General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 10072682
    Abstract: An apparatus for actuating a valve includes a first actuator having a first actuator housing and second actuator with a second actuator housing. A first plate is positioned within the first actuator housing and a second plate is positioned within the second actuator housing. An intermediate stem extends from a first pressure chamber of the first actuator housing to the second plate. A pressure media path extends through the intermediate stem and a second seal nut that extends into the second plate, the pressure media path providing fluid communication between the first pressure chamber, and a second pressure chamber of the second actuator housing. An injection port is open into one of the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber. The first plate and the second plate are movable in response to pressure media injected into the injection port, for actuating the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS PRESSURE CONTROL LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd Ray Cheatham, Arianne P. Loeber
  • Patent number: 10073062
    Abstract: A system includes a probe assembly configured to inspect components of an assembled flange connection when the probe assembly is disposed within a bore of the components. The probe assembly includes a shaft configured to be aligned with an axis of the assembled flange connection, one or more ultrasound probes coupled to the shaft, and one or more encoders. The one or more ultrasound probes are configured to interface with an interior surface of the bore of the components, to emit ultrasound signals into the components, and to receive ultrasound signals from the components. The one or more encoders are coupled to the shaft and are configured to determine a position of the one or more ultrasound probes relative to a reference point of the assembled flange connection during an inspection of components of the assembled flange connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Manuel Kenneth Bueno, Robert Martin Roney, Jr., Willis James Perry, Robert Charles Shaffer, Richard Michael Hatley
  • Patent number: 10072554
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided related to an emissions control system. The emissions control system has an exhaust after-treatment system defining a plurality of distinct exhaust flow passages through which at least a portion of an exhaust stream can flow, e.g., the exhaust stream is produced by an engine. The emissions control system also includes a controller for controlling injection of reductant into the exhaust stream flowing through each of the flow passages. In one example, the emissions control system is configured for use in a vehicle, such as a locomotive or other rail vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jessica Lynn Plummer, Gail Leroy Detar, Shashi Kiran, Shridhar Shrikant Kulkarni, Lawrence Heverley, III
  • Patent number: 10072848
    Abstract: An apparatus for injecting premixed fuel and air through a center body and into the combustion zone of a gas turbine includes a fuel injector nozzle with a premix pilot nozzle having a plurality of premix passages in fluid communication with an air supply and a fuel supply that premixes air and fuel within the premix passages. The apparatus has either an active or passive fuel feed control. Fuel can be fed to the apparatus either conventionally or as a breech load circuit integrated into the oil cartridge. Fuel can be supplied passively via a fuel channel connecting the swozzle fuel plenum to the premix passages. Alternatively, fuel can be injected from the oil cartridge into the premix passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Dwight Berry, Michael John Hughes, Kara Johnston Edwards
  • Patent number: 10072573
    Abstract: A power plant includes a turbine disposed downstream from a combustor. The turbine includes an 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 extraction port and to an air supply 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. The cooled combustion gas mixes with the exhaust gas within the exhaust duct to provide a heated exhaust gas mixture to a heat exchanger disposed downstream from the exhaust duct. The heat exchanger may extract thermal energy from the exhaust gas mixture to produce steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph Philip Klosinski, Alston Ilford Scipio, Sanji Ekanayake, George Vargese Mathai
  • Patent number: 10074038
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to automatically generate an image quality metric for an image are provided. An example method includes automatically processing a first medical image using a deployed learning network model to generate an image quality metric for the first medical image, the deployed learning network model generated from a digital learning and improvement factory including a training network, wherein the training network is tuned using a set of labeled reference medical images of a plurality of image types, and wherein a label associated with each of the labeled reference medical images indicates a central tendency metric associated with image quality of the image. The example method includes computing the image quality metric associated with the first medical image using the deployed learning network model by leveraging labels and associated central tendency metrics to determine the associated image quality metric for the first medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jiang Hsieh, Gopal Avinash, Saad Sirohey, Xin Wang, Zhye Yin, Bruno De Man
  • Patent number: 10072632
    Abstract: A spar cap for a rotor blade of a wind turbine may generally include an assembly of pre-cured laminate plates stacked on one top of the other, with the assembly including an outermost pre-cured plate, an innermost pre-cured plate positioned opposite the outermost pre-cured plate and a plurality of intermediate pre-cured plates stacked directly between the outermost and innermost pre-cured plates. The outermost pre-cured plate may be configured to be positioned adjacent to an inner surface of a body shell of the rotor blade. In addition, the outermost pre-cured plate may define a plate thickness that differs from a plate thickness defined by the innermost pre-cured plate by at least 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron A. Yarbrough, Christopher Daniel Caruso
  • Patent number: 10075114
    Abstract: The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating an electrical power circuit connected to a power grid. The electrical power circuit has a power converter electrically coupled to a generator. The method includes monitoring a rotor speed of the generator during operation of the electrical power circuit. The method also includes increasing an operating range of the rotor speed of the generator. Further, the method includes determining at least one of a line-side voltage of a line-side converter of the power converter or a rotor-side voltage of a rotor-side converter of the power converter during operation of the electrical power circuit. Another step include controlling, via a converter controller, a DC link voltage of a DC link of the power converter as a function of one or more of the line-side voltage, the rotor-side voltage, and/or the rotor speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harold Robert Schnetzka, Anthony Michael Klodowski, Sidney Allen Barker
  • Patent number: 10070835
    Abstract: A device and a related mammography method employing the device are described. The device comprises an x-ray source, an x-ray detector placed under a support plate for supporting an object and arranged to detect the x-rays coming from the x-ray source after they have passed through the object, and a positioning assembly with an arm having multiple degrees of freedom which is a collaborative robot for positioning the x-ray source with respect to the support plate. A method for performing an imaging procedure, which includes placing an object of interest on the support plate; moving the x-ray source relative to the object of interest along a non-planar trajectory to avoid collision with the object; and activating the x-ray source and the x-ray detector so as to detect the x-rays coming from the x-ray source after they have passed through the object, thus obtaining a set of x-ray images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Laurence Vancamberg, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Aurëlie Boudier
  • Patent number: 10070805
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruce Friedman, Matthew Grubis, Scott Fuller, Eliana Stein, Magnus Kall, Stephen Treacy, Peter Arndt
  • Patent number: 10076055
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the system includes one or more electrical components associated with turbomachinery, and the one or more electrical components are disposed within two or more interior compartments of an electrical enclosure. The system also includes a cooling system coupled to the electrical enclosure. The cooling system includes one or more air ducts configured to direct a cooling air to each interior compartment of the two or more interior compartments. The cooling system also includes a controller configured to route cooling air to each interior compartment via the one or more air ducts. The controller is configured to independently regulate a thermal environment for each interior compartment of the two or more interior compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Quoc Hoai Nguyen, Nam Tran, Justin Benden
  • Patent number: 10071509
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an arrangement for manufacturing a head winding cap of an electric machine, comprising a container for accommodating a molding compound, the container is attachable to two winding arms adjacent to a clip connecting the winding arms and enclosing the winding arms, the container projecting perpendicular to the winding arms when attached, and the container creating a tight inclusion for the molding compound, whereas the cap is filled with a dielectric compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GE Renewable Technologies
    Inventors: Yannick Baril, José Figueroa, Michel Sabourin
  • Patent number: 10071811
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a compressor section and a turbine section together defining a core air flowpath. Additionally, a rotary component is rotatable with at least a portion of the compressor section and at least a portion of the turbine section. An electric machine is mounted coaxially with the rotary component and positioned at least partially inward of the core air flowpath along a radial direction of the gas turbine engine. An electric communication bus is electrically connected to the electric machine and extends through the core air flowpath to, e.g., electrically connect the electric machine to one or more systems of the gas turbine engine or a propulsion system including the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Kupiszewski, Brandon Wayne Miller, Randy M. Vondrell, Paul Robert Gemin
  • Patent number: 10072845
    Abstract: An aft heat shield for a fuel nozzle tip includes: an annular shield wall; an annular shield flange extending radially outward from an aft end of the shield wall; an annular baffle flange surrounding the conical section, and disposed such that an axial gap is defined between the shield flange and the baffle flange, the baffle flange including a radially outer rim extending axially forward therefrom; and a plurality of impingement cooling holes passing through the baffle flange and oriented to as to direct air flow towards the shield wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua Tyler Mook, Michael Anthony Benjamin, David Richard Barnhart, Sean James Henderson, Ramon Martinez, Neerav Atul Patel, Mark Richard Shaw
  • Patent number: 10072847
    Abstract: A method for repairing a bundled tube fuel injector includes removing a portion of a pre-mix tube, aligning a tube tip with the remaining portion pre-mix tube and fixedly connecting the tube tip to the pre-mix tube. The method may further include removing an aft plate and an outer shroud from the bundled tube fuel injector so as to expose the pre-mix tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Means, Steven Charles Woods, Mark Carmine Bellino, James Christopher Monaghan, Jonathan Dwight Berry, Patrick S. Riley
  • Patent number: 10072635
    Abstract: A wind turbine including a plurality of blades, a micro inertial measurement unit installed on each blade and configured to sense a plurality of detection parameter signals at corresponding installation positions, and a monitoring system configured to monitor an operating state of the blades. The monitoring system includes a signal processing unit configured to obtain a processing parameter signal through calculation based on the detection parameter signals, a signal analyzing unit configured to analyze each analysis parameter signal, selected from the plurality of detection parameter signals and the processing parameter signal, to obtain a fault estimation signal, used to estimate whether a corresponding blade works in a fault state, and a fault evaluating unit configured to evaluate, based on a plurality of fault estimation signals, whether a corresponding blade fails or a probability that the corresponding blade fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xu Fu, Zhilin Wu, Hai Qiu
  • Patent number: 10075056
    Abstract: A method for power conversion includes coupling a first string to a second string via a first connecting node and a second connecting node to form at least one leg of a power converter. The first string is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus and comprises a first branch and a second branch coupled via a third connecting node. The first branch and the second branch include a plurality of controllable semiconductor switches. Furthermore, the second string comprises a first chain link and a second chain link coupled via an alternating current phase bus and includes a plurality of switching units. The first chain link and/or the second chain link are controlled to generate a negative voltage across at least one of the plurality of controllable semiconductor switches during a switch turn off process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Luis Jose Garces, Andrew Allen Rockhill
  • Patent number: 10074983
    Abstract: The technology is generally directed towards characterizing primary frequency response parameters (e.g., frequency response coefficient, inertia, damping, droop) for an interconnection, region, and power plant utilizing phasor measure unit (PMU) data captured during an event (e.g., a generation trip event) that causes an imbalance in the power grid system. Pre-processing of localized PMU based frequency measurements combined with system identification techniques fit the observed frequency response to estimate parameters such as system inertia, frequency response coefficient, turbine time constant, system damping and governor droop that characterize the interconnection-wide frequency response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Manu Parashar, Gurudatha Pai, Amarsagar Ramapuram-Matavalam
  • Publication number: 20180251722
    Abstract: Disclosed is a biomanufacturing apparatus (1) comprising a housing (20) including top (22) and bottom (24) faces which allow stacking of plural housings, an access door (25) at a front side of the housing, a substantially enclosed bioreactor chamber (30) inside the housing accessible via the door, and a further substantially enclosed region (36) inside the housing containing electrical parts and/or electronic control components, the chamber (30) including: a tray (40/240) for supporting a bioreactor, a tray support (45/245) including a mechanism (44,47/244,247) for rocking the tray in use; the tray having complementary formations allowing movement of tray relative to the tray support toward the front side to allow more convenient access to the bioreactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Haresh Digambar PATIL, Anoop BHARGAV, Praveen PAUL, Sebastian JOHN
  • Publication number: 20180250666
    Abstract: Disclosed is biomanufacturing apparatus (1) comprising a housing (20), a substantially enclosed bioreactor chamber (30) inside the housing and a further substantially enclosed region (36) inside the housing containing electrical parts and/or electronic control components, the chamber (30) including: a tray (40) for supporting a bioreactor, a tray support (45) including a mechanism (44,47) for rocking the tray in use the tray (40) including a heater (42) for contacting a bioreactor and heating the same, and the apparatus further comprising secondary heating (53) for heating air surrounding the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Praveen Paul, Manoj Ramakrishna, Anoop Bhargav, Haresh Digambar Patil, Sebastian John, Manish Uddhaorao Choudhary, Pradeep Kumar, Nivedita Phadke
  • Publication number: 20180251715
    Abstract: Disclosed is biomanufacturing apparatus 1 comprising a housing 20 including top 22 and bottom 24 faces which allow stacking of plural housings, an access door 25 at a front side of the housing, a substantially enclosed bioreactor chamber 30 inside the housing accessible via the door, and a further substantially enclosed region 36 inside the housing containing electrical parts and/or electronic control components, the chamber 30 including: a tray 40 for supporting a bioreactor, a tray support 45 including a mechanism 44,47 for rocking the tray in use; the tray support further including a load cell (41) to determine changes in the mass load on the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Praveen Paul, Manoj Ramakrishna, Anoop Bhargav, Haresh Digambar Patil, Sebastian John, Manish Uddhaorao Choudhary, Pradeep Kumar, Nivedita Phadke
  • Patent number: 10065744
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modelling an engine in a vehicle are provided. A method can include determining a first solver for modelling the engine. The first solver can include a first routine configured for determining one or more parameters of the engine. The method can further include obtaining a first set of inputs associated with the first solver. The first set of inputs can include one or more inputs obtained from the first solver and one or more previous engine states. The method can further include modelling the engine based at least in part on the first set of inputs to generate a first set of outputs. The first set of outputs can include one or more parameters of the engine and one or more engine states. The method can further include providing the one or more parameters to the solver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jacques Paul, Alejandro Aparicio, George Luo, Tarik Yardibi
  • Patent number: 10065317
    Abstract: A system includes first and second robotic machines and a task manager. The first and second robotic machines have respective first and second sets of capabilities for interacting with a surrounding environment. The task manager selects the first and second robotic machines from a group to perform a task based on the first and second sets of capabilities of the robotic machines. The task involves manipulating and/or inspecting a target object of a vehicle. The task manager assigns a first sequence of sub-tasks to be performed by the first robotic machine and a second sequence of sub-tasks to be performed by the second robotic machine. The first and second robotic machines are configured to coordinate performance of the first sequence of sub-tasks by the first robotic machine with performance of the second sequence of sub-tasks by the second robotic machine to accomplish the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Huan Tan, John Michael Lizzi, Charles Burton Theurer, Balajee Kannan, Romano Patrick
  • Patent number: 10066505
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a gas-lubricated bearing assembly for a gas turbine engine and method of damping same. The bearing assembly includes a bearing pad for supporting a rotary component and a bearing housing attached to or formed integrally with the bearing pad. The bearing housing includes a first fluid damper cavity, a second fluid damper cavity in restrictive flow communication with the first fluid damper cavity via a restrictive channel configured as a clearance gap, and a damper fluid configured within the first and second fluid damper cavities. More specifically, the damper fluid of the present disclosure is configured to withstand the high temperature environment of the engine. Thus, the bearing housing is configured to transfer the damper fluid from the first fluid damper cavity to the second fluid damper cavity via the restrictive channel in response to a force acting on the bearing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bugra Han Ertas, Joshua Tyler Mook, Jason Joseph Bellardi
  • Patent number: 10066501
    Abstract: The present application provides a method of evaluating valve conditions in a turbine by a data acquisition system. The method may include the steps of receiving a number of operating parameters from a number of sensors, wherein the operating parameters may include steam temperatures determined over time and steam pressure, determining a steam chemistry, a throttling history, and a piping material, determining a probability of valve erosion based upon the steam temperatures determined over time, the steam chemistry, the throttling history, and the piping material, and altering one or more of the operating parameters and/or initiating repair procedures based upon the determined probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Reigl
  • Patent number: 10066565
    Abstract: A method for operating an internal combustion engine, in particular a gas engine having at least two cylinders, includes acquiring a cylinder-specific first cylinder signal (pmax, E) from each cylinder. At least one combustion parameter (Q, Z) of the corresponding cylinder is controlled as a function of the first cylinder signal (pmax, E), and a cylinder-specific reference cylinder value (pmax?, E?) is set for the first cylinder signal (pmax, E) for each cylinder. The at least one combustion parameter (Q, Z) of the cylinder is adjusted as a function of the deviation of the first cylinder signal (pmax, E) from the reference cylinder value (pmax?, E?), and the first cylinder signal (pmax, E) tracks the reference cylinder value (pmax?, E?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE JENBACHER GMBH & CO OG
    Inventors: Christian Barth, Herbert Kopecek, Nikolaus Spyra, Michael Waldhart
  • Patent number: 10066513
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operation of a combined-cycle power plant with cogeneration, in which method combustion air is inducted in at least one gas turbine, and in which method the exhaust gas emerging from the at least one turbine is passed through a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) in order to generate steam. The electricity production can be decoupled from the steam production in order to restrict the electricity production while the heat provided by steam extraction remains at a constant level. A portion of the inducted combustion air can be passed through at least one turbine to the HRSG without being involved in the combustion of the fuel in the gas turbine. This portion of the combustion air can be used to operate at least one supplementary firing in the heat recovery steam generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Francois Droux, Dario Ugo Breschi, Karl Reyser, Stefan Rofka, Johannes Wick
  • Patent number: 10068474
    Abstract: A vehicle and method of operating a vehicle in a vehicle traffic control system includes receiving a grid projection from a grid generator, generating a navigation output, transmitting the navigation output to the vehicle traffic control system, receiving the vehicle traffic control plan from the vehicle traffic control system, and operating the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Mark Lawrence Turner
  • Patent number: 10066837
    Abstract: The present application provides a gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor discharge casing, a number of combustors configured in an annular array, and a number of aft mounting assemblies. An aft mounting assembly mounts a combustor to an inner diameter of the compressor discharge casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Martin Dicintio, Elizabeth Angelyn Monaghan
  • Patent number: 10068840
    Abstract: An electrical interconnect assembly for use in an integrated circuit package includes a mounting substrate having a thickness defined between a first surface and a second surface thereof and at least one electrically conductive pad formed on the first surface of the mounting substrate. A metallization layer coats a surface of the at least one electrically conductive pad and is electrically coupled thereto. The metallization layer also coats portion of the first surface of the mounting substrate and extends through at least one via formed through the thickness of the mounting substrate. A method of manufacturing an electrical interconnect assembly includes forming at least one top side contact pad on a top surface of a mounting substrate and depositing a metallization layer on the top side contact pad(s), on an exposed portion of the top surface, and into via(s) formed through a thickness of the mounting substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Alan McConnelee, Kevin Matthew Durocher, Scott Smith, Donald Paul Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10067249
    Abstract: Radiation-sensitive material embedded in a disposable radiochemistry device gives the device the additional capability of recording radiation dose, for readout at a later time. There is provided a device comprising means for the introduction of a precursor compound, means for the introduction of a radionuclide, a reaction vessel for reacting said precursor compound and said suitable source of a radionuclide to obtain a radiolabelled compound, and one or more pieces of radiation-sensitive material embedded into said device wherein at least one of said pieces is positioned to be exposed to radioactivity associated with said radiolabelled compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Alok M. Srivastava, Victor Samper, Stefan Riese
  • Patent number: 10069779
    Abstract: A method of communicating data between at least two coprocessors in a single computing environment wherein one of the coprocessors is a transmitting processor and the other of the coprocessors is a receiving processor and the single computing environment includes a memory accessible by the coprocessors includes, among other things, determining in the transmitting processor the size of data to be communicated, attaching the data to a message and transmitting the message to the receiving processor if the size of the data is below or equal to a predetermined threshold value, and transmitting to the receiving processor a pointer that points to a location of the data in the memory if the size of the data is above the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Thomas Occhipinti, Konrad Robert Kuczynski, Eric Daniel Buehler
  • Patent number: 10066641
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Prabakaran Modachur Krishnan, Dwight Eric Davidson, Nandakumar Aladahalli Rangaswamy
  • Patent number: 10065176
    Abstract: A system for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from a flue gas generated via combusting a fossil fuel is provided. The system includes a calcination chamber and a sealing-purger. The calcination chamber is configured to receive a plurality of loaded sorbent particles and a plurality of heat-transferring particles such that the loaded sorbent particles are heated within the calcination chamber so as to release carbon dioxide. The sealing-purger includes at least one gravity driven moving particle bed. The at least one gravity driven moving particle bed allows the plurality of heat-transferring particles or the plurality of sorbent particles to enter or leave the calcination chamber while restricting the flue gas from entering the calcination chamber and the released carbon dioxide particles from leaving the calcination chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Charles Balfe, Hao Tan
  • Patent number: 10066598
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade having a blade surface comprising a pressure side and a suction side, comprising one or more flow disturbing devices for provoking air flow separation arranged on the suction side of the blade, wherein the flow disturbing device is removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE Renewable Technologies Wind B.V.
    Inventor: Isaac Gil Mollà
  • Patent number: 10068468
    Abstract: Provided is a control system for an outdoor communication system mounted to a fixture of the outdoor communication system that includes at least one sensor configured to sense and perform wireless communication, and a cover formed at least partially transparent and configured to house the at least one sensor and transmit signals through the cover for wireless communication with the outdoor communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ashbeel Younas John, Louis Bacon, Youcef Chaoua, Justin E. Foster, Victor Ion Isac
  • Patent number: 10065251
    Abstract: A cutting tool is shown for cutting, handling and then ejecting disks of material cut from a sheet or like material, the tool comprising: a body having a proximal end adapted to be rotatably driven about an axis, and having a distal end including a generally cylindrical cutting portion rotatable about said axis for cutting and receiving said disks; an ejector slideable parallel with the axis and within said cylindrical cutting portion for ejecting the received cut disks; and a grip rotatably mounted to the body such that the grip can be held without substantial rotation while the body is rotated said grip being operable to cause said sliding of the ejector and for ejecting the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Stevan Paul Tortorella
  • Patent number: 10070531
    Abstract: A system and method for packaging light emitting semiconductors (LESs) is disclosed. An LES device is provided that includes a heatsink and an array of LES chips mounted on the heatsink and electrically connected thereto, with each LES chip comprising connection pads and a light emitting area configured to emit light therefrom responsive to a received electrical power. The LES device also includes a flexible interconnect structure positioned on and electrically connected to each LES chip to provide for control LES operation of the array of LES chips, with the flexible interconnect structure further including a flexible dielectric film configured to conform to a shape of the heatsink and a metal interconnect structure formed on the flexible dielectric film and that extends through vias formed in the flexible dielectric film so as to be electrically connected to the connection pads of the LES chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arun Virupaksha Gowda, Donald Paul Cunningham, Shakti Singh Chauhan
  • Patent number: 10068677
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system including an X-ray source, an X-ray collimator, a real-time controllable 3D X-ray attenuator, a digital X-ray detector, and a system controller coupled to the X-ray radiation source, the collimator, the real-time controllable 3D X-ray attenuator, and the digital X-ray detector for controlling the real-time controllable 3D X-ray attenuator to reduce X-ray radiation dose and improve image quality. The real-time controllable 3D X-ray attenuator includes a top panel, a bottom panel, at least one sidewall joining the top panel to the bottom panel, an open area between the top panel, bottom panel, and at least one 2D pixel array coupled to at least one of the top panel and the bottom panel, the at least one 2D pixel array having a plurality of pixels of thin film electric coils and switching thin film field-effect transistors, wherein the open area is at least partially filled with a mixture of ferromagnetic material and medium X-ray attenuation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: James Liu
  • Patent number: 10070562
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for heat-dissipation in an avionics chassis can include a housing having an outer surface, defining an exterior of the housing, an inner surface, defining an interior of the housing, and a set of walls at least partially separating the exterior of the housing from the interior of the housing, a heat generating component located within the interior of the housing, and a thermal plane thermally coupled to the heat generating component and configured to direct heat away from the heat generating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stefano Angelo Mario Lassini, Stephen Nils Holen, Michael James Dusseau
  • Patent number: 10067330
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for delivering index-matching immersion liquid in high numerical-aperture optical microscopy and lithography. An array of immersion liquid droplets is delivered to a specimen substrate or specimen substrate cover by an immersion liquid printing apparatus. An immersion liquid reservoir provides immersion liquid to the printer by a precision pump. The printer delivers immersion liquid to the substrate or substrate cover in arrays of immersion liquid droplets of defined volumes and array patterns. The volumes and patterns of array droplets delivered to the substrate or substrate cover are optimized to maintain adequate immersion liquid between the substrate or substrate cover and an immersion objective while avoiding the formation of air bubbles in the immersion liquid and the accumulation of excess volumes of immersion liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: William M. Dougherty, Paul C. Goodwin, Steven A. Reese, David A. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10069303
    Abstract: A power generation system is provided. The system includes a bus, at least two converters, an energy-type energy storage unit (ES), a power-type energy storage unit (PS) and a controller. The ES and the PS are coupled in parallel to the bus through corresponding converters of the at least two converters. The controller is configured to control the ES and the PS through the corresponding converters in at least two conditions during a charging mode and a discharging mode: when a power for the ES and PS is below a power threshold, control the power to flow between the ES and the bus; and when the power is above the power threshold, control a part of the power to flow between the ES and the bus and another part of the power to flow between the PS and the bus. And a method for generating power is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Tong Zhao, Rong Li, Xu Fu, Bernard P. Landa
  • Patent number: 10068116
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking. An example method includes receiving messages collected by a badge in an environment, the messages including signal strength and a timestamp. The example method also includes assigning a location in the environment to the badge based on a first subset of the messages. The example method also includes identifying an asset in a second subset of the messages. The example method also includes updating a current location associated with the asset based on a relative proximity of the asset to the badge, wherein the current location corresponds to a first time and the updated location corresponds to a second time, and wherein a change in location between the current location and the updated location indicates movement of the asset in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Stephen Good, Charles Burton Theurer, Shaopeng Liu, Robert Lee Wallace
  • Patent number: 10066488
    Abstract: A turbomachine blade is disclosed including an airfoil including a cooling fluid plenum extending therein and a trailing edge cooling opening extending from the cooling fluid plenum through a trailing edge of the airfoil. A platform may couple the airfoil to a shank, the platform including a trailing edge extending downstream relative to the shank. At least one cooling conduit delivers a cooling fluid radially inward from at least one of the cooling fluid plenum and the trailing edge cooling opening to a wheel space that is adjacent the shank and radially inward from the trailing edge of the platform. A related turbomachine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Melbourne James Myers, Camilo Andres Sampayo, Xiuzhang James Zhang
  • Patent number: 10068488
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing a data update to an aircraft including requesting a data update related to a route to be flown by the aircraft, receiving flight procedure data in a data update into a component of the aircraft from a ground station in response to the request and updating the route to be flown utilizing the flight procedure data in the data update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Russell Allen Ramaker, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth
  • Patent number: 10065314
    Abstract: A manipulation platform includes a navigation system, manipulation arm, and one or more area sensors. The navigation unit locates a position of the manipulation platform, and a manipulation arm has a device or a collection sensor. The area sensors acquire data representative of at least a portion of an area in which the manipulation platform is located. Processors determine or predict a presence of an external object within a manipulation range of the manipulation arm using the data acquired by the one or more area sensors. The processors respond to a determination of the external body being, or being predicted to be, within the manipulation range by controlling one or more of the manipulation arm or the manipulation platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Tai-Peng Tian, Charles Theurer, Balajee Kannan, Huan Tan, Arpit Jain, Guiju Song
  • Patent number: 10066630
    Abstract: A fan assembly is provided. The fan assembly includes a fan, a fan casing circumscribing the fan, and a fan casing heating system in thermal communication with the fan casing. The fan includes a hub, and a plurality of fan blades extending from the hub. Each fan blade of the plurality of fan blades terminates at a respective blade tip. A clearance gap is defined between the fan casing and the blade tips. The fan casing heating system is configured to apply heat to the fan casing when the fan is operating in a first operational mode, and remove the applied heat when the fan transitions into a second operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hemanth Gudibande Sathyakumar Kumar, Bhaskar Nanda Mondal, Thomas Ory Moniz
  • Patent number: 10065664
    Abstract: A control system having a controller is configured to operate a vehicle indexing system that moves one or more vehicles in a vehicle system into a position to one or more of unload cargo off of the one or more vehicles or load the cargo onto the one or more vehicles. The controller is configured to determine a power setting of the vehicle indexing system that is used by the vehicle indexing system to move the one or more vehicles in the vehicle system into the position. The controller also is configured to determine a vehicle power setting for the vehicle system based on the power setting of the vehicle indexing system for controlling the vehicle system to provide additional tractive effort to the vehicle indexing system to move the one or more vehicles into the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Adam Charles Hausmann, Derek Kevin Woo, Peter Idema
  • Patent number: 10068678
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system including an X-ray source, a motorless real-time controllable 3D X-ray collimator, a digital X-ray detector, and a system controller coupled to the X-ray radiation source, the motorless real-time controllable 3D X-ray collimator, and the digital X-ray detector for controlling the motorless real-time 3D X-ray collimator to reduce X-ray radiation dose and improve image quality. The motorless real-time controllable 3D X-ray collimator includes a top panel, a bottom panel, at least one sidewall joining the top panel to the bottom panel, an open area between the top panel, bottom panel, and at least one 2D pixel array coupled to at least one of the top panel and the bottom panel, the at least one 2D pixel array having a plurality of pixels of thin film electric coils and switching thin film field-effect transistors, wherein the open area is at least partially filled with a mixture of ferromagnetic material and high X-ray attenuation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: James Liu
  • Patent number: 10066485
    Abstract: A turbomachine blade may include an airfoil and a shank coupled to the airfoil. The shank may include a cover plate having a first circumferential face and a second, opposing circumferential face. A radial cooling groove is positioned in the first circumferential face and is configured to allow a cooling fluid to pass from a first radial position to a second, different radial position relative to the platform. The radial cooling groove provides cover plate and shank cooling. In addition, the radial cooling groove may deliver fluid for purging gaps between blade platforms and cover plates, which prevents the ingestion of hot gas from the turbine flowpath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Fred Thomas Willett, Jr., Eric David Roush