Patents Assigned to General Electric Company
  • Patent number: 9976441
    Abstract: An article and method of forming an article are provided. The article includes a body portion separating an inner region and an outer region, an aperture in the body portion, the aperture fluidly connecting the inner region to the outer region, and a conduit extending from an outer surface of the body portion at the aperture and being arranged and disposed to controllably direct fluid from the inner region to the outer region. The method includes providing a body portion separating an inner region and an outer region, providing an aperture in the body portion, and forming a conduit over the aperture, the conduit extending from an outer surface of the body portion and being arranged and disposed to controllably direct fluid from the inner region to the outer region. The article is arranged and disposed for insertion within a hot gas path component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Paul Lacy, Gary Michael Itzel, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Sandip Dutta, David Edward Schick
  • Patent number: 9976499
    Abstract: An engine system includes a plurality of cylinders including one or more donating cylinders and one or more non-donating cylinders. A control module controls an operation of the one or more donating cylinders relative to, or based on, the operation of the one or more non-donating cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Freund, Jassin Fritz, Robert Mischler, David Zielinski, Luke Michael Henry
  • Patent number: 9978143
    Abstract: An MR apparatus 1 comprising an image producing unit 101 for producing axial images D1 through D10; a binarizing unit 102 for executing binarization processing for binarizing the axial images; a separating unit 103 for executing separation processing for separating a left-arm region HL and a right-arm region HR from a torso region HB; an extracting unit 104 for executing extraction processing for extracting the torso region HB from the images obtained by the separating unit 103; and a unit for locating a centerline of a body of a subject by executing first removal processing on an extracted region HE2 extracted by the extraction processing, and locating a centerline of the body of the subject based on the first-removal-processed extracted region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Takao Goto
  • Patent number: 9975415
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for an electric motor arrangement in a chassis of a battery electric vehicle. In one embodiment, a front chassis for a battery electric vehicle comprises a structural frame including two parallel sidewalls and a first portion of a vehicle articulation joint and an electric motor coupled between and in face-sharing contact with each of the two parallel sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Jansen, Gregory Benton Badders, Paul Deahl
  • Patent number: 9976762
    Abstract: A synthetic jet driven cooling device includes at least one synthetic jet actuator to generate and project a series of fluid vortices. A manifold coupled to the synthetic jet actuator(s) receives the fluid vortices and generates a primary air stream. An air amplifier connected to the manifold by a connecting pipe receives the primary air stream. The air amplifier includes an air intake oriented perpendicular to the connecting pipe and an air outlet positioned opposite the air intake, with a venturi section positioned between the air intake and air outlet that has a diameter smaller than the air intake diameter. A low pressure region in a center of the venturi section entrains a surrounding air in through the air intake to generate a secondary air stream that combines with the primary air stream to generate a combined air flow that flows through the venturi and exits the air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Howard Giammattei, Stanton Earl Weaver, Pramod Chamarthy
  • Patent number: 9979248
    Abstract: A permanent magnet (PM) machine includes a rotor and a stator assembly. The rotor includes a plurality of permanent magnets disposed about an axis of rotation. The stator assembly includes a stator body, a plurality of coil sides and a plurality of sintered iron magnetic wedges. The stator body includes a plurality of stator teeth defining a plurality of stator slots, each stator slot having an inside position and an outside position, such that each of the plurality of stator slots includes a first plurality of inside positions, and a first plurality of outside positions. The first plurality of coil sides are disposed in each of the first plurality of inside positions and the first plurality of outside positions. The first plurality of coil sides correspond to a first power phase. The first plurality of coil sides are electrically coupled to one another by a first plurality of end-coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven Joseph Galioto, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Patel Bhageerath Reddy, Nathaniel Benedict Hawes
  • Patent number: 9977231
    Abstract: An optical microscope and method for detecting lens immersion in optical microscopy includes an ultrasound circuit acoustically coupled to both an objective lens and a sample of an optical microscope, the ultrasound circuit comprising an ultrasound transmitter and an ultrasound receiver. The optical microscope and method includes transmitting an ultrasound pulse from the ultrasound transmitter to the ultrasound receiver, determining that a transit time of the ultrasound pulse is less than a threshold time, and providing an output signal from the pulse discriminator indicating that the ultrasound pulse is less than the threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: William Michael Dougherty
  • Patent number: 9975815
    Abstract: A method for forming a ceramic matrix composite article includes forming a ceramic matrix composite substrate comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having a first free silicon proportion by melt infiltration; forming a ceramic matrix composite outer layer comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having a second free silicon proportion by melt infiltration or polymer impregnation pyrolysis disposed on at least a portion of the substrate. The second free silicon proportion being less than the first free silicon proportion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: James Dale Steibel
  • Patent number: 9977425
    Abstract: Method, and corresponding system, for producing an alert during manufacture of a part formed by a plurality of layers. The method includes determining the sensor data values at the working tool positions of each of the plurality of layers based on a correlation of the values of the sensor data relative to time and the working tool positions of each of the plurality of layers relative to time. During the manufacturing process, the sensor data values at the working tool positions of at least one of the plurality of layers are compared to reference data values at the working tool positions for the at least one layer to determine a comparison measure for the at least one layer. An alert is transmitted if the determined comparison measure of a layer is not within a defined range. A defined action is applied to the manufacturing process based on the transmitted alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Adam McCann, Jacob Berlier, Li Zhang, Brandon Good
  • Patent number: 9976539
    Abstract: A control method and a control system for a wind turbine are disclosed. The control method comprises measuring wind turbine blade pitch angles; obtaining a wind turbine rotor acceleration value; determining whether a blade pitch runaway fault condition is occurring; and during the blade pitch runaway fault condition, adjusting a pitch angle command based at least in part on the rotor acceleration value, a pitch angle of at least one faulted blade and a pitch angle of a healthy blade; and controlling wind turbine blades based at least in part on the adjusted pitch angle command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Fabiano Daher Adegas, Xiongzhe Huang, Pranav Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9978114
    Abstract: A system for optimizing processing and display of large datasets is provided. The system includes a graphics processing and optimization (GPO) computing device. The GPO computing device is configured to store a dataset including a data point in a memory device, select the data point to display on a display device based on a first display request signal received via a user interface, and accelerate graphical processing of the dataset using optimization algorithms, wherein the GPO computing device is configured to assign a worker process to execute on the data point, The GPO computing device is also configured to convert the data point into a renderable graphics component, and generate a least-compute intensive representation of the data point, and cause the user interface to display a graphical representation of a first subset of the data including the renderable graphics component at a first display resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Arun Karthi Subramaniyan, Alexandre Nikolov Iankoulski, Renato Giorgiani do Nascimento
  • Patent number: 9976448
    Abstract: A method for operating a closed loop regenerative thermodynamic power generation cycle system is presented. The method includes supplying a high-temperature working fluid stream at a first pressure P1 to an expander, and extracting a partially expanded high temperature working fluid stream from the expander at a second pressure P2. Each of the first pressure P1 and the second pressure P2, are higher than a critical pressure of the working fluid; and the second pressure P2 is lower than P1. The method further includes regeneratively supplying the extracted high temperature working fluid stream at the second pressure P2 to a low temperature working fluid stream at the first pressure P1. A closed loop regenerative thermodynamic power generation cycle system is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew Maxwell Peter, Chiranjeev Singh Kalra
  • Patent number: 9976420
    Abstract: An aspirating seal assembly for use in a turbine engine is provided. The aspirating seal assembly includes a face seal and a rotary component. The face seal includes a first annular seal surface, and the rotary component includes a second annular seal surface positioned adjacent the first annular seal surface and defining a seal interface therebetween. The face seal is configured to discharge a flow of air towards the seal interface. The seal assembly also includes a first seal member extending between the first and second annular seal surfaces such that the flow of air induces a back pressure across the seal interface, and a second seal member positioned radially inward from the first seal member and extending between the first and second annular seal surfaces. A length of the second seal member is selected to increase the back pressure induced across the seal interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Quang Tue Nguyen Tran, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Christopher Jon Potokar
  • Patent number: 9976507
    Abstract: Various systems are provided for filtering EMI. In one example, a system comprises a poly-modal filter coupled to a load device, and a shield disposed between the load device and the poly-modal filter. The poly-modal filter comprises an EMI filter and a differential-common mode filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthew Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9976989
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes an acoustic emission monitoring system including acoustic emission sensors, a partial discharge monitoring system including partial discharge sensors and synchronized with the acoustic emission monitoring system, and a computer receiving acoustic emission data from the acoustic emission sensors and electrical data from the partial discharge sensors. The computer is configured to classify a first statistical event as a fatigue cracking event by pattern recognition of the acoustic emission data and determine a first location and a first damage condition resulting from the fatigue cracking event, classify a second statistical event as a partial discharge event by pattern recognition of the acoustic emission data or the electrical data, and fuse the acoustic emission data and the electrical data for the second statistical event and determine a second location and a second damage condition resulting from the partial discharge event. Methods of monitoring are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ehsan Dehghan Niri, Curtis Wayne Rose, Andrew Batton Witney
  • Patent number: 9979195
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of distributing power among a plurality of energy storage systems in an energy storage farm may generally include receiving a power distribution input associated with a power amount to be received by or delivered from the energy storage farm, determining an initial power value for each energy storage system based at least in part on a state of charge associated with the energy storage system, determining an unallocated power value for the energy storage farm based at least in part on the received power request and the initial power values of the energy storage systems, determining an updated power value for each energy storage system based at least in part on the unallocated power value, and controlling the operation of the energy storage farm such that each energy storage system delivers or receives an amount of power equal to its determined updated power value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Osae Djan-Sampson, Richard Hayes Cutright, Robert August Kaucic, Joshua Paul Webb
  • Patent number: 9977099
    Abstract: A RF conductive member for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) resonator includes an opening, a butterfly pickup loop, and a sensor cable. The RF conductive member has a length, a width, and a depth, and is configured to conduct a RF conductive member current. The opening passes through the depth of the RF conductive member and is disposed along the length of the RF conductive member. The butterfly pickup loop is disposed within the opening and configured to detect the RF conductive member current. The butterfly pickup loop includes a first loop and a second loop. The second loop is proximate the first loop and co-planar with the first loop. The sensor cable extends from the butterfly pickup loop and is configured to communicably couple the butterfly pickup loop with at least one processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Eddy Benjamin Boskamp
  • Patent number: 9976746
    Abstract: A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine is provided. The combustor assembly generally includes an annular dome and a liner. The liner at least partially defines a combustion chamber and includes the forward end received within a slot defined by the annular dome. Additionally, a heat shield is provided. The heat shield includes an end also received within the slot defined by the annular dome. A mounting assembly attaches the forward end of the liner and the end of the heat shield to the annular dome, such that the forward end of the liner and the end of the heat shield are co-mounted within the slot defined by the annular dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas John Bloom, Daniel Kirtley, Adam Robert Kahn
  • Publication number: 20180134170
    Abstract: A control system for controlling the supply of power from an energy storage system to a DC bus of a vehicle propulsion system is disclosed herein. The control system includes a controller programmed to monitor real-time operating parameters of a plurality of energy storage units of the energy storage system, access degradation models for the plurality of energy storage units, and optimize usage of the plurality of energy storage units during real-time operation of the vehicle propulsion system based on the degradation models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhi Zhou, Robert Dean King, Jian Zhou, Fengcheng Sun, Zhihao Zhihao
  • Publication number: 20180132822
    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: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: PHILIP STANKARD, ROBERT ANDREW MEURER, MURIEL SHIELDS