General Electric Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170082558
    Abstract: An X-ray detector assembly includes a polymeric substrate having a lower surface and an upper surface, and an X-ray detector disposed on the upper surface of the polymeric substrate. The X-ray detector includes a thin-film-transistor array disposed on the substrate, an organic photodiode disposed on the thin-film-transistor array, and a scintillator disposed on the organic photodiode. A metal barrier extends substantially over the lower surface of the polymeric substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jie Jerry LIU
  • Publication number: 20170081586
    Abstract: There are provided a phosphor which is a divalent europium-activated oxynitride phosphor substantially represented by General formula (A): EuaSibAlcOdNe, a divalent europium-activated oxynitride phosphor substantially represented by General formula (B): MIfEugSihAlkOmNn or a divalent europium-activated nitride phosphor substantially represented by General formula (C): (MII1-pEup)MIIISiN3, having a reflectance of light emission in a longer wavelength region of visible light than a peak wavelength of 95% or larger, and a method of producing such phosphor; a nitride phosphor and an oxynitride phosphor which emit light efficiently and stably by the light having a wavelength ranging from 430 to 480 nm from a semiconductor light emitting device by means of a light emitting apparatus using such phosphor, and a producing method of such phosphor; and a light emitting apparatus having stable characteristics and realizing high efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: GE Phosphors Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Masatsugu MASUDA, Kenji TERASHIMA
  • Patent number: 9603230
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring current with shielded conductors are provided. One system includes a first wire within shielding, wherein the first wire is connected between a high voltage source and a filament of an x-ray system. The system also includes a second wire within shielding, wherein the second wire is connected between the high voltage source and the x-ray system and the shielding of the first and second wires is at a high voltage potential of the x-ray system. The system further includes a measurement resistor at a high voltage potential, wherein the measurement resistor is connected between the shielding and one of the first or second wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric
    Inventors: Uwe Wiedmann, George William Baptiste
  • Patent number: 9601965
    Abstract: An enclosure system for isolating a conduit enclosure for an explosion proof motor is provided. The enclosure system includes a stator enclosure defining a first enclosure opening. The enclosure system also includes a conduit enclosure coupled to the stator enclosure. The conduit enclosure comprises at least one side wall, a rear wall coupled to the side wall, and an interior cavity. The rear wall defines a first entry port having a first volume. The enclosure system further includes at least one electrical lead. The at least one electrical lead extends through the first enclosure opening, through the first entry port, and into the interior cavity. The at least one electrical lead occupies a portion of the first volume and leaves a remaining volume. The enclosure system also includes sealing compound. The sealing compound is coupled with the first entry port such that substantially all of the remaining volume is occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Praveen Kumar Garlapati, Sachin Vitthal Mahajan, Sasidharan Nair
  • Patent number: 9601972
    Abstract: A stator bar clip adapter for a liquid cooled dynamoelectric device having a stator bar bottle clip coupled to a first stator bar and a stator bar leaf clip coupled to a second, same series-loop stator bar, and a related dynamoelectric device are disclosed. The stator bar clip adapter includes a bottle clip engaging member configured to engage a stator bar bottle clip; and a leaf clip engaging member coupled to the bottle clip engaging member and configured to engage a stator bar leaf clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Christopher Villani, Vance John Garguilo, John Anthony Petti, Anthony Rigosu
  • Patent number: 9597056
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for imaging a tissue. In one example, a system comprises an adjustable arm, a scanning assembly attached to a first end of the adjustable arm, a counterweight coupled to a second end of the adjustable arm, and a weight adjustment system coupled to the counterweight and configured to modify an effective weight of the scanning assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Douglas G. Summers, Jiayu Chen
  • Patent number: 9597055
    Abstract: A fetal pulse monitor includes an ultrasound crystal. An ultrasound controller is electrically connected to the ultrasound crystal and operates the ultrasound crystal to produce ultrasound signals and receive reflected ultrasound signals. A wireless transmitter is electrically connected to the ultrasound controller. A biocompatible housing at least partially surrounds the ultrasound crystal, ultrasound controller, and the wireless transmitter. A system for monitoring fetal heart rate includes a fetal pulse monitor configured for insertion into a womb of a patient and for attachment to a fetus within the womb. The fetal pulse monitor includes an ultrasound crystal, an ultrasound controller electrically connected to the ultrasound crystal, and a wireless transmitter electrically connected to the ultrasound controller. A patient monitoring device is external to the womb and includes a wireless receiver and a processor that detects instantaneous fetal heart rate from the received ultrasound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Steven M. Falk, Karsten A. Russell-wood
  • Patent number: 9597041
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present, a method for acquiring an image is provided. The method comprises acquiring initial image data, identifying one or more regions of interest in at least one of the initial image data or in a first image generated from the initial image data. The method further comprises automatically deriving one or more scan parameters based upon the regions of interest, and acquiring second image data using the scan parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Kai Erik Thomenius, Frederick Wilson Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9601951
    Abstract: A permanent magnet machine, a rotor assembly for the machine, and a pump assembly. The permanent magnet machine includes a stator assembly including a stator core configured to generate a magnetic field and extending along a longitudinal axis with an inner surface defining a cavity and a rotor assembly including a rotor core and a rotor shaft. The rotor core is disposed inside the cavity and configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis. The rotor assembly further including a plurality of permanent magnets for generating a magnetic field which interacts with the stator magnetic field to produce torque. The permanent magnets configured as one of internal or surface mounted. The rotor assembly also including a plurality of retaining clips configured to retain the plurality of permanent magnets relative to the rotor core. The pump assembly including an electric submersible pump and a permanent magnet motor for driving the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ken Ivcar Salas Nobrega, Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, William Dwight Gerstler, Tsarafidy Raminosoa, Edward John Flett, Patel Bhageerath Reddy, James Pellegrino Alexander
  • Patent number: 9597708
    Abstract: An electrically-conductive layer of material having a composition comprising lanthanum and strontium is described. The material is characterized by a microstructure having bimodal porosity. Another concept in this disclosure relates to a solid oxide fuel cell attached to at least one cathode interconnect by a cathode bond layer. The bond layer includes a microstructure having bimodal porosity. A fuel cell stack which incorporates at least one of the cathode bond layers is also described herein, along with related processes for forming the cathode bond layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jian Wu, Todd-Michael Striker, Stephane Renou, Simon William Gaunt
  • Patent number: 9599012
    Abstract: A charge air cooler cover includes a nozzle configured for connection to an outlet of a compressor for receiving charge air, a tray configured for connection to an inlet of a charge air cooler, and a plenum leading from the nozzle to a plurality of passages defined by a plurality of ribs. The plurality of passages connects the plenum to the tray. The ribs and the tray are arranged to achieve substantially uniform charge air velocity across the inlet of the charge air cooler, in at least one mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vijayaselvan Jayakar, John Dowell, Charles B Atz, Pratap Subhash Shitole, Gary Szuch, Trent A Larson, Scott Snyder, Shirish Bhide
  • Patent number: 9597610
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for packing chromatography columns with a chromatography medium and packing method for use in such columns. In particular, the invention relates to a method and system for packing chromatography columns where the column and chromatography media are pre-sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare BioProcess R&D AB
    Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
  • Patent number: 9597611
    Abstract: A method for providing an aseptic chromatography column includes the steps of pre-sterilizing an empty chromatography column, pre-sterilizing a chromatography medium, introducing the pre-sterilized chromatography medium into the pre-sterilized chromatography column using aseptic equipment, thus providing an aseptic chromatography column comprising chromatography medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare BioProcess R&D AB
    Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
  • Patent number: 9597728
    Abstract: A system and method for directionally casting an elongated device are provided. The method includes orienting a mold within a furnace such that a first portion of the mold points downward. The first portion of the mold defines a space within the mold used to form a first end of the device. The first end of the device, when formed, has a greater mass than a second end of the device. The method also includes filling the mold with molten metal and lowering the mold out of the furnace into a liquid metal bath to immerse the first portion of the mold in the liquid metal bath. The method includes concurrently lowering the mold and the liquid metal bath to cool the molten metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shyh-Chin Huang, Roger John Petterson
  • Patent number: 9597746
    Abstract: A composite wire for use with a wire arc spray system and related methods. The composite wire can include: a low melting point material at a core region thereof and a cladding including a metal surrounding the core region, the low metal point material having a melting point less than that of the metal, wherein the low melting point material includes a polymer in the form of a powder having particles having a size of from approximately 1 nanometer to approximately 100 nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Lee Margolies, Surinder Singh Pabla
  • Patent number: 9597821
    Abstract: Frame assemblies, molds, and methods for forming rotor blades are provided. A frame assembly for a rotor blade mold includes a plurality of frames, at least one of the plurality of frames movable relative to the others of the plurality of frames, and a bed supported by the plurality of frames. Movement of the at least one of the plurality of frames causes a modification of the bed along a width-wise axis. A mold for forming a rotor blade includes a frame assembly and a mold material disposed in the bed of the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Wendy Wen-Ling Lin, Arvind Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 9598062
    Abstract: A method for vehicle control comprises determining a braking capability of a braking system of a vehicle, and modifying application of at least one control parameter by a control system of the vehicle based on the determined braking capability. Braking capability may be determined by activating the braking system of the vehicle to apply a braking force on the vehicle, and concurrently, applying a level of tractive effort of the vehicle that is sufficient to overcome the braking force. The braking capability is determined based on the level of tractive effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, David Michael Peltz, Eugene A. Smith, Paul Kenneth Houpt, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Brian J. McManus, Jared Cooper
  • Patent number: 9598774
    Abstract: Briefly, in one embodiment, a method is disclosed. The method includes introducing a powder feedstock into a cold-spray apparatus, and operating the cold-spray apparatus to deposit the feedstock. The feedstock includes particles including nickel-base alloy having a thermally altered microstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Leonardo Ajdelsztajn, Timothy Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9598963
    Abstract: A component includes a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surface defines at least one hollow, interior space. The outer surface of the substrate defines a pressure side wall and a suction side wall. The pressure and suction side walls are joined together at a leading edge and at a trailing edge of the component. The outer surface defines one or more grooves that extend at least partially along the pressure or suction side walls in a vicinity of the trailing edge of the component. Each groove is in fluid communication with a respective hollow, interior space. The component further includes a coating disposed over at least a portion of the outer surface of the substrate. The coating comprises at least a structural coating, where the structural coating extends over the groove(s), such that the groove(s) and the structural coating together define one or more channels for cooling the trailing edge of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ronald Scott Bunker
  • Patent number: 9598973
    Abstract: A seal system, for an apparatus that includes a rotatable portion with airfoils coupled thereto and a stationary portion with an inner surface, includes an abradable portion including at least one abradable layer of an abradable material formed over the inner surface. The seal system also includes an abrading portion disposed over at least a portion of a substrate of the airfoil. The abrading portion includes at least one abrading layer formed on at least a portion of the substrate and a plurality of abrasive particles embedded within the abrading layer. The plurality of abrasive particles includes at least one of substantially all of one of tantalum carbide (TaC), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), and ziconia (ZrO2), cubic boron nitride (cBN) and Al2O3 in predetermined ratios, cBN, Al2O3 and ZrO2 in predetermined ratios, Al2O3 and ZrO2 fused together in predetermined ratios, and TaC and Al2O3 in predetermined ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Farshad Ghasripoor, Iacopo Giovannetti, Massimo Giannozzi, Krishnamurthy Anand, Nuo Sheng, Nicole Barbara Piche, Luc Stephane LeBlanc, Wayne Charles Hasz, Warren Arthur Nelson, Paul Matthew Thomas, Dennis Michael Gray
  • Patent number: 9598977
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosure may include systems and methods for boundary control during steam turbine acceleration. According to an example embodiment, the method can include receiving an indication the turbine is in an initial acceleration phase; receiving speed control parameter data from a plurality of sensors; receiving boundary control parameter data from a plurality of sensors; providing a control valve configured for controlling steam flow entering the turbine; determining the control valve position based on received speed control parameter data; determining the control valve position based on received boundary control parameter data; adjusting at least one boundary control parameter to the at least one boundary control parameter limit during turbine startup, wherein the value of a speed control parameter is simultaneously adjusted based on the adjusted at least one boundary control parameter; and adjusting the control valve position based at least on determined parameter data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Lawrence Meyer, Carl R. Toth, Dean Alexander Baker
  • Patent number: 9599018
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for the safe operation of a gas turbine plant, whose operation is both controlled by at least one process controller, which at least triggers and/or influences operationally relevant processes of the gas turbine plant, and is also monitored by a separate protection unit that is operated independently of the process controller on the basis of at least one first limit value for a safety-relevant operating parameter, wherein the gas turbine plant is subjected to an emergency switch-off once the at least one first limit value is exceeded. In that in the case of a defined transient operating state of the gas turbine plant that can be detected by the protection unit, the at least one first limit value of the safety-relevant operating parameter is raised to a second limit value, wherein the gas turbine plant is protected by an emergency switch-off of the gas turbine plant once said second limit value is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Belzner
  • Patent number: 9599017
    Abstract: A turbine system and method of operating is provided. The system includes a compressor configured to generate a compressed low-oxygen air stream and a combustor configured to receive the compressed low-oxygen air stream and to combust a fuel stream to generate a post combustion gas stream. The turbine system also includes a turbine for receiving the post combustion gas stream to generate a low-NOx exhaust gas stream, a heat recovery system configured to receive the low-NOx exhaust gas stream and generate a cooled air stream and an auxiliary compressor configured to generate an oxygen and water vapor deficient cooled and compressed air stream. A portion of the oxygen and water vapor deficient cooled and compressed air stream is directed to the combustor to generate an Oxygen and H2O deficient film on exposed portions of the combustor, and another portion is directed to the turbine to provide a cooling flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Narendra Digamber Joshi, Joel Meier Haynes, Venkat Eswarlu Tangirala, Christian Lee Vandervort
  • Patent number: 9601918
    Abstract: An electromagnetic braking system includes an electrically conductive disc coupled to a rotatable shaft of a power generation system for operating in an island mode. The rotatable shaft is operatively coupled between a prime mover and a generator for supplying power to an island grid. The electromagnetic braking system further includes a controller for receiving at least one status or synchronization signal and for generating a control signal based on the at least one signal and an inducting unit for applying an electromagnetic braking force on the electrically conductive disc when commanded by the control signal to regulate a rotational speed of the rotatable shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ara Panosyan, Stefan Schroeder, Christoph Boeld, Herbert Schaumberger, Johann Hirzinger-Unterrainer, Xiaoting Dong, Uwe Liebscher
  • Patent number: 9599024
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual emissions value and a nominal emissions value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599025
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective power output to match a nominal power output value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual exhaust energy value and a nominal exhaust energy value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599033
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective fuel flow value to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual exhaust energy value and a nominal exhaust energy value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599027
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective emissions value to match a nominal emissions value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual exhaust energy value and a nominal exhaust energy value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599028
    Abstract: Systems and methods for regulating a bulk flame temperature in a dry low emission (DLE) engine are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a method may include measuring an exhaust gas temperature (EGT) and determining a target EGT. The target EGT is determined based at least in part on a compressor bleed air flow percentage and a combustor burning mode. The method may include calculating a bias based at least in part on the EGT and the target EGT and applying the bias to a bulk flame temperature schedule. The method may include regulating one or more staging valves and compressor bleeds of the DLE engine based at least in part on the bulk flame temperature schedule. The bulk flame temperature schedule is mapped to parameters of the staging valves and compressor bleeds to reduce nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Randolph Shinkle, James Arthur Simmons
  • Patent number: 9599029
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective fuel flow to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual emissions value and a nominal emissions value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599030
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual fuel flow value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual fuel flow value and a nominal fuel flow value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599031
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective power output to match a nominal power output value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual emissions value and a nominal emissions value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599032
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective emissions value to match a nominal emissions value, and subsequently measuring an actual fuel flow value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual fuel flow value and a nominal fuel flow value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599026
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual power output value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in the set of GTs based upon a difference between the respective measured actual power output value and a nominal power output value at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rex Allen Morgan, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Scott Arthur Day, Harold Lamar Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9599070
    Abstract: A system includes a gas turbine system having a turbine combustor, a turbine driven by combustion products from the turbine combustor, and an exhaust gas compressor driven by the turbine. The exhaust gas compressor is configured to compress and supply an exhaust gas to the turbine combustor. The gas turbine system also has an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. The EGR system is configured to recirculate the exhaust gas along an exhaust recirculation path from the turbine to the exhaust gas compressor. The system further includes a main oxidant compression system having one or more oxidant compressors. The one or more oxidant compressors are separate from the exhaust gas compressor, and the one or more oxidant compressors are configured to supply all compressed oxidant utilized by the turbine combustor in generating the combustion products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Huntington, Franklin F. Mittricker, Loren K. Starcher, Sulabh K. Dhanuka, Dennis M. O'Dea, Samuel D. Draper, Christian M. Hansen, Todd Denman, James A. West
  • Patent number: 9598943
    Abstract: A distributed artificial lift system is configured for use in a wellbore that includes a vertical section and at least one lateral section connected to the vertical section. The distributed artificial lift system includes a first remote assembly positioned within the first lateral section. The first remote assembly includes an equipment deployment vehicle and cargo selected from the group consisting of electric remote pumping units, tubing, tubing connectors, tubing adaptors, sensor packages, gas separators, perforating tools, injection pumps and other downhole components. The first remote assembly is optionally self-propelled and remotely-controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Franklin Hughes, Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Vaibhav Bahadur, Aboel Hassan Muhammed
  • Patent number: 9599578
    Abstract: A control method of a radiation tomographic imaging apparatus having a gantry rotating section equipped with a radiation tube including a liquid bearing and a rotor configured to support an anode and configured to rotate is provided. The control method includes a control step that is configured to start a rotation of the gantry rotating section at a second velocity slower than a first velocity, start control for stopping the rotation of the rotor, and control the gantry rotating section and the radiation tube so as to stop the gantry rotating section at a home position. The control method further includes a setting step configured to set at least one of the second velocity and the delay time such that a rotational angular position of the gantry rotating section at a time that the rotor stops rotation averagely varies when a shutdown is performed plural times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hirofumi Yanagita, Ryosuke Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9599343
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle for use in a turbine engine is provided. The fuel nozzle includes at least one premixer tube including a tube wall and a plurality of perforations defined therein and extending through the tube wall. The plurality of perforations are configured to channel a flow of air therethrough. The fuel nozzle also includes a liquid fuel plenum positioned upstream from the premixer tube, and at least one fuel injector coupled in flow communication with the liquid fuel plenum and the at least one premixer tube. The at least one fuel injector is configured to channel a flow of liquid fuel from the liquid fuel plenum into the premixer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bassam Sabry Mohammad Abd El-Nabi, Gregory Allen Boardman
  • Patent number: 9602043
    Abstract: A magnet management method of controlling a ferrite-type permanent magnet electrical machine includes receiving and/or estimating the temperature permanent magnets; determining if that temperature is below a predetermined temperature; and if so, then: selectively heating the magnets in order to prevent demagnetization and/or derating the machine. A similar method provides for controlling magnetization level by analyzing flux or magnetization level. Controllers that employ various methods are disclosed. The present invention has been described in terms of specific embodiment(s), and it is recognized that equivalents, alternatives, and modifications, aside from those expressly stated, are possible and within the scope of the appending claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patel Bhageerath Reddy, Ayman Mohamed Fawzi El-Refaie, Kum Kang Huh
  • Patent number: 9599686
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coil arrangements in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are provided. One coil arrangement includes a magnet bore, a radio-frequency (RF) transmit coil coupled to the magnet bore, and at least one RF receive coil coupled to the magnet bore. The RF receive coil is movable within the magnet bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Victor Taracila, Fraser Robb, Robert Steven Stormont
  • Patent number: 9599410
    Abstract: A surface cooler includes a plate-like layer and a plurality of spaced-apart fins extending substantially perpendicular from an uppermost layer of the plate-like layer. The plurality of fins defining a plurality of air flow paths. The plurality of spaced-apart fins are configured to augment heat transfer of the surface cooler by increasing the turbulence levels of a fluid flowing through the airflow paths by promoting increased mixing with a resulting increase in the heat transfer coefficient of the surface cooler. A method of forming the surface cooler and an engine including the surface cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Joseph Antel, Jr., Carlos Enrique Diaz, Jorge Carretero Benignos
  • Patent number: 9599514
    Abstract: A multi-color pyrometry imaging system for a high-temperature asset includes at least one viewing port in optical communication with at least one high-temperature component of the high-temperature asset. The system also includes at least one camera device in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device includes a camera enclosure and at least one camera aperture defined in the camera enclosure, The at least one camera aperture is in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device also includes a multi-color filtering mechanism coupled to the enclosure. The multi-color filtering mechanism is configured to sequentially transmit photons within a first predetermined wavelength band and transmit photons within a second predetermined wavelength band that is different than the first predetermined wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jordi Estevadeordal, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan, Nilesh Tralshawala, Jeremy Clyde Bailey
  • Patent number: 9599807
    Abstract: An optical microscope and method for detecting lens immersion in optical microscopy includes an ultrasound circuit acoustically coupled to both an objective lens and a sample slide of an optical microscope, the ultrasound circuit comprising an ultrasound transmitter and an ultrasound receiver. The optical microscope and method includes transmitting an ultrasound pulse from the ultrasound transmitter to the ultrasound receiver, determining that a transit time of the ultrasound pulse is less than a threshold time, and providing an output signal from the pulse discriminator indicating that the ultrasound pulse is less than the threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: William Michael Dougherty
  • Patent number: 9599549
    Abstract: A system for characterizing a water retention device may include a test pipe including a mount section for holding the water retention device to be tested; an injector to inject, upstream of the mount section, an air flow loaded with at least one of dust and droplets of water; at least one sensor for determining a distribution of sizes of the at least one of the dust and water particles, and a quantity of water retained in the mount section; and a calculator receiving the measured distribution of dust and water particles delivered by the at least one sensor to determine therefrom a dust and water retention level in the water retention device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Philippe Claudon
  • Patent number: 9599806
    Abstract: Methods and systems for autofocusing of an imaging system are presented. Provided is an imaging system and an optical interferometry system for generating one or more images corresponding to a target region in a subject. The method provides calibration information that identifies a focal position of the optical interferometry system corresponding to a determined focal position of the imaging system. A subsequent focal position of the imaging system is determined for generating a desired image corresponding to at least one of another target region in the subject and another position of the target region relative to the imaging system based on the calibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhangyi Zhong, Chun Zhan, Kang Zhang, Daniel Curtis Gray
  • Patent number: 9599490
    Abstract: A radiation detector head assembly is provided that includes a detector housing and a rotor assembly. The detector housing defines a cavity therein. The rotor assembly includes a detector unit, a body, and a sealing member. The body defines an opening oriented in the imaging direction. The body is disposed at a distance from the detector housing within the cavity defining a passageway extending axially along the body. The sealing member includes a body extending across the opening. The sealing member is coupled to at least one of the shielding unit or the collimator, and is mounted within the cavity to provide a gas-tight seal along the imaging direction between the passageway and the detector unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Roee Khen, Jean-Paul Bouhnik, Yaron Hefetz
  • Patent number: 9601332
    Abstract: A silicon carbide device is presented that includes a gate electrode disposed over a portion of a silicon carbide substrate as well as a dielectric film disposed over the gate electrode. The device has a contact region disposed near the gate electrode and has a layer disposed over the dielectric film and over the contact region. The layer includes nickel in portions disposed over the dielectric film and includes nickel silicide in portions disposed over the contact region. The nickel silicide layer is configured to provide an ohmic contact to the contact region of the silicon carbide device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zachary Matthew Stum, Reza Ghandi
  • Patent number: 9602021
    Abstract: A hybrid HVDC converter system includes a DC bus, at least one capacitor commutated converter (CCC) and at least one self-commutated converter (SCC) coupled in series through the DC bus. The CCC induces a first voltage on the DC buses, the SCC induces a second voltage on the DC bus, the first voltage and the second voltage are summed to define a total DC voltage. The method includes at least one of regulating the total DC voltage induced on the DC buses including regulating the first DC voltage through the CCC and regulating the second DC voltage through the SCC substantially simultaneously, regulating the total DC voltage induced on the DC bus including regulating the second DC voltage through the SCC, and regulating the total DC voltage induced on the DC bus including regulating the first DC voltage through the CCC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, Ranjan Kumar Gupta, Einar Vaughn Larsen
  • Patent number: D781889
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mitchell Scott Wills, Jian Li, Patrick Scorer, Brian Francis Zustovich, Keith Walter Lewandowski, David Dylan Lennon, Bryan Leigh Schofield, Trevor Fletcher, Megan Elizabeth Ward, Michael DelGaudio, Joshua Corey Musick, Sean Henry Lee, Yoo-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: D782101
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Veronika Varga, Glenn Howard Kuenzler, Peter Atilla Kardos