General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 9513354
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to estimating an electrical property of tissue using Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. In exemplary embodiments, complex MR images of a target tissue are obtained. An estimated value of an electrical property of the target tissue is determined based on complex values of the pixels in the complex MR images. The complex values are proportional to the product of the transmit radio frequency magnetic field and the receive RF magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, Seung-Kyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9513359
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a forward spatial encoding polarity magnetic resonance (MR) coil image and a reverse spatial encoding polarity MR coil image generated from data obtained with a magnetic field gradient that is reversed with respect to the magnetic field gradient with which the forward spatial encoding polarity MR coil image is acquired. The method also includes performing an iterative shift map calculation algorithm to determine a pixel shift map corresponding to a minimized difference between the forward and reverse spatial encoding polarity MR coil images, converting the pixel shift map into a magnetic field shift map by determining a magnetic field value corresponding to each pixel in the pixel shift map, and providing the magnetic field shift map as an input to a shim calculation process that includes determining a level of at least one shim current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin Matthew Koch, Eric M. Printz
  • Patent number: 9513368
    Abstract: Methods and systems for ultrasound data processing are provided. One method includes acquiring channel ultrasound data from a plurality of channel connected to a plurality of elements of an ultrasound probe and storing the channel ultrasound data from the plurality of channels. The method further includes generating ultrasound images based on processing of the acquired channel ultrasound data and displaying the ultrasound images. The method also includes performing additional processing on the stored channel ultrasound data while the ultrasound images are displayed and displaying updated ultrasound images generated by the additional processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Morris Ziv-Ari, Arcady Kempinski, Alexander Sokulin
  • Patent number: 9513316
    Abstract: A system including a non-intrusive capacitive voltage sensor configured to couple to an insulator surrounding a metal conductor, wherein the non-intrusive capacitive voltage sensor is configured to produce a voltage signal indicative of a voltage in the metal conductor, and a monitor-controller system configured to receive the voltage signal from the non-intrusive capacitive voltage sensor, wherein the monitor-controller system is configured to use the voltage signal to monitor or control a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dan Tho Lu, Prabhakar Neti
  • Patent number: 9513473
    Abstract: Fluorescence microscopy systems with polychroic mirror changers are described. In one aspect, a polychroic mirror changer includes a polychroic-mirror array. The array includes a plate with a planar surface and a number of holes formed in the plate. The array also includes polychroic mirrors attached to the planar surface of the plate such that each polychroic mirror covers one of the holes and the reflective surface of each polychroic mirror is adjacent to and aligned with the planar surface of the plate. Each polychroic mirror is partially exposed through a corresponding hole to reflect a different subset of excitation channels of a beam of excitation light input to the changer. The polychroic-mirror array can be mounted in the changer so that when a different subset of excitation channels is selected to illuminate a specimen, the plate is moved within a single plane of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Cooper, Justin Kyle Curts
  • Patent number: 9513628
    Abstract: A device for diagnostic of an electronic based product includes a plurality of sensors for monitoring parameters associated with product. Each sensor generates at least one of an analog signal and a digital signal upon monitoring of a parameter. The device further includes a plurality of converters for converting analog signals to digital signals, a processing module for determining abnormal parameter conditions based on comparing digital signals to threshold parameter values. Each abnormal parameter condition corresponding to a parameter is determined based on comparison of a digital signal associated with the parameter and a threshold parameter value corresponding to the parameter. The device further includes a memory module configured to store information associated with the abnormal parameter conditions, and a communication interface to provide the information to external devices for diagnosis of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Gilles Crepet
  • Patent number: 9513614
    Abstract: An electric power system for a wind turbine includes at least one auxiliary load bus configured to transmit electric power to auxiliary equipment. The auxiliary load bus is further configured to receive electric power having a voltage within a first predetermined tolerance range. The system also includes at least one motor-generator set coupled to the auxiliary load bus. The motor-generator set is configured to receive electric power having a voltage within a second predetermined tolerance range and transmit electric power to the auxiliary load bus in the first predetermined tolerance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harold Robert Schnetzka, Timothy Wilcox Jayko, Theodore Steven Wilmot, Branislav Vujanovic
  • Patent number: 9514275
    Abstract: Apparatus includes an imaging system with a user interface, and a hospital radiological information system (RIS) coupled to the imaging system such that the user interface allows for bi-directional data transfer between the imaging system and the RIS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Sang Wook Lee, David Alan Littlejohn, Scott Wayne Zimmerman, Holly Ann McDaniel, Susan Martignetti Stuebe, Patrick Michael Virtue, Scott William Robinson, Ann Christine Hole, Christopher James Proctor
  • Patent number: 9515616
    Abstract: Tube amplifier system including a plurality of conductor walls extending parallel to a longitudinal axis and defining an interior space therebetween. The tube amplifier system also including a shorting deck that extends transverse to the longitudinal axis. The shorting deck is electrically coupled to the conductor walls. The tube amplifier system also includes a movable tray assembly having a grounding deck that extends parallel to the shorting deck. The grounding deck and the shorting deck define an output cavity therebetween that has a length. The movable tray assembly is removably mounted to at least one of the conductor walls such that the grounding deck is capable of being positioned at multiple different levels along the longitudinal axis to change the length of the output cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Andreas B├Ącklund
  • Patent number: 9513630
    Abstract: A wireless communication device of a vehicle system includes one or more antennas configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle of the vehicle system, a first modem configured to be disposed onboard the first vehicle and to communicate a first wireless signal to one or more of a second vehicle of the vehicle system or an off-board device using the one or more antennas, and a second modem configured to be disposed onboard the first vehicle and to communicate a second wireless signal to the one or more of the second vehicle or the off-board device using the one or more antennas. The first modem is configured to communicate the first wireless signal via a first type of wireless communication link and the second modem is configured to communicate the second wireless signal via a different, second type of wireless communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Santhanakrishnan Rajendran, Praful Babuji Vihol, Dibyajyoti Pati, Jared Klineman Cooper, Robert James Foy, David Michael Peltz, Eugene Smith, Steven Andrew Kellner, Brian William Schroeck, Keith Gilbertson, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Wolfgang Daum
  • Patent number: 9514872
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator includes a plunger, an armature, and a coil. The plunger is moveable between a first position and a second position. The armature includes a first armature portion proximally disposed about the first position, and a second armature portion proximally disposed about the second position. The coil is proximally disposed with the first armature portion and, when energized, is configured to generate a magnetic field. The magnetic field causes the plunger to move toward the first position by a magnetic flux through a magnetic circuit. The magnetic circuit includes the first armature portion, the plunger, a main air gap, and a variable air gap. The main air gap and variable air gap are between the first armature portion and the plunger. The main air gap diminishes as the plunger moves toward the first position. The variable air gap enlarges as the plunger moves toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vandana Rallabandi, Srinivas Satya Sai Mallampalli, Ravindra Shyam Bhide
  • Patent number: 9515469
    Abstract: A vacuum feed-through assembly and a method for manufacturing the same including a conductor having a threaded outer diameter end, a plastic seal having a threaded inner diameter matching the threaded outer diameter end of the conductor, and an epoxy to epoxy bond the threaded inner diameter of the plastic seal to the threaded outer diameter end of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Evangelos Trifon Laskaris, Gene Conte, Susumu Mine
  • Patent number: 9514250
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing clinical data includes a reference database comprising a stored set of reference data comprising enumerated results of a reference population for a clinical test. The system also includes a patient database comprising a stored set of clinical data corresponding to a patient result for the clinical test that is selected from the enumerated results. A processor is included in the system and is programmed to access the patient and reference databases, identify a distribution of reference data over the enumerated test results, and calculate a relevance index based on the distribution of reference data. The processor is further programmed to compare the patient result to the distribution of reference data, calculate a disagreement index based on the comparison, and calculate a deviation index from the relevance and disagreement indices. A graphical user interface is also included to output a visualization of the deviation index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gopal Biligeri Avinash, Eric David Kiger Garland, Ananth P. Mohan
  • Patent number: 9515276
    Abstract: An organic x-ray detector is presented. The organic x-ray detector includes a layered structure. The layered structure includes a thin-film transistor (TFT) array disposed on a substrate, an organic photodiode disposed on the TFT array, and a scintillator layer disposed on the organic photodiode. The organic x-ray detector further includes an encapsulation cover at least partially encapsulating the layered structure; and an oxygen getter layer disposed between the organic photodiode and the encapsulation cover, wherein the oxygen getter layer includes an ether-containing material. X-ray system including the organic x-ray detector is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kwang Hyup An, Gautam Parthasarathy, Jie Jerry Liu, James Edward Pickett
  • Patent number: 9515568
    Abstract: A power converter is presented. The power converter includes at least one leg, the at least one leg includes a first string, where the first string includes a plurality of diodes, a first connecting node, and a second connecting node, and where the first string is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus. Furthermore, the at least one leg includes a second string operatively coupled to the first string via the first connecting node and the second connecting node, where the second string includes a plurality of switching units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Rixin Lai, Luis Jose Garces
  • Patent number: 9515565
    Abstract: A hybrid HVDC converter system includes at least one alternating current (AC) conduit, at least one transformer coupled to said at least one AC conduit, and at least one direct current (DC) conduit. The hybrid HVDC converter system also includes at least one capacitor commutated converter (CCC) configured to convert AC voltages and AC currents to a DC voltage and DC current. The at least one CCC is coupled to the at least one AC conduit through the at least one transformer. The hybrid HVDC converter system further includes at least one self-commutated converter (SCC) configured to convert AC voltages and AC currents to a regulated DC voltage and DC current. The at least one SCC includes at least one AC/DC stage and at least one DC/DC stage coupled to the at least one AC/DC stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ranjan Kumar Gupta, Luis Jose Garces, Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju
  • Patent number: 9515593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for automatic regulation of a system in which a plurality of parameters characteristic of the system are measured and in which at least one control parameter (u) is applied as a function of the measured parameters (y). The method includes choosing a nominal operating point of the system, and defining a nominal model (Mn) of the system at this nominal operating point. The method further includes determining a set of representative models ([Mk]) of the possible variations relative to the nominal model (Mn) and parameterizing the error of the nominal model (Mn) of the system by decomposition ([?ik]) over all the errors between the models of the set of models ([Mk]) representative of the possible variations and the nominal model (Mn). The method also includes minimizing a given optimization criterion (J) by varying at least one of the previously obtained parameters ([?ik]) of the error (?) relative to the nominal model (M) of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Anne-Marie Hissel, Philippe De Larminat
  • Patent number: 9515574
    Abstract: A modular embedded multi-level converter (MEMC) includes a first phase portion and a second phase portion. The first phase portion includes a first switch stack operable to couple a first phase branch between a positive DC bus and a midpoint node. The second phase portion includes a second switch stack operable to couple a second phase branch between the midpoint node and a negative DC bus. A DC voltage between the positive DC bus and the negative DC bus is distributable among switching units disposed in the first phase branch and the second phase branch. A distribution of the DC voltage is controlled by regulating a DC voltage at the midpoint node to balance energy among the switching units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Luis Jose Garces, Andrew Allen Rockhill
  • Publication number: 20160347023
    Abstract: A composite for use in a flexible pipe body, said composite comprising: a first polymer layer, a second polymer layer that is bonded to the first polymer layer, and filler particles that extend from the first polymer layer into the second polymer layer, whereby the particles are partially embedded in both the first and second polymer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Neville Dodds, Vineet Kumar Jha, James Robert Latto, David Andrew Finch
  • Publication number: 20160348249
    Abstract: An electrospark deposition electrode and an associated method for depositing coatings using the electrode are provided. The electrode includes a powder of a first metal and a powder of a second metal. The second metal is a braze alloy including nickel, the second metal having a lower melting point than the first metal. The powder of the first metal and the powder of the second metal are sintered together to form the electrode so that the powders are comingled but not combined within the electrode. The method includes depositing a layer of the first metal onto the substrate using an electrospark deposition process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, David Vincent Bucci, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Yan Cui, Brian Lee Tollison, David Edward Schick
  • Publication number: 20160349384
    Abstract: An arrangement for detecting neutrons. The arrangement includes a first detector including helium that includes at least some Helium-3. The arrangement includes a second detector including helium that includes at least some Helium-4. The amount of all helium of the second detector is the same as the amount of all helium in the first detector. An associated method for providing the arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Scott McKinny, Matthew Thomas McPheeters
  • Patent number: 9508477
    Abstract: A superconducting magnet system includes a coil support structure, superconducting coils, and electrically and thermally conductive windings. The superconducting coils and the conductive windings are supported by the coil support structure. Each conductive winding is electromagnetically coupled with a corresponding superconducting coil. Each conductive winding is electrically shorted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anbo Wu, Minfeng Xu, Timothy James Hollis, Ye Bai, Weijun Shen, Evangelos Trifon Laskaris, Jian-She Wang, Yan Zhao
  • Patent number: 9508470
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure can include a method for reducing or repairing vibration-caused damage in a stator bar, and a dynamoelectric machine resulting therefrom. The method for reducing vibration-caused damage in a stator can include applying, from within a ventilation slot of a stator core, a liquid based vibration-absorbing material onto a side ripple spring, the side ripple spring being in contact with a stator bar and the stator core; and allowing the liquid based vibration-absorbing material to cure, wherein the cured vibration-absorbing material remains in contact with the side ripple spring for absorbing stator vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jessica Frances Nimmons, Daniel Lawrence Banowetz, Jessica Mary Powers, Dennis Anthony Pasquarella, Leonard Paul Squillacioti
  • Patent number: 9504797
    Abstract: The system and method of the present application predicts if there is sufficient CO2 absorbent capacity for the next anesthesia case. If insufficient, the canister can be preemptively replaced when no patient is connected to the breathing system. Such prediction also allows clinicians to determine if the CO2 canister has to be changed during the present case or to wait until the end of the case. In the latter, the clinician may buy time by increasing the fresh gas flow rate to reduce the amount of patient CO2 gases recirculated. A predictive estimation of CO2 breakthrough allows more time to prepare for an orderly CO2 canister replacement during a quiet period in the anesthesia care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert Q. Tham
  • Patent number: 9508479
    Abstract: A method for in-situ magnetization of a generator rotor is provided. The generator has a stator and the rotor is located inside the stator. An air gap is formed between an outer radial portion of the rotor and an inner radial portion of the stator. The rotor has a plurality of excitation windings and a plurality of permanent magnets. The method includes the step of applying a current to the excitation windings, and the current is greater than a normal excitation current. A maintaining step maintains the current for a time period sufficient to magnetize the permanent magnets. The magnetization of the permanent magnets occurs on the rotor in-situ and while the rotor is inside the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Eric Steven Buskirk
  • Patent number: 9508841
    Abstract: A power transistor assembly and method of operating the assembly are provided. The power transistor assembly includes integrated transient voltage suppression on a single semiconductor substrate and includes a transistor formed of a wide band gap material, the transistor including a gate terminal, a source terminal, and a drain terminal, the transistor further including a predetermined maximum allowable gate voltage value, and a transient voltage suppression (TVS) device formed of a wide band gap material, the TVS device formed with the transistor as a single semiconductor device, the TVS device electrically coupled to the transistor between at least one of the gate and source terminals and the drain and source terminals, the TVS device including a breakdown voltage limitation selected to be greater than the predetermined maximum allowable gate voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Avinash Srikrishnan Kashyap, Peter Micah Sandvik, James Jay McMahon, Ljubisa Dragoljub Stevanovic
  • Patent number: 9508165
    Abstract: A radiation detection system includes a detector unit and at least one processor. The detector unit is configured to generate signals responsive to radiation events. The at least one processor receives the signals, and is configured to obtain a first count for at least one of the signals corresponding to a first energy window, the first energy window corresponding to values higher than a nominal peak value; obtain a second count for the at least one of the signals corresponding to a second energy window, the second energy window corresponding to values lower than the nominal peak value; obtain at least one auxiliary count for the at least one of the signals corresponding to at least one auxiliary energy window; and adjust a gain applied to the signals based on the first count, the second count, and the at least one auxiliary count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Floribertus P. M. Heukensfeldt Jansen, Chang Lyong Kim, Mark David Fries, Timothy Wayne Deller, Mohammad Mehdi Khalighi
  • Patent number: 9504616
    Abstract: A patient transfer device is utilized to transport infant patients between locations within a hospital environment. The patient transfer device includes a center, support section and a pair of side sections that can be moved into contact with each other to surround the infant patient. The first and second side sections each include a handle that can be brought into close proximity to each other and can be grasped by a single hand of a clinician. The patient transfer device includes a heart rate sensor positioned to provide a heart rate measurement of the patient when the patient is received on the patient transfer device. The patient heart rate can be displayed on either an integrated display or wirelessly transmitted to an external display device. In this manner, the heart rate of the infant can be continuously monitored during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harry Edward Belsinger, Jr., Steven Mitchell Falk, Thomas Charles Underwood, Karen P. Starr
  • Patent number: 9504445
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system and method includes acquiring motion data from a motion sensing system on a probe while acquiring ultrasound data with the probe. The system and method includes acquiring probe motion data with a motion sensing system, acquiring probe position data with a position sensing system and calculating a drift compensation using the probe motion data and the probe position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Stefan Holl, Stefan Denk, Thomas Holl, Bernd Arminger
  • Patent number: 9505026
    Abstract: A flexible pipe body and method of producing a flexible pipe body are disclosed. The method includes providing a tubular layer; and directing a chemical reagent towards a surface portion of the tubular layer, wherein the tubular layer comprises an extruded polymer, and wherein the chemical reagent is suitable for changing one or more physical or mechanical property of a proportion of the extruded tubular layer thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Iwan Rhys Harries, Neville Dodds
  • Patent number: 9505182
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to systems and methods for manufacturing an airfoil component. The system can include: a geometrical mold; an elongated flexible sleeve having a closed-off interior and positioned within the geometrical mold, wherein the elongated flexible sleeve is further positioned to have a desired geometry; an infusing channel in fluid communication with the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve and configured to communicate a resinous material thereto; a vacuum channel in fluid communication with the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve and configured to vacuum seal the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve; and a glass fiber layer positioned within the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Moors
  • Patent number: 9506654
    Abstract: A system for reducing combustion dynamics in a combustor includes an end cap that extends radially across the combustor and includes an upstream surface axially separated from a downstream surface. A combustion chamber is downstream of the end cap, and tubes extend from the upstream surface through the downstream surface. Each tube provides fluid communication through the end cap to the combustion chamber. The system further includes means for reducing combustion dynamics in the combustor. A method for reducing combustion dynamics in a combustor includes flowing a working fluid through tubes that extend axially through an end cap that extends radially across the combustor and obstructing at least a portion of the working fluid flowing through a first set of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jong Ho Uhm, Willy Steve Ziminsky, Thomas Edward Johnson, Shiva Srinivasan, William David York
  • Patent number: 9505317
    Abstract: A vehicle charging station for use in transmitting charging power to an electric vehicle for use in charging the vehicle is configured to communicatively couple to the electric vehicle via a network connection to a wireless network provider and electrically couple to the electric vehicle via a connector. Vehicle charging station is further configured to receive a unique identifier from the electric vehicle via the network connection, deliver a quantity of electrical charging power to the electric vehicle via the connector, and meter the quantity of electrical charging power delivered to the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Nathan Bowman Littrell
  • Patent number: 9506597
    Abstract: Various systems are provided for a support structure. In one embodiment, a system comprises a support structure including a plurality of support legs, a first end of each support leg of the plurality of support legs coupled to a respective cylinder head of a plurality of cylinder heads mountable to an engine block, the plurality of support legs configurable to support an exhaust aftertreatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Edward Arner, Paul Lloyd Flynn, Shishir Tiwari, Shashi Kiran
  • Patent number: 9506624
    Abstract: Embodiments of a lamp that distributes light from one or more light emitting diode (LED) devices with an intensity distribution having a batwing appearance. These embodiments can comprise a lens having a lens body with different types of optics to achieve the preferred distribution. In one example, the lens body has a first section with optics that embody a plurality of prismatic facets and a second section with optics that form a convex shape, curving outward relative to the LED device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeyachandrabose Chinniah, Thomas Clynne, Cherian Jacob, Benjamin Lee Yoder
  • Patent number: 9507488
    Abstract: A solid state power controller for an aircraft, the solid state power controller includes a solid state switching device for activating an electrical power output bus, a control unit for controlling the solid state switching device, and a current sensing circuit for monitoring current flowing in the electrical power output bus. The current sensing circuit includes a sensing fuse that provides a simplified and more reliable solid state power controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xueli Wang, Zhenhua Xu, XiaoYan Yu
  • Patent number: 9506351
    Abstract: A durable nozzle vane includes a leading edge where hot combustion gas impinges on the vane, a pressure side extending from the leading edge to a trailing edge and a suction side extending from the leading edge to the trailing edge, a blunt region along the suction side between the leading edge and a high curvature region, the blunt region having small curvature in the length between the leading edge and the high curvature region allowing for at least two rows of cooling apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph Steven Bubnick, Robert Joseph Bartz, Daniel Edward Demers, Robert Alan Frederick, Todd Stephen Heffron, Sean Michael Molleson
  • Patent number: 9505130
    Abstract: A system for performing remote welding operations on an apparatus is disclosed. The system may generally include a welding chamber configured to house the apparatus and a robotic welder positioned within the welding chamber. The robotic welder may be configured to perform an actual welding operation on the apparatus. In addition, the system may include a welding simulation device positioned outside the welding chamber and a controller communicatively coupled to the robotic welder and the welding simulation device. The welding simulation device may be configured to perform a simulated welding operation corresponding to the actual welding operation. The controller may be configured to track the movement of the welding simulation device and control the operation of the robotic welder based on the movements of the welding simulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Mark Lawrence Hunt
  • Patent number: 9506452
    Abstract: A method for installing a shear web insert between a blade segment and a blade insert of a rotor blade assembly is disclosed. The blade segment may include a first shear web and the blade insert may include a second shear web. The method may generally include coupling a first positioning device along an inner surface of a first side of the rotor blade assembly, inserting the shear web insert horizontally between the first and second shear webs until a first side face of the shear web insert engages the first positioning device and coupling a first retention device along the inner surface of the first side of the rotor blade assembly so that the first retention device is positioned adjacent to a second side face of the shear web insert, wherein the second side face is opposite the first side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Willem Jan Bakhuis, Darren John Danielsen
  • Patent number: 9506348
    Abstract: According to the method, a turbine aerofoil is made starting from a reference aerofoil, locally reducing the metallic exit angle at the trailing edge in two areas which substantially correspond, in use, to the position of the peaks of the secondary flows in the boundary layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GE AVIO S.r.L.
    Inventor: Francesco Bertini
  • Patent number: 9506585
    Abstract: A flexible pipe body and method of producing a flexible pipe body are disclosed. The flexible pipe body includes a layer comprising a tape element formed from at least a first sub-layer sandwiched between two further sub-layers, wherein the first sub-layer has a lower density than at least one of the two further sub-layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventor: Richard Alasdair Clements
  • Patent number: 9506357
    Abstract: A staking tool includes an assembly having two substantially parallel punch members. The punch members are located partially in a punch body, and the punch body is located adjacent to a lower shaft. The lower shaft has an angled face configured to contact the punch body so that an angle is formed between the punch body and lower shaft. A main shaft is connected to the lower shaft. A cap is connected to the main shaft. A blow applied to the cap transfers force to the punch body, and the angled face redirects the direction of the force by the angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian Kenneth Bassett
  • Patent number: 9506359
    Abstract: The present application provides a combustion system for use with a cooling flow. The combustion system may include a head end, an aft end, a transition nozzle extending from the head end to the aft end, and an impingement sleeve surrounding the transition nozzle. The impingement sleeve may define a first cavity in communication with the head end for a first portion of the cooling flow and a second cavity in communication with the aft end for a second portion of the cooling flow. The transition nozzle may include a number of cooling holes thereon in communication with the second portion of the cooling flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Won-Wook Kim, Kevin Weston McMahan, Jaime Javier Maldonado
  • Patent number: 9506362
    Abstract: Various embodiments include steam turbine static nozzles having transitional interfaces. In one embodiment a steam turbine static nozzle blade includes: an airfoil; an inner sidewall integral with a first side of the airfoil; and an outer sidewall integral with a second side of the airfoil; the inner sidewall and the outer sidewall each including: a first side having one of: an arcuate concave surface extending substantially an entire length of the sidewall, or an arcuate convex surface extending substantially the entire length of the sidewall; and a second side opposing the first side and having an angled interface extending substantially the entire length of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Steven Sebastian Burdgick
  • Patent number: 9506366
    Abstract: A helical seal system includes a first component, and a second component rotatable relative to the first component. The second component extends from a high pressure portion to a low pressure portion through an intermediate portion. A helical seal is provided on the intermediate portion of the second component. The helical seal includes at least one thread component having a pitch that is configured and disposed to draw fluids from the low pressure portion toward the high pressure portion when the second component is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Radu Ioan Danescu, David Martin Johnson
  • Patent number: 9506388
    Abstract: Various embodiments for an exhaust gas treatment device for a vehicle system are provided. In one example, the vehicle system includes an engine with a longitudinal axis, where a crankshaft of the engine is parallel to the longitudinal axis and an exhaust gas treatment device mounted on the engine, vertically above the engine such that a longitudinal axis of the exhaust gas treatment device is aligned in parallel with the longitudinal axis of the engine, the exhaust gas treatment device configured to receive exhaust gas from an exhaust manifold of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Lloyd Flynn, James Edward Arner, Shishir Tiwari, Shashi Kiran
  • Patent number: 9506835
    Abstract: A fuel leak detection system for use in a turbine enclosure is provided. The system includes a ventilation duct extending through an interior cavity of the turbine enclosure such that an extended portion of the ventilation duct is positioned within a bottom portion of the turbine enclosure. The ventilation duct includes a plurality of openings configured to allow air from within the turbine enclosure to be drawn into the ventilation duct through the plurality of openings. The system also includes a sensor system coupled in flow communication with the air drawn into the ventilation duct, the sensor system configured to detect fuel in the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Reddy Konatham, Len Alan Wolf, Laxmikant Merchant, Rajakumar Alagappan, Lakshmi Bettadapura Shankar
  • Patent number: 9506847
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present techniques provide systems and methods for isolating particular classes of biological molecules, for example, proteins or nucleic acids, from mixtures of biological components. The methods use solutions that react with the biological molecules to enhance their adsorption by substrates, allowing contaminants to be washed away from the targeted molecules. Embodiments include automated systems that can be used to implement the technique with no or minimal intervention. Other embodiments include separation column technologies that may be used in the techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Scott Duthie, Wei-Cheng Tian, Tarun Khurana
  • Patent number: 9507136
    Abstract: Illumination system for a microscope system capable of being mode-switchable between a first and a second illumination mode, comprising one source of light for providing a collimated beam of light, at least one selector mirror capable of being positioned in at least two positions to redirect the beam of light in two different beam paths, the first beam path being a direct exit beam path wherein the selector mirror redirects the beam of light along an exit beam path to provide a first illumination mode, the second beam path is a mirror loop path comprising two or more mirrors arranged to redirect the beam of light onto the selector mirror such that it is redirected by the selector mirror a second time along the exit beam path, and wherein mirror loop path comprises at least one optical element arranged to optically alter the beam of light to provide the second illumination mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Cooper, William M. Dougherty, Steven A. Reese
  • Patent number: D772743
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: James N. Mashak