General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 9676491
    Abstract: A method of managing evaporated cryogenic fuel in a storage tank of a cryogenic fuel system of an aircraft and an aircraft having at least one turbine engine providing propulsive force for the aircraft and a cryogenic fuel system including a passively cooled cryogenic fuel storage tank located within the aircraft, a pressure vent fluidly coupled to the cryogenic fuel storage tank and exhausting evaporated gas from the cryogenic fuel to define a natural gas vent stream, and a catalytic converter fluidly coupled to the pressure vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Adon Delgado, Jr., Robert Harold Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 9676613
    Abstract: The present embodiments are directed towards the optical control of switching an electrical assembly. For example, in an embodiment, an electrical package is provided. The electrical package generally includes a micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) device configured to interface with an electrical assembly, the MEMS device being operable to vary the electrical assembly between a first electrical state and a second electrical state, a MEMS device driver in communication with the MEMS device and being operable to produce high voltage switching logic from an electrical signal, and an optical detector in communication with the MEMS device driver and configured to produce the electrical signal from an optical signal produced by a light source in response to an applied current-based electrical control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph Alfred Iannotti, Eric William Fiveland, William Chester Platt
  • Patent number: 9677125
    Abstract: Methods for detecting a plurality of targets in a biological sample are provided. The method comprises contacting the biological sample with a plurality of target-binding probes to form a plurality of target-bound probes, covalently attaching at least one of the target-bound probes to the biological sample, and observing the signals from the target-bound probes sequentially. An associated kit and device for detection of the plurality of targets are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anup Sood, John Richard Nelson, Michael John Gerdes
  • Patent number: 9677459
    Abstract: An engine is provided. In one embodiment, the engine includes a precombustion chamber having a body, a secondary combustion chamber disposed at least partially in the body, and a plurality of passages configured to place the precombustion chamber in fluid communication with a main combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Compression Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Gene McClendon, Randall A. Coleman
  • Patent number: 9677476
    Abstract: Presented herein are turbine machines, turbine control systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for controlling turbines including a compressor, a combustion system, and a turbine section comprising a turbine operating at an initial turbine output while using initial parameter values for the respective control parameters of the turbine. The techniques involve, for respective selected control parameters, selecting an adjustment of the initial parameter value of the selected control parameter, and predicting a predicted turbine output of the turbine operated using the adjustment of the selected control parameter and the initial parameter values for other control parameters; comparing the predicted turbine outputs for the adjustments of the respective control parameters to select, from the control parameters, a target control parameter having a target adjustment that results in the target turbine output; and operating the turbine with the target adjustment of the target control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jonathan York Smith, John Rogers Huey, Prabhanjana Kalya
  • Patent number: 9677556
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to diagnosing a compressor. A method may include operating a compressor to compress air from a first stage compressor into an intermediate stage reservoir, to deliver air from the intermediate stage reservoir to a second stage compressor, and to further compress the air in the second stage compressor into a primary reservoir, monitoring an intermediate stage pressure of the intermediate stage reservoir, and identifying a condition of the compressor through recognition of a change in the monitored intermediate stage pressure during a time period in which the compressor is operated. A vehicle system is also provided including an engine, a compressor operatively connected to the engine, and a controller that is operable to identify a condition of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Richard C. Peoples, David E. Peterson, Jason M. Strode, Neil W. Burkell, Milan Karunaratne
  • Patent number: 9677538
    Abstract: A wind turbine rotor blade assembly and associated method include a rotor blade having a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge, and a trailing edge extending in a generally span-wise direction between a tip and a root. An edge extension panel is attached along either of the leading edge or trailing edge (or along both edges) in a generally span-wise direction from adjacent the root towards the tip. The edge extension panels include a cured and hardened viscous material continuous core formed onto the leading or trailing edge with a contoured generally aerodynamic outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron John Mashue, Bruce Clark Busbey, Christian A. Carroll
  • Patent number: 9677540
    Abstract: A yaw backup system is provided. The yaw backup system includes an energy storage medium for storing auxiliary power. The yaw backup system also includes a yaw controller for coordinating delivery of power from the energy storage medium to a yaw motor for controlling a yaw angle of a wind turbine during grid loss conditions. The yaw controller executes the steps of receiving wind direction signals over time from a sensor, altering a tolerance level of a wind turbine based on changes in the wind direction signals over time and controlling delivery of power to the yaw motor from the auxiliary power of the energy storage medium based on the tolerance level to control the yaw angle for reducing a load on the wind turbine induced by wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajni Kant Burra, Govardhan Ganireddy, Victor Robert Abate, Keith Andrew Longtin, Herman Lucas Norbert Wiegman, Robert William Delmerico
  • Patent number: 9677424
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine is provided defining a radial direction. The gas turbine engine generally includes a compressor section and a turbine section, the compressor section and turbine section together defining a core air flowpath. The gas turbine engine also includes a sump positioned inward of the core air flowpath along the radial direction. An air pump is positioned inward of the core air flowpath along the radial direction for providing a flow of air from the sump to lower an internal pressure of the sump and reduce a likelihood of lubrication leaking from the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Matthew Timothy Franer, Kyle Robert Snow
  • Patent number: 9677428
    Abstract: A tool for removing a component from a turbomachine is provided. The tool includes a body having an alignment portion and a connection portion. The alignment portion defines a longitudinal axis and a cross sectional shape complementary to a slot defined in a rotor wheel of the turbomachine. When the tool is positioned in the slot, the connection portion is configured to contact the component. The tool additionally includes a force section connected to the body and configured to transfer a force to the connection portion in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the alignment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Bradford Holmes, David Randolph Spracher, James Robert Hollis, Wayne David Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9677429
    Abstract: A steam power plant is suggested having, parallel to the high-pressure preheater passage (VW4 to VW6), a heat reservoir (A) which is loaded with preheated condensate in weak-load times. This preheated condensate is taken from the heat reservoir (A) for generating peak-load and inserted downstream of the high-pressure preheater passage (VW4 to VW6) into the condensate line (19.2) resp. the feed water container (8). Thus it is possible to quickly control the power generation of the power plant in a wide range without significantly having to change the heating output of the boiler of the steam generator (1). A steam power plant equipped according to the invention can thus be operated with bigger load modifications and also provide more control energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Ewald Kitzmann, Volker Schüle, Julia Heintz, Angie Ewert
  • Patent number: 9677430
    Abstract: A combined cycle power plant with a gas and steam turbine system arranged on a single shaft and integrated with a cogeneration plant having a heat consumer such as a district heating system or industrial plant, including one or more steam extractions at an intermediate-pressure steam turbine that are arranged at the upper casing half-shell of the turbine and extraction steam lines that lead the extracted steam to heat exchangers of the cogeneration plant. The steam extraction outlets are arranged either singly at or near the uppermost point of the casing or in pairs to either side of the uppermost point of the casing. The specific arrangement of the extractions allows a floor-mounting of the single-shaft combined cycle power plant and as such a cost and space efficient realization of the power plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Sackmann, Christian Joachim Bohtz, Giovanni Leone, Henrik Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9677659
    Abstract: An epicyclic gearing arrangement includes a planet gear rotatable on a planet bearing that is mounted via a support pin to a carrier of the epicyclic gearing arrangement. An attenuation spring is disposed between the outer surface of the bearing's outer ring and the opposing inner surface of the planet gear and includes an annular gap. A spring film damper is disposed between the cylindrical outer surface of the support pin and the opposing inner surface of the inner ring of the planet bearing and includes an annular gap. The support pin (96) and/or outer ring include oil feed holes that open into the respective annular gap(s). A gas turbine engine includes an epicyclic gearing arrangement having such a planet bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, Bugra Han Ertas, Donald Albert Bradley, Joseph Robert Dickman
  • Patent number: 9677686
    Abstract: A gas supply system of a gas turbine and a method for controlling an operation of the gas supply system. A gas supply system includes a first valve connected in series to a set of second valves that are in parallel with each other. At least one second valve from the set of second valves is connected to a combustion chamber of the gas turbine. A degree of opening of the first valve and the at least one second valve is changed to in a manner that controls a total mass flow of gas output by the set of second valves during the change in the degree of opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Christian-Anghel Solacolu
  • Patent number: 9677739
    Abstract: Provided is an optical diffuser apparatus, for use adjacent a light engine in a lighting fixture for producing desired color-mixed light output. The apparatus includes a first diffuser panel and a second diffuser panel connected to the first diffuser panel. The first diffuser panel and the second diffuser panel are configured and arranged so that, when the apparatus is positioned for operation within the fixture, light emitted by the light engine at greater than a pre-determined threshold angle with respect to a centerline of the engine will pass through both the first diffuser panel and the second diffuser panel, thereby mixing colors of the light toward the desired color-mixed light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Mozhgan Torabifard, David Wan Fong
  • Patent number: 9675947
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mixing system comprising a vessel (1) for housing a disposable fluid mixing bag (2), which vessel (1) comprises a base (3) supporting the fluid mixing bag (2) and a sidewall (4) extending vertically upwards from the base (3). The sidewall (4) of the vessel comprises a door opening (5) which is closable by a sliding door (6). The system with the sliding door provides an easy access to the inside of the vessel (1) in a space saving manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Klaus Gebauer, Patrick Jonsson, David Ronnholm
  • Patent number: 9678079
    Abstract: A microfluidic testing cartridge for testing LAL-reactive substances in fluid samples is provided. The cartridge may include at least two (2) testing modules, wherein each testing module includes at least one inlet port for receiving one of the fluid samples, and at least four (4) testing channels in fluid communication with the inlet port. Each of the testing channels may include a metering portion for metering an aliquot of the fluid sample, an analyzing portion, and a mixing portion, wherein a valve is positioned between the metering portion and the analyzing portion to selectively fluidly separate the metering portion from the analyzing portion. The cartridge is insertable into an optical reader which performs optical measurements of the fluid sample within each testing channel during a testing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Douglas Godec, Paul Charles Melanson, Matthew Kaddeland Stonesmith, Yan Huang, Vidyasankar Sundaresan, Hong Xu, Ruiqing Li, Shouquan Deng
  • Patent number: 9678115
    Abstract: A contactless voltage sensing device configured to measure a voltage value of a conductor is provided. The contactless voltage sensing device includes a first impedance element having a first impedance, where the first impedance element is configured to be operatively coupled to the conductor. Further, the contactless voltage sensing device includes an antenna operatively coupled to the first impedance element, a second impedance element having a second impedance, where the second impedance element is formed in part by the antenna and a parasitic impedance element, and where the parasitic impedance element includes a parasitic impedance, and measurement and communication circuitry coupled to the first impedance element to measure the voltage value of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arun Kumar Raghunathan, Amol Rajaram Kolwalkar, Sameer Dinkar Vartak, Abhijeet Arvind Kulkarni, Charles Brendan O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9677766
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle for use in a turbine engine is provided. The fuel nozzle includes a fuel injector configured to discharge a flow of fuel therefrom and a premixer tube coupled in flow communication with the fuel injector. The premixer tube is configured to receive the fuel flow and a flow of air at an upstream end of the premixer tube, wherein the fuel and air are progressively mixed as the fuel and air are channeled through the length of the premixer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bassam Sabry Mohammad Abd El-Nabi, Gregory Allen Boardman
  • Patent number: 9677975
    Abstract: A sampling assembly configured to be coupled to a sample source and facilitate aseptic sampling at one or more instances in time is provided. Further, the sampling assembly includes a first conduit having first and second ports, where the first port is configured to be coupled to the sample source. The sampling assembly also includes a plurality of sub-conduits having corresponding sub-ports, where each of the plurality of sub-conduits is operatively coupled to the first conduit at respective connector junctions. Also, each of the sub-ports is in fluidic communication with the first conduit. The sampling assembly also includes a plurality of sampling kits and one or more pumping devices. Further, each sampling kit is operatively coupled to a respective sub-port of a corresponding sub-conduit. Moreover, the one or more pumping devices are operatively and aseptically coupled to the second port of the first conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chengkun Zhang, Kenneth Roger Conway, Donald Joseph Buckley, Eugene Pauling Boden, Weston Blaine Griffin, Anshika Bajaj, Reginald Donovan Smith
  • Patent number: 9678030
    Abstract: A sensor for detecting gaseous agents has a transducer, which includes an electrical resonant circuit that forms an antenna. The sensor further includes a sensing material that is disposed on at least a portion of the transducer. The sensing material is configured to simultaneously exhibit a capacitance response and a resistance response in the presence of a gaseous agent. The sensor may be reversible, battery free, and may require no electrical contact with a sensor reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electricity Company
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Zhexiong Tang, Brandon Bartling, Nandini Nagraj, Vadim Bromberg
  • Patent number: 9678183
    Abstract: A wireless actuator circuit configured to actuate a micro electromechanical system (MEMS) switch is provided. The wireless actuator circuit includes a transmitter portion and a receiver portion operatively coupled to the transmitter portion. The transmitter portion includes an oscillator device configured to generate a signal at a determined frequency and a first antenna operatively coupled to the oscillator device to receive a modulated signal. Further, the receiver portion includes a second antenna configured to receive the modulated signal from the transmitter portion, a radio frequency power detector configured to detect the modulated signal and a comparator configured to produce a control signal in response to the modulated signal detected by the radio frequency power detector to toggle the MEMS switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Joseph Alfred Iannotti, Steven William Wik
  • Patent number: 9678190
    Abstract: A system and method for generating MR phase contrast images near metal include an MRI apparatus that includes an MRI system having a plurality of gradient coils and an RF transceiver system and an RF switch controlled by a pulse module to transmit RF signals to an RF coil assembly. The MRI apparatus also includes a computer programmed to acquire a plurality of three-dimensional (3D) MR data sets and to generate a plurality of frequency images based on the plurality of 3D MR data sets. Each 3D MR data set is acquired using a central transmit frequency and a central receive frequency set to an offset frequency value that is distinct for each 3D MR data set. The computer is also programmed to convert the plurality of frequency images to a plurality of time domain images and to generate a phase image based on the plurality of time domain images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin M. Koch
  • Patent number: 9679837
    Abstract: An electrical interconnect assembly includes an insulating substrate, upper conductive pads coupled to a top surface of the insulating substrate, and lower conductive pads coupled to a bottom surface of the insulating substrate. The upper conductive pads and the lower conductive pads comprise an electrically conductive material. A metallization layer is deposited on the top surface of the insulating substrate and the upper conductive pads. The metallization layer extends through vias formed through a thickness of the insulating substrate to contact a top surface of the lower conductive pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Alan McConnelee, Kevin Matthew Durocher, Scott Smith, Donald Paul Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9680067
    Abstract: Heavily phosphor loaded LED packages having higher stability and a method for increasing the stability of heavily phosphor loaded LED packages. A silicone overlayer is provided on the phosphor silicone blend layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ashfaqul Islam Chowdhury, Gary Robert Allen, Dengke Cai
  • Patent number: 9680307
    Abstract: Systems and methods for regulating the voltage at a point of interconnection of a renewable energy plant, such as a solar plant, with a grid are provided. A voltage signal indicative of the voltage at the point of interconnection can be received and filtered with a high pass filter to generate a filtered error signal. The high pass filter can block components of the voltage signal at a frequency less than a threshold frequency. A reactive power command for the renewable energy plant can be generated based on the filtered error signal. One or more inverters of the renewable energy plant can be controlled to output reactive power based on the reactive power command. A rejection module can be implemented to prevent adverse interaction with other voltage control devices. In addition, a reset module can be implemented to preserve dynamic reactive power range of the inverters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Miaolei Shao, Jovan Bebic, Owen Jannis Samuel Schelenz, Patrick Hammel Hart
  • Patent number: 9680343
    Abstract: In certain exemplary embodiments, a generator field upgrade kit includes a design modification package configured to be installed in a generator field of a generator as a retrofit to mitigate damage of the generator field due to high cyclic duty of the generator. The design modification package includes a plurality of individual modifications that are selectable based on specific operational and performance parameters of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Mitchell Draina, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Donald Alden VanSlyke
  • Patent number: 9680344
    Abstract: An electrical machine is provided. The electrical machine includes a stator, a rotor, and a plurality of switches. The stator includes main windings and auxiliary windings. The rotor is couplable to a prime mover configured to turn the rotor relative to the stator to generate at least six phases of alternating current (AC) power at the main windings. The plurality of switches is respectively coupled between the auxiliary windings and groups of the main windings. The plurality of switches is configured to convert the at least six phases to three phases when the plurality of switches is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ashraf Said Atalla, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Satish Prabhakaran, James Pellegrino Alexander
  • Patent number: 9680385
    Abstract: A power converter includes a circuit board having an elongated anode receiving an input voltage and an input current and an elongated cathode providing an output voltage and an output current, and a plurality of diodes electrically arranged in parallel between the anode and cathode. The parallel diodes convert the input voltage to an output voltage, convert the input current to an output current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Pietrantonio, Michael Carl Ludwig, Mohamed Aly Elsayed
  • Patent number: 9681524
    Abstract: A power supply includes a first component arrangement providing a first current output for initializing control circuitry, and a second component arrangement providing a second current output to the control circuitry when the control circuitry initialization is complete, and a method of operating a power supply includes connecting a first component arrangement of the power supply to provide control circuitry with a first current for initializing operations within a predetermined time period, and connecting a second component arrangement of the supply to provide the control circuitry with a second current when initializing operations are complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Carre Denise Scheidegger, Gang Yao
  • Patent number: 9681568
    Abstract: A compact stacked power module including a positive direct-current-bus-voltage plate having a positive-plate surface and a negative direct-current-bus-voltage plate having a negative-plate surface. The compact stacked power module also includes an alternating-current output plate having opposing first and second output-plate surfaces, a first semiconductor switch contacting the negative-plate surface and the first output-plate surface, and a second semiconductor switch contacting the positive-plate surface and the second output-plate surface. The compact stacked power module further includes a capacitor contacting the negative-plate surface and the positive-plate surface, wherein the capacitor is electrically in parallel with the first and second semiconductor switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Allen Michael Ritter
  • Patent number: 9675299
    Abstract: The monitoring system for presenting a health state of a subject is disclosed. The monitoring system includes a processor for analyzing multiple health parameters associated with the subject. Based on this analysis, a health state indicator includes multiple gauges for visually presenting the health state of the subject. A gauge orients with respect to a gauge reference line based on the analyzed health parameters. In an embodiment, an interface element for visually presenting the health state of the subject in a monitoring system is disclosed. The interface element includes a health state indicator. The health state indicator includes multiple gauges, wherein one or more gauges orient with respect to one or more gauge reference lines based on analysis of the multiple health parameters to visually represent the health state of the subject. The health parameters are analyzed by the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jayaram Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9675937
    Abstract: A permeate carrier to be described in detail below has side edges, alternatively called borders, that are thinner than a central part of the permeate carrier. Adhesive is applied to the side edges to form a seal when a membrane leaf is formed around the permeate carrier. After the membrane leaf is wound around a central tube, the side edges extend in a spiral around the central tube. The transition between the side edges and the central part of the permeate carrier helps prevent adhesive from flowing into the central part of the permeate carrier. The reduced thickness of the side edges also reduces an increase in diameter at the ends of an element that might otherwise be caused by the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Prasanna Rao Dontula, Yatin Tayalia, Phillip Goebel
  • Publication number: 20170160714
    Abstract: Approaches are provided where a group of historical data relating to the operation of an industrial asset are collected on a time interval. It is determined whether the collected group of historical data corresponds to a transitory period of the industrial asset. When the collected group of historical data corresponds to the transitory period a full set of sensor values is read and made available to an analytics engine. When the collected group of historical data does not correspond to the transitory period, a minimal subset of sensor values necessary to detect a start or an end of the transitory period is read and stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yuhang HUANG, Joseph HASIEWICZ
  • Publication number: 20170162994
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus for receiving a brush, includes a support member, and at least one box member affixed to the support member. The box member includes a slot extending through a side of the box member. At least one cam member is operably connected to the support member. The cam member includes a rounded surface partially extending through the slot. The rounded surface is configured to directly contact the brush while the cam member retains the brush. The cam member is configured to move within the slot, and the cam member is configured to retain the brush against an inner surface of the box member. The at least one cam member is configured for manual manipulation (e.g., by hand) so that the brush can be removed from the at least one box member without the use of any tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael David Kuban, Albert Eugene Steinbach, Paul August Quail
  • Publication number: 20170156923
    Abstract: Methods systems and apparatus are set forth herein. There is provided in one embodiment determining one or more body physiological parameter of a patient based on one or more input; and controlling a heating system for warming the patient based on a result of the determining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yogen Vishwas UTTURKAR, Ernst Wolfgang STAUTNER, Pradeep SALAPAKKAM, Bryan WHALEN
  • Publication number: 20170163106
    Abstract: A rotor for a reluctance machine includes a central rotor support rigidly connected to a machine shaft extending laterally along a central axis of the machine. The rotor support has an outer rotor support surface. A non-ferromagnetic channel support is rigidly affixed to the rotor support surface and projects radially relative to the central axis from the rotor support surface to define an outer rotor diameter of the rotor. The rotor also includes an array of arcuate ferromagnetic flux guide channels. The flux guide channels are embedded in the non-ferromagnetic channel support, wherein portions of the channel support abutting the flux guide channels function as non-ferromagnetic flux barriers. The flux barriers provide structural support for the flux guide channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anoop JASSAL, Mohamed OSAMA, Francesco PAPINI
  • Publication number: 20170158717
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to aminosilicone solvent recovery methods and systems. The methods and systems disclosed herein may be used to recover aminosilicone solvent from a carbon dioxide containing vapor stream, for example, a vapor stream that leaves an aminosilicone solvent desorber apparatus. The methods and systems of the invention utilize a first condensation process at a temperature from about 80° C. to about 150° C. and a second condensation process at a temperature from about 5° C. to about 75° C. The first condensation process yields recovered aminosilicone solvent. The second condensation process yields water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Irina Pavlovna SPIRY, Robert James PERRY, Benjamin Rue WOOD, Surinder Prabhjot SINGH, Rachel Lizabeth FARNUM, Sarah Elizabeth GENOVESE
  • Publication number: 20170158070
    Abstract: A battery exchange apparatus (e.g., for a battery exchange station positioned at a wayside location of a vehicle route) includes a receptacle mounted to at least one rail for lateral movement along the rail and for pivotal movement around a working axis generally orthogonal to the rail. The receptacle has an open end for receiving a battery from a direction generally orthogonal to the working axis. The apparatus further includes a recharge connector provided within the receptacle and opposite the open end of the receptacle. The open end of the receptacle includes at least two laterally flared surfaces, which are configured to impose at least one of lateral motion or pivotal motion on the receptacle in order to align the receptacle to the battery that is at least one of laterally or angularly misaligned from a lateral midline of the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: LEMBIT SALASOO
  • Patent number: 9668716
    Abstract: A method of ultrasound imaging includes acquiring plural groups of ultrasound data sets in an imaged volume that at least partially encompasses an object. The groups of ultrasound data sets include ultrasound image data obtained by transmitting one or more ultrasound pulses from one or more transducer elements into different zones of the imaged volume. The method also includes arranging the ultrasound data sets into one or more temporal groups based on when the ultrasound data sets are acquired. The ultrasound data sets in each temporal group are acquired during a common time period. The method further includes constructing a three-dimensional image of the object based on the ultrasound data sets in at least one of the temporal groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Buckton, Christian Perrey
  • Patent number: 9669458
    Abstract: A core for forming micro channels within a turbine component is provided. The core includes a base comprising a first side and a second side; and a core assembly coupled to the second side. The core assembly further includes a plurality of channel members, wherein each channel member has a first end, a second end, and a channel body coupled to and extending between said first end and said second end. The channel body includes a channel shape configured to form the micro channels within the turbine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Wayne Weber, Gregory Thomas Foster, Benjamin Paul Lacy, Aaron Ezekiel Smith, Dustin Michael Earnhardt
  • Patent number: 9670733
    Abstract: Systems and methods for drilling multiple wells include a landing template, the landing template having at least two through bores. Each through bore extends from a first face of the landing template to an opposite second face of the landing template. A skirt conductor is secured to the landing template, the skirt conductor operable to be driven into a sea floor so that the landing template is proximate to a mudline. A bore separator guide has a drill bit guide sized to register with one of the through bores. The bore separator guide is moveable to align with each of the at least two through bores one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventor: Hoong Man Ng
  • Patent number: 9669851
    Abstract: A route examination system and method automatically detect (with an identification unit onboard a vehicle having one or more processors) a location of a break in conductivity of a first route during movement of the vehicle along the first route. The system and method also identify (with the identification unit) one or more of a location of the vehicle on the first route or the first route from among several different routes based at least in part on the location of the break in the conductivity of the first route that is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Samuel William Golden, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Yuri Alexeyevich Plotnikov, Jeffrey Michael Fries, Steven Joseph Ehret, Nicholas David Nagrodsky
  • Patent number: 9670784
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention include turbine buckets and systems employing such buckets. Various particular embodiments include a turbine bucket having: a base including: a casing having at least one exhaust aperture on an outer surface of the casing; and a core within the casing, the core having: a serpentine cooling passage; and at least one outlet passage fluidly connected with the serpentine cooling passage and the exhaust aperture, wherein the at least one outlet passage permits flow of a coolant from the serpentine cooling passage to the at least one exhaust aperture on the outer surface of the casing; and an airfoil connected with the base at a first end of the airfoil, the airfoil including: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Douglas Herzlinger, Harish Bommanakatte, Anthony Louis Giglio, Jacob Charles Perry, II
  • Patent number: 9669811
    Abstract: A planning system and method determine handling parameters of one or more of a route or a vehicle system at different locations along a length of the vehicle system having plural vehicles traveling together along the route. The system and method also determine asynchronous brake settings for two or more of the vehicles in the vehicle system based on the handling parameters that are determined. Brakes of the two or more vehicles are controlled according to the asynchronous brake settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James D. Brooks, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Gabriel de Albuquerque Gleizer, Lucas Vargas
  • Patent number: 9670846
    Abstract: The present application provides a fuel nozzle for use with a flow of air and a flow of fuel in a gas turbine engine. The fuel nozzle may include a plenum, a mixing tube element positioned within the plenum, and an enhanced mixing feature positioned within the mixing tube element so as to promote mixing of the flow of air and the flow of fuel. The enhanced mixing feature may include a turbulated mixing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yon Han Chong, Dereck Joseph Ouellet
  • Patent number: 9671067
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system (100) and a method (200) for being utilized in an industrial plant (10) for determining injection rate of at least one Flue Gas Conditioning Agent (FGCA) from a FGCA discharge unit (18) into a flue gas leading from a boiler (12) to be introduce into an Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) (14) of an industrial plant (10). The system (100) and method (200) is capable of determining the optimal injection rate of the FGCA based on ESP (14) data to increase the efficiency of the ESP (14) for efficient collection of dust particles from the flue gas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Nanda Kishore Dash, Anders Nils Gustav Karlsson, Elisabeth Pettersson, Pankaj Kumar Gupta
  • Patent number: D789386
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rui Yang, Yan Li
  • Patent number: D789414
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Douglas James Brabrand
  • Patent number: D789569
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Zsolt Balogh, Istvan Banyai