General Electric Patents

Patent number: 8696173
Abstract: A lamp is provided which is suitable for use in low-profile applications. The lamp includes a light source and a lens. The lens includes a first surface opposite a second surface, where the second surface includes an injection surface and the first surface includes a multi-faceted optical element converging towards the injection surface. The light source injects light into the lens via the injection surface and the light refracts through the first surface while total internally reflecting off the first surface and the second surface toward the periphery of the lens.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 8, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
Inventors: Lucas Urtiga, Eden Dubuc, Sebastien Magnan
Patent number: 8695739
Abstract: A system and method for a propulsion system includes an electric motor and an energy storage unit configured to supply a primary power to the electric motor. The propulsion system also includes a plurality of auxiliary power units (APUs) configured to supply a secondary power to at least one of the electric motor and the energy storage unit. Each of the plurality of APUs includes a free-piston engine configured to generate a mechanical output, a linear generator configured to transform the mechanical output to an electrical power, and a controller. The controller receives a power command from the electric motor and/or the energy storage unit, determines an amount of secondary power needed to meet the power command, and selectively activates a number of the plurality of APUs to generate the needed amount of secondary power.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 15, 2013
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michal-Wolfgang Waszak, Parag Vyas, Jan Hemmelmann, Robert Dean King
Patent number: 8696578
Abstract: An approximate distance between an ultrasonic transducer and a fetal heart is determined. A range of distances from the ultrasonic transducer is sensed using the ultrasonic transducer, wherein the range has a minimum distance based upon the approximate distance. A heart rate of the fetal heart is monitored using ultrasonic echo signals from the range.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Serguei Kabakov, Bradley Fox, Steven Mitchell Falk
Patent number: 8700125
Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for tracking a moving object using magnetic resonance imaging. The technique includes acquiring a scout image scan having a number of image frames and extracting non-linear motion parameters from the number of image frames of the scout image scan. The technique includes prospectively shifting slice location using the non-linear motion parameters between slice locations while acquiring a series of MR images. The system and method are particularly useful in tracking coronary artery movement during the cardiac cycle to acquire the non-linear components of coronary artery movement during a diastolic portion of the R-R interval.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Manojkumar Saranathan, Christopher Judson Hardy, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo
Patent number: 8698451
Abstract: An apparatus comprises a power electronic energy conversion system comprising a first energy storage device configured to store DC energy and a first voltage converter configured to convert a second voltage from a remote power supply into a first charging voltage configured to charge the first energy storage device. The apparatus also includes a first controller configured to control the first voltage converter to convert the second voltage into the first charging voltage and to provide the first charging voltage to the first energy storage device during a charging mode of operation and communicate with a second controller located remotely from the power electronic energy conversion system to cause a second charging voltage to be provided to the first energy storage device during the charging mode of operation to rapidly charge the first energy storage device.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 18, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
Patent number: 8695324
Abstract: A fan assembly having an outer fan system is disclosed, the fan assembly comprising an outer fan first stage and an outer fan second stage both extending radially outward from an arcuate platform.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 8, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Co.
Inventors: Rollin George Giffin, James Edward Johnson
Patent number: 8699660
Abstract: A liquid cooled thermal control system for a computed tomography (CT) detector includes a plurality of temperature sensors and a control mode selector module coupled to the plurality of temperature sensors. The control mode selector module is programmed to receive an input from the plurality of temperature sensors, identify the inputs as either valid inputs or invalid inputs, and determine an operational mode of the liquid cooled thermal control system based on the identified inputs. A CT imaging system and a method of operating a cooling system are also described.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 24, 2012
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ashutosh Joshi, Joseph James Lacey, Medy Satria
Patent number: 8699811
Abstract: An imaging system includes a two-dimensional detector having a plurality of cells wherein each cell is configured to detect energy or signal passing through an object. The imaging system includes a computer programmed to acquire imaging data for the plurality of cells, identify a cell to be corrected, based on the imaging data, interpolate Ix and Iy for the identified cell based on neighbor cells, and calculate local gradients gx and gy between the identified cell and its neighbor cells based on the interpolation. The computer is further programmed to calculate weighting factors wx and wy based on the local gradients, calculate a corrected final value I(0,0) for the identified cell, and correct the identified cell with the corrected final value.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 19, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Baojun Li, Jiang Hsieh
Patent number: 8696797
Abstract: A method for removing CO2 from a pressurized gas stream with the effluent CO2 remaining at system pressure or higher is disclosed. Specifically, the removal method provides near isothermal absorption of CO2 from a gas stream in a suitable solvent at an elevated pressure and relatively low temperature. The solvent is then removed from contact with the gas stream, and the temperature is increased to such an extent that the CO2 will flash from the solvent.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 30, 2008
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Raymond Douglas Steele
Patent number: 8697279
Abstract: In one embodiment, a cathode composition comprises a transition metal and/or a transition metal salt, wherein the transition metal is selected from the group consisting of nickel, iron, cobalt, chromium, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, and antimony, and a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing; an alkali metal halide; an electrolyte salt comprising an alkali metal halide and a metal halide; and a sulfide compound selected from the group consisting of gallium sulfide, antimony sulfide, and a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing. An energy storage device comprising the electrode composition is also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 14, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sergei Kniajanski, Andrey Ivanovich Meshkov, Grigorii Lev Soloveichik, Michael Alan Vallance
Patent number: 8698648
Abstract: A method for communicating utility data includes receiving a voice signal and a data signal via a utility network, combining the voice signal and the data signal to form a communication signal, and transmitting the communication signal to a plurality of utility asset controllers and handheld devices via the utility network.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 9, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nathan Bowman Littrell, Kenneth James Caird, Lincoln Mamoru Fujita
Patent number: 8699659
Abstract: Systems and methods for focal spot motion correction are provided. One system includes a radiation source configured to project radiation from a first focal spot onto an object and a plurality of radiation detectors disposed around at least a portion of the object. The plurality of radiation detectors measure received radiation along a path projected from the first focal spot to the plurality of detectors. The imaging system further includes an imaging region from which the detectors provide image information for image reconstruction and a plurality of collimators positioned between the object and the plurality of radiation detectors. At least one collimator at a first end of the plurality of collimators and at least one collimator at second end of the plurality of collimators are aligned to a second focal spot different than the first focal spot and having a different location.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 23, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Abdelaziz Ikhlef
Patent number: 8696315
Abstract: A modular rotor blade hub for a wind turbine rotor includes a plurality of segments, wherein at least one segment includes at least one face abutting against at least one face of at least one adjacent segment, and wherein at least one of said faces extends from an outer periphery of the hub to a central region of the hub. Further, methods for mounting a wind turbine including a modular hub are provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 16, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Laurent Bonnet
Patent number: 8697195
Abstract: A method for forming a protective coating on a substrate comprising, applying a bond coating to the substrate, the bond coating having a first surface roughness, ionizing an inert gas which flows into the surface of the bond coating so as to impart a second surface roughness to the bond coating greater than the first surface roughness, wherein the inert gas is ionized and caused to flow into the surface of the bond coating by a reverse polarity current supplied to an electrode which removes at least one electron from the inert gas, and applying a top coating to the bond coating. Additionally, a method for preparing a surface to receive and adhere to a coating comprising roughening the surface to create a micro-roughening network on the surface. In addition, a method of improving strain tolerance and cyclic spallation life of a protective coating.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 30, 2006
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: David Bucci, Daniel A. Nowak, Paul S. Dimascio
Patent number: 8695322
Abstract: A turbomachine includes a plurality of injection nozzles arranged in a can-annular array and a transition piece including at least one wall that defines a combustion flow passage. A dilution orifice is formed in the at least one wall of the transition piece. The dilution orifice guides dilution gases to the combustion flow passage. A heat shield member is mounted to the at least one wall of the transition piece in the combustion flow passage. The heat shield member includes a body having a first surface and an opposing second surface through which extends a dilution passage. The dilution passage is off-set from the dilution orifice. The heat shield member is spaced from the at least one wall of the transition piece defining a flow region between the at least one wall and the second surface.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 30, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Ronald James Chila
Patent number: 8695445
Abstract: A wear-indicating system includes a wear-indicating mark applied to a portion of a surface edge margin of an internal component of a turbine. The wear-indicating mark is visually discernible from the surface edge margin through boroscopic inspection. An inner extent of the wear-indicating mark is spaced a pre-selected distance from the surface edge.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 9, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kurt Neal Laurer, Eloy Vincent Emeterio, Michael Thomas Hamlin, Kraig Martin Sanderson
Patent number: 8695196
Abstract: A system and associated method for disengaging a shrink coupling that secures a shaft to a drive train component, such as a gearbox, includes a reaction plate erected around the shaft at a location displaced from the shrink coupling, with the reaction plate being anchored in place relative to the shaft. A plurality of jacking devices, such as hydraulic jacks, are operationally disposed between the reaction plate and shrink coupling and spaced circumferentially around the shaft. The jacking devices have a first end engaged against the reaction plate and a second opposite end mechanically fastened to the shrink coupling. To remove the shrink coupling from the drive train component, the shrink coupling is released from its clamped state and the jacking devices are activated to exert a pulling force on the shrink coupling, which causes the shrink coupling to be pulled off of the drive train component and moved axially along the shaft to a resting position on the shaft.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 22, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Richard Arland Ohl, Jr.
Patent number: 8697506
Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heterostructure device is provided that includes implantation of ions into a portion of a surface of a multi-layer structure. Iodine ions are implanted between a first region and a second region to form a third region. A charge is depleted from the two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) channel in the third region to form a reversibly electrically non-conductive pathway from the first region to the second region. On applying a voltage potential to a gate electrode proximate to the third region allows electrical current to flow from the first region to the second region.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 13, 2012
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Vinayak Tilak, Alexei Vertiatchikh, Kevin Sean Matocha, Peter Micah Sandvik, Siddharth Rajan
Patent number: 8699812
Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program comprising instructions, which when executed by a computer, cause the computer to acquire an image comprising image data reconstructed from an imaging device. The instructions further cause the computer to apply a bloom reduction algorithm to the image configured to iteratively reduce a blooming of high-density objects in the image.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 9, 2011
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jiang Hsieh, Sandeep Dutta
Patent number: 8695343
Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for disposing of salt byproduct from a zero liquid operation, such as a zero liquid discharge desalination plant. The present method and apparatus concern a power generation plant, comprising a salinity gradient power unit (SGPU) comprising a high salinity feed, a low salinity feed, and a mixed water output. The high salinity feed is comprised of salt byproduct from a ZLD operation. The mixed water output empties into a body of water.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 4, 2009
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Neil Edwin Moe
Patent number: 8695594
Abstract: A method of providing a recruitment procedure to a patient includes monitoring at least one derecruitment event. A score is calculated for the at least one derecruitment event. A derecruitment score is aggregated. The derecruitment score is compared to a recruitment threshold. A ventilator is operated with the processor to perform a recruitment procedure. A system for providing mechanical ventilation to a patient includes a mechanical ventilator configured for pneumatic connection to a patient in order to deliver medical gas to the patient. A peripheral system is configured to provide medical assistance to the patient and the peripheral system produces a signal indicative of the operation of the peripheral system. A processor is communicatively connected to the mechanical ventilator in the peripheral system. The processor receives the signal from the peripheral system and calculates a first score from the signal.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 6, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Q. Tham, Jaron M. Acker, Gary J. Choncholas, John R. Pinkert
Patent number: 8696565
Abstract: A patient monitoring system is disclosed herein. The patient monitoring system includes a computer adapted to assess the health of a patient, and to generate a health status indicator for the patient. The health status indicator comprising a visual gradient adapted to visually convey the assessed health of the patient. The system also includes a display operatively connected to the computer. The display is configured to display the health status indicator comprising the visual gradient.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 3, 2008
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Joseph Alberte, Jr., Carl Claude Davis, David Alan Sitzman
Patent number: 8695686
Abstract: An apparatus for removing heat comprises a heat sink having a cavity, and a synthetic jet stack comprising at least one synthetic jet mounted within the cavity. At least one rod and at least one engaging structure to provide a rigid positioning of the at least one synthetic jet with respect to the at least one rod. The synthetic jet comprises at least one orifice through which a fluid is ejected.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 7, 2010
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rajdeep Sharma, Stanton Earl Weaver, Jr., Charles Erklin Seeley, Mehmet Arik, Tunc Icoz, Charles Franklin Wolfe, Jr., Yogen Vishwas Utturkar
Application number: 20140096612
Abstract: A vibration detection system is provided. The vibration detection system includes a radio frequency (RF) source, a vibration sensor coupled to the RF source and configured to receive an RF signal supplied by the RF source and radiate RF energy, and a computing device coupled to said RF source and configured to calculate vibrational energy induced to the vibration sensor based on an impedance of the vibration sensor.
Type: Application
Filed: October 10, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Boris Leonid Sheikman, David Robert O'Connor
Application number: 20140101488
Abstract: A system includes a client system comprising a memory and a processor configured to execute a debugging tool. The debugging tool is communicatively coupled to an OPC Unified Architecture (UA) server. Furthermore, the debugging tool is configured to monitor and control, from the client system, debugging of an application executing on the OPC UA server.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Patrick Joseph Conroy, Richard William Shaw, Christina Ann Romanik
Application number: 20140096354
Abstract: Various embodiments include a service apparatus for a turbomachine. The service apparatus can include: a frame for coupling to an opening in the turbomachine; a bridge member operably coupled to the frame and spanning a width of the frame, the bridge member being substantially movable along a length of the frame; and a crane member operably coupled to the bridge member, the crane member being substantially movable along the width of the frame, wherein the crane member includes at least one attachment device for attaching to an object within the turbomachine.
Type: Application
Filed: October 4, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael Alan Davi, James Robert Hollis, Sean Cornelius O'Meara, Wayne David Sullivan
Application number: 20140099183
Abstract: The present application provides a turbine component for use in a hot gas path of a gas turbine. The turbine component may include an outer surface, an internal cooling circuit, a number of cooling pathways in communication with the internal cooling circuit and extending through the outer surface, and a number of adaptive cooling pathways in communication with the internal cooling circuit and extending through the outer surface. The adaptive cooling pathways may include a high temperature compound therein.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Victor John Morgan, Stephen Gerard Pope, Jacob Kittleson, Lawrence Matthew Levy
Application number: 20140096538
Abstract: A turbine blade generally includes a platform having a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side slash face and a suction side slash face. A platform cooling circuit extends within the platform. The platform cooling circuit may extend from the suction side of the platform to the pressure side of the platform. The platform cooling circuit generally defines a fluid flow path that directs a cooling medium from the platform suction side to the platform pressure side.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: General Electric Company
Application number: 20140100809
Abstract: A system includes a utility meter. The utility meter includes a first sensor configured to detect a usage, a generation, or a combination thereof of electric power, and a power detection and correction system configured to detect and correct an inaccuracy with a measurement of an electrical voltage, electrical current, or a combination thereof from the first sensor. The power detection and correction system includes a processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory of the utility meter.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: John Kirk Fahrenbruch
Application number: 20140098564
Abstract: LED-based light fixtures are presented that are configured for attachment to a substrate to advantageously function without a reflector and without a backing plate. A light fixture according to an embodiment includes a waveguide having a front surface and a rear surface for emitting light, the waveguide configured to optically couple to a surface of a substrate. The light fixture also includes at least one LED light source disposed on an edge of the waveguide to emit light into the waveguide. The waveguide is configured to emit a first portion of the light above the rear surface for reflection by the surface of the substrate back into the waveguide and through the front surface of the waveguide, and to emit a second portion of the light through the front surface.
Type: Application
Filed: October 1, 2013
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
Inventors: Sebastien MAGNAN, Christopher Henry WILSON, Francois TURGEON
Application number: 20140099194
Abstract: A bimetallic ring for use as a turbine shroud in a gas turbine engine. The bimetallic ring forms a sealing surface as a hot gas flow path boundary in the engine. The ring is comprised of two materials. The first material, a wrought, oxidation resistant metal alloy comprises a first portion, which is the hot gas flow path sealing surface. The second material, a low cost low alloy steel, comprises a second portion that may be at least a pair of supporting side plates. A dissimilar weld joint joins the sealing surface to the second portion, the at least pair of supporting side plates.
Type: Application
Filed: October 4, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Bill Damon JOHNSTON, Daniel Anthony NOWAK, Srikanth Chandrudu KOTTILINGAM, Melbourne J. MYERS, Joe Timothy NOWAK
Application number: 20140101439
Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for authentication of networked devices in which a server device may authenticate a client device and/or a client device may authenticate a server device. Authentication credentials may be exchanged by the server device and the client device to enable mutual authentication. Upon authentication of the connection between the server device and the client device, authenticated, and potentially encrypted communications, may be exchanged by the server device and the client device.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: William Robert Pettigrew, Roy L. Jackson, Timothy David Rian, Justin Brandon Chong
Application number: 20140099193
Abstract: A rotor blade includes an airfoil having a tip plate that extends across an outer radial end. A rim extends radially outward from the tip plate and surrounds at least a portion of the airfoil and includes a concave portion opposed to a convex portion. A plurality of dividers extend between the concave and convex portions to define a plurality of pockets between the concave and convex portions at the outer radial end. A plurality of cooling passages through the tip plate provide fluid communication through the tip plate to the plurality of pockets. A first fluid passage in at least one divider provides fluid communication between adjacent pockets across the at least one divider.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Xiuzhang James Zhang, Adebukola Benson, Zhirui Dong
Application number: 20140100826
Abstract: A method of high fidelity modeling an electrical power system of an aircraft, includes among other things, identifying electrical, mechanical, thermal, and EMI characteristics of the electrical power system; applying at least one circuit-based solver to model to at least one of the electrical characteristics; and applying, simultaneously with the circuit-based solver and in real-time, a field-based solver to model the remaining electrical, mechanical, thermal, and EMI characteristics.
Type: Application
Filed: October 9, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
Inventors: Hao Huang, Xiaochuan Jia
Application number: 20140097696
Abstract: Various systems and method for distributing electrical power are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a first inverter coupled to an electrical bus, a second inverter coupled to the electrical bus, a filter including a first inductor and a second inductor, and a transfer switch circuit coupled between the first inverter and the second inverter and a load. The transfer switch circuit is configured to transfer power from the first inverter through the first inductor to the load and transfer power from the second inverter through the second inductor to the load in a first mode of operation. The transfer switch circuit is further configured to transfer power from the first inverter through the first inductor and through the second inductor to the load in a second mode of operation.
Type: Application
Filed: October 4, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Wendong Zhang
Application number: 20140096535
Abstract: The present application provides a gas turbine system. The gas turbine system may include a gas turbine engine producing a flow of exhaust gases, a heat recovery steam generator with a reheater and an evaporator in communication with the flow of exhaust gases, and a gas flow control system for diverting a first portion of the flow of exhaust gases away from the reheater and towards the evaporator.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Lakshmanan Esakki, Mahendhra Muthuramalingam
Application number: 20140097965
Abstract: A utility network includes a utility meter capable of measuring a property of the network once installed and capable of communicating the measurement to a server once activated. The network also includes an access point configured to communicatively couple to the utility meter and to the server and configured to notify the server when the utility meter has been bound to the access point. The network further includes a mobile device configured to notify the server when the utility meter has been installed, configured to request the server to add the utility meter to a queue of utility meters to be activated by the server, and configured to receive a response from the server when the utility meter is activated.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bruce Bharat, Christopher Charles Yasko
Application number: 20140099516
Abstract: An article comprising a substrate, the substrate having a surface; a diffusion barrier layer disposed on a portion of the surface of the substrate, a brazing layer disposed on the diffusion barrier layer, the brazing layer comprising at least one diffusible element, wherein the diffusion barrier layer inhibits the at least one diffusible element from diffusing into the diffusion barrier layer and the substrate. Also provided herein is a method of making an article comprising providing a substrate, the substrate having a surface; forming a diffusion barrier layer on a portion of the surface of the substrate, the diffusion barrier layer being formed by electro-spark deposition; forming a brazing layer on the diffusion barrier layer, the brazing layer comprising at least one diffusible element, wherein the diffusion barrier layer inhibits the at least one diffusible element from diffusing into the substrate.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Mark Lawrence Hunt, Gary Charles Shubert, Jerry Ellison Gould
Application number: 20140097667
Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a brake system onboard a vehicle, a first actuation component, an automatic control system, and a second actuation component. The first actuation component is operably coupled to the brake system and is configured to cause actuation of the brake system to brake the vehicle when the first actuation component is activated. The automatic control system is onboard the vehicle and is configured to generate a first control signal for controlling the first actuation component to activate to upon occurrence of one or more designated conditions. The second actuation component is operably coupled to the brake system and is configured to cause actuation of the brake system to brake the vehicle upon receipt of one of the first control signal or a second control signal generated by the automatic control system.
Type: Application
Filed: October 9, 2013
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jess Austin Backes, III, Tim Rolbiecki, Michael Scott Mitchell, Kelly Nichols, Kristopher Smith
Application number: 20140100671
Abstract: A device includes a network interface and a processor. The network interface is configured to receive one or more preferences of a customer related to the charging of at least one backup device of the consumer. The network interface is also configured to receive at least one notification of at least one predicted power disturbance. The processor is configured to utilize the one or more consumer preferences and the at least one notification to generate a charging schedule of the at least one backup device and to generate one or more charging notifications for charging the at least one backup device. The one or more charging notifications are based on the charging schedule.
Type: Application
Filed: October 9, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Marc Karl Losee, Vernon Meadows, Jerry Steven Massey, Kamal Kumar Arvind
Application number: 20140100113
Abstract: In one embodiment, a cryocooler assembly for cooling a heat load is provided. The cryocooler assembly includes a vacuum vessel surrounding the heat load and a cryocooler at least partially inserted into the vacuum vessel, the cryocooler including a coldhead. The assembly further includes an actuator coupled to the cryocooler. The actuator is configured to translate the cryocooler coldhead into thermal engagement with the heat load and to maintain constant pressure of the coldhead against the heat load to facilitate maintaining thermal engagement with the heat load as the heat load shrinks during a cool down process.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ernst Wolfgang Stautner, Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran, Ruben Jeevanasan Fair
Application number: 20140098932
Abstract: A CT user interface includes first and second displays that selectively display distinct display zones thereon. The first display includes a zone enabling the operator to create a record for each of a plurality of patients and an exam set-up and a protocol selection zone enabling the operator to select a scan protocol for performing a CT scan on a selected patient. A task list zone on the first display displays all steps and sub-steps of a CT scan for a selected patient based on the selected scan protocol, and a settings zone and a scanning zone on the first display displays and enables operator selection of a plurality of scan parameters related to the selected scan protocol. Any general user interface elements not needed for the selected scan protocol are not displayed on the first and second displays, so as to simplify the user interface for the operator.
Type: Application
Filed: October 4, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson
Application number: 20140098933
Abstract: A CT user interface includes first and second displays that enable an operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks associated with performing CT scans and enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks associated with the CT scans. A plurality of distinct display zones are selectively displayed on the first and second displays, with the first display displaying a zone enabling the operator to create a record for each of a plurality of patients, a task list zone displaying all steps and sub-steps of a CT scan to be performed for a selected patient based on a selected scan protocol, a settings zone and a scanning zone displaying and enabling operator selection of scan parameters related to the selected scan protocol for the selected patient, and a dose area zone displaying a relationship between the selected scan parameters and a radiation dosage experienced by the patient based thereon.
Type: Application
Filed: October 4, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson
Application number: 20140096526
Abstract: An end cover for a gas turbine combustor includes a main body configured to connect to a casing that at least partially surrounds a portion of the gas turbine. A fuel circuit extends within the main body of the end cover. An orifice extends through the main body. The orifice is in fluid communication with the fuel circuit. The end cover further includes a linear actuator. The linear actuator includes a flow control member that extends the fuel circuit and at least partially through the orifice.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Elias Marquez, Gregory Earl Jensen
Application number: 20140096500
Abstract: An exhaust diffuser includes an outer shroud and an inner shroud radially separated from the outer shroud so as to define a fluid passage between the outer shroud and the inner shroud. A strut extends between the outer shroud and the inner shroud. The strut generally includes an outer surface, a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side and a second side. At least one turbulator may be positioned along a radial span of the strut. The at least one turbulator extends generally outwardly from the strut outer surface. The turbulator extends across the leading edge of the strut from the first side to the second side of the strut.
Type: Application
Filed: October 5, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Manjunath Bangalore Chengappa, Moorthi Subramaniyan, Vignesh Radhakrishnan
Application number: 20140099584
Abstract: A system includes a turbomachine including a first chamber configured to contain a first fluid and a second chamber configured to contain a second fluid. The turbomachine also includes a barrier disposed between the first and second chambers. The barrier is configured to separate the first fluid and the second fluid. Additionally, the barrier includes a first surface facing the first chamber and a second surface facing the second chamber. The turbomachine also includes an orifice extending from the first chamber to the second chamber. The orifice defines a fluid passageway. Additionally, the turbomachine includes a tube including a first end and a second end. The first end is coupled to the first surface and is disposed about a perimeter of the orifice. The tube is configured to at least partially contain the second fluid.
Type: Application
Filed: October 10, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Mohan Krishna Bobba, Roy Marshall Washam
Application number: 20140099484
Abstract: A composite, method of making the composite and a pre-pre composite ply are provided. The composite includes a first layer, a second layer and a third layer. The first layer includes at least one ply of unidirectional tape. The second layer is adjacent the first layer and includes at least one composite ply. The at least one composite ply includes a thin continuous matrix ply sheet having a plurality of randomly oriented unidirectional tape segments thereon. The third layer is adjacent the second layer and includes at least one ply of unidirectional tape. The ceramic matrix composite provides about 15% to about 20% strength relative to a composite comprising all unidirectional plies and the ceramic matrix composite has a bending length of 3 cm to 25 cm based on a Shirley stiffness test.
Type: Application
Filed: October 4, 2012
Issued: April 10, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Herbert Chidsey ROBERTS, III, Andres Jose GARCIA-CRESPO, Glenn Curtis TAXACHER
Patent number: D702650
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2013
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christopher George Reed, Khanh Quoc Nguyen
Patent number: D702651
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2013
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christopher George Reed, Khanh Quoc Nguyen
Patent number: D702652
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2013
Issued: April 15, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christopher George Reed, Khanh Quoc Nguyen