General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 9822653
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a cooling structure for a stationary blade. The cooling structure can include: an airfoil having a cooling circuit therein; an endwall coupled to a radial end of the airfoil; a chamber positioned within the endwall for receiving a cooling fluid from the cooling circuit, wherein the cooling fluid absorbs heat from the endwall, and a temperature of the cooling fluid in an upstream region is lower than a temperature of the cooling fluid in a downstream region; a first passage within the endwall fluidly connecting the upstream region of the chamber to a wheel space positioned between the endwall and the turbine wheel; and a second passage within the endwall fluidly connecting the downstream region of the chamber to the wheel space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Donald Porter, Christopher Lee Golden
  • Patent number: 9822649
    Abstract: An integrated combustor and stage one nozzle in a gas turbine includes a combustion chamber that receives premixed fuel and air from at least one fuel nozzle group at separate axial locations. The combustion chamber includes a liner and a transition piece that deliver hot combustion gas to the turbine. The stage one nozzle, the liner and the transition piece are integrated into a single part. At least one of the axial locations of the one or more fuel nozzle groups includes a plurality of small scale mixing devices that concentrate heat release and reduce flame length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Willy Steve Ziminsky, Kevin Weston McMahan, Ronald James Chila, Sergey Anatolievich Meshkov
  • Patent number: 9822966
    Abstract: A quench system includes a housing having a longitudinal axis, a gas path for a gas within the housing, a steam input and output, and a dip tube within the housing. The dip tube includes tubing arranged to form a wall. A steam path, separate from the gas path, is disposed within the tubing in a thickness of the wall. The dip tube is configured to allow passage of the gas along the gas path. The steam input is fluidically connected to the steam output by the tubing. The quench system is configured to cool the gas along the gas path and heat steam along the steam path within the tubing of the dip tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajeshwar Sripada, Paromita Bhattacharya, Pallab Karmakar, Atul Kumar Vij
  • Patent number: 9825319
    Abstract: As integrated fossil fuel power plant and a method of operating the power plant is provided. The integrated fossil fuel power plant includes a gas turbine arrangement and a carbonate fuel cell having an anode side and a cathode side. The operating method for the integrated fossil fuel power plant includes partially expanding combustion gases in the gas turbine arrangement so that the temperature of the partially expanded combustion gases is optimized for reaction in the cathode side of the carbonate fuel cell, and feeding the partially expanded combustion gases at the optimized temperature to the cathode side of the carbonate fuel cell for reaction in the cathode side of the carbonate fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Roberto Bove
  • Publication number: 20170326569
    Abstract: A system for regulating the viscosity of a fluid prior to atomization includes a temperature controller configured to adjust a temperature of a fluid flowing in a conduit prior to atomization of the fluid by an atomizer fluidly connected to the conduit and a sensor in communication with the temperature controller such that the sensor can provide an indicator to the temperature controller of a viscosity of the fluid flowing in the conduit prior to atomization. An adjustment to the temperature of the fluid by the temperature controller is based at least in part on the measured viscosity indicator of the fluid, a target atomization-viscosity of the fluid, and a coking temperature of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: ARMAND LEVASSEUR, CARL EDBERG, OLAF STALLMANN, MOURAD YOUNES, AQIL JAMAL
  • Publication number: 20170325684
    Abstract: A two part patient monitoring device includes an activator module and a sensor device. The activator module includes a non-galvanic data port that creates a communication path with a non-galvanic data port on the sensor device. The activator module includes power contact pads that are each at least partially surrounded by a bias ring. A bias voltage is applied to the bias rings and a processor or circuit in the activator module monitors the voltage on the bias ring to detect a leakage current. The sensor module includes power contact pins that engage the power contact pads to transfer power from the activator module to the sensor device. Each of the contact pins are surrounded by a seal member such that the connection between the power contact pins and the power contact pads is protected from debris and/or moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ville Petteri Vartiovaara
  • Publication number: 20170332465
    Abstract: Provided is a circuit for controlling a level of brightness of a light electrically coupled to a dimming circuit including control leads configured to provide a dimming control voltage to the dimmable driver, the dimming control voltage having a permissible voltage range. The circuit includes a photo sensor for detecting an ambient light level in the vicinity of the light and a clamp controller for selectively reducing the dimming control voltage to a clamped voltage range less than the permissible voltage range. Also included is a feedback controller for adjusting the dimming control voltage in response to a detected ambient light level, the dimming control voltage being within the clamped voltage range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey Glenn FELTY
  • Publication number: 20170329040
    Abstract: A detector assembly for use in detecting radiation includes a scintillator and a solid state photomultiplier coupled to the scintillator. The detector assembly may include a light guide connected between the scintillator and the solid state photomultiplier. The detector assembly may be used within a receiver in a logging instrument for use downhole. The receiver is configured to detect radiation produced by an emitter or from naturally occurring sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: GE Energy Oilfield Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helene Claire Climent, Stanislav Soloviev, Sergei Ivanovich Dolinsky
  • Patent number: 9816391
    Abstract: The present application thus provides a cleaning system for use with a compressor of a turbine engine. The cleaning system may include a wash nozzle positioned about the compressor and a spheroid injection port to inject a number of spheroids therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sanji Ekanayake, Alston Ilford Scipio, Julio Enrique Mestroni, Timothy Joseph Rehg
  • Patent number: 9816427
    Abstract: A catalytic converter device for a stationary internal combustion engine includes at least one bracket for mounting the catalytic converter device on a carrier, and at least one catalyst substrate which can be releasably arranged in a housing of the catalytic converter device, the catalyst substrate having a cell density of at least 50 cpsi, preferably greater than 100 cpsi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE Jenbacher GMBH & CO OG
    Inventors: Friedhelm Hillen, Michael Url, Max Mehring, Manfred Sieberer, Bhuvaneswaran Manickam
  • Patent number: 9819192
    Abstract: A power system for an industrial facility includes a hybrid solid oxide fuel cell (HSOFC) system. The HSOFC system is coupled to at least one DC load and to at least one AC load. The at least one DC load defines a DC power demand value and the at least one AC load defines an AC power demand value. The DC power demand value and the AC power demand value define a power demand ratio. The HSOFC system is configured to generate DC power and generate AC power with a power generation ratio substantially complementary to the power demand ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ralph Teichmann
  • Patent number: 9818039
    Abstract: A method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest in a depth measurement on a viewed object using a video inspection device is disclosed. The video inspect device determines the three-dimensional coordinates in a region of interest on the viewed object and analyzes those surface points to determine the desired measurement application (e.g., determining the deepest point, the highest point, or the clearance between two surfaces). Based on the desired measurement application, the video inspection device automatically identifies the point of interest on the viewed object and places a cursor at that location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Clark Alexander Bendall
  • Patent number: 9816482
    Abstract: A spar cap for a rotor blade of a wind turbine is disclosed. The rotor blade includes a blade root and a blade tip, leading and trailing edges, pressure and suction sides, and at least one spar cap configured on an internal surface of either or both the pressure or suction sides. The spar cap includes one or more layers of a first material and a second conductive material contacting at least one of the layers of the first material. Further, the conductive material is different than the first material. Thus, the conductive material is configured with the first material so as to create an equipotential spar cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Richard Allen Hardison
  • Patent number: 9819038
    Abstract: A power generation system includes a fuel cell including an anode that generates a tail gas. The system also includes a hydrocarbon fuel reforming system that mixes a hydrocarbon fuel with the fuel cell tail gas and to convert the hydrocarbon fuel and fuel tail gas into a reformed fuel stream including CO2. The reforming system further splits the reformed fuel stream into a first portion and a second portion. The system further includes a CO2 removal system coupled in flow communication with the reforming system. The system also includes a first reformed fuel path coupled to the reforming system. The first path channels the first portion of the reformed fuel stream to an anode inlet. The system further includes a second reformed fuel path coupled to the reforming system. The second path channels the second portion of the reformed fuel stream to the CO2 removal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Shapiro, Robert James Perry, Matthew Joseph Alinger, Bruce Philip Biederman, Irfan Saif Hussaini, Irina Spiry
  • Patent number: 9817134
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are utilized to improve the timing performance of SiPM based PET detectors with light-sharing configuration. The universal readout design utilizes adaptive group readout to process noisy and slow signals generated by SiPM devices, and provides enhanced timing capabilities with simplified readout electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Geng Fu, Floribertus P M Heukensfeldt Jansen, Hua Qian, Xiao Jin, Jianjun Guo
  • Patent number: 9816488
    Abstract: A rotor turning system includes a fixture plate configured for attachment to a gearbox, a locking mechanism configured for attachment to the fixture plate, and a reaction fixture configured for attachment to the locking mechanism. The rotor turning system is configured to permit rotation of the rotor only when rotational torque is applied to the locking mechanism, and this rotation is in only one rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Raymond Francis Rose, Jr., Jeffrey Eric Bergman, Brent Hamilton Holloway, Drake Joseph Viscome
  • Patent number: 9815601
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a package, and more particularly to a package for sterile fluids, such as contrast media. More particularly the invention relates to a package comprising a container, a stopper (40), a cap (50) and a flip cover (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE AS
    Inventor: Martin Monteagle Browne
  • Patent number: 9815785
    Abstract: A method for the purification of cyclic indole compounds that provides advantages over previously-known methods. Using the method of the present invention allows for the facile preparation of a good quality solid form of these compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Sondre Nilsen, Dimitrios Mantzilas
  • Patent number: 9819337
    Abstract: A semiconductor switching circuit includes a main current branch which includes at least one main semiconductor switching element and through which current flows in a first direction when the or each main semiconductor switching element is switched on. The semiconductor switching circuit also includes an auxiliary current branch that is connected in parallel with the main current branch. The auxiliary current branch includes at least one auxiliary semiconductor switching element. One or more control units are configured to switch on the or each auxiliary semiconductor switching element as the or each main semiconductor switching element is switched on to selectively create an alternative current path via the auxiliary current branch whereby current flowing in the first direction through the main current branch is diverted instead to flow through the alternative current path to reduce the rate of change of current flowing through the or each main semiconductor switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Colin Charnock Davidson
  • Patent number: 9815736
    Abstract: The present application provides methods and apparatus for processing ceramic fibers for the manufacture of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). One method may include providing at least one frame including a planar array of unidirectional ceramic fibers extending across a void thereof. The method may further include depositing a coating on the ceramic fibers of the at least one frame via a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The method may also include impregnating the coated ceramic fibers with a slurry including a ceramic matrix precursor composition to form at least one CMC prepreg, such as a prepreg tape. The ceramic fibers may be substantially SiC fibers, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Gene Dunn, James Anthony Ruud, Pierre-Andre Bui, Gregory Scot Corman, James Scott Vartuli
  • Patent number: 9816398
    Abstract: A turbine shroud block removal apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a first base plate including a first armature. The first base plate may be releasably coupled to a first shroud block. The apparatus also may also include a second base plate including a second armature. The second base plate may be releasably coupled to a second shroud block positioned adjacent the first shroud block. Additionally, the apparatus may include an actuator coupled to the first armature of the first base plate and the second armature of the second base plate. The actuator may change a distance between the first shroud block and the second shroud block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lukasz Sajdak, John William Herbold, Philippe Monfort-Moros, Charles Vaughn Spanos, Michal Wojciech Wnuk
  • Patent number: 9815470
    Abstract: An energy management system and method for a vehicle system operate the vehicle system according to a current trip plan as the vehicle system travels along a route during a trip. The current trip plan designates operational settings of the vehicle system. The system and method also revise the current trip plan into a revised trip plan responsive to current, actual operation of the vehicle system differing from the current trip plan by at least a designated threshold amount. The revised trip plan designates operational settings of the vehicle system and includes an initial designated operational setting that matches the current, actual operation of the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Juli-Ann Luther, Jeffrey Twichel, Brian Nedward Meyer, Joseph Daniel Wakeman, Swapna Rameshbabu Gaikwad, John William Brand, James Brooks, David Allen Eldredge, Robert James Foy, Kevin Kapp, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, William Martin, James Andrew Napolitano, Saravanan Thiyagarajan, Eric Vorndran
  • Patent number: 9817133
    Abstract: A heat controlling apparatus for a detector of a CT machine and a detector. The heat controlling apparatus comprises: a heat conducting frame, which is disposed at a side where a chip on a circuit board in the detector is located; a heater, which thermally contacts with the heat conducting frame and is used for heating the heat conducting frame; a heat dissipating member, which is connected with the heat conducting frame and used for dissipating heat produced by the detector; and a heat isolating member, which is wrapped at a periphery of a collimator of the detector, the heat conducting frame and the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xinfeng Li, Hua Zhang, Pengcheng Liu, Joseph James Lacey
  • Patent number: 9816392
    Abstract: A method for fabricating thermal barrier coatings. The thermal barrier coatings are produced with a fine grain size by reverse co-precipitation of fine powders. The powders are then sprayed by a solution plasma spray that partially melts the fine powders while producing a fine grain size with dense vertical cracking. The coatings comprise at least one of 45%-65% Yb2O3 the balance zirconia (zirconium oxide), Yb/Y/Hf/Ta the balance zirconia (zirconium oxide) and 2.3-7.8% La, 1.4-5.1% Y and the balance zirconia (zirconium oxide) and are characterized by a thermal conductivity that is about 25-50% lower than that of thermal barrier coatings comprising YSZ. The thermal barrier coatings also are characterized by at least one of excellent erosion resistance, fracture toughness and abrasion resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Padmaja Parakala, Surinder Singh Pabla, Joshua Lee Margolies, James Anthony Ruud, Krishnamurthy Anand, Jon Conrad Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 9819292
    Abstract: A method includes combusting a fuel and an oxidant in a combustor of an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) gas turbine system that produces electrical power and provides a portion of the electrical power to an electrical grid. The method further includes controlling, via one or more processors, one or more parameters of the EGR gas turbine system to decrease the portion of the electrical power provided to the electrical grid in response to an over-frequency event associated with the electrical grid, wherein controlling the one or more parameters comprises decreasing a flow rate of fuel to the combustor in response to the over-frequency event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: General Electric Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Carl Thatcher, Ilya Aleksandrovich Slobodyanskiy, Aaron Lavene Vorel
  • Patent number: 9816623
    Abstract: A high-flow valve arrangement in an electro-hydraulic safety control unit to discharge oil volume on instructions from a steam turbine safety system to actuate actuators to stop steam flow in steam turbines to shut-off, is provided. The valve includes a valve body with a flange having a plurality of spaced-apart through holes, a flat-circular plate cartridge and a valve housing configured to each other. The housing includes a chamber to accommodate oil volume; an inlet/outlet port to enable the oil volume to enter and exit therefrom, and a peripheral seat where the cartridge seats. The plate cartridge is capable of being moved upward, defining a very small stroke, upon the increase or decrease of the oil volume in the chamber to open and close the outlets defined via the plurality of spaced-apart through holes to enable and stop the fluid flow therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Nizar Amirouch, Victor Da-Cruz, Jean-Marc Lop
  • Patent number: 9814388
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system includes at least two wireless sensing devices, each configured to measure a different physiological parameter from a patient and wirelessly transmit a parameter dataset. The system further includes a receiver that receives each parameter dataset, a processor, and a monitoring regulation module executable on the processor to assign one of the at least two wireless sensing devices as a dominant wireless sensing device and at least one of the remaining wireless sensing devices as a subordinate wireless sensing device. The physiological parameter measured by the dominant wireless sensing device is a key parameter and the parameter dataset transmitted by the dominant wireless sensing device is a key parameter dataset. The key parameter dataset from the dominant wireless sensing device is processed to determine a stability indicator. The subordinate wireless sensing device is then operated based on the stability indicator for the key parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stanislava Soro, Robert F. Donehoo, Otto Valtteri Pekander
  • Patent number: 9817221
    Abstract: A method for processing and imaging a first and second plurality of samples, comprising processing at least one sample from the first plurality of samples, imaging the at least one sample from the first plurality of samples, while being capable of simultaneously processing at least one sample from the second plurality of samples; and imaging the at least one processed sample from the second plurality of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alex David Corwin, Robert John Filkins, Jun Xie, Nannan Chen, Kashan Ali Shaikh
  • Patent number: 9820375
    Abstract: Rigid-flex-type circuit-board structure and manufacturing method, in which a flexible membrane and a sacrificial-material piece are attached to an insulator membrane in the location of the flexible zone. An insulator layer, which encloses within itself a sacrificial-material piece is manufactured on the surface of the conductor membrane. The flexible zone is formed in such a way that an opening is made in the insulator layer, through which the sacrificial-material piece is removed. The flexible zone comprises at least part of the flexible membrane as well as conductors, which are manufactured by patterning the insulator membrane at a suitable stage in the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE Embedded Electronics Oy
    Inventors: Antti Iihola, Tuomas Waris
  • Patent number: 9816388
    Abstract: A seal in a gas turbine engine includes a shim base and a honeycomb structure having a number of cavities are formed as a single unitary structure using additive manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Richard Kirtley, Ibrahim Sezer, Benjamin P. Lacy
  • Patent number: 9814419
    Abstract: An array of emitters includes a device substrate having first and second sides, a thermally and electrically conductive layer disposed on the first side of the device substrate, and an interconnect layer disposed on a first plurality of portions of the second side of the device substrate. The array of the emitters further includes a plurality of emitters disposed in a second plurality of portions of the device substrate, where the plurality of emitters is electrically coupled to the thermally and electrically conductive layer. Also, the array of the emitters includes a plurality of wirebond contacts configured to electrically couple a portion of the interconnect layer to a corresponding emitter of the plurality of emitters, and a plurality of encapsulations, where one or more encapsulations of the plurality of encapsulations are disposed on at least a portion of a corresponding wirebond contact of the plurality of wirebond contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Harris Karp, Christopher James Kapusta, Paul Jeffrey Gillespie, Christopher Fred Keimel, Jeffrey Michael Ashe, James Enrico Sabatini
  • Patent number: 9817131
    Abstract: An apparatus is described herein. The apparatus comprises a first modality unit and a second modality unit. The first modality unit is located within a gantry. The second modality unit within the gantry is moveable along an examination axis to be concentric about with the first modality unit such that a field of view of the first modality unit and a field of view of the second modality unit are centered about a single point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Adam Clark Nathan
  • Patent number: 9816489
    Abstract: Towers for wind turbines are provided. In one embodiment, a tower includes a hollow shell defining an interior, the hollow shell extending generally along a longitudinal axis. The tower further includes a platform disposed in the interior and connected to the shell. The platform includes a first plate fixedly connected to the shell. The platform further includes a second plate movably connected to the first plate such that relative movement of the first plate and second plate is permitted in a plane generally transverse to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Raghunandan Chickballapur Venkatakrishnappa, Umesh B. Shingne
  • Patent number: 9818220
    Abstract: A method and system for volume-rendering. The method and system include generating a volume-rendered image that is shaded from a light direction, displaying the volume-rendered image, displaying a model of a solid at the same time as the volume-rendered image, and displaying a light direction indicator with respect to the model of the solid, wherein the position of the light direction indicator corresponds to the light direction used for shading the volume-rendered image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Gerald Schroecker
  • Patent number: 9817945
    Abstract: Example methods, systems, and computer readable media are disclosed to allocate a medical exam. An example method includes identifying an exam characteristic associated with the medical exam. The example method includes determining a plurality of allocation scores for a plurality of radiologists by comparing the exam characteristic to a radiologist characteristic for each of the plurality of radiologists. The example method includes determining one of the plurality of allocation scores with a highest value. The example method includes allocating the medical exam to one of the plurality of radiologists associated with the one of the plurality of allocation scores with the highest value. The example method includes marking the medical exam as allocated to the one of the plurality of radiologists associated with the one of the plurality of allocation scores with the highest value. The example method includes providing an indication that the medical exam is allocated via a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric Jester, Arun Viswanath, Madhu Seepani, Shaoyu Feigler, Jeff Chu, Jiaohuan Wang, Vineet Ahuja, Charlotte Mae Shelton, Rhonda Eckstein
  • Patent number: 9819134
    Abstract: A tool for stripping and crimping a wire includes a housing. The tool also includes a wire holding system defining a wire holding area and comprising a set of teeth configured to hold the wire as the wire is stripped and crimped. At least a portion of the wire holding system is contained within the housing. The tool further includes a wire stripping system defining a wire stripping area and comprising at least one stripping member configured to penetrate at least a portion of the wire. At least a portion of the wire stripping system is contained within the housing. The wire stripping area is adjacent to the wire holding area. Additionally, the tool includes a lug retainer system configured to position a lug on the wire in the wire stripping area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Adam Eric Virkler, Steven Jackson Foss, Royce Woodard, Julie Elizabeth Steinbrenner, Davis Haberkorn, Warren Mitchell, Jr., Jamie Curran, Teller Junak, Kathryn David
  • Patent number: 9816380
    Abstract: Low-pressure turbine rotors for a thermoelectric power station include an interconnection of slender blades. The rotor includes blades bearing caps being roughly in the shape of a chevron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Michel Floch, Arnaud Buguin, Julien Lemaire
  • Patent number: 9816965
    Abstract: A method of detecting a vibration node between a non-collocated sensor-actuator pair of a rotatable component includes applying an excitation signal to an actuator of the sensor actuator pair. The method also includes obtaining frequency response data from the sensor-actuator pair. The method further includes analyzing the frequency response data to ascertain a resonant frequency of the rotatable component. The method includes identifying a resonance/anti-resonance peak pair in the frequency response data for the non-collocated sensor-actuator pair. Furthermore, the method includes determining whether the vibration node is located between a sensor and the actuator of the non-collocated sensor-actuator pair based on the resonance/anti-resonance peak pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rosa Castane Selga, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Christoph Boeld, Mohamed Osama, Adolfo Anta Martinez
  • Patent number: 9815560
    Abstract: An aircraft including a fuselage and an aft engine is provided. The fuselage extends from a forward end of the aircraft towards an aft end of the aircraft. The aft engine is mounted to the fuselage proximate the aft end of the aircraft and includes a fan and a nacelle. The fan is rotatable about a central axis of the aft engine and includes a plurality of fan blades. The nacelle of the aft engine surrounds the plurality of fan blades and defines a bottom portion having a forward end. Additionally, the nacelle defines a curved surface at the forward end of the bottom portion, the curved surface including a reference point where the curved surface defines the smallest radius of curvature. The nacelle further defines a normal reference line extending normal from the reference point. The normal reference line defines an angle with the central axis of the aft engine greater than zero to, e.g., allow for a maximum amount of airflow into the aft engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Michael Marrinan, Thomas Lee Becker, Kurt David Murrow, Jixian Yao
  • Publication number: 20170321966
    Abstract: An apparatus and corresponding approaches for a combined energy dissipation include an energy dissipater forming a hollow chamber therein containing a partial pressure working fluid and a first adjustable thermal connector configured to be placed in an opening of the energy dissipater between an energy generating component to transfer energy there between. The first adjustable thermal connector includes a heat spreader at least partially disposed within the opening of the dissipater, an elastic member operably coupled to the energy dissipater, a flexible membrane coupled to the energy dissipater and the heat spreader, and a phase change material configured to at least partially fill an area defined by the opening, heat spreader, elastic member, and flexible membrane. Upon changing the phase change material to a first material phase, the elastic member applies a biasing force to the energy generating component to align the heat spreader with the energy generating component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.
    Inventor: William Henry LUECKENBACH
  • Publication number: 20170322064
    Abstract: A method of determining a fraction of one or more phases in a multi-phase fluid in a conduit is provided. The method includes exciting (602) a sensing device to cause emission of electromagnetic waves of a range of frequencies into a multi-phase fluid. The sensing device comprises an antenna and a dielectric layer, selected to cause resonance in at least one of a first set of frequencies or a second set of frequencies based on a flow state of the multi-phase fluid, when placed proximate to the multi-phase fluid. The method also includes receiving (604) transmitted or reflected electromagnetic waves from the multi-phase fluid. The flow state of the multi-phase fluid is selected (606) based on a classification parameter. Fractions are determined (608) utilizing at least one fraction determination model that is selected based on the flow state of the multi-phase fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Prafull SHARMA, Aparna Chakrapani Sheila-Vadde, Suma Memana Narayana BHAT, Vikram MELAPUDI
  • Publication number: 20170320922
    Abstract: The invention discloses a polypeptide with improved alkaline stability, which polypeptide comprises a mutant of a B or C domain of Staphylococcus Protein A (SpA), as specified by SEQ ID NO 1 or SEQ ID NO 2, or of Protein Z, as specified by SEQ ID NO 3, wherein at least the glutamic acid residue at position 15 has been mutated to an amino acid other than asparagine. The invention also discloses multimers of said polypeptide, as well as separation matrices comprising the multimers or polypeptides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Mats ANDER, Goran BAUREN, Tomas BJORKMAN, Gustav RODRIGO
  • Publication number: 20170320901
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new chemical process, a new cassette configuration, and new software for the automated production of multiple batches of an [18F]labelled compound on a single cassette. The invention allows one synthesizer in one hot cell to produce sequentially a plurality of batches of [18F]-labelled PET tracer in the same day. In particular, the present invention provides a novel arrangement useful for the trapping of [18F]fluoride and recovery of [18O]water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: GE Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Xavier Franci, Steve Lignon, Audrey Marie Lange, Nicolas Verbrugge
  • Publication number: 20170321593
    Abstract: A thermal management system for an engine includes a radiator in fluid communication with the engine, a fan operable to provide air flow through the radiator, and a shutter assembly positioned on an opposite side of the radiator from the fan and being adjustable to control the air flow through the radiator. The radiator includes a first radiator section and a second radiator section, the first and second radiator sections each having a fore end and an aft end, respectively, wherein the first radiator section and the second radiator section converge at the respective fore ends and define an angle therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: JEFFREY JOHN WOLFF, EDWARD THOMAS PETRAK
  • Patent number: 9811903
    Abstract: Systems and method for identifying bone marrow in medical images are provided. A method includes obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) volume data set corresponding to an imaged volume and identifying voxels in the 3D CT volume data set having a Hounsfield Unit (HU) value below a bone threshold. The voxels are identified without using image continuity. The method further includes marking the identified voxels as non-bone voxels, determining definite tissue voxels based on the identified non-bone voxels and expanding a region defined by the definite tissue voxels. The method also includes segmenting the expanded region to identify bone voxels and bone marrow voxels and identifying bone marrow as voxels that are not the bone voxels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Avi Bar-Shalev, Ravindra Mohan Manjeshwar
  • Patent number: D802461
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ashbeel Younas John, Justin E Foster, Louis Bacon, Youcef Chaoua, Victor Isac
  • Patent number: D802582
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Louis Krivonak, Theodore Clark Brown, Shreenath Shekar Perlaguri, Rajendra Yammanuru, Michael Jay Grutkowski, Arunpandi Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: D802612
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Waqas Javed, Philip Balagtas, Masaki Akiyama
  • Patent number: D802710
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Singh, Klaus Gebauer, Supti Datta, Karl Axel Jakob Liderfelt, Nachiket Karmarkar, Ajit S. Vernekar, Mats Olsson, Amit Kumar Sharma, Sasi Kumar Nutalapati, Fredrik Oskar Lundstrom, Jean Pierre Neff
  • Patent number: RE46603
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring a transducer array in an ultrasound probe are provided. One method includes acquiring ultrasound data using an ultrasound probe during an imaging mode of operation, wherein the ultrasound data includes echo information. The method further includes comparing the echo information from a plurality of transducer elements of a transducer array of the ultrasound probe during the imaging mode of operation, wherein the echo information is non-beamformed signal data. The method also includes determining non-uniformity information for the transducer array using the compared echo information during the imaging mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kjell Kristoffersen, Geir Haugen, Morten Lennart Haugen, Anders R. Sornes