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METHOD AND APPARATUS TO UTILIZE A COMMINGLED GLASS FIBER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245441D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-10

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Abstract

In one embodiment, a method to form a downhole element is disclosed, including weaving a continuous glass filament and a continuous degradable thermoplastic filament to form a commingled glass fiber. In another embodiment, a commingled glass fiber is disclosed, including a continuous glass filament, and a continuous degradable thermoplastic filament interwoven with the continuous glass filament. In another embodiment, a downhole element is disclosed, including a commingled glass fiber. The commingled glass fiber includes a continuous glass filament, and a continuous degradable thermoplastic filament interwoven with the continuous glass filament.

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METHOD AND APPARATUS TO UTILIZE A COMMINGLED GLASS FIBER

BACKGROUND

Field of the Disclosure

[0001]     This disclosure relates generally to commingled glass fibers and elements that utilize the same for downhole applications.

Background of the Art

[0002]  Wellbores are drilled in subsurface formations for the production of hydrocarbons (oil and gas).  In many operations it is required to convey components (such as packers, bridge plugs, etc.) in a downhole location to facilitate production of oil and gas.  After such operations, conveyed components must be removed or destroyed before following operations can begin.  Such removal operations may be costly and/or time consuming.  It is desired to provide a material and a downhole component that can provide desired mechanical properties and degradation characteristics.

 [0003] The disclosure herein provides commingled glass fibers and elements that utilize the same for downhole applications.

SUMMARY

[0004]  In one aspect, a method to form a downhole element is disclosed, including weaving a continuous glass filament and a continuous degradable thermoplastic filament to form a commingled glass fiber.

[0005]  In another aspect, a commingled glass fiber is disclosed, including a continuous glass filament, and a continuous degradable thermoplastic filament interwoven with the continuous glass filament.

[0006]  In another aspect, a downhole element is disclosed, including a commingled glass fiber.  The commingled glass fiber includes a continuous glass filament, and a continuous degradable thermoplastic filament interwoven with the continuous glass filament.

 [0007] Examples of certain features of the apparatus and method disclosed herein are summarized rather broadly in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood. There are, of course, additional features of the apparatus and method disclosed hereinafter that will form the subject of the claims appended hereto.


BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008]  The disclosure herein is best understood with reference to the accompanying figures, wherein like numerals have generally been assigned to like elements and in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of an exemplary drilling system that includes downhole components according to embodiments of the disclosure;

FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of an exemplary commingled glass fiber according to one embodiment of the disclosure; 

FIG. 3A is a schematic diagram of an exemplary commingled glass fabric formed from a commingled glass fiber, such as the commingled glass fiber of FIG. 2;

FIG. 3B is a schematic diagram of an exemplary chopped commingled glass fiber formed from a commingled glass fiber, such as the commingled glass fiber of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram of the commingled glass fabric of FIG. 3A after a molding process to form downhole components, such as the downhole components shown in FIG. 1 for use with a downhole system, according to...