3780809 is referenced by 23 patents and cites 6 patents.

An improved method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling flow of fluid through a conduit disposed within a well extending beneath the surface of the earth. The apparatus includes a subsurface valve situated on the conduit and provided with means for actuating the valve between an open and closed position to control the flow of fluid through the conduit. The valve automatically closes at the end of a preset flow period unless reset in response to an external signal to reinitiate the predetermined period to closure. Normally a surface generated signal, as for example a pressure pulse, is periodically directed to the actuating means to reinitiate the flow period. The frequency of the pulses is adjusted as required to assure that the actuating means will receive a pulse prior to the end of the flow period so flow will not be interrupted. If the pulses are interrupted, as for example by a rupture in the well conduit, the valve will close automatically at the end of the flow period.

Title
Method and apparatus for controlling wells
Application Number
05/243,360
Publication Number
3780809
Application Date
April 12, 1972
Publication Date
December 25, 1973
Inventor
Williams Robert E
Loth William D
Lloyd James R
Graham John W
Bayless Jack H
Ayers Jr Robert C
Assignee
Esso Production Research Company
IPC
E21b 43/00
E21B 34/10
E21B 34/16
E21B 34/00
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