General Electric Patents

Patent number: 8790079
Abstract: An inlet for a ram air turbine. The inlet is positioned forward of a turbine shaft, which is configured to rotate about a portion of an object. The inlet has a fixed geometry that chokes airflow through the inlet to prevent overspeed of the turbine shaft.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 31, 2010
Issued: July 29, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Trevor Andrew Tersmette, Christopher Allen Ryan
Patent number: 8791362
Abstract: An electrical panel including a housing configured to house one or more electrical components that are accessible from outside the housing. A shutter door assembly is coupled to the housing. The shutter door assembly comprises a compartment door and a barrier panel slidably coupled to the compartment door. The barrier panel is configured to be placed in a closed position that obstructs access to the one or more electrical components through the compartment door and an open position that provides access to the one or more electrical components through the compartment door.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 24, 2012
Issued: July 29, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Anuraj Kumar
Application number: 20140205048
Abstract: Systems and methods for providing override control for a feedwater pump recirculation valve are provided. According to one embodiment, a system may include a controller and a processor communicatively coupled to the controller. The processor may be configured to receive one or more measurements associated with pump motor power driving feedwater pump flow. The feedwater pump recirculation valve may be configured to maintain a predetermined minimum recirculation flow through the feedwater pump by regulating recirculation pump flow through a recirculation line. The processor may be also configured to calculate, based at least in part on the one or more measurements, the recirculation pump flow, and compare the recirculation pump flow to the predetermined minimum recirculation flow. Based at least in part on the comparing, the processor may selectively provide an override control signal to the feedwater pump recirculation valve to selectively modify the recirculation pump flow.
Type: Application
Filed: January 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: John Petzen, Gautam Chatterji
Application number: 20140203561
Abstract: A wind turbine drivetrain is disclosed. The wind turbine drivetrain includes a planetary gearbox. The planetary gearbox includes a carrier rotatably driven at a first input rotational speed, and a planet gear rotatably mounted to the carrier. The planetary gearbox further includes a sun gear rotatably coupled to the planet gear, and a ring gear rotatably coupled to the planet gear. One of the carrier, the sun gear, or the ring gear is selectively rotatably driven at a second input rotational speed. The wind turbine drivetrain further includes an output gear rotatably driven by the planetary gearbox at an output rotational speed, and a motor selectively operable to rotatably drive the one of the carrier, the sun gear, or the ring gear.
Type: Application
Filed: January 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Adam Daniel Minadeo, Stephen Peter Luchetta
Application number: 20140204493
Abstract: A relay control circuit is disclosed. In one aspect, the relay control circuit is a hybrid of a double winding relay control scheme and a single winding relay control scheme.
Type: Application
Filed: March 19, 2014
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Murali Krishna Bezawada, Manoj Kumar Vadali
Application number: 20140203557
Abstract: A system including a gas turbine system and an electrolysis unit configured to produce a hydrogen gas for reducing a minimum emissions compliance load of the gas turbine system.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Kihyung Kim, Seyfettin Can Gulen
Application number: 20140208159
Abstract: A collaboration system may include a first computing device that may communicate with at least one other computing device via a computing network. The computing network may communicatively couple to a number of computing devices and the first computing device may receive inspection data acquired by one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) devices. After receiving the inspection data, the first computing device may determine at least one of a workflow for analyzing the inspection data based on the inspection data, a layout configured to display the inspection data, or a set of tools configured to analyze the inspection data. The first computing device may then implement the workflow, display the inspection data according to the layout, and/or display the set of tools. The workflow may include one or more processes that may be used to analyze the inspection data.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Charles Burton Theurer, Robert Carroll Ward, Susan Montagna, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140207403
Abstract: A method includes obtaining, via an inspection instrument, identifying information relating to an object that is to be inspected; querying, via the inspection instrument, a data source for relevant inspection information using at least the identifying information; receiving, via the inspection instrument, the relevant inspection information; and configuring the inspection instrument, via changes automatically implemented by the inspection instrument, based upon the received relevant inspection information.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Howard Messinger, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140205490
Abstract: A nickel-based alloy and a turbine component including a nickel-based alloy are disclosed. The nickel-based alloy includes, by weight, between about 8% and about 11% cobalt, up to about 3% niobium, up to about 3% titanium, up to about 2.3% aluminum, up to about 3% tungsten, up to about 25% chromium, up to about 0.1% carbon, up to about 0.01% boron, and a balance nickel, or the nickel-based alloy includes, by weight, between about 1% and about 3% niobium, between about 1% and about 3% titanium, between about 2.1% and about 2.5% aluminum, up to about 3% tungsten, up to about 11% cobalt, up to about 25% chromium, up to about 0.1% carbon, up to about 0.01% boron, and a balance nickel. The turbine component includes the nickel-based alloy.
Type: Application
Filed: July 31, 2012
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ganjiang FENG, Michael Douglas ARNETT, Yan CUI, Shan LIU, Matthew J. LAYLOCK
Application number: 20140205440
Abstract: A seal assembly for rotary machine is provided. The seal assembly includes multiple compliant plates disposed between a stationary component and a rotary component of the rotary machine, and coupled circumferentially along the stationary component. Each compliant plate comprises a tip configured to be disposed facing the rotary component, and at least one plate slot extending from the stationary component towards the rotary component. The seal assembly also includes at least one annular resistance member configured to be coupled to the stationary component and disposed in the at least one plate slot in the compliant plates and one or more rotor slots or grooves located circumferentially on a surface of the rotary component proximate the tip of each of the plurality of compliant plates.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ajay Keshava Rao, Hrishikesh Vishvas Deo
Application number: 20140208390
Abstract: A system including a controller having a data repository configured to store a first mapping associating a user to an Application Certificate and a second mapping associating the user to a user privilege. The system further includes an OPC Unified Architecture (UA) server configured to provide server access based on receiving the Application Certificate from an OPC UA client and enforcing the user privilege, in which the user privilege is retrievable based on the first and the second mappings.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Susan Jean Brown, Richard William Shaw, JR., Jeffery Martin Emery
Application number: 20140202163
Abstract: Additive manufacturing techniques may be utilized to construct effusion plates. Such additive manufacturing techniques may include defining a configuration for an effusion plate having one or more internal cooling channels. The manufacturing techniques may further include depositing a powder into a chamber, applying an energy source to the deposited powder, and consolidating the powder into a cross-sectional shape corresponding to the defined configuration. Such methods may be implemented to construct an effusion plate having one or more channels with a curved cross-sectional geometry.
Type: Application
Filed: January 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Thomas Edward Johnson, Christopher Paul Keener, Heath Michael Ostebee, Daniel Gerritt Wegerif
Application number: 20140207419
Abstract: A system is provided that includes computer-readable storage configured to store non-destructive testing inspection data relating to a portion of an object that has been inspected. Further, a processor presents a model associated with the object, associates the inspection data with the related portion of the object; and presents an indication of availability of the inspection data on a portion of the presented model. The portion of the presented model relates to the portion of the object associated with the inspection data.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Howard Messinger, Charles Burton Theurer, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Michael Christopher Domke, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140204643
Abstract: A control scheme for reducing current imbalance between parallel bridge circuits in a power converter system is provided. The power converter can include a plurality of bridge circuits coupled in parallel to increase the output power capability of the power system. The parallel bridge circuits can be controlled pursuant to a control scheme for reducing current imbalance between the parallel bridge circuits. In particular, a pulse test can be performed in which a pulse is applied to each of the plurality of bridge circuits. The switch timing of the switching elements responsive to the pulse can be measured and analyzed to determine a timing difference adjustment for one or more of the switching elements of the plurality of bridge circuits. The timing difference adjustment can be stored and used to adjust all subsequent switching events in the parallel bridge circuits.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, David Smith
Application number: 20140202130
Abstract: A multi-color pyrometry imaging system for a high-temperature asset includes at least one viewing port in optical communication with at least one high-temperature component of the high-temperature asset. The system also includes at least one camera device in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device includes a camera enclosure and at least one camera aperture defined in the camera enclosure, The at least one camera aperture is in optical communication with the at least one viewing port. The at least one camera device also includes a multi-color filtering mechanism coupled to the enclosure. The multi-color filtering mechanism is configured to sequentially transmit photons within a first predetermined wavelength band and transmit photons within a second predetermined wavelength band that is different than the first predetermined wavelength band.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jordi Estevadeordal, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan, Nilesh Tralshawala, Jeremy Clyde Bailey
Application number: 20140207417
Abstract: An inspection management system is provided. The inspection management system includes an inspection data provider that receives inspection data relating to an inspector, one or more devices used to complete an inspection, one or more assets associated with an inspection, an inspection plan, etc. A display of the inspection management system presents one or more graphical user interfaces based upon the inspection data. The graphical user interfaces may facilitate inspection planning, execution, preparation, and/or real-time inspection monitoring.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Howard Messinger, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Scott Leo Sbihli, Thomas Eldred Lambdin
Application number: 20140202160
Abstract: A system including a gas turbine engine, including a combustor configured to generate products of combustion, a turbine driven by the products of combustion from the combustor, a compressor having a compressor discharge leading into a chamber between the combustor and a compressor discharge casing, an extraction manifold coupled to the combustor, wherein the extraction manifold is fluidly coupled to the chamber.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Bryan Wesley Romig, Brandon Taylor Overby
Application number: 20140202498
Abstract: Blockages of turbomachine cooling circuit cooling holes resulting from coating processes can be removed by introducing a cleaning agent into the cooling circuit. The cooling circuit can be connected to a cleaning agent supply under pressure, adding force on the blockage to chemical action by the cleaning agent. The cleaning agent is chemically reactive with the coating material and substantially chemically non-reactive with the underlying material of the cooling circuit and other parts of the turbomachine. A neutralization agent can also be introduced to reduce toxicity and/or action of the cleaning agent.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Mark Carmine Bellino, Mark Lawrence Hunt
Application number: 20140205171
Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for correcting artifacts in iterative reconstruction processes. In certain embodiments, weighting schemes may be applied such that less than all of the available scan or projection data is utilized in the iterative reconstruction. In this manner, inconsistencies in the data undergoing reconstruction may be reduced.
Type: Application
Filed: March 24, 2014
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Kai Zeng, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
Application number: 20140208070
Abstract: System and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a first processor comprising a serial peripheral interface (SPI) port, and a second processor. The system further includes a galvanic isolation barrier. The system additionally includes a SPI bridge comprising a first output pin control configured to control a device. The SPI bridge additionally includes a first analog multiplexor control configured to route signals to a circuitry. The SPI bridge is configured to communicatively couple the first processor with the second processor through the galvanic isolation barrier, and to communicatively couple the first processor to the device through the first output pin control, and to route the signals between the first processor and the circuitry by using the first analog multiplexor control.
Type: Application
Filed: December 14, 2011
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Daniel Milton Alley, Xiaomin Hu, Ye Xu
Application number: 20140203934
Abstract: A dynamic alarm system for operating a power plant is disclosed. The dynamic alarm system includes a sensor configured to generate a signal related to a measurement of an operation of the power plant. An interface displays a generated alarm to an operator and receives a dynamic rating value from the operator related to the generated alarm. A processor generates the alarm using the generated signal, compiles the rating value and alters an operation of the power plant from the compiled rating value.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Justin Varkey John, Robert William Grubbs, Jonathan Carl Thatcher
Application number: 20140205471
Abstract: Various embodiments include approaches for determining a top-dead-center (TDC) of a reciprocating compressor. In some cases, an apparatus includes: a pressure transducer configured to measure pressure fluctuations inside a compressor cylinder and convert the pressure fluctuations into an asynchronous waveform; and at least one computing device operably connected with the pressure transducer, the at least one computing device configured to: extract a data set representing piston angles over a single revolution of a piston within the compressor cylinder from the asynchronous waveform; remove data representing invalid piston angles from the data set to form a refined data set; determine an average piston angle for the single revolution from the refined data set; and adjust the refined data set to identify a top-dead-center (TDC) position of the piston within the compressor cylinder.
Type: Application
Filed: January 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Brian Francis Howard
Application number: 20140207393
Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a cloud flowmeter are provided by certain embodiments of the disclosure. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, there is disclosed a method, which can include receiving, from a meter device, at least one flow signal via at least one network; determining, based in part on the at least one flow signal, at least one flow characteristic, data characteristic, or meter characteristic; and storing the at least one flow characteristic, data characteristic, or meter characteristic in a data storage device remote from the meter device.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Michael Brusilovsky
Application number: 20140207317
Abstract: A system includes an application device, a control unit, a detection unit, an identification unit, and a secondary analysis module. The application device is configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with a route. The control unit is configured to control supply of electric current to inject an examination signal into the route via the application device. The detection unit is configured to monitor one or more electrical characteristics of the route. The identification unit is configured to examine the one or more electrical characteristics of the route to determine whether a section of the route is potentially damaged. The secondary analysis module is configured to perform a secondary analysis of the potentially damaged section of the route to at least one of confirm that damage has occurred, identify a type of damage, or assess a level of damage.
Type: Application
Filed: March 21, 2014
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Jeffrey Michael Fries, Jared Klineman Cooper, Steven Ehret
Application number: 20140202249
Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor assembly for testing a pipe includes a first and second transducer rings attached to the pipe and spaced apart along a length of the pipe. The first transducer ring includes a plurality of transmitters for transmitting a wave, such as a non-dispersive guided wave. The first transducer ring transmits the wave along the pipe. The second transducer ring includes a plurality of receivers for receiving the wave. A relative position of the first transducer ring with respect to a circumferential position of the second transducer ring is determined based on characteristics of the wave received by the second transducer ring. A method of positioning the ultrasonic sensor assembly on the pipe is also provided.
Type: Application
Filed: January 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Wei Luo, James Norman Barshinger, Debasish Mishra, Anusha Rammohan
Application number: 20140204557
Abstract: An improved assembly for illuminating knobs on an appliance is provided. Light from a light source is positioned below a surface of the appliance to shine through a light transmissive insert in an aperture in the surface to illuminate a bottom surface of a control knob and/or part of the surface of the appliance. A fluid seal is maintained by the assembly between one side of the appliance surface where the knob is positioned, and an opposing side of the appliance surface where the light source is positioned.
Type: Application
Filed: January 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Paul Bryan Cadima, Anthony Michael Shaw
Application number: 20140205424
Abstract: Embodiments of the present application include a variable stator vanes control mechanism for a gas turbine engine. The control mechanism includes a moveable actuation rod in operative communication with a first unison ring such that movement of the actuation rod drives the first unison ring. The control mechanism also includes a bell crank mechanism in operative communication with the first unison ring and a second unison ring such that movement of the first unison ring drives the second unison ring.
Type: Application
Filed: August 29, 2012
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jayakrishna Velampati, Harry McFarland Jarrett, JR., Wayne R. Bowen, Padmapriya Vijayakumar, Sasi Kumar Tippabhotla
Application number: 20140207365
Abstract: Methods for determining a flight path for a data-collecting aircraft having a sensor may include defining a data-collecting area, subdividing the data-collecting area into zones, defining a waypoint for each of the zones to define a set of waypoints, and determining a flight path for the data-collecting aircraft incorporating the waypoints.
Type: Application
Filed: April 12, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
Inventor: GE Aviation Systems LLC
Application number: 20140202940
Abstract: An apparatus includes a canister comprising a venturi component. The venturi component includes a check valve and a channel defined in the venturi component coupling the check valve to an interior cavity of the canister. Another apparatus additionally includes a plenum fluidly coupled to a venturi component via a channel defined in the venturi component such that a check valve only permits fluid to travel from the plenum into the canister.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Timothy Scott Shaffer
Application number: 20140205173
Abstract: The invention relates to a computer implemented method and systems for cell level fish dot counting. FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) dot counting is the process of enumerating chromosomal abnormalities in the cells which can be used in areas of diagnosis and cancer research. The method comprises in part overlaying images of a biological sample comprising a nuclear counterstain mask and a FISH binary mask. The FISH binary mask is extracted using a multi-level extended h-maxima or h-minima.
Type: Application
Filed: March 25, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dirk Ryan Padfield, Anitti Eljas Seppo, Yousef Ahmed Al-Kofahi
Application number: 20140202502
Abstract: A filtering system for a dishwashing appliance is provided that can remove fine particles from the wash and rinse fluids. The system includes a filter cartridge that can be rotated between filter media equipped for removal of different particulate sizes depending upon e.g., the cycle or stage of the cleaning process and/or anticipated particle size. The filter cartridge is positioned upstream from the pump inlet. In certain embodiments, the filter cartridge can be removable for servicing.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan, Adam Christopher Hofmann, Matthew David Mersch
Application number: 20140205073
Abstract: An X-ray source comprising a cathode element adapted to generate a stream of electrons. The X-ray source includes an anode element adapted to present a focal spot position for the stream of electrons. A vacuum chamber contains the cathode element and anode element. The anode element and/or the cathode element can be moveable with respect to the other in coordination with the generation of the stream of electrons.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: John Eric Tkaczyk, Remy Andre Klausz, Scott Stephen Zelakiewicz, Vasile Bogdan Neculaes, Xi Zhang
Application number: 20140207514
Abstract: A method provides identification information configured to identify a particular step or portion of an inspection process. Supplemental data relating to the particular step or portion is received based at least in part upon the identification information. This supplemental data is presented to an inspector or other operator.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Robert Carroll Ward, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140204702
Abstract: Various approaches are described for visualizing one-dimensional A-scan data samples in a three-dimensional space. Each of the data samples represents ultrasonic signals received from a test material. The data samples are transformed into the three-dimensional space as a geometric shape corresponding to a relative amount of ultrasonic energy reflected back from the test material. The data samples as transformed into the three-dimensional space with the geometric shapes rendered therein can be displayed.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Ralf Ratering
Application number: 20140207862
Abstract: A collaboration system for sharing data in a non-destructive testing (NDT) system may include a first computing device that may receive data that has been acquired using one or more NDT inspection devices. The first computing device may then establish a communication connection between itself and some other computing device such that the communication connection may enable the first computing device to share data with the other computing device. After establishing the communication connection, the first computing device may determine location information that corresponds to the data. Using the location information, the first computing device may then determine one or more assets that correspond to the data. The first computing device may then identify information associated with the assets and display the information.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Robert Carroll Ward, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140207875
Abstract: A method for sharing data in a non-destructive testing (NDT) system may include receiving, using a microprocessor, an indication of data to be shared such that the data has been acquired using one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection devices. The method may also include receiving a format in which to send the data, receiving one or more recipients designated to receive the data to be shared; and automatically modifying the data into the format and sending the modified data to the recipients once the data has been acquired by the NDT inspection devices.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Howard Messinger, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Charles Burton Theurer, Michael Christopher Domke, Robert Carroll Ward, Scott Leo Sbihli, Thomas Eldred Lambdin
Application number: 20140205472
Abstract: An example dual pump/dual bypass fuel pumping assembly may include a dual bypass valve including a first inlet port, a second inlet port, and a movable spool arranged to modulate fuel flow from the first inlet port to a first bypass port and a first discharge port and arranged to modulate fuel flow from the second inlet port to a second bypass port and a second discharge port based on a position of the movable spool; a first pump arranged to supply fuel to the first inlet port; a second pump arranged to supply fuel to the second inlet port; a supply header arranged to supply fuel to the first pump and the second pump; a bypass header fluidically coupled to the first bypass port, the second bypass port, and the supply header; and/or a discharge header fluidically coupled to the first discharge port and the second discharge port.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: General Electric Company
Application number: 20140202068
Abstract: A system includes a grinder, a storage unit, and an organic compound production unit. The grinder is configured to produce a fuel slurry from a solid fuel, a liquid, and an organic compound that is miscible with the liquid. The storage unit is configured to supply the organic compound to the grinder. The organic compound production unit is configured to receive a portion of syngas generated by a gasifier to generate the organic compound for supply to the storage unit.
Type: Application
Filed: January 21, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Richard Anthony Depuy, Raul Eduardo Ayala
Application number: 20140205449
Abstract: A gamma prime nickel-base superalloy and components formed therefrom that exhibit improved high-temperature dwell capabilities, including creep and hold time fatigue crack growth behavior. A particular example of a component is a powder metallurgy turbine disk of a gas turbine engine. The gamma-prime nickel-base superalloy contains, by weight: 16.0 to 30.0% cobalt; 9.5 to 12.5% chromium; 4.0 to 6.0% tantalum; 2.0 to 4.0% aluminum; 2.0 to 3.4% titanium; 3.0 to 6.0% tungsten; 1.0 to 4.0% molybdenum; 1.5 to 3.5% niobium; up to 1.0% hafnium; 0.02 to 0.20% carbon; 0.01 to 0.05% boron; 0.02 to 0.10% zirconium; the balance essentially nickel and impurities. The superalloy has a W+Nb?Cr value of at least ?6, is free of observable amounts of sigma and eta phases, and exhibits a time to 0.2% creep at 1300° F. and 100 ksi of at least 1000 hours.
Type: Application
Filed: July 23, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: David Paul Mourer, Richard DiDomizio, Timothy Hanlon, Daniel Yeuching Wei, Andrew Ezekiel Wessman, Kenneth Rees Bain, Andrew Martin Powell
Application number: 20140207261
Abstract: Certain embodiments herein relate to automated display of permissive logic in control systems associated with a power generation unit. A control device may be configured to provide automated updates of system data, such as signals received from power generation equipment, to an HMI or SCADA display, as non-limiting examples. A logic builder block may receive permissive logic configurations, including one or more combinational logic blocks. A logic builder block may be associated with power generation equipment to facilitate the identification of related system data and the subsequent association of the system data to corresponding input pins for the combinational logic blocks. The permissive logic configurations may be compiled into object code and downloaded to the control device, where it may be executed to perform the above described functions, among other functions.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert William Grubbs, Lester D. Childs, Adam Foard, Muhammad Adnan, Timothy Joseph Rhode
Application number: 20140205444
Abstract: Various embodiments include a turbomachine including a swirl-inhibiting seal. In various particular embodiments, a turbomachine includes: a rotor section having sets of axially disposed blades; a diaphragm section at least partially surrounding the rotor section, the diaphragm section including a set of nozzles positioned between adjacent sets of axially disposed blades, wherein the set of nozzles includes at least one nozzle having: a base section coupled to the diaphragm section; a blade coupled to the base section; and a radial tip section coupled to a radial end of the blade, the radial tip section including an axially extending flange having a slot extending therethrough for controlling fluid flow within the turbomachine.
Type: Application
Filed: January 21, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Jason Winfred Jewett, Richard James Miller, JR.
Application number: 20140205070
Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments contemplate systems and methods in an X-ray imaging system, such as a CT system, facilitating more crisp switching between high and low voltages at an X-ray tube. Certain embodiments circuits which store and discharge energy to improve voltage rise and fall times. These circuits may mitigate the effects of losses, hysteresis cycles, and leakage currents. More controlled voltage rise and fall times may improve X-ray emission and detection synchronization.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Antonio Caiafa
Application number: 20140207601
Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium may include executable instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to provide for a non-destructive testing (NDT) ecosystem. The NDT ecosystem includes a repository of digital content, and a store configured to sell the digital content to a customer, wherein the digital content is executable by a NDT device and wherein the digital content is created by a plurality of entities.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Scott Leo Sbihli, Francois Xavier De Fromont, Jason Howard Messinger
Application number: 20140202979
Abstract: A container is provided for the storage and sampling of aqueous samples, such as deionized water samples. The container comprises an enclosure with an open mouth portion that is sealed via a needle penetratable septa. The septa overlies the mouth and seals the enclosure from the outside atmosphere. The septa comprises a foil layer adjacent the mouth that provides a border between the enclosure and the outside atmosphere and a Teflon layer adjacent the sample. A silicone containing layer of the septa is provided intermediate the foil layer and Teflon layer. A cap member may be provided that is detachably and sealingly engaged to the container covering the mouth. A CO2 adsorbent material may be provided in the space existing between the mouth of the enclosure and a cap member.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Paul Peter Kosenka
Application number: 20140203104
Abstract: A system and method for the packaging of a synthetic jet actuator is disclosed. A synthetic jet actuator is provided that includes a first plate, a second plate spaced apart from the first plate and arranged parallelly thereto, and a housing positioned about the first and second plates and defining a chamber. The housing includes at least one orifice therein such that the chamber is in fluid communication with an external environment. The synthetic jet actuator also includes a mounting mechanism configured to mount the first and second plates within the housing in a suspended arrangement and an actuator element coupled to at least one of the first and second plates to selectively cause deflection thereof, thereby changing a volume within the chamber so that a series of fluid vortices are generated and projected to the external environment out from the at least one orifice of the housing.
Type: Application
Filed: March 20, 2014
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mehmet Arik, William Edward Burdick, JR.
Application number: 20140203092
Abstract: The present subject matter relates methods and systems for operation of an HVAC system including a heat pump and a secondary energy source (electric or gas) where a utility's demand response server may issue demand response event instructions. Upon receipt of a demand response event instruction as set point for controlling the HVAC system may be changed and, upon expiration of the demand response event, the HVAC system is controlled so that operation of its secondary energy source is inhibited until recovery of the system to its user established set point is obtained.
Type: Application
Filed: January 24, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jay Andrew Broniak, Joseph Mark Brian, Jeffrey Jacoby
Application number: 20140204630
Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing current imbalance between parallel bridge circuits used in a power converter of a power generation system, such as a wind driven doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) system, are provided. The power converter can include a plurality of bridge circuits coupled in parallel to increase the output power capability of the system. Each of the bridge circuits can include a pair of switching elements, such as insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), coupled in series with one another. The switching elements of the parallel bridge circuits can be controlled, for instance, using control commands (e.g. pulse width modulation commands) according to a substantially non-interleaved switching pattern. The timing of the control commands according to the substantially non-interleaved switching pattern can be adjusted to reduce current imbalance between the parallel bridge circuits.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Anthony Michael Klodowski
Application number: 20140207406
Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided. The method includes determining a current state within an inspection process, and determining a first portion of an inspection process that corresponds to the current state within the inspection process, wherein the inspection process comprises a plurality of steps that correspond to an inspection process. The method further includes presenting a first instructional aide associated with the first portion, and automatically presenting a second instructional aide that corresponds to a second portion of the inspection process when the current state corresponds to the second portion.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Jason Howard Messinger, Charles Burton Theurer
Application number: 20140207874
Abstract: A collaboration system may include a computing device that may communicate with the at least one other computing device via a computing network network. The computing device may receive data that has been acquired using one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection devices, receive an input that may cause a list of one or more experts indicated as available to collaborate to be derived. The computing device may also receive a selection of at least one expert from the list of experts. After receiving the expert selection, the computing device may establish a communication connection between the computing device and the at least one other computing device that corresponds to the at least one expert. Here, the communication connection may share data depicted on the computing device with the at least one other computing device.
Type: Application
Filed: January 22, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140207301
Abstract: A method for restoring power based on forecasted loads is described. The method includes identifying at least one zone within a power distribution network and predicting an energy demand of the at least one zone. The method also includes identifying at least one alternate source of power for the at least one zone, identifying at least one switch within the power distribution network capable of supplying power from the at least one alternate source to the at least one zone, and generating a restoration plan for restoring power to the at least one zone.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ramon Juan San Andres, Atul Nigam, Kamal Kumar Arvind, Mary Elizabeth Bain