Patents by Inventor Kendall E. Gilbert

Kendall E. Gilbert 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: 4115998
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring whether the combustion system of a gas turbine is working properly includes an annular array of temperature sensors disposed in the gas turbine to monitor the temperature of the hot gas stream at a plurality of spaced positions and a temperature sensor disposed in the gas turbine to monitor the temperature of the compressor discharge flow, a digital computer, a circuit to input signals indicative of the sensed temperatures of a selected sensor to the digital computer, and a circuit for selecting the temperature sensor to be sampled. The digital computer is programmed to sequentially sample the hot gas stream sensors and to determine the median temperature thereof, compute allowable temperture limits as a function of the median temperature and the compressor discharge temperature, and to output a shutdown or alarm signal when a predetermined number of hot gas stream temperature sensors exceed the allowable limits in a predetermined pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kendall E. Gilbert, Daniel Johnson, Robert Raymond Macier
  • Patent number: 4058975
    Abstract: An arrangement for determining the validity of temperature sensor readings of a gas turbine hot gas stream which includes means for comparing each reading to predetermined bounds. The temperature sensors are arranged so that a temperature streak caused by a combustion system malfunction would affect more than one sensor. In some cases, when a suspect reading is identified, the readings from adjacent sensors are examined before the suspect reading is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kendall E. Gilbert, Daniel Johnson, Robert Raymond Macier