General Electric Patents

Patent number: 8939099
Abstract: A composite material includes a composite body having a composite surface, and a reinforcing element extending through the composite body in a first plurality of stitches and a second plurality of stitches. The first plurality of stitches are aligned relative to the composite surface substantially similarly to each other. The second plurality of stitches are aligned relative to the composite surface substantially dissimilarly to each other.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 6, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dong-Jin Shim, Ian Francis Prentice, Julian O'Flynn, Ross Spoonire, Wendy Wen-Ling Lin
Patent number: 8939471
Abstract: The present subject matter provides a drain line adapter. The drain line adapter includes at least two conduits. The two conduits can be oriented or positioned relative to one another in order to facilitate drainage of the drain line adapter. The two conduits can also be oriented or positioned relative to one another in order to hinder clogging of the drain line assembly.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 13, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mary Kathryn Hawboldt, James Robert White, Nand Kishore Ravanam
Patent number: 8941071
Abstract: A method for generating a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) image includes defining a scan window having a predetermined length along an examination axis of a PET imaging system, the scan window corresponding to a region of interest to be continuously scanned by the PET imaging system, defining at least two data bins corresponding to two separate scan regions within the scan window, defining a transition region that overlaps a portion of each of the separate scan regions within the scan window, the transition region having a width that is shorter than a length of the scan window, binning emission data acquired within the transition region into the two data bins, binning emission data acquired from outside the transition region into one of the two data bins, and reconstructing an image using the emission data in the two data bins.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 18, 2013
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Charles William Stearns
Patent number: 8942346
Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining and displaying a collimated X-ray image are described. The methods can include providing an X-ray device having an X-ray source, a square or rectangular X-ray detector, and a collimator. The collimator can be sized and shaped to collimate an X-ray beam from the X-ray source that exposes a receptor region on the detector. The collimator can allow the X-ray image received by the X-ray detector to have any suitable shape that allows a relatively large view of the image to be displayed and rotated on the display device without changing the shape or size of the image as it rotated. In some instances, the collimator provides the image with superellipse shapes or cornerless shapes having four substantially straight edges with a 90 degree corner missing between at least two edges that run substantially perpendicular to each other. Other embodiments are described.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 29, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bret David Nicholson, David Barker
Patent number: 8942353
Abstract: A system and method for x-ray tube components is disclosed. The method of fabricating an x-ray tube component includes providing a powder into an electrically conductive die constructed to have a cavity shaped as the x-ray tube component being fabricated and simultaneously applying a mechanical pressure and an electric field to the die so as to cause sintering of the powder and thereby fabricate the x-ray tube component, wherein the electric field applied to the die directly passes through the die to the powder, so as to generate heat internally within the powder responsive to the applied electric field.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 11, 2013
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Thomas Carson Tiearney, Jr., Gregory Alan Steinlage, Kirk Alan Rogers, Ben David Poquette
Patent number: 8942349
Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to dual-energy imaging, and in particular, techniques to produce and process dual-energy images using a dual-energy imaging system. One embodiment provides a method for generating at least one image of a region of interest in a patient, the method comprising: obtaining at least two radiological images of the region of interest identified with at least one marker arranged on and/or around the patient, wherein a first image is acquired with a first X-ray energy and a second image is acquired with a second X-ray energy; and determining a final radiological image of the region of interest by linearly combining the two radiological images to obtain an image without the markers.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 26, 2011
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Vincent Bismuth, Sebastien Gorges
Patent number: 8942445
Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to correcting lung density variations in positron emission tomography (PET) images of a subject using a magnetic resonance (MR) image. A pulmonary vasculature and an outer extent of a lung cavity can be identified in a MR image corresponding to a thoracic region of the subject in response to an intensity associated with pixels in the MR image. The pixels within the outer extent of the lung cavity are classified as corresponding to the pulmonary vasculature or the lung tissue. Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure can apply attenuation coefficients to a reconstruction of the PET image based on the classification of the pixels within the outer extent of the lung cavity.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 14, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Christopher Judson Hardy, Albert Henry Roger Lonn, Ravindra Mohan Manjeshwar, Dattesh Dayanand Shanbhag, Sheshadri Thiruvenkadam
Patent number: 8942444
Abstract: An imaging system includes an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert an analog pixel value into a first digital pixel value. The imaging system also includes an index value source configured to receive the first digital pixel value from the analog-to-digital converter and to generate a digital index value based on a comparison of the first digital pixel value to a digital reference value. In addition, the imaging system includes a transmitter in communication with the index value source and configured to transmit the digital index value. Further, the imaging system includes an image processing component configured to receive the digital index value and to generate a second digital pixel value based at least in part on the received digital index value and a lookup table of the image processing component.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 17, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Richard Larry Anderton, Brian James Grekowicz, Bela Janos Kiraly
Patent number: 8942423
Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of detecting centerline of a vessel is provided. The method comprises steps of acquiring a 3D image volume, initializing a centerline, initializing a Kalman filter, predicting a next center point using the Kalman filter, checking validity of the prediction made using the Kalman filter, performing template matching, updating the Kalman filter based on the template matching and repeating the steps of predicting, checking, performing, and updating for a predetermined number of times. Methods of automatic vessel segmentation and temporal tracking of the segmented vessel is further described with reference to the method of detecting centerline.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 5, 2013
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kedar Anil Patwardhan, Sandeep N. Gupta, David M. Mills, Aaron M. Dentinger, Yongjian Yu
Patent number: 8942465
Abstract: Methods and systems for processing images are provided. One method includes obtaining a plurality of images corresponding to at least one area of an object and performing a rectification of at least some of the plurality of images using a reference structure. The method also includes performing a gradient vector field analysis on the rectified plurality of images of the object to identify anomaly regions within the object.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 13, 2011
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Glen William Brooksby, Paulo Ricardo Dos Santos Mendonca, Shubao Liu, Qi Song
Patent number: 8942856
Abstract: A power delivery system includes at least one conductor having a first end and a second end and a phasor measurement unit (PMU) coupled to the first end of the conductor. The PMU is configured to obtain phasor data at the first end and generate a phasor signal that includes the phasor data. The power delivery system also includes a power generation system coupled to the second end of the conductor and configured to provide power to the conductor. The power generation system includes a power source, a power converter, and a controller. The controller is communicatively coupled to the PMU and is configured to receive the phasor signal and control the power converter based at least partially on the phasor data.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 22, 2011
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Ren, Robert William Delmerico, Kathleen Ann O'Brien, Yan Pan
Patent number: 8942450
Abstract: The invention concerns the reconstruction of a two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) image of an object, for example part of a region of interest in a patient, on the basis of a set of a one-dimensional or two-dimensional views respectively of the region of interest, taken from different positions by an imagining system around the region of interest. The invention finds particular application in medical imaging by tomography reconstruction of Few-View Tomography.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 22, 2010
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Cyril Riddell
Patent number: 8942869
Abstract: A tower control system, under an indexing mode of operation, receives a first signal from rail yard equipment. In response to the first signal, the tower control system establishes a positioning mode of operation. Under the positioning mode of operation, and in response to actuation of an interface of the tower control system, the tower control system sends a second signal to a lead powered rail vehicle of a consist. The second signal includes a first command to adjust a throttle setting of the lead powered rail vehicle, along with a second command to idle a throttle of any remote powered rail vehicle of the consist.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 14, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Derek Kevin Woo, Carlos Sabino Paulino, Ralph C. Haddock, III
Patent number: 8943250
Abstract: System and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes serial peripheral interface (SPI) bus and a master device communicatively coupled to the serial peripheral interface (SPI) bus. The system further includes a first slave device communicatively coupled to the SPI bus. The system additionally includes a second slave device communicatively coupled to the SPI bus and to the first slave device; wherein the first and the second slave devices are communicatively coupled in parallel to the SPI bus and wherein the first and the second slave devices are communicatively coupled to each other by using a first chain line, and wherein the master device is configured to communicate with the first and with the second slave devices over the SPI bus.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 20, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric
Inventor: Daniel Milton Alley
Patent number: 8942914
Abstract: Methods and system are provided for scheduling and negotiating air traffic within an airspace surrounding an airport and scheduled to land at the airport. An air traffic control (ATC) system is used to monitor the altitudes, speeds and lateral routes of aircraft. The ATC system generates a scheduled time-of-arrival (STA) at one or more meter fix points associated with the airport, the STA is stored, and data is received or inferred with the ATC system for at least a first of the aircraft, including a minimum fuel-cost speed and predicted trajectory parameters of the first aircraft based on current values of its existing trajectory parameters. Auxiliary data, including earliest and latest estimated time-of-arrival (ETAmin) and (ETAmax) at the meter fix point, STA being within/ outside ETAmin, ETAmax are generated, instructions are transmitted to the first aircraft, and the STA is updated for each aircraft stored in a queue.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 22, 2011
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rajesh Venkat Subbu, Feng Xue, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Joachim Karl Hochwarth, Sergio Torres, Weiwei Chen
Patent number: 8942931
Abstract: A system and method for determining electrical properties using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are provided. One method includes determining a magnitude of an MRI B1+ field applied to an object, determining a phase of the MRI B1+ field applied to the object and combining the determined magnitude and phase to determine a complex B1+ field estimate. The method further includes estimating one or more electrical properties of the object using the complex B1+ field estimate by directly solving at least one difference equation.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 30, 2011
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Laura Sacolick, Desmond Teck Beng Yeo, Seung-Kyun Lee, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, William Dixon
Patent number: 8942945
Abstract: A computer is programmed to acquire calibration data from a calibration scan, the calibration data configured to characterize high order eddy current (HOEC) generated magnetic field error of an imaging system. The computer is also programmed to process the calibration data to generate a plurality of basis coefficients and a plurality of time constants and to calculate a plurality of basis correction coefficients based on the plurality of basis coefficients, the plurality of time constants, and gradient waveforms in a given pulse sequence. The computer is further programmed to execute a diffusion-weighted imaging scan that comprises application of a DW-EPI pulse sequence to acquire MR data from an imaging subject and reconstruction of an image based on the acquired MR data. The computer is also programmed to apply HOEC-generated magnetic field error correction during application of the DW-EPI pulse sequence configured to reduce HOEC-induced distortion in the reconstructed image.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 1, 2012
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dan Xu, Joseph K. Maier, Kevin F. King, Bruce David Collick
Patent number: 8942787
Abstract: An iteration method for computing a distribution of one or more properties within an object comprises defining a first mesh of the object, applying an excitation to the object, computing a response of the object to the applied excitation, obtaining a reference response of the object corresponding to the applied excitation, computing a distribution of one or more properties of the object, and updating at least a subset of the nodes of the first mesh to form an updated mesh of the object. The distribution of one or more properties of the object is computed using the computed response, the reference response, and the first mesh. The first mesh includes a plurality of nodes and elements. A connectivity relationship of the subset of the nodes in the updated mesh remains the same as in the first mesh.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 11, 2011
Issued: January 27, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Tan, Alexander Seth Ross, Veera Venkata Lakshmi Rajesh Langoju, Ran Niu, Zhilin Wu, Weihua Gao
Application number: 20150020529
Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards a system including a gas turbine engine configured to produce exhaust gas, a selective catalytic reduction system configured to produce processed exhaust gas from the exhaust gas, and a control system. The control system includes a first controller configured to regulate operation of the selective catalytic reduction system, a second controller configured to regulate operation of the gas turbine engine, and an optimizer configured to coordinate operation of the first controller and the second controller to simultaneously maximize a first level of an emissions compound in the exhaust gas and regulate injection of a reductant into the selective catalytic reduction system to reduce a second level of the emissions compound in the processed exhaust gas to a first desired level of the emissions compound in the processed exhaust gas.
Type: Application
Filed: July 18, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Frank Hoskin, Balachandar Naidu
Application number: 20150025737
Abstract: A method (e.g., for monitoring a braking system of a vehicle system) includes monitoring fluid pressures of a braking system and modeled braking efforts of the braking system in a vehicle system traveling along a route, identifying one or more time periods at least one of before a brake event of the braking system or after the brake event, calculating residual forces exerted on the vehicle system during the one or more time periods, and determining at least one of an estimated braking effort of the braking system or an estimated propagation rate at which the estimated braking effort is applied by the braking system using the residual forces that are calculated.
Type: Application
Filed: July 22, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bryan Scott Hermsen, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Harry Kirk Matthews, JR., John Harry Down, Brian Nedward Meyer
Application number: 20150022036
Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatuses adapted to include a dynamoelectric machine rotor with a modified outer surface. In some embodiments apparatuses include a dynamoelectric machine rotor including a rotor body having a spindle, pole regions, the pole regions having a non-uniform radial distance from an axis of rotation of the rotor to an outer surface of the pole regions and a plurality of slots in the outer surface of the rotor body, the plurality of slots being spaced apart in a circumferential direction of the rotor body, each of the plurality of slots extending in an axial direction of the rotor body.
Type: Application
Filed: July 19, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Venkata Subramanya Sarma Devarakonda, Patrick Robert Davis, James Jonathan Grant, Paul August Quail, John Russell Yagielski
Application number: 20150023204
Abstract: A system includes a first network member that includes a first channel and a second channel. The first channel is configured as a charging channel and is configured to at least one of wirelessly receive or transmit power. The first channel is also configured to transmit network pairing information for at least one of pairing or un-pairing the first network member and a second network member. The network pairing information is transmitted over the first channel at a first frequency. The second channel is configured as an operational channel, and is configured to communicate operational information between the first and second network members when the first and second network members are paired. The operational information is transmitted over the second channel at a second frequency that is different than the first frequency.
Type: Application
Filed: July 19, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Steven William Wik, David Michael Davenport, SM Shajedul Hasan
Application number: 20150022975
Abstract: A method and system for cooling a heat-generating component are provided. The system includes a heat generating electronic component including a heat conductive face, a heat sink device including at least one open face pin fin array surface directly coupled to the conductive face, each fin including a distal end including an outwardly facing contact area, the contact areas covering only a portion of the conductive face, the contact areas configured to carry electrical current therethrough, and an immersion of dielectric fluid contained in a vessel, the vessel including a heat-conductive hull at least partially submerged in a heat sink fluid.
Type: Application
Filed: July 19, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eric Ayres Browne, Satish Sivarama Gunturi, Brian Magann Rush, Rixin Lai, Anurag Kasyap Vejjupalle Subramanyam
Application number: 20150021014
Abstract: An electric submersible pumping system has an electric motor, a pump assembly driven by the electric motor and a sensor module. The sensor module preferably includes a detachable sensor array that can be selectively released from the sensor module. In preferred embodiments, the detachable sensor array includes a self-propelled sensor array vehicle that has a drive motor, a drive mechanism driven by the drive motor and a sensor array. The detachable sensor array provides a wellbore condition signal that can be used to automatically adjust the performance of the electric submersible pumping system.
Type: Application
Filed: July 19, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
Inventors: Michael Franklin Hughes, Scott Mordin Hoyte
Application number: 20150023863
Abstract: A material is described of formula NaxMyAlaSibO67 with Face Centered Cubic (fcc) lattices forming F -4 3 m cubic structure, wherein M is at least one of lithium, potassium, rubidium, caesium, vanadium, chromium, iron, cobalt, nickel, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, and cerium; 0<x+y?22/3; wherein when y=0, 4<x?/3, when 0<y?/3, 0?x<22/3, and when M is potassium, x>0; 1?a3; 1?b?3; and 0<??32/3. An exhaust gas system comprising the material and a method are also described herein.
Type: Application
Filed: July 19, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Qijia FU, Xiao ZHANG, Chuan LIN, Youhao YANG, Daniel NORTON, Larry Neil LEWIS, Xiaoying BAO, Susan Elizabeth CORAH, Yu DONG, Dejia WANG, Shizhong WANG
Application number: 20150020685
Abstract: The invention provides improved hollow fiber membranes having at least two layers, and methods for forming the same. The methods include co-extruding a first composition, a second composition, and a third composition to form a dual layer hollow fiber membrane. The first composition includes a glassy polymer; the second composition includes a polysiloxane; and the third composition includes a bore fluid. The dual layer hollow fiber membranes include a first layer and a second layer, the first layer being a porous layer which includes the glassy polymer of the first composition, and the second layer being a polysiloxane layer which includes the polysiloxane of the second composition.
Type: Application
Filed: July 18, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Dhaval Ajit BHANDARI, Patrick Joseph MCCLOSKEY, Paul Edward HOWSON, Kristi Jean NARANG, William KOROS
Application number: 20150026622
Abstract: A system for dynamically controlling content displayed on a condition monitoring system may include a processor that may receive one or more datasets associated with one or more components in an industrial environment. The system may also include a graphical user interface (GUI) that may display visualizations representing the components in a first portion of the GUI. The GUI may then receive a first selection of the visualizations and display data processing outputs associated with the first selection in a second portion of the GUI. There, the data processing outputs may be determined based on a first dataset that corresponds to a first component associated with the first selection. The GUI may then receive a second selection of the visualizations and may dynamically update the data processing outputs based on a second dataset that corresponds to a second component.
Type: Application
Filed: July 19, 2013
Issued: January 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ryan Gregory Roaldson, Jocqueline Marie Tappan
Patent number: 8936331
Abstract: The present subject matter provides a hinge for an appliance. The hinge is rotatably mounted to a cabinet of the appliance. The hinge includes a foot configured for receipt by a door of the appliance. Specifically, the foot has a tip that is configured for receipt into a cavity of the door and a substantially planar portion configured to be positioned adjacent a pocket of the door.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 21, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: David John Coxon
Patent number: 8936247
Abstract: A seal assembly for sealing a stationary component and a rotating component including a seal tooth mating surface for mating with a seal tooth, the seal tooth mating surface including a plateau portion for sealingly receiving the seal tooth during a steady-state operation of the seal assembly and a first concave portion adjacent to the plateau portion for receiving the seal tooth with a clearance during a first non-steady-state operation of the seal assembly, wherein the seal tooth is coupled to one of the stationary component and the rotating component and the seal tooth mating surface is coupled to the other of the stationary component and the rotating component.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 18, 2010
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Xiaoqing Zheng
Patent number: 8935983
Abstract: A locomotive (or other rail vehicle) truck and method for distributing weight asymmetrically to axles of the truck includes a first axle of a truck uncoupled from a traction system of the locomotive and a first suspension assembly coupling the first axle to the truck for applying to the first axle a first portion of a locomotive weight. The truck also includes a second axle coupled to the traction system and a second suspension assembly coupling the second axle to the truck for applying a second portion of the locomotive weight to the second axle that is greater than the first portion so that weight is asymmetrically distributed to the first axle and the second axle so as to transmit a corresponding incremental amount of tractive effort for a given amount of a driving torque applied to the second axle via the traction system of the locomotive. The axle weight distribution involves relatively slight weight distribution compared to the nominal weights normally carried by the axles.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 14, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ajith Kuttanair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden
Patent number: 8936005
Abstract: A method for operating a stationary power generating plant, comprising a gas engine with at least one pre-chamber and at least one main combustion chamber, wherein the stationary power generating plant is fed a gas stream—in particular a substantially continuous gas stream—which comprises a hardly inflammable gas, wherein the gas stream is divided in the stationary power generating plant into a main stream and a partial stream, wherein the main stream is fed to the at least one main combustion chamber and wherein the partial stream is treated to increase its inflammability and is fed to the at least one pre-chamber of the gas engine, and also a stationary power generating plant with a gas engine.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 6, 2014
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: GE Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG
Inventors: Friedrich Gruber, Guenther Wall
Patent number: 8936191
Abstract: A field-portable impedance reader is provided. The impedance reader comprises a reader antenna, an impedance compensator, a calibrator, and a synchronous sampler. The impedance reader further comprises a digital processor that receives and processes signals from the synchronous sampler. Further, a wireless system comprising the impedance reader of the invention is provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 30, 2010
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Jeffrey Michael Ashe, William Guy Morris, Cheryl Margaret Surman
Patent number: 8936441
Abstract: An article of manufacture having a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth in scalable Table 1 wherein the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances by multiplying the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z by a number, and wherein X and Y are coordinates which, when connected by continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each Z height, the airfoil profile sections at each Z height being joined with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 19, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Matthew John McKeever, Ryan Wesley Murphy
Patent number: 8935935
Abstract: Methods for monitoring a sensor of a refrigerator appliance are provided. The methods include activating an auto-fill feature of the refrigerator appliance and receiving a signal from a sensor of the refrigerator appliance. The method also includes displaying a message on a display of the refrigerator appliance if the sensor does not detect the container within the dispenser recess. The message can provide a user with feedback regarding the auto-fill feature and assist the user with properly operating the auto-fill feature.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 14, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Joseph Thomas Waugh, Tyler James Doering, Jonathan Charles Crosby, Ryan Michael Hartlage
Patent number: 8936333
Abstract: A rack assembly for an appliance includes a geared rack and a pair of gears. The gears of the pair of gears mesh with each other and the geared rack. The rack assembly also includes a shelf and a support link that couples that shelf to at least one of the pair of gears. The geared rack and pair of gears can assist with selectively adjusting a vertical height of the shelf.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 22, 2013
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Darren Allen Turner
Patent number: 8936431
Abstract: A shroud for a turbine and a method of assembling is provided. The turbine includes a housing, a rotatable shaft and a bucket extending outward therefrom. The shroud includes an alignment member which is coupled to the housing, wherein the alignment member includes a first end, a second end and a body extending between the first and second ends. The second end includes an arcuate portion to facilitate fluid flow downstream from the bucket. The shroud further includes a seal coupled to the body to facilitate sealing a gap defined between the bucket and the body.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 8, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rohit Chouhan, Sumeet Soni
Patent number: 8936435
Abstract: A wind turbine blade includes a root region. A first extension (LEX) is attached to the leading edge side of the root region while a trailing edge strake (TES) is attached to the trailing edge side of the root region. The LEX and TES each include an outer profile that becomes more pronounced relative to their respective locations in the root region as the root region of the wind turbine blade morphs from a substantially cylindrical shape to a substantially airfoil shape. The LEX provides both optimal angle of attack and lift generation in the root region, while the TES mitigates airflow separation and enhances airfoil lift in the root region.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Anurag Gupta, Arathi Kamath Gopinath
Patent number: 8935938
Abstract: An assembly for filtering water includes a housing, a water inlet for supplying unfiltered water to the housing, and a water filter including an outer casing attached to the housing in communication with the water inlet and a filter medium within the outer casing, the water filter filtering the unfiltered water through filter medium to provide filtered water. A water outlet is attached to the housing for transferring filtered water from the outer casing to a device via the housing. Some sort of indicia is located on the outer casing, and an optical device detects a feature of the indicia to determine if the water filter is properly installed in the housing. Related refrigeration appliances incorporating such devices are also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 25, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Andrew Reinhard Krause, Russell James Fallon, Jason Andrew May
Patent number: 8936690
Abstract: Apparatus and method for hermetically encapsulating one or more optoelectronic device, such as a light emitting device or a photovoltaic device. The apparatus comprises a base and a carriage movable along the base. The carriage comprises a roller. The apparatus further comprises a vacuum platen coupled with the base and a tensioner coupled with the base. The tensioner comprises a support member that projects orthogonally above a plane of the vacuum platen.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 20, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Edward James Balaschak, James Michael Kostka, Thomas Alexander Knapp, Keith Raymond Woerner
Patent number: 8937047
Abstract: Provided herein are methods of reducing liver uptake in vivo of a polypeptide that specifically binds to a target comprising: (a) providing a polypeptide that specifically binds to a target; and (b) substituting at least one basic or at least one neutral amino acid residue of the native polypeptide from step (a) with an acidic amino acid residue to produce a modified polypeptide, wherein the modified polypeptide demonstrates an isoelectric point at least 0.05-0.1 pH points less than the isoelectric point of the native polypeptide. Also provided are polypeptides made using the inventive methods as well as imaging techniques that employ the methods and agents.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 19, 2007
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael Ernest Marino, Faisal Ahmed Syud, Jason William Castle, Brian Duh-Lan Lee, Malin Lindborg, Elin Gunneriusson, Christofer Lendel
Patent number: 8937245
Abstract: A cable seal includes a heat-shrinkable tubing coupled to a cable outer jacket. An elastic member is positioned about the heat-shrinkable tubing. A cap is positioned about the heat-shrinkable tubing. At least one of the elastic member and the cap has a vertical sealing surface and a horizontal sealing surface. The vertical sealing surface extends substantially coaxially with respect to a longitudinal axis of the cable seal, and the horizontal sealing surface extends substantially radially with respect to the cable seal longitudinal axis.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 8, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bryan James Shadel, Christopher Charles McMillen
Patent number: 8935910
Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an oil degradation byproducts removal system. The oil degradation byproducts removal system includes a plurality of electrostatically-charged drum assemblies configured to pass through an oil flow. The oil degradation byproducts removal system is configured to be disposed within an accessory module of a turbine engine system.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 24, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mark Andrew Cournoyer, Huong Van Vu, Eric Milton Lafontaine, Bhalchandra Arun Desai, Avnit Singh, Michael Adelbert Sullivan
Patent number: 8937555
Abstract: An industrial control system is provided that includes a field device configured to receive only a first plurality of behaviors for the alert and a controller of an industrial control system, wherein the controller is configured to receive the alert and overlay a second plurality of behaviors on the alert, and the controller is configured to process one or more of the second plurality of behaviors differently than the first plurality of behaviors.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 31, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Michael Karaffa, Johnny Stephen Downor, Steven William Smith
Patent number: 8937475
Abstract: A noise abatement system includes a processor configured to measure noise in an imaging system and generate a switch mode power supply (SMPS) input signal based on the measured noise and an adjustable switched mode power supply configured to receive the SMPS input signal and adjust a switching frequency of the switched mode power supply, based on the SMPS signal, to operate at a frequency that generates harmonics that are outside of an imaging bandwidth of the imaging system. A system and calibration method are also described herein.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 14, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: James Malaney, Jennifer Black
Patent number: 8938050
Abstract: A segmented thermionic emitter is provided. The segmented thermionic emitter has, among other features, a plurality of segments substantially spanning an entire length of the thermionic emitter and aligned substantially parallel with one another. In one embodiment, the segmented thermionic emitter may allow milli-amp modulation of an X-ray tube at voltages less than approximately 2 kV.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 14, 2010
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Sergio Lemaitre
Patent number: 8938107
Abstract: A method for segmenting organs on magnetic resonance (MR) images includes retrieving an MR image of a subject and generating a transformation matrix by segmenting bones on the MR image. An initial organ segmentation of the MR image is generated by registering a combined organ and bone atlas with the MR image using the transformation matrix. The MR image with initial organ segmentation may be shown on a display.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 16, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Andras Osztroluczki, Gabor Novak, Milan Redele, Marta Fidrich
Patent number: 8937879
Abstract: A system for managing energy consumption of a mesh network. The system includes a controller, a dynamic routing device configured to perform a functionality of either a routing device or a non-routing device, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is programmed to identify a number of routing devices in the mesh network, determine a signal strength of each of the identified routing devices with respect to at least one of the controller and the dynamic processor, and determine whether the dynamic routing device will perform the functionality of a routing device or a non-routing device upon joining the mesh network based on the number of identified routing devices and the signal strength of each of the identified routing devices.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 30, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jeff Donald Drake, Charles Ray Smith
Patent number: 8938379
Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for predicting impact on a pipeline delivery infrastructure. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided that can include simulating a pipeline delivery infrastructure; identifying one or more sections in the infrastructure; and forecasting an impact of the infrastructure based on one or more modifications to the infrastructure or on one or more new demand points wherein the forecasting comprises estimating pressures in each of identified one or more sections.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 29, 2011
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kavitha Andoji, Uday Kumar Dubasi, Ganesh Kumar Somesula
Patent number: 8937285
Abstract: Methods and systems for signal communication in gamma ray detectors are provided. One gamma ray detector includes a scintillator block having a plurality of scintillator crystals and a plurality of light sensors coupled to the scintillator crystals and having a plurality of microcells. Each of the plurality of light sensors has a first set of signal traces connected to the microcells and a second set of signal traces connected along the first set of signal traces and together forming a signal path to a summing signal trace. Each of the plurality of light sensors also has a pin-out connected to the summing signal trace.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 18, 2012
Issued: January 20, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Chang Lyong Kim, David Leo McDaniel, James Lindgren Malaney, William Todd Peterson, Gary V. McBroom
Application number: 20150013139
Abstract: A spacer for holding an alignment of two concentric cylinders including at least two arcuate spacer segments, each of the at least two arcuate spacer segments having at least one spacer passage for receiving a part of a coupling bolt, each of the at least two arcuate spacer segments fitting between each of two respective end surfaces of two concentric cylinders, each end surface having a cylindrical seat; and a ring with an outer surface adjoining an inner surface of each of the at least two arcuate spacer segments.
Type: Application
Filed: July 9, 2013
Issued: January 15, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Thomas Joseph Farineau
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