Patents Assigned to General Electric Company
  • Publication number: 20240128695
    Abstract: An approach for facilitating mechanical and electrical connection of electric machines and electrical components in an electrical system using connectors with quick connect/disconnect electrical connectors is disclosed. Each quick connect/disconnect electrical connector can be placed on the end of an electrical power distribution cable that connects with an electric machine or electrical component. The electric machines and electrical components and the electrical power distribution cables can have hollow coolant passages formed therein to receive cooling fluid from a cooling device for direct cooling of the electric machines, electrical components and the electrical power distribution cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: MATTHEW ROBERT MARTIN, JOHN RUSSELL YAGIELSKI, PHILIP MICHAEL CIOFFI, MARK EDWARD DAME, WEI ZHANG
  • Patent number: 11961660
    Abstract: A magnetic-core assembling tool may include first and second compression plate alignment guides configured to be respectively fitted to first and second compression plates of a magnetic-core assembly, a plurality of semiannular tension bars, and a clamping plate. The semiannular tension bars may be attached at a first end to the first compression plate alignment guide and at a second end to the clamping plate. The clamping plate may include a plurality of compression shoes configured to apply a variable amount of compression to the magnetic-core assembly. A method of assembling a magnetic-core assembly includes assembling a plurality of lamination stacks, staging the plurality of lamination stacks to provide a magnetic-core assembly, assembling a magnetic-core assembling-tool around the magnetic-core assembly, and injecting magnet retention adhesive into a plurality of magnet retention slots in the magnetic-core assembly housed in the magnetic-core assembling tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pablo Gabriel Piazza Galarza, Fabian Isaza-Gomez
  • Patent number: 11962188
    Abstract: An electric machine is provided herein that includes a stator assembly. The stator assembly includes a stator core having one or more lamination packages. The stator core can define an outer ring and a plurality of teeth extending from the outer ring. A cooling plate may be positioned adjacent to at least one of the one or more lamination packages. The cooling plate can define one or more channels therethrough. One or more windings can be arranged around one or more of the plurality of teeth of the stator core. A rotor can be operably coupled with the stator assembly. A cooling system can be fluidly coupled with the one or more channels of the cooling plate. The cooling system provides a cryogenic fluid through the one or more channels to cool the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Kupiszewski, Anil Kumar Tolpadi
  • Patent number: 11959441
    Abstract: A Brayton cycle engine including a longitudinal wall extended along a lengthwise direction. The longitudinal wall defines a gas flowpath of the engine. An inner wall assembly is extended from the longitudinal wall into the gas flowpath. The inner wall assembly defines a detonation combustion region in the gas flowpath upstream of the inner wall assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sibtosh Pal, Steven Clayton Vise, Arthur Wesley Johnson, Clayton Stuart Cooper, Joseph Zelina
  • Patent number: 11959423
    Abstract: A fuel supply system for a turbine engine that provides a modulated thrust control malfunction accommodation (TCMA) is disclosed. An example fuel supply system includes a fuel supply line to supply fuel to a combustion engine, a fuel metering valve coupled to the fuel supply line, the fuel metering valve to control a flow of fuel through the fuel supply line to the combustion engine, a throttle valve coupled to the fuel supply line downstream of the fuel metering valve, the throttle valve to bleed off fuel supplied to the combustion engine based on a pressure difference across the fuel metering valve, and a controllable servo coupled to the throttle valve, the controllable servo to control the throttle valve based on a sensor output indicative of the pressure difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Justin Brady
  • Patent number: 11959643
    Abstract: A combustor for a gas turbine engine, the gas turbine engine defining a longitudinal centerline extending in a longitudinal direction, a radial direction extending orthogonally outward from the longitudinal centerline, and a circumferential direction extending concentrically around the longitudinal centerline, the combustor including: a forward liner segment; an aft liner segment disposed downstream from the forward liner segment relative to a direction of flow through the combustor, the forward and aft liner segments at least partially defining a combustion chamber; and an intermediate member disposed at least partially between the forward and aft liner segments and extending in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Karthikeyan Sampath, Pradeep Naik, Veeraraju Vanapalli, Perumallu Vukanti, Shai Birmaher, Daniel J. Kirtley, Deepak Ghiya, Rimple Rakeshkumar Rangrej, Saket Singh, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Hiranya Kumar Nath, Michael Anthony Benjamin, Rajendra Mahadeorao Wankhade
  • Patent number: 11958250
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus can include a stage configured to hold one or more cured layers of resin that form a component. A radiant energy device can be operable to generate and project radiant energy in a patterned image. An actuator can be configured to change a relative position of the stage relative to the radiant energy device. A reclamation system can be downstream of the stage and can be configured to remove at least a portion of the resin from a resin support. The reclamation system can include a first collection structure configured to accept a resin support therethrough along a resin support movement direction. A first scraper is positioned within the first collection structure. The first scraper has an elongation axis that is offset from the resin support movement direction by an offset angle that is less than 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Meredith Elissa Dubelman, Christopher David Barnhill, Xi Yang, William Joseph Steele, Brian Thomas Thompson
  • Patent number: 11959036
    Abstract: A component and a system for mitigating coke formation during delivery of a hydrocarbon fluid. The component includes a contact surface configured to be in contact with the hydrocarbon fluid. Tuning the zeta potential of the contact surface allows selective attraction and/or repulsion of coke-catalyzing materials, metal ions, heteroatomic hydrocarbons, and/or coke precursors present in the hydrocarbon fluid. A method of mitigating coke formation during delivery of a hydrocarbon fluid includes tuning a zeta potential of the contact surface of the component and injecting or circulating the hydrocarbon fluid through the system such that the contact surface selectively attracts and/or repels coke-catalyzing materials, metal ions, heteroatomic hydrocarbons, and/or coke precursors present in the hydrocarbon fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Arundhati Sengupta, Karthick Gourishankar, Narayanan Janakiraman, Lawrence B. Kool, Sanjay Kumar Sondhi, Michael A Benjamin, Hejie Li
  • Patent number: 11962255
    Abstract: Systems and methods of controlling a length of an air gap in an electric machine using an air gap controller may include: determining an air gap length value for an electric machine at least in part using an air gap controller, comparing the determined air gap length value to an air gap target value using the air gap controller, and outputting a control command from the air gap controller to a controllable device associated with an air gap control system when the determined air gap length value differs from the air gap target value by a predefined threshold. A control command may be configured to impart a change to an operating parameter associated with the air gap control system to adjust a length of an air gap between an outer surface of a rotor core and an inner surface of a stator core of the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pablo Gabriel Piazza Galarza, Fabian Isaza
  • Patent number: 11958249
    Abstract: A reclamation system for an additive manufacturing apparatus can include a collection structure configured to remove at least a portion of the resin from a foil. A containment vessel can be configured to retain the resin removed from the foil. A drain can direct the resin from the containment vessel to a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Trent William Muhlenkamp, Christopher David Barnhill, Meredith Elissa Dubelman, Carlos H. Bonilla, Brian Thomas Thompson, John Thomas Sterle
  • Patent number: 11959387
    Abstract: An air turbine starter that includes a housing. The housing can circumscribe a turbine coupled that is coupled to a gear train in a gear box via a drive shaft. The gear train can couple to an output shaft via at least a carrier. The air turbine starter can include at least a first bearing assembly and a second bearing assembly to rotatably support the drive shaft and the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: Unison Industries, LLC, General Electric Company
    Inventors: Amit Arvind Kurvinkop, David Raju Yamarthi, David Allan Dranschak, Brian Christopher Kemp, Marc David Zinger, Parmeet Singh Chhabra, Roberto Karpik, Eliel Fresco Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11958111
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing machine may include a beam source, a process chamber, a beam column operably coupled to the process chamber and/or defining a portion of the process chamber, and a gaseous ionization detector disposed about the beam column. The gaseous ionization detector may be configured to detect elementary particles corresponding to an ionizing gas ionized by an energy beam from the beam source. A method of additively manufacturing a three-dimensional object may include determining data from a gaseous ionization detector disposed about a beam column of an additive manufacturing machine, and additively manufacturing a three-dimensional object using the additive manufacturing machine based at least in part on the data from the gaseous ionization detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Alan Bartosik, Thomas Graham Spears
  • Patent number: 11959393
    Abstract: An airfoil assembly for a turbine engine comprising an outer band, an inner band radially spaced inwardly from the outer band to define an annular region, and multiple airfoils circumferentially spaced within the annular region. Each corresponding airfoil of the multiple airfoils can project from a surface at a root and can further include an outer wall defining a pressure side and a suction side. A projection can extend upwardly from the surface on the pressure side and a valley can extend into the surface on the suction side to define a contour in the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: General Electric Company, GE Avivo S.r.l.
    Inventors: Saurya Ranjan Ray, Francesco Bertini, Lyle Douglas Dailey, Jeffrey D. Clements, Jaikumar Loganathan, Simone Rosa Taddei
  • Patent number: 11958217
    Abstract: Systems and methods for compacting components are provided. In one exemplary aspect, a component is positioned between a first tool portion and a second tool portion of a compaction tool. A sandwich structure is positioned between the first tool portion and the component. The sandwich structure includes a thermally expandable material and a rigid shell. The thermally expandable material is positioned between the first tool portion and the rigid shell. During compaction, the thermally expandable material is subjected to elevated temperatures and pressures, e.g., within an autoclave. When subjected to elevated temperatures and pressures, the thermally expandable material applies a force on the rigid shell, which in turn applies a force on the component so as to compact the component between the rigid shell and the second tool portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Darrell Glenn Senile, Thomas Samuel Holaday
  • Patent number: 11959395
    Abstract: A rotor blade system. The rotor blade system includes a rotor and a plurality of blades coupled to the rotor. The plurality of blades are arranged in an airfoil distribution pattern. The airfoil distribution pattern includes one or more baseline blades and one or more intentionally mistuned blades including an intentional mistuning feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Wei-Min Ren, Letian Wang, Kevin E. Turner, Yoon Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 11951566
    Abstract: A method, medium, and system to obtain an assignment of one of a plurality of different additive manufacturing (AM) print parameter sets to each of a plurality of 3D volume elements forming a representation of the model of the part; define a plurality of groupings based on margin parameter values associated with the model of the part; assign a print parameter set to each grouping; automatically assign each of the plurality of print parameter sets to a laser of a multi-laser AM device; save a record of the determined print parameter sets to laser assignments; and transmit the record of the determined print parameter sets to laser assignments to an AM controller to control the multi-laser AM device to generate the part based on the model of the part and the determined print parameter sets to laser assignments, the generated part to be built in a single build.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Christina Margaret Vasil, Subhrajit Roychowdhury, Arvind Rangarajan, Joshua Mook
  • Patent number: 11952944
    Abstract: Jet engine thermal transport bus pumps are disclosed. Disclosed herein is an aircraft comprising a gas turbine engine configured to burn fuel at a fuel flow rate to generate an engine power (Pengine), the fuel characterized by a first specific heat capacity (cp_fuel) and a net heat of combustion (NHCfuel); and a thermal management system configured to transfer heat from a working fluid to the fuel, the working fluid characterized by a second specific heat capacity (cp_pump) and a first density (?pump), the thermal management system including a pump configured to generate a pump power (Ppump) to pressurize the working fluid, and wherein P ? O ? W = P p ? u ? m ? p ( c p_pump c p_water ) ? ( ? w ? a ? t ? e ? r ? p ? u ? m ? p ) 2 , F ? F ? R = ( P e ? n ? g ? i ? n ? e N ? H ? C f ? u ? e ? l ) ? ( c p_fuel c p_pump ) 0.008?POW/FFR5/3?12, FFR is between 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel A. Niergarth, Giridhar Jothiprasad, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Adam Joseph Wangler
  • Patent number: 11951557
    Abstract: A process of repairing a component includes identifying a void in a component; determining at least one approximate physical configuration of the void; inserting borescope into the component in order to view the void; providing a repair rod approximately equivalent to at least one of the least one approximate physical configuration of the void; inserting the repair rod into component; confirming insertion of the repair rod in the void; separating the repair rod to leave a repair plug in the void; and depositing braze paste over the repair plug in the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ethan Conrad Schaeffer, James Scott Flanagan, James J. Murray, III, Archie L Swanner, Jr., Logan Tyler Nelson
  • Patent number: 11952149
    Abstract: Systems and methods for forecasting aircraft engine operational data are provided. The forecasted data can be used for use with predictive analytics, for example. In one aspect, a method is provided. The method includes receiving engine data associated with an engine. The engine data includes data points for various operational parameters. The method further includes determining forecasted data points for the operational parameters. The forecasted data points for a given one of the operational parameters are determined by applying one or more regression techniques to the data points associated with the given one of the operational parameters. The forecasted data points can be input into various types of models, such as a cumulative damage model. For instance, using the forecasted data points, a cumulative damage model can generate a plurality of forecasts and can output a cumulative probability distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Luke Wiedemann, Craig Miller Kuhne
  • Patent number: 11951679
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus can include a stage configured to hold a component formed by one or more layers of resin. A support plate can be positioned above the stage. A radiant energy device can be positioned above the stage. The radiant energy device can be operable to generate and project energy in a predetermined pattern. A feed module can be configured to operably couple with a first end portion of a resin support and can be positioned upstream of the stage. A take-up module can be configured to operably couple with a second end portion of the resin support and can be positioned downstream of the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mary Kathryn Thompson, Xi Yang, Meredith Elissa Dubelman, William Joseph Steele, Trent William Muhlenkamp, John Thomas Sterle, Christopher David Barnhill