General Electric Patents

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  • Publication number: 20190128859
    Abstract: A chromatography lab system comprising a cooling compartment arranged to hold both fraction collector devices and sample containers, whereby the cooling compartment comprises an identifying device which is arranged to identify the fraction collector devices such that fractions from the chromatography are collected only in the fraction collector devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Bjorn Olovsson, Karol Lacki, Mikael Berg
  • Publication number: 20190126737
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering power to a hybrid vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus includes an apparatus for delivering power to a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including a powertrain having a power take-off coupling, the powertrain including an engine and a transmission. The apparatus includes an electric motor operable to generate a torque, the motor being coupled to transmit a starting torque through the power take-off of the powertrain for starting the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: GE Hybrid Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Mong Ling Lo, Jacek Gromadzki, Nicolas Louis Bouchon, Martin Alexander Strange, Victor Woo
  • Publication number: 20190129912
    Abstract: Systems and methods provided herein. In one embodiment, a system includes a mobile device comprising a display screen. The system further includes a non-destructive testing (NDT) device comprising a camera configured to capture image data, video data, or a combination thereof, and a wireless system configured to communicate the image data, the video data, an overlay data or a combination thereof, to the mobile device; wherein the mobile device is configured to visually display the image data, the video data, the overlay data, or the combination thereof, on the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Andrew Coombs, Michael Christopher Domke, Thomas Charles Ward
  • Publication number: 20190132944
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for electrically switching current include a first conductor formed of an electrically conductive material and having a first longitudinal axis; a second conductor formed of the electrically conductive material and having a second longitudinal axis; a set of switching components, each component selectively configured to electrically couple the first conductor to the second conductor; and a printed circuit board on which the first and second conductors are disposed. The width of the first conductor along the first longitudinal axis varies such that the current density in the first conductor is substantially constant along the first longitudinal axis and the width of the second conductor along the second longitudinal axis varies such that the current density in the second conductor is substantially constant along the second longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Julian Peter Mayes, John Oliver Collins, Peter James Handy
  • Patent number: 10276486
    Abstract: A chip package is disclosed that includes an electronic chip having a plurality of die pads formed on a top surface thereof, with a polyimide flex layer positioned thereon by way of an adhesive layer. A plurality of vias is formed through the polyimide flex layer and the adhesive layer corresponding to the die pads. A plurality of metal interconnects are formed on the polyimide flex layer each having a cover pad covering a portion of a top surface of the polyimide flex layer, a sidewall extending down from the cover pad and through the via along a perimeter thereof, and a base connected to the sidewall and forming an electrical connection with a respective die pad. Each of the base and the sidewall is formed to have a thickness that is equal to or greater than a thickness of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Bert Gorczyca, Richard Joseph Saia, Paul Alan McConnelee
  • Patent number: 10274263
    Abstract: A system for cooling a device includes a heat sink comprising a substrate having a plurality of fins arranged thereon, a fan positioned to direct an ambient fluid in a first direction across the heat sink, and a first synthetic jet assembly comprising one of a multi-orifice synthetic jet and a plurality of single orifice synthetic jets. The first synthetic jet assembly is configured to direct the ambient fluid in a second direction across the heat sink, wherein the second direction is approximately perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mehmet Arik, Yogen Vishwas Utturkar
  • Patent number: 10277356
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a synthetic track to observation devices are provided. In one embodiment, a method can include determining a location range and a time range for a synthetic track to be created by a plurality of platforms. The method can further include determining an emission location and an emission time for each of the platforms of the plurality of platforms based, at least in part, on the location range and the time range. The method can include sending a set of data to each of the plurality of platforms, each respective set of data indicating the emission location and the emission time at which the respective platform is to generate the emission to create the synthetic track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Dean L. Shollenberger
  • Patent number: 10276261
    Abstract: Disclosed and described systems, methods, and apparatus provided facilitate analysis, presentation, and comparison of clinical information. An example system includes a processor configured to provide a patient library interface. The interface displays a plurality of events along a patient timeline and a list of items for comparison to a clinical scenario. The scenario is specified in an interface configuration to trigger collection of the list of comparison items. The processor receives and adds items to the list based on a relevancy analysis of each item to the clinical scenario. The processor facilitates feedback to add, remove, and rate relevance of item(s) in the list. The processor displays item(s) from the list in conjunction with documentation from the clinical scenario and facilitates user interaction with the item(s) and documentation. The processor updates a data source based on the user feedback and user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Anna Louise Von Reden
  • Patent number: 10273801
    Abstract: A sensing and communication system for a gas lift well is provided. The gas lift well includes a casing, production tubing positioned within the casing, and a gas lift valve coupled to the production tubing. The sensing and communication system includes a turbine configured to rotate in response to an injected gas stream flowing through the turbine, wherein the turbine is positioned one of i) within an annulus defined between the production tubing and the casing and ii) within the gas lift valve, an alternator coupled to the turbine and configured to generate electrical power from rotation of the turbine, and at least one sensor coupled to the alternator and configured to operate using the generated electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vimal Vinod Shah, Stewart Blake Brazil, Wilson Chun-Ling Chin, Roderick Mark Lusted
  • Patent number: 10273813
    Abstract: A process of producing a ceramic matrix composite component. The process includes positioning core plies on a mandrel. At least partially rigidizing the core plies to form a preform ceramic matrix composite arrangement defining a tip cavity and a hollow region. Ceramic matrix composite tip plies are positioned on the preform ceramic matrix composite arrangement and within the tip cavity. The ceramic matrix composite tip plies are densified to form a tip region of the composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jacob John Kittleson, James Joseph Murray, III
  • Patent number: 10277075
    Abstract: A non-contact power reception apparatus is provided, in which a power reception coil for a charging system and a loop antenna for an electronic settlement system are mounted on a battery pack and a cover case of a portable terminal such that the power reception coil is arranged in the center thereof and the loop antenna is disposed outside the power reception coil, so that a mode of receiving a wireless power signal and a mode of transmitting and receiving data are selectively performed, thereby preventing interference from harmonic components and enabling non-contact charging and electronic settlement using a single portable terminal. A jig for fabricating a core to be mounted to the non-contact power reception apparatus is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE HYBRID TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chun-Kil Jung, Yoon-Sang Kuk
  • Patent number: 10274264
    Abstract: A system for cooling a device includes a heat sink comprising a substrate having a plurality of fins arranged thereon, a fan positioned to direct an ambient fluid in a first direction across the heat sink, and a first synthetic jet assembly comprising one of a multi-orifice synthetic jet and a plurality of single orifice synthetic jets. The first synthetic jet assembly is configured to direct the ambient fluid in a second direction across the heat sink, wherein the second direction is approximately perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mehmet Arik, Yogen Vishwas Utturkar
  • Patent number: 10275402
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a signal processing unit may receive distributed acoustic sensing data associated with a first set of a plurality of pipeline locations. The signal processing unit may also receive collected physical data representing a physical characteristic of a second set of a plurality of pipeline locations. The signal processing unit may then utilize a pipeline model having the distributed acoustic sensing data and collected physical data as inputs to automatically generate at least one alert indicating an increased probability of damage to the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Marco Guerriero, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Glen Peter Koste, Sachin Narahari Dekate, Peter Henry Tu
  • Patent number: 10274016
    Abstract: A bearing assembly for use in a rotating machine includes a housing and a retention nut threadably coupled to the housing and including a first retention mechanism. The bearing assembly also includes a retention bolt coupled to the housing and including a second retention mechanism configured to engage the first retention mechanism to maintain engagement of the retention nut with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruce Alan Carter, Anand Madihalli Srinivasan, Satish K. Yadav, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger
  • Patent number: 10274071
    Abstract: An epicyclic gearing arrangement includes a planet gear rotatable on a planet bearing that is mounted via a support pin to a carrier of the epicyclic gearing arrangement. A spring film damper is disposed between the outer surface of the bearing's outer ring and the opposing inner surface of the planet gear and includes an annular gap. The support pin and/or outer ring include oil feed holes that open into the respective annular gap(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, Bugra Han Ertas, Donald Albert Bradley, Joseph Robert Dickman
  • Patent number: 10274402
    Abstract: A biological sample collection device 10 is disclosed including a shaped sample collecting tip 20a, said tip at least being formed from a fibrous material mixed with a liquid to form a pulp, said pulp being solidified to form the shape of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Healthcare UK Limited
    Inventors: Michael John Smith, Peter James Tatnell, Leonard Goren
  • Patent number: 10277083
    Abstract: A method for designing a rotor structure of a synchronous reluctance electric machine, wherein the rotor structure has an annular arrangement about a central opening designed to be engaged by a rotation shaft, and provided with a plurality of magnetic portions, a plurality of electromagnetic flux barriers interposed between the magnetic portions, and radial connecting elements, for the mechanical connection between radially adjacent magnetic portions, the electromagnetic flux barriers defining at least one maximum magnetic reluctance path along a maximum reluctance axis and a minimum reluctance path along a minimum reluctance axis. The method envisages defining the arrangement the electromagnetic flux barriers and/or the radial connecting elements so as to jointly optimize electromagnetic performance of the synchronous reluctance electric machine and mechanical resistance properties, in particular the resistance to centrifugal forces due to rotation about the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE AVIO S.R.L
    Inventors: Davide Ronchetto, Marco Cipriani
  • Patent number: 10274017
    Abstract: A method of reducing loads in a rotor assembly during an imbalance condition, a shape memory alloy recoupler device, and a hybrid bearing support system are provided. The hybrid bearing support system includes a shaft extension fixedly coupled to a rotatable member at a radially inner end of the shaft extension, a radially outer end of the shaft extension fixedly coupled to a rotatable race of a bearing supporting the rotatable member, and a recoupler device formed of a shape memory alloy (SMA) material coupled in parallel with at least a portion of the shaft extension between the radially inner end and the radially outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Shuvajyoti Ghosh, Shivaram AC, Akash Joshi, Vidya Lokammanahalli Shivashankar
  • Patent number: 10273976
    Abstract: An actively morphable vane includes a leading edge, a trailing edge downstream of the leading edge, a tip end, a hub end spaced radially outward from the tip end, a pressure side comprising a pressure surface, and a suction side comprising a suction surface. The pressure surface extends continuously between the tip end, the hub end, the leading edge, and the trailing edge. The suction side is positioned opposite of the pressure side and the suction surface extends continuously between the tip end, the hub end, the leading edge, and the trailing edge. The actively morphable stator vane also includes an actuator in mechanical communication with the tip end. The actuator is operable to selectively morph the actively morphable stator vane between a first configuration and a second configuration. The first configuration is optimized for a first operating condition, and the second configuration is optimized for a second operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Jemora, Damir Novak, Hermann Nachtigall
  • Patent number: 10277096
    Abstract: A component for an electrical machine is disclosed. The component is a stator and/or a rotor. The component includes a core, a magnetic field-generating component, and an oscillating heat pipe assembly. The core includes a plurality of slots and the magnetic field-generating component is disposed in at least one slot of the plurality of slots. The oscillating heat pipe assembly is disposed in the core and the at least one slot of the plurality of slots. The oscillating heat pipe assembly is in contact with the core and the magnetic field-generating component. The oscillating heat pipe assembly includes a dielectric material, and where the oscillating heat pipe assembly has an in-plane thermal conductivity higher than a through-plane thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Karthik Kumar Bodla, Joo Han Kim, Yogen Vishwas Utturkar
  • Patent number: 10273975
    Abstract: An article of manufacture having a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth in a scalable table, the scalable table selected from the group of tables consisting of TABLE 1, wherein the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances by multiplying the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z by a number, and wherein X and Y are coordinates which, when connected by continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each Z height, the airfoil profile sections at each Z height being joined with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Griffin DeIvernois, Kenneth Paul Rivard
  • Patent number: 10276512
    Abstract: A power electronics system is provided. The system includes at least one outer wall defining an outer zone including a plurality of first electronic components having a first normal operating maximum temperature and capable of generating electromagnetic fields. The system further includes at least one inner wall defining an inner zone disposed within the outer zone and including a plurality of second electronic components having a second normal operating maximum temperature, the first normal operating maximum temperature higher than the second normal operating maximum temperature, the inner zone substantially electromagnetically sealed against electromagnetic interference generated by the plurality of first electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hendrik Pieter Jacobus de Bock, Joseph Lucian Smolenski
  • Patent number: 10275130
    Abstract: Medical imaging systems are provided that facilitate transitioning between viewing native and reconstructed medical images in the same viewport. In one embodiment, a method comprises retrieving indexed image metadata describing native medical images associated with a medical imaging data set selected for viewing. The method further comprises grouping the native medical images into one or more sets of related images, and for each set of the one or more sets of related images, sorting the related images into one or more subsets of 3D compatible images that can respectively be used to generate one or more 3D representations. The method further comprises generating a data model identifying the one or more sets of related images and the one or more subsets of 3D compatible images, and employing the data model to facilitate transitioning between rendering the native medical images and the one or more 3D representations in the same viewport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicolas De Swarte, Corine Ingold Foko, Nizar Odeh, Antoine Aliotti, Patrice Hervo, Jean Labarre
  • Patent number: 10273935
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of manufacturing a rotor blade for a wind turbine. The method includes providing a blade mold of the rotor blade. Another step includes placing an outer skin layer in the blade mold. The method also includes placing one or more structural inserts in the blade mold atop the outer skin layer as a function of a load of the rotor blade. Further, each of the structural inserts includes a plurality of cells arranged in a predetermined pattern. Further, the cells have varying cell sizes. The method also includes placing an inner skin layer atop the one or more structural inserts and securing the outer skin layer, the one or more structural inserts, and the inner skin layer together to form the rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bensely Albert, Amir Riahi
  • Patent number: 10272573
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an automation system. The systems and methods calculate a motion trajectory of a manipulator and an end-effector. The end-effector is configured to grasp a target object. The motion trajectory defines successive positions of the manipulator and the end-effector along a plurality of via-points toward the target object. The systems and methods further acquire force/torque (F/T) data from an F/T sensor associated with the end-effector, and adjusts the motion trajectory based on the F/T data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Huan Tan, John Michael Lizzi, Douglas Forman, Charles Burton Theurer, Omar Al Assad, Romano Patrick, Balajee Kannan, Yonatan Gefen
  • Patent number: 10273814
    Abstract: A tool for installing a turbomachine component in a first dovetail slot of a first component mount is provided. The tool may include a tool mount having a body for selective fixing in a second dovetail slot of a second component mount adjacent to the first component mount. The tool may also include a lever arm including a first portion, an intermediate pivot for pivotally engaging the tool mount, and a second portion for engaging the turbine component. Actuating the lever arm against the tool mount causes the second portion of the lever arm to install the turbomachine component into the first dovetail slot of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sandra Beverly Kolvick, Jean-Philippe Guillard, James Bradford Holmes, Wayne David Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10273810
    Abstract: A turbine blade airfoil including cooling circuits is disclosed. The airfoil may include a first pressure side cavity positioned adjacent a pressure side of the airfoil, where the first pressure side cavity is configured to receive a coolant. The airfoil may also include at least one distinct pressure side cavity positioned adjacent to and fluidly coupled to the first pressure side cavity, a trailing edge positioned between the pressure and a suction side, and a trailing edge cooling system positioned adjacent the trailing edge and in direct fluid communication with the first pressure side cavity. The trailing edge cooling system may be configured to receive a portion of the coolant from the first pressure side cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Wayne Weber, Brendon James Leary
  • Patent number: 10273791
    Abstract: A control system for a CO2 fracking system includes a phase detector, a control valve, and a controller. The phase detector is disposed proximate to at least one of an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit of a fracking component. The control valve is fluidly coupled to the inlet conduit. The controller is communicatively coupled to the phase detector, the control valve, and the fracking component. The phase detector is configured to determine CO2 phase in at least one of a CO2 stream incoming into the fracking component and CO2 phase discharged from the fracking component, and to generate an input signal based on the phase. The controller is configured to control one or both of a flow of the incoming CO2 stream into the fracking component via the control valve and an operation condition of the fracking component, based on the input signal received from the phase detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anindya Kanti De, David Henry Doerge
  • Patent number: 10274396
    Abstract: A flexible pipe body comprising an elongate curvature sensor and a tensile armor layer. The elongate curvature sensor incorporates a strain sensor arranged to provide an indication of bending strain applied to the curvature sensor. The tensile armor layer comprises helically wound tensile armor wires. The curvature sensor is positioned within the tensile armor layer helically wound adjacent to at least one tensile armor wire such that bending strain applied to the flexible pipe body is transmitted to the curvature sensor. The curvature sensor is smaller than an adjacent tensile armor wire in at least one of depth and width and arranged to slide longitudinally relative to the adjacent tensile armor wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Philip Michael Hunter Nott, Suranjith Warnakulasuriya, John Cross McNab, Geoffrey Stephen Graham
  • Patent number: 10277396
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for ensuring data integrity are disclosed. A data container structure is obtained, the data container structure containing data and a source identifier of a first hardware component. The data container structure is modified, using a header processing device, to include a component signature and an identifier of a second hardware component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Luis Ramos, Venkatesh Sivasubramanian, Sriramakrishna Yelisetti
  • Patent number: 10272788
    Abstract: A hybrid energy system for providing power to a load and for providing a fast variation of DC link voltage to improve system efficiency is disclosed. The system includes a load, a direct current (DC) link electrically coupled to the load, an energy storage system having a first energy storage device and a second energy storage device arranged in series, and a bi-directional DC-DC converter electrically coupled to the DC link and to the energy storage system, the bi-directional DC-DC converter being connected to a node located between the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device and to a node connecting the second energy storage device to the DC link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kum-Kang Huh, Di Pan
  • Patent number: 10273012
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for deicing a surface upon which ice accumulates, on for example an aircraft wing. The apparatus and method for the deicing module include an actuating component, a casing, and a movable member. The movable member breaks ice that has accumulated on a surface of the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Bryan E. Schwichtenberg, Lance F. Miller, Julian A. Opificius
  • Patent number: 10273881
    Abstract: A system includes a foreign object damage (FOD) screen configured to be disposed upstream of an air intake of a gas turbine engine and to keep debris from entering the air intake. The FOD screen is configured to extend across a fluid flow path extending through the air intake into the gas turbine engine. The FOD screen includes a flexible, woven fabric made of a non-metal material and configured to absorb and dissipate energy from the debris, and the flexible, woven fabric includes a tensile strength ranging between 2700 megapascals (mPa) and 3700 mPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Garland Dornier, Jason Alan Nassar
  • Patent number: 10274951
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a controller that is configured to generate control signals for moving vehicles in a yard or other facility. The vehicle control system is configured to generate the control signals responsive to a determination that a user selection of vehicle movement is possible within the yard or other facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventor: David Bell
  • Patent number: 10272461
    Abstract: A method for masking cooling passages of a turbine component having an external surface, an internal cavity for receiving cooling air, and cooling passages extending therebetween. The location and angle of cooling passages are determined using a robotic arm and a location system. A masking device is placed in the cooling passages located during the locating step. The masking device includes a head portion having a gripping feature for gripping by a robotic arm, and a locating feature for orientation of the masking device by the robotic arm. A retaining portion extending from the head portion is arranged and disposed to retain the masking device in a cooling passage. The retaining portion is narrower proximate a distal end than proximate the head portion. The component and head portion of the masking devices are coated. The masking devices may be removed using the robotic arm and locating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kemal Mehmet Coskun, Cem Murat Eminoglu, Yusuf Eren Ozturk, Tyler Watson Kasperski
  • Patent number: 10274192
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a once-through evaporator comprising an inlet manifold; one or more inlet headers in fluid communication with the inlet manifold; one or more tube stacks, where each tube stack comprises one or more inclined evaporator tubes; the one or more tube stacks being in fluid communication with the one or more inlet headers; where the inclined tubes are inclined at an angle of less than 90 degrees or greater than 90 degrees to a vertical; one or more outlet headers in fluid communication with one or more tube stacks; and an outlet manifold in fluid communication with the one or more outlet headers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Vinh Q. Truong, Christopher J. Lech, Jeffrey F. Magee
  • Patent number: 10273551
    Abstract: In the case of a method for the heat treatment of erected, preferably large-area tube wall regions or tube wall segments, in particular of a diaphragm wall, of a steam generator, in particular of a power plant, in the installed state, it is sought to provide a solution which permits the use of steel types which are more problematic with regard to power plant operation with elevated steam parameters, in particular the steels T23 and T24, in the erection of steam generators. This is achieved in that the tube wall regions or tube wall segments for heat treatment are subjected, in the installed state in the steam generator, and in particular over a large area, to a stress-relief annealing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH, General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Müller, Rudolf Thesing, Kurt Busekrus, Carsten Stegemann, Gerhard Weissinger, Michael Heim, Thoralf Berndt
  • Patent number: 10276523
    Abstract: A reconfigured semiconductor device includes a semiconductor device comprising an active surface having a plurality of input/output (I/O) pads spaced at a non-solderable pitch thereon and at least one redistribution layer overlying the active surface of the semiconductor device. Each at least one redistribution layer includes an insulating layer and a patterned conductive layer comprising a plurality of discrete terminal pads formed on the insulating layer, each of the plurality of discrete terminal pads electrically coupled to a respective I/O pad of the plurality of I/O pads by a conductive via formed through the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Raymond Albert Fillion, Kaustubh Ravindra Nagarkar
  • Patent number: 10273880
    Abstract: A method includes generating an exhaust gas from combustion gases with a turbine; recirculating the exhaust gas along an exhaust recirculation flow path; reducing moisture within the exhaust gas along the exhaust recirculation path with an exhaust gas processing system; providing the exhaust gas to a first exhaust gas inlet of an exhaust gas compressor for compression; and providing the exhaust gas from the exhaust recirculation path to a second exhaust gas inlet separate from the first exhaust gas inlet for cooling, preheating, sealing, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Sandra Beverly Kolvick, Richard A. Huntington, Franklin F. Mittricker
  • Patent number: 10271823
    Abstract: The present approach relates to extracting a heart cycle signal from ultrasound sequences (e.g., echocardiograms) without complex spatial image processing and without finding or assuming the knowledge of the position of heart reference points. The present heart cycle signal is computed by determining temporal changes in low-resolution versions of the echocardiographic frames, such as temporal information of the heartbeat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Renato Keshet
  • Patent number: 10274556
    Abstract: A radio frequency coil apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging system comprising an inductor circular carrier, a first capacitor circular carrier, and a second capacitor circular carrier. A plurality of inductor bars are provided at intervals on the inductor circular carrier. A plurality of first capacitor elements are provided on the first capacitor circular carrier, the first capacitor circular carrier being configured to be detachably connected to one end of the inductor circular carrier, the plurality of first capacitor elements being configured to be connected to one end of the plurality of inductor bars. A plurality of second capacitor elements are provided on the second capacitor circular carrier, the second capacitor circular carrier being configured to be detachably connected to the other end of the inductor circular carrier, the plurality of second capacitor elements being configured to be connected to the other end of the plurality of inductor bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sheng Tong, Cong Zhang, Yonghui Jiang, Jiaqi Li, Xuelian Lu
  • Patent number: 10273824
    Abstract: A dual trip manifold assembly (TMA) includes an isolation valve assembly having a first valve configured to receive a flow of fluid from a hydraulic system fluid supply. The first valve is configured to channel the flow of fluid to at least one hydraulic circuit. The isolation valve assembly also includes a second valve configured to receive the flow of fluid from the at least one hydraulic circuit of the at least two hydraulic circuits. The second valve is further configured to channel the fluid flow to a trip header and to receive the fluid flow from the trip header. The first valve and the second valve are synchronized to each other such that rotation of one of said first and second valves causes a substantially similar rotation in the other of said first and second valves header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Adam Eric Virkler, Daniel John Nosek, Troy Gilchrist Wojick, Brent Allan Dietrick, Terry Joseph Bailey
  • Patent number: 10274158
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a lighting system comprises: a light source; a lens spaced apart from the light source and including a first surface to receive light from the light source, the lens further including a second surface through which at least a portion of the light received by the lens exits; and a cover spaced from the lens and including a first surface to receive at least a portion of the light that exits the lens, the cover further including a second surface through which at least a portion of the light received by the cover exits; the second surface of the lens including a portion convex with respect to the light source; the first surface of the cover including a portion convex with respect to the light source and disposed over the convex portion of the lens. In some embodiments, the second surface of the cover is flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Péter Álmosdi, Viktor Zsellér, Ákos Péter
  • Patent number: 10271825
    Abstract: Methods of using a biological sample collection device comprising a collection portion and a body portion, the body portion including a holding portion for holding a biological sample storage medium, and a sample transfer means, such as a cover. The collection portion can be arranged in a first position separated from the body portion for collecting a sample, and in a second position at least partly between the sample transfer means and the holding portion, with the sample transfer means being operable to push the collection portion towards a position at which the holding means is arranged to hold the biological sample storage medium, enabling a sample held in the collection portion to be transferred to the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Healthcare UK Limited
    Inventors: Alan Stuart Pierce, Cheryl Louise Potts, Simon Laurence John Stubbs, David Gwyn Treharne
  • Patent number: 10273936
    Abstract: Primary blade modules for a wind turbine blade are provided comprising a first blade shell, two opposed spar caps, and at least one shear web. The first blade shell has a root end and a first coupling end configured to be coupled with a secondary blade module. The two opposed spar caps have respective first spar cap portions extending along the first blade shell substantially from the root end to the first coupling end of the first blade shell, and respective second spar cap portions extending beyond the first coupling end. The at least one shear web extends between the opposed spar caps at least partially along the respective first spar cap portions. Secondary blade modules, systems for transporting primary blade modules, and methods of assembling (in situ) wind turbine blades having a primary blade module and a secondary blade module are also provided in the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES WIND B.V.
    Inventor: Luca Feigl
  • Patent number: 10273940
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for detecting damage of a pitch bearing of a wind turbine. The pitch bearing is part of a pitch drive system having a plurality of pitch drive motors. The method includes measuring at least one electrical signal of the pitch drive system. The method also includes processing the electrical signal(s) of the pitch drive system and comparing the electrical signals of the pitch drive system with a baseline threshold. Thus, the method also includes determining whether damage is present in the pitch bearing based, at least in part, on the comparison, wherein the electrical signal(s) exceeding the baseline threshold is indicative of damage in the pitch bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Pan, Liwei Hao, Lijun He, Stefan Grubic
  • Patent number: 10274428
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus (1) for measuring fluorescence and absorbance of a substance in a sample, said apparatus (1) comprising: a flow cell (2) for containing a sample, a first light source (3), a first conductor (5) for transmitting light from the first light source (3) to the flow cell (2) for irradiating a sample contained therein, a second conductor (7) for transmitting light from the flow cell (2) to a sample detector (9) arranged to detect an electromagnetic radiation that has passed through said cell (2), and a processing unit (16) arranged to receive a first signal (31) from a reference detector (15) and a second signal (32) from the sample detector (9) and to determine an absorbance based on said first and second signals (31,32), said apparatus (1) further comprising a second light source (4), a third conductor (6) for transmitting light from the second light source (4) to the cell (2) and wherein the sample detector (9) is further arranged to also detect fluorescence signals in the light that has pa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventor: Hanno Ehring
  • Patent number: 10273821
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present subject matter is directed to a gas turbine sealing assembly that includes a first static gas turbine wall and a second static gas turbine wall. A seal is disposed between the first static gas turbine wall and the second static gas turbine wall. The seal includes a first seal layer defining a first seal layer aperture extending therethrough. A second seal layer defines an elongated slot extending therethrough. The elongated slot includes a first end and a second end. A third seal layer defines a third seal layer aperture extending therethrough. The second seal layer is positioned between the first seal layer and the third seal layer such that the first seal layer aperture is in fluid communication with the first end and the third seal layer aperture is in fluid communication with the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Dylan James Fitzpatrick
  • Publication number: 20190120143
    Abstract: An exhaust processing system that includes: an exhaust passageway for directing exhaust gases, the exhaust passageway having passageway walls that define and enclose the exhaust passageway between an upstream position and a downstream position; and an acoustic liner formed against and covering at least one of the passageway walls of the exhaust passageway. The acoustic liner may include uniformly configured modular acoustic blocks fitted against each other. The modular acoustic blocks each may include interior cavities having different lengths configured to dampen targeted sound frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Richard Lynn Loud, Valery Ivanovich Ponyavin
  • Publication number: 20190120069
    Abstract: A turbine engine including: rotor blades circumferentially arrayed about a rotor wheel; a connection assembly by which each of the rotor blades connects to the rotor wheel, the connection assembly including: an axially oriented slot formed through a perimeter face of the rotor wheel; a root of the rotor blade installed within the slot, the root being shaped in relation to the slot such that the installation therein forms an axially extending shim cavity between opposing exterior surfaces of the root and the slot; and a shim installed within the shim cavity for restraining movement of the rotor blade relative to the rotor wheel in a radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Sebastian Burdgick, Thomas Joseph Farineau, Timothy Scott McMurray, John James Ligos