General Electric Patents

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  • Patent number: 10105795
    Abstract: A braze alloy composition for sealing a ceramic component to a metal component in an electrochemical cell is presented. The braze alloy composition includes copper, nickel, and an active metal element. The braze alloy includes nickel in an amount less than about 30 weight percent, and the active metal element in an amount less than about 10 weight percent. An electrochemical cell using the braze alloy for sealing a ceramic component to a metal component in the cell is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Raghavendra Rao Adharapurapu, Sundeep Kumar, Mohamed Rahmane
  • Patent number: 10107302
    Abstract: An airfoil of a propulsion device having a first riblet laminate with a first adhesive layer on at least a first portion of the airfoil surface and a first riblet array sheet disposed on at least a portion of the first adhesive layer. The first riblet array sheet defines a first plurality of contiguous geometric features having rigid peaks and valleys extending in a first rib direction. The first plurality of contiguous geometric features define a total width to total height ratio W:H of about 1:1 to about 2.5:1 with a maximum total height of about 0.65 mm or less. A second riblet array laminate is also disclosed in an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Casey Lauren Berschback, Trevor Howard Wood, Wendy Wenling Lin, Lara Liou
  • Patent number: 10109383
    Abstract: Target assembly for an isotope production system. The target assembly includes a target body having a production chamber and a beam cavity that is adjacent to the production chamber. The production chamber is configured to hold a target material. The beam cavity is configured to receive a particle beam that is incident on the production chamber. The target assembly also includes a target foil positioned to separate the beam cavity and the production chamber. The target foil has a side that is exposed to the production chamber such that the target foil is in contact with the target material during isotope production. The target foil includes a material layer having a nickel-based superalloy composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Martin Pärnaste
  • Patent number: 10111306
    Abstract: A lighting control system includes control devices each configured to be coupled with one or more lighting devices. Each of the control devices includes sensor(s) configured to measure a characteristic of an environment, and hardware circuitry configured to connect with a network for one or more of remotely controlling operation of the one or more lighting devices, communicating the characteristic that is sensed, or monitoring information received through the network. The hardware circuitry of the control devices are configured to operate between different operational modes to perform different functions to control the one or more lighting devices based on the characteristic that is measured by the one or more sensors, based on the information received via the network, or based on both the characteristic that is measured and the information received via the network. The system also includes switching hardware configured to change the operational mode of the control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeremy Wayne Yon, Timothy Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10110149
    Abstract: Systems and methods for grounding power generation systems with silicon carbide MOSFET power converters are provided. A power generation system can include a power generator comprising a multiphase rotor configured to generate multiphase alternating current power at a first voltage and a power converter comprising one or more silicon carbide MOSFETs and an isolation transformer. The power converter can be configured to convert the multiphase alternating current power from the power generator at the first voltage to multiphase alternating current power at a second voltage. The power generation system can be electrically grounded to shunt a leakage current associated with the isolation transformer of the power converter to a ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Govardhan Ganireddy, Saurabh Shukla, Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju, Harold Robert Schnetzka
  • Patent number: 10107413
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a valve body with a flow passage intersected by a valve cavity. A valve member is axially movable in the valve cavity between a closed position and an open position, the valve member having an opening that registers with the flow passage when the valve member is in the open position. A valve stem is threadingly connected to the valve member, the valve stem rotatable to move the valve member between the closed position and the open position. A collar assembly is located within a slot of the valve member and circumscribes the valve stem, the collar assembly having an annular collar shoulder. The valve stem has an annular load shoulder sized to engage the collar shoulder, limiting axial movement of the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Samuel Heung Yeung Cheng, Andrew Browne Helvenston, Keith M. Adams, Lloyd R. Cheatham, Travis Kyle McEvoy
  • Patent number: 10110013
    Abstract: A switch assembly includes one or more solid state semiconductor switches configured to be disposed within a downhole pipe assembly. The one or more switches are configured to operate in a closed state to conduct electric current supplied by a power source disposed above a surface to pumps disposed beneath the surface to cause the pumps to extract a resource from beneath the surface via the pipe assembly. The one or more switches also are configured to operate in an open state to stop conducting the electric current from the power source to the pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dong Dong, Antonio Caiafa, Mohammed Agamy, Ahmed Elasser, Philip Michael Cioffi
  • Patent number: 10107378
    Abstract: A planet gear train for an engine casing includes a sun gear rotatable by a shaft, a ring gear, a plurality of planet gears rotatably mounted in a planet carrier and meshing with the sun gear and the ring gear, and a damping system. The damping system includes a soft mount disposed about the shaft and coupling the planet carrier the engine casing. The soft mount includes a flexible inner sleeve and a flexible outer sleeve. The flexible inner sleeve and the flexible outer sleeve are fixedly coupled together at respective central portions thereof near the shaft. The damping system further includes a plurality of damping couplers disposed about an outer flange of the planet carrier. The plurality of damping couplers is configured to flexibly couple the flexible inner sleeve to the flexible outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Randy M. Vondrell, Donald Albert Bradley, Bugra Han Ertas
  • Patent number: 10107297
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a variable geometry ported shroud for a turbocharger. In one example, a compressor system includes a compressor housing defining an air inlet, a shroud, and a bypass passage, a compressor wheel housed in the compressor housing and surrounded by the shroud, only a single port passing through the shroud and fluidically coupled to the bypass passage, and a ring configured to move axially to adjust a restriction of the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alok Kumar, Raghav Shrikant Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10105622
    Abstract: The invention discloses a normal flow filtration cassette (1) stackable with like cassettes, said cassette comprising: at least three port conduits (2,3,4); an inlet chamber (5) in fluid communication at least with a first of said port conduits (2); an outlet chamber (6) in fluid communication at least with a second of the port conduits (3); and a filter medium (7) between said inlet chamber and said outlet chamber, wherein said at least three port conduits (2,3,4) are each in fluid communication with a corresponding inlet port (8,9,10) and are each in fluid communication also with one of a corresponding set of outlet ports (11,12,13), and wherein each of said set of inlet ports (8,9 10) is arranged to cooperate with a respective complementary outlet port of an adjacent like cassette when in a stack and said outlet ports (11,12,13) are each arranged to cooperate with a respective complementary inlet port of a further adjacent like cassette when in a stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Charles Lambalot, William Larsen
  • Patent number: 10107200
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine including core engine is provided. Air may enter the core engine through an inlet and travel through and engine air flowpath extending through the core engine, e.g., generally along an axial direction of the gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine additionally includes a cooling air flowpath extending outwardly generally along the radial direction of the gas turbine engine. The cooling air flowpath extends between an inlet in flow communication with engine air flowpath and an outlet defined by an opening in an outer casing of the core engine. Moreover, the gas turbine engine includes a heat exchanger positioned at least partially within the outer casing the core engine with the cooling air flowpath extending over or through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Jeffrey Glover
  • Patent number: 10106378
    Abstract: A system includes a load moving machine, including a frame and a movable assembly coupled to the frame. The movable assembly includes a lift portion, a rotational portion, a first translational portion, and a second translational portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Artemio Josue Aguilar, Robert Allen Baten, Mario Oscar Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10105844
    Abstract: A robotic machine assembly includes a movable robotic arm configured to perform an assigned task that involves moving toward, engaging, and manipulating a target object of a vehicle. The assembly also includes a communication circuit configured to receive manipulation parameters for the target object from a remote database. The manipulation parameters are specific to at least one of the vehicle or a vehicle class in which the vehicle belongs. The assembly also includes one or more processors configured to generate a task performance plan for the robotic arm based on the manipulation parameters. The task performance plan includes prescribed forces to be exerted by the robotic arm on the target object to manipulate the target object. The one or more processors also are configured to drive movement of the robotic arm during performance of the assigned task according to the task performance plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Huan Tan
  • Patent number: 10107257
    Abstract: A rotor blade component for a wind turbine rotor blade may generally include an assembly of pre-formed pultruded products. Each pultruded product may include an interior pultruded portion formed from a first fiber-reinforced composite including a first plurality of fibers surrounded by a thermoset resin material and an exterior pultruded portion encapsulating the interior pultruded portion. The exterior pultruded portion may be formed from a second fiber-reinforced composite including a second plurality of fibers surrounded by a thermoplastic resin material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron A. Yarbrough, Christopher Daniel Caruso
  • Patent number: 10110145
    Abstract: A DC-to-AC converter including six phase modules and two capacitors, a transformer with a three-phase primary winding and with two three phase secondary windings, each phase module receiving a DC voltage from a DC voltage bus and capable of transmitting an AC current, and including a transistor, able to modulate the output voltage according to five intensity levels, the first capacitance connected between the positive portion and the midpoint of the DC voltage bus, the second capacitance connected between the negative portion and the midpoint of the DC voltage bus, the first, second and third phase module are linked by their output to a different phase of the first secondary winding. The fourth, fifth and sixth phase module are each linked by their output to a different phase of the second secondary winding of the transformer, the primary winding of the transformer is linked to an electrical power supply network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Lapassat, Stéphane Quiniou
  • Patent number: 10107786
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for coupling an ultrasonic transducer to a conduit is disclosed. The clamping apparatus comprises a base portion fastened to the conduit and including a bracket for receiving an adapter. The adapter is attached to a housing and allows the housing to be rotated when the adapter is positioned in an upper portion of the bracket, and prevents the housing from being rotated when the adapter is positioned in a lower portion of the bracket. The housing is configured to enclose the ultrasonic transducer except for a housing opening along the bottom of the housing. The ultrasonic transducer extends through the housing opening and is spring biased against the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Kai Fan
  • Patent number: 10107260
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling operation of one or more auxiliary circuits in a wind turbine system are provided. For instance, a grid event associated with the wind turbine system can be detected. In response to the grid event, a control signal can be provided to an auxiliary circuit breaker of the wind turbine system. The auxiliary circuit breaker can be associated with one or more auxiliary circuits that are not directly in a power production path of the wind turbine system. The auxiliary circuit breaker can disconnect the one or more auxiliary circuits from the grid based at least in part on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Allen Michael Ritter, Harold Robert Schnetzka, Sidney Allen Barker, Edward Wayne Hardwicke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10108536
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, system comprises a communication device operative to communicate with a user to obtain one or more requirements associated with a model for a test case generation module; a translation computer module to receive the model, store the model and generate an intermediate model; a generator computer module to receive the intermediate model, store the intermediate model, generate at least one test case; a memory for storing program instructions; at least one test case generation platform processor, coupled to the memory, and in communication with the translation computer module and the generator computer module, operative to execute program instructions to: transform the model into an intermediate model by executing the translation computer module; identify a model type associated with the intermediate model based on an analysis of the intermediate model by executing the generator computer module; select a test generation method based on analysis of the identified model type by execut
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Meng Li
  • Patent number: 10107848
    Abstract: A portable testing device includes a housing that encloses an electric motor and a power source. The power source is configured to provide electrical power to the electric motor. The system also includes a sensor port operatively coupled to the housing and the electric motor. The sensor port includes a converter member that is movable to adjust a depth of the sensor port. The system also includes a user interface device operatively coupled to the housing. The user interface device is configured to adjust an amount of the electrical power provided by the power source to the electric motor. The sensor port is configured to removably receive a sensor for testing operation of the sensor relative to the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Anthony, Gerry J. Kielar
  • Patent number: 10107498
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide injection systems for fuel and air. According to one embodiment, an injection system can include a mixing zone embedded within a surface of a turbine nozzle and positioned between a first outlet and a second outlet, the turbine nozzle separating a combustor of a power generation system from a turbine stage of the power generation system, wherein the first outlet is oriented substantially in opposition to the second outlet; a first injection conduit for delivering a carrier gas to the mixing zone through the first outlet; and a second injection conduit for delivering a fuel to the mixing zone through a second outlet; wherein the carrier gas and the fuel intermix within the mixing zone upon leaving the first injection conduit and the second injection conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stanley Kevin Widener, Lewis Berkley Davis, Jr., Gregory Thomas Foster, Kaitlin Marie Graham, Krishnakumar Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 10107499
    Abstract: A fuel plenum for a fuel nozzle assembly includes a gaseous fuel conduit, a conduit passage, and a liquid fuel conduit. Said gaseous fuel conduit received at a first end of said fuel plenum. Said fuel plenum is configured to distribute gaseous fuel received from said gaseous fuel conduit. Said conduit passage extends from the first end to a second end of said fuel plenum. Said conduit passage is at least partially defined by at least one interior wall of said fuel plenum. Said liquid fuel conduit defined by an outer wall and a portion of said liquid fuel conduit extending through said conduit passage. Said liquid fuel conduit outer wall is offset from said at least one interior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kaitlin Marie Graham, Jonathan Dwight Berry
  • Patent number: 10107108
    Abstract: A rotor blade includes an airfoil having a blade tip and a tip cavity formed at the blade tip. The tip cavity includes a tip cap that is recessed radially inwardly from the tip and surrounded continuously by pressure and suction side walls of the airfoil. The tip cap further includes an aperture that extends through the tip cap and provides for fluid communication between an internal cavity defined within the airfoil and the tip cavity. An exhaust port provides for fluid communication out the tip cavity through one of the pressure side wall, the suction side wall or the trailing edge. A portion of at least one of the suction side wall and the pressure side wall that defines the tip cavity extends obliquely outwardly from the tip cavity with respect to a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Clarence Jones, Xiuzhang James Zhang, Mitchell Allan Merrill
  • Patent number: 10110903
    Abstract: A higher compression rate or better rate/distortion ratio may be achieved by adopting or predicting second coding parameters used for encoding a second view of the multi-view signal from first coding parameters used in encoding a first view of the multi-view signal. The redundancies between views of a multi-view signal may not be restricted to the views themselves, such as the video information thereof, but that the coding parameters in parallel encoding these views show similarities which may be exploited in order to further improve the coding rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Wiegand, Detlev Marpe, Karsten Mueller, Philipp Merkle, Gerhard Tech, Hunn Rhee, Heiko Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10110795
    Abstract: A camera system and method capture image data with a camera, a data storage device electrically connected to the camera and configured to store the video data and/or a communication device electrically connected to the camera and configured to communicate the image data to a system receiver located remote from the camera. The system receiver may be located onboard a vehicle such that an operator can carry the camera off board the vehicle and communicate the image data back to the vehicle, when performing, for example, work on the vehicle or inspecting the vehicle or the environs of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: 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
  • Publication number: 20180302388
    Abstract: A method of securing an industrial control system includes operating the industrial control system in an open mode, wherein communications between a plurality of devices of the industrial control system are unencrypted when the industrial control system is in the open mode. The method includes exchanging security tokens between the plurality of devices of the industrial control system. The method further includes ceasing operating the industrial control system in the open mode and instead operating the industrial control system in a secure mode, wherein the communications between the plurality of devices of the industrial control system are encrypted using the security tokens when the industrial control system is operating in the secure mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Justin Brandon Chong, David Richard Socky, Pavan Kumar Singh Thakur, William Robert Pettigrew, Robert James Boring
  • Publication number: 20180298512
    Abstract: A method for treating a surface of a brush holder apparatus, where the brush holder apparatus is configured for use in a dynamoelectric machine, includes an electropolishing step that electropolishes the surface of the brush holder apparatus. An anodizing step anodizes the surface of the brush holder apparatus. The electropolishing step is performed before the anodizing step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Eric Steven Buskirk, Curtis Maurice Hebert
  • Publication number: 20180299354
    Abstract: An assistive sample collection and storage assembly for collecting, transferring and storing a biological sample includes a sample collection device having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is configured to receive a sample collection member. The assembly includes a sample storage device comprising a sample substrate configured to receive at least a portion of the biological sample from the sample collection member. The assembly is configured to exist in a first state and a second state. The sample collection member is disposed at a determined distance from the sample substrate in the first state. At least a portion of the sample collection member is in physical contact with at least a portion of the sample substrate in the second state. The sample collection member is configured to apply a determined amount of contact force between the collection member and the sample substrate in the second state of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ying Mao, Weston Blaine Griffin, Erin Jean Finehout, Ian Hart
  • Publication number: 20180301860
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of a main body of the stationary support member. The conductive bar provides electrical conductivity with a collector mount and fork electrical connector. A brush holder is releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has at least one rail that slides along the groove(s). The brush holder has a knife electrical connector that mates with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and presses a brush against a collector of a dynamoelectric machine. The brush spring is replaceable in the brush holder. The brush spring or brush holder has a friction enhancing material attached to an area where the brush spring attaches to the brush holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Publication number: 20180301861
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus has a stationary support member having two opposing grooves, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of a main body of the stationary support member. The conductive bar provides electrical conductivity with a collector mount and the fork electrical connector. A brush holder is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has two rails configured to slide along the grooves. The brush holder has a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and the brush spring presses a brush against a collector of a dynamoelectric machine. A brush lead is connected to the brush and a brush terminal. The brush lead is an elongate conductive member, and a brush wear indicator is disposed over the brush lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Matthew Thomas Preston, Nolan Gregg Curwen
  • Publication number: 20180301962
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus has a stationary support member having two opposing grooves, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar passing through a main body of the stationary support member. A brush holder is releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has two rails that slide along the grooves. The brush holder's knife electrical connector mates with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and presses a brush against a collector. A brush lead connects the brush to a brush terminal. The brush terminal has a generally L-shaped body with a lower part thereof retained under a terminal compression plate, and an upper part thereof located on a front side of the terminal compression plate. The brush terminal is removed from or installed into a front side of the brush holder, and by hand or without the use of any tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach, Paul August Quail, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Patent number: 10101194
    Abstract: A sensor system for identifying a transient sensor failure in an industrial system and for recovering from an erroneous estimation of an expected mass flow rate resulting from the transient sensor failure. The sensor system includes one or more sensors for measuring at least one fluid property of the industrial system. The sensor system includes an enhanced flow soft sensing (EFSS) computing device configured to determine an estimated mass flow rate. The EFSS computing device is also configured to generate expected measurements to be received from one or more sensors. If an error value is not within predetermined parameters, the transient sensor failure is detected. The EFSS computing device is further configured to identify a resurgence of the sensor from the transient sensor failure. An erroneous expected mass flow rate then converges toward a correct expected mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Carlos Gonzaga, Luca Parolini
  • Patent number: 10101032
    Abstract: A micromixer system includes a casing having a first side wall and a second side wall. Further, the micromixer system includes a plurality of pipes spaced apart from each other and disposed within the casing. Each pipe includes an inlet and an outlet formed in the first and second side walls respectively. The micromixer system includes a first plenum having a first inlet formed in the casing. The first plenum is disposed around a first portion of the plurality of pipes and fluidically coupled to the plurality of pipes. The micromixer system includes a second plenum having a second inlet formed in the casing and disposed around a second portion of the plurality of pipes. Further, the micromixer system includes a plurality of openings formed in the second side wall, surrounding the outlets of at least some pipes of the plurality of pipes, and fluidically coupled to the second plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bassam Sabry Mohammad Abd El-Nabi, Gregory Allen Boardman, Gerardo Antonio Salazar Lois
  • Patent number: 10101752
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon extractor (HE) evaluator system includes a central controller and an HE evaluator model that includes a hierarchical equipment model of heterogeneous HE type, subtype, and property, a plurality of rules arrangeable as a hierarchical equipment rule set, and as a hierarchical well feature rule set, a rules engine, the hierarchical well feature rule set formatted for a multi-factor comparison by the rules engine between heterogeneous HE types from disparate sources applied to the hierarchical equipment model. The rules engine configured to apply rules using class structure and one or more categories to an extracted portion of the hierarchical equipment model to generate results displayable to a user for determination of an HE type suitable for a particular well. A method for evaluating HE types and a non-transitory computer-readable medium containing instructions for a processor to perform the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Adam Rasheed, Abha Moitra, Aisha Yousuf, Jinfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10101347
    Abstract: Automated fluid handling system comprising a controller arranged to control the operation of the fluid handling system in accordance with a predefined or user-defined operation process, the fluid handling system comprising a power source input for connection to an external power source, the fluid handling system comprising a back-up power source arranged to supply back-up power to the controller, wherein the controller is arranged to monitor the power source input and in response to a detected power shortage initialize suspend mode of operation powered by the back-up power source, and during suspend mode saving information relating to status of the operation process at the time of power shortage in response to a detected power up initialize a boot procedure comprising a verification if the boot procedure is initialized following a suspend mode or not: if the boot procedure is not initialized following a suspend mode, then proceed according to normal boot procedure to enable start of a new operation proces
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Anoop Bhargav, Jeganathan Srinivasan, Babu Rasool Nabi
  • Patent number: 10101417
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for detecting an unplugged radio frequency (RF) coil in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. In one embodiment, a device for an RF coil comprises an alert generator, a power source, and a field-sensitive switch including an open state and a closed state, wherein the field-sensitive switch switches from the open state to the closed state responsive to sensing a magnetic field with a strength above a threshold, and wherein the field-sensitive switch in the closed state electrically couples the alert generator and the power source. In this way, an alert may be generated to notify an operator of an MRI apparatus of an unplugged RF coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andreas Ebel, Melissa Jean Freeman, Clyve Konrad Rosales Follante, Hyokwon Nam
  • Patent number: 10100736
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a compressor section in series flow with a turbine section. The compressor section includes one or more compressors and the turbine section includes one or more turbines, the compressor section and turbine section together defining a core air flowpath. A sump is positioned inward of the core air flowpath for containing and collecting lubrication oil. Additionally, a heat exchanger is positioned in direct thermal communication with the sump for removing heat from lubrication oil contained therein to reduce a size and/or amount of heat exchangers located radially outward of the core air flowpath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, Christopher James Kroger
  • Patent number: 10103663
    Abstract: Systems and methods for protecting switching devices in a power converter in doubly fed induction generator power systems are provided. A DFIG system can include a DFIG generator and a power converter comprising a line side converter and a rotor side converter connected by a DC bus. Each of the line side converter and rotor side converter can include a plurality of bridge circuits. Each bridge circuit can include a plurality of switching devices. A method can include monitoring, by a control device, a voltage of the DC bus of the power converter. The method can further include implementing, by the control device, a switching device protection measure based at least in part on the voltage of the DC bus of the power converter. The switching device protection measure can be operable to protect the switching devices by operating the switching devices within a safe operating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Cornelius Edward Holliday, III
  • Patent number: 10101238
    Abstract: A ventilation and leak detection system for use in an enclosure includes a ventilation duct extending at least partially through an interior chamber defined in the enclosure. The ventilation duct includes at least one inlet end positioned within a lower portion of the interior chamber and an outlet end. The at least one inlet end includes at least one opening defined therein and sized to enable air and fuel within the enclosure to be drawn into the ventilation duct to ventilate the enclosure. The system further includes a detection unit coupled in flow communication with the ventilation duct proximate to the outlet end for detecting fuel entrained within flow drawn into the ventilation duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rodolfo Bermudez, Martin Lopez, Heriberto Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10100835
    Abstract: A fluid extraction system is presented. The fluid extraction system includes a direct current (DC) bus and a plurality of fluid extraction sub-systems configured to be electrically coupled to the DC-bus. At least one fluid extraction sub-system includes an electric machine configured to aid in the extraction of a fluid from a well. The electric machine includes a plurality of phase windings and a rotor. The at least one fluid extraction sub-system further includes a control sub-system to control a rotational speed of the rotor by selectively controlling a supply of a phase current to the plurality of phase windings such that the rotational speed of the rotor of the electric machine is different from rotational speed of a rotor of another electric machine in at least one of other fluid extraction sub-systems. Related method for controlling rotational speeds of electric machines is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: David Allan Torrey, Nathaniel Benedict Hawes
  • Patent number: 10103519
    Abstract: An approach is disclosed for generating seed electrons at a spark gap in the absence of 85Kr. The present approach utilizes the photo-electric effect, using a light source with a specific nominal wave length (or range of wavelengths) at a specific level of emitted flux to generate seed electrons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph Darryl Michael, Jason Frederick Trotter, Mohamed Rahmane, Timothy John Sommerer, Karim Younsi
  • Patent number: 10103534
    Abstract: An electrical system includes a power electronics system and a bus bar coupled to the power electronic system. The power electronics system includes a switching device configured to selectively connect and disconnect. The bus bar includes a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer. The first conductive layer is disposed directly adjacent a first insulation layer, wherein the first conductive layer is configured to conduct a first polarity of electrical power to, from, or both the power electronics system. The second conductive layer is disposed directly adjacent the first insulation layer, and is configured to conduct a second polarity of electrical power opposite the first polarity to, from, or both the power electronics system. The first conductive layer comprises a first thickness half a second thickness of the second conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xu She, Rajib Datta, Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju, Maja Harfman-Todorovic, Philip Michael Cioffi
  • Patent number: 10103665
    Abstract: Systems and methods for protecting the redundancy of inverter blocks are provided. In one example implementation, a system can include a plurality of inverter blocks. Each inverter block can include a first conversion entity configured to convert DC power to AC power, a second conversion entity configured to convert AC power to DC power, and a third conversion entity configured to convert DC power to AC power. An isolation transformer can be coupled between the first conversion entity and the second conversion entity. The system includes an inverter block switching element coupled to an output of each inverter block. A protection element is disposed in each inverter block. The system includes one or more control devices configured to isolate at least one of the plurality of inverter blocks based at least in part on a status of the protection element disposed in the inverter block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, Govardhan Ganireddy, Saurabh Shukla, Ravisekhar Nadimpalli Raju, Harold Robert Schnetzka
  • Patent number: 10100805
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a tip extension assembly for a rotor blade of a wind turbine. The tip extension assembly includes a tip extension having a body with a pressure side surface and a suction side surface. Further, the tip extension is slidable onto a tip of the rotor blade so as to overlap the rotor blade adjacent the tip. In addition, the tip extension defines an extended trailing edge of the rotor blade. Moreover, an edge of the tip extension defines a step profile at a transition region between the tip extension and a trailing edge of the rotor blade. The tip extension assembly also includes at least one chord extension configured for attachment adjacent to the edge of the tip extension so as to minimize the step profile and associated noise caused thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Compant
    Inventors: James Robert Tobin, William Max Gobeli, Stefan Herr
  • Patent number: 10103590
    Abstract: A wedge mechanism including at least one wedge element and a guide member. The guide member is attached to the second assembly and adapted for receiving the wedge element in a way that and at least an inactive position of the mechanism is defined where the first and second assemblies can be detached from each other, and an active position where at least one of the wedge element and the guide member presses against two different sectors of the first assembly such that the first assembly and the second assembly remain attached to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES WIND B.V.
    Inventors: Adrian Bueno De Santiago, Santiago Claramunt Estecha, César Muñiz Casais
  • Patent number: 10100812
    Abstract: A wind turbine system is presented. The wind turbine system includes a wind turbine tower, a plurality of blades, a rotor supported by the wind turbine tower and rotatably coupled to the plurality of blades, a torque control device coupled to the rotor, and a control system programmed to predict an over-speeding time T of an occurrence of an over-speed rotor event based at least in part upon a current rotor acceleration and a current rotor speed, that cannot be compensated by an available counter-torque margin of the torque control device, and, in response, to generate pitch commands for the pitch angles of the plurality of blades to avoid the over-speed rotor event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ameet Shridhar Deshpande, Pranav Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10101017
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a housing having an external surface and an internal surface defining an interior volume, with an LED light source mounted on a mounting surface within the interior volume, an internal inter-surface structure within the interior volume in thermal communication with the board and in thermal communication with at least one housing internal surface. The internal inter-surface structure configured to spread heat generated by the LED light source laterally along the internal inter-surface structure. The interior volume of the housing is substantially closed to external air flow. The housing external surface being an about smooth surface free of extruding heat sink fins or ridges, and having a shape sufficient to inhibit the trapping of water or dirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Laszlo Toth, Peter Almosdi, Balazs Nagy, Gabor Fejes
  • Patent number: 10099047
    Abstract: A separation or reaction unit (1; 1?; 81; 81?; 101) and a method for aseptically connecting such units. The separation or reaction unit (1; 1?; 81; 81?; 101) comprises at last one fluid inlet (3a, 3b, 5a, 5b; 3a?, 3b?, 5a?, 5b?; 85a, 85b; 103a, 103b) and at least one fluid outlet (3a, 3b, 5a, 5b; 3a?, 3b?, 5a?, 5b?; 85a, 85b; 103a, 103b). At least one of the inlet or outlet is sealed by at least one film (7, 9; 11; 87a, 87b; 107a, 107b) and the contact surface between the film and the separation or reaction unit is aseptic. The films are adapted to be mated with a corresponding film on another separation or reaction unit or on a fluid distribution unit (20; 57; 61) which the separation or reaction unit possibly should be connected with and said mated films are adapted to be pulled out together two and two after mating such that corresponding fluid inlets/outlets on the two connected units are mated aseptically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventor: Klaus Gebauer
  • Patent number: 10100841
    Abstract: Centrifugal compressor having flow-control blades in which each of the flow-control blades has a pressure side and an opposite suction side. Each of the flow-control blades includes a main section and an inducer section that project away from an impeller surface. The inducer section is positioned upstream from the main section. The inducer section includes a trailing edge and the main section includes a leading edge that is spaced apart from the trailing edge. The inducer sections are aligned with the respective main sections as the inducer and main sections project from the impeller surface to a designated point above the impeller surface. Each of the trailing edges of the inducer sections and the respective leading edge of the main section form a bleed gap therebetween after the designated point. The bleed gap is configured to permit fluid to flow therethrough from the pressure side to the suction side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Patent number: 10103537
    Abstract: Provided is a fault isolation apparatus for an inverter configured for coupling to an external power supply. The apparatus includes a plurality of fault detection devices, each configured to (i) complete an electrical path between the inverter and the external power supply and (ii) detect a fault along its respective electrical path. The apparatus also includes a controller configured to instruct the fault detection device to complete its respective electrical path only when the path is devoid of the detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: David Everett Frye, Philip Edgar Crapse Stone, Daniel Francis Opila, Robert Gregory Wagoner, Siddharth Pant, Shrutish Dawande
  • Patent number: 10100875
    Abstract: A bearing includes an inner raceway and an outer raceway extending about a rotational axis. The outer raceway is spaced radially from the inner raceway such that an annular cavity is defined between the inner raceway and the outer raceway. The bearing also includes a plurality of first rollers disposed in the annular cavity. Each first roller of the plurality of first rollers includes a first end, a second end spaced axially from the first end, and a first surface extending between the first end and the second end. A first profile drop extends between the first end and the first surface. A second profile drop extends between the second end and the first surface. The second profile drop differs from the first profile drop. The bearing further includes a plurality of second rollers disposed in the annular cavity and spaced axially from the plurality of first rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Fabio Nonato de Paula