Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Scott J. Asmus
  • Patent number: 8347044
    Abstract: A programmable logic processor (PLC) with multiple PLC functions is disclosed. The PLC includes at least one memory storing at least one of a plurality of programs or data, and one or more processor assigned to each of the PLC function and couple to the memory. The PLC functions are run in parallel. A method of operating the PLC and a PLC system with multiple processors are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Weihua Shang, Yongzhi Liu, William Henry Lueckenbach, Li Liu, Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 8345508
    Abstract: A modular and tileable sensor array with routing in the interposer carrying the signals from the sensors to the integrated circuits. In one embodiment a large area modular sensor array assembly includes one or more tileable modules coupled together. The tileable modules have a plurality of transducer cells forming a sensor, an interposer coupled on a first side to the plurality of transducer cells by a plurality, one or more integrated circuits coupled to a second side of the interposer, wherein the interposer is configured to form the connection of at least some of the transducer cells to the integrated circuits, and one or more input/output connectors coupled to the interposer and providing an external interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gideon Wodnicki, Rayette Ann Fisher, Charles Gerard Woychik, Shubhra Bansal, Albert Taesung Byun
  • Patent number: 8333552
    Abstract: An outlet guide vane assembly for turbomachines is provided. The outlet guide vane assembly comprises one or more outlet guide vanes, wherein each of the one or more outlet guide vanes comprises a first surface and a second surface, and wherein the one or more outlet guide vanes are disposed between an inner wall and an outer wall of an engine and a surface cooler layer disposed on at least a portion of the first surface, the second surface, or both of the one or more outlet guide vanes, wherein the surface cooler layer comprises a metal foam, a carbon foam, or a combination thereof, wherein the metal foam, the carbon foam or the combination thereof is configured to augment heat transfer and enhance acoustic absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Trevor Howard Wood, Todd Garrett Wetzel, Jonathan Glenn Luedke, Thomas Michael Tucker
  • Patent number: 8331536
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus including an x-ray detector unit that includes an anti-scatter grid free of at least one of a top cover and a bottom cover, a flat panel x-ray detector having an x-ray conversion layer, and an integrated anti-scatter grid assembly configured to provide structural support to the anti-scatter grid and to provide mechanical protection to the flat panel x-ray detector. The anti-scatter grid is configured to absorb a plurality of scattered x-rays impinging on the anti-scatter grid while substantially allowing un-scattered x-rays to pass through the anti-scatter grid. The x-ray conversion layer is configured to convert an x-ray into visible light or an electronic signal. The flat panel x-ray detector is fixed relative to the anti-scatter grid such that the anti-scatter grid remains stationary relative to the flat panel x-ray detector during operation of the x-ray detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Jon Shaw, Kevin Matthew Durocher, Kenneth S. Kump, Henri Souchay
  • Patent number: 8327641
    Abstract: An electricity generation system is presented. The electricity generation system includes a solar preheater for preheating compressed discharge air, a combustor to receive the heated compressed air from the solar preheater, burn a fuel using the heated compressed air to generate hot burned gas, a first turbine to receive the hot burned gas from the combustor, expand the hot burned gas to generate exhaust gas, a heat recovery steam generator to receive the exhaust gas from the first turbine, generate vapor by heating a condensed fluid using the exhaust gas, a solar evaporator/superheater to receive a heated working fluid from the heat recovery steam generator, generate solar vapor by heating the heated working fluid, and a second turbine to drive a second generator using vapor and the solar vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Walter Freund, Kevin Richard Lang, Pepe Palafox
  • Patent number: 8324302
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes providing a resin in liquid form. The resin can be partially cured, and subsequent to partially curing the resin, the resin can be mixed with filler particles. The resin and filler particles can be mixed, say, in a planetary mixer, and can be exposed to an ambient pressure less than atmospheric pressure during mixing. Subsequent to mixing the resin and filler particles, the resin can be fully cured. The fully-cured resin can be disposed between first and second conductive components configured to be maintained at different potentials, such as between a phase conductor and a ground conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thangavelu Asokan, Sujatha Pushpakanth, Shalini Thimmegowda
  • Patent number: 8324980
    Abstract: A device to attenuate EMI between a source and a load is provided. The device includes a first cable to electrically couple the source and the load and a second cable positioned adjacent to the first cable and configured to attenuate a common-mode current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Schutten, Rajib Datta, Joseph Taher Mossoba
  • Patent number: 8321870
    Abstract: A system for processing a computational task is presented. The system includes a plurality of nodes operationally coupled to one another via one or more networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel John Messier, Joseph James Salvo, John William Carbone, Charles Burton Theurer, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 8315224
    Abstract: Methods and systems and computer program products for reusing radio resources in a medical telemetry networks are provided. The method receives at a server, traffic information for a plurality of mobile transceivers, from a plurality of distributed receivers. The method identifies time slot assignments and frequency channel assignments of the plurality of mobile transceivers based on traffic information. The method then updates one or more time slot assignments and/or one or more frequency channel assignments based, at least in part, on traffic information. Finally, the method broadcasts updated instances of the time slot assignments and updated instances of frequency channel assignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas Hoctor, David Michael Davenport, Neal John Seidl, Matthew George Grubis, Sahika Genc
  • Patent number: 8311184
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system that produces one or more fan-shaped beams is described. The system includes a target for emitting X rays that includes at least one target focal spot, and one or more graded multilayer optic devices in optical communication with the target. The optics transmits at least a portion of the source X rays to produce the one or more fan-shaped beams. The graded multilayer optic devices include at least a first graded multilayer section for redirecting and transmitting X rays through total internal reflection. The graded multilayer section includes a high-index layer of material having a first complex refractive index n1, a low-index layer of material having a second complex refractive index n2, and a grading zone disposed between the high-index and low-index layers of material. The grading zone includes a grading layer having a third complex refractive index n3 such that Re(n1)>Re(n2)>Re(n3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Susanne Madeline Lee, Peter Michael Edic, Forrest Frank Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8272246
    Abstract: Self-calibration of a multiple channel clearance sensor system, which in one embodiment includes at least one sensor for measuring at least one clearance parameter signal between a stationary object and a rotating object of a rotating machine. The sensor output is processed as a clearance parameter by an offset correction section configured to determine an offset error in the clearance parameter signal which is used by a level shifter. The level shifter is also switchably coupled to the clearance parameter signal wherein the output of the level shifter, which may be amplified and digitally converted, is processed by a signal level analyzer to determine a channel gain signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Emad Andarawis Andarawis, Wayne Charles Hasz, David So Keung Chan, David Mulford Shaddock, John Harry Down, Samhita Dasgupta, David Richard Esler, Zhiyuan Ren, Mahadevan Balasubramaniam, Ibrahim Issoufou Kouada
  • Patent number: 8274205
    Abstract: The system and method provided herein for limiting the effects of arcing in field-type electron emitter arrays improves the robustness of such arrays. Field-type electron emitter arrays generally have a substrate, an insulator, and a gating electrode. By including a resistive substance in the gate of the emitter array, arcing events may be isolated to a single emitter such that the remaining emitters of an array can continue electron emission and/or the short circuit current of the arc can be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Wilson, Ji-Ung Lee
  • Patent number: 8257102
    Abstract: A dual pole busbar power connector including opposing elements configured to form a slot configured to receive a dual-pole blade therebetween. The slot extends from busbars to opposing element distal ends. The opposing elements each includes: a first contact extending into the slot from the opposing element; and a second contact extending into the slot from the opposing element and disposed farther from a slot busbar end than the first contact. When the dual-pole blade is inserted in the slot the first contact contacts a respective blade element at a location in the slot more proximate the slot busbar end than a slot distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eladio Clemente Delgado, Ljubisa Stevanovic, Richard Alfred Beaupre
  • Patent number: 8255316
    Abstract: An integrated business decision-making system is provided. The system comprises a data processing component, a prediction component and an optimization component. The data processing component is configured to process observational data related to one or more members of a target population. The prediction component is configured to predict a business measure based on one or more selected combinations of marketing actions and the observational data related to one or more of the members of the target population. The optimization component is configured to determine an optimal marketing action based on one or more of the selected combinations of marketing actions and the predicted business measure associated with each of the marketing actions. The optimization component is further configured to determine an optimal predicted business measure for the members of the target population, based on the optimal marketing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Debasis Bal, Jayanth Kalle Marasanapalle
  • Patent number: 8247778
    Abstract: A scintillator array and method for making the same are provided. The array comprises a bi-layer reflector further comprising a conformal smoothing layer and a mirror layer. The bi-layer reflector does not comprise an intervening reducing agent or adhesion layer and/or comprises aluminum. Further, the mirror layer may be deposited via gas phase metallization, allowing application to tightly confined spaces. A detector array comprising the scintillator array is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Paul McEvoy, James Wilson Rose, Andrea Jeanne Howard, Michael James Palleschi, Jonathan David Short
  • Patent number: 8240991
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for operating a wind turbine is disclosed. For operating the wind turbine a set of operational data points are sensed via a sensing module. The set of operational data points may include bending stress values. Based on the bending stress values, a load scenario indicator value may be computed. Further, based on the set of operational data points a loading threshold value may be obtained. At least one operating parameter of the wind turbine is changed if the load scenario indicator value exceeds the loading threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthijs Leonardus Gerardus Boerlage, Leonardo Cesar Kammer
  • Patent number: 8238130
    Abstract: A DC-AC converter includes a DC-DC converter providing bi-directional conversion between a first DC power signal and a second DC power signal, the first DC power signal being on a first DC bus and the second DC power signal being on a second DC bus. The DC-AC converter also includes an inverter providing bi-directional DC-AC conversion between a third DC power signal and a first AC power signals the third DC power signal being on the second DC bus and the first AC power signal being on a first AC bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Herman Lucas Norbert Wiegman, William Eugene Carlson, Paul Michael Perozek
  • Patent number: 8232637
    Abstract: A power module includes one or more semiconductor power devices bonded to an insulated metal substrate (IMS). A plurality of cooling fluid channels is integrated into the IMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Alfred Beaupre, Peter Almern Losee, Xiaochun Shen, John Stanley Glaser, Joseph Lucian Smolenski, Adam Gregory Pautsch
  • Patent number: 8232855
    Abstract: A substrate layer for use in an inductor is provided. The substrate layer comprises traces disposed on a first side of the substrate layer, wherein the traces are configured to facilitate conduction of current in a winding of the inductor, a sealing layer disposed on a second side of the substrate layer, wherein the sealing layer is configured to provide a sealing border for an electrically isolated cooling channel and an interconnect foil disposed on the second side of the substrate layer, wherein the interconnect foil is configured to facilitate operationally coupling the substrate layer to a second substrate layer. Further, the first substrate layer and the second substrate layer may be operationally coupled to form a winding for use in an inductor with an electrically isolated cooling channel in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Said Farouk Said El-Barbari, Stefan Schroeder, Robert Roesner
  • Patent number: 8217398
    Abstract: Methods are provided for improving inversion layer mobility and providing low defect density in a semiconductor device based upon a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. More specifically, embodiments of the present method provide for the formation of a gate oxide on a silicon carbide substrate comprising oxidizing the substrate with a gaseous mixture comprising oxygen at a temperature of at least about 1300° C. Semiconductor devices, such as MOSFETS, based upon a substrate treated according to the present method are expected to have inversion layer mobilities of at least about 12 cm2/Vs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Victor Lienkong Lou, Kevin Sean Matocha, Gregory Thomas Dunne