General Electric Patents

Patent number: 8887490
Abstract: A catalyst system may include a catalyst and a first sensor that detects contents of gases entering the catalyst and reports the contents of the gases entering the catalyst to an emissions control module. A second sensor and a third sensor may detect contents of gases exiting the catalyst and report the contents of the gases exiting the catalyst to the emissions control module. The emissions control module may determine an air-fuel ratio based on the contents of gases entering the catalyst and the contents of gases exiting the catalyst. The emissions control module may instruct an air-fuel regulator to operate an engine using the air-fuel ratio.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 6, 2013
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jared J. Wentz, Pin Zeng, Ryan Michael Rudnitzki
Patent number: 8892519
Abstract: A system includes a first computer configured to store and run a computer program. The computer program includes an internal interface with tangible machine-readable instructions stored on the first computer, to provide communications between the computer program and external computers and our computer processes. The system also includes a command interpreter configured to interface with the computer program through the internal interface. The command interpreter includes tangible machine-readable instructions to detect a script file; generate one or more command objects, interpretable by the internal interface, representative of a functionality defined in the script file; generate a command script comprising the generated command objects; and execute the command script by executing at least a portion of the machine-readable instructions in the internal interface.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 6, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ramon Juan San Andres, Blaine Madison Mucklow
Patent number: 8887331
Abstract: A head holder for imaging is provided. The head holder includes a base, a head rest configured to receive a head of a subject, the head rest pivotally connected to the base and rotatable about a rotational axis defined through a lower end of the head rest, and a stopper configured to be inserted between the base and the head rest to support the head rest and fix the head rest at a tilt angle that corresponds to an insertion position of the stopper in a body axis direction of the subject.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 19, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
Inventors: Naoki Nakamura, Kiyoshi Matsumura
Patent number: 8887662
Abstract: Methods of pressure coating a target surface of an article comprising one or more passageways include fluidly connecting a pressure masker comprising pressurized masking fluid to a first side of at least one passageway, passing the pressurized masking fluid through the at least one passageway from the first side to a second side comprising the target surface, and, coating the target surface using a coating material, wherein the pressurized masking fluid passing through the at least one passageway prevents the coating material from permanently altering a cross sectional area of the at least one passageway.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 29, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mark Carmine Bellino, Matthew Paul Berkebile, Eunice Delia Reyes
Patent number: 8887506
Abstract: A fuel injector having an injector body, a mixing circuit, and at least one injector is provided. The injector body has a plurality of manifolds, an inlet, and an outlet. The manifolds are configured for receiving fuel, and the inlet is configured for receiving air. The mixing circuit is positioned within the injector body. The mixing circuit is configured for receiving fuel from at least one of the manifolds, and air from the inlet to create an air-fuel mixture that exits the outlet. The least one fuel injector is positioned radially outwardly from the mixing circuit. The at least one injector receives fuel from at least one of the plurality of manifolds and injects fuel to the outlet.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 11, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jun Cai, Mark Allan Hadley, Jayaprakash Natarajan, Lucas John Stoia
Patent number: 8887507
Abstract: A combustor includes a central fuel nozzle assembly and a plurality of outer fuel nozzle assemblies, each of the plurality of outer fuel nozzle assemblies having a center body and an outer shroud, the plurality of outer fuel nozzle assemblies being configured to abut one another in a surrounding relationship to the central cylinder such that no gaps are present between any two abutting ones of the plurality of outer fuel nozzle assemblies. One or more of the plurality of fuel nozzle assemblies may traverse axially back and forth according to embodiments of the invention.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 18, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Joseph Vincent Citeno, Thomas Edward Johnson, Willy Steve Ziminsky
Patent number: 8892382
Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can provide systems and methods for condition-based power plant sensor calibration. According to one embodiment of the invention, a system can be provided. The system can include a computer processor. The system can also include a memory operable to store computer-executable instructions operable to: receive data from the one or more power plant sensors; reconcile detected errors within the data from the one or more power plant sensors; calibrate the one or more power plant sensors based at least in part on the detected errors within the data; generate at least one performance model based at least in part on the reconciled data from the one or more power plant sensors; detect anomalies within the at least one performance model; and tune the at least one performance model to account for the anomalies.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 26, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Difei Wang, Erwing Calleros, Rahul J. Chillar, Julio Mestroni
Patent number: 8887649
Abstract: A system includes a solid feed fuel pump. The solid feed fuel pump includes a solid feed flow path configured to route a solid fuel flow from an inlet to an outlet. The solid feed fuel pump also includes a vent including a filter, wherein the vent is configured to discharge fluid flow that is opposing the solid fuel flow.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 10, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Steven Craig Russell, Derek Leslie Aldred, Jeffery Allen Rader, James Michael Storey
Patent number: 8888459
Abstract: An array of rotor blades is provided. The array includes a rotor disk defining a plurality of slots. A first rotor blade that includes a first platform between a first airfoil and a first shank portion is coupled with a first slot of the rotor disk via the first shank portion. The first rotor blade further includes a pair of oppositely disposed flanges positioned between the first platform and the first shank portion and extending beyond a longitudinal side edge defined by the first platform. A second rotor blade, that includes a second platform defining a pair of oppositely disposed overhang lips and positioned between a second airfoil and a second shank portion, is coupled with a second slot of the rotor disk via the second shank portion. The second rotor blade is positioned adjacent to the first rotor blade such that one of the overhang lips of the second platform is positioned over one of the flanges of the first rotor blade.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 23, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Patrick Daniel Noble
Patent number: 8887672
Abstract: An appliance includes a water heater storage tank, a heating assembly configured to heat water within the water heater storage tank, and a heat exchange device disposed within the heat storage unit in a fixed relationship relative to a position of the heating assembly. The heat exchange device includes a hollow object and a phase change material within the hollow object.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 4, 2010
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, John (Jack) Joseph Roetker, Joseph Anthony Tobbe, Blake Philip Bomar
Patent number: 8887747
Abstract: A level control system is provided. The system includes multiple sensors configured to measure multiple parameters related to a drum, wherein the multiple parameters include a drum liquid level, a vapor flow rate leaving the drum, a downstream pressure of the drum, and a feed-liquid flow rate entering the drum. The system also includes a level controller configured to adjust a level control valve in accordance with a signal representative of the drum liquid level, a signal representative of the downstream pressure and a signal representative of a given drum liquid level set point. The level controller is further configured to receive a feedback signal representative of a combination of a fraction of the signal representative of the drum liquid level and a fraction of the signal representative of the downstream pressure.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 31, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rajeeva Kumar, Charles William Weidner, Steven Di Palma
Patent number: 8888436
Abstract: The present application provides a section cooling system for a steam turbine to limit a leakage flow therethrough. The section cooling system may include a first pressure flow extraction from a first section to a shaft packing location between the first section and a second section and a rotor aperture extending towards the first section. The first pressure flow extraction diverts the leakage flow from the first section into the rotor aperture so as to limit the leakage flow to the second section.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 23, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Santhosh Donkada, Howard Brilliant, Vishwas Kumar Pandey, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay
Patent number: 8888437
Abstract: A dual flow steam turbine includes coolant passageways which extract coolant steam from the main steam flow paths at locations downstream from the inlet. The coolant passageways conduct the coolant steam through portions of the dual flow steam turbine which are subjected to a high temperature flow. In some cases, the passageways conduct the coolant steam through first stage nozzle boxes and an inlet assembly of the dual flow steam turbine. In some cases, the inlet assembly of the steam turbine includes an annular diaphragm, and a coolant passageway passes through the annular diaphragm to help cool the annular diaphragm.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 19, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Vishwas Kumar Pandey, Rohit Pruthi, Santhosh Donkada
Patent number: 8888441
Abstract: Systems and devices for sealing portions of a rotary machine are disclosed. In one embodiment, a seal assembly element includes: a head flange; an axial neck connected to the head flange, wherein the axial neck includes a mating flange extending circumferentially from a distal end of the seal assembly element, the mating flange configured to form a multidirectional seal with a recessed portion of a complementary seal assembly element; and a set of axial seal teeth connected to the axial neck.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 3, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Daniel Edward Jordy, William Edward Adis, Bernard Arthur Couture, Jr., Dexter Andrew Young
Patent number: 8888444
Abstract: A steam seal system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the steam seal system includes: a low pressure steam turbine positioned on a shaft; a pair of end packings surrounding the shaft, each of the pair of end packings located proximate an axial end of the low pressure steam turbine along the shaft; and an pair of extraction conduits fluidly connected to the low pressure steam turbine and the shaft, the pair of extraction conduits connected to the shaft at a location axially outward of the pair of end packings and the low pressure steam turbine.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 16, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nestor Hernandez Sanchez, Kamlesh Mundra
Patent number: 8888445
Abstract: A turbomachine seal assembly includes a base member, a rocker arm pivotally mounted to the base member, and a seal element fixedly mounted to the rocker arm. The seal element is configured and disposed to selectively shift relative to the base member.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 19, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rohit Pruthi, Sanjay Shankar Jadhav
Patent number: 8888446
Abstract: A turbomachine rotor includes: a rotor body having an outer surface; and a patterned abrasive or abradable coating formed over the outer surface of the rotor body, the patterned abrasive or abradable coating for directing a flow of a working fluid across the turbomachine rotor.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 7, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sulficker Ali, Vasanth Muralidharan
Patent number: 8888449
Abstract: Various systems and apparatuses are provided for a flow delivery system for an engine. In one example, a system includes a first turbine providing an exhaust flow and a second turbine having an inlet and being fluidically coupled to the first turbine. The second turbine further includes a plurality of nozzle vanes positioned within the inlet of the turbine. A transition conduit is curved about an axis and coupled to the inlet and to the first turbine. The transition conduit is configured to impart an angular momentum component to at least a portion of the exhaust flow, and includes a slot that delivers at least a portion of the exhaust flow to the plurality of nozzle vanes.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 12, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kendall Roger Swenson, Jonathan Nagurney
Patent number: 8887508
Abstract: An impingement sleeve and methods for designing and forming an impingement sleeve are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for designing an impingement sleeve is disclosed. The method includes determining a desired operational value for a transition piece, inputting a combustor characteristic into a processor, and utilizing the combustor characteristic in the processor to determine a cooling hole pattern for the impingement sleeve, the cooling hole pattern comprising a plurality of cooling holes, at least a portion of the plurality of cooling holes being generally longitudinally asymmetric, the cooling hole pattern providing the desired operational value.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jerome David Brown, Ronald James Chila, Patrick Benedict Melton, Russell DeForest, David William Cihlar, Matthew Paul Berkebile, Wei Chen, John Drake Vanselow
Patent number: 8888872
Abstract: A system, including, a gasifier, including: a gasification region, an inner wall surrounding the gasification region, and a first fuel path extending along the inner wall, wherein the first fuel path is configured to flow a first fuel to cool the gasifier, and the gasifier is configured to inject the first fuel from the first fuel path into the gasification region.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 6, 2010
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Chen, Richard Anthony DePuy, Judeth Brannon Corry, Benjamin Campbell Steinhaus
Patent number: 8888335
Abstract: A lighting system including a track member and a lighting unit supported by the track member 14. The track member includes an elongate base for mounting the track member to a surface, such as a wall, frame, etc. A pair of arms 26 and 30 extend from the base 22 in a common direction and define therebetween a channel 34 for receiving the lighting unit 18. Rotationally interlocking members associated with each at least one of the track member and the lighting unit restrict rotation of the lighting unit relative to the track member when the arm is in a first position. Upon application of a threshold rotational force to the lighting unit, the at least one arm moves to a second position permitting angular adjustment of the lighting unit.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 6, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
Inventor: Peng Wang
Patent number: 8888931
Abstract: A dishwasher is provided having a wash chamber that is supplied with wash water by a water circulation pump assembly. The pump assembly has a motor, an inlet in fluid communication with a sump, and an outlet in fluid communication with the wash chamber. A macerator system is configured with the pump assembly and includes a filter screen disposed across the inlet and a chopper blade rotationally driven by the pump assembly at a defined axial distance upstream from the filter screen. The chopper blade is biased by materials in magnetic flux communication to the defined axial distance so as to maintain the defined distance in a running and stopped states of the pump assembly.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 14, 2010
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eric Watson, Errin Gnadinger, Meher Prasadu Kollipara
Patent number: 8889010
Abstract: A method for treating low barium frac water includes contacting a frac water stream with a radium selective complexing resin to produce a low radium stream, passing the low radium stream through a thermal brine concentrator to produce a concentrated brine; and passing the concentrated brine through a thermal crystallizer to yield road salt.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 25, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: James Manio Silva, Hope Matis, William Leonard Kostedt, IV
Patent number: 8890079
Abstract: A radiation detection device is provided. The radiation detection device includes a pair of rails spaced in a slice direction and extending parallel to a channel direction, and a plurality of collimator modules arranged along the channel direction on a radiation exit side of the pair of rails, wherein at least one of the pair of rails extending along the channel direction includes a plate member with a plurality of notches formed along the radiation exit side, and wherein the collimator modules each include a first pin protruding on a radiation incidence side and attached to the pair of rails with the first pin fitted in one of the notches of the plate member.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 29, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Haruo Kurochi, Abdelaziz Ikhlef, Joseph James Lacey, Richard P. Vandeweghe
Patent number: 8889103
Abstract: A diagnostic agent composition is provided which comprises a nanoparticle composition and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier or excipient. The nanoparticle composition comprises a nanoparticulate metal oxide and a phosphorylated polyol, wherein the phosphorylated polyol comprises at least two phosphate groups and one or more hydrophilic groups selected from the group consisting of polyethylene ether moieties, polypropylene ether moieties, polybutylene ether moieties, and combinations of two or more of the foregoing hydrophilic moieties. The disclosure provides detailed guidance on methods of making and using such diagnostic agent compositions. The diagnostic agent compositions provided by the present invention are useful as contrast agents for medical diagnostic imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and X-ray imaging. The diagnostic agent composition may be administered to a subject via a variety of techniques, among them injection, inhalation, and ingestion.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 15, 2010
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bruce Allan Hay, Brian Christopher Bales, Michael Todd Luttrell, Binil Itty Ipe Kandapallil
Patent number: 8892379
Abstract: A system and method for soft-field reconstruction are provided. One method includes obtaining applied input and measured output information for an excited object using a plurality of transducers and forming an admittance matrix based on the applied input and measured output information. The method also includes determining a plurality of moments using the admittance matrix and calculating a property distribution of the excited object using the plurality of moments.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 30, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rajesh V. V. L. Langoju, Wrichik Basu, Manoj Kumar Koyithitta Meethal, Sakethraman Mahalingam
Patent number: 8889422
Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a gas in electrical equipment by coupling a gas detection device to the electrical equipment is provided. The method includes providing an electro-magnetic source, positioning an electro-magnetic detector to receive light emitted from the electro-magnetic source, and positioning a membrane between the electro-magnetic source and the electro-magnetic detector, such that the electro-magnetic detector only receives light from the electro-magnetic source that has been transmitted through the membrane. The method also includes detecting at least one gas, such that detection of at least one gas includes preventing or allowing communication of the electro-magnetic source and the electro-magnetic detector, and emitting a signal, by the electro-magnetic detector, in response to the detection of the at least one gas.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 17, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Robert Francis Belongia
Patent number: 8889587
Abstract: A catalyst system comprising a first catalytic composition comprising a first catalytic material disposed on a metal inorganic support; wherein the metal inorganic support has pores; and at least one promoting metal. The catalyst system further comprises a second catalytic composition comprising, (i) a zeolite, or (ii) a first catalytic material disposed on a first substrate, the first catalytic material comprising an element selected from the group consisting of tungsten, titanium, and vanadium. The catalyst system may further comprise a third catalytic composition. The catalyst system may further comprise a delivery system configured to deliver a reductant and optionally a co-reductant. A catalyst system comprising a first catalytic composition, the second catalytic composition, and the third catalytic composition is also provided. An exhaust system comprising the catalyst systems described herein is also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 11, 2013
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Larry Neil Lewis, Benjamin Hale Winkler, Dan Hancu, Daniel George Norton, Ashish Balkrishna Mhadeshwar
Patent number: 8890030
Abstract: Hybrid welding apparatuses include a laser that produces a leading laser beam, and, an arc welder that produces a trailing backhand weld arc, wherein the leading laser beam and the trailing backhand weld arc are directed towards a common molten pool, and wherein the trailing backhand weld arc trails the leading laser beam as the leading laser beam progresses in a weld direction.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 30, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dechao Lin, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Yan Cui, David Edward Schick
Patent number: 8889241
Abstract: A component comprising a stacked interleaved film structure that includes a plurality of layers inert to light. Alternating layers are either doped with a reverse saturable absorber (RSA) material or the RSA material is located between the adjacent inert layers. In some embodiments, the inert alternating layers have different refractive indices. A data storage device and methods of manufacture are also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 7, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eugene Pauling Boden, Xiaolei Shi
Patent number: 8890364
Abstract: A power plant coupled to, and configured to provide power to, an electrical grid, is described. The power plant includes a plurality of power converters electrically coupled to, and configured to receive power from, at least one power source. The power plant also includes a voltage regulation device electrically coupled between the power converters and the electrical grid. The voltage regulation device includes a series transformer and a bi-directional converter configured to regulate a voltage at an output of the power converters.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 21, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kathleen Ann O'Brien, Ralph Teichmann, Jovan Z Bebic
Patent number: 8890522
Abstract: The present disclosure is intended to describe embodiments for improving image data acquisition and processing in accelerated dynamic magnetic resonance imaging sequences. One embodiment is described where a method includes an acquisition sequence configured to acquire an undersampled set of magnetic resonance data. The undersampled set of magnetic resonance data has a pseudo-random sampling pattern within a data space acquired at a first time, the pseudo-random sampling pattern being influenced by other pseudo-random sampling patterns within the data space arising from the acquisition of additional undersampled sets of magnetic resonance data at respective times. In some embodiments, the pseudo-random sampling patterns of the undersampled sets of magnetic resonance data interleave to yield a desired sampling pattern.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 18, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Reed Frederick Busse, James Holmes, Philip James Beatty, Kang Wang, Frank Korosec
Patent number: 8890464
Abstract: A drive system for a grid blower of a vehicle is provided. The system includes: an electrical bus, a grid of resistive elements connected to the electrical bus, the grid of resistive elements configured to thermally dissipate electrical power generated from braking of the vehicle, the electrical power being transmitted on the electrical bus to the grid of resistive elements, an electrical power modulation device configured to modify electrical power received from at least one of the electrical bus and the grid of resistive elements, and a grid blower motor coupled to an output of the electrical power modulation device, wherein a speed of the grid blower motor varies based on the electrical power that has been modified by the electrical power modulation device.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 18, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Worden, Sudhir Kumar Gupta, Theodore Clark Brown
Patent number: 8891343
Abstract: The present techniques present methods and systems for increasing a data reading rate on optical data disks using a single reading head. The methods take advantage of the difference between a mean focal distance (MFD), or minimum spacing that the detector can distinguish between bits, and the minimum separation of bits in a single track to increase the reading speed. As the bits may be more closely spaced across adjacent tracks or layers, these techniques may be used to increase the reading speed of the disk. Specifically, the data symbols that make up a single bit-stream may be stored in a pattern horizontally across adjacent tracks, or vertically across adjacent layers. Accordingly, the focal point of the detector is scanned across the disk in the same pattern to read the individual data symbols.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 17, 2008
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Corporation
Inventors: John Anderson Fergus Ross, Kenneth Brakeley Welles, John Erik Hershey, Brian Lee Lawrence, Xiaolei Shi, Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov
Patent number: 8890529
Abstract: A gradient coil apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system includes an inner gradient coil assembly comprising at least one inner gradient coil and an outer gradient coil assembly comprising at least one outer gradient coil. At least one gradient coil interconnect is coupled to the inner gradient coil and the outer gradient coil. The gradient coil interconnect includes a wire assembly comprising a plurality of conductors. The wire assembly has a first end electrically coupled to the outer gradient coil assembly and a second end electrically coupled to the inner gradient coil. The gradient coil interconnect also includes a reinforcement material disposed around a portion of the wire assembly.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 10, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Longzhi Jiang, Timothy J. Havens, John Scaturro, Jr., William L. Einziger, Tesfaye K. Kidane
Patent number: 8890538
Abstract: A system includes a sensor housing having a base portion, a lid portion, and a joining portion. The joining portion is configured to be wrapped around at least a portion of an electrical wire. The lid portion includes one end detachably coupled to a first end of the base portion and another end coupled to a second end of the base portion via the joining portion. A flexible coil sensor is disposed in the sensor housing; bonded substantially along the base portion and the joining portion and configured to generate a signal representative of a fault in the electrical wire. A processing device is disposed in the sensor housing and configured to detect and locate a fault in the electrical wire in response to the signal representative of the fault in the electrical wire generated by the flexible coil sensor.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 9, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Meena Ganesh
Patent number: 8890703
Abstract: The present subject matter relates to methodologies and algorithms for providing anode rod depletion detection and warnings thereof to consumers. Consumers general are not concerned with monitoring consumption of protective anode rods incorporated within water heaters, The present subject matter provides automatic monitoring of anode rod depletion and provides the consumer with notification of rod depletion beyond a predetermined amount by one or more of optical, audible, or electronic devices. Aspects of the algorithm include handling of start-up conditions, service board replacement conditions, and properly defining the anode rod depletion threshold. Additional algorithm aspects include considerations for taking into consideration power outage conditions and accurately estimating galvanic current.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 6, 2013
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Brett Alan Farris, Michelle Diana Gross, Jonathan D. Nelson
Patent number: 8890080
Abstract: A detector module configured to be included in an array of a plurality of detector modules that form a radiation detector is provided. The detector module includes a light emitting element configured to emit fluorescence upon receiving radiation, a light receiving element configured to convert the fluorescence into an electrical signal, and at least one support member located on a side opposite from said light emitting element, said at least one support member configured to support a light shielding member which covers a gap formed between adjacent detector modules in the array.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 21, 2013
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
Inventors: Yoshiyasu Kuroda, Kotatsu Kawaguchi
Patent number: 8891735
Abstract: An auto grid moving apparatus for an X ray imaging device is provided. The apparatus includes: a grid; a grid holder on which the grid is disposed; a fixing base; and a double sided timing belt geared with at least two timing wheels at the two ends of the timing belt on the inner side face of the timing belt and geared with the grid holder at the outer side face of the timing belt, wherein one of the timing wheels has a motor disposed thereon, the motor being configured to drive the timing wheel to move the timing belt and to drive the grid holder to move.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 31, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company LLC
Inventors: Yuqing Li, Fusheng Li, Yingjie Jia, Weining Xi
Patent number: 8891875
Abstract: The invention relates to a method of evaluating the confidence of matching signatures of a hyperspectral image of at least one tracked object, defined by pixels on an image sensor, to a hyperspectral image template in real time while tracking the at least one tracked object.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 17, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
Inventors: Ana Isabel Del Amo, Eric Daniel Buehler, Benjamin Thomas Occhipinti, Konrad Robert Kuczynski
Patent number: 8891872
Abstract: A system and method for identifying characters using a processor and a sparse distributed memory (SDM) module. The system and method are configured to receive image data relating to an object having a surface with physical markings thereon. The physical markings include characters-of-interest. The system and method are also configured to analyze the image data to convert at least one of the characters-of-interest in the image data into a corresponding feature vector. The system and method are also configured to identify the characters-of-interest using the feature vector and the SDM module. A suggested identity for the characters-of-interest is provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Joseph Salvo, John Carbone, Lynn Ann Derose, Daniel Messier, Bouchra Bouqata, Adam McCann, William Leonard
Patent number: 8891870
Abstract: A method of removing a hyperspectral signature from at least one hyperspectral image, includes among other things, selecting a hyperspectral signature and determining a dissimilarity value between each pixel in the at least one hyperspectral image and the selected at least one hyperspectral signature. If the dissimilarity value between the signature of a given pixel in the at least one hyperspectral image and the selected at least one hyperspectral signature is less than a predetermined threshold value then the value of the signature for the given pixel is set to zero to create a signature-subtracted hyperspectral image.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 9, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
Inventors: Thomas Baby Sebastian, Eric Daniel Buehler, Benjamin Thomas Occhipinti, Konrad Robert Kuczynski, Richard Shawn Kelly
Patent number: 8891731
Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to patient imaging systems, and more specifically, to portable X-ray imaging systems. In a first embodiment, a patient imaging system is presented. The patient imaging system includes an X-ray source configured to emit X-rays and a wireless X-ray detector configured to detect the emitted X-rays and acquire patient image data. The patient imaging system also includes an acquisition control system configured to initialize and prepare the patient imaging system for X-ray emission and detection. The acquisition control system is also configured to receive the acquired patient image data from the X-ray detector, and to non-deterministically control the operation of the X-ray source and the wireless X-ray detector.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 27, 2011
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Andrea Marie Schmitz, Gerald Bowden Wise, Michael Dermot Denvir, Jeffrey Wayne Eberhard
Patent number: 8891733
Abstract: A system for eliminating image artifacts caused by electromagnetic interference (EMI) on a portable digital x-ray detector that is capable of non-contact wireless inductively coupled power transfer. An X-ray imaging system comprising a portable digital X-ray detector having detector circuitry coupled to at least one receiver coil, and a power source including a power supply coupled to a signal filter device and coupled to at least one transmitter coil, wherein the power source is coupled to a detector receptacle of the X-ray imaging system, and wherein the at least one receiver coil and the at least one transmitter coil are inductively coupled to each other when the portable digital X-ray detector is located within the detector receptacle of the X-ray imaging system to transfer power from the power supply to the detector circuitry.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 11, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Scott William Petrick, Luke Gerard Beno
Patent number: 8891881
Abstract: A method for identifying an optimal image frame is presented. The method includes receiving a selection of an anatomical region of interest in an object of interest. Furthermore, the method includes obtaining a plurality of image frames corresponding to the selected anatomical region of interest. The method also includes determining a real-time indicator corresponding to the plurality of acquired image frames, wherein the real-time indicator is representative of quality of an image frame. In addition, the method includes communicating the real-time indicator to aid in selecting an optimal image frame. Systems and non-transitory computer readable medium configured to perform the method for identifying an optimal image frame are also presented.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 25, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mithun Das Gupta, Kajoli Banerjee Krishnan, Pavan Kumar Veerabhadra Annangi, Xiaoming Liu, Sri Kaushik Pavani, Navneeth Subramanian, Jyotirmoy Banerjee
Patent number: 8891727
Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus is provided. The radiation imaging apparatus includes a radiation source configured to emit radiation from a first focal point, a plurality of radiation detecting elements disposed opposite to the radiation source and arranged in a channel direction, a plurality of collimator plates provided along the channel direction so as to separate the radiation detecting elements, the collimator plates including radiation absorption members at surfaces of at least one first collimator plate located on a first end side and at least one second collimator plate located on a second end side such that radiation shielding effects of the first and second collimator plates become substantially equivalent when the surfaces of the first and second collimator plates are located along a radial direction from a second focal point, and a data acquisition unit configured to acquire radiation projection data from the radiation detecting elements.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 24, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Haruo Kurochi, Abdelaziz Ikhlef, Joseph James Lacey, Mark Adamak
Patent number: 8886697
Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to shaping a readout pulse from a solid state photomultiplier (SSPM). A readout pulse can be received from the SSPM at an input of a buffer amplifier. The readout pulse can have a discharge portion with a discharge rate and a recharge portion with a recharge rate. A magnitude of the readout pulse increasing for the discharge portion and decreasing for the recharge portion. A frequency dependent input impedance circuit can be employed in electrical communication with the input of the buffer amplifier to shape the discharge portion of the readout pulse.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Sergei Ivanovich Dolinsky
Patent number: 8886289
Abstract: A substrate configured for placement on an internal organ or internal tissue is provided. In certain embodiments, the substrate conforms to and moves with the internal organ or internal tissue. Three or more sensor elements are integrated on the substrate. In one implementation, the substrate and associated sensor elements provide dynamic referencing of the internal organ or internal tissue after registration of the sensor data with images and/or volumetric representations of the internal organ or internal tissue.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 31, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Daniel Eduardo Groszmann
Patent number: 8886507
Abstract: A processor for use in simulating operation of a portion of an electrical circuit is provided. The processor is configured to receive at least one input indicative of electrical circuit data related to the electrical circuit being simulated, generate a model of the electrical circuit based on the at least one input, receive a user input that indicates the portion of the electrical circuit to be simulated, generate, based on the user input and the electrical circuit model, a partial circuit snapshot that corresponds to the portion of the electrical circuit, and apply at least one event to the partial circuit snapshot to simulate operation of the corresponding portion of the electrical circuit.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 13, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Prashant Sharma, Jia Qiang Ma
Patent number: D717811
Type: Grant
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: November 18, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Gregory Mark Alldredge, Daryl Ronald Frogget, Donald Evan Marshall, Brian Dean Abbott, Jacqueline Marie Tappan, John Whitney Kingham