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Apparatuses for interaction with a subterranean formation, and methods of use thereof

United States Patent

December 25, 2007
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An access casing assembly structured for placement at least partially within a subterranean formation by forcing the access casing assembly thereinto, comprising a plurality of casing sections operably coupled to form a central elongated cavity for providing access to the subterranean region is disclosed. Further, a tip portion of the access casing assembly may include a porous filter through which liquid or gas may communicate with the central elongated cavity. Also, a receiving member or at least one engagement hub may form a portion of the central elongated cavity and may include an engagement feature configured for selectively and lockingly engaging a locking structure of a device to be positioned within the access casing assembly. Methods of use are disclosed. A tensiometer is disclosed including a chamber structured for allowing at least partially filling with a fluid subsequent to contact therewith.
Clark; Don T. (Idaho Falls, ID), Jones; Richard L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Turner; Terry D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hubbell; Joel M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Sisson; James B. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 995,799
November 22, 2004
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in the following invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC.