General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 9949715
    Abstract: Systems and method for ultrasound probe guidance are provided. One system includes a probe guide with a body having at least one engagement portion for coupling an ultrasound probe to the body. The system also includes at least one sensor configured to communicate with an ultrasound imaging system, wherein the at least one sensor coupled to the body and configured to determine at least one of a spatial position, an orientation, a probe head movement speed, a temperature, a scan speed of the body relative to an object being scanned, or a contact pressure relative to the body and the object being scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Xiaolei Shi
  • Patent number: 9949650
    Abstract: Approaches for assessing hemodynamic characteristics for an organ of interest are related. In one implementation, a fluid dynamics model may be provided with data derived from an anatomic imaging modality and blood flow information derived by ultrasound to derive the desired hemodynamic characteristics. In one such implementation, a fractional flow reserve is estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter Michael Edic, Robert Franklin Senzig, Kai Erik Thomenius, Steven James Gray, David Allen Langan, Prem Venugopal, Jeffrey Brian Fowlkes
  • Patent number: 9949718
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling communication of data in an ultrasound system are provided. One method includes receiving ultrasound data from a plurality of channels of an ultrasound probe in an ultrasound system and digitally demodulating the received ultrasound data such that a data transfer rate of the digitally demodulated ultrasound data is lower than a data transfer rate of the received ultrasound data before digital demodulation. The method further includes processing the digitally demodulated ultrasound data, wherein the processing is performed using a processor of the ultrasound system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alexander Sokulin, Kjell Kristoffersen, Arcady Kempinski, Shabtay Eliad
  • Patent number: 9950758
    Abstract: A system includes a docking guide comprising a first alignment guide configured to couple with a first mobile unit that supports a turbine engine and a second alignment guide configured to couple with a second mobile unit that supports a generator. The first and second alignment guides are configured to guide a coupling between the first and second mobile units to help align the turbine engine with the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raymond Ka Lok Fong, Robert Allen Baten
  • Patent number: 9951379
    Abstract: Provided herein are nucleic acid synthesis methods and agents that employ an endonuclease for example, endonuclease V, to introduce a nick into a target DNA including one or more inosine, and uses a DNA polymerase to generate amplicons of the target DNA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Richard Nelson, Robert Scott Duthie, Carl Williams Fuller, Gregory Andrew Grossmann, Anuradha Sekher
  • Patent number: 9950321
    Abstract: A substrate for positioning a separation membrane and a collection membrane for separating and collecting plasma is disclosed. The substrate includes an inner flexure disposed proximate to a first peripheral portion of the substrate and an outer flexure disposed surrounding at least a portion of the inner flexure. The inner flexure is formed from a plurality of first slots in the substrate and the outer flexure is formed from a plurality of second slots in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Weston Blaine Griffin, Erin Jean Finehout, Ying Mao
  • Patent number: 9949719
    Abstract: An ultrasound scan probe and support mechanism are provided for use in a multi-modality mammography imaging system, such as a combined tomosynthesis and ultrasound imaging system. In one embodiment, the ultrasound components may be positioned and configured so as not to interfere with the tomosynthesis imaging operation, such as to remain out of the X-ray beam path. Further, the ultrasound probe and associated components may be configured to as to move and scan the breast tissue under compression, such as under the compression provided by one or more paddles used in the tomosynthesis imaging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhipeng Zhang, Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg Davis, Weston Blaine Griffin, Ying Mao
  • Patent number: 9950358
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a ceramic core comprising predominantly mullite, which is derived from a precursor comprising alumina particles and siloxane binders. Free silica is present in the ceramic body, but is largely unavailable for reaction with metal alloys used in investment casting. Methods of making cast metal articles are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xi Yang, John Thomas Leman, Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Tao Li, John Pollinger
  • Patent number: 9950722
    Abstract: A system includes a first controller, a data acquisition device, a friction modification unit, and a friction management controller. The first controller is configured to obtain an operational setting for a vehicle, and to output a first signal relating to the operational setting for controlling the vehicle. The data acquisition device is configured to obtain operational data of the vehicle as the vehicle travels, and to provide the operational data to the first controller. The first controller is configured to obtain a difference between the operational data and the operational setting, and to adjust the first signal based on the difference. The friction modification unit is configured to modify a friction characteristic of a surface of the route. The friction management controller is configured to direct the friction modification unit to modify the friction characteristic of the surface of the route based on the operational setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, David Eldredge, Daniel Ballesty, Jared Klineman Cooper, Christopher Roney, Paul Houpt, Stephen Mathe, Paul Julich, Jeffrey Kisak, Glenn Shaffer, Scott Nelson, Wolfgang Daum
  • Patent number: 9950277
    Abstract: A parallel assembly (2; 11; 51) of chromatography column modules (3a,b,c; 13a,b,c; 53a,b,c, 90a, b), the assembly having one common assembly inlet (15; 55) and one common assembly outlet (17; 57), each column module comprising a bed space (29) filled with chromatography medium and each column module comprises integrated fluid conduits which when the column module is connected with other column modules are adapted to connect the bed space (29) of the column module with the assembly inlet (15; 55) and the assembly outlet (17; 57), wherein the total length and/or volume of the fluid conduit from the assembly inlet to one bed space together with the length and/or volume of the fluid conduit from the same bed space to the assembly outlet is substantially the same for all bed spaces and modules installed in the parallel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIOPROCESS R&D AB
    Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
  • Patent number: 9951011
    Abstract: The present invention concerns in vivo imaging and in particular in vivo imaging of translocator protein (TSPO, formerly known as the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor). An indole-based in vivo imaging agent is provided that overcomes problems relating to known TSPO-binding radiotracers. The present invention also provides a precursor compound useful in the synthesis of the in vivo imaging agent of the invention, as well as a method for synthesis of said precursor compound. Other aspects of the invention include a method for the synthesis of the in vivo imaging agent of the invention comprising use of the precursor compound of the invention, a kit for carrying out said method, and a cassette for carrying out an automated version of said method. In addition, the invention provides a radiopharmaceutical composition comprising the in vivo imaging agent of the invention, as well as methods for the use of said in vivo imaging agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: William John Trigg, Paul Alexander Jones
  • Patent number: 9952117
    Abstract: Methods for determining strain on turbine components include providing a turbine component comprising a plurality of strain sensor reference features disposed along the turbine component separated from one another by a plurality of first distances at a first time, reading the plurality of strain sensor reference features at a second time to determine a plurality of second distances between the plurality of strain sensor reference features, and comparing the plurality of second distances to the plurality of first distances to determine a plurality of non-linear strain measurements between the plurality of strain sensor reference features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Lee Hovis, John David Ward, Jr., William Farris Ranson
  • Patent number: 9951701
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for estimating fresh intake air flow. In one example, a system comprises an engine having an intake manifold to receive fresh intake air and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system to supply EGR to the intake manifold, where flow of EGR through the EGR system is controlled by one or more exhaust valves. The system further includes a controller configured to adjust a position of the one or more exhaust valves based on an estimated fresh intake air flow rate, where during a first set of operating conditions, the fresh intake air flow rate is estimated based on a total gas flow rate into the engine and further based on a current position of the one or more exhaust valves, intake manifold pressure, air-fuel ratio, and fuel flow to one or more cylinders of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Luke Michael Henry, James Robert Mischler, David Zielinski, Samuel Lyle Hazen, Ralph Wheeland
  • Patent number: 9951647
    Abstract: A system for in situ cleaning of internal components of a gas turbine engine may generally include a plug assembly defining a fluid passageway that is configured to be installed within an access port of the engine such that the fluid passageway defines a flow path between inner and outer casings of the engine. The plug assembly may include an inner sleeve at least partially defining the fluid passageway and an outer sleeve configured to receive a portion of the inner sleeve. The system may also include a fluid conduit configured to be coupled between a fluid source positioned external to the gas turbine engine and an inlet end of the plug assembly for supplying a cleaning fluid to the plug assembly. The cleaning fluid may be directed through the fluid passageway and may then be expelled from the plug assembly into the interior of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Lloyd Eric Rawson
  • Patent number: 9951750
    Abstract: A rotor blade may generally include a shell forming an outer skin of the blade, with the shell defining a chordwise curvature. The rotor blade may also include a spar cap extending within the shell along a spanwise direction of the blade. The spar cap may be formed from an assembly of pre-cured laminate plates. In addition, the rotor blade may include an interior shelf positioned directly between the shell and the spar cap. The interior shelf may include an outer surface extending adjacent to the shell and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The outer surface may define a curved profile generally corresponding to a portion of the chordwise curvature of the shell and the inner surface may define a planar surface along which the spar cap extends in a chordwise direction of the blade. The interior shelf may correspond to a pre-fabricated insert for the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum
  • Patent number: 9951693
    Abstract: A fuel supply system for a gas turbine combustor includes a fuel distribution manifold. A first fuel circuit extends from the fuel distribution manifold in a first circumferential direction around an outer surface of the outer casing and provides for fluid communication from the fuel distribution manifold, through the outer casing and to at least one fuel injector disposed within the outer casing. A second fuel circuit extends from the fuel distribution manifold in a second circumferential direction around the outer surface of the outer casing. The second fuel circuit provides for fluid communication from the fuel distribution manifold, through the outer casing and to at least one fuel injector within the outer casing. In particular configurations, the fuel supply system includes a shield that surrounds at least a portion of the outer casing and at least partially encases the first fuel circuit and the second fuel circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Nazar Ahmed Elwasila, Robert Joseph Rohrssen, Ronnie Ray Pentecost, Lucas John Stoia
  • Patent number: 9951767
    Abstract: A vibrational fluid mover includes a housing having at least one actuator element positioned thereon that vibrates responsive to a wave shape voltage applied thereto, such that a volume of a chamber in the housing increases and decreases to entrain and eject fluid into/out from the chamber. A control system is operably connected to the actuator element to cause the voltage to be provided thereto so as to actively control the movement of the actuator element. The control system is programmed to set a baseline value for an operational parameter of the vibrational fluid mover generated responsive to a target voltage and frequency being provided, monitor operation of the vibrational fluid mover during operation at the target voltage and frequency, identify a deviation of the operational parameter from the baseline value, and modify the voltage and frequency provided to the actuator element based on any deviation of the operational parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gamal Refai-Ahmed, John Anthony Vogel, Christian M. Giovanniello
  • Patent number: 9951956
    Abstract: A fuel nozzle assembly includes a premix chamber, an air flow divider extending radially and axially within the premix chamber between an inner wall and an outer wall and a plurality of guide vanes disposed within the premix chamber. One or more of the guide vanes includes a fuel port in fluid communication with the flow divider. The fuel nozzle assembly further includes a premix plate that extends radially between the inner and outer walls and circumferentially between first and second side walls downstream from the fuel ports. The premix plate includes an upstream side axially spaced from a downstream side and a plurality of passages that provide for fluid flow from the premix chamber through the premix plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Almaz Kamilevich Valeev
  • Patent number: 9951815
    Abstract: A pitch bearing assembly for a wind turbine may include an outer race and an inner race rotatable relative to the outer race. The inner race may define an inner circumference and may include a plurality of gear teeth around the inner circumference. The inner race may also include a circumferential flange extending at least partially around the inner circumference. In addition, the pitch bearing assembly may include a stiffener coupled to the circumferential flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Adam Daniel Minadeo, William Francis Gevers, Robert Davis Pine, Andreas Schubert
  • Patent number: 9951703
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for identifying cylinder misfire. In one example, cylinder misfire may be identified based on a misfire monitor that differentiates a single-cylinder misfire event from a multi-cylinder misfire event based on output from a crankshaft speed sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Habeeb Khan Pathan, Paul Lloyd Flynn, Pritamkumar Gangwal, James Robert Schreiner, Bhanuprakash Haranahalli Panchakshari, Aninda Bhattacharya, Ganesasubramanian Murugesan, Milan Palinda Karunaratne, Daniel Cullen
  • Patent number: 9951798
    Abstract: A control device includes a valve, having a body connected to the first chamber of a cylinder via a first hydraulic connection and to the second chamber of the cylinder via a second hydraulic connection. The control device includes a first hydraulic duct connected to a first actuating-fluid source, and a second hydraulic duct connected to a second actuating-fluid source. The hydraulic ducts communicate with the body of the valve. The valve further includes a distribution device that is movable within the body of the valve, between a first position, in which the distribution device places the first hydraulic connection and the first hydraulic duct in fluid communication, and a second position, in which the distribution device places the second hydraulic connection and the second hydraulic duct in fluid communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE Renewable Technologies
    Inventor: Armin Steinhilber
  • Patent number: 9951938
    Abstract: A light emitting apparatus comprising an at least substantially omnidirectional light assembly including an LED-based light source within a light-transmissive envelope. Electronics configured to drive the LED-based light source, the electronics being disposed within a base having a blocking angle no larger than 45°. A plurality of heat dissipation elements (such as fins) in thermal communication with the base and extending adjacent the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Dudik, Joshua I. Rintamaki, Gary R. Allen, Glenn H. Kuenzler
  • Patent number: 9951658
    Abstract: A system includes an oxidant compressor and a gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine includes a combustor section having a turbine combustor, a turbine driven by combustion products from the turbine combustor, and an exhaust gas compressor driven by the turbine. The exhaust gas compressor is configured to compress and route an exhaust flow to the turbine combustor and the oxidant compressor is configured to compress and route an oxidant flow to the turbine combustor. The gas turbine engine also includes an inlet oxidant heating system configured to route at least one of a first portion of the combustion products, or a second portion of the exhaust flow, or any combination thereof, to an inlet of the oxidant compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Vahid Vaezi, Franklin F. Mittricker, Richard A. Huntington
  • Patent number: 9951790
    Abstract: An article of manufacture having a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z set forth in a scalable TABLE 1, wherein the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances by multiplying the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z by a number, and wherein X and Y are coordinates which, when connected by continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each Z height, the airfoil profile sections at each Z height being joined with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lakshmanan Valliappan, Sharan Shanti, Penchala Kumar Mittadodla
  • Patent number: 9951979
    Abstract: Electrical energy storage and discharge system for storing electrical energy as thermal energy includes a heat pump cycle with first working fluid, a water steam cycle with second working fluid, a first thermal storage system with first thermal fluid, a second thermal storage system with second thermal fluid, an electrical heater member and a power regulating member, fluidly connected to each other. The system includes fluidly connected first cold and hot storage tanks, and the system includes fluidly connected second cold and hot storage tanks. The electrical heater is operably connected to the system between the tanks. The power regulating member is electrically connected to one or more electrical sources to regulate excess electrical energy, partially, to the electrical heater, and partially, to the heat pump cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Vipluv Aga, Enrico Conte
  • Patent number: 9951751
    Abstract: A blade segment for a wind turbine rotor blade may generally include a body shell terminating at a joint end. The body shell may include a pressure side and a suction side extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge. The blade segment may also include a plurality of pressure side tubes extending adjacent to the pressure side of the body shell and a plurality of suction side tubes extending adjacent to the suction side of the body shell, with the plurality of pressure side tubes being spaced apart from the plurality of suction side tubes along a flapwise direction of the rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron A. Yarbrough, Christopher Daniel Caruso
  • Patent number: 9951893
    Abstract: A flexible pipe comprising a tubular layer comprising a polymer that is crosslinked to a greater degree at an outer region of the tubular layer than at an inner region of the tubular layer, wherein the outer region is defined by the outer surface of the tubular layer to a depth of 5% of the total thickness of the tubular layer and the inner region is defined by the inner surface of the tubular layer to a depth of 5% of the total thickness of the tubular layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Laycock, James Latto
  • Patent number: 9951779
    Abstract: A subsea boosting module for use with an alternating current (AC) power system includes a housing defining at least one interior chamber. A fluid pump is disposed within the interior chamber. An electric motor is disposed within the interior chamber and drivingly coupled to the fluid pump. A plurality of power components is disposed within the interior chamber to deliver power to the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Simon Herbert Schramm, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Christof Martin Sihler, Svend Erik Rocke, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Patent number: 9952164
    Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments contemplate systems and methods that compensate for the limited dynamic range of certain X-Ray detector systems, such as CAT-Scan detector systems. In some embodiments, the system alternates between different photon emission flux values and then gives more consideration to an attenuation value associated with a more favorable detection flux. In this manner, different object densities may be accounted for and may be more properly imaged despite the particular characteristics of the X-Ray system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Uwe Wiedmann, Daniel David Harrison
  • Patent number: 9951754
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for assembling a tower section of a lattice tower structure for a wind turbine on a tower assembly fixture may generally include installing a first trolley onto a first fixture arm of the fixture and installing a second trolley onto a second fixture arm of the fixture. In addition, the method may include securing a first support leg of the tower section to the first trolley, securing a second support leg of the tower section to the second trolley and coupling at least one secondary support member between the first and seconds support legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Don Conrad Johnson, Cyler Barclay Beard, Todd D. Andersen, David D. Oliphant, Caroline Christine Williams, Jose Luis Virgen
  • Patent number: 9951943
    Abstract: The erosion-prone sections of the tubes in a circulating fluidized bed boiler are provided with a locally thickened sidewall without forming discontinuities on the outer surface of the tubes. This can be accomplished, for example, by replacing the erosion prone portion of the tube with a section having a smaller inside diameter, but the same outside diameter, or by replacing the erosion prone portion of the tube with a section having a thicker sidewall, but the same inside diameter, and smoothing over the outside discontinuity with an alloy coating. A useful alloy coating is also disclosed which can be used for this and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Walter Seitz
  • Patent number: 9953408
    Abstract: Methods for monitoring components are provided. A component has an exterior surface. A method includes locating a centroid of a reference feature configured on the component, and measuring a first value of a characteristic of the reference feature relative to the centroid at a first time. The method further includes measuring a second value of the characteristic relative to the centroid at a second time after the first time, and comparing the first value and the second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Lee Burnside, Gregory Lee Hovis, William F. Ranson, Robert William Davidoff
  • Patent number: 9953133
    Abstract: Identification of regions-of-interest within cell maps is disclosed. In certain embodiments, identification of the regions-of interest is based on the use of a plurality of biomarkers, which may be used to generate a multiplexed image of a tissue sample. Based on the identified regions, cells may be extracted and localized sequence data may be generated specific to the regions-of-interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brion Daryl Sarachan, John Frederick Graf
  • Patent number: 9952340
    Abstract: A workflow is presented that facilitates defining geocontextual information as a set of rules for multiple seismic attributes. Modeling algorithms may be employed that facilitate analysis of multiple seismic attributes to find candidate regions that are most likely to satisfy the set of rules. These candidates may then be sorted based on how well they represent the geocontextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH UPSTREAM
    Inventors: Erhan Bas, Gianni Matteucci, Ali Can, Jens Rittscher, Weina Ge, Kelly E. Wrobel, Matthias G. Imhof, Leslie A. Wahrmund, Antonio Rafael da Costa Paiva
  • Patent number: 9953397
    Abstract: A method implemented using at least one processor includes receiving a target image and a reference image. The target image is a distorted magnetic resonance image and the reference image is an undistorted magnetic resonance image. The method further includes selecting an image registration method for registering the target image to the reference image, wherein the image registration method uses an image transformation. The method further includes performing image registration of the target image with the reference image, wherein the image registration provides a plurality of optimized parameters of the image transformation. The method also includes generating a corrected image based on the target image and the plurality of optimized parameters of the image transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ek Tsoon Tan, Xiaofeng Liu, Dan Xu
  • Patent number: 9951811
    Abstract: A bearing includes a bearing pad for supporting a rotary component and a housing attached to or formed integrally with the bearing pad. The housing includes a flexible column extending towards the bearing pad for providing the bearing pad with an airflow. The column supports the bearing pad from a location inward of an outer periphery of the bearing pad along an axial direction of the bearing. With such a configuration, a resistance of the bearing pad along a radial direction of the bearing is less at the outer periphery than a resistance of the bearing pad along the radial direction proximate the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Tyler Mook, Bugra Han Ertas, Jason Joseph Bellardi
  • Patent number: 9952419
    Abstract: The subject matter of the present disclosure generally relates to objective lens changers for optical instruments. In one embodiment, an objective lens changer includes an objective lens carrier moveably attached to a changer frame by a mechanical link arrangement. The objective lens carrier includes two or more objective lens positions. The mechanical link arrangement includes a first link section to provide translation of the objective lens carrier between the objective lens positions and a second link section arranged to control an alignment of the objective lens position with respect to the optical axis of the optical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventor: David Andrew Stewart
  • Patent number: 9953472
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the subject matter described herein, a system is provided that includes a vehicle that is operating in accordance with the operational settings of a trip plan. The operational settings dictate how the vehicle system is to travel at different locations along the route. A processor of the system may identify differences between the operational settings of the trip plan and the operational settings at which the vehicle actually travels. The processor may further identify whether the differences are caused by a grade error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dibyajyoti Pati, Ashish Anil Paralikar, Mohankumar Nanjegowda, Prakarsh Paritosh
  • Patent number: 9953797
    Abstract: A flat emitter configured for use in an X-ray tube is presented. The X-ray tube includes a first conductive section including a first terminal. Further, the X-ray tube includes a second conductive section including a second terminal. Also, the X-ray tube includes a third conductive section disposed between the first conductive section and the second conductive section, wherein the third conductive section is configured to emit electrons toward a determined focal spot, and wherein the third conductive section includes a plurality of slits subdividing the third conductive section into a winding track coupled to the first conductive section and the second conductive section, wherein at least two of the plurality of slits are interwound spirally to compose the winding track, and wherein the winding track is configured to expand and contract based on heat provided to the third conductive section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xi Zhang, Mark Alan Frontera, Sergio Lemaitre, John Scott Price, Uwe Wiedmann
  • Patent number: 9953440
    Abstract: The present approaches relate to frequency-split iterative reconstruction approaches. In some embodiment, such approaches provide for the combination of the low frequency components of an analytical reconstruction (e.g., a filtered back projection) and the high frequency components of an iterative reconstruction. In certain embodiments, frequency-split iterative reconstruction is used for generating region of interest images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lin Fu, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard DeMan, Jed Douglas Pack
  • Patent number: 9953917
    Abstract: An electronics package includes an insulating substrate, a semiconductor device having a top surface coupled to a first side of the insulating substrate, and a pass-through structure coupled to the first side of the insulating substrate. The pass-through structure includes an insulating core, a resistor disposed proximate a top surface of the insulating core, and at least one through-hole structure forming at least one conductive pathway through a thickness of the insulating core. A patterned metallization layer is formed on a second side of the insulating substrate. The patterned metallization layer is electrically coupled to at least one first conductive pad of the semiconductor device and electrically couples at least one second conductive pad of the semiconductor device to a through-hole structure of the at least one through-hole structure through the resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arun Virupaksha Gowda, Raymond Albert Fillion, Paul Alan McConnelee
  • Patent number: 9953910
    Abstract: An electronic component includes a base insulative layer having first and second surfaces; an electronic device having first and second surfaces; at least one I/O contact located on the first surface of the electronic device; an adhesive layer disposed between the first surface of the electronic device and the second surface of the base insulative layer; a first metal layer disposed on the I/O contact; and a removable layer disposed between the first surface of the electronic device and the second surface of the base insulative layer, and located adjacent to the first metal layer. The base insulative layer secures to the electronic device through the first metal layer and removable layer. The first metal layer and removable layer can release the base insulative layer from the electronic device when the first metal layer and removable layer are exposed to a temperature higher than their softening points or melting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Gerard Woychik, Raymond Albert Fillion
  • Patent number: 9953913
    Abstract: An electronics package includes an insulating substrate, a semiconductor device having a top surface coupled to a first side of the insulating substrate, and a pass-through component coupled to the first side of the insulating substrate. The pass-through component includes an insulating core and at least one through-hole structure comprising a conductive body extending through the thickness of the insulating core. A metallization layer is formed on a second side of the insulating substrate and extends through at least one via in the insulating substrate to electrically couple at least one conductive pad on the top surface of the semiconductor device to the at least one through-hole structure. An insulating material surrounds the semiconductor device and the insulating core of the pass-through component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arun Virupaksha Gowda, Raymond Albert Fillion, Paul Alan McConnelee
  • Patent number: 9951646
    Abstract: An on-line wash system for a compressor including: a nozzle including a flow passage for wash liquid, wherein the flow passage is configured to be coupled to a source of a wash liquid and includes a discharge outlet arranged to project the wash liquid into a stream of working fluid for the turbomachine; an electrode proximate to the flow passage of the nozzle, wherein the electrode is configured to form an electrical field sufficient to charge the wash liquid flowing through the passage and the charge applied to the wash liquid is of a first polarity, and a surface of the compressor charged with the first polarity, wherein the surface is exposed to the stream of working fluid and downstream of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Doug Scott Byrd, Gilbert Otto Kraemer, Hua Zhang, Jianmin Zhang, Valery Ivanovich Ponyavin
  • Patent number: 9954366
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention include a system including: at least one computing device operably connected with a location on a power grid, the at least one computing device configured to control a power factor at the location on the power grid by performing actions including: determining a phase angle at the location on the power grid in degrees; converting the phase angle to radians from degrees; determining a reactive power exported at the location on the power grid based upon the phase angle in radians and an exported mega-watt measurement at the location on the power grid; and determining the power factor at the location on the power grid based upon the phase angle in radians and the reactive power exported at the location on the power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Amit Mehta, Guy Lamarque
  • Patent number: 9954132
    Abstract: A radiation detector is provided including a cathode, an anode, and a semiconductor wafer. The semiconductor wafer has opposed first and second surfaces. The cathode is mounted to the first surface, and the anode is mounted to the second surface. The semiconductor wafer is configured to be biased by a voltage between the cathode and the anode to generate an electrical field in the semiconductor wafer and to generate electrical signals responsive to absorbed radiation. The electrical field has an intensity having at least one local maximum disposed proximate to a corresponding at least one of the first surface or second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arie Shahar, Yaron Glazer, Jeffrey Levy, Avishai Ofan, Rotem Har-Lavan
  • Patent number: 9954263
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) microelectromechanical system (MEMS) package includes a first mounting substrate, a signal line formed on a top surface of the first mounting substrate, the signal line comprising a MEMS device selectively electrically coupling a first portion of the signal line to a second portion of the signal line, and a ground assembly coupled to the first mounting substrate. The ground assembly includes a second mounting substrate, a ground plane formed on a bottom surface of the second mounting substrate, and at least one electrical interconnect extending through a thickness of the second mounting substrate to contact the ground plane, wherein the ground plane is spaced apart from the signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yongjae Lee, Joseph Alfred Iannotti, Christopher Fred Keimel, Christopher James Kapusta
  • Patent number: 9954358
    Abstract: The control circuit includes first and second primary terminals for connection to a DC network, a secondary terminal connected in series between the first and second primary terminals and at least one auxiliary energy conversion element and an auxiliary terminal. The first and second primary terminals have a plurality of modules and a plurality of primary energy conversion elements connected in series therebetween to define a current transmission path, each module including at least one energy storage device, each energy storage device being selectively removable from the current transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Nnamdi Okaeme, David Reginald Trainer, Colin Charnock Davidson
  • Patent number: 9954145
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for emitting white light including a semiconductor light source emitting radiation with a peak emission between from about 250 nm to about 500 nm and a first phosphor having a peak emission between about 550 and 615 nm, wherein an overall emission spectrum of the lighting apparatus has a depression between about 550 and 615 nm, whereby the red-green color contrast is increased versus a reference illuminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Emil Vergilov Radkov, Ilona Elisabeth Hausmann, Derek Allen Publicover
  • Patent number: D816089
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Erik Kemper, Min Ouyang