Patents Represented by Attorney R. Thomas Payne
  • Patent number: 5306972
    Abstract: An alternating current (AC) motor system includes an AC motor having a rotor and a stator with the rotor having a plurality of air passes for passing cooling air and the stator having end windings extending from each end. An air deflector is coupled to one end of the rotor and has a generally curved configuration for directing cooling air exiting the air passages into a generally radial flow direction and onto the stator end windings. The stator end windings comprise turns of a plurality of electrical conductors forming the stator winding circuits which are wound to form a plurality of phase windings. Controllable switches are connected to the winding circuits for coupling the phase windings into either a parallel or series circuit arrangement. The system is responsive to motor speed and operating state for selectively switching the windings between the series and parallel electrical circuit arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul R. Hokanson, Ajith K. Kumar
  • Patent number: 5305908
    Abstract: A compartmentalized tank divided into a plurality of compartments are fluidly connected to a filling chamber wherein the filling chamber has an overflow fluid passage to each of the plurality of compartments and a fluid channel elevationally below the overflow fluid passage which conducts fluid flow during filling of the compartments but does not conduct fluid flow between the compartments when the tank is improperly oriented. Each of the plurality of compartments may include an orientation restrictive air vent, such as one formed by an elongated air channel positioned to reduce the loss of fluid in the event the tank is tipped on its side. The fluid channel has a plurality of orifices for conducting fluid flow from the filling chamber to the plurality of compartments which prevent fluid loss when a compartment is damaged.In another embodiment, the tank includes a supply line and a return line in each compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John E. Otto, Allen C. Bieber, Ronald H. Till
  • Patent number: 5301545
    Abstract: Irregularities in the outer surface of a commutator are identified and measured while the commutator is in the motor by removing a brush from its brush holder, and securing a jig in the brush holder. The jig has a sensor which generates electrical signals in response to movement of a profiling foot at an end of the sensor. The sensor is adjusted so that the profiling foot touches the commutator surface, and the commutator is then rotated at least one full revolution. By measuring movement of the profiling foot as the commutator turns, as observed through the output signals of the sensor, irregularities in the commutator surface can be identified and measured. The output signals of the sensor can be recorded or otherwise stored for analysis. The profiling foot is pivoted so that it rests flat against the commutator contacts, even if the brush holder is not properly aligned with the commutator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James A. Meyer, James R. Christensen, Douglas A. Dunbar
  • Patent number: 5298842
    Abstract: In a thermal overload protection system three system variables are sensed and provide the inputs required for a calculation conducted in real time at one second intervals. The system variables include ambient inlet air temperature to the alternator, alternator stator winding embedded sensor temperature, and traction motor armature current. A traction motor current limit is calculated using the inlet air temperature and the sensor temperature. The thermal overload is then controlled in response to the traction motor current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Laurence D. Vanek, Robert G. McGrath
  • Patent number: 5287840
    Abstract: A unit cam section for each bank of cylinders in a "V"-type engine has a predetermined cam orientation between the fuel cam and the air cam and between the fuel cam and the exhaust cam wherein a first unit cam section has a fuel cam to air cam angle of between 56.degree. and 63.degree. and a fuel cam to exhaust cam angle of between 143.degree. and 153.degree. and a second unit cam section has a fuel cam to air cam angle of between 0.degree. and 7.degree. and a fuel cam to exhaust cam angle of between 88.degree. and 98.degree.. Each cam has a base circle diameter of at least 3.75 inches. An improved "V"-type diesel engine is disclosed which has multiple banks of cylinders such that one bank employs the first type of unit cam section and the other bank employs the second type of unit cam section wherein each cylinder has a corresponding inverted fuel rocker mechanism for engaging the fuel cam. Each fuel cam is adapted to provide a fuel cam lift to fuel pump plunger lift ratio of at least 0.8:1.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Catalina Z. B. Catanu, Yao S. Lu
  • Patent number: 5283941
    Abstract: A method for brazing end rings to rotor bars for a squirrel cage rotor assembly comprises assembling the rotor in a brazing fixture with a braze shim between the rotor bars and the end rings; preheating the rotor and brazing fixture to a temperature that is below the aged temperature of the rotor bars and end rings and which is sufficiently high so that the difference in thermal expansion of the rotor bars and brazing fixture applies a predetermined amount of pressure on the brazing joint such that after the joint is brazed and has cooled, a braze filler having a predetermined thickness inches will bond the rotor bar end faces to the end ring, and brazing each joint to bond the rotor bar end faces to the end ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James A. Meyer, Paul L. Flynn, James Kobrinetz, Anthony W. Giammarise, James M. Nuber, Shaun P. Luther, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5283493
    Abstract: A brush cooling system for a direct current electric motor of the type having a housing with an air inlet at one end for admitting forced cooling air to the motor and brushes located at an end of the motor distal from the air inlet, includes at least one air duct extending from the air inlet end of the motor through a space defined by adjacent stator windings of the motor and terminating at about an end of the windings opposite the air inlet end. A convergent nozzle is releasably connected to the terminating end of the air duct and extends from the air duct to an area generally adjacent the motor brushes for directing cooling air from the duct onto the brushes. Field coils of the stator windings are separated by air spaces and the air ducts extend through the air spaces between field coils. Each air space not including an air duct is substantially blocked by a baffle inserted in the space for inhibiting air flow through the air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul R. Hokanson, George C. Veith
  • Patent number: 5283507
    Abstract: An electric propulsion system for a traction vehicle includes a controllable power converter operable in either a propulsion or an electric braking mode in which power is withdrawn from a wayside source or returned to the source, respectively. The wayside source utilizes certain preselected frequencies for power generation and for signaling. It is desirable to detect these frequencies quickly and to be able to disconnect the vehicle from the source if some frequencies are being generated by the vehicle and others are not present on the system. Bandpass filters are coupled to the power converter to detect the preselected frequencies. Wayside transients sometimes encroach on these frequencies with large power spikes causing ringing of the filter circuits and delay in detecting the preselected frequencies. The system includes an active power limiter for limiting the peak amplitude of the signals coupled to the filters without interfering with the signal frequency content or affecting filter operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Stitt, Ajith K. Kumar
  • Patent number: 5280223
    Abstract: A control system for an electrical propulsion system for a large wheeled vehicle adapted to haul a payload, the vehicle having an internal combustion engine and an electric generating means driven by the engine. The control system measures selected parameters and controls the engine and generating means to maximize output, and records historical operating data relating to the vehicle and its systems, and has a 2 digit display that provides information useful in troubleshooting problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Francis M. Grabowski, Amy D. Duke, Frederick G. Beach, James W. Nash, Paul H. Curtis
  • Patent number: 5277063
    Abstract: A method for balancing a rotor of an alternator in a diesel-electric locomotive in which the rotor is drivingly coupled to a power output shaft of a diesel engine. A speed sensor and a vibration sensor are coupled to the rotor for providing output signals representative of instantaneous rotational velocity and instantaneous amplitude of vibrational motion of the rotor, respectively. In the inventive method, the rotor is accelerated to a first preselected rotational velocity and a first rotor unbalance is determined from the velocity and vibration signals. The rotor is then accelerated to a second preselected rotational velocity and a second rotor unbalance is determined. The first and the second rotor unbalance determinations are combined to identify a first correction weight and position thereof for minimizing the first and the second rotor unbalance. The identified weight is installed and the process repeated until the unbalance is corrected such that vibration is less than a preselected maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thumpassery J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 5271357
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method of introducing a primary fuel, which may be a coal water slutty, and a high combustion auxiliary fuel, which may be a conventional diesel oil, into an internal combustion diesel engine comprises detecting the load conditions of the engine, determining the amount of time prior to the top dead center position of the piston to inject the main fuel into the combustion chamber, and determining the relationship of the timing of the injection of the auxiliary fuel into the combustion chamber to achieve a predetermined specific fuel consumption, a predetermined combustion efficiency, and a predetermined peak cylinder firing pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bertrand D. Hsu, Gregory L. Confer, Zujing Shen, Martin J. Hapeman, Paul L. Flynn
  • Patent number: 5266891
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for auto-self testing of a power converter and motor system wherein the power converter has three parallel legs, each including two series connected gate-turn-off thyristors (GTO) connected between a pair of DC power source buses. A microprocessor controls the test sequence in which each GTO is individually turned on in a predetermined order so as to create a transient snubber current through the motor and through each GTO when it is turned on. The snubber current and a voltage in each leg is measured and compared to a respective reference to detect wiring errors, and defects in the motor, the GTOs, and other system components. Error messages are generated in response to detection of abnormalities or defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith K. Kumar, Thomas D. Stitt
  • Patent number: 5262691
    Abstract: For responding to a shorted gate in a gate turnoff thyristor the gate electrode of which is connected by means of a controllable switch to a control voltage terminal having a negative potential with respect to the cathode potential of the thyristor, the controllable switch being arranged to conduct negative gate current in response to a thyristor turnoff command, voltage comparing means is coupled to the controllable switch for detecting when the switch is conducting negative gate current of relatively high magnitude, timing means is active for a predetermined interval following the start of said thyristor turnoff command, and logic means is operative to cause the switch to stop conducting negative gate current if the voltage comparing means detects high gate current at the end of such interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ronald B. Bailey, Herbert J. Brown
  • Patent number: 5253613
    Abstract: A plurality of high power semiconductor devices are connected in circuit with at least one electric traction motor for controlling electric power to the motor. The semiconductor devices are each thermally connected between a pair of generally hollow heat sinks adapted for passing cooling air therethrough for extracting heat therefrom. An anode terminal of the devices is coupled to one of the heat sinks of a pair and a cathode terminal of the devices is connected to the other heat sink of the pair. Each of the heat sinks are mounted in a cantilever fashion to a common air plenum forming one wall of an electrical circuit area of a vehicle. The distal ends of the heat sinks of a pair are coupled together by an air flow conduit thus forming a continuous air passage through the pair of heat sinks which begins and ends at the surface containing the air supply plenum. One end of one of the pair of heat sinks, preferably the heat sink coupled to the cathode terminal, is connected to an exhaust conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ronald B. Bailey, Ronald F. Griebel
  • Patent number: 5249480
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a controller having a power handle to control both the propulsion function and the braking function, and a reverser handle to control the direction in which the locomotive travels. The power handle is operatively connected to a propulsion and brake control device which controls the propulsion and braking functions of the locomotive, while the reverser handle is operatively connected to a reverser control device which controls direction of travel. The propulsion and brake control device preferably includes a propulsion controller to control the propulsion function of the locomotive, a braking controller to control the braking function and an indexing mechanism to independently operate either the propulsion controller or the braking controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin E. Harmon, John B. Bendig, Dennis Mahoney
  • Patent number: 5245495
    Abstract: Flashover protection is provided for a locomotive propulsion system including a plurality of d-c traction motors each having a commutator subject to flashovers, a traction alternator having armature and field windings and a rotor driven by a prime mover, a controllable source of excitation current connected to the alternator field, and means including an electric power rectifier for connecting the alternator to the motor commutators. It comprises means for producing a fault signal whenever a flashover occurs in any motor, a solid-state controllable electric valve connected between the excitation current source and the alternator field and having alternative conducting and non-conducting states, and means for changing the valve from conducting to non-conducting states in response to a fault signal being produced, whereupon the magnitude of excitation current in the alternator field is rapidly reduced toward zero and the alternator's output current is correspondingly decreased whenever a flashover occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ronald B. Bailey, Herbert J. Brown, Myron L. Smith, Edgar T. Balch, Roger D. Huczko, Joseph A. Laukaitis
  • Patent number: 5245294
    Abstract: A method for measuring capacitance in a power conversion system by measuring the time rate of discharge of the capacitance means and computing the value of capacitance corresponding to the measured discharge rate and a method for verifying that a filter in the power conversion system is effective for suppressing preselected frequencies corresponding to signalling frequencies used in a transit system. In this latter form, the system periodically initiates a self-test function in which the preselected frequency is injected into the system for verifying that the system will detect signals at the preselected frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ajith K. Kumar
  • Patent number: 5229700
    Abstract: A method and system for calibration of a primary signal processing path without interruption of signal processing utilizes a calibration signal processing path which is periodically used to process a signal concurrently with processing in the primary path. Any difference is compensated by gain adjustment in the primary path. In one form, a plurality of primary paths are sequentially compared with a calibrated path. The calibrated path is periodically checked using a precision reference and any error is corrected before comparison of the primary paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Stitt, Philip R. Cooke, Ajith K. Kumar
  • Patent number: 5214324
    Abstract: An air baffle is provided to redirect cooling air flow for the stator of an electric motor. The air baffle is provided at the air outlet end of the motor, and extends between the stator frame and the stator coils, so that air is forced to pass through the coils to exit the motor. The baffle is fixed to the coils, but is loosely mounted to the stator frame in a floating manner so that the entire assembly is free to rotate and can have limited longitudinal motion when necessary according to the operating condition of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Carl A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 5214325
    Abstract: A rotating electric machine includes a housing having a first inlet at one end for admitting ventilation air for cooling the machine, and a second inlet at the other end which also admits cooling air into the machine. A fan located at one end of the housing draws air into the housing through the first and second inlets, and forces it out of the housing through a single outlet located near one end of the housing. Air entering the second inlet passes through openings in the fan carrier, cooling isolated areas of the rotor, and flowing through the fan blades with the air which enters through the first inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Matson, Gordon A. Osborn