General Electric Patents

Application number: 20150148434
Abstract: A system includes a syngas cooler and a compatible seal gas system. The syngas cooler may be configured to cool a syngas. The compatible seal gas system may be configured to supply a compatible seal gas to a seal of the syngas cooler. The seal may be configured to block the syngas from a passage between an outer wall of the syngas cooler and a tube cage of the syngas cooler.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Anindra Mazumdar, Jay Christopher Schleicher, Atul Kumar Vij, Uma Chinnadurai, Paromita Bhattacharya, Rajeshwar Sripada
Application number: 20150148617
Abstract: A patient monitoring system and method is disclosed herein. The system includes one or more patient monitors that obtain physiological data from a patient. Based upon the physiological data obtained from the patient, as well as the information available for the patient in an electronic health record, an algorithm selection device determines which one of a plurality of early warning algorithms are best suited for use in monitoring a patient. One or more early warning algorithms can be presented to a user for selection. Once the algorithm selection device or the user determines which of a plurality of early warning algorithms would be most effective, the early warning algorithm is downloaded to the patient monitor for use by the patient monitor. The patient monitor utilizes the downloaded early warning algorithm to generate alarms and alerts to indicate the health status of the patient being monitored.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Bruce Arnold Friedman
Application number: 20150147217
Abstract: An article having a nanocomposite magnetic component and method of forming a nanocomposite magnetic component are disclosed. The article includes a plurality of nanocrystalline flake particles bonded along their prior particle boundaries. The nanocrystalline flake particles have a median grain size less than about 30 nanometers and include a first set of grains comprising predominantly permanent magnet phase and a second set of grains comprising predominantly soft magnet phase.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Francis Johnson, Wanming Zhang, Min Zou, Christina Hongbing Chen
Application number: 20150149128
Abstract: A computer system for analyzing system parameters of a simulation model for an electrical power system includes a processor programmed to generate a trajectory sensitivities matrix for the electrical power system using a dynamic model of the electrical power system that includes a plurality of system parameters, and to identify a plurality of well-conditioned parameters for a first disturbance from the plurality of system parameters based at least in part on the trajectory sensitivities matrix. The processor is also programmed to generate a first pair of well-conditioned parameters from the plurality of well-conditioned parameters. The first pair includes a first parameter and a second parameter. The processor is further programmed to compute a dependence value between the first parameter and the second parameter, and to provide an indicator of dependence between the first parameter and the second parameter using the dependence value.
Type: Application
Filed: November 22, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Chaitanya Ashok Baone, JongMin Lim, Sumit Bose
Application number: 20150149192
Abstract: Example methods, systems, and computer readable media are disclosed to allocate a medical exam. An example method includes identifying an exam characteristic associated with the medical exam. The example method includes determining a plurality of allocation scores for a plurality of radiologists by comparing the exam characteristic to a radiologist characteristic for each of the plurality of radiologists. The example method includes determining one of the plurality of allocation scores with a highest value. The example method includes allocating the medical exam to one of the plurality of radiologists associated with the one of the plurality of allocation scores with the highest value. The example method includes marking the medical exam as allocated to the one of the plurality of radiologists associated with the one of the plurality of allocation scores with the highest value. The example method includes providing an indication that the medical exam is allocated via a graphical user interface.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eric Jester, Arun Viswanath, Madhu Seepani, Shaoyu Feigler, Jeff Chu, Jiaohuan Wang, Vineet Ahuja, Charlotte Mae Shelton, Rhonda Eckstein
Application number: 20150149506
Abstract: An example integrated clinical information system includes a single schema, a database, and a user interface. The example single schema is to be used to represent clinical data related to a patient. The single schema is to provide a definition of an object in the system. The single schema is to define both objects of domain and objects of design, the definition to include attribute and relationship information. The single schema is to allow multiple applications forming the integrated clinical information system to process the object according to their respective data sets using a common interpretation according to the single schema. The single schema is configured to represent both patient image and order information and to provide a database agnostic data model for application development. The example user interface is to unify multiple applications according to the single schema and database.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Piyush Raizada
Application number: 20150149190
Abstract: Example systems, methods and machine readable storage media to facilitate locking medical exams in a healthcare system are disclosed herein. An example method for locking a medical exam in a workflow queue for a clinical user includes authenticating the clinical user during a user session. The example method also includes obtaining a user selection of the medical exam in the workflow queue during the user session. The example method also includes associating a permission level to a session user identifier associated with the user session. The example method also includes determining whether the permission level includes clearance to lock the medical exam, and, in response to determining that the permission level includes clearance to lock the medical exam, flagging the medical exam as read-only, wherein the flagged medical exam remains flagged after the clinical user ends the user session.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dianne M. Chace, Melaina Anne Oak, David John Rumsey, Nelson Richard Vargas, Quentin Charles King, Jennifer Marie Sorrell, Kimberly Tuure Faris, Maureen A. Scott
Application number: 20150149207
Abstract: Certain examples provide systems, method, and computer-readable media to facilitate a health information prescription and associated interaction. An example method includes generating, at a health provider system, a prescription for a patient including an information component, the information component instructing monitoring of patient data at a frequency using at least one of a device and an application. The example method includes transmitting the prescription from the health provider system to a patient health record. The example method includes configuring the at least one of a device and an application for the patient according to the information component of the prescription and the patient health record. The example method includes facilitating, at the patient health record, collection of the patient data via the at least one of a device and an application. The example method includes transmitting collected patient data from the patient health record to the health provider system.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Lawrence Patrick O'Keefe
Application number: 20150149206
Abstract: An example system to distribute a medical exam to an examiner includes a first interface to display a medical exam identifier associated with a medical exam stored in a patient record database and an examiner availability indicator to be displayed via the first interface. The examiner availability indicator is to be updated via a second interface. The example system includes an exam allocator to automatically allocate the medical exam to the examiner and an assignment tool to be displayed to a user via the first interface and to facilitate assignment of the allocated exam to the examiner. At least one of the exam allocator or the assignment tool is to be communicatively associated with the examiner availability indicator. Upon assignment of the medical exam to the examiner, the medical exam identifier is displayed in an examiner work queue via the first interface, the second interface, and a third interface.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eric Jester, Arun Viswanath, Madhu Seepani, Shaoyu Feigler, Jeff Chu, Jiaohuan Wang, Vineet Ahuja, Brittany Melissa Johnson, Charlotte Mae Shelton, Rhonda Eckstein
Application number: 20150149193
Abstract: An example system to manage a radiologist workflow includes a first interface to monitor a distribution status of at least one medical exam. The medical exam is to be at least one of automatically allocated or assigned to an examiner work queue based on one or more rules. The example system includes a second interface to view at least one metric associated with distribution of the at least one medical exam and an assignment tool to be displayed via the first interface. The assignment tool is to facilitate assignment of the medical exam to an examiner work queue. The example system includes a rules viewer to be displayed via a third interface. The rules viewer is to facilitate configuration of the one or more rules based on the distribution status, the at least one metric, or the assignment. The rules viewer is to automatically update the one or more rules.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eric Jester, Madhu Seepani, Mark Niggemann, Charlotte Mae Shelton, Rhonda Eckstein
Application number: 20150149235
Abstract: An example method disclosed herein includes receiving a data submission in a healthcare analytics system. The healthcare analytics system is to generate an analytic solution based on the data submission. The example method also includes determining, by the healthcare analytics system, an opportunity to improve a quality of data to be employed by the healthcare analytics system to generate the analytic solution based on a trend of previously received data submissions and the data submission. The example method further includes generating an alert including a recommended change to at least one of a characteristic of the data submission or a portion of a workflow of the healthcare analytics system based on the opportunity.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: George William Leung
Application number: 20150149444
Abstract: Example systems, methods and machine readable storage media to present information from different information systems in a local record are disclosed herein. An example method includes initiating communication with a first information system and a second information system, the first information system connected to a local system via a local network, the second information system connected to the local system via an external network. The example method also includes utilizing an identifier to identify a first query key associated with the first information system and a second query key associated with the second information system. The example method also includes generating a local record in the local system, importing first patient information from the first information system via the first query key to the local record, and importing second patient information from the second information system via the second query key to the local record.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jessica Wadsworth Bolduc, Michael R. Jones
Application number: 20150149209
Abstract: Certain examples provide systems, methods, and apparatus for decentralized cross-enterprise interaction between clinical systems. An example method includes receiving, from a user at a first clinical information system in a first enterprise, a request for content. The example method includes identifying a target system for the requested content. The example method includes authenticating the user at the first clinical information system in the first enterprise. The example method includes, if the user is authenticated, verifying authorization of the user to access the requested content at the target system. The example method includes, if the user is authorized, facilitating access to the requested content via the target system.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Piyush Raizada
Application number: 20150149234
Abstract: Systems and methods for airline fleet retirement prediction are provided. One methods includes obtaining market information for the airline that defines at least one market for the airline, determining a plurality of aircraft types (priority groupings) for the airline within the at least one market to define an airline fleet model, and determining deployment priorities for the plurality of aircraft types within the at least market. The method further includes developing one or more operational models using at least one of airline operational data or airline fleet data for the plurality of aircraft types and determining aircraft retirement prediction data for the airline using the airline fleet model and the one or more operational models developed for the airline.
Type: Application
Filed: November 27, 2013
Issued: May 28, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Adam Rasheed, John Andrew Ellis, Venkatraman Ananthakrishnan Iyer, Keith Robert Lesch
Patent number: 9040138
Abstract: A composite article including a composite component, a metallic component and one or more interlock components. The composite component including a plurality of composite plies and extending heightwise from a component base to a component tip and lengthwise between spaced apart component first and second edges, the composite. The metallic component including a first surface and a second surface and a plurality of openings formed therein extending from the first surface to the second surface. The metallic component including at least a portion substantially or fully embedded in the composite component. The one or more interlock components is interwoven through one or more of the plurality of openings in the metallic component and extending into and at least partially embedded in the composite component to provide an interlocking system between the composite component and the metallic component. A method of fabrication of a composite article is also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 29, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Shatil Sinha, Scott Roger Finn, Nicholas Joseph Kray, Peggy Lynn Baehmann, Dong Jin Shim, Gregory Carl Gemeinhardt
Patent number: 9040675
Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to dry solid matrices for the extraction, stabilization, and storage of nucleic acids, particularly RNA, in a dry format under ambient conditions for a prolonged period of time. Methods for collecting and recovering the nucleic acids stored in the dry solid matrix are also described.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Brian Christopher Bales, Erik Leeming Kvam, Jason Louis Davis
Patent number: 9040019
Abstract: A method and a kit for detecting myelin basic protein are provided. The method comprises administering an agent, which binds to myelin basic protein (MBP), to a subject at risk of or diagnosed with a myelin-associated neuropathy, and determining myelination by detecting the agent resided in the subject. The amount of the agent present in the subject is indicative of a myelin-associated neuropathy. A method of quantifying an amount of MBP present in a tissue sample is also provided, wherein the method comprises contacting the tissue sample with the same agent, detecting the agent present in the tissue sample; and quantifying an amount of the agent present in the tissue sample.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 30, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Tiberiu Mircea Siclovan, Cristina Abucay Tan Hehir, Rong Zhang, Victoria Eugenia Cotero, Anshika Bajaj
Patent number: 9038920
Abstract: An electro-hydrodynamic wind energy conversion system is presented. The system includes a wind passage allowing wind flow. Further, the system includes a reservoir having an opening in communication with the wind passage and configured to hold a liquid. The system also includes an agitator coupled to the reservoir and configured to convert the liquid into droplets. Additionally, the system includes a charging system disposed substantially opposite the reservoir opening and configured to deposit an electrostatic charge on the droplets and draw the droplets into the wind passage. Moreover, the system includes a charge collector disposed at a distal end of the wind passage and configured to collect the electrostatic charge from the droplets.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 21, 2011
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Chiranjeev Kalra, Charles Erklin Seeley, Dmytro Floriyovych Opaits, Sunilkumar Onkarnath Soni, Gary Lee Leonard
Patent number: 9040021
Abstract: Heterocyclic compounds of formula (I) useful as imaging probes of Tau pathology in Alzheimer's disease are described. Compositions and methods of making such compounds are also described.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 7, 2011
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: GE Healthcare Limited
Inventors: Clare Jones, Amanda Ewan, Duncan Wynn, Alessandra Gaeta, James Nairne
Patent number: 9039380
Abstract: A winglet for a rotor blade is disclosed. The winglet may generally include a winglet body extending between a first end and a second end. The winglet body may define a sweep and may have a curvature defined by a curve fit including a first radius of curvature and a second radius of curvature. The sweep between the first end and the second end may range from about 580 millimeters to about 970 millimeters. Additionally, the first radius of curvature may range from about 1500 millimeters to about 2500 millimeters and the second radius of curvature may range from about 1200 millimeters to about 2000 millimeters.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 30, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Klaus Ulrich Koegler, Stefan Herr, Ramesh Vedula
Patent number: 9039960
Abstract: A formed article comprising a nanostructured ferritic alloy is provided. Advantageously, the article is not formed via extrusion, and thus, cost savings are provided. Methods are also provided for forming the article, and the articles so produced, exhibit sufficient continuous cycle fatigue crack growth resistance and hold time fatigue crack growth resistance to be utilized as turbomachinery components, and in particular, large, hot section components of a gas or steam turbine engines. In other embodiments, a turbomachinery component comprising an NFA is provided, and in some such embodiments, the turbomachinery component may be extruded.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Richard Didomizio, Matthew Joseph Alinger, Raymond Joseph Stonitsch, Samuel Vinod Thamboo
Patent number: 9039346
Abstract: Systems for thermally regulating portions of a steam turbine are disclosed. In one embodiment, a thermal control system for a rotor bearing support includes: a housing fluidly connected to an inlet and adapted to substantially enclose the rotor bearing support, the housing defining a first annular cavity adapted to receive a fluid from the inlet; and an outlet fluidly connected to the housing, the outlet adapted to receive the fluid from the annular cavity.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 17, 2011
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Vasanth Muralidharan, Sulficker Ali, Amarnath Kakarla, Hemanth Gudibande Sathyakumar Kumar
Patent number: 9039382
Abstract: A blade of a gas turbine engine is provided having an airfoil, a platform, a shank, a dovetail, and a skirt. The airfoil may extend distally from the platform, and the shank may extend proximally from the platform. The dovetail may also be provided to extend proximally from the shank. The skirt may be disposed on an aft side of the shank and may extend from the shank in a direction at least partially axially aft from the shank.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 29, 2011
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: David Scott Stapleton
Patent number: 9039375
Abstract: Turbine blade assemblies of a turbine include airfoils that are mounted on bases. The leading and/or trailing edges of the bases are provided with curved portions. Likewise, curved portions may be provided on leading and/or trailing edges of the angle wings of a turbine blade assembly. Also, curved portions may be provided on the leading and/or trailing edges of nozzle assemblies of a turbine.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 1, 2009
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Andrew Ray Kneeland, Andres Jose Garcia-Crespo, Bradley T. Boyer, Thomas William Vandeputte, Sylvain Pierre
Patent number: 9039350
Abstract: The present application provides an impingement cooling system for use with a contoured surface. The impingement cooling system may include an impingement plenum and an impingement plate with a linear shape facing the contoured surface. The impingement surface may include a number of projected area thereon with a number of impingement holes having varying sizes and varying spacings.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 9, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Aaron Gregory Winn
Patent number: 9039352
Abstract: A sound attenuating chimney element for a turbomachine system includes a high density outer body having an external surface and an internal surface, and one or more acoustic attenuation layers provided on the external surface of the outer body. The one or more acoustic attenuation layers include an outer surface portion and an inner surface portion. A structural layer is provided on the outer surface portion of the one or more acoustic attenuation layers. The structural layer includes an external surface that defines a duct configured and disposed to pass gases from the turbomachine system.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 5, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Eric Tracy Watson, Joseph Gabriel Harris, Quoc Hoai Nguyen, Yunyi Zou
Patent number: 9039365
Abstract: A rotor, a steam turbine having a rotor, and a method of producing a rotor are disclosed. The rotor disclosed includes a shaft high pressure section. The high pressure section includes a first high pressure section, a second high pressure section, the second high pressure section being joined to the first pressure section, and a third high pressure section, the third high pressure section being joined to the second high pressure section. At least a portion of the second high pressure section is formed of a high-chromium alloy steel comprising 0.1-1.2 wt % of Mn, up to 1.5 wt % of Ni, 8.0-15.0 wt % of Cr, up to 4.0 wt % of Co, 0.5-3.0 wt % of Mo, 0.05-1.0 wt % of V, 0.02-0.5 wt % of Nb, 0.005-0.15 wt % of N, up to 0.04 wt % of B, up to 3.0 wt % of W, and balance Fe and incidental impurities.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 6, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Thomas Joseph Farineau, Robin Carl Schwant
Patent number: 9042631
Abstract: The invention relates to a computer implemented method and systems for cell level fish dot counting. FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) dot counting is the process of enumerating chromosomal abnormalities in the cells which can be used in areas of diagnosis and cancer research. The method comprises in part overlaying images of a biological sample comprising a nuclear counterstain mask and a FISH binary mask. The FISH binary mask is extracted using a multi-level extended h-maxima or h-minima.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 25, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dirk Ryan Padfield, Anitti Eljas Seppo, Yousef Ahmed Al-Kofahi
Patent number: 9041246
Abstract: A phase balancing system includes a load forecasting module, a phase unbalance identification module and a demand response module. The load forecasting module determines a load forecast for the distribution system for the period of interest and the phase unbalance identification module determines voltage unbalance on the distribution system for the period of interest. The demand response module estimates an available demand response on the distribution system for the period of interest and allocates an optimized demand response from the available demand response to minimize the voltage unbalance on the distribution system for the period of interest.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 29, 2010
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jason Wayne Black, Kannan Natarajan Tinnium, Ronald Ray Larson, Xiaofeng Wang, Harjeet Johal
Patent number: 9040679
Abstract: A solid matrix for the extraction, stabilization, and storage of nucleic acids is provided. At least one protein denaturant, and at least one acid or acid-titrated buffer reagent are impregnated in a dry state therein the matrix; and the matrix is configured to provide an acidic pH on hydration. The matrix is configured to extract nucleic acids from a sample and stabilize the extracted nucleic acids, particularly RNA, in a dry format under ambient conditions for a prolonged period of time. Methods for collecting and recovering the nucleic acids stored in the dry solid matrix are also described.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 16, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Erik Leeming Kvam, Bing Li, Brian Christopher Bales
Patent number: 9040853
Abstract: Systems for disconnecting and/or connecting service between a utility network and a utility meter are disclosed. In one embodiment, a switch system includes: an actuator connected to a sliding cam for moving the sliding cam between a first position and a second position, the sliding cam slidingly receiving a terminal blade of the utility meter and including a pair of camming surfaces for disengaging a pair of conductors from the terminal blade in response to being moved from the first position to the second position by the actuator.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 11, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wayne Alfred Therrien, Curtis Whitmore Crittenden
Patent number: 9041237
Abstract: A wind turbine drive train is provided. The wind turbine drive train includes a hub, a bearing system supporting the hub and having an inner race connected to the hub, and a generator gearlessly coupled to the inner race using a flexible coupling member.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 24, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Frank Hinken
Patent number: 9041232
Abstract: An electric generator system includes a rotatable shaft that is configured to rotate about a central longitudinal axis of the shaft, and a pilot permanent magnet generator (PMG) mounted to the shaft such that the pilot PMG is configured to rotate about the central longitudinal axis with the rotatable shaft. The system includes a wound field flux-switching electric machine having a rotor and a stator. The rotor is mounted to the shaft such that the rotor is configured to rotate about the central longitudinal axis with the shaft. The stator includes both a direct current (DC) field coil and an alternating current (AC) armature coil. The DC field coil is operatively connected to the pilot PMG for exciting the DC field coil.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Tsarafidy Raminosoa
Patent number: 9041716
Abstract: A display for showing indicia in the form of a bar graph is provided. The display is configured so that each bar of the bar graph depicts a numerical or other quantitative value of a parameter. Each bar is provided with one or more additional indicia representative of numerical values that are related to the numerical values represented by the bar(s) shown in the bar graph. Each of the one or more additional indicia is positioned to as to be superimposed over the respective bar to which the additional indicia correspond, and depict the relationship(s) between the value represented by the bar and the value represented by the one or more additional indicia.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 24, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Charles Callis Ogles, Barrett Joseph Fuhrmann, Jr., Scott Williams, Charles David Whitefield, II
Patent number: 9041384
Abstract: A sensor assembly includes an outer housing and at least one high-impedance sensing device positioned within the outer housing. The sensor assembly also includes a buffering circuit having at least one wide bandgap semiconductor device positioned within the outer housing. The buffering circuit is operatively coupled to the at least one high-impedance sensing device.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 23, 2011
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Lam Arthur Campbell, Vinayak Tilak
Patent number: 9041397
Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) body coil assembly includes a coil support structure including an inner tubular member, an outer tubular member disposed radially outwardly from the inner tubular member, and a structural material disposed between the inner and outer tubular members, an RF coil mounted to an inner surface of the coil support structure, and a positron emission tomography (PET) detector assembly mounted to an outer surface of the coil support structure. A dual-modality imaging system is also described.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 1, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Gary McBroom, Anton Linz, David McDaniel, Edward Emaci
Patent number: 9041399
Abstract: A gradient coil is provided. The gradient coil comprises: a first layer comprised of a first plurality of turns of wires; and a second layer of coil comprised of a second plurality of turns of wires. Each turn of wire in the first and second plurality of turns of wires circles along the side walls of a cylindrical substrate and each turn of wire in the first and second plurality of turns of wires include a first portion wound along the inner side wall of the substrate and a second portion wound along the outer side wall of the substrate.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 24, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
Inventors: Timothy James Hollis, Fengshun Tan
Patent number: 9038253
Abstract: A system for lifting a first casing section relative to a second casing section is disclosed. The system may generally include a guide member configured to be coupled to the second casing section so as to generally extend lengthwise in a lift direction of the first casing section and a sleeve member configured to be coupled to the first casing section. The sleeve member may be movably disposed on the guide member such that the sleeve member is displaced along a length of the guide member as the first casing section is lifted in the lift direction.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 29, 2011
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John William Herbold, Randall Stephen Corn, James Bradford Holmes, Charles V. Spanos
Patent number: 9038475
Abstract: One embodiment of the invention provides a system for identifying an anomalous movement of a reciprocating element in a reciprocating device, the system comprising: at least one sensing device for sensing a vibration signal of the reciprocating element; a processing apparatus for separating the vibration signal into a first component having a first frequency range and a second component having a second frequency range different than the first frequency range; and a device for at least one of analyzing or displaying at least one of the first or the second components of the vibration signal, wherein the vibration signal includes positional data of the reciprocating element along at least one axis of the reciprocating element.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 13, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Brian F. Howard, Roger A. Hala, L John Kitchens, Jr., Stephen Edward Plaisance
Patent number: 9042072
Abstract: A method of method of forming a wide band-gap semiconductor transient voltage suppressor (TVS) assembly and a system for a transient voltage suppressor (TVS) assembly are provided. The TVS assembly includes a connecting component configured to electrically couple a first electrical component to a second electrical component located remotely from the first electrical component through one or more electrical conduits and a transient voltage suppressor device positioned within the connecting component and electrically coupled to the one or more electrical conduits wherein the TVS device includes a wide band-gap semiconductor material.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 30, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Aaron Jay Knobloch, Emad Andarawis Andarawis, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Avinash Srikrishnan Kashyap
Patent number: 9042129
Abstract: An integrated power quality control system includes a transformer with a primary winding, a secondary winding and a compensation winding wound on a magnetic core. A power electronic converter in the system provides a reference voltage to the compensation winding for injecting a series voltage in the secondary winding of the transformer. A controller is utilized to generate a reference control voltage for the power electronic converter based on a power quality control requirement.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 15, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Pinwan Thiwanka Bandara Wijekoon, Ara Panosyan, Manoj Ramprasad Shah
Patent number: 9042130
Abstract: Provided is a power conversion system that includes a first transformer adapted to be connected to an AC network, the first transformer including a first primary winding and two first secondary windings, and two power converters, each being connected to a first respective secondary winding. The system further includes a second transformer and a secondary electrical device, the second transformer including a second primary winding and two second secondary windings, each second secondary winding being connected to a respective first secondary winding, and the secondary device being connected to the second primary winding.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 19, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology LTD
Inventor: Alfred Permuy
Patent number: 9038666
Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for providing an electromagnetic flow controller. In one embodiment, an electromagnetic flow controller can have two substrates, a permanent magnet, and two electrical traces. One of the substrates may deflect away from the other substrate upon applying an electrical signal to at least one of the two electrical traces.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 24, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Chen, Kevin McMahan, Shiva Srinivasan
Patent number: 9042634
Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide a solution for analyzing an object, such as a part of a turbo machine. A planar surface is generated using a curved reformat function based on a surface of a three-dimensional (3D) image of an object. A peel of the 3D image that is adjacent to the surface is determined. Based on the peel, a second planar surface is generated. These two, and/or other similarly generated planar surfaces can be analyzed to determine characteristics of the original object.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 15, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sheri George, Haribaskar Govindasamy, Utkarsh Madhav Kulkarni, Pavel Pokutnev, Marko Rosenmueller, Alexander Suppes
Patent number: 9038391
Abstract: A waste heat recovery system includes a heat recovery cycle system coupled to at least two separate heat sources having different temperatures. The heat recovery cycle system is coupled to a first heat source and at least one second heat source. The heat recovery cycle system is configured to circulate a working fluid. The at least one second heat source includes a lower temperature heat source than the first heat source. The working fluid is circulatable in heat exchange relationship through a first heat exchange unit, a second heat exchange unit for heating the working fluid in the heat recovery cycle system. The first heat exchange unit is coupled to the at least one second heat source to heat at least a portion of a cooled stream of working fluid to a substantially higher temperature.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 24, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Matthew Alexander Lehar, Vittorio Michelassi
Patent number: 9038394
Abstract: A turbine system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the turbine system includes a transition duct. The transition duct includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. The outlet of the transition duct is offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. The transition duct further includes an interface feature for interfacing with an adjacent transition duct. The turbine system further includes a convolution seal contacting the interface feature to provide a seal between the interface feature and the adjacent transition duct.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 30, 2012
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: James Scott Flanagan, Jeffrey Scott LeBegue, Kevin Weston McMahan, Daniel Jackson Dillard, Ronnie Ray Pentecost
Patent number: 9038396
Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for cooling a transition piece of a combustor includes at least one wrapper disposed at the transition piece located outboard of the transition piece. At least one support boss is located between the at least one wrapper and the transition piece. The at least one support boss, the at least one wrapper, and transition piece define at least one cooling flow channel for directing flow for cooling the transition piece. A method of cooling a transition piece of a combustor includes flowing cooling flow into at least one cooling flow channel located at the transition piece, the at least one cooling flow channel defined by the transition piece, at least one wrapper located at the transition piece and located outboard of the transition piece, and at least one support boss located between the at least one wrapper and the transition piece.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 8, 2008
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ronald James Chila, David Purnell
Patent number: 9038348
Abstract: The present subject matter is directed to a lattice tower covering and/or assembly for a wind turbine. The lattice tower assembly includes a plurality of structural members connected together to define an open lattice tower. The structural members include a plurality of supports, a plurality of inner cross-support members, and a plurality of outer cross-support members. The inner and outer cross-support members are connected between the supports so as to define one or more openings. The lattice tower covering includes one or more panel elements. Each of the panel elements are retained in position between the supports and cover at least a portion of one or more of the openings. Further, the lattice tower covering has a surface area defined by the plurality of supports and the one or more panel elements.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 18, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Biao Fang, Robert Allan Phelps, David Drue Oliphant, William Clark Weber
Patent number: 9038621
Abstract: A coupling for connection of a valve and a control element in a gas cooking appliance is provided. More particularly, the present invention provides a flexible coupling to connect between a control element manipulated by the user and a gas valve that regulates the flow of fuel to a gas burner. By coupling the control and valve by a flexible coupling, options are created for the relative placement of the valve and control, which increases the space available in the interior of the appliance and can increase the space available upon its control panel.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 22, 2010
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
Patent number: 9041532
Abstract: Systems and methods for managing patient monitoring devices are disclosed. Patient information is transmitted from a patient sensor operatively coupled to a patient to a patient monitor. The patient sensor and the patient monitor are communicatively coupled over a communications network available in a designated monitoring area. Further, loss of the patient sensor from the designated monitoring area is detected by one or more of the patient sensor, the patient monitor and a user. One or more loss prevention indicators are initiated at the patient sensor upon detecting the loss of the patient sensor. Additionally, the loss prevention indicators are communicated to indicate location of the lost patient sensor.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 5, 2013
Issued: May 26, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: SM Shajedul Hasan, David Michael Davenport, Steven William Wik
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