Patents by Inventor Michael Jay Epstein

Michael Jay Epstein 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: 10247100
    Abstract: Airplanes and jet engines are provided that includes an engine compressor; a combustor in flow communication with the engine compressor; an engine turbine in flow communication with the combustor to receive combustion products from the combustor; and a bleed air cooling system in fluid communication with bleed air from the engine compressor. The bleed air cooling system can include a first precooler in fluid communication with the bleed air from the engine compressor; a cooling system turbine in fluid communication with and downstream from the first precooler; and a discharge conduit from the cooling system turbine that is configured to be in fluid communication with at least one of an aircraft thermal management system and an aircraft environmental control system. Methods are also described for providing cooling fluid from a jet engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Richard Leamy, Benjamin Paul Breig, Michael Jay Epstein, Javier Armando Parrilla, Matthew John Hurt, Thomas Edward Brinson, Andrew James Fleming
  • Patent number: 10184614
    Abstract: A method for managing boil-off from an LNG tank located on board of an aircraft. The method, including removing the boil-off from the aircraft and disposing of the removed boil-off from the aircraft and an equipment assembly for use with an aircraft having an on-board LNG tank with a vent system having an outlet coupling, including a removal system configured to remove boil-off from the aircraft and a disposal system configured to dispose of the boil-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Robert Harold Weisgerber
  • Publication number: 20180194479
    Abstract: Methods and devices for cooling systems (700) are provided that are in fluid communication with bleed air from a jet engine compressor. The cooling system can include: a first precooler (210) receiving bleed air from the jet engine compressor; a heat exchanger (730) downstream from the first precooler (210); a cooling system compressor (220) downstream from the first precooler (210), wherein the heat exchanger (730) and the cooling system compressor (220) are in separate flow paths from the first precooler (210); a cooling system precooler (230) downstream from the cooling system compressor (220); a VGT cooling system turbine (240) downstream from the cooling system precooler (230); and a discharge conduit (245) downstream from the cooling system turbine (240) and the heat exchanger (730). A bypass line (290) for bypassing the turbine can also be included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Richard Leamy, Benjamin Paul Breig, Michael Jay Epstein, Javier Armando Parrilla, Matthew John Hurt, Thomas Edward Brinson, Andrew James Fleming, George Eugene Wilmot
  • Publication number: 20180194480
    Abstract: Methods and devices for cooling systems (100, 700) are provided that are in fluid communication with bleed air from a jet engine compressor. The cooling systems include: a first precooler (210) receiving bleed air from the jet engine compressor; a heat exchanger (730) downstream from the first precooler (210); a cooling system compressor (220) downstream from the first precooler (210), wherein the heat exchanger (730) and the cooling system compressor (220) are in separate flow paths from the first precooler (210); a cooling system precooler (230) downstream from the cooling system compressor (220); a cooling system turbine (240) with variable guide vanes—VGT—and downstream from the cooling system precooler (230); and a discharge conduit (245) downstream from the cooling system turbine (240) and the heat exchanger (730). A bypass line (290) can also be included that bypasses the cooling system turbine (240).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Richard LEAMY, Benajamin Paul BREIG, Michael Jay EPSTEIN, Javier Armando PARRILLA, Matthew John Hurt, Thomas Edward BRINSON, Andrew James FLEMING, George Eugene WILMOT
  • Patent number: 9932124
    Abstract: A cryogenic fuel system for an aircraft having a turbine engine with a compressor section and a combustion chamber, including a tank for storing cryogenic fuel, a supply line operably coupling the tank to the combustion chamber and a pump coupling the tank to the supply line to pump the cryogenic fuel at high pressure through the supply line where the pump is operably coupled to the compressor such that operation of the turbine engine drives the pump and a method for delivering fuel in a fuel system to a turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Deepak Manohar Kamath, Todd James Buchholz, Mehdi Milani Baladi, Michael Jay Epstein
  • Patent number: 9701416
    Abstract: An aircraft having a turbine engine having a bleed air output line, a cryogenic fuel system having a cryogenic fuel tank for storing cryogenic fuel and a supply line operably coupling the tank to the turbine engine, and an on board inert gas generating system (OBIGGS) fluidly coupled to the bleed air output and having a nitrogen rich stream output line and an oxygen rich stream output line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Paul Bernard Stumbo, Robert Harold Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 9676491
    Abstract: A method of managing evaporated cryogenic fuel in a storage tank of a cryogenic fuel system of an aircraft and an aircraft having at least one turbine engine providing propulsive force for the aircraft and a cryogenic fuel system including a passively cooled cryogenic fuel storage tank located within the aircraft, a pressure vent fluidly coupled to the cryogenic fuel storage tank and exhausting evaporated gas from the cryogenic fuel to define a natural gas vent stream, and a catalytic converter fluidly coupled to the pressure vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Adon Delgado, Jr., Robert Harold Weisgerber
  • Publication number: 20160290738
    Abstract: A cross-flow heat exchanger for gas turbine engines which may be utilized to transfer heat from one fluid flow to a second independent fluid flow wherein one of the fluid flows has a high differential inlet pressure and temperature. The heat exchanger has robust construction to inhibit mixing of the fluid flows during a single burst duct event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas KUPISZEWSKI, Mehdi Milani BALADI, John Andrew KEMME, Christopher Charles GLYNN, Steven Douglas JOHNSON, Michael Jay EPSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20160195013
    Abstract: Cryogenic fuel compositions including a cryogenic fuel and paraxyelene and a dual fuel aircraft system for an aircraft having at least one turbine engine, including a first fuel system for providing a first fuel from a first fuel tank to the turbine engine and a second fuel system for providing a cryogenic fuel composition and having a second fuel tank storing LNG and fluidly coupled to the turbine engine, an additive tank storing additives and fluidly coupled to the turbine engine and a mixing device configured to create the cryogenic fuel composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Jay EPSTEIN, Jennifer Jo DICKEY
  • Publication number: 20160153359
    Abstract: Airplanes and jet engines are provided that includes an engine compressor; a combustor in flow communication with the engine compressor; an engine turbine in flow communication with the combustor to receive combustion products from the combustor; and a bleed air cooling system in fluid communication with bleed air from the engine compressor. The bleed air cooling system can include a first precooler in fluid communication with the bleed air from the engine compressor; a cooling system turbine in fluid communication with and downstream from the first precooler; and a discharge conduit from the cooling system turbine that is configured to be in fluid communication with at least one of an aircraft thermal management system and an aircraft environmental control system. Methods are also described for providing cooling fluid from a jet engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin Richard Leamy, Benjamin Paul Breig, Michael Jay Epstein, Javier Armando Parrilla, Matthew John Hurt, Thomas Edward Brinson, Andrew James Fleming
  • Publication number: 20160025339
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of using cryogenic fuel in an engine for an aircraft wherein the cryogenic fuel is supplied to the engine for combustion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Deepak Manohar KAMATH, Adon DELGADO, JR., Michael Jay EPSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20150344145
    Abstract: An aircraft having a turbine engine having a bleed air output line, a cryogenic fuel system having a cryogenic fuel tank for storing cryogenic fuel and a supply line operably coupling the tank to the turbine engine, and an on board inert gas generating system (OBIGGS) fluidly coupled to the bleed air output and having a nitrogen rich stream output line and an oxygen rich stream output line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Jay EPSTEIN, Paul Bernard STUMBO, Robert Harold WEISGERBER
  • Publication number: 20150344143
    Abstract: A method of managing evaporated cryogenic fuel in a storage tank of a cryogenic fuel system of an aircraft and an aircraft having at least one turbine engine providing propulsive force for the aircraft and a cryogenic fuel system including a passively cooled cryogenic fuel storage tank located within the aircraft, a pressure vent fluidly coupled to the cryogenic fuel storage tank and exhausting evaporated gas from the cryogenic fuel to define a natural gas vent stream, and a catalytic converter fluidly coupled to the pressure vent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Jay EPSTEIN, Adon DELGADO, Jr., Robert Harold WEISGERBER
  • Publication number: 20150344144
    Abstract: A cryogenic fuel system for an aircraft having a turbine engine with a compressor section and a combustion chamber, including a tank for storing cryogenic fuel, a supply line operably coupling the tank to the combustion chamber and a pump coupling the tank to the supply line to pump the cryogenic fuel at high pressure through the supply line where the pump is operably coupled to the compressor such that operation of the turbine engine drives the pump and a method for delivering fuel in a fuel system to a turbine engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Deepak Manohar KAMATH, Todd James BUCHHOLZ, Mehdi Milani BALADI, Michael Jay EPSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20150337730
    Abstract: Turbine engine assemblies including a turbine engine assembly having a turbine core comprising a compressor section, a combustion section, a turbine section, and a nozzle section, which are axially aligned, wherein the combustion section comprises a generally annular case having inner and outer walls, a heat exchanger comprising multiple passages in proximity to at least one of the inner and outer walls, with the passages arranged about at least a portion of the case and in fluid communication with each other such that fluid may flow through the passages and a cryogenic fuel system having a cryogenic fuel tank with a supply line coupled to one of the passages, wherein cryogenic fuel may be supplied from the cryogenic fuel tank, through the supply line, to the passages of the heat exchanger, where the fuel in the passages may be heated by the combustion section. The heat exchanger may be a single or multistage vaporizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas KUPISZEWSKI, Michael Jay EPSTEIN, Todd James BUCHHOLZ, Adon DELGADO, Christopher Dale MATHIAS, Deborah Ann OAKES
  • Publication number: 20150330575
    Abstract: A method for managing boil-off from an LNG tank located on board of an aircraft. The method, including removing the boil-off from the aircraft and disposing of the removed boil-off from the aircraft and an equipment assembly for use with an aircraft having an on-board LNG tank with a vent system having an outlet coupling, including a removal system configured to remove boil-off from the aircraft and a disposal system configured to dispose of the boil-off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Jay EPSTEIN, Robert Harold WEISGERBER
  • Patent number: 9188285
    Abstract: A system in one embodiment includes a mixing module, an oxidation module, and a heat exchanger. The mixing module is configured to receive and mix a boil-off gas stream from a cryotank. The oxidation module is configured to receive the mixed stream, and to oxidize the boil-off gas in the mixed stream to produce an exhaust stream. The heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between streams passing through a first passage configured to receive at least a portion of the exhaust stream, and a second passage configured to receive a fluid including the boil-off gas. The heat exchanger is configured to heat the fluid including the boil-off gas and cool the at least a portion of the exhaust stream. The fluid including the boil-off gas is heated by the heat exchanger upstream of the oxidation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chiranjeev Kalra, William Dwight Gerstler, Laura Michele Hudy, Michael Jay Epstein, Vaibhav Bahadur
  • Publication number: 20140182264
    Abstract: A gas turbine propulsion system includes a system which utilizes a cryogenic liquid fuel for a non-combustion function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Harold Weisgerber, Kurt David Murrow, Michael Jay Epstein, Nicholas Dinsmore, Samuel Jacob Martin, Randy M. Vondrell, Christopher Thompson, Craig Gonyou
  • Publication number: 20140026597
    Abstract: A cryogenic fuel storage system for an aircraft is disclosed including a cryogenic fuel tank having a first wall forming a storage volume capable of storing a cryogenic liquid fuel; an inflow system capable of flowing the cryogenic liquid fuel into the storage volume; an outflow system adapted to deliver the cryogenic liquid fuel from the cryogenic fuel storage system; and a vent system capable of removing at least a portion of a gaseous fuel formed from the cryogenic liquid fuel in the storage volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Randy M. Vondrell, Robert Harold Weisgerber, Narendra Joshi, Thomas Bonser
  • Publication number: 20140023945
    Abstract: An aircraft system comprising a fuel storage system comprising a first fuel tank capable of storing a first fuel and a second fuel tank capable of storing a second fuel is disclosed herein. The aircraft system further comprises a fuel cell system comprising a fuel cell capable of producing electrical power using at least one of the first fuel or the second fuel, and a fuel delivery system capable of delivering a fuel from the fuel storage system to the fuel cell system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Jay Epstein, Randy M. Vondrell, Robert Harold Weisgerber, Georgia C. Karvountzi