Patents Represented by Attorney Greg Strugalski
  • Patent number: 8153981
    Abstract: A radiation detector assembly comprises a radiation scintillator detector for generating a light signal as a function of radiation detected. A light detector is operatively connectable with the radiation scintillator detector for receiving a light signal from the radiation scintillation detector and generating an electrical signal as a function of the light signal received. A housing for the light detector is electrically connectable with the light detector. At least one of the housing and the light detector is electrically connectable with a pole of a power supply whereby the housing and the light detector are at substantially the same electrical potential when electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Keith D. Jones, Audry M. Alabiso
  • Patent number: 7825046
    Abstract: An article includes a microporous membrane. A porous fabric is laminated to the microporous membrane to form a laminate with a membrane side and a fabric side. A treatment material is applied to the laminate to form a treated laminate. The treated laminate having an oil resistance of at least a number 7 determined by AATCC 118 testing on both the membrane side and the fabric side. The treated laminate also has an air permeability through the treated laminate of at least 0.01 CFM per square foot determined by ASTM D737 testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Martin G. Hatfield, Gopakumar Thottupurathu, Nusrat Farzana
  • Patent number: 7771818
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for modifying at least one property of a porous membrane. The method comprises the steps of providing a porous membrane. The method also includes exposing the membrane to a fluid at supercritical conditions. At least one property of the membrane is modified while the membrane is exposed to the fluid at supercritical conditions. The condition of the fluid is changed in such a manner that the porous membrane retains the modified property. The present invention is also sheet material that is water-resistant, moisture vapor transmissive and air permeable. The sheet material comprises a membrane having an open pore structure including surfaces defining a plurality of interconnecting pores extending through the membrane and between major sides of said membrane in which the pores have an average pore size. The membrane is made from a material tending to absorb oils and contaminating agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: BHA Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Klare, Greg Strugalski
  • Patent number: 7632325
    Abstract: A filter assembly for use in a baghouse. The baghouse has a tube sheet with a plurality of openings. The filter assembly includes a first filter element including a mounting structure at a first axial end to attach the first filter element to the tube sheet adjacent an opening. A first tubular member is fixed to and extends from the mounting structure. A first pleated filter element is disposed adjacent to the first tubular member. A first member has a threaded portion connected with the tubular member at a second axial end of the first filter element. A second filter element includes a second member having a threaded portion at a first axial end. A second tubular member is connected with and extends from the second member. A second pleated filter element is disposed adjacent to the second tubular member. The first and second threaded members are tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Cristoffer Welch, Danny Lee Deatherage
  • Patent number: 7632339
    Abstract: A method of removing moisture from inlet air flowing to a gas turbine. The method comprises the steps of providing a housing for supporting a primary air filter. The housing is operably connected with the gas turbine. A hood connected with the housing is provided. The hood has a surface disposed at an acute angle relative to horizontal. Inlet air flow is directed into a preliminary filter supported above the hood and extending in a downward direction. The preliminary filter comprises media capable of separating moisture from the inlet air flowing through the preliminary filter at an exterior portion of the preliminary filter. Separated moisture agglomerates into a drop incapable of being carried by the flow of inlet air so the drop falls onto the hood to be directed out of the flow of inlet air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Avnit Singh
  • Patent number: 7585343
    Abstract: A cleaning system for a gas turbine inlet filter mounted to a tubesheet. The filter defines an upstream side at which particulates are separated from a fluid stream passing through the filter and a downstream side substantially free of the particulates. The cleaning system includes a blowpipe for supplying a pressurized fluid. A one-piece nozzle is made from a tubular member having a substantially constant cross-section extending along the length of the member. The nozzle is permanently attached to the blowpipe at a first end portion. The nozzle is in fluid communication with the blowpipe to direct a cleaning pulse of the pressurized fluid from a second opposite end portion into the downstream side of the filter to dislodge particulates into the upstream side. An aspirator is formed in the nozzle at an upstream location spaced from the second end portion of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jack Thomas Clements
  • Patent number: 7562556
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a continuous emissions monitor system that is in fluid communication with a flue stack conducting exhaust gas from a combustion source. The apparatus comprises a housing and a probe mounted in the housing. The probe is tubular and in fluid communication with the flue stack to acquire a sample of gas from the flue stack. The probe tends to have deposits from the exhaust gas accumulate on the inner walls of the probe. A device imparts cleaning energy to the probe for dislodging accumulated deposits from the inner walls of the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David F. Johnston, Jennifer Lynn Molaison, Terry Farmer, William Eberhardt, Mark Holt
  • Patent number: 7534471
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for modifying at least one property of a porous membrane. The method comprises the steps of providing a porous membrane. The method also includes exposing the membrane to a fluid at supercritical conditions. At least one property of the membrane is modified while the membrane is exposed to the fluid at supercritical conditions. The condition of the fluid is changed in such a manner that the porous membrane retains the modified property. The present invention is also sheet material that is water-resistant, moisture vapor transmissive and air permeable. The sheet material comprises a membrane having an open pore structure including surfaces defining a plurality of interconnecting pores extending through the membrane and between major sides of said membrane in which the pores have an average pore size. The membrane is made from a material tending to absorb oils and contaminating agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: BHA Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Klare, Greg Strugalski
  • Patent number: 7438736
    Abstract: A filter bag structure for use in a baghouse that has a tubesheet with a plurality of openings. The filter bag structure includes a substantially cylindrical filter bag having an axial end portion formed into a cuff. The filter bag has filtration media of a substantially electrically non-conductive material. The cuff of the filter bag is to be positioned adjacent an opening and mounted to structure of the tubesheet. An electrically conductive ground wire extends along a portion of the filter bag and has a portion to contact the tubesheet. An electrically conductive anti-collapse ring extends around another portion of the filter bag. An electrically conductive cover secures the anti-collapse ring to the filter bag and provides electrical conductivity between the ground wire and anti-collapse ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jerry Alan Grey
  • Patent number: 7186284
    Abstract: A filter mounting system for use in a baghouse having a tubesheet with a plurality of openings. The filter mounting system includes filter media and a tubular mounting collar attached to the filter media to mount the filter media relative to the tubesheet. The filter mounting system also includes a gasket made of a flexible material. The gasket has a tubesheet receiving portion and a filter receiving portion extending from the tubesheet receiving portion. The mounting collar of the filter mounting system is adapted to be positioned within the filter receiving portion of the gasket and engaging the filter receiving portion to effect sealing engagement of the tubesheet receiving portion of the gasket against a portion of the tubesheet adjacent the opening. The filter receiving portion extends from the tubesheet receiving portion to force one portion of the gasket into sealing engagement with a surface of the tubesheet upon engagement with the mounting collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: BHA Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Thomas Clements
  • Patent number: 6858052
    Abstract: A filter cartridge for use in a baghouse having a tubesheet with a plurality of opening. A flexible snapband is biased towards engagement with a surface defining one of the openings in the tubesheet and is adapted to receive a portion of the filter cartridge. The snapband has a first surface and a second surface with a pair of protrusions separated by a groove adapted to receive a peripheral edge of one of the tubesheet opening. The pair of protrusions sealingly engage surfaces of the tubesheet. The filter cartridge includes filter media. Structure supports the filter media. A rigid non-metallic tubular collar is integrally formed with the filter media and the structure to secure this filter media and the structure to said collar. The collar includes a pair of longitudinally spaced continuous projections extending radially from the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: BHA Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Thomas Clements
  • Patent number: 6787031
    Abstract: A filter cartridge (20) for removing particulates from a particulate laden fluid stream moving one direction through the filter cartridge. The filter cartridge (20) is periodically subject to cleaning fluid moving in an opposite direction to the fluid stream. The filter cartridge (20) comprises filtration media (24) formed into a tubular configuration and having a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart pleats (26). A retention device (82) to limit radial movement of the filtration media (24) when subjected to the periodical cleaning fluid and to maintain the pleats (26) in the filtration media circumferentially spaced apart. A method of making a filter cartridge (20) for removing particulates from a fluid stream moving one direction through the filter cartridge and that is periodically subject to cleaning fluid moving in an opposite direction to the fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: BHA Group Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall David Van Pelt, Charles Grant Carothers
  • Patent number: 6628568
    Abstract: A system and method for verification of acoustic horn performance is disclosed. This system and method includes a pressure detecting mechanism that converts at least one vibratory sound energy pulse, which is followed by at least one vacuum pulse or at least one negative pressure pulse, into a signal that is proportional to a level of sound energy, and the pressure detecting mechanism is operable to be connected to an acoustic horn. There is a measurement device that measures a value that correlates to the signal that is proportional to a level of sound energy and is electrically connected to the pressure detecting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: BHA Group Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. Mahler, David F. Johnston, Terry L. Farmer
  • Patent number: 6508934
    Abstract: A filter cartridge (20) for removing particulates from a particulate laden fluid stream moving one direction through the filter cartridge. The filter cartridge (20) is periodically subject to cleaning fluid moving in an opposite direction to the fluid stream. The filter cartridge (20) comprises filtration media (24) formed into a tubular configuration and having a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart pleats (26). A retention device (82) to limit radial movement of the filtration media (24) when subjected to the periodical cleaning fluid and to maintain the pleats (26) in the filtration media circumferentially spaced apart. A method of making a filter cartridge (20) for removing particulates from a fluid stream moving one direction through the filter cartridge and that is periodically subject to cleaning fluid moving in an opposite direction to the fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: BHA Group Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall David Van Pelt, Charles Grant Carothers
  • Patent number: 6409787
    Abstract: A filter element comprises a substrate constructed from at least two different materials. A first one of the materials has a first temperature at which the first material activates. A second one of the materials is at least a partially crystalline structure and has a second temperature which is lower than the first temperature at which the second material activates. A porous membrane is supported by the substrate. An attachment is between the substrate and the membrane. The attachment results from the second material of the substrate activated at a temperature less than the first temperature to engage portions of the membrane at spaced apart locations and fix together the membrane and the substrate upon the second material cooled to a temperature less than the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: BHA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Smithies, Vikas Madhusudan Nadkarni
  • Patent number: 6410084
    Abstract: A method of treating a membrane (16) comprises the steps of providing a membrane (16) with a structure of node (22) and fibrils (24). Surfaces of the nodes (22) and fibrils (24) define a plurality of pores (26) extending through the membrane (16). The membrane (16) is made from an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene material. A water-based dispersion of oleophobic fluoropolymer solids in a water-soluble solvent is provided. The dispersion has surface tension and relative contact angle properties such that the diluted dispersion is incapable of wetting the polytetrafluoroethylene material of the membrane (16). The dispersion is diluted with a liquid wetting agent so the diluted dispersion can wet the membrane (16). Surfaces of the nodes (22) and fibrils (24) are coated with the solids in the diluted dispersion. The wetting agent material and other fugitive material are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: BHA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Klare, David Elliot Chubin
  • Patent number: 6409785
    Abstract: A pleatable and cleanable filter media (22) that has a HEPA filtration rating. The filter media (22) includes a porous primary filtration layer (22). The primary filtration layer tending to be less than HEPA rated upon being damaged. A first substrate layer (64) attached to said primary filtration layer (62) for maintaining the shape of the filter media (22). The first substrate layer (64) includes a non-woven filtration media and being less than HEPA rated. A second substrate layer (82) attached to the first substrate layer (64) functioning as a secondary filter in the event of damage to the primary filtration layer (62). The second substrate layer (82) includes a non-woven filtration media and being less than HEPA rated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: BHA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Smithies, James Roy Doehla, Anthony Joseph Thill
  • Patent number: 6228477
    Abstract: A composite membrane (12) comprising a membrane (16) with a structure of nodes (22) connected by fibrils (24). Surfaces of the nodes (22) and fibrils (24) define a plurality of interconnecting pores (26) that extend through the membrane (16) and between major sides (18, 20) of the membrane. The membrane (16) is made from an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene material which tends to tends to absorb oils and certain contaminating agents. The membrane (16) is moisture vapor transmissive, gas permeable and wind and liquid penetration resistant. A coating (28) is disposed on surfaces of the membrane (16) that define the pores (26). The coating (28) is made from an acrylic-based polymer with fluorocarbon side chains. The coating (28) is coalesced on surfaces of the nodes (22) and fibrils (24) to provide oil and certain contaminating agent resistance to the composite membrane (12) without completely blocking the pores (26) in the membrane (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: BHA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert John Klare, David Elliot Chubin
  • Patent number: 6203591
    Abstract: A filter assembly (24) includes a first filter portion (80) with a first attachment (100) adapted to attach to a tubesheet (44) to support at least a portion of the first filter portion in a second plenum (40) and to permit fluid communication between the first filter portion and a first plenum (42). A tubular member (104) is fixed to and extends from the first attachment (100). A pleated filter element (120) is disposed adjacent to the tubular member (104) for support. A second attachment (140) is fixed to the tubular member (104) at a second end of the first filter portion (80) and defines an opening through which fluid may flow. The tubular member (104) is fixed to the first and second attachments (100, 140) with sufficient strength to support the weight of at least one other filter portion. A second filter portion (82) includes a third attachment (180) at a first end and defines an opening through which fluid may flow. A tubular member (186) is fixed to and extends from the third attachment (180).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: BHA Group Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Thomas Clements, Ronald LaWayne Mahoney, James Roy Doehla
  • Patent number: 6110249
    Abstract: A filter element is adapted to be located in a gas stream. The filter element comprises a substrate having a structure selected from the group consisting of scrimed needled felt, scrimless needled felt, woven fabric and mesh. The substrate comprises at least two different materials. A first one of the materials has a first melting temperature. A second one of the materials has a second melting temperature lower than the first melting temperature. An expanded polytetrafluoroethylene filtering membrane is adapted to be located upstream relative to the substrate in the gas stream and supported by the substrate. The substrate is attached to the filtering membrane by the second material of the substrate melted to engage the membrane and fix the membrane to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: BHA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Duane Medcalf, James Roy Doehla, Anthony Joseph Thill, Vikas Madhusudan Nadkarni