07353879 is referenced by 187 patents and cites 117 patents.

A disposable downhole tool or a component thereof comprises an effective amount of biodegradable material such that the tool or the component thereof desirably decomposes when exposed to a wellbore environment. In an embodiment, the biodegradable material comprises a degradable polymer. The biodegradable material may further comprise a hydrated organic or inorganic solid compound. The biodegradable material may also be selected to achieve a desired decomposition rate when the tool is exposed to the wellbore environment. In an embodiment, the disposable downhole tool further comprises an enclosure for storing a chemical solution that catalyzes decomposition. The tool may also comprise an activation mechanism for releasing the chemical solution from the enclosure. In various embodiments, the disposable downhole tool is a frac plug, a bridge plug, or a packer.

Title
Biodegradable downhole tools
Application Number
10/803689
Publication Number
7353879 (B2)
Application Date
March 18, 2004
Publication Date
April 8, 2008
Inventor
Trinidad Munoz Jr
Duncan
OK, US
Kenneth L Schwendemann
Flower Mound
TX, US
Loren C Swor
Duncan
OK, US
Phillip M Starr
Duncan
OK, US
Bradley L Todd
Duncan
OK, US
Agent
Conley Rose P C
John W Wustenberg
Assignee
Halliburton Energy Services
OK, US
IPC
E21B 29/00
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