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Patent number: 9221218
Abstract: A method of making a composite sheet, a method of making composite component and a composite component are provided. The method of making a composite sheet includes providing a container, adding a binder to the container, adding a plurality of randomly oriented fibers to the binder in the container, and subjecting the container to motion to coat the plurality of randomly oriented fibers with the binder. The method includes curing the binder and coated plurality of randomly oriented fibers to form a composite sheet. The plurality of randomly oriented fibers of the composite sheet are interlocked within the binder. The composite has uniform strength in all planar directions.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 29, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Herbert Chidsey Roberts, III, Gregory S. Corman
Patent number: 9221121
Abstract: A welding process, welding system and welded article are disclosed. The welding process includes directing energy from one or more fusion beams to join a first element to a second element and to join the first element to a third element. The directing of the energy is at a first lateral angle and a second lateral angle with respect to the first element. The welding system includes an energy emitting device, a first fusion beam and a second fusion beam. The first fusion beam and the second fusion beam are oriented to extend diagonally through an article. The laser welded article includes the first element joined to the second element, and the first element joined to the third element. A fillet weld is formed in a first inaccessible portion between the first element and the second element and a second inaccessible portion between the first element and the third element.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 27, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dechao Lin, Zhaoli Hu, Brian Lee Tollison
Patent number: 9222376
Abstract: Various systems are provided for a cam follower of a cam follower system. In one embodiment, a cam follower of a cam system comprises a tappet positioned between a cylinder valve and a camshaft, the tappet configured to drive the cylinder valve, a roller, and a pin coated with a diamond-like carbon coating coupling the roller to the tappet, the pin having a depressed contour on an outer surface of the pin.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 3, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Keith Edward Massing, David Robert Furedy
Patent number: 9222411
Abstract: Combined bleed air and hot section component cooling air systems for gas turbine engines and methods of operating combined bleed air and hot section component cooling air systems are disclosed. An example system may include a high-pressure bleed air line receiving high-pressure bleed air; a precooler receiving at least some of the high-pressure bleed air and discharging cooled high-pressure bleed air; a pressure regulator receiving at least some of the cooled high-pressure bleed air and discharging pressure-regulated cooled bleed air to a pneumatic systems supply line; and/or a hot section component cooling air line connected upstream of the first pressure regulator and configured to convey at least some of the cooled high-pressure bleed air to a hot section component for use as hot section component cooling air.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 29, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Mohammed El Hacin Sennoun
Patent number: 9222402
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: December 29, 2015
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Compression Systems, LLC
Inventor: Jason Taliaferro
Patent number: 9222410
Abstract: A power plant is provided and includes a gas turbine engine to generate power, a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) to produce steam from high energy fluids produced from the generation of power in the gas turbine engine, a steam turbine engine to generate additional power from the steam produced in the HRSG and a thermal load reduction system to reduce thermal loading of components of the HRSG and/or the steam turbine engine during at least startup and/or part load operations, which includes an eductor by which a mixture of compressor discharge air and entrained ambient air is injectable into the HRSG and/or an attemperator to cool superheated steam to be transmitted to the steam turbine engine and a detector disposed within the HRSG to facilitate identification of hot spots therein.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 10, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rahul Jaikaran Chillar, Wulang Edwien Chriswindarto, Sanji Ekanayake, Julio Enrique Mestroni, Vijay Raghavendran Nenmeni, Achalesh Kumar Pandey, David Lee Rogers, Morgan Carthledge Salter, Ajit Srivastava
Patent number: 9223933
Abstract: Certain examples provide systems, methods, apparatus, etc., to generate formlets for user review of and interaction with clinical data and associated functionality for one or more patients. An example method includes receiving one or more query criterion to retrieve data and generating a query result of data from one or more data stores based on the one or more query criterion. The example method includes applying a transform to the query result data. The example method includes applying a data template and binding instructions to the transformed query result data to generate a formlet including data and at least one of associated relationship and functionality information for display of and interaction with the data. The example method includes facilitating runtime configurability of the formlet by a user. The example method includes displaying the formlet for user review and interaction.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 31, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: David Edwards, Alan Ferris James, Randy Lynn Taylor, Franklin Jose, George Phillip, David Cronin
Patent number: 9222437
Abstract: A transition duct for use in a turbine engine is provided. The transition duct includes a radially inner wall and a radially outer wall positioned about the radially inner wall defining a flow passage therebetween. The radially outer wall extends and is contoured from an upstream end to a downstream end of the transition duct. As such, the slope of the radially outer wall increases from the upstream end to a predetermined axial location and decreases from the predetermined axial location to the downstream end.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 21, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Joseph Machnaim, Brian David Keith, Scott Michael Carson
Patent number: 9222164
Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for forming an article with a diffusion portion comprises: forming a slurry comprising chromium and silicon, applying the slurry to the article, and heating the article to a sufficient temperature and for a sufficient period of time to diffuse chromium and silicon into the article and form a diffusion portion comprising silicon and a microstructure comprising ?-chromium. In one embodiment, a gas turbine component comprises: a superalloy and a diffusion portion having a depth of less than or equal to 60 ?m measured from the superalloy surface into the gas turbine component. The diffusion portion has a diffusion surface having a microstructure comprising greater than or equal to 40% by volume ?-chromium.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 6, 2011
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: David Andrew Helmick, Dennis William Cavanaugh, Ganjiang Feng, David Vincent Bucci
Patent number: 9222246
Abstract: In one aspect, a waste disposal for processing waste may generally include a housing and a motor disposed within the housing. The housing may define an inner sidewall surface extending around an inner perimeter of the housing and a discharge outlet. The motor may include a stator and a rotor at least partially surrounding the stator. The rotor may include a sidewall defining an outer surface. The motor may be disposed within the housing such that an annular gap is defined between the inner sidewall surface of the housing and the outer surface of the sidewall. When the rotor is rotated relative to the stator, water may be drawn through the annular gap towards the discharge outlet.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 28, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Raymond James VanAssche, Joseph Emil Gormley
Patent number: 9221477
Abstract: A rail vehicle includes of one or more locomotives and may further include one or more rail cars, and the rail vehicle further includes a locator element, a communications device and a control module located on the rail vehicle. The locator elements provide a location information of the rail vehicle to a control module. The control module is coupled to the communications device and the locator element. The control module determines control settings for controlling the operations of the communications device based on the location of the rail vehicle. The communications device sends and/or receives data, including communications data, off-board the rail vehicle.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 19, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, John William Brand, Nick David Nagrodsky, Keith Gilbertson
Patent number: 9224572
Abstract: An X-ray tube assembly is provided including an emitter configured to emit an electron beam, an emitter focusing electrode, an extraction electrode, and a downstream focusing electrode. The emitter focusing electrode is disposed proximate to the emitter and outward of the emitter in an axial direction. The extraction electrode is disposed downstream of the emitter and the emitter focusing electrode. The extraction electrode has a negative bias voltage setting at which the extraction electrode has a negative bias voltage with respect to the emitter. The downstream focusing electrode is disposed downstream of the extraction electrode, and has a positive bias voltage with respect to the emitter. When the extraction electrode is at the negative bias voltage setting, the electron beam is emitted from an emission area that is smaller than a maximum emission area from which electrons may be emitted.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 18, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mark Alan Frontera, John Scott Price, Sergio Lemaitre, Yun Zou, Peter Andras Zavodszky
Patent number: 9225161
Abstract: An assembly includes an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), a gate driver and a short-circuit protection circuit. The gate driver is adapted to supply voltage to a gate terminal of the IGBT. The short-circuit protection circuit includes an IGBT short-circuit detector for determining whether the IGBT is short-circuited, and a supply voltage regulator for regulating the supply voltage in response to the IGBT short-circuit detector determining that the IGBT is short-circuited.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 4, 2014
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LTD.
Inventors: Tao Wu, Yingqi Zhang, Fan Zhang
Patent number: 9221480
Abstract: A control system including a measurement module configured to receive motor measurements that represent operating parameters of plural traction motors of a common vehicle system as the vehicle system propels along a route. The control system also includes an analysis module configured to compare the motor measurements to an expected measurement. The expected measurement corresponds to a designated motor type. The analysis module is configured to determine that at least one of the traction motors is different from the designated motor type based on comparing the motor measurements to the expected measurement.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 9, 2014
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wolfgang Daum, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
Patent number: 9222040
Abstract: A system includes a slurry depressurizing system that includes a liquid expansion system configured to continuously receive a slurry at a first pressure and continuously discharge the slurry at a second pressure. For example, the slurry depressurizing system may include an expansion turbine to expand the slurry from the first pressure to the second pressure.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 7, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Raymond Douglas Steele, Judith Pauline Oppenheim
Patent number: 9222917
Abstract: An eddy current probe is constructed with four coils in a wheatstone bridge configuration.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 25, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Matthew Barton Wolf
Patent number: 9222673
Abstract: A fuel nozzle is provided. The fuel nozzle includes a nozzle body, a plurality of swirler vanes, and at least one outlet. The nozzle body includes a back plate, a front plate, and a mixing zone defined therebetween. The back plate includes at least one inlet defined therein and the front plate includes at least one discharge defined therein. The plurality of swirler vanes are positioned between the back plate and the front plate and spaced circumferentially about the mixing zone. Each of the plurality of swirler vanes direct air obliquely into the mixing zone. The at least one outlet is defined within at least one of the nozzle body and the plurality of swirler vanes, the at least one outlet configured to inject fuel into said mixing zone.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 9, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Gregory Allen Boardman, Mark Allan Hadley, Johnie Franklin McConnaughhay
Patent number: 9222678
Abstract: A heating assembly is provided to reduce the pre-heat time of an oven. The heating assembly vaporizes a phase change fluid in an evaporator, allows the phase change fluid vapor to travel to a reactor in thermal communication with a cooking chamber of an oven appliance. In the reactor, the phase change fluid combines with a reaction substance and condenses, releasing latent heat and providing heat to the cooking chamber of the oven appliance.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 25, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Natarajan Venkatakrishnan
Patent number: 9222697
Abstract: A water heater is provided that includes a centering ring or thermal barrier that facilitates centering or alignment of the water tank while also diminishing heat loss through the bottom of the water heater. Features are provided with the bottom of the water heater and centering ring that can also improve the stability of the water heater when placed in a vertically upright position.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 26, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eliel Fresco Rodriguez, Samuel V. DuPlessis
Patent number: 9222672
Abstract: A combustor liner defining a combustor chamber is included. Also included is a cover sleeve spaced radially outwardly from and at least partially surrounding an aft end of the combustor liner, the cover sleeve and the combustor liner defining a cooling annulus. Further included is at least one aperture extending through the cover sleeve for routing a cooling flow to the cooling annulus. Yet further included is a perforated sleeve disposed between the cover sleeve and the combustor liner, wherein the perforated sleeve comprises a plurality of holes for impinging the cooling flow toward the combustor liner.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 14, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sridhar Venkat Kodukulla, Sandeep Gopalakrishna
Patent number: 9225162
Abstract: A protection system includes a control module, a switch, and an inductive device. The control module is used to provide control signals and switching signals based at least in part on a detected signal measured by a detecting device. The control signals include a first control signal corresponding to a normal mode and a second control signal corresponding to a fault mode. The switch is switched on and off according to the switching signals. The inductive device is coupled with the switch. The inductive device is controlled to be operated with a first inductance in response to the first control signal provided from the control module and a second inductance in response to the second control signal provided from the control module.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Yingqi Zhang, Tao Wu, Fan Zhang, Kunlun Chen
Patent number: 9225796
Abstract: A system and method of remotely binding appliance information to a user's network is provided. At a point-of-purchase, a terminal can communicate with a remote server over a network, such as the Internet, to provide appliance identification information to the server. The server can associate the identified appliance with user data associated with the user purchasing the appliance. The server can also identify appliance data stored at the server based on the appliance identification information. The server can then bind the appliance data to the user's network. For instance, a target object, such as a local computing device (e.g. a home energy manager or local network device such as a network terminal), associated with the user can be identified based on the user data and a path to provide the appliance data to the target object can be specified.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 18, 2012
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christopher Matthew Baker, William Jerome Burke
Patent number: 9225048
Abstract: A protection device for electrically insulating an antenna from a signal receiving device while transferring RF signals, and a system including the same are disclosed. In an embodiment, the protection device includes a first waveguide in signal communication and electrical communication with the antenna; and a second waveguide in signal communication and electrical communication with the signal receiving device. The first waveguide and the second waveguide are arranged in an end to end coaxial relationship facing one another, and the first waveguide and the second waveguide are electrically insulated from one another, such that a high voltage from accidental contact of the antenna with a power line cannot pass from the antenna to the signal receiving device. RF signals pass from the antenna to the signal receiving device through the protection device with minimal signal loss.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 23, 2011
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Richard Alan Place
Patent number: 9225255
Abstract: A power supply system for supplying electrical power to a load is capable of delivering an output voltage to the load from an input voltage coming from an electric power network. The power supply system includes: at least two input terminals and at least two output terminals, the input terminals being adapted to be connected to the electric power network and the output terminals being adapted to be connected to the load, a converter capable of converting the input voltage into the output voltage, the converter being connected between the input terminals and the output terminals, and a device for limiting the homopolar current that is likely to flow between the electric power network and the load. The device for limiting the homopolar current comprises a transformer connected in parallel with respect to the converter, between the input terminals and the output terminals, the transformer having a first electromagnetic coil and a second electromagnetic coil.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 19, 2013
Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology LTD
Inventor: Alfred Permuy
Publication number: 20150369053
Abstract: A manufacturing method includes providing a substrate with an outer surface and at least one interior space, selectively deposited a coating on a portion of the substrate to form a selectively deposited coating having one or more grooves formed therein. The method further includes processing at least a portion of the surface of the selectively deposited coating to plastically deform the selectively deposited coating in the vicinity of the top of a respective groove. An additional coating is applied over at least a portion of the surface of the selectively deposited coating. A component is disclosed and includes a substrate, a selectively deposited coating disposed on at least a portion of the substrate, and defining one or more grooves therein, and an additional coating disposed over the selectively deposited coating. The substrate, the selectively deposited coating and the additional coating defining one or more channels for cooling the component.
Type: Application
Filed: October 30, 2012
Publication date: December 24, 2015
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: General Electric Company
Publication number: 20150369068
Abstract: Aft frame assemblies for a gas turbine transition pieces include a body comprising an exterior surface and a plurality of interior surfaces, one or more exterior cooling holes disposed on the exterior surface of the body for capturing compressor discharge air outside of the transition piece, and a supplemental component bonded to at least one of the plurality of interior surfaces of the body. At least one cooling channel is at least partially defined by the supplemental component and the interior surface that the supplemental component is bonded to, wherein the at least one cooling channel fluidly connects at least one of the one or more exterior cooling holes to one or more interior cooling outlets that discharge the compressor discharge air captured from the at least one of the one or more exterior cooling holes.
Type: Application
Filed: November 26, 2013
Publication date: December 24, 2015
Applicant: General Electric Company
Inventors: Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Benjamin Paul Lacy, Brian Lee Tollison, David Edward Schick
Publication number: 20150371792
Abstract: A system including an automatic transfer switch configured to selectively route power from a first power source or a second power source to a load, comprising a switch configured to be moved between a first position and a second position, a first set of electrical contacts configured to route the power from the first power source when the switch is in the first position, a second set of electrical contacts configured to route the power from the second power source when the switch is in the second position, and a first arc chute housing configured to substantially enclose the first set of electrical contacts when the switch is in the first position.
Type: Application
Filed: February 27, 2013
Publication date: December 24, 2015
Applicant: General Electric Company
Inventors: Liqiang WANG, Jifeng FENG
Publication number: 20150367460
Abstract: A method of forming cooling channels in a component is provided. The component has a substrate having outer and inner surfaces. The inner surface defines at least one interior space, and a core is disposed within each interior space. The method includes forming at least one access hole in the substrate, while the core is disposed within the respective interior space, removing the core from the respective interior space, and forming at least one groove in the outer substrate surface (before or after the core is removed). Each access hole connects the groove in fluid communication with the respective interior space. The method further includes disposing a coating over at least a portion of the outer substrate surface, where the coating includes at least a structural coating that extends over the groove(s), such that the groove(s) and the structural coating together define one or more channels configured to convey a coolant from the respective interior space(s) for cooling the component.
Type: Application
Filed: September 27, 2012
Publication date: December 24, 2015
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Patent number: 9216010
Abstract: A spectroscopy system for auto-aligning a biopsy collecting device is presented. The spectroscopy system includes an illumination subsystem configured to emit an illumination light towards the biopsy collecting device, whereas the biopsy collecting device includes an activator unit and a needle unit and wherein the needle unit includes a cannula and a stylet having a biopsy specimen. Also, the spectroscopy system includes a fixation subsystem capable of holding the biopsy collecting device and configured to place the needle unit comprising the biopsy specimen across the illumination light. Further, the spectroscopy system includes a detection subsystem configured to receive a light comprising at least one of an attenuated illumination light and a re-emitted light from the needle unit. In addition, the detection subsystem is configured to send a control signal to align the needle unit at a predetermined position in the spectroscopy system based on the received light.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 26, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov, Dmitry Vladimirovich Dylov, Siavash Yazdanfar, Stephen B. Solomon
Patent number: 9216388
Abstract: A simulator device configured to replace a filtration unit in a crossflow filtration system comprises a feed inlet (41), a first flow path (43) connected to the feed inlet (41) for simulating a retentate flow in the filtration unit, and a second flow path (44) connected to the feed inlet (for simulating a permeate flow in the filtration unit. Adjustable valve means (45, 46) are provided for controlling at least one of the simulated retentate flow and the simulated permeate flow.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 16, 2010
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventors: Robert Hogstedt, Jan-Erik Lynga, Perhenric Lonnberg, Mikael Sjogren, Johan Soderstrom
Patent number: 9216491
Abstract: A manufacturing method is provided. The manufacturing method includes forming one or more grooves in a component comprising a substrate. Each groove extends at least partially along the substrate and has a base, a top and at least one discharge end. The manufacturing method further includes forming a crater, such that the crater is in fluid connection with the respective discharge end for each groove, and disposing a coating over at least a portion of an outer surface of the substrate. The groove(s) and the coating together define one or more channels for cooling the component. The coating does not completely bridge each of the one or more craters, such that each crater defines a film exit. A component with cratered film exits is also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 24, 2011
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Ronald Scott Bunker
Patent number: 9217436
Abstract: An impeller fan assembly that includes a housing, a stator, a rotor having a hub and an annular array of non-stationary blades extending from the hub, at least two spaced apart bearings mounted to the stator, and a pump in fluid communication with the bearings to provide fluid to the bearings.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 10, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
Inventors: Sukeyuki Kobayashi, Frank Leslie Sincox, III, Richard George Hext, III
Patent number: 9217241
Abstract: A flow diverter device includes a diverter body. The diverter body defines therein two inlet channels and an outlet channel and includes a diverter valve defining therein a connecting channel. The diverter valve is movable between a first position wherein the connecting channel fluidly connects one of the inlet channels with the outlet channel only and a second position wherein the connecting channel fluidly connects the other of the inlet channels with the outlet channel only. The flow diverter device further includes a sleeve component including a secondary inlet channel and a secondary outlet channel. The sleeve component is connectable to the diverter body.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Timothy Scott Shaffer, Michael Lee Alsip
Patent number: 9217167
Abstract: Provided herein are methods for generation and amplification of a single-stranded DNA circle in a single reaction vessel from a linear DNA without any intervening purification steps. The single-stranded DNA circle is generated via a template-independent single-stranded DNA ligation. Whole-genome amplification of circulating nucleic acids extracted from blood is provided. Kits for performing the disclosed methods are also provided.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 26, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ryan Charles Heller, John Richard Nelson, Erik Leeming Kvam
Patent number: 9217334
Abstract: The present application provides a cover plate assembly for use with a rotor disk. The cover plate assembly may include a radial flange extending from the rotor disk, a flange aperture extending through the radial flange, a cover plate segment with a fastening aperture and a hook for receiving the radial flange, and a fastener extending through the flange aperture and the fastening aperture.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 26, 2011
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Wesley Harris, Jr., Gary Charles Liotta
Patent number: 9217112
Abstract: A system and method of converting natural gases to liquids is provided. The system includes a catalytic partial oxidation (CPO) system with natural gas, air and steam input, a Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) system taking syngas from the CPO system, and supplying product gases to a power engine (PE), after separation of the product liquids. An F-T steam output line is in fluid communication with the CPO-steam input line. The energy output from the PE is supplied to the compressors and condensers, to provide self-sustainability in energy, for the gas-to-liquid separation system.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 9, 2015
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Surinder Prabhjot Singh, John Brian McDermott, Lingzhi Zhang
Patent number: 9216495
Abstract: A spacer for holding an alignment of two concentric cylinders including at least two arcuate spacer segments, each of the at least two arcuate spacer segments having at least one spacer passage for receiving a part of a coupling bolt, each of the at least two arcuate spacer segments fitting between each of two respective end surfaces of two concentric cylinders, each end surface having a cylindrical seat; and a ring with an outer surface adjoining an inner surface of each of the at least two arcuate spacer segments.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 9, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Thomas Joseph Farineau
Patent number: 9217335
Abstract: A fixture and method for adjusting a workpiece are disclosed. The fixture includes a holding device engageable to a workpiece to secure the workpiece, and an adjustment device engageable to a projecting member of the workpiece and movable along a first axis and a second axis. Movement of the adjustment device along the first axis when engaged to the projecting member adjusts the projecting member along the first axis, and movement of the adjustment device along the second axis when engaged to the projecting member adjusts the projecting member along the second axis.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 9, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Eunice D. Reyes, Javier Garza, Charles Van Buchan, Blake Allen Fulton, Steven Charles Woods, Mark Carmine Bellino
Patent number: 9217526
Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for testing the integrity of a portion of flexible pipe body. The method includes the steps of, via at least one port in an end fitting assembly in which an end of a portion of flexible pipe body is terminated, monitoring at least one parameter associated with an annulus region disposed between layers of the flexible pipe body, the annulus region being connected to the port by a connecting passageway.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 5, 2007
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
Inventor: Tony Eccleston
Patent number: 9216899
Abstract: A micro-electromechanical (MEM) synthetic jet actuator includes a semiconductor substrate having a cavity extending therethrough, such that a first opening is formed in a first surface of the semiconductor substrate and such that a second opening is formed in a second surface of the semiconductor substrate. A first flexible membrane is formed on at least a portion of the front surface of the semiconductor substrate and extends over the first opening. The first flexible membrane also includes an orifice formed therein aligned with the first opening. The MEM synthetic jet actuator also includes a second flexible membrane that is formed on at least a portion of the second surface of the semiconductor substrate and that extends over the second opening, and a pair of actuator elements coupled to the flexible membranes and aligned with the cavity to selectively cause displacement of the first and second flexible membranes.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 15, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mehmet Arik, Stanton Earl Weaver
Patent number: 9217373
Abstract: A fuel nozzle includes a center body that extends axially along an axial centerline for a length. A shroud circumferentially surrounds the center body for at least a portion of the length of the center body. A plurality of helical passages circumferentially surround the center body along at least a portion of the length of the center body, and a fuel port in each helical passage has a different convective time.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 27, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Gregory Allen Boardman, James Harold Westmoreland, III, Sarah Lori Crothers, Ronald James Chila
Patent number: 9217417
Abstract: A ram air turbine generator, for generating electrical power when the system is exposed to an airstream, includes a turbine having multiple blades and a rotor operably coupled to the blades and rotating about a shaft and stator mounted, such that rotation of the blades rotates the rotor, and the rotation of the rotor about the stator produces electrical power.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 31, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
Inventors: Dinesh Nath Taneja, Paul James Wirsch, Jr.
Patent number: 9217658
Abstract: A vaporizer including a reservoir for storing an anesthetic liquid agent and a vaporizing element configured to vaporize the anesthetic liquid agent. A level detector is located outside of and adjacent to the exterior of the reservoir. The level detector includes at least one electrical field sensor configured to provide an output voltage signal based upon the capacitance of material within the reservoir proximate the electrical field sensor. The vaporizer includes a display providing a visual indication of the amount of liquid anesthetic agent in the reservoir.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 30, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kenneth J. Kuehl, Michael Jones, William Breckenridge McHenry, Shawn Thomas Whitman
Patent number: 9217570
Abstract: An axial flow fuel nozzle for a gas turbine includes a plurality of annular passages for delivering materials for combustion. An annular air passage receives compressor discharge air, and a plurality of swirler vane slots are positioned adjacent an axial end of the annular air passage. A first next annular passage is disposed radially inward of the annular air passage and includes first openings positioned adjacent an axial end of the first annular passage and downstream of the swirler vane slots. A second next annular passage is disposed radially inward of the first annular passage and includes second openings positioned adjacent an axial end of the second annular passage and downstream of the first openings.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 20, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nishant Govindbhai Parsania, Geoffrey D. Myers, Gregory Allen Boardman
Patent number: 9218690
Abstract: A method 10 of modeling hyperspectral images includes building a scene in a first frame with objects and materials using a three dimensional modeling tool 16, selecting one or more hyperspectral bands and changing the reflectivity of each object and material 20 in the scene to correspond to reflectivity in the hyperspectral bands, changing the emissivity of a spectral source 24 for each object and material in the scene to correspond to the emissivity of the spectral source in the hyperspectral bands, rendering the scene to generate a hyperspectral image 28, and repeating the process for subsequent frames 30.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 29, 2012
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS, LLC
Inventors: Eric Daniel Buehler, Benjamin Thomas Occhipinti, Konrad Robert Kuczynski, Matthew James Schafer
Patent number: 9217654
Abstract: A hydrocarbon-fueled hot water heater for supplying hot water includes a cold water inlet, a hot water outlet, a selectively activatable burner for applying heat to a volume of water between the inlet and the outlet, a sensor for sensing activation of the at least one burner, and a communication interface for communicating data corresponding to the activation of the at least one burner to a processor configured to multiply the amount of time the burner is activated by a known value corresponding to a flow rate of the burner to estimate an amount of fuel consumed by the hydrocarbon-fueled hot water heater. Other devices and methods of submetering hydrocarbon fueled water heaters are also included.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 15, 2010
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John K. Besore, Michael Thomas Beyerle, Timothy Dale Worthington, Joseph Mark Brian
Patent number: 9218734
Abstract: A device configured to be disposed on or proximate to a dispenser and to detect hand hygiene compliance is provided. The device includes a proximity detection device configured to detect a location and an identifier of a caregiver within a proximity of the device. The device also includes a transducer configured to detect a release event from the dispenser by detecting an acoustic waveform emitted from the dispenser when soap or sanitizer is released from the dispenser. The device further includes a processing device configured to associate the caregiver with the release event based on detecting the acoustic waveform when the caregiver is located within the proximity of the device.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 24, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Lee Wallace, Todd Franklin Scarola
Patent number: 9218632
Abstract: Apparatus and method for managing energy of a home or other structure are disclosed. An energy management system for a home network comprises a central device controller configured to communicate with energy consuming devices, energy generation devices and storage devices at a home. Power/energy measuring devices provide consumption measurements for the home and each device to the controller. A user interface has a client application configured to provide information to a user/consumer and to an energy provider/utility about energy consumption, energy generation and storage. An energy profile and a carbon footprint of an individual's home are generated along with recommendations for energy savings and/or possible addition of on site generation or energy storage.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 19, 2013
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Kevin Farrelly Nolan, David C. Bingham, David Joseph Najewicz
Patent number: 9218744
Abstract: A method for managing aircraft ground operations includes receiving an initial gate assignment schedule, an initial operational task schedule, and a current flight schedule. The method also includes determining a first adjusted gate assignment schedule based at least in part on the initial gate assignment schedule and the current flight schedule to reduce costs associated with reassigning aircraft to alternative gates. In addition, the method includes determining a first adjusted operational task schedule based at least in part on the initial operational task schedule and the current flight schedule to reduce costs associated with reassigning ground crew members to alternative tasks. Furthermore, the method includes determining a second adjusted gate assignment schedule and a second adjusted operational task schedule based at least in part on the current flight schedule, the first adjusted gate assignment schedule, and the first adjusted operational task schedule.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 31, 2014
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jon David Petersen, Srinivas Bollapragada, Weiwei Chen
Patent number: D745840
Type: Grant
Filed: June 9, 2014
Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: William Maholick, Jaime Jesus Garcia, Kenneth Swartfager, Miguel Alejo Hernandez
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