Patents by Inventor Georgios Bikas

Georgios Bikas 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).

  • Publication number: 20160160811
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). In one example, an engine system includes a first EGR valve coupling an exhaust manifold to an engine exhaust system, a second EGR valve coupling the exhaust manifold to an engine intake system, and a control unit. The control unit selectively adjusts a position of the first EGR valve based on a target amount, and adjusts a position of the second EGR valve based on the target amount and a position of the first EGR valve. Responsive to a first degradation condition of the first EGR valve, the control unit adjusts the position of the second EGR valve based on the target amount and based on a pressure of the first exhaust manifold, and responsive to a second degradation condition of the first EGR valve, adjusts the position of the second EGR valve based on the target amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dipankar Deb, Manthram Sivasubramaniam, Prashant Srinivasan, Sharath Sridhar Aramanekoppa, Prem Kumar Patchaikani, Sachin Shivajirao Kulkarni, Sebastian Walter Freund, Jassin Marcel Fritz, Georgios Bikas, James Henry Yager, Shashi Kiran
  • Patent number: 8944035
    Abstract: Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a method for controlling an engine includes providing a first EGR gas flow to an intake manifold of the engine by closing a first EGR valve or a second EGR valve and at least partially opening the other of the first EGR valve and the second EGR valve, wherein the first and second EGR valves are respectively positioned in first and second EGR passages respectively coupled between first and second donor cylinder groups and an intake manifold, and providing a second EGR gas flow that is higher than the first EGR gas flow to the intake manifold by fully opening the first EGR valve or the second EGR valve and at least partially opening the other of the first EGR valve and the second EGR valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Walter Freund, Jassin Fritz, Georgios Bikas, Sean Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8528530
    Abstract: A diesel engine system includes a cylinder, an exhaust manifold, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) manifold, and a valve. The exhaust manifold is fluidly coupled with the cylinder and directs exhaust generated in the cylinder to an exhaust outlet that delivers the exhaust to an external atmosphere. The EGR manifold is fluidly coupled with the cylinder and recirculates the exhaust generated in the cylinder back to the cylinder as at least part of intake air that is received by the cylinder. The valve is disposed between the cylinder and the exhaust manifold and between the cylinder and the EGR manifold. The valve has a donating mode and a non-donating mode. The valve fluidly couples the cylinder with the EGR manifold when the valve is in the donating mode and fluidly couples the cylinder with the exhaust manifold when the valve is in the non-donating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sebastian W. Freund, Jassin Fritz, Georgios Bikas, Sean Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20130031902
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for an engine. In one example, the system includes a two-stage turbocharger which has first turbocharger with a first turbine and a first compressor and a second turbocharger with a second turbine and a second compressor, where the first turbine and the second turbine are arranged in parallel and the first compressor and the second compressor are arranged in series. The system may include a duct coupling turbine inlets of the first and second turbine, and a valve coupled between the duct and the inlet of the first turbine to throttle flow to first turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Douglas C. Hofer, Jassin Fritz, Alberto Scotti Del Greco, Georgios Bikas, Mark Stablein, Sebastian Walter Freund, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20130000614
    Abstract: Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a method for controlling an engine includes providing a first EGR gas flow to an intake manifold of the engine by closing a first EGR valve or a second EGR valve and at least partially opening the other of the first EGR valve and the second EGR valve, wherein the first and second EGR valves are respectively positioned in first and second EGR passages respectively coupled between first and second donor cylinder groups and an intake manifold, and providing a second EGR gas flow that is higher than the first EGR gas flow to the intake manifold by fully opening the first EGR valve or the second EGR valve and at least partially opening the other of the first EGR valve and the second EGR valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Sebastian Walter Freund, Jassin Fritz, Georgios Bikas, Sean Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20120222659
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for operating an exhaust gas recirculation engine having a plurality of exhaust gas donor cylinders and a plurality of non-donor cylinders. One example method includes firing each of the engine cylinders in a cylinder firing order, including firing at least one of the non-donor cylinders between every donor cylinder firing of the engine cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sachin Shivajirao Kulkarni, Sebastian Walter Freund, Jassin Marcel Fritz, Georgios Bikas, James Henry Yager, Shashi Kiran
  • Publication number: 20120000448
    Abstract: A diesel engine system includes a cylinder, an exhaust manifold, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) manifold, and a valve. The exhaust manifold is fluidly coupled with the cylinder and directs exhaust generated in the cylinder to an exhaust outlet that delivers the exhaust to an external atmosphere. The EGR manifold is fluidly coupled with the cylinder and recirculates the exhaust generated in the cylinder back to the cylinder as at least part of intake air that is received by the cylinder. The valve is disposed between the cylinder and the exhaust manifold and between the cylinder and the EGR manifold. The valve has a donating mode and a non-donating mode. The valve fluidly couples the cylinder with the EGR manifold when the valve is in the donating mode and fluidly couples the cylinder with the exhaust manifold when the valve is in the non-donating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sebastian W. Freund, Jassin Fritz, Georgios Bikas, Sean Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20110209473
    Abstract: A system and method for waste heat recovery in exhaust gas recirculation is disclosed. The system includes an engine having an intake manifold and an exhaust manifold, an exhaust conduit connected to the exhaust manifold, and a turbocharger having a turbine and a compressor, the turbine being connected to the exhaust conduit to receive a portion of the exhaust gas from the exhaust manifold. The system also includes an EGR system connected to the exhaust conduit to receive a portion of the exhaust gas, with the EGR system including an EGR conduit that is connected to the exhaust conduit to receive a portion of the exhaust gas, a heat exchanger connected to the EGR conduit and being configured to extract heat from the exhaust gas, and a waste heat recovery system connected to the heat exchanger and configured to capture the heat extracted by the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Jassin Fritz, Georgios Bikas, Gabor Ast, Alexander Simpson, Thomas Johannes Frey, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger
  • Patent number: 7996142
    Abstract: A combustion control system includes a magnetic torque sensor disposed between an engine and a load. The magnetic torque sensor is configured to directly measure engine torque and output a torque signal indicative of the engine torque. A control unit is communicatively coupled to the magnetic torque sensor. The control unit is configured to receive the torque signal and determine one or more combustion parameters based on the torque signal. The control unit is also configured to control one or more manipulating parameters of the engine based on the one or more combustion parameters so as to control combustion in the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christof Martin Sihler, Georgios Bikas, Herbert Kopecek
  • Publication number: 20100122688
    Abstract: A combustion control system includes a magnetic torque sensor disposed between an engine and a load. The magnetic torque sensor is configured to directly measure engine torque and output a torque signal indicative of the engine torque. A control unit is communicatively coupled to the magnetic torque sensor. The control unit is configured to receive the torque signal and determine one or more combustion parameters based on the torque signal. The control unit is also configured to control one or more manipulating parameters of the engine based on the one or more combustion parameters so as to control combustion in the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Christof Martin Sihler, Georgios Bikas, Herbert Kopecek