General Electric Patents

Application number: 20140332175
Abstract: A grain starter for use in solidification of molten metallic material forming an article having a directional grain structure and a method for solidifying an article having a directional grain structure with a substantial absence of stray grains. The grain starter comprises a grain-starting material that initiates grain growth in the molten metallic material in a preselected crystallographic direction. The grain-starting material has a melting temperature higher than the metallic material forming the article lest the grain starter be modified by contact with the molten material. The grain starter further includes a feature that modifies heat transfer characteristics of the metallic material in contact with it in order to produce an article having grains oriented in the preselected crystallographic orientation and modifies the profile of the advancing solidification front. The article is substantially free of stray grains not oriented in the preselected crystallographic direction.
Type: Application
Filed: May 8, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Shan LIU, Warren Tan KING, Srinivasan RAGHAVAN, Arthur S. PECK, Dayananda NARAYANA
Application number: 20140334592
Abstract: There is provided a fuel rod assembly comprising a first component of a zirconium-based material. The first component is in contact with or is located adjacent to a second component of a material different from the zirconium-based material, e.g. a nickel-based or iron-based alloy. A coating is disposed on an outer surface of the first component, which is effective to reduce an electrochemical corrosion potential difference between the first component and the second component relative to an electrochemical corrosion potential difference between the first component and the second component without the coating.
Type: Application
Filed: July 24, 2014
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Young Jin Kim, Dennis Michael Gray, David William White, Yang-Pi Lin, Todd Charles Curtis, Charles Beaty Patterson
Application number: 20140331568
Abstract: A bolt connection assembly is provided that is particularly well-suited for connecting structural members of a lattice tower structure for a wind turbine. The bolt connection assembly includes a bolt component having a head and a shaft and a structural bore component having a bore defined therethrough for receipt of the bolt component. The shaft includes a knurled surface such that the knurled surface defines an outermost shaft diameter. Moreover, the knurled surface includes a plurality of knurls, each defining a non-arcuate edge. The bore defines a bore diameter, wherein the outermost shaft diameter is greater than the bore diameter. In an assembled state of the bolt component and the structural bore component, the bolt component may be inserted within the bore such that the knurled surface may be deformed to friction fit within the bore diameter.
Type: Application
Filed: May 9, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Todd D. Andersen, David D. Oliphant
Application number: 20140333160
Abstract: An electric machine includes a housing, a stator core positioned within the housing, a wire wound about the stator core to form a plurality of end-turns that extend from an end of the stator core, and a thermal conductor positioned between the plurality of end-turns and the housing. The thermal conductor includes a substrate and a thermally conductive coating formed on a surface of the substrate. The thermally conductive coating includes a thermally conductive, dielectric material configured to transfer heat from the plurality of end-turns to the substrate.
Type: Application
Filed: May 10, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Wei Zhang, Xiaomei Fang
Application number: 20140336871
Abstract: A method of diagnosing a speed brake fault, where the method includes receiving a position signal from the at least one position sensor , determining a variation in the position signal relative to a reference position and diagnosing a fault in the speed brake system based on the variation.
Type: Application
Filed: October 29, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
Inventors: Christopher Joseph Catt, Julia Ann Howard
Application number: 20140336852
Abstract: A method of determining fuel limits for an engine includes measuring an actual fuel value for the engine and creating a plurality of engine speed points. The method further includes calculating respective static fuel limit points for each of the engine speed points utilizing the actual fuel value. The static fuel limit points define and limit a rated power of the engine.
Type: Application
Filed: May 7, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jason Daniel Ozolins, John Patrick Dowell, Suseel Sukumaran, Greg Thomas Polkus, Atul George Tharakan
Application number: 20140336299
Abstract: A solution based polymer nanofiller composite processing method to improve mechanical, electrical, thermal and/or chemical properties. The solution based synthesis method may include the steps of surface functionalizing carbon nanomaterials and dissolving a polymer in a solvent. The functionalized carbon nanomaterials and dissolved polymer may be mixed until the mixture is homogenous. The mixture may be cured to form the polymer carbon nano-composite material, which provides significant improvements in modulus, hardness, strength, fracture toughness, wear, fatigue, creep, and damping performance.
Type: Application
Filed: May 9, 2014
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignees: University of Houston, GE Oil & Gas, Inc.
Inventors: Li Sun, Anil Pitta, Hung Duong
Application number: 20140335373
Abstract: Joining process, joined article, and process of fabricating a joined article are disclosed. The joining process includes providing a consumable electrode comprising a first material and a second material, melting the consumable electrode by a current-induced melting or remelting, and re-solidifying the first material and the second material to form a dissimilar ingot having a first region being a re-solidification of the first material and a second region being a re-solidification of the second material. The joined article includes the first region and the second region; the dissimilar ingot at least partially defines the joined article. The process of fabricating includes providing the dissimilar ingot, positioning the dissimilar ingot within a die, and applying force from the die to compress the dissimilar ingot, thereby forming the joined article.
Type: Application
Filed: May 8, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: Yan CUI, Srikanth Chandrudu KOTTILINGAM, John R. WOOD, Dechao LIN
Application number: 20140336872
Abstract: A method of diagnosing a bleed air system fault, where the method includes receiving a sensor signal from the at least one of the bleed air system sensor to define a sensor output, comparing the sensor output to a reference value, and diagnosing a fault in the bleed air system based on the comparison.
Type: Application
Filed: May 13, 2014
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
Inventor: Julia Ann Howard
Application number: 20140333340
Abstract: Apparatus and method for registering conditions of performance in a photovoltaic array are provided. A group of neighboring photovoltaic modules may be arranged to sense a reference performance for a respective photovoltaic module of the photovoltaic array. Each of the neighboring photovoltaic modules may have a transmitter to transmit data indicative of the reference performance. The respective photovoltaic module may have a receiver to receive the data transmitted by the group of neighboring photovoltaic modules. A processor in the respective photovoltaic module may be provided to compare data indicative of its respective performance relative to the data received from the group of neighboring photovoltaic modules. The processor may be configured to register a condition of the performance of the respective photovoltaic module based on a result of the data comparison.
Type: Application
Filed: May 13, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mark Ronald Lynass, Said Farouk Said El-Barbari, Lucian Vasile Stoica
Application number: 20140336865
Abstract: A method of diagnosing a trailing edge flap fault in an aircraft having a trailing edge flap system including multiple trailing edge flaps, a flap handle for setting the position of the trailing edge flaps, and a flap position sensor, the method includes receiving a position signal, determining a variation in the position signal relative to a reference position, diagnosing a fault, and providing an indication of the diagnosed fault.
Type: Application
Filed: October 29, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: GE Avivation Systems Limited
Inventors: Christopher Joseph Catt, Julia Ann Howard
Application number: 20140331685
Abstract: A gas engine assembly includes a compressor, a combustion system, a bypass line and a control system. The control system is configured to control gas supply parameters based on a transportation delay value. The transportation delay value corresponds to a delay between a time when a gas supply control mechanism is adjusted and a time that gas having a corresponding adjustment of a gas characteristic is received at a predetermined point downstream from the gas supply control mechanism.
Type: Application
Filed: May 10, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Oscar Eduardo Sarmiento Penuela, Raphael Rupert Burgmair, Johannes Huber, Medy Satria, Rosa Castane Selga, Prashant Srinivasan
Application number: 20140331674
Abstract: A wake reducing structure for a turbine system includes a combustor liner having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining a combustor chamber. Also included is an airflow path located along the outer surface of the combustor liner. Further included is a wake generating component disposed in the airflow path and proximate the combustor liner, wherein the wake generating component generates a wake region located downstream of the wake generating component. Yet further included is an airfoil at least partially disposed in the wake region, the airfoil comprising at least one airfoil hole.
Type: Application
Filed: May 8, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Chandrasekhar Pushkaran, Nishant Govindbhai Parsania, Arjun Singh
Application number: 20140333200
Abstract: The geometry of a High Intensity Discharge (HID) arc tube is controlled to improve lamp color control and temperature distribution. In some embodiments, conical sections located at the transition zones near the electrodes are included to provide tunnel-like body-leg interface portions. The body-leg interface portions are shaped so as to advantageously control the temperature distribution along the internal surface of the discharge chamber wall so that it monotonically decreases resulting in a stable local cold spot location at the body-leg interface.
Type: Application
Filed: May 9, 2014
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Agoston BOROCZKI, Peter HORVÁTH
Application number: 20140331785
Abstract: A fluid flow system, device, and method for locating a fluid layer in a fluid flow using an acoustic waveguide. The acoustic waveguide comprises a waveguide base segment, and a waveguide reflector segment. The waveguide reflector segment comprises a plurality of disc shaped waveguide reflectors along its length for locating a fluid layer.
Type: Application
Filed: May 7, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Xiaolei Shirley Ao, Shawn Li Doria, Jin Chang Xu, Reuben Micah Aronson
Application number: 20140331681
Abstract: A wake manipulating structure for a turbine system includes a combustor liner defining a combustor chamber. Also included is an airflow path located along an outer surface of the combustor liner. Further included is a wake generating component disposed in the airflow path and proximate the combustor liner, wherein the wake generating component generates a wake region located downstream of the wake generating component. Yet further included is a venturi structure or section disposed in the airflow path configured to reduce the wake region.
Type: Application
Filed: May 8, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nishant Govindbhai Parsania, Chandrasekhar Pushkaran
Application number: 20140334929
Abstract: A heat shield for a rotor in a turbine engine is provided. The heat shield includes a main body having a first pair of recesses. The first pair of recesses is adapted to fit around a portion of one or more rotor blades or between two axially adjacent rotor wheels. The first pair of recesses limits axial and radial movement of the heat shield by interaction with the rotor blades or by interaction with the two axially adjacent rotor wheels. The first pair of recesses engage axially adjacent rotor blades or the axially adjacent rotor wheels. The heat shield protects the rotor from hot gas.
Type: Application
Filed: May 13, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Matthew Troy Hafner
Application number: 20140334925
Abstract: A system for supporting a turbine nozzle includes an inner barrel having a forward end, an aft end and an outer surface that extends between the forward end and the aft end. A first fitting that extends through the outer surface is defined within the inner barrel. The system further includes a nozzle support ring that defines a second fitting that is complementary to the first fitting defined within the inner barrel.
Type: Application
Filed: May 10, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Matthew Stephen Casavant, Kenneth Damon Black
Application number: 20140334807
Abstract: Systems and methods for determining heating element and water heater status based on galvanic current are provided. An exemplary water heater includes a tank for holding a volume of water and an anode rod extending into the water. The anode rod has a core made of a conductive material. The water heater also includes at least one heating element configured to heat the water when energized. The water heater includes a current measurement circuit configured to generate a feedback signal describing a galvanic current flowing from the core of the anode rod to an electrical ground. The water heater also includes a controller configured to receive the feedback signal from the current measurement circuit and to control one or more operations of the water heater based on the feedback signal.
Type: Application
Filed: May 10, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Brett Alan Farris
Application number: 20140331796
Abstract: A system for measuring nutritional parameters of food items is provided. The system includes a holding cavity. The system further includes a sensor assembly that includes a transmitter antenna and at least one receiver antenna. The transmitter antenna is configured to transmit signals to a food item in the holding cavity. The receiver antenna is configured to receive response signals from the food item. The system includes at least one switch coupled to each antenna. The switch, in a first state, is configured to set the sensor assembly to an electric potential equal to that of the holding cavity. In a second state, the switch is configured to couple the sensor assembly to a power source. The system also includes a processing unit to process the signals received to determine the nutritional parameters of the food item.
Type: Application
Filed: May 7, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Yongjae Lee, Aghogho Atemu Obi, Seog Tae Kim, William Chester Platt, James William Bray, Yuri Alexeyevich Plotnikov, Jack Mathew Webster, Vasile Bogdan Neculaes
Application number: 20140334938
Abstract: A method and assembly for aligning airflow modifying elements on a rotor blade is disclosed. The airflow modifying assembly may be mounted onto a suction side surface or a pressure side surface of the rotor blade. Further, the airflow modifying assembly includes an alignment structure having a chord-wise extending face that may be fixed relative to the rotor blade at a predetermined position. The airflow modifying assembly further includes a first base having a root end, a tail end having an interconnecting profile, and a first plurality of airflow modifying elements. The root end is aligned with the chord-wise extending face such that the first base extends span-wise along the rotor blade. Additionally, the airflow modifying assembly includes at least one second base having a connector end with a complementary interconnecting profile and a plurality of airflow modifying elements, wherein the connector end is coupled to the tail end.
Type: Application
Filed: May 7, 2013
Issued: November 13, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Scott Gabell Riddell, Michael Christopher Booth
Patent number: 8884620
Abstract: An RF body coil having enhanced acoustic deadening properties for an MR scanning apparatus is disclosed. The RF body coil includes an RF support form and RF electronics affixed to the RF support form, with the RF electronics comprising a plurality of RF legs. The RF support form further includes an inner structural layer, an outer structural layer, and a middle layer sandwiched between the inner structural layer and the outer structural layer, the middle layer comprising a layer of viscoelastic material configured to increase the mechanical damping of the RF body coil so as to reduce RF body coil vibration.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 16, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Washington de Lima, Timothy John Havens, Saikat Saha, Tesfaye Kebede Kidane
Patent number: 8882449
Abstract: A shell differential expansion detector and turbomachine including a detector are disclosed. In an embodiment, the shell differential expansion detector device includes a housing; and a first rod including a distal part extending through a first opening in the housing. The first rod further includes a proximal part within the housing. A sleeve surrounds the distal part of the first rod on an exterior of the housing; and an actuator arm is affixed to the first rod. A second rod is disposed in physical contact at a distal end thereof with the actuator arm; and a shell expansion detector is operably connected with the second rod at a proximal end thereof.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 12, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Michael Earl Montgomery
Patent number: 8885374
Abstract: A multilevel converter includes at least one phase. Each phase of the multilevel converter includes a direct current (DC) link, a first circuit, a second circuit, and a phase capacitor. The DC link includes a first capacitor, a second capacitor, and a third capacitor situated between the first and second capacitors. The first circuit is electrically coupled to two terminals of the first capacitor. The second circuit is electrically coupled to two terminals of the second capacitor. The phase capacitor is electrically coupled between the first circuit and the second circuit.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 26, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Di Zhang, Luis José Garcés Rivera
Patent number: 8884614
Abstract: Present embodiments include eddy current array probes having differential coils capable of detecting both long and short flaws in a test specimen and, additionally or alternatively, multiplexed drive coils. For example, an eddy current array probe may include a first plurality of eddy current channels disposed in a first row and a second plurality of eddy current channels disposed in a second row. The first plurality and second plurality of eddy current channels overlap in a first direction but do not overlap in a second direction. The probe also includes a semi-circular drive coil disposed proximate to the first plurality and second plurality of eddy current channels and configured to generate a probing magnetic field for each sense coil of the eddy current channels.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 31, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Changting Wang, Yuri Alexeyevich Plotnikov, Mandar Diwakar Godbole, Aparna Chakrapani Sheila-Vadde
Patent number: 8886726
Abstract: Certain examples provide collaboration systems, apparatus, and methods to facilitate automated command recognition and execution in collaborative communication. An example system includes a communication interface to accept a communication input in an electronic collaboration session regarding clinical content. The system also includes a collaboration engine to automatically analyze the input to identify one or more instructions corresponding to the input and to automatically execute the identified one or more instructions with respect to content associated with the collaboration session. The collaboration engine is to provide results of the execution of the identified one or more instructions to at least one collaborator in the collaboration session.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 28, 2010
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Medhi Venon, Elad Shoushan, Orit Moshkovitz
Patent number: 8884235
Abstract: A system and method for collimation in diagnostic imaging systems is provided. One collimator includes a plurality of parallel hole segments and a plurality of collimator bores within each of the plurality of parallel hole segments. Additionally, all of the plurality of collimator bores in at least one of the plurality of parallel hole segments have a first pointing direction and all of the plurality of collimator bores in at least one other of the plurality of parallel hole segments have a second pointing direction, wherein the plurality of parallel hole segments are arranged in a fanbeam collimation configuration. Further, the first pointing direction is different than the second pointing direction.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 19, 2013
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Floribertus P. M. Heukensfeldt Jansen, Yaron Hefetz
Patent number: 8881527
Abstract: Power plant systems and methods are presented. The power plant includes a steam turbine configured to release exhaust steam. The power plant further includes an electro-hydrodynamic system operatively coupled to the steam turbine. The electro-hydrodynamic system is configured to receive the exhaust steam from the steam turbine and generate auxiliary electric power using the exhaust steam.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 30, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Charles Erklin Seeley, Dmytro Floriyovych Opaits, Sunilkumar Onkarnath Soni, Chiranjeev Kalra
Patent number: 8881530
Abstract: A system may include an insulated water tank configured to store a first heated water from a first plant component during operation of a plant, and a fuel heater comprising a heat exchanger, wherein the heat exchanger is configured to transfer heat from the first heated water to a fuel for a gas turbine engine during startup of the plant.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 2, 2010
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Seyfettin Can Gulen, Tailai Hu
Patent number: 8881584
Abstract: An apparatus and method for a more time efficient measurement of backlash in one or more variable guide vanes of a gas turbine system are provided. A mounting structure, with an indicator attached thereto, may be provided. Further, a guide structure may be provided to allow the mounting structure to be moved adjacent to two or more variable guide vanes without moving the guide structure.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 18, 2013
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Charles V. Spanos, John William Herbold, Andrew Thomas Hynous
Patent number: 8882986
Abstract: A system includes an electrolytic deburring tool, which includes a first electrode configured to be positioned at a first gap away from a first edge of a workpiece, a second electrode configured to be positioned at a second gap away from a second edge of the workpiece, a first electrolyte supply configured to flow a first electrolyte through the first gap between the first electrode and the first edge of the workpiece, a second electrolyte supply configured to flow a second electrolyte through the second gap between the second electrode and the second edge of the workpiece, and a power supply configured to flow an alternating current through the first gap and the second gap to cause electrolytic dissolution through the workpiece from both the first edge and the second edge.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 2, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Yuefeng Luo, William Edward Adis, Michael Lewis Jones
Patent number: 8885903
Abstract: Methods and apparatus for statistical iterative reconstruction are provided. One method includes pre-processing acquired raw measurement data to modify the raw data measurement data and determining a change in a variance of the raw measurement data resulting from the modification to the raw measurement data during pre-processing. The method also includes reconstructing an image using the modified raw measurement data resulting from the pre-processing and the determined change in variance.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 16, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Jiang Hsieh, Thomas Matthew Benson
Patent number: 8885975
Abstract: A method is provided for reconstructing an image of an object that includes image elements. The method includes accessing measurement data associated with the image elements, introducing an auxiliary variable to transform an original problem of reconstructing the image to a constrained optimization problem, and solving the constrained optimization problem using a method of multipliers to create a sequence of sub-problems and solve the sequence of sub-problems. Solving the sequence of sub-problems includes reconstructing the image by optimizing a first objective function. The first objective function is optimized by iteratively solving a nested sequence of approximate optimization problems. An inner loop iteratively optimizes a second objective function approximating the first objective function. An outer loop utilizes the solution of the second objective function to optimize the first objective function.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 22, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignees: General Electric Company, The Regents of the University of Michigan, Purdue Research Foundation, University of Notre Dame du Lac
Inventors: Zhou Yu, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Debashish Pal, Lin Fu, Charles A. Bouman, Ken Sauer, Sathish Ramani, Jeffrey A. Fessler, Somesh Srivastava
Patent number: 8884628
Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for monitoring rub detection in a machine are provided. An electrical signal may be provided for transmission to and into a component of the machine. A capacitance associated with the electrical signal in the component may be monitored. Based at least in part upon a determined change in the monitored capacitance, a potential rub condition for the component of the machine.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 5, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Wesley Donald Franklin
Patent number: 8886289
Abstract: A substrate configured for placement on an internal organ or internal tissue is provided. In certain embodiments, the substrate conforms to and moves with the internal organ or internal tissue. Three or more sensor elements are integrated on the substrate. In one implementation, the substrate and associated sensor elements provide dynamic referencing of the internal organ or internal tissue after registration of the sensor data with images and/or volumetric representations of the internal organ or internal tissue.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 31, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Daniel Eduardo Groszmann
Patent number: 8881994
Abstract: A system and method for lowering the structural natural frequency of a synthetic jet actuator is disclosed. A synthetic jet actuator is provided that includes a first plate, a second plate spaced apart from the first plate and arranged parallelly thereto, and a spacer element configured to space the first plate apart from the second plate and define a chamber along with the first and second plates. The spacer element includes at least one orifice formed therein such that the chamber is in fluid communication with an environment external to the chamber, and the spacer element is constructed to deform in a bending motion in response to a deflection of at least one of the first and second plates.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2009
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Todd Garrett Wetzel, Thomas Elliot Stecher, Charles Erklin Seeley, Charles Franklin Wolfe, Jr., Yogen Vishwas Utturkar, Bryan Patrick Whalen
Patent number: 8886697
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: Grant
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Sergei Ivanovich Dolinsky
Patent number: 8887090
Abstract: Certain examples provide systems, methods, apparatus, etc., to provide varying levels of detail in clinical data for one or more patients to a user. An example method to surface varying degrees of patient data via a formlet-based user interface includes providing a high-level view of data for one or more patients, the high-level view having a first level of detail. The example method includes generating, in response to a hover over a portion of the high-level view, a hover view providing a second level of detail of the data associated with the portion of the high-level view. The example method includes providing an inspector to access a third level of detail of the data. The example method includes generating a fourth level of detail in response to a trigger within the inspector.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 31, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignees: General Electric Company, IHC Health Services, Inc.
Inventors: Benjamin Bennett, John Brimm, David Cronin
Patent number: 8884476
Abstract: A high-temperature insulation assembly for use in high-temperature electrical machines and a method for forming a high-temperature insulation assembly for insulating conducting material in a high-temperature electrical machine. The assembly includes a polymeric film and at least one ceramic coating disposed on the polymeric film. The polymeric film is disposed over conductive wiring or used as a conductor winding insulator for phase separation and slot liner.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 23, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Weijun Yin, Ri-an Zhao, Min Yan
Patent number: 8885904
Abstract: Systems and methods for landmark correction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are provided. One method includes acquiring at least one calibration image or at least one localizer image of an object, identifying in the calibration or localizer images a region of the object as a reference point, wherein the reference point defines a landmark position. The method further includes determining an offset between an initial landmark position and the identified landmark position. The method also includes using the determined offset for MRI.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 19, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Thomas Foo, Maggie Fung, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya, Xiaodong Tao
Patent number: 8884182
Abstract: A method of modifying an end wall contour is provided. The method includes creating a weld pool using a laser, adding a metal or a ceramic powder or a wire filler to the melt pool and modifying the part of the turbine in a manner that results in a change of about 0.005 to about 50 volume percent in the part of the turbine. The weld pool is created on a turbine component and contains molten metal or ceramic derived as a result of a heat interaction between the laser and the turbine component.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 11, 2006
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ching-Pang Lee, Hsin-Pang Wang, Ronald Scott Bunker, Sudhir Kumar Tewari, Magdi Naim Azer
Patent number: 8887272
Abstract: A medical device customization system and method comprising medical device that receives signals from a biological probe having an operational parameter and that stores data based on the signals in a memory. The medical device receives a custom application and establishes a virtual machine to run the custom application.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 24, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Mark S. Urness, Anders Herman Torp, Menachem Halmann
Patent number: 8882887
Abstract: A method of reducing the concentration of at least one sulfur compound in a process stream and for recovering at least one sulfur compound from a process stream are provided. A process stream is delivered to a vessel, wherein the vessel comprises an adsorbent material. At least one solvent is transferred into the vessel. One or more fluids are then removed from the vessel. At least one of the fluids removed from the vessel comprises a clean gas. The adsorbent material may be regenerated to yield a high concentration of the at least one sulfur compound.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 29, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Judith Pauline Oppenheim, George Frederick Frey, Jennifer Lucia Ramirez, Hsien-Chin William Yen
Patent number: 8881398
Abstract: A method of insulating a refrigeration appliance. The refrigeration appliance includes a case, a liner, and a five-sided, box like vacuum panel. The liner is formed to be inserted into the case forming a chamber between the liner and the case. The five sides of the vacuum panel define a cavity. The method includes in one embodiment, positioning the five-sided vacuum panel in the chamber between the case and the liner, injecting foam into the chamber, and curing the foam to attach the five sided vacuum panel to the case and the liner.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 26, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kenneth Joseph Hanley, Martin Christopher Severance
Patent number: 8885910
Abstract: An energy-sensitive system includes one or more processors configured to determine spectral attenuation curves for a first basis material and a second basis material, respectively. The one or more processors are configured to substitute a k-edge feature in the determined spectral attenuation curves with an approximation of the determined spectral attenuation curves lacking the k-edge feature. The one or more processors are also configured to construct a material decomposition model based on one of the determined or approximated first and second spectral attenuation curves. The one or more processors are additionally configured to decompose X-ray projection data into basis material projection data comprising first and second line integrals based, at least in part, on the model.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 28, 2012
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Peter Michael Edic, Colin Richard Wilson, Jeffery Wayne Eberhard, Dan Xu
Patent number: 8886507
Abstract: A processor for use in simulating operation of a portion of an electrical circuit is provided. The processor is configured to receive at least one input indicative of electrical circuit data related to the electrical circuit being simulated, generate a model of the electrical circuit based on the at least one input, receive a user input that indicates the portion of the electrical circuit to be simulated, generate, based on the user input and the electrical circuit model, a partial circuit snapshot that corresponds to the portion of the electrical circuit, and apply at least one event to the partial circuit snapshot to simulate operation of the corresponding portion of the electrical circuit.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 13, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Prashant Sharma, Jia Qiang Ma
Patent number: 8881500
Abstract: A detonation chamber for a pulse detonation combustor including: a plurality of duplex tab obstacles disposed on at least a portion of an inner surface of the detonation chamber wherein the plurality of duplex tab obstacles enhance a turbulence of a fluid flow through the detonation chamber.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 31, 2010
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ephraim Jeff Gutmark, Aaron Jerome Glaser, Adam Rasheed
Patent number: 8885912
Abstract: A computer implemented method of analyzing tissue features based on multiplexed biometric images includes storing a data set including cell profile data and an assessment associated with a field of view or a patient. The cell profile data includes biomarker expression intensity data for at least one cell feature. The method includes normalizing the biomarker expression intensity data for each field of view. The method includes determining a plurality of positive cell percentages for a first cell feature for each field of view or for each patient based on a plurality of normalized expression cutoffs for all fields of view. The method further includes correlating positive cell percentages with assessments for each field of view or each patient. The method also includes identifying a combination of a cell feature for expression of a biomarker and a normalized expression cutoff that most closely correlate the positive cell percentage with the assessment.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 3, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Yunxia Sui
Patent number: 8885911
Abstract: A computer-based method for the development of an image analysis protocol for analyzing image data, the image data containing images including image objects, in particular biological image objects such as biological cells. The image analysis protocol, once developed, is operable in an image analysis software system to report on one or more measurements conducted on selected ones of the image objects. The development process includes defining target identification settings to identify at least two different target sets of image objects, defining target identification settings to identify at least two different target sets of image objects, and defining one or more measurements to be performed using said pair-wise linking relationship(s).
Type: Grant
Filed: October 20, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: GE Healthcare Niagara, Inc.
Inventors: Xudong Li, Louis Ernest Dagenais, William Mark Durksen, Del Archer
Patent number: 8885665
Abstract: An industrial process control system is provided. The industrial control system includes an alarm server with a processor configured to receive device information representative of field device information extracted from a device definition file. The processor is further configured to translate the device information into a first format interpretable by a global system for mobile communications (GSM) server and provide the device information in the first format to the GSM server.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 31, 2011
Issued: November 11, 2014
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Michael Karaffa, Johnny Stephen Downor, Steven William Smith
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