Downhole Tools and Methods for Selectively Accessing
a Tubular Annulus of a Wellbore
Wil iam W. Fleckenstein
Summary: A downhole tool that selectively opens and closes an axial/lateral bore
of a tubular string positioned in a wellbore
Description: This invention is of a downhole tool that selectively opens and closes
an axial/lateral bore of a tubular string positioned in a wellbore that is 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 simultaneous 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.
Main Advantages of this Invention:
 Lower cost
 Simplistic design comparted to current technologies
 Maintains a large wellbore
 Al ows for a higher number of fracture stages per well
Potential Areas of Application:
 Oil and Gas
ID number: 10015
Intel ectual Property Status: US 8,991,505
Opportunity: We are seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing,
manufacturing, and sale of this technology.
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For more information contact:
William Vaughan, Director of Technology Transfer
Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Guggenheim Hall Suite 314, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2555; e-mail: wvaughan@mines.edu