Patents by Inventor Anthony Mark Thompson

Anthony Mark Thompson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9708973
    Abstract: A power generation system is provided. The power generation system includes a reformer system for producing syngas for an internal combustion engine. The reformer system includes a reforming unit having a catalyst for thermochemical conversion of a first portion of a hydrocarbon fuel to the syngas. The power generation system also includes a waste heat recovery system including at least one organic Rankine cycle flow path of working fluid, at least one waste heat recovery exchanger, for extracting waste heat from the reformer system, and at least one evaporator for using the extracted waste heat for heating the working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Günther Wall, Anthony Mark Thompson, Wei Wei, Gabor Ast
  • Publication number: 20160144423
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include methods for forming ceramic articles, such as cores and core dies used in investment casting. The method may provide ceramic articles having improved strength and smoothness compared to articles manufactured by conventional methods. One embodiment is a method that comprises introducing a liquid comprising a silicon-bearing fluid into pores of a porous ceramic body; and heating the porous ceramic body in an oxygen-bearing atmosphere to form silica within the pores of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Thompson, James Anthony Brewer, Sylvia Marie DeCarr, Frederic Joseph Klug
  • Patent number: 9011647
    Abstract: A process for the plasma-assisted treatment of coal in which coal is directly converted to heavy hydrocarbons. The first step in the process is direct conversion of coal to aliphatic hydrocarbons under plasma conditions in the presence of light hydrocarbons, such as natural gas. In the second process step, the aliphatic hydrocarbons are upgraded to a liquid fuel. The energy for the process can be provided by radio frequency energy, such as microwave energy, that is powered by a renewable energy source. The process has flexibility to adjust aromatic content in the fuel to match fuel specification requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vitali Victor Lissianski, Anthony Mark Thompson, Daniel Lawrence Derr, Gregg Anthony Deluga, Ramanathan Subramanian, Surinder Prabhjot Singh
  • Publication number: 20140109844
    Abstract: A power generation system is provided. The power generation system includes a reformer system for producing syngas for an internal combustion engine. The reformer system includes a reforming unit having a catalyst for thermochemical conversion of a first portion of a hydrocarbon fuel to the syngas. The power generation system also includes a waste heat recovery system including at least one organic Rankine cycle flow path of working fluid, at least one waste heat recovery exchanger, for extracting waste heat from the reformer system, and at least one evaporator for using the extracted waste heat for heating the working fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Günther Wall, Anthony Mark Thompson, Wei Wei, Gabor Ast
  • Patent number: 8481152
    Abstract: A treated refractory material includes a porous refractory material having one or more protective materials disposed within pores of the refractory material. Methods of preparing the treated refractory material are also provided. The treated refractory material provides protection from the penetration of slag and extends the service life of the refractory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Roman Shuba, Wei Chen, Anthony Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 8269509
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a thickness of a refractory wall of a gasifier using electromagnetic energy is disclosed. The system includes a waveguide with a bistatic or monostatic phased array antenna at one end. The waveguide is operably connected to a Network Analyzer that generates a pulse of electromagnetic energy with a desired bandwidth. The pulse is transmitted through a coaxial cable to the waveguide. The reflection of the pulse is received by the waveguide and input to a data acquisition system. An output device displays the resolvable discontinuities in impedance encountered by the pulse in its propagation path in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Emad Andarawis Andarawis, John Erik Hershey, Ibrahim Issoufou Kouada, Shobhana Mani, Anthony Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 8105683
    Abstract: A treated refractory material includes a sintered porous refractory material having one or more protective materials disposed within pores of the refractory material, wherein the protective material is selected from the group consisting of aluminum oxide, chromium oxide, silica, rare earth oxides, rare earth zirconates, titanium oxide, mullite, zirconium oxide, zirconium silicate, yttrium oxide, magnesium oxide, iron oxide, and blends thereof. Methods of preparing the treated refractory material are also provided. The treated refractory material provides protection from the penetration of slag and extends the service life of the refractory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Thompson, Roman Shuba, Peter Joel Meschter, Krishan Lal Luthra, Vikas Behrani
  • Publication number: 20100307960
    Abstract: A process for the plasma-assisted treatment of coal in which coal is directly converted to heavy hydrocarbons. The first step in the process is direct conversion of coal to aliphatic hydrocarbons under plasma conditions in the presence of light hydrocarbons, such as natural gas. In the second process step, the aliphatic hydrocarbons are upgraded to a liquid fuel. The energy for the process can be provided by radio frequency energy, such as microwave energy, that is powered by a renewable energy source. The process has flexibility to adjust aromatic content in the fuel to match fuel specification requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Vitali Victor Lissianski, Anthony Mark Thompson, Daniel Lawrence Derr, Gregg Anthony Deluga, Ramanathan Subramanian, Surinder Prabhjot Singh
  • Publication number: 20100123467
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a thickness of a refractory wall of a gasifier using electromagnetic energy is disclosed. The system includes a waveguide with a bistatic or monostatic phased array antenna at one end. The waveguide is operably connected to a Network Analyzer that generates a pulse of electromagnetic energy with a desired bandwidth. The pulse is transmitted through a coaxial cable to the waveguide. The reflection of the pulse is received by the waveguide and input to a data acquisition system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Emad Andarawis Andarawis, John Erik Hershey, Ibrahim Issoufou Kouada, Shobhana Mani, Anthony Mark Thompson
  • Publication number: 20100040778
    Abstract: A treated refractory material includes a porous refractory material having one or more protective materials disposed within pores of the refractory material. Methods of preparing the treated refractory material are also provided. The treated refractory material provides protection from the penetration of slag and extends the service life of the refractory material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Roman Shuba, Wei Chen, Anthony Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 7604400
    Abstract: A system and method for gathering diagnostic information relating to an operating condition of a gas stream or processing path of a coal gasification system is disclosed. The information is gathered by deploying one or more specially constructed modules or seeds that proceed through the gas stream of the coal gasification system as part of the mass flow of the gas stream. The seed may be physically recoverable in which an outer material of the seed ablates when exposed to a predetermined temperature of the gas stream. The seed may be physically non-recoverable in which electronic circuitry transmits a signal to a receiver relating to the temperature of the gas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Thompson, James Scott Vartuli, Kenneth Brakeley Welles, Emad Andarawis Andarawis, Wayne Charles Hasz, John Erik Hershey, Ertugrul Berkcan
  • Publication number: 20090031787
    Abstract: A system and method for gathering diagnostic information relating to an operating condition of a gas stream or processing path of a coal gasification system is disclosed. The information is gathered by deploying one or more specially constructed modules or seeds that proceed through the gas stream of the coal gasification system as part of the mass flow of the gas stream. The seed may be physically recoverable in which an outer material of the seed ablates when exposed to a predetermined temperature of the gas stream. The seed may be physically non-recoverable in which electronic circuitry transmits a signal to a receiver relating to the temperature of the gas stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Thompson, James Scott Vartuli, Kenneth Brakeley Welles, Emad Andarawis Andarawis, Wayne Charles Hasz, John Erik Hershey, Ertugrul Berkcan, Jeffrey Michael Ashe
  • Publication number: 20080216603
    Abstract: A treated refractory material includes a sintered porous refractory material having one or more protective materials disposed within pores of the refractory material, wherein the protective material is selected from the group consisting of aluminum oxide, chromium oxide, silica, rare earth oxides, rare earth zirconates, titanium oxide, mullite, zirconium oxide, zirconium silicate, yttrium oxide, magnesium oxide, iron oxide, and blends thereof. Methods of preparing the treated refractory material are also provided. The treated refractory material provides protection from the penetration of slag and extends the service life of the refractory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Thompson, Roman Shuba, Peter Joel Meschter, Krishan Lal Luthra, Vikas Behrani
  • Patent number: 6998172
    Abstract: A thermal barrier coating (TBC 26) and method for forming the TBC (26) on a component (10) characterized by a stabilized microstructure that resists grain growth, sintering and pore coarsening or coalescence during high temperature excursions. The TBC (26) contains elemental carbon and/or a carbon-containing gas that increase the amount of porosity (32) initially within the TBC (26) and form additional fine closed porosity (32) within the TBC (26) during subsequent exposures to high temperatures. A first method involves incorporating elemental carbon precipitates by evaporation into the TBC microstructure. A second method is to directly incorporate an insoluble gas, such as a carbon-containing gas, into an as-deposited TBC (26) and then partially sinter the TBC (26) to entrap the gas and produce fine stable porosity within the TBC (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Boris A. Movchan, Yuriy E. Rudoy, Leonella M. Nerodenko, Ramgopal Darolia, Irene Spitsberg, Anthony Mark Thompson, Curtis Alan Johnson, David John Wortman
  • Patent number: 6858334
    Abstract: Zirconia-containing ceramic compositions having a c/a ratio of the zirconia lattice in the range of from about 1.005 to about 1.016. These compositions comprise a stabilizing amount up to about 10 mole % of the composition of a stabilizer component which comprises: (1) a first metal oxide selected from the group consisting of yttria, calcia, ceria, scandia, magnesia, india and mixtures thereof in an amount of from about 1.5 to about 6 mole % of the composition of; (2) a second metal oxide selected from the group consisting of lanthana, neodymia and mixtures thereof in an amount of from about 0.5 to about 4 mole % of the composition; and (3) optionally ytterbia in an amount of from about 0.5 to about 4 mole % of the composition. These compositions further comprise hafnia in an amount of from about 0.5 to about 15 mole % of the composition; and optionally tantala in an amount of from about 0.5 to about 1.5 mole % of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Gorman, Irene Spitsberg, Brett Allen Boutwell, Ramgopal Darolia, Robert William Bruce, Venkat Subramanian Venkataramani, Anthony Mark Thompson, Antonio Mogro-Campera
  • Patent number: 6844100
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes at least one fuel cell unit and a number of interconnects defining at least two openings and including at least one flow field for flowing a reagent. Each opening defines a respective fuel manifold, including at least one each of intake and exhaust fuel manifolds. The fuel cell unit includes an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte disposed therebetween. The anode is adjacent to and in both electrical connection and fluid communication with one of the interconnects, which has a flow field that guides a fuel flow between the intake and exhaust fuel manifolds. The cathode is adjacent to and in both electrical connection and fluid communication with another interconnect with a flow field that guides an oxidant flow. The fuel cell stack includes a perimeter isolation seal and at least two interior isolation seals for sealing the electrolyte to the respective interconnects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Scott Bourgeois, Anthony Mark Thompson, Curtis Alan Johnson
  • Publication number: 20040180252
    Abstract: A fuel cell and a method for manufacturing a fuel cell are presented. The method comprises providing at least one substrate and disposing a plurality of fuel cell component layers on the substrate by at least one physical vapor deposition process. Each layer of the plurality comprises an edge bordering the layer. The fuel cell unit comprises at least one substrate; a plurality of fuel cell component layers disposed on the substrate, wherein each layer of the plurality comprises an edge bordering the layer; and at least one dense layer of material disposed over at least a portion of the edge of at least one fuel cell component layer. The at least one dense layer seals at least the aforementioned portion of the edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: David John Wortman, Curtis Alan Johnson, Anthony Mark Thompson, Don Mark Lipkin
  • Publication number: 20040043278
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes at least one fuel cell unit and a number of interconnects defining at least two openings and including at least one flow field for flowing a reagent. Each opening defines a respective fuel manifold, including at least one each of intake and exhaust fuel manifolds. The fuel cell unit includes an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte disposed therebetween. The anode is adjacent to and in both electrical connection and fluid communication with one of the interconnects, which has a flow field that guides a fuel flow between the intake and exhaust fuel manifolds. The cathode is adjacent to and in both electrical connection and fluid communication with another interconnect with a flow field that guides an oxidant flow. The fuel cell stack includes a perimeter isolation seal and at least two interior isolation seals for sealing the electrolyte to the respective interconnects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Scott Bourgeois, Anthony Mark Thompson, Curtis Alan Johnson
  • Patent number: 6610420
    Abstract: A method for forming a thermal barrier coating system on a turbine engine component includes forming a bondcoat on the turbine engine component and depositing a thermal barrier coating so as to overlie the bondcoat. The bondcoat is formed by thermally co-spraying first and second distinct alloy powders on the turbine engine component forming an oxidation-resistant region, and thermally spraying a third alloy powder on the oxidation-resistant region to form a bonding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Thompson, Wayne Charles Hasz
  • Publication number: 20030129378
    Abstract: A thermal barrier coating (TBC 26) and method for forming the TBC (26) on a component (10) characterized by a stabilized microstructure that resists grain growth, sintering and pore coarsening or coalescence during high temperature excursions. The TBC (26) contains elemental carbon and/or a carbon-containing gas that increase the amount of porosity (32) initially within the TBC (26) and form additional fine closed porosity (32) within the TBC (26) during subsequent exposures to high temperatures. A first method involves incorporating elemental carbon precipitates by evaporation into the TBC microstructure. A second method is to directly incorporate an insoluble gas, such as a carbon-containing gas, into an as-deposited TBC (26) and then partially sinter the TBC (26) to entrap the gas and produce fine stable porosity within the TBC (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Boris A. Movchan, Yuriy E. Rudoy, Leonella M. Nerodenko, Ramgopal Darolia, Irene Spitsberg, Anthony Mark Thompson, Curtis Alan Johnson, David John Wortman