General Electric Patents

Application number: 20140102179
Abstract: Various embodiments include a leak detection system for a turbine compartment. In some embodiments, the leak detection system includes: a tracer fluid system fluidly connected with the turbine compartment, the tracer fluid system configured to provide an optically detectable fluid to a fluid supply of the turbine compartment; an optical detection system operably connected to the turbine compartment, the optical detection system configured to detect the presence of the optically detectable fluid in at least one location of the turbine compartment; and a control system operably connected to the tracer fluid system and the optical detection system, the control system configured to obtain data about the presence of the optically detectable fluid in the at least one location, and provide an indicator indicating a potential leak location based upon the data about the presence of the optically detectable fluid in the at least one location.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sanji Ekanayake, Alston Ilford Scipio
Application number: 20140102980
Abstract: A process and apparatus treat brackish or non-brackish waters containing an oxidant such as perchlorate. The feed water is converted into a treated water stream and a concentrate stream in an ED, EDR, NF or RO unit. The concentrate passes through an IX resin. The IX resin removes oxidant from the concentrate stream to produce a second treated water stream. The IX resin is periodically regenerated, for example biologically in a fluidised bed reactor in regeneration system. Concentrate that has passed through the IX resin has a reduced concentration of oxidant, preferably a concentration safe for discharge or use. In the case of a brackish feed water, the second treated water stream may be desalted.
Type: Application
Filed: June 1, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Neil Edwin Moe, Mohamadali Sharbatmaleki
Application number: 20140102073
Abstract: Thermal energy storage is leveraged to store thermal energy extracted from a bottom cycle heat engine. The thermal energy stored in the thermal energy storage is used to supplement power generation by the bottom cycle heat engine. In one embodiment, a thermal storage unit storing a thermal storage working medium is configured to discharge thermal energy into the working fluid of the bottom cycle heat engine to supplement power generation. In one embodiment, the thermal storage unit includes a cold tank containing the thermal storage working medium in a cold state and a hot tank containing the working medium in a heated state. At least one heat exchanger in flow communication with the bottom cycle heat engine and the thermal storage unit facilitates a direct heat transfer of thermal energy between the thermal storage working medium and the working fluid used in the bottom cycle heat engine.
Type: Application
Filed: October 17, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Raymond Pang, Huijuan Chen, Thomas Arthur Gadoury, Kamlesh Mundra, Andrew Maxwell Peter, Duncan George Watt
Application number: 20140102072
Abstract: Various embodiments include power systems. In a particular embodiment, the power system includes a combined-cycle power system having: a first shaft having a first group of components coaxially mounted thereon, the first group of components including: a first steam turbomachine; a first gas turbomachine; and a reheat combustor; and a second shaft separated from the first shaft, the second shaft having a second group of components coaxially mounted thereon, the second group of components including: a second steam turbomachine; a second gas turbomachine; and a duct fluidly coupled to the second gas turbomachine and the reheat combustor, the duct for providing exhaust from the second gas turbomachine to the reheat combustor.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Michael John Bowman, Andrew Joseph Travaly
Application number: 20140103820
Abstract: A circuit for providing thermal compensation for a driver circuit used to drive light emitting diodes (LEDs) is provided. The driver circuit can include a rectifier circuit configured to rectify an AC power source into a DC power source providing a DC source voltage. The driver circuit can further include a boost circuit configured to boost the DC source voltage to provide a drive voltage for driving the light emitting diodes. The boost circuit can include a switching element that is controlled based at least in part on a current sense circuit having a sense transistor. A thermal tracking transistor is provided as part of the reference to the sense circuit.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: General Electric Company
Application number: 20140103812
Abstract: A system and method for producing white light in an adjustable light emitting diode (LED) illumination device is provided. The system and method varies the “off” time for one of multiple sets of light emitting diodes (LEDs) or channels in succession in order to compensate for and stabilize the color-shifting or degradation that gradually occurs in LEDs. Each channel corresponds to a different color. By varying the “off” time of only one channel at a time, the system efficiently utilizes the majority of the LEDs, thereby enabling the production of a more stable white light with fewer LEDs.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Bruce Richard Roberts, Glenn Howard Kuenzler
Application number: 20140102113
Abstract: A system includes a gas turbine and an anti-icing system coupled to the gas turbine. The gas turbine is configured to receive air and fuel and to combust a mixture of the air and the fuel into exhaust gases. The anti-icing system is configured to use heat from the exhaust gases to heat a heat transfer fluid (HTF) and to selectively heat the fuel and the air via the HTF.
Type: Application
Filed: June 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jose Antonio Cuevas, James Knox Prochaska
Application number: 20140102111
Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing torque contribution are provided. According to one embodiment, a system may include a controller and a processor communicatively coupled to the controller. The processor may be configured to receive initial and final transition speeds of the drivetrain, receive a torque reference for accelerating the drivetrain, provide the starting device with primary control of the acceleration of the drivetrain according to the torque reference, and determine that the initial transition speed is reached. Based on the determination, the processor may capture initial transitional conditions of the starting device, define a torque trajectory of the starting device based on the initial and final transition speeds of the drivetrain, and transfer the primary control of the acceleration of the drivetrain from the starting device to the gas turbine.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Justin Aaron Allen
Application number: 20140103925
Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to estimating an electrical property of tissue using Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. In exemplary embodiments, complex MR images of a target tissue are obtained. An estimated value of an electrical property of the target tissue is determined based on complex values of the pixels in the complex MR images. The complex values are proportional to the product of the transmit radio frequency magnetic field and the receive RF magnetic field.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Seung-Kyun Lee
Application number: 20140107876
Abstract: A system including a vehicle control module configured to control a vehicle system according to an operating plan. The operating plan designates one or more first tractive operations or braking operations to be implemented by the vehicle system along a trip. The system also includes a planning module for generating a transition plan in response to a deviation from the operating plan. The transition plan designates one or more second tractive operations or braking operations to be implemented by the vehicle system as the vehicle system travels toward an approaching location from a second location where the vehicle system deviates from the operating plan. The planning module is further configured to generate a prospective plan in response to the deviation. The prospective plan to be implemented by the vehicle system when the vehicle system at least one of moves past the approaching location or completes the transition plan.
Type: Application
Filed: October 17, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Kevin L. KAPP, David Allen ELDREDGE, Robert James FOY, Joseph Daniel WAKEMAN, John William BRAND
Application number: 20140108040
Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-dimensional, value-based clinical care path decision support are provided. A system includes a care decision subsystem to receive a patient problem and at least one clinical patient attribute, to identify a plurality of patient care path options for evaluation by the patient and a provider, and to generate a mashup of patient-specific criteria including clinical efficacy, cost, and access associated with each of the plurality of patient care path options. Each of the plurality of patient care path options can be utilized in an evaluation with respect to an objective associated with the patient problem. A user interface displays the plurality of patient care path options and associated mashup of patient-specific criteria to facilitate a data-driven selection of at least one of the plurality of patient care path options based on comparative efficacy, cost, and access tailored to the patient.
Type: Application
Filed: December 26, 2013
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Deborah Jean Belcher, Christopher Donald Johnson, Jacques E. Gilbert, David W. Lee, Eric T. Jester
Application number: 20140106373
Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for target protein normalization, especially for Western blotting applications. More closely, the invention relates to a method for normalizing target protein signals, after electrophoresis and Western blotting, against variations of sample load or cell number between different lanes or within the same lane on an electrophoretic gel. The signals are normalized against the total protein signal (=ratio between target protein/total protein) or reference protein band signal(s) (=ratio between target protein/reference protein band). According to the invention multiplex and quantitative assessments are possible, such as quantitative comparison between target proteins in different samples.
Type: Application
Filed: May 29, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
Inventors: Asa Hagner-Mcwhirter, Ola Ronn
Application number: 20140103655
Abstract: A system for wind power dispatch that includes a wind farm controller for controlling operation of wind turbines in a wind farm and regulating real time power output of the wind farm. The system also includes a wind power dispatch management system for computing a difference between a predefined power output and the real time power output and dispatching a transient wind farm reserve to reduce the difference or, if the transient wind farm reserve is insufficient to reduce the difference, additionally or alternatively dispatching a storage reserve to reduce the difference.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ranji Kant Burra, Minesh Ashok Shah, Govardhan Ganireddy, Victor Robert Abate, Venkatarao Ryali, Akshay Ambekar
Application number: 20140103814
Abstract: Provided is a lighting system to control illumination of a plurality of areas. The lighting system includes a lighting fixture matrix having a plurality of lighting fixtures respectively located at the plurality of areas. Each of the lighting fixtures includes a sensor and a controller coupled with the sensor, a first sensor being configured to detect the presence of a user in a first of the plurality of areas. The lighting system also includes a communication circuit configured to provide for communication between each of the plurality of lighting fixtures. Upon detection of presence of a user in the first area, the respective controller is configured to illuminate a first of the lighting fixtures and send a signal to simultaneously trigger illumination of two or more of a remaining number of the plurality of areas.
Type: Application
Filed: December 18, 2013
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Tamás Both
Application number: 20140102097
Abstract: Disclosed is an approach that uses an overload valve to operate a steam turbine reheat section. In one embodiment, the steam turbine reheat section receives a supply of reheated steam from a reheater at a first steam admission location via a reheat valve. The steam turbine reheat section is further adapted to receive a diverted portion of the reheated steam from the reheater at a second steam admission location via the overload valve.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Daniel Richard Cornell, Raymond Pang
Application number: 20140102684
Abstract: A component for use in a hot gas path of a turbomachine, and a method of constructing the same are disclosed. In an embodiment, the component includes an exterior wall substrate, wherein the exterior wall substrate includes an interior face and an exterior face, and a plurality of plateaus disposed on the exterior face. A plurality of cooling holes are formed, providing a fluid passageway between the interior face and the exterior face of the exterior wall substrate. Each cooling hole is disposed such that it passes through a plateau. A first coating layer is deposited over the exterior face of the exterior wall substrate.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ibrahim Sezer, Gary Michael Itzel
Application number: 20140103653
Abstract: Methods and systems of selecting wind turbine generators in a wind park for a change in output power are described herein. One method comprises providing a wind park comprised of a plurality n of wind turbines; selecting, on a non-spatial basis, n-1 or fewer wind turbines from the wind park for a change in power output; and changing power output of one or more of the selected n-1 or fewer wind turbines.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Enno Ubben, Joerg Middendorf, Friedrich Loh
Application number: 20140102105
Abstract: A system for heating combustor fuel includes a turbine exhaust plenum and a heat exchanger downstream from the turbine exhaust plenum. The heat exchanger has an exhaust inlet, an exhaust outlet, a fuel inlet, and a fuel outlet. An exhaust recirculation plenum has a recirculation inlet connection downstream from the exhaust outlet and a recirculation outlet connection upstream from the exhaust inlet. The system further includes structure for controlling a recirculated exhaust flow from the exhaust outlet into the exhaust recirculation plenum.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Durgaprasad Janapaneedi, Korey Frederic Rendo, Dean Matthew Erickson, Timothy Russell Bilton, Christina Renee Pompey
Application number: 20140105476
Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to estimating an electrical property of tissue using MR images. Complex values having real components and imaginary components are generated and are associated with pixels in one or more MR images that corresponding to a region of tissue for which the electrical property is constant. An estimated value of the electrical property for the region of tissue is determined based on a least squared error estimation applied to the complex values.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Ileana Hancu, Seung-Kyun Lee
Application number: 20140102071
Abstract: A system for heating fuel in a combined cycle gas turbine includes a fuel heat exchanger downstream from a turbine outlet, and the fuel heat exchanger has an exhaust gas inlet, an exhaust gas outlet, a fuel inlet, and a fuel outlet. A first exhaust gas plenum has a first exhaust gas inlet connection between the turbine outlet and a heat exchanger and a first exhaust gas outlet connection upstream from the exhaust gas inlet. A second exhaust gas plenum has a second exhaust gas inlet connection downstream from at least a portion of the heat exchanger and a second exhaust gas outlet connection upstream from the exhaust gas inlet.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: David Wesley Ball, JR., Korey Frederic Rendo, Dean Matthew Erickson, Diego Fernando Rancruel, Leslie Yung-Min Tong
Application number: 20140104789
Abstract: A chiller-less cooling system for cooling an interventional detector comprising a detector housing. The detector housing comprising a detector tray to which the detector is attached, a lift frame on which a driving mechanism is installed to lift up/down the detector housing, a connecting arm to connect the detector tray and the lift frame, and a cover. The cooling system comprising a heat pipes connecting the detector tray and the lift frame so as to reduce a thermal resistance between the detector tray and the lift frame and transfer more heat from the detector, an external heat sink connected with the heat pipe for reducing a thermal resistance between the lift frame and an ambient environment, and a high heat transfer coefficient device embedded into the detector tray for collecting heat leading to the heat pipe, obtaining a uniform temperature distribution, and reducing a thermal resistance of the detector tray.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC
Inventors: Weihua Zhu, Qingming Peng
Application number: 20140105365
Abstract: An x-ray tube includes a frame forming a first portion of a vacuum enclosure, a rotating subsystem shaft positioned within the vacuum enclosure and having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the rotating subsystem shaft is attached to a first portion of the frame, a target positioned within the vacuum enclosure and attached to the rotating subsystem shaft between the first end and the second end, the target positioned to receive electrons from an electron source positioned within the vacuum enclosure, and a thermal compensator mechanically coupled to the second end of the rotating subsystem shaft and to a second portion of the frame, the thermal compensator forming a second portion of the vacuum enclosure.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Edwin L. Legall, Ryan Mitchell Damm
Application number: 20140102409
Abstract: The invention relates to a method for starting an internal combustion engine (1), particularly a stationary gas engine, which is driven by at least one starter motor (2). The starting process is interrupted once the starter motor (2) has been started if the angular acceleration (a) of the internal combustion engine (1) remains below a predefinable acceleration value and/or if, within a predefinable first time period (tA), the actual rotational speed (n) remains below a predefinable first rotational speed threshold value (nA) and/or if, within a predefinable second time period, the average rotational speed of the internal combustion engine (1) remains below a predefinable second rotational speed threshold value.
Type: Application
Filed: December 16, 2013
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GE Jenbacher GmbH & Co OHG
Inventors: Alfred RANGGER, Lukas ZAHNER
Application number: 20140104736
Abstract: A circuit protection device includes an adjustment device configured to provide a selected voltage, a memory configured to store a selector, and a processor coupled to the memory and to the adjustment device. The processor is configured to receive the selector from the memory, select an operational parameter of the circuit protection device based on the selector, receive a voltage value representative of a selected voltage provided by the adjustment device, and set the selected operational parameter to a parameter value based on the voltage value received.
Type: Application
Filed: October 17, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: John James Dougherty
Application number: 20140103754
Abstract: A laminated rotor and an electric machine including the laminated rotor are disclosed. In an embodiment, a rotor comprises a plurality of stacked laminations, wherein each lamination includes a plurality of radially extending slots arranged about a circumference of each of the plurality of laminations, and the plurality of radially extending slots in successive laminations in the stack are aligned. A stud member passes longitudinally through at least one hole in the lamination stack, and a plurality of coils are positioned within the plurality of slots. Fewer than all of the plurality of slots have a coil positioned therein, leaving at least three slots empty. Balance members may be placed in the slots that do not have a coil positioned therein to balance the rotor.
Type: Application
Filed: July 6, 2011
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Dmitry Yurevich Semenov, Anthony Salvatore Arrao, Mikhail Avramovich Avanesov, Richard Nils Dawson, Evgeny Victorovich Kazmin, Timothy Gerald Schmehl, Yury Danilovich Vinitsky
Application number: 20140103274
Abstract: An apparatus and method for installing or removing a cable is disclosed. A cable tool includes a cable channel with two channels having different channel openings for receiving or releasing the cable. The first end of the cable channel has a smaller channel opening and an arm that can be used to remove the cable and disconnect a connector on the end of the cable from a sensor.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Benjamin Edward McDonald, Mykhaylo Barsukov
Application number: 20140103832
Abstract: A traffic lamp and a method of controlling the traffic lamp based on a power signal are provided. The traffic lamp can include a controller and a light emitting element. When a plurality of light emitting elements is included in the traffic lamp, each light emitting element is coupled with a separate controller. Each controller can be configured to include a predetermined light emitting timing sequence for the corresponding light emitting element. When the power signal is supplied to the traffic lamp, each controller determines a power signal characteristic such as a frequency or a period of the power signal and controls a light output of the light emitting element based on the power signal characteristic and the light emitting timing sequence. A plurality of light emitting elements can be synchronized using the power signal applied to the traffic lamp.
Type: Application
Filed: October 12, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
Inventors: Morne Neser, Truong-Khoa Nguyen, Christian Poirier
Application number: 20140103652
Abstract: Methods and systems of selecting wind turbine generators in a wind park for curtailment of output power to provide a wind reserve are described herein. One method comprises providing a wind park comprised of a plurality n of wind turbines each having an individual possible power output and the wind park has a combined possible power output of X, where X comprises a summation of the individual possible power output of the n wind turbines; setting a power setpoint Y for the wind park, wherein Y?X and X?Y comprises a wind reserve; selecting, on a non-spatial basis, n?1 or fewer wind turbines from the wind park for power output curtailment; and curtailing power output of one or more of the selected n?1 or fewer wind turbines such that a total power output of the wind park comprises Y.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Enno Ubben, Joerg Middendorf, Friedrich Loh
Application number: 20140102290
Abstract: A first adjustable stop on a jack member selectively adjusts an incline stop gap while a second adjustable stop on a support element selectively adjusts a decline stop gap. Stop surfaces on the first adjustable stop and the support element may define the incline stop gap, while stop surfaces on the second adjustable stop and the first adjustable stop may define the decline stop gap. A number of turns of a stop needed to effect a desired of adjustment may be determined using a pitch, lead, and/or number of starts of threads used to mount the stops.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Matthew Stephen Casavant, Kenneth Damon Black
Application number: 20140105356
Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to projection-based dose estimation for X-ray systems, such as X-ray imaging systems. For example, in one embodiment, an X-ray system is capable of estimating an X-ray dose based on an intensity profile of the detected X-rays that have passed through a scanned object and an estimated mass of the object. In one embodiment, the intensity profile may be compared to a baseline scan to acquire an estimate of energy interaction with the object.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Zhye Yin, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Xiaoyu Tian
Application number: 20140102164
Abstract: A method of forming a dual alloy member for joining two dissimilar materials includes selecting a first material and a second material that is different from the first material, metallurgically combining the first and second materials, forming the first and second materials into a preform using a hot work metal working process, shaping the preform into using another metal working process, and machining the perform to obtain a predetermined shape.
Type: Application
Filed: December 17, 2013
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Swami Ganesh, Robin Carl Schwant, Lyle B. Spiegel
Application number: 20140106087
Abstract: A laser cladding system may be configured with a laser cladding component configured to clad a first area of an article and a thermal tracing component configured to heat a second area of the article. The second area may be proximate to the first area.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ronald L. Souther, Stuart Craig Hanson
Application number: 20140103724
Abstract: A power source of a bidirectional power system includes an energy storage device. Power can be transferred between the power source at a DC voltage and an electrical distribution network and/or a load at an AC voltage. A control system monitors for an islanding condition and, during normal operation, maintains an amount of power stored in the energy storage device and provides power to the load and/or network. Responsive to an islanding condition, power to the load can be maintained using the energy storage device, and the power system can be shut down and/or decoupled from the distribution network.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2012
Issued: April 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Robert Gregory Wagoner
Patent number: 8696320
Abstract: A gas turbine and a seal assembly for a machine having a rotating shaft, a wheel coupled to the rotating shaft, the wheel including a bucket coupled to the wheel comprising a coverplate that is fastened to the wheel and the bucket and a seal positioned between the coverplate and the wheel and the bucket.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 12, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Wesley Harris, Jr., Matthew Robert Piersall, Brian Denver Potter
Patent number: 8698497
Abstract: A coil assembly for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system includes a primary gradient coil, and a corrector coil, at least a portion of the corrector coil being interwoven with a portion of the primary gradient coil such that the portion of the primary gradient coil is concentric with the portion of the corrector coil. An MRI imaging system and a method of fabricating the coil assembly are also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 23, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Timothy James Hollis, Chris Cirel
Patent number: 8698258
Abstract: A microelectronic device structure including increased thermal dissipation capabilities. The structure including a three-dimensional (3D) integrated chip assembly that is flip chip bonded to a substrate. The chip assembly including a device substrate including an active device disposed thereon. A cap layer is physically bonded to the device substrate to at least partially define a hermetic seal about the active device. The microelectronic device structure provides a plurality of heat dissipation paths therethrough to dissipate heat generated therein.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 30, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kaustubh Ravindra Nagarkar, Christopher Fred Keimel
Patent number: 8699771
Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing motion related imaging artifacts. The method includes obtaining an image data set of a region of interest in an object, obtaining a motion signal indicative of motion of the region of interest, determining at least one quiescent period of at least a portion of the motion signal, extracting image data from the image data set that is within the determined quiescent period to form an image data subset, and generating an image of the region of interest using the image data subset.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 19, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Scott David Wollenweber, Alexander Ganin, Kris Filip Johan Jules Thielemans, Larry Pierce, Adam Alessio, Paul Kinahan, Chi Liu
Patent number: 8699669
Abstract: A collimator for X-ray imaging apparatus is provided. The collimator includes a collimator housing including a tube flange, a tube, a locating ring configured to be mounted at an outlet of the tube flange, and at least one tongue set fixed on the locating ring. An outstretching direction of the tongue is towards a center of the locating ring.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 23, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
Inventor: Ping Yuan
Patent number: 8698486
Abstract: A method and system for configuring a valve in a turbine. The method includes transmitting a first signal from a servo to a first coil of an actuator to cause the valve to move to a first position, determining a first magnitude of the valve, and transmitting a second signal from the servo to a second coil of the actuator to cause the valve to move to second position. The method also includes determining a second magnitude of the valve, and comparing the first magnitude to the second magnitude to determine the polarity of wiring coupled between the servo and the actuator.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 16, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Suresh Babu Pothula, Roy Anthony Carter
Patent number: 8699668
Abstract: A composite material pre-patient collimator for shaping an x-ray beam in a computed tomography (CT) system is disclosed. The pre-patient collimator includes a base comprised of a first material having a first material density and an insert mechanically coupled to the base and being comprised of a second material, the second material comprising a moldable material having a second material density greater than the first material density and that is sufficient to block high frequency electromagnetic energy. The base comprises a plurality of structural features by which the insert is molded to the base, with the moldable material of the insert forming a connection with the plurality of structural features to mechanically couple the base and the insert.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 26, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Nicholas Demianovich, II
Patent number: 8700760
Abstract: A method and systems for a redundant server automatic fail-over system is provided. The system includes a plurality of client devices communicatively coupled to a network wherein the plurality of client devices each includes an active server identification location. The system also includes a first server system communicatively coupled to the network that is configured to operate as the active server on the network wherein messages sent to the first server system are addressed to the first server system using the active server identification location on each client device. The system further includes a second server system communicatively coupled to the network that is configured to operate as a standby server on the network and is configured to switch to being the active server on the network when it is determined that the first server system is unable to operate as the active server.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 18, 2008
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Inc.
Inventors: Jeffrey Tai-Sang Tham, Michael F. Ryan
Patent number: 8701128
Abstract: Described are a client application-programming interface (API) in a service oriented architecture (SOA). A system includes an application client having application code, one or more service interfaces, and a processor. An enterprise service bus (ESB) having a service registry connects one or more service implementations with the application client through the ESB. A processor is configured to execute the application code to invoke at least one of the one or more service interfaces and request at least one of the one or more service implementations via a request message. The request message comprises application code language based objects requesting a service. The processor is further configured to dynamically create a service instance for the service message. The service instance comprises the service message formatted for transport in the ESB and an endpoint reference for the one of the one or more service implementations as determined by the service registry.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 14, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Daniel Ian Salt, Augusto Remon Sellhorn
Patent number: 8699667
Abstract: A system for applying a target track material to an x-ray tube target includes a controller configured to direct a beam of energy toward an x-ray tube target, and direct a solid stock material toward the beam of energy to cause the solid stock material to melt and deposit as a melted material on the x-ray tube target.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 17, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Gregory Alan Steinlage, Marshall Gordon Jones, Donald Robert Allen
Patent number: 8696774
Abstract: A system is provided that comprises a gasifier with an enclosure disposed about a chamber, wherein the enclosure comprises a top wall, a bottom wall, and a side wall between the top and bottom walls. The gasifier also comprises an outlet disposed in the bottom wall, a first injector disposed in the top wall, and a second injector disposed in the side wall, wherein the first and second injectors are configured to inject fuel, oxygen, or a combination thereof, into the chamber.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 7, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Cliff Yi Guo
Patent number: 8695351
Abstract: An annular seal for use between coupled combustor components includes a segmented annular solid edge portion and a plurality of alternating spring fingers and slots extending from the solid edge portion and arranged about a circumference of the solid edge portion, wherein one or more of the plurality of spring fingers or one or more of the plurality of straight and angled slots have non-uniform width dimensions.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 5, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Chen, Donald Timothy Lemon, Mert Enis Berkman, Richard Martin Dicintio
Patent number: 8699233
Abstract: Manufacturing method and circuit module, which comprises an insulator layer (1) and, inside the insulator layer (1), at least one component (6), which comprises contact areas (7), the material of which contains a first metal. On the surface of the insulator layer (1) are conductors (22), which comprise at least a first layer (12) and a second layer (32), in such a way that at least the second layer (32) contains a second metal. The circuit module comprises contact elements between the contact areas (7) and the conductors (22) for forming electrical contacts. The contact elements, for their part, comprise, on the surface of the material of the contact area (7), an intermediate layer (2), which contains a third metal, in such a way that the first, second, and third metals are different metals and the contact surface area (ACONT 1), between the intermediate layer (2) and the contact area (7) is less that the surface area (APAD) of the contact area (7).
Type: Grant
Filed: May 11, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Embedded Electronics Oy
Inventors: Petteri Palm, Risto Tuominen, Antti Iihola
Patent number: 8700126
Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for detecting septal defects. In an embodiment, the method may include acquiring gated MRI data and heart atlas data. A registration of the gated MRI data and the heart atlas data may be performed as well as a flow-balance measurement. An atrial septal detection and ventricular septal detection may be performed, as well as a septal measurement. A diagnostic report may be generated detailing the location and properties of the septal defects. A physician may utilize the diagnostic report for surgery planning. After surgery, the diagnostic report may be compared with a post-surgery diagnostic report to determine the success of the surgery.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 11, 2007
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Shou Li, Sukhdeep Gill, Prakash Mahesh, Dave Roeder
Patent number: 8696314
Abstract: A gear set is disclosed. The gear set includes a bearing including an inner race and an outer race, one of the inner race and the outer race being a ring gear including a plurality of first teeth having a first hardness; and a pinion meshable with the ring gear, and including a plurality of second teeth having a second hardness. The second hardness is no greater than the first hardness. A wind turbine incorporating such a gear set and a method of servicing a wind turbine are also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 15, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Aaron John Mashue, Bradley Graham Moore, Kurt Goodwin
Patent number: 8696904
Abstract: A reverse osmosis element is provided. The reverse osmosis element includes a plurality of permeate tubes arranged to form a core frame. The reverse osmosis element further includes a plurality of leaves wound over the core frame. Each leaf of the plurality of leaves is coupled to one permeate tube of the plurality of permeate tubes. A retentate channel is defined by the plurality of permeate tubes of the core frame, and sealed by the plurality of leaves wound over the core frame. The reverse osmosis element includes first and a second end caps coupled to the plurality of permeate tubes. At least one of the first and the second end caps includes a retentate discharge port, and at least one of the first and second end caps includes one or more permeate discharge ports.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 28, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan, Todd Alan Anderson, Anubhav Kumar, Philip Paul Beauchamp, Gurumkonda Srinivasa Rao Hanumanth
Patent number: 8695363
Abstract: A system, such as a thermal energy management system, is provided. The system can include an absorption module and an evaporation module. The absorption module can include at least two absorption chambers, each absorption chamber being configured to receive liquid absorbent. The evaporation module can be in independent selective fluid communication with each of the absorption chambers, and can be configured to receive and cause therein evaporation of a refrigerant.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 24, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ching-Jen Tang, William Dwight Gerstler