Patents Assigned to General Electric Company
  • Patent number: 10179943
    Abstract: An article and method of forming the article are disclosed. The article has a surface comprising a nanostructured ferritic alloy. The surface includes a plurality of nanofeatures that include complex oxides of yttrium and titanium disposed in an iron-bearing alloy matrix. The iron-bearing alloy matrix at the surface includes about 5 weight percent to about 30 weight percent of chromium, and about 0.1 weight percent to about 10 weight percent of molybdenum. Further, a concentration of a chi phase or a sigma phase in the nanostructured ferritic alloy at the surface is less than about 5 volume percent. The method generally includes the steps of milling, thermo-mechanically consolidating, annealing, and then cooling at a rate that hinders the formation of chi and sigma phases in the nanostructured ferritic alloy at the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Shenyan Huang, Richard Didomizio, Raul Basilio Rebak
  • Patent number: 10179945
    Abstract: The present application provides Calcia-Magnesia-Alumina-Silica (CMAS) (or molten silicate) resistant thermal barrier coatings (TBC). The coatings include elongate growth domains of non-equiaxed, randomly arranged overlapping grains or splats. The elongate growth domains include overlapping individual, randomly distributed splats of tough and soft phases. In some embodiments, the elongate growth domains are formed via air plasma spray. In some embodiments, the tough phases are at least partially stabilized zirconia and/or hafnia compositions, and the soft phases are CMAS (or molten silicate) reactive or resistant compositions. Within each elongate growth domain, the mixture of the tough and soft phases act together to limit penetration of CMAS and also provide sufficient domain toughness to minimize cracking forces produced during crystallization of infiltrated CMAS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Larry Steven Rosenzweig, James Anthony Ruud, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10182045
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method, system, and program storage device for binding an industrial application to a plurality of services in an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is provided. For each of a plurality of tenants, a service template corresponding to a group in which the corresponding tenant belongs is retrieved and an instance of the industrial application is instantiated for the corresponding tenant. Then, at runtime of an instance of the industrial application, a number of actions are taken. A request by the instance of the industrial application for a service identified by a first service name is detected. Then a credential for the service name is retrieved, with the credential identifying a location where an instance of the service identified by the first service name resides. The service identified by the first service name is then dynamically called using the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vineet Banga, Vipul Parmar, Ilya Lipkind
  • Patent number: 10181728
    Abstract: A control system includes memory storing instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions. The processor is configured to receive a first indication of a power grid voltage, receive a second indication of a power grid phase angle, receive a third indication of a generator voltage of power provided by a generator, and receive a fourth indication of a generator phase angle of power provided by the generator. The processor is configured to determine a voltage gap between the generator voltage and the power grid voltage and a time difference between the generator phase angle and the power grid phase angle. The processor is configured to generate a signal to cause the generator voltage and the generator phase angle to synchronize with the power grid voltage and the power grid phase angle, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Tabrez Shakeel, Randall John Kleen, Muhammed Rahim
  • Patent number: 10180072
    Abstract: A bladed disk for a gas turbine engine is provided. The bladed disk includes a rotor disk, a plurality of rotor blades, and an interlocking transition zone. The rotor disk includes a plurality of fused layers of a first material formed via additive manufacturing and defines an outer rim. The plurality of rotor blades includes a plurality of fused layers of a second material formed via additive manufacturing. The interlocking transition zone includes a plurality of projections alternately extending from the outer rim of the rotor disk and the plurality of rotor blades, respectively, to undetachably couple the rotor disk and the plurality of rotor blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Herbert Chidsey Roberts, Richard William Albrecht, Jr., Michael John McCarren, Peter Andrew Flynn, Michael Francis Xavier Gigliotti, Jr., Eric Alan Estill
  • Patent number: 10180107
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing one or more processor-executable instructions wherein the one or more instructions when executed by a processor of a controller, cause acts to be performed is provided. The acts to be performed include controlling a fuel split to a combustor of a gas turbine utilizing automatic tuning and switching control of the fuel split to the combustor of the gas turbine to utilizing an adjusted fixed fuel split schedule instead of automatic tuning. The adjusted fixed fuel split schedule includes a fixed fuel split schedule adjusted via a biasing value, and the biasing value is based on both the fixed fuel split schedule and an automatic tuning based fuel split.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven William Backman, Trevor Valder Jones, Daniel Joseph Flavin, Scott Michael Schaberg, Kelly Marie Kurylo
  • Patent number: 10179893
    Abstract: A cleaning method and a cleaning fluid are provided. The cleaning method includes accessing a plurality of turbine components attached to a turbine assembly, the turbine assembly being a portion of a turbomachine, positioning at least one cleaning vessel over at least one of the turbine components, forming a liquid seal with a sealing bladder, providing a cleaning fluid to the cleaning vessel, and draining the cleaning fluid from the cleaning vessel. The cleaning fluid includes a carrier fluid and a solvent additive for removing fouling material from the turbine component. An alternative cleaning method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sanji Ekanayake, Surinder Singh Pabla, Murali Krishna Kalaga, Alston Ilford Scipio, Ishmael Dean El
  • Patent number: 10180073
    Abstract: A turbine nozzle includes an arcuate inner band having opposed flowpath and back sides, and an aft flange extending outward from the back side; an arcuate outer band having opposed flowpath and back sides; an airfoil-shaped turbine vane extending between the flowpath sides of the inner and outer bands, wherein the inner and outer bands and the vane comprise a ceramic low-ductility material; and a metallic collar surrounding the aft flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Ray Tuertscher, Darrell Glenn Senile, Greg Phelps
  • Patent number: 10180108
    Abstract: A system for operating a gas turbine includes a controller configured to execute logic stored in a memory that causes the controller to determine two or more of a frequency, a coherence, a phase, and an amplitude, of a combustion instability; to compare two of more of the frequency, the coherence, the phase, and the amplitude of the combustion instability to a respective predetermined limit; and to adjust at least one parameter of the gas turbine if two or more of the frequency, the coherence, the phase, and the amplitude of the combustion instability are actionable relative to their respective predetermined limits. A related method of operating the gas turbine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sarah Lori Crothers, Scott Arthur Day
  • Patent number: 10180128
    Abstract: The present subject matter is directed to a method for managing and/or categorizing trip faults of an electrical component, such as power converter, of a wind turbine. The method includes receiving, via a local controller of the wind turbine, an indication of at least one trip fault in the electrical component of the wind turbine. The method also includes determining, via the local controller, a unique identifier for the trip fault. More specifically, the unique identifier contains information regarding a type of the trip fault and at least one of an origin or a cause, of the trip fault. Further, the method includes sending, via the local controller, the unique identifier to a supervisory controller of the wind turbine. Thus, the method also includes implementing, via the supervisory controller, a control action based on the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sidney Allen Barker, James Thomas Bailey, Bruce Allen Gerritsen, Minesh Ashok Shah, Ramy Michael Souri, Raju Singamsetti, Achchugatla Vikramaditya
  • Patent number: 10180079
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating a signal between a rotating antenna and a plurality of stationary antennae based on an axial displacement of the rotating antenna are provided. In one example, the method can include obtaining one or more measurements of an axial displacement of the rotating antenna from one or more axial displacement sensors. The method can further include determining a selected stationary antenna from the plurality of stationary antennae based at least in part on the measurements of an axial displacement of the rotating antenna. The method can further include activating the selected stationary antenna to communicate a signal with the rotating antenna. The method can further include communicating a signal between the rotating antenna and the selected stationary antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kurt Kramer Schleif, Donald W. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10180125
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine. The rotor blade assembly includes a rotor blade having exterior surfaces defining pressure and suction sides, and leading and trailing edges extending in a generally span-wise direction between an inboard region and an outboard region. The inboard region includes a blade root having a rounded trailing edge. Further, the rotor blade assembly further includes at least one airflow separation element mounted to either or both of the pressure or suction sides of the rotor blade within the inboard region and adjacent to the rounded trailing edge. In addition, the at least one airflow separation element corresponds to a contour of the pressure side or the suction side of the rotor blade. As such, the at least one airflow separation element is configured to provide a fixed airflow separation location in the inboard region during standard operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christian A. Carroll, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Stefan Herr
  • Patent number: 10172563
    Abstract: A method for analyzing noise in an electronic signal monitoring study includes selecting a study signal for analysis, removing a study subject's physiological signal from the study signal, and performing a quantitative analysis on the study signal. A fingerprint of any noise present in the study signal is then created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Adrian F. Warner, Claudio P. Mejia, Daniel R. Schneidewend, Timothy P. Stiemke, Payam Karbassi
  • Patent number: 10172521
    Abstract: A system for imaging an object is provided including a first imaging acquisition module, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisition module, and a first reconstruction module. The first imaging acquisition module is configured to acquire imaging information using a first non-MRI modality. The MRI acquisition module is configured to acquire MR non-imaging, foreign structure (NFIS) information. The MR NFIS information is acquired via at least one tracking coil associated with an external non-therapeutic (ENT) structure. The MR NIFS information corresponds to at least one of a position or orientation of the ENT structure. The first reconstruction module is configured to obtain the MR NIFS information and use the MR NIFS information to correct an attenuation in the imaging information acquired by the first imaging acquisition module associated with the ENT structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David M. Goldhaber
  • Patent number: 10173932
    Abstract: A disposable core die includes a first portion defining an inlet configured to receive a slurry therethrough, a second portion integrally formed downstream from the first portion and configured to receive the slurry from the first portion, and a third portion integrally formed downstream from the second portion. The second portion includes a plurality of hollow tubes that are substantially coaxially aligned and have a wall thickness within a range defined between about 0.1 mm and about 0.5 mm, and the third portion defines an outlet configured to discharge excess slurry from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Russell Ryder Dennison, Robert Peter Hanet, Jerod Curtis Kruse, Xi Yang
  • Patent number: 10172526
    Abstract: The system and method of the present application includes a physiological sensor and a motion sensor connected to a patient. The physiological sensor detects patient connection to the sensor and collects a physiological signal while connected. When the physiological sensor is disconnected, the motion sensor data is analyzed. Patterns of sensor connection and patient movement typical for nurse initiated removal compared to accidental or patient initiated removals are created. The alarm protocol may be modified if the disconnection is due to patient movement. The detected movement patterns may include movement measurements that are close to the sensor that detects how the actual disconnection happens, or general movement information for the patient such as whether the patient has been still or has moved before the sensor gets disconnected. By using this information to classify the reason of the sensor removal, a more relevant alarm may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kimmo Henrik Uutela, Matti Veli Tapani Huiku, Emma Elina Ikonen
  • Patent number: 10174248
    Abstract: A process for treating a luminescent halogen-containing material includes contacting the luminescent halogen-containing material with an atmosphere comprising a halogen-containing oxidizing agent for a period of at least about two hours. The luminescent halogen-containing material has a composition other than (i) Ax[MFy]:Mn4+, where A is Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, or a combination thereof; M is Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, Al, Ga, In, Sc, Y, La, Nb, Ta, Bi, Gd, or a combination thereof; x is the absolute value of the charge of the [MFy] ion; and y is 5, 6 or 7; (ii) Zn2[MF7]:Mn4+, where M is selected from Al, Ga, In, and combinations thereof; (iii) E[MF6]:Mn4+, where E is selected from Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Zn, and combinations thereof; and where M is selected from Ge, Si, Sn, Ti, Zr, and combinations thereof; or (iv) Ba0.65Zr0.35F2.70:Mn4+.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Edward Murphy, Anant Achyut Setlur
  • Patent number: 10174414
    Abstract: Manufactured articles, and methods of manufacturing enhanced surface smoothed components and articles. More particularly, surface smoothed components and articles, such as combustor components of turbine engines, having surface treatment conferring reduced roughness for enhanced performance and reduced wear related reduction in part life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, David Vincent Bucci, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Yan Cui, David Edward Schick, Eric Eicher McConnell, David Singletary
  • Patent number: 10174412
    Abstract: A method for forming a vertically cracked thermal barrier coating is disclosed including positioning an article relative to a heat source. The article includes a thermal barrier coating disposed on a first surface of a substrate, and the substrate includes a second surface distal across the substrate from the first surface. Heat is applied locally to at least one discrete portion of the second surface of the substrate. At least one vertical crack in the thermal barrier coating is formed disposed over the at least one discrete portion. An article is disclosed including a substrate and a vertically-cracked thermal barrier coating disposed on the substrate. The vertically cracked thermal barrier coating includes at least one vertical crack in the thermal barrier coating and at least one of a low density of less than 85% of a theoretical density for the thermal barrier coating and a selective crack distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, David Bucci
  • Patent number: 10173532
    Abstract: A braking system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels. The electric drive system is configured to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels of the vehicle to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. The system further includes a friction brake system associated with a second set of wheels of the vehicle, and a controller for selectively actuating the electric drive system to operate in an electric retarding mode and for selectively actuating the friction brake system. The controller is configured to transfer retarding force from the first set of wheels to the second set of wheels, and/or to determine wheel speed signal accuracies, in either case to mitigate vehicle/wheel sliding or slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Nedley, Henry Young, Timothy Brown, Carlos Vallejo, Jeffrey Wolff, Sean Cillessen