General Electric Patents

Patent number: 8779301
Abstract: A housing for use in a monitoring system having at least one monitoring module includes a shell defining an interior cavity. At least one opening is defined in the shell, and the at least one opening is in flow communication with the interior cavity. The housing includes at least one gasket coupled to the shell about an outer perimeter of the at least one opening. The at least one gasket facilitates insulating the interior cavity from electromagnetic radiation when the at least one monitoring module is positioned within the housing.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 3, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bryan Shadel, Michael Alan Tart, Sean Kelly Summers, Lysle Rollan Turnbeaugh, Han Tran, Mitchell Dean Cohen, Steven Thomas Clemens
Patent number: 8777568
Abstract: A platform cooling arrangement in a turbine rotor blade having a platform at an interface between an airfoil and a root, wherein the rotor blade includes an interior cooling passage that in operation, includes at least a high-pressure coolant region and a low-pressure coolant region, and wherein the platform includes a platform underside. The platform cooling arrangement may include: a plate that comprises a plate topside; a channel formed on the plate topside, the channel comprising an upstream end and a downstream end, and being open through the plate topside such that, upon attaching the plate to the platform, the platform underside comprises a channel ceiling; a high-pressure connector that connects the upstream end of the channel to the high-pressure coolant region of the interior cooling passage; and a low-pressure connector that connects the downstream end of the channel to the low-pressure coolant region of the interior cooling passage.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 30, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Scott Edmond Ellis, John Wesley Harris, Jr., Adrian Lional Scott
Patent number: 8779624
Abstract: Methods and systems for branch encoding an electric network to identify a direction of power flow in the electric network are provided. Sequential numbers are assigned to a first power source, each one of a plurality of power branches, and each one of a plurality of nodes. A rationalized value indicative of a direction of current flow through a branch is assigned to each branch of the plurality of branches. The rationalized value of each branch is determined as the difference between the numbers assigned to that branch's first connecting node and its second connecting node.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 4, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Steven Sparling, Stuart Gilmour
Patent number: 8776531
Abstract: The present application provides an integrated gasification combined cycle system. The integrated gasification combined cycle system may include a gas turbine engine, a syngas system for producing a syngas for the gas turbine engine and having a compressor therein, and a second gas engine in communication with the syngas system. The second gas engine dives the compressor via the syngas.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 6, 2009
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Raymond Douglas Steele, Anindra Mazumdar, Pradeep S. Thacker, Richard DePuy, Gary D. Miller
Patent number: 8780091
Abstract: A vehicle instrument system is described. The vehicle instrument system includes an input device configured to receive an input command, a display screen configured to display information, and a processing device coupled to the input device and the display screen. The processing device is configured to determine at least one parameter limit, receive at least one input signal from the input device that corresponds to a manual adjustment of the at least one parameter limit from a first limit value to a second limit value, and provide the second limit value to the display screen for display on the display screen.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 25, 2012
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sharon Ann Green, Andrew Thomas Schrauben
Patent number: 8777802
Abstract: A planet pin, a planetary gear system, and a method for balancing a load on a planetary gear system between respective planet gears. The planet pin includes a planet pin body having a flexure portion between a pair of ends. The flexure portion may be a planet pin body having grooves on opposing sides. The flexure portion may be a pair of pin bodies interference fit into annuluses of a centrally located barrel. The flexure portion may be a pair of pin arms extending from a centrally located ball joint.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 29, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Daniel Jason Erno, Fulton Jose Lopez
Patent number: 8778185
Abstract: Disclosed is a method of conditioning mixed liquor in membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems comprising adding an effective amount of a treatment composition comprising a water soluble cationic quaternary ammonium starch or a water soluble quaternary ammonium starch/gum blend to the mixed liquor. Also disclosed is a method of improving flux in an MBR system comprising adding the treatment composition to the mixed liquor of the MBR.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 31, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sijing Wang, Stephen R. Vasconcellos
Patent number: 8778278
Abstract: The invention is a device comprising a substrate and a material provided on at least a portion of the substrate and having an exposed surface. The exposed surface of the material is non bio-adhesive. The invention further includes a non bio-adhesive material composition and a method of making a device having the same non bio-adhesive surface. The invention further provides a device having a coating of a hydrophobic material. In particular, the hydrophobic material coated portion of the device is resistant to bio-adhesion.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 15, 2009
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mingna Xiong, Bing Zhang, Liping Zheng, Hui Lei, Su Lu, Liming Yu, Lin Chen, Wenqing Peng, Yanrong Zhu
Patent number: 8776523
Abstract: A steam-driven power plant includes a steam source providing steam at a desired pressure and a steam turbine operably connected to the steam source. The steam turbine includes a low pressure section and an intermediate pressure section. A low pressure admission conduit is configured to convey steam from the steam source to an entrance of the low pressure section and an intermediate pressure admission conduit is configured to convey steam from the steam source to a mid-steampath point of the intermediate pressure section. One or more valves are located between the steam source and the steam turbine to control a flow of steam from the steam source through the low pressure admission conduit and/or the intermediate pressure admission conduit.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 1, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mahendra Singh Mehra, Nachiket Chilhatey, Nestor Hernandez Sanchez
Patent number: 8778568
Abstract: An optical data storage medium is provided. The optical data storage medium includes a polymer matrix; a reactant capable of undergoing a change upon triplet excitation, thereby causing a refractive index change; and a non-linear sensitizer capable of absorbing actinic radiation to cause upper triplet energy transfer to said reactant. The refractive index change capacity of the medium is at least about 0.005. The non-linear sensitizer comprises a triarylmethane dye.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 14, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Arunkumar Natarajan, Patrick Joseph McCloskey, Eugene Pauling Boden, Kwok Pong Chan, Matthew Jeremiah Misner, Evgenia Mikhailovna Kim
Patent number: 8777566
Abstract: A casing includes an inner shell and an outer shell that surrounds the inner shell and comprises a plurality of inflection points. An annular flange is between the inner shell and the outer shell, and a plurality of joints attach the inner shell to the annular flange. A connector is between the annular flange and the outer shell at each of the plurality of inflection points. A method for assembling a casing includes joining a plurality of curved sections to one another to generally define an arcuate inner shell and surrounding the arcuate inner shell with an outer shell. The method further includes attaching the arcuate inner shell to an annular flange at first attachment points and connecting the annular flange to the outer shell at second attachment points spaced approximately equidistantly from the first attachment points.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 19, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Stephen Christopher Chieco, Henry Grady Ballard, Ian David Wilson, Martel Alexander McCallum, Kenneth Damon Black, Christopher Paul Cox
Patent number: 8781556
Abstract: A system for tracking the position of an instrument relative to an area of interest includes a first fixator configured to carry first and second localizing devices. A second fixator is configured to carry the first localizing device. A third localizing device communicates with the first localizing device and the second localizing device communicates with the first localizing device such that the position of the second localizing device can be determined relative to the position of the third localizing device. The second localizing device is attachable to the instrument and the first localizing device is attachable to the first fixator such that the first localizing device communicates with the second localizing device on the instrument in order that the position of the second localizing device on the instrument can be determined relative to the third localizing device.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 17, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Thomas C. Kienzle, III
Patent number: 8782187
Abstract: A method for monitoring communication in a wind farm network. A server is attached to one or more network nodes in a wind farm network. The server determines whether it is capable of communicating with each of the network nodes and reports the results as a network state. A graphical representation of the network state may be displayed to a user.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 26, 2009
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Vivek Kumar, Hemanth A Kumar, Chery Jose
Patent number: 8779283
Abstract: A method, in certain embodiments, includes providing a metal alloy, annealing the metal alloy, and contacting the metal alloy with vapors of selenium, or sulfur, or a combination thereof. The metal alloy having a uniform first bulk composition and a first surface composition on annealing provides an annealed metal alloy having a non uniform second bulk composition and a second surface composition which on being contacted vapors of selenium, or sulfur, or a combination thereof, produces a selenized or a sulfurized metal alloy. Further the metal alloy may have a layer formed in situ from a low melting point metal within the alloy via diffusion rather than sequential deposition and co-evaporation.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 29, 2008
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sheela Kollali Ramasesha, Sundeep Kumar, Mohandas Nayak, Atanu Saha, Hemantkumar Narsinham Aiyer
Patent number: 8778187
Abstract: The invention relates to a system for packing chromatography columns with a chromatography medium and packing method for use in such columns. In particular, the invention relates to a method and system for packing chromatography columns which utilizes an external drive means to compress a bed of particulate medium to a target bed height.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 5, 2008
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
Patent number: 8778188
Abstract: A chromatography column having a longitudinal axis and comprising a column wall with a first end and a second end, a first end plate assembly removably connectable to said first end of the column wall, a second end plate assembly removably connectable to said second end of the column wall, wherein said first end plate assembly, said column wall and said second end plate assembly are arranged along the longitudinal axis of the column wherein the column wall, and/or first end plate assembly and/or second end plate assembly is/are rotatable about an axis of rotation wherein said axis of rotation is parallel to the longitudinal axis of said column and positioned outside the column.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 14, 2008
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventors: Per Uselius, Mats Olsson, Sven Wounder, Jerker Persson
Patent number: 8777564
Abstract: Airfoils according to embodiments of this invention result in a hybrid controlled flow concept that reduces leakage loss by creating a different vortexing concept near endwall regions of the airfoils than at the core region of the airfoils. Specifically, a turbine static nozzle airfoil is disclosed having a variable, non-linear, throat dimension, s, divided by a pitch length, t, distribution (“s/t distribution”) across its radial length. In one embodiment, a plurality of static nozzle airfoils are provided, with each static nozzle airfoil configured such that a throat distance between adjacent static nozzle airfoils is larger proximate the hub regions of the airfoils than proximate the core regions of the airfoils, and the throat distance between adjacent static nozzle airfoils is smaller proximate the tip regions of the airfoils than proximate the core regions.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 17, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Xiaoqiang Zeng, Jonathon Edward Slepski
Patent number: 8777563
Abstract: A brush seal assembly for turbomachinery having a rotor can include a stationary seal component, a floating seal component coupled to the stationary seal component and circumferentially angled bristles arranged in a bristle pack, disposed in the floating seal component and extended axially with respect to the rotor.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 31, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Norman Arnold Turnquist, William Edward Adis, Robert Gerard Baran, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Robbert Christiaan Pannekeet, Keith Michael Parker, Xiaoqing Zheng
Patent number: 8777583
Abstract: A hybrid turbine airfoil component containing a ceramic material, in which detailed features of the component are formed of materials other than ceramic materials, yet result in a robust mechanical attachment of the ceramic and non-ceramic portions of the component. The component includes a first subcomponent formed of a ceramic-based material, and a second subcomponent formed of a metallic material. The first subcomponent has an airfoil portion and a nub, and the second subcomponent is separately formed and attached to the first subcomponent by casting the metallic material around the nub of the first subcomponent. The second subcomponent includes a blade tip shroud portion having at least one off-axis geometric feature that results in the second subcomponent having a more complex geometry than the first subcomponent.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 27, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Toby George Darkins, Jr., Joshua Brian Jamison, John Peter Heyward, Chad Daniel Kleinow, Roger Lee Doughty
Patent number: 8776388
Abstract: An apparatus for measuring a nozzle includes a stand and a first sensor in sliding engagement with the stand. The first sensor is positioned to measure a first dimension of the nozzle. A method for measuring a nozzle includes placing the nozzle in a stand, sliding a first gauge along a first surface of the nozzle, and measuring a first dimension of the nozzle.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 17, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Christopher D. Higgins
Patent number: 8777856
Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic system is provided that includes an ultrasound imaging device having an ultrasound probe that is configured to provide an ultrasound image of the heart during an ultrasound imaging session. The diagnostic system also includes a user interface including an operator display that is configured to concurrently display a reference image frame and the ultrasound image of the ultrasound imaging session. The user interface is configured to receive operator inputs to adjust a view of the heart in the ultrasound image and acquire a set of image frames of the heart. The diagnostic system also includes a cardiac analyzer that is configured to automatically identify a measurement frame from the set of image frames. The measurement frame includes the heart at a designated orientation and at a designated cardiac condition.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 26, 2012
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Susan Martignetti Stuebe, Daniel Lee Eisenhut
Patent number: 8779726
Abstract: A passive battery charging control system for charging a battery is devoid of active electrical components. The passive battery charging control system includes one or more passive electrical control elements configured to limit the charging state of the battery.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 19, 2010
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Anil Raj Duggal, Herman Lucas Norbert Wiegman, Gregory John Parker
Patent number: 8777202
Abstract: A tool is disclosed for adjusting a seal. The tool includes an engagement block. The engagement block defines a slot configured to capture a portion of the seal. The tool further includes an impact surface connected to the engagement block, and a hammer head movable along a strike axis with respect to the engagement block and configured for striking the impact surface. Striking of the impact surface with the hammer head can cause movement of the seal.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 19, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John William Herbold, Charles V. Spanos
Patent number: 8779928
Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a collector flashover alert by passive monitoring of a generator are provided. One method includes receiving, by a computing device, signals from a current transformer coupled around an exciter cable connected to a generator collector assembly, determining, by the computing device, when a spark has occurred in the generator collector assembly based at least in part on received signals from the current transformer, generating an indication that a spark has occurred in the generator collector assembly when it is determined that a spark has occurred in the generator collector assembly, and generating a flashover alert based at least in part on the generated indication that a spark has occurred in the generator collector assembly.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 3, 2012
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Meena Ganesh
Patent number: 8781075
Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards a method of changing wireless communication channels in a connected host and client system. For example, in one embodiment, the link quality of a connection is monitored by the host or the client. If the connection has a link quality below a predetermined threshold but remains intact, a channel switch request is sent, synchronization packages are exchanged between the host and client on the current channel, the channel of the system is changed to a new channel, and the system resumes communications on the new channel.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 7, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Kenneth Kump, Gireesha Rao, Chuande Liu, Craig Dennis
Patent number: 8778147
Abstract: An electrochemical machining process for forming a non-circular hole from a substantially circular hole within a workpiece using an electrode. The electrode is made of an electrically conductive material and has insulated areas in which the electrically conductive material is coated with an insulating material, and exposed areas of metal or conductive material. The insulated areas and exposed areas extending in rows substantially along a longitudinal axis of the electrode. The electrode is first positioned in a substantially circular hole. An electric current is then applied to the electrode to electrochemically remove a predetermined amount of material from the substantially circular hole to form a non-circular hole. A variety of different non-circular shapes are achievable using the process.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 12, 2008
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bin Wei, Ronald Scott Bunker
Patent number: 8780516
Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods and apparatus for voltage clamp circuits. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a voltage clamp circuit may include a first circuit portion electrically coupled to the output of at least one power source. The first circuit portion comprises a power semiconductor device having a first, second and a third node and one or more zener diodes electrically coupled to the first or the second node of the power semiconductor device. The voltage clamp circuit may further include a second circuit portion in electrical communication with the first circuit portion, where the second circuit portion comprises a resistor, a capacitor and a directional device, and where the second circuit portion connects to the one or more zener diodes to reduce peak voltage output between the second and the third node of the power semiconductor device.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 8, 2012
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Conpany
Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Geng Tian
Patent number: 8780559
Abstract: An electrical device is described herein. The electrical device includes a housing that includes an inner surface that defines a cavity, a heat sink that is coupled to the housing and oriented along a first plane, and at least one electrical component positioned within the housing cavity and oriented along a second plane that is different than the first plane. A heat exchange assembly is coupled to the electrical component and the heat sink for adjusting a temperature of the electrical component. The heat exchange assembly includes an evaporator section, a condenser section, and a transport section extending between the evaporator section and the condenser section for channeling a working fluid between the evaporator section and the condenser section. The heat exchange assembly is configured to bend along at least one bending axis oriented with respect to the transport section.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 29, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Stanton Earl Weaver, Jr., Tao Deng, Hendrik Pieter Jacobus de Bock, Shakti Singh Chauhan
Patent number: 8777854
Abstract: An automated method for detecting a disease state is presented. The method includes identifying a bone surface in one or more image data sets, wherein the one or more data sets correspond to a region of interest in an object of interest. Furthermore, the method includes segmenting a joint capsule region corresponding to the one or more image data sets based on a corresponding identified bone surface. In addition, the method includes analyzing the segmented joint capsule region to identify the disease state. Systems and non-transitory computer readable medium configured to perform the automated method for detecting a disease state are also presented.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 30, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kedar Anil Patwardhan, David Martin Mills
Patent number: 8779367
Abstract: A method of correcting a timing signal that represents an arrival time of a photon at a positron emission tomography (PET) detector includes receiving a timing signal that represents an arrival time of a photon at a PET detector, receiving an energy signal indicative of an energy of the photon, calculating a timing correction using the energy signal, modifying the timing signal using the timing correction, and generating an image of an object using the modified timing signal. A system and non-transitory computer readable medium are also described herein.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 20, 2012
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: David L. McDaniel, Changlyong Kim, Mark David Fries
Patent number: 8781266
Abstract: A measurement system includes a broadband light source that outputs a broadband light, an optical splitter that divides the broadband light into a plurality of divided light beams and a plurality of optical sensors, each optical sensor configured to receive a single one of the divided light beams and measure an electrical parameter of a conductor.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 23, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Boon Kwee Lee, Glen Peter Koste, Sachin Narahari Dekate, Victor Welch
Patent number: 8781765
Abstract: A method for analyzing electrical shorts in field windings of a synchronous machine having a rotor using a magnetic flux probe, the method includes: monitoring flux signals generated by the flux probe wherein the flux signals are indicative of magnetic flux emanating from the field windings; electronically storing flux data obtained from the monitored flux signals and indicative of electrical shorts in the field windings; automatically analyzing the stored flux data to identify field windings having the shorts and to count the shorts in each identified field winding, and automatically displaying information identifying the field windings with shorts and a number of shorts in each field winding.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 11, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Keith Franklin Beatty
Patent number: 8780595
Abstract: A controller for controlling a power converter is described. The controller includes an input configured to receive at least one grid feedback signal, a filter, and an output. The filter is configured to receive the at least one grid feedback signal and generate an output signal that does not deviate by more than a predefined amount from the at least one grid feedback signal. The output is configured to provide a voltage command signal to the power converter that is based at least partially on the output signal.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 12, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Einar Vaughn Larsen
Patent number: 8776776
Abstract: A gas cooking appliance includes a gas oven cavity for cooking a food item, the gas oven cavity including a top surface and a bottom surface, a lower heat source disposed adjacent the bottom surface of the gas oven cavity, an upper heat source disposed adjacent the top surface of the gas oven cavity, and a controller configured to cycle the upper heat source and the lower heat source for providing heat above and below the food item during cooking, wherein a cycle of the upper heat source is time-dependent, and a cycle of the lower heat source is temperature-dependent.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 18, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Justin Patrick Todd, Daniel Joseph Trice, Timothy Andrew Gillespie, James Tomaszewski
Patent number: 8781558
Abstract: The system and method of the present application includes an image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system, combined with a medical ventilator, to form a closed-loop system to optimize treatment of a tumor for patients who cannot comply with a normal respiratory management procedure. The ventilator may be used to generate respiratory maneuvers to facilitate clean images for dose planning, so that clinicians can more clearly visualize a target with fewer of the image artifacts associated with respiratory motion. The combined IGRT and ventilation systems approach facilitates treatment of specific organs most susceptible to respiratory motion artifact, and helps minimize the doses to the heart in left-breast treatments. Improved positioning of the anatomical target structures for exposure to external beam radiation may be accomplished through combinations of respiratory-gating, respiratory pause, and selective right or left lung mechanical ventilator techniques.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 7, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Russell James Kuzelka
Application number: 20140190264
Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor assembly detects a characteristic of a pipe. The ultrasonic sensor assembly includes first and second transducer rings spaced apart along a length of the pipe. Each of the first and second transducer rings can transmit a first wave longitudinally along the pipe and receive a reflection of the transmitted first wave from the characteristic. The first transducer ring can use results related to the reflection of the transmitted first wave to guide a second wave along the pipe that is received by the second transducer ring. Methods of detecting a characteristic of the pipe are also provided.
Type: Application
Filed: January 7, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: James Norman Barshinger, Mark Howard Feydo
Application number: 20140193664
Abstract: Recoating process and recoated turbine blade are disclosed. The recoating process includes providing a coated turbine blade, then removing a portion of the thermal barrier coating system to form a partially-stripped turbine blade, then applying a bond recoat to the stripped region of the partially-stripped turbine blade; and then applying a thermal barrier recoat to the bond recoat to form a recoated turbine blade. The recoated turbine blade comprises the bond coating portion abutting the bond recoat, the thermal barrier coating portion abutting the thermal barrier recoat, and the stepped configuration. The coated turbine blade has a thermal barrier coating system positioned on a substrate. The partially-stripped turbine blade has a stripped region, a bond coating portion, a thermal barrier coating portion, and a stepped configuration.
Type: Application
Filed: January 7, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Christopher Edward THOMPSON, John D. WARD, JR., Mark Lawrence HUNT, Jonathan Matthew LOMAS, Gareth William David LEWIS, Michael Anthony DEPALMA, III
Application number: 20140194284
Abstract: Methods for activating charcoal resulting from biomass gasification are provided. Exemplary methods include gasifying biomass in a gasification reactor of an integrated biomass gasification system to produce charcoal; and activating charcoal using heat generated from an integral heat source of the integrated biomass gasification system. The methods include activation of charcoal resulting from biomass gasification in a more efficient, economical manner, thereby increasing the value of biomass gasification with minimal investment in the process.
Type: Application
Filed: January 9, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jinmesh Pranav Majmudar, Omprakash Mall
Application number: 20140190216
Abstract: A fluid additive dispenser for a washing machine appliance is provided. The dispenser includes a platform have a receiving surface. The receiving surface is elevated relative to a bottom of the dispenser and is positioned in view of an opening in the top of the dispenser. As fluid additives are drained or siphoned from the dispenser and off of the platform, the receiving surface will become visible through the opening even as some residual fluid additives may remain in the dispenser. The user is thereby provided with a more desirable appearance inside the dispenser with regard to e.g., residues or remains of fluid additives that would otherwise be visible.
Type: Application
Filed: January 7, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Alexander Boris Leibman, Jerrod Aaron Kappler, Taranjeet Singh
Application number: 20140193760
Abstract: A coated article, a process of coating an article, and a process of using an article are disclosed. The coated article includes a substrate, a porous coating material, and a thermal barrier coating material. The porous coating material includes a porosity between about 1 percent and about 20 percent, by volume. The thermal barrier coating material has a thermal conductivity that is lower than a thermal conductivity of the substrate. The porous coating material differs in one or both of composition and microstructure from the thermal barrier coating material. Additionally or alternatively, the porous coating material resists at least one of sintering, densification, and phase destabilization for a predetermined period at a predetermined temperature. The process of coating an article includes applying a coating to form the coated article.
Type: Application
Filed: January 9, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Warren Arthur NELSON, Yuk-Chiu LAU, Tamara Jean RUSSELL, Joshua Lee MARGOLIES
Application number: 20140190083
Abstract: A system and method of determining the status of an appliance door is provided. The status of the door of the appliance can be determined based an output signal provided by a door switch coupled in series with a latch motor feedback. A change in the output signal of the door switch can be indicative of either the opening of the appliance door or the actuating of the latch motor. The source of the change in an output of the door switch can be determined based on the latch command provided to the latch motor. The appliance can be controlled based on the status of the appliance door.
Type: Application
Filed: January 7, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: David H. Lepie
Application number: 20140192182
Abstract: A method for viewing virtual objects within or on an appliance is provided. The method includes recording an image of the appliance and a positional reference disposed on a surface of the appliance. The method also includes generating a modification of the image. The modification illustrates the appliance and a virtual object disposed adjacent the positional reference.
Type: Application
Filed: January 10, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Keith Wesley Wait
Application number: 20140193254
Abstract: A method for optimizing the operation of a wind turbine having a rotor with at least one rotor blade, a tower, and a wind turbine controller, comprises determining a first load status of the wind turbine based on metereological data acquired by sensors, including a turbulence intensity; determining a second load status of the wind turbine based on mechanical loads on at least one wind turbine component; and increasing a load of the wind turbine, if the determined first and second load status of the turbine are within selectable load limits. A wind turbine implementing the method is also disclosed.
Type: Application
Filed: January 9, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Simi GOPOLAN, Anoop Singh
Application number: 20140191162
Abstract: A system includes a gasifier configured to gasify a mixture of a biomass feedstock and an oxidant to generate a producer gas and a producer gas purification system configured to purify the producer gas from the gasifier. The system also includes a gas supply system configured to supply a gas that is not the oxidant to at least one of the gasifier, or the producer gas purification system, or any combination thereof.
Type: Application
Filed: January 9, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Jinmesh Pranav Majmudar
Application number: 20140190174
Abstract: A micromixer assembly for a turbine system includes a plurality of pipes each having an inlet for receiving an airflow from an annulus defined by an inwardly disposed liner and an outwardly disposed sleeve, each of the plurality of pipes also including an outlet for dispersing an air-fuel mixture into a combustor chamber. Also included is a first portion of each of the plurality of pipes. Further included is a second portion of each of the plurality of pipes, the second portion comprising the inlet for receiving the airflow. Yet further included is at least one fuel receiving path in communication with at least one of the first portion and the second portion.
Type: Application
Filed: January 7, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Patrick Benedict Melton, Gregory Allen Boardman
Application number: 20140190188
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided. The refrigerator appliance includes an ice maker having a mold body. A temperature sensor is positioned adjacent the mold body of the ice maker. Utilizing measurements from the temperature sensor, a temperature of air within a chilled chamber of the refrigerator appliance and a temperature of the mold body can both be determined, and the use of multiple temperature sensors within the chilled chamber can thereby be eliminated.
Type: Application
Filed: January 8, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jianwu Li, Stephanos Kyriacou
Application number: 20140190262
Abstract: The invention relates to a feeding device for an ultrasound inspection system, with means for transporting a test object (7), in particular a pipe, into an ultrasound inspection chamber of the ultrasound inspection system, comprising at least one guiding unit (1) for the test object with at least one, preferably three, still more preferably six elastically biased counter bearings (2) resting against a jacket surface (8) of the test object (7) via a contact part (4) in order to guide the test object during transport.
Type: Application
Filed: July 14, 2011
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Inventors: Damian Meinert, Stephan Schmitz
Application number: 20140192752
Abstract: A system includes an access point and one or more remotes. The access point is configured for receiving signals, and for transmitting signals comprising contention frames, contention grants, and data frames. The one or more remotes include a first remote configured for receiving signals, and configured for transmitting signals comprising contention requests and data frames. The first remote is configured for transmitting one of the contention requests within a selected period of time after receiving one of the contention frames from the access point. The access point is configured for transmitting one of the contention grants to the first remote after receiving one of the contention requests from the first remote. The first remote is configured for transmitting one of the data frames within a selected period of time after receiving one of the contention grants from the access point.
Type: Application
Filed: March 24, 2014
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Jeffrey Michael Wilczewski
Application number: 20140190801
Abstract: A shutter system for a switchgear compartment includes a moveable shutter translatable between a closed position and an open position. Also included is a pusher operatively coupled to a first side of the moveable shutter and configured to impart a force on the moveable shutter in response to an insertion of an electrical device within the switchgear compartment. Further included is a cam member having a cam shaft operatively coupled to the moveable shutter, the cam shaft having a cam track. Yet further included is a bell crank configured to guide along the cam track and translate the moveable shutter between the closed position and the open position.
Type: Application
Filed: January 7, 2013
Issued: July 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Dean Arthur Robarge, Brittany Leigh Estes, Michael Paul Lafond, Joseph Gustave Nagy, Jason William Newby, Gerald John Witkoski
Patent number: D709210
Type: Grant
Filed: September 30, 2011
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventors: Stefan D'Argy, Bjorn A. Johansson, Nils Norrman, David Gwyn Treharne, Stevan Paul Tortorella