General Electric Patents

Application number: 20140186690
Abstract: The present application provides for metal rings and ceramic collars for active brazing in sodium-based thermal batteries. The metal rings may be outer and inner Ni rings configured for sealing to an alpha-alumina collar via active brazing for use in NaMx cells. The inner and outer Ni metal rings may be sealed to differing portions of the alpha-alumina collar. The portions of the outer and inner Ni rings active brazed to the alpha-alumina collar may define a tapered thickness that reduces internal stresses at the active brazed joints resulting from differing coefficients of thermal expansion between the Ni metal rings and the alpha-alumina collar. The portions of the outer and inner Ni rings and alpha-alumina collar sealed by active brazing, and thereby the active braze joints themselves, may be oriented to control or dictate the stresses on the joints during use.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Michael Colan MOSCINSKI, Badri Narayan RAMAMURTHI, Sundeep KUMAR, Mohamed RAHMANE
Application number: 20140182560
Abstract: A fuel system is provided for use with a variable speed dual fuel engine. The fuel system comprises a first fuel injector configured for supplying diesel fuel to the engine, a second fuel injector configured for supplying natural gas to the engine, and a fuel controller configured to implement a diesel injection schedule and a natural gas injection schedule based on at least a fuel map, an optimal engine speed and a current engine speed.
Type: Application
Filed: December 10, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Frank Veit, Brandon Larson, Paul Gemin, Ramesh Krishnan, Martin Butcher, Roy Primus, Rekha Prasad
Application number: 20140186684
Abstract: An electrochemical cell is presented. The cell includes a housing formed of a metallic material. A component is disposed within an anode compartment of the cell that contains an alkali metal. The component comprises a sacrificial metal that has an oxidation potential less than the oxidation potential of the housing material. An energy storage device including such an electrochemical cell is also provided.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: General Electric Company
Application number: 20140187934
Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring a medical device are provided. One system includes a computer configured to access a plurality of stored Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) worklists and transmit DICOM worklist information. The system also includes a medical device configured to receive the DICOM worklist information including examination or scan info nation for the medical device and determine a preset configuration for the medical device corresponding to an examination or scan using the examination or scan information. The medical device is further configured to automatically select the preset configuration to set one or more acquisition parameters for the examination or scan.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Mark Steven Urness
Application number: 20140185894
Abstract: A magnetic resonance (MR) imaging method includes acquiring MR signals having phase and magnitude at q-space locations using a diffusion sensitizing pulse sequence performed on a tissue of interest, wherein the acquired signals each include a set of complex Fourier encodings representing a three-dimensional displacement distribution of the spins in a q-space location. The signals each include information relating to coherent motion and incoherent motion in the q-space location. The method also includes determining a contribution by coherent motion to the phase of the acquired MR signals; removing the phase contribution attributable to coherent motion from the acquired MR signals to produce a complex data set for each q-space location and an image of velocity components for each q-space location; and producing a three-dimensional velocity image from the image of the velocity components.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Marion Irene Menzel, Christopher Judson Hardy, Kevin Franklin King, Luca Marinelli, Ek Tsoon Tan, Jonathan Immanuel Sperl
Application number: 20140188767
Abstract: A method for determining fleet conditions and operational management thereof, performed by a central system includes receiving fleet data from at least one distributed data repository. The fleet data is substantially representative of information associated with a fleet of physical assets. The method also includes processing the received fleet data for the fleet using at least one process of a plurality of processes. The plurality of processes assess the received fleet data into processed fleet data. The method additionally includes determining a fleet condition status using the processed fleet data and the at least one process of the plurality of processes. The method further includes generating a fleet response. The fleet response is substantially representative of a next operational step for the fleet of physical assets. The method also includes transmitting the fleet response to at least one of a plurality of fleet response recipients.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Naresh Sundaram Iyer, Anil Varma, James Kenneth Aragones, Weizhong Yan, Piero Patrone Bonissone, Feng Xue
Application number: 20140188768
Abstract: A computer-implemented system for creating customized model ensembles on demand is provided. An input module is configured to receive a query. A selection module is configured to create a model ensemble by selecting a subset of models from a plurality of models, wherein selecting includes evaluating an aspect of applicability of the models with respect to answering the query. An application module is configured to apply the model ensemble to the query, thereby generating a set of individual results. A combination module is configured to combine the set of individual results into a combined result and output the combined result, wherein combining the set of individual results includes evaluating performance characteristics of the model ensemble relative to the query.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Piero Patrone Bonissone, Neil Holger White Eklund, Feng Xue, Naresh Sundaram Iyer, Weizhong Yan
Application number: 20140185912
Abstract: A computer-implemented system for enhanced automated visual inspection of a physical asset includes a visual inspection device capable of generating images of the physical asset and a computing device including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor. The computing device includes a storage device coupled to the memory device and coupled to the processor. The storage device includes at least one historic image of the physical asset and at least one engineering model substantially representing the physical asset. The computing device is configured to receive, from a present image source, at least one present image of the physical asset captured by the visual inspection device. The computing device is configured to identify at least one matching historic image corresponding to the at least one present image. The computing device is configured to identify at least one matching engineering model corresponding to the at least one present image.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Ser Nam Lim, Vinod Padmanabhan Kumar, Russell Robert Irving, John Brandon Laflen, Li Guan, Shubao Liu, Xingwei Yang
Application number: 20140185897
Abstract: A method of using computed tomography for determining a volumetric representation of a sample, involving a first reconstruction for reconstructing first reconstructed volume data of the sample from first x-ray projection data of the sample taken by an x-ray system, a second reconstruction for reconstructing second reconstructed volume data of the sample from second x-ray projection data of the sample taken by an x-ray system, characterized by calculating first individual confidence measures for single voxels of the first reconstructed volume data, calculating second individual confidence measures for single voxels of the second reconstructed volume data, and calculating, in a subsequent step, at least one resulting set of individual values for each voxel based on the first individual confidence measures and the second individual confidence measures.
Type: Application
Filed: May 27, 2011
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Inventors: Eberhard Neuser, Alexander Suppes, Nils Rothe, Michael Hoetter, Anja Frost
Application number: 20140182252
Abstract: A filtering net, in particular for a rotary separator, has a plurality of cells, which are substantially equal to one another and are defined by the replication of a base cell along two transversal directions of replication; the base cell comprises at least one intermediate filament and a first and a second end filament, arranged on opposite sides of the intermediate filament; the intermediate filament and the end filaments extend along respective longitudinal axes which are parallel; cross-sectioning the base cell with any plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axes of the filaments and joining, on said plane, the trace of each longitudinal axis with the trace of the adjacent longitudinal axis by a respective straight line, the two straight lines are incident at the trace of the longitudinal axis of the intermediate filament and form an incidence angle of between approximately 90° and 160°.
Type: Application
Filed: December 30, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GE AVIO S.r.l.
Inventors: Stefano ZECCHI, Federico DELLAVALLE, Daniele COUTANDIN
Application number: 20140187909
Abstract: A PET-MR apparatus includes an MR imaging system having an RF coil former having inner and outer surfaces, an RF shield formed about the outer surface of the RF coil former, and an RF coil positioned on the inner surface of the RF coil former. The PET-MR apparatus also includes a PET system having a detector array positioned to encircle the bore to acquire PET emissions of the subject of interest and a plurality of RF power cables to provide power to the RF coil. The RF coil of the PET-MR apparatus comprises an RF body coil including a pair of end rings and a plurality of rungs extending between the end rings, wherein the plurality of RF power cables are coupled to one of the pair of end rings, along an outer edge of the one end ring distal from the plurality of rungs.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Saikat Saha
Application number: 20140186175
Abstract: A wind blade is provided. The wind blade includes a body having an aerodynamic contour extended between a blade root and a blade tip. The wind blade also includes an extension tip sleeve arranged over the blade tip. The extension tip sleeve further includes a first portion having an extension blade and one or more structural ribs arranged on a pressure side of the wind blade. The extension tip sleeve also includes a second portion having a support structure located on a suction side of the wind blade. Furthermore, the wind blade includes a fairing having an airfoil shape for covering the one or more structural ribs, and the support structure of the extension tip sleeve.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Peggy Lynn Baehmann, Jaikumar Loganathan, Anindya Sengupta, Vasanth Kumar Balaramudu, Steven Robert Hayashi
Application number: 20140183676
Abstract: A digital X-ray detector includes a scintillator that is configured to absorb radiation emitted from an X-ray radiation source and to emit light photons in response to the absorbed radiation. The detector also includes a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) light imager that is configured to absorb the light photons emitted by the scintillator. The CMOS light imager includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is disposed opposite the second surface. The scintillator contacts the first surface of the CMOS light imager. The CMOS light imager further includes a CMOS pixel array with an array of CMOS pixels. Each individual CMOS pixel includes at least two row select transistors.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: James Liu
Application number: 20140189851
Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium may include executable instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to authenticate a user, and to retrieve a user profile based on the user. The instructions further cause the processor to apply the user profile to restrict an operation of a non-destructive testing (NDT) device.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Robert Carroll Ward, Francois Xavier De Fromont, Jason Howard Messinger, Scott Leo Sbihli
Application number: 20140182305
Abstract: A system includes a turbine combustor that includes a head end portion having a head end chamber, a combustion portion having a combustion chamber disposed downstream from the head end chamber, a cap disposed between the head end chamber and the combustion chamber, a mixing region configured to mix an exhaust flow with an oxidant flow to provide an oxidant-exhaust mixture, and a flow distributor configured to distribute the oxidant-exhaust mixture circumferentially around the head end chamber. The flow distributor includes at least one oxidant-exhaust mixture path.
Type: Application
Filed: October 30, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignees: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, General Electric Company
Inventors: Carolyn Ashley Antoniono, William Lawrence Byrne, Elizabeth Angelyn Fadde
Application number: 20140185745
Abstract: A collimator for use in a CT system made of an X-ray absorbing material, the collimator comprises an imaging aperture having a first width for passage of a first X-ray beam, the first X-ray beam being used for X-ray imaging, and a tracking aperture having a second width for passage of a second X-ray beam, the second X-ray beam being used for X-ray beam tracking.
Type: Application
Filed: December 20, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bin WANG, Jiang HSIEH, Xianjun PAN, Jiaqin DONG
Application number: 20140182352
Abstract: A system and method for evaluating the functionality of a blood pressure cuff. The system includes a support mandrel that receives a stimulation cuff connected to a blood pressure simulation device. The reference cuff is positioned around both the mandrel and the stimulation cuff and the blood pressure simulator is operated to inflate and deflate the stimulation cuff in a test pattern. A reference signal from the reference blood pressure cuff is received and stored for later analysis. Once the reference signal is recorded, a test blood pressure cuff is positioned around the stimulation cuff and the mandrel and the blood pressure simulator is operated to create the test pattern. An output signal from the test blood pressure cuff is recorded. The system compares the reference output signal to the test output signal to determine whether the test blood pressure cuff and the reference blood pressure cuff are functional equivalents.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Lawrence T. Hersh, Robert F. Donehoo, Gary J. Secora, Timothy R. Jubeck
Application number: 20140189335
Abstract: A system includes a utility meter. The utility meter includes a network interface and a processor. The processor is configured to determine whether the network interface is operational subsequent to a bootup of the utility meter. The processor is also configured to initiate a reboot of the utility meter using known valid firmware instruction set of the utility meter if the network interface is determined to be non-operational.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Zhan Liu, Bin Zhang, Bruce Robert Ladeau
Application number: 20140188778
Abstract: A system for determining anomaly conditions within a fleet of physical assets includes a central system having at least one computing device, the computing device including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor and a database associated with the central system. The system includes a plurality of databases and a plurality of client devices associated with the fleet of physical assets. The system is configured to receive a first set of fleet data. The system is further configured to generate one or more computer-executable steps for detection of predicted anomalies. The system is configured to receive a first set of fleet asset data. The system is configured to detect at least one physical asset from the fleet of physical assets predicted to have at least one anomaly using the one or more computer-executable steps for detection of predicted anomalies and the first set of fleet asset data.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Dustin Ross Garvey, Feng Xue
Application number: 20140184308
Abstract: A device includes a controller configured to regulate one or more voltages applied to a gate of an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). The controller is configured to receive one or more voltage values associated with the IGBT, and generate a gating signal and transmit the gating signal to the IGBT. The gating signal is configured to activate or deactivate the IGBT. The controller is configured to generate a voltage clamping signal and transmit the voltage clamping signal to activate or deactivate an active switching device. The active switching device is configured to periodically limit the one or more voltage values associated with the IGBT based at least in part on one or more characteristics of the voltage clamping signal.
Type: Application
Filed: February 14, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jun Zhu, Robert Gregory Wagoner, Huibin Zhu, Chengjun Wang
Application number: 20140188423
Abstract: A system may include a non-destructive testing (NDT) device. The NDT device may further include a communications system configured to receive control data from an external system, wherein the NDT device is configured to use the control data to control a component included in the NDT device, to control a parameter of the NDT device, or a combination thereof.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Howard Messinger, Robert Carroll Ward, Francois Xavier De Fromont, Michael Christopher Domke
Application number: 20140182388
Abstract: There is set forth herein a method comprising applying a drive signal to a drive element in a sensor assembly having a drive element and one or more sensor element so that responsively to the drive signal the drive element generates a magnetic flux that travels through a target, determining a strain of the target using a picked up output signal picked up by the one or more sensor element. In one embodiment, a sensor assembly can be employed for detecting a proximity of the target using a picked up output signal picked up by e.g., the drive element. In one embodiment, a drive signal can have a plurality of frequency components.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Pekka Tapani Sipila, Sherrie Clark, Charles T. Hatch, Lam Arthur Campbell
Application number: 20140183339
Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to shaping a readout pulse from a solid state photomultiplier (SSPM). A readout pulse can be received from the SSPM at an input of a buffer amplifier. The readout pulse can have a discharge portion with a discharge rate and a recharge portion with a recharge rate. A magnitude of the readout pulse increasing for the discharge portion and decreasing for the recharge portion. A frequency dependent input impedance circuit can be employed in electrical communication with the input of the buffer amplifier to shape the discharge portion of the readout pulse.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Sergei Ivanovich Dolinsky
Application number: 20140182302
Abstract: A system includes a turbine combustor that includes a head end portion having a head end chamber, a combustion portion having a combustion chamber disposed downstream from the head end chamber, a cap disposed between the head end chamber and the combustion chamber, and a flow distributor configured to distribute at least one of an exhaust flow, an oxidant flow, an oxidant-exhaust mixture, or any combination thereof circumferentially around the head end chamber.
Type: Application
Filed: October 30, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignees: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, General Electric Company
Inventors: Carolyn Ashley Antoniono, William Lawrence Byrne, Elizabeth Angelyn Fadde
Application number: 20140184222
Abstract: A matrix shim coil apparatus includes a plurality of coils configured to provide high order shimming. Each coil has a figure eight shape and a first loop and a second loop. In another embodiment, each coil is further folded along an axis of the coil creating a folded coil with an upper portion and a lower portion.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Derek Allan Seeber, Bruce Amm, Jean-Baptiste Mathieu
Application number: 20140183675
Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to imagining detectors and methods of fabricating the imagining detectors for use in medical imagining systems. In exemplary embodiments, a detector for an imaging device include a continuous unpatterned photoelectric material that forms a portion of a photosensor and an electrode disposed with respect to the photoelectric material to form an anode or cathode of the photosensor. Data readout lines connected to the outputs of transistors of the detector can be susceptible electronic noise from capacitive coupling between the electrode of the photosensor. In exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, a lateral offset and/or vertical offset between the electrode and the data readout lines can be formed to control the capacitive coupling between the electrode and the data readout line.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Aaron Judy Couture, Gautam Parthasarathy, Jie Jerry Liu
Application number: 20140182299
Abstract: A system includes a turbine having an exhaust flow path through a plurality of turbine stages, wherein the plurality of turbine stages is driven by combustion products flowing through the exhaust flow path, at least one main combustor disposed upstream from the turbine, wherein the at least one main combustor is configured to combust a fuel with a first oxidant and an exhaust gas to generate the combustion products, at least one reheat combustor disposed in or between turbine stages of the turbine, wherein the at least one reheat combustor is configured to reheat the combustion products by adding a second oxidant to react with unburnt fuel in the combustion products, and an exhaust gas compressor, wherein the exhaust gas compressor is configured to compress and route the exhaust gas from the turbine to the at least one main combustor along an exhaust recirculation path.
Type: Application
Filed: October 30, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Farrior Woodall, Andrei Tristan Evulet, Samuel David Draper
Application number: 20140183955
Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system includes an inverter feed path and a plurality of bypass feed paths configured to couple to an AC voltage source such that each bypass feed path includes a switch configured to couple the AC voltage source to the load when closed. The switch in each bypass feed path may be rated to conduct current that corresponds to an output of the inverter feed path. Each bypass feed path may be coupled in parallel with each other and the inverter feed path. The UPS system may also include at least one controller coupled to a respective inverter and to a respective rectifier in the inverter feed path and a plurality of controllers. Each controller may be coupled to a respective switch such that the at least one controller and the plurality of controllers communicate with each other via at least two communication buses.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Silvio Colombi, Lorenzo Giuntini
Application number: 20140185751
Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to projection-based volumetric dose estimation for X-ray systems, such as X-ray imaging systems. For example, in one embodiment, an X-ray system is capable of estimating an X-ray dose based on an energy interaction of the X-rays with respective portions of an object. In another embodiment, the X-ray dose estimate may be provided on a per voxel, per region, and/or per organ basis.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Zhye Yin, Xiaoyu Tian
Application number: 20140187948
Abstract: Systems and methods for ultrasound image rendering are provided. One system includes a user interface having a display configured to display ultrasound images for a volume data set and a content detection module configured to detect an object within the volume data set. The system also includes an image-processing module configured to receive ultrasound signals from a diagnostic probe and process the signals to generate the ultrasound images. The image-processing module is further configured to locally change an opacity function of the displayed ultrasound image based on the detected object to change an opacity of a subset of voxels in the volume data set.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Olivier Gerard, Stein Inge Rabben, Erik Normann Steen
Application number: 20140189561
Abstract: A method for configuring a data analyzer is provided. The method comprises displaying to a user, on a presentation interface coupled to a processor, a graphical representation of at least a portion of the data analyzer. A data analyzer configuration for the data analyzer is then generated using a user input interface, which is coupled to the presentation interface and the processor. The presentation interface then displays to the user a plurality of selectable machine train components. The method also comprises generating, using the user input interface, an interactive graphical representation of a machine train including at least one of the selectable machine train components. Using the processor, a configuration file is generated based on the data analyzer configuration and the graphical representation of the machine train. The configuration file facilitates diagnosing operation of the machine train using the data analyzer.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Gregory Mark Alldredge, Daryl Ronald Frogget, Donald Evan Marshall, Brian Dean Abbott, Jacqueline Marie Tappan, John Whitney Kingham
Application number: 20140184524
Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium may comprise instructions configured to display a virtual joystick, a virtual control pad, or a combination thereof and to derive control data based on a manipulation of the virtual joystick, the virtual control pad, or the combination thereof. The instructions may be further configured to communicate the control data to control a component of a non-destructive testing (NDT) device.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Eugene Schiefer, Michael Stanton Reeder, JR., Kevin Andrew Coombs, Rajeshkumar Venugopal
Application number: 20140183340
Abstract: The present embodiments are directed towards the optical control of switching an electrical assembly. For example, in an embodiment, an electrical package is provided. The electrical package generally includes a micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) device configured to interface with an electrical assembly, the MEMS device being operable to vary the electrical assembly between a first electrical state and a second electrical state, a MEMS device driver in communication with the MEMS device and being operable to produce high voltage switching logic from an electrical signal, and an optical detector in communication with the MEMS device driver and configured to produce the electrical signal from an optical signal produced by a light source in response to an applied current-based electrical control signal.
Type: Application
Filed: March 4, 2014
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Joseph Alfred Iannotti, Eric William Fiveland, William Chester Platt
Application number: 20140185056
Abstract: A system for sensing the position of a movable object includes a polarization maintaining fiber configured to receive light from a light source; an optical system configured to rotate an angle of polarization of the light by a first predetermined angle; a low birefringence fiber connected to the optical system at a first end and having a mirror connected to a second end configured to reflect the light and rotate the angle of polarization at a second predetermined angle, the second end being configured to overlap a magnetic field of the a magnet attached to the object. The angle of polarization is rotated to a third predetermined angle proportional to at least one of the strength of the magnetic field and an amount of the overlap. The optical system is configured to decompose the third predetermined angle into a first component and a second component. A detector is configured to detect a differential between the first and second components indicative of the amount of the overlap.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Sachin Narahari Dekate, Glen Peter Koste, Aaron Jay Knobloch, Boon Kwee Lee, Sameer Dinkar Vartak, Seema Somani
Application number: 20140182264
Abstract: A gas turbine propulsion system includes a system which utilizes a cryogenic liquid fuel for a non-combustion function.
Type: Application
Filed: September 30, 2011
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Harold Weisgerber, Kurt David Murrow, Michael Jay Epstein, Nicholas Dinsmore, Samuel Jacob Martin, Randy M. Vondrell, Christopher Thompson, Craig Gonyou
Application number: 20140188306
Abstract: A system is provided that includes a remote communication module, a control module, and a determination module. The remote communication module is configured to be disposed onboard a remote consist of a vehicle system, and is communicatively connected to at least one additional consist of the vehicle system. The control module is configured to be disposed onboard the remote consist and to provide control commands to at least one powered unit of the remote consist. The determination module is configured to be disposed onboard the remote consist and to determine capability information corresponding to the ability of the at least one powered unit of the remote consist to perform a first command received from one of the at least one additional consist. The determination module is also configured to determine a second command provided to the control module using the first command and the capability information.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Patricia Sue Lacy, Vinaykanth V. Mudiam
Application number: 20140188422
Abstract: A position and orientation system and method is provided. A magnetoresistance sensor is provided having a sensor array configured to measure magnetic fields and a metallic coil positioned within the magnetoresistance sensor. In certain embodiments, the magnetic coil may be used to generate a known magnetic field that, when measured by the sensor array, may be used to determine or update a calibration constant for the system.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: William Hullinger Huber, Bahman E. Kashef, Kaustubh Ravindra Nagarkar
Application number: 20140187923
Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate generally to a probe that may be inserted into a patient. In certain embodiments, the probe includes a housing, a collimator assembly, and a detector assembly. The collimator and detector assemblies may rotate along a central axis within the housing. In addition, in certain embodiments, an imaging system including the probe and a method of using the probe are provided.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Floribertus Philippus Martinus Heukensfeldt Jansen, Bruno Hans Haider
Application number: 20140187951
Abstract: A method for eliminating background noises in shear waves and the respective ultrasonic imaging system, the method includes: transmitting a push pulse along a push pulse vector; transmitting a first group of focus track pulses at a first group of a plurality of locations far away from the push pulse vector; receiving a first group of focus echo signals in response to the first group of focus track pulses; and processing the first group of focus echo signals to determine a first group of tissue displacement information varying with time.
Type: Application
Filed: December 20, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC
Inventors: Lu TANG, Xiaodong HAN, Gang CHENG, Liang SHEN
Application number: 20140188428
Abstract: A method for defining a probe configuration using an interactive probe configuration tool is provided. The probe configuration tool comprises a shaft icon displayed on the probe configuration tool, and a probe position indicator configured to display an orientation of at least one first probe icon relative to the shaft icon. The probe position indicator is further configured to modify the orientation of the at least one first probe icon based on input from a user. The probe configuration tool further comprises a probe type indicator configured to display a type of the at least one first probe icon, wherein the probe position indicator and the probe type indicator are simultaneously displayed on a presentation interface.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Gregory Mark Alldredge, Daryl Ronald Frogget, Donald Evan Marshall, Brian Dean Abbott, Jacqueline Marie Tappan
Application number: 20140184600
Abstract: A method and apparatus generate volume rendered images of internal anatomical imaging data, wherein the volume rendered images are taken along different viewing vectors. A stereoscopic volume rendered image is generated based on the volume rendered images. In one implementation, depth values for pixels of each of the volume rendered images are determined and the pixels are assigned with colors based on the determined depth values to provide the stereoscopic image has color-coded depth representation. In one implementation, shadows are added to the stereoscopic volume rendered image.
Type: Application
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Erik Normann Steen
Application number: 20140188430
Abstract: A method is presented. The method includes the steps of generating rotation signals corresponding to a plurality of rotations of a rotor physically coupled to a plurality of blades, and determining peak voltages corresponding to the plurality of blades by applying time synchronous averaging technique to blade passing signals using the rotation signals, wherein the peak voltages are representative of clearances of the plurality of blades.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Prashanth D'Souza, Vivek Venugopal Badami, Rahul Srinivas Prabhu, Mahalakshmi Shunmugam Balasubramaniam, Ajay Kumar Behera, Aninda Bhattacharya, Venkatesh Rajagopalan
Application number: 20140187107
Abstract: An azimuthing drive system is provided for marine vessels. The azimuthing drive system includes a propulsion pod that houses a propulsor, which is configured to rotate about a first axis and to be driven by a first shaft generally orthogonal to the first axis. The propulsion pod is configured to swivel about the first shaft. The drive system also includes a gearbox connected to drive the first shaft, a diesel engine connected to drive the gearbox via a second shaft, and an electric motor connected to drive the first shaft via the gearbox or directly, whereby propulsion loads are shared between the diesel engine and the electric motor.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: PAUL ROBERT GEMIN, HERMAN LUCAS NORBERT WIEGMAN
Application number: 20140182297
Abstract: A gas turbine includes a compressor section, a combustion section downstream from the compressor section, a turbine section downstream from the combustion section, and a controller. The controller controls the operation of the gas turbine at a reduced load, and is capable of querying a database including multiple sets of operational parameters for the gas turbine correlated with at least one measured output response at each set of operational parameters. One of the sets of operational parameters provides a desired gas turbine load that meets a target level for the output response. Related methods are also disclosed.
Type: Application
Filed: January 3, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Jason Charles Terry, Timothy Andrew Healy, Mark William Pinson, Gregory Earl Jensen
Application number: 20140185913
Abstract: Systems and methods for entering data acquired from a non-destructive testing (NDT) system may include obtaining information related to an inspection using a non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection device. After obtaining the information, the method may include generating an inspection template, a report, metadata, or any combination thereof based on the information related to the inspection.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Jason Howard Messinger, Charles Burton Theurer
Application number: 20140188777
Abstract: A computer-implemented system for identifying a precursor to a failure of a particular type of component in a physical system is provided. The physical system includes sensors coupled to the physical system. The computer-implemented system includes a computing device, a database, a processor, and a memory device. The memory device includes historical data including sensor measurements. When instructions are executed by the processor, the processor receives the historical data from the memory device. The processor generates a predictive model. The predictive model uses, as inputs, sensor measurements in the historical data. The predictive model is able to differentiate between sensor measurements taken before the repair event and those taken after the repair event without a time of the repair event being an input to the predictive model. The processor designates at least one sensor measurements used as inputs to the predictive model as precursors to the failure of the component.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Weizhong Yan, Anil Varma, Brock Estel Osborn, James Kenneth Aragones, Piero Patrone Bonissone, Naresh Sundaram Iyer, Hai Qiu
Application number: 20140182304
Abstract: A system includes a turbine combustor that includes a head end portion having a head end chamber, a combustion portion having a combustion chamber disposed downstream from the head end chamber, a cap disposed between the head end chamber and the combustion chamber, and a flow distributor configured to distribute an oxidant flow circumferentially around the head end chamber. The flow distributor includes at least one oxidant flow path.
Type: Application
Filed: October 30, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignees: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, General Electric Company
Inventors: Carolyn Ashley Antoniono, William Lawrence Byrne, Elizabeth Angelyn Fadde
Application number: 20140184113
Abstract: An integrated power converter includes first and second auxiliary switch modules, and one or more braking switch modules. The first auxiliary switch module is mounted at a first location of a laminated bus bar, and connects a first auxiliary lead with a first power layer and a second power layer of the bus bar. The second auxiliary switch module is mounted at a second location of the bus bar, and connects a second auxiliary lead with the first and second power layers. The braking switch modules are mounted at additional locations of the bus bar, adjacent to the first and second locations. Each braking switch module connects a braking lead with one of the power layers of the bus bar, and with a dual diode module or with the other power layer of the bus bar.
Type: Application
Filed: December 31, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Alvaro Jorge MARI CURBELO, Henry Todd YOUNG, Jason Daniel KUTTENKULER
Application number: 20140189560
Abstract: A user interface including a touch-sensitive display unit that has a display area and is configured to show a medical image and a user-selectable element on the display area. The display unit is configured to detect an operator touch and detect a location of the operator touch in the display area. The user-selectable element includes an activating portion and a location indicator. The display unit is configured to move the user-selectable element along the medical image as directed by the operator when the activating portion is touched. The location indicator and the activating portion have fixed positions with respect to each other as the user-selectable element is moved along the display area. The user-selectable element is configured to operate in an activated state and in an inactivated state. The user-selectable element configured to modify the medical image when in the activated state.
Type: Application
Filed: December 27, 2012
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Amit Caspi
Application number: 20140183782
Abstract: A mold assembly for forming a cast component includes a primary mold structure having a predetermined geometry portion for shaping a primary region of the cast component. Also included is at least one additional mold structure integrated with the primary mold structure, the at least one additional mold structure comprising a geometry for defining at least one feature in the cast component.
Type: Application
Filed: January 3, 2013
Issued: July 3, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventor: Sandra Beverly Kolvick