General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 9878281
    Abstract: The combustion system includes a boiler and a flue gas treatment system downstream of the boiler. The flue gas treatment system includes a desulphurization unit, a carbonator and a calciner defining a carbonator/calciner loop. The flue gas from the desulphurization unit is fed into the carbonator. No air pre-heaters, for pre-heating combustion oxidizer to be supplied into the boiler using heat of flue gas, are provided at the boiler and between the boiler and the carbonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Erik W. Böös, Stefan Oscar Hugo Åhman
  • Patent number: 9879989
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a connection joint including a first side coupled to an opposite second side along a bond, extending along an edge. The method includes generating at least one first sound wave at a first location on the first side, wherein the first location is at a first distance from the edge. The method also includes receiving the at least one first sound wave at a plurality of sensors coupled to the second side and determining that the bond is present at the first location. The method further includes generating at least one second sound wave at a second location on the first side, wherein the second location is offset a predetermined distance from the first location. The method also includes receiving the at least one second sound wave at the plurality of sensors and determining a width of the bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gary Austin Lamberton, Curtis Wayne Rose
  • Patent number: 9878501
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a frangible laminate is provided. The method comprises constructing a reinforced polymer matrix, cutting the reinforced polymer matrix into a plurality of laminae, forming a laminate via stacking the plurality of laminae and at least one energy dissipating member, and consolidating the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Darek Tomasz Zatorski, Ian Francis Prentice, Randy M. Vondrell, Andrew Breeze-Stringfellow
  • Patent number: 9880318
    Abstract: A method of analyzing a core sample from a wellbore by creating a visual composite image of the core sample that is based on a scan of the core sample. The scan directs radiation at the core sample, such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan, and obtains scan data by estimating radiation absorbed by material in the core sample. The composite image is made up of an arrangement of voxels, where each voxel represents a designated volume of the core sample, and is are assigned a value that corresponds to a measured value of radiation absorbed in the designated volume of the core sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GE ENERGY OILFIELD TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: John Boot, Ali Can, Thomas Szudajski
  • Patent number: 9879163
    Abstract: A curable composition for bonding windings or core laminates in an electrical machine is presented. The curable composition includes: (A) about 10 weight percent to about 25 weight percent of a polyfunctional cyanate ester; (B) about 35 weight percent to about 65 weight percent of a first difunctional cyanate ester, or a prepolymer thereof; (C) about 15 weight percent to about 40 weight percent of a second difunctional cyanate ester, or a prepolymer thereof. An associated method is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Weijun Yin, Gary William Yeager, Kevin Warner Flanagan, David Andrew Simon, Eugene Pauling Boden, Kathryn Amanda Misner
  • Patent number: 9880142
    Abstract: A photonic sensor system includes: a photodetector; a signal processor coupled to the photodetector; and a sensor structure configured to provide fluid-response selectivity, spatially distribute light, and to receive light from a light source and convey light to the photodetector. The sensor structure includes a plurality of fluid sensitive interferometric nanostructure layers manufactured on a substrate; wherein the plurality of fluid sensitive interferometric nanostructure layers includes alternating high and low porosity layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Wajdi Mohammad Ahmad, Nasr Alkadi, John Andrew Westerheide, Glen Peter Koste, Sachin Narahari Dekate
  • Patent number: 9880244
    Abstract: A method that includes obtaining an MRI gradient echo train of at least three echo data sets at differing phase angles; producing a plurality of phase error maps among the at least three echo data sets; and imaging at least three distinct chemical species based on the plurality of phase error maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ken-Pin Hwang, Zachary William Slavens, Ersin Bayram, Kang Wang, Daniel Litwiller, Jingfei Ma
  • Patent number: 9882301
    Abstract: A connector pin assembly configured to engage an electrical interface. The connector pin assembly comprises a conductive outer cylinder configured to be connected to a power supply that supplies current or voltage; a conductive inner cylinder located at least partially within the outer cylinder; and a biasing member disposed within the inner cylinder. The connector pin assembly further comprises a conductive plunger slidably disposed within and engaged with the inner cylinder and the biasing member; a non-conductive member disposed within the inner cylinder, the non-conductive member operable to restrict a current or voltage flowing through the connector pin along a path from the outer cylinder through the inner cylinder to the plunger without contacting the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Edward Emaci, Steven Thiel, Richard Roffers
  • Publication number: 20180025288
    Abstract: A method for modeling a system that includes a disturbance rejection model configured for modeling an operation of the system so to generate a predicted value for a system output. The disturbance rejection model having a network for mapping system inputs to the system output, and input-output pairings, each representing a unique pairing of one of the system inputs with the system output. The method may include the steps of: calculating a confidence metric for a selected input-output pairing of the disturbance rejection model; and recommending a modification be made to the disturbance rejection model based upon the confidence metric calculated for the selected one of the input-output pairing. The confidence metric may indicate a probability that a predicted sign of a gain in the system output made by the disturbance rejection model is correct when the system input of the selected input-output pairing is varied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen William Piche, Fred Francis Pickard
  • Publication number: 20180022222
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a controller configured to receive sensor feedback from a high voltage storage device and from a low voltage storage device, compare the sensor feedback to operating limits of the respective high and low voltage storage device, determine, based on the comparison a total charging current to the high voltage storage device and to the low voltage storage device and a power split factor of the total charging current to the high voltage device and to the low voltage device, and regulate the total power to the low voltage storage device and the high voltage storage device based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ruediger Soeren Kusch, Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
  • Publication number: 20180022221
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a controller configured to receive sensor feedback from a high voltage storage device and from a low voltage storage device, compare the sensor feedback to operating limits of the respective high and low voltage storage device, determine, based on the comparison a total charging current to the high voltage storage device and to the low voltage storage device and a power split factor of the total charging current to the high voltage device and to the low voltage device, and regulate the total power to the low voltage storage device and the high voltage storage device based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ruediger Soeren Kusch, Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
  • Publication number: 20180021750
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automated radiosynthesis device adapted for enhanced automatic disconnection of a disposable kit once a radiosynthesis has been carried out. The automated radiosynthesis device of the invention therefore reduces the time to remove the disposable kit from the radiosynthesis device and reduces radiation exposure to the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: GE Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Philippe Dumont
  • Publication number: 20180023725
    Abstract: A system for securing a valve actuator to body of a valve assembly includes an actuator housing having housing lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of housing slots therebetween. A bonnet has bonnet lugs protruding radially to define a plurality of bonnet slots therebetween. Each of the housing lugs are sized to pass axially through a respective one of the bonnet slots when the actuator housing is in a released position and, after passing through the bonnet slots, the actuator housing is rotatable to a locked position where at least a portion of one or more of the housing lugs is axially aligned with a portion of a respective bonnet lug to prevent axial movement of the actuator housing, the actuator housing rotating less than one full revolution between the released and locked positions. A securing mechanism prevents relative rotation between the actuator housing and the bonnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Travis Kyle McEvoy, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd R. Cheatham
  • Publication number: 20180024512
    Abstract: A method for training a disturbance rejection model that is configured to model an operation of a system so to calculate a predicted value for a system output at a future time. The disturbance rejection model may include a network for mapping system inputs to the system output, the network including a weight vector and a feedback coefficient. The method may include: obtaining a training dataset, and training the disturbance rejection model pursuant to the training dataset. The training may include calculating updated values for each of the weight vector and the feedback coefficient of the network by minimizing an error function that include a first hyperparameter and a second hyperparameter. The first hyperparameter may include a vector for penalizing the weight vector and the second hyperparameter may include a scalar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Stephen William Piche
  • Publication number: 20180024508
    Abstract: A method for controlling an operation of a system that includes a disturbance rejection model that is configured for modeling the operation of the system so to generate a predicted value for a system output at a future time. The disturbance rejection model may include a neural network for mapping system inputs to the system output. The method may include the steps of: calculating a probabilistic distribution for the predicted value of the system output at the future time, where the calculating of the probabilistic distribution includes a Bayesian evidence framework without sampling; and controlling the operation of the system per the calculated probabilistic distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen William Piche, Fred Francis Pickard
  • Publication number: 20180024509
    Abstract: A method for modeling an operation of a system that may include a disturbance rejection model that is configured to generate a predicted value for a system output at a future time. The disturbance rejection model may include a neural network for mapping system inputs to the system output. The method may include the steps of: training the disturbance rejection model per a training dataset; and calculating a confidence metric for the disturbance rejection model. The confidence metric is configured to indicate a probability that a predicted sign of a gain in the system output at the future time made by the disturbance rejection model is correct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen William Piche, Fred Francis Pickard
  • Patent number: 9874143
    Abstract: A power plant includes a first gas turbine and a second gas turbine. The first gas turbine includes a turbine extraction port that is in fluid communication with a hot gas path of the turbine and an exhaust duct that receives exhaust gas from the turbine outlet. The power plant further includes a first gas cooler having a primary inlet fluidly coupled to the turbine extraction port, a secondary inlet fluidly coupled to a coolant supply system and an outlet in fluid communication with the exhaust duct. The first gas cooler provides a cooled combustion gas to the exhaust duct which mixes with the exhaust gas to provide an exhaust gas mixture to a first heat exchanger downstream from the exhaust duct. The first gas cooler is also in fluid communication with a combustor of the second gas turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph Philip Klosinski, Alston Ilford Scipio, Sanji Ekanayake, Paul Robert Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9874488
    Abstract: A method of monitoring an operating event of a combustion engine includes receiving a noise signal sensed by a knock sensor disposed in or proximate to the combustion engine, correlating the noise signal with a fingerprint having at least an ADSR envelope indicative of the operating event, and detecting if the operating event has occurred based on the correlating of the noise signal with the fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey Jacob Bizub
  • Patent number: 9874622
    Abstract: A system and method for transporting a hyperpolarized substance is disclosed. A transport vessel for transporting such a hyperpolarized substance includes a vessel housing, a chamber formed within the vessel housing that is configured to receive a container holding a hyperpolarized substance, and an electromagnet configured to generate a magnetic containment field about the chamber when a current is supplied thereto, the magnetic containment field comprising a homogeneous magnetic field. The transport vessel also includes a non-magnetic power source to supply the current to the electromagnet and a control circuit configured to selectively interrupt the supply of current to the electromagnet so as to control generation of the magnetic containment field, with the transport vessel being magnetically inert when the supply of current to the electromagnet is interrupted by the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy William Skloss, Jonathan Alan Murray, Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen, Murali K. Cherukuri, Marcelino Bernardo, Nallathamby Devasahayam
  • Patent number: 9875414
    Abstract: A route damage prediction system includes cameras, a conversion unit, and an analysis unit. The cameras obtain image data that include a route traveled upon by vehicles. The image data includes still images and/or video of the route obtained at different times. The conversion unit includes one or more computer processors configured to at least one of create wireframe model data or modify the image data into the wireframe model data representative of the route. The analysis unit includes one or more computer processors configured to examine changes in the wireframe model data to identify a historical trend of changes in the image data. The analysis unit is configured to compare the historical trend of the changes in the image data with designated patterns of changes in the wireframe model data to determine when to request at least one of repair, inspection, or maintenance of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nidhi Naithani, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki
  • Patent number: 9874351
    Abstract: A fuel manifold apparatus includes an annular array of fuel nozzles interconnected by a plurality of manifold tubes, wherein each manifold tube includes at least two fuel passages integrally formed therein, the fuel passages being configured for conduction heat transfer therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jared Matthew Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9875574
    Abstract: A method and device for automatically identifying the deepest point on the surface of an anomaly on a viewed object using a video inspection device. The video inspection device obtains and displays an image of the surface of the viewed object. A reference surface is determined along with a region of interest that includes a plurality of points on the surface of the anomaly. The video inspection device determines a depth for each of the plurality of points on the surface of the anomaly in the region of interest. The point on the surface of the anomaly having the greatest depth is identified as the deepest point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Clark Alexander Bendall
  • Patent number: 9874221
    Abstract: A compressor apparatus includes: a rotor having: a disk mounted for rotation about a centerline axis, an outer periphery of the disk defining a flowpath surface; an array of airfoil-shaped axial-flow compressor blades extending radially outward from the flowpath surface, wherein the compressor blades each have a root, a tip, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, wherein the compressor blades have a chord dimension and are spaced apart by a circumferential spacing, the ratio of the chord to the circumferential spacing defining a blade solidity parameter; and an array of airfoil-shaped splitter blades alternating with the compressor blades, wherein the splitter blades each have a root, a tip, a leading edge, and a trailing edge; wherein at least one of a chord dimension of the splitter blades at the roots thereof and a span dimension of the splitter blades is less than the corresponding dimension of the compressor blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Louis DiPietro, Jr., Gregory John Kajfasz
  • Patent number: 9874631
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe and an ultrasound imaging system include a 2D transducer array including a plurality of transducer elements organized to form a transmit aperture and a receive aperture, where the transmit aperture and the receive aperture do not overlap with each other. The probe and system include a plurality of distribution nodes and a plurality of sets of transmit switches. Each set of transmit switches includes a plurality of transmit switches and each set of transmit switches is associated with a different one of the plurality of transducer elements in the transmit aperture. Each set of transmit switches is configured to selectively connect the associated transducer element to any one of the plurality of distribution nodes when in a continuous-wave Doppler mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven Charles Miller, Kjell Kristoffersen, Bruno Hans Haider
  • Patent number: 9875640
    Abstract: A system and method of managing notifications of a plurality of states of a plant of equipment are provided. The alarm system includes a memory device and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the memory device. The one or more processors are programmed to receive parameters relating to a potential alarm, receive an indication of a plant event from at least one of a plurality of field devices, compare the received indication to the received parameters, and display a notification of the potential alarm as at least one of an event, a diagnostic, an alert, and an alarm based on the comparison and in accordance with the received parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lester Dwine Childs, Gautam Chatterji, Benjamin Hubert Fricaud, George Francis Pardee
  • Patent number: 9872664
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for medical imaging systems. In one embodiment, a method comprises estimating an external scatter contamination in emission data based on an estimated emission activity originating from anatomies outside a field-of-view (FOV) of a scanner, the anatomies identified based on an image segmentation analysis performed on an image generated in the imaging system, the image generated prior to acquiring the emission data. In this way, a scatter correction applied to the emission data may include both scatter originating within the FOV and outside the FOV, and hence may be more accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xiao Jin, Hua Qian, Geng Fu
  • Patent number: 9874497
    Abstract: Provided is a trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment that includes at least one sample cell configured to collect an oil sample from the electrical equipment. The sample cell having an oil receiving portion for receiving an oil sample, at least one perforated or porous sheet within a head space thereof for receiving the oil sample from the oil receiving portion, housing the oil sample thereon, and separating a new oil sample received from an existing oil sample within the at least one sample cell. The trace gas measurement apparatus also includes an oil pump for selectively pumping oil into and out of the sample cell, and a control module controlling operation of the oil pump, to adjust an oil level and air pressure within the sample cell, for performing an extraction process of trace gases within the oil sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Raymond Calvert, David Peter Robinson, Aidan Owens, Martin Duffy
  • Patent number: 9874142
    Abstract: In one aspect, a gasification system for use with low rank fuel is provided The system includes a pyrolysis unit positioned to receive a feed of low rank fuel, the pyrolysis unit being configured to pyrolyze the low rank fuel to produce pyrolysis gas and fixed carbon. The system also includes a gasifier configured to produce a syngas stream using the received fixed carbon, a cooler configured to receive and cool the syngas stream, and a first conduit coupled between the cooler and the pyrolysis unit. The first conduit is configured to recycle at least a portion of the syngas stream to the pyrolysis unit such that the recycled syngas stream is mixed with the pyrolysis gas to produce a hydrocarbon-rich syngas stream containing gasification by-products. The system also includes a by-product recovery system coupled to the pyrolysis unit for removing the gasification by-products from the hydrocarbon-rich syngas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Junli Xue, Lishun Hu, Thomas Frederick Leininger, Richard Anthony Depuy, Xijing Bi
  • Patent number: 9874728
    Abstract: A lens system includes a tube lens and a lens assembly, with the tube lens disposed between an optical sensor and the lens assembly. The lens assembly is disposed between the tube lens and an imaged object. In order to solve the problem of some lens systems having focal lengths that are shorter than the working distances of the lens systems, one aspect of the inventive subject matter described herein provides the lens assembly with a negative lens and plural positive lenses. A first positive lens is located between a second positive lens and an imaging plane, the second positive lens is located between the first positive lens and the negative lens, and the negative lens is located between the second positive lens and the tube lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhangyi Zhong, Kevin George Harding, Daniel Curtis Gray, Yi Liao
  • Patent number: 9874618
    Abstract: A control system for a superconducting magnet includes an electrically conductive lead having a first end electrically coupled to the superconducting magnet, at least one of a main power supply, a shimming power supply and a discharge module electrically coupled to a second end of the lead, and a controller in communication with the at least one of the main power supply, the shimming power supply and the discharge module. The controller is configured to monitor at least one magnet parameter value indicative of a state of the superconducting magnet and to automatically control operation of the at least one of the main power supply, the shimming power supply and the discharge module when the magnet parameter value crosses a predetermined threshold value prior to a quench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yuri Lvovsky, Longzhi Jiang, Mark Derakhshan, Edwin Legall
  • Patent number: 9872807
    Abstract: A multiple patient infant warming management system comprises at least one temperature sensor for sensing at least one temperature of an infant warming device and a controller. The controller processes first signals for different temperature ranges of different temperature zones assigned to different patients to be concurrently warmed the infant warming device, receives second signals from the at least one temperature sensor indicating at least one temperature of the infant warming device and outputs adjustments based on the first signals and the second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Mitchell Falk, Lawrence Guy Ten Eyck, Marjorie Chappelle McCue, Karen P. Starr
  • Patent number: 9873798
    Abstract: A composition suitable for forming a support using a three-dimensional (3D) deposition method is presented. The composition includes a wax including at least one functional group capable of reacting with a build material used in the 3D deposition method, when exposed to an actinic radiation, wherein the functional group is itself substantially non-reactive to the actinic radiation. A method of forming a three dimensional (3D) article is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph O'Brien, Thomas Francis McNulty, Kwok Pong Chan
  • Patent number: 9877008
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a measure for a distortion change of a first view synthesized from a second view, caused by a modification of a depth map of the second view from a first state to a second state, is configured—starting from a current synthesis state of the first view corresponding to a synthesis from the second view having the depth map modified to the second state in an already processed portion of the depth map and having the depth map unmodified at the first state in a yet to be processed portion of the depth map—to compute a possible successor synthesis state corresponding to a synthesis of the first view from the second view having the depth map modified to the second state in an already processed portion plus a currently processed portion and having the depth map unmodified at the first state in the yet to be processed portion without the currently processed portion; and to determine a distortion change of a distortion of the current synthesis state of the first view relative to an undistort
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE VIDEO COMPRESSION, LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Tech, Karsten Mueller, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 9873442
    Abstract: An aerial camera system includes an aerial device disposed onboard a non-aerial vehicle as the non-aerial vehicle moves along a route. The aerial device also can be configured to fly above the route during movement of the vehicle along the route. The camera unit is configured to be disposed onboard the aerial device and to generate image data during flight of the aerial device. The one or more image analysis processors are configured to examine the image data and to identify a hazard disposed ahead of the non-aerial vehicle along a direction of travel of the non-aerial vehicle based on the image data. A method for identifying route-related hazards using image data obtained from a camera unit on an aerial device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brad Thomas Costa, Seneca Snyder, Jerry Duncan, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Michael Scott Miner, Shannon Joseph Clouse, Anwarul Azam, Matthew Lawrence Blair, Nidhi Naithani, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki, Scott Daniel Nelson, Nikhil Uday Naphade, Wing Yeung Chung, Daniel Malachi Ballesty, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Jeffrey James Kisak, Dale Martin DiDomenico
  • Patent number: 9872643
    Abstract: A non-intrusive physiological data measurement system and method, as well as an optically induced treatment system, are described. The measurement system includes a monitoring mechanism that includes light emitter modules capable of emitting light at at least two wavelengths. The light emitted from the light emitter modules is transmitted through a subject and to a light receiving mechanism, such as an optical sensor. Physiological data is taken from the received light. The system also can ascertain movement of the subject by obtaining an initial outline of the subject and comparing that outline with a subsequently obtained outline. A therapeutic optic system includes a non-adhering light emitting mechanism for providing light at therapeutic wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Mahony, John Erik Hershey, Glenn Alan Forman, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, Jr., William Eugene Powell, III
  • Patent number: 9872670
    Abstract: Systems and methods (the “utility”) presented herein provide for the assessment of acousto-electrical probes, such as their connections (e.g., transducer leads) and their response characteristics. For example, the utility may provide for readily evaluating transducer leads that have been broken and/or detached from transducers within an ultrasound probe. Due to the increasing complexity of ultrasound probes, identification of broken and/or detached transducer leads also becomes increasingly complex. Being able to identify such disconnected transducer leads may enable a person to repair, or “reterminate”, these transducer leads leading to a potentially substantial cost savings, the least of which being incurred by avoiding total replacement of an ultrasound probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nickolas Markoff, Christopher M. Cone
  • Patent number: 9874104
    Abstract: A shroud and hanger assembly for a gas turbine engine and a method of transferring load from a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) shroud to a CMC shroud hanger assembly are provided. The shroud and hanger assembly includes a shroud hanger assembly formed of a first material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, the shroud hanger assembly having a forward hanger portion and a separate aftward hanger portion and a shroud formed of a second material having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, the forward and aftward hanger portions configured to couple together to clamp across a forward radially extending wall of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jason David Shapiro
  • Publication number: 20180019082
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive device for an electrical switching device, in particular for a high-voltage switch, having a housing which can be filled with insulating gas, having an energy storage device which is arranged in the housing and has a spring and a stop against which the spring can be tensioned. According to the invention, an adjustment device which can be actuated from the exterior of the housing is provided, by means of which adjustment device a position of the stop in the housing can be adjusted along an axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Gerrit Boehm, Achim Stelter
  • Publication number: 20180017025
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a drain system for an EGR system of an engine system. In one example, the drain system includes a connector fluidly coupled to each of an intake system, an exhaust system, and a fluid collector, where the connector is positioned vertically below an intake manifold of the intake system and an exhaust passage of the exhaust system and vertically above the fluid collector with respect to a surface on which an engine sits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Paul Bailey, Daniel Edward Loringer, Kent Jeffries, Eric David Peters, David Marshall Wright, Christopher Joseph Homison
  • Publication number: 20180017076
    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: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael James Dutka, Kenneth Paul Rivard
  • Publication number: 20180017077
    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: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Griffin DeIvernois, Kenneth Paul Rivard
  • Publication number: 20180017466
    Abstract: A system for attaching a probe to a casing of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The system may include a probe receptacle attachable to the casing. The probe receptacle may include an internal bore, a bayonet slot, a spring disposed within the internal bore adjacent to the bayonet slot, and a sealing surface within the internal bore. The system also may include a probe attachment assembly disposed about the probe and configured to engage the probe receptacle. The probe attachment assembly may include at least one bayonet positionable within the bayonet slot and a seal positionable adjacent to the sealing surface within the internal bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrea Booher Kretschmar, Zachary John Snider, Nathan Lee Brown, Kurt Kramer Schleif, Michael Allen Ball
  • Publication number: 20180017070
    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: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael James Dutka, Svitlana Kalmyk
  • Publication number: 20180016660
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for recovery of platinum from a coating on a component, wherein the coating includes platinum aluminide, the method including: contacting the coating on the component with a reagent solution, the reagent solution including a reactive species capable of solubilizing an aluminum salt in water, which results in formation of a platinum-rich residue on the component; separating the platinum-rich residue from the component; and collecting the platinum-rich residue. The reactive species may be hexafluorosilicic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Lawrence B. KOOL, Genfa HU
  • Patent number: 9871073
    Abstract: An x-ray detector may comprise: a moisture-impermeable substrate including a non-monolithic conductive portion integrated with a monolithic dielectric portion; a scintillator and an array of CMOS tiles positioned between the scintillator and the substrate; a cover positioned on the substrate and forming a seal therebetween that semi-hermetically encloses the scintillator and the array of CMOS tiles in a covered sealed region; and analog-to-digital electronics conductively coupled to the array of CMOS tiles and to the conductive portion, wherein the conductive portion transmits signals from the covered sealed region to beyond the seal without disrupting a semi-hermeticity of the seal. In this way, sealing of multiply-tiled CMOS image array detectors within a single x-ray detector can be more simply and reliably achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Konkle, Biju Jacob, Douglas Albagli, William Andrew Hennessy
  • Patent number: 9869660
    Abstract: A non-destructive testing system for testing a work piece. The non-destructive testing system includes an ultrasonic probe, including a matrix of transducers, and a control unit including a display. The control unit is configured to control the ultrasonic probe. The ultrasonic probe and the control unit are configured to obtain multiple S-scan images. The ultrasonic probe and the control unit are configured to obtain a first S-scan image at a first direction orientation, and the ultrasonic probe and the control unit are configured to obtain a second S-scan image at a second direction orientation different from the first direction orientation. The control unit is configured to process the first and second S-scan images to provide at least an image upon the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: York Oberdoerfer, Weiwei Zhang
  • Patent number: D808249
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajeev Kandakur, Jagadeesh Nandigavi
  • Patent number: D808417
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Amanda Ropa Mander, Michelle Ensey, Chelsey Lewis, Doerte Mahanay
  • Patent number: D808547
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Aijun Wang, Jing Chen, Zhifeng Bao
  • Patent number: D808992
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dianne Kessler, John Baartz, Christopher Janicki, Renee Vitullo, Tamara Grassle