[12] Patent
[11] Patent No.:GC0004577  
[45] Date of Publishing the Grant of the Patent: 31/Dec /2016                32/2016  
Number of the Decision to Grant the Patent:2016/90295
Date of the Decision to Grant the Patent:28/Dec/2016

[21] Application No.:GC 2012-22222

[22] Filing Date:10/9/2012

[30] Priority:

[33] State [32] Priority date [31] Priority No.
US
12/9/2011
61/533.447

[72] Inventor: Howard Khan Schmidt

[73] Owner: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY, 1 Eastern Avenue, 31311, Dhahran , Saudi Arabia

[74] Agent: Suleiman I. Al-Ammar Law Office

  

 

  

[51]IPC:
Int. Cl.: E21B49/08 (2006.01)

[56] Cited Documents:

-US 2010/134948 A1 (PARK HYUN-CHUL [KR] ET AL) 3 June 2010
-WO 2005/062986 A2 (UNIV SOUTH CAROLINA [US]; MYRICK MICHAEL L [US]; MINEY PAUL G [IE]; SC) 14 July 2005
 
Examiner: Eng. Imad A. AlAhaidib

[54] NANOSTRUCTURED FLUID SAMPLING DEVICE
[57] Abstract: Disclosed is a nanostructured device for the in-situ capture of fluid samples at selectable times. The device includes a porous anodic alumina substrate having a plurality of elongated pores and an erodible capping material covering the pores. The device is transported into and through a geological reservoir while suspended in an injected carrier fluid. The device can optionally include a polymeric coating to improve minimize flocculation and sedimentation and prevent adhesion to surfaces in the reservoir. Upon erosion of the capping material, the fluids can diffuse into and fill each exposed pore. After a period of time, the hot water of the medium causes swelling and closure of the pore, effectively locking the fluid sample inside the pore. The device may be retrieved and analyzed to determine the composition and properties of the captured fluids.
No. of claims: 16


 

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