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Patent number: 9322333
Abstract: A method for determining a cooling flow parameter of a cooling medium supplied through a gas turbine is disclosed. The method may generally include receiving a signal associated with a first value of a combustion product parameter at a location within a combustion zone of the gas turbine, receiving a signal associated with a second value of a combustion product parameter at a location downstream of the combustion zone, comparing the first and second values of the combustion product parameter and determining a cooling flow parameter of the cooling medium based on the comparison of the first and second values.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 6, 2012
Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Rex Allen Morgan
Patent number: 9325158
Abstract: An electrical enclosure includes a rear wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a third side wall and a fourth side wall that define an interior portion for receiving electrical devices. The electrical enclosure further includes a plurality of mounting members mounted to, and projecting outwardly from, the rear wall, and a dead front operatively connected to the plurality of mounting members. The dead front includes a surface having at least one opening receptive of an electrical device and a door pivotally mounted relative to the surface. A trim member is operatively connected to the first and second side walls. The trim member includes first, second, third and fourth sides, and a central opening configured and disposed to enable the door to transition between an open position and a closed position.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 13, 2014
Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Vu Nguyen, Shyam Ramlal Mathure
Patent number: 9325167
Abstract: A power equipment protection system is provided. The power equipment protection system includes a first trip unit configured to monitor a first circuit, a second trip unit configured to monitor a second circuit that is downstream from the first circuit, an arc-flash (AF) sensor configured to detect an arc flash, an AF mitigation device, at least one current sensor, and a controller. The power equipment protection system is operable in a first mode and a second mode, wherein in the first mode, the controller is configured to activate the AF mitigation device based on signals generated by both the AF sensor and the at least one current sensor, and wherein in the second mode, the controller is configured to activate the AF mitigation device based on signals generated by at least one of the at least one current sensor and the AF sensor.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 19, 2014
Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Brent Charles Kumfer, Henry Hall Mason, Jr., Craig Benjamin Williams, Marcelo Esteban Valdes
Patent number: 9325182
Abstract: A surface-mountable electric vehicle charging station is disclosed. The charging station includes a housing, a first mounting member having a first coupling portion and a first locking portion, including a first locking aperture therethrough, and a second mounting member having a second coupling portion coupleable to the first coupling portion to prevent a movement of the housing in one of a first and a second direction. The second mounting member also includes a second locking portion with a latch surface. One of the mounting members is coupleable to the housing, and the other mounting member is coupleable to the mounting surface. A lock member is disposed in the first locking aperture, movable between a first disengaged position and a second engaged position. The lock member cooperates with the latch surface in the second engaged position, to prevent a movement of the housing in a third direction.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 26, 2012
Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ganesh Venkataraman, John Legato, Michelle Harmin, Pradeep Thimma
Patent number: 9325218
Abstract: A laminated rotor and an electric machine including the laminated rotor are disclosed. In an embodiment, a rotor comprises a plurality of stacked laminations, wherein each lamination includes a plurality of radially extending slots arranged about a circumference of each of the plurality of laminations, and the plurality of radially extending slots in successive laminations in the stack are aligned. A stud member passes longitudinally through at least one hole in the lamination stack, and a plurality of coils are positioned within the plurality of slots. Fewer than all of the plurality of slots have a coil positioned therein, leaving at least three slots empty. Balance members may be placed in the slots that do not have a coil positioned therein to balance the rotor.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 6, 2011
Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dmitry Yurevich Semenov, Anthony Salvatore Arrao, Mikhail Avramovich Avanesov, Richard Nils Dawson, Evgeny Victorovich Kazmin, Timothy Gerald Schmehl, Yury Danilovich Vinitsky
Patent number: 9320412
Abstract: A method for operating a dishwasher system, including monitoring an output pressure of at least one recirculation pump in the dishwasher system, and deactivating at least one fill valve in the dishwasher system when the output pressure satisfies at least one predefined criteria.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 28, 2014
Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Errin Whitney Gnadinger, Brian Worrasangasilpa
Publication number: 20160107663
Abstract: Methods and systems relate to establishing a communication link with a wayside device, determining whether or not to at least one of update or configure the wayside device in dependence upon at least one update parameter, and when it is determined to update or configure the wayside device, updating or configuring the wayside device from a remote location.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2014
Publication date: April 21, 2016
Applicant: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jared Klineman COOPER, Aric Albert WEINGARTNER
Publication number: 20160108510
Abstract: A rare earth silicate-based hermetic layer includes a thermal sprayed coating including a rare earth silicate having a hermetic microstructure. An environmental barrier coating includes a bond coat layer including silicon; and at least one rare earth silicate-based hermetic layer deposited on the bond coat layer by thermal spraying. The rare earth silicate-based hermetic layer includes a thermal sprayed coating including a rare earth silicate having a hermetic microstructure. An article for service in extreme environments may be provided with such an environmental barrier coating. A thermal spray feedstock for producing a rare earth silicate-based hermetic layer.
Type: Application
Filed: March 11, 2014
Publication date: April 21, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Glen Harold KIRBY, Nicholas Edward ANTOLINO, Luc Stephane LEBLANC
Patent number: 9316520
Abstract: A method of monitoring hydraulic fluid levels in an aircraft includes identifying segments of operation where the aircraft meets a predetermined stability criteria, receiving output from the fluid sensor, calculating hydraulic fluid levels within the at least one hydraulic storage tank, determining a hydraulic fluid value indicative of the amount of hydraulic fluid in the aircraft based on at least the calculated hydraulic fluid level, and providing an indication of the hydraulic fluid value.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 10, 2014
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
Inventors: Robert William Horabin, Julia Ann Howard, Daniel James Heath
Patent number: 9316169
Abstract: A method for operating an internal combustion engine, in particular a gas engine, having at least three cylinders, wherein a cylinder-specific signal (pmax, E) is acquired from each of the at least three cylinders, wherein a reference value (pmedian, Emedian) is generated from the cylinder-specific signals (pmax, E), wherein at least one combustion parameter (Q, Z) of one of the at least three cylinders is controlled as a function of a deviation of the cylinder-specific signal of the one of the at least three cylinders (pmax, E) from the reference value (pmedian, Emedian), whereupon the cylinder-specific signal of the one of the at least three cylinders (pmax, E) follows the reference value (pmedian, Emedian), wherein a median of the cylinder-specific signals (pmax, E) is generated as the reference value (pmedian, Emedian).
Type: Grant
Filed: August 12, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO OG
Inventors: Christian Barth, Herbert Kopecek, Nikolaus Spyra, Michael Waldhart
Patent number: 9316707
Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus includes a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system having a plurality of gradient coils positioned about a bore of a magnet, and an RF transceiver system and an RF switch controlled by a pulse module to transmit RF signals to an RF coil assembly to acquire MR images, and a computer programmed to generate an original image of an object, generate a proton density weighted image of the object, generate a B1+ field map of the object, generate a transmit-corrected image based on the B1+ field map and based on the proton density weighted image, electronically filter the transmit-corrected image to generate a receive sensitivity map, and revise the original image using the receive sensitivity map.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 18, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mohammad Mehdi Khalighi, Brian Rutt
Patent number: 9316713
Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes a scan section for executing a navigator sequence which transmits an RF pulse to a subject to obtain each magnetic resonance signal as navigator data. Upon execution of the navigator sequence, the scan section excites both a navigator area having two regions from which intensities of different navigator data signals are obtained, the two regions containing a body-moved region of the subject, and a region different from the two regions simultaneously, and transmits the RF pulse in such a manner that the phase of navigator data obtained from the different region differs from the phase of at least one region of navigator data obtained from the two regions.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 23, 2009
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Yuji Iwadate, Kenichi Kanda, Aki Yamazaki
Patent number: 9320151
Abstract: A sleeve structure includes an electrically insulating protective sleeve having clips that retain and capture component pins and regulate a mounting distance of the electrical component from a wiring structure. A method of component wiring assembly is also included.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 17, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Khanh Q. Nguyen
Patent number: 9320181
Abstract: A system for dissipating thermal energy from electronic components disposed within a rotatable shaft includes an annular carrier shaft having one end formed to couple to an end of a rotor shaft. The system also includes a transmitter assembly. The transmitter includes an outer casing, a daughter board and a circuit board electronically coupled to the daughter board within an inner pocket of the transmitter housing. The circuit board comprises a strip of thermally conductive material. The transmitter assembly further includes a lid that at least partially seals the inner pocket. A contact surface of the lid is in thermal communication with the thermally conductive material of the circuit board and at least a portion of a top surface of the lid is thermally coupled to an inner surface of the carrier shaft during rotation thereof. A method for dissipating thermal energy away from the circuit board is also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 14, 2014
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Kurt Kramer Schleif, Donald W. Shaw, Zachary John Snider, Mario Joseph Arceneaux
Patent number: 9316155
Abstract: A system for providing fuel to a combustor of a gas turbine includes an annular fuel distribution manifold that at least partially defines a fuel plenum. The fuel distribution manifold includes a forward end axially separated from an aft end, a flange that extends radially outward and circumferentially around the forward end and an annular support ring that extends downstream from the flange. A LLI assembly extends downstream from the fuel distribution manifold. The LLI assembly includes a unibody liner that at least partially defines a primary combustion zone and a secondary combustion zone within the combustor. A LLI injector extends substantially radially through the unibody liner and provides for fluid communication through the unibody liner into the secondary combustion zone. A fluid conduit in fluid communication with the fuel plenum extends between the LLI injector and the fuel distribution manifold.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 18, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Richard Martin DiCintio, Patrick Benedict Melton, Lucas John Stoia, Christopher Paul Willis
Patent number: 9314145
Abstract: A dishwasher appliance and a vent for coupling a filter and a sump together are provided. The dishwasher appliance includes a cabinet defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, and a sump for collection of a fluid from the wash chamber. The sump includes a base wall and a collar extending from the base wall. The dishwasher appliance further includes a filter for filtering the fluid from the wash chamber. The dishwasher appliance further includes a vent coupling the filter and the sump together, the vent comprising a shaft, the shaft including at least one sidewall. The at least one sidewall defines a main shaft passage therein. The shaft further defines a shaft access passage extending through the sidewall and in fluid communication with the main shaft passage. A collar access passage defined in the collar and the main shaft passage are in fluid communication.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 24, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kyle Edward Durham, John Edward Dries
Patent number: 9318229
Abstract: A method is provided for assembling a collimator module including a plurality of first collimator plates arrayed in a first direction, each first collimator plate having a plurality of slots formed on a plate surface, and a plurality of second collimator plates arrayed in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, wherein each second collimator plate penetrates respective slots along the first direction so as to form a lattice-shape. The method includes positioning the plurality of first collimator plates by moving a first collimator plate in one direction along the second direction, so that a side wall of a first cutout formed on an edge of a radiation incident side or a radiation output side of the first collimator plate contacts a member extending in the first direction.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 29, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Haruo Kurochi, Katsumasa Nose, Richard P. VanDeWeghe
Patent number: 9316624
Abstract: Disclosed herein is a chromatography system wherein a sensor, for example, a UV sensor, is tied to a continuously variable load pump in a feedback control loop, with an option to divert the feed stream back to the load vessel or reservoir or onto a second chromatography column, the disclosed chromatography system allowing a true feedback control across variable load rates, thereby adjusting chromatographic operating parameters, for example, variable load rates, to process conditions, while maximizing throughput.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 20, 2011
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
Inventor: Geoffrey L. Hodge
Patent number: 9316636
Abstract: A method of determining kinetic parameters for a reversible molecular interaction between a ligand immobilized to a solid support surface and a binding partner to the ligand in solution, comprises sequentially, without intermediate regeneration or renewal of the immobilized ligand, flowing a plurality of fluid volumes containing different known concentrations of the binding partner over the solid support surface, monitoring the momentary amount of binding partner bound to the solid support surface related to time and solution concentration of binding partner and collecting the binding data, and determining the kinetic parameters by globally fitting a predetermined kinetic model for the interaction between the binding partner and the immobilized ligand to the collected binding data, which model allows for mass transport limitation at the solid support surface.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 25, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
Inventors: Robert Karlsson, Karl Andersson, Christina Wass
Patent number: 9314541
Abstract: The present invention provides a method useful in the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer wherein there is an abnormal expression of PBR. The method of the invention is particularly useful in evaluating the severity of the cancer, e.g. PBR expression correlates with cell proliferation rates, metastatic potential, tumor aggressiveness, malignancy progression. The method of the invention can therefore be applied in the determination of likely disease progression and in making an associated prognosis. Furthermore, the method of the invention can find use in determining the likely success of certain therapeutic approaches, or in the evaluation of the efficacy of certain proposed new treatments.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 29, 2011
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE Healthcare Limited
Inventor: Paul Alexander Jones
Patent number: 9316197
Abstract: A method for starting an internal combustion engine, particularly a stationary gas engine, includes driving the engine by at least one starter motor. The starting process is interrupted once the starter motor has been started if the angular acceleration of the internal combustion engine remains below a predefinable acceleration value and/or if, within a predefinable first time period, the actual rotational speed remains below a predefinable first rotational speed threshold value and/or if, within a predefinable second time period, the average rotational speed of the internal combustion engine remains below a predefinable second rotational speed threshold value. The starter motor is designed as a pneumatic starter motor and the compressed air supply thereof is controlled by a compressed air valve which can be switched between a fully opened position and a fully closed position, the pneumatic starter motor being started by the compressed air valve being fully opened.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO OHG
Inventors: Alfred Rangger, Lukas Zahner
Patent number: 9316201
Abstract: A laser spark plug for an internal combustion engine, in particular for a gas engine, includes a laser crystal integrated into the laser spark plug and a combustion chamber optical unit. Laser light pulses issuing from the laser crystal can be coupled by way of the combustion chamber optical unit into a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine. An optical laser light sensor is integrated into the laser spark plug, and the combustion chamber optical unit is provided with a preferably curved reflection surface which faces towards the laser light sensor and has a reflective mirroring. At least a part of a laser light reflected at the reflection surface during the duration of a laser light pulse can be detected by the laser light sensor.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 11, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO OG
Inventor: Friedrich Gruber
Patent number: 9316114
Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure include apparatuses and program products for recovering speed in a driveline assembly. An apparatus in one embodiment may include: a sensor measuring a shaft speed of a rotatable shaft within a driveline assembly, wherein the driveline assembly includes: a load coupled to the rotatable shaft, a primary power source coupled to the load through the rotatable shaft to deliver a first power output to the load, and a secondary power source coupled to the load through the rotatable shaft to deliver a second power output to the load, wherein the second power output is less than the first power output; and a controller in communication with the secondary power source and the sensor, wherein the controller increases the second power output in response to the shaft speed being less than a minimum speed threshold.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 2, 2014
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Paige Marie Sopcic, Justin Aaron Allen, Jason Dean Fuller, Daniel Richard Waugh
Patent number: 9316165
Abstract: Various methods for controlling EGR rate are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for controlling EGR rate in an engine comprises routing exhaust from a first cylinder group to an intake coupled to the engine, and not to atmosphere, routing exhaust from a second cylinder group to atmosphere, and, during a first engine operating condition, injecting fuel to each cylinder in the first cylinder group while injecting fuel to a subset of cylinders of the second cylinder group.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 23, 2011
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Omowoleola Chukuwuemeka Akinyemi, Adam Klingbeil
Patent number: 9318894
Abstract: A method of operating a dual fed system is described where power is supplied to a electrical load from first and second ac busbars at a ratio that achieves a desired level of exhaust emissions such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants produced by the prime movers associated with generators. Preferably, the method may be used to operate a dual fed marine propulsion system wherein the electrical load is a thruster. Operating a dual fed marine propulsion system using the method of the present invention makes it possible to optimize thrust allocation between thrusters in a way that is similar to that used in conventional dynamic positioning (DP) systems and then share or allocate the required power between generators to minimize exhaust emissions.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 25, 2011
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology, LTD.
Inventor: Richard Ian Stephens
Patent number: 9318893
Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to circuitry that isolates low power circuitry of a battery management system. One or more circuits can be utilized with a battery management system to provide isolation of low power circuitry from at least one of a high voltage, noise interference from a battery, noise interference from a high voltage, sensor signals, control signals, among others. The circuitry further provides high voltage from a grid to be stepped-down to a voltage level usable by circuitry, port(s), and/or a processor.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 24, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Huibin Zhu, Hua Zhou
Patent number: 9318903
Abstract: A charging device configured to receive power from a power source is described. The charging device includes a motion detection device configured to provide a signal corresponding to a motion of the charging device. The charging device also includes a system controller communicatively coupled to the motion detection device and configured to determine if the motion of the charging device has exceeded a predefined limit.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 31, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Cecil Rivers, Jr.
Patent number: 9318988
Abstract: A system and associated method for reactive power generation for a wind turbine generator includes receiving a higher-than-generator level voltage command signal. A reactive current is determined for the wind turbine generator in response to the voltage command signal and is transmitted to a controller of the wind turbine generator for generating a real and reactive power based on the reactive current command. A trim value may be generated and applied to the voltage command signal.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 5, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Einar Vaughn Larsen, Alfredo Sebastian Achilles
Patent number: 9314754
Abstract: The stirring apparatus is an electronic design that generates rotating magnetic fields to drive magnetic stir bars within vials placed above the cover of the stirring apparatus. Below the cover is a magnetics board containing multiple vial groups of four air core coils arranged in rectangular patterns. Each vial group has with two pairs of diagonal coils. The coils in each pair are wired in series and have opposite winding directions. Each pair is driven by a different phase of a stepper motor driver. The vial groups are spaced appropriately for placing one vial above each group. The adjacent coils of adjacent vial groups are driven by the same phase and have the same magnetic direction. The cover contains an array of pole standoffs that matches the coil pattern. The hollow center of each air core coil contains at least a portion of one pole standoff.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 11, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: F. Allen Dettling, Brian K. Clay, Gordon K. Francis, Matthew K. Stonesmith, Thomas D. Szakas
Patent number: 9316396
Abstract: A hot gas path duct or unibody liner for a gas turbine includes a main body having a forward end and an aft end. The main body defines a cross-sectional flow area and an axial flow length that extends between the forward end and the aft end. The main body further defines a fuel injection portion disposed downstream from the forward end and upstream from the aft end. The cross-sectional flow area decreases along the axial flow length between the forward end and the fuel injection portion and increases along at least a portion of the axial flow length downstream from the fuel injection portion.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 18, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Richard Martin DiCintio, Wei Chen
Patent number: 9316397
Abstract: A system including a multi-tube fuel nozzle, including a first plate having a first plurality of openings, a plurality of tubes extending through the first plurality of openings in the first plate, wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes includes an air inlet, a fuel inlet, and a fuel-air mixture outlet, and a resilient metallic seal disposed along the first plate about the plurality of tubes.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jason Thurman Stewart, Christopher Paul Keener, Heath Michael Ostebee
Patent number: 9316425
Abstract: An ice making assembly for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The ice making assembly includes a mold body and an ejector. The ejector has a shaft with a central axis that is offset from an axis of rotation of the ejector. The ejector also has a plurality of tines for sweeping through mold volumes of the mold body. Each tine has an arcuate bottom surface.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 15, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Alan Joseph Mitchell
Patent number: 9318145
Abstract: The present techniques provide systems and methods for decoding an optical data signal in an optical system to retrieve source information while decreasing errors resulting from optical and electronic noise in the optical system. The techniques involve using decoding algorithms to estimate the a posteriori state probabilities and the a posteriori transition probabilities of the data encoding, and estimating bit state probabilities. The probability density function used to estimate bit states is parameterized by the expected optical and electronic noise in the optical system. Different optical and electronic noise variances, or different probability densities, may be stored in registers or look-up tables to be accessed by a decoder while decoding the optical data signal.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 30, 2009
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Aria Pezeshk, John Anderson Fergus Ross
Patent number: 9314221
Abstract: A CT system includes a gantry having a rotatable base and having an opening for receiving an object to be scanned, and an AC-to-DC converter coupleable to a 3-phase AC facility power, and coupled through a DC bus to a gantry motor to rotationally drive the rotatable base using DC power from the AC-to-DC converter. Rotational energy in the rotatable base is converted to DC electrical energy in the gantry motor during gantry braking, and provided to the DC bus.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 5, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Stuart Katcha, Ezana T. Mekonnen
Patent number: 9314225
Abstract: An ultrasound system includes an ultrasound probe having a transducer array for acquiring ultrasound data and a first beamformer for partially beamforming the information received from the transducer array, and a portable host system in communication with the ultrasound probe, the portable host system including a second beamformer to perform additional beamforming on the partially beamformed data received from the ultrasound probe.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 27, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Erik Normann Steen, Menachem Halmann, Alexander Sokulin, Arcady Kempinski
Patent number: 9315888
Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure relate to a nozzle insert which may be used with a thermal spray gun apparatus. A nozzle insert according to the disclosure may include a body having an outer surface, the outer surface of the body being configured to circumferentially contact and transfer heat to an inner face of a thermal spray gun nozzle of a thermal spray gun. The body of the nozzle insert may be removed from the thermal spray gun nozzle without disassembling the thermal spray gun, and includes an axial passage configured to communicate a plasma discharge from the nozzle insert. A thermal spray gun apparatus and a thermal spray gun system including the nozzle insert are also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 2, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Donald Joseph Baldwin, Joseph Garfield Albanese, Joshua Lee Margolies
Patent number: 9316108
Abstract: Gas turbine engine frames are disclosed. An example gas turbine engine frame may include a generally annular outer casing disposed coaxially about a hub; a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart struts joined to the hub and the outer casing, individual struts extending radially outwardly from the hub to the outer casing; and a stiffening rail monolithically formed with the outer casing circumferentially between two of the struts. The stiffening rail may extend radially inward beyond the inner surface of the outer casing between the struts.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 5, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Courtland Earl Pegan, Jr., Kurt Thomas Hildebrand, Scott Patrick Ryczek, Derek Thomas Dreischarf
Patent number: 9316109
Abstract: A turbine shroud assembly includes an inner shroud portion comprising a body portion having a first circumferential edge, and a discourager extending circumferentially past the first circumferential edge of the body portion, wherein the discourager is integrally formed with the inner shroud portion.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 10, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Gregory Thomas Foster, Andres Jose Garcia-Crespo
Patent number: 9316152
Abstract: A cooling gas flow control device for a turbine rotor that is internally located between the compressor and the turbine section of a turbine is disclosed. The cooling gas flow control device has a shape memory material that is used to actively adjust the cooling gas flow to internal parts of the turbine section between, including the buckets.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 13, 2012
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Thangaraj Subbareddyar, Mayur Abhay Keny, Mahendhra Muthuramalingam
Patent number: 9316143
Abstract: A pre-chamber is provided. In one embodiment, the pre-chamber is part of a two-stroke combustion engine having a cylinder head with a sparkplug receptacle that has a generally frustoconical shape, and the pre-chamber is coupled to the sparkplug receptacle. The pre-chamber may include a cooling jacket with a generally frustoconical shape and a combustion chamber having an upper zone and a lower zone, which may be narrower than the upper zone.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 23, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Compression Systems, LLC
Inventor: Jason Taliaferro
Patent number: 9316144
Abstract: A pre-chamber system for an internal combustion engine, in particular for a gas engine, includes a pre-chamber volume in which an ignitable fuel-air mixture can be fired by an ignition device which can be arranged at the pre-chamber system. The pre-chamber system has a flow transfer passage by which the pre-chamber volume can be connected to a main combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine. The pre-chamber volume includes an ignition region and a flow transfer region which is at least portion-wise delimited from the ignition region by an intermediate wall. The fuel-air mixture can be fired in the ignition region, and the flow transfer passage opens into the flow transfer region and there is provided an air feed passage. Preferably compressed air can be fed to the flow transfer region by way of the air feed passage.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 24, 2013
Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
Assignee: GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO OG
Inventor: Friedrich Gruber
Publication number: 20160104555
Abstract: A method for improving the electric field distribution in a high voltage direct current cable includes providing a cable that includes a conductor, a protective jacket, a shield layer disposed inside the jacket, and an insulation layer disposed inside the shield layer, surrounding the conductor. The insulation layer includes ethylene-propylene rubber, talc, and montmorillonite.
Type: Application
Filed: October 10, 2014
Publication date: April 14, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Qin CHEN, Christopher Michael CALEBRESE, Yang CAO, Sheng ZHONG
Publication number: 20160100823
Abstract: Techniques for imaging adjusting a cine-loop are described herein. A cine-loop may be generated, and it may be identified whether the cine-loop has a stitching artifact. The cine-loop may be played, and the length of the cine-loop may be adjusted while the cine-loop is playing until the stitching artifact is substantially removed.
Type: Application
Filed: October 8, 2014
Publication date: April 14, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Helmut Brandl, Erwin Fosodeder
Publication number: 20160102765
Abstract: A system for securing a valve actuator to body of a valve assembly includes an actuator housing having housing lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of housing slots therebetween. A bonnet has bonnet lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween. Each of the housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the bonnet slots when the actuator housing is in a released position and, after passing through the bonnet slots, the actuator housing is rotatable to a locked position where at least a portion of one or more of the housing lugs is axially aligned with a portion of a respective bonnet lug to prevent axial movement of the actuator housing, the actuator housing rotating less than one full revolution between the released and locked positions. A securing mechanism prevents relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet.
Type: Application
Filed: November 23, 2015
Publication date: April 14, 2016
Applicant: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd R. Cheatham
Publication number: 20160101699
Abstract: A drive system includes an engine, an alternator coupled to the engine, the alternator being configured to power at least one auxiliary load, a traction motor system operatively coupled to drive wheels of the vehicle, the traction motor system being configured for receiving primary electrical power from the alternator and for propelling the vehicle in response to the primary electrical power, and a motor electrically connected to the traction motor system and mechanically coupled to the engine. The motor is configured to receive electrical power from the traction motor system in a dynamic braking mode of operation of the traction motor system and to communicate power to the engine during the dynamic braking mode.
Type: Application
Filed: December 18, 2015
Publication date: April 14, 2016
Applicant: General Electric Company
Inventors: JEFFREY JOHN WOLFF, AJITH KUTTANNAIR KUMAR, HENRY TODD YOUNG, JASON DANIEL KUTTENKULER, MAKSIM V. BORISENKO, EDWARD PETRAK
Patent number: 9312063
Abstract: A contactless power transfer system is provided. The system includes a first coil configured to produce a magnetic field. The system also includes a second coil configured to receive power from the first coil via the magnetic field. The system further includes a field focusing element. The field focusing element includes a plurality of resonators arranged in an array. Each of the plurality of resonators, upon excitation, interfere constructively in a direction of the second coil and interfere destructively in a remaining space to focus the magnetic field onto the second coil and enhance the coupling between the first coil and the second coil.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 28, 2014
Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Adnan Kutubuddin Bohori, James William Bray, Somakumar Ramachandrapanicker, Suma Memana Narayana Bhat
Patent number: 9308925
Abstract: An inspection system for use with a rail vehicle includes a sensor configured to be deployed onboard the rail vehicle for inspection of wayside rail equipment to determine operability or alignment of the equipment.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 2, 2013
Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Nicholas David Nagrodsky, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger
Patent number: 9313276
Abstract: A method of transmitting aircraft flight data for an aircraft from the aircraft to a destination server via a wireless communication link with the method including determining an operational status of the aircraft, determining flight data to be transmitted, and transmitting the determined flight data to be transmitted to the destination server.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 15, 2012
Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
Inventor: Frazer Leslie Pereira
Patent number: 9310078
Abstract: An assembly for use in a fuel injection system within a combustor of a combustion turbine engine is described. The assembly may include: a first port formed through an outer radial wall of the combustor and a second port formed through an inner radial wall. A plenum may be formed about the first port. A tube may be formed that has a first end positioned within the first port and a second end positioned within the second port. At the first end, the tube may be sized smaller than the first port such that two passages are defined therethrough: a first passage defined about an exterior of the tube; and a second passage defined through an interior of the tube.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 31, 2012
Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Chen, Lucas John Stoia, Richard Martin DiCintio
Patent number: 9311810
Abstract: A system includes a standard functionality hosting device. The hosting device includes standard functionality hosting logic that includes machine-readable instructions stored on a tangible, non-transitory machine-readable medium configured to implement, control, or implement and control management functionalities defined by a standard, for one or more devices that are not independently enabled to implement, control, or implement and control the management functionalities. Further, the hosting device includes a processor configured to implement the alarm standard hosting logic.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 23, 2014
Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Johnny Downor
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