Patents Assigned to General Electric Company
  • Patent number: 9843174
    Abstract: An interlocking system for a circuit breaker assembly including a circuit breaker having a plurality of contacts includes a racking screw coupled to the contacts that changes a position of the circuit breaker when engaged by a tool. The interlocking system also includes a front panel defining an opening through which the racking screw is accessible, an access door coupled to the front panel and configured to selectively cover the opening, and an access door stopper coupled to the front panel. The interlocking system also includes a trip assembly coupled to the access door stopper. Each of the access door, the access door stopper, and the trip assembly are moveable between a first position and a second position such that moving to the first position triggers delivery of a trip signal to the circuit breakers to open the plurality of contacts, and wherein, in the second position, the access door is fully open to enable access to the racking screw through the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Przemyslaw Eugeniusz Cieply, Ryszard Rzepecki, Andrew Matthew Candelora, Nagesh V. Tumu, Szymon Wasik, Alisha M. Davis
  • Patent number: 9843191
    Abstract: A power converter including a detection apparatus and method for detecting an islanding condition based on measurements of one or more currents and voltages within the power converter provided to a current regulator to generate a signal that is provided in a positive feedback loop and is indicative of an islanding condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Smith, Maozhong Gong
  • Patent number: 9844136
    Abstract: A multilayer printed circuit board is provided. The multilayer printed circuit board includes a core, a first conductive layer coupled to the core, an insulating layer covering the first conductive layer, and a second conductive layer spaced from the first conductive layer by the insulating layer. The first conductive layer includes a first portion having a first thickness and a second portion having a second thickness greater than the first thickness. The second conductive layer is electrically coupled to the second portion of the first conductive layer by a conductive via extending through the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Roessler
  • Publication number: 20170353111
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an electronic drive circuit is disclosed. The electronic drive circuit includes an energy storage device and a first bridge circuit coupled to the energy storage device. The first bridge circuit includes at least one leg having two switches. The electronic drive circuit also includes a transformer. The transformer includes a first winding coupled to the first bridge circuit and a second winding coupled to the energy storage device through a center tap. The electronic drive circuit further includes a second bridge circuit coupled to the second winding of the transformer. The second bridge circuit includes a pair of switches operable to conduct in both directions and block voltage in both directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ahmed Elasser, Mohammed Agamy, Kum Kang Huh
  • Publication number: 20170347917
    Abstract: A newborn respiration monitoring system includes a flow sensor that measures a gas flow and a CO2 sensor that measures a CO2 within the breathing circuit for an infant. The system further includes a resuscitation module executable on a processor of a computing system to receive the flow measurement and the CO2 measurement and determine respiratory information for the infant. A digital display is communicatively connected to the computing system and displays the respiratory information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Mitchell Falk, Karen P. Starr, Sri Ramaprasad Prasad
  • Publication number: 20170347964
    Abstract: A cluster database includes existing ECG datasets organized into clusters, wherein each existing ECG dataset includes an existing ECG waveform with at least one corresponding existing feature and existing interpretation. Each cluster is comprised of existing ECG datasets having a common existing feature. The cluster training module is executable by the processor to receive a new ECG waveform and a feature extracted from the new ECG waveform. The cluster training module then selects a cluster interpretation module based on the feature, wherein the cluster interpretation module is trained on one of the clusters from the cluster database. The cluster training module processes the new ECG waveform and/or the feature to provide a cluster interpretation output. The cluster interpretation output is then displayed on the user interface, and the cluster training module receives clinician input via the user interface accepting or rejecting the cluster interpretation output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Joel Qiuzhen Xue
  • Publication number: 20170350191
    Abstract: A system for steering a drilling device comprising a drill pipe, is provided therein, the system comprising: a hoop sleeved on the drill pipe of the drilling device and having an outer diameter substantially equal to an inner diameter of a hole to be drilled; and a steering driving mechanism provided between the hoop and the drill pipe, for controlling a radial displacement of the drill pipe relative to a center axis of the hole to be drilled while drilling. The steering driving mechanism comprises one or more sub-mechanisms for connecting the hoop and the drill pipe and driving the drill pipe to move inside the hole, wherein each of the sub-mechanisms comprises an actuator adjustable in length, and a link element with one end rotatably coupled to the actuator and the other end rotatably coupled to hoop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhiguo REN, Xu FU
  • Publication number: 20170347960
    Abstract: A mobile newborn care bed is configured to be positioned at a delivery location of an infant includes a bassinet containing a mattress for receiving the infant and a frame that supports the bassinet. At least two capacitive sensors are incorporated in the mattress that record cardiac signals, and an on-bed computing system is configured to receive the cardiac signals and determine a heart rate for the infant. A battery supported by the frame powers the on-bed computing system, and a digital display is communicatively connected to the on-bed computing system and displays the heart rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Mitchell Falk, Karen P. Starr, Matthew L. Riesser
  • Patent number: 9838525
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium having code stored thereon, the code includes instructions to receive an indication to communicatively couple a utility meter to an auxiliary device via a mobile electronic device, and capture a visual representation of a unique identifier of the utility meter via the mobile electronic device. The unique identifier includes an authentication mechanism configured to establish a first authentication and a second authentication of a user of the mobile electronic device. The code includes instructions to receive an acknowledgement to communicatively couple the mobile electronic device to the utility meter when the first authentication and the second authentication are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Lee Bietz, Jesus Acosta-Cazaubon, Christopher Hett
  • Patent number: 9834237
    Abstract: Systems and methods for examining a route inject one or more electrical examination signals into a conductive route from onboard a vehicle system traveling along the route, detect one or more electrical characteristics of the route based on the one or more electrical examination signals, apply a filter to the one or more electrical characteristics, and detect a break in conductivity of the route responsive to the one or more electrical characteristics decreasing by more than a designated drop threshold for a time period within a designated drop time period. Feature vectors may be determined for the electrical characteristics and compared to one or more patterns in order to distinguish between breaks in the conductivity of the route and other causes for changes in the electrical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yuri Alexeyevich Plotnikov, Brett Alexander Matthews, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Jeffrey Michael Fries, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Samhitha Palanganda Poonacha, Tannous Frangieh, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Brian Lee Staton, Timothy Robert Brown, Gregory Boverman, Majid Nayeri
  • Patent number: 9835380
    Abstract: A heat exchanger that includes an input cavity defined by inlet cavity walls; a heat exchanger portion in fluid communication with the input cavity and defined between a first side and a second side, and wherein a plurality of baffles are positioned within the heat exchanger portion; and an outlet cavity in fluid communication with the heat exchanger portion and defined by outlet cavity walls. The heat exchanger portion comprises: a plurality of first fluid paths defined between the baffles and extending from the input cavity to the outlet cavity, and a plurality of tubes extending through the heat exchanger portion from the first side to the second side. Each tube extends through the baffles so as to define a second fluid path through the heat exchanger portion. Heat exchanger systems are also generally provided, along with methods for cooling a hot fluid input with a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Kupiszewski, Jeffrey Douglas Rambo, James F. Bonar, Jared Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9837654
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an improved energy storage system. The energy storage system includes an energy storage device having positive and negative terminals, a battery management system configured to monitor and control the energy storage device, and a power connector configured to electrically couple the battery management system with the energy storage device. The power connector includes a housing and positive and negative bus bars, each containing a positive and negative interface pin, respectively. The interface pins are operatively coupled to the positive and negative terminals of the energy storage device to form a power connection. The housing contains separate, opposing side walls defining an open passageway therebetween. Thus, the open passageway provides air cooling across the power connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Michael Stanley Zanoni
  • Patent number: 9836862
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for boosting the contrast levels in an image reconstructed from projection data acquired at a single energy. In one embodiment, a method comprises modifying projection data corresponding to a material based on an absorption behavior of the material at a selected energy, wherein the projection data is acquired at an energy higher than the selected energy. In this way, contrast levels may be enhanced in an image reconstructed from projection data acquired at a typical single energy as though the image were reconstructed from projection data acquired at a lower energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian Edward Nett, Hewei Gao, Paavana Sainath
  • Patent number: 9835440
    Abstract: Methods for monitoring a components include locating a plurality of naturally occurring surface features on the component, locating at least one reference point, measuring a plurality of first distances between the plurality of naturally occurring surface features and the at least one reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Lee Hovis, Jason Lee Burnside, William Farris Ranson
  • Patent number: 9838442
    Abstract: A collaboration system may include a first computing device that may communicate with at least one other computing device via a computing network. The computing network may communicatively couple to a number of computing devices and the first computing device may receive inspection data acquired by one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) devices. After receiving the inspection data, the first computing device may determine at least one of a workflow for analyzing the inspection data based on the inspection data, a layout configured to display the inspection data, or a set of tools configured to analyze the inspection data. The first computing device may then implement the workflow, display the inspection data according to the layout, and/or display the set of tools. The workflow may include one or more processes that may be used to analyze the inspection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Charles Burton Theurer, Robert Carroll Ward, Susan Montagna, Scott Leo Sbihli
  • Patent number: 9837923
    Abstract: A power converter for a power system includes an input ceramic layer, an output ceramic layer, an input stage coupled to the input ceramic layer, an output stage coupled to the output ceramic layer, and a planar transformer coupled between said input stage and said output stage. The input receives a power input and the output stage generates a power output at least partially as a function of the power input. The planar transformer includes an input winding coupled to the input stage and an output winding coupled to the output stage. The input winding has a plurality of input turns and the output winding has a plurality of output turns. The input turns interleave the output turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju, Mark Edward Dame, Nathaniel Benedict Hawes
  • Patent number: 9835087
    Abstract: A turbine bucket includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, a root portion, and a tip portion. The turbine bucket also includes one or more cooling passages extending through a body of the turbine bucket from an inlet to an outlet. The cooling passages are configured to route a cooling flow of fluid through the turbine bucket. The turbine bucket further includes a plenum defined within the tip portion to receive the fluid from the outlet of the cooling passages for expulsion of the cooling flow of fluid into a main flow path via at least one outlet hole proximate the trailing edge of the turbine bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Stephen Paul Wassynger
  • Patent number: 9834098
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a multi-channel DC bus assembly comprising a first channel and a second channel, a first electromechanical device coupled to a positive DC link of the first channel, and a second electromechanical device coupled to a positive DC link of the second channel. A first DC-to-AC voltage inverter is coupled to the positive DC link of the first channel and a second DC-to-AC voltage inverter is coupled to the positive DC link of the second channel. The apparatus further includes a bi-directional voltage modification assembly coupled to the positive DC link of the second channel and a first energy storage system electrically coupled to the first electromechanical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Zhihao Li
  • Patent number: 9835568
    Abstract: A method for correction of thermal defects using tomographic scanning for additive manufacturing is provided. The method may include forming a portion of an object using an additive manufacturing system based on an intended three-dimensional (3D) model of the object that is in an additive manufacturing system format. The portion of the object is scanned using a tomographic scanner to obtain a model of the portion of the object in a tomographic scanner format. The model is converted from the tomographic scanner format into the additive manufacturing system format to obtain a converted tomographic model; and the converted tomographic model is compared to the intended 3D model to identify a defect in the portion of the object. A modified 3D model may be generated of the object correcting the intended 3D model to address the defect of the portion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Charles Woods, Tiffany Muller Craft, Kassy Moy Hart
  • Patent number: 9835037
    Abstract: An actuation assembly for a variable pitch fan for a gas turbine engine is provided. The actuation assembly generally includes a plurality of fan blades, a scheduling ring, and a plurality of linkage arms. The plurality of fan blades are rotatably coupled to a disk and extend radially therefrom. The scheduling ring is rotatable relative to the disk and has a plurality of slots. Each of the plurality of linkage arms are operatively coupled to one of the plurality of fan blades and to one of the plurality of slots. Each of the plurality of fan blades rotate according to a blade pitch schedule defined by the slot to which it is operatively coupled, and at least two of the plurality of slots define different blade pitch schedules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General electric Company
    Inventors: Trevor Goerig, Darek Tomasz Zatorski, Tsuguji Nakano, Patrick John Lonneman