shut-off valve is operably associated with a valve actuator so that the shut-off valve can be selectively moved between open and closed conditions when desired rather than opening and closing occurring automatically as portions of the production assembly are removed or replaced in the wellbore.12-02-2010
20110127044Remotely controlled apparatus for downhole applications and methods of operation - An apparatus for use downhole is disclosed that, in one configuration includes a downhole tool configured to operate in an active position and an inactive position and an actuation device, which may include a control unit. The apparatus includes a telemetry unit that sends a first pattern recognition signal to the control unit to move the tool into the active position and a second pattern recognition signal to move the tool into the inactive position. The apparatus may be used for drilling a subterranean formation and include a tubular body and one or more extendable features, each positionally coupled to a track of the tubular body, and a drilling fluid flow path extending through a bore of the tubular body for conducting drilling fluid therethrough. A push sleeve is disposed within the tubular body and coupled to the one or more features. A valve assembly is disposed within the tubular body and configured to control the flow of the drilling fluid into an annular chamber in communication with the push sleeve; the valve assembly comprising a mechanically operated valve and/or an electronically operated valve. Other embodiments, including methods of operation, are provided.06-02-2011
20110000679TUBULAR VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tubular valve system includes, a tubular, a primary valve actuatable to control occlusion of at least one port fluidically connecting an inner bore of the tubular with an outside of the tubular, and a contingency valve actuatable to control occlusion of at least one port fluidically connecting the inner bore with the outside of the tubular.01-06-2011
20110000680REMOTELY CONTROLLABLE VARIABLE FLOW CONTROL CONFIGURATION AND METHOD - A remotely controllable flow control configuration including a body; one or more flow restrictors disposed in the body; and a selector fluidly connected with the body and capable of supplying or denying fluid to one or more of the one or more flow restrictors and method.01-06-2011
20110017469ROTATABLE VALVE FOR DOWNHOLE COMPLETIONS - Method and apparatus for performing a series of downhole operations. The method can include conveying a work string with an integrated valve into a wellbore. As the work string with the integrated valve is conveyed into the wellbore, the valve can be in a first operation mode. When the valve is located within the wellbore, the valve can be adjusted to a different operation mode by selectively rotating at least a portion of the valve without longitudinal movement of the valve relative to the wellbore.01-27-2011
20110030968TUBULAR ACTUATOR, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tubular actuating system includes, a tubular, a plurality of same plugs runnable within the tubular, an alterable actuator disposed at the tubular that is alterable in response to passage of a first of the plurality of same plugs run into contact therewith, a second of the plurality of same plugs is seatingly engagable with the alterable actuator run thereagainst when in an altered condition such that pressure built up against the second of the plurality of same plugs causes actuational movement of the alterable actuator, and a flapper seat movably disposed at the alterable actuator between at least a first position defined by the alterable actuator in an unaltered position and a second position defined by the alterable actuator in an altered position.02-10-2011
20110030969FLOW CONTROL IN A WELL BORE - A system for installation in a well bore includes a flow control device and a control unit coupled to the flow control device. The flow control device is changeable from a first state to a second state. The first state corresponds to a first mode of fluid communication between an interior of a tubular conduit of a completion string and an annulus between the tubular conduit and a wall of the well bore. The second state corresponds to a second, different mode of fluid communication between the interior of the tubular conduit and the annulus. The control unit is coupled to the flow control device to change the flow control device between the first and second states. The control unit is actuated to change the flow control device in response to pressure in the well bore.02-10-2011
20090065216Degradable Downhole Check Valve - Composite downhole tools for hydrocarbon production and methods for using same. The downhole tool can include an annular body having a valve assembly disposed therein. The valve assembly can include a first member preventing flow in a first direction through the annular body; a second member preventing flow in a second direction through the annular body; and a shoulder disposed on an inner diameter of the body between the first and second members. The shoulder can have a first end contoured to sealingly engage an outer contour of the first member and a second end contoured to sealingly engage an outer contour of the second member.03-12-2009
20110073320TUBULAR ACTUATOR AND METHOD - A tubular actuator includes, a restrictor disposed at a tubular that is engageably receptive to a runnable member run thereagainst as long as pressure remains above a latch pressure, the restrictor configured to allow passage of the runnable member after a delay at pressure equal to or below the latch pressure.03-31-2011
20110073321TUBULAR ACTUATOR AND METHOD - A tubular actuator includes, a tubular, a support member disposed at the tubular, and a restrictor configured to pass a runnable member when unsupported by the support member and to prevent passage of the runnable member when supported by the support member. The restrictor is movable relative to the support member from an unsupported position to a supported position in response to pressure applied against the runnable member engaged with the restrictor according to a pressure versus time profile.03-31-2011
20110240311Indexing Sleeve for Single-Trip, Multi-Stage Fracing - A sliding sleeve has a sensor that detects plugs (darts, balls, etc.) passing through the sleeves. A first insert on the sleeve can be hydraulically activated by the fluid pressure in the surrounding annulus once a preset number of plugs have passed through the sleeve. Movement of this first insert activates a catch on a second insert. Once the next plug is deployed, the catch engages it so that fluid pressure applied against the seated plug through the tubing string can moves the second insert. Once moved, the insert reveals port in the housing communicating the sleeve's bore with the surrounding annulus so an adjacent wellbore interval can be stimulated. The first insert may also be hydraulically activated after a preset time after a plug has passed through the sleeve. Several sleeves can be used together in various arrangements to treat multiple intervals of a wellbore.10-06-2011
20100200243METHOD AND DEVICE - A device for use downhole comprises a body housing: a power source arranged to supply power to a driver; and a hydraulic system including a piston sealed in a chamber and an outlet provided at each opposing end of the chamber wherein each outlet is in communication with a respective reservoir, the driver being actuable to drive the piston in a first direction, such that fluid is driven out of the chamber through one outlet and simultaneously fluid is drawn into the chamber through the other outlet at the opposing end.08-12-2010
20090101355Water Sensing Adaptable In-Flow Control Device and Method of Use - A device and system for controlling fluid flow into a wellbore tubular may include a flow path in a production control device and at least one in-flow control element along the flow path. A media in the in-flow control element adjusts a cross-sectional flow area of the flow path by interacting with water. The media may be an inorganic solid, a water swellable polymer, or ion exchange resin beads. A method for controlling a fluid flow into a wellbore tubular may include conveying the fluid via a flow path from the formation into a flow bore of the wellbore; and adjusting a cross-sectional flow area of at least a portion of the flow path using a media that interacts with water. The method may include calibrating the media to permit a predetermined amount of flow across the media after interacts with water.04-23-2009
20110083858DOWNHOLE TOOL ACTUATION DEVICES AND METHODS - According to one or more embodiments of the invention, a downhole tool includes one or more actuator apparatuses to facilitate actuation of the downhole tool. The actuation apparatus includes a piston that is dynamically coupled to a tool actuator by an actuator connector in a manner that the piston and the tool actuator necessarily move in unison in response to movement of the piston in a first direction and the piston and the tool actuator do not necessarily move in unison in response to movement of the piston in the second direction.04-14-2011
20110083857REPEATABLE, COMPRESSION SET DOWNHOLE BYPASS VALVE - A bypass valve for use in tubing string which can be repeatedly opened and closed to selectively provide bypass fluid flow between the interior of the tubing string and the annulus to assist in flowing debris. The valve uses hardened valve elements which can be opened and closed while flowing fluids under pressure through the tubing string. The valve is actuated by placing the tubing string in a sufficient weight down condition to operate the valve. A trigger is provided to prevent unintended actuation of the bypass valve during use.04-14-2011
20110083856SENSOR DEPLOYMENT AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM USING FLUID DRAG FORCE - Methods, apparatus, and systems for deploying and retrieving sensors downhole are provided. The apparatus can include an outer tubular member disposed about one or more inner tubular members coupled to a fluid directional controller. The fluid directional controller may include a housing separating an interior cavity from an external environment of the wellbore. One end of the outer tubular member and at least one end of an inner tubular member may communicate with the interior cavity. The housing may also include a passageway configured to provide fluid communication between the interior cavity and the external environment. A flow control device may selectively facilitate fluid flow through the passageway. Accordingly, a sensor located in the interior cavity may be selectively exposed to fluid from the external environment. Sensors may be deployed by flowing fluid through a particular tubular member in one direction and retrieved by flowing fluid in another direction.04-14-2011
20110209880Drill String Valve Actuator with Inflatable Seals - Method and actuator system for a Kellyguard valve disposed in a drill string. The actuator system includes a sleeve that includes a cavity; an actuator disposed inside the cavity and configured to rotate the Kellyguard valve; first and second external regions of the sleeve having plural holes configured to receive a medium under pressure for actuating the actuator; a ring provided around the first and second external regions of the sleeve and configured to be fixed, the ring having first and second internal grooves facing the first and second external regions, respectively; and first and second seals provided inside the first and second grooves, respectively, at least one of the first and second seals being configured to not touch the first or second external regions of the sleeve when in a collapsed state and to touch the first or second external regions when in an inflated state.09-01-2011
20090218104Electronic completion installation valve - Apparatus and method for a providing a completion assembly for running at an end of a completion string which provides a remotely operable tubing mounted valve used to control the flow of fluids through the tubing in hostile well conditions. The tubing mounted completion assembly has a tubular body for connection in the string below a production packer with a through bore from a first inlet and a first outlet coaxially aligned with the string; a downhole electronic actuating mechanism, a downhole hydraulic pump and a hydraulically operated ball valve member. The actuating mechanism operates the hydraulic pump to provide a hydraulic control line to control movement the valve member from a first position, where the member is open and a through bore is created between the inlet and outlet of the assembly, to a second position, where the valve seals the throughbore and, finally, back to the first position.09-03-2009
20090218103Method for Flow Control and Autonomous Valve or Flow Control Device - A method for flow control and a self-adjusting valve or flow control device, in particular useful in a production pipe for producing oil and/or gas from a well in an oil and/or gas reservoir, which production pipe includes a lower drainage pipe preferably being divided into at least two sections each including one or more inflow control devices which communicates the geological production formation with the flow space of the drainage pipe. The fluid flows through an inlet (09-03-2009
20120199364RESETTABLE PRESSURE CYCLE-OPERATED PRODUCTION VALVE AND METHOD - A method of actuating multiple valves in a well can include applying one or more pressure cycles to the valves without causing actuation of any of the valves, and then reducing pressure applied to the valves, thereby resetting a pressure cycle-responsive actuator of each valve. A pressure cycle-operated valve for use in a well can include a closure member, a piston which displaces in response to pressure applied to the valve, and a ratchet mechanism which controls relative displacement between the piston and the closure member. The ratchet mechanism may permit relative displacement while one or more pressure cycles are applied to the valve, and the ratchet mechanism may prevent relative displacement in response to a pressure sequence of: a) a reduction in pressure applied to the valve, b) a predetermined number of pressure cycles applied to the valve, and c) an increase in pressure applied to the valve.08-09-2012
20100065281SHOE FOR WELLBORE LINING TUBING - The present invention relates to a shoe for wellbore lining tubing and to a method of locating wellbore lining tubing in a wellbore. In particular, but not exclusively, the present invention relates to a shoe for wellbore lining tubing having an improved fluid flow diverter assembly for controlling circulation of fluid in the wellbore.03-18-2010
20100065280GAS RESTRICTOR FOR HORIZONTALLY ORIENTED PUMP - An inlet apparatus for a submersible well pump.03-18-2010
20110094752CONTROL OF SUB SURFACE SAFETY VALVES - A well installation including metallic structure having downhole metallic tubing for conveying product towards the surface, a sub surface safety valve disposed in the downhole metallic tubing for interrupting flow of product towards the surface when closed and allowing flow of product towards the surface when open. Also, valve control means are disposed downhole and arranged for detecting electrical signals in the downhole metallic tubing and for holding the valve open while receiving an electrical signal, and surface signaling means for applying an electrical signal to metallic structure of the well for transmission via the downhole metallic tubing towards the valve control means so as to hold the valve open. The system can be made more robust by ensuring that the control means will only hold the valve open while receiving a signal of given characteristics to help prevent stray currents erroneously holding the valve open. This signal selective aspect of the system may be implemented using a tuned impedance generation means.04-28-2011
20110100642INSTRUMENTED TUBING AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CONTRIBUTION TO FLUID PRODUCTION - An instrumented tubing for determining a contribution of a given zone to fluid production of a reservoir, the instrumented tubing including a tube having an open end for collecting a fluid flowing from the given zone and a port for coupling the tube to a production tubing for letting the collected fluid flow into the production tubing, and a sensor for measuring a parameter of the collected fluid, wherein the sensor is connected to an electronic unit for determining the contribution of the given zone to the fluid production of the reservoir based on said measured parameter.05-05-2011
20110174499FLOW REGULATOR FOR DOWNHOLE PROGRESSING CAVITY MOTOR - A system for regulating the flow of fluid through a progressing cavity motor includes an annulus restriction (07-21-2011
20110100640DRIVE MECHANISM - A drive mechanism is described for moving/controlling objects/mechanisms/systems coupled with a drillstring and/or pipe. The drive mechanism may be axially arranged on a drillstring or pipe, compact, capable of fine control and delivering high torque or the like and may be electrically and/or hydraulically powered. The drive mechanism may comprising a driving member comprising a plurality of drivers linearly translatable with respect to the driving member, each driving member having at their ends a male engaging portion and an associated driven member, comprising a plurality of female receiving portions adapted to receive a male engaging portion, the arrangement being such that linear translation of a driver causes its engaging portion to engage with a female receiving portion and the action of the engaging portion produces a reaction in the receiving portion causing displacement of the driven member in a direction other than that of the translatable driver.05-05-2011
20110100641DOWNHOLE PISTON PUMP AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A method, according to one or more aspects of the present disclosure, for operating a positive displacement pump of a downhole tool comprises supplying a hydraulic pressure to the pump to actuate a two-stroke piston to displace fluid at least partially through the downhole tool; moving the piston in a first stroke direction; and reversing the direction of the piston upon completion of the first stroke of the piston. Completion of a stroke may comprise a head of the piston substantially abutting an end wall of a chamber of the pump.05-05-2011
20110073322Gas lift plunger acceleration arrangement - An elongated plunger arrangement for moving up and down in a tubing string and a plunger lift system for an oil well and a gas well, the plunger having an upper portion, an intermediate portion and a lower portion, all of the portions having an elongated longitudinally directed bore or cavity therewithin, the plunger also having a direction accelerating arrangement therewithin, the direction accelerating arrangement comprising an elongated acceleration inducing valve containing shift rod extending through the elongated bore, wherein the shift rod is longer than the elongated plunger.03-31-2011
20110067886INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - A completion assembly with a valve assembly for regulating fluid flow in a wellbore is disclosed. The completion assembly can include a base pipe with a sand screen. A flow control housing is disposed on one end of the sand screen. A first tubular port in the base pipe leads into the flow control housing, and a second tubular port is also formed in the base pipe. A flow path is formed within the flow control housing and communicates with both the base pipe and the inner annulus of the screen assembly. A valve assembly is located in the flow control housing and is in fluid communication with both the inner annulus and the base pipe. The valve assembly is positionable between multiple positions for controlling the flow through the flow control flowpath in response to fluid pressure applied to the second tubular port.03-24-2011
20110061875CASING VALVES SYSTEM FOR SELECTIVE WELL STIMULATION AND CONTROL - Casing valves for selective well stimulation and control. A well system includes at least one valve interconnected in a casing string operable via at least one line external to the casing string to selectively control fluid flow between an exterior and interior of the casing string, and the casing string, valve and line being cemented in a wellbore. A method of selectively stimulating a subterranean formation includes: positioning a casing string in a wellbore, the casing string including spaced apart valves operable via a line to selectively control fluid flow between an interior and exterior of the casing string; and for each of multiple intervals of the formation in sequence, stimulating the interval by opening a corresponding one of the valves, closing the remainder of the valves, and flowing a stimulation fluid from the casing string into the interval.03-17-2011
20110048732SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW OF FLUID IN BRANCHED WELLS - A system for controlling the flow of fluid in a branched well from a reservoir (03-03-2011
20110147006Downhole-Adjustable Flow Control Device for Controlling Flow of a Fluid Into a Wellbore - A flow control device is provided that in one embodiment includes a flow-through region configured to receive formation fluid at an inflow region and discharge the received fluid at an outflow region and a setting device configured to adjust the flow of the fluid through the flow-through region to a selected level. The setting device includes a coupling member configured to be coupled to an external latching device adapted to move the coupling member to cause the setting device to alter the flow of the fluid from the flow-through region to the selected level.06-23-2011
20110147007Downhole-Adjustable Flow Control Device for Controlling Flow of a Fluid Into a Wellbore - A flow control device is provided that in one embodiment includes a flow-through region configured to receive formation fluid at an inflow region and discharge the received fluid at an outflow region and a setting device configured to adjust the flow of the fluid through the flow-through region to a selected level. The setting device includes a coupling member configured to be coupled to an external latching device adapted to move the coupling member to cause the setting device to alter the flow of the fluid from the flow-through region to the selected level.06-23-2011
20120199365CHEMICAL INJECTION REGULATION MECHANISM - A regulation mechanism configured to automatically close off fluid flow through a line based on flow rate exceeding a predetermined level. This mechanism may be particularly beneficial when employed in conjunction with downhole chemical injection systems that are directed at well locations prone to becoming low pressure in nature. That is, in a conventional system, once the inherent pressure at the downhole end of an injection line exceeds that of the adjacent downhole environment, the flow rate of the column of fluid in the line may naturally increase as chemical is unintentionally emptied into the well. However, use of embodiments of the flow-based regulation mechanism detailed herein may near-automatically prevent such undesirable emptying of chemical into a low pressure well.08-09-2012
20090183883DOWNHOLE VALVE WITH PASS THROUGH ID - A downhole valve assembly is attached to a drillstring and includes an upper drillstring connection, a lower drillstring connection, and a tubular body comprising a through bore, and further includes a weight activated mechanism configured to close the through bore when the drillstring is lifted.07-23-2009
20110042100WELLBORE CIRCULATION ASSEMBLY - In some embodiments, a circulation assembly can direct all or substantially all fluid downstream in a drill string in a first mode of operation, and some or all fluid to an annulus in a second mode. Operation of the circulation assembly can be repeatedly changed between the modes of operation. In some embodiments, the circulation assembly can comprise other modes wherein fluid is apportioned between the annulus and the downstream drill string.02-24-2011
20110042099Remote Actuated Downhole Pressure Barrier and Method for Use of Same - A downhole pressure barrier (02-24-2011
20110253383System and method for servicing a wellbore - Disclosed herein is a wellbore servicing system, comprising a tubular string, a first sleeve system incorporated within the tubular string, the first sleeve system comprising a first sliding sleeve at least partially carried within a first ported case, the first sleeve system being selectively restricted from movement relative to the first ported case by a first restrictor while the first restrictor is enabled, and a first delay system configured to selectively restrict movement of the first sliding sleeve relative to the first ported case while the first restrictor is disabled; a second sleeve system incorporated within the tubular string, the second sleeve system comprising a second sliding sleeve at least partially carried within a second ported case, the second sleeve system being selectively restricted from movement relative to the second ported case by a second restrictor while the second restrictor is enabled.10-20-2011
20120199363DOWNHOLE TOOL ACTUATION - A downhole tool including a cam housing disposed in a central bore of a sub; a cam piston having a cam track disposed in the cam housing; a rotary piston having a rotary value and an auxiliary track disposed in the cam housing; a guide pin extending through the cam housing into the cam track; and a position pin extending through a cam flange into the auxiliary track. Also, a method of actuating a downhole tool, the method including disposing the downhole tool in a wellbore, wherein the downhole tool comprises a cam piston and a rotary piston; providing a flow of fluid through a central bore of the downhole tool at a working flow rate; changing the flow of fluid through the central bore of the downhole tool to a trigger range, thereby rotating a rotary valve of the rotary piston.08-09-2012
20110162851TOOL FOR SHUTTING OFF OPENINGS OR LEAKS IN A WELL BORE - A shutoff tool for being entered into a well bore and shutting off openings or leaks, said shutoff tool comprising: one or more enclosures prepared for comprising a sealant, said sealant being capable of shutting off openings or leaks when cured. An outer inflatable bladder arranged outside and covering said one or more enclosures, said outer inflatable bladder being prepared for rupturing in positions where it is not supported during inflation, said rupturing will provide access from said one or more enclosures to the outside of said outer inflatable bladder. An inner inflatable bladder arranged inside the outer inflatable bladder and such that said one or more enclosures will be arranged between the outer and the inner inflatable bladders, such that when inflated said inner inflatable bladder can exert a pressure on said one or more enclosures. A core arranged inside said inner inflatable bladder, and prepared for supplying a pressurised fluid into said inner inflatable bladder.07-07-2011
20100319927Downhole Tool with Hydraulic Closure Seat - A downhole tool 12-23-2010
20100319928THROUGH TUBING INTELLIGENT COMPLETION AND METHOD - A through tubing intelligent completion including a completion string; one or more isolation seals on the completion string and having an undeployed set of dimensions smaller than one or more restrictions in a tubing string through which the completion string is deployed; and one or more interventionlessly actuable flow control devices in the completion string having a set of dimensions smaller than one or more restrictions in a tubing string through which the completion string is deployed and method.12-23-2010
20100282475Multiple-Positioning Mechanical Shifting System and Method - A multiple-positioning mechanical shifting system including for used in hydrocarbon wells. The system includes a shifting tool capable of selectively positioning a mechanical sliding sleeve valve in multiple operational positions that varying the flow rate and/or volume of tubing string fluid flowing to the well annulus. The system also includes a multiple position mechanical choke valve. A method of operating the mechanical choke valve using the shifting tool is described.11-11-2010
20110108285METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A WELLBORE ASSEMBLY - A method and apparatus for a wellbore assembly. The wellbore assembly may comprise a conveyance member including at least one of a continuous spooled rod, a wireline, and a slickline; an accumulator system connected to the conveyance member; and a setting tool connected to the accumulator system. The accumulator system may be configured to supply a fluid pressure to actuate the setting tool. A method of operating a wellbore tool may comprise lowering a wellbore assembly into a wellbore using a conveyance member including at least one of a continuous spooled rod, a wireline, and a slickline, wherein the wellbore assembly includes an accumulator system and a setting tool. The method may comprise actuating the accumulator system to provide a fluid pressure to the setting tool. The method may comprise actuating the setting tool using the fluid pressure.05-12-2011
20110114335Subsurface Safety Valve Flapper - A flapper for use as a component of a safety valve designed for deployment in a well bore having well bore fluids. The flapper includes a flapper body forming a flapper valve bore therethrough. The flapper body further forms a groove proximate to the flapper bore. The flapper also includes a plunger member sized and configured to be received in the flapper valve bore. The plunger member includes a first end portion and a second end portion. Additionally, the flapper includes a leaf spring including a primary end portion and a secondary end portion, the primary end portion of the leaf spring detachably attached to the second end portion of the plunger member and unattached to the flapper body and the secondary end portion of the leaf spring being sized and configured to be received and retained in the groove and to bias the plunger member into the flapper valve bore. Forces exerted on the flapper body when rotating between an open state and a closed state during use of the safety valve urge at least a portion of the leaf spring into the groove.05-19-2011
20110114334APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING AND DEACTIVATING A DOWNHOLE TOOL - A control mechanism for a downhole tool including a mandrel having a throughbore, at least one activation port, and at least one bypass port, a first sleeve detachably mounted within the throughbore at a first position and moveable to a second position, the first sleeve having a first seat, and a second sleeve detachably mounted within the throughbore at a third position located axially above the first position and moveable to a fourth position, the second sleeve having a second seat. A method of hydraulically actuating and deactuating a downhole tool, the method including disposing the downhole tool and a control mechanism in a well.05-19-2011
20110114333Casing Annulus Management - A wellbore tubular set concentrically between an inner an and outer annulus has a pressure relief valve that opens when pressure in the outer annulus exceeds pressure in the inner annulus by an amount that can damage the tubular. The relief valve closes and reseats when the pressure differential is reduced to below the damaging threshold. The relief valve can include a spring for reseating the valve. A pressure gauge can be included within the outer annulus for monitoring whether or not the relief valve is operating properly.05-19-2011
20110132618MULTI-POSITION TOOL ACTUATION SYSTEM - A technique facilitates control over a multi-position well tool. A hydraulic control module may be engaged with a multi-position well tool for controlling actuation of the multi-position well tool through a plurality of actuation positions. The multi-position well tool is moved through the plurality of actuation positions by applying pressurized fluid through a first control line. A metering piston is uniquely arranged within the hydraulic control module to control actuation of the multi-position well tool from an initial actuation position through a plurality of incremental actuation positions. Additionally, a single pressurization of actuation fluid delivered through a second control line may be used to return the multi-position well tool back to the initial actuation position from any incremental position.06-09-2011
20090173503Delayed Acting Gravel Pack Fluid Loss Valve - A fluid loss valve is disposed in a wash pipe in a gravel packing assembly. It is preferably held open initially and when in the process it is time for the valve to be able to go closed a pulling force is applied that creates relative movement to either close the valve or allow it to close without release of the assembly when under tension. This allows a surface signal that the valve is to be released for closure. The tension is relieved before string movement with the valve can occur. This can happen by slacking off before picking up again or through other time delay features that allow the tension to be removed and a lock to collapse before a lift force is applied for subsequent gravel packing operations. The valve in its closed position acts to eliminate fluid loss when excess gravel is reversed out.07-09-2009
20120031624FLOW TUBE FOR USE IN SUBSURFACE VALVES - According to one or more aspects of the present disclosure, an engaging member for operating a subsurface valve between an open position and a closed position includes a bottom portion comprising a terminal end adapted for contacting a valve closure member, the bottom portion having a first material characteristic and an upper portion having a second material characteristic that is quantitatively different from the first material characteristic. The material characteristics include, without limitation, strength, coefficient of friction, and the modulus of elasticity.02-09-2012
20100108323Reliable Sleeve Activation for Multi-Zone Frac Operations Using Continuous Rod and Shifting Tools - An apparatus for opening and closing downhole tools, such as sliding sleeves, includes a first (opening) shifting tool connected to an end of a continuous rod, an intermediate rod connected below the first shifting tool, and a second (closing) shifting tool connected to the end of the intermediate rod. The first tool has a profile for selectively opening sleeves when moved downhole, and the second tool has a profile for selectively closing sleeves when moved uphole. Alternatively, a single tool can couple to the end of the continuous rod and can have the profiles for opening and closing sleeves. When used, the continuous rod and shifting tools are deployed downhole to a series of sliding sleeves on a tool string. Manipulated by the continuous rod and a rig at the surface, the shifting tools are used to successively open and close the sliding sleeves so that successive isolated zones of a formation can be treated with frac fluid.05-06-2010
20120305265Cluster Opening Sleeves for Wellbore - A downhole sleeve has an insert movable in the sleeve's bore from a closed condition to an opened condition when a ball dropped in the bore engages an indexing seat in the sliding sleeve. In the closed condition, the insert prevents communication between the bore and the sleeve's port, while the insert in the opened condition permits communication between the bore and port. Keys of a seat extend into the bore to engage the ball and to move the insert open. After opening, the keys retract so the ball can pass through the sleeve to another cluster sleeve or to an isolation sleeve of an assembly. Insets or buttons disposed in the sleeve's port temporarily maintain fluid pressure in the sleeve's bore so that a cluster of sleeves can be opened before treatment fluid dislodges the button to treat the surrounding formation through the open port.12-06-2012
20110108284Cluster Opening Sleeves for Wellbore Treatment - A downhole sleeve has a sliding sleeve movable in a bore of the sleeve's housing. The sliding sleeve is movable from a closed condition to an opened condition when a ball is dropped in the sleeve's bore and engages an indexing seat in the sliding sleeve. The sliding sleeve in the closed condition prevents communication between the bore and the port, and the sleeve in the opened condition permits communication between the bore and the port. In the closed condition, keys of the seat extend into the bore to engage the ball and to move the sliding sleeve open. In the opened condition, the keys of the seat retract from the bore so the ball can pass through the sleeve to another cluster sleeve or to another isolation sleeve of an assembly.05-12-2011
20090101354Water Sensing Devices and Methods Utilizing Same to Control Flow of Subsurface Fluids - An apparatus for controlling fluid flow in a wellbore includes a reactive element that reacts when exposed to a fluid and a flow control device configured to control a flow of the fluid. The flow control device may be actuated by a reaction of the reactive element to the fluid. In embodiments, the reactive element reacts by exhibiting a change in a material property. The reaction of the reactive element may be reversible. In embodiments, the reactive element may be a shape memory polymer. The flow control device may include an actuating element operably coupled to the reactive element. The reaction of the reactive element to a given fluid releases the actuating element to actuate the flow control device.04-23-2009
20110155391GAS LIFT BARRIER VALVE - A gas lift valve that has a longitudinally extending tubular body having an inlet and an outlet, a flow path extending between the inlet and the outlet, and a flow tube located inside the body. The flow tube is translatable in the axial direction between at least a first and a second position. A venturi orifice located inside the body along the flow path. A seal part is located proximate to the outlet of the body. A flapper is connected with the body by way of a hinge part and the flapper has at least a first open position and a second closed position. The closed position is where the flapper contacts the seal thereby closing the flowpath and the second closed position is where the flapper does not contact the seal and does not close the flowpath.06-30-2011
20120006563RETRIEVABLE INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE - A retrievable flow control device comprising a housing configured to sealably couple with a completion component. The housing may comprise a first port and a second port establishing a fluid pathway. The fluid pathway may regulate a fluid flow as the fluid flow passes through the fluid pathway. The housing may further comprise a coupling mechanism configured to releasably couple with a corresponding feature of the wellbore completion. The downhole flow control device may be configured to be retrievable independently of the completion component. The flow control device may comprise a check valve in the fluid pathway in order to substantially constrain the fluid flow to a single direction. In some cases, the flow control device may be configured to couple with a side pocket. In other cases, a concentric flow control device may be configured to couple with a screen base pipe, tubing, or stinger.01-12-2012
20120006562METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A WELL EMPLOYING THE USE OF AN ACTIVATION BALL - A system includes a tubular string and a hollow ball. The tubular string is adapted to be deployed downhole in a well and includes a seat. An activation ball adapted to be deployed in the well to lodge in the seat. The ball includes an outer shell that forms a spherical surface. The outer shell forms an enclosed volume therein, and the outer shell is formed from a metallic material.01-12-2012
20120205122FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - An apparatus for controlling flow of a fluid includes a closure member, a biasing member applying a biasing force to the closure member, and a sealing member receiving the closure member. A dampener is operatively connected to the closure member and may resist a force applied to the closure member. A fluid seal may be formed when the biasing member presses the closure member against the sealing member. The apparatus may include a wellbore tubular in which the fluid conduit is formed and the closure member and sealing member may cooperate to control fluid flow along the fluid conduit. The apparatus may include an actuator configured to control the force applied to the closure member. The actuator may adjust the biasing force, and/or the dampening force. Also, a controller may control the actuator and may be responsive to a signal generated at a surface location, a signal generated at a downhole location, and/or a signal generated by a sensor.08-16-2012
20120205120Method for individually servicing a plurality of zones of a subterranean formation - A method of servicing a subterranean formation comprising providing a first sleeve system comprising a first one or more ports and being transitionable from a first mode to a second mode and from the second mode to a third mode, and a second sleeve system comprising a second one or more ports and being transitionable from a first mode to a second mode and from the second mode to a third mode, wherein, in the first mode and the second mode, fluid communication via the one or more ports of the first or second sleeve system is restricted, and wherein, in the third mode, fluid may be communicated via the one or more ports of the first or second sleeve system, transitioning the first and second sleeve systems to the second mode, and allowing the first sleeve system to transition from the second mode to the third mode.08-16-2012
20120055681DOWNHOLE VALVE TOOL AND METHOD OF USE - A downhole isolation valve for testing the integrity of a tubular within a wellbore includes a tubular body (03-08-2012
20130192847SEAL ASSEMBLIES IN SUBSEA ROTATING CONTROL DEVICES - Rotating control device related oilfield pressure control is accomplished by upper and lower seal members configured to seal around a tubular, a chamber defined between the upper and lower seal members; and wherein fluid enters and/or exits the chamber via some device or structure. Such a device or structure could be a relief valve, a first accumulator, a pressure control valve, an orifice, and/or a void space in a seal member in a location which contacts the tubular.08-01-2013
20130192848COMPLETIONS ASSEMBLY WITH EXTENDABLE SHIFTING TOOL - A completions assembly that includes an extendable and retractable shifting tool at a lower end of an upper completion. Outfitted with this type of tool, the upper completion may be sealably landed out at an installed lower completion without prematurely opening an isolation valve that ensures well control thereat. Rather, the full completions assembly may be finished out and the valve later opened by extending of the shifting tool from the upper completion toward the isolation valve at the lower completion. Once more, this type of well control is achieved through use of hydraulic lines that are dedicated to the upper completion even though the isolation valve is located therebelow. As a result, the extended use of hydraulic couplings and other complex or wear-prone well control architecture may be largely avoided.08-01-2013
20120012334METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USE WITH DOWNHOLE TOOLS HAVING GAS-FILLED CAVITIES - Methods and apparatus for use with gas-filled downhole tools are disclosed herein. A disclosed example method includes opening an isolation valve of a downhole tool, wherein the isolation valve is in fluid communication with first and second ports of the downhole tool, and wherein the first and second ports are in fluid communication with respective first and second ends of an interior cavity of the downhole tool; coupling a source of inert gas to the first port and flowing the inert gas into the interior cavity of the downhole tool to expel air from the interior cavity through the second port; closing the second port when the air is expelled from the interior cavity; and closing the isolation valve to seal the inert gas in the interior cavity.01-19-2012
20120055680BLOW-OUT PREVENTER, AND OIL SPILL RECOVERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An apparatus for containing and controlling the flow of hydrocarbons from a bore well or other earth formation including in certain aspects a housing enclosing a receiving and distribution chamber, said receiving and distribution chamber in fluid communication with and sealably connected to a top vertical tubular member and a bottom vertical tubular member, said top and bottom tubular members extending from said receiving and distribution chamber to the exterior of said housing, a cone aperture adapted to prevent or allow the flow of liquid into said top tubular member, at least one outlet passage between said receiving and distribution chamber and the exterior of said housing, valve means adapted to permit or prevent the flow of liquid through at least one of said outlet passages and, pump means adapted to facilitate the flow of hydrocarbons through at least one of said outlet passages.03-08-2012
20120061095Apparatus and Method For Remote Actuation of A Downhole Assembly - An apparatus and method is disclosed for remotely operating a downhole tool within a wellbore. The wellbore extends from a ground or subsea surface downward into the earth. The apparatus includes a tool having a production assembly with at least one sleeve adapted for movement from a first sleeve position facilitating entry of formation fluids past the sleeve into the wellbore to a second sleeve position that retards entry of formation fluids. The downhole tool may be configured to resume production following fracturing, gravel packing or other operations without the need for additional trips into the well for the purpose of opening production sleeves. A fluid pressure pulse or electromagnetic signal or other signal may be delivered downhole for remote mechanical actuation of the apparatus.03-15-2012
20120061093MULTIPLE IN-FLOW CONTROL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - An apparatus controls flow of a fluid between a wellbore tubular and a wellbore using a particulate control device configured to be disposed in the wellbore and at least two parallel and directionally opposing flow paths in fluid communication with the particulate control device.03-15-2012
20120061094BALL-SEAT APPARATUS AND METHOD - An apparatus for restricting fluid flow includes: a ball receiving element disposed in a fluid conduit and configured to receive a ball that has been advanced through the fluid conduit and at least partially restrict fluid flow, the fluid conduit having a longitudinal axis; and at least one feature disposed at the fluid conduit and configured to at least one of reduce a rate of deceleration of the ball due to actuation of the apparatus and reduce pressure waves generated by an impact between the ball and the ball receiving element.03-15-2012
20120205121System and method for servicing a wellbore - A wellbore servicing system, comprising a sleeve system comprising a ported case, a sliding sleeve within the case and movable between a first sleeve position in which the sleeve restricts fluid communication via the case and a second sleeve position in which the sleeve does not, a radially divided segmented seat movable between a first seat position in which the seat restricts movement of the sleeve and a second seat position in which the seat does not, and a sheath covering a portion of the seat, the sleeve system being transitionable from a first, to a second, to a third mode, in the first mode, the sleeve is in its first position and the seat in its first position, in the second mode, the sleeve is in its first position and the seat in its second position, and, in the third mode, the sleeve is in its second position.08-16-2012
20100025045Electric Wireline Insert Safety Valve - Methods and devices for utilizing an electrically-actuated wireline insert safety valve (WLSV) and for delivering power to an electrically actuated WLSV via inductive charging and without the use of wired contact.02-04-2010
20100132954BALL SEAT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW THROUGH A HOLLOW BODY - A method of controlling fluid flow through a hollow body, uses a ball seat assembly (06-03-2010
20100282476PRODUCTION TUBING DRAIN VALVE - A tubing drain valve in a production tubing string, positioned above a pump, is operated to open drain ports in the housing for draining produced fluids from the production tubing when the pump is shut off. The drain valve incorporates a check valve assembly which is freely moveable within the drain valve to shift a sleeve to open and close the drain ports. An uphole end of the check valve assembly is above the sleeve and seals to the top of a sleeve to shift the sleeve downhole and open the drain ports. A downhole end of the check valve is positioned below the sleeve in the valve. When the pump is turned on, the downhole end of the check valve assembly moves uphole to seal to the sleeve, creating a positive force to lift the sleeve to block the drain ports. The produced fluids flow through the valve and the production tubing to surface. The positive force minimizes the effect of fouling of the valve due to debris above the valve which might otherwise result in failure to shift the sleeve uphole, leaving the drain ports open.11-11-2010
20120152564HORIZONTAL PRODUCTION TREE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF - A horizontal production tree for use on a land-based surface well head. The horizontal production tree may be maintained in place on the well head throughout the life of well, even during fracing.06-21-2012
20110088912Downhole hydraulic control line - The invention relates to a downhole hydraulic control tool comprising a substantially tubular body adapted for connection in a tubing string, the body including a throughbore arranged coaxially with a bore of the tubing string and one or more pockets arranged on a wall of the body, the pockets including a hydraulic power source and at least two control lines, wherein the device includes a pump to drive hydraulic fluid through the control lines and a switchable flow mechanism for switching the flow of pumped fluid between the at least two control lines. Also provided are a switchable flow mechanism and a method of operating one or more downhole devices from a downhole located hydraulic control tool.04-21-2011
20120160514Auxiliary Flow Line Filter for Sampling Probe - An apparatus includes a downhole tool for conveyance in a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation. The downhole tool includes a focused sampling probe that includes a piston movable between an open position and a closed position, an auxiliary filter coupled to the piston, and a scraper that interfaces with the auxiliary filter. Movement of the piston may cause the auxiliary filter to move against the scraper.06-28-2012
20110127042APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION USING DIVERSION - Apparatus and methods comprising a plurality of particles which are magnetically attracted to one another in response to exposure to an magnetic field, and which maintain attraction to one another after removal of the magnetic field, the attraction being disabled when the particles are demagnetized, whereby the particles operate to alter the rheological properties of a fluid in which the particles are mixed when the attraction is enabled or disabled is disclosed.06-02-2011
20120125627SLEEVE VALVE - An apparatus and method for selectably opening a valve body having a central passage and a plurality of apertures therethrough. The apparatus comprises a sleeve slidably located within the central passage of the valve body adapted to selectably cover or uncover the apertures. The apparatus further comprises a shifting tool slidably locatable within the sleeve having at least one sleeve engaging member selectably extendable therefrom in parallel to a central axis thereto engagable upon the sleeve wherein the shifting tool is moveable. The method comprises positioning the shifting tool within the sleeve in a first or second position, extending the sleeve engaging members from the shifting tool in parallel to a central axis of the shifting tool into engagement upon the sleeve, and axially moving the shifting tool and the sleeve to the other of the first or second positions.05-24-2012
20120125628CONTROL APPARATUS FOR DOWNHOLE VALVES - There is herein defined a control apparatus operable to control the opening and closing of downhole flow control devices. The apparatus includes first and second indexing modules, which are arranged in fluid communication with a respective downhole control device. Each of the modules includes two inlet ports and two outlet ports, where the inlet ports are each in fluid communication with one of two control lines. The first module is operable to open and close a first downhole control device on application of fluid pressure through the first control line and the second module is operable to open and close a second downhole control device on application of fluid pressure through the second control line.05-24-2012
20120125626METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STIMULATING PRODUCTION IN A WELLBORE - In an aspect, method for stimulating fluid flow in a wellbore is provided, the method including placing a fluid jetting valve in a tubular, conveying the tubular in a wellbore with the fluid jetting valve in a closed position and changing a pressure within the tubular to move the fluid jetting valve to an open position. In addition, the method includes directing a stimulation fluid through the open fluid jetting valve into a wall of the wellbore and moving the fluid jetting valve to a permanently closed position via a passive control device.05-24-2012
20120125629DOWNHOLE TOOL - An activating device is provided for location in downhole tubing. The device defines an activation profile which is initially maintained at a larger diameter than a tubing seat, such that the device may land on and be held up by the seat. The profile may be subsequently re-configured to radially retract, allowing the device to pass through the seat.05-24-2012
20120160515System and Method for Operating Multiple Valves - A valve system for providing fluid flow through radial openings disposed along an axial length of a tubular. The tubular comprises at least one valve group containing at least two valves operable by one drop ball. An inset 06-28-2012
20120160513TUBING HANGER SHUTTLE VALVE - A wellhead assembly made up of a wellhead housing, a production tree mounted on the wellhead housing, tubing suspended into a wellbore from within the wellhead housing, and an annulus between the tubing and the wellhead housing. A shuttle valve is provided within a tubing hanger that supports the tubing from within the wellhead housing. An accumulator is disposed in the annulus that is in fluid communication with a closed position port on the shuttle valve. Pressure is maintained in the accumulator for closing the shuttle valve when a force for opening the valve is removed.06-28-2012
20120132438DOWNHOLE TOOL AND METHOD - A work string tool to be operably associated with a weight-set packer tool uses pressure applied by fluid circulated from the surface above the weight-set packer, to deploy a hydraulic hold-down anchor mechanism above the packer to reduce the risk of unsetting during a high pressure “positive” wellbore integrity test. An axial bore of a tool tubular body houses first and second inner sleeves, and is configured to accommodate independent axial movement of the sleeves to provide multiple fluid flowpath configurations through the tool which allow use of circulation fluid to pressure to circulate a ball obturator to a valve seat in a sleeve when a configuration change is required to deploy or release the anchor means.05-31-2012
20110180269Down hole valve device - The present invention regards a valve device for use with a down hole tool comprising at least a first fluid line and a return fluid line, the valve device comprises a first inlet and a first outlet forming a first flow path between them, and a second inlet and a second outlet forming a second flow path between them, at least one closure element for closing and or opening at least one of the flow paths. According to the invention there is at least one closure element together with the respective flow paths forms a first and second check valves, which in a first state prevents a fluid from flowing from the first outlet to the first inlet and a fluid from flowing from the second inlet to the second outlet. The invention also regards a method for operating a down hole valve device.07-28-2011
20120211243METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUS DOWNHOLE FLUID SELECTION WITH PATHWAY DEPENDENT RESISTANCE SYSTEM - Apparatus and methods for controlling the flow of fluid, such as formation fluid, through an oilfield tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. Fluid flow is autonomously controlled in response to change in a fluid flow characteristic, such as density or viscosity. In one embodiment, a fluid diverter is movable between an open and closed position in response to fluid density change and operable to restrict fluid flow through a valve assembly inlet. The diverter can be pivotable, rotatable or otherwise movable in response to the fluid density change. In one embodiment, the diverter is operable to control a fluid flow ratio through two valve inlets. The fluid flow ratio is used to operate a valve member to restrict fluid flow through the valve.08-23-2012
20120211241REMOTELY OPERATED PRODUCTION VALVE AND METHOD - A method of actuating multiple valves in a well can include applying a pressure cycle to the valves without causing actuation of any of the valves, and then simultaneously reducing pressure applied to the valves, thereby actuating the valves. Another method can include releasing a locking device of each valve which prevents actuation, and then reducing pressure applied to the valves, thereby actuating the valves. A valve can include a port which provides for fluid communication between an exterior and an interior of the valve, a closure member which selectively permits and prevents fluid flow through the port, the closure member permits flow through the port in response to a decrease in a pressure differential from the interior to the exterior of the valve, and a locking device which prevents displacement of the closure member, the locking device being released in response to mechanical force applied to the locking device.08-23-2012
20120211242MULTI-STAGE VALVE ACTUATOR - An actuator assembly for effective interventionless activation of a valve in wells of multilateral architecture. The assembly may be pressure actuated from an oilfield surface even in certain circumstances where another valve in another leg of the well has been opened in a manner compromising pressure control of the well. Due to the multi-stage nature of the actuator, pressure based activation remains viable as a result of supplemental and/or fail-safe modes of actuation, for example, where such pressure control becomes compromised.08-23-2012
20120168175METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW INTO A BOREHOLE - In one aspect, a flow control apparatus for use in a borehole is provided. The apparatus includes a tubular body, a check valve sleeve and a check valve, wherein a change of a pressure inside the check valve sleeve causes the check valve to control fluid communication between the check valve sleeve and the borehole outside the tubular body.07-05-2012
20120168174METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-DROP TOOL CONTROL - A hydraulically balanced multiple drop well completion has a plurality of hydraulic control lines each of which communicates hydraulic inputs and a plurality of hydraulically operated tools numbering greater than or equal to the number of hydraulic control lines. Each of the hydraulic control lines is connected to at least one of the hydraulically operated tools to communicate hydraulic inputs to actuate the hydraulically operated tools. Each of the hydraulically operated tools discharges hydraulic fluid to one of the hydraulic control lines other than the hydraulic control line from which it receives the controlling hydraulic input.07-05-2012
20120312547Responsively activated wellbore stimulation assemblies and methods of using the same - A system for servicing a subterranean formation comprising a wellbore completion string comprising a first master activatable stimulation assembly, a first slave activatable stimulation assembly, wherein the first slave activatable stimulation assembly activates responsive to activation of the first master stimulation assembly; a second master activatable stimulation assembly, and a second slave activatable stimulation assembly, wherein the second slave activatable stimulation assembly activates responsive to activation of the second master stimulation assembly.12-13-2012
20120312548IN-BORE BLOW OUT PREVENTER METHOD AND APPARATUS - Existing BOP devices are complex electromechanical systems exploiting hydraulic activation of pipe rams and/or shear rams. With tens of thousands of oil wells in the 1,500 oil fields that account for 97% of global production of the over 40,000 oil fields identified to date and failure rates as high as 50% in disaster situations it is evident that a simpler, increased reliability approach would be beneficial to the oil and gas industries. It would be further beneficial if the BOP was automatic requiring no monitoring locally to the BOP or remotely from the rig or production facility.12-13-2012
20120312546WATER HAMMER MITIGATING FLOW CONTROL STRUCTURE AND METHOD - A water hammer mitigating flow control structure for a downhole completion including a tubular member configured for the downhole environment. A valve member in operable communication with the tubular member and positionable with respect to the tubular member to allow or prevent fluid movement through the tubular member. An absorber in operable communication with the valve member and configured to allow movement of the valve member the movement absorbing a pressure rise against the valve member in use. Also included is a method for mitigating water hammer in a flow control structure for a downhole completion12-13-2012
20100051290Pressure Actuated Piston Type Casing Fill-up Valve and Methods of Use Thereof - The present disclosure describes a method and apparatus for filling casing and/or a casing string and provides for the flow back of such fluids in a wellbore during casing running operations. The tool comprises a piston valve which is automatically pressure actuated. Thus, the valve will open and close without manual and/or outside mechanical intervention. Further, the design and construction of the piston valve helps to substantially reduce erosive wear to the piston valve and its components.03-04-2010
20100051289System for Selective Incremental Closing of a Hydraulic Downhole Choking Valve - Systems for operating one or more sliding sleeve valves in an incremental, step-type fashion between open and closed positions, permitting the valve or valves to be choked to progressively smaller flow areas. The systems of the present invention also permit the valve or valves to be fully closed without having to progress through incremental steps.03-04-2010
20100270030FULL FUNCTION DOWNHOLE VALVE - Downhole valves comprise a housing having a bore, a port, upper and lower recesses disposed in an inner wall surface of the bore, the upper recess disposed above the port and the lower recess disposed below the port, and upper and lower pistons disposed in the bore. The upper and lower pistons each comprise a bore with a port in communication with housing bore. During run-in, the housing port is blocked by the lower piston. Actuation of the lower piston unblocks the housing port and aligns the lower piston port with the lower recess. Actuation of the upper piston closes the housing port and aligns the upper piston port with the upper recess. Alignment of the ports of the pistons with their respective recesses permits fluid flow through the tool both when the valve is opened by the lower piston and closed by the upper piston.10-28-2010
20120255740METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW IN AN AUTONOMOUS VALVE USING A STICKY SWITCH - Apparatus and methods are described for autonomously controlling fluid flow in a tubular in a wellbore. A fluid is flowed through an inlet passageway into a biasing mechanism. A fluid flow distribution is established across the biasing mechanism. The fluid flow distribution is altered in response to a change in the fluid characteristic over time. In response, fluid flow through a downstream sticky switch assembly is altered, thereby altering fluid flow patterns in a downstream vortex assembly. The method “selects” based on a fluid characteristic, such as viscosity, density, velocity, flow rate, etc. The biasing mechanism can take various forms such as a widening passageway, contour elements along the biasing mechanism, or a curved section of the biasing mechanism passageway. The biasing mechanism can include hollows formed in the passageway wall, obstructions extending from the passageway wall, fluid diodes, Tesla fluid diodes, a chicane, or abrupt changes in passageway cross-section.10-11-2012
20120073827DOWNHOLE CATCHER FOR AN ACTUATING BALL AND METHOD - A ball catching device has been invented that catches an actuator ball used in a wellbore to actuate a downhole tool. The device catches the ball downhole as it begins to flow back with fluids toward surface. The device is configured such that when a ball flows back with wellbore fluids, the ball can flow through the device and if the ball reverses direction, as by falling back due to decreased or stopped production back flow, then the device will catch the ball and keep it from falling back past the device into the well.03-29-2012
20120073826PRESSURE BALANCED DRILLING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A well drilling system including: an annular valve; a well casing in fluid communication with the annular valve; a first check valve in fluid communication with the annular valve; a hydraulic cylinder including a first chamber having an inlet and an outlet, wherein the inlet of the first chamber is in fluid communication with an outlet of the first check valve; and a transfer unit including an inlet and an outlet, wherein the inlet of the transfer unit is in fluid communication with the outlet of the first chamber, the outlet of the transfer unit is in fluid communication with an inlet of a second check valve, and an outlet of the second check valve is in fluid communication with the annular valve.03-29-2012
20090065217STEP RATCHET MECHANISM - A step ratchet mechanism that allows for the incremental movement of an assembly that may be adapted to incrementally open or close an adjustable orifice. The step ratchet mechanism may be comprised of a modified body lock ring that permits incremental movement along a mandrel in either direction along the mandrel. The step ratchet mechanism may be actuated a designated distance by the application of pressure to the mechanism. The step ratchet mechanism may be ideal for using pressure to drive a downhole multi-position device. The modified body lock ring is adapted to both secure the mechanism at each set position as the mandrel is pumped down as well as allowing the mechanism to ratchet when the mandrel is pumped back.03-12-2009
20120186825Remote Actuation Testing Tool for High Pressure Differential Downhole Environments - A remote actuation tool equipped with an intermediate volumetric mechanism for enhanced tool durability in high pressure differential downhole environments. Valve segments of the tool are actuated by power available due to a pressure differential between atmospheric and hydrostatic chambers of the tool. Yet, the intermediate volumetric mechanism, whether in the form of a discrete chamber or a hydraulic line system, minimizes stresses of the differential pressure on tool hydraulics. Thus, failure rates are substantially reduced. So, for example, the tool may be reliably employed in downhole environments which present differential pressures in excess of about 30,000 PSI.07-26-2012
20120186824SELECTIVE SLEEVE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MOVING A SLEEVE - A selective sleeve system includes, a tubular, a sleeve movably disposed at the tubular, and a movable member having at least one dog radially biased and configured to be radially displaceable into a recess. The at least one dog is positionable perimetrically adjacent to at least one tab, subsequent displacement into the recess to radially overlap with the sleeve sufficiently to move the sleeve relative to the tubular upon movement of the movable member relative to the tubular.07-26-2012
20120186823Expanding mill having camming sleeve for extending cutting blade - Downhole cutting tools comprise a mandrel, a housing, a sleeve and a cutting blade. The mandrel comprises an inner wall surface defining a bore, and an outer wall surface. The housing is secured to the outer wall surface of the mandrel and comprises an opening. The sleeve is engaged with the outer wall surface of the mandrel. The sleeve comprises a profile that is operatively associated with a profile of the cutting blade such that movement of the sleeve causes the profile of the piston to slide along the profile of the cutting blade. In so doing, the cutting blade is radially extended outward through the opening in the housing to abrade an object located outside the housing. Movement of the sleeve can be achieved by pumping fluid down a bore in the mandrel to slide the sleeve long the outer wall surface of the mandrel.07-26-2012
20120255738MULTI-BARRIER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A multi-barrier system includes a first valve and a second valve that are both in fluidic communication with a lower completion. The first valve and the second valve are positioned proximate an uphole extent of the lower completion, and a member in operable communication with the first valve and the second valve. The system is configured such that both the first valve and the second valve are open when the member is in a first position, the first valve is closed and the second valve is open when the member in a second position, the first valve is open and the second valve is closed when the member is in a third position, and the first valve and the second valve are both closed when the member is in a fourth position. The first valve and the second valve are closable in response to retrieval of an upper completion.10-11-2012
20120261137FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM - A technique facilitates controlling flow of fluid along a flow passage. A flow control assembly is placed along a flow passage, and a bypass is routed past the flow control assembly. Flow along the bypass is controlled by a flow bypass mechanism which may be operated via a pressure or other interventionless application. The pressure, or other interventionless application, is used to actuate the flow bypass mechanism so as to selectively allow flow through the bypass.10-18-2012
20120261136Selectively activatable and deactivatable wellbore pressure isolation device - An apparatus comprising a tubular body defining a flowbore, a first valve that, when activated, restricts fluid communication via the flowbore in a first direction and allows fluid communication in a second direction, and, when deactivated, allows fluid communication in the first and second directions, a first sleeve slidable from a first to a second position that, when in the first position, the first valve is activated, and, when in the second position, the first valve is deactivated, a second valve, that, when activated, restricts fluid communication in the first direction and allows fluid communication in the second direction, and, when deactivated, allows fluid communication in the first and second directions, and a second sleeve slidable from a first to a second position, that, when in the first position, the second valve is deactivated, and, when in the second position, the second valve is activated.10-18-2012
20120227982FLOW STOP VALVE - A flow stop valve (09-13-2012
20120227980SELECTIVE DART SYSTEM FOR ACTUATING DOWNHOLE TOOLS AND METHODS OF USING SAME - Plug element systems comprise a tubular member having at least two seats. An eccentrically-shaped plug member comprises an upper end portion and a lower end portion. The upper end portion comprises an upper end diameter can be less than, greater than, or equal to a lower end portion diameter of the lower end portion. The eccentric shape of the plug member permits it to pass through a first seat and land on a second seat comprising a second seat length where both the first seat and the second seat comprise substantially equal inner seat diameters.09-13-2012
20120227981REAL TIME DOWNHOLE INTERVENTION DURING WELLBORE STIMULATION OPERATIONS - A method for completing a wellbore having a plurality of stimulation valves disposed therein at longitudinally spaced apart locations includes moving a spoolable rod into the wellbore. The rod includes a plurality of spaced apart sensors therein. At least one valve operating dart is applied to an exterior of the spoolable rod. The dart is configured to engage a selected one of the stimulation valves. A position of the at least one dart is estimated during pumping of fluid into the wellbore by measuring output of the sensors in the rod.09-13-2012
20120267119INTERVENTIONLESS OPERATION OF DOWNHOLE TOOL - A technique facilitates actuation of a downhole tool, such as a valve, in a simple, rapid, and cost-effective manner. The technique comprises installing the downhole tool with a trip saver. The trip saver can be actuated by increasing a tubing pressure or other suitable pressure source beyond a threshold level. Once the trip saver is actuated, a fluid under suitable pressure is provided to a downhole tool through a passageway opened via the trip saver. This enables actuation of the downhole tool to a desired state.10-25-2012
20130008666METHOD FOR CONVEYING BALLS DOWNHOLE USING A BALL CARRIER MEDIUM - A method is provided for safely delivering actuators such as balls from a ball injector to a downhole tool in a wellbore. A structure or carrier medium, such as a slug of gel or foam, is introduced to a bore of injector and the ball is injected into the bore for support by the carrier medium. A displacement fluid, such as fracturing fluid, is pumped into the wellbore to drive the carrier medium and ball. Each slug and ball can be retrieved at a ball catcher at the wellhead.01-10-2013
20110120726Multi-Position Valve for Fracturing and Sand Control and Associated Completion Methods - A completion tubular is placed in position adjacent the zone or zones to be fractured and produced. It features preferably sliding sleeve valves that can assume at least two configurations: wide open and open with a screen material juxtaposed in the flow passage. In a preferred embodiment the valve assembly has three positions, adding a fully closed position to the other two mentioned. After run in, the valves can be put in the wide open position in any order desired to fracture. After fracturing, the valves can be closed or selectively be put in filtration position for production from the fractured zones in any desired order. Various ways are described to actuate the valves. The tubular can have telescoping pistons through which the fracturing can take place if the application calls for a cemented tubular. Alternatively, the tubular can be in open hole and simply have openings for passage of fracture fluid and external isolators to allow fracturing in any desired order.05-26-2011
20110120725WELLBORE INSTRUMENTS USING MAGNETIC MOTION CONVERTERS - A directional drilling system, a drilling hammer and a fluid flow telemetry modulator use a plurality of magnets arranged to convert rotational motion into reciprocating linear motion. Various types of motor can provide rotational motion to a part of the magnets and various linkages and other devices can cause steering or operation of a modulator valve. A torsional drilling hammer uses a plurality of magnets arranged to convert reciprocating linear motion into reciprocating rotational motion. A motor and linkage drives the linearly moving part of the magnets, and the rotating part provides torsional impact be striking the linearly moving part of the magnets.05-26-2011
20110036591FLOW STOP VALVE - A flow stop valve (02-17-2011
20110036590System and method for servicing a wellbore - A wellbore servicing system, comprising a first sleeve system, the first sleeve system comprising a first sliding sleeve at least partially carried within a first ported case, the first sleeve system being selectively restricted from movement relative to the first ported case by a first restrictor while the first restrictor is enabled, and a first delay system configured to selectively restrict movement of the first sliding sleeve relative to the ported case while the restrictor is disabled.02-17-2011
20120318527Valve System For Downhole Tool String - A technique facilitates the delivery and testing of a tool string assembly downhole. The technique employs at least one rotatable element valve in the tool string at a location which enables the rotatable element valve to be used for selectively blocking or allowing fluid flow along an interior passage of the tool string. A one-way valve, such as a flapper valve, dart valve, or spring loaded ball valve, is deployed within a rotatable element of each rotatable element valve to combine flow control functions, thus enabling a shorter tool string section. The at least one rotatable element valve also may be designed to facilitate pressure testing of the tool string.12-20-2012
20120318528GATE VALVE SEAT AND SEAT RING - A gate valve has a body, the body having a cavity and a flow passage intersecting the cavity. A seat is mounted to the body at the intersection of the flow passage and the cavity. A gate is installed at the cavity and has an engaging face that slidingly engages the seat while the gate is being moved between open and closed positions. The end faces between a seat pocket and the seat are hard-coated and smooth-finished to provide sealing when mated. The hardcoated pocket and seat sealing surfaces extend the life of the valve by eliminating the need for an elastomeric seal of limited life.12-20-2012
20120325493INJECTION LINE VALVE MECHANISM - A downhole valve assembly, including a line operatively arranged to carry a fluid, a splitter arranged on the line, the splitter dividing the line into a control leg and an injection leg. The injection leg terminating in an injection port, and a valve mechanism actuatable for selectively sealing the injection port, the valve mechanism controllable via a fluid pressure in the line, the fluid pressure communicated to the valve mechanism via the control leg for actuating the valve mechanism.12-27-2012
20120325494DOWNHOLE DEPLOYMENT VALVES - Methods and apparatus enable reliable and improved isolation between two portions of a bore extending through a casing string disposed in a borehole. A downhole deployment valve (DDV) may provide the isolation utilizing a valve member such as a flapper that is disposed in a housing of the DDV and is designed to close against a seat within the housing. The DDV includes an operating mechanism for opening/closing the DDV. In use, pressure in one portion of a well that is in fluid communication with a well surface may be bled off and open at well surface while maintaining pressure in another portion of the casing string beyond the DDV.12-27-2012
20120325495DOWNHOLE DEPLOYMENT VALVES - Methods and apparatus enable reliable and improved isolation between two portions of a bore extending through a casing string disposed in a borehole. A downhole deployment valve (DDV) may provide the isolation utilizing a valve member such as a flapper that is disposed in a housing of the DDV and is designed to close against a seat within the housing. The DDV includes an operating mechanism for opening/closing the DDV. In use, pressure in one portion of a well that is in fluid communication with a well surface may be bled off and open at well surface while maintaining pressure in another portion of the casing string beyond the DDV.12-27-2012
20100230113MULTI-STAGE MODULATOR - Methods and systems for pulse generation assembly that includes a plurality of staged valves operably coupled serially in a bottomhole assembly of a wellbore tool. The plurality of staged valves are operated in a substantially synchronized manner, thereby generating a series of pressure pulses. The signal strength of the generated pulse signal is multiplied by the number of staged valves in the series, and the pulse generation assembly of the disclosure is less susceptible to jamming, shock, and erosion. Further, by sequentially stopping at least one stage of the assembly and then synchronously rotating other stages, amplitude modulation is accomplished.09-16-2010
20120279722TUBULAR SEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SEATING A PLUG - A tubular seating system includes a seat disposed at a deformable first tubular which is sealable with a plug such that pressure is buildable thereagainst. A second tubular in operable communication with the deformable first tubular defining a support cavity therebetween is configured such that pressure within the support cavity provides support to the seat.11-08-2012
20110303420METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USE WITH AN INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE - A technique includes running a completion assembly downhole into a well. The assembly includes a valve and a material that is adapted to initially configure the valve to prevent fluid flow through the valve in at least one direction. The technique includes performing a downhole completion operation in the well and disintegrating the material to allow the prevented fluid flow through a nozzle of the valve. The nozzle is used to regulate production or injection in the well.12-15-2011
20110303419INSTALLATION OF LINES IN HIGH TEMPERATURE WELLBORE ENVIRONMENTS - An annular restrictor for use in a well can include a body which extends circumferentially about a tubular mandrel, and a section which, in cooperation with the body, restricts fluid flow through an annulus, a line being secured between the body and the section. A method of completing a well can include installing a line in an annular restrictor, and restricting fluid flow through an annulus, with the restricting being performed by the annular restrictor interconnected between steam injection valves. A method of attaching a line to a tubular string for use in a well can include covering the line with a section of an annular restrictor, and securing the section to a body of the annular restrictor, each of the section and the body having a flow restricting surface formed thereon, and the covering and securing steps being performed without splicing or making a connection in the line.12-15-2011
20110303418METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING IMPACT FORCE IN A BALL-SEAT ASSEMBLY - A method of restricting fluid flow includes: releasing a ball into a fluid conduit and receiving the ball in a ball receiving element disposed at the fluid conduit and at least partially restricting fluid flow; and at least partially reflecting one or more pressure waves resulting from an impact between the ball and the ball receiving element by a reflective boundary disposed in the fluid conduit.12-15-2011
20120318526Managing Treatment of Subterranean Zones - A downhole heated fluid generation system includes: a compressor-valve assembly having a compressor and a valve, the assembly operable to compress and regulate a fluid used in generating a heated treatment fluid; a combustor fluidly coupled to the compressor-valve assembly, the combustor operable to provide the heated treatment fluid into a wellbore; and a controller communicably coupled to the compressor-valve assembly, the controller operable to: determine an input indicative of a desired position of the valve; determine a value indicative of an actual position of the valve; determine a desired operating condition of the compressor based, at least in part, on the input indicative of the desired position of the valve and the value indicative of an actual position of the valve; and adjust an operating parameter of the compressor based on the desired operating pressure to compress a fluid flowing through the compressor and the valve.12-20-2012
20120318525TUBULAR VALVING SYSTEM, BODY AND METHOD OF OPENING - A valving system includes, a tubular having a seat, and a body with a bore therethrough having a surface sealably engagable with the seat, the body being rotatable relative to the tubular between at least a first position, a second position and a third position, the first position occluding flow between an inside of the tubular and the bore the second position providing fluidic communication between the inside of the tubular and the bore via at least one cavity formed in the surface and a third position providing direct fluidic communication between the inside of the tubular and the bore12-20-2012
20120279723Downhole Tool - A downhole tool comprising an inner sleeve with a plurality of sleeve ports and a housing positioned radially outwardly of the inner sleeve and having a plurality of housing ports, with the housing and inner sleeve partially defining a space radially therebetween. The space is occupied by a shifting sleeve. A fluid path extends between the interior flowpath of the tool and the space. A fluid control device, occupies at least portion of the fluid path, and may selectively permit fluid flow, and thus pressure communication, into the space to cause a differential pressure across the shifting sleeve. When a sufficient differential pressure is reached, the shifting sleeve is moved from a first position to a second position, which opens the communication paths through the housing and sleeve ports between the interior flowpath and exterior of the tool.11-08-2012
20110278016VALVE, VALVING DEVICE AND METHOD - A valving device includes a tubular with a port and a sleeve slidably sealingly engaged with the tubular between a first position and a second position. The sleeve is configured to occlude the port when in the first position and uncover the port when in the second position. The valving device is configured such that pressure inside the tubular does not urge the sleeve toward the second position while pressure applied radially outwardly of the tubular and the sleeve urge the sleeve toward the second position.11-17-2011
20110284240MECHANISM FOR ACTIVATING A PLURALITY OF DOWNHOLE DEVICES - A mechanism for selectively activating a plurality of downhole pathways including a) a valve having: i) a sleeve coupled for movement between an open and normally closed position; and ii) a valve magnet set mounted to the sleeve; and b) a dart for pumping in hole including a dart magnet set matched to the valve magnet set such that the dart couples to the valve when in close proximity and, in turn, the sleeve moves from the closed position to the open position.11-24-2011
20120090852Apparatus and method for compensating for pressure changes within an isolated annular space of a wellbore - Pressure relief devices comprise a chamber having a piston disposed therein. One side of the piston defines a hydrostatic chamber in fluid communication with an outside environment, such as an isolated wellbore annulus, through a port. The other side of the piston defines a sealed or isolated chamber. The pressure relief device permits changes in pressure in the isolated wellbore annulus to be distributed into the chambers so as to either reduce the pressure within the isolated wellbore annulus or increase the pressure within the wellbore annulus, both of which lessen the likelihood that the change in pressure within the isolated wellbore annulus will damage wellbore components disposed therein.04-19-2012
20120138311Method and Apparatus for Single-Trip Time Progressive Wellbore Treatment - A single trip multizone time progressive well treating method and apparatus that provides a means to progressively stimulate individual zones through a cased or open hole well bore. The operator can use pre-set timing devices to progressively treat each zone up the hole. At each zone the system automatically opens a sliding sleeve and closes a frangible flapper, at a preselected point in time. An adjustable preset timing device is installed in each zone to allow preplanned continual frac operations for all zones. An optional “Stand-Down-Mode” can be integrated into the timing system so that if pumping stops the timers go into a sleep mode until the pumping resumes. The apparatus can consist of three major components: a packer, a timing pressure device, and a sliding sleeve/isolation device. The packer may be removed.06-07-2012
20120138310STACKABLE MULTI-BARRIER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A multi-barrier system includes a first valve in fluid communication with a lower completion that is electrically actuatable and inductively coupled to an upper completion. Also included is a second valve in fluid communication with the lower completion, both the first valve and the second valve, positioned proximate an uphole extent of the lower completion, are closable in response to retrieving the upper completion and openable subsequent reengagement of an upper completion.06-07-2012
20120138309STACKABLE MULTI-BARRIER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A multi-barrier system includes a first valve in fluid communication with a lower completion, and a second valve in fluid communication with the lower completion. The first valve and the second valve are positioned proximate an uphole extent of the lower completion, and a packer located proximate the first valve and the second valve is closable in response to retrieving an upper completion.06-07-2012
20130008667DOWNHOLE DEPLOYMENT VALVES - Methods and apparatus enable reliable and improved isolation between two portions of a bore extending through a casing string disposed in a borehole. A downhole deployment valve (DDV) may provide the isolation utilizing a valve member such as a flapper that is disposed in a housing of the DDV and is designed to close against a seat within the housing. The DDV includes an operating mechanism for opening/closing the DDV. In use, pressure in one portion of a well that is in fluid communication with a well surface may be bled off and open at well surface while maintaining pressure in another portion of the casing string beyond the DDV.01-10-2013
20100175888Downhole Device Actuator and Method - An actuator to actuate a device received on a tubular string adjacent the device. The actuator comprises an energy storage member, such as a spring, restrained in a compressed mode between a stop collar and an outer sleeve threadedly received on a threaded portion of a non-magnetic tubular segment. An outer magnet is coupled to the outer sleeve to magnetically interact with an inner magnet coupled to an inner pipe string. The inner pipe string is run into the bore of the tubular string and the outer sleeve to position the inner magnet proximal the outer magnet to form a magnetic clutch. The inner pipe string rotates to transfer torque to the outer sleeve via a magnetic clutch, to rotate and threadedly disengage the outer sleeve from the tubular segment to release energy from the energy storage member to displace the outer sleeve to engage and actuate the device.07-15-2010
20100175887Subsurface Safety Valve Flapper - A flapper for use as a component of a safety valve designed for deployment in a well bore having well bore fluids. The flapper includes a flapper body forming a flapper valve bore therethrough. The flapper body further forms a groove proximate to the flapper bore. The flapper also includes a plunger member sized and configured to be received in the flapper valve bore. The plunger member includes a first end portion and a second end portion. Additionally, the flapper includes a leaf spring including a primary end portion and a secondary end portion, the primary end portion of the leaf spring detachably attached to the second end portion of the plunger member and unattached to the flapper body and the secondary end portion of the leaf spring being sized and configured to be received and retained in the groove and to bias the plunger member into the flapper valve bore. Forces exerted on the flapper body when rotating between an open state and a closed state during use of the safety valve urge at least a portion of the leaf spring into the groove.07-15-2010
20130014956WELLBORE CIRCULATION TOOL AND METHODAANM HUGHES; JOHNAACI CalgaryAACO CAAAGP HUGHES; JOHN Calgary CAAANM RASMUSSEN; RYAN DWAINEAACI CalgaryAACO CAAAGP RASMUSSEN; RYAN DWAINE Calgary CAAANM CAMPBELL; DELTON ANDREWAACI CalgaryAACO CAAAGP CAMPBELL; DELTON ANDREW Calgary CA - A circulation valve includes: an outer tubular sleeve telescopically mounted at its end over a tubular mandrel; a fluid passage between sleeve and the mandrel, the fluid passage providing fluid communication between the inner bore of the valve and its outer surface; a dual knife seal assembly to control flow out of the fluid flow path through the fluid passage, the dual knife seal assembly including a first annular knife seal edge and land that seal up when the sleeve and mandrel are in a fully axially compressed position and a second annular knife seal edge and land that seal up when the sleeve and mandrel are pulled into a fully in tension position; and, a J-slot position indexing mechanism including a slot and a key to guide movement of the sleeve and the mandrel between the fully in tension position and the fully compressed position. The circulation valve is employed in a wellbore treatment assembly and methods.01-17-2013
20130020089TUBULAR VALVING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tubular valving system includes, a tubular, a seat, a sleeve movably engaged with the seat between at least a first position, a second position and a third position, a release member between the sleeve and the seat that maintains the sleeve relative to the seat in the first position until release thereof, a biasing member configured to urge the sleeve from the second position toward the third position, and a flapper sealingly engagable with the seat. A first threshold pressure against the seated flapper causes release of the release member allowing the sleeve and the seat to attain the second position. A subsequently drop in pressure against the seated flapper below a second threshold level allows the biasing member to move the sleeve relative to the seat to the third position thereby unseating the flapper from the seat and preventing the flapper from again seating with the seat.01-24-2013
20130020088CHEMICALLY TARGETED CONTROL OF DOWNHOLE FLOW CONTROL DEVICES - Systems and methods using enhanced flow control devices are described. The flow control devices can be selectively closed completely or have its effective flow area reduced to restrict production (or injection) by use of a chemical trigger mechanism. In addition, some of the systems described herein deploy specific targeted chemical tracers, dissolvable in the unwanted production fluid (e.g. water or gas). These chemical tracers once dissolved will enter the production stream and be identified at the surface. The identification will determine which segment of the completion is producing the unwanted fluid. According to some embodiments, an appropriate chemical trigger is placed, for example, by pumping down through the tubing and utilizing intelligent completion valve to place the chemical, or by spotting with coiled tubing and bullhead to the formation, or by other methods of chemical placement. The chemical trigger will only trigger the active chemical in the appropriate flow control device. This chemical will then change state—dissolve, create thermal reaction, create a pressure swell or expand—which in turn allows a mechanical device to shift position such that a valve in the flow control device closes, or reduces its flow by restricting the flow area by swelling/expansion of the active chemical.01-24-2013
20130020090THREE DIMENSIONAL FLUIDIC JET CONTROL - A method of controlling a fluid jet can include discharging fluid through an outlet of a jetting device, thereby causing the fluid jet to be flowed in multiple non-coplanar directions, and the fluid jet being directed in the non-coplanar directions by a fluidic circuit of the jetting device. A jetting device can include a body having at least one outlet, and a fluidic circuit which directs a fluid jet to flow from the outlet in multiple non-coplanar directions without rotation of the outlet. A method of drilling a wellbore can include flowing fluid through a fluidic switch of a jetting device, thereby causing a fluid jet to be discharged in multiple non-coplanar directions from the jetting device, and the fluid jet cutting into an earth formation.01-24-2013
20120241168METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEGMENTAL FLOW CONTROL IN OIL-GAS WELL - A method and a system for segmental flow control in an oil-gas well are disclosed. The oil-gas well includes a first annular space (09-27-2012
20120241167FLOW ACTIVATED SENSOR ASSEMBLY - A sensor assembly for detection of fluid flow signaling over a tubular conveyance. The assembly may be employed for activation of a variety of different downhole actuators such as firing heads for perforating guns or hydrostatic set modules for packer deployment. The assembly is configured with a flow translation device which is disposed in a manner exposed to fluid flow directed through an oilfield tubular coupled to the assembly. Thus, a detector coupled to the translation device may obtain mechanical data from the device which is reliably indicative of the flow, irrespective of the physical nature of the flow itself. As such, enhanced reliability for subsequent actuator firing based on the flow signaling may be achieved.09-27-2012
20080251260STABILIZING A FLOW ALONG A WELLBORE - A system that is usable with a well includes a closed loop network that is located entirely downhole in the well. The system also includes valves that are located in a wellbore of the well and are interconnected by the closed loop network. Each valve is associated with a different isolated region of the wellbore and is adapted to regulate a flow through the valve based at least in part on a flow condition of the isolated region associated with the valve and a flow condition of each of the other isolated regions.10-16-2008
20080236838Tool Trap Assembly and Method - An apparatus (10-02-2008
20130175047VARIABLY CONFIGURABLE WELLBORE JUNCTION ASSEMBLY - A method of installing a wellbore junction assembly in a well can include connecting at least two tubular strings to one opposite end of a tubular string connector with similarly dimensioned oriented connections, whereby the tubular strings are interchangeably connectable to the connector by the oriented connections. A wellbore junction assembly can include at least two tubular strings and a tubular string connector having opposite ends. Each of the tubular strings may be secured to one opposite end of the connector by oriented connections, whereby each of the tubular strings has a fixed rotational orientation relative to the connector. A well system can include a tubular string connector, each of first and second tubular strings being secured to the connector, and a support which reduces bending of the second tubular string which results from deflection of the second tubular string from one wellbore section into another wellbore section.07-11-2013
20130112428CIRCULATION SUB AND METHOD FOR USING SAME - Techniques for continuously circulating fluid into a drill string are provided. These techniques involve a circulation sub (05-09-2013
20130112427Split Ring Shift Control for Hydraulic Pulse Valve - A hydraulic pulse valve for use in downhole tools includes a split ring seal to limit the fluid flow available to shift a poppet in the valve from an open position to a closed position. The split ring seal provides relatively long and repeatable pressure pulses, which improve the effectiveness of the hydraulic pulse valve for borehole applications.05-09-2013
20130112426RESETTABLE PRESSURE CYCLE-OPERATED PRODUCTION VALVE AND METHOD - A method of actuating multiple valves in a well can include applying one or more pressure cycles to the valves without causing actuation of any of the valves, and then reducing pressure applied to the valves, thereby resetting a pressure cycle-responsive actuator of each valve. A pressure cycle-operated valve for use in a well can include a closure member, a piston which displaces in response to pressure applied to the valve, and a ratchet mechanism which controls relative displacement between the piston and the closure member. The ratchet mechanism may permit relative displacement while one or more pressure cycles are applied to the valve, and the ratchet mechanism may prevent relative displacement in response to a pressure sequence of: a) a reduction in pressure applied to the valve, b) a predetermined number of pressure cycles applied to the valve, and c) an increase in pressure applied to the valve.05-09-2013
20130112425FLUID DISCRIMINATION FOR USE WITH A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A fluid discrimination system can include a fluid discriminator which selects through which of multiple outlet flow paths a fluid composition flows, the selection being based on a direction of flow of the fluid composition through the discriminator, and the direction being dependent on a fluid type in the fluid composition. Another fluid discriminator can include a structure which displaces in response to a fluid composition flow, whereby an outlet flow path of the fluid composition changes in response to a change in a ratio of fluids in the fluid composition. A method of discriminating between fluids can include providing a fluid discriminator which selects through which of multiple outlet flow paths a fluid composition flows in the well, the selection being based on a direction of flow of the fluid composition through the discriminator, and the direction being dependent on a ratio of the fluids in the fluid composition.05-09-2013
20130112424FLUID DISCRIMINATION FOR USE WITH A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A fluid discrimination system can include a fluid discriminator which selects through which of multiple outlet flow paths a fluid composition flows, the selection being based on a direction of flow of the fluid composition through the discriminator, and the direction being dependent on a fluid type in the fluid composition. Another fluid discriminator can include a structure which displaces in response to a fluid composition flow, whereby an outlet flow path of the fluid composition changes in response to a change in a ratio of fluids in the fluid composition. A method of discriminating between fluids can include providing a fluid discriminator which selects through which of multiple outlet flow paths a fluid composition flows in the well, the selection being based on a direction of flow of the fluid composition through the discriminator, and the direction being dependent on a ratio of the fluids in the fluid composition.05-09-2013
20130112423VARIABLE FLOW RESISTANCE FOR USE WITH A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A variable flow resistance system for use with a subterranean well can include a structure which displaces in response to a flow of a fluid composition, whereby a resistance to the flow of the fluid composition changes in response to a change in a ratio of desired to undesired fluid in the fluid composition. Another system can include a structure which rotates in response to flow of a fluid composition, and a fluid switch which deflects the fluid composition relative to at least two flow paths. A method of variably resisting flow in a subterranean well can include a structure displacing in response to a flow of a fluid composition, and a resistance to the flow of the fluid composition changing in response to a ratio of desired to undesired fluid in the fluid composition changing. Swellable materials and airfoils may be used in variable flow resistance systems.05-09-2013
20130112422DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE ACTUATOR - A technique facilitates actuation of a variety of tools in many types of environments. The actuation technique employs a closed conduit, such as a closed tube, arranged in a curvilinear structure. By applying a differential pressure to the closed conduit, the curvature of the curvilinear structure is changed. This change can be used to actuate a corresponding tool between desired operational positions.05-09-2013
20130092394Well Screen with Extending Filter - A well screen assembly for a wellbore includes a base pipe and a filter assembly carried on the base pipe. The filter assembly has an internal passage in fluid communication with an opening through the base pipe. A swell material is carried in the base pipe between the filter assembly and the base pipe. The swell material is adapted to expand under specified conditions and displace the filter assembly radially toward a wall of the wellbore. A flow control device is provided in fluid communication between the internal passage of the filter assembly and the opening in the base pipe and is adapted to restrict communication of fluid with the opening in the base pipe. The well screen assembly can include a hydraulic, electric or optical communication line running axially through a length of the well screen assembly.04-18-2013
20130092393METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW USING MOVABLE FLOW DIVERTER ASSEMBLY - Apparatus and methods for controlling the flow of fluid, such as formation fluid, through an oilfield tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. Fluid flow is autonomously controlled in response to change in a fluid flow characteristic, such as density or viscosity. In one embodiment, a fluid diverter is movable between an open and closed position in response to fluid density change and operable to restrict fluid flow through a valve assembly inlet. The diverter can be pivotable, rotatable or otherwise movable in response to the fluid density change. In one embodiment, the diverter is operable to control a fluid flow ratio through two valve inlets. The fluid flow ratio is used to operate a valve member to restrict fluid flow through the valve.04-18-2013
20130092392METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW USING MOVABLE FLOW DIVERTER ASSEMBLY - Apparatus and methods for controlling the flow of fluid, such as formation fluid, through an oilfield tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. Fluid flow is autonomously controlled in response to change in a fluid flow characteristic, such as density or viscosity. In one embodiment, a fluid diverter is movable between an open and closed position in response to fluid density change and operable to restrict fluid flow through a valve assembly inlet. The diverter can be pivotable, rotatable or otherwise movable in response to the fluid density change. In one embodiment, the diverter is operable to control a fluid flow ratio through two valve inlets. The fluid flow ratio is used to operate a valve member to restrict fluid flow through the valve.04-18-2013
20130098631PROTECTION OF A SAFETY VALVE IN A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A safety valve system for use in a subterranean well can include a safety valve protector connected downstream of a safety valve, whereby when closed the safety valve protector reduces a flow rate through the safety valve and prevents displacement of an object through the safety valve protector to the safety valve. Another safety valve system can include a safety valve protector which, when closed, reduces a flow rate through a safety valve, and the safety valve protector closes in response to the flow rate through the safety valve being above a predetermined level. In another safety valve system, each of the safety valve protector and the safety valve comprises an actuator, the actuators being connected by a line, and a signal transmitted by the line causes the safety valve protector actuator to close the safety valve protector, and then causes the safety valve actuator to close the safety valve.04-25-2013
20130098630DOWNHOLE FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD - 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.04-25-2013
20130118757CONTROL LINE PROTECTION - A control line protector for use with a tubing string, e.g. production tubing having at least one control line on an outer surface thereof is disclosed. The control line protector comprises a sleeve having a cylindrical rigid outer wall, the sleeve being locatable around the tubing string and the at least one control line, and a polymeric scaling element disposed, in use, between an inner surface of the outer wall of the sleeve and the tubing string, operable to substantially seal the space between the outer wall of the sleeve and the tubing string.05-16-2013
20130118758HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE INDEPENDENT ACTUATORS AND METHODS - An actuator that may be used in a wellbore to change the state of a downhole tool. The actuator has an operator that is axially movable in response to changes in tubing pressure. The actuator includes a hydraulic circuit that creates a temporary reference pressure against which the tubing pressure indexes the operator.05-16-2013
20130126185SYSTEM FOR INCREASING SWELLING EFFICIENCY - A swellable system reactive to a flow of fluid including an article having a swellable material operatively arranged to swell upon exposure to a flow of fluid containing ions therein. A filter material is disposed with the swellable material and operatively arranged to remove the ions from the flow of fluid before exposure to the swellable material.05-23-2013
20130126184REACTIVE CHOKE FOR AUTOMATIC WELLBORE FLUID MANAGEMENT AND METHODS OF USING SAME - Fluid actuated chokes comprise an expandable material that expands due to an undesired fluid coming in contact with the choke. The choke includes one or more passageways through which desired fluids from a well flow unimpeded. The choke is disposed in a downhole tool as part of a downhole completion. When one or more undesired fluids enters a production stream flowing through the downhole completion and, thus, the downhole tool, and contacts the choke, the expandable material expands causing fluid flow through the passageway(s) to be restricted and, in some cases, completely closed off. Thus, the choke automatically detects and reacts, i.e., restricts fluid flow through the choke, when contacted by the undesired fluid(s).05-23-2013
20130140038Bidirectional Downhole Fluid Flow Control System and Method - A bidirectional downhole fluid flow control system is operable to control the inflow of formation fluids and the outflow of injection fluids. The system includes at least one injection flow control component and at least one production flow control component in parallel with the at least one injection flow control component. The at least one injection flow control component and the at least one production flow control component each have direction dependent flow resistance, such that injection fluid flow experiences a greater flow resistance through the at least one production flow control component than through the at least one injection flow control component and such that production fluid flow experiences a greater flow resistance through the at least one injection flow control component than through the at least one production flow control component.06-06-2013
20100276154FLOW-ACTUATED ACTUATOR AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is a flow-actuated actuator. The actuator includes, a plurality of rings positionable within a structure, each ring having a full bore therethrough, and a plurality of elongated members in operable communication with the plurality of rings providing orientation of each ring to at least one adjacent ring, the plurality of rings and the plurality of elongated members configured to generate an urging force in response to fluid flow thereby.11-04-2010
20090272539Mechanical Bi-Directional Isolation Valve - A valve having a sealing surface that is rotated 90 degrees on axial floating hinge assemblies is provided. A sleeve moves into position to protect the valve mechanism when the valve is in an open position. A sleeve locks the valve sealing element in place in either a closed or open position. The valve may be used during drilling of wells to prevent flow into the casing when the drill pipe and bit are raised above the valve.11-05-2009
20130092395Venting System and Method to Reduce Adiabatic Heating of Pressure Control Equipment - A system and method for control of adiabatic heating within a pressure control device that is associated with a well valve.04-18-2013
20110214881FLOW CONTROL ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD - A flow control arrangement includes a housing defining one or more openings therein; a valve structure alignable and misalignable with the one or more openings in the housing; and one or more plugs, one each in each of the one or more openings, each plug being reducible by one or more of exposure to downhole fluids and applied dissolution fluids and method for carrying out a series of downhole operations.09-08-2011
20110220367OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF MULTIPLE VALVES IN A WELL - A method of controlling operation of multiple valves interconnected in a tubular string in a subterranean well can include opening each of the valves, and then closing the valves in response to an application of pressure to the tubular string. A well system can include multiple valves interconnected in a tubular string, each of the valves including an actuator, and a valve control device interconnected in the tubular string. The valve control device may be connected to each of the valve actuators via multiple flow paths, whereby a pressure differential generated between the flow paths is also generated in each of the valve actuators.09-15-2011
20120255739SELECTIVELY VARIABLE FLOW RESTRICTOR FOR USE IN A SUBTERRANEAN WELL - A variable flow resistance system for use with a subterranean well can include a flow chamber through which a fluid composition flows, the chamber having at least two inlets, and a flow resistance which varies depending on proportions of the fluid composition which flow into the chamber via the respective inlet flow paths, and an actuator which varies the proportions. The actuator may deflect the fluid composition toward one of the inlet flow paths. A method of variably controlling flow resistance in a well can include changing an orientation of a deflector relative to a passage through which a fluid composition flows, thereby influencing the fluid composition to flow toward one of multiple inlet flow paths of a flow chamber, the chamber having a flow resistance which varies depending on proportions of the fluid composition which flow into the chamber via the respective inlet flow paths.10-11-2012
20130206424Valve device for a side pocket or sub in a well - A valve device for use in a side pocket and/or sub in a well, having a housing (08-15-2013
20120273227CASING RELIEF VALVE - A pressure relief valve assembly may be coupled to one or more casings and/or tubular members to control fluid communication therebetween. The valve assembly is a one-way valve assembly that relieves pressure within an annulus formed between adjacent casings and/or tubular members to prevent burst or collapse of the casings and/or tubular members. The valve assembly includes a tubular body having a port for fluid communication and a valve ring disposed within the tubular body, the valve ring having a flap for closing the port, wherein the flap is configured to flex from a closed position to an open position in response to a pressure differential. In another embodiment, the valve assembly also includes a retainer sleeve movable from an engaged position for maintaining the flap in a closed position to a disengaged position to allow the flap to open.11-01-2012
20120273226ANNULAR PRESSURE RELEASE SUB - A method and apparatus for a pressure relief valve assembly. The valve assembly may be coupled to one or more casings and/or tubular members to control fluid communication therebetween. The valve assembly is a one-way valve assembly that relieves pressure within an annulus formed between adjacent casings and/or tubular members to prevent burst or collapse of the casings and/or tubular members. The valve assembly is resettable downhole.11-01-2012
20120273225COLLAPSE SENSING CHECK VALVE - A method and apparatus for a pressure relief valve assembly. The valve assembly may be coupled to one or more casings and/or tubular members to control fluid communication therebetween. The valve assembly is a one-way valve assembly that relieves pressure within an annulus formed between adjacent casings and/or tubular members to prevent burst or collapse of the casings and/or tubular members. The valve assembly is resettable downhole.11-01-2012
20120273224Electronic Control System for a Downhole Tool - An electronic control system for a downhole tool controls an operational state of the downhole tool. The electronic control system receives a signal from uphole, and drives a motor to operate a valve, alternately fluidly connecting a chamber in the valve to drilling fluid in a bore of the downhole tool, causing an activation mechanism to configure the downhole tool into a first state, and fluidly connecting the chamber to an annulus surrounding the downhole tool, venting mud into the annulus.11-01-2012
20120273223Load balancing spherical diameter single seat ball system - A ball valve comprises a housing, a first seat surface, a second seat surface, wherein the first seat surface and the second seat surface are fixed relative to each other, and a ball rotatably movable within the housing and contacting at least one of the first seat surface and the second seat surface to form a seal within the ball valve; wherein pressure acting in a first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction increases the contact pressure of the first seat surface and the second seat surface with the ball.11-01-2012
20100314126SEAT APPARATUS AND METHOD - A seat apparatus comprises a housing defining at least a first flow path and at least a second flow path, a first seat disposed in the housing for receipt of a first object operative to obstruct the first flow path, and a second seat disposed in the housing for receipt of a second object operative to obstruct the second flow path and method.12-16-2010
20110232917ELECTRICALLY OPERATED ISOLATION VALVE - A method of operating an isolation valve can include transmitting a signal to a detector section of the isolation valve, and a control system of the isolation valve operating an actuator of the isolation valve in response to detection of the signal by the detector section. An isolation valve can include a detector section which detects a presence of an object in the isolation valve, and a control system which operates an actuator of the isolation valve in response to an object presence indication received from the detector section. A well system can include an isolation valve which selectively permits and prevents fluid communication between sections of a wellbore, the isolation valve including a detector section which detects a signal, and the isolation valve further including a control system which operates an actuator of the isolation valve in response to detection of the signal by the detector section.09-29-2011
20110232916BI-DIRECTIONAL FLAPPER/SEALING MECHANISM AND TECHNIQUE - An isolation valve can include a pivot connecting a closure member to an actuator member which displaces when the isolation valve is actuated between open and closed configurations, whereby the pivot displaces with the actuator member. Another isolation valve can include a pivot connecting a closure member to an actuator member which displaces when the isolation valve is actuated between open and closed configurations, and a profile formed in the isolation valve. The profile biases the closure member from an open position to a closed position when the isolation valve is actuated from the open configuration to the closed configuration. A method of actuating an isolation valve includes actuating the isolation valve between open and closed configurations, and wherein actuating the isolation valve comprises simultaneously displacing an actuator member, a closure member, and a pivot which pivotably connects the closure member to the actuator member.09-29-2011
20110232915SYSTEM, ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR PORT CONTROL - A port control system including a group of port control assemblies at least one of which delaying passage of a plug and at least one of which preventing passage of a plug, each assembly of the group configured to shift a sleeve to open one or more ports responsive to contact with a same sized plug upon fluid pressure differential across the plug; and at least one second group of port control assemblies at least one of which delaying passage of a plug and at least one of which preventing passage of a plug, each assembly of the group configured to shift a sleeve to open one or more ports responsive to contact with a same sized plug upon fluid pressure differential across the plug. A method is included.09-29-2011
20130180727METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUS DOWNHOLE FLUID SELECTION WITH PATHWAY DEPENDENT RESISTANCE SYSTEM - Apparatus and methods for controlling the flow of fluid, such as formation fluid, through an oilfield tubular positioned in a wellbore extending through a subterranean formation. Fluid flow is autonomously controlled in response to change in a fluid flow characteristic, such as density or viscosity. In one embodiment, a fluid diverter is movable between an open and closed position in response to fluid density change and operable to restrict fluid flow through a valve assembly inlet. The diverter can be pivotable, rotatable or otherwise movable in response to the fluid density change. In one embodiment, the diverter is operable to control a fluid flow ratio through two valve inlets. The fluid flow ratio is used to operate a valve member to restrict fluid flow through the valve.07-18-2013
20130186639PRESSURE PULSE-INITIATED FLOW RESTRICTOR BYPASS SYSTEM - A method of variably restricting flow in a subterranean well can include resisting the flow through a sidewall of a tubular string, and then selectively opening a device in response to a predetermined pressure signal being transmitted. The opening of the device can substantially reduce a resistance to the flow through the tubular string sidewall. A flow restrictor system for use with a subterranean well can include a flow restrictor which resists flow through system, a pressure sensor, and an initially closed device which opens and thereby permits the flow to bypass the flow restrictor, in response to a predetermined pressure signal being detected by the sensor.07-25-2013
20120018169DOWNHOLE DISPLACEMENT BASED ACTUATOR - A technique facilitates actuating a variety of components in a downhole environment. The technique utilizes displacement based activation of an atmospheric actuation chamber. Activation of the atmospheric actuation chamber may be initiated via a variety of mechanisms, including manipulation of a restraining device, translation of a seal, and/or destruction of a seal. The atmospheric actuation chamber is coupled in cooperation with the corresponding downhole component to enable selective activation of the downhole component.01-26-2012
20130192846Resettable Ball Seat - A device to allow a single ball size to actuate at least two downhole tools. Typically when a large number of ball actuated devices are run in a single well the total number of devices is limited by the increasing size of the balls required to actuate each sequential device. By having a mechanism that allows at least two tools to be actuated by each ball size the total number of ball actuated devices may be at least doubled.08-01-2013
20120024537ISOLATION VALVE WITH DEBRIS CONTROL AND FLOW TUBE PROTECTION - The present invention generally relates to an isolation valve with debris control. In one aspect, an isolation valve for use as part of a casing string is provided. The isolation valve includes a housing having a bore and a valve cavity. The isolation valve further includes a valve member movable between a first position in which the valve member obstructs the bore of the housing and a second position in which the valve member is disposed in the valve cavity. Further, the isolation valve includes a flow tube configured to allow movement of the valve member between the first and second positions. Additionally, the isolation valve includes an engagement assembly adapted to engage the flow tube to substantially prevent debris from entering the valve cavity when the valve member is in the second position. In another aspect, a method of operating an isolation valve in a wellbore is provided.02-02-2012
20130199795Exercising a Well Tool - An exercise tool assembly for operating a downhole tool auxiliary to a primary actuator system of the downhole tool includes a cylinder mandrel configured to be received in the central bore of the downhole tool. A piston mandrel is in and sealed with the cylinder mandrel. The exercise tool assembly is configured to couple to an actuator sleeve of the downhole tool and to couple to the downhole tool at a location apart from the actuator sleeve. The piston mandrel is responsive to a change in pressure in the central bore to translate relative to the cylinder mandrel and translate the coupling with the actuator sleeve relative to the coupling at the location apart from the actuator sleeve.08-08-2013
20130199796FLUID INJECTION DEVICE - A fluid injection device (08-08-2013
20120073828DOWNHOLE MATERIAL DELIVERY - A method of delivering material, typically lost circulation material (LCM), into a hole via a tubular string comprises: opening a bypass port in a tubular string located in a drilled hole, the bypass port being provided above fluid outlets in the distal end of the string; delivering material through the string from surface, the material passing through the bypass port and into the drilled hole; and locking a volume of fluid in the string between the bypass port and the fluid outlets such that fluid is prevented from passing from the hole into the string via the fluid outlets.03-29-2012
20120085548Downhole Tools and Methods for Selectively Accessing a Tubular Annulus of a Wellbore - A downhole tool is provided that selectively opens and closes an axial/lateral bore of a tubular string positioned in a wellbore used to produce hydrocarbons or other fluids. When integrated into a tubular string, the downhole tool allows individual producing zones within a wellbore to be isolated between stimulation stages while simultaneously allowing a selected formation to be accessed. The downhole tools and methods can be used in vertical or directional wells, and additionally in cased or open-hole wellbores.04-12-2012

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