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 OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.HOUSTON, TX4562

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Echols, Ralph Harvey Dallas, TX 3 173
Gano, John C Carrollton, TX 115 3551
Schwendemann, Kenneth L Flower Mound, TX 33 1358
Shy, Perry Carter Southlake, TX 4 168
Towers, Darrin N Carrollton, TX 14 619

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION (2)
5,479,699 Apparatus for expanding tubular members 10 1994
5,752,311 Method for expanding tubular members 9 1995
 
PECHINEY RECHERCHE, A CORP. OF FRANCE GROUPEMENT D'INTERET ECONOMIQUE REGI PAR 1'ORDONNANCE 9/23/67, DEFENSE 5, IMMEUBLE BALZAC, 10, PLACE DES VOSGES (1)
5,264,162 Process for manufacturing porous tubes of high permeability made from carbon-carbon composite material, and their application 17 1992
 
HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
5,746,557 Expansion dowel 19 1997
 
TOOLS FOR BENDING, INC. (1)
5,823,031 Method and apparatus for bulge forming and bending tubes 18 1996
 
DAYCO PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
4,754,543 Method of making expandable and collapsible mandrel 15 1987
 
MCDERMOTT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,392,626 Flexible hydraulic expansion mandrel 11 1994
 
WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
* 6,325,148 Tools and methods for use with expandable tubulars 277 1999
 
Gearhart Industries, Inc. (1)
4,415,029 Downhole well tool and anchoring assembly 30 1981
 
UNION PLANTERS BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
* 5,112,158 Underground pipe replacement method and apparatus 27 1991
 
BEHR GMBH & CO. KG (2)
5,640,879 Method and device for expanding metal tubes 15 1994
5,887,476 Method and device for expanding metal tubes 15 1997
 
HALLIBURTON COMPANY (1)
5,070,941 Downhole force generator 36 1990
 
ALCOA INC. (1)
5,327,765 Internal articulated mandrel for the stretch forming of elongated hollow metal sections 17 1993
 
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (3)
6,021,850 Downhole pipe expansion apparatus and method 258 1997
6,029,748 Method and apparatus for top to bottom expansion of tubulars 237 1997
* 6,478,092 Well completion method and apparatus 128 2000
 
SHELL OIL COMPANY (3)
5,366,012 Method of completing an uncased section of a borehole 559 1993
5,667,011 Method of creating a casing in a borehole 309 1996
6,012,523 Downhole apparatus and method for expanding a tubing 198 1998
 
CAMCO INC. (1)
5,070,940 Apparatus for deploying and energizing submergible electric motor downhole 38 1990
 
Daido Tokushuko Kabushiki Kaisha (1)
* 6,334,351 Metal pipe expander 93 2000
 
AMAL SHESHTAWY (1)
* 6,189,631 Drilling tool with extendable elements 39 1998
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 2005/0039,927 Intelligent well system and method 7 2004
* 2005/0028,989 Expandable packer with anchoring feature 1 2004
 
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (25)
7,363,984 System for radially expanding a tubular member 7 2003
* 2005/0269,074 Case hardened stainless steel oilfield tool 1 2004
* 2006/0225,879 VARIABLE DIAMETER EXPANSION TOOL AND EXPANSION METHODS 2 2005
7,117,941 Variable diameter expansion tool and expansion methods 13 2005
7,434,616 System and method for fluid control in expandable tubing 3 2005
* 2006/0266,530 System and method for fluid control in expandable tubing 3 2005
* RE42733 Wear-resistant, variable diameter expansion tool and expansion methods 1 2006
* 2009/0308,588 Method and Apparatus for Exposing a Servicing Apparatus to Multiple Formation Zones 105 2008
8,276,675 System and method for servicing a wellbore 23 2009
* 2011/0036,590 System and method for servicing a wellbore 16 2009
8,272,443 Downhole progressive pressurization actuated tool and method of using the same 23 2009
* 2011/0108,272 Downhole progressive pressurization actuated tool and method of using the same 12 2009
8,261,842 Expandable wellbore liner system 1 2009
8,230,913 Expandable device for use in a well bore 6 2010
RE45244 Expandable tubing and method 0 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 1 2011
8,668,012 System and method for servicing a wellbore 2 2011
8,668,016 System and method for servicing a wellbore 1 2011
8,893,811 Responsively activated wellbore stimulation assemblies and methods of using the same 0 2011
8,899,334 System and method for servicing a wellbore 0 2011
8,662,178 Responsively activated wellbore stimulation assemblies and methods of using the same 3 2011
8,991,509 Delayed activation activatable stimulation assembly 1 2012
9,428,976 System and method for servicing a wellbore 0 2014
 
WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC (18)
7,093,656 Solid expandable hanger with compliant slip system 11 2003
* 2004/0216,894 Solid expandable hanger with compliant slip system 3 2003
* 7,028,780 Expandable hanger with compliant slip system 12 2003
* 2004/0216,891 Expandable hanger with compliant slip system 3 2003
7,441,606 Expandable fluted liner hanger and packer system 10 2006
* 2006/0124,295 Expandable fluted liner hanger and packer system 12 2006
8,069,916 System and methods for tubular expansion 10 2007
* 2008/0156,499 SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TUBULAR EXPANSION 10 2007
7,980,302 Compliant expansion swage 5 2008
* 2010/0089,592 COMPLIANT EXPANSION SWAGE 4 2008
8,443,881 Expandable liner hanger and method of use 1 2009
* 2010/0089,591 EXPANDABLE LINER HANGER AND METHOD OF USE 5 2009
* 8,549,906 Tubing expansion 1 2011
* 2011/0168,386 TUBING EXPANSION 1 2011
8,356,663 Compliant expansion swage 0 2011
8,641,407 Tubing expansion 0 2011
9,308,566 Compliant expansion swage 0 2012
9,255,467 Expandable liner hanger and method of use 0 2013
 
TIW Corporation (2)
* 8,408,317 Tubular expansion tool and method 0 2010
* 2011/0168,411 TUBULAR EXPANSION TOOL AND METHOD 1 2010
 
E2 TECH LIMITED (3)
7,185,701 Apparatus and method for radially expanding a tubular member 12 2002
* 2004/0149,442 Apparatus and methods for radially expanding a tubular member 2 2004
7,654,332 Apparatus and methods for radially expanding a tubular member 0 2008
 
EVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, LLC (1)
7,793,721 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 0 2004
 
ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (9)
7,290,616 Liner hanger 12 2002
7,159,665 Wellbore casing 14 2002
7,918,284 Protective sleeve for threaded connections for expandable liner hanger 3 2003
7,503,393 Lubrication system for radially expanding tubular members 5 2004
7,077,211 Method of creating a casing in a borehole 40 2004
* 2004/0188,099 Method of creating a casing in a borehole 0 2004
7,240,729 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 25 2004
7,434,618 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 6 2005
7,665,532 Pipeline 4 2007
 
SHELL OIL COMPANY (11)
7,108,061 Expander for a tapered liner with a shoe 14 2002
7,174,964 Wellhead with radially expanded tubulars 14 2003
* 2004/0123,988 Wellhead 1 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 4 2004
* 2005/0194,127 Expander for expanding a tubular element 3 2004
7,231,985 Radial expansion of tubular members 27 2004
7,201,223 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 11 2005
7,216,701 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 14 2005
7,198,100 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 12 2005
7,195,061 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 4 2005
 
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (12)
* 7,134,504 Expandable packer with anchoring feature 6 2004
* 7,607,476 Expandable slip ring 14 2006
* 2008/0047,704 Expandable slip ring 4 2006
* 2010/0044,029 ACTIVE CONTROL AND/OR MONITORING OF EXPANDABLE TUBULAR DEVICES 1 2008
* 7,921,921 Downhole backup system and method 3 2008
* 2010/0071,908 DOWNHOLE BACKUP SYSTEM AND METHOD 6 2008
* 2010/0032,167 Method for Making Wellbore that Maintains a Minimum Drift 8 2009
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 1 2009
* 2010/0032,169 Method and Apparatus for Expanded Liner Extension Using Uphole Expansion 3 2009
* 2010/0032,168 Method and Apparatus for Expanded Liner Extension Using Downhole then Uphole Expansion 1 2009
* 2010/0116,490 ACTIVE CONTROL AND/OR MONITORING OF EXPANDABLE TUBULAR DEVICES 2 2010
 
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (5)
* 7,017,670 Apparatus and method for expanding and fixing a tubular member within another tubular member, a liner or a borehole 14 2003
* 2004/0159,445 Apparatus and method 1 2003
* 8,091,631 Intelligent well system and method 0 2004
* 2005/0199,401 System and Method to Seal Using a Swellable Material 125 2005
8,844,627 Intelligent well system and method 1 2012
 
ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, LLC (73)
7,357,188 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 9 2000
7,048,067 Wellbore casing repair 26 2000
7,603,758 Method of coupling a tubular member 8 2001
7,258,168 Liner hanger with slip joint sealing members and method of use 13 2001
7,240,728 Expandable tubulars with a radial passage and wall portions with different wall thicknesses 34 2001
7,556,092 Flow control system for an apparatus for radially expanding tubular members 6 2002
7,168,496 Liner hanger 13 2002
7,243,731 Apparatus for radially expanding tubular members including a segmented expansion cone 14 2002
7,416,027 Adjustable expansion cone assembly 10 2002
* 2005/0022,986 Adjustable expansion cone assembly 1 2002
7,350,563 System for lining a wellbore casing 15 2002
7,234,531 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 22 2002
7,086,475 Method of inserting a tubular member into a wellbore 34 2002
7,011,161 Structural support 18 2002
7,559,365 Collapsible expansion cone 12 2002
7,383,889 Mono diameter wellbore casing 18 2002
7,270,188 Radial expansion of tubular members 13 2002
7,380,593 Expandable tubes with overlapping end portions 1 2002
* 2005/0039,910 Expandable tubes with overlapping end portions 0 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
7,172,024 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 16 2003
* 2004/0069,499 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 1 2003
7,360,591 System for radially expanding a tubular member 6 2003
7,021,390 Tubular liner for wellbore casing 53 2003
7,438,132 Concentric pipes expanded at the pipe ends and method of forming 5 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 50 2003
* 2004/0033,906 Liner hanger with slip joint sealing members and method of use 0 2003
7,195,064 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 8 2003
* 2004/0262,014 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 1 2003
7,739,917 Pipe formability evaluation for expandable tubulars 3 2003
7,571,774 Self-lubricating expansion mandrel for expandable tubular 9 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 3 2003
7,513,313 Bottom plug for forming a mono diameter wellbore casing 8 2003
7,438,133 Apparatus and method for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 7 2004
7,140,428 Expander for expanding a tubular element 3 2004
7,117,940 Expander for expanding a tubular element 13 2004
* 2005/0194,128 Expander for expanding a tubular element 0 2004
* 2005/0194,129 Expander for expanding a tubular element 0 2004
7,775,290 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 7 2004
7,597,140 Expansion device for expanding a pipe 7 2004
* 2006/0260,802 Expansion device for expanding a pipe 1 2004
7,147,053 Wellhead 14 2004
* 2005/0103,502 Collapsible expansion cone 78 2004
7,299,881 Radial expansion of tubular members 4 2004
7,246,667 Radial expansion of tubular members 16 2004
7,357,190 Radial expansion of tubular members 5 2004
7,275,601 Radial expansion of tubular members 9 2004
7,172,021 Liner hanger with sliding sleeve valve 21 2004
7,363,690 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 2 2005
7,363,691 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 8 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 10 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 5 2005
7,410,000 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 6 2005
7,350,564 Mono-diameter wellbore casing 4 2005
7,121,337 Apparatus for expanding a tubular member 43 2005
7,819,185 Expandable tubular 2 2005
7,552,776 Anchor hangers 2 2005
7,325,602 Method and apparatus for forming a mono-diameter wellbore casing 6 2006
7,712,522 Expansion cone and system 8 2007
7,886,831 Apparatus for radially expanding and plastically deforming a tubular member 1 2007
8,100,186 Expansion system for expandable tubulars and method of expanding thereof 1 2009
* 2011/0011,578 Expansion System for Expandable Tubulars 1 2009
* 8,251,137 Geometrically optimized expansion cone 0 2009
* 2010/0044,030 Geometrically Optimized Expansion Cone 7 2009
* Cited By Examiner