Patents Assigned to General Electric Company
  • Publication number: 20180320556
    Abstract: A support assembly for supporting a gas turbine during a manufacturing configuration, a shipping configuration and an operating configuration. The support assembly includes a stand leg securable to a base, and the stand leg includes a turbine casing interface with a slot sized to receive a turbine casing pin. A support plate is attachable to the turbine casing interface. The support plate includes a closed pin aperture that is sized to fit over the turbine casing pin in the slot. The slot is a U-shaped slot in the turbine casing interface, and the U-shaped slot is open to receive the turbine casing pin from above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Likhith Reddy Asani, Dinesh Venugopal Setty, Jeffrey Patrick Mills, Nicholas Demianovich
  • Publication number: 20180323697
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of series connected switch modules each including at least two parallel connected electronic switches, the method includes the step of, in response to failure of any electronic switch of one or more switch modules, turning on any non-faulty electronic switch of one or more faulty switch modules when the electronic switches of other non-faculty switch modules are controlled to be turned on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhihui YUAN, Richard S. ZHANG, Stefan SCHROEDER, Yingqi ZHANG, Jie SHEN, Fan ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20180321836
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dynamically grouping data analysis content derived from a plurality of sensors. In one embodiment, a plurality of sensors can be disposed on a plurality of machine trains or one or more components within the plurality of machine trains, each machine train including one or more machines configured to operate in an industrial environment. A communication circuit can be operatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and configured to communicate data measured by the plurality of sensors, and a graphical user interface (GUI) can be configured to generate one or more visualizations of the measured data. A processor can be configured to receive the measured data via the communication circuit, to generate a plurality of measurements based on the measured data, and to operatively control the GUI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jacqueline Marie Tappan, Ryan Gregory Roaldson
  • Publication number: 20180323450
    Abstract: A drive circuit comprising a DC bus configured to supply power to a load, a first fuel cell coupled to the DC bus and configured to provide a first power output to the DC bus, and a second fuel cell coupled to the DC bus and configured to provide a second power output to the DC bus supplemental to the first fuel cell. The drive circuit further includes an energy storage device coupled to the DC bus and configured to receive energy from the DC bus when a combined output of the first and second fuel cells is greater than a power demand from a load, and provide energy to the DC bus when the combined output of the first and second fuel cells is less than the power demand from the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Timothy Gerard Richter
  • Patent number: 10121817
    Abstract: A flat panel detector is provided having a circular active area. The flat panel detector is built using complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) tiles. In one implementation, the flat panel detector having a circular active area can be used as a replacement for a conventional image intensifier, including an image intensifier used in a fluoroscopy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Biju Jacob, James Zhengshe Liu
  • Patent number: 10123397
    Abstract: Provided is a light emitting diode (LED) lighting fixture including a light engine, a plurality of LEDs, an LED driver, and a near field communication (NFC) electrically erasable programmable read only memory (EEPROM) circuit. The NFC EEPROM circuit provides an avenue for storing information pertaining to the LED light fixture that is easily accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Wan Fong, Eric Lavigne, Yaseen Ahmed Waheed
  • Patent number: 10117626
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with an input signal comprising a first and a second photon event incident on a photon-counting semiconductor detector. A relatively slow charge collection shaping amplifier may receive the input signal and output an indication of a total amount of energy associated with the superposition of the first and second events. A relatively fast charge collection shaping amplifier may receive the input signal and output an indication that is used to allocate a first portion of the total amount of energy to the first event and a second portion of the total amount of energy to the second event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Geng Fu, Peter Michael Edic, Brian David Yanoff, Jianjun Guo, Vladimir A. Lobastov, Yannan Jin
  • Patent number: 10119078
    Abstract: A method for converting carbon into a carbon oxide, comprises: contacting carbon with steam in presence of a carnegieite-like material of formula (Na2O)xNa2[Al2Si2O8], wherein 0<x?1. Method and apparatus for hydrocarbon cracking are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhigang Deng, Wenqing Peng, Chuan Lin, Shizhong Wang, Qijia Fu, Yanfei Gu, Zhaoping Wu, Yangang Liang, Minggang She
  • Patent number: 10117627
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system includes a gantry, rotatable about an axis of rotation, a radiation source mounted on the gantry and configured to emit radiation, and one or more detectors configured to detect the emitted radiation. The gantry includes a gear assembly coupled to a motor to enable rotation of the gantry, wherein the gear assembly comprises a gantry gear. The gantry includes an encoder for detecting position of the gantry, wherein the encoder comprises an encoder gear meshed with the gantry gear. The gantry also includes a gear re-engagement assembly configured to couple to the encoder and to force the encoder gear into correct engagement with the gantry gear when the encoder gear becomes disengaged from the gantry gear. As such, the gear re-engagement assembly keeps engagement of the encoder gear and the gantry gear to maintain the important gantry position tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Grant Richard Wagner, Curt Allen Zimmerman, Matthew Jason Evangelist
  • Patent number: 10118108
    Abstract: A system includes an intercooler configured to flow a working fluid and compressed air of a gas turbine engine through the intercooler to exchange heat between the working fluid and the compressed air. The system also includes a multi-effect distillation system configured to flow the working fluid and a mixture to exchange heat between the working fluid and the mixture to enable distillation of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Richard Michael Watkins
  • Patent number: 10120102
    Abstract: A fluid sensor cable assembly and method uses one or more conductive bodies extending along an elongated core body for conducting a heating current to heat the cable assembly. The one or more conductive bodies also are configured to conduct an interrogation signal and to conduct reflections of the interrogation signal. One or more optical fibers extend along the length of the core body and include temperature sensitive elements at different locations along the length of the core body. The temperature sensitive elements measure heat flux out of the cable assembly at the different locations subsequent to heating the cable assembly and communicate the heat flux to a computer acquisition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Loucas Tsakalakos, Slawomir Rubinsztajn, Renato Guida, Mahadevan Balasubramaniam, Boon Kwee Lee, Brian Magann Rush, Faisal Razi Ahmad, Sudeep Mandal, David Sirda Shanks
  • Patent number: 10117959
    Abstract: In the present invention, a device, system and associated method is provided, as a compact, automated and self-contained data logger with capability of withstanding conditions used in sterilizing reusable medical device equipment/components. The device includes one or more sensors to automatically sense and store information on the parameters of various autoclave cycle(s) for the component associated with the tracking device and their respective timestamps of each autoclave cycle(s). This information is stored in a data record on the tracking device for the individual component. The data record can be used as evidence of valid sterilization cycles for the component and can also provide information for the host system and/or the user of the status for the component, including the last time the component was sterilized, the time between sterilization cycles, the time for replacement of the component, and too warn if the device was returned to service without proper sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Russell James Kuzelka
  • Patent number: 10117638
    Abstract: An ultrasound apparatus includes a base, a housing extending upwardly from the base and having opposed lateral sides, the housing being configured to support an operator console and display, and a storage bin received in a recess in the housing. The storage bin is movable from a first position in which the storage bin is received within the recess of the housing, and a second position in which the storage bin extends from one of the lateral sides of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Philip Stankard, Robert Andrew Meurer, Muriel Shields
  • Patent number: 10119406
    Abstract: A blade includes an airfoil defined by a pressure side outer wall and a suction side outer wall connecting along leading and trailing edges and forming a radially extending coolant receiving chamber. A rib partitions the radially extending chamber into a first passage on a first side of the rib and an adjacent second passage on an opposing second side of the rib. Each passage is enclosed at an end of the radially extending chamber by an end member of the radially extending chamber. A turn opening is defined in an end of the rib through which the coolant passes between the first passage and the second passage within the end member of the radially extending chamber. A bulbous projection extends along the end of the rib and on opposing radially extending sides of the turn opening to reduce stress in the rib and/or connecting fillets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brendon James Leary, Elisabeth Kraus Black, Gregory Thomas Foster, Michelle Jessica Iduate, Jacob Charles Perry, II
  • Patent number: 10121629
    Abstract: In the present invention, a computed tomography system, an X-ray tube used therein and a cathode assembly disposed in the X-ray tube, as well as an associated method of use, is provided that includes a gantry and the X-ray tube coupled to the gantry. The X-ray tube includes the cathode assembly having a pair of emission surfaces for generating an electron beam, where the pair of emission surfaces are disposed in the cathode assembly at angles with respect to one another. The X-ray tube further includes a focusing electrode for focusing the electron beam, an extraction electrode which electrostatically controls the intensity of the electron beam by adjustment of a positive or negative biasing voltage applied to the extraction electrode, a target for generating X-rays when impinged upon by the electron beam and a magnetic focusing assembly located between the cathode assembly and the target for focusing the electron beam towards the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Sergio Lemaitre
  • Patent number: 10120357
    Abstract: An energy generation and storage system includes one or more energy generation assets, one or more energy storage assets, and a system controller. The system controller identifies a plurality of candidate responses to a grid service request. Each candidate response includes a split value that describes a power split between the energy generation assets and the energy storage assets. The system controller determines a plurality of response scores respectively for the plurality of candidate responses based at least in part on a plurality of asset life impact values that describe an impact that the plurality of candidate responses would have on an asset life of at least one of the one or more power generation assets and the one or more energy storage assets. The system controller selects one of the plurality of candidate responses based at least in part on the plurality of response scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Shane Riley, Irene Michelle Berry, Rogier Sebastiaan Blom, Glen David Merfeld
  • Patent number: 10118792
    Abstract: Unwinding systems and methods are provided for unwinding a fiber from a bobbin. The unwinding system can include an axle defining a first axis extending an axial direction, a bobbin rotatably mounted around the axle, a pulley positioned to receive the fiber from the bobbin, wherein the pulley is rotatable around a second axis, and a sensor positioned between the bobbin and the pulley. The bobbin is moveable along the axial direction, and wherein the fiber extends tangentially from a surface of the bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Theodore Robert Grossman, Roger Antonio Aparicio, Martin Peter Gill, Steven Robert Hayashi, Andrew William Miller
  • Patent number: 10119405
    Abstract: A cooling system according to an embodiment includes: a forked passage cooling circuit, the forked passage cooling circuit including a first leg and a second leg; and an air feed cavity for supplying cooling air to the first leg and the second leg of the forked passage cooling circuit; wherein the first leg of the forked passage cooling circuit extends radially outward from and at least partially covers at least one central plenum of a multi-wall blade, and wherein the second leg of the forked passage cooling circuit extends radially outward from and at least partially covers a first set of near wall cooling channels in the multi-wall blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: David Wayne Weber, Brendon James Leary, Jacob Charles Perry, II, Joseph Anthony Weber
  • Patent number: 10118217
    Abstract: A mold assembly for use in forming a component having an internal passage defined therein includes a mold defining a mold cavity therein, and a jacketed core positioned with respect to the mold. The jacketed core includes a hollow structure, and an inner core disposed within the hollow structure and positioned to define the internal passage within the component when a component material in a molten state is introduced into the mold cavity and cooled to form the component. The jacketed core also includes a first coating layer disposed between the hollow structure and the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Stanley Frank Simpson, Joseph Leonard Moroso
  • Patent number: 10123406
    Abstract: Cyclotron includes an acceleration chamber, a vacuum system, an ion source system, and a control system that is configured to determine at least one operating parameter as a particle beam is directed along a beam path of the cyclotron. The control system is configured to decrease a supply of the charged particles for the particle beam based on the at least one operating parameter. The particle beam continues after decreasing the supply of the charged particles. The control system is also configured to increase the supply of the charged particles for the particle beam after a predetermined time period or in response to determining that an amount of gas molecules has reduced based on the at least one operating parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Hans Melin, Erik Koffmar, Nils Tynelius, Oskar Svedberg