An expandable tubular includes a plurality of leaves formed from sheet material that have curved surfaces. The leaves extend around a portion or fully around the diameter of the tubular structure. Some of the adjacent leaves of the tubular are coupled together. The tubular is compressed to a smaller diameter so that it can be inserted through previously deployed tubular assemblies. Once the tubular is properly positioned, it is deployed and coupled or not coupled to a previously deployed tubular assembly. The tubular is useful for all types of wells and boreholes.
This invention was made at least partially with Government support under Contract Nos. DE-FG26-05NT15491 and DE-FC26-05NT15483, both awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.