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Subterranean barriers, methods, and apparatuses for forming, inspecting, selectively heating, and repairing same

United States Patent

7,513,715
April 7, 2009
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A subterranean barrier and method for forming same are disclosed, the barrier including a plurality of casing strings wherein at least one casing string of the plurality of casing strings may be affixed to at least another adjacent casing string of the plurality of casing strings through at least one weld, at least one adhesive joint, or both. A method and system for nondestructively inspecting a subterranean barrier is disclosed. For instance, a radiographic signal may be emitted from within a casing string toward an adjacent casing string and the radiographic signal may be detected from within the adjacent casing string. A method of repairing a barrier including removing at least a portion of a casing string and welding a repair element within the casing string is disclosed. A method of selectively heating at least one casing string forming at least a portion of a subterranean barrier is disclosed.
Nickelson; Reva A. (Shelley, ID), Sloan; Paul A. (Rigby, ID), Richardson; John G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Walsh; Stephanie (Idaho Falls, ID), Kostelnik; Kevin M. (Idaho, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 565,752
20070209798
December 1, 2006
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 and Contract No. DE-AC07-05-ID14517 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.