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Patent number: 9279789
Abstract: A chromatography column distribution system includes a set of first bed support ribs extending radially from an inner, first radial position near the centre of the plate to an outer radial position nearer to the periphery of the plate and at least one set of intermediate bed support ribs starting at an intermediate radial position and extending to an outer radial position nearer to the periphery of the plate. Channels are formed between adjacent bed support ribs. The desired local effective channel height varies in accordance with a predetermined formula from the first radial position to the outer radial position. The transverse cross-sectional areas of the ribs or the channels are adapted such that the actual local effective channel height is within 15% of the desired local effective channel height over portions of the distribution system situated between the first radial position and the outer radial position.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 18, 2015
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
Patent number: 9279584
Abstract: A system includes a gasification feed injector. The gasification feed injector includes a tip portion that has an outer wall and a feed outlet, and an injection axis of the gasification feed injector extends through the feed outlet of the tip portion. The gasification feed injector also has at least one fastener extending radially from the outer wall relative to an injection axis of the gasification feed injector through the feed outlet of the tip portion. An attachment location of the at least one fastener is located away from the feed outlet of the tip portion. The system also includes a heat shield, which includes a tile radially disposed on the at least one fastener and radially secured to the outer wall via fastening the tile to the at least one fastener. In addition, the tile wraps around a distal end portion of the tip portion.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Cillian Gerard Brown, Wade Albert Taber, Daniel Adrian Corral
Patent number: 9277898
Abstract: A PET-MR apparatus includes an MR imaging system for acquiring MR signals and a PET system for acquiring PET emissions of the patient. The PET-MR apparatus also includes an anterior surface coil configured to receive MR signals from a volume-of-interest of the patient in the bore and resulting from the emitted RF pulse sequence and a coil positioning structure mounted to the PET-MR apparatus and configured to receive the anterior surface coil thereon and position the anterior surface coil proximate to the volume-of-interest of the patient without coming in contact with the patient, with the coil positioning structure being configured to provide both a vertical adjustment of the anterior surface coil relative to a coronal plane of the patient and an angular adjustment of the anterior surface coil relative to the coronal plane of the patient.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 27, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Craig William Culver, John Edward Lorbiecki, Bijay Kamleshbhai Shah
Patent number: 9282008
Abstract: A prognostics module includes a systems analysis module and a determination module. The systems analysis module is configured to obtain operational information corresponding to a system-wide operation of a multi-element system. The multi-element system includes multiple elements communicatively coupled by at least one common communication link. The determination module is configured to determine a future health of at least one of the multiple elements of the multi-element system using the operational information corresponding to the system-wide operation of the multi-element system.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 11, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Mohak Shah, Scott Charles Evans, Budhaditya Deb, Anthony Gerard Gargulak, Thomas Lasky, Manoj Mehta
Patent number: 9281686
Abstract: Aspects of state estimation for cooperative electrical grids are disclosed. State estimation of a local electrical grid can be based on a local grid model and local electrical grid information. The local state estimation can reflect interactions and interconnections with other electrical grids by determining state estimation solution information based on the local grid model, local electrical grid information, and remote state estimator solution information associated with the other electrical grid. As such, a local state estimator can be configured to receive and employ remote state estimator solution information. This can be in addition to the more conventional technique or receiving a remote grid model and remote electrical grid information to estimate the conditions of the remote electrical grid. Further, state estimation solution information can be incremental to further reduce the amount of information to be transferred and the time needed to accomplish transmission of the information.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 6, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
Inventor: Jay Payne Britton
Patent number: 9278296
Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for securing a distributor plate to a backing plate of a chromatography column without the need for releasable fixing means as screws or bolts. The invention also relates to chromatographic columns utilizing such methods. The method employs a negative pressure or vacuum that is generated internally within the column to affix the distributor to the backing plate.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 28, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventors: Manoj Kumar Ramakrishna, Shashikanth Agnihotry
Patent number: 9279369
Abstract: A turbomachine is provided and includes a combustor in which fuel and air are combusted, a turbine disposed for reception of products of combustion from the combustor, a transition piece fluidly interposed between the combustor and the turbine and including a body formed to define dilution holes configured to allow air to enter the combustor and for enabling steam injection toward a main flow of the products of the combustion proceeding from the combustor to the turbine and a fuel injection system supportively coupled to the transition piece and configured to inject fuel toward the main flow of the products of the combustion to thereby restore a flame temperature of the main flow of the products of the combustion reduced by steam injection enabled by the dilution holes.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 13, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Carey Edward Romoser, Derrick Walter Simons
Patent number: 9282593
Abstract: An induction heating system comprises inductive rings, which in one example are concentrically wound about a center axis to form a coil array. The inductive rings are situated in the coil array to permit activation of the inductive rings independent of the other inductive rings in the coil array. In one embodiment, the induction heating system includes a control structure with a power supply and switches coupled to each of the inductive rings, wherein activation of the switches permits current from the power supply to flow to the corresponding inductive ring. The induction heating system is amenable to appliances such as ovens and ranges, as well as to cooktops such as free-standing cooktops for countertops.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 3, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Daniel Brosnan, Mariano Filippa, Mark Johnson, Timothy Shaffer, Brian Steurer
Patent number: 9278407
Abstract: A dual-wire hybrid welding system includes a hybrid welding apparatus having laser, electric arc welder and second wire feeding device. Electric arc welder includes first wire feeding device for feeding first wire. Second wire feeding device is arranged and disposed to feed a second wire to electric arc welder. Laser and electric arc welder are arranged and disposed to direct energy toward at least two adjacent components along a joint and first wire is a consumable electrode fed into joint to establish molten pool generated by both laser and arc welder with first wire. Second wire is fed to molten pool to form a common molten pool. Common molten pool is operable to provide a full penetration weld with less total heat input to join the at least two adjacent components without cracking the components at a high constant weld speed.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 26, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Dechao Lin, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Brian L. Tollison, Yan Cui, David Schick
Patent number: 9279337
Abstract: A splitter apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: a splitter including: an annular outer wall which defines a convex-curved leading edge at a forward end thereof; an annular floorplate positioned radially inboard of the outer wall; and an annular first bulkhead spanning between the outer wall and the floorplate. The outer wall, the floorplate, and the bulkhead collectively define an annular splitter plenum positioned adjacent the leading edge of the outer wall. At least one exhaust passage formed in the outer wall extends past the floorplate and communicates with the exterior of the splitter. At least one jumper tube assembly passes through the first bulkhead, each configured to pass air flow from the exterior of the splitter into the plenum.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 18, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Benjamin Roby, Jarmo Monttinen
Patent number: 9278916
Abstract: The invention relates to a process for preparation of radiopharmaceutical precursors, and in particular protected amino acid derivatives which are used as precursors for production of radiolabeled amino acids for use in in vivo imaging procedures such as positron emission tomography (PET). Particularly, the invention relates to a process for preparation of a precursor of the [18F]-1-amino-3-fluorocyclobutanecarboxylic acid ([18F] FACBC) PET agent and particularly to the work-up process of this precursor removing generated salts from the intermediate composition.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 28, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE Healthcare Limited
Inventors: Tom Christian Berg, Anne Nilsen
Patent number: 9279550
Abstract: An indirect linear luminaire that produces a batwing photometric distribution. The luminaire includes a rectangular housing having a substantially rectangular chamber defined by two opposed bifold wings and a bi-concave door extending therebetween. A linear light engine emits light upwards towards the bi-concave door and bifold wings and the light is reflected off of the bifold wings and bi-concave door in a batwing distribution.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 9, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
Inventors: Mozhgan Torabifard, Christopher Henry Wilson
Patent number: 9278297
Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for running ion exchange chromatography on a media comprising shell beads having an inner porous core and an outer shell, wherein the inner core is provided with ligands whose charge changes with pH and the shell is provided with charged ion exchange ligands, the method comprising the following steps: a) adsorbing sample molecules on the shell ligands at a first pH; b) causing a discharge of the inner core ligands at a second pH by addition of a buffer substance that is able to increase its charge having the same sign/type as that of the core ligands, which at the same time causes release of ions from the inner core ligands and thereby an increase in ionic strength that displaces the sample molecules from the shell ligands i.e. causes an elution.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 28, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
Inventors: Jan Bergstrom, Bo-Lennart Johansson
Patent number: 9279342
Abstract: A turbine casing is provided and includes first and second turbine casing shells configured to be removably coupled to one another. At least one of the first and second turbine casing shells is formed to define an access slot. At least one service wedge is configured to be removably installed in the access slot.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 21, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael Alan Davi, Thomas James Batzinger
Patent number: 9278462
Abstract: A method of machining a component including a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface defining at least one interior space includes: disposing a distributed medium having a plurality of irregularly shaped particles in the interior space and forming at least one hole in the substrate, while the distributed medium is disposed within the interior space, such that the distributed medium provides backstrike protection for an opposing wall during the formation of the hole(s). Each hole extends through the substrate to provide fluid communication with the respective interior space; and the method further includes removing the distributed medium from the interior space.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 20, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert R. Niblock, Paul H. Tacheron, Steven J. Craigen, Mohamed A. Hashish, Ronald Scott Bunker, Andrew Lee Trimmer
Patent number: 9279892
Abstract: A scintillator crystal array that is configured to receive rays emitted by an object to be imaged and to emit light energy responsive to the received rays includes plural crystals. At least one of the crystals includes an upper surface, a lower surface, and plural sides. The upper surface may be configured to receive the rays from the object to be imaged. The lower surface is disposed opposite the upper surface. The plural sides extend between the upper surface and the lower surface. At least one side includes a roughened side surface and at least one other side includes a polished side surface.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 5, 2014
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Chang Lyong Kim, David Leo McDaniel, Mikiko Ito
Patent number: 9279340
Abstract: The present application provides a cooling system for a gas turbine. The cooling system may include a source of CO2, a stator blade cooling system positioned about a casing of the gas turbine and in communication with the source of CO2 and a number of stator blades, and a rotor blade cooling system positioned about a rotor shaft of the gas turbine and in communication with the source of CO2 and a number of rotor blades. A first portion of a flow of CO2 may flow through the stator blade cooling system and returns to the source of CO2 in a first closed loop and a second portion of the flow of CO2 may flow through the rotor blade cooling system and returns to the source of CO2 in a second closed loop.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 9, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mahendhra Muthuramalingam, Ashok Kumar Anand, Veerappan Muthaiah
Patent number: 9279345
Abstract: A steam turbomachine valve includes a valve body having an inlet portion, an outlet portion, and an interior portion. The interior portion includes an inner wall. A valve member is slidingly disposed within the interior portion of the valve body. The valve member includes an outer surface. A seal element is mounted to, and extends about, the outer surface of the valve member. The seal element is spaced from the inner wall by a gap. A seal assembly is mounted to the inner wall. The seal assembly spans the gap and is configured and disposed to contact the seal element of the valve member.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 17, 2014
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Abhishek Chowdhury
Patent number: 9279370
Abstract: A turbomachine is provided and includes a compressor to compress inlet gas to produce compressed gas, a combustor coupled to the compressor in which the compressed gas is combusted along with a first fuel and/or a second fuel to produce a fluid flow, a turbine coupled to the combustor through which the fluid flow is directed for power and/or electricity generation and first and second supply circuits to supply the first fuel and the second fuel to the combustor, respectively. The first and second supply circuits are operable to enable transfers between operations associated with the first fuel and the second fuel being respectively supplied to the combustor at a high load.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 28, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Gerardo Fidel Varillas, Mustafa Ahmed Abdullah, Scott Arthur Day, Stephen Robert Thomas
Patent number: 9282150
Abstract: A method for allocation of network resources in an operations network for a selected environment includes, among other things, a plurality of applications communicating over a network having a bandwidth capacity and a plurality of modes including at least a first mode and a second mode.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
Inventor: Timothy John Wood
Patent number: 9280617
Abstract: A system may include a model library configured to model a system, wherein the model library includes a plurality of subsystem models, and each of the plurality of subsystem models is configured to derive a reliability measure. The system further includes a fault tolerance input and a maintenance policy input. The system further includes a dynamic risk calculation engine (DRCE) configured to use a user-defined set of the plurality of subsystem models, the fault tolerance input and the maintenance policy input, to derive a system risk for an apparatus.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 6, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Maria Cecilia Mazzaro, Frederick William Block, Pablo Enrique Acevedo Giraldi, Charles Scott Sealing, Atanu Talukdar, Mark Andrew Runkle
Patent number: 9278389
Abstract: A method for making an equiaxed investment casting. The method utilizes an ultrasonic generator to send an ultrasonic pulse into molten metal in an investment casting mold. The investment casting mold is positioned within a working zone of furnace having low output induction coils for generating a convection current in molten metal. The ultrasonic pulse separates dendrites growing from the face of the mold inward into the molten metal. Instead, equiaxed grains can nucleate within the molten metal. In addition, the ultrasonic pulse and the low output induction coils circulate the molten metal as solute is rejected from solidifying equiaxed grains. The mixing reduces the effects of segregation in the solidifying alloy and assists in nucleating equiaxed grains.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2011
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Junyoung Park, Jason Robert Parolini, Ibrahim Ucok
Patent number: 9279666
Abstract: A system is provided for monitoring strain in a substrate using a strain sensor element within a fiber optic sensing cable. Accurate and rapid measurement of strain of remote substrates presents major technical challenges and is the focus of much of the description presented. However, systems, methods and devices provided by the present invention are not only capable of reliably measuring strain in real time, but are also capable of measuring other characteristics of a substrate such as its temperature, pressure and its acoustic characteristics. The system is configured such that a strain sensor element within a strain sensing zone detects substantially the true strain characteristics of the substrate. And while other sensing elements within the same fiber optic sensing cable may not be configured to detect substrate strain at all, these sensing elements may reliably measure the temperature and pressure at the surface of the substrate adjacent to the strain sensing zone.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 2, 2014
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mahadevan Balasubramaniam, Slawomir Rubinsztajn, Glen Peter Koste, Kaustubh Ravindra Nagarkar, Vincent Frank Rubino, Jeffrey Roy Rudd, Paul Jeffrey Gillespie
Patent number: 9281754
Abstract: An electrical circuit, in particular a circuit used for generating electric power, wherein this circuit comprises a generator with n phases, a converter and a transformer to which a p-phase load can be connected. The converter comprises m partial converters, each of the partial converters is composed of p units and each of these units is provided with n/m switching circuits. The switching circuits of the individual units are connected symmetrical to the generator.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 18, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology Ltd.
Inventors: Georg Moehlenkamp, Reinhard Wagnitz
Patent number: 9278326
Abstract: In certain embodiments, a feed injector system includes an inner channel configured to convey at least one of a solid fuel feed or a liquid reactant or moderator to a reaction zone. A first oxidizer channel extends around the inner channel, wherein the first oxidizer channel is configured to convey a first oxidizer stream to the reaction zone. A second oxidizer channel extends around the first oxidizer channel, wherein the second oxidizer channel is configured to convey a second oxidizer stream to the reaction zone. Additionally, a third channel extends around the inner channel and the first and second oxidizer channels, wherein the third channel is configured to convey at least one of the solid fuel feed or the liquid reactant or moderator to the reaction zone.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 27, 2014
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Ali Ergut
Patent number: 9279871
Abstract: A magnet apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging system, the magnet apparatus includes a vacuum vessel, a helium vessel disposed within the vacuum vessel and a thermal shield disposed between the vacuum vessel and the helium vessel. A set of passive compensation coils are disposed within the vacuum vessel or the helium vessel and used to compensate for magnetic field distortion caused by mechanical vibrations within the magnet apparatus.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 30, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Weijun Shen, Timothy J. Havens, Longzhi Jiang, Tesfaye K. Kidane
Patent number: 9279365
Abstract: The present application provides a combined cycle system. The combined cycle system may include a compressor water wash system in communication with a compressor and a water wash flow, a combustor water injection system in communication with a combustor and an injection flow, and a transient power augmentation system in communication with the compressor, the combustor, and a flow of supplemental water.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 4, 2012
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Indrajit Mazumder, Rajarshi Saha
Patent number: 9281761
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: Grant
Filed: January 18, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, David Smith
Patent number: 9277902
Abstract: A method is provided for detecting lesions in ultrasound images. The method includes acquiring an ultrasound image, generating a Fisher-tippett (FT) distribution-based edge feature map from the acquired ultrasound image, generating gradient concentration (GC) scores for pixels of the acquired ultrasound image using the FT distribution-based edge feature map, and identifying a candidate lesion region within the acquired ultrasound image based on the GC scores.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 22, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Rakesh Mullick, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya, Fei Zhao, Xiaoxing Li, Vidya Kamath, Kunlin Cao, Soma Biswas
Patent number: 9279150
Abstract: Provided herein are mutant endonuclease V enzymes that are capable of nicking an inosine-containing DNA sequence. Nucleic acid assays and agents that employ such mutant endonuclease V enzymes to introduce a nick into a target DNA including one or more inosine, and uses a DNA polymerase to generate amplicons of a target DNA are also described.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 15, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: John Richard Nelson, Robert Scott Duthie, Gregory Andrew Grossman, Anuradha Sekher
Publication number: 20160060617
Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for storage and subsequent lysis of a sample in which the sample is immobilized on a solid support. The solid matrix is embedded with a low concentration of both a chaotropic salt and a surfactant which act synergistically to efficiently store and lyse a biological sample.
Type: Application
Filed: September 2, 2015
Publication date: March 3, 2016
Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE UK LIMITED
Inventors: Hugh O'MALLEY, Barry JOHNSON
Publication number: 20160064835
Abstract: A splicer device is disclosed herein. The splicer device includes a main body having an internal passage formed between a first end of the main body and a second end of the main body. The first end of the main body is configured to receive at least one first wire, and the second end of the main body is configured to receive at least one second wire. A window is disposed within the main body and in communication with the internal passage between the first end of the main body and the second end of the main body for accessing and splicing the at least one first wire and the at least one second wire.
Type: Application
Filed: August 29, 2014
Publication date: March 3, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: David Howard Syck, Gregory Quentin Brown, Kurt Kramer Schleif, Andrea Booher Kretschmar
Publication number: 20160058346
Abstract: A method of estimating the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in arterial blood of a patient comprises determining an arterial oxygen saturation for a patient, determining a breathing gas carbon dioxide value, and determining breathing gas oxygen value. The method further includes calculating an arterial blood carbon dioxide partial pressure for the patient based on at least the arterial oxygen saturation value, the breathing gas carbon dioxide value, and the breathing gas oxygen value for the patient.
Type: Application
Filed: September 2, 2014
Publication date: March 3, 2016
Applicant: General Electric Company
Inventor: Erkki Paavo Heinonen
Publication number: 20160058967
Abstract: A patient transfer device is configured for use with at least one host device which is capable of providing respiratory support to a patient. The patient transfer device includes an inspiratory port and an expiratory port which are configured to pneumatically connect to the host. An inspiratory connection is pneumatically connected to the inspiratory port and an expiratory connection is pneumatically connected to the expiratory port. An inspiratory valve is coupled between the inspiratory port and the inspiratory connection and expiratory valve is coupled between the expiratory port and the expiratory connection. The inspiratory valve and the expiratory valve are operable between first configurations that permit flow there though and second configurations that occlude flow through the valves. The inspiratory valve and the expiratory valve are configured to operate in the second configuration when the patient transfer device is disconnected from the at least one host device.
Type: Application
Filed: August 27, 2014
Publication date: March 3, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Timothy Patrick McCormick, Bradley Baum, Andreas Tzanetakis
Publication number: 20160061638
Abstract: A fitting for positioning a probe in a hot gas path within a casing of a gas turbine engine is disclosed herein. The fitting may include a main body attachable to the casing opposite the hot gas path. The main body may include an internal bore and one or more cooling holes in communication with the internal bore. A compliant seal may be positionable within the internal bore. In addition, a follower may be positionable within the internal bore adjacent to the compliant seal. Moreover, the fitting may include a fastener configured to mate with the main body. In this manner, the follower may deform the compliant seal about the probe within the main body to secure and seal the probe within the main body.
Type: Application
Filed: September 2, 2014
Publication date: March 3, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Kurt Kramer Schleif, Zachary John Snider
Publication number: 20160059707
Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to an apparatus. The apparatus includes a head portion, a body portion having a distal end opposite the head portion, a brush extending from the distal end of the body portion. The brush is configured to electrically contact an axle shaft of a vehicle.
Type: Application
Filed: September 3, 2014
Publication date: March 3, 2016
Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: James Thomas Peters, III, Jean Pierre Karenzi, Sudhir Kumar Gupta
Patent number: 9273950
Abstract: A system, in one embodiment, includes an optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system having a light source configured to emit light. The OCT imaging system further includes a beam splitter configured to receive the light from the light source, split the light into a first light portion directed along a sample arm comprising a sample and a second light portion directed along a reference arm comprising a reference mirror, receive a first reflected light portion from the sample arm and a second reflected light portion from the reference arm, combine the first and second reflected light portions to obtain an interference signal. Further, the OCT imaging system includes a controller having logic configured to perform an auto-ranging process to match the reference arm with the sample arm.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 22, 2011
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Siavash Yazdanfar, Sora Kim, Chulmin Joo
Patent number: 9271690
Abstract: A method and system for estimating the visceral adipose tissue (VAT) mass or volume of a subject comprises performing a dual-energy X-ray scan of the subject; generating at least one image of the subject from the dual-energy X-ray scan; identifying a region of interest on the at least one image; dividing the region of interest into a plurality of sections; determining an outer transverse extent of a coelom or inner abdominal cavity of the subject; determining a subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) composition for each of the plurality of sections, wherein the SAT composition determination is restricted to an area directly anterior and posterior the coelom or inner abdominal cavity of the subject; and determining a VAT mass and/or volume for the region of interest based on the determined SAT composition for each of the plurality of section.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 30, 2011
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Randall Kenneth Payne, Wynn Keith Wacker
Patent number: 9274519
Abstract: A device for monitoring operation of a plurality of system assets includes a storage device configured to store a model of a plurality of system assets, wherein the model includes a plurality of asset images associated with the system assets, and a plurality of component connections representative of a plurality of conduits coupled to the system assets. The device also includes a processor coupled to the storage device. The processor is configured to display the plurality of asset images and to display the plurality of component connections. The processor is also configured to select an asset image, display a status of a system asset associated with the selected asset image, and automatically display a representation of at least one of a process flow entering the system asset and a process flow exiting the system asset when the asset image is selected.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 15, 2014
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kenneth Paul Ceglia, Scott Terrell Williams, Charles Terrance Hatch, David Michael Robertson
Patent number: 9272251
Abstract: The invention relates to an impeller for use in a bioreactor for growing adherent mammalian cells and/or a cell separator for adherent mammalian cells. The impeller of the invention is designed to efficiently and rapidly lift a bed of settled cells and microcarrier beads at low rotational speeds. Cell growth and concomitant yield is therefore improved by maintaining the culture in an environment of low shear force.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 23, 2010
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE UK LIMITED
Inventors: Christopher Jones, Philip John Meyler, Rhys Evans
Patent number: 9273705
Abstract: An aircraft hydraulic system for operating a plurality of hydraulically-operated actuators in the aircraft having a hydraulic reservoir in which hydraulic fluid is stored, a hydraulic distribution system coupling the hydraulic reservoir to the actuators and having a main flow line coupled to the hydraulic reservoir, a hydraulic pump fluidly coupled to the main flow line and the hydraulic reservoir to pump hydraulic fluid from the reservoir to the main flow line, a main filtration system fluidly coupled to the main flow line upstream of at least some of the actuators, and a self-cleaning filter fluidly coupled upstream of the main filtration system.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 27, 2013
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
Inventor: John S Mears
Patent number: 9274515
Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for recording data associated with the operation of Foundation Fieldbus devices. Device parameter data associated with one or more Foundation Fieldbus devices may be received by a device comprising one or more computers. A visual representation of the operation of the one or more Foundation Fieldbus devices may be generated by the device receiving the device parameter data. The device may then record at least a portion of the device parameter data received to generate the visual representation.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 11, 2011
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Pavan Kumar Singh Thakur, Venkata Chandrakanth Alahari, Rao Perampalli Nekkar Raghavendra
Patent number: 9273806
Abstract: An elongate metallic or polymeric or composite tape is disclosed along with a method of manufacturing such tape. The tape is of a type suitable for forming at least one helically wound layer of interlocked windings in a flexible pipe body for transporting production fluids. The tape is configured for interlocking of adjacent windings in the layer of tape by nesting a hooked region of a winding in a valley region of an adjacent winding. The tape comprises first and second elongate tape elements arranged in contacting relation.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 30, 2009
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
Inventor: Geoffrey Stephen Graham
Patent number: 9272271
Abstract: A method of producing a catalyst composition is provided, the method comprising mixing (i) a first component comprising a zeolite, and (ii) a second component comprising a homogeneous solid mixture containing at least one catalytic metal and at least one metal inorganic support, wherein the first component and the second component form an intimate mixture, and wherein the homogeneous solid mixture is produced by mixing a reactive solution comprising a precursor of the metal inorganic support and a templating agent with a precursor of the catalyst metal, and calcining the mixture to form the homogeneous solid mixture. The templating agent affects one or more of pore size, pore distribution, pore spacing, or pore dispersity of the metal inorganic support. The pores of the solid mixture produced after calcination may have an average diameter in a range of about 1 nanometer to about 15 nanometers.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 20, 2014
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Larry Neil Lewis, Donald Wayne Whisenhunt, Jr., Dan Hancu, Ashish Balkrishna Mhadeshwar, Benjamin Hale Winkler, Daniel George Norton, Oltea Puica Siclovan, Ming Yin
Patent number: 9277685
Abstract: A system for simulating neon light comprising an elongated guide containing outer surface and a channel; a housing containing an engagement member and area for receiving a light engine; and the light engine. The light engine comprising a flexible printed circuit (FPC), a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) attached to the FPC, and a plurality of electrical connectors all in contact with a power conductor. The FPC also includes a gathering of material between each of the plurality of electrical connectors. Also included is a method for reducing the stress within the light engine.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 19, 2013
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
Inventors: Jeffrey Marc Nall, Brian Morgan Spahnie, Robert Brassell, Yongli Feng
Patent number: 9272360
Abstract: Universal plasma spray extension gun systems and devices for thermal spraying of machine components are disclosed. In one embodiment, a plasma gun extension system includes: a plasma extension arm; an arm connector disposed on the plasma extension arm and configured to connect to an adjustable plasma spray gun apparatus; an arm coupler disposed on the plasma extension arm and configured to connect the plasma extension arm to a robotic arm; and a set of feed conduits disposed on the plasma extension arm between the arm coupler and the arm connector, the set of feed conduits configured to supply a flow to the adjustable plasma spray gun apparatus.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 12, 2013
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Joseph Garfield Albanese, Donald Joseph Baldwin, James Allen Fisk, Christopher Joseph Lochner
Patent number: 9271651
Abstract: A system comprising a memory device having a plurality of routines stored therein, a processor configured to execute the plurality of routines stored in the memory device, the plurality of routines comprising: a routine configured to effect, when executed, accessing of patient deviation scores indicative of differences between patient data and reference data representative of a population segment, wherein the patient deviation scores are derived from longitudinal data of the patient data such that the patient deviation scores include a plurality of sets of patient deviation scores, each set indicative of differences between patient data collected at a respective point in time and the reference data; a routine configured to effect, when executed, identifying a trend in the patient deviation scores for at least one clinical parameter; a routine configured to effect, when executed, generating of a report including a visual indication of the trend; and a routine configured to effect, when executed, outputting of
Type: Grant
Filed: November 30, 2009
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Gopal Biligeri Avinash, Saad Ahmed Sirohey, Zhongmin Steve Lin, Ananth Mohan
Patent number: 9273531
Abstract: A subsea wellhead assembly includes a production tree and a tubing hanger assembly having a tubing hanger and an orientation adapter. A passage is formed through a side wall of the orientation adapter for porting communication from within a main bore of the wellhead assembly. When the tubing hanger assembly lands in the wellhead, a key on the orientation adapter engages a helical profile on an inner surface of the main bore and rotates the orientation adapter so that the passage registers with a passage in the tree. Fluid and electricity communicates through the registered passages. Examples of connectors between the respective passages include spheriseal connectors and electrical wet connects.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 6, 2013
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
Inventors: Chin Choy Tan, Haw Keat Lim, Farandy Angesti Liong
Patent number: D750519
Type: Grant
Filed: September 23, 2014
Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nigel Trevor Leigh, Brett Ralph Taylor, Oliver Charles Graham Jackson-Hill, Darryl Best, Scott Allen Clear
Patent number: D751204
Type: Grant
Filed: December 18, 2013
Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
Assignee: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LLC
Inventors: YiCheng Wang, Dong Sheng Liu, Tao Han
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