General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 9624782
    Abstract: A rigid template for aligning surface features on a rotor blade is disclosed. The rigid template is shaped to correspond to the surface of the rotor blade. Further, the rigid template includes a base end and a tail end opposite the base end. The base end is configured to connect to an alignment structure, the alignment structure being fixed relative to the rotor blade. The tail end includes at least one marker configured to locate at least one surface feature on the surface of the rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Christopher Booth, Scott Gabell Riddell, Megan Michela Wilson
  • Patent number: 9624784
    Abstract: A system includes a multi-stage turbine that includes a first turbine stage having a first wheel having a plurality of first blade segments spaced circumferentially about the first wheel. The turbine also includes a second turbine stage having a second wheel having a plurality of second blade segments spaced circumferentially about the second wheel. The turbine also includes a seal assembly extending axially between the first and second turbine stages. The seal assembly includes a first coverplate coupled to the first turbine stage. The first coverplate includes a first air director. The seal assembly also includes a second coverplate coupled to the second turbine stage. The second coverplate comprises a second air director. The seal assembly also includes an interstage seal. The first coverplate, the second coverplate, or both are configured to support the interstage seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthew Troy Hafner
  • Patent number: 9624830
    Abstract: In a method for the low-CO emissions part load operation of a gas turbine with sequential combustion, the opening of the row of variable compressor inlet guide vanes is controlled depending on the temperatures of the operative burners of the second combustor and simultaneously the number of operative burners is kept at a minimum. This leads to low CO emissions at partial load of the gas turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Theodoros Ferreira-Providakis, Ghislain Singla, Thiemo Meeuwissen, Sebastian Lipari, Ourania-Nektaria Margari
  • Patent number: 9624427
    Abstract: There are provided a phosphor which is a divalent europium-activated oxynitride phosphor substantially represented by General formula (A): EuaSibAlcOdNe, a divalent europium-activated oxynitride phosphor substantially represented by General formula (B): MIfEugSihAlkOmNn or a divalent europium-activated nitride phosphor substantially represented by General formula (C): (MII1-pEup)MIIISiN3, having a reflectance of light emission in a longer wavelength region of visible light than a peak wavelength of 95% or larger, and a method of producing such phosphor; a nitride phosphor and an oxynitride phosphor which emit light efficiently and stably by the light having a wavelength ranging from 430 to 480 nm from a semiconductor light emitting device by means of a light emitting apparatus using such phosphor, and a producing method of such phosphor; and a light emitting apparatus having stable characteristics and realizing high efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE PHOSPHORS TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Masatsugu Masuda, Kenji Terashima
  • Patent number: 9622717
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided that obtain a scan prescription and receive physiologic feature or interest (FOI) measurements of an object of interest during a scan time. The methods and systems further compare at least one of the received physiologic FOI measurements with a predetermined threshold range, and determine a scan setting by evaluating an acquisition rule set based on the physiologic FOI measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Howard Londt, Roy A. Nilsen, Holly Ann McDaniel, Scott D. Slavic, John Irvin Jackson, Elizabeth Nett, Ann Soderman, Victor Eduardo McCormack
  • Patent number: 9624780
    Abstract: A rotor wheel assembly includes a rotor wheel having a plurality of dovetail slots spaced circumferentially about a peripheral surface of the rotor wheel. The rotor wheel also has a plurality of notches formed in the peripheral surface. The rotor wheel assembly includes at least one bucket having an integral cover, an airfoil, a dovetail, and a platform having a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first surface of the platform includes a keyway. The keyway has an opposing tapered surface oriented at a first angle relative to the first surface of the platform. Furthermore, the rotor wheel assembly includes a wedge key having first face that is oriented substantially parallel to the first surface of the platform and an opposite second face that is oriented at the first angle relative to the first face, such that the second face is substantially parallel to the taper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Edward Deallenbach, Ravichandran Pazhur Nair, Douglas Arthur Lupe
  • Patent number: 9622713
    Abstract: An imaging system configured to automatically detect a patient's body profile and to position the patient. The imaging system includes a scan support member configured to support a scan object, a processing device; and an identification device electrically connected to the processing device. The scan support member includes a machine identifiable code representing a distance from a position of the machine identifiable code to one end of the scan support member. The identification device is configured to identify the machine identifiable code, to decode the distance represented by the machine identifiable code and to send the distance represented by the machine identifiable code to the processing device. The processing device determines a distance from an interested location of the scan object to a scanning plane of the imaging system according to the distance represented by the machine identifiable code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Huijun Xu
  • Patent number: 9623469
    Abstract: A hand held forming tool includes a first arm member having a forming portion that includes a base that is connected to a pressure pad and a bending member. The tool also includes a second arm member pivotally connected to the first arm member. The second arm member includes a die portion. The forming portion and the die portion move between an open and a closed position in response to a force applied to handles of the first and second arm members. The die portion includes a die body having a slot and a bending channel. The slot is complementary to the pressure pad and the bending channel is complementary to the bending member. The tool further includes a shearing plate that is arranged so as to cut a work piece that has been inserted into the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Erick Randle Holsonback, Jesse Michael Moss
  • Patent number: 9622722
    Abstract: A portable imaging system is presented. The system includes at least a display panel. Further, the system includes a control panel, where the display panel and the control panel include a seamless form factor of a single unit box, and where the seamless form factor is configured to aid in cleaning the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Andrew David Stonefield
  • Patent number: 9622724
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system and method includes identifying, with a processor, a subset of the ultrasound channel data with a specular reflector signature, and implementing, with the processor, a specular reflector processing technique on the subset of the ultrasound channel data to calculate at least one of a position and an orientation of a specular reflector. The system and method includes performing an action based on at least one of the position and the orientation of the specular reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eigil Samset, Anders Rasmus Sørnes, Raja Sekhar Bandaru
  • Patent number: 9624262
    Abstract: There is a recognized need for novel, more simplified, approaches to isolation of plasma from whole blood, as well as a need to isolate cell-free plasma fractions containing different plasma proteins. Methods are divulged for use of aqueous phase systems, formed in blood or blood containing solutions via addition of a single polymer at relatively low concentration, to effect isolation (clarification) of plasma proteins from blood cells. Methods are also divulged to replace widely used Cohn-type plasma protein fractionation which is based on sequential addition of up to 40% (v/v) ethanol and other precipitants, with simple sequential addition of a polyacid. The latter results in isolation of plasma protein fractions (i.e. fibrinogen, immunoglobulin, albumin) in sequence similar to that obtained with Cohn Fractionation and therefore may be suitable for use to reduce solvent use and solvent-related process complications in existing plasma protein purification processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare BioProcess R&D AB
    Inventors: James Van Alstine, Mikael Berg, Johanna Kjorning, Jamil Shanagar
  • Patent number: 9623492
    Abstract: A milling tool is disclosed. The tool may include a base including a clamp for coupling to a selected mounting slot of a plurality of slots of the rotor; a milling tool including a motorized milling head; and a motorized linear actuator coupling the milling tool to the base. The base mounts the motorized linear actuator at an acute angle relative a portion of the slot to allow the motorized linear actuator to linearly move the milling tool to machine the portion of the slot. The portion of the slot may include, for example, an end face and, more particularly, a root corner of the slot where a cooling slot flange extends from the root of the slot. The milling tool may be portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daryl Paul Capriotti, James Bradford Holmes, Andrew Lee Trimmer
  • Patent number: 9623504
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for improved brazing. A system includes a gap filling compound (GFC). The GFC includes a brazing alloy. The system also includes a GFC retention screen. The GFC retention screen configured to be disposed over the GFC to retain the GFC within the gap during brazing. The GFC retention screen is also configured to enable gas to escape from the GFC during brazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Junyoung Park, Jason Robert Parolini
  • Patent number: 9623354
    Abstract: A system for extracting foreign matter in a gas turbine includes multiple variable bleed valve (VBV) doors disposed on the outer engine casing between a low pressure compressor and a high pressure compressor for bleeding a portion of flow from a core engine flow path into a bypass flow path. The system includes an outlet guide vane (OGV) assembly having multiple guide vanes disposed within the core flow path and multiple support struts positioned downstream from the multiple guide vanes. Each pairs of adjacent support struts comprises at least one VBV door therebetween and a section of the OGV assembly located at an upstream side of the fan hub frame before the each pairs of adjacent support struts. Each section of the OGV assembly includes a first side with one or more guide vanes with trimmed trailing edges configured for directing flow into the at least one VBV door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anurag Kumar, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Chiong Siew Tan
  • Patent number: 9623361
    Abstract: A filtering body, in particular for a rotary separator, extends about an axis and has a two opposite axial faces, a radially outer surface and a radially inner surface; the filtering body comprises a filtering net constituted by filaments defining a plurality of pores between them; a frame, which is defined by non-porous solid elements, supports the filtering net and made in one piece with a filtering net; the frame has at least one element arranged in an intermediate radial position between the radially outer and inner surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano Zecchi, Federico Dellavalle, Daniele Coutandin
  • Patent number: 9623884
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling movement of a train including a plurality of locomotives along a route. In one example, the method comprises, generating a first plan profile, the first plan profile including synchronous settings for the locomotives over a route, and generating a second plan profile based on the first plan profile, the second plan profile including independent settings for the locomotives over at least one region within the route. The method may further comprise, operating the locomotives based in the first and/or second plan profiles. In another example, the method comprises, generating a plan profile with fully independent settings for the locomotives over the entire route, the fully independent settings based on cost function coefficients of each locomotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James D. Brooks, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bernardo Adrian Movsichoff, Ramu Chandra
  • Patent number: 9624441
    Abstract: A carbon to liquids system comprising: a source of syngas; a first reactor coupled in flow communication with said syngas source and configured to receive a flow of syngas therein, said first reactor comprising a polymeric material, wherein said first reactor reacts the syngas and a catalyst in a Fischer-Tropsch reaction that produces a product comprising steam, wherein the polymeric material is configured to permit the permeation of the steam therethrough; and a recycle path coupled in flow communication with said first reactor, wherein said recycle path is configured to channel the permeated steam to a vessel positioned upstream from said first reactor. A method of operating a carbon to liquids system includes receiving a flow of syngas and reacting the syngas and a catalyst to produce a product including steam. The method also includes recycling the permeated steam to a vessel positioned upstream from the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vitali Victor Lissianski, Surinder Prabhjot Singh, Dhaval Aijt Bhandari
  • Patent number: 9624779
    Abstract: A thermal management article, a method for forming a thermal management article and a thermal management method are disclosed. Forming a thermal management article includes forming a duct adapted to be inserted into a groove on the surface of a substrate, and attaching the duct to the groove so that the top outer surface of the duct is substantially flush with the surface of the substrate. Thermal management of a substrate includes transporting a fluid through the duct of a thermal management article to alter the temperature of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Edward Schick, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Benjamin Paul Lacy, Yan Cui, Brian Lee Tollison
  • Patent number: 9629222
    Abstract: A timing circuit may be enabled when a static signal disables communication through a communications bus, the timing circuit producing a threshold level after being enabled for a predetermined time period, and a switch controlled by the timing circuit is configured to disconnect the static signal when the timing circuit produces the threshold level. A static signal may be used to enable a timing circuit upon the static signal disabling communication through a communications bus, and communication may be allowed through the communication bus by disconnecting the static signal using a switch controlled by the timing circuit, after the timing circuit has been enabled for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Gang Yao, Benoit Essiambre, Nina Rose Scheidegger
  • Patent number: 9625310
    Abstract: A system includes a detector and a main processing unit having an event processing module. The detector includes pixels to detect an event corresponding to photon absorption. The event processing module is configured to read event information for each event detected by each pixel of the detector in order of receipt from the detector and to compare an energy level value in the event information for each event to a predetermined range of energy level values. An event is counted when the energy level value is within the predetermined range of energy level values. For each event having an energy level below the predetermined range, the energy level value for a next consecutive event in the received event information is read and a combined energy level value of the event and the next consecutive event is determined as well as the pixel locations of the event and the next consecutive event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Bouhnik, Yaron Hefetz
  • Patent number: 9624905
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing excessive loading on a wind turbine are disclosed. The method includes determining a current wind turbine parameter using at least one operating condition via a processor, the operating condition indicative of wind turbine operation; storing the current wind turbine parameter in a memory store over a predetermined time period; calculating a standard deviation of a plurality of the stored current wind turbine parameters; determining a future wind turbine parameter; calculating a maximum wind turbine parameter as a function of the standard deviation of the plurality of stored wind turbine parameters and the future wind turbine parameter; and, controlling the wind turbine based on a difference between the maximum wind turbine parameter and a parameter setpoint to prevent excessive loading from acting on the wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Franklin Perley, Brandon Shane Gerber, Jignesh Govindlal Gandhi, Venkata Krishna Vadlamudi
  • Patent number: 9624930
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump has a gas accumulation reduction system to reduce the risk of gas locking caused by the accumulation of gas at the inlet of the impeller. The gas accumulation reduction system includes: (i) one or more diffuser ports extending through the hub of a diffuser; and (ii) one or more recirculation passages extending through the hub of an impeller. The recirculation passages are in fluid communication with the one or more diffuser ports to permit the recirculation of a portion of pumped fluid through the stage. Additionally, a centrifugal pump that includes at least one turbomachinery stage. The stage includes a rotatable impeller that has an impeller hub with a centrally disposed eye and a plurality of impeller vanes. The impeller is variously configured to encourage mixing of two-phase fluids at the eye of the impeller hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Gahlot, Mukul K. Tyagi
  • Patent number: 9624747
    Abstract: A tubing hanger assembly includes a tubular outer tubing hanger member adapted to land in a bore of a wellhead. A tubular inner tubing hanger member is adapted to be secured to a string of production tubing and has an engaged position in a bore of the outer tubing hanger member. A retaining mechanism selectively allows the inner tubing hanger member to be lowered relative to the outer tubing hanger member, then selectively allowing the inner tubing hanger member to be returned back to the engaged position, to create tension in the string of production tubing. The retaining mechanism operates in response to rotational movement of the inner tubing hanger member while the outer tubing hanger member remains stationary with the wellhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Saurabh Kajaria, Khang V. Nguyen, Eugene A. Borak
  • Patent number: 9625157
    Abstract: A system includes a multi-tube fuel nozzle assembly. The multi-tube fuel nozzle assembly includes a support structure defining an interior volume configured to receive an air flow. The combustor cap assembly also includes multiple mixing tubes disposed within the interior volume. Each mixing tube of the multiple mixing tubes is configured to mix air and fuel to form an air-fuel mixture. The multi-tube fuel nozzle assembly further includes a combustor cap coupled to the support structure. The combustor cap includes multiple furcating nozzles integrated within the combustor cap. Each furcating nozzle of the multiple furcating nozzles is coupled to a respective mixing tube of the multiple mixing tubes. Also, each furcating nozzle of the multiple furcating nozzles is configured to receive a flow of the air-fuel mixture and to partition the flow of the air-fuel mixture into multiple air-fuel mixture flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick Benedict Melton, James Harold Westmoreland, III, Timothy Purcell
  • Patent number: 9625928
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a system for controlling a microgrid includes a processor-based control system. The control system is configured to receive information via a communications pathway from at least one microgrid asset within a microgrid system and identify one or more errors associated with an operation of the microgrid system. In addition, the control system is configured to respond to the one or more identified errors with one or more actions. Each identified error from the one or more identified errors is associated with at least one action from the one or more actions. Further, control system is configured to generate an optimal dispatch schedule having one or more control signals configured to control the microgrid operation to reduce cost and to improve an operational efficiency of the microgrid. The optimal dispatch schedule is based at least in part on the response to the one or more identified errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Amirhossein Hajimiragha, Mohammad Reza Dadash Zadeh, Iulian Raducanu
  • Patent number: 9625355
    Abstract: A system for extracting material from a region of interest includes a fluid delivery base comprising an inlet channel and an outlet channel formed within the fluid delivery base; a gasket affixed to the fluid delivery base, wherein the gasket comprises at least one opening exposing an open end of the inlet channel and an open end of the outlet channel; a support comprising a sample-supporting surface facing the gasket and an opposing surface; and an alignment member coupled to the opposing surface in a fixed position and such that the support is positioned between the fluid delivery base and the alignment member, wherein one or both of the alignment member or the fluid delivery base are biased towards one another by a force (e.g., a magnet or spring force) and wherein the fluid delivery base is separable from the support and configured to move along a plane of the sample-supporting surface to align with the alignment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Richard Nelson, Wei Gao, Christopher Michael Puleo, Todd Frederick Miller, Christine Lynne Pitner, David Andrew Shoudy, Alex David Corwin
  • Patent number: 9625154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a damper for reducing the pulsations in a combustion chamber of a gas turbine. The damper includes a resonator cavity with an inlet and a neck tube in flow communication with the interior of the combustion chamber and resonator cavity, and a compensation assembly pivotably connected with the neck tube. The compensation assembly is inserted between the resonator cavity and the combustion chamber to permit relative rotation between the combustion chamber and the resonator cavity. With the damper according to the present invention, by way of providing the compensation assembly, it is assured the relative rotation between the combustion chamber and the resonator cavity is compensated, hence operation life is elongated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Urs Benz, Nicolas Noiray
  • Patent number: 9625883
    Abstract: A system includes an industrial controller comprising a first processor. The first processor is configured to execute a substantially deterministic control process. The first processor is further configured to communicate with a second processor included in a communications interface system and communicatively coupled to the first processor, wherein the first processor is configured to communicate an asynchronous data to the second processor via an industrial communications protocol during the execution of the control process, and the second processor is configured to retrieve external data from an external system based on the asynchronous signal, and to communicate the external data to the control system via an Ethernet-based communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christina Ann Romanik, Tomas Christopher Gardiner, Patrick Joseph Conroy
  • Patent number: 9625900
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for monitoring characteristic data includes selecting a first operable system device and receiving a first plurality of data from the first operable system device. The first plurality of data represents at least one characteristic of the first operable system device at a first plurality of points in time. The method also includes determining whether the first plurality of data is useful. If the data is useful, the method also includes receiving a second plurality of data from the first operable system device, the second plurality of data represents at least one characteristic of the first operable system device at a second plurality of points in time, wherein the second plurality of points in time is substantially larger than the first plurality of points in time. If the data is not useful, the method further includes selecting a second operable system device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brett Alexander Matthews, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Robert Claude Prescott, Justin Shriver
  • Patent number: 9625921
    Abstract: Provided is system including a temperature regulator including at least on regulation component in communication with a semiconductor within a converter, and a peak detector in communication with the semiconductor within the converter configured to identify a maximum temperature of each semiconductor. Also provided is a method for regulating temperature change of semiconductor components including measuring a semiconductor temperature, determining a reference temperature when the semiconductor is energized, summing the first semiconductor temperature and the reference temperature to generate a first temperature sum, comparing the first temperature sum to a coolant temperature to generate a first temperature difference. The method also circulates a fluid configured within the system such that the first temperature difference is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: David Smith, Robert Gregory Wagoner
  • Patent number: 9625044
    Abstract: A rotary valve comprising a stator with an inner stator face, and a rotor with an inner rotor face arranged in sealing contact with the inner stator face, the rotor is rotatably movable to a plurality of rotor positions about a rotational axis relative to the inner stator face, the stator comprises a plurality of connection ports each being in fluidic contact with a corresponding valve orifice at the inner stator face and the rotor comprises two or more interconnection paths for selective fluidic interconnection of said valve orifices with respect to the rotor position, wherein the stator comprises, an inlet port, an outlet port, a component feed port, a component return port, and wherein the interconnection paths in the rotor are arranged to: —in a first rotor position interconnect the inlet port with the outlet port, —in a second rotor position interconnect the inlet port with the component feed port and the component return port with the outlet port, —in a third rotor position interconnect the inlet port w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Olle Bjernulf, Christer Olof Eriksson
  • Patent number: 9625559
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John Kirk Fahrenbruch
  • Patent number: 9626581
    Abstract: A method for detecting and tracking a target includes detecting the target using a plurality of feature cues, fusing the plurality of feature cues to form a set of target hypotheses, tracking the target based on the set of target hypotheses and a scene context analysis, and updating the tracking of the target based on a target motion model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dashan Gao, Ting Yu, Li Guan, Yi Yao, Kedar Anil Patwardhan, Peter Henry Tu
  • Patent number: 9627097
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are provided through which an injector system automates a process of injecting an individual dose from a multiple dose of a radiotracer material. In some embodiments, the injector system includes a first dose calibrator system that receives a multidose vial of a radiotracer, a second dose calibrator system, an injection pump and an intravenous needle. In some embodiments, the first dose calibrator system and the multidose vial have an integrated shape. In some embodiments, the first dose calibrator system includes a pneumatic arm that receives the multidose vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Alan Jackson, Paritosh Jayant Dhawale, Hernan Rodrigo Lara, Michael Brussermann, Ulrich Ketzscher
  • Patent number: 9628008
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating a generator control unit having power bridge, further including having an input and at least one output, wherein the input is operably coupled with a generator power output, and a controller communicatively coupled with the power bridge and configured to operate the power bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Joseph Fedders, David Dimitri Karipides, Slobodan Gataric
  • Patent number: 9628010
    Abstract: A power distribution system is described that does not rely on a fixed frequency and which therefore allows prime movers to run at different speeds in response to load demand, typically so that fuel consumption and/or harmful exhaust emissions is/are minimised. A marine power distribution and propulsion system can include an ac busbar adapted to carry a variable-frequency ac distribution voltage. A plurality of ac generators are connected to the busbar, each having an associated prime mover such as a diesel engine, turbine etc. A power management controller is adapted to vary the rotational speed of the prime movers with reference to the electrical load on the ac busbar such that the generators provide a variable frequency output during normal operation of the power distribution system. Such operation is to be contrasted with conventional distribution systems which have a fixed frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology LTD.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Clarke, Jonathon Childs
  • Patent number: 9627862
    Abstract: A submersible power system includes at least one DC power source and at least one submersible power distribution system electrically coupled to the at least one DC power source. The at least one submersible power distribution system includes at least one receptacle configured to be exposed to an underwater environment. The at least one submersible power distribution system also includes a plurality of power conversion modules removably positioned within the at least one receptacle. Each power conversion module of the plurality of power conversion modules includes an enclosure configured to be exposed to the underwater environment. The at least one submersible power distribution system further includes at least one switchyard module selectably coupled to and uncoupled from the plurality of power conversion modules. The at least one switchyard module includes a plurality of switches configured to electrically bypass and isolate each power conversion module from the DC power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicolai Hytten, Piniwan Thiwanka Bandara Wijekoon, Jean-Louis Pouliquen, Henri Baerd, Christof Martin Sihler
  • Patent number: 9627897
    Abstract: Systems and methods for charging a plurality of battery strings are provided. The individual string current of each of the individual battery strings can be monitored and used to regulate a charging output provided by the charger. For instance, the output voltage of charger can be controlled as part of a closed loop control system based on the individual string current of the battery string under the constraint of an individual string current limit and/or a charging voltage limit. As the charging voltage of the charger increases as a result of the closed loop control based on the individual string current, other battery strings can be coupled to the charger when the charging voltage provided by the charger exceeds a battery string voltage associated with the battery string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jiucai Zhang, Charles Clarence Hicks, Jr., Sam T. Liu, Robert A. Kaucic, Leng Mao
  • Patent number: 9628341
    Abstract: Provided is a system including at least one server configured for executing one or more system level applications to manage first and second type system components. The first and second type system components are responsive to first and second type interface standards, respectively. The system also includes a graphical user interface (GUI) configured for displaying data associated with the first type system components in accordance with the first type interface standards. An application, representative of the second type system components, is displayed via the GUI in accordance with the first type interface standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Smith, Ashok Acharya, George Matzko
  • Patent number: 9628827
    Abstract: A decoder includes an entropy decoder configured to derive a number of bins of the binarizations from the data stream using binary entropy decoding by selecting a context among different contexts and updating probability states associated with the different contexts, dependent on previously decoded portions of the data stream; a desymbolizer configured to debinarize the binarizations of the syntax elements to obtain integer values of the syntax elements; a reconstructor configured to reconstruct the video based on the integer values of the syntax elements using a quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to distinguish between 126 probability states and to initialize the probability states associated with the different contexts according to a linear equation of the quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to, for each of the different contexts, derive a slope and an offset of the linear equation from first and second four bit parts of a respective 8 bit initial
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE VIDEO COMPRESSION, LLC
    Inventors: Valeri George, Benjamin Bross, Heiner Kirchhoffer, Detlev Marpe, Tung Nguyen, Matthias Preiss, Mischa Siekmann, Jan Stegemann, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 9629219
    Abstract: Provided is a method for controlling operation of an incandescent bulb emulator. The method includes converting, via a converter, an input voltage to a predetermined DC voltage, and driving an LED load based upon the predetermined DC voltage. In certain embodiments, input voltage may include an AC input voltage and a DC input voltage. The method also compares, via a controller, an input current curve of the incandescent bulb emulator with an input current curve of a simulated incandescent bulb responsive to the driven LED load. A DC driving current through the LED load is adjusted based upon the comparing. Amount of power delivered to LED load may be limited through an EMI filter having a magnetic design to match input current characteristics of incandescent bulb. The adjustment continues such that input current curve of incandescent bulb emulator matches the input current curve of the simulated incandescent light bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Nam N S Nguyen, Christian Poirier
  • Publication number: 20170100059
    Abstract: A signal of a current-voltage sensor array in one embodiment is processed for output of data in a form for use by a care provider. The current-voltage sensor array in one embodiment is a non-invasive current-voltage sensor array adapted to surround a thorax of a patient. The output of data in one embodiment is provided in a lung function visualization output form that depicts functioning of a patient's lungs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Tzu-Jen KAO, David Michael DAVENPORT, Jeffrey Michael ASHE, Bruce Courtney Campbell AMM
  • Publication number: 20170101932
    Abstract: Gas turbine engine components are provided which utilize an insert to provide cooling air along a cooled surface of an engine component. The insert provides cooling holes or apertures which face the cool side surface of the engine component and direct cooling air onto that cool side surface. The apertures may be formed in arrays and directed at an oblique or a non-orthogonal angle to the surface of the insert and may be at an angle to the surface of the engine component being cooled. An engine component assembly is provided with counterflow impingement cooling, comprising an engine component cooling surface having a cooling fluid flow path on one side and a second component adjacent to the first component. The second component may have a plurality of openings forming an array wherein the openings extend through the second component at a non-orthogonal angle to the surface of the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Curtis Walton STOVER, Jonathan Michael RAUSCH, Satoshi ATSUCHI, Gulcharan Singh BRAINCH, Robert David BRIGGS, Ronald Scott BUNKER, Ambarish Jayant KULKARNI, Michael Alan MEADE, Byron Andrew PRITCHARD, Robert PROCTOR
  • Publication number: 20170101896
    Abstract: A centrifugal separator for removing particles from a fluid stream includes an angular velocity increaser configured to increase the angular velocity of a fluid stream, a flow splitter configured to split the fluid stream to form a concentrated-particle stream and a reduced-particle stream, and an exit conduit configured to receive the reduced-particle stream. An inducer assembly for a turbine engine includes an inducer with a flow passage having an inducer inlet and an inducer outlet in fluid communication with a turbine section of the engine, and a particle separator, which includes a particle concentrator that receives a compressed stream from a compressor section of the engine and a flow splitter. A turbine engine includes a cooling air flow circuit which supplies a fluid stream to a turbine section of the engine for cooling, a particle separator located within the cooling air flow circuit, and an inducer forming a portion of the cooling air flow circuit in fluid communication with the particle separator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Francis MANNING, Timothy Deryck STONE, Jared Peter BUHLER, Victor Hugo Silva CORREIA, Gregory Michael LASKOWSKI, Robert Carl MURRAY, Jonathan Russell RATZLAFF, Robert PROCTOR, John Howard STARKWEATHER, Curtis Walton STOVER
  • Publication number: 20170102088
    Abstract: A bonnet assembly for assisting to move a valve stem to a retracted position includes a bonnet body. The bonnet body has a bonnet valve end selectively connected to a valve, a bonnet actuator end opposite the bonnet valve end selectively connected to a valve actuator. A valve stem extends through the central bore of the bonnet body. A booster piston seal circumscribes the valve stem and engages an inner diameter of the central bore. The booster piston seal selectively defines an extent of a pressure cavity containing pressure media. An effective stem pressure surface faces in a direction towards the valve and is in fluid communication with the valve when the bonnet body is connected to the valve. A booster pressure surface faces in a direction towards the valve when the bonnet body is connected to the valve and is selectively acted on by the pressure media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: GE OIL & GAS PRESSURE CONTROL LP
    Inventors: Samuel Heung Yeung Cheng, Keith Adams, Lloyd Ray Cheatham, Travis Kyle McEvoy
  • Publication number: 20170101348
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for an article including a substrate, an environmental barrier coating (EBC), a bondcoat and a boron source. The substrate may include a silicon-including ceramic material. The EBC may be disposed over the substrate, and the bondcoat may disposed between the substrate and the EBC. The bondcoat may include silicon. The boron source may be disposed within the article to provide an effective amount of boron to form an oxide including silicon and at least 0.1 weight percent boron during exposure of the bondcoat to an oxidizing environment at a temperature greater than 900 degrees Celsius. The oxide may be a borosilicate glass that is substantially devitrification resistant to prevent spallation of the EBC and thereby enhance the temperature capability of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Julin WAN, Don Mark LIPKIN
  • Publication number: 20170101337
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an insulation material for a conductor bar of an electric machine. An object of the invention is to provide for an alternative insulation material in the field of electric machines. The object is solved by an insulation material for a conductor bar for an electric machine comprising glass-ceramic flakes made from a heat treated silica glass precursor in the shape of flakes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas HILLMER, Paul HOWARD, Iwona SZKODA-GIANNAKI, Thomas BAUMANN
  • Patent number: 9620107
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes an inspection instrument. The inspection instrument includes communications circuitry, configured to communicatively couple the inspection instrument with information services; an audio input device, configured to receive inspection audio; and a processor, configured to query the information services via sending a request to the information services based upon an analysis of keywords, phrases, or both interpreted from the inspection audio. A voice recognition system configured to analyze the inspection audio for the keywords, phrases, or both is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Michael Christopher Domke
  • Patent number: D784264
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Allen Murphy, Henry Todd Young, Jason Daniel Kuttenkuler, Jeffrey John Wolff, Sean Patrick Cillessen, Aiqin Jiang
  • Patent number: D784379
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bryon Philip Pigg, Anna Louise Von Reden, Erica Gatts, Xiaoyu Chen Kaess, Francesco DeSensi