US Patent No: 6,722,427

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Wear-resistant, variable diameter expansion tool and expansion methods

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The inventions provide apparatus and methods for radially expanding a tubular deployed in a subterranean well by moving an expansion tool axially through the well. An expansion tool apparatus may have wear faces attached to at least a portion of the outer periphery of a mandrel for contacting the interior surface of the pipe, tube, or screen during expansion. According to another aspect of the invention, an expansion tool has a controlled egress seal between the outer surface of the tool and the inside surface of the expandable tubular. According to another aspect of the invention, an automatically variable diameter expansion tool is provided having a variable diameter cone, which expands, and contracts based on input from one or more sensors. According to another aspect of the invention, an apparatus and method for expanding a length of screen assembly in a subterranean wellbore is provided.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.HOUSTON, TX4195

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Echols, Ralph Harvey Dallas, TX 5 144
Gano, John C Carrollton, TX 136 2832
Schwendemann, Kenneth L Flower Mound, TX 41 940
Shy, Perry Carter Southlake, TX 5 158
Towers, Darrin N Carrollton, TX 19 446

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (3)
6,021,850 Downhole pipe expansion apparatus and method 256 1997
6,029,748 Method and apparatus for top to bottom expansion of tubulars 233 1997
6,478,092 Well completion method and apparatus 123 2000
 
SHELL OIL COMPANY (3)
5,366,012 Method of completing an uncased section of a borehole 541 1993
5,667,011 Method of creating a casing in a borehole 306 1996
6,012,523 Downhole apparatus and method for expanding a tubing 194 1998
 
Westinghouse Electric Corp. (3)
4,210,991 Hydraulic expansion swaging of tubes in tubesheet 20 1978
5,479,699 Apparatus for expanding tubular members 10 1994
5,752,311 Method for expanding tubular members 9 1995
 
BEHR GMBH & CO. KG (2)
5,640,879 Method and device for expanding metal tubes 14 1994
5,887,476 Method and device for expanding metal tubes 15 1997
 
ALCOA INC. (1)
5,327,765 Internal articulated mandrel for the stretch forming of elongated hollow metal sections 17 1993
 
AMAL SHESHTAWY (1)
6,189,631 Drilling tool with extendable elements 24 1998
 
CAMCO, INCORPORATED, A CORP. OF TX. (1)
5,070,940 Apparatus for deploying and energizing submergible electric motor downhole 33 1990
 
DAIDO TOKUSHUKO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,334,351 Metal pipe expander 93 2000
 
DAYCO PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
4,754,543 Method of making expandable and collapsible mandrel 14 1987
 
Gearhart Industries, Inc. (1)
4,415,029 Downhole well tool and anchoring assembly 27 1981
 
HALLIBURTON COMPANY (1)
5,070,941 Downhole force generator 32 1990
 
HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
5,746,557 Expansion dowel 17 1997
 
MCDERMOTT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,392,626 Flexible hydraulic expansion mandrel 10 1994
 
PECHINEY RECHERCHE, A CORPORATION OF FRANCE (1)
5,264,162 Process for manufacturing porous tubes of high permeability made from carbon-carbon composite material, and their application 17 1992
 
TOOLS FOR BENDING, INC. (1)
5,823,031 Method and apparatus for bulge forming and bending tubes 17 1996
 
UNION PLANTERS BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
5,112,158 Underground pipe replacement method and apparatus 24 1991
 
WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC. (1)
6,325,148 Tools and methods for use with expandable tubulars 255 1999
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
4,212,186 Pipe expander 12 1978

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, LLC (68)
7,357,188 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 7 2000
7,048,067 Wellbore casing repair 24 2000
7,603,758 Method of coupling a tubular member 7 2001
7,258,168 Liner hanger with slip joint sealing members and method of use 11 2001
7,240,728 Expandable tubulars with a radial passage and wall portions with different wall thicknesses 31 2001
7,556,092 Flow control system for an apparatus for radially expanding tubular members 6 2002
7,290,616 Liner hanger 12 2002
7,168,496 Liner hanger 12 2002
7,159,665 Wellbore casing 14 2002
7,243,731 Apparatus for radially expanding tubular members including a segmented expansion cone 13 2002
7,416,027 Adjustable expansion cone assembly 8 2002
7,350,563 System for lining a wellbore casing 11 2002
7,234,531 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 22 2002
7,086,475 Method of inserting a tubular member into a wellbore 33 2002
7,011,161 Structural support 17 2002
7,559,365 Collapsible expansion cone 7 2002
7,383,889 Mono diameter wellbore casing 12 2002
7,270,188 Radial expansion of tubular members 11 2002
7,380,593 Expandable tubes with overlapping end portions 1 2002
7,290,605 Seal receptacle using expandable liner hanger 12 2002
7,516,790 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 5 2003
7,740,076 Protective sleeve for threaded connections for expandable liner hanger 4 2003
7,918,284 Protective sleeve for threaded connections for expandable liner hanger 2 2003
7,172,024 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 16 2003
7,360,591 System for radially expanding a tubular member 5 2003
7,021,390 Tubular liner for wellbore casing 51 2003
7,398,832 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 2 2003
7,185,710 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 15 2003
7,121,352 Isolation of subterranean zones 45 2003
7,195,064 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 8 2003
7,739,917 Pipe formability evaluation for expandable tubulars 1 2003
7,571,774 Self-lubricating expansion mandrel for expandable tubular 6 2003
7,424,918 Interposed joint sealing layer method of forming a wellbore casing 5 2003
7,404,444 Protective sleeve for expandable tubulars 3 2003
7,377,326 Magnetic impulse applied sleeve method of forming a wellbore casing 2 2003
7,513,313 Bottom plug for forming a mono diameter wellbore casing 7 2003
7,077,211 Method of creating a casing in a borehole 39 2004
7,240,729 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 24 2004
7,438,133 Apparatus and method for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 6 2004
7,140,428 Expander for expanding a tubular element 2 2004
7,117,940 Expander for expanding a tubular element 9 2004
7,775,290 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 3 2004
7,597,140 Expansion device for expanding a pipe 6 2004
7,147,053 Wellhead 14 2004
7,299,881 Radial expansion of tubular members 3 2004
7,246,667 Radial expansion of tubular members 14 2004
7,357,190 Radial expansion of tubular members 4 2004
7,275,601 Radial expansion of tubular members 8 2004
7,172,021 Liner hanger with sliding sleeve valve 20 2004
7,363,690 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 1 2005
7,363,691 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 7 2005
7,308,755 Apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 3 2005
7,204,007 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 9 2005
7,172,019 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 18 2005
7,146,702 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 16 2005
7,419,009 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 4 2005
7,410,000 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 5 2005
7,350,564 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 3 2005
7,434,618 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 6 2005
7,121,337 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 39 2005
7,819,185 Expandable tubular 1 2005
7,552,776 Anchor hangers 2 2005
7,325,602 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 5 2006
7,712,522 Expansion cone and system 6 2007
7,886,831 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 0 2007
7,665,532 Pipeline 2 2007
8,100,186 Expansion system for expandable tubulars and method of expanding thereof 1 2009
8,251,137 Geometrically optimized expansion cone 0 2009
 
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (14)
7,363,984 System for radially expanding a tubular member 6 2003
7,117,941 Variable diameter expansion tool and expansion methods 10 2005
7,434,616 System and method for fluid control in expandable tubing 2 2005
RE42733 Wear-resistant, variable diameter expansion tool and expansion methods 0 2006
8,276,675 System and method for servicing a wellbore 7 2009
8,272,443 Downhole progressive pressurization actuated tool and method of using the same 10 2009
8,261,842 Expandable wellbore liner system 0 2009
8,230,913 Expandable device for use in a well bore 3 2010
RE45099 Expandable tubing and method 0 2010
RE45011 Expandable tubing and method 0 2010
8,695,710 Method for individually servicing a plurality of zones of a subterranean formation 0 2011
8,668,012 System and method for servicing a wellbore 0 2011
8,668,016 System and method for servicing a wellbore 0 2011
8,662,178 Responsively activated wellbore stimulation assemblies and methods of using the same 0 2011
 
SHELL OIL COMPANY (10)
7,108,061 Expander for a tapered liner with a shoe 14 2002
7,438,132 Concentric pipes expanded at the pipe ends and method of forming 5 2003
7,174,964 Wellhead with radially expanded tubulars 12 2003
7,159,667 Method of coupling a tubular member to a preexisting structure 18 2004
7,131,498 Expander for expanding a tubular element 2 2004
7,231,985 Radial expansion of tubular members 25 2004
7,201,223 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 10 2005
7,216,701 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 13 2005
7,198,100 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 11 2005
7,195,061 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 3 2005
 
WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC. (9)
7,093,656 Solid expandable hanger with compliant slip system 9 2003
7,028,780 Expandable hanger with compliant slip system 10 2003
7,441,606 Expandable fluted liner hanger and packer system 6 2006
8,069,916 System and methods for tubular expansion 8 2007
7,980,302 Compliant expansion swage 2 2008
8,443,881 Expandable liner hanger and method of use 1 2009
8,549,906 Tubing expansion 0 2011
8,356,663 Compliant expansion swage 0 2011
8,641,407 Tubing expansion 0 2011
 
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (5)
7,134,504 Expandable packer with anchoring feature 5 2004
7,607,476 Expandable slip ring 5 2006
7,921,921 Downhole backup system and method 0 2008
8,225,878 Method and apparatus for expanded liner extension using downhole then uphole expansion 1 2009
8,215,409 Method and apparatus for expanded liner extension using uphole expansion 0 2009
 
E2 TECH LIMITED (2)
7,185,701 Apparatus and method for radially expanding a tubular member 11 2002
7,654,332 Apparatus and methods for radially expanding a tubular member 0 2008
 
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (2)
8,091,631 Intelligent well system and method 0 2004
8,844,627 Intelligent well system and method 0 2012
 
Enventure Global Technology, Inc. (1)
7,503,393 Lubrication system for radially expanding tubular members 4 2004
 
Eventure Global Technology, LLC (1)
7,793,721 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 0 2004
 
META DOWNHOLE LIMITED (1)
7,017,670 Apparatus and method for expanding and fixing a tubular member within another tubular member, a liner or a borehole 12 2003
 
TIW CORPORATION (1)
8,408,317 Tubular expansion tool and method 0 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
RE45244 Expandable tubing and method 0 2010

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