General Electric Patents

Patent number: 9011559
Abstract: The present application provides a scrubber for a gasification system. The scrubber may include a column, an inlet for a flow of dirty syngas, an inlet diffuser system positioned about the inlet, and an outlet for a flow of cleaned syngas.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 30, 2011
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Judeth B. Corry, Richard L. Zhao
Patent number: 9013087
Abstract: An apparatus including: a brush holder; a radio frequency identification (RFID) device affixed to the brush holder, the RFID device including: a temperature sensor system for determining temperature(s) at one or more distinct locations on the brush holder; and a transmitter for providing indication of the temperature(s).
Type: Grant
Filed: August 11, 2014
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: William Earl Fish, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach
Patent number: 9013168
Abstract: A system for transferring energy from an energy source includes a first energy source, a DC link coupled to a DC load, a first DC-to-DC voltage converter coupled to the DC link, and a second DC-to-DC voltage converter coupled to the first energy source. A controller is coupled to the first and second DC-to-DC voltage converters and configured to determine a voltage level of the first energy source and of the DC link. If the voltage level of the DC link is less than the voltage level of the first energy source, the controller controls the second DC-to-DC voltage converter to draw energy from the first energy source to cause the DC voltage output from the first energy source and supplied to the first DC-to-DC voltage converter to be below the DC load voltage supplied to the DC link via the first DC-to-DC voltage converter.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 7, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Dean King, Ruediger Soeren Kusch, Meng Zhu
Patent number: 9014861
Abstract: A method for noise-reduced operation a wind is provided. The method includes determining a wind speed during normal operation of the wind turbine and determining a weighted rotor speed setpoint for a rotor of the wind turbine so that a noise emission of the wind turbine for the wind speed is reduced compared to nominal noise emission of the wind turbine at the wind speed. Using the weighted rotor speed setpoint, a torque setpoint for a power conversion assembly connected to the rotor is determined. The torque setpoint is applied to the power conversion assembly to control the wind turbine.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2011
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Sid Ahmed Attia
Patent number: 9015379
Abstract: A method of controlling the data communication in a communications network having a central data server provided data through multiple data queues. The data arriving at the central data server may be stored in each of the multiple data queues. The data in the multiple data queues may then be supplied to the central data server based on a predetermined schedule.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems, LLC
Inventor: Pavlo Bobrek
Patent number: 9014995
Abstract: A collector monitoring system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the collector monitoring system includes: a sensor connected to an interior surface of a dynamoelectric machine housing, the sensor for sensing a condition of a collector during operation of a dynamoelectric machine; and a diagnostic system operably connected to the sensor, the diagnostic system configured to: obtain data about the condition of the collector from the sensor; compare the data about the condition of the collector with a predetermined condition threshold; and provide an indicator of a collector fault in response to the data about the condition of the collector exceeding the predetermined condition threshold.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 4, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Cesar Everardo Castillo, Ruben Jeevanasan Fair, Ronald Irving Longwell, Haiyan Sun, Karim Younsi
Patent number: 9011205
Abstract: Titanium-containing articles having improved surface finishes and methods for changing the surface of titanium containing articles, for example by removing overstock, are provided. One example method includes passing a fluid at high pressure across a surface of an titanium aluminide alloy-containing article, for example, a turbine blade, at high linear speed and deforming the surface of the titanium aluminide alloy-containing article, and removing material from the surface of the titanium aluminide alloy-containing article. Though aspects of the invention can be used in fabricating high performance turbine blades, the methods disclosed can be applied to the treatment of any titanium-containing article for which it is difficult to obtain an improved surface finish.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 15, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Jonathan Sebastian Janssen, Bin Wei, Youdong Zhou
Patent number: 9011101
Abstract: A turbine bucket is provided including a bucket airfoil having an airfoil shape, the bucket airfoil having a nominal profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth in Table 1 wherein the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z are non-dimensional values from 0% to 100% convertible to dimensional distances in inches by multiplying the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z by a height of the airfoil in inches, and wherein X and Y are distances in inches which, when connected by smooth continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each distance Z, the airfoil profile sections at Z distances being joined smoothly with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 28, 2011
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ross James Gustafson, Christopher Michael Penny, Aaron Ezekiel Smith, Luke C Sponsellar, William Scott Zemitis
Patent number: 9010127
Abstract: A transition piece aft frame assembly is provided, and includes a transition piece aft frame and a heat shield. The transition piece aft frame has an aft face. At least a portion of the aft face is exposed to an exhaust gas stream. The heat shield is connected to the transition piece aft frame. The heat shield is oriented to generally deflect the exhaust gas stream away from the aft face of the transition piece aft frame.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 2, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christopher Paul Willis, William Lawrence Byrne, David William Cihlar, Donald Timothy Lemon, Patrick Benedict Melton
Patent number: 9011647
Abstract: A process for the plasma-assisted treatment of coal in which coal is directly converted to heavy hydrocarbons. The first step in the process is direct conversion of coal to aliphatic hydrocarbons under plasma conditions in the presence of light hydrocarbons, such as natural gas. In the second process step, the aliphatic hydrocarbons are upgraded to a liquid fuel. The energy for the process can be provided by radio frequency energy, such as microwave energy, that is powered by a renewable energy source. The process has flexibility to adjust aromatic content in the fuel to match fuel specification requirements.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 5, 2009
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Vitali Victor Lissianski, Anthony Mark Thompson, Daniel Lawrence Derr, Gregg Anthony Deluga, Ramanathan Subramanian, Surinder Prabhjot Singh
Patent number: 9015673
Abstract: A method for developing software in a parallel computing environment comprises the steps of developing a sequential implementation and parallel implementation of the software and verifying the results of the parallel implementation of the software against the results of the sequential implementation of the software.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 17, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems, LLC
Inventors: Eric Daniel Buehler, Benjamin Thomas Occhipinti
Patent number: 9011079
Abstract: The present application provides a compartmentalized cooling system for providing a cooling flow in a turbine with a flow of combustion gases therein. The compartmentalized cooling system may include a turbine nozzle and a cooling baffle. The turbine nozzle may include an airfoil insert and a nozzle outer sidewall. The cooling baffle may include a high pressure cooling passage in communication with the airfoil insert in a first circuit and an impingement plate positioned about the nozzle outer sidewall in a second circuit.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 9, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Robert Walter Coign, Gregory Thomas Foster, Ravichandran Meenakshisundaram, Glen Arthur MacMillan, Aaron Gregory Winn
Patent number: 9012060
Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, an assembly of tubular cell insulator casings is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of tubular cell insulator casings, wherein each cell insulator casing is open at a top end and configured to surround at least one of a plurality of electrically interconnected electrochemical cells, wherein said plurality of tubular cell insulator casings comprises a monolithic unit. The battery pack also includes a plurality of insulator plugs and a sump plate configured to support said plurality of insulator plugs.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 26, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John Raymond Krahn, Kristopher John Frutschy, Narayan Subramanian, William Patrick Waters, Daniel Qi Tan, William Hubert Schank
Patent number: 9014945
Abstract: A system is provided that includes a memory storing a turbomachinery degradation model configured to model degradation of a turbomachinery over time. The system also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to control the turbomachinery based on a feedback signal and the turbomachinery degradation model. Moreover, the turbomachinery degradation model is configured to use a target power to derive a control parameter by estimating a modeled power of the turbomachinery, and the controller is configured to use the control parameter to control the turbomachinery.
Type: Grant
Filed: March 8, 2013
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Sidharth Abrol, David Spencer Ewens, Alan Meier Truesdale
Patent number: 9013666
Abstract: An aircraft cockpit display includes among other things a display panel having a pixel matrix, a backlight for illuminating the matrix, a first video channel having a row driver and a column driver and a second video channel having a row driver and a column driver.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 12, 2013
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
Inventors: Mark Anthony Bushell, Brett Allen Eddy
Patent number: 9010120
Abstract: A transfer tube for use in a late lean injection system of a combustor, wherein the combustor includes an inner radial wall, which defines a primary combustion chamber downstream of a primary fuel nozzle, and an outer radial wall, which surrounds the inner radial wall forming a flow annulus therebetween, the outer radial wall including a late lean nozzle, the transfer tube including flow directing structure that defines a fluid passageway. At a first end, the flow directing structure may include an inlet and attachment means that attach the transfer tube to the late lean nozzle. The flow directing structure may have a configuration such that the fluid passageway spans the flow annulus and positions the outlet at a desirable injection point in the inner radial wall.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 5, 2011
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Richard Martin DiCintio, Patrick Benedict Melton, Lucas John Stoia
Patent number: 9015191
Abstract: Methods and apparatus to enhance queries in an affinity domain are disclosed herein. An example method of providing a query service in an affinity domain includes receiving a query including one or more template identifiers that indicate conformance with a standard related to content of a document; generating an expression including the one or more template identifiers to define a search of a registry; performing the search of the registry according to the expression, wherein the search is configured to identify documents including the one or more template identifiers; and conveying the identified documents to an entity associated with the query.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 30, 2013
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Matthew G. Potter, Guy Vesto, John Baartz, Paul Isabelli
Patent number: 9011557
Abstract: Present embodiments include systems for reducing moisture in a solid feed provided to a gasifier. For example, in an embodiment, a feedstock preparation system includes an aspirator having a first inlet for receiving a flow of steam, a second inlet for receiving a flow of a moist gaseous phase from a grinding mechanism configured to grind a solid fuel in the presence of a conveyance gas. The moist gaseous phase includes the conveyance gas and moisture removed from the ground solid fuel. The aspirator also includes an outlet configured to output a reduced pressure flow having the steam and the moist gaseous phase. The aspirator is configured to enhance moisture removal from the ground solid fuel to produce a dry feed of the ground solid fuel. The aspirator discharge is recycled within the process to heat the incoming dry conveyance gas and improve system efficiency.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 3, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: George Frederick Frey, George Morris Gulko
Patent number: 9014880
Abstract: A trajectory-based sense-and-avoid system for use on an aircraft is provided that utilizes 4-D constructs, such as 4-D trajectories or 4-D polytopes, to maintain separation from other aircraft and/or to avoid collisions with other aircraft. In certain embodiments the trajectory-based sense-and-avoid system utilizes 4-D trajectories provided from an external source and/or 4-D trajectories estimated based on a variety of data sources during operation.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 21, 2010
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael Richard Durling, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, Jr., Nikita Visnevski, Craig Alan Hoover, Glenn Alan Forman, Thomas Baby Sebastian, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Steven Richard Hansen, Douglas Stuart Abernathy
Patent number: 9014781
Abstract: Systems and methods for Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRI) are provided. One method includes obtaining Magnetic Resonance (MR) velocity data and determining a distance map for one or more vessels to define a distance path. The method also includes calculating, using the MR velocity data, at a plurality of time intervals and for a plurality of pixels (i) a distance traveled during a current time interval as a current distance traveled, wherein a total distance traveled is incremented by the current distance traveled and (ii) a bolus signal using a bolus signal profile, the distance path and total distance traveled, wherein a current time interval is incremented by a defined time step.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 19, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Ek Tsoon Tan, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Vincent B. Ho
Patent number: 9014340
Abstract: A radiation tomography system is provided. The radiation tomography system includes a radiation source configured to rotate around a subject and apply radiation to the subject, a plurality of radiation detecting elements disposed opposite the radiation source, a plurality of collimator plates partitioning the radiation detecting elements in a channel direction, the collimator plates erected such that plate surfaces of each of the plurality of collimator plates extend along a direction of radiation from the radiation source, and an aperture-width changing unit configured to change a width of each aperture formed by the plurality of collimator plates by moving a plurality of radiation absorbing members along respective end sides of the collimator plates close to the radiation source, the plurality of radiation absorbing members moveable between a first position at which the end sides are covered and a second position at which the end sides are exposed.
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
Inventor: Haruo Kurochi
Patent number: 9014341
Abstract: A CT collimator comprising a rotating slot part on a rotation shaft and having a plurality of blades, each blade has a slot of a different width and a radiation beam entering the collimator can only pass via a slot in one of the blades, each edge of each blade slot along a longitudinal direction has a convex curved surface structure, and in a vertical plane along a longitudinal direction, two side edges of the slot are curved, and each blade is arranged to be eccentric to the center of the rotation shaft. A CT system using the CT collimator, the detection area of the radiation rays projected to the radiation detector via the CT collimator can be maintained unchanged by adjusting the rotation angle of the blade, under the circumstance where the focus of the radiation source shifts during a CT scan.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 4, 2013
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company LLC
Inventors: Xiaoyan Zhang, Jun Guo, Xuyong Yang
Patent number: 9013187
Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus includes an RF coil, a preamplifier module, and a hub coupled to the preamplifier module via a transmission line. The preamplifier module includes an amplifier configured to amplify a magnitude of a first signal from the RF coil, the first signal having a first frequency and a diode array coupled to the amplifier. The MRI apparatus also includes an intermediate frequency (IF) circuit coupled to the transmission line and an oscillator circuit coupled to the hub and configured to supply an oscillating signal to the diode array via the transmission line to cause the diode array to mix the oscillating signal with the first signal to generate an IF signal to be received by the IF circuit via the transmission line, wherein the IF signal has a second frequency that is lower than the first frequency.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 16, 2011
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Robert Steven Stormont
Patent number: 9014864
Abstract: A method for aggregate load management includes determining whether a load capacity limit within a utility power network will be exceeded, selecting an aggregated demand reduction target to remain within capacity bounds if the load capacity limit is to be exceeded, selecting a demand reduction strategy, and sending a control signal that includes a randomized PWM level, based on the strategy, to a controller in a load component of the utility system based on the reduction target. A method for component load management includes receiving a control signal from a utility system based on a utility demand reduction strategy, converting the signal into randomized PWM control of the load component in accordance therewith, receiving an updated control signal based on utility system monitoring of an aggregate load of a component of the utility system, and converting the updated signal into randomized PWM control of the load component in accordance therewith.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 22, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: David Joseph Najewicz, Charles Ray Smith, Jeff Donald Drake, William Jerome Burke
Patent number: 9011104
Abstract: An article, such as a bucket, a blade, a nozzle, a vane, a strut, a fuel nozzle, a combustion casing, and a transition piece, the article having a damping coating comprising approximately 8 wt % to approximately 15 wt % Y2O3 and approximately 19 wt % to approximately 28 wt % Ta2O5 with the balanced weight of ZrO2 is presented.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 6, 2010
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: John McConnell Delvaux, Yuk-Chiu Lau
Patent number: 9015101
Abstract: Certain examples provide systems, methods, and apparatus to model clinical data objects in a content-based clinical system. An example system includes a processor and a memory to implement a constraint definition language processor to define a detailed clinical model to express a clinical concept as a standardized and reusable set of clinical knowledge. The constraint definition language processor is to use a compiled, context-free constraint definition language to define the detailed clinical model as a compiled object. The constraint definition language processor is to provide the compiled object as content for at least one of a clinical content database and a clinical information system. Content represents one or more parameters to instruct a clinical application.
Type: Grant
Filed: February 21, 2012
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Alan Ferris James
Patent number: 9010119
Abstract: A premixing nozzle of a combustor is provided and includes a gas premixer module, a centerbody, which is breech-loadable into the gas premixer module and a deformable, compliant interface between the gas premixer module and the centerbody.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 3, 2010
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Geoffrey David Myers
Patent number: 9009965
Abstract: The present application further describes a method for extending the operating life of a tip shrouded turbine blade that includes the steps of: 1) removing an end located cutter tooth from a seal rail of a tip shroud, the end located cutter tooth including a cutter tooth located at the end of one of the suction side and pressure side of the seal rail of the tip shroud; and 2) attaching a center located cutter tooth to the seal rail of the tip shroud, the center located cutter tooth including a cutter tooth that is located in the approximate center of the seal rail of the tip shroud. In such method, the center located cutter tooth may be attached to the seal rail such that the center located cutter tooth is inside the airfoil if it were projected radially outward from the narrowest point below a tip shroud fillet.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 24, 2007
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Daniel Tragesser, Ian Reeves, Christopher Thompson, Todd Moran
Application number: 20150103497
Abstract: An alternating current (AC) harness for a photovoltaic (PV) system includes a wire assembly having a first end and a second end, the wire assembly having a plurality of lead wires, and at least one AC connection module positioned at a location along a length of the wire assembly between the first end and the second end. Further, the at least one AC connection module includes a first connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a first PV module of the PV system. The at least one AC connection module also includes a second connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a second PV module of the PV system.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
Application number: 20150102671
Abstract: A system for transmitting direct current (DC) power includes a system DC link for carrying power from a source to a plurality of loads and alternating current (AC) to DC power converter modules coupled in series to the system DC link on a supply side of the system DC link.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Luis José Garcés Rivera, Dong Dong, Rixin Lai, Di Zhang
Application number: 20150104322
Abstract: A thermal management article, a method for forming a thermal management article and a thermal management method are disclosed. Forming a thermal management article includes forming a duct adapted to be inserted into a groove on the surface of a substrate, and attaching the duct to the groove so that the top outer surface of the duct is substantially flush with the surface of the substrate. Thermal management of a substrate includes transporting a fluid through the duct of a thermal management article to alter the temperature of the substrate.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: David Edward SCHICK, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Benjamin Paul Lacy, Yan Cui, Brian Lee Tollison
Application number: 20150103734
Abstract: A method for servicing multiple data queues in communication with a data communications network. The multiple data queues may receive data of differing priority and/or the data queues may be arranged for data with a predetermined priority. The data in the data queues may be serviced by the same processor. A schedule may be applied to the data in the data queues to control the servicing the data in the data queues.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
Inventor: Pavlo Bobrek
Application number: 20150104337
Abstract: A pump assembly for use within a high pressure pumping system includes housing, a head and a base. The housing contains at least one centrifugal pump stage. The head and base are attached to the housing with corresponding internal threaded connections. The head and base are further retained to the housing with corresponding external flanged connections. The external flanged connections provide redundant connections that reduce the risk of separation between the housing and the head and base.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
Inventors: Matthew Allen Schoelen, Chengbao Wang, Colby Lane Loveless, Vishal Gahlot, Mark James
Application number: 20150101925
Abstract: A system for use in coating an interior surface of an object is provided. The system includes a vacuum chamber enclosure defining an interior configured to receive the object, and a cathode coupled to the vacuum chamber enclosure. The cathode is fabricated from a coating material and has an outer surface. The cathode is configured such that when a current is applied to the cathode, an arc is formed on the outer surface and the coating material is removed from the cathode to form a cloud of coating material. The system also includes a collimator configured to be positioned between the cathode and the object configured to focus the cloud into a beam of coating material and to direct the beam towards the object, and a magnet configured to alter a path of the beam such that the beam is directed towards the interior surface of the object.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Scott Andrew Weaver, Dennis Michael Gray
Application number: 20150101670
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance and a method for operating a water heating assembly of the same are provided. The method includes operating a heating element of the water heating assembly to generate heated water. To dispense the heated water, an air valve of the water heating assembly is closed and an air pump of the water heating assembly is worked. In such a manner, heated water can be dispensed accurately and/or precisely.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christian Francis Bird, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey, Robert Lee Lewis, JR.
Application number: 20150102606
Abstract: An electric generator system includes a rotatable shaft that is configured to rotate about a central longitudinal axis of the shaft, and a pilot permanent magnet generator (PMG) mounted to the shaft such that the pilot PMG is configured to rotate about the central longitudinal axis with the rotatable shaft. The system includes a wound field flux-switching electric machine having a rotor and a stator. The rotor is mounted to the shaft such that the rotor is configured to rotate about the central longitudinal axis with the shaft. The stator includes both a direct current (DC) field coil and an alternating current (AC) armature coil. The DC field coil is operatively connected to the pilot PMG for exciting the DC field coil.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: MANOJ RAMPRASAD SHAH, TSARAFIDY RAMINOSOA
Application number: 20150101653
Abstract: A micro-inverter assembly includes a housing having an opening formed in a bottom surface thereof, and a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing at a position adjacent to the opening. The micro-inverter assembly further includes a micro-inverter DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter and positioned within the opening of the housing, the micro-inverter DC connector having a plurality of exposed electrical contacts.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
Application number: 20150101361
Abstract: A sealed system for an appliance is provided. The sealed system includes a capillary tube for directing refrigerant from a condenser of the sealed system to an evaporator of the sealed system. A suction side conduit assembly is mounted to the capillary tube. The suction side conduit assembly includes multiple conduits or passages for directing refrigerant from the evaporator to a compressor of the sealed system. The suction side conduit assembly can assist with transferring heat from the refrigerant within the capillary tube without substantially reducing a pressure of the refrigerant within the suction side conduit assembly.
Type: Application
Filed: October 10, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Michael John Kempiak, Brent Alden Junge
Application number: 20150101349
Abstract: Locking spacer assemblies, rotor assemblies and turbomachines are provided. In one embodiment, a locking spacer assembly includes a first end piece and a second end piece each configured to fit into a space between platforms of adjacent rotor blades, the first end piece and second end piece each comprising an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface having a profile adapted to project into an attachment slot, wherein the inner surfaces of the first and second end pieces generally face each other. The locking spacer assembly further includes an actuator movable between the inner surfaces, the actuator comprising a projection, the projection comprising a first surface and a second surface formed on the projection and configured to engage the inner surfaces, the first and second surfaces generally perpendicular to radial.
Type: Application
Filed: October 16, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Christian Michael Hansen, Michael James Healy, Brian Denver Potter
Application number: 20150101644
Abstract: A passive diverter is provided that does not require a dedicated motor to switch between multiple outlet ports. The diverter uses a flow of fluid provided by a pump to switch between different outlet ports. In a dishwashing appliance, fluid from the pump that supplies one or more spray assemblies can be used to cause the diverter to switch between different fluid outlets and e.g., different spray assemblies. A separate motor to power the diverter is not required, which allows a savings in costs and space.
Type: Application
Filed: October 10, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Kyle Edward Durham, Craig Curtis
Application number: 20150101592
Abstract: Double oven appliances are provided. In one embodiment, a double oven appliance includes a cabinet that extends between a top portion and a bottom portion along a vertical direction, an upper cooking chamber defined adjacent the top portion of the cabinet, the upper cooking chamber including a top wall and a bottom wall spaced apart along the vertical direction, and a lower cooking chamber defined adjacent the bottom portion of the cabinet, the lower cooking chamber including a top wall and a bottom wall spaced apart along the vertical direction. The double oven appliance further includes a baking gas burner disposed adjacent the bottom wall of the upper cooking chamber and configured to heat the upper cooking chamber, at least a portion of the baking gas burner spaced from a center point of the upper cooking chamber along a lateral direction.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
Application number: 20150106645
Abstract: A method for synchronizing a plurality of components that are networked via a plurality of high speed switches, the method includes frequency-locking to a master clock component clocks of the plurality of components, and synchronizing to a master counter, driven by the master clock, component counters of the plurality of components, so that the frequency-locked component clocks drive the component counters in synchrony with the master counter.
Type: Application
Filed: October 10, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: BRIAN BREUER, STEVEN JOHN WOLOSCHEK, NATHANAEL DALE HUFFMAN, ERIC AASEN
Application number: 20150104753
Abstract: Oven appliances and methods for operating oven appliances are provided. An oven appliance defines a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction that are each perpendicular to each other. The oven appliance includes a cabinet defining a cooking chamber, the cooking chamber configured for receipt of items to be cooked and including a top wall and a bottom wall spaced apart along the vertical direction. The oven appliance further includes a baking gas burner disposed adjacent the bottom wall and configured to heat the cooking chamber, and a broiling gas burner disposed adjacent the top wall and configured to heat the cooking chamber. The oven appliance further includes a controller in communication with the baking gas burner and the broiling gas burner, the controller operable to activate a preheat mode wherein the baking gas burner and the broiling gas burner are simultaneously on.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
Application number: 20150103735
Abstract: A method of controlling data communication in a communications network having a plurality of remote input units providing data and a plurality of subscriber units utilizing at least some of the data. The data from the remote input units may be formatted into a format suitable for subscriber units, and/or may be processed to be useful to the subscriber units. The formatted and/or processed data is then provided over the communications network to the subscribing units.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
Inventor: Pavlo Bobrek
Application number: 20150101990
Abstract: A filtering system is provided that includes at least one temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of a filter cartridge. The temperature measurements can used to determine whether the filter cartridge is at an increased risk of suffering a leak due to a crack of other material failure caused by exposure to certain temperatures. More than one temperature sensor may be used. The temperature measurements can also be used to determine whether one or more corrective actions should be taken such as e.g., providing a notification to a user and/or shutting of a flow of fluid to the filter cartridge.
Type: Application
Filed: October 14, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Stephen Bernard Froelicher, Andrew Reinhard Krause, Mariano Pablo Filippa
Application number: 20150106058
Abstract: A system for improved reliability operations of a system with a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) are presented. The system includes a processor configured to execute a model library to model a safety system. The model library includes a plurality of subsystem models each configured to derive a reliability measure. The system also includes the HRSG and an HRSG advisory system. The HRSG advisory system may be executed by the processor and is configured to receive one or more condition monitoring algorithm results, receive one or more measurements; and determine a probability of failure for the HRSG based at least in part on the one or more condition monitoring algorithm results, the one or more measurements, the model library, or a combination thereof. Moreover, determining the probability of failure includes determining a most likely state of a plurality of states of the HRSG.
Type: Application
Filed: October 15, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Maria Cecilia Mazzaro, Frederick William Block
Application number: 20150104123
Abstract: A journal bearing assembly includes a bearing housing, a plurality of bearing pads, and a plurality of bearing pad support assemblies. The bearing housing includes a radial outer wall. The plurality of bearing pads are mounted within the bearing housing, and include at least one of a gas permeable porous media and an array of gas delivery holes. The plurality of bearing pad support assemblies are radially interposed between the bearing pads and the radial outer wall. Each of the bearing pad support assemblies includes a spring assembly and a damper assembly.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Bugra Han Ertas, Adolfo Delgado Marquez, Darren Lee Hallman, Walter John Smith
Application number: 20150105922
Abstract: A system for analyzing hardware of a turbine controller includes a user interface to receive a user input. The system further includes a turbine controller analysis assembly configured to generate a representation of information corresponding to devices and signals of the turbine controller based on receiving a first query from the user interface and a turbine controller selection from the user interface. The turbine controller analysis assembly is further configured to generate a representation of a bill of materials to modify the turbine controller with a first turbine controller modification module based on receiving from the user interface a first data module selection signal corresponding to the first turbine controller modification module.
Type: Application
Filed: October 11, 2013
Issued: April 16, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Lidia Argelia Gutierrez, Luis Alberto Reyes
Patent number: D727179
Type: Grant
Filed: December 23, 2013
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Nicholas Anthony Stancato, Gerard Frederick Beckhusen, Theodore Alexander Chilek, Joshua Paul David DeRosa, Charles William Fish, III, Richard Monroe
Patent number: D727505
Type: Grant
Filed: May 7, 2014
Issued: April 21, 2015
Assignee: General Electric Company
Inventors: Manish Uddhaorao Choudhary, Thiyaga Rajan
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