General Electric Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170003367
    Abstract: A method of parallel imaging for use with a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes producing a longitudinal magnetic field B0 throughout a target volume, producing a transverse magnetic field B1 that is generally perpendicular to B0 throughout the target volume, transmitting a plurality of RF pulses to the target volume, with a surface coil, acquiring first MRI data from a target within the target volume in response to the transmission of RF pulses, and with a body coil, acquiring second MRI data from the target within the target volume in response to the transmission of RF pulses, wherein acquisition of the first MRI data and the second MRI data occurs substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: DASHEN CHU, ROBERT STEVEN STORMONT, SCOTT ALLEN LINDSAY, JAMES HIROSHI AKAO, ZHU LI, HAI ZHENG, XIAOXU LIU
  • Publication number: 20170003218
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a gas mixture at a first pressure including at least a primary gas and a secondary gas and changing a pressure of the received gas mixture from the first pressure to a second pressure. Further, the method includes determining a spectra of the gas mixture at the second pressure, wherein at least the first spectral line of the primary gas is spectrally distinguished from at least the second spectral line of the secondary gas, identifying a peak wavelength associated with the spectrally distinguished first spectral line of the primary gas based on at least two wavelengths of the secondary gas corresponding to at least two peak amplitudes in the spectra of the gas mixture, and determining a concentration of the primary gas based on the identified peak wavelength associated with the spectrally distinguished first spectral line of the primary gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rachit Sharma, Chayan Mitra, Sandip Maity, Vinayak Tilak, Xiaoyong Liu, Anthony Kowal, Chong Tao
  • Publication number: 20170003370
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting and repairing a ring artifact in a multi-spectral magnetic resonance image includes an image processor, which is configured to obtain an off-resonance magnetic field map and a deblurred composite image, to calculate a spatial gradient of the image based on the magnetic field map, to kernel search the spatial gradient, to mask the image, based on the kernel search, in order to identify voxels affected by a ring artifact, and to apply a filter in order to smooth intensities of the voxels identified by the image mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: WEITIAN CHEN, ROBERT DONALD PETERS, ZACHARY WILLIAM SLAVENS, KEVIN MATTHEW KOCH
  • Publication number: 20170002669
    Abstract: A mechanical fastening system for rotating or stationary components such as turbine or compressor blades on a rotor or a shaft or a casing, respectively, is disclosed. The system includes a circumferential mounting groove adapted for receiving root sections of the rotating or stationary components as well as intermediate fastening components for fixation of the components in equidistance positions. The intermediate fastening components comprise at least an upper platform and at least a side plate having a groove for mounting on said rotor. The intermediate fastening components are made of a plurality of distinct parts of different materials from which at least one clamping part is made of or comprises a shape memory alloy or similar material having a pseudo-elasticity behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Jaroslaw Leszek SZWEDOWICZ, Andreas BAUER, Jonas BOETTCHER, Marcus NEUBAUER
  • Publication number: 20170005589
    Abstract: A voltage source converter for interconnecting first and second electrical networks, including first and second terminals for connection to the first electrical network, and a primary converter limb extending between the first and second terminals including first and second primary limb portions separated by a third terminal connectable to the second electrical network. The converter further including a second chain-link converter connected to the third terminal and a control unit configured to selectively operate one or more chain-link modules to generate a discontinuous pulse width modulation voltage waveform. The converter further including a controller configured to selectively operate each chain-link converter to control the configuration of a discontinuous pulse width modulation voltage waveform at the third terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Francisco Jose Moreno Muñoz, Omar Fadhel Jasim, Si Dang, Sajjad Fekriasl, Kevin Dyke
  • Publication number: 20170001528
    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: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
  • Publication number: 20170002661
    Abstract: The disclosure refers to a method of assembling or disassembling a rotor blade or guide vane assembly, wherein the rotor blade or guide vane includes an airfoil and additional structured peripheral members forming at least an inner and/or an outer platform of the rotor blade or guide vane. The airfoil includes at least one airfoil sub-structure designed for anchoring at least one superposed component for the purpose of a thermal protection. The connection between the airfoil sub-structure and the superposed component is supported on friction-locked device, wherein the airfoil sub-structure is formed by a spar and the superposed component includes at least one flow-charged outer shell. Connection between the spar or airfoil understructure and flow-charged outer shell is formed by a force-fit and/or a form-fit fixation or a shrinking joint, wherein the airfoil and additional structured peripheral members is formed by friction-locked device with a detachable, permanent or semi-permanent fixation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas OPDERBECKE, Simone HOEVEL, Joergen FERBER
  • Patent number: 9534541
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine is presented. The gas turbine engine includes a control unit having a first bypass channel that is coupled between an outlet of a first turbine and an inlet of a second turbine. Further, the control unit includes a second bypass channel coupled between a first outlet of a compressor unit and the inlet of the second turbine. Additionally, the control unit includes a first control valve coupled to the first bypass channel and configured to direct at least a first portion of exhaust gas from the first turbine to the inlet of the second turbine via the first bypass channel. Furthermore, the control unit includes a second control valve coupled to the second bypass channel and configured to direct at least a first portion of compressed air from the compressor unit to the inlet of the second turbine via the second bypass channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kapil Kumar Singh, Sherif Hatem Abdulla Mohamed
  • Patent number: 9537437
    Abstract: The present subject matter is directed to systems and methods for controlling variable speed generators, particularly converters associated with doubly-fed induction generators (DFIG) to permit use of harmonic attenuating filters that are generally smaller and less costly than previous similar filters. The subject matter provides for controlling line-side and rotor-side converters in such a manner that the frequencies generated by the converters are interleaved in a manner that the filters see a higher switching frequency and thus may be designed based on those higher frequencies, thereby requiring smaller and less expensive components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, David Smith
  • Patent number: 9536127
    Abstract: A system and method for contactless handprint capture is disclosed that includes an image capture device to capture handprint images of a subject hand at each of a plurality of different focal distances, with the image capture device including an imaging camera and an electro-optics arrangement having a plurality of light modulating elements and polarization sensitive optical elements having differing optical path lengths based on polarization states. A control system is coupled to the image capture device to cause the device to capture the handprint images at each of the different focal distances, with each handprint image having a depth-of-focus that overlaps with a depth-of-focus of handprint images at adjacent focal distances such that redundant handprint image data is captured. The control system registers each handprint image with positional data and creates a composite handprint image from the handprint images captured at the different focal distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gil Abramovich, Kevin George Harding, Joseph Czechowski, III, Frederick Wilson Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9536420
    Abstract: A power grid event detection apparatus includes an event detection unit to detect a location of an event in a power grid, a customer location unit to determine a location of interest to an interested party, and a rule application unit to determine whether to perform an action designated by the interested party at least when the location of the event corresponds to the location of interest to the interested party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ramon Juan San Andres, Marc Karl Losée, Atul Nigam
  • Patent number: 9536642
    Abstract: A high-temperature insulation assembly for use in high-temperature electrical machines and a method for forming a high-temperature insulation assembly for insulating conducting material in a high-temperature electrical machine. The assembly includes a polymeric film and at least one ceramic coating disposed on the polymeric film. The polymeric film is disposed over conductive wiring or used as a conductor winding insulator for phase separation and slot liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Weijun Yin, Min Yan, Ri-An Zhao
  • Patent number: 9537080
    Abstract: A system for driving a piezoelectric load includes a direct current (DC) voltage source and a bi-directional DC-to-DC converter having a primary side coupled to the DC voltage source and a secondary side and comprising a control input configured to receive a first control signal configured to control conversion of a first voltage on the primary side of the bi-directional DC-to-DC converter to a second voltage on the secondary side of the bi-directional DC-to-DC converter. The driver system also includes a capacitor coupled to the secondary side of the bi-directional DC-to-DC converter and configured to remove a DC offset of the second voltage and includes a reactive load having a first terminal coupled to the capacitor and a second terminal coupled to the secondary side of the bi-directional DC-to-DC converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ramanujam Ramabhadran, John Stanley Glaser
  • Patent number: 9537061
    Abstract: A phosphor composition is disclosed. A phosphor composition, comprises at least 10 atomic % bromine; silicon, germanium or combination thereof; oxygen; a metal M, wherein M comprises zinc (Zn), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), strontium (Sr), barium (Ba), or combinations thereof; and an activator comprising europium. The phosphor composition is formed from combining carbonate or oxides of metal M, silicon oxide, and europium oxide; and then firing the combination. A lighting apparatus including the phosphor composition is also provided. The phosphor composition may be combined with an additional phosphor to generate white light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alok Mani Srivastava, Holly Ann Comanzo, William Winder Beers, Samuel Joseph Camardello, Fangming Du, William Erwin Cohen
  • Patent number: 9537410
    Abstract: A system and method for series connecting electronic power devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a switching device system includes a first upper arm electrically coupled to a first lower arm and a second upper arm electrically coupled to a second lower arm. Each of the arms include a plurality of low voltage sub-modules connected in series and each plurality of low voltage sub-modules includes an auxiliary switching device, a series switching device, and a capacitor. Each plurality of low voltage sub-modules is configured to be sequentially switched using the auxiliary switching device and the series switching device separately in the upper arms and the respective lower arms to control change in voltage over time (dV/dt) while selectively blocking a desired high voltage. Further, a capacitor voltage balancing (sorting or rotating) algorithm may be used to actively balance voltage across each plurality of low voltage sub-modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rui Zhou, Luis Jose Garces, Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju, Rixin Lai, Di Zhang
  • Patent number: 9537413
    Abstract: A driver system comprises a direct current (DC) voltage source and a first bi-directional DC-to-DC converter having a primary side coupled to the DC voltage source and a secondary side and configured to convert a first voltage on the primary side to a second voltage on the secondary. The driver system also comprises a second bi-directional DC-to-DC converter having a primary side coupled to the DC voltage source and a secondary side coupled to the secondary side of the first bi-directional DC-to-DC converter and configured to convert the first voltage on the primary side to a third voltage on the secondary. The first and second bi-directional DC-to-DC converters are capable of boosting the first voltage, and the second control signal is a complement of the first control signal. A voltage difference between the second and third voltages comprises an output voltage that comprises an amplification of the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Stanley Glaser, Ramanujam Ramabhadran
  • Patent number: 9537416
    Abstract: An electrical circuit for a power converter includes a first switching device proximate an AC source. The circuit also includes a voltage measurement device proximate a DC link and extends between the AC source and the DC link. The circuit further includes a DC voltage source and a first capacitive device. The first capacitive device is positioned between the first switching device and the voltage measurement device. The circuit further includes a second switching device positioned between the first capacitive device and the voltage measurement device. The circuit also includes a controller operatively coupled to the DC voltage source, the voltage measurement device, and the switching devices. The controller is configured to open the second switching device when a measured voltage signal generated by the voltage measurement device is substantially representative of a reference voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhihui Yuan, Qingyun Chen, Stefan Schroeder, Jie Shen
  • Patent number: 9537421
    Abstract: A power converter includes at least one leg having a first string operatively coupled to a second string via a first connecting node and a second connecting node. The first string includes a first branch and a second branch operatively coupled via a third connecting node. Each of the branches has a plurality of switching units, a controllable semiconductor switch and the first connecting node and the second connecting node. The first string is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus. Furthermore, the second string includes a plurality of controllable semiconductor switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Dong Dong, Andrew Allen Rockhill
  • Patent number: 9537423
    Abstract: A power conversion system includes a filter unit, a DC/DC converter, a DC link, an inverter, a control unit, and a traction motor. The DC/DC converter is used for boosting DC voltage of a DC source and electrically coupled to the DC source through the filter unit. The DC/DC converter includes multiple SiC MOSFETs configured in a synchronous rectification mode by channel reverse conduction control. The inverter is used for converting the boosted DC voltage from the converter to multi-phase AC voltage through the DC link. The control unit is used for providing PWM commands to the converter and the inverter, to convert the DC voltage to AC voltage configured to drive an AC driven device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Saijun Mao
  • Patent number: 9537428
    Abstract: A combined direct current DC power transmission and heating system is provided. The system includes a rectifier station configured to generate a DC link current. The system also includes a downstream converter station positioned remotely from the rectifier station. The downstream converter station is configured to generate power supplied to an electrical load using at least a portion of the DC link current. The system also includes a return conductor electrically coupled to the rectifier station and the downstream converter station. The return conductor is configured to transmit a return current from the downstream converter station to the rectifier station. The return conductor is also configured to generate heat from resistive losses induced by the return current; and conduct the heat generated by the return current to a fluid being transported from a proximity of the downstream converter station to a proximity of the rectifier station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicolai Hytten, Christof Martin Sihler
  • Patent number: 9533899
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes gasifying a fuel source using a first oxygen stream supplied from an air separation unit (ASU), discharging a gasifier blowdown from a gasification and scrubbing system configured to gasify the fuel source, generating a grey water from the gasifier blowdown, and biologically treating the grey water in a reactor using a second oxygen stream supplied by the ASU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anindra Mazumdar, Dinh-Cuong Vuong, James Scott Kain, Paul Roberts Scarboro
  • Patent number: 9537301
    Abstract: A system including an electromagnetic braking system that has an eddy current brake. The eddy current brake includes an electrically conductive surface coupled to a shaft of a generator system, wherein the eddy current brake is configured to induce an electromagnetic force on the electrically conductive surface when powered. The electromagnetic braking system further includes a supercapacitor coupled to the eddy current brake, wherein the supercapacitor is configured to discharge to power the eddy current brake for the duration of a ride through event of the generator system, and the supercapacitor is configured to supply a threshold current to the eddy current brake within approximately 100 ms of a start of the ride through event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stefan Schroeder, Mikhail Avramovich Avanesov, Ara Panosyan, Christoph Boeld, Herbert Schaumberger, Uwe Liebscher
  • Patent number: 9537362
    Abstract: An electrical machine includes a rotor comprising a rotor core and a plurality of permanent magnets embedded radially within the rotor core to form a plurality of rotor poles. The electrical machine further includes a stator comprising a stator core disposed concentrically outside the rotor and including a plurality of stator teeth defining a plurality of stator slots there between. An arithmetic sum or difference of twice the number of stator teeth and the number of the stator poles equals the number of rotor poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Jansen, Ronghai Qu
  • Patent number: 9537375
    Abstract: An electric machine includes a housing, a stator core positioned within the housing, a wire wound about the stator core to form a plurality of end-turns that extend from an end of the stator core, and a thermal conductor positioned between the plurality of end-turns and the housing. The thermal conductor includes a substrate and a thermally conductive coating formed on a surface of the substrate. The thermally conductive coating includes a thermally conductive, dielectric material configured to transfer heat from the plurality of end-turns to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Xiaomei Fang
  • Patent number: 9537907
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    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
  • Patent number: 9538657
    Abstract: A sensing system includes an inductor-capacitor-resistor (LCR) resonator sensor having a substrate, a plurality of first sensing elements mutually spaced apart and disposed on the substrate, and a sensing material film being disposed on a first sensing region of the corresponding first sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Cheryl Margaret Surman, Steven Yuehin Go, Yongjae Lee
  • Patent number: 9538677
    Abstract: A system includes a mobile handset with a handle portion and a gripper portion coupled to the handle portion. The handle portion includes a first dock configured to removably receive a user interface device. The gripper portion is configured to receive an insertion tube of a non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection device and to control the insertion tube relative to an inspection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Andrew Coombs, Joshua Lynn Scott, Gerard Frederick Beckhusen
  • Patent number: 9532768
    Abstract: A diagnostic imaging system is provided that includes an image acquisition component, a transmitter operatively coupled to the image acquisition component to transmit a signal therefrom, and a beamformer operatively coupled to the image acquisition component to receive image data therefrom. Also included is a processor configured to assemble images from the acquired image data and a display configured to display the images. The image acquisition component includes a multi-headed probe that has a plurality of transducers configured to permit a change of active transducers during an imaging session without a change of the image acquisition component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Marteau, Aurelie Roncaglioni, Lionel Wodecki
  • Patent number: 9533059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to imaging agent compositions comprising radiolabelled c-Met binding peptides suitable for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in vivo. The c-Met binding peptides are labelled with the radioisotope 18F. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions, methods of preparation of the agents and compositions, plus methods of in vivo imaging using the compositions, especially for use in the management of cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Brian Iveson, Rajiv Bhalla, Bard Indrevall, Gareth Getvoldsen
  • Patent number: 9533382
    Abstract: A method of maintaining a synthetic gas (syngas) cooler for use within a gasifier system is provided. The method includes breaking at least a portion of a non-bonded joint and a seam weld on a quench ring assembly. At least a portion of the wear sub-assembly and a flow control sub-assembly is removed, and the wear sub-assembly is separated from the flow control sub-assembly. The method further includes removing the separation device that extends between the flow control sub-assembly and the wear sub-assembly. At least a portion of the wear sub-assembly is replaced by positioning the replacement portion of the wear sub-assembly over the flow control sub-assembly and coupling the replacement portion of the wear sub-assembly to the main structural member. The method provides a more efficient replacement of worn sub-assemblies, which decreases the time and costs associated with maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Clark Talcott
  • Patent number: 9533777
    Abstract: A sterile dispense system provides for transfer of a fluid from a disposable fluid-path to a vial without needles piercing the vial stopper, for disconnecting the vial from the disposable fluid-path while keeping integrity of the solution filled into the vial and to enable withdrawing of the solution from the vial. The pressure valve and luer valve are provided in serial connection to a fluid vial to enable clean filling and dispensing from the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventor: Emiliano De Marco
  • Patent number: 9534023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an immunoglobulin-binding protein, wherein at least one asparagine residue has been mutated to an amino acid other than glutamine or aspartic acid, which mutation confers an increased chemical stability at pH-values of up to about 13-14 compared to the parental molecule. The protein can for example be derived from a protein capable of binding to other regions of the immunoglobulin molecule than the complementarity determining regions (CDR), such as protein A, and preferably the B-domain of Staphylococcal protein A. The invention also relates to a matrix for affinity separation, which comprises an immunoglobulin-binding protein as ligand coupled to a solid support, in which protein ligand at least one asparagine residue has been mutated to an amino acid other than glutamine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare BioProcess R&D AB
    Inventor: Sophia Hober
  • Patent number: 9536122
    Abstract: A multivariable sensing device for sensing one or more parameters of a process fluid disposed in a container is provided. The multivariable sensing device includes a radio frequency based sensor configured to sense a physical parameter, a chemical parameter, a biological parameter, or combinations thereof, representative of the process fluid. The radio frequency based sensor includes a sensor substrate, a radio frequency coil disposed on at least a portion of the sensor substrate, and a support structure configured to be physically coupled to the container. Further, the support structure is configured to position the radio frequency based sensor in operative proximity to an inside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo
  • Patent number: 9534196
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat exchange module for use in a chemical, pharmaceutical or biological reactor system, the module configured to be disposed in the reactor system having a flexible single use container, and including at least one thermally conductive surface adapted to contact the flexible single use container to facilitate heat transfer, and a fluid circulation path through which a heat exchange fluid can be circulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Parrish M. Galliher, Thomas Erdenberger, Colin R. Tuohey, Joseph D. Crowell, Richard L. Damren
  • Patent number: 9534206
    Abstract: A carrier for expansion of induced pluripotent stem cells is provided, wherein the carrier comprises a substrate comprising one or more outer surfaces, wherein the one or more outer surfaces are modified with gas plasma treatment, and one or more structured indentations on one or more of the outer surfaces. The carrier has a length at least about 0.2 mm, a width at least about 0.2 mm, and a height in a range from about 0.05 mm to 1.2 mm and each of the structured indentations has a major axis in a range from about 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm, a minor axis in a range from about 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm and a depth in a range from about 0.025 mm to about 0.5 mm. A method of making the carrier, and culturing induced pluripotent stem cells using the same carrier are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Davis, Kenneth Roger Conway, Evelina Roxana Loghin, Andrew Arthur Paul Burns, David Gilles Gascoyne, Scott Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 9534214
    Abstract: A solid substrate for biological sample storage under dry-state and elution of biomolecules is provided. The dry, solid substrate is coated with saccharides, such as monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides or combinations thereof, and the substrate is comprised of one or more protein denaturing agents impregnated therein under a substantially dry state. A method for elution of biomolecules from biological samples is also provided. The compositions disclosed herein provide for enhanced elution and recovery of biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, from the sample. The sample is disposed on a substrate, dried to a substantially dry state; eluted from the biological sample dried on the substrate by rehydrating the substrate in an elution buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bing Li, Gregory Andrew Grossmann, Erik Leeming Kvam, Brian Christopher Bales, Jason Louis Davis
  • Patent number: 9534580
    Abstract: A fluid turbine blade and method of fabrication are provided. The fluid turbine blade includes a centrally disposed longitudinal spar having a substantially circumferential cross section. The fluid turbine blade also includes at least one chord stiffener coupled to the longitudinal spar. The fluid turbine blade further includes a torsionally compliant segmented skin coupled to the at least one chord stiffener. The centrally disposed longitudinal spar and the torsionally compliant segmented skin are functionally decoupled to relieve the torsionally compliant segmented skin of one or more of a flapwise load condition, an edgewise load condition and a torsional load condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chandra Sekher Yerramalli, Peggy Lynn Baehmann, Ken Ivcar Salas, Mohammad Salah Attia, Haifeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 9534583
    Abstract: A wind turbine system, comprising a tower, a plurality of blades, a rotor supported by the tower and rotatably coupled to the plurality of blades, a pitch control device for regulating pitch angles of the plurality of blades, a torque control device for regulating torque of the rotor, a processing subsystem programmed to slow down the wind turbine system by using the torque control device alone to slow down the rotor when the torque control device is fully capable of slowing down the rotor, and using both the torque control device and the pitch control device to slow down the rotor when the torque control device alone is not fully capable of slowing down the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pranav Agarwal, Mark Edward Cardinal, Nora Cheng-Huei Han
  • Patent number: 9534465
    Abstract: A method of completing a well includes lowering a wellhead onto a base at an upper end of the well. A hub with internal threads and an external circumferential stepped recess is secured to external threads of the wellhead. A blowout preventer assembly with an annular locking member having a plurality of locking elements is landed on the hub, and the locking elements are engaged with the recess of the hub. The well is drilled through the blowout preventer assembly to a greater depth then the blowout preventer assembly and the hub are removed. A threaded flange with a plurality of bolt holes spaced around the flange is secured to the external threads of the wellhead and a wellhead member is bolted to the bolt holes of the threaded flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Khang V. Nguyen, Saurabh Kajaria, Knox F. Wright, Sheila A. Adkinson
  • Patent number: 9534502
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward a face seal including a stator ring configured to be disposed about a rotor of a turbine, wherein stator ring comprises a first ring segment and a second ring segment configured to cooperatively form the stator ring, wherein the first and second ring segments are circumferentially split and have at least one bearing element disposed between the first and second ring segments, and wherein the at least one bearing element is configured to enable relative axial motion between the first and second ring segments at interfaces between the first and second ring segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Azam Mihir Thatte, Karimulla Shaik Sha, Rahul Anil Bidkar, Xiaoqing Zheng
  • Patent number: 9534536
    Abstract: Turbine airflow is modulated to improve performance during part load operation in a turbomachine. The turbomachine includes a compressor, a turbine with a plurality of stages, and a diffuser. Modulating the airflow includes extracting airflow from an upstream component of the turbomachine, admitting the extracted airflow into a rear stage of the plurality of stages. Admitting airflow into the rear stage serves to increase rear stage loading and alter an energy distribution in the rear stage during part load operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Moorthi Subramaniyan, Joshy John
  • Patent number: 9534538
    Abstract: An integrated power and thermal management system for a turbine-powered aircraft is provided. The system may comprise a power turbine, compressor, first cooling turbine, second cooling turbine, and electrical motor-generator disposed on a primary shaft. The compressor may be disposed on the primary shaft to motivate a system airflow and operably joined to the power turbine. The first cooling turbine may be rotatably disposed on the primary shaft in selective fluid communication with the compressor. The second cooling turbine may be rotatably disposed on the primary shaft in selective fluid communication with the first cooling turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthew Robert Cerny
  • Patent number: 9532757
    Abstract: C-arm systems and method for making and using continuous C-arm spin acquisition trajectories for dynamic imaging and improved image quality are described. In such systems and methods, a C-arm gantry, coupled to a C-arm support assembly, is adapted to retain an x-ray source and an x-ray detector. The C-arm gantry is selectively rotatable relative to the C-arm support assembly about both a C-arm axis and a pivot-axis to displace the x-ray source and the x-ray detector along a continuous C-arm spin trajectory. The C-arm system is adapted for continuous three-dimensional acquisition of data along the continuous C-arm spin trajectory including a plurality of shorts arcs and a plurality of long arcs. The C-arm system is adapted for continuous three-dimensional acquisition of data along the continuous C-arm spin trajectory to provide continuous three-dimensional imaging of dynamic processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan, Omar Al Assad
  • Patent number: 9534559
    Abstract: A cylinder liner for an internal combustion engine includes a liner body defining a longitudinal axis coated with a coating on the interior surface of the liner body that varies in thickness along the longitudinal axis. The coating on the interior surface is thicker in a region of the interior surface corresponding to a top dead center or a bottom dead center of a piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Richard John Donahue
  • Patent number: 9534719
    Abstract: An outer collar member of an end fitting for a flexible pipe. The apparatus comprises an outer collar body portion and an outer collar neck portion extending away from the outer collar body portion. The neck portion is arranged to be secured to a portion of flexible pipe body in a slotted position between layers of the flexible pipe body. The position is located between an outer sheath of the flexible pipe body and at least one armour layer of the flexible pipe body wherein the outer collar body portion comprises a curved inner surface region for determining a radius of curvature of wires of the armour layer bent away from an axis of the flexible pipe bodies and supported by the curved inner surface when the pipe body is mounted in the end fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Tony Eccleston, George Karabelas, Zhimin Tan
  • Patent number: 9534743
    Abstract: A directional lamp comprises a light source, a beam forming optical system configured to form light from the light source into a light beam, and a light mixing diffuser arranged to diffuse the light beam. The light source, beam forming optical system, and light mixing diffuser are secured together as a unitary lamp. The beam forming optical system includes: a collecting reflector having an entrance aperture receiving light from the light source and an exit aperture that is larger than the entrance aperture, and a lens disposed at the exit aperture of the collecting reflector, the light source being positioned along an optical axis of the beam forming optical system at a distance from the lens that is within plus or minus ten percent of a focal length of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Gary R. Allen, Stanton E. Weaver, Jr., R. Stephen Mulder, David C. Dudik, Mark E. Kaminski
  • Patent number: 9534781
    Abstract: A system includes a multi-tube fuel nozzle with a fuel nozzle body and a plurality of tubes. The fuel nozzle body includes a nozzle wall surrounding a chamber. The plurality of tubes extend through the chamber, wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes includes an air intake portion, a fuel intake portion, and an air-fuel mixture outlet portion. The multi-tube fuel nozzle also includes a differential configuration of the air intake portions among the plurality of tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael John Hughes, Thomas Edward Johnson, Jonathan Dwight Berry, William David York
  • Patent number: 9534787
    Abstract: A system includes a combustor cap assembly for a multi-tube fuel nozzle. The combustor cap assembly includes a support structure defining an interior volume configured to receive an air flow, a plurality of mixing tubes disposed within the interior volume, wherein each of the plurality of mixing tubes comprises a respective fuel injector and is individually removable from the combustor cap assembly, an air distributor disposed within the interior volume and configured to distribute the air flow received by the interior volume to each of the plurality of mixing tubes, and a combustor cap removably coupled to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Harold Westmoreland, Gregory Allen Boardman, Patrick Benedict Melton
  • Patent number: 9534788
    Abstract: A system for premixing fuel and air prior to combustion in a gas turbine engine includes a mixing duct, a centerbody fuel injector located along a central axis of the mixing duct an outer annular swirler located adjacent an upstream end of the mixing duct for swirling air flowing therethrough in a first swirl direction and an inner annular swirler located adjacent of the mixing duct upstream end for swirling air flowing therethrough in a second swirl direction. The system includes a hub separating the inner and outer annular swirlers to permit independent rotation of an air stream therethrough and multiple hollow paths located radially outward around the centerbody fuel injector and at a radially inward side of the inner annular swirler for allowing a flow of sweeping air over the surface of the centerbody fuel injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Suhui Li, Narendra Digamber Joshi, Keith Robert McManus
  • Patent number: D775738
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventor: Tomas Haukkala