General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 10137540
    Abstract: A method and portable device for modifying or coating a surface of turbine components in the field includes an ESD torch electrically connected with ESD equipment. The ESD torch includes an inert gas source, vibration source, and electrode disk of conductive material. The electrode disk is disposed within the ESD torch, shielded by an inert gas and coupled with the vibration source. The electrode disk is rolled over the surface, which actuates the electrode disk and deposits the conductive material from the electrode disk onto the surface of the workpiece to form the compositionally controlled protective coating. The compositionally controlled protective coating deposited by the electrode disk forms a metallurgical bond with the surface of the workpiece to prevent erosion of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jianqiang Chen, Ronald Ralph Cairo
  • Patent number: 10138747
    Abstract: Various embodiments include gas turbine seals and methods of forming such seals. In some cases, a turbine includes: a first arcuate component adjacent to a second arcuate component, each arcuate component including one or more slots having a seal assembly disposed therein. The seal assembly including an intersegment seal including a plurality of seal segments defining one or more end regions. One or more of the plurality of seal segments including at the one or more end regions a plurality of jet holes and a channel having a wire disposed therein, wherein the intersegment seal provides sealing of one or more end gaps defined proximate the one or more end regions in response to the thrust of a flow of pressurized air through the plurality of jet holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bodhayan Dev, Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate
  • Patent number: 10137981
    Abstract: An aeronautical propulsion system includes a fan having a plurality of fan blades rotatable about a central axis and defining a fan pressure ratio, FPR. The propulsion system also includes an electric motor mechanically coupled to the fan for driving the fan, the electric motor including a number of poles, npoles, and defining a maximum power, P. The relationship between the fan pressure ratio, FPR, of the fan, the number of poles, npoles, of the electric motor, and the maximum power, P, of the electric motor is defined by an equation: n pole p = C 1 · e - 9.062 · FPR + C 2 · e - 1.2604 · FPR ; wherein C1 is a constant having a value between 22,000 and 52,000, wherein C2 is a constant having a value between 4.0 and 9.8, and wherein e is Euler's number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Randy M. Vondrell, Patrick Michael Marrinan, Paul Robert Gemin, Nicholas Taylor Moore
  • Patent number: 10139259
    Abstract: A system for metering gas a fluid stream includes a primary conduit and a secondary conduit coupled to the primary conduit such that the secondary conduit receives a portion of a fluid stream passing through the primary conduit. A flow manager disposed in the primary conduit is configured to maintain a predetermined relationship between at least one first physical characteristic of the fluid stream and at least one second physical characteristic of the portion of the fluid stream. A sensor measures a flow characteristic of the portion of the fluid stream and a processor determines a flow parameter of the fluid stream based, at least in part, on the predetermined relationship and one of an amplitude or temporal characteristic of the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nannan Chen, Ertugrul Berkcan, Mengli Wang, Roman Leon Artiuch
  • Patent number: 10138873
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for recalibrating nacelle-positions of a plurality of wind turbines in a wind park is implemented by a nacelle calibration computing device including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor. The method includes identifying at least two associated wind turbines included within the wind park wherein each associated wind turbine includes location information, determining a plurality of predicted wake features for the associated wind turbines based at least partially on the location information of each associated wind turbine, retrieving a plurality of historical performance data related to the associated wind turbines, determining a plurality of current wake features based on the plurality of historical performance data, identifying a variance between the predicted wake features and the current wake features, and determining a recalibration factor for at least one of the associated wind turbines based on the identified variance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter Alan Gregg, Megan Michela Wilson, Siddhanth Chandrashekar, Vineel Chandrakanth Gujjar, Manisha Srivastava, Colin Craig McCulloch
  • Patent number: 10139267
    Abstract: A method includes collecting a data for a time from sensors to a fixed monitoring system. The fixed monitoring system is fixedly coupled to a turbo-machinery and the sensors are configured to monitor the turbo-machinery, also, the time comprises at least one week. The method also includes recovering the data by coupling a portable machinery monitor to the fixed monitoring system and retrieving the data into the portable machinery monitor. The method also includes analyzing the data to determine one or more machinery conditions. The analyzing the data comprises analyzing the data via the portable machinery monitor, an external system, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Brian Deverell, Matt Benjamin Kalb, Mel Gabriel Maalouf, David John Shafer, Ryan Gregory Roaldson
  • Patent number: 10139021
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing a predetermined fluid in a void space (450) of an annulus (320) of a flexible pipe and a method for providing a predetermined fluid in a void space of an annulus are disclosed. The method comprises introducing a predetermined fluid into at least one fluid communication passageway (120), e.g. an elongated conduit, in an annulus (320) of a flexible pipe and, via the passageway (120), communicating the fluid into a void space (450) of the annulus at a plurality of axially spaced apart locations, e.g. via a plurality of spaced apart openings in the wall of the elongated conduit, and at a pressure of less than about around 80 psi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Carney, Stephen Mills, Leigh Shippen, Michael Kelly
  • Patent number: 10139373
    Abstract: A method and a device for the near-surface, non-destructive inspection by means of ultrasound of a rotationally symmetric workpiece having a diameter that changes from section to section are provided. The method and device are based on the insonification of an ultrasonic test pulse into the workpiece at a defined insonification angle and the subsequent recording of an ultrasonic echo signal from the workpiece. Echo signals that trace back to a near-surface region ROI of the workpiece are identified and evaluated. Then, a graphic representation of the surface of the workpiece is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Prashanth Kumar Chinta
  • Patent number: 10139095
    Abstract: Embodiments of a lamp that utilizes a reflector and a light source with light-emitting diode (LED) devices to generate an optical intensity distribution substantially similar to that of a conventional incandescent light bulb. These embodiments utilize an operation configuration with parameters that define relationships between components of the lamp to generate the optical intensity distribution. These parameters can, in one example, set out the position of the reflector relative to the light source as well as the ratio between dimensions of the reflector and the light source. In one embodiment, the reflector is in position relative to the light source to form a blocking area proximate the light source that defines a part of the lamp that does not diffuse light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Lee Yoder, William Stewart Johnson, Roderick Fitzgerald Rebman, Glenn Howard Kuenzler, Mark J. Mayer, Jeyachandrabose Chinniah
  • Patent number: 10138431
    Abstract: A method for cracking hydrocarbon, comprises: providing steam and hydrocarbon; and feeding steam and hydrocarbon into a reactor accessible to hydrocarbon and comprising a perovskite material of formula AaBbCcDdO3??, wherein 0<a<1.2, 0?b?1.2, 0.9<a+b?1.2, 0<c<1.2, 0?d?1.2, 0.9<c+d?1.2, ?0.5<?<0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shizhong Wang, Wenqing Peng, Qijia Fu, Zhigang Deng, Zhaoping Wu, Chuan Lin, Yanfei Gu, Xiao Zhang, Lawrence Bernard Kool
  • Patent number: 10138434
    Abstract: A surface treatment method includes: contacting a substrate with a treatment material, the substrate comprising a metallic element, the treatment material comprising an alkaline earth metal element, an alkali metal element, or any combination thereof; and forming on the substrate a surface layer comprising a first oxide of the alkaline earth metal element, the alkali metal element, or any combination thereof and a second oxide of the metallic element. A device has: a substrate layer comprising a metallic element; and a surface layer comprising a first oxide of an alkaline earth metal element, an alkali metal element, or any combination thereof, and a second oxide of the metallic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shizhong Wang, Wenqing Peng, Lawrence Bernard Kool, Nan Hao, Wusheng Xu, Minghu Guo, Hong Zhou, Yanfei Gu, Zhaohui Yang
  • Patent number: 10138940
    Abstract: A roller bearing cage that includes a cylindrical body including a plurality of pocket holes defined within and positioned circumferentially about the cylindrical body. Each pocket hole includes a pair of side portions and a pair of end portions meeting with the pair of side portions at a corner portion. The corner portion is contoured with a compound radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Fabio Nonato de Paula, Yi Han, Joseph Robert Dickman
  • Patent number: 10138740
    Abstract: A ceramic component is generally provided that includes a silicon-based layer comprising a silicon-containing material (e.g., a silicon metal and/or a silicide) and about 0.001% to about 85% of a Ga-containing compound. For example, the silicon-based layer can be a bond coating directly on the surface of the substrate. Alternatively or additionally, the silicon-based layer can be an outer layer defining a surface of the substrate, with an environmental barrier coating on the surface of the substrate. Gas turbine engines are also generally provided that include such a ceramic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Glen Harold Kirby, Julin Wan
  • Patent number: 10139112
    Abstract: The invention relates to an annular combustion chamber of a gas turbine having a machine axis. The combustion chamber includes at least two zones. A first zone receives the fuel/air mixture of a plurality of burners. A second zone guides the hot gases being produced by the burners from the first zone to an entrance of a turbine section of said gas turbine. An annular transition liner includes a plurality of liner segments located at the transition between said first zone and second zone. Each of the liner segments includes with respect to the axial hot gas flow a leading edge, a trailing edge, and two sidewalls, and is provided with axial mounting means at the leading and trailing edges, such that the liner segment can be installed in axial direction and is axially fixed by respective segments of the neighboring first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Uwe Rüdel, Urs Benz, Christoph Appel, Ivan Lenuzzi
  • Patent number: 10136868
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with an X-ray source configured to generate X-rays directed toward an object, wherein the X-ray source is to: (i) generate a first energy X-ray pulse, (ii) switch to generate a second energy X-ray pulse, and (iii) switch back to generate another first energy X-ray pulse. A detector may be associated with multiple image pixels, and the detector includes, for each pixel: an X-ray sensitive element to receive X-rays; a first storage element and associated switch to capture information associated with the first energy X-ray pulses; and a second storage element and associated switch to capture information associated with the second energy X-ray pulse. A controller may synchronize the X-ray source and detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yun Zou, John Michael Sabol, Brian David Yanoff, Hao Lai, Biju Jacob, Katelyn Rose Nye, Feng Chen
  • Patent number: 10138735
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, an airfoil for a rotor blade of a gas turbine includes a normalized pressure side wall portion thickness, a normalized suction side wall portion thickness, a normalized leading edge wall thickness, and a normalized trailing edge wall thickness. The values of theses thicknesses define the pressure side wall portion thickness, the suction side wall portion thickness, the leading edge wall thickness, and the trailing edge wall thickness, which improve heat transfer, flow distribution, and mechanical load transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Adebukola Oluwaseun Benson, Xiuzhang James Zhang, Nicholas Alvin Hogberg, Kenneth Earl Williams
  • Patent number: 10137499
    Abstract: A method of forming a component having an internal passage defined therein is provided. The method includes positioning a jacketed core with respect to a mold. The jacketed core includes a hollow structure formed at least partially by an additive manufacturing process, and an inner core disposed within the hollow structure. The method also includes introducing a component material in a molten state into a cavity of the mold, and cooling the component material in the cavity to form the component. The inner core is positioned to define the internal passage within the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Moricca, Stephen Francis Rutkowski, Stanley Frank Simpson, Joseph Leonard Moroso
  • Patent number: 10138736
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward systems including a turbomachine blade tip shroud having a pressure side portion and a suction side portion. The pressure side portion and the suction side portion are divided by a mean camber line of a turbomachine blade, and the pressure side portion has a greater surface area than the suction side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rohit Chouhan, Sumeet Soni, Paul Kendall Smith, Srinivasa Govardhan Jayana, Sylvain Pierre, Harish Bommanakatte, Spencer Aaron Kareff
  • Patent number: 10137980
    Abstract: Hub assembly and propeller blade assemblies incorporating partial hub assembly having a backing plate with a set of partial root seats and a set of clamps selectively operably couplable to the backing plate with each clamp defining a second partial root seat and wherein when a clamp is coupled to the backing plate a root seat is formed, propeller blades having roots are received within the root seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Rajendra Vishwanath Pawar, David Raju Yamarthi, Amit Arvind Kurvinkop, Sandeep Kumar, Murugesan Periasamy, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Bajarang Agrawal, Nagashiresha G
  • Patent number: 10141909
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a self-coupled transformer, a first band stop filter and a tank circuit connected in series with the first band stop filter between first and second windings of the self-coupled transformer. An inductor of the tank circuit acts as an out-of-phase third winding of the self-coupled transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Melissa Jean Freeman, Thomas George McFarland, Margaret Ann Wiza, Douglas Link
  • Patent number: 10137788
    Abstract: A power electronic device includes at least one inductor configured to couple to a first capacitor and a second capacitor. The power electronic device includes a controller configured to control a first current conducting through the inductor and a second current conducting through the inductor. The first and second currents conduct in opposite directions with respect to each other, and the first and second currents interact with each other through the inductor such that a net direct current (DC) component through the inductor is approximately zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pierluigi Tenca, Paolo Soldi, Fabio Carastro
  • Patent number: 10139376
    Abstract: A system to monitor a composite system component may include a plurality of sensors mounted proximate to the composite system component. A signal processing unit may receive, from each of the plurality of sensors, a series of sensed values associated with the composite system component and determine a kurtosis value for each series of sensed values. A threshold exceedance detector may detect if at least one of the kurtosis values exceeds a pre-determined threshold value. A delamination location estimation unit may calculate an estimated location of a composite system component delamination alert signal based on calculated time difference delay values of detected signal impulses in the series of sensed values using at least four of the plurality of sensors. A delamination alert output may then transmit a composite system component delamination alert signal, along with the estimated location, when at least one of the kurtosis values exceeds the pre-determined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Erik Hershey, Frederick Wilson Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10141851
    Abstract: A direct current (DC) to DC power converter includes a first converter for converting a first DC bus voltage into a first high frequency AC voltage and a second converter for converting a second high frequency alternating current (AC) voltage into a second DC bus voltage. The DC to DC converter also includes a resonant circuit for coupling the first bus converter and the second bus converter and a controller for providing switching signals to the first converter and the second converter to operate the power converter in a soft switching mode. The resonant circuit includes a high frequency transformer coupled between the first converter and the second converter and an auxiliary converter coupled in series with a first resonant inductor and the high frequency transformer. The resonant circuit further includes second inductor coupled across a first winding of the high frequency transformer. An auxiliary voltage generated by auxiliary converter is added in series with an output voltage of the first converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju
  • Patent number: 10141744
    Abstract: Systems and methods for regulating a short circuit current associated with an energy storage system are provided. In one embodiment, an energy storage system can include an energy storage device and a switching power supply coupled to the energy storage device. The energy storage system can further include one or more cables configured to couple the energy storage device to the switching power supply, and a magnetic framework positioned proximate the one or more cables. The magnetic framework can include one or more magnetic structures and can span at least a portion of the length of the cables. The one or more cables are positioned in a physical arrangement that, in conjunction with the magnetic framework, facilitates a selected inductance between the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Harold Robert Schnetzka, Wayne Allen Schulz, Douglas Austin, Abiyu Negede
  • Patent number: 10141251
    Abstract: An electronic package is provided. The electronic package includes a substrate and a plurality of vias defined by a corresponding plurality of pre-defined via patterns. The electronic package further a metal built-up layer disposed on portions of the substrate to provide a plurality of pre-defined via locations and the plurality of pre-defined via patterns of the plurality of vias. Also, the electronic package includes a first conductive layer disposed on at least a portion of the metal built-up layer. Moreover, the electronic package includes a second conductive layer disposed on the first conductive layer, where the plurality of vias is disposed at least in part in the metal built-up layer, the first conductive layer, and the second conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Arun Virupaksha Gowda, Paul Alan McConnelee, Risto Ilkka Tuominen
  • Patent number: 10141203
    Abstract: An electronics package includes a lower insulating layer, an upper insulating layer coupled to the lower insulating layer, and a conductive contact pad coupled to a second surface of the upper insulating layer. An electrical component is positioned within an opening formed through the upper insulating layer. A first interconnect layer extends through at least one via in the lower insulating layer to electrically couple with at least one contact pad on the electrical component and a second interconnect layer extends through at least one via in the upper insulating layer and electrically couples the first interconnect layer to the conductive contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Alan McConnelee, Arun Virupaksha Gowda
  • Patent number: 10140741
    Abstract: A mobile computing device for providing an indication of process readings of a machine includes a processor configured to receive an image of a process indicator wherein capture of the image is initiated using the mobile computing device proximate the machine. The at least one processor is also configured to determine a template including a template image of the process indicator and template components of the process indicator. The at least one processor is further configured to display the received image and the determined template image such that they overlay each other and align the received image with the determined template image. The at least one processor is also configured to determine a position of a value indicator with respect to a scale of the process indicator, transform the determined position to a process indicator value, and store the process indicator value in the one or more memory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nigel Trevor Leigh, Brett Ralph Taylor, Robert Steven Craft, Stephen James Post
  • Patent number: 10138815
    Abstract: A system is provided with a turbine combustor having a first diffusion fuel nozzle, wherein the first diffusion fuel nozzle is configured to produce a diffusion flame. The system includes a turbine driven by combustion products from the diffusion flame in the turbine combustor. The system also includes an exhaust gas compressor, wherein the exhaust gas compressor is configured to compress and route an exhaust gas from the turbine to the turbine combustor along an exhaust recirculation path. In addition, the system includes a first catalyst unit disposed along the exhaust recirculation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Huntington, Sulabh K. Dhanuka, Ilya Aleksandrovich Slobodyanskiy
  • Patent number: 10140706
    Abstract: To enable compactness of pixel regions representing possibly micro-calcified tissue in an image to be intuitively recognizable. There is provided a calcification display apparatus comprising: identifying means for identifying pixel regions representing possibly calcified tissue in an image; dilating means for dilating, for each identified pixel region, a corresponding region including that pixel region; grouping means for combining the pixel regions pertaining to the dilated corresponding regions contiguously adjoining one another into one group; and display means for displaying, for each group, at least one of the following: the pixel regions belonging to that group, dilated corresponding regions for the pixel regions, and a border enclosing the pixel regions, with color or brightness according to the number of the pixel regions belonging to that group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10141776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling power distribution are provided. The method includes receiving a power command, wherein the power command requests a discharge from one or more BESS units, and wherein the one or more BESS units are housed in one or more temperature controlled rooms. For each of the one or more temperature controlled rooms, a lowest energy remaining of the one or more BESS units in the temperature controlled room is determined; a low threshold is determined based on the determined lowest energy remaining and a floor; a limit is determined based on the determined low threshold; and the limit is assigned to each of the one or more BESS units housed in the temperature controlled room. The method includes causing the power command to be at least partially satisfied by the one or more BESS units based on the assigned limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Clarence Hicks, Kenneth McClellan Rush, Joshua Paul Webb, Richard Scott Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 10141875
    Abstract: An aircraft starting and generating system includes a starter/generator that includes a main machine, an exciter, and a permanent magnet generator. The system also includes an inverter/converter/controller that is connected to the starter/generator and that generates AC power to drive the starter/generator in a start mode for starting a prime mover of the aircraft, and that converts AC power, obtained from the starter/generator after the prime mover have been started, to DC power in a generate mode of the starter/generator. A main bridge gate driver is configured to drive a MOSFET-based bridge during start mode using Space Vector Pulse Width Modulation (SVPWM) and during generate mode using reverse conduction based inactive rectification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Hao Huang, Jinhui Zhang
  • Patent number: 10142639
    Abstract: The signalization of the inter-layer dependencies between layers of a multi-layered data stream is described. A good compromise between a too intensive restriction of the potential diversity of inter-layer dependencies on the one hand and a too complex signaling of the inter-layer dependencies on the other hand has been found by describing the inter-layer dependencies by way of a first inter-dependency syntax structure indicating inter-dependencies between pairs of different values representable by a base layer-ID and a second inter-dependency syntax structure indicating inter-dependencies between pairs of different values representable by an extension layer-ID, the base layer ID and extension layer ID indexing the layers the portions of the multi-layer data stream are associated with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Karsten Suehring, Thomas Schierl, Detlev Marpe, Robert Skupin, Yago Sanchez De La Fuente, Gerhard Tech
  • Publication number: 20180333208
    Abstract: Systems and methods for surgical tool navigation, include a movable gantry. A light emitting device is connected to the movable gantry. A range meter connected to the gantry. The distance meter measures a distance between the light emitting device and a surface. In a method of surgical tool navigation, the light emitting device projects light on the surface. The range meter detects the light and measures the distance between the light emitting device and the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Francois Kotian, Thomas Mc Carthy
  • Patent number: 10131874
    Abstract: A cell culture support comprising a substrate, and a dual stimuli responsive block copolymer immobilized on the substrate, wherein the dual stimuli responsive block copolymer is both thermoresponsive and pH responsive. A method of culturing cells comprising the cell culture support having a dual stimuli responsive copolymer immobilized on a substrate, wherein the dual stimuli responsive copolymer is thermoresponsive and pH responsive; and growing the cells on the cell culture support. By lowering the temperature, cells are released from the cell culture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Reginald Donovan Smith, Prameela Susarla, Slawomir Rubinsztajn, Brian David Polizzotti, Anton Beletskii
  • Patent number: 10132186
    Abstract: In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a system for supporting a turbine shroud. The system includes a shroud support at least partially defining a first piston sleeve and a piston assembly having a first piston head disposed within the first piston sleeve and a second piston head coupled to the first piston head. The first piston head is slideably engaged with an inner surface of the first piston sleeve. The second piston head is slideably engaged with an inner surface of a second piston sleeve. The system also includes a turbine shroud that is fixedly connected to the piston assembly and that extends radially inwardly from the shroud support. The piston assembly provides for radially inward and radially outward movement of the turbine shroud in response to a change in a radial force applied to a hot side surface of the turbine shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jason David Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10130309
    Abstract: A system and method for determining physiological parameters based on electrical impedance measurements is provided. One method includes obtaining electrical measurement signals acquired from a plurality of transducers coupled to a surface of an object and spatially pre-conditioning the obtained electrical measurement signals. The method also includes performing multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) processing of the spatially pre-conditioned electrical measurement signals to correlate the spatially pre-conditioned electrical measurement signals to separate the electrical measurement signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Amit Satish Gore, Jeffrey Michael Ashe
  • Patent number: 10132169
    Abstract: A rotor blade for a gas turbine that is configured for use within a row of samely configured rotor blades attached to and circumferentially spaced about a rotor disc. The rotor blade may further include: an airfoil defined between pressure and suction faces; and a midspan shroud comprising a pressure wing and a suction wing extending from the airfoil. The pressure wing and the suction wing of the midspan shroud may be configured so to cooperatively form an interface between installed neighboring ones of the rotor blades within the row of samely configured rotor blades. The interface may include a first one of the pressure wing and the suction wing disposed as an upstream wing and a remaining other one of the pressure wing and the suction wing disposed as a downstream wing. The interface may include the upstream wing and the downstream wing configured as a downstream narrowing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Michael David McDufford
  • Patent number: 10130322
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mammography device for X-ray photographing an object to be inspected. The mammography device includes: a device body movable in a vertical axis direction and rotatable around a first horizontal axis; a generator fixed to one end portion of the device body; a support part for the object including a detector; a first moving unit moving the device body in the vertical axis direction; a rotating unit rotating the device body around the first horizontal axis; and a controller controlling the first moving unit and the rotating unit, wherein the controller performs a control so that the rotating unit rotates the device body and the first moving unit moves the device body together with the rotation of the device body in order to position a center of an upper surface of the support part for the object on the same horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jin Young Moon
  • Patent number: 10132422
    Abstract: A system for securing a valve actuator to a valve assembly includes an actuator housing with a plurality of housing lugs protruding radially. A cylinder assembly is located within the actuator housing and has a horseshoe connector to engage a valve stem nub of a valve stem and transfer axial movement of the horseshoe connector to axial movement of the valve stem. A bonnet has a plurality of bonnet lugs protruding radially from the bonnet to define a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween, wherein each of the plurality of housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the plurality of bonnet slots when the actuator housing is in a released position, the actuator housing being rotatable to a locked position such that the plurality of bonnet lugs prevent axial movement of the actuator housing in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Robert Kevin Law, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd R. Cheatham
  • Patent number: 10135401
    Abstract: A switching amplifier includes a plurality of cascade elements, each bridge circuit includes an inductive load coupled between a first leg terminal of one of the at least two leg circuits and a second leg terminal of another one of the at least two leg circuits. A first leg voltage of the first leg terminal have a phase shift relative to a second leg voltage of the second leg terminal, the phase shift is used for causing the inductive load to store electric energy and generating a minimum circulating current?I min or I min sufficient to effect conducting of a corresponding diode; each of the switches is configured to be turned on if the corresponding diode conducts current to effect zero voltage switching of the corresponding switch. The minimum circulating current?I min or I min is equal to a constant value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ying Mei, Pengcheng Zhu, Juan Antonio Sabate, Song Chi, Ruxi Wang, Jianguo Xiao
  • Patent number: 10131868
    Abstract: A bioreactor is provided. The bioreactor is a multi-scalable bioreactor, which comprises a culture vessel for seeding and culturing cells by adding a cell-culture media, wherein the culture vessel comprises at least a side wall and a bottom surface, a specific heat transfer area and a specific gas transfer area; wherein the culture vessel is configured to accommodate the cell-culture media volume up to 10 liters, and wherein the specific heat transfer area and the specific gas transfer area are independent of cell-culture media volume. A kit for culturing cells in a large scale is also provided which further comprises disposable tubings, culture bag or combinations thereof. A method for culturing cells is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Younkoo Jeong, Weston Blaine Griffin, Vandana Keskar, Zhipeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10132895
    Abstract: A scan condition determining apparatus determines scan conditions in a magnetic resonance imaging system. The scan condition determining apparatus includes: a setting unit for setting an imaging range, a desired spatial resolution and a desired SN ratio; and a determining unit for determining a matrix number in a frequency encode direction and a matrix number in a phase encode direction, based on the imaging range and the desired spatial resolution set by the setting unit and determining physical parameters different from the matrix number in a frequency encode direction and a matrix number in a phase encode direction, based on the determined matrix numbers, the set imaging range and the set desired SN ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tomoda, Marie Uno
  • Patent number: 10132615
    Abstract: Data acquisition devices for analyzing reference objects and systems for monitoring turbine component deformation are provided. A data acquisition device has a longitudinal axis and includes a lens assembly and an image capture device in communication with the lens assembly for receiving and processing light from the lens assembly to generate images. The data acquisition device further includes a light source and a light tube coupled at a rear end to the light source. The light tube extends along the longitudinal axis between a front end and the rear end, and is operable to transport light from the light source therethrough and emit the light from the front end. The data acquisition device further includes an actuator operable to activate the image capture device and the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Lee Burnside, Gregory Lee Hovis, William Farris Ranson
  • Patent number: 10132170
    Abstract: A system includes a turbomachine blade segment including an airfoil with an exterior surface, and a platform coupled to the airfoil having a first side and a second side. The system also includes a concave fillet transition extending between the airfoil and the platform. The concave fillet transition includes one or more interface ply segments extending across the exterior surface of the airfoil and the first or the second side of the platform to form a continuous surface between the airfoil and the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andres Jose Garcia-Crespo, Peter de Diego
  • Patent number: 10132688
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a multi-spectral pyrometry system configured to receive a broad wavelength band radiation signal from a turbine component, to split the broad wavelength band radiation signal into multiple narrow wavelength band radiation signals, to determine emissivity of the turbine component based on the narrow wavelength band radiation signals, and to detect spall on a surface of the turbine component based on the emissivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jordi Estevadeordal, Guanghua Wang, Lucy Joelle Summerville, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan
  • Patent number: 10132330
    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: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Prabakaran Modachur Krishnan, Dwight Eric Davidson
  • Patent number: 10132166
    Abstract: An engine component for a gas turbine engine includes a film-cooled substrate having a hot surface facing hot combustion gas flow and a cooling surface facing a cooling fluid flow. A film hole extends through the substrate to an outlet on the hot surface. A flow conditioning structure is provided upstream of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Bunker, Robert David Briggs
  • Patent number: 10132195
    Abstract: Cooling air extracted from a gas turbine engine compressor is sent to nozzle vane cooling passage inlets, through the cooling passages, and to purge tubes of a set of two or more vanes. A mixing chamber formed between the purge tubes in a diaphragm cavity receives fluid from the purge tubes and directs it through exit passage(s) formed through a wall of the mixing chamber to a surface of the diaphragm. The exit passage(s) can be inclined to induce a fluid velocity component substantially parallel to the surface and/or in a rotation direction of a turbine wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew Peter Scoffone, Jason Edward Albert, Michael Robert Berry, Mitchell Allan Merrill
  • Patent number: D834037
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Melody Yvette Ivory, Douglas Forman, So Young Kim, Vanessa Stepanenko, Robert Johnston
  • Patent number: D834491
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Gábor Zipszer