Patents by Inventor Bernard Patrick Bewlay

Bernard Patrick Bewlay 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: 10384808
    Abstract: A control system having one or more controllers configured to determine a maintenance date of an engine based on monitored parameters of the engine of an aircraft. The one or more controllers also are configured to, determine an amount of coating sprayed on the engine on the determined maintenance date based on the monitored parameters and determined maintenance date. The one or more controllers also are configured to adjust the maintenance date based on needs of an aircraft fleet and regularly scheduled maintenance of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Byron Pritchard, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Ambarish Kulkarni, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Mehmet Dede, Larry Rosenzweig
  • Patent number: 10364701
    Abstract: A coated component, along with methods of its formation, restoration, and use, is provided. The coated component may include a substrate defining a surface; a thermal barrier coating on the surface of the substrate; a layer of environmental contaminant compositions (e.g., CMAS) on the thermal barrier coating; and a chemical barrier coating on the layer of environmental contaminant compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hrishikesh Keshavan, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Jr., Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Julie Marie Chapman, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Mehmet M. Dede, Larry Steven Rosenzweig
  • Publication number: 20190218650
    Abstract: A method of forming titanium-based spherical metallic particles includes performing a hydride-dehydride process on a meltless metallic sponge to form a feedstock material including a metallic powder. The method further includes introducing the feedstock material into a microwave plasma discharge to form the titanium-based spherical metallic particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Pazhayannur Ramanathan Subramanian, Anthony Joseph Vinciquerra, Bernard Patrick Bewlay
  • Publication number: 20190211696
    Abstract: A coated component including a slotted ceramic coating with a reactive phase coating disposed thereon for improved resistance to environmental contaminant compositions, along with methods of its formation, is provided. The coated component may include a substrate defining a surface, a ceramic coating disposed on the surface of the substrate, and a reactive phase coating disposed on the layer of environmental contaminant compositions. The ceramic coating includes a plurality of slots disposed in the ceramic coating forming segments of ceramic coating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Hrishikesh Keshavan, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Cathleen Ann Hoel, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Michael Solomon Idelchik, Bernard Patrick Bewlay
  • Publication number: 20190203610
    Abstract: A turbine system includes a foam generating assembly having an in situ foam generating device at least partially positioned within the fluid passageway of the turbine engine, such that the in situ foam generating device is configured to generate foam within the fluid passageway of the turbine engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Byron Andrew Pritchard, JR., Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Michael Edward Eriksen, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts
  • Publication number: 20190184423
    Abstract: Systems and methods that provide or restore a coating to a component are provided. The systems and methods utilized an atomizing spray device. A gas and a slurry that comprises fluid and ceramic particles are supplied to the atomizing spray device. The slurry and gas are discharged from the spray device to form two-phase droplets. The fluid within the droplets evaporates to prevent the fluid from becoming part of the coating as the droplets traverse through the air and prior to impacting the surface of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Ambarish Kulkarni, Byron Pritchard, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Krzysztof Lesnicki, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Mehmet Dede, Larry Rosenzweig, Jay Morgan
  • Patent number: 10323539
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for in-situ (e.g. on-wing) cleaning of gas turbine engine components. The method includes injecting a dry cleaning medium into the gas turbine engine at one or more locations. The dry cleaning medium includes a plurality of abrasive microparticles. Thus, the method also includes circulating the dry cleaning medium through at least a portion of the gas turbine engine such that the abrasive microparticles abrade a surface of the one or more components so as to clean the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Brian Alan Kalb, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190153890
    Abstract: A wash system for a gas turbine engine includes a foam generating device configured for receiving and aerating a flow of wash fluid to generate a flow of foamed wash fluid having particular foam characteristics. The flow of foamed wash fluid passes through a distribution manifold where it is selectively directed through a plurality of wash lines to desired portions of the gas turbine engine. The wash system further includes a controller configured for manipulating the foam characteristics of the flow of foamed wash fluid and using the distribution manifold to selectively direct the flow of foamed wash fluid to desired portions of the gas turbine engine for optimal cleaning and improved engine efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Edward Eriksen, Keith Anthony Lauria, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Byron Andrew Pritchard, JR., David Geoffrey Dauenhauer, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts
  • Publication number: 20190143358
    Abstract: An atomizing spray nozzle device includes plural inlets that receive different phases of materials of a coating. The device also includes an atomizing zone housing portion fluidly coupled with the inlets and shaped to mix the different phases of the materials into a mixed phase slurry. The device also includes a plenum housing portion fluidly coupled with the atomizing housing portion along the center axis of the device. The plenum housing portion includes an interior plenum that is elongated along the center axis of the device. The plenum is configured to receive the mixed phase slurry from the atomizing zone. The device also includes one or more delivery nozzles fluidly coupled with the plenum. The one or more delivery nozzles provide one or more outlets from which the mixed phase slurry is delivered onto one or more surfaces of a target object as a coating on the target object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Hrishkesh Keshavan, Mehmet Dede, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Guanghua Wang, Byron Pritchard, Michael Solomon Idelchik
  • Publication number: 20190143350
    Abstract: An atomizing spray nozzle device includes an atomizing zone housing that receives different phases of materials used to form a coating. The atomizing zone housing mixes the different phases of the materials into a two-phase mixture of ceramic-liquid droplets in a carrier gas. The device also includes a plenum housing fluidly coupled with the atomizing housing and extending from the atomizing housing to a delivery end. The plenum housing includes an interior plenum that receives the two-phase mixture of ceramic-liquid droplets in the carrier gas from the atomizing zone housing. The device also includes one or more delivery nozzles fluidly coupled with the plenum chamber. The delivery nozzles provide outlets from which the two-phase mixture of ceramic-liquid droplets in the carrier gas is delivered onto one or more surfaces of a target object as the coating on the target object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Mehmet Dede, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Guanghua Wang, Byron Pritchard, Michael Solomon Idelchik
  • Patent number: 10265725
    Abstract: Systems and methods that provide or restore a coating to a component are provided. The systems and methods utilized an atomizing spray device. A slurry that comprises a fluid and ceramic particles, and a gas are supplied to the atomizing spray device. The slurry and gas are discharged from the spray device to form two-phase droplets. The fluid within the droplets evaporates to prevent the fluid from becoming part of the coating as the droplets traverse through the air and prior to impacting the surface of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ambarish Kulkarni, Byron Pritchard, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Krzysztof Lesnicki, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Mehmet Dede, Larry Rosenzweig, Jay Morgan
  • Publication number: 20190107005
    Abstract: A turbine engine cleaning system includes a foaming nozzle. The foaming nozzle includes a wall having a thickness between an outer surface of the wall and an inner surface of the wall. The outer surface of the wall is configured to contact a detergent in which the foaming nozzle is configured to be disposed. The inner surface of the wall surrounds an inner plenum of the foaming nozzle, and the inner plenum is configured to receive an aerating gas. The foaming nozzle also includes a first row of first through holes fluidly coupled to, and extending between, a first row of first through hole inlets at the inner surface of the wall and a first row of first through hole outlets at the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Keith Anthony Lauria, Michael Edward Eriksen, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Byron Andrew Pritchard, JR., Shantanu M. Sane
  • Patent number: 10227891
    Abstract: A wash system for a gas turbine engine includes a foam generating device configured for receiving and aerating a flow of wash fluid to generate a flow of foamed wash fluid having particular foam characteristics. The flow of foamed wash fluid passes through a distribution manifold where it is selectively directed through a plurality of wash lines to desired portions of the gas turbine engine. The wash system further includes a controller configured for manipulating the foam characteristics of the flow of foamed wash fluid and using the distribution manifold to selectively direct the flow of foamed wash fluid to desired portions of the gas turbine engine for optimal cleaning and improved engine efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Edward Eriksen, Keith Anthony Lauria, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Jr., David Geoffrey Dauenhauer, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts
  • Publication number: 20190032507
    Abstract: Thermal degradation monitoring systems and methods determine at least one operating parameter of equipment that defines prior usage of the equipment, determine at least one thermal characteristic of the equipment using one or more thermal imaging cameras, determine whether both the at least one operating parameter and the at least one thermal characteristic indicate thermal degradation of the equipment, and implement one or more remedial actions on the equipment to change a state of the equipment in response to determining that the at least one operating parameter and the at least one thermal characteristic indicate thermal degradation of the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Guanghua Wang, Jason Dees, William Robb Stewart, Todd Wetzel
  • Publication number: 20190010338
    Abstract: An article for high temperature service is presented. The article includes a substrate and a thermal barrier coating disposed on the substrate. The thermal barrier coating includes a plurality of aluminum-based particles dispersed in an inorganic binder, wherein the aluminum-based particles are substantially spaced apart from each other via the inorganic binder such that the thermal barrier coating is substantially electrically and thermally insulating. Method of making the article is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Lawrence Bernard KOOL, Bernard Patrick BEWLAY
  • Publication number: 20190003954
    Abstract: A corrosion maintenance scheduling and implementation system and method measure one or more characteristics of corrosion in equipment before and after implementation of a corrosion remediation action, determine one or more of a change in the one or more characteristics of the corrosion between before and after implementation of the corrosion remediation action, one or more historical operational characteristics of the equipment, or one or more forthcoming operational characteristics of the equipment, and modify a schedule of the corrosion remediation action for the equipment based on one or more of the one or more characteristics of corrosion that are measured, the change in the one or more characteristics of the corrosion, the one or more historical operational characteristics of the equipment, and/or the one or more forthcoming operational characteristics of the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Detor, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Monica Soare, Kevin Harding
  • Publication number: 20180371923
    Abstract: Methods for preparing slotted ceramic coatings and the resulting components comprising the same are provided. The methods and products include the incorporation of a coating system comprising a ceramic coating with cooling holes disposed throughout the ceramic coating and slots defined in the thermal barrier coating and disposed in relation to the cooling holes. The resulting ceramic coating has improved resistance to CMAS infiltration and improved compliance resulting in an increased life of the coated component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Curtis Alan Johnson, Hrishikesh Keshavan, Shankar Sivaramakrishnan, Byron Andrew Pritchard, JR., Hongqiang Chen, Bernard Patrick Bewlay
  • Publication number: 20180356334
    Abstract: An analysis controller determines multi-dimensional characteristics of one or more corrosion pits in equipment. These characteristics can include depths, widths, and/or aspect ratios of the corrosion pits. The controller also determines one or more stresses on the equipment based on the characteristics of the corrosion that are determined. The analysis controller also generates a control signal to implement one or more remedial actions to one or more of remove the one or more corrosion pits, repair the equipment, or restrict operation of the equipment based on the one or more stresses that are determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Detor, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Monica Soare
  • Publication number: 20180355751
    Abstract: System for selectively contacting a cleaning composition with a surface of a turbine engine component is presented. The system includes a cleaning apparatus and a manifold assembly. The cleaning apparatus includes an upper portion and a lower portion defining a cleaning chamber configured to allow selective contact between the cleaning composition and a surface of the first portion of the turbine engine component. The upper portion includes a plurality of fill holes in fluid communication with the cleaning chamber, and the lower portion includes a plurality of drain holes in fluid communication with the cleaning chamber. The manifold assembly is configured to selectively circulate the cleaning composition from a reservoir to the cleaning chamber via the plurality of fill holes, and recirculate the cleaning composition from the cleaning chamber to the reservoir via the plurality of drain holes. Methods for selectively cleaning a turbine engine component is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Nicole Jessica TIBBETTS, Andrew James JENKINS, Bernard Patrick BEWLAY, Evan Jarrett DOLLEY, John WATT, Christopher PERRETT, Vincent Gerard LAURIA
  • Publication number: 20180313225
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a component within a turbine that includes disassembling the turbine engine to provide a flow path to an interior passageway of the component from an access point. The component has coked hydrocarbons formed thereon. The method further includes discharging a flow of cleaning solution towards the interior passageway from the access point, wherein the cleaning solution is configured to remove the coked hydrocarbons from the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Robert Millhaem, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts, Byron Andrew Pritchard, JR., Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Keith Anthony Lauria, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Mark Rosenzweig, Martin Matthew Morra, Timothy Mark Sambor, Andrew Jenkins