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Fracture-related patent applications - as published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Complex stress-engineered frangible structures
Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
October 12, 2017 - N°20170292546

A stress-engineered frangible structure includes multiple discrete glass members interconnected by inter-structure bonds to form a complex structural shape. Each glass member includes strengthened (i. E., by way of stress-engineering) glass material portions that are configured to transmit propagating fracture forces throughout the glass member. Each inter-structure bond includes a bonding member (e. G., glass-frit or adhesive) connected to weaker (...
Fracturing and in-situ proppant injection using a formation testing tool
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
October 12, 2017 - N°20170292359

A formation testing tool which performs the dual function of fracturing and in-situ proppant placement. The testing tool houses proppant slurry having proppant and fracture fluid therein, and a probe which seals against the wellbore wall. During operation, the probe seals against the wellbore wall whereby fluid communication may take place. Using a pump aboard the testing tool, the fracture ...
High temperature, radiation-resistant, ferritic-martensitic steels
Terrapower, Llc
October 12, 2017 - N°20170292179

This disclosure describes new high temperature, radiation-resistant, ferritic-martensitic steel compositions. The new steels generally contain 9. 0-12. 0 wt. % cr, 0. 001-1. 0 wt. % mn, 0. 001-2. 0 wt. % mo, 0. 001-2. 5 wt. % w, and 0. 1-0. 3 wt. % c, with the balance being primarily fe. More specifically, steels having from 10. 0-12. 0 wt. % cr are considered particularly advantageous. Small amounts of n, nb, v, ta, ti, zr, and b ...
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Well service fluid composition and method of using microemulsions as flowback aids
Clariant International, Ltd.
October 12, 2017 - N°20170292062

The present invention relates to a new winsor type iv microemulsion system for faster return of well service fluid and enhanced production of hydrocarbon-containing fluids in fractured tight subterranean formations, where the microemulsion system includes a surfactant subsystem including at least one glucamide sugar surfactant, a solvent subsystem and a co-solvent subsystem and to methods for making and using same.
Clavicle fracture infant brace
Sprossentech, Llc
October 12, 2017 - N°20170290696

The present disclosure describes an infant brace for treating an infant with a fractured clavicle. The infant brace includes a torso portion for receiving the donning infant's torso, and an arm portion for receiving the donning infant's arm on the side coinciding with the fractured clavicle. The infant brace is formed from an elastic netting material. The infant brace provides ...
Shape memory bioresorbable polymer peripheral scaffolds
Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
October 12, 2017 - N°20170290688

Bioabsorbable scaffolds having high crush recoverability, high fracture resistance, and reduced or no recoil due to self expanding properties at physiological conditions are disclosed. The scaffolds are made from a random copolymer of plla and a rubbery polymer such as polycaprolactone.
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Micro-transfer printed led and color filter structure
X-celeprint Limited
October 05, 2017 - N°20170287882

A micro-transfer printed intermediate structure comprises an intermediate substrate and one or more pixel structures disposed on the intermediate substrate. Each pixel structure includes an led, a color filter, and a fractured pixel tether physically attached to the pixel structure. A fractured intermediate tether is physically attached to the intermediate substrate. A method of making an intermediate structure source wafer ...
Cominel S.r.l.
October 05, 2017 - N°20170284777

Target for helice target shooting comprising a helical body and a centre piece that are snap-coupled together; the helical body comprising a cylindrical annular portion that extends according to a central axis (a) and is provided, peripherally, of at least one pair of mushroom-shaped projections so configured as to couple with the centre piece in correspondence of respective peripheral seats; ...
System and method for facilitating subterranean hydrocarbon extraction utilizing electrochemical reactions with metals
Arizona Board Of Regents On Behalf Of Arizona State University
October 05, 2017 - N°20170284180

Methods and systems for facilitating extraction of subterranean hydrocarbons from a geologic structure. The present methods include causing corrosion of a base metal within a geologic structure to produce a gaseous product to increase pressure and form fractures in the geologic structure. Some embodiments of the present methods include injecting a fluid composition comprising the base metal into a wellbore (...
Method for developing an oil bearing formation
Schlumberger Technology Corporation
October 05, 2017 - N°20170284179

Rows of horizontal production wells and rows of horizontal injection wells are drilled and alternating in a formation. The horizontal production wellbores and the horizontal injection wellbores are placed in the direction of a minimum horizontal stress in the formation. Within casing strings of the wells, at least two hydraulic frac ports are installed and multi-stage fracturing is performed through ...
Automated fracture planning methods for multi-well fields
Landmark Graphics Corporation
October 05, 2017 - N°20170284175

A method in accordance with some embodiments comprises receiving input parameters specifying fracturing requirements, electronically accessing formation data associated with a target formation, and using a computer processor to dynamically generate a fracturing plan for at least one of a plurality of boreholes in the target formation. The plan includes potential fracture locations and lengths that account for existing or ...
Gas diverter for well and reservoir stimulation
Diversion Technologies, Llc
October 05, 2017 - N°20170283689

The fracturing methods described in the present disclosure provide advantage over the current fracturing methods. The disclosed fracturing methods can change the fracture gradient of the downhole subterranean formation. For example, one or more of the fracture gradients of the low and high stress zones of the downhole subterranean formation can be changed. Furthermore, the methods of present disclosure, in ...
Dual function proppants
Preferred Technology, Llc
October 05, 2017 - N°20170283686

Proppants for use in fractured or gravel packed/frac packed oil and gas wells are provided with a contaminant removal component to remove one or more of the contaminants found in subterranean water/hydrocarbon from a production well. The water/hydrocarbon cleaning proppant solids may be used as discrete particles in a proppant formulation, as a coating on proppant solids ...
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A method for improving fracture toughness of polyisocyanurate comprising reaction products
Huntsman International Llc
October 05, 2017 - N°20170283545

A curable composition for making polyisocyanurate comprising products obtained by combining and mixing at an isocyanate index of at least 100 at least a polyisocyanate composition, an isocyanate reactive composition comprising at least 50 mol % diols and a toughening agent comprising acrylic block copolymers.
Proxisome proliferator activated receptor (ppar) compounds and methods of using the same
The University Of Toledo
October 05, 2017 - N°20170283385

Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (ppar) compounds, and methods of using the same for treating bone fractures, treating osteoporosis and/or metabolic bone diseases, and inducing osteogenesis and/or chondrogenesis, are disclosed.
External fixator assembly
Globus Medical, Inc.
October 05, 2017 - N°20170281234

External fixator assemblies, systems, and methods thereof. An external fixator system may include a plurality of fixator assemblies configured to connect a plurality of pins, for example, positioned on opposite sides of a fractured bone, with one more rods. The fixator assemblies may include a plurality of clamp assemblies which are configured to rotate relative to one another when the ...
Layered body for optical member and image display device
Globus Medical, Inc.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170276840

The present invention is a layered body for organic electroluminescence in which an optical layered body is laminated on one surface of an organic electroluminescence layer and which is not cracked or fractured when a test in which the entire area of the layered body for organic electroluminescence is folded 180 degrees at 20 mm intervals is repeated 100,000 times.
Optimizing matrix acidizing treatment
Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170275990

A method for optimized matrix acidizing, including a method for determining fracture pressure of a formation as a function of bottom hole temperature. First and second cycles of a step up rate test may be performed on the formation to be acidized at first and second test temperatures, respectively. From the first and second cycles, a mathematical relationship for fracture ...
Hydrocarbon recovery process exploiting multiple induced fractures
Lor Canada Ltd.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170275978

A method for enhancing production from multiple-fractured underground “tight” formations. Spaced upwardly-extending injection fissures are created along a horizontal injection wellbore, and upwardly-extending collection fissures, alternately spaced with the injection fissures, are created along the horizontal injection wellbore or another adjacent production wellbore. The injection wellbore is supplied with fluid under pressure, which flows into such ...
Method and system for modeling and simulating a fractured reservoir
Lor Canada Ltd.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170275970

The present disclosure describes methods and systems to enhance subsurface models of fractured reservoirs. In particular, the methods and systems described herein incorporate the effects of “dynamic” compressible fractures and, thus, can improve predictions of fractured reservoir performance over time. The methods and systems may utilize predictive algorithms for mechanical and hydraulic stiffness properties of the ...
Ceramic and metal boron nitride nanotube composites
Lor Canada Ltd.
September 28, 2017 - N°20170275742

The present invention provides for materials and methods of making metal and ceramic matrix composites reinforced with boron nitride nanomaterials for improved physical properties such as hardness, fracture toughness, and bend strength.