General Electric Patents

Application number: 20140207321
Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle having an electric drive is provided. The method includes defining a first zone and a second zone. The first zone has an associated first characteristic and the second zone has an associated second characteristic that differs from the first characteristic. The method further includes switching an operating mode of a vehicle from a first operating mode in the first zone to a second operating mode in the second zone in response to the vehicle translating from the first zone to the second zone. Associated vehicles and systems are provided also.
Type: Application
Filed: March 25, 2014
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Dean King, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Roland Sidney Sedziol, Lembit Salasoo, Timothy Gerard Richter
Application number: 20140207319
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: Application
Filed: March 19, 2014
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
Application number: 20140207874
Abstract: A collaboration system may include a computing device that may communicate with the at least one other computing device via a computing network network. The computing device may receive data that has been acquired using one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection devices, receive an input that may cause a list of one or more experts indicated as available to collaborate to be derived. The computing device may also receive a selection of at least one expert from the list of experts. After receiving the expert selection, the computing device may establish a communication connection between the computing device and the at least one other computing device that corresponds to the at least one expert. Here, the communication connection may share data depicted on the computing device with the at least one other computing device.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140208390
Abstract: A system including a controller having a data repository configured to store a first mapping associating a user to an Application Certificate and a second mapping associating the user to a user privilege. The system further includes an OPC Unified Architecture (UA) server configured to provide server access based on receiving the Application Certificate from an OPC UA client and enforcing the user privilege, in which the user privilege is retrievable based on the first and the second mappings.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Susan Jean Brown, Richard William Shaw, JR., Jeffery Martin Emery
Application number: 20140207862
Abstract: A collaboration system for sharing data in a non-destructive testing (NDT) system may include a first computing device that may receive data that has been acquired using one or more NDT inspection devices. The first computing device may then establish a communication connection between itself and some other computing device such that the communication connection may enable the first computing device to share data with the other computing device. After establishing the communication connection, the first computing device may determine location information that corresponds to the data. Using the location information, the first computing device may then determine one or more assets that correspond to the data. The first computing device may then identify information associated with the assets and display the information.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Robert Carroll Ward, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140207601
Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium may include executable instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to provide for a non-destructive testing (NDT) ecosystem. The NDT ecosystem includes a repository of digital content, and a store configured to sell the digital content to a customer, wherein the digital content is executable by a NDT device and wherein the digital content is created by a plurality of entities.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Scott Leo Sbihli, Francois Xavier De Fromont, Jason Howard Messinger
Application number: 20140207875
Abstract: A method for sharing data in a non-destructive testing (NDT) system may include receiving, using a microprocessor, an indication of data to be shared such that the data has been acquired using one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection devices. The method may also include receiving a format in which to send the data, receiving one or more recipients designated to receive the data to be shared; and automatically modifying the data into the format and sending the modified data to the recipients once the data has been acquired by the NDT inspection devices.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Howard Messinger, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Charles Burton Theurer, Michael Christopher Domke, Robert Carroll Ward, Scott Leo Sbihli, Thomas Eldred Lambdin
Application number: 20140208070
Abstract: System and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a first processor comprising a serial peripheral interface (SPI) port, and a second processor. The system further includes a galvanic isolation barrier. The system additionally includes a SPI bridge comprising a first output pin control configured to control a device. The SPI bridge additionally includes a first analog multiplexor control configured to route signals to a circuitry. The SPI bridge is configured to communicatively couple the first processor with the second processor through the galvanic isolation barrier, and to communicatively couple the first processor to the device through the first output pin control, and to route the signals between the first processor and the circuitry by using the first analog multiplexor control.
Type: Application
Filed: December 14, 2011
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Daniel Milton Alley, Xiaomin Hu, Ye Xu
Application number: 20140208137
Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamic load reduction control messaging. In one embodiment, a system can include at least one memory that stores computer-executable instructions; and at least one processor configured to access the at least one memory, wherein the at least one processor is configured to execute the computer-executable instructions. The computer-executable instructions can be operable to receive, by the at least one processor, a multicast load control instruction for a demand response device; generate, based at least in part on the multicast load control instruction, at least one unicast load control instruction; and transmit, by a transmission device coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one unicast load control instruction to a home area network (HAN) device.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Bradley Richard Ree
Patent number: 8788012
Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automatically registering lesions between examinations are provided. The methods include performing a rigid registration using computed tomography (CT) images from a first image set and a second image set and performing a local non-rigid registration using positron emission tomography (PET) images from the first image set and the second image set. The methods further include automatically locating lesions on the second image set from the first image set.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 21, 2006
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Istvan Ubelhart, Balazs Cziria
Patent number: 8788853
Abstract: An appliance including a motor drive, a power supply circuit electrically coupling the motor drive to a power supply, a cabinet having an opening, a door for opening and closing the opening of the cabinet, and a door lock. When the door lock is in a locked position, the door lock is configured to secure the door and close a pathway of the power supply circuit thereby enabling a current to travel from the power supply through a pre-charge circuit to the motor drive.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 24, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jonathan Blair Talmadge, Steven Michael Recio, Douglas Laurence Robertson
Patent number: 8783036
Abstract: A system includes a syngas cooler configured to cool a syngas. The syngas cooler includes a first syngas cooler section configured to cool the syngas and a second syngas cooler section configured to cool the syngas and generate a first superheated steam with an enthalpy of less than approximately 3800 kJ/kg.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 4, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Judeth Brannon Corry, Leroy Omar Tomlinson, James Michael Storey, Paul Stephen Dimascio, Mark Joseph Steffen, Wei Chen, Benjamin Campbell Steinhaus, Richard Anthony De Puy
Patent number: 8788287
Abstract: An example apparatus provides access to electronic health information for a first patient and one or more patients connected by relationship to the first patient. A first patient indicator represents a first patient and provides a link to electronic health information for the first patient. A second patient indicator represents a second patient and provides a link to electronic health information for the second patient. A connection provides a graphical indication of a relationship between the first patient and the second patient and connects electronic health information for the second patient for access in connection with electronic health information for the first patient. The connection is to provide a graphical indication of a priority of the relationship between the first patient and the second patient based on a defined relationship hierarchy. A graphical indication of a type of relationship between the first patient and the second patient is provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 25, 2009
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Priya Balvant Padate, Ashish Vassa, Jeff Chu, Nikhil Jain, George Brown
Patent number: 8788292
Abstract: A system and method to manage direction of an ionizing radiation toward an exposed subject is provided. The system can perform receiving a request from a customer to establish an internet connection to communicate between a remote office and the system directing the ionizing radiation toward the exposed subject; automatically communicating a status information and individual dose data associated with an event where direction of ionizing radiation that exceeds a threshold; automatically creating and communicating a report via the internet connection to the customer. The report can include an indication of the event where direction of ionizing radiation exceeds the threshold and a comparison of the individual radiation dose data and an individual status operation of system at time of the event relative to a benchmark defined by radiation dose data and status information acquired from a population of other systems.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 30, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Guillaume Bourdeaux, Jennifer Esposito, David Ysseldyke, Barry Belanger
Patent number: 8788233
Abstract: A diagnostic system and a diagnostic method for a thermistor amplifier circuit are provided. The system includes a transistor electrically coupled to a controllable variable resistor having a predetermined resistance. The transistor applies a test voltage signal to the circuit indicative of a first temperature value. An amplitude of the test voltage value is indicative of a simulated thermistor temperature value. The microprocessor determines a test temperature value based on the amplitude of an output voltage of the circuit. The microprocessor also determines an inaccuracy value based on the test temperature value and the simulated thermistor temperature value.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 18, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nataniel Barbosa Vicente, Todd Elliott Greenwood, Craig Benjamin Williams
Patent number: 8788135
Abstract: A method for operating a powered system, the method including determining whether a mission plan of the powered system is correct to satisfy at least one mission objective of the powered system, if not, updating information used to establish the mission plan, revising the mission plan based on the updated information to satisfy the at least one mission objective, and operating the powered system based on the revised mission plan. A system and a computer software code for operating a powered system are also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 4, 2009
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wolfgang Daum, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Robert James Foy, David Lowell McKay
Patent number: 8787517
Abstract: In a control rod having a plurality of elongated members for absorbing neutrons within a nuclear reactor to control a nuclear reaction, each elongated member may include a cylindrical inner capsule configured to contain neutron absorbing material therein. The elongated member may also include an absorber tube enclosing the cylindrical inner capsule, the absorber tube having an outer surface configured with a plurality of generally flat, planar sides between adjacent rounded corners.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 5, 2006
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dennis S. Nelson, Stephen J. Studer
Patent number: 8787052
Abstract: A power conversion system configured to provide alternating current (AC) power to a transformer is described. The power conversion system includes a power conversion device that includes a device input and a device output. The power conversion device is configured to receive power from a power source at the device input and the device output is configured for coupling to a transformer input. The power conversion system also includes a sensor coupled at a first point of interconnection between the device output and the transformer input and is configured to measure a voltage level at the first point of interconnection. The power conversion system also includes a system controller communicatively coupled to the power conversion device and the sensor. The system controller is configured to determine an impedance of the power grid based at least partially on the voltage level at the first point of interconnection.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 13, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kathleen Ann O'Brien, Owen Jannis Schelenz
Patent number: 8787048
Abstract: A method is described for controlling a plurality of parallel-connected power converters 20a, 20b, each of which operates in accordance with a pulse width modulation (PWM) strategy defined by an independent voltage carrier signal and an independently controllable modulating sinusoidal voltage signal which are used to generate a PWM command signal for each PWM strategy. The voltage carrier signals of the PWM strategies have the same switching period and desynchronisation of the PWM command signals causes an unwanted circulating current to flow between the power converters 20a, 20b. The method thus comprises providing the independently controllable modulating sinusoidal voltage signal of the PWM strategy of at least one of the plurality of power converters 20a, 20b with a dc voltage offset to modify the PWM command signal of the at least one power converter and thereby increase the synchronisation of the PWM command signals so that the magnitude of any unwanted circulating current is reduced.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 29, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology Limited
Inventors: Veimar Yobany Moreno-Casta├▒eda, Chunmei Feng, Jeremy Stephen Prevost Knight, Richard Stuart Webb
Patent number: 8787519
Abstract: An imaging system includes an x-ray source, a detector, a data acquisition system (DAS) operably connected to the detector, and a computer operably connected to the DAS. The computer is programmed to obtain CT scan data with two or more incident energy spectra, decompose the obtained CT scan data into projection CT data of a first basis material and a second basis material, generate a first basis material image and a second basis material image using the decomposed projection CT data, generate a first monochromatic image from the first basis material image and the second basis material image at a first energy that is selected based on an amount of correlated noise at the first energy, noise-reduce the first monochromatic image to generate a noise-reduced first monochromatic image, and generate a final monochromatic image based at least on the noise-reduced first monochromatic image.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 1, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jiahua Fan, Naveen Chandra, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man
Patent number: 8787571
Abstract: Provided are methods and systems of using division-free duplexing (DFD) in a cable communication network. Techniques for applying DFD in a cable communication network may enable data to be transmitted and received over a coaxial cable without using division duplexing techniques. For example, the cable communication network may include DFD enabled network nodes and each subscriber to the cable network may be equipped with a DFD system configured to operate in a DFD mode. In some embodiments, oppositely propagating signals may be transmitted over one frequency channel, and DFD techniques may be used to recover originally transmitted signals. Further, in some embodiments, DFD techniques may be used with encryption methods to increase the security of data transmitted in the cable communication network.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 19, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Anderson Fergus Ross, Michael James Hartman, John Erik Hershey, Richard Louis Zinser
Patent number: 8783243
Abstract: A lockout control system for a cooktop appliance having a surface heating unit includes a controller coupled to the cooktop, a lockout device coupled to the controller, a surface burner state switch coupled between the controller and the lockout device, the surface burner state switch configured to prevent operation of the lockout device when the surface heating unit is enabled.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 25, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Leo Edward Hodapp, Jr., Michael Bernard Hitchcock, William Lee Holbrook
Patent number: 8787521
Abstract: A system and method include acquisition of a set of image data corresponding to a time period of data acquisition, the set of image data corresponding to a plurality of voxels, wherein each of the plurality of voxels corresponds to a distinct acquisition time within the time period of data acquisition. The system and method further include the modeling of the plurality of voxels as a function of time based on a plurality of kinetic parameters associated therewith and reconstruction of an image from the set of image data based on the modeled plurality of voxels.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 23, 2009
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignees: General Electric Company, University of Notre Dame du Lac, Purdue Research Foundation
Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Kai Zeng, Zhou Yu, Charles Addison Bouman, Jr., Ken David Sauer
Patent number: 8783040
Abstract: A fuel delivery system for a combustion turbine engine, comprising: a fuel line having a fuel compressor and parallel branches downstream of the fuel compressor: a cold branch that includes an after-cooler; and a hot branch that bypasses the after-cooler; a rapid heating value meter configured to measure the heating value of the fuel from the fuel source and transmit heating value data relating to the measurements; means for controlling the amount of fuel being directed through the cold branch and the amount of fuel being directed through the hot branch; and a fuel-mixing junction at which the cold branch and the hot branch converge; wherein the fuel-mixing junction resides in close proximity to a combustor gas control valve.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 25, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dean Matthew Erickson, Timothy Russell Bilton
Patent number: 8783007
Abstract: The present application provides a liquid fuel system for use with a flow of a liquid fuel and a combustor of a gas turbine engine. The liquid fuel system may include a number of fuel lines in communication with the combustor, a purge air inlet positioned about each of the fuel lines, a number of drain lines with each drain line in communication with a respective fuel line, and a number of drain valves with each drain valve in communication with a respective drain line so as to drain the flow of liquid fuel in the fuel lines via a flow of purge air through the purge air inlet and opening the drain valves.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 4, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Julio Enrique Mestroni, Douglas Byrd, Charles Steber, Rahul J. Chillar, Robert R. Reed
Patent number: 8783149
Abstract: A tool and a method are disclosed for cutting coils in a dynamoelectric machine. In an embodiment, the tool includes a blade having a cutting edge on a distal end thereof. The blade is operably connected on a proximal end thereof to a double acting hydraulic cylinder. The tool further includes at least one guide arm coupled to and extending longitudinally in a distal direction from the double acting hydraulic cylinder, wherein the at least one guide arm is disposed alongside the blade and extends parallel to a path of the blade.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 4, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Syed Wajahat Ali, John Matthew Sassatelli, Andrew John Tomko
Patent number: 8786300
Abstract: A probe tip includes a plurality of light emitters and a control circuit that is coupled to the light emitters. The control circuit is configured to control a projection of a plurality of light patterns from the light emitters for performing a phase-shift analysis using a plurality of images of the light patterns that are projected onto a component being inspected. The control circuit controls the projection of the light patterns by receiving electrical energy from a drive circuit. At least one of the light emitters is identified for receiving a power input based at least in part on the electrical energy received from the drive circuit. The power input is transmitted to the identified light emitter, based at least in part on the electrical energy received from the drive circuit, to enable the activation of the identified light emitter.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 7, 2012
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Clark Alexander Bendall
Patent number: 8783248
Abstract: An inhalation anesthesia delivery system and method, wherein the system includes a fresh gas feeding arrangement connected to a breathing circuit, a monitor device, a control device and an interface unit. The fresh gas feeding arrangement is configured to deliver a desired concentration of gas to the breathing circuit, the desired concentration being set by using the interface unit. The monitor device is configured to monitor gas concentrations in the breathing circuit by analyzing gases flowing in the breathing circuit, and the control device is configured to control the fresh gas feeding arrangement on the basis of the data received from the monitor device to keep the desired breathing gas concentration. The control device is also configured to monitor expired inorganic gas concentration by comparing the measured expired breathing gas concentration with the set target value and changing the fresh gas delivery accordingly to meet the target value.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 14, 2008
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Erkki Paavo Heinonen, Tom Jak Haggblom, Henriikka Halinen
Patent number: 8786873
Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing autonomous detector and imager subsystems communicating as nodes on a network. In an embodiment, an application server is provided which coordinates use of the autonomous imager and detector subsystems so that appropriate combinations of imagers and detectors are used for particular imaging applications. In another embodiment, the performance of a detector subsystem may be automatically evaluated prior to use, such as by one or more automated routines that monitor or measure factors related to detector performance. Additional systems, methods, and devices are also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 20, 2009
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Michael Sabol, James Zhengshe Liu, Rajeev Ramankutty Marar, Kadri Nizar Jabri, Gopal Biligeri Avinash, Chuande Liu, Tan Liu
Patent number: 8786386
Abstract: In one aspect, a modular meter disconnect relay is described. One embodiment of the relay is comprised of a base; a solenoid situated within the base, wherein the base maintains a portion of the solenoid stationary and allows a plunger of the solenoid to move within the base; a shuttle, wherein the shuttle is operably connected to and moved by the plunger of the solenoid and wherein the shuttle can be moved within the base; and, one or more disconnect switches that are opened or closed by movement of the shuttle, wherein the solenoid comprises a solenoid body, a spring and a magnet, wherein the spring is used to provide additional force to the plunger when moving out of the solenoid body and the magnet is used to latch the plunger when the plunger is forced to within close proximity of the magnet within the solenoid body.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 11, 2012
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Steven Lee Bietz, Rathindra Nahar, Bruce Joni Tomson
Patent number: 8783245
Abstract: A ventilation system for a range hood of a kitchen area is provided. More particularly, a kitchen ventilation system is provided that has both exhaust and recirculation options that are provided by internally contained features for directing the flow of air. The system can be installed as a modular unit as part of a new or existing range hood.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 19, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Aashish Saraf, Mark Davis Johnson, John Davis Philley
Patent number: 8784061
Abstract: Method and system are provided for controlling a thermal differential within a turbine rotor for use with a turbine system. A thermal barrier coating is applied to a surface of the turbine rotor. The surface is proximate to a wheel rim of the turbine rotor.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 31, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Narendra Are, Roger Clayton Walker, Matthew Ryan Ferslew, Matthew Paul Forcier
Patent number: 8783464
Abstract: A blank of material for use in assembling a container is provided. The blank includes four side panels each including a top edge and a bottom edge, and four bottom panels each extending from a respective one of the side panel bottom edges, such that in the assembled container, the bottom and side panels are oriented to at least partially define a compartment configured to store at least one meter therein. The blank further includes at least one securing assembly including a plurality of cutouts shaped and oriented to secure the at least one meter within the compartment in the assembled container, the securing assembly extending from the top edge of one of the side panels.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 25, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Stephen James Holland
Patent number: 8783585
Abstract: Methods and systems for a feed injector are provided. The feed injector includes a first annular channel defined in the feed injector. The first annular channel includes a first end, an arcuate portion and a second end. The arcuate portion is between the first and second ends, and the first annular channel is oriented substantially concentrically about a longitudinal axis of the feed injector. The arcuate portion is oriented to discharge a fluid flowing through the first annular channel radially outward with respect to the longitudinal axis. The feed injector also includes a second annular channel including a first end, an arcuate portion, and a second end, wherein the arcuate portion is between the first and second ends. The second annular channel circumscribes the first annular channel, and the second annular channel first end is positioned radially outward and downstream from the first annular channel first end.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 20, 2009
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Benjamin Campbell Steinhaus, Shashishekara Sitharamarao Talya
Patent number: 8784056
Abstract: A system includes a creep indicating member on a rotating component, and a measurement device configured to measure a change in radial position of the creep indicating member. The system allows determination of, for example, rotating component life expectancy in a turbine, without exposing the rotating component.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 18, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Fred Thomas Willett, Jr.
Patent number: 8782865
Abstract: A tool includes an annular frame portion including a mount portion extending radially from the frame portion, a hook portion arranged on the mount portion, the hook portion sized and shaped to engage a member of a tubular component of a turbine combustor, and a force exertion portion arranged on the mount portion, the force exertion portion operative to engage a portion of the turbine combustor.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 15, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Mustafa Gerengi
Patent number: 8786138
Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for controlling actuator drive current. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for controlling actuator drive current. The method may include receiving a reference signal, determining a feedback signal based at least in part on the drive current, determining a conditioned feedback signal based at least in part on the feedback signal, comparing the reference signal to the conditioned feedback signal, and controlling the drive current based on the comparison of the reference signal and the conditioned feedback signal. Certain embodiments of the method may include manipulating one or more devices to establish at least one positive current path and at least one negative current path through an actuator via hysteresis control.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 21, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Roy Anthony Carter, Ravindra Mahavir Desai
Patent number: 8783917
Abstract: A solid state replacement light module for a high intensity discharge light fixture. The module is comprised of an elongated generally planar body having a first side including a plurality of light emitting diodes and a second side including a plurality of heat dissipating fins. The second side further includes an electronic module. The body also includes a hinge mechanism suitable for attachment to the light fixture.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 28, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
Inventor: Matthew Steven Mrakovich
Patent number: 8784314
Abstract: A medical imaging system including a central processing unit, a data storage unit in communication with said central processing unit, an imaging device in electrical communication with the central processing unit, and a biometric authorization unit in electrical communication with the central processing unit. A user inputs a biometric identifier into the biometric authorization unit in order to enable the medical imaging system.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 8, 2003
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: GE Medical Sytems Global Technology Company LLC
Inventor: Prakash Parayil Mathew
Patent number: 8784774
Abstract: Imaging agents are described that comprise labeled substrates capable of being introduced into cells via the cystine/glutamate antiporter. The substrates may be used for imaging or detecting oxidative stress in cells by introducing the labeled agents into cells via the cystine/glutamate antiporter and subsequent detection.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 16, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jack Mathew Webster, Bruce Fletcher Johnson, Brian Duh-Lan Lee, Chittari Pabba, Michael James Rishel
Patent number: 8784659
Abstract: A process has been found which increases the efficiency and effectiveness of introducing antimicrobial compounds into complex biofilm matrices through the use of liposome carriers, thereby removing the biofouling in industrial water bearing systems, including piping, heat exchanges, condensers, filtration systems and fluid storage tanks. According to one embodiment of the invention, antimicrobial compound containing liposomes are added to water systems prone to biofouling and biofilm formation. The liposomes, being similar in composition to microbial membranes or cells, are readily incorporated into the existing biofilm. Once the antimicrobial compound containing liposomes become entrained with the biofilm matrix, the decomposition or programmed disintegration of the liposome proceeds. Thereafter, the biocidal aqueous core is released to react directly with the biofilm encased microorganisms.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 28, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wilson Kurt Whitekettle, Gloria Jean Tafel, Qing Zhao, Linna Wang, Dorothy Reynolds, Paul Frail, Juan Jiang, David M. Polizzotti
Patent number: 8784993
Abstract: A composite magnet wire includes, in an exemplary embodiment, a metal wire and a coating applied to an outer surface of the wire. The coating includes a polyimide polymer and a plurality of alumina nano particles dispersed in the polyimide polymer. The alumina nano particles have a surface treatment applied to outer surfaces of the alumina nano particles, where the surface treatment includes a phenyl-silane. The composite magnet wire has a thermal degradation temperature index of at least 300┬░ C. as calculated in accordance with ASTM E1641 or D2307.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 15, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Weijun Yin, Kevin Warner Flanagan, Robert Colin McTigue, Mark Rodda, Sergei Kniajanski
Patent number: 8785869
Abstract: A system and method for providing emission mammography are provided. The system includes a first gamma emission detector and a second gamma emission detector. The first and second gamma emission detectors are configured to compress an object therebetween. The system further includes a radioactive transmission source. At least one of the first and second gamma emission detectors is configured to detect gamma ray photons from the radioactive transmission source.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 1, 2005
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Brian James McParland
Patent number: 8785776
Abstract: An electrical power distribution system is described. The system includes a ground busbar including a first opening defined therein and a busway housing including a second opening defined therein. The system also includes a fastener sealing system that includes a fastener and at least one seal. The fastener is configured to extend through the first opening and the second opening and to couple the ground busbar to the busway housing. The ground busbar contacts the busway housing, forming a ground connection therebetween.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 6, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Steven English Richard, Mariusz Duda
Patent number: 8786117
Abstract: A sensor assembly for use with a wind turbine rotor blade is provided. The sensor assembly includes an air data probe including a base shaft, a tip, and a rod portion extending therebetween, wherein the rod portion is fabricated from a composite material. The sensor assembly includes a receptacle configured to couple within the leading edge of the rotor blade for receiving the base shaft therein such that the tip extends a distance from the leading edge when the base shaft is received within the receptacle.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 13, 2008
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christopher James Winslow, Stefan Herr, Mark West, Alexander Kimberley Simpson, Ryan Michael LeClair
Patent number: 8786131
Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply configured to automatically detect a load level and automatically power off and disable power supply or automatically power on and enable the power supply based on a detected load level, so that energy of a backup source of the uninterruptible power supply is not wasted and a life-cycle of the uninterruptible power supply is extended.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 1, 2010
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
Inventors: You Chen, Yu Ma
Application number: 20140199169
Abstract: A method for operating a wind turbine is described. The wind turbine includes a tower having a tower axis, and a nacelle being rotatable about the tower axis. The method includes providing a data set of one or more operational parameters of the wind turbine. The one or more operational parameters depend on the angular position of the nacelle with respect to the tower axis. The method further includes determining an angular position of the nacelle with respect to the tower axis; selecting one or more operational parameters from the data set of one or more operational parameters of the wind turbine depending on the determined angular position of the nacelle; and applying the one or more selected operational parameters to the wind turbine. Further, another method of operating a wind turbine and a wind turbine are described.
Type: Application
Filed: January 14, 2013
Issued: July 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Henk-Jan KOOIJMAN, Bastian SUNDERMANN, Margret KALTER
Application number: 20140199174
Abstract: A method of forming a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) component, a CMC component and a tip member are provided. The method of form the CMC component includes providing a component preform having a first end, a second end, and a cavity, the cavity having a pre-determined shape and a first engagement surface. The method includes forming a tip member from a pre-consolidated composite material, the tip member having a second engagement surface generally conforming to the first engagement surface. The method includes directing the second engagement surface to the first engagement surface. The method includes consolidating the component preform and tip member. The ceramic matrix composite component is formed having a desired geometry and the tip member stays in place in the cavity during operation of the ceramic matrix composite component.
Type: Application
Filed: January 11, 2013
Issued: July 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Herbert Chidsey ROBERTS, III, Gregory Scot CORMAN, Philip Harold MONAGHAN, Glenn Curtis TAXACHER
Application number: 20140198946
Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide a solution for analyzing an object, such as a part of a turbo machine. A planar surface is generated using a curved reformat function based on a surface of a three-dimensional (3D) image of an object. A peel of the 3D image that is adjacent to the surface is determined. Based on the peel, a second planar surface is generated. These two, and/or other similarly generated planar surfaces can be analyzed to determine characteristics of the original object.
Type: Application
Filed: January 15, 2013
Issued: July 17, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sheri George, Haribaskar Govindasamy, Utkarsh Madhav Kulkarni, Pavel Pokutnev, Marko Rosenmueller, Alexander Suppes
Application number: 20140197323
Abstract: A radiation detection assembly includes an ionization chamber for detecting radiation. The ionization chamber includes a volume of pressurized gas. An exterior enclosure houses the ionization chamber within an interior volume. The exterior enclosure includes a frangible section. A relief assembly defines a gas flow path from the ionization chamber to the frangible section of the exterior enclosure. The frangible section releases pressure from within the ionization chamber when the pressurized gas within the ionization chamber exceeds a predetermined pressure such that at least some of the pressurized gas flows through the relief assembly and through the frangible section of the exterior enclosure. The pressurized gas is then released to an exterior of the exterior enclosure. A method of reducing pressure within a radiation detection assembly is also provided.
Type: Application
Filed: January 17, 2013
Issued: July 17, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Edward Joseph Baus, Joseph Paul Constant