General Electric Patents Granted

General Electric patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9968303
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Joel Qiuzhen Xue
  • Patent number: 9974157
    Abstract: An electronic system includes a chassis. The chassis includes a first endwall, a second endwall, and a sidewall. The electronic system also includes at least one circuit card cartridge coupled to the chassis. The at least one circuit card cartridge is positioned between the first endwall and the second endwall. The at least one circuit card cartridge includes a printed circuit board including a first surface and at least one electronic component. The at least one electronic component is mounted on the first surface. The at least one circuit card cartridge further includes at least one heat transfer assembly coupled to the printed circuit board. The at least one heat transfer assembly is configured to contact the at least one electronic component and extend adjacent the printed circuit board across the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hendrik Pieter Jacobus de Bock, Brian Magann Rush, Stefano Angelo Mario Lassini
  • Patent number: 9974146
    Abstract: Provided is a lighting system that includes a plurality of luminaires, at least one controller in communication with the luminaires via a communication line in a network, and configured to control the luminaires, and a lighting control system including a smart device which wirelessly communicates with the at least one controller and the plurality of the luminaires, and performs a commissioning operation of the luminaires in the network using visual light communication (VLC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Tamás Darányi, Michael James Hartman
  • Patent number: 9974201
    Abstract: A feedthrough includes a flange comprising an inner cylindrical surface and a planar mounting surface. The inner cylindrical surface defines a cylindrical passage within the flange. The feedthrough further includes a printed circuit board (“PCB”) mounted on the planar mounting surface of the flange, and an electrically conductive element that extends through the cylindrical passage of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Schutten, Robert James Thomas, Maja Harfman Todorovic
  • Patent number: 9968307
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an identification module, an analysis module, and a determination module. The identification module is configured to identify a scanning mode of operation. The analysis module is configured to determine an attenuation for an object for a scan to be performed on the object. The determination module is configured to determine an image contrast for each of plural setting combinations, determine a corresponding tolerable noise for the image contrast for each of the setting combinations based on the scanning mode of operation, and determine a corresponding diagnostic dosage for each setting combination, the diagnostic dosages corresponding to the image contrast and tolerable noise for the corresponding setting combination. The determination module is also configured to select an operational setting for the scan to be performed using the dosages determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Grant Morey Stevens, Roy A. Nilsen
  • Patent number: 9968310
    Abstract: An imaging system is provided that includes a gantry, a plurality of image detectors, an x-ray source, an adjustable source collimator, and at least one processor. The image detectors are radially spaced around a circumference of the bore such that gaps exist between adjacent image detectors. The x-ray source transmits x-rays across the bore towards at least two of the image detectors. The adjustable source collimator is interposed between the x-ray source and a center of the bore, and is configured to block a portion of the x-rays produced by the x-ray source The at least one processor is configured to control the adjustable source collimator to dynamically adjust a range of x-rays that are blocked by the adjustable source collimator along the fan angle during transmission of x-rays from the x-ray source and acquisition of computed tomography (CT) information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lucas Jason Divine, Jean-Paul Bouhnik, Joseph Lacey
  • Patent number: 9970299
    Abstract: The present application provides a purge flow delivery system that may be used with a gas turbine engine. The purge flow delivery system may include a mixing chamber with a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a cover plate, a first inlet tube positioned about the first sidewall, the first inlet tube configured to deliver a first fluid to the mixing chamber, a second inlet tube positioned about the second sidewall, the second inlet tube configured to deliver a second fluid to the mixing chamber, and a baffle plate attached to the cover plate and positioned to direct the first fluid at a first angle and the second fluid at a second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew Peter Scoffone, Jason Edward Albert, Mitchell Merrill
  • Patent number: 9969761
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for improving stability of non fluoridated sugar derivatives, and in particular glucose derivatives such as 1,3,4,6-tetra-O-acetyl-2-O-trifluoromethanesulfonyl-?-D-mannopyranose which are used as precursors for production of radiofluoridated sugar derivatives for use in in vivo imaging procedures such as positron emission tomography (PET). The method comprises storing the non fluoridated sugar derivative in an organic solvent. The resultant formulations of the non fluoridated sugar derivative and cassettes for automated synthesis apparatus comprising the same are also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: GE HEALTHCARE AS, GE HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Torild Wickstrom, Dirk-Jan In't Veld, Nigel John Osborn, Julian Grigg, Anthony Wilson
  • Patent number: 9968328
    Abstract: A system is described herein. The system includes a first transceiver mounted on a rotating assembly arranged on an axis, and a semi-echoic corridor mounted on a stationary assembly which is arranged proximate to the rotating assembly and arranged on the axis, wherein the semi-echoic corridor comprises a slot configured to accommodate the first transceiver of the rotating assembly. The system also includes a second transceiver arranged on the stationary assembly, wherein the first and second transceivers enable wireless communication between the rotating assembly and the stationary assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Donald Murray
  • Patent number: 9974138
    Abstract: Composite light sources and methods use a low-blue component light source emitting first substantially white light and a high-blue component light source emitting second substantially white light. The second substantially white light has a greater correlated color temperature than the first substantially white light. The first and second substantially white light combine to provide substantially intermediate warm-white light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Robert Allen, Ashfaqul I. Chowdhury, David C. Dudik, Kevin James Vick, Thomas J. Boyle
  • Patent number: 9968696
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing a membrane comprising an oxidoreductase enzyme in an environment having a relative humidity, comprises: irradiating the membrane comprising an oxidoreductase enzyme with gamma radiation under vacuum at a relative humidity lower than the relative humidity of the environment. Associated biosensors are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rui Chen, Yida Xu, Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 9969000
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a joining preform includes the step of printing a self-fluxing joining alloy. Joining includes brazing and soldering. The self-fluxing joining alloy contains at least one of phosphorus, boron, fluorine, chlorine, or potassium. Another printing step prints a non-phosphorous joining alloy. Both printing steps are performed by an additive manufacturing or 3D printing process. The printing a self-fluxing joining alloy step may be repeated until the non-phosphorous joining alloy is substantially encapsulated by the self-fluxing joining alloy. The self-fluxing joining alloy may be a BCuP alloy, a CuP alloy, a CuSnP alloy, a CuSnNiP alloy or a CuAgP alloy. The non-phosphorous joining alloy may be a BAg alloy, a BNi alloy or a BAu alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Batton Witney, Jeffrey Michael Breznak
  • Patent number: 9969489
    Abstract: A hybrid support ring comprises a suspender and a belt, the suspender defined by a flange and a leg rearwardly extending having a lug, the suspender also extending circumferentially, the suspender formed of a first material, the belt extending circumferentially and disposed in the lug, the belt being formed of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Benjamin James Roby, Michael Jason Bishop
  • Patent number: 9969283
    Abstract: A battery changing system includes a grasping assembly and an actuation assembly. The grasping assembly is configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle and to engage a battery box having one or more batteries disposed therein. The actuation assembly is configured to move the grasping assembly away from the vehicle toward the battery box. The actuation assembly also is configured to move the grasping assembly into engagement with a securing assembly of the battery box. The actuation assembly is configured to move the grasping assembly back toward the vehicle while the grasping assembly engages the securing assembly of the battery box to lift the battery box onto the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Deahl, Derek Brumfield
  • Patent number: 9969655
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for an article including a substrate, an environmental barrier coating (EBC), a bondcoat and a boron source. The substrate may include a silicon-including ceramic material. The EBC may be disposed over the substrate, and the bondcoat may disposed between the substrate and the EBC. The bondcoat may include silicon. The boron source may be disposed within the article to provide an effective amount of boron to form an oxide including silicon and at least 0.1 weight percent boron during exposure of the bondcoat to an oxidizing environment at a temperature greater than 900 degrees Celsius. The oxide may be a borosilicate glass that is substantially devitrification resistant to prevent spallation of the EBC and thereby enhance the temperature capability of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Julin Wan, Don Mark Lipkin
  • Patent number: 9968991
    Abstract: A mold assembly for use in forming a component having an internal passage defined therein is provided. The component is formed from a component material. The mold assembly includes a mold that defines a mold cavity therein. The mold assembly also includes a lattice structure selectively positioned at least partially within the mold cavity. The lattice structure is formed from a first material that has a selectively altered composition in at least one region of the lattice structure. A channel is defined through the lattice structure, and a core is positioned in the channel such that at least a portion of the core extends within the mold cavity and defines the internal passage when the component is formed in the mold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Douglas Arnett, John Charles Intile, Stanley Frank Simpson
  • Patent number: 9968316
    Abstract: A process for deploying an anti-scattering grid in a mammograph is provided. The mammograph comprises a radiation source configured to emit radiation for taking mammographic images of a patient, a radiation detector comprising a network of sensors arranged periodically with a first pitch, and an anti-scattering grid arranged between the source and the detector, the anti-scattering grid comprising radiation adsorbing strips arranged parallel to each other and distributed periodically with a second pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Colin Auclair, Carlos Martinez Ferreira, Remy Andre Klausz, Henri Souchay, Mathias Cisaruk
  • Patent number: 9969965
    Abstract: Disclosed is a single-use bioreactor bag design providing substantially equivalent maximum shear rate at the impeller tip and average or bulk shear rate over a range of power per unit working volume and rpm needed for bioculture processing. The uniformity in shear profile of the bag design providing a unique advantage when used as a scale-down or scale-up platform. Also disclosed is a linearly scalable, single-use, bioreactor system for use in carrying out a scalable biomanufacturing process, the system comprising two single-use bioreactor bags of different volumes, wherein the ratio H/D of the height of the working volume H to the diameter D of the tank, or of the bag is equal to about 1.5, and the bulk shear in each of the bags is substantially constant. The disclosed small scale system models larger scale systems from both a shear/scalability/performance basis and also from a validation and regulatory basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: Colin Tuohey, Ted Deloggio, Thomas Erdenberger, Kenneth P. Clapp, Richard Damren, Parrish M. Galliher, Patrick Guertin, Jiyoung Lee, Michael Fisher
  • Patent number: 9970305
    Abstract: A treatment process for a gas turbine component comprising a bond coating and a ceramic coating, an oxide-forming treatment composition, and a treated component are disclosed. The ceramic coating is contacted with a treatment composition. The treatment composition includes a carrier and a particulate oxide-forming material suspended within the carrier. The particulate oxide-forming material is one or more of yttria oxide, antimony, or tin oxide. The treatment composition is heated to form an oxide overlay coating on the ceramic coating. The treated component includes a ceramic coating and one or both of a corrosion inhibitor and an oxide formed by an oxide-forming treatment composition having the corrosion inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Richard Todd Everhart
  • Patent number: 9970304
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a root assembly for a rotor blade of a wind turbine and methods of manufacturing same. The root assembly includes a blade root section having an inner sidewall surface and an outer sidewall surface separated by a radial gap, a plurality of root inserts spaced circumferentially within the radial gap, and a plurality of spacers configured between one or more of the root inserts. Further, each of the root inserts includes at least one bushing surrounded by a pre-cured or pre-consolidated composite material. In addition, the spacers are constructed of a pre-cured or pre-consolidated composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum, James Robert Tobin
  • Patent number: 9970325
    Abstract: A jacking assembly for a rotor of a turbine includes an arc-shaped saddle which extends around and supports a lower portion of a rotor. A lifting beam extends over the rotor transversely to an axial direction of the rotor. The lifting beam is axially aligned with the arc-shaped saddle. Two connectors are disposed on respective lateral sides of the rotor, each connector extending between and being coupled to the lifting beam and the arc-shaped saddle such that the saddle is configured to lift the rotor vertically when the lifting beam is displaced vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Michael Oden, Michael Helton, Jason Dixson
  • Patent number: 9970302
    Abstract: A hot gas path component includes a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface defines an interior space. The outer surface defines a pressure side surface and a suction side surface. The pressure and suction side surfaces are joined together at a leading edge and at a trailing edge. A first cooling passage is formed in the suction side surface of the substrate. It is coupled in flow communication to the interior space. A second cooling passage, separate from the first cooling passage, is formed in the pressure side surface. The second cooling passage is coupled in flow communication to the interior space. A cover is disposed over at least a portion of the first and second cooling passages. The interior space channels a cooling fluid to the first and second cooling passages, which channel the cooling fluid therethrough to remove heat from the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Paul Lacy, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Carlos Miguel Miranda, Gary Michael Itzel
  • Patent number: 9970417
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for controlling a wind converter for a weak electrical grid. In one embodiment of the disclosure, a system for controlling the wind converter includes a wind converter connected to an electrical grid at a point of connection (POC) and operable to transfer a power to the electrical grid. The system includes a first control loop operable to calculate, based on electrical grid parameters and wind converter characteristics, a voltage reference to be generated by the wind converter. The system includes a second control loop to convert, based on the electrical grid parameters, the voltage reference into a current reference. The second loop converts the angle information of the voltage reference into a voltage at the POC. The system includes a third control to regulate, based at least on the current reference, the power transferred by the wind converter to the electrical grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhihui Yuan, Robert Roesner, Stefan Schroeder, Ara Panosyan, Krishna Kumar Anaparthi
  • Patent number: 9970629
    Abstract: A lighting device and method generates monochromatic light from one or more light point sources. A phosphor body is spatially separated from the point light source(s) to receive the monochromatic light generated by the first point light source and provide a multi-wavelength light through luminescence. The multi-wavelength light is emitted from the phosphor body across a multi-dimensional surface. Optionally, a lens body can receive the multi-wavelength light from the multi-dimensional surface and both reflect and refract the multi-wavelength light in an exit distribution out of the lens body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Péter Álmosdi, Viktor Zsellér
  • Patent number: 9973761
    Abstract: A decoder includes an entropy decoder configured to derive a number of bins of the binarizations from the data stream using binary entropy decoding by selecting a context among different contexts and updating probability states associated with the different contexts, dependent on previously decoded portions of the data stream; a desymbolizer configured to debinarize the binarizations of the syntax elements to obtain integer values of the syntax elements; a reconstructor configured to reconstruct the video based on the integer values of the syntax elements using a quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to distinguish between 126 probability states and to initialize the probability states associated with the different contexts according to a linear equation of the quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to, for each of the different contexts, derive a slope and an offset of the linear equation from first and second four bit parts of a respective 8 bit initial
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE VIDEO COMPRESSION, LLC
    Inventors: Valeri George, Benjamin Bross, Heiner Kirchhoffer, Detlev Marpe, Tung Nguyen, Matthias Preiss, Mischa Siekmann, Jan Stegemann, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 9970354
    Abstract: A power plant includes a compressor, a combustor downstream from the compressor and a turbine disposed downstream from the combustor. The compressor includes a compressor extraction port. The turbine includes a turbine extraction port that is in fluid communication with a hot gas path of the turbine and which provides a flow path for a stream of combustion gas to flow out of the turbine. An exhaust duct is disposed downstream from the turbine and receives exhaust gas from the turbine. An ejector coupled to the turbine extraction port and to the compressor extraction port cools the stream of combustion gas upstream from the exhaust duct. The cooled combustion gas flows into the exhaust duct at a higher temperature than the exhaust gas and mixes with the exhaust gas within the exhaust duct to provide a heated exhaust gas mixture to a heat exchanger downstream from the exhaust duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph Philip Klosinski, Michael Anthony Cocca, Alston Ilford Scipio, Sanji Ekanayake
  • Patent number: 9970415
    Abstract: A method and a system for managing loads on a wind turbine are provided. The computer-implemented method is implemented using a processor coupled to a memory device. The method includes determining a first moment of a wind load acting about a first axis of a rotor of the wind turbine, determining a second moment of a wind load acting about a second axis of a rotor of the wind turbine, and determining a resultant moment of the first moment and the second moment. The method also includes generating an error signal indicating a difference between the resultant moment and a predetermined moment level threshold signal and generating, by the processor, a first activation signal over a range of the generated error signal between a first zero activation signal level and a first full activation signal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Pranav Agarwal, Jigar Jayesh Shah
  • Patent number: 9970411
    Abstract: A UV-IR combination curing system and method for manufacture and repair of composite parts, such as for use in wind blade manufacture and repair. The system and method utilize UV and IR dual radiation sources to cure glass fiber reinforced laminates containing a photo initiator. The UV and IR dual radiation sources can be configured as discrete stand-alone UV and IR lamps used in a side by side configuration, a plurality of UV lamps with thermal IR radiation, a combined UV/IR lamp, or other forms of light sources providing both UV and IR radiation. To achieve high glass transition and complete curing of thick laminates, the IR radiation source is initially turned on to heat the laminate to close to 40° C.-100° C. before the UV radiation source is turned on. The IR radiation source can be turned off after UV radiation source is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaomei Fang, Thomas Miebach, David Simon, Jordan Philip Seeger
  • Patent number: 9970326
    Abstract: A method for forming an in situ temporary barrier within a gas turbine engine is provided. The method can include installing a bladder within the gas turbine engine, wherein the bladder defines a bladder body, and inflating the bladder with an inflating fluid such that the bladder body forms a circumferential seal within the gas turbine engine. The bladder body can be positioned between a row of stator vanes and an annular array of rotating blades to form a circumferential seal therebetween. A second bladder may be positioned circumferentially within the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Herbert Chidsey Roberts, David Scott Diwinsky
  • Patent number: 9970414
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a pitch assembly for coupling a rotor blade to a hub of a wind turbine. In one embodiment, the pitch assembly includes a first pitch bearing having a first outer race and a first inner race rotatable relative to the first outer race via a first set of rolling elements, a second pitch bearing having a second outer race and a second inner race rotatable relative to the second outer race via a second set of rolling elements, and at least one spacer configured axially between and contacting the first and second pitch bearings. Further, at least a portion of the first pitch bearing and at least a portion of the second pitch bearing are axially aligned between the rotatable hub and the rotor blade in a generally span-wise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Biju Nanukuttan, Rajanikanth Reddy Dasari, Dhanesh Chandrashekar Pathuvoth, Srikanth Samudrala, Mohan Kumar Lakshminarayana
  • Patent number: 9970753
    Abstract: A system includes a light emitting unit, a front mirror, a rear mirror, an imaging unit and a processor. The light emitting unit is configured to emit a collimated light beam. The front mirror is configured to reflect part of the collimated light beam to produce and project a front focused ring of structured light to an object to obtain a front reflected ring of light, and configured to allow part of the collimated light beam to pass by. The rear mirror is positioned downstream of a light transmitting path of the front mirror. The rear mirror is configured to reflect at least part of the collimated light beam passing by the front mirror to produce and project a rear focused ring of the structured light to the object to obtain a rear reflected ring of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xu Han, Guangping Xie, Kevin George Harding, John Brandon Laflen
  • Patent number: 9970280
    Abstract: A system and method captures and processes flare gas so that the gas is usable as compressed natural gas (“CNG”). The flare gas is pressurized by a combination of a booster compressor and a CNG compressor. While interstage and between the booster compressor and the CNG compressor, the gas is treated to remove moisture and to separate out higher molecular weight hydrocarbons. The moisture is removed by contacting the interstage gas with a hygroscopic agent within a dehydration unit. The moisture free hydrocarbon fluid is expanded, and/or externally cooled and directed to a knock out drum. Higher molecular weight hydrocarbons are separated from the fluid in the knock out drum. Gas from the knock out drum is compressed in the CNG compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Athirathnam
  • Patent number: 9970889
    Abstract: The present inventors have recognized that fall times between high-kV to low-kV levels (during a “dual energy” or “fast-kV” energy scan) are linked to the discharge of HV (high voltage) capacitance. In an embodiment of the invention, a high voltage generator may be activated during fall transitions from first to second energy levels in order to substantially maintain a predetermined fall transition time. Accordingly, substantially equal energy distributions between high-kV and low-kV levels may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Larroux, Julien Bouhraoua, Aurelien Gadenne, Uwe Wiedmann, Mark Frontera
  • Patent number: 9973665
    Abstract: A sensor adjustment system includes an exterior housing configured to hold a directional sensor inside the housing. The directional sensor is configured to obtain data outside of the housing along a boresight of the directional sensor. The system also includes one or more fasteners configured to be operably coupled with the directional sensor inside the housing. The one or more fasteners are configured to be actuated in order to change an orientation of the boresight of the directional sensor. The one or more fasteners are configured to be actuated from outside of the housing while changing the orientation of the boresight of the directional sensor inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Koushik Babi Saha, Thomas Clynne, Jonathan Robert Meyer
  • Patent number: 9970888
    Abstract: A method and system for analyzing a core sample from a wellbore, where the analysis takes place in the field and proximate the wellbore. The system includes trailers adjacent one another and on a drilling pad, so that real time analysis of the core sample can occur after being extracted from the wellbore. One of the trailers can include a scanning unit for scanning the core sample and obtaining information within the core sample. Other trailers can include units that further analyze the core sample, such as by grinding, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and scanning the core material nano-structure. The core sample scanning involves a computed tomography (CT) scan, where a length of core sample is analyzed in the scanning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE ENERGY OILFIELD TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Szudajski, John Boot
  • Patent number: 9972569
    Abstract: A method and system for a power module is provided. The power module includes a first substrate including a first conductive substrate having a first plurality of power semiconductor switches arranged thereon, and at least one second conductive substrate electrically coupled to the first conductive substrate. A first terminal is electrically coupled to the first conductive substrate. The power module also includes a second substrate including a third conductive substrate having a second plurality of power semiconductor switches arranged thereon, and at least one fourth conductive substrate electrically coupled to the third conductive substrate. The third conductive substrate is electrically coupled to the second conductive substrate. A second terminal is electrically coupled to the fourth conductive substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Lynn Rowden, Ljubisa Dragoljub Stevanovic
  • Patent number: 9970424
    Abstract: A system includes a solid feed fuel pump configured to route a solid fuel flow from an inlet to an outlet. The solid feed fuel pump includes an actuated valve that is disposed within the outlet. The actuated valve is configured to adjust a compaction of the solid fuel flow while in the outlet. The actuated valve adjusts the compaction in response to active control based on sensed feedback from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Craig Russell, Derek L. Aldred, Jeffery Allen Rader
  • Patent number: 9971498
    Abstract: A medical imaging device and method includes a touch-sensitive display, a medical image acquisition subsystem, and a processor. The processor is configured to display a first UI object and a second UI object on the touch-sensitive display, where the first UI object includes a first selection point and a first boundary. The processor is configured to adjust a position of the first UI object in response to a touch-based user input and to automatically adjust a position of the first selection point with respect to the first boundary in response to the touch based input when the first UI object is within a threshold distance from one of the second UI object and an edge of the touch-sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Subin Sundaran Baby Sarojam
  • Patent number: 9972896
    Abstract: An engine monitoring system for an aircraft engine having a nacelle extending annularly thereabout and a sensor positioned radially inward therefrom. The system includes an engine control device coupled communicatively to the sensor and configured to receive engine data from the sensor and/or receive instruction data from a transmitter device positioned radially outward from a nacelle radially outward surface. The system also includes a composite panel including at least a portion of the nacelle and a ground plane positioned radially inward from the nacelle radially outward surface, the composite panel including an antenna coupled communicatively to engine control device and a radome positioned radially outward from ground plane. The antenna is configured to at least one of receive engine data from the engine control device and transmit engine data to a receiver device, and receive instruction data from the transmitter device and transmit instruction data to the engine control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Selaka Bandara Bulumulla, David Patrick Calder, Michael Joseph Dell'Anno, Andrew Michael Roach
  • Patent number: 9970646
    Abstract: A heatsink having integrated electrical and base contacts for use with a light emitting diode (LED) light source. In some embodiments, a heatsink assembly for an LED lamp includes a first metallic heatsink component having a first wall portion and a first electrical contact, and a second metallic heatsink component having a second wall portion and a second, separate contact portion. A non-electrically conducting heatsink housing is configured to house the first wall portion and the second wall portion of the first and second heatsink components such that the first electrical contact extends from the non-electrically conducting heatsink housing and the second contact portion extends from the plastic housing in a manner to facilitate connection to hot and neutral lines of a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Josip Brnada, Charles Leigh Huddleston, William Stewart Johnson
  • Patent number: 9972472
    Abstract: A structure and associated method for forming a liquid metal or spiral groove bearing assembly for an x-ray tube is illustrated that utilizes a unitary sleeve and a thrust ring or seal each formed of a weldable, non-refractory material. The sleeve and the thrust seal are welded to one another to provide an improved construction for minimizing leaks of the liquid metal bearing fluid. The structure of the sleeve and the thrust seal are formed with deformation restricting features that maintain the integrity of the bearing surfaces of the assembly when the thrust seal is secured within the sleeve and welded thereto to form the bearing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ian Strider Hunt, Andrew Thomas Triscari
  • Patent number: 9973092
    Abstract: A direct current (DC)-DC converter includes a transformer and a gas tube-switched inverter circuit. The transformer includes a primary winding and a secondary winding. The gas tube-switched inverter circuit includes first and second inverter load terminals and first and second inverter input terminals. The first and second inverter load terminals are coupled to the primary winding. The first and second inverter input terminals are couplable to a DC node. The gas tube-switched inverter circuit further includes a plurality of gas tube switches respectively coupled between the first and second inverter load terminals and the first and second inverter input terminals. The plurality of gas tube switches is configured to operate to generate an alternating current (AC) voltage at the primary winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xu She, James William Bray, Timothy John Sommerer, Rahul Chokhawala
  • Patent number: 9973063
    Abstract: The present application provides a combined stator wedge driver and bar jacking tool for positioning a stator bar and a stator wedge into place along a slot of a stator core. The combined stator wedge driver and bar jacking tool may include a bar jacking tool to drive the stator bar into the slot and a stator wedge driver to drive the stator wedge on top of the stator bar in the slot. The bar jacking tool and the stator wedge driver extend from a common housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Darren Friot, David Robert Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9973781
    Abstract: Decoder retrieval timing information, ROI information and tile identification information are conveyed within a video data stream at a level which allows for an easy access by network entities such as MANEs or decoder. In order to reach such a level, information of such types are conveyed within a video data stream by way of packets interspersed into packets of access units of a video data stream. In accordance with an embodiment, the interspersed packets are of a removable packet type, i.e. the removal of these interspersed packets maintains the decoder's ability to completely recover the video content conveyed via the video data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE VIDEO COMPRESSION, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Schierl, Valeri George, Anastasia Henkel, Detlev Marpe, Karsten Grueneberg, Robert Skupin
  • Patent number: 9972993
    Abstract: An electrical system for controlling a wind turbine is provided. The electrical system includes a first resistive element, a storage element and a controller. The first resistive element and the storage element are coupled to a DC link of the wind turbine. The controller is used for switching between the first resistive element and the storage element in response to a grid side fault condition to minimize mechanical loads induced by the grid side fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajni Kant Burra, Victor Robert Abate, David Cole Magnuson, Keith Longtin
  • Patent number: 9972997
    Abstract: A switching device (28) comprising a primary switching block (30) including at least one semiconductor switch (34); and a switching control unit (32) to control the switching of the or each semiconductor switch (34). The switching device further includes a crowbar circuit (46) comprising a crowbar switch (56) switchable to selectively allow current to flow through the crowbar switch (56) in order to bypass the or each switching module; and a secondary switching block including a switching element (58) connected across a control electrode and a cathode of the crowbar switch (56). The switching element (58) is in communication with the switching control unit (32) to receive, in use, a control signal (66) generated by the switching control unit (32) when the primary switching block (30) is operating within predefined operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Colin Charnock Davidson
  • Patent number: D817965
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Cipriano, Erik Kemper, Min Ouyang, Karen Starr
  • Patent number: D818093
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel Jason Erno, William Dwight Gerstler
  • Patent number: D818126
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Regis Gerard Personnelli
  • Patent number: D818192
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Alex Kendall Price