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  • Publication number: 20160356431
    Abstract: A light emitting apparatus comprises: an LED-based light source; a spherical, spheroidal, or toroidal diffuser generating a Lambertian light intensity distribution output at any point on the diffuser surface responsive to illumination inside the diffuser; and a base including a base connector. The LED based light source, the diffuser, and the base are secured together as a unitary LED lamp installable in a lighting socket by connecting the base connector with the lighting socket. The diffuser is shaped and arranged respective to the LED based light source in the unitary LED lamp to conform with an isolux surface of the LED based light source. The base is operatively connected with the LED based light source in the unitary LED lamp to electrically power the LED based light source using electrical power received at the base connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gary R. Allen, David C. Dudik, Boris Kolodin, Joshua I. Rintamaki, Bruce R. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20160356221
    Abstract: A thermal valve is disclosed. The thermal valve may provide one or more flows of cooling fluid to a hot cavity within a cooling circuit of a gas turbine engine. The thermal valve may include a temperature sensitive element and a valve assembly in communication with the temperature sensitive element. The valve assembly may include at least one inlet in fluid communication with at least one cooling fluid source, at least one outlet in fluid communication with the hot cavity, and at least one valve in communication with the temperature sensitive element. The at least one valve may be disposed between the at least one inlet and the at least one outlet. The temperature sensitive element may be configured to move the at least one valve between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Carlos Miguel Miranda, Stanley Frank Simpson, Dale J. Davis
  • Publication number: 20160353993
    Abstract: Systems and methods of evaluating an association between a wireless sensor and a monitored patient include a plurality of peripheral electronic devices each having a wireless communication system and a sensor. A processor receives measured physiological parameter data from the peripheral electronic devices and establishes an association status between each of the peripheral electronic devices and the monitored patient based upon identified characteristics in the physiological parameter data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthew George Grubis
  • Publication number: 20160354729
    Abstract: A selective membrane, for example an ultrafiltration, nanofiltration or reverse osmosis membrane, has a layer comprising flakes of graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, or functionalized variations. The flakes may form a layer themselves, be embedded in the surface of a layer of another compound, or be dispersed in a layer of another compound. In some cases, the flakes functions as a selective membrane. In other cases, the flakes modify the properties of a membrane, for example by making the membrane more hydrophilic. In yet other cases, the flakes function as a bonding agent between layers of a membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kalaga Murali KRISHNA, Arjun BHATTACHARYYA, Rebika Mayanglambam DEVI, Madhuri PHADKE
  • Publication number: 20160354843
    Abstract: A hybrid additive manufacturing method comprises building an additive structure on a pre-sintered preform base, wherein building the additive structure comprises iteratively fusing together a plurality of layers of additive material with at least a first layer of additive material joined to the pre-sintered preform base, and wherein the pre-sintered preform base comprises an initial shape. The hybrid additive manufacturing method further comprises modifying the initial shape of the pre-sintered preform base comprising the additive structure into a modified shape comprising the additive structure, and, joining the pre-sintered preform base in its modified shape to a component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Paul Lacy, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, David Edward Schick
  • Publication number: 20160355201
    Abstract: An inspection system for use with a vehicle includes a database containing vehicle route data and at least one location of a route to be inspected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: JARED KLINEMAN COOPER, NICHOLAS DAVID NAGRODSKY
  • Patent number: 9511354
    Abstract: A method for oxidizing a carbonaceous material, the method comprising contacting the carbonaceous material with an effective amount of a catalytic material of formula AxMyWOz, and initiating the oxidization of the carbonaceous material at a first temperature lower than a second temperature at which the carbonaceous material is initiated to oxidize without a catalyst, wherein A is at least one of cesium and potassium, M is different from A and is at least one of cesium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, iron, cobalt, nickel, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, and bismuth, 0?x?1, 0?y?1, 2.2?z?3, when x=0, y>0, and when y=0, x>0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Chuan Lin, Youhao Yang, Qijia Fu, Xubin Gao, Xiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9511417
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to mold compositions and methods of molding and the articles so molded. More specifically, the disclosure relates to silicon carbide-containing mold compositions, silicon carbide-containing intrinsic facecoat compositions, and methods for casting titanium-containing articles, and the titanium-containing articles so molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Joan McKiever, Brian Michael Ellis, Nicholas Vincent McLasky
  • Patent number: 9511447
    Abstract: A turbulator fabrication process and a fabricated article are provided. The turbulator fabrication process includes providing a system configured for directing a first fusion energy and a second fusion energy, positioning a turbulator material on a substrate, and directing the first fusion energy and the second fusion energy toward the turbulator material and the substrate. The directing of the first fusion energy and the second fusion energy modifies the turbulator material forming one or more turbulators on the substrate. The fabricated article includes a substrate and one or more turbulators formed on the substrate. Each of the one or more turbulators includes at least one root portion providing a concave transition between the substrate and the turbulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Yan Cui, David Vincent Bucci, Xiaoxue Diao
  • Patent number: 9511436
    Abstract: A composite composition that includes an MCrAlX alloy and a nano-oxide ceramic is disclosed. In the formula, M includes nickel, cobalt, iron, or a combination thereof, and X includes yttrium, hafnium, or a combination thereof, from about 0.001 percent to about 2 percent by weight of the alloy. The amount of the nano-oxide ceramic is greater than about 40 percent, by volume of the composition. A protective covering that includes the composite composition is also disclosed. The protective covering can be attached to a tip portion of a blade with a braze material. A method for joining a protective covering to a tip portion of a blade, and a method for repair of a blade, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sundeep Kumar, Anand Krishnamurthy, Kivilcim Onal, Pazhayannur Ramanathan Subramanian, Dennis Michael Gray, Padmaja Parakala
  • Patent number: 9511437
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention include solutions for chamber-less thermal joining. A first aspect includes a system for performing a thermal joining of a joint space defined by a metallic part without an environmental chamber thereabout. The system may include an induction coil for heating an area adjacent to the joint space defined by the metallic part for the thermal joining of the joint space. The system may also include a gas lens for directing a shielding gas towards the joint space, and a valve system for controlling a flow of the shielding gas from the gas lens. A vacuum system creates a negative pressure in the metallic part to urge the shielding gas through the joint space during the thermal joining, thus allowing thermal joining of the metallic part without an environmental chamber thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Kurt Allen Rakozy
  • Patent number: 9510798
    Abstract: An apparatus for balancing a statically unbalanced system, particularly useful in balancing X-ray and mammography systems having an X-ray source and detector mounted to a rotational arm, includes a spring mechanism which synchronizes the activation of the spring mechanism with the rotation of the arm of the mammography system. The balancing system reduces the amount of torque necessary to rotate the arm and decreases the overall inertia of the system by eliminating the need for counterweights to maintain balance of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ying Mao, Romain Moulin
  • Patent number: 9512041
    Abstract: Processes for fabricating ceramic membranes include providing a porous substrate having at least one inner channel extending therethrough and having surfaces defined by porous walls, depositing a coating slurry on surfaces of the inner channel(s), and sintering. Sintering temperatures for the processes range from about 400° C. to 800° C. Coating slurries for use in the processes include a boehmite sol and a colloidal suspension of porous alumina particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Paul McEvoy, Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Randall Scott Hagerdon, Nicholas Edward Antolino
  • Patent number: 9512356
    Abstract: A process for preparing a Mn4+ doped phosphor of formula I Ax[MFy]:Mn+4?? I includes combining in an acidic solution, an A+ cation, an anion of formula MFy, and a Mnn+ source comprising a fluoromanganese compound, precipitating a Mnn+ containing phosphor precursor from the acidic solution, and contacting the Mnn+ containing phosphor precursor with a fluorine-containing oxidizing agent in gaseous form, at an elevated temperature, to form the Mn4+ doped phosphor; wherein A is Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, or a combination thereof; M is Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, Al, Ga, In, Sc, Hf, Y, La, Nb, Ta, Bi, Gd, or a combination thereof; x is the absolute value of the charge of the [MFy] ion; y is 5, 6 or 7; and n is 2 or 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Lyons, James Edward Murphy, Anant Achyut Setlur, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9512357
    Abstract: A process for synthesizing a Mn4+ doped phosphor is presented. The process includes contacting a source of Mn4+ ions to a suspension comprising aqueous hydrofluoric acid and a complex fluoride compound of formula (II) in solid form, and then contacting a source of A+ ions to the suspension to form the Mn4+ doped phosphor, Ax[MFy]?? (II) Wherein, A is Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, or a combination thereof; M is Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, Al, Ga, In, Sc, Hf, Y, La, Nb, Ta, Bi, Gd, or a combination thereof; x is the absolute value of the charge of the [MFy] ion; y is 5, 6 or 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: James Edward Murphy
  • Patent number: 9512505
    Abstract: A method for repair of composite materials includes applying a formulation to a ceramic matrix composite substrate. The formulation comprises a liquid carrier, a ceramic filler dispersed within the carrier, and a polymeric binder disposed in the carrier. The method further includes removing the carrier from the formulation to form a green composition; pyrolyzing the green composition to form a porous composition; disposing a liquid metal or metalloid within the pores of the porous composition to form an intermediate composite composition; and converting the liquid metal or metalloid to solid state to form a solid composite composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Hogg Weaver, Daniel Gene Dunn
  • Patent number: 9512700
    Abstract: A subsea fluid processing system is provided containing a liquid reservoir, an inlet tank, a pump, an outlet system, and a fluid re-circulation loop. The liquid reservoir circulates a primer liquid stream to the inlet tank via the fluid re-circulation loop. The inlet tank further receives a first production fluid stream and mixes it with the primer liquid stream to produce thereby a second production fluid stream having a reduced gas volume fraction (GVF) relative to the first production fluid stream. The pump receives the second production fluid stream from the inlet tank and increases its pressure. Further, the outlet system containing the liquid reservoir receives the second production fluid stream from the pump and separates at least a portion of the primer liquid stream from a principal production stream. The primer liquid includes at least one exogenous liquid not derived from the first production fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Guillaume Becquin, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Jr., Vittorio Michelassi, Rosa Castane Selga, Rene Du Cauze De Nazelle
  • Patent number: 9512715
    Abstract: A measurement system in one embodiment includes an acquisition module and a determination module. The acquisition module is configured to acquire resonant frequency information corresponding to a sensor disposed in a remote location from the acquisition module. The resonant frequency information includes first resonant frequency information for a first resonant frequency of the sensor corresponding to environmental conditions of the remote location, and also includes second resonant frequency information for a different, second resonant frequency of the sensor corresponding to the environmental conditions of the remote location. The determination module is configured to use the first resonant frequency information and the second resonant frequency information to determine the temperature and the pressure at the remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Albert Challener, Li Airey
  • Patent number: 9510807
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus is provided. The ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes a physical quantity data generating unit configured to generate physical quantity data by calculating a physical quantity related to elasticity of parts in a living tissue based on an echo signal obtained by transmission and reception of an ultrasound wave to and from the living tissue, an elasticity image data generating unit configured to generate elasticity image data including information indicative of a display form corresponding to the calculated physical quantity, and a display unit configured to display an elasticity image generated based on the elasticity image data and having a display form corresponding to the physical quantity, wherein the elasticity image is generated based on physical quantity data for a plurality of frames within a predetermined time period having a length that includes a plurality of heartbeats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Shunichiro Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 9512759
    Abstract: A system includes a turbine combustor, a turbine, an exhaust gas compressor, a flow path, and at least one catalytic converter. The turbine is driven by combustion products from the turbine combustor. The exhaust compressor is configured to compress and route an exhaust gas from the turbine to the turbine combustor. The flow path leads from the exhaust gas compressor, through turbine combustor, and into the turbine. The catalytic converter is disposed along the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Veerappan Muthaiah, Kamlesh Mundra
  • Patent number: 9512732
    Abstract: A locking spacer assembly for securing adjacent rotor blades includes a first end piece having a platform portion and a root portion that define an angled first inner surface of the first end piece. The root portion defines a first projection adapted to project into a recess portion of the attachment slot. A second end piece fits between the first inner surface and a sidewall portion of the attachment slot and includes a platform portion and a root portion that define a second projection adapted to project into a recess portion of the attachment slot. The platform portion and the root portion define an angled second inner surface and that is configured to mate with the first inner surface. A borehole extends through the platform portion of the first end piece and the root portion of the second end piece and a fastener extends through the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Denver Potter, Michael James Healy, Christian Michael Hansen
  • Patent number: 9512799
    Abstract: Dynamic health assessment systems and methods related to monitoring fuel flow control are provided. In one embodiment, a method for controlling a system having an engine is provided. The method includes during a no-load condition of the engine, stopping fuel injection by a plurality of fuel injectors of the engine, closing a valve that is operable to control fuel flow to a fuel pump that pumps fuel to a common fuel rail, and setting a degradation condition in response to a fuel rail pressure decay rate of a fuel pressure in the common fuel rail being greater than a decay threshold after a first designated duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Gerard Nistler, Harold Hostettler, Shawn Gallagher, Luke Henry
  • Patent number: 9512780
    Abstract: A heat transfer assembly for controlling heat transfer of a turbine engine is provided. The turbine engine includes a housing and includes a compressor, a combustor and a turbine located within the housing. The heat transfer assembly includes a flow control device having a sidewall coupled to the turbine, the sidewall is in flow communication with a compressor vane. The sidewall is configured to define a first flow path from the compressor vane to a turbine vane and a second flow path from the compressor vane to a turbine blade. A heat exchanger is coupled to the housing and located between the compressor and the turbine, wherein the heat exchanger is in flow communication with at least one of the first flow path and the second flow path. A fluid supply device is coupled to the housing and in flow communication with the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Corey Bourassa, William Dwight Gerstler
  • Patent number: 9513354
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Seung-Kyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9513001
    Abstract: An oxy-combustion boiler unit is disclosed which includes a furnace for combusting fuel and for emitting flue gas resulting from combustion. The furnace has first, second and third combustion zones, and an air separation unit for separating oxygen gas from air and providing a first portion of the separated oxygen to a first oxidant flow, a second portion to a second oxidant flow, and a third portion of the separated oxygen gas to the first, second, and third zones of the furnace. A controller can cause the separated oxygen gas to be distributed so that the first and second oxygen flows have a desired oxygen content, and so that the first, second, and third zones of the furnace receive a desired amount of oxygen based on a combustion zone stoichiometry control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Xinsheng Lou, Jundong Zhang, Abhinaya Joshi, James A. McCombe, Armand A. Levasseur
  • Patent number: 9516723
    Abstract: A system having an alternating current (AC) driven LED unit, an AC voltage regulator, and a controller is provided. The AC driven LED unit includes a first LED and a second LED coupled in reverse parallel. The AC voltage regulator is operable to receive AC voltage originating from an AC voltage source, regulate the AC voltage according to control signals from the controller, and apply regulated AC voltage to the AC driven LED unit, so as to enable the first LED and the second LED to emit light according to the regulated AC voltage. In addition, a method is provided for driving the LED by regulating the AC voltage. By regulating the AC voltage using the AC voltage regulator, benefits of restraining voltage fluctuations, reducing THD, improving power factor, providing dimming control, and mitigating flicker phenomenon can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Saijun Mao, Yunfeng Liu, Xiaoming Yuan, Yingqi Zhang, Charles Adrian Becker, Junhui Fei, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 9513236
    Abstract: A radiation detecting apparatus is provided. The radiation detecting apparatus includes a plurality of detector modules arranged in a channel direction, each detector module including a plurality of detecting elements arranged in matrix form in the channel direction and a slice direction, and a heat radiating unit thermally coupled to the detecting elements and provided on an X-ray outgoing side of the detecting elements, a wind blowing unit configured to send wind to the heat radiating units of the detector modules in the slice direction, first wind shielding portions provided on a radiation outgoing side of the heat radiating units and configured to shield the wind in a radiation irradiating direction, and second wind shielding portions provided on a radiation incoming side of the heat radiating units and configured to shield the wind in the radiation irradiating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kotatsu Kawaguchi, Joseph James Lacey, Richard Paul Vandeweghe
  • Patent number: 9513316
    Abstract: A system including a non-intrusive capacitive voltage sensor configured to couple to an insulator surrounding a metal conductor, wherein the non-intrusive capacitive voltage sensor is configured to produce a voltage signal indicative of a voltage in the metal conductor, and a monitor-controller system configured to receive the voltage signal from the non-intrusive capacitive voltage sensor, wherein the monitor-controller system is configured to use the voltage signal to monitor or control a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dan Tho Lu, Prabhakar Neti
  • Patent number: 9513352
    Abstract: A system for inductively communicating signals in a magnetic resonance imaging system is presented. The system includes first array of primary coils configured to acquire data from a patient positioned on a patient cradle. Furthermore, the system includes a second array of secondary coils operatively coupled to the first array of primary coils. Moreover, the system includes a third array of tertiary coils disposed at a determined distance from the second array of secondary coils. In addition, the system includes a tuning unit operatively coupled to the third array of tertiary coils by a cable having a quarter-wave electrical wavelength and configured to control the first array of primary coils through impedance transformation, where the second array of secondary coils is configured to inductively communicate the acquired data to the third array of tertiary coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Christopher Judson Hardy, Karthikeyan Veeraswamy Sathyamurthy
  • Patent number: 9512896
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing vibration of a cantilevered patient support surface are provided herein. A system includes a spring and roller coupled with the spring. The spring creates an upwards spring bias on the patient support surface. The roller is coupled with the spring via a roller lever arm. A frictional resistance at the roller arm and an upward directed spring bias enables the roller to maintain constant contact with the patient support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Scott Grams, Philip Olikara, Adam Clark Nathan
  • Patent number: 9513359
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a forward spatial encoding polarity magnetic resonance (MR) coil image and a reverse spatial encoding polarity MR coil image generated from data obtained with a magnetic field gradient that is reversed with respect to the magnetic field gradient with which the forward spatial encoding polarity MR coil image is acquired. The method also includes performing an iterative shift map calculation algorithm to determine a pixel shift map corresponding to a minimized difference between the forward and reverse spatial encoding polarity MR coil images, converting the pixel shift map into a magnetic field shift map by determining a magnetic field value corresponding to each pixel in the pixel shift map, and providing the magnetic field shift map as an input to a shim calculation process that includes determining a level of at least one shim current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin Matthew Koch, Eric M. Printz
  • Patent number: 9513473
    Abstract: Fluorescence microscopy systems with polychroic mirror changers are described. In one aspect, a polychroic mirror changer includes a polychroic-mirror array. The array includes a plate with a planar surface and a number of holes formed in the plate. The array also includes polychroic mirrors attached to the planar surface of the plate such that each polychroic mirror covers one of the holes and the reflective surface of each polychroic mirror is adjacent to and aligned with the planar surface of the plate. Each polychroic mirror is partially exposed through a corresponding hole to reflect a different subset of excitation channels of a beam of excitation light input to the changer. The polychroic-mirror array can be mounted in the changer so that when a different subset of excitation channels is selected to illuminate a specimen, the plate is moved within a single plane of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Cooper, Justin Kyle Curts
  • Patent number: 9513380
    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 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 an upper surface of the scintillator, substantially over peripherally-extending edges of the scintillator, the organic photodiode, and the thin-film-transistor array, and substantially over the lower surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jie Jerry Liu
  • Patent number: 9514275
    Abstract: Apparatus includes an imaging system with a user interface, and a hospital radiological information system (RIS) coupled to the imaging system such that the user interface allows for bi-directional data transfer between the imaging system and the RIS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Sang Wook Lee, David Alan Littlejohn, Scott Wayne Zimmerman, Holly Ann McDaniel, Susan Martignetti Stuebe, Patrick Michael Virtue, Scott William Robinson, Ann Christine Hole, Christopher James Proctor
  • Patent number: 9513614
    Abstract: An electric power system for a wind turbine includes at least one auxiliary load bus configured to transmit electric power to auxiliary equipment. The auxiliary load bus is further configured to receive electric power having a voltage within a first predetermined tolerance range. The system also includes at least one motor-generator set coupled to the auxiliary load bus. The motor-generator set is configured to receive electric power having a voltage within a second predetermined tolerance range and transmit electric power to the auxiliary load bus in the first predetermined tolerance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harold Robert Schnetzka, Timothy Wilcox Jayko, Theodore Steven Wilmot, Branislav Vujanovic
  • Patent number: 9513628
    Abstract: A device for diagnostic of an electronic based product includes a plurality of sensors for monitoring parameters associated with product. Each sensor generates at least one of an analog signal and a digital signal upon monitoring of a parameter. The device further includes a plurality of converters for converting analog signals to digital signals, a processing module for determining abnormal parameter conditions based on comparing digital signals to threshold parameter values. Each abnormal parameter condition corresponding to a parameter is determined based on comparison of a digital signal associated with the parameter and a threshold parameter value corresponding to the parameter. The device further includes a memory module configured to store information associated with the abnormal parameter conditions, and a communication interface to provide the information to external devices for diagnosis of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Gilles Crepet
  • Patent number: 9513630
    Abstract: A wireless communication device of a vehicle system includes one or more antennas configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle of the vehicle system, a first modem configured to be disposed onboard the first vehicle and to communicate a first wireless signal to one or more of a second vehicle of the vehicle system or an off-board device using the one or more antennas, and a second modem configured to be disposed onboard the first vehicle and to communicate a second wireless signal to the one or more of the second vehicle or the off-board device using the one or more antennas. The first modem is configured to communicate the first wireless signal via a first type of wireless communication link and the second modem is configured to communicate the second wireless signal via a different, second type of wireless communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Santhanakrishnan Rajendran, Praful Babuji Vihol, Dibyajyoti Pati, Jared Klineman Cooper, Robert James Foy, David Michael Peltz, Eugene Smith, Steven Andrew Kellner, Brian William Schroeck, Keith Gilbertson, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Wolfgang Daum
  • Patent number: 9513368
    Abstract: Methods and systems for ultrasound data processing are provided. One method includes acquiring channel ultrasound data from a plurality of channel connected to a plurality of elements of an ultrasound probe and storing the channel ultrasound data from the plurality of channels. The method further includes generating ultrasound images based on processing of the acquired channel ultrasound data and displaying the ultrasound images. The method also includes performing additional processing on the stored channel ultrasound data while the ultrasound images are displayed and displaying updated ultrasound images generated by the additional processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Morris Ziv-Ari, Arcady Kempinski, Alexander Sokulin
  • Patent number: 9514250
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing clinical data includes a reference database comprising a stored set of reference data comprising enumerated results of a reference population for a clinical test. The system also includes a patient database comprising a stored set of clinical data corresponding to a patient result for the clinical test that is selected from the enumerated results. A processor is included in the system and is programmed to access the patient and reference databases, identify a distribution of reference data over the enumerated test results, and calculate a relevance index based on the distribution of reference data. The processor is further programmed to compare the patient result to the distribution of reference data, calculate a disagreement index based on the comparison, and calculate a deviation index from the relevance and disagreement indices. A graphical user interface is also included to output a visualization of the deviation index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gopal Biligeri Avinash, Eric David Kiger Garland, Ananth P. Mohan
  • Patent number: 9515616
    Abstract: Tube amplifier system including a plurality of conductor walls extending parallel to a longitudinal axis and defining an interior space therebetween. The tube amplifier system also including a shorting deck that extends transverse to the longitudinal axis. The shorting deck is electrically coupled to the conductor walls. The tube amplifier system also includes a movable tray assembly having a grounding deck that extends parallel to the shorting deck. The grounding deck and the shorting deck define an output cavity therebetween that has a length. The movable tray assembly is removably mounted to at least one of the conductor walls such that the grounding deck is capable of being positioned at multiple different levels along the longitudinal axis to change the length of the output cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Andreas Bäcklund
  • Patent number: 9514872
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator includes a plunger, an armature, and a coil. The plunger is moveable between a first position and a second position. The armature includes a first armature portion proximally disposed about the first position, and a second armature portion proximally disposed about the second position. The coil is proximally disposed with the first armature portion and, when energized, is configured to generate a magnetic field. The magnetic field causes the plunger to move toward the first position by a magnetic flux through a magnetic circuit. The magnetic circuit includes the first armature portion, the plunger, a main air gap, and a variable air gap. The main air gap and variable air gap are between the first armature portion and the plunger. The main air gap diminishes as the plunger moves toward the first position. The variable air gap enlarges as the plunger moves toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vandana Rallabandi, Srinivas Satya Sai Mallampalli, Ravindra Shyam Bhide
  • Patent number: 9515593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for automatic regulation of a system in which a plurality of parameters characteristic of the system are measured and in which at least one control parameter (u) is applied as a function of the measured parameters (y). The method includes choosing a nominal operating point of the system, and defining a nominal model (Mn) of the system at this nominal operating point. The method further includes determining a set of representative models ([Mk]) of the possible variations relative to the nominal model (Mn) and parameterizing the error of the nominal model (Mn) of the system by decomposition ([?ik]) over all the errors between the models of the set of models ([Mk]) representative of the possible variations and the nominal model (Mn). The method also includes minimizing a given optimization criterion (J) by varying at least one of the previously obtained parameters ([?ik]) of the error (?) relative to the nominal model (M) of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Anne-Marie Hissel, Philippe De Larminat
  • Patent number: 9515469
    Abstract: A vacuum feed-through assembly and a method for manufacturing the same including a conductor having a threaded outer diameter end, a plastic seal having a threaded inner diameter matching the threaded outer diameter end of the conductor, and an epoxy to epoxy bond the threaded inner diameter of the plastic seal to the threaded outer diameter end of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Evangelos Trifon Laskaris, Gene Conte, Susumu Mine
  • Patent number: 9515565
    Abstract: A hybrid HVDC converter system includes at least one alternating current (AC) conduit, at least one transformer coupled to said at least one AC conduit, and at least one direct current (DC) conduit. The hybrid HVDC converter system also includes at least one capacitor commutated converter (CCC) configured to convert AC voltages and AC currents to a DC voltage and DC current. The at least one CCC is coupled to the at least one AC conduit through the at least one transformer. The hybrid HVDC converter system further includes at least one self-commutated converter (SCC) configured to convert AC voltages and AC currents to a regulated DC voltage and DC current. The at least one SCC includes at least one AC/DC stage and at least one DC/DC stage coupled to the at least one AC/DC stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ranjan Kumar Gupta, Luis Jose Garces, Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju
  • Patent number: 9515276
    Abstract: An organic x-ray detector is presented. The organic x-ray detector includes a layered structure. The layered structure includes a thin-film transistor (TFT) array disposed on a substrate, an organic photodiode disposed on the TFT array, and a scintillator layer disposed on the organic photodiode. The organic x-ray detector further includes an encapsulation cover at least partially encapsulating the layered structure; and an oxygen getter layer disposed between the organic photodiode and the encapsulation cover, wherein the oxygen getter layer includes an ether-containing material. X-ray system including the organic x-ray detector is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kwang Hyup An, Gautam Parthasarathy, Jie Jerry Liu, James Edward Pickett
  • Patent number: 9515574
    Abstract: A modular embedded multi-level converter (MEMC) includes a first phase portion and a second phase portion. The first phase portion includes a first switch stack operable to couple a first phase branch between a positive DC bus and a midpoint node. The second phase portion includes a second switch stack operable to couple a second phase branch between the midpoint node and a negative DC bus. A DC voltage between the positive DC bus and the negative DC bus is distributable among switching units disposed in the first phase branch and the second phase branch. A distribution of the DC voltage is controlled by regulating a DC voltage at the midpoint node to balance energy among the switching units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Luis Jose Garces, Andrew Allen Rockhill
  • Patent number: 9515568
    Abstract: A power converter is presented. The power converter includes at least one leg, the at least one leg includes a first string, where the first string includes a plurality of diodes, a first connecting node, and a second connecting node, and where the first string is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus. Furthermore, the at least one leg includes a second string operatively coupled to the first string via the first connecting node and the second connecting node, where the second string includes a plurality of switching units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Rixin Lai, Luis Jose Garces
  • Publication number: 20160347023
    Abstract: A composite for use in a flexible pipe body, said composite comprising: a first polymer layer, a second polymer layer that is bonded to the first polymer layer, and filler particles that extend from the first polymer layer into the second polymer layer, whereby the particles are partially embedded in both the first and second polymer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Neville Dodds, Vineet Kumar Jha, James Robert Latto, David Andrew Finch
  • Patent number: D773394
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matt Anthony Marinelli, Andrew Louis Krivonak, Mark Allen Murphy
  • Patent number: D773507
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kristine Sagrillo, Joseph Jared Badillo, Brian Kay, Jennifer Ann Rousey, Katie Marie Jens