Patents Assigned to General Electric Company
  • Publication number: 20210132932
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a smart equipment, a method used by a smart equipment, and a smart lamp. The smart equipment comprises a WiFi module and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module. The BLE module comprises a microcontroller unit (MCU). The WiFi module wirelessly downloads an OTA file. The microcontroller unit divides the OTA file into at least one packages. The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module OTA upgrades a plurality of devices in a mesh network simultaneously by broadcasting the at least one packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xin LUO, Charles SHI, Dong XING, Aijun WANG, Jiyong ZHANG
  • Patent number: 10993644
    Abstract: A SpO2 measurement system includes at least one light transmitter configured to transmit a first wavelength light and a second wavelength light into tissue of a patient, wherein the second wavelength is shorter than the first wavelength, and a detection device that detects the first wavelength light and the second wavelength light emitted from the tissue of the patient. The SpO2 measurement system operates the at least one light transmitter in a high power mode during a first time period to determine a SpO2 value and a high power DC ratio based on the first wavelength light and the second wavelength light detected during operation in the high power mode. The SpO2 measurement operates the at least one light transmitter in a low power mode during a second time period to determine a low power DC ratio based on the first wavelength light and the second wavelength light detected during operation in the low power mode, and to determine a blood oxygenation status for the patient based on the low power DC ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matti Veli Tapani Huiku, Sakari Lamminmaki
  • Patent number: 10993689
    Abstract: An imaging system, such as a DBT system, capable of providing an operator of the system with information concerning the location, magnitude and direction of motion detected by the system during performance of the scan to enhance image processing. The imaging system provides the motion information to the operator directly in conjunction with the images processed by the imaging system thereby providing the operator with sufficient information for decisions regarding the need for additional images for completing the scan with the imaging system before the patient is discharged, or even before the breast is decompressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Jorge Corsino Espino, Remy Klausz, Razvan Iordache
  • Patent number: 10995672
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to gas turbine engine operation in which an igniter assembly is provided with an electrical energy input (e.g., an electrical waveform) that is configured to increase a likelihood of igniting a fuel-air mixture surrounding the igniter assembly. In certain embodiments, the igniter assembly is supplied with an augmented electrical waveform that may reduce a quantity of sparks generated by the igniter assembly before successful light-off (e.g., ignition) of the fuel-air mixture is achieved (e.g., as compared to a quantity of sparks generated to achieve ignition by an igniter assembly that receives an electrical energy input in the form of a conventional electrical waveform). Accordingly, the augmented electrical waveform may reduce wear (e.g., via oxidation) on electrodes of the igniter assembly, such as a primary electrode (e.g., a center electrode) and a secondary electrode (e.g., an outer shell electrode) disposed about the primary electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Badri Narayan Ramamurthi, Karim Younsi, Andrey Meshkov, Jason Fredrick Trotter, Timothy John Sommerer, Ramanujam Ramabhadran, Alvaro Alexander Briceno, Charles Cook, Mark Wayne McWaters
  • Patent number: 10995666
    Abstract: A particle separator includes a separator body in a primary fluid passageway of a machine. The primary fluid passageway includes one or more bleed holes through which a diverted portion of the fluid flowing in the primary fluid passageway toward a volume of the machine is diverted into an auxiliary flow passageway that bypasses the volume and directs the diverted portion of the fluid toward one or more other components of the machine. The separator body is coupled with the inner wall and/or outer wall of the primary fluid passageway. The separator body includes an upstream edge positioned to separate at least some particles carried by the fluid from the fluid as the diverted portion of the fluid bends around and flows over the at least one upstream edge of the separator body and into the auxiliary flow passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Satoshi Atsuchi, Corey Bourassa, James R. Noel, Erich Alois Krammer, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 10994623
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a motor drive circuit includes a first energy storage device configured to supply electrical energy, a bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter coupled to the first energy storage device, a voltage inverter coupled to the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter, and an input device configured to receive electrical energy from an external energy source. The motor drive circuit further includes a coupling system coupled to the input device, to the first energy storage device, and to the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter. The coupling system has a first configuration configured to transfer electrical energy to the first energy storage device via the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter, and has a second configuration configured to transfer electrical energy from the first energy storage device to the voltage inverter via the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
  • Patent number: 10995620
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to turbomachine components which include one or more coating-capturing features for thermal insulation. A turbomachine component may include: a body having an exterior surface positioned within a hot gas path (HGP) section of a turbomachine; and a coating-capturing feature mounted on the exterior surface of the body and in thermal communication with the HGP section of the turbomachine, wherein the coating-capturing feature comprises: a first member positioned on the exterior surface of the body, the first member having at least one outer sidewall defining a first perimeter of the coating-capturing feature, a second member positioned on the first member and having at least one outer sidewall defining a second perimeter of the coating-capturing feature, wherein the first member separates the second member from the exterior surface of the body, and an indentation positioned between the first and second members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Dwight Berry, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam
  • Patent number: 10998760
    Abstract: Systems and methods of controlling uninterruptible power supplies of electrical power systems are described. According to one aspect, an electrical power system can include a generator having a stator and a rotor, a power converter coupled to a rotor bus of the rotor, and a control system comprising one or more control devices, the one or more control devices configured to operate the power converter to provide an AC signal for a rotor bus. The system can also include an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The UPS can include a power storage element configured to receive and store electrical power, and configured to power the control system during a power failure, and, a health check circuit configured to verify a health status of the power storage element, and including a health check disable component configured to disable the health check circuit during the power failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Joseph Andrew Trzemzalski
  • Patent number: 10995621
    Abstract: An airfoil having a wall structure including a plurality of spaced walls for improved cooling and lifetime is disclosed. The airfoil and walls are made by additive manufacturing. The airfoil includes an exterior wall, an intermediate wall, and an interior wall each separated from adjacent walls by a plurality of standoff members; a plurality of outer cooling chambers defined between the exterior and intermediate walls, the chambers partitioned by an outer partition; a plurality of intermediate cooling chambers defined between the intermediate and interior walls, the chambers partitioned by an intermediate partition; a thermal barrier coating on each of the exterior wall and the intermediate wall; a first plurality of impingement openings through the intermediate wall; a second plurality of impingement openings through the interior wall; and a plurality of cooling passages through the exterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Troy Hafner, Gary Michael Itzel, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam
  • Patent number: 10994287
    Abstract: An atomizing spray device includes a housing having inlets that receive a first fluid and a slurry of ceramic particles and a second fluid. The inlets are fluidly coupled with outlets by an interior chamber that mixes the first fluid with the slurry to form a primary mixture of the first fluid and first atomized droplets of the slurry. A first outlet on a first side of the housing and a second outlet on the first side of the housing are shaped to change the primary mixture to form a secondary mixture of the first fluid and second atomized droplets of the slurry. The first outlet sprays the secondary mixture onto a first surface as a first layer of coating and the second outlet sprays the secondary mixture onto the first surface as a second layer of coating while the housing moves in a direction along the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ambarish Kulkarni, Byron Pritchard, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Mehmet Dede, Bernard Patrick Bewlay
  • Patent number: 10995039
    Abstract: Methods for preparing ceramic matrix composites using melt infiltration are provided as well as the resulting ceramic matrix composites. The methods and products include the incorporation of a non-wetting coating to one or more sacrificial fibers. The one or more sacrificial fibers are removed, such as decomposed during pyrolysis, resulting in the formation of a plurality of functional features, in the form of regular and elongate channels along the ceramic matrix composite. During the removing of the one or more sacrificial fibers, the non-wetting coating remains on an interior surface of the plurality of functional features to block infiltration of an infiltrant to the plurality of functional features and deposition thereon. Alternatively, the sacrificial fibers may be removed subsequent to melt infiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel Gene Dunn, Henry Charles McGuigan
  • Patent number: 10995624
    Abstract: An article includes a substrate that is substantially opaque to visible light and a coating disposed on the substrate. The coating includes a coating material having an inherent index of refraction, wherein the coating has an effective index of refraction that is less than the inherent index of refraction, and wherein the effective index of refraction is less than 1.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick James McCluskey, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Krzysztof Jacek Lesnicki, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10995954
    Abstract: A combustor for a gas turbine engine comprising a combustion liner defining a combustion chamber, wherein the combustion liner has at least one opening into which a combustor liner mount is received. The combustor liner mount can have at least one cooling passage defined therein having an inlet defining an inlet axis and an outlet defining an outlet axis, wherein the inlet axis is not collinear with the outlet axis for providing enhanced cooling to at least one of the combustor liner mount and an adjacent combustion component, such as an igniter or a borescope plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Craig Alan Gonyou, William Thomas Bennett
  • Patent number: 10995619
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an airfoil includes imaging a second end of the body portion to obtain image data, casting the tip portion utilizing the image data of the second end of the body portion and coupling a first end of the tip portion to the second end of the body portion. One or more features of the tip portion align with one or more features of the body portion. The method also includes additively manufacturing a core of the tip portion utilizing the image data and forming a casting mold about the core. The tip portion is cast in the casting mold. The coupling of the tip portion to the body portion including depositing a bonding material on a first end of the tip portion. An airfoil formed by the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Scott Andrew Weaver
  • Patent number: 10996082
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a rotor antenna, a radio frequency (RF) sensor, a stator antenna, and one or more processors. The rotor antenna and the RF sensor are configured to be disposed on a shaft of a rotor assembly and are conductively connected to each other. The RF sensor generates measurement signals. The stator antenna is mounted to a stator member of the rotor assembly and positioned radially outward from the rotor antenna. The stator antenna is wirelessly connected to the rotor antenna across an air gap. The one or more processors are communicatively connected to the stator antenna and are configured to monitor one or more electrical characteristics of the measurement signals that are received by the stator antenna from the rotor antenna over time as the shaft rotates and to determine rotational speed of the shaft based on recurrent variations in the one or more electrical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Joseph Alfred Iannotti
  • Patent number: 10995554
    Abstract: An auto-adjustable directional drilling apparatus comprises: a drive-shaft housing; a drill collar coupled to the drive-shaft housing; a drive shaft passing through the drive-shaft housing and the drill collar; an active stabilizer fixed to the drive-shaft housing and movably coupled to the drill collar; a sliding assembly comprising a base support fixed to the drill collar and a sliding base coupled to the drive-shaft housing, wherein the base support defines a slide way and the sliding base is slidably disposed in the slide way; and an actuating module coupled to the sliding base to drive the sliding base to slide along the slide way. An auto-adjustable directional drilling method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhiguo Ren, Xu Fu, Stewart Blake Brazil, Chengbao Wang
  • Patent number: 10993706
    Abstract: This invention relates to a biopsy method comprising automated moving of at least part of a biopsy sampler within a biopsy volume, to perform a biopsy in a zone of interest in a body, wherein said automated moving is preceded by variable positioning of said biopsy volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Laurence Vancamberg, Serge Muller, Guillaume Peter, Marcia C. Hill, Aurélie Boudier, Romain Moulin, Aurora Talaverano Fuentes
  • Patent number: 10996648
    Abstract: Third party developed control logic for automation controllers is provided to customers using a communication network. At least one tool is provided for a third party to develop control logic for an automation controller. The automation controller is remotely located from the communication network. A hardware platform on which to operate the control logic is selected. Once built, the control logic is linked to at least one operational characteristic of the hardware platform such that the control logic is operable to perform at least one predetermined function of the automation controller using the hardware platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Kenneth Pierson Dickie
  • Patent number: 10997530
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-resource scheduling are disclosed and described. An example apparatus includes a scheduler engine configured to enable clinical system(s) to operate with the scheduler engine in an analytical mode and an operating mode. When in the analytical mode, the scheduler engine is to dynamically calculate one or more binding constraints on the one or more clinical systems for scheduling. When in the operating mode, the scheduler engine is to manage and output a schedule for the one or more clinical systems based on the one or more binding constraints calculated in the analytical mode. The example scheduler engine is to dynamically switch between the analytical mode and the operating mode based at least in part on a probabilistic determination of delay associated with the schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Srinivas Bollapragada, Christopher Donald Johnson, Bex Thomas, Dianne Chace
  • Patent number: 10997415
    Abstract: A method and system to receive an indication of a location of an asset from a tag associated with and adjacent to the asset, the location of the asset being within a known mapping of an indoor environment; receive an indication of a location of an augmented reality device, the indicated location of the asset being within the known mapping of the indoor environment; determine a location of the asset relative to the augmented reality device based on the received information from the asset and the received information from the augmented device; determine contextual directions from the determined location of the augmented reality device to the indicated location of the asset; and present, in a current field of view display on the augmented reality device a combination of a representation of the determined location of the asset and a representation of the determined contextual directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Ratnadeep Paul