Patents Assigned to GE Global Sourcing LLC
  • Patent number: 10704970
    Abstract: A strain sensor system emits coarse interrogation signals of different frequencies during a coarse scan while an RF resonant sensor and/or an RF interrogator moves relative to the other. The sensor emits responsive RF signals within a frequency range of a frequency of interest of the sensor. The controller identifies the frequency of interest based on receipt of the responsive signals. The interrogator emits fine interrogation signals of different frequencies during a fine scan subsequent to the coarse scan. The fine signals are emitted at frequencies within a frequency band on both sides of the frequency of interest. The sensor emits responsive RF signals and the controller identifies a center frequency of the RF resonant sensor based on receipt of the responsive signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Brown, Tianshao Ni, Johann Sawatzky, Richard Burchill, Michael Procca, Edward Lommen, Cory Sholikowski
  • Patent number: 10700970
    Abstract: A controller in a vehicle consist is configured to receive data of measured brake system characteristics of a first vehicle of the consist and one or more remote vehicles of the consist. The controller is configured to communicate with the remote vehicles for coordinated travel along a route based on the received data. The controller is configured to switch from communicating with the remote vehicles, and receiving the brake system data from the remote vehicles, over a first wireless channel to a second wireless channel responsive to when the first wireless channel becomes unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Todd William Goodermuth, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, David Allen Eldredge, Samuel William Golden
  • Patent number: 10689016
    Abstract: A system includes a route examining system on a non-propulsion-generating vehicle at a trailing end of a leading vehicle system. The route examining system examines a route on which the leading vehicle system is moving to determine whether the route is damaged. The system also includes an off-board failsafe controller that communicates with the route examining system. The off-board failsafe controller sends a warning signal to the trailing vehicle system responsive to receiving a notification signal from the route examining system indicating detection of damage to the route. The off-board failsafe controller also sends the warning signal to the trailing vehicle system responsive to losing communication with the route examining system. The warning signal directs the trailing vehicle system to automatically change movement of the trailing vehicle system responsive to the detection of damage to the route and/or the off-board failsafe controller losing communication with the route examining system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Derek Kevin Woo, Alexander Sotelo, Chris Schuchmann, Timothy Brown, Brian Staton
  • Patent number: 10689014
    Abstract: A locomotive control system includes an operation manager controller electrically coupled to an operator controller of a locomotive and to a local vehicle control system of the locomotive. The operation manager controller receives an operator command from the operator controller and can regulate the operator command to control operation of the locomotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Scott Joseph Zarella, Ikechi Olakunle Emelogu, Brian Edward Celidonia, Narendrasingh Puransingh Patnurkar, Kaushik Sondur
  • Patent number: 10689004
    Abstract: A system detects a parameter and generates a first trip plan to automatically control the vehicle according to a first trip plan. A controller is connected to a sensor and configured to receive the parameter. The controller is configured to generate a new trip plan or modify the first trip plan into a modified trip plan based on at least one of a cumulative damage or an end of life. A new trip plan or the modified trip plan is configured, during operation of the vehicle according to the new trip plan or the modified trip plan, for at least one of an adjustment in velocity or avoiding one or more operating conditions of the vehicle, relative to the first trip plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Raghav Shrikant Kulkarni, Cesar Domingos, Vinaykanth V Mudiam, Neil Xavier Blythe, Shawn Gallagher, Daniel Loringer, Pedro Lopes, Vinayak Tilak, James Robert Mischler, Patricia Sue Lacy, Michael Majewski, Pradheepram Ottikkutti
  • Patent number: 10693265
    Abstract: A current shaping phase leg bus bar for power electronics systems includes a first terminal connector, a second terminal connector, insulated from the first terminal connector, and a third terminal connector, insulated from the first and second terminal connectors. At least one of the terminal connectors is a current shaping terminal connector that includes one or more layers having a plurality of pre-defined locations for electrical connections, said plurality of pre-defined locations including one or more first locations and a plurality of second locations, and includes one or more gaps within or among its one or more layers, to provide substantially balanced conductive pathways among its one or more first locations and its plurality of second locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Henry Todd Young, Alvaro Jorge Mari Curbelo, Jason Daniel Kuttenkuler, Tiziana Bertoncelli, Sean Patrick Cillessen
  • Publication number: 20200191012
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a variable geometry turbine. In one example, a system for an engine comprises a turbocharger turbine including a nozzle ring, the nozzle ring including a plurality of stationary vanes, each vane of the plurality of stationary vanes including a plurality of injection ports arranged at an outer surface of the vane and a gas supply system to supply variable gas flow to and out of the plurality of injection ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Louis Kobielski, Baris Uygun, Adam Felton
  • Publication number: 20200191051
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for a turbocharger system. In one example, a system for use with a power generator having a rotary machine including a combustor comprises: a heat exchanger positioned to receive exhaust gases from the combustor; and a turbocharger system, comprising: a low pressure compressor fluidly coupled to the heat exchanger and adapted to supply gases to the heat exchanger; a low pressure turbine and a high pressure turbine each fluidly coupled to the heat exchanger and adapted to receive gases from the heat exchanger; a high pressure compressor fluidly coupled to the rotary machine and the low pressure compressor, adapted to receive gases from the low pressure compressor and supply compressed air to the rotary machine; and a water injector adapted to inject water into a flow path between the low pressure compressor and the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Homison, Lukas Johnson, Daniel Edward Loringer
  • Publication number: 20200191048
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for a turbocharger system. In one example, system for use with a power generator having a rotary machine including a combustor comprises: a heat exchanger positioned to receive exhaust gases from the combustor; and a turbocharger system, comprising: a low pressure turbocharger including a low pressure turbine adapted to receive gas flow from the heat exchanger and a low pressure compressor adapted to supply compressed air to the heat exchanger; a high pressure turbocharger including a high pressure turbine adapted to receive gas flow from the heat exchanger and a high pressure compressor adapted to receive gas flow from the low pressure compressor and supply compressed air to the rotary machine; and a second combustor adapted to inject exhaust gases into a flow path arranged between the heat exchanger and an inlet to each of the high pressure turbine and the low pressure turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Homison, Lukas Johnson, Daniel Edward Loringer
  • Patent number: 10676115
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors that are configured to obtain a constraint on movement for a first vehicle system along a route. The constraint is based on movement of a separate second vehicle system that is concurrently traveling along the same route. The processor(s) are configured to determine a speed profile that designates speeds for the first vehicle system according to at least one of distance, location, or time based on the constraint such that the first vehicle system maintains a designated spacing from the second vehicle system along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Brian Nedward Meyer, James D. Brooks, Joseph Daniel Wakeman, Dan Dai, Anup Menon
  • Patent number: 10665369
    Abstract: A resistor of a powered system includes an elongated body that extends from a first terminal end to an opposite second terminal end. The body forms a continuous path that extends from the first terminal end to the second terminal end and that forms a disc. The body is configured to receive electric current from the powered system at the first terminal end and conduct and provide electric resistance to the electric current received from the powered system to dissipate at least part of the electric current as heat from the body. The second terminal end of the body is configured to be coupled with at least one other resistor of the powered system in one or more of a parallel or series arrangement in an electric circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Sudeep Pradhan Sadananda Rao, Jaime Garcia, Mahantesh Hosur, Jeffrey John Wolff, Laura Cooper
  • Patent number: 10666127
    Abstract: A power system is presented. The power system includes a first converter including a first output terminal a first control unit coupled to the first converter, a second converter including a second output terminal, where the second converter is coupled in parallel to the first converter, and a second control unit coupled to the second converter. The second control unit is configured to measure a plurality of phase currents at the second output terminal, determine a harmonic current transmitted by the second converter based on single phase current of the plurality of measured phase currents, and change a time-period of at least one switching cycle of a carrier wave of the second converter based on the determined harmonic current to synchronize with a carrier wave of the first converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Shahid Ali, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Govardhan Ganireddy, Prashanth Manikumar Chennamsetty
  • Patent number: 10647203
    Abstract: A system includes a conversion circuit of a vehicle system that conductively couples a conversion device with first motors of the vehicle system. The electrical conversion device converts non-electrical energy into conversion-based electric current that is conducted to the first motors. The system also includes a storage circuit of the vehicle system that conductively couples a storage device with second motors of the vehicle system. The storage device supplies stored electric current to the second motors of the vehicle system. The system also includes a controller configured to control the second motors to brake and generate charging electric current that is conducted through the storage circuit to charge the storage device. The conversion circuit and the storage circuit are separate circuits such that the storage device is not charged with the conversion-based electric current conducted in the conversion circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventor: Adam Edgar Klingbeil
  • Patent number: 10644500
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided, comprising an electrical installation; one of a permanent magnet motor and a permanent magnet generator; a circuit operative to provide current to operate one of the motor and the generator; one or more sensors coupled to the electrical installation, wherein the one or more sensors are operative to detect an overcurrent in the circuit and to generate an overcurrent signal; one or more inductors; and an inductance module control operative to: receive the overcurrent signal from the one or more sensors; determine how to insert one or more inductors to reduce an amplitude of the overcurrent; activate the one or more inductors based on the determination; and deactivate the one or more inductors when the overcurrent is not detected. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Francesco Papini, Tiziana Bertoncelli
  • Patent number: 10640113
    Abstract: A vehicle control system determines an upper non-zero limit on deceleration of a vehicle to prevent rollback of the vehicle down a grade being traveled up on by the vehicle. The upper non-zero limit on deceleration is determined by the controller based on a payload carried by the vehicle, a speed of the vehicle, and a grade of a route being traveled upon by the vehicle. The controller is configured to monitor the deceleration of the vehicle, and to automatically prevent the deceleration of the vehicle from exceeding the upper non-zero limit by controlling one or more of a brake or a motor of the vehicle. The controller also is configured to one or more of actuate the brake or supply current to the motor of the vehicle to prevent rollback of the vehicle while the vehicle is moving up the grade at a non-zero speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey John Wolff, Timothy Brown, Henry Young, Lindsay Short, Edward Thomas Petrak, Ronald Fischer, Michael Wagner, Justin Chadwell, Carlos Vallejo, Sean Cillessen, Larry Bench, Kenneth Paul Nedley, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 10623216
    Abstract: A locomotive communication system includes a lead communication device wirelessly communicating command messages to remote communication devices onboard a rail vehicle system during a messaging cycle. The lead device receives reply messages from the remote devices during the messaging cycle in response to the command messages. The lead device receives a status signal from at least one of the remote devices during a guard interval that follows completion of the messaging cycle. The lead device communicates the command message and receives the reply messages using analog modulation or digital modulation. The lead communication device also receives the status signal using the other of the analog modulation or the digital modulation. The command messages, the reply messages, and the status signal are communicated using a designated frequency channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Gary William Mason, Maurice Hutchins, Robert Palanti
  • Patent number: 10618531
    Abstract: A method and system determine, during movement of a vehicle system along a route, a tractive load demanded by the vehicle system to propel the vehicle system along the route. The vehicle system includes a propulsion-generating vehicle having plural individually controllable traction motors. A first selected set of the traction motors for deactivation is identified during the movement of the vehicle system along the route based at least in part on the tractive load demanded by the vehicle system. The traction motors in the first selected set are deactivated while at least one of the traction motors in a first remaining set of the traction motors continues to generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system. The traction motors that are selected for deactivation may all be on the same vehicle in the vehicle system, or may be on different vehicles of the same vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Sharath Srinivas Deshpande, Vishram Vinayak Nandedkar, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Publication number: 20200095926
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for an auxiliary power unit of a vehicle that provides electrical power and compressed air while a main engine of the vehicle is not running. In one example, an auxiliary power unit (APU) comprises: an engine, an alternator, and a compressor, all mounted to a common base frame in a triangular arrangement with the alternator and compressor arranged adjacent to one another and each of the alternator and compressor rotationally coupled with the engine through a gearbox spaced between the engine and each of the compressor and alternator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Kaushik D. Sondur, Giri Balu, Sasikumar Vishwanathan Mudaliar, Tharunendra Sekhar, Jayaprakash Sabarad, Rajeev R. Verma
  • Patent number: 10597052
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a controller that communicates between a first vehicle and a second vehicle and/or a monitoring device in a vehicle system. The controller determines a communication loss and, responsive to determining the communication loss, switches to communicating via a different communication path. The controller also determines an operational restriction on movement of the vehicle system based on the communication loss that is determined, obtains a transitional plan that designates operational settings of the vehicle system at one or more different locations along a route being traveled by the vehicle system, different distances along the route being traveled by the vehicle system, and/or different times. The controller automatically changes the movement of the vehicle system according to the operational settings designated by the transitional plan to reduce the movement of the vehicle system to or below the operational restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Scott William Dulmage, Brian Douglas Lawry, Wolfgang Daum, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Eugene Smith, Glen Paul Peltonen, Steven Andrew Kellner, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Robert Thomas Oliveira, Jared Klineman Cooper
  • Patent number: 10572850
    Abstract: A system for building a vehicle system determines cargo and vehicles to carry the cargo from a first location to a second location via one or more vehicle yards disposed between the locations. One or more characteristics of the vehicle yards are determined, as well as different builds of the vehicle system based on the cargo, the vehicle units, and the characteristics of the vehicle yards. The different builds designate different combinations of where the first cargo is carried in a vehicle system that includes the vehicle units and/or where the vehicle units are located relative to each other in the vehicle system. A build of the vehicle system is selected from among the different builds for forming the vehicle system according to the build in order to reduce the time spent handling or processing the vehicle system at another vehicle yard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Donald Johnson, Srinivas Bollapragada, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Ilkin Onur Dulgeroglu, Edward McQuillan, Steven Jay Tyber