General Electric Patent Applications

Patents granted to General Electric by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180330856
    Abstract: There is set forth herein a superconducting lead assembly comprising: a positive superconducting wire; a negative superconducting wire, wherein the positive superconducting wire is configured to conduct inflow current to a cryogenic apparatus and wherein the negative superconducting wire is configured to conduct outflow current away from the cryogenic apparatus; and an electrically insulating separator, wherein the positive superconducting wire and the negative superconducting wire are arranged proximately one another and on opposite sides of the electrically insulating separator for cancellation of electromagnetic forces attributable to current flowing simultaneously in opposite directions within the positive superconducting wire and the negative superconducting wire, and wherein a length of the superconducting lead assembly is flexible. In one embodiment the positive superconducting wire and the negative superconducting wire can include high temperature superconducting (HTS) material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Susumu MINE, Anbo WU, Minfeng XU
  • Publication number: 20180328588
    Abstract: A fuel injector is provided for the radial introduction of a liquid fuel/air mixture to a combustor. The fuel injector includes a body having a frame that defines an inlet portion and an outlet member that defines an outlet portion. A fuel plenum is defined within the outlet member, and a fuel injection port, which communicates with the fuel plenum, is defined through the outlet member. A fuel supply conduit, fixed to the body, communicates between a source of liquid fuel and the fuel injection port, via the fuel plenum. Alternately, the fuel injector may include a swirl-inducing device mounted to the outlet member in communication with the fuel injection port, and a fuel supply conduit fixed to the swirl-inducing device. In this embodiment, the fuel supply conduit communicates between the fuel injection port and a source of a liquid fuel and water mixture, via the swirl-inducing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Donald Timothy Lemon, Gilbert Otto Kraemer, Wei Chen, Marcus Byron Huffman, Ronnie Ray Pentecost
  • Publication number: 20180328817
    Abstract: A system for controlling an operation of a combustor in a gas turbine that includes: an acoustic sensor configured to periodically measure a pressure of the combustor and generate a raw data stream having the pressure data points resulting from the periodic measurements; and a blowout detection unit configured to receive the raw data stream from the acoustic sensor. The blowout detection unit may include a processor and a machine-readable storage medium on which is stored instructions that cause the processor to execute a procedure related to a detection of a blowout precursor. The procedure may include an ensemble approach in which the detection of the blowout precursor depends upon a outcomes generated respectively by separate detection analytics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter Frank Andrews, Paul Oliver Caffrey, Robert Daniel Reviere
  • Publication number: 20180328891
    Abstract: A method includes emitting an ultrasonic signal into a test specimen from a transducer, receiving a first reflected ultrasonic signal from the test specimen, wherein the first reflected ultrasonic signal is reflected from a feature in the test specimen and the first reflected ultrasonic signal is internally reflected within the test specimen three times prior to being received, and determining a threshold depth of the feature in the test specimen based on receiving the first reflected ultrasonic signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jochen Uwe Giese, Andrew Robinson, Markus Holger Blust, Christian Alexander Goldmann
  • Publication number: 20180329045
    Abstract: There is set forth herein an ultrasound signal generating circuit having a control circuit which can include a control circuit having a control signal generating circuit; a low power signal driver circuit for providing a low power ultrasound signal; a high power signal driver circuit for providing a high power ultrasound signal; and a radiofrequency switch configured to transmit the low power ultrasound signal and the high power ultrasound signal to the ultrasound probe, wherein the radiofrequency switch isolates the low power signal driver circuit from the high power signal driver circuit; wherein the ultrasound signal generating circuit is configured so that the radiofrequency switch transmits an output low power ultrasound signal output by the low power signal driver circuit or an output high power ultrasound signal output by the high power signal driver circuit based on an output of the control signal generating circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Han Peng, John Glaser, Kieran Wall, Juan Sabate
  • Publication number: 20180328587
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes a frame and a pair of fuel injection bodies coupled to the frame. The frame has interior sides that define an opening for passage of a first fluid. Inlet flow paths for the first fluid are defined at least between the interior sides of the frame and the respective fuel injection bodies. Each fuel injection body defines a fuel plenum and includes at least one fuel injection surface that defines a plurality of fuel injection holes in communication with the fuel plenum. An outlet member is located downstream of, and in fluid communication, with the inlet flow paths. The outlet member is configured to produce discrete outlet flow paths exiting the outlet member via struts, flow diverters, and/or separate outlet members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sreenivasa Rao Gubba, Michael John Hughes, Krishna Kant Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20180327512
    Abstract: An Fc-binding polypeptide of improved alkali stability, comprising a mutant of an Fc-binding domain of Staphylococcus Protein A (SpA), as defined by SEQ ID NO: 1, SEQ ID NO: 2, SEQ ID NO:3, SEQ ID NO: 4, SEQ ID NO: 5, SEQ ID NO:6, SEQ ID NO:7, SEQ ID NO:8, SEQ ID NO 26 or SEQ ID NO 27, wherein at least the alanine residue at the position corresponding to position 42 in SEQ ID NO:4-7 has been mutated to arginine and/or wherein at least the aspartic acid residue at the position corresponding to position 37 in SEQ ID NO:4-7 has been mutated to glutamic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIOPROCESS R&D AB
    Inventors: Gustav Rodrigo, Tomas Bjorkman, Mats Ander
  • Publication number: 20180320476
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method of replacing valve operation methods during fracturing operations including installing a first operator on a first valve of a first fracturing tree. The method also includes installing a second operator on a second valve of a second fracturing tree, the second fracturing tree being adjacent the first fracturing tree. The method also includes removing the first operator from the first valve, the first valve maintaining a position on the first fracturing tree after the first operator is removed. The method further includes removing the second operator from the second valve, the second valve maintaining a position on the second fracturing tree after the second operator is removed. The method also includes installing the first operator on the second valve after the first operator is removed from the first valve and after the second operator is removed from the second valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Lloyd Cheatham, Keith Adams, Jonathan Powell, Timothy Fuller
  • Publication number: 20180320500
    Abstract: A passive multiphase separator is configured to separate gas from a two-phase fluid in a wellbore. The passive multiphase separator includes an intake tube that has an intake end, a discharge end and an interior section between the intake end and the discharge end. The interior section includes a rifled interior surface that induces rotation in fluids passing through the interior section. The passive multiphase separator further includes a head assembly connected to the discharge end of the intake tube. The head assembly includes a crossover tube extending into the interior section, one or more gas vents extending from an interior of the crossover tube to an exterior of the head assembly and a liquid discharge. The passive multiphase separator can be deployed in a variety of hydrocarbon recovery systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Ryan Williams
  • Publication number: 20180323450
    Abstract: A drive circuit comprising a DC bus configured to supply power to a load, a first fuel cell coupled to the DC bus and configured to provide a first power output to the DC bus, and a second fuel cell coupled to the DC bus and configured to provide a second power output to the DC bus supplemental to the first fuel cell. The drive circuit further includes an energy storage device coupled to the DC bus and configured to receive energy from the DC bus when a combined output of the first and second fuel cells is greater than a power demand from a load, and provide energy to the DC bus when the combined output of the first and second fuel cells is less than the power demand from the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Timothy Gerard Richter
  • Publication number: 20180320798
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a valve assembly including a supply housing with a first bore and an injectable housing coupled to the supply housing with a second bore. The valve assembly further includes a piston extending through at least a portion of the first and second bores, the piston being reciprocable axially along a longitudinal axis. The valve assembly also includes a first inlet at a first end of the supply housing for directing a working fluid toward a first end of the piston. The valve assembly includes a second inlet extending through the injectable housing toward a cavity that receives an injectable material. The valve assembly also includes a second outlet at a second end of the injectable housing that directs the injectable material out of the injectable housing as the piston moves axially along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Lloyd Cheatham, Keith Adams
  • Publication number: 20180323697
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of series connected switch modules each including at least two parallel connected electronic switches, the method includes the step of, in response to failure of any electronic switch of one or more switch modules, turning on any non-faulty electronic switch of one or more faulty switch modules when the electronic switches of other non-faculty switch modules are controlled to be turned on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhihui YUAN, Richard S. ZHANG, Stefan SCHROEDER, Yingqi ZHANG, Jie SHEN, Fan ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20180320556
    Abstract: A support assembly for supporting a gas turbine during a manufacturing configuration, a shipping configuration and an operating configuration. The support assembly includes a stand leg securable to a base, and the stand leg includes a turbine casing interface with a slot sized to receive a turbine casing pin. A support plate is attachable to the turbine casing interface. The support plate includes a closed pin aperture that is sized to fit over the turbine casing pin in the slot. The slot is a U-shaped slot in the turbine casing interface, and the U-shaped slot is open to receive the turbine casing pin from above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Likhith Reddy Asani, Dinesh Venugopal Setty, Jeffrey Patrick Mills, Nicholas Demianovich
  • Publication number: 20180321836
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dynamically grouping data analysis content derived from a plurality of sensors. In one embodiment, a plurality of sensors can be disposed on a plurality of machine trains or one or more components within the plurality of machine trains, each machine train including one or more machines configured to operate in an industrial environment. A communication circuit can be operatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and configured to communicate data measured by the plurality of sensors, and a graphical user interface (GUI) can be configured to generate one or more visualizations of the measured data. A processor can be configured to receive the measured data via the communication circuit, to generate a plurality of measurements based on the measured data, and to operatively control the GUI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jacqueline Marie Tappan, Ryan Gregory Roaldson
  • Publication number: 20180315183
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an amount of a contrast agent within an object is provided. The method includes obtaining contrast data from one or more images of an object via an imaging device. The contrast data corresponds to the contrast agent. The method further includes calculating a measured amount of the contrast agent for each of the one or more images by applying a kinetic model to the contrast data, and generating a predictive curve of the amount of the contrast agent via the kinetic model. The kinetic model generates the predictive curve based at least in part on the measured amount of the contrast agent for each of the one or more images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: PABLO MILIONI DE CARVALHO, ANN-KATHERINE CARTON, GIOVANNI PALMA, RAZVAN IORDACHE, SERGE MULLER
  • Publication number: 20180315285
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a patient includes recording physiological parameter data from the patient and detecting a first alarm event. A group alarm timer is activated based on an initiation time of the first alarm event, and one or more subsequent alarm events are detected while the group alarm timer is active. For each detected subsequent alarm event, a determination is made whether the respective subsequent alarm event is part of an incident group with the first alarm event. The group alarm timer is stopped at a termination time based on termination of all alarm events in the incident group. An incident group designator is generated identifying the incident group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian D. Janssen
  • Publication number: 20180314801
    Abstract: A healthcare resource tracking system includes an incident analysis module executable on a processor to receive alarm events detected by one or more patient monitoring systems, wherein each patient monitoring system obtains physiological signals from a different patient over a time period. The incident analysis module divides the alarm events for each patient into alarm incidents, wherein each alarm incident is either a single alarm event or is an incident group of two or more related alarm events for the patient. A clinician time usage is determined for each alarm incident, wherein the clinician time usage is an amount of time required of one or more clinicians to attend to the one or more alarm events in the alarm incident. A total time usage is calculated over the time period based on the clinician time usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian D. Janssen
  • Publication number: 20180313303
    Abstract: Various methods for controlling EGR rate are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises routing at least a portion of exhaust from a first exhaust manifold to an intake manifold, and not to atmosphere, the first exhaust manifold exclusively coupled to a first cylinder group. The method further includes routing exhaust from at least one additional exhaust manifold coupled to a corresponding at least one additional cylinder group to atmosphere, and during a first engine operating condition where an engine fuel demand is below a threshold demand, not injecting fuel to each of a subset of cylinders in the first cylinder group while injecting fuel to a subset of all cylinders coupled to the at least one additional exhaust manifold, where a number of cylinders of the subset of cylinders in the first cylinder group decreases in response to an increase in a target EGR rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Omowoleola Chukuwuemeka Akinyemi, Adam Klingbeil, Neil Xavier Blythe, Shawn Michael Gallagher, James Robert Mischler, Luke Henry, Jennifer Lynn Jackson
  • Publication number: 20180308262
    Abstract: A method for performing fault-tolerant reconstruction of an image of an object is provided. The method includes acquiring a dataset corresponding to the object via a plurality of sensors, and detecting anomalous data within the dataset based at least in part on a statistical difference between the anomalous data and reference data within the dataset. The anomalous data is acquired by at least a first sensor of the plurality, and the reference data is acquired by at least a second sensor of the plurality that neighbors the first sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: MICHEL SOUHEIL TOHME, FLORIBERTUS P. HEUKENSFELDT JANSEN, TIMOTHY WAYNE DELLER
  • Publication number: 20180304231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method to improve chromatography beads. More closely, the invention relates to a novel method for production of dextran-containing porous media and chromatography media produced with this method. In the method, the chromatography media is subjected to dextranase-treatment leading to improved pressure-flow properties of the media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Nils Norrman, Mattias Algotsson, Stefan D. Eriksson
  • Publication number: 20180306441
    Abstract: A method for operating a combustion chamber is provided. The method includes introducing a fuel into the combustion chamber via a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle having an associated stoichiometry for an output end of the nozzle. The method further includes measuring the stoichiometry of each nozzle via one or more sensors to obtain stoichiometric data, and determining that at least one of a frequency and an amplitude of spectral line fluctuations derived from the stoichiometric data has exceeded a threshold. The method further includes adjusting the stoichiometry of at least one of the nozzles based at least in part on the stoichiometric data so as to maintain a flame stability of the combustion chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: CARL BOZZUTO, CARL NEUSCHAEFER
  • Publication number: 20180303960
    Abstract: The present invention relates to in vivo imaging and in particular to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Provided by the present invention is a pharmaceutical formulation suitable for use in an MRI procedure and which offers advantages over known such formulations. A particular dose of the pharmaceutical formulation of the invention is also envisioned as well as the use of said dose in a method of in vivo imaging. This present invention provides for simultaneous administration of a liver specific agent and a second MR contrast agent that is capable of better/further enhancing the dynamic vascular phase in a patient. The method of the invention has the advantage of simplicity and patient comfort, compared to sequential injections. Furthermore, the method of the invention provides the advantage that it can enable a lower cumulative dose of contrast agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: GE Healthcare AS
    Inventors: Andreas Richard Meijer, Mikkel Jacob Thaning, Paritosh Jayant Dhawale, Salvatore Desena, Paul Alexander Jones, Deirdre Cassidy, Concetta Valeria Gringeri
  • Publication number: 20180310327
    Abstract: A wireless patient monitoring system includes a sensing device having a sensor that senses a physiological signal of a patient, an analog-to-digital converter that generates a stream of digitized signal samples based on the physiological signal, and a first processor. Each sensing device further includes a transmission management module executable on the first processor to divide the stream of digitized signal samples into two or more interlaced subsets containing non-adjacent signal samples from the stream of digitized signal samples, generate at least one subset packet based on each of the two or more interlaced subsets, and control wireless transmission of the subset packets. The system further includes a receipt management module executable on a second processor to receive the subset packets, extract each of the two or more interlaced subsets of non-adjacent signal samples, and piece the non-adjacent signal samples together to reconstruct the stream of digitized signal samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lauri Tapio Aarnio, Juha Virtanen
  • Publication number: 20180306245
    Abstract: A pumping system includes a motor, a shaft driven by the motor, a pump driven by shaft, a thrust bearing housing and a thrust bearing assembly contained within the thrust bearing housing. The thrust bearing assembly includes a rotating component connected to the shaft, a first bearing adjacent to the rotating component and an adjustment mechanism for the adjusting the distance between the rotating component and the first bearing. The adjustment mechanism can be externally manipulated from outside the thrust bearing housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Alan Howell, Aaron Noakes
  • Publication number: 20180301962
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus has a stationary support member having two opposing grooves, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar passing through a main body of the stationary support member. A brush holder is releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has two rails that slide along the grooves. The brush holder's knife electrical connector mates with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and presses a brush against a collector. A brush lead connects the brush to a brush terminal. The brush terminal has a generally L-shaped body with a lower part thereof retained under a terminal compression plate, and an upper part thereof located on a front side of the terminal compression plate. The brush terminal is removed from or installed into a front side of the brush holder, and by hand or without the use of any tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach, Paul August Quail, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Publication number: 20180301860
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of a main body of the stationary support member. The conductive bar provides electrical conductivity with a collector mount and fork electrical connector. A brush holder is releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has at least one rail that slides along the groove(s). The brush holder has a knife electrical connector that mates with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and presses a brush against a collector of a dynamoelectric machine. The brush spring is replaceable in the brush holder. The brush spring or brush holder has a friction enhancing material attached to an area where the brush spring attaches to the brush holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Publication number: 20180301861
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus has a stationary support member having two opposing grooves, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of a main body of the stationary support member. The conductive bar provides electrical conductivity with a collector mount and the fork electrical connector. A brush holder is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has two rails configured to slide along the grooves. The brush holder has a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and the brush spring presses a brush against a collector of a dynamoelectric machine. A brush lead is connected to the brush and a brush terminal. The brush lead is an elongate conductive member, and a brush wear indicator is disposed over the brush lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Matthew Thomas Preston, Nolan Gregg Curwen
  • Publication number: 20180298512
    Abstract: A method for treating a surface of a brush holder apparatus, where the brush holder apparatus is configured for use in a dynamoelectric machine, includes an electropolishing step that electropolishes the surface of the brush holder apparatus. An anodizing step anodizes the surface of the brush holder apparatus. The electropolishing step is performed before the anodizing step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Eric Steven Buskirk, Curtis Maurice Hebert
  • Publication number: 20180299354
    Abstract: An assistive sample collection and storage assembly for collecting, transferring and storing a biological sample includes a sample collection device having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is configured to receive a sample collection member. The assembly includes a sample storage device comprising a sample substrate configured to receive at least a portion of the biological sample from the sample collection member. The assembly is configured to exist in a first state and a second state. The sample collection member is disposed at a determined distance from the sample substrate in the first state. At least a portion of the sample collection member is in physical contact with at least a portion of the sample substrate in the second state. The sample collection member is configured to apply a determined amount of contact force between the collection member and the sample substrate in the second state of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ying Mao, Weston Blaine Griffin, Erin Jean Finehout, Ian Hart
  • Publication number: 20180302388
    Abstract: A method of securing an industrial control system includes operating the industrial control system in an open mode, wherein communications between a plurality of devices of the industrial control system are unencrypted when the industrial control system is in the open mode. The method includes exchanging security tokens between the plurality of devices of the industrial control system. The method further includes ceasing operating the industrial control system in the open mode and instead operating the industrial control system in a secure mode, wherein the communications between the plurality of devices of the industrial control system are encrypted using the security tokens when the industrial control system is operating in the secure mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Justin Brandon Chong, David Richard Socky, Pavan Kumar Singh Thakur, William Robert Pettigrew, Robert James Boring
  • Publication number: 20180292205
    Abstract: An inspection system, in an embodiment, can be operable with a probe and a position tracker to inspect an object. The system can be operable to display at least one probe travel axis, receive first and second inspection values from the probe, associate the first inspection value with a first position point, and associate the second inspection value with a second position point. The system displays an inspection path based on the associations. The inspection path extends relative to the probe travel axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Groninger
  • Publication number: 20180292503
    Abstract: A method of magnetic resonance imaging an object utilizing a plurality of flip angles is provided. The method includes transmitting a first preparation pulse corresponding to a first flip angle of the plurality into the object, and receiving a first MR signal from the object based at least in part on the first preparation pulse. The method further includes transmitting a second preparation pulse corresponding to a second flip angle of the plurality into the object, receiving a second MR signal from the object based at least in part on the second preparation pulse, and generating a T1 mapping of the object based at least in part on the first MR signal and the second MR signal. The second flip angle is different than the first flip angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: GLENN SCOTT SLAVIN, ANNE MENINI
  • Publication number: 20180292496
    Abstract: A method for correcting one or more artifacts within a multi-spectral magnetic resonance image is provided. The method includes acquiring a plurality of spectral bins each including a plurality of voxels and corresponding to a different frequency of MR signals emitted by an imaged object. The plurality of voxels of each spectral bin correspond to the frequency of the spectral bin so as to define a spatial coverage of the spectral bin. The method further includes expanding each spectral bin by increasing the spatial coverage of the spectral bin, and generating the multi-spectral magnetic resonance image based at least in part on the expanded spectral bins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicants: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN
    Inventors: SURYANARAYANAN SIVARAN KAUSHIK, KEVIN MATTHEW KOCH
  • Publication number: 20180292285
    Abstract: A sensor carrier module for use in a pipeline pig may include a plurality of skids arranged about an axis of the sensor carrier module, and a flexible section. Each skid typically includes an upstream end, a downstream end, and at least one sensor between the upstream end and the downstream end. Each sensor may be configured to sense a parameter of a wall of a pipeline. The flexible section may be attached to the downstream ends of the skids and to a flange. The flexible section may include wheels configured to roll along the interior surface of the pipeline as the sensor carrier module passes through the pipeline, and a force system to apply a radial force that urges the wheels to interface with the interior surface of the pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Volker Frueh
  • Publication number: 20180292490
    Abstract: A method for performing magnetic resonance imaging of an object is provided. The method includes acquiring MR signals from the object via an MRI system, and generating correct T2 values and incorrect spin densities by applying a fitting model to the MR signals. The method further includes generating one or more correction factors, and generating corrected spin densities based at least in part on the incorrect spin densities and the one or more correction factors. The one or more correction factors are based at least in part on the correct T2 values and a bandwidth of a fat suppression signal applied to the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicants: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: MICHAEL CARL, JIANG DU
  • Publication number: 20180291845
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas cooler. In one example, a method includes controlling a flow of coolant to at least a first stage of a plurality of stages of an exhaust gas cooler relative to a second stage of the plurality of stages to maintain at least one of: a controlled amount of heat removal from the first stage relative to the second stage, an about equal coolant temperature increase across the first stage relative to the second stage; an about equal gas temperature decrease across the first stage relative to the second stage; and an about equal gas heat removal across the first stage relative to the second stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hafiz Hassan Eisa, Pradheepram Ottikkutti, Paul Lloyd Flynn
  • Publication number: 20180295734
    Abstract: A vent box for venting gases present on a power cable used to provide power to an electric submersible pumping system includes a front, a back, a plurality of sides, a top and a bottom. The vent box includes one or more upper vents positioned along an upper edge of at least one of the front, the back or the plurality of sides. The vent box further includes one or more lower vents that extend through the bottom. The top includes a weather cap that extends downward from the top to partially conceal the one or more upper vents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventor: Lantz Von Tungeln
  • Publication number: 20180287714
    Abstract: There is provided an ultrasonic bridge for ultrasonic-based wireless communication. For example, there is provided an ultrasonic bridge that includes a microphone configured to transduce an ultrasound into an analog voltage. The ultrasonic bridge further includes hardware configured to convert the analog voltage to digital information. The ultrasonic further includes a transceiver configured to send the digital information wirelessly to a remote device via one of an RF link and a light-based link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Clynne, Rick Dean Dureiko
  • Publication number: 20180284070
    Abstract: Provided is a method and a system for multi-channel acoustic communication and sensing. For example, there is provided a system that includes a processor and a memory. The processor, when executing instructions from the memory, can perform certain operations. The operations can include classifying a motion detected near an ultrasonic receiver based on a Doppler shift observed in a signal measured by the ultrasonic receiver. The classifying can further include detecting a side lobe in a power spectrum of the signal to indicate that the motion has been detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Clynne, Rick Dean Dureiko
  • Publication number: 20180283273
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cooling and sealing air system for a gas turbine power plant operating in a configuration that includes a stoichiometric exhaust gas recirculation configuration. A user may have flexibility in determining where the cooling and sealing flow derives. This may include an enhanced oil recovery system, a concentrated carbon system, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lisa Anne Wichmann, Stanley Frank Simpson
  • Publication number: 20180283124
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a system for directing the flow of fluids via a production tree. The production tree extends upwardly from a lower surface to an upper surface and at least partially enclosing an upper section of a production bore and an upper section of an annulus bore, wherein one of a lower section and the upper section of the production bore includes a first production valve, the upper section of the production bore includes a second production valve, and the upper section of the annulus bore includes a second annulus valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Stanley Hosie, Paul White, Simon Corrigan, Brian Craig, Bobby Voss, Michael Ross
  • Publication number: 20180266997
    Abstract: A system includes an ultrasound measurement probe. The ultrasound measurement probe includes a lower portion. The lower portion includes a delay block, an array of ultrasound transducers coupled to the delay block, and a first circuit board. The first circuit board further includes a first plurality of pins coupled to the array of ultrasound transducers. The ultrasound measurement probe also includes an upper portion removably coupled to the lower portion. The upper portion includes a second circuit board. The second circuit board further includes a second plurality of pins configured to couple with the first plurality of pins when the upper portion is removably coupled to the lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas R. Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20180263836
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus cooler facilitates the cooling of components with elevated temperatures such as a convective heater in an infant care apparatus. The infant care apparatus includes an energy storage device and a fan. In the presence of an external source of power, the fan operates to circulate air to be heated by the heating coil and in the absence of external power, the fan is operable with energization from the energy storage device to circulate air past the heating coil, cooling the heating coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Kedar Anil Kulkarni
  • Publication number: 20180263590
    Abstract: A method for conveying one or more predictive indicators of an imaging control parameter is provided. The method includes: obtaining an initial image acquisition via an imaging system based at least in part on an initial configuration of the imaging system; collecting data regarding the imaging control parameter during the initial image acquisition; and generating the one or more predictive indicators based at least in part on the collected data. Each of the one or more predictive indicators corresponds to a calculated value of the imaging control parameter associated with a potential configuration of the imaging system different from the initial configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: CLEMENCE DRIOL, DIDIER ALBERT VEROT, LIONEL DESPONDS, JULIEN MIAGAT
  • Publication number: 20180263835
    Abstract: An incubator system for a neonate includes a humidifier containing a water reservoir and a water age module that detects a cleaning event of the water reservoir, determines a water age based on a duration since the cleaning event, and compares the water age to a preset expiration time. Once the water age exceeds the present expiration time an expiration alert is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ganesh Prasad Eswara
  • Publication number: 20180266600
    Abstract: A connection clamping device (21; 61; 81; 131; 151) arranged for connecting a flexible tube (1) to a barbed end (5b) of a connection means (5), whereby the barbed end (5b) comprises a barb (9) and the connection means during connection is arranged to protrude into an end of the flexible tube (1), characterized in that said connection clamping device comprises two halves (23a, 23b) which, during connection when the connection means protrudes into an end of the flexible tube, are arranged to be connected and locked to each other by a locking mechanism (33a,33b,34a,34b; 63a, 63b, 64a, 64b) around the connection means (5) and the flexible tube (1), such that the flexible tube (1) is compressed against the connection means (5) by a rib (41a, 41b) provided on the inner circumference of the connection clamping device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventor: Ralph Stankowski
  • Publication number: 20180258787
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems of generating flows of detergent through a turbine engine to effectuate cleaning of components thereof. The methods include introducing a foamed, acid-including detergent with a pH range of between 2 and 7 into a gas flowpath of the turbine engine. The methods also include creating a pressure differential in an aft portion of the gas flowpath with respect to a forward portion of the gas flowpath to generate a flow of the detergent therethrough. The methods further include creating a pressure differential in a forward portion of the gas flowpath with respect to an aft portion of the gas flowpath to generate a counterflow of the detergent therethrough. The flow and counterflow of the detergent through the gas flowpath interact with components of the turbine engine having foreign material thereon to at least partially remove the foreign material therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicole Jessica TIBBETTS, Bernard Patrick BEWLAY, Ambarish Jayant KULKARNI, Byron Andrew PRITCHARD, JR., Keith Anthony LAURIA, Michael Edward ERIKSEN
  • Publication number: 20180261066
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system includes an identification transmitter that transmits an identification signal associated with a patient and a location tracking system having a plurality of identification receivers arranged in a care facility that receive the identification signal from the identification transmitter, wherein the location tracking system determines a patient location within a care facility based on a location of receipt of the identification signal. The patient monitoring system further includes an activity tracking module executable to receive at least one activity threshold for the patient and the patient location, and to determine a patient activity indicator based on the patient location. The activity tracking module is further executable to generate an activity alert based on a comparison between the patient activity indicator and the activity threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen Treacy, Matthew Grubis, Scott Fuller, Eliana Stein, Magnus Kall
  • Publication number: 20180256076
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system includes a sensing device configured to measure physiological parameter data from a patient, an identification transmitter that transmits an identification signal, wherein the identification signal is associated with the patient, and a location tracking system having a plurality of identification receivers arranged in a care facility that receive the identification signal from the identification transmitter and determine a patient location within the care facility based on a location of receipt of the identification signal. The patient monitoring system further includes a contextual alarming module that receives the patient location and selects at least one location-specific alarm rule based on the patient location in the care facility. Physiological parameter data is then assessed by the patient monitoring system based on the location-specific alarm rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruce Friedman, Matthew Grubis, Scott Fuller, Eliana Stein, Magnus Kall, Stephen Treacy, Peter Arndt
  • Publication number: 20180258786
    Abstract: A sensor assembly is described herein. The sensor assembly includes a housing that includes an inner surface that defines a cavity within the housing, and a proximity sensor positioned within the cavity. The proximity sensor includes a first connector, a second connector, and a substantially planar sensing coil that extends between the first connector and the second connector. The sensing coil extends outwardly from the first connector such that the second connector is radially outwardly from the first connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dan Tho Lu, Lam Arthur Campbell