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12/31/15 / #20150382508

Systems and methods for passive cooling of components within electrical devices

A system includes an electrical enclosure, a first electrical unit, a first electrical module, a first heat spreader, and a heat sink. The first electrical unit is removably disposed within the electrical enclosure, and the first electrical unit includes a first surface opposite to a second surface. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150382231

Dynamic adjustment of a wireless network media access control parameter

According to some embodiments, information associated with collisions occurring as packets are exchanged through a wireless network may be measured. At least one media access control parameter may then be automatically and dynamically adjusted to achieve a throughput requirement, at a relatively low latency, while reducing collisions in the wireless network.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150380999

Permanent magnet machine

A permanent magnet machine and a rotor assembly for the permanent magnet machine. The permanent magnet machine includes a stator assembly including a stator core configured to generate a magnetic field and extending along a longitudinal axis with an inner surface defining a cavity and a rotor assembly including a rotor core and a rotor shaft. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150380938

Power delivery system and method

Power delivery systems and methods described herein conductively couple several input lines with a cable that conducts a multi-phase electric current. The input lines separately conduct different phases of the electric current. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150380696

Seal ring and associated method

An article is presented. The article includes a seal ring configured for use in an energy storage device, the seal ring comprising a first portion and a second portion that each include an alumina-based cermet, that comprises a sufficient amount of metal or metal alloy to be weldable, and the cermet comprises a ceramic material selected from a group consisting of silica, yttria, and ytterbia, and the seal ring further comprises a third region intervening between the first portion and the second portion that is sufficiently electrically insulative and of sufficient thickness to electrically isolate the first portion from the second portion.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150380356

Embedded semiconductor device package and method of manufacturing thereof

A package structure includes a dielectric layer, at least one semiconductor device attached to the dielectric layer, one or more dielectric sheets applied to the dielectric layer and about the semiconductor device(s) to embed the semiconductor device(s) therein, and a plurality of vias formed to the semiconductor device(s) that are formed in at least one of the dielectric layer and the one or more dielectric sheets. The package structure also includes metal interconnects formed in the vias and on one or more outward facing surfaces of the package structure to form electrical interconnections to the semiconductor device(s). ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150379221

System and method to simulate maintenance of a device

A system and method to virtually simulate maintenance of a medical device located in a defined space by a user is provided. The system can include a main interactive touchscreen; and a central controller connected in communication with the touchscreen monitor. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150379022

Integrating execution of computing analytics within a mapreduce processing environment

Embodiments of the disclosure can include mapreduce systems and methods with integral mapper and reducer compute runtime environments. An example system with an integral reducer compute runtime environment can include mappers and reducers executable on a computer cluster. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150378327

Multivariable feedforward control

A method of tracking variable states of a gas turbine engine in transient conditions includes obtaining input data representative of rotor velocity and pressure ratio; calculating a reference transient scheduled trajectory based on the input data; calculating a speed reference transient scheduled trajectory based on the input data; calculating a feedforward variable based on the reference transient scheduled trajectory; obtaining a feedback control variable; and determining a control variable based on a combination of the feedforward variable and the feedback control variable.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377996

Method and apparatus for slab selection in ultrashort echo time 3-d mri

A method for slab selection in ultrashort echo time three-dimensional mri includes applying an excitation signal to a target under a polarizing field; applying a unipolar slab selection gradient pulse to the target, concurrent with the excitation signal; and applying a rewinder pulse to the target for less than about 30 μs, immediately after the slab selection gradient pulse, and still under the polarizing field.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377994

Method, apparatus, and article for frequency-overlapped 3-d multispectral magnetic resonance images

A method for acquiring 3d multispectral mri of a target includes scanning a spectrum of spectral windows with an mri scanner, wherein each spectral window of the spectrum defines a continuously-differentiable distribution of frequencies around a scan frequency and adjacent scan frequencies are spaced apart by substantially uniform frequency offsets such that adjacent spectral windows substantially uniformly overlap, wherein selected adjacent spectral windows are scanned in consecutive passes, and nearest neighbor spectral windows within each pass are scanned at a maximum temporal spacing within the pass. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377929

Current sensing system

A detecting unit is presented. The detecting unit includes a flexible circuit having a first side and a second side opposite the first side. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377673

Coriolis flow meter and method of measuring mass flow rate

A coriolis flow meter is provided. The coriolis flow meter includes at least one conduit configured to channel a flow of fluid therethrough, at least two pickup sensors, each pickup sensor coupled to the at least one conduit at a different location, and a drive system configured to oscillate the at least one conduit in a first excitation mode and a second excitation mode. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377569

Media pads for gas turbine

The present application provides an inlet heat exchanger for cooling an inlet air flow in a compressor of a gas turbine engine. The inlet air exchanger may include a media pad with a number of media sheets having a substantially three-dimensional contoured shape made from non-woven synthetic fibers and a heat exchange medium flowing from a top to a bottom of the media pad to exchange heat with the inlet air flow.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377544

Radio frequency identification heat flux measurement systems for refrigerator vacuum insulation panels

Radio frequency identification heat flux measurement systems for refrigerator vacuum insulation panels and methods of operation thereof are provided. One example refrigerator includes a plurality of vacuum installation panels respectively positioned within a plurality of walls of the refrigerator. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377488

Conical-flat heat shield for gas turbine engine combustor dome

A gas turbine engine combustor conical-flat heat shield includes an annular conical section extending upstream from and being integral with a flat section with a flat downstream facing surface which may be generally perpendicular to or canted with respect to a centerline. The flat section includes radially outer and inner edges at least one of which is circular and circumscribed about a centerline and circumferentially spaced apart clockwise and counter-clockwise radial edges having an origin on the centerline. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377472

Overmolded replaceable light emitting diode lamp

Provided is an overmolded replaceable, light emitting diode (led) lamp that includes a light engine having an led chip mounted thereon and configured to generate and emit light, driver electronics in communication with the light engine, and configured to supply energy to the light engine for generating the light, and one or more connecting portions disposed within a base surface of the led lamp configured to connect the led lamp to a connection receiving portion of an external light device for operation thereof. The light engine, the driver electronics and the one or more connecting portions are overmolded by an overmolding material comprising a thermally conductive polymer material which forms a structural component of the led lamp, and mechanically and electrically connects the light engine, the driver electronics and the one or more connecting portions together.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377252

Apparatus for transferring energy between a rotating element and fluid

Embodiments of an apparatus for transferring energy between a rotating element and a fluid are provided herein. In some embodiments, a plenum of an apparatus for transferring energy between a rotating element and a fluid may include a through hole disposed through the plenum; and a plurality of inlet guide vanes disposed proximate a peripheral edge of the through hole, the plurality of inlet guide vanes comprising a first group of inlet guide vanes having a cambered profile and a second group of inlet guide vanes disposed radially inward of the first group of inlet guide vanes, wherein the first group of inlet guide vanes are in a fixed position with respect to the plenum and the second group of inlet guide vanes are movable with respect to the plenum.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377251

Apparatus for transferring energy between a rotating element and fluid

In some embodiments, a plenum of an apparatus for transferring energy between a rotating element and a fluid may include a through hole disposed through the plenum; a plurality of inlet guide vanes disposed proximate a peripheral edge of the through hole, the plurality of inlet guide vanes comprising a first group of inlet guide vanes having a symmetrical profile, a second group of inlet guide vanes, and a third group of inlet guide vanes, wherein each inlet guide vane of the second group and third group have a cambered profile, and wherein each inlet guide vane of the third group has a different cambered profile from each other inlet guide vane of the third group.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377216

Methods and systems to operate a wind turbine system

A wind turbine system is presented. The wind turbine system includes a wind turbine tower, a plurality of blades, a rotor supported by the wind turbine tower and rotatably coupled to the plurality of blades, a torque control device coupled to the rotor, and a control system programmed to predict an over-speeding time t of an occurrence of an over-speed rotor event based at least in part upon a current rotor acceleration and a current rotor speed, that cannot be compensated by an available counter-torque margin of the torque control device, and, in response, to generate pitch commands for the pitch angles of the plurality of blades to avoid the over-speed rotor event.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377215

Method and system for managing loads on a wind turbine

A method and a system for managing loads on a wind turbine are provided. The method includes receiving a signal relative to a yaw misalignment of the wind turbine, generating a yaw error signal based on the yaw misalignment, and comparing the yaw error signal to a first predetermined yaw error threshold value. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377213

Methods and systems to operate a wind turbine system

A wind turbine system is presented. The wind turbine system includes a tower, a plurality of blades, a rotor supported by the tower and rotatably coupled to the plurality of blades, a control unit programmed to predict a net energy of the tower at one or more future points in time, and if the predicted net energy is within a design limit, then continue with baseline operating control models for normal operation of the wind turbine system, if the predicted net energy exceeds the design limit, then use a non-linear tower damping model to generate tower damping commands to control tower damping of the wind turbine system.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377178

Engine cylinder cooling cavity

A system includes a cylinder liner for a reciprocating engine, where the cylinder liner has a piston bore configured to receive a piston. The cylinder liner includes a first end having a flange configured to interface with a cylinder head. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377161

Systems and methods for engine control incorporating fuel properties

A method includes receiving a fuel composition analysis, deriving a fuel index based on the fuel composition analysis, deriving a control adjustment for a gas engine based on the fuel index, and applying the control adjustment to an actuator of the gas engine.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377159

Systems for a multi-fuel capable engine

Various methods and systems are provided for a multi-fuel capable engine. The system includes a liquid fuel system to deliver liquid fuel to an engine, a gaseous fuel system to deliver gaseous fuel to the engine, and a control system. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377153

Fuel selection method and related system for a mobile asset

Embodiments of methods and systems related to operating a mobile asset are provided. In one example, a method for operating a mobile asset includes supplying an engine with a fuel controller a first amount of a first fuel and a second amount of a second fuel and combusting the first fuel and the second fuel at a fuel combustion ratio in at least one cylinder of the engine, the first amount and the second amount being selected based on route information for a route along which the mobile asset is operable to travel and a projected exhaustion of the first fuel that does not precede a projected exhaustion of the second fuel, wherein the mobile asset is unable to operate with the second fuel alone.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377149

Automatic combustion system characterization

Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to a system including: a computing device in communication with a combustion system, wherein the computing device is configured to perform actions including: issuing an input to the combustion system; determining whether one of a dynamic output and an emission output corresponding to the input to the combustion system exceeds a first boundary condition; and adjusting the input to the combustion system by one of a first step change and a second step change; wherein the first step change corresponds to the dynamic output and the emission output not exceeding the first boundary condition, and the second step change corresponds to one of the dynamic output and the emission output exceeding the first boundary condition, the second step change being less than the first step change.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377145

Method and apparatus for local loop closure

A method and apparatus for local loop closure is provided. The apparatus includes a component for use in a gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377138

Systems and methods for a fuel pressure oscillation device for reduction of coherence

A system with a gas turbine engine is provided. The gas turbine engine includes a first combustor comprising a first fuel nozzle, a second combustor comprising a second fuel nozzle, and a first fuel pressure oscillation system. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377135

Method and system for radial tubular duct heat exchangers

A method and system for a heat exchanger are provided. The heat exchanger includes a plurality of arcuate heat exchanger segments, each including a first header configured to extend circumferentially about at least a portion of a circumference of an internal surface of a fluid duct. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377126

Combined gas turbine auxiliary systems

The present application provides a gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor, a combustor, a number of auxiliary systems, and a common auxiliary system manifold. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377074

Debris removal system

A casing for a turbo-machine at least partially defines a flow path for a working fluid through or around one or more of a compressor section, a combustor assembly, or a turbine section. The casing defines an inner surface and the inner surface defines a plurality of debris routing channels. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377065

Half-spoolie metal seal integral with tube

The present disclosure involves a spoolie (60) for sealing a tube (50) passing through an air gap or other interruption within a high temperature operating environment. The apparatus allow for a sealing service pathway between areas of differential temperature while allowing for relative movement consistent with thermal expansion and contraction.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377057

Power generation system control following transient grid event

A method of controlling a power generation system following a transient grid event, and a system and controller to control the power generation system are described. The method includes sensing a rate of change of electrical frequency at terminals of a generator, determining a rate of change of shaft line acceleration, and identifying the transient grid event based on the rate of change of shaft line acceleration. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150377037

Braze methods and components for turbine buckets

Braze methods for turbine buckets include providing the turbine bucket comprising a modification surface, wherein the modification surface comprises a non-z-notch contact surface, disposing a pre-sintered preform on the modification surface and, heating the pre-sintered preform on the modification surface to bond the pre-sintered preform to the turbine bucket at the modification surface.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375764

Methods and systems for data communications

A wireless communication device of a vehicle system includes one or more antennas configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle of the vehicle system, a first modem configured to be disposed onboard the first vehicle and to communicate a first wireless signal to one or more of a second vehicle of the vehicle system or an off-board device using the one or more antennas, and a second modem configured to be disposed onboard the first vehicle and to communicate a second wireless signal to the one or more of the second vehicle or the off-board device using the one or more antennas. The first modem is configured to communicate the first wireless signal via a first type of wireless communication link and the second modem is configured to communicate the second wireless signal via a different, second type of wireless communication link.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375456

Systems and methods for monitoring a melt pool using a dedicated scanning device

An additive manufacturing system includes a laser device, a first scanning device, and an optical system. The laser device is configured to generate a laser beam, and the first scanning device is configured to selectively direct the laser beam across a powder bed. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375359

Component surface finishing systems and methods

Methods for finishing a component include providing the component comprising one or more interior surfaces fluidly connected to one or more exterior surfaces, providing a plurality of magnetic particles, and applying a magnetic field so as to repeatedly move the magnetic particles against the interior surfaces and exterior surfaces of the component.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375340

Additive manufacturing methods and systems with fiber reinforcement

Additive manufacturing methods for fabricating a fiber-reinforced composite objects include providing at least a first layer of powder material, disposing a fiber material adjacent the at least first layer of powder material to form a fiber reinforcement layer, and applying a laser energy to the at least first layer of powder material so as to fuse the powder material into at least a first laser fused material layer adjacent the fiber reinforcement layer of the fiber-reinforced composite object.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375322

Braze methods and components with heat resistant materials

Braze methods include providing a substrate comprising a pre-sintered preform disposed thereon, wherein the pre-sintered preform comprises a mixture comprising a base alloy comprising about 30 weight percent to about 90 weight percent of the mixture and a second alloy comprising a sufficient amount of melting point depressant to have a lower melting temperature than the base alloy. Braze methods further include at least partially covering the pre-sintered preform with a heat resistant material, wherein a melt temperature of the heat resistant material is higher than a melt temperature of the pre-sintered preform, and heating the pre-sintered preform on the substrate.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375321

Fiber reinforced brazed components and methods

Methods of providing a fiber reinforced braze include providing a substrate, disposing at least a first fiber reinforcement layer on the substrate, wherein the at least first fiber reinforcement layer comprises a fiber material, disposing at least a first braze layer on the at least first fiber reinforcement layer, wherein a melt temperature of the braze layer is lower than a melt temperature of the fiber material, and heating the at least first fiber reinforcement layer and the at least first braze layer to bond the fiber reinforced braze to the substrate.. . ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150375259

Method and apparatus for manufacturing pre-coated honeycomb segments for turbomachines

A method of manufacturing a pre-coated honeycomb segment includes forming a honeycomb segment having a first surface and a second, opposing surface, and providing a coating material on the honeycomb segment. The coating does not extend to the first surface and the second, opposing surface. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150374329

Method apparatus and system for enhancing needle visualization in medical ultrasound imaging

The present invention discloses a method, apparatus and system for enhancing needle visualization in ultrasound imaging, said method comprising: a setting step for setting a scanning depth corresponding to a depth of a part or tissue target in a patient's body; and a determining step for automatically determining a needle frame steering angle and an ultrasound working frequency for needle frame collection based on the scanning depth. In the embodiments of the present invention, the needle frame steering angle and ultrasound working frequency for needle frame collection and the filter kernel for enhancing edge filtering of the collected needle frame are both dependent upon the scanning depth, and thereby can achieve enhancing needle visualization in ultrasound imaging for scanning at different depths without participation of the user or extra change of hardware.. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150374319

C-arm system and c-arm spin acquisition trajectories for dynamic imaging and improved image quality and method of use

C-arm systems and method for making and using continuous c-arm spin acquisition trajectories for dynamic imaging and improved image quality are described. In such systems and methods, a c-arm gantry, coupled to a c-arm support assembly, is adapted to retain an x-ray source and an x-ray detector. ... General Electric Company

12/31/15 / #20150374318

Method, apparatus, and article for pet attenuation correction utilizing mri

A method for attenuation correcting a pet image of a target includes locating a radiopaque structure by mri scan of the target; fitting a model of the radiopaque structure to the mri scan image; and correcting attenuation of the pet image based on the fitted model.. . ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150373789

Ventilation systems and methods for operating the same

Ventilation systems and methods are provided. A method for operating a ventilation system includes receiving a fan speed of a first fan of a range appliance, the first fan operable to flow air through a first conduit of an air curtain assembly of the range appliance, the first conduit defined in a cabinet of the range appliance. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150372482

Method, system, and apparatus for providing arc flash mitigation

A power equipment protection system is provided. The power equipment protection system includes a first trip unit configured to monitor a first circuit, a second trip unit configured to monitor a second circuit that is downstream from the first circuit, an arc-flash (af) sensor configured to detect an arc flash, an af mitigation device, at least one current sensor, and a controller. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150372481

System and method for protecting a power converter during an adverse voltage event

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for protecting a power converter of a renewable energy power system and/or a stand-alone energy storage system connected to a power grid during an adverse voltage event, such as a high voltage ride through (hvrt) event. In one embodiment, the method includes monitoring, via a control system, a current-voltage parameter of the power converter, wherein the current-voltage parameter is indicative of an adverse voltage event occurring at the power grid. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150372463

Switchgear housing including a floating exhaust flap assembly

A switchgear housing assembly includes a first switchgear housing including a cable compartment portion and a circuit breaker portion, a busbar portion, and a second switchgear housing a cable compartment section, a busbar section, and a circuit breaker section. An exhaust duct is arranged between the first and second switchgear housings. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150372214

Cooled cooling air system having thermoelectric generator

Various embodiments include a cooled cooling-air system including: an inlet hot fluid conduit fluidly connected with a hot air source from a turbomachine; an inlet cold fluid conduit fluidly connected with a cold fluid source, the cold fluid source having a lower temperature than the hot air source; and a first thermoelectric generator fluidly connected with the inlet hot fluid conduit and the inlet cold fluid conduit, the first thermoelectric generator for cooling the inlet hot fluid conduit and simultaneously generating an electrical output.. . ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150372089

Cellular layout for semiconductor devices

A method of fabricating a semiconductor device cell at a surface of a silicon carbide (sic) semiconductor layer includes forming a segmented source and body contact (ssbc) of the semiconductor device cell over the surface of the sic semiconductor layer. The ssbc includes a body contact portion disposed over the surface of the semiconductor layer and proximate to a body contact region of the semiconductor device cell, wherein the body contact portion is not disposed over the center of the semiconductor device cell. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150372088

Cellular layout for semiconductor devices

A method of fabricating a semiconductor device cell at a surface of a silicon carbide (sic) semiconductor layer includes forming a segmented source and body contact (ssbc) of the semiconductor device cell over the surface of the sic semiconductor layer. The ssbc includes a body contact portion disposed over the surface of the semiconductor layer and proximate to a body contact region of the semiconductor device cell, wherein the body contact portion is substantially disposed over the center of the semiconductor device cell. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150371792

Electrical transfer switch system

A system including an automatic transfer switch configured to selectively route power from a first power source or a second power source to a load, comprising a switch configured to be moved between a first position and a second position, a first set of electrical contacts configured to route the power from the first power source when the switch is in the first position, a second set of electrical contacts configured to route the power from the second power source when the switch is in the second position, and a first arc chute housing configured to substantially enclose the first set of electrical contacts when the switch is in the first position.. . ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150371513

Oven appliance with cavity fire detection

An oven appliance with features for detecting and containing a fire and/or smoke within the cooking chamber of the oven appliance is provided. A method for operating an oven appliance to detect and contain a fire and/or smoke within the cooking chamber of the oven appliance is also provided.. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150371190

Systems and methods for provisioning a fleet of industrial assets as a computing-cloud

A system and method for leveraging industrial asset computing capacity into a distributed computing system is disclosed. The method including receiving from a requesting entity a request for available computing capacity, the request including at least one computational task, determining the available computing capacity across a network of interconnected industrial assets, each industrial asset including at least one central controller, allocating at least one of the interconnected industrial assets to perform at least a portion of the computational request, providing the allocated industrial assets with computer executable instructions and data related to performing the computational request, performing at least a portion of the computational request at the allocated industrial assets, obtaining the results of the performing step from the allocated industrial assets; and returning the obtained results to the requesting entity. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150370923

System and methods of generating a computer model of a composite component

A computer-implemented method for generating a computer model of a composite component includes offsetting a projected ply curved surface outwardly along a base surface to define an offset ply curved surface. The method also includes defining a ply drop region of the base surface, the ply drop region includes another area of the base surface that is exterior to a ply curved surface and interior to an offset ply curved surface. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150370267

Method for operating an oven appliance and a control system for an oven appliance

A method for operating an oven appliance includes establishing a set temperature, operating a heating element of the oven appliance in order to heat a cooking chamber of the oven appliance to a target temperature with the heating element, and continually reducing the target temperature to the set temperature. A related control system for an oven appliance is also provided.. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369780

Systems and methods for viewing data generated by rotational scanning in non-destructive testing

The present application relates to a non-destructive testing system. The non-destructive testing system may include an ultrasonic probe and a hand-held display in communication with the ultrasonic probe. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369687

System and method for monitoring machines

A monitoring system and method monitor changes in clearance distances between a sensor and a rotating component of a machine. Imbalance and/or wear in the machine is identified based on the changes in the clearance distances. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369488

Turbine air flow conditioner

A turbine combustor section has a flow conditioner including a plurality of conduits arranged to convey pressurized air to an air chamber for entrance into a plurality of fuel nozzles. Each conduit includes an inlet configured to receive the pressurized air from an annular passage and an outlet configured to deliver the pressurized air to the air chamber. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369471

Waste disposal with associated lighting

In one aspect, a system for lighting an under-sink storage space defined beneath a sink may generally include a waste disposal positioned within the under-sink storage space that is in fluid communication with the sink. The waste disposal may include a motor and a cutter system for processing water and waste discharged from the sink. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369386

Magnetocaloric valve

A magnetocaloric valve is described. The valve is largely energetically self-sufficient and contains the following components: (a) a conduit defining a flow channel; (b) a flow channel blocking member; and (c) a driving device configured to move the flow channel blocking member into and out of the flow channel. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369231

Magnetocaloric driving devices

A magnetocaloric driving device is disclosed herein. The driving device comprises a magnet, an effective amount of a magnetocaloric material, and a counterpoise mechanism. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369211

Wind blade tip joint

A wind turbine blade includes a first blade segment and a second blade segment extending in opposite directions from a chord-wise joint. The first blade segment includes a beam structure extending lengthways that structurally connects with the second blade segment at a receiving section, wherein the beam structure forms a portion of an internal support structure and includes a shear web connected with a suction side spar cap and a pressure side spar cap. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369210

Method and system for tensioning tension fabrics in wind-turbine

A wind blade includes a self-supporting structural framework, having a span-wise member, a plurality of chord-wise members, a fabric skin, and at least one of a stiffener and a mechanical element. The plurality of chord-wise members is coupled to the span-wise member and each chord-wise member and the span-wise member maintains an aerodynamic contour of the wind blade. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369209

Rotor blade transportation system

A transportation system for transporting rotor blades includes a rotor blade fixture configured to support one or more rotor blades. The rotor blade fixture has a first end, and a second end opposed to the first end. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369077

Suction-based active clearance control system

A clearance control apparatus for a gas turbine engine including an annular turbine case having opposed inner and outer surfaces; an annular manifold surrounding a portion of the turbine case, the manifold including: an inlet port in fluid communication with the manifold and the outer surface of the turbine case, and an exit port; and a bypass pipe having an upstream end coupled to the exit port, a downstream end coupled to a low-pressure sink, and a valve disposed between upstream and downstream ends, the valve selectively moveable between a first position which blocks flow between the upstream and downstream ends, and a second position which permits flow between the upstream and downstream ends.. . ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369068

Gas turbine transition piece aft frame assemblies with cooling channels and methods for manufacturing the same

Aft frame assemblies for a gas turbine transition pieces include a body comprising an exterior surface and a plurality of interior surfaces, one or more exterior cooling holes disposed on the exterior surface of the body for capturing compressor discharge air outside of the transition piece, and a supplemental component bonded to at least one of the plurality of interior surfaces of the body. At least one cooling channel is at least partially defined by the supplemental component and the interior surface that the supplemental component is bonded to, wherein the at least one cooling channel fluidly connects at least one of the one or more exterior cooling holes to one or more interior cooling outlets that discharge the compressor discharge air captured from the at least one of the one or more exterior cooling holes.. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369053

Components with micro cooled patterned coating layer and methods of manufacture

A manufacturing method includes providing a substrate with an outer surface and at least one interior space, selectively deposited a coating on a portion of the substrate to form a selectively deposited coating having one or more grooves formed therein. The method further includes processing at least a portion of the surface of the selectively deposited coating to plastically deform the selectively deposited coating in the vicinity of the top of a respective groove. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150369017

Exploration drilling system and method for supplying power thereto

A drilling system, comprising: a plurality of drilling drive systems; a fracturing drive system; a centralized power supply system electrically coupled to said drilling drive systems and said fracturing drive system to supply power thereto; and a plurality of distributed power supply systems electrically coupled to said drilling drive systems to supply additional power thereto during peak loading of a respective one of the plurality of drilling drive systems.. . ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150368854

Dryer appliances and methods for operating same

Dryer appliances and methods for operating dryer appliances are provided. A method includes flowing internal air from a drum chamber through a vent duct of the dryer appliance, selectively actuating a valve to flow external air through the vent duct from external to a cabinet of the dryer appliance, and alternately sensing humidity values of the internal air and the external air.. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150368853

Clothes dryer with improved moisture sensing and wireless data transfer

A clothes dryer with improved moisture sensing and wireless data transfer is provided. An example drying appliance includes a plurality of sensors positioned inside a drum of the drying appliance. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150368840

Cleaning systems and methods for operating the same

Cleaning systems and methods for operating dryer appliances of cleaning systems are provided. A cleaning system includes a dryer appliance and a washing machine appliance. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150367872

Route examining system and method

Systems and methods for examining a route inject one or more electrical examination signals into a conductive route from onboard a vehicle system traveling along the route, detect one or more electrical characteristics of the route based on the one or more electrical examination signals, apply a filter to the one or more electrical characteristics, and detect a break in conductivity of the route responsive to the one or more electrical characteristics decreasing by more than a designated drop threshold for a time period within a designated drop time period. Feature vectors may be determined for the electrical characteristics and compared to one or more patterns in order to distinguish between breaks in the conductivity of the route and other causes for changes in the electrical characteristics.. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150367862

Vehicle system and method

A vehicle system comprises an interface assembly and a controller both on board a first rail vehicle. The interface assembly comprises one or more mechanical couplers, fuel couplers, fluid couplers, and electrical connectors, to detachably couple the first rail vehicle to a separate, adjacent fuel tender vehicle, for the transfer of one or more of fuel (e.g., compressed natural gas) from the fuel tender vehicle to the first rail vehicle, heated fluid from the first rail vehicle to the fuel tender vehicle (e.g., for regasification of liquid natural gas stored in the fuel tender vehicle to the compressed natural gas), or electrical power and/or control signals between the first rail vehicle and the fuel tender vehicle. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150367460

Methods of forming cooling channels using backstrike protection

A method of forming cooling channels in a component is provided. The component has a substrate having outer and inner surfaces. ... General Electric Company

12/24/15 / #20150366430

Bottle washer assembly for dishwasher appliance

Bottle washer assemblies for dishwasher appliances are provided. A bottle washer assembly includes a supply conduit defining a main passage for flowing wash fluid therethrough. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150365512

Secure pairing of end user devices with instruments

. . . . . . A role-based access control method and/or system permits end users to securely pair their mobile devices via a pairing apparatus with one or more instruments to, for example, remotely monitor operations of the instruments. In an embodiment, the process includes a pairing apparatus receiving a pairing request from an instrument including a unique access code, and receiving a pairing request from an end user mobile device that includes an end user mobile device identifier and an access code. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150364962

Generator gas shield support device and method of removing generator gas shield

The disclosure includes a generator gas shield support device, and method of removing the generator gas shield using the support device. In one embodiment, the generator gas shield support device of a generator system includes a first support coupled to a generator rotor of the generator system. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150363566

Systems and methods to improve lung function protocols

An example method includes: classifying lung function risk based on patient attributes and a clinical protocol; generating alarms and incentives for compliance with the clinical protocol based on patient attributes, clinical protocol, and patient lung function risk; determining an orientation and position of a clinical device based on tagged feature(s) of the clinical device compared to identified patient feature(s); monitoring patient interaction with the clinical device; identifying a deviation from the clinical protocol based on the monitored patient interaction, a patient biometric indicator, and a desired setpoint state in the protocol; when a deviation is identified, providing feedback proportional to the deviation, the feedback including an adjustment with respect to the clinical protocol and/or the clinical device; and triggering at least one alarm and/or incentive based on deviation and feedback, wherein the alarm/incentives differs based on whether and to what extent deviation is identified and feedback.. . ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150362923

Systems and methods for control of an adaptive-cycle engine with power-thermal management system

A control system for an adaptive-power thermal management system of an aircraft having at least one adaptive cycle gas turbine engine includes a real time optimization solver that utilizes a plurality of models of systems to be controlled, the plurality of models each being defined by algorithms configured to predict changes to each system caused by current changes in input to each system. The real time optimization solver is configured to solve an open-loop optimal control problem on-line at each of a plurality of sampling times, to provide a series of optimal control actions as a solution to the open-loop optimal control problem. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150362462

Method and system for eddy current device dynamic gain adjustment

A method and system for dynamically adjusting a gain of an eddy current device are provided. The method includes providing calibration information to the eddy current device using a probe and switching between a first mode and a second mode of the eddy current device, the first mode exciting only a first coil to measure liftoff of the probe from a surface of a workpiece, the second mode exciting the first coil and a second coil to measure dimensions of a flaw within a workpiece. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150362246

Refrigerator appliance and a method for operating a refrigerator appliance

A refrigerator appliance is provided. The refrigerator appliance includes features for increasing humidity of an atmosphere about the refrigerator appliance. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150362224

Heat pump with restorative operation for magneto caloric material

A heat pump system is provided that uses mcm to provide for heating or cooling. The heat pump can include one or more stages of mcm, each stage having an original peak curie temperature. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150362163

Systems and methods for creating a configurable luminaire fixture

Provided is a luminaire fixture include a base, connected to a fixture support, a lighting component, at least one configurable component, in communication with at least one portion of a system external to the lighting component; and a top, positioned opposite the fixture support. Also provided is a method for creating multiple lighting fixture configurations including connecting, a lighting component, including a light emitter in connection with an optical zone, to at least one configurable component, and connecting the lighting component, to a fixture support.. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361964

Control method and system for wind turbine

A control method and a control system for a wind turbine are disclosed. The control method comprises measuring wind turbine blade pitch angles; obtaining a wind turbine rotor acceleration value; determining whether a blade pitch runaway fault condition is occurring; and during the blade pitch runaway fault condition, adjusting a pitch angle command based at least in part on the rotor acceleration value, a pitch angle of at least one faulted blade and a pitch angle of a healthy blade; and controlling wind turbine blades based at least in part on the adjusted pitch angle command.. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361961

Ventilation arrangement

A ventilation arrangement for a wind turbine includes a manhole cover for covering a manhole of a rotor hub. The rotor hub is contained within the nose cone and spaced therefrom to form an internal space between an inner surface of the nose cone and an outer surface of the rotor hub. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361960

Method and system for managing loads on a wind turbine

A method and a system for managing loads on a wind turbine are provided. The computer-implemented method is implemented using a processor coupled to a memory device. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361957

Methods and systems to operate a wind turbine

A wind turbine system, comprising a tower, a plurality of blades, a rotor supported by the tower and rotatably coupled to the plurality of blades, a pitch control device for regulating pitch angles of the plurality of blades, a torque control device for regulating torque of the rotor, a processing subsystem programmed to slow down the wind turbine system by using the torque control device alone to slow down the rotor when the torque control device is fully capable of slowing down the rotor, and using both the torque control device and the pitch control device to slow down the rotor when the torque control device alone is not fully capable of slowing down the rotor.. . ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361831

System and method for thermal management

A system includes a first unit. The first unit includes a condenser configured to condense a working fluid circulating in a rankine cycle. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361809

Cooling passages for inner casing of a turbine exhaust

An inner casing assembly for a turbine including: an annular inner casing including cooling passages, wherein each passage extends through a wall of the inner casing from a source of cooling fluid to an outer surface of the wall of the inner casing, and struts extending outward from the outer surface of the inner casing wherein the cooling passages are arranged on the inner casing such that a pair of the cooling passages is on opposite sides of each of the struts, and the cooling passages in each pair are equidistant to the corresponding strut.. . ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361608

Apparatus and method for sensing and adding detergent to water for a washing machine appliance

A method and apparatus for determining the amount of detergent in water used in a washing machine and to supplementing such water as needed for a wash load is provided. The amount of detergent present in grey water that is reused for washing, as well as the amount released from clothes or other articles to be washed, can also be determined.. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361350

Advisory controls of desalter system

The present invention concerns a method of providing advisory controls for a desalter system. The method allows a user to continuously monitor performance of the desalter system, to continuously monitor position of the emulsion band (or rag layer), to control the emulsion band using demulsifiers, and to recommend to users how to maintain optimal pressure drop at the mixing device of the desalter system. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150361013

Use of aliphatic nitroso compounds as inhibitors of radical polymerization of activated vinyl monomers

Methods and compositions are provided for inhibiting the polymerization of a vinyl aromatic monomer, such as styrene monomer, during elevated temperature processing thereof or during storage or shipment of polymer containing product. The methods comprise adding from about 1-10,000 parts of an aliphatic nitroso compound (anc) to the monomer, based upon one million parts of the monomer. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150360700

System and method for automated establishment of a vehicle consist

A method for controllably linking propulsion units in a vehicle consist includes transmitting a linking signal having an identity of a lead propulsion unit. A remote propulsion unit is remotely controlled by the lead unit when the identity matches a designated identity stored onboard the remote unit. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150360284

Metallic structure

A method of casting a truss structure having spaced face sheets connected by columnar structures, including forming a three-dimensional pattern (3d pattern) in the shape of the truss structure with the spaced face sheets and columnar structures, forming a mold core of the 3d pattern by surrounding the pattern with a liquid and letting the liquid harden about the 3d pattern, removing the 3d pattern from the mold core, filling the mold core with a liquid alloy to cast and directionally solidify the truss structure.. . ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150359521

Method and systems for adjusting a pulse generated for ultrasound multi-line transmit

Various methods and systems are provided for ultrasound imaging with multi-line transmit. In one example, a method for ultrasound imaging comprises reducing an acoustic intensity at a position away from an array transducer of a combined beam formed from a plurality of transmit beams emitted by the array transducer in a multi-line transmit event by selectively adjusting one or more pulse parameters of one or more individual transmit beams of the combined beam for a given energy level of the one or more individual transmit beams.. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150359502

System and method for determining x-ray exposure parameters

In accordance with one aspect of the present system, a dual energy x-ray imaging system includes a communication module configured to receive a pre-shot image from a detection circuitry and receive one or more pre-shot parameters from a source controller of the dual energy x-ray imaging system. The dual energy x-ray imaging system further includes an analysis module configured to determine one or more image characteristics of the pre-shot image. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150359498

System and method for determining x-ray exposure parameters

In accordance with one aspect of the present system, an x-ray detector of an x-ray imaging system includes a communication module configured to receive a pre-shot image from a detection circuitry and receive one or more pre-shot parameters from a source controller of the x-ray imaging system. The x-ray detector further includes an analysis module configured to determine one or more image characteristics of the pre-shot image. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150359496

Methods and systems for controlling movement of detectors having multiple detector heads

Methods and systems for controlling movement of detectors having multiple detector heads are provided. One system includes a gantry, a patient support structure supporting a patient table thereon, and a plurality of detector units. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150359410

Dishwasher diverter valves with continuous calibration

Diverter valves and associated dishwashers with continuous calibration are provided. An example dishwasher includes a diverter valve assembly. ... General Electric Company

12/17/15 / #20150359408

Spray arm assembly for dishwasher appliance

A spray arm assembly includes a spray arm including a plurality of branches connected to each other and arrayed about a center point, each of the plurality of branches defining a passage therethrough and an aperture in fluid communication with the passage. The center point defines a spray arm central axis. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357780

Brush holder apparatus and system

A brush holder system includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357779

Brush holder apparatus and system

A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, and a fork electrical connector. The stationary support member has a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of the stationary support member's main body. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357778

Brush holder apparatus and system

A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member has a brush restraint apparatus having a plunger brush restraint configured to restrain a brush from sliding within the brush retainment member by pressing it against the brush retainment member. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357777

Brush holder apparatus and system

A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357774

Modular switchgear connection and method of electrically connecting a modular compartment to a switchgear assembly

A modular switchgear electrical connection for use with a modular compartment includes a branch busbar having a busbar aperture defined by the branch busbar. Also included is a connection arrangement for establishing an electrical connection with the branch busbar. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357178

High intensity discharge lamps with dosing aid

A ceramic metal halide lamp according to various embodiments can include a discharge vessel and an ionizable fill. The ionizable fill is sealed within the discharge vessel. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357177

Run-up time in amalgam dosed compact fluorescent lamps

In some embodiments, a fluorescent lighting device includes an arc tube; an amalgam flag including two opposing planar surfaces within the arc tube, the planar surfaces being adjacent to each other along a first edge of the planar surfaces and spaced apart from each other along a second edge of the planar surfaces; a quantity of amalgam deposited on the planar surfaces of the amalgam flag; and an electrode disposed within the arc tube to, at least in part, heat the quantity of amalgam when energized.. . ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150357086

Curable composition for electrical machine, and associated method

A curable composition for an electrical machine is presented. The curable composition includes: (a) about 10 weight percent to about 30 weight percent of a polyfunctional cyanate ester; (b) about 25 weight percent to about 60 weight percent of a first difunctional cyanate ester, or a prepolymer thereof; (c) about 10 weight percent to about 30 weight percent of a second difunctional cyanate ester, or a prepolymer thereof, and (d) about 5 weight percent to about 25 weight percent of a thermally conductive filler comprising boron nitride. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150356705

Synchronized zooming across multiple plots

Systems and methods include manipulating multiple data plots. The multiple data plots each have horizontal and vertical dimensions and include active and inactive zoom plots. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150356520

System and method for providing an interactive asset management interface

A system and method that provide an interactive asset management interface display a visual representation of equipment under examination and one or more current parts of the equipment. The system and method receive a selection input from an operator of the computing system that identifies a selected part of the current parts of the equipment under examination and obtain state information of the selected part from one or more memory devices responsive to receiving the selection input. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150356485

Methods and systems for intelligent evolutionary optimization of workflows using big data infrastucture

Methods and systems for optimizing the configuration and parameters of a workflow using an evolutionary approach augmented with intelligent learning capabilities using a big data infrastructure. In an embodiment, a big data infrastructure receives workflow input parameters, an objective function, a pool of initial configuration parameters, and completion criteria from a client computer, and then runs multiple instances of a workflow based on the pool of initial configuration parameters resulting in corresponding output results. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150356455

Systems and methods associated with an auto-tuning support vector machine

Some embodiments are associated with a support vector machine having model parameters. According to some embodiments, a set of evaluation data may be received and a computer processor may automatically tune the model parameters during a training process using the set of evaluation data. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150356213

Method and system for generating electric load models

A method for generating electric load models that includes receiving a plurality of measurements representative of input provided by a power source to electric loads is provided. The method includes generating a plurality of combination of model loads and assigning a contribution factor to each model load in each combination. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150356154

System for storage, querying, and analysis of time series data

A system for storing time series data includes an ingester that prepares metadata indices associated with blocks of incoming time series data and stores the blocks of data in a time series database and the indices in a separate index database. The time series database distributes storage of the data blocks among multiple data nodes. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150355901

Method and system to automate the maintenance of data-driven analytic models

A method, system, and non-transitory computer-readable medium, the method including determining automatically, by a processor, whether behavior for a model representing a plurality of entities and relationships therebetween deviates from a reference behavior for the model; determining, in response to the determination that the model does deviate from the reference behavior, at least one basis for the deviation; automatically forecasting an estimate of a remaining useful life for the model; and modifying the model to compensate for the deviation by at least one of modifying the model to accommodate the deviation and updating the model based on at least one new requirement.. . ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150355606

Economic optimization of power generation system with alternative operating modes

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an apparatus including: a controller communicatively coupled to a power generation system and configured to shift the power generation system between a first operating mode and a second operating mode, the second operating mode being different from the first operating mode; and a economic optimization engine in communication with the controller, wherein the economic optimization engine calculates: an economic benefit for shifting the power generation system from the first operating mode to the second operating mode based on at least one of a power generation demand, a power generation cost, and an operating condition of the power generation system; and a billing rate per unit of time of operation in the second operating mode based on at least one of the economic benefit, an operating difference between the first operating mode and the second operating mode, and a predetermined cost differential.. . ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150355054

Systems and methods for diagnosing engine components and auxiliary equipment associated with an engine

Diagnosing equipment coupled to a generator. A condition of the equipment is diagnosed based on information provided by signals from a generator operationally connected to the equipment or other signals associated with an engine. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150355044

System and method for protecting rotary machines

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for protecting a rotary machine in a high noise environment. In one embodiment, the method includes a step of measuring a vibration signal during operation of the rotary machine. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354855

Method for operating a water heater appliance

A method for operating a water heater appliance is provided. The method includes establishing a temperature drop of water within a tank of the water heater appliance during a time interval. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354830

Oven appliance

An oven appliance includes features for permitting movement of a door of the oven appliance relative to a cabinet of the oven appliance. The oven appliance also includes features for permitting the door to pivot between a vertical position and a peak position. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354829

Oven appliance

An oven appliance includes features for permitting movement of a door of the oven appliance relative to a cabinet of the oven appliance and also includes features for permitting pivoting of the. The oven appliance also includes a frame with a tray removably mounted to the frame and a rack disposed on the tray. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354828

Oven appliance

An oven appliance includes features for permitting movement of a door of the oven appliance relative to a cabinet of the oven appliance. The oven appliance also includes a hinge assembly that couples the door to at least one of the first and second slide assemblies such that the door is pivotable. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354502

Engine architecture with reverse rotation integral drive and vaneless turbine

A gas turbine engine comprises a fan, a compressor, a turbine having first stage blades and second stage blades, the first stage blades rotates in a first direction and the second stage blades rotates in a second direction opposite the first direction. The first stage blades are directly adjacent to one another, a drive in operable input connection with the fan and in operable output connection with the first stage blades and the second stage blades, the first stage blades and the second stage blades driving the fan through the drive.. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354497

Piston assembly for a reciprocating engine

A power cylinder system for a reciprocating engine includes a piston with a top-most groove extending circumferentially about the piston. The top-most groove includes one or more channels spaced apart circumferentially about the top-most groove and extending inward from an outer perimeter of the piston assembly. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354496

Piston assembly for a reciprocating engine

A power cylinder system for a reciprocating engine includes a piston configured to be disposed within a cylinder and to move in a reciprocating manner within the cylinder. The piston also includes a top-most groove extending circumferentially about the piston beneath a top land of the piston and a ring disposed within the top-most groove. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354495

Piston assembly for a reciprocating engine

A power cylinder system for a reciprocating engine includes a cylinder with an inner annular wall and defining a cavity having a bore diameter. The system includes a piston assembly having a piston disposed within the cylinder and configured to move in a reciprocating manner. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354462

Off-line wash systems and methods for a gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide a wash system for a gas turbine engine. The wash system may include a water source containing a volume of water therein, and a surface filming agent source containing a volume of a surface filming agent therein. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354454

Apparatus and system for compressor clearance control

Various embodiments include apparatuses and systems for controlling compressor clearances. In one case, an apparatus includes: a material layer sized to fit a case of a gas turbine (gt) compressor in a gt system, the material layer including a heating element for applying heat to the case of the gt compressor; and a control system coupled with the material layer, the control system configured to: determine whether a shutdown sequence is occurring in the gt system; and actuate the heating element to apply heat to the case of the gt compressor in response to determining that the shutdown sequence is occurring.. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354404

Off-line wash systems and methods for a gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide a wash system for a gas turbine engine. The wash system may include a water source containing a volume of water therein, and a surface filming agent source containing a volume of a surface filming agent therein. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354403

Off-line wash systems and methods for a gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide a wash system for a gas turbine engine. The wash system may include a water source containing a volume of water therein, and a surface filming agent source containing a volume of a surface filming agent therein. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354394

Shroud abradable coatings and methods of manufacturing

Methods of manufacturing turbine shrouds with an abradable coating that balance the apparently contradictory requirements of high flowpath solidity, low blade tip wear, and good durability in service may include forming an abradable coating on a surface of a coating system to form a substantially smooth flowpath surface. Forming the abradable coating includes forming a relatively porous, smooth abradable coating. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354393

Methods of manufacturing a shroud abradable coating

Methods of manufacturing turbine shrouds with an abradable coating that balance the apparently contradictory requirements of high flowpath solidity, low blade tip wear, and good durability in service. The methods include obtaining a shroud substrate. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354392

Abradable coatings

Turbine shroud abradable coatings that balance the apparently contradictory requirements of high flowpath solidity, low blade tip wear, and good durability in service. The shrouds include a shroud substrate, a coating system, and an abradable coating. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354383

Turbine and methods of assembling the same

A turbine operable with a first fluid and a second fluid is provided. The turbine includes a shaft and having a dry gas seal area, a balance area, and a shaft surface. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354382

Exhaust frame cooling via strut cooling passages

A system is provided including a turbine exhaust section. The turbine exhaust section includes an exhaust flow path. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354374

Turbine blisk and method of manufacturing thereof

A turbine blisk is provided. The turbine blisk includes an inner rim, a plurality of adjacent rotor blades extending radially outward from said inner rim, a shroud segment integrally coupled to each of the plurality of adjacent rotor blades, thereby forming a plurality of adjacent shroud segments, and a gap defined between each of the adjacent shroud segments. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150354361

Rotor assembly and method of manufacturing thereof

A rotor assembly is provided. The rotor assembly includes a rotor shaft and at least one blisk integrally formed with the rotor shaft. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150353788

Composition for bonding windings or core laminates in an electrical machine, and associated method

A curable composition for bonding windings or core laminates in an electrical machine is presented. The curable composition includes: (a) about 10 weight percent to about 25 weight percent of a polyfunctional cyanate ester; (b) about 35 weight percent to about 65 weight percent of a first difunctional cyanate ester, or a prepolymer thereof; (c) about 15 weight percent to about 40 weight percent of a second difunctional cyanate ester, or a prepolymer thereof. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150352752

An aqueous -solvent based process for continuous manufacturing of supported ion selective membranes

A membrane, for example an ion exchange membrane, is made by preparing a curable liquid using at least one aqueous solvent. The curable liquid is continuously cast onto a substrate to form a membrane precursor. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150352751

An integrated apparatus and method for continuous ion exchange membrane casting and processing

An apparatus for manufacturing membranes is provided, the apparatus comprises a casting section, a processing section and a conveyor system. The casting section prepares a membrane that is conveyed to the processing section. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150352651

Brazing method

A brazing method is disclosed. The brazing method includes providing a substrate, providing at least one groove in the substrate, providing a support member, positioning the support member over the at least one groove in the substrate, providing a braze material, applying the braze material over the support member to form an assembly, and heating the assembly to braze the braze material to the substrate. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150352650

Brazing method

A brazing method is disclosed. The brazing method includes providing a substrate, providing at least one groove in the substrate, providing a support member, positioning the support member over the at least one groove in the substrate, providing a braze material, applying the braze material over the support member to form an assembly, and heating the assembly to braze the braze material to the substrate. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150352630

Casting mold of grading with silicon carbide

The disclosure relates generally to mold compositions and methods of molding and the articles so molded. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a mold for casting a titanium-containing article, comprising calcium aluminate and silicon carbide, wherein said silicon carbide is graded in said mold such that it is in different portions of the mold in different amounts, with the highest concentration of silicon carbide being located between a bulk of the mold and a surface of the mold that opens to a mold cavity.. ... General Electric Company

12/10/15 / #20150351541

Assembly kit and door assembly for appliance

Door assemblies and assembly kits for coupling appliance doors and decorative door panels together are provided. An assembly kit includes a first bracket connectable to the appliance door, and a second bracket connectable to the decorative door panel. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150350639

Systems and methods for providing monitoring state-based selectable buttons to non-destructive testing devices

A system includes a portable non-destructive testing (ndt) device. The ndt device includes a processor configured to receive imaging data captured via a sensor of the ndt device, cause a display of the ndt device to display an image to be analyzed based on the imaging data, and cause the display to display a graphical user interface (gui). ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150350553

Systems and methods for menu directed inspection

A non-destructive testing (ndt) device includes a processor operatively coupled to a camera and to a display. The processor is configured to navigate a graphical tree model of an inspection. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150350534

Selectable enhancement window for incremental measurement adjustment

A system includes an image capture device configured to capture an image of at least a portion of an industrial device or machinery. The system also includes a display configured to display the image. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150350260

Systems and methods for managing infrastructure systems

A system includes a physical server that is configured to be operatively coupled to a communications system and to connect with a plurality of clients. The physical server is further configured to provide an application programming interface (api) that enables the plurality of clients to communicatively couple to each other via the communications system, an operator system to place a conference call to the plurality of clients and the plurality of clients to send and to receive status updates for a smart grid system via the communications system. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150350212

Methods and systems for authorizing web service requests

Systems and methods for authorizing web service requests. In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method includes receiving a web service request having an authorization header and business code, authenticating a security assertion markup language (saml) token included in the authorization header and constructing a security context based on attributes of the saml token. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150349696

Main field voltage limiter in brushless synchronous machines

A brushless synchronous machine with a limiter for main field voltage and a method of limiting main field voltage in a brushless synchronous machine are described. The machine includes a regulator to use a field current to excite main field windings and generate the main field voltage. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150349688

System and method for controlling a power generation system connected to a weak grid

A method for controlling a power generation system connected to a weak grid may generally include operating a power converter of the system so as to produce current at or above a power factor threshold associated with a power factor operating requirement for the system, detecting that a generator speed of the system has increased over a period of time, detecting that a local reference voltage for the system has decreased within the same period of time over which the generator speed has increased and adjusting the operation of the power converter to produce current at a reduced power factor below the power factor threshold so as to increase a real power output of the system.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150349502

Switchgear including a withdrawable switchgear unit having a blocking mechanism

A switchgear includes a housing having first and second side walls and at least one shelf member. The at least one shelf member includes a guide element. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150348952

Interconnect devices for electronic packaging assemblies

An electronic packaging assembly having a semiconductor integrated circuit and a plurality of interconnect components is provided. The plurality of interconnect components is operatively coupled to the semiconductor integrated circuit. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150348253

Remote visual inspection image capture system and method

The present disclosure describes an embodiment that provides a tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by a processor of an endoscope. The instructions include instructions to capture, using an imager in the endoscope, a first plurality of images at a first brightness level while a live video based at least in part on the first plurality of images is displayed, generate, using the processor, a baseline image by averaging or summing the first plurality of images, capture, using the imager, a second plurality of images at a plurality of brightness levels, in which the plurality of brightness levels are different from the first brightness level, and generate, using the processor, a high dynamic range image based at least in part on the baseline image and the second plurality of images, in which the high dynamic range image comprises more unsaturated pixels than the baseline image.. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150348216

Influencer analyzer platform for social and traditional media document authors

According to some embodiments, an influencer analyzer platform may access a document database storing documents associated with various social and traditional media sources, each document being associated with an author. A first influencer score may be calculated for a selected author based on a first algorithm and the documents in the document database. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150347941

Method and system for complex dynamic supply chain systems modeling management and optimization

A system includes a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The computer-readable medium includes instructions that when executed by the processor perform a method. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150347570

Consolidating vocabulary for automated text processing

A method includes providing a corpus of text, and using suffix manipulation to obtain a stem for at least some tokens in the corpus. The method also includes using the respective stem for each token of the at least some tokens to form groups of the at least some tokens. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150347396

Systems and methods for internationalization support

Systems, methods, and tangible, non-transitory, computer readable media is described herein. For example, a system includes a portable non-destructive testing (ndt) device. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150346440

Optical fibre alignment

Aligning an optical fibre with an optical device, component or package such as an optical transducer or sensor is disclosed, a housing for an optical device is provided having a tapered surface to receive a correspondingly tapered portion of a ferrule in which a fibre is mounted. The tapered surfaces, which may for example be frusta-conical or conical, enable the optical device and ferrule to be quickly and precisely aligned. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150346320

Street lighting communications, control, and special services

A smart street lighting system and method employs a plurality of street lights having a luminaire, a luminaire associate and a support pole. A communications module is contained within the luminaire associates and a power line is contained within the support poles. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150346305

System and method for generating a magnetic resonance image

A method for generating a magnetic resonance (mr) image includes applying a pulse sequence including a quadratic field gradient. A first k-space data set is acquired from each of a plurality of rf coils where each first k-space data set including uniformly undersampled data. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150346064

Marine riser management system including subsea acoustic monitoring platform and an associated method

A system and method for monitoring a condition of a marine riser including at least one subsea sensing and acoustic platform mechanically coupled to a riser joint of the marine riser. The at least one platform includes one or more sensors mechanically coupled to the riser joint and including plug-and-play sensor interface technology. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150346058

Methods for producing strain sensors on turbine components

Methods for manufacturing strain sensors on turbine components include providing a turbine component comprising an exterior surface, depositing a ceramic material onto a portion of the exterior surface, and ablating at least a portion of the ceramic material to form a strain sensor comprising at least two reference points.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150346057

Methods for producing strain sensors on turbine components

Methods for manufacturing strain sensors on turbine components include providing a turbine component comprising an exterior surface, and, depositing a ceramic material onto a portion of the exterior surface to form a strain sensor comprising at least two reference points.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345799

Asymmetrically fed stability chamber for a gas burner

A gas burner assembly for an appliance has a gas stability chamber with a simmer flame port for providing a re-ignition source to primary burner ports positioned around the burner. The gas stability chamber has at least one primary stability chamber gas inlet and at least one secondary stability chamber gas inlet. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345794

Systems and methods for coherence reduction in combustion system

A system includes a gas turbine engine having a first combustor and a second combustor. The first combustor includes a first set of fuel nozzles and a first plurality of injection pegs. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345782

Feed injector system

A system includes a feed injector that may supply a feedstock to a gasifier. The feed injector includes one or more conduits extending toward a tip portion having an outlet, cooling coil coupled to the tip portion, and a protective shell including a first protective shell portion coupled to a second protective shell portion. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345476

Systems and methods for wind turbine nacelle-position recalibration and wind direction estimation

A computer-implemented method for recalibrating nacelle-positions of a plurality of wind turbines in a wind park is implemented by a nacelle calibration computing device including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor. The method includes identifying at least two associated wind turbines included within the wind park wherein each associated wind turbine includes location information, determining a plurality of predicted wake features for the associated wind turbines based at least partially on the location information of each associated wind turbine, retrieving a plurality of historical performance data related to the associated wind turbines, determining a plurality of current wake features based on the plurality of historical performance data, identifying a variance between the predicted wake features and the current wake features, and determining a recalibration factor for at least one of the associated wind turbines based on the identified variance.. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345402

Systems and methods for variation of injectors for coherence reduction in combustion system

A system includes a gas turbine engine having a first combustor and a second combustor. The first combustor includes a first fuel conduit having a first plurality of injectors. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345401

Systems and methods for preheating fuel for gas turbine engines

Systems and methods for preheating fuel in a gas turbine engine are provided. In one embodiment, a system may include a gas turbine engine, a fuel line in fluid communication with the gas turbine engine, a gas turbine compartment disposed about the gas turbine engine, and a first conduit in fluid communication with the gas turbine compartment. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345397

Angled impingement insert

An engine component with particulate mitigation features is provided. The engine component comprises an internal engine component surface having a cooling flow path on one side thereof and a second component adjacent to the first component. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345393

Systems and methods for utilizing gas turbine compartment ventilation discharge air

Systems and methods for utilizing gas turbine compartment ventilation discharge air. In one embodiment, a system may include a gas turbine engine having a compressor. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345390

Systems and methods for de-icing inlet screens and dehumidifying inlet air filters for gas turbine engines

Systems and methods for de-icing an inlet screen and dehumidifying an inlet air filter in a gas turbine engine are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method may include determining a current inlet screen temperature. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345388

Gas turbine component and process for producing gas turbine component

A process of producing a ceramic matrix composite gas turbine component and a ceramic matrix composite gas turbine component are provided. The process includes modifying a surface of the ceramic matrix composite gas turbine component to produce a modified surface with a surface roughness of less than 6 micrometers. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345336

Apparatus and method for adjusting an inner casing of a turbomachine

A support assembly for externally adjusting an inner casing with respect to an outer casing for a turbomachine includes a carrier plate, a carrier block that is fixedly connected to the carrier plate, a restrictor block fixedly connected to the carrier plate, a rod coupled to the carrier plate, and a plate threadably connected to the rod. The carrier block includes an inclined side and a carrier side. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345332

Horizontal joint for a rotary machine and method of assembling same

A horizontal joint of a rotary machine barrel includes first and second section mating surfaces that extend axially adjacent to the joint, and a plurality of gaps and a plurality of tangs disposed axially along the first and second section mating surfaces, respectively. Each tang has an axially extending tang aperture defined therethrough. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345331

Shroud assembly for turbine engine

A shroud assembly for a turbine engine includes a shroud having a front side confronting the blades of a turbine and a back side opposite the front side, a hanger configured to couple the shroud to with casing of the turbine, a cooling conduit extending through the hanger to supply a cooling fluid stream to the back side of the shroud, and a particle separator having a through passage forming part of the cooling conduit and a scavenge conduit branching from the through passage.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345318

Brush seal for turbine

A brush seal for a turbine including an annular layer of filaments having a generally l-shape including an axial portion of the filaments and a radial portion of filaments, wherein a first end of the filaments is at an end of the radial portion and faces a rotating component of the turbine and a second end region of the filaments is at an end of the axial portion of the filaments and is fastened to a stationary component of the turbine.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345314

Turbine bucket assembly and turbine system

A turbine bucket assembly and turbine system are disclosed. The turbine bucket assembly includes a single-lobe joint having an integral platform, the joint having a first axial length; a non-segmented airfoil having a root section and a tip section integral with the root section, the tip section having a tip end with a second axial length, the second axial length being less than the first axial length; and a turbine wheel having a receptacle with a geometry corresponding to the single-lobe joint and being coupled to the single-lobe joint. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345310

Turbine bucket assembly and turbine system

A turbine bucket assembly and turbine system are disclosed. The assembly includes a single-lobe joint having an integral platform, the joint having a first axial length; a non-segmented airfoil extending radially outward from the integral platform and having a tip end with a second axial length, the second axial length being less than the first axial length; and a turbine wheel having a receptacle with a geometry corresponding to the single-lobe joint and being coupled to the single-lobe joint. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345309

Turbine bucket assembly and turbine system

A turbine bucket assembly and turbine system are disclosed. The assembly includes a single-lobe joint having an integral platform, the joint having a first axial length; a segmented airfoil having a root segment extending radially outward from the platform and a tip segment coupled to the root segment, the tip segment having a second axial length being less than the first axial length; and a turbine wheel having a receptacle with a geometry corresponding to the single-lobe joint and being coupled to the single-lobe joint. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345308

Turbine component

A turbine component is disclosed. The turbine component includes an outer shroud and an inner shroud having a first hook region extending over a first portion of the outer shroud and a second hook region extending over a second portion of the outer shroud. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345307

Turbine bucket assembly and turbine system

A turbine bucket assembly and turbine system are disclosed. The assembly includes a multi-lobe joint having an integral platform, the joint having a first axial length; a segmented airfoil having a root segment extending radially outward from the platform and a tip segment coupled to the root segment, the tip segment having a second axial length less than the first axial length; and a turbine wheel defining a receptacle with a geometry corresponding to the multi-lobe joint and being coupled to the multi-lobe joint. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345306

Turbomachine blade tip shroud

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward systems including a turbomachine blade tip shroud having a pressure side portion and a suction side portion. The pressure side portion and the suction side portion are divided by a mean camber line of a turbomachine blade, and the pressure side portion has a greater surface area than the suction side portion.. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345305

Fastback vorticor pin

A structure for disrupting the flow of a fluid, the structure comprising: (a) a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall spaced apart from one another, yet joined, by a floor and a ceiling; and, (b) a vorticor pin extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall in a direction parallel to an x-axis, the vorticor pin concurrently rising above and extending away from the floor to a height, in a direction parallel to a y-axis, to provide a gap between the vorticor pin and the ceiling, the vorticor pin comprising: (i) a front surface extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall, the front surface extending above the floor and having an arcuate portion that is transverse with respect to a z-axis, which is perpendicular to the x-axis and the y-axis, and (ii) a rear surface extending between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall, the rear surface extending between the front surface and the floor, the rear surface having an inclining section that tapers in height, taken parallel to the y-axis, in a direction parallel to the z-axis.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345303

Rotor blade cooling

A rotor blade includes a mounting portion comprising a mounting body that is formed to receive a coolant therein. An airfoil portion extends substantially radially outwardly from the mounting body and includes an airfoil body. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345301

Rotor blade cooling flow

A rotor blade includes and airfoil. The airfoil includes pressure and suction side walls which extend radially outwardly from a platform in span from a root to a tip and between a leading edge and a trialing edge. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345300

Cooling structure for stationary blade

A cooling structure for a stationary blade is provided. The cooling structure may include a first chamber in an endwall of the stationary blade directing a first cooling fluid from the stationary blade to a first cooling circuit, and a second chamber in the endwall of the stationary blade directing a second cooling fluid from the stationary blade to a second cooling circuit different than the first cooling circuit. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345296

Turbine bucket assembly and turbine system

A turbine bucket assembly and turbine system are disclosed. The turbine bucket assembly includes a single-lobe joint having an integral platform, the joint having a first axial length; a segmented airfoil having a root segment extending radially outward from the platform and a tip segment coupled to the root segment, the tip segment having a second axial length, which is less than the first axial length; and a turbine wheel defining a receptacle with a geometry corresponding to the single-lobe joint and being coupled to the single-lobe joint. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345258

Modular assembly for processing a flowback composition stream and methods of processing the same

A method for processing a flowback composition stream from a well head is provided. The flowback composition stream has a first flow rate and a first pressure. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345069

Dispensing apparatus with labyrinth seal

A fluid additive dispenser for a washing machine appliance is provided. The dispenser includes a housing, a dispenser drawer, and a plate. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150345035

Method and apparatus for decomposing nitrogen oxide

A method for decomposing nitrogen oxide includes: contacting a gas stream comprising nitrogen oxide with a device, the device comprising: a first electrode, an opposite second electrode, an electrolyte between the first and the second electrodes, and a power supply; and applying in a pulse mode an electrical current from the power supply to the first and the second electrodes to decompose nitrogen oxide. An associated apparatus is also described.. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150344333

Electrochemical water treatment system and method

A water treatment system comprises an electrolytic cell comprising: a first electrode; a second electrode comprising a coating of polymer comprising structural units of formula i and a power source for powering the first and the second electrodes; wherein r1 is independently at each occurrence a c1-c6 alkyl radical or —so3h; r2 is independently at each occurrence a c1-c6 alkyl radical; a is independently at each occurrence an integer ranging from 0 to 4; and b is independently at each occurrence an integer ranging from 0 to 3. An associated method is also described.. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150344321

Water filter assembly

A water filter assembly includes a first filter cartridge and a second filter cartridge mounted to a manifold. The first and second filter cartridges are plumbed into the manifold such that unfiltered water from an inlet of the manifold flows in parallel to the first and second filter cartridges. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150344145

Aircraft and a retrofit cryogenic fuel system

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.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150344144

Cryogenic fuel system and method for deliering fuel in an aircraft

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.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150344143

Aircraft and method of managing evaporated cryogenic fuel

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.. . ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150344127

Aeroelastically tailored propellers for noise reduction and improved efficiency in a turbomachine

Aeroelastically tailored propellers for noise reduction and improved efficiency in a turbomachine are provided including one or more upstream blades and one or more downstream blades disposed downstream relative to the one or more upstream blades. Each of the one or more upstream blades and the one or more downstream blades are aeroelastically tailored such that the one or more downstream blades include a greater degree of effective clipping during a second condition than at a first condition. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150343385

Flat filtration module

Membranes are arranged in a stack with flat sheets of feed channel spacer and permeate carrier. Flat feed channels and permeate channels alternate through the thickness of the stack. ... General Electric Company

12/03/15 / #20150342543

Compact gantry system using independently controllable detectors

A gantry system is provided. The gantry system may be used for acquiring image data and reconstructing the image data into output images. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150342088

Integrated compact impingement on extended heat surface

A thermal management system that provides cooling to an electronic device is disclosed. The thermal management system includes a surface having a plurality of extended elements thermally coupled to the surface, a plurality of vibrator assemblies configured to generate a cooling flow across the surface, and a mounting structure disposed atop the plurality of extended elements of the surface to position the plurality of vibrator assemblies relative to the surface. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150342023

Thermal clamp apparatus for electronic systems

An electronic device includes an outer case defining an internal volume, a circuit board positioned within the internal volume and having a first surface and a second surface, one or more active components mounted on the first surface of the circuit board, and a thermal management system to provide cooling for the active components. The thermal management system includes a first heat spreader in thermal contact with an active component, a second heat spreader in thermal contact with the second surface of the circuit board, thermal carriers coupled to the first and second heat spreaders to remove thermal energy therefrom, and a heat exchanger coupled to the thermal carriers to receive thermal energy therefrom and dissipate the thermal energy, wherein one thermal carrier is routed between the first heat spreader and the heat exchanger and the other thermal carrier is routed between the second heat spreader and the heat exchanger.. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150341028

Gate drive unit and method for controlling a gate drive unit

A gate drive unit includes a charging device, a switch, and a timing module. The charging device is conductively coupled with an electrical energy source and a power switch between the electric energy source and the charging device. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150340860

Subsea power transmission

A power transmission and distribution system includes a supplying side having a current source and a receiving side. The receiving side includes a modular converter with plurality of direct current (dc)-alternating current (ac) current source converters connected in series with the current source and a plurality of ac-dc rectifiers connected in parallel to supply power to a multiplicity of loads. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150340742

Method for joining ceramic to metal, and sealing structure thereof

A method for joining a metal component to a ceramic component is presented. The method includes disposing a metallic barrier layer on a metallized portion of the ceramic component, and joining the metal component to the metallized portion of the ceramic component through the metallic barrier layer. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150339919

Method and system for traffic flow reporting, forecasting, and planning

A street lighting and traffic control system and method employing sensor technologies. Conventional sensors and processors are linked together by a wireless mesh communications architecture that may also be interfaced through one or more gateways into one or more monitoring and control centers. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150339821

Motion compensation in image processing

Methods and systems for processing a set of images are described. In accordance with this disclosure, images are registered and an analysis is performed in view of one or more constraints (such as constraints based upon anatomical or physiological considerations). ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150339810

Method and system for detecting a damaged component of a machine

A method and system for detecting a damaged machine component during operation of the machine are provided. The damaged machine component detection system includes one or more processors, one or more memory devices communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, an image capture device configured to generate a stream of temporally-spaced images of a scene including a machine component of interest, the images generated in real-time, and a grouping model configured to compare features of a current image of the stream of images to features of previously captured images sorted into a plurality of groups of images having similar features, generate an alert if predetermined features of the current image deviate from corresponding features of the grouped images by a predetermined amount, and update the groups with the current image if the predetermined features of the current image are similar to corresponding features of the grouped images by a predetermined amount. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150338848

Systems and methods for handling malfunctions

A method comprises receiving an alarm state from one or more inspection systems that inspects one or more components of a vehicle system. The method then identifies operational parameters of the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150338532

He-3 detector guard band

A neutron detector for detecting neutrons includes an exterior shell bounding and sealing an interior volume. The exterior shell serves as a cathode. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150338312

Systems and methods for implementing engine cycle count

Systems and methods for implementing engine cycle counts are disclosed. One method may include determining, by at least one processor, a plurality of cycles and partial cycles associated with an engine; and predicting, by at least one processor, a life cycle associated with the engine based at least in part on the plurality of cycles and partial cycles.. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150338240

System and method for mechanical runout measurement

A method of measuring mechanical runout including: mounting a work piece on a rotatable mount, wherein the mount is configured to rotate the work piece; placing a displacement sensor at a known position adjacent a surface of the work piece, the displacement sensor being configured to measure a radial dimension of the work piece; attaching a removable angle indicator to the surface of the work piece; rotating the work piece while mounted on the mount and collecting rotational data of the rotational position of the work piece during the rotation; collecting displacement data from the displacement sensor as the work piece rotates, wherein the displacement data indicates a radial distance from a rotational axis of the work piece to the surface of the work piece at points on the surface as the surface rotates with respect to the displacement sensor; analyzing the displacement data to detect data representing the angle indicator on the surface of the work piece; correlating the displacement data with the rotational data, and determining displacements of points on the surface of the work piece based on the correlated displacement data.. . ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150338128

Casing and method for assembling casing for water heater appliance

Casings for water heater appliance and methods for assembling such casings are provided. In one embodiment, a casing includes a wrapper extending generally along a vertical direction between a top edge and a bottom edge, the wrapper including an inner surface and an outer surface and defining an interior of the casing. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150338101

Turbomachine combustor including a combustor sleeve baffle

A turbomachine combustor includes a combustor body extending from a head end to a discharge end. The combustor body includes a combustor liner defining a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337852

Turbine sealing system

A system for reducing leakage between static and rotating components within a turbine includes a static structure that is disposed radially outward from a tip of a rotating component. The static structure includes a seal assembly slot formed therein. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337828

Vibrational fluid mover active controller

A vibrational fluid mover includes a housing having at least one actuator element positioned thereon that vibrates responsive to a wave shape voltage applied thereto, such that a volume of a chamber in the housing increases and decreases to entrain and eject fluid into/out from the chamber. A control system is operably connected to the actuator element to cause the voltage to be provided thereto so as to actively control the movement of the actuator element. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337802

System and method for pitch fault detection

The system includes at least one blade, a pitch command generator, a blade pitch system, a model store unit and a monitor unit. The pitch command generator is for generating at least one pitch command. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337735

Method of purging a combustor

A method of purging a combustor is provided. The method includes opening an isolation valve configured to regulate a flow rate of a fluid sent to at least one fuel nozzle of a combustor. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337733

Cooling supply circuit for turbomachinery

Embodiments of the present disclosure include a cooling supply circuit within a turbine wheel, which may include: a substantially axial passage configured to communicate air along an axial length of the turbine wheel; a substantially radial inlet positioned within the turbine wheel between a hollow interior of the turbine wheel and the substantially axial passage, the inlet being configured to direct a rotor purge air into the substantially axial passage; and a substantially radial outlet positioned within the turbine wheel between the substantially axial passage and a cooled component coupled to a radial exterior of the turbine wheel, the outlet being configured to direct the rotor purge air towards the cooled component, wherein the outlet is axially displaced from the inlet.. . ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337730

Turbine engine assemblies

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.. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337686

Thermal and acoustic insulation assembly and method for an exhaust duct of a rotary machine

A thermal acoustic insulation structure including: a metal internal sheet having an exposed surface configured to be exposed to a hot gas, an external sheet and an insulation sandwiched between the internal and external sheets; a bar secured to the metal internal sheet and extending through at least a portion of the insulation; a bracket connected to the external sheet or to a support plate extending from the external sheet, wherein the bracket includes an opening configured to receive an end of the bar; a fastener securing the end of the bar to the bracket, and an insulating washer separating the bracket from the bar and the fastener.. . ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337483

Dryer appliance and a method for operating a dryer appliance

A dryer appliance is provided. The dryer appliance includes a filter assembly with a filter medium. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337478

Washing machine appliance with a damper

A washing machine appliance is provided. The washing machine appliance includes a cabinet and a tub disposed within the cabinet. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150337263

Automated methods for isolating regenerative cells from adipose tissue

A method of processing an adipose tissue to collect adipose derived regenerative cells is provided, wherein the method comprises providing a vessel comprising a fluid jet mixer, introducing the adipose tissue into the vessel, introducing a buffer solution into the vessel; washing the adipose tissue using the fluid jet mixer; introducing an enzyme solution into the vessel; initiating jet mixing into the vessel comprising the adipose tissue, the enzyme solution, and the buffer solution using the fluid jet mixer to digest the adipose tissue to form a digestion product; phase-separating the digestion product into a digested buoyant fat layer and a non-buoyant aqueous layer; and collecting the non-buoyant aqueous layer comprising the adipose derived regenerative cells. A system of processing an adipose tissue to collect adipose derived regenerative cells is also provided.. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150336786

Refrigerators for providing dispensing in response to voice commands

Generally the present disclosure is directed to refrigerators and other appliances configured to provide dispensing in response to a voice command. One example appliance includes a sensor configured to provide an output signal indicating whether a receptacle is present in a dispensing area of the appliance. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150336126

Vacuum dip coating apparatus

A dip coating apparatus includes a sealed case assembly for containing at least one workpiece to be coated; an air pump communicated with the sealed case assembly, for pumping air from the sealed case assembly and injecting air into the sealed case assembly; and a coating solution container containing a coating solution and communicated with the sealed case assembly, for injecting the coating solution to the sealed case assembly and retrieving the coating solution from the sealed case assembly.. . ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150336057

Open bottom multiple channel gas delivery device for immersed membranes

A gas delivery device includes a manifold and a plurality of channels. The manifold is adapted to be connected to a source of a pressurized gas. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150335510

System and method of infant care control and workflow

An infant care system creates a microenvironment about an infant patient. An environmental control device is operable to change an environmental condition within the microenvironment. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150335316

Mri system for robotically assisted breast biopsy

A breast biopsy system utilizing a needle biopsy device configured for guidance by a robotic guidance device into a treatment position wherein the needle tip is positioned adjacent target tissue in patient. The system including an mri compatible device localization system adapted to track one or more points on the needle biopsy device and generate real-time device localization data. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150335301

Diagnostic imaging system and method using multiple types of imaging detectors

A diagnostic imaging system and method using multiple types of imaging detectors are provided. The imaging system includes a gantry having a rotor and a stator and a pair of gamma detectors coupled to the rotor. ... General Electric Company

11/26/15 / #20150335223

Dishwasher appliance and a method for operating a dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance is provided. The dishwasher appliance includes a first spray assembly and a second spray assembly. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150333565

Photovoltaic system and solar port

Photovoltaic systems are presented. The photovoltaic system includes an array including a plurality of photovoltaic modules. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150333499

Systems and methods to protect an energy utility meter from overvoltage events

A device may include a sensor. The sensor may detect usage of electric power. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150332880

Vacuum switching devices

An alternating current vacuum switching device for switching an electrical circuit under load and no load conditions, and optionally short-circuit conditions is disclosed. The switching device includes: a vacuum evacuated housing; first and second electrodes within the housing; and an actuator for moving the first electrode relative to the second electrode to mechanically engage and disengage the electrodes to perform a switching function, wherein the first electrode is wholly located within the vacuum evacuated housing such that movement of the switching function occurs solely within the housing. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150332830

Apparatus for thermal shielding of a superconducting magnet

A thermal shield for a superconducting magnet includes a shield body having an annular shape. The shield body includes a material having a thermal conductivity greater than about 1000 w/m·k at about 70k.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150332829

Cryogenic cooling system

A cryogen cooling system to cool a superconducting magnet is disclosed herein utilizing embedded vertical tubing with a large heat exchanging surface area. The tubing encompasses the magnet which is further surrounded by a 4 kelvin thermal shield for extended ride-through. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150332584

Audio subsystem monitoring mechanism for patient monitors

A patient monitor that includes a system for testing the operation of a speaker included in the patient monitor is disclosed. The control unit of the patient monitor generates a low frequency test signal to the speaker. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150332485

Systems and methods for continuous motion breast tomosynthesis

A method of continuous motion digital tomosynthesis includes exposing an object to a programed intensity x-ray beam as an x-ray source travels a pre-determined path, accumulating a signal charge from the x-ray beam, recording the accumulated signal charge into a digital frame image representing raw baseline data, acquiring information on the source's and the detector's position when the recording occurs, compressing the raw baseline data into compressed views, where each respective compressed view is formed by combining the raw data readouts of the respective compressed view, and reconstructing a volumetric breast image by processing each respective compressed view with a reconstruction process function that incorporates the acquired position information and a spatial sampling corresponding to the compressed views. A system configured to implement the method and a computer-readable medium are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150331079

Calibration methods for voltage sensing devices

A calibration method for enhancing a measurement accuracy of one or more voltage sensing devices in presence of a plurality of conductors is provided. The method includes operatively coupling at least one voltage sensing device of the one or more voltage sensing devices to a respective conductor of the plurality of conductors and determining a sensed voltage value of the respective conductor using the at least one voltage sensing device the method further includes determining a calibration matrix having cross-coupling factors representative of cross-coupling between an antenna of the at least one voltage sensing device and other conductors of the plurality of conductors and determining a corrected voltage value of the respective conductor by deducting at least in part contributions of the cross-coupling from the sensed voltage value of the respective conductor using the calibration matrix.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150331017

Contactless voltage sensing devices

A contactless voltage sensing device configured to measure a voltage value of a conductor is provided. The contactless voltage sensing device includes a first impedance element having a first impedance, where the first impedance element is configured to be operatively coupled to the conductor. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330866

Method and system for monitoring operating conditions in a steam generator

A system and method for monitoring operating conditions of tubes in a steam generator. The system comprises sensors, affixed to the tubes, for detecting one or more of mechanical strains, pressures, and temperatures in the tubes; or a camera positioned in the steam generator, the camera for capturing thermal images of the tubes; or both the sensors and the camera. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330695

Ice making appliance

An ice making appliance is provided. The ice making appliance includes a first ice maker and a second ice maker. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330636

System and method for control of combustion dynamics in combustion system

A system includes a gas turbine engine that includes a first combustor and a second combustor. The first combustor includes a first fuel nozzle disposed in a first head end chamber of the first combustor. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330575

Method for managing lng boil-off and lng boil-off management assembly

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.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330444

Symmetrical electromagnetic actuator

A system includes a body having a rotational axis. The system also includes an electromagnetic actuator radially offset from the body and configured to support the body to rotate about the rotational axis. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330365

Method and system for hybrid wind power generation

A method for optimizing a hybrid wind system including a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines and one or more energy storage units, is presented. The method includes acquiring actual wind power data associated with one or more dispatch windows. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330364

Wind turbine and blade alignment method thereof

The present subject matter is directed to a wind turbine blade alignment method. A sensor provided on the blade at a blade station with a known twist angle is used to measure an installation angle of the blade station. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330312

Turbine engine assembly and dual fuel aircraft system

A turbine engine assembly including a turbine core and a cryogenic fuel system. The turbine core includes: a compressor section; a combustion section; and a turbine section, which are axially aligned. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330303

System and method for aviation electric power production

An electrical power system for an aircraft including a turbine engine coupled to the aircraft and providing propulsive thrust and emitting heat during operation to define a high temperature source, a cryogenic fuel system located within the aircraft and providing fuel for the turbine and emitting heat at a lower temperature than the heat from the turbine engine to define a low temperature source and an electrical power generator located on the aircraft and having a thermodynamic generator using the temperature difference to generate electrical power and a method for producing electric power.. . ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330263

Combined cycle power plant system and related control systems and program products

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to monitor a combined-cycle (cc) power plant during a transient event by performing actions including: determining whether a change in an operating condition of a component of the cc power plant is unintentional, the determining including comparing control system instructions for the component of the cc power plant with a reference look-up table, the reference look-up table including correlation data for the control system instructions for the component and historical data about the operating condition of the component; and providing instructions to a control system of the cc power plant to modify the operating condition in the cc power plant in response to determining that the change in operating condition of the component is unintentional.. . ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330221

Device for coating turbine components

A method and portable device for modifying or coating a surface of turbine components in the field includes an esd torch electrically connected with esd equipment. The esd torch includes an inert gas source, vibration source, and electrode disk of conductive material. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330195

Methods and systems for controlling voltage switching

Power systems and methods are disclosed herein. The systems and methods use a switching system coupled with a power source and subterranean pumps for pumping a resource from beneath a surface of earth. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150330173

Method for monitoring a sealing element

Embodiments of a method for monitoring an annular packer are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for monitoring a sealing element of a blowout preventer may include providing a fluid to a chamber disposed within a blowout preventer to actuate a piston disposed within the chamber, wherein the actuation of the piston causes a reduction of an inner diameter of a sealing element; measuring one or more parameters of the fluid via a sensor; receiving data relating to the one or more parameters from the sensor; determining a stiffness of the sealing element utilizing the data relating to the one or more parameters; and determining an amount of degradation of the sealing element by comparing the determined stiffness of the sealing element to a known data profile.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150329394

Use of activated carbon in a membrane bioreactor

A membrane bioreactor (mbr) has membranes comprising a supporting structure. A supply unit doses a sorbent such as powdered activated carbon (pac) into the mbr. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150329358

Gasification system and method

A method includes providing a gasifier with a fuel source comprising a heavy oil, a light oil, and recovered soot. The gasifier may gasify the fuel source to generate a syngas and soot. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150329347

Systems and methods for receptacle auto fill using inductive sensing

Systems and methods for receptacle auto fill using inductive sensing are provided. One example system includes a dispensing system capable of dispensing liquid. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150329036

Transportation assembly for rotor blade

Transportation assemblies for rotor blades are provided. A transportation assembly includes a protection cap including a nose portion and a plurality of sidewall portions extending from the nose portion, the protection cap having a generally u-shaped cross-sectional profile. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150328729

Turbomachine component displacement apparatus and method of use

Various embodiments include apparatuses adapted to displace components from a location within a turbomachine. In some embodiments an apparatus for displacing a component of a gas turbine from a first slot in a spacer disk includes a body including a mounting member configured to affixedly attach to a second slot of the spacer disk, a linear actuator coupled to the body and a displacement arm coupled to the linear actuator, the displacement arm actuatable in a first axial direction by the linear actuator to contact the component and displace the component relative to the first slot.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150328728

Turbomachine bucket displacement apparatus and method of use

Various embodiments include apparatuses adapted to displace turbomachine components from a location within a turbomachine. In some embodiments apparatuses for displacing a turbine bucket from a turbomachine wheel slot include a body having at least two contacting portions for contacting the turbomachine wheel, a linear actuator coupled to the body, and an engagement arm for engaging the turbine bucket, the engagement arm coupled to the linear actuator and adapted to be actuated in a first axial direction by the linear actuator.. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150328705

Machining system and tool holding apparatus thereof

A machining system for electromachining a workpiece that in one embodiment includes a machine tool, a cutting tool for performing the eletromachining, and a tool holding apparatus for conductively holding the cutting tool and coupled to the machine tool. The tool holding apparatus includes a holding element for holding the cutting tool and at least one solution releasing element. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150328678

Methods and compositions for formation of ceramic articles

Compositions and methods useful for forming ceramic articles, such as, for instance, cores and shells for investment casting, are provided. The composition comprises a liquid that comprises a siloxane species; a plurality of particles, comprising a ceramic material, disposed within the liquid; a catalyst material disposed within the liquid; and a pore-forming agent disposed within the liquid. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150328597

Zwitterion-functionalized block copolymer membranes and associated block copolymer composition

A membrane including a block copolymer is presented. The block copolymer includes at least one block a including structural units having a formula (i), and at least one block b including structural units having a formula (ii). ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150327831

System and method for subject shape estimation

A medical imaging system is provided. Imaging detector columns are installed in a gantry to receive imaging information about a subject. ... General Electric Company

11/19/15 / #20150327822

Method for assisted positioning of an organ on a platform of a medical imaging system

A method for assisted positioning of an organ is provided. An acquisition system comprises a platform underneath which a detector is placed for the acquisition of radiographic medical images, during which a radiation source is moved over different successive positions with respect to the detector, wherein at least one medical image is acquired at each position of the radiation source. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150327395

Apparatus for securing an electronic component

An apparatus for securing an electronic component to a heat sink or other support structure includes an insulative housing including a main body portion and a pair of opposed depending legs. The main body portion has a central recess formed therein. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150326074

Electric machine and systems comprising the same

An electric machine is presented. The electric machine includes a hollow rotor; and a stator disposed within the hollow rotor, the stator defining a flow channel. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150326009

Gate drive unit and method for short circuit protection for a power switch

A gate drive unit includes a measurement unit, a multi-resistive driving device, and a processing unit. The measurement unit measures a voltage across main terminals of a power switch. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150325322

X-ray anti-scatter grid

An x-ray anti-scatter grid assembly includes a boron-nitride substrate and x-ray absorbing septa coupled to the boron-nitride substrate.. . ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150325060

Systems and methods for monitoring protection devices of an industrial machine

A system includes a machinery protection monitoring system. The machinery protection monitoring system includes a memory configured to store a plurality of alarm escalation rules associated with an operational protection function of an industrial machine, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to utilize the plurality of alarm escalation rules. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150325018

Standalone annotations of axial-view spine images

Systems, methods and computer program products to annotate axial-view spine images with the desired characteristics of not requiring additional views of the spine or cross-referencing features are provided. In one aspect, the disclosed method does not require external training from a manually-labeled data set while being applicable to different imaging modalities and acquisition protocols. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150324663

Image congealing via efficient feature selection

A novel technique for unsupervised feature selection is disclosed. The disclosed methods include automatically selecting a subset of a feature of an image. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150324589

System and method for controlled device access

An industrial environment includes an industrial system device. The industrial system device includes a processor to receive a certificate describing a security policy of one or more access constraints for the industrial system device and to implement the security policy on the industrial system device. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150323680

Method for simultaneously measuring the individual outputs of particle detectors in an array using charge division electronics

A detector arrangement for detecting at least one of rays, ions and particles includes a plurality of detectors. Each detector has a respective anode output and the detectors are arranged with the respective anode outputs being in an electrical series. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150323439

Method for elementally detecting variations in density

A method and system are provided for elementally detecting variations in density. The method includes providing a computed tomography device, comprising a radiation source, a detector, and at least one grating between the radiation source and the detector, positioning the component between the radiation source and the detector, directing radiation from the radiation source to the detector to acquire information from the component, generating at least one phase contrast image and at least one dark field contrast image of the component corresponding to variations in density with the information from the component, correlating the variations in density to a foreign mass, and displaying foreign mass distribution within the component. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150323422

System and method for evaluating opportunities to extend operating durations

Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to a system and method for evaluating opportunities to extend operating durations. A system according to the present disclosure can include: a computing device in communication with a machine amongst a plurality of machines within a machine system, the machine being subject to a particular operating duration, wherein the computing device is configured to perform actions including: examining operating data for the machine; modeling future performance data for the machine; calculating an operating duration extension risk for the machine; determining whether the machine is eligible for an operating duration extension based on the examined operating data, the modeled future performance data, and the calculated operating duration extension risk; and calculating an extension readiness metric for the machine in response to the machine being eligible for the operating duration extension.. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150323193

Appliance and a method for operating an appliance

An appliance is provided. The appliance includes a cabinet that defines an air passage. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150323185

Turbine engine and method of assembling thereof

A turbine engine is provided. The turbine engine includes a compressor configured to discharge a flow of air at a first flow angle and a combustor coupled downstream from the compressor. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150323184

Ultra compact combustor

Embodiments of a combustor for a gas turbine engine are provided herein. In some embodiments, a combustion chamber for a gas turbine engine comprising may include a combustor having an inner volume defined at least partially by a front wall, wherein the wall comprises a plurality of facets each having a through hole fluidly coupled to the inner volume, and wherein the plurality of facets are oriented such that an axis of each of the plurality of facets is offset from a central axis of the combustor by an angle.. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322866

Enhanced turbine cooling system using a blend of compressor bleed air and turbine compartment air

The present application provides a gas turbine engine for low turndown operations. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor with a compressor bleed air flow, a turbine compartment with a turbine compartment air flow, a turbine, and an eductor. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322865

Turbine cooling system using an enhanced compressor air flow

The present application provides a gas turbine engine for low turndown operations. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor with a compressor bleed air flow, a turbine, and a compressor bleed air flow manifold. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322861

Enhanced turbine cooling system using a blend of compressor bleed air and ambient air

The present application provides a gas turbine engine for low turndown operations. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor with a compressor bleed air flow, an ambient air source with an ambient air flow, a turbine, and an eductor. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322850

Turbocharger and casing

Various methods and systems are provided for a turbocharger comprising a turbine disc rotatable about a rotational axis of the turbocharger, a compressor wheel mechanically coupled to the turbine disc via a shaft, a compressor casing including an air inlet and a blower casing formed as one piece, the air inlet configured to admit air to the compressor wheel, and a turbine casing housing the turbine disc, the turbine casing including a shroud surrounding the turbine disc.. . ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322848

Systems and methods for an engine

Methods and systems for an engine are provided. In one example, a system for an engine comprises an exhaust passage through which exhaust gas is configured to flow from the engine, a turbocharger with a turbine positioned in the exhaust passage, an exhaust gas treatment system disposed in the exhaust passage upstream of the turbine and including at least one exhaust gas treatment device and a bypass with a bypass valve, the bypass valve configured to be adjusted to reduce exhaust gas flow through the exhaust gas treatment system in response to a transient engine operating condition, and an exhaust gas recirculation system coupled between the exhaust passage and an intake passage of the engine, the exhaust gas recirculation system including an exhaust gas recirculation passage and at least one exhaust gas recirculation valve, an inlet of the exhaust gas recirculation system positioned upstream of the exhaust gas treatment system.. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322822

Simplified water injection system for combined cycle power plant

In one or more of the inventive aspects, a boiler feedwater pump may provide feedwater to a heat recovery steam generator, and the heated feedwater may be used for liquid fuel heating in a liquid fuel heater. The feedwater from the boiler feedwater pump may also be used for water injection in a combustor.. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322813

Embedded wireless sensors for turbomachine component defect monitoring

Various embodiments include detection systems adapted to monitor at least one physical property of a component in a turbomachine. In some embodiments a detection system includes at least one sensor configured to be affixed to a component of a turbomachine, the at least one sensor for sensing information regarding at least one physical property of the turbomachine component during operation of the turbomachine, a signal converter communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor and at least one rf communication device configured to be affixed to a stationary component of the turbomachine, the radio frequency communication device configured to communicate with the at least one signal converter via an rf antenna coupled to the signal converter.. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322802

Blade cooling circuit feed duct, exhaust duct, and related cooling structure

A blade cooling circuit feed and exhaust duct and related cooling structure are provided. The feed duct may include a feed chamber having a feed entrance fluidly coupled to a cooling fluid source and a feed exit to an elongate entrance to the cooling circuit, the feed exit including a ramped wall maintaining a flow velocity of the cooling fluid along the elongated entrance to the cooling circuit. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150322789

Real-time monitoring of gas turbine life

A system, method and computer-readable medium for monitoring a life of a gas turbine component is disclosed. A numerical model of the gas turbine component is created and parameter measurements are obtained in real-time for at least a portion of the gas turbine component. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150321767

System for temperature and actuation control and method of controlling fluid temperatures in an aircraft

A system for fluid temperature control and actuation control for an aircraft engine fueled by dual fuels. The system includes a first fuel system having a first fuel tank fluidly coupled to the engine, a second fuel system having a second fuel tank fluidly coupled to the engine, with the second fuel being different from the first fuel and having a different temperature than the first fuel, a fuel distribution unit (fdu) fluidly coupled to the first fuel tank of the first fuel system, and a fuel-to-fuel cooler (ffc) configured to transfer heat between the first fuel in the first fuel system and the second fuel in the second fuel system.. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150321683

System and method for determining order of vehicles

A system includes a first communication module and a first ordering determination module. The first communication module is configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle of a vehicle consist and to communicate individual messages that are targeted for communication with respective individual second vehicles of the vehicle consist. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150321155

Fuel delivery system and method of operating a power generation system

A fuel delivery system is provided. The system includes a natural gas reformer configured to receive a flow of natural gas and a flow of air. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150320382

Method for moving a motorized table and associated medical imaging system

A method for moving a motorized table designed to receive a patient in a medical imaging system comprising a radiation detector capable of detecting a beam of radiation emitted by a radiation source, the method comprising generating a signal that indicates a movement of the motorized table in the plane of the motorized table causing or tending to cause said beam to at least partially or completely leave an area predefined by the user of the medical imaging system.. . ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150320335

System and method for focusing of high intensity focused ultrasound based on magnetic resonance - acoustic radiation force imaging feedback

A system and method for mr imaging is disclosed. The method causes an rf coil assembly and plurality of gradient coils to apply a fast spin echo (fse) pulse sequence comprising a preparation segment and a plurality of refocusing segments. ... General Electric Company

11/12/15 / #20150320289

Dishwasher appliance having improved ventilation apparatus

Dishwasher appliances are provided. A dishwasher appliance includes a chamber and a door. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150319830

Packaging design for ct detector

. . . . A ct system includes a gantry having an opening for receiving an object to be scanned, an x-ray tube attached to the gantry, and a detector assembly. The detector assembly is positioned to receive x-rays that pass through the object and includes a light-sealed enclosure formed by at least first and second rails, a back support, and a light seal structure, and a plurality of liquid-cooled modules positioned in the enclosure. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150319410

Borescope and navigation method thereof

The borescope includes an insertion tube, a first image processor, a model store unit, a pose calculator, a second image processor, a navigation image calculator and a display. The insertion tube includes a detection head and at least one sensor for receiving signals in the insertion tube and generating sensed signals. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150318737

System and method for controlling dynamic output impedance of an inverter

A control circuit is described herein. The control circuit includes an oscillator and a processor. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150318586

Electrochemical cells including a conductive matrix

An electrochemical cell is presented. The cell includes a housing having an interior surface defining a volume, and an elongated separator disposed in the housing volume. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150318164

Metal halide lamp having improved lumen maintenance

A metal halide lamp having improved lumen maintenance due to improved wall cleaning through use of a wall cleaning tungsten halogen chemical cycle. Oxygen for the wall cleaning tungsten halogen cycle is provided by an oxidized electrode.. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150318163

Oxidized electrodes as oxygen dispensers in metal halide lamps

An electrode for dosing oxygen into a metal halide lamp, where the electrode supplies oxygen during lamp operation in an amount effective to maintain a wall cleaning tungsten halogen chemical cycle. Use of the oxygen dosing electrode increases the lumen maintenance of the lamp to 80% or higher at 6000 hours. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150317816

Method and system for detecting known measurable object features

A method and system for detecting a known measurable object feature using a video inspection system. The method and system displays an image of a viewed object and detects a known measurable object feature on the viewed object. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150317785

Method of generating a multi-modality anatomical atlas

Method of generating a multi-modality anatomical atlas. The method includes receiving first and second medical images of a region-of-interest (roi) of a same individual. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150317337

Systems and methods for identifying and driving actionable insights from data

Certain examples provide systems and methods to identify and drive actionable insight from data. An example system includes a configured processor that is configured to: identify, using the processor, a pattern in a data set using an analytic algorithm, the data set associated with a domain; process, using the processor, the identified pattern to assign a score to the identified pattern based on a comparison to statistical model meta data; construct, using the processor, a semantic model modeling people, processes, and systems associated with the domain; combine, using the processor, the identified pattern with the semantic model; determine, using the semantic model and the processor, an output including: a) a root cause for the identified pattern and b) a recommended action to remediate the root cause; and facilitate, using the processor, execution of the recommended action based on a trigger associated with the output.. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150316032

System and methods for reducing wind turbine noise

A method for reducing noise generated by a wind turbine includes measuring a reference temperature of the wind turbine. The method also includes regulating a trailing edge surface temperature of a trailing edge portion of a rotor blade attached to the wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150316026

Rotor blade joint assembly with multi-component shear web

A wind turbine rotor blade joint assembly and method of manufacturing same is disclosed. The rotor blade includes an upper shell member having a spar cap configured on an internal face thereof and a lower shell member having a spar cap configured on an internal face thereof. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315992

Methods and sensor module for controlling combustion emission parameters in a combustion system

Methods and a sensor module for use in controlling operation of a gas turbine system are provided herein. The sensor module is coupled within a combustion system and is configured to obtain an aspirated exhaust sample of exhaust flowing through an exhaust duct. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315981

Fuel supply system

A fuel supply system includes a fuel line path configured to route a fuel to a combustion inlet region. Also included is a flow manipulation member disposed proximate the fuel line path, the flow manipulation member comprising a piezoelectric material configured to cyclically manipulate a mass flow pressure of the fuel being routed through the fuel line path.. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315970

Baseload efficiency improvement by using chilled water in evaporative cooler in lng application

A heat exchange circuit in a gas turbine includes an evaporative cooling medium circuit circulating an exchange medium, and a cooling source containing fuel. The cooling source is coupled with a supply line in a heat exchange relationship with the evaporative cooling medium circuit. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315969

Fuel supply system

A fuel supply system includes a main fuel line path configured to route a fuel to a combustion inlet region and a secondary fuel line path fluidly coupled to the main fuel line path. The secondary fuel line path is configured to divert a portion of the fuel from the main fuel line path through a first segment of the secondary fuel line path and return the fuel to the main fuel line path through a second segment of the secondary fuel line path. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315968

Fuel supply system

A fuel supply system includes a fuel manifold and a main fuel line path configured to receive a fuel from the fuel manifold. The main fuel line path routes the fuel to a combustion inlet region. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315953

Methods of determining sensor probe location in a closed loop emissions control system

Methods of determining a desired sensor probe location in a closed loop emissions control (clec) system of a gas turbine engine are provided. One method includes determining, at different locations, a plurality of temperature contour profiles for exhaust flowing through an exhaust duct, selecting an emissions component entrained in the exhaust to be measured, and determining a desired sensor probe installation location based on the emissions component to be measured and based on the plurality of temperature contour profiles.. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315944

Aftertreatment system for simultaneous emissions control in stationary rich burn engines

A catalyst system may include a three-way catalyst that may receive exhaust gases from an engine and convert the exhaust gases to first converted exhaust gases. An ammonia slip catalyst may receive the first converted exhaust gases and convert the first converted exhaust gases to second converted exhaust gases. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315935

System and method for inductor cooling

A system includes a cooling system. The cooling system includes a rankine cycle and an inductor coupled to the cooling system. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315933

Pressure fed oil drain for gas turbine engine sump

A pressure fed oil drain for gas turbine engine (10) includes an oil sump (48) and a passage (60, 63) in selective flow communication with the oil sump (48), the passage in flow communication with a drain (62), the passage being pressurized and creating a differential between the passage and ambient atmosphere (65), the drain is disposed at an elevation beneath a passage feature (64) when the turbine engine is disposed at an extreme attitude angle, the passage (63) extending upwardly when in the extreme attitude angle.. . ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315928

Recovering speed in driveline assembly

Aspects of the disclosure include apparatuses and program products for recovering speed in a driveline assembly. An apparatus in one embodiment may include: a sensor measuring a shaft speed of a rotatable shaft within a driveline assembly, wherein the driveline assembly includes: a load coupled to the rotatable shaft, a primary power source coupled to the load through the rotatable shaft to deliver a first power output to the load, and a secondary power source coupled to the load through the rotatable shaft to deliver a second power output to the load, wherein the second power output is less than the first power output; and a controller in communication with the secondary power source and the sensor, wherein the controller increases the second power output in response to the shaft speed being less than a minimum speed threshold.. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315927

Enhanced generator capability in hot ambient temperatures

A gas turbine includes a compressor, a combustor, a turbine, and a generator disposed upstream of the compressor. The gas turbine also includes a heat exchange circuit with a generator cooler circuit cooperable with the generator and circulating a coolant in the generator. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315717

Sealed laminated structure

Various embodiments include a sealed laminated metal structure. This laminated metal structure has a metal layer, where the metal layer has a first surface and an opposite second surface. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315694

Apparatus and methods for slurry aluminide coating repair

Methods for deposition of an aluminide coating on an alloy component positioned within a coating compartment of a retort chamber are provided. According to the method, the coating compartment is purged with an inert gas via a first gas line; a positive pressure is created within the coating compartment utilizing the inert gas; the coating compartment is heated to a deposition temperature; and at least one reactant gas is introduced into the coating compartment while at the positive pressure and the deposition temperature to form an aluminide coating on a surface of the alloy component. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150315482

Systems and methods for converting gases to liquids

A system and method of converting natural gases to liquids is provided. The system includes a catalytic partial oxidation (cpo) system with natural gas, air and steam input, a fischer-tropsch (f-t) system taking syngas from the cpo system, and supplying product gases to a power engine (pe), after separation of the product liquids. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150314570

Encapsulated beam and method of forming

A device including a protecting material encapsulated metallic beam and a method of encapsulating the metallic beam using the protecting material layer are presented. The device includes a cantilever beam that includes at least about 90 wt % of a metallic beam material, and 10 wt % or less of a protecting material. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150314556

Composite article and methods therefor

A method is provided for forming a composite article to have a primary composite structure and an integral secondary composite structure that extends out of a plane defined by the primary composite structure. The method includes laying-up first plies to construct the primary composite structure. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150313569

Systems and methods for selecting bowtie filter configuration

An imaging system is provided including a selectable pre-object filter module, a detector, and a processing unit. The selectable pre-object filter module is configured to absorb radiation from the x-ray source to control distribution of x-rays passed to an object to be imaged. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150313567

Apparatus and methods for computed tomography imaging

Apparatus and methods for computed tomography (ct) imaging are provided. One method includes providing a patient table to move along an examination axis of a rotating gantry of a ct imaging system having at least one imaging detector. ... General Electric Company

11/05/15 / #20150313442

Dishwasher appliance with ozone level monitoring

The present subject matter provides a dishwasher appliance that measures the amount of ozone in a wash chamber of the appliance. The appliance is also configured for adjusting the amount of ozone in the wash chamber based upon such measurements. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150313002

Method and apparatus for mechanical load reduction on the electrical terminals of a capacitor

In an embodiment, an apparatus for reducing the mechanical load on the electrical terminals of a capacitor includes a plate having a planar body and one or more deflectable tabs connected to the planar body, one or more capacitors respectively mounted to the plate via the one or more deflectable tabs, and a busbar electrically connected to the one or more capacitors such that the one or more capacitors are arranged intermediate the plate and the busbar. The deflectable tabs are configured to support the capacitors, and to move towards and away from the planar body for accommodating size variances in the capacitors relative to a fixed spacing between the busbar and an enclosure.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150312654

Passive wireless sensors

A passive wireless sensor having a plurality of dielectric layers, an antenna, a diaphragm, and a feeding element is provided. Further, the antenna is disposed in at least a portion of a cavity formed by one or more dielectric layers of the plurality of dielectric layers. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150312093

System and method for input and output between hardware components

A system and method is provided for input and output between networked hardware components. The system can convert hardware control signals into network frames for transmission over a network fabric. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150311849

Induction motor speed estimation

A method for estimating a speed of an induction motor includes applying a voltage to the induction motor and measuring a current of the induction motor. A current fast fourier transform (fft) of the current is then determined and a slip of the induction motor is calculated based on the current fft. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150311708

System and method for hybrid energy conversion

A system and method for conditioning dc power received from hybrid dc power sources is disclosed. A power conversion circuit is coupled to a respective dc power source to selectively condition the output power generated thereby to a dc bus voltage. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150311701

Method and system for transient voltage suppression devices with active control

A transient voltage suppression (tvs) device and a method of forming the device are provided. The transient voltage suppression (tvs) device includes a first layer of wide band gap semiconductor material formed of a first conductivity type material, a second layer of wide band gap semiconductor material formed of a second conductivity type material over at least a portion of the first layer, and a third layer of wide band gap semiconductor material formed of the first conductivity type material over at least a portion of the second layer. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150311696

System and method for protecting electrical machines

In one aspect, a method for protecting one or more electrical machines during a grid fault on an electrical system connected with the one or more electrical machines is provided. The method includes detecting a grid fault on an electrical system; taking one or more first actions from a first set of actions based on detected grid fault on the electrical system; detecting at least one operating condition of the electrical system after taking one or more first actions from the first set of actions based on the detected grid fault on the electrical system; and taking one or more second actions from a second set of actions based on the detected at least one operating condition of the electrical system.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150311424

Piezoelectric composite and method of forming same

A piezoelectric composite for use in an ultrasonic transducer and a method of forming the same is provided. The composite has a piezoelectric ceramic component and a hydrophobic polymer component arranged to form a 1-3, 2-2, or 3-3 composite type. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150311025

Emitter devices for use in x-ray tubes

An emitter device having an emission surface includes a plurality of ligaments configured to emit electrons in response to an applied electric field resulting from an applied electrical voltage. Further, the emitter device includes a plurality of slots configured to provide physical separation between two or more adjacently disposed ligaments of the plurality of ligaments, where one or more slots of the plurality of slots define an electrical path. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150310640

Systems and methods for compressed sensing for multi-shell magnetic resonance imaging

A method of compressed sensing for multi-shell magnetic resonance imaging includes obtaining magnetic resonance imaging data, the data being sampled along multi-shell spherical coordinates, the spherical coordinates coincident with a plurality of spokes that converge at an origin, constructing a symmetric shell for each respective sampled multi-shell to create a combined set of data, performing a three-dimensional fourier transform on the combined set of data to reconstruct an image, and de-noising the reconstructed image by iteratively applying a sparsifying transform on non-sampled data points of neighboring shells. The method can also include randomly under-sampling the imaging data to create missing data points. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150310609

Systems and methods for regularized fourier analysis in x-ray phase contrast imaging

A method of regularization of x-ray phase contrast imaging (xpci) system measurement data includes obtaining air scan data of the xpci system prior to the presence of an object undergoing imaging, performing fourier analysis of the air scan data, computing air coefficients from the result of the performing step, obtaining object scan data of an object undergoing imaging on the xpci system, regularizing the object scan data, and calculating at least one of absorption image data, differential phase image data, and dark field image data by using object coefficients. A system configured to implement the method and a non-transitory computer-readable medium are disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150310604

System and method for image based inspection of an object

A method for image based inspection of an object includes receiving an image of an object from an image capture device, wherein the image includes a representation of the object with mil-level precision. The method further includes projecting a measurement feature of the object from the image onto a three-dimensional (3d) model of the object based on a final projection matrix; determining a difference between the projected measurement feature and an existing measurement feature on the 3d model; and sending a notification including the difference between the projected measurement feature and the existing measurement feature.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150309148

Low-noise magnetic resonance imaging using low harmonic pulse sequences

Systems and method for magnetic resonance imaging are disclosed which utilize sinusoidal gradient waveforms to drive gradient coils in an mri system. The sinusoidal gradient waveforms may be applied on all two or more (e.g. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150309144

Systems and methods for self-calibrated, nonlinear phase contrast correction of magnetic resonance images

A system and method of self-calibrated correction for residual phase in phase-contrast magnetic resonance (pcmr) imaging data. The method includes receiving pcmr image data from an mr scanner system, segmenting static tissue from non-static cardiovascular elements of the image data, calculating a non-linear fitted-phase basis function, the non-linear fitted-phase basis function based on system artifacts of the pcmr system, adding the non-linear fitted-phase basis function to linear fit terms, and subtracting the result of the adding step from the pcmr imaging data. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150309123

Automated method and apparatus for testing a crowbar circuit of a power converter

The present disclosure is directed to an automated apparatus and method for testing a crowbar circuit of power converter. The crowbar circuit includes an anti-parallel diode and a voltage-controlled switching element, e.g. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150309119

Automated method and apparatus for testing a power converter

A method and apparatus for testing operability of a power converter with an existing power conversion assembly of a renewable energy system is disclosed. The method includes transferring a first pulse of energy from an existing power conversion assembly to a power filter of the power converter through first cells within a bridge circuit of the power converter. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308915

Fuel leak detection system for use in a turbine enclosure

A fuel leak detection system for use in a turbine enclosure is provided. The system includes a ventilation duct extending through an interior cavity of the turbine enclosure such that an extended portion of the ventilation duct is positioned within a bottom portion of the turbine enclosure. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308813

Non-contact coordinate measuring system

Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to non-contact coordinate measuring systems, apparatuses, and methods. An apparatus according to the present disclosure can include a laser assembly slidably coupled to a track and configured to emit a first laser beam onto an exterior surface of a component, wherein the track is coupled to a machine for manufacturing the component; a laser encoder configured to detect the first laser beam emitted from the laser assembly and reflected from the exterior surface of the component; and a computer system coupled to the laser encoder and configured to render a geometric profile of the exterior surface of the component based on the first laser beam detected with the laser encoder.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308501

Spacer assembly for a bearing

The present subject matter is directed to a spacer assembly for a bearing of a wind turbine and/or a bearing assembly for a wind turbine. The bearing assembly includes an outer race, an inner race rotatable relative to the outer race, a plurality of roller elements positioned between the inner and outer race, and a plurality of load-bearing spacers configured between the roller elements. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308416

Systems and methods for optimizing operation of a wind farm

Embodiments of methods and systems for optimizing operation of a wind farm are presented. The method includes receiving new values corresponding to at least some wake parameters for wind turbines in the wind farm. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308413

System and method for controlling a wind farm

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for controlling a wind farm. The method includes operating the wind farm based on multiple control settings over a plurality of time intervals. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308406

Wind turbine shadow flicker protection system

A light intensity detection system for a wind turbine including a single light sensor adapted to measure the intensity of light, a housing for protecting the single light sensor from environmental influences, and a driving mechanism configured to allow the single light sensor to receive light from a first direction at a first time and from a second direction at a second time.. . ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308349

Fuel delivery system

A fuel delivery system for a gas turbine combustor is provided. The fuel delivery system includes a fuel tube and an attachment assembly. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308345

Fuel nozzle assembly

A fuel nozzle assembly having an inlet region of a fuel nozzle base assembly that provides more uniform flow of fuel within the fuel nozzle assembly. The embodiments described herein provide fuel flow conditioning components that manage fuel uniformity within a fuel annulus and make more efficient use of allocated space, thereby overcoming spatial constraints imposed on the overall fuel nozzle assembly.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308338

Gas turbine inlet having integrated coils and mist reducing vanes

An integrated coil and fin system in a gas turbine inlet. The integrated system includes at least one wavy, non-planar, fin integrated with at least one heating/cooling coil, wherein the at least one coil is configured to heat or cool air moving through the gas turbine inlet, and wherein the at least one non-planar fin is configured to remove moisture in the air moving through the gas turbine inlet. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308284

Apparatus and method for inspecting a turbine blade tip shroud

An apparatus for inspecting a turbine blade tip shroud includes a frame comprising a top surface and a bottom surface that is alignable with the turbine blade tip shroud, and, at least one z-notch inspection slot that passes through the frame from the top surface to the bottom surface and is positioned to align with at least one z-notch of the turbine blade tip shroud when the frame is aligned on the turbine blade tip shroud. The apparatus further includes a removable z-notch inspection insert comprising a cross-sectional profile substantially matching the at least one z-notch inspection slot and comprising a z-notch guide face that faces the z-notch of the turbine blade tip shroud when the removable z-notch inspection insert is passed through the z-notch inspection slot. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308276

Robust turbine blades

Robust turbine blade designs that minimize damage to turbine blades during a tip rub event, guard against further tip recession, and improve the resiliency of turbine blades 24 are provided. This may be achieved through various blade tip 12 designs, such as a recessed tip 28 or a protruding tip 98. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308275

Coating method and coated article

A coating method and a coated article are disclosed. Forming a coating includes providing a substrate having a substrate surface, forming on the substrate surface at least one bond coating layer defining a bond coating surface, and forming on the bond coating surface at least one oxide coating layer defining an oxide coating surface. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150308000

Alkenyl succinic acids or anhydrides as corrosion inhibitors for metal surfaces

Methods of inhibiting corrosion in a benzene distillation or dryer unit are provided wherein alkenyl succinic acids or anhydrides (asa) are brought into contact with metal surfaces thereby protecting the metal from an acidic corrosive medium flowing through the overhead. The benzene distillation column or drying tower may be utilized to purify benzene for subsequent feed of the purified benzene to an alkylation process such as in the alkylation of benzene by ethene to form ethylbenzene utilizing a zeolite alkylation catalyst.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150307978

Turbine component internal heating systems and coating systems

Turbine component internal heating systems include at least one turbine component support platform that supports a turbine component having one or more internal cavities by temporarily engaging at least a side wall of the turbine component, and, at least one heat source that extends from the at least one turbine component support platform, wherein when the at least one turbine component support platform supports the turbine component, the at least one heat source is at least partially disposed within at least one of the one or more internal cavities such that it can heat the turbine component from the inside.. . ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150307788

Demulsifying compositions and methods of use

Methods for resolving emulsions in a hydrocarbon stream by contacting the hydrocarbon stream with a demulsifying composition are disclosed. Demulsifying compositions for treating a hydrocarbon stream are also disclosed, wherein the demulsifying composition comprises at least one c4-c12 alkyl phenol-formaldehyde resin alkoxylate.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150307118

Route feature identification system and method

A system includes at least one application device, a control unit, and at least one processor. The at least one application device is conductively or inductively coupled with at least one of a first conductive track or a second conductive track. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150307117

System and method for shunting detection

A system includes at least one application device, a control unit, at least one detection device, and at least one processor configured to be disposed on-board a vehicle system. The at least one application device is configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with at least one conductive track of a route traveled by the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150306858

Infusion bolt, method of use and method of manufacture

Various embodiments include an infusion bolt and methods of manufacturing such a bolt. In one embodiment an infusion bolt includes: a head having an axially accessible opening extending therethrough; and a shaft extending from the head, the shaft having: an inner cavity fluidly connected with the axially accessible opening of the head; a radially outer surface surrounding the inner cavity; and a set of axially extending apertures along the radially outer surface, the set of axially extending apertures fluidly connected with the inner cavity and the axially accessible opening in the head.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150306558

Anticoking catalyst coatings with alumina barrier layer

An article including a metal substrate, an anti-coking catalyst layer and an alumina barrier layer disposed between the metal substrate and the anti-coking catalyst layer is provided. A process for making the article is also provided.. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150305823

System and method for processing navigational sensor data

Aspects of the present disclosure relate to approaches for determining position and orientation of a tracked tool in a medical navigational context. In one embodiment, the position of a surgical or interventional tool may be determined using the orientation or field direction data such that the determination is independent of field strength or magnitude. ... General Electric Company

10/29/15 / #20150305654

System and method of using location technology to aid patient recovery

A system for telemetrically monitoring a patient includes a remote monitoring device associated with the patient. A location services system tracks a location of the remote monitoring device. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150305128

Protecting circuit for arc discharge lamp

Provided is a method to detect an arcing condition in an arc discharge lamp ballasts is disclosed. An ac current signal flows from the lamp load to ground via at least one ring core. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150304278

Systems and methods for secure network-based monitoring of electrical power generators

A computer-based method for monitoring power generation uses a first computing device including a processor and a memory. The method includes receiving, at the first computing device, controller data from a controller associated with a power generator. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150303861

System and method of online filtering of photovoltaic signals

A system for online filtering of photovoltaic (pv) output signals includes a programmable filter that is programmed to decompose measured pv output power into an estimated low-frequency signal component, based substantially on movement of the sun and an estimated high-frequency signal component, based substantially on cloud shading. An open loop controller generates a reactive power compensation signal based on at least one of the low-frequency signal component and the high-frequency signal component. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150303819

System and method for power conversion

A method used to control the operation of a converting device such that it can provide multi-level output voltage for loads. This method comprises at least the steps of: determine whether the load which the converter is providing electricity for is operating under the first condition or the second condition; generate the first pulse signal after determining that this load is operating under the first condition, select at least one of at least three different current paths, such that when the converter is selecting any of the current paths, it can provide output voltage at the same level; as well as generate the second pulse signal after determining that this load is operating under the second condition, such that the converter can perform the regular energy conversion operations.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150302945

Systems and methods for improved collimation sensitivity

A collimator assembly is provided including a parallel-hole collimator and a pin-hole collimator. The parallel-hole collimator includes plural walls defining parallel holes therebetween, with the parallel holes arranged around a central opening. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150302726

System and method for monitoring clinician responsiveness to alarms

A method of monitoring clinician responsiveness to alarms generated by patient monitors. The method includes the steps of: receiving an alarm event from a patient monitor at a central monitor, determining an alarm initiation time for the alarm events, receiving at the central monitor an acknowledgement of the alarm event by a clinician, calculating an event response time as the time between the alarm initiation time and the acknowledgement of the alarm event by the clinician, determining a total number of alarm events, determining event response times for each of the total number of alarm events, and computing a responsiveness score based on the event response time for each of the total number of alarm events.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150302569

Sensing system for a cooktop appliance with airflow protected sensor

The present invention provides for operation of a sensor supported by an appliance and directed toward a cooking surface positioned beneath the sensor. If the sensor is determined to be contaminated, a signal is provided to a user of the appliance that the sensor is contaminated.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150302323

System and method for improving efficiency of a workforce

A method (e.g., for increasing the efficiency of a mission) includes tracking, with an electronic locating device, movements of an operator while the operator is performing a sequential series of tasks in a first order to complete a mission, examining the movements of the operator and completion of the tasks in the first order with one or more computer processors to determine if the tasks can be completed in a more efficient order than the first order, determining a different, second order of the tasks that is more efficient than the first order in which the tasks were completed when the movements of the operator were tracked, and generating a presentation of the second order of the tasks for display on an electronic mobile device during another performance of the tasks.. . ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150302319

Data provisioning system and method

Systems and methods providing an application having one or more management modules, wherein at least one management module is configured to display a metric value, and wherein the metric value is obtained by the application based on a query of a database containing information about a fleet of assets. Embodiments of the present invention provide information to an end user in response to the end user's request regarding one or more assets from the fleet of assets. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150302276

Systems and methods for cookware detection

Systems and methods for cookware detection are provided. One example system includes a vision sensor positioned so as to collect a plurality of images of a cooktop. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150301538

Load tap changer

A method of switching taps of an on-load tap changer includes providing a main finger, a first side finger including a first solid state switch and a second side finger including a second solid state switch. The main finger, the first side finger and the second side finger are utilized to provide a connection between the taps and a power terminal of the on-load tap changer. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150301143

System and method for reduced field of view magnetic resonance imaging

A method for reduced field of view magnetic resonance (mr) imaging includes applying a pulse sequence using a plurality of gradient coils and at least one rf coil of a magnetic resonance imaging system. The pulse sequence includes a two dimensional (2d) echo-planar rf excitation pulse with a plurality of side lobes along a slice select axis and a multiband rf refocusing pulse. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150301131

Systems and methods for design of magnetic resonance imaging slice-select pulses

A method of designing quiet variable-rate mri slice-select pulses includes creating discretized first slice-select constant-amplitude gradient and rf waveforms, associating discretized time points having a first constant time increment with the first waveforms, selecting a scaling function that smooths the gradient waveform when multiplied together, multiplying the gradient and rf waveforms by the corresponding value of the scaling function to create second gradient and rf waveforms, dividing the time increment between the discretized time points by the corresponding value of the scaling function to create a remapped time increment, cumulatively summing the remapped time increments to create a remapped time scale, interpolating the second gradient and rf waveforms along the remapped time scale to form final gradient and rf waveforms, and providing the final gradient and rf waveforms for incorporation into an mri pulse sequence. A system implementing the method and a non-transitory computer-readable medium are disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300848

Subsea sensor assemblies

Sensor assemblies and methods of assembling and using the sensor assemblies are provided for monitoring operational characteristics of subsea rotating devices such as subsea motors and pumps. Pressure-compensated proximity sensor tip assemblies configured to withstand subsea pressures are mounted adjacent a subsea rotating shaft for directly monitoring a position of the rotating shaft during dynamic operation thereof. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300841

Subsea sensor assemblies

Sensor assemblies, electrical penetrator assemblies and associated methods are provided for monitoring operational characteristics of subsea rotating devices such as subsea motors and pumps. Pressure-compensated proximity sensors configured to withstand subsea pressures are disposed adjacent a subsea rotating shaft for directly monitoring a position of the rotating shaft during dynamic operation thereof. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300830

System and method for vehicle operation

A system, in a vehicle consist configured for dual fuel operation and comprising at least one fuel car operably connectable to at least one powered vehicle via a fuel distribution path, includes an energy management processing unit. The energy management processing unit is configured to obtain a first cost of a first fuel, obtain a second cost of a second fuel, and determine a proportional ratio of the first fuel and the second fuel for each of plural power settings available for use during performance of a mission along a route. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300710

Phase separator for a sealed system

A sealed system is provided. The sealed system includes a compressor and a phase separator disposed downstream of the compressor. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300704

Magneto caloric heat pump

A heat pump system is provided that uses mcm to provide for heating or cooling. The heat pump is constructed from a continuously rotating regenerator where mcm is cycled in and out of a magnetic field in a continuous manner. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300652

Systems and methods for cookware detection

Systems and methods for cookware detection are provided. One example system includes a vision sensor positioned so as to collect imagery depicting a cooktop. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300323

System and method for collecting fluid leaking from a wind turbine component

A system and method for collecting fluid leaking from a component of a wind turbine are disclosed. In one aspect, the system may include a flexible sheet (102) formed from a fluid resistant material. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300261

Fuel heating system for use with a combined cycle gas turbine

A fuel heating system for use with a combined cycle gas turbine including a turbine outlet configured to channel a flow of exhaust gas towards a heat recovery steam generator is provided. The system includes a heat exchanger configured to channel a flow of fuel therethrough, and a plurality of heat transfer devices that each include an evaporator portion in thermal communication with the flow of exhaust gas and a condenser portion selectively thermally exposed to the flow of fuel. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300260

Turbine engine assembly and dual fuel aircraft system

A turbine engine assembly having a turbine core with a compressor section, a combustion section, a turbine section, and a nozzle section and a liquid natural gas (lng) fuel system having a lng reservoir, a vaporizer heat exchanger, a first liquid supply line operably coupling the lng reservoir to an input of the vaporizer heat exchanger, a gas supply line operably coupling an output of the vaporizer heat exchanger to the combustion section, a second liquid supply line operably coupling the lng reservoir to the gas supply line and a thermostatic expansion valve (tev) and a dual fuel aircraft control system.. . ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300222

Systems and methods for coalescing internal combustion engine blow-by

A system includes at least one coalescer, a blow-by input module, and a boost air module. The at least one coalescer is configured to receive a blow-by mixture, to remove oil from the blow-by mixture to provide an oil drain supply, and to remove gas from the blow-by mixture to provide a gas vent supply. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300175

Method and system for servicing wind turbine rotor

A method for enabling servicing of a wind turbine rotor includes coupling a support cable to the blade root, the support cable extends from the blade root to a hub of the wind turbine. A lowering step lowers a rotor blade relative to the hub using the support cable so the rotor blade is spaced apart from the hub by an initial vertical distance. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150300155

Subsea sensor assemblies

Integrated penetrator and proximity sensor probe assemblies are provided for monitoring a position of a rotating target within a subsea rotating device such as subsea motors and pumps. The integrated penetrator and proximity sensor probe assemblies are configured to communicate information related to the position of the rotating target through a wall of the device housing, and can be inserted through an opening in the wall of the device housing and mounted to the wall of the device to position a proximity sensor tip assembly adjacent the rotating target. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150299693

Method and apparatus for isolating nucleic acids

A method comprises: sorbing a sample solution comprising nucleic acids to a sample receiving portion of a quartz fiber filter by contacting the sample solution with the sample receiving portion; and washing the sample receiving portion while keeping most of nucleic acids around the sample receiving portion by flowing a wash solution through the sample receiving portion under a wicking force directed away from the sample receiving portion. An associated apparatus is also provided.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150299657

Gamma stabilized dextran solutions and methods of use

Provided herein are gamma stable dextran solutions and kits that increase the efficiency of blood separation by allowing the dextran solution to be sterilized by exposure to gamma radiation and maintain sufficient molecular weight to act as a red blood cell aggregant. Further provided are methods of use.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150299100

Sulfide scavengers, methods for making and methods for using

Methods for making sulfide scavenging compositions are provided. The method comprises reacting at least one secondary amine with at least one aldehyde and solvent in the presence of a catalyst to form a reaction composition, wherein a reaction temperature is less than or equal to 90° c. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150298288

System and methods of removing a multi-layer coating from a substrate

A system for use in removing a multi-layer coating from a substrate is provided. The multi-layer coating includes a first coating applied to the substrate and a second coating applied over the first coating. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150298137

Systems and methods for recovery of rare-earth constituents from environmental barrier coatings

Systems and methods for recovery of rare-earth constituents from environmental barrier coatings (ebcs) are provided. One method includes for separating rare-earth (re) containing constituents from a particulate feedstock containing a mixture of re silicates and non-magnetic constituents includes disposing a collection member in a vicinity of the feedstock and magnetizing the collection member to generate a magnetic field sufficient to selectively attract the re silicates to the collection member. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150298063

Flat reverse osmosis module and system

A filtering module, for example a nanofiltration or reverse osmosis module, is made of membranes arranged in a stack with flat sheets of feed channel spacer and permeate carrier. The stack has packs formed of two membrane sheets sealed on four sides and enclosing a permeate carrier. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150298060

System and method for reducing nitrogen oxide in exhaust

A nitrogen oxide (nox) abatement system is provided. The system includes a power generation device for generating power from a hydrogen-element containing fuel, an exhaust conduit in flow communication with an exhaust stream containing nox which comes from the power generation device, a plasma reactor for reforming a portion of the hydrogen-element containing fuel with nitrogen to produce ammonia, and a nox abatement reactor containing ammonia selective catalytic reduction (nh3-scr) catalyst for receiving the exhaust stream and the ammonia and reducing nox in the exhaust stream by causing the nox to react with the ammonia to form nitrogen.. ... General Electric Company

10/22/15 / #20150298024

System and method of distillation process and turbine engine intercooler

A system includes an intercooler configured to flow a working fluid and compressed air of a gas turbine engine through the intercooler to exchange heat between the working fluid and the compressed air. The system also includes a multi-effect distillation system configured to flow the working fluid and a mixture to exchange heat between the working fluid and the mixture to enable distillation of the mixture.. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150282380

Thermal interface devices

A thermal interface device having a containment structure and a thermal conductor is provided. Further, the containment structure includes at least one wall, where the containment structure is configured to facilitate passage of heat. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150282275

Dimmer with photo sensor and high/low clamping

Provided is a circuit for controlling a level of brightness of a light electrically coupled to a dimming circuit including control leads configured to provide a dimming control voltage to the dimmable driver, the dimming control voltage having a permissible voltage range. The circuit includes a photo sensor for detecting an ambient light level in the vicinity of the light and a clamp controller for selectively reducing the dimming control voltage to a clamped voltage range less than the permissible voltage range. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150282251

Oven appliance having resistive touchscreen and method for operating same

Oven appliances and methods for operating oven appliances are provided. An oven appliance includes a cooking assembly, the cooking assembly including a heating element. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150280605

Multilevel converter

A power converter is presented. The power converter includes at least one leg, the at least one leg includes a first string, where the first string includes a plurality of diodes, a first connecting node, and a second connecting node, and where the first string is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150280510

Grooved wedge for rotor

A grooved wedge for a rotor is provided. In one aspect, slot wedges are mounted in radially-arranged slots to cap field coils disposed therein. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150280405

Interlock system for a shutter separating a bus bar portion from an electrical component portion of an electrical enclosure

An electrical enclosure for an electrical component includes a housing having a bus bar portion and an electrical component portion arranged to receive the electrical component. At least one shutter is moveably arranged between the bus bar portion and the electrical component portion. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150279651

Color shifted lamps

Lamps exhibiting a chromaticity shift relative to a clear baseline, including but not limited to modified spectrum lamps. Such a lamp includes a light-transmissive envelope and a light-generating element enclosed within the light-transmissive envelope. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150279584

Panel assembly and button tree therefor

Panel assemblies and button trees for panel assemblies are provided. In one embodiment, a button tree includes a frame, and a plurality of arms extending from the frame. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150279217

System and method for determining aircraft payloads to enhance profitability

A method for managing aircraft operations includes determining, via a trajectory predictor, an expected fuel usage for a flight along a desired route, and determining, via at least one processor, an available cargo capacity for the flight along the desired route based at least in part on the expected fuel usage. In addition, the method includes determining, via the at least one processor and the trajectory predictor, a passenger ticket price, a cargo price, and a fuel quantity based at least in part on an available seating capacity, an expected passenger demand, the available cargo capacity, and an expected cargo demand to enhance profitability of a flight network. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150277445

System and method for detecting a stick-slip

A method of performing online diagnostics for a valve includes receiving valve information while the valve is in operation. The valve information includes setpoint data and position data associated with the valve. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150277427

System for online data sampling of control valves and method of operating thereof

A computer-implemented method for monitoring characteristic data includes selecting a first operable system device and receiving a first plurality of data from the first operable system device. The first plurality of data represents at least one characteristic of the first operable system device at a first plurality of points in time. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276949

Imaging system and method overcoming obstructions using independently controllable detectors

Imaging systems, methods, and computer readable mediums are provided. Image detectors are installed in a gantry to detect image information related to a subject. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276941

X-ray detector panel

An x-ray detector panel includes a plurality of photodetector wafers are arranged in a photodetector array. Each photodetector wafer comprises a sensing surface, a contact surface disposed opposite the sensing surface, and an electrical contact coupled to the contact surface. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276906

Systems and methods for magnetic resonance bone depiction

Systems and methods of classifying component tissues of magnetic resonance images, where the method includes performing a proton density weighted, short echo-time magnetic resonance imaging measurement over a first volume field-of-view region of interest (roi), repeating a series refining the first volume field-of-view roi into a plurality of subsequent smaller roi volumes having respective smaller resolutions, reconstructing a complex image from the plurality of magnetic resonance imaging measurements, performing a bias correction on at least one of the plurality of subsequent smaller roi volumes, and classifying the roi volumes by tissue type based on the bias-corrected image signal, wherein at least one tissue type is bone. A non-transitory medium containing processor instructions and a system are disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276686

Systems and methods for addressing one or more sensors along a cable

A sensor interrogation unit in one embodiment includes a control module, a reading module, and a determination module. The control module is configured to control one or more lasers to provide a pulsed signal to at least one sensor. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276507

Systems and methods for multiplexing sensors along a cable

A wavelength assignment system in one embodiment includes an upstream port, a sensor port, and a downstream port. The upstream port is configured to receive a transmitted signal including a drive component and a read component comprising individual read channel components at corresponding individual read wavelengths. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276314

Dryer appliance with an impeller assembly

A dryer appliance includes an impeller assembly. The impeller assembly is rotatable about an axis of rotation in order to urge a flow of air through a drum of the dryer appliance. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276247

System for ventilating a gas turbine enclosure

A turbine ventilation system includes at least one fan configured to provide a first air flow into a gas turbine enclosure, a fan bypass configured to circumvent the at least one fan to provide a second air flow into the gas turbine enclosure, and an eductor configured to draw the first or second air flows through and out of the gas turbine enclosure.. . ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276229

System for gas oven control

An improved system for control of a gas oven appliance is provided. A valve provides for control of the flow of gas to the burner. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276225

Combustor wth pre-mixing fuel nozzle assembly

A premixing fuel nozzle assembly including a plurality of premixers for use in a combustor section of a turbine engine is provided. Each of the premixers of the pre-mixing fuel nozzle assembly including an annular outer ring, an annular inner hub, configured co-annular with the outer ring, a plurality of swirler vanes, a plurality of fuel injection orifices formed in each vane and an air-assist orifice formed about at least one of the plurality of fuel injection orifices. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276165

Light cover

According to some embodiments, a light cover includes a first end having an opening adapted to receive an illuminating bulb portion of a compact fluorescent lamp. The light cover may further include an outer surface contoured substantially in the shape of an illuminating bulb portion of an incandescent light bulb, wherein the outer surface is configured such that one or more open portions are provided.. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276164

Light cover

According to some embodiments, a light cover has an axis extending vertically from a threaded base portion to an end portion opposite the threaded base portion. The light cover may include a vertically open, pear-shaped first half portion (e.g., formed of plastic). ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150276086

System and method for performing valve diagnostics

A method for performing diagnostics for a valve assembly includes obtaining valve assembly information including a set of data points where each data point of the set of data points includes a position of an actuator stem. The method includes classifying each data point of the set of data points as at least one of a plurality of data point types where the plurality of data point types includes a first data point type and a second data point type. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275890

System and method for controlling an integrated pump and energy recovery system

A system for controlling an integrated pump and energy recovery system is disclosed. The processor-based device is configured to receive a position signal representative of a measured position of a piston assembly movable between a top dead center and a bottom dead center of a hydraulic cylinder and a pumping cylinder, from the position sensor. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275870

Pumping system for a wellbore and methods of assembling the same

A pumping system for use in moving a fluid present within a wellbore is provided. The pumping system includes an electric linear motor having a motor housing and a stator coupled to the motor housing. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275855

Trailing edge cap for a rotor blade and method of manufacturing same

A trailing edge protective cap for a rotor blade of a wind turbine and method of manufacturing same is disclosed. The method includes infusing a first material onto a first mold so as to form a first part having a length. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275762

High speed propulsion system with inlet cooling

A cooling system for a turbine engine including a heat exchanger in fluid communication with a first fluid inlet stream and disposed upstream and in fluid communication with a core engine. The heat exchanger operative to cool the first fluid inlet stream. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275703

System and method for improved control of a combined cycle power plant

Systems, methods, and tangible non-transitory machine readable medium are provided. A system includes a gas turbine system configured to produce power by combusting a fuel. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275685

Face seal with locally compliant hydrodynamic pads

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward a stator ring configured to be disposed about a rotor of a turbine, wherein the stator ring comprises a plurality of hydrodynamic pads extending from a sealing face of the stator ring, wherein each of the plurality of hydrodynamic pads is configured to hydrodynamically engage with a rotor ring.. . ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275684

Individually compliant segments for split ring hydrodynamic face seal

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward a face seal including a stator ring configured to be disposed about a rotor of a turbine, wherein stator ring comprises a first ring segment and a second ring segment configured to cooperatively form the stator ring, wherein the first and second ring segments are circumferentially split and have at least one bearing element disposed between the first and second ring segments, and wherein the at least one bearing element is configured to enable relative axial motion between the first and second ring segments at interfaces between the first and second ring segments. . ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275677

Article for use in high stress environments having multiple grain structures

A method of forming an article can comprise heating a metal to form a molten metal having a metal temperature; heating a mold to a mold temperature greater than or equal to the metal temperature; introducing the molten metal to the mold; cooling a first portion of the molten metal while maintaining a second portion of the molten metal at the metal temperature, wherein the first portion has a first side and a second side, wherein the second side is opposite the first side and adjacent to the second portion, and wherein the cooling comprises progressively cooling the first portion from the first side to the second side such that a solidification interface progresses from the first side to the second side; and cooling the remainder of the molten metal from multiple directions after the first portion is cooled to less than or equal to a crystallization temperature.. . ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275675

Bucket airfoil for a turbomachine

A turbomachine bucket airfoil includes a root end, a tip end spaced from the root end, and an airfoil surface extending between the root end and the tip end. The airfoil surface includes an upstream edge, a downstream edge, a pressure side and a suction side defining a natural blade profile. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275282

Isothermal amplification under low salt condition

Provided herein are methods and kits for isothermal nucleic acid amplifications that use a target nucleic acid template; a reaction mixture comprising a dna polymerase having a strand displacement activity, a deoxyribonucleoside triphosphate (dntp) mixture, a primer with a 3′ end and a 5′ end, a molecular crowding reagent, and a buffer solution for amplifying the target nucleic acid template. The buffer solution maintains a low salt concentration of the reaction mixture, and wherein the salt concentration results in a melting temperature (tm) of the primer at least 10° c. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150275110

Integrated gasifier and syngas cooler

A system includes an integrated vessel that extends along a longitudinal axis. The integrated vessel includes a gasifier portion and a syngas cooler portion. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150274184

System and method integrating an energy management system and yard planner system

A method and system for identifying cargo-carrying vehicles (ccv) to be included in a vehicle system that are non-propulsion-generating vehicles scheduled to depart from a vehicle yard and travel to one or more destination locations at a predetermined departure time. Further includes, calculating a minimum tractive effort threshold required by one or more propulsion-generating vehicles (pgv) to propel the vehicle system to the one or more destination locations along a route within a predetermined time period. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150274183

Systems and methods for cold movement detection

A system includes a motion switch module, an energy storage module, a resistive module, and an interface. The motion switch module includes at least one motion activated switch that is movable between an open and a closed position responsive to movement of an axle to which the motion switch module is coupled. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150273631

Additive manufacturing method and apparatus

A method and apparatus for fabricating an object. The method and apparatus entail applying a pulsed laser energy to a first quantity of a powder material on a substrate so as to fuse particles of the powder material into a first layer on the substrate, and then forming at least one additional layer on the first layer by applying a pulsed laser energy to at least a second quantity of the powder material on the first layer so as to fuse particles of the powder material into the at least one additional layer on the first layer. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150273393

Emission control in rich burn natural gas engines

A passive mid bed air injection apparatus for an engine includes a three way catalyst positioned in an exhaust stream of the engine. The three way catalyst reduces nox, co and hc from the exhaust stream. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272802

User control system and method for infant care apparatus

An infant care system comprises a platform configured to support an infant and to receive an applied force on the platform. The infant care system also comprises at least two load cells connected to the platform, each of the two load cells configured to receive at least a portion of the applied force on the platform and generate a signal indicative of the portion of applied force received. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272553

Ultrasound probe for automated management of data entry for a patient

A system for automated management of data entry for a patient in an ultrasound device is disclosed. The system includes an ultrasound probe having a wireless reader capable of reading data including one or more of patient information and patient health history from an electronically readable card associated with the patient. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272549

Ultrasound imaging system and method for tracking a specular reflector

An ultrasound imaging system and method includes identifying, with a processor, a subset of the ultrasound channel data with a specular reflector signature, and implementing, with the processor, a specular reflector processing technique on the subset of the ultrasound channel data to calculate at least one of a position and an orientation of a specular reflector. The system and method includes performing an action based on at least one of the position and the orientation of the specular reflector.. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272527

Generation of monochromatic images

Identification of an optimal monochromatic energy for displaying monochromatic images is disclosed. In certain embodiments, determination of an optimal monochromatic energy may be performed by generating histograms for various monochromatic images generated based on a set of acquired multi-energy projections and by evaluating the histogram dispersion for the respective histograms.. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272522

Systems and methods for x-ray imaging

X-ray imaging systems are provided that include an x-ray source and an x-ray detector. A filtering device is positioned between the x-ray source and the x-ray detector and includes one or more micro-filters each adapted to transition between an x-ray filtering position and an x-ray non-filtering position. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272474

Respiration rate determination in impedance pneumography

A system for monitoring respiration, and a method for determining respiration rate, is disclosed. In one embodiment, the respiration rate is determined from a power spectral density template that is updated, or not, based on whether a power spectral density for a current window of in-band filtered impedance respiration signal is determined to be noisy or not.. ... General Electric Company

10/01/15 / #20150272421

Dishwasher appliance and a tine assembly for a dishwasher appliance

A tine assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided. The tine assembly includes a plurality of segmented tines. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150270075

Modular gas exhaust assembly for a circuit breaker

. . A modular gas exhaust assembly for a circuit breaker having a plurality of arc chutes, each having an associated expulsion location. The modular gas exhaust assembly includes a plurality of modular exhaust casings. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150269722

Optical route examination system and method

Optical route examination systems and methods described herein obtain image data of a field of view of a camera disposed onboard a first vehicle as the first vehicle moves along a first route, and autonomously examine the image data onboard the first vehicle to identify one or more of a feature of interest or a designated object.. . ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150268676

System and method for controlling turbine speed using torque converter

A tangible non-transitory computer readable medium may include instructions to analyze a first signal indicative of a speed of a turbine system and transform the first signal into a second signal. The tangible non-transitory computer-readable medium may also include instructions to transmit the second signal to control a speed of the turbine system by actuating a field device. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150268172

Optical route examination system and method

A method for optically examining a route such as a track includes obtaining one or more images of a segment of a track from a camera mounted to a rail vehicle while the rail vehicle is moving along the track and selecting a benchmark visual profile of the segment of the track. The benchmark visual profile represents a designated layout of the track. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150268117

Systems and methods for distributed pressure sensing

A pressure sensing cable in one embodiment includes a polarization maintaining (pm) optic fiber having a length; and a fiber bragg grating (fbg) pair formed in the pm optic fiber. The fbg pair includes a first fbg formed at a location along the length of the optic fiber. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267921

Mounting bracket with thermal maze to reduce heat transfer rate

The present invention provides an oven appliance with a bracket for attaching a component such as a fan motor to the oven appliance. One or more features are provided for minimizing the transfer of heat from the oven appliance, through the bracket, to the component. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267684

System and method of controlling an electronic component of a wind turbine using contingency communications

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for controlling an electrical component, e.g. A power bridge, of a wind turbine using contingency communications. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267683

Method for operating a wind farm and wind farm

The method includes: dividing the wind farm into a first group of wind turbines to be operated in a non-curtailed mode and a second group of wind turbines to be operated in a curtailed mode for providing a power reserve for the wind farm; determining an actual power production of the first group of wind turbines; estimating a possible maximum power production of the second group at a given environmental condition; estimating a possible maximum power output of the wind farm using the actual power production of the first group and the possible maximum power production of the second group; estimating the power reserve using the possible maximum power output; and updating a power setpoint for at least one wind turbine of the second group so that an expected power production of the second group of wind turbines substantially matches a difference between the possible maximum power production and the power reserve furthermore, a wind farm is provided.. . ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267621

Methods of si based ceramic components volatilization control in a gas turbine engine

A method of controlling volatilization of silicon based components in a gas turbine engine includes measuring, estimating and/or predicting a variable related to operation of the gas turbine engine; correlating the variable to determine an amount of silicon to control volatilization of the silicon based components in the gas turbine engine; and injecting silicon into the gas turbine engine to control volatilization of the silicon based components. A gas turbine with a compressor, combustion system, turbine section and silicon injection system may be controlled by a controller that implements the control method.. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267591

Method of monitoring for combustion anomalies in a gas turbomachine and a gas turbomachine including a combustion anomaly detection system

A method of monitoring for combustion anomalies in a gas turbomachine includes sensing an exhaust gas temperature at each of a plurality of temperature sensors arranged in an exhaust system of the gas turbomachine, comparing the exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors with a mean exhaust gas temperature, determining whether the exhaust gas temperature at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors deviates from the mean exhaust temperature by a predetermined threshold value, and identifying an instantaneous combustion anomaly at one or more of the temperature sensors sensing a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature by more than the predetermined threshold value.. . ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267558

Inspection hole in turbomachine casing and plug

An inspection hole and plug are provided for an outer casing of a turbomachine. The plug includes an attachment portion configured to removably attach the plug to a coupling portion of the inspection hole. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267386

Disposal assembly and method for operating same

Disposal assemblies and methods for operating disposal assemblies are provided. A disposal assembly includes an inlet conduit defining an inlet passage, and a housing defining a chamber, the chamber in fluid communication with the inlet passage. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267341

Washing machine appliances and methods for operating the same

Washing machine appliances and methods for operating washing machine appliances are provided. A washing machine appliance has a tub and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub, the basket defining a chamber for receipt of articles for washing. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150267338

Cleaning systems and methods for operating the same

Cleaning systems and methods for operating cleaning systems are provided. A cleaning system includes a washing machine appliance, the washing machine appliance including a first controller operable to store and transmit wash control information. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150266249

Rotor blade components for a wind turbine and methods of manufacturing same

Methods of manufacturing rotor blade components for a wind turbine and rotor blade components produced in accordance with such methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method generally includes heating first and second sheets of thermoplastic material to a forming temperature; placing the first sheet of thermoplastic material within a first half of a thermoforming mold and the second sheet of thermoplastic material in an opposite, second half of the thermoforming mold; forming the first sheet of thermoplastic material to the first half of the thermoforming mold; forming the second sheet of thermoplastic material to the second half of the thermoforming mold; compressing the first and second halves of the thermoforming mold so as to join at least a portion of the first and second sheets together; and, releasing the joined first and second sheets of thermoplastic material from the thermoforming mold so as to form the rotor blade component.. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150266213

Apparatus and method for forming flanges on components

An apparatus for forming a flange on a component is presented. The apparatus includes a mold disposed for the placement of the component thereon, a forming tool, and a tubular bladder. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150266016

Ion exchange compositions, methods for making and materials prepared therefrom

An ion exchange polymer composition is provided, which includes a primary crosslinker and a secondary crosslinker. The primary crosslinker includes a crosslinked ionic monomer including a quaternary ammonium group. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150265242

Portable imaging system having a seamless form factor

A portable imaging system is presented. The system includes at least a display panel. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150265229

Gantry with bore safety mechanism

A tomography system may be used to scan a subject and provide reconstructed images of the subject. A gantry of the tomography system has a rotary member that is rotatable around an axis. ... General Electric Company

09/24/15 / #20150265226

Systems and methods for optimized source collimation

An imaging system is provided including an adjustable source collimator, an input unit, and a processing unit. The adjustable source collimator is configured to be interposed between an x-ray source and an object to be imaged, and is adjustable between plural settings corresponding to different amounts of collimation of rays from the x-ray source. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150264789

Methods and systems for controlling voltage switching

Methods and systems for controlling voltage switching are provided. One system includes a transformer having primary and second windings, and a plurality of switching devices, wherein at least two of the switching devices are configured to produce different voltage outputs from a voltage input generated at the transformer. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263658

Brushless permanent magnet generator plus auxiliary voltage source constant potential exciter

An alternating current power generation system including an alternating current generator comprising an exciter, a brushless permanent magnet generator voltage source configured to generate a first voltage at a first frequency, a second voltage source configured to generate a second voltage at a second frequency, and a coil. Further, the brushless permanent magnet generator voltage source provides the first voltage as a supplemental voltage supply combined with the second voltage source at the coil to generate a constant exciter field received by the exciter of the alternating current generator.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263568

Systems and methods for providing increased fault current capability in uninterruptible power supply systems

A system is provided. The system includes a ring bus, at least one voltage source, and a plurality of uninterruptible power supplies (upss) electrically coupled between the at least one voltage source and the ring bus, wherein at least one ups of the plurality of upss includes an input, an output, a rectifier having a rectifier input and a rectifier output, an inverter having an inverter input and an inverter output, wherein the rectifier output is electrically coupled to the inverter input, and a bypass switch electrically coupled between the rectifier input and the inverter output, the bypass switch configured to close in response to detection of a fault on the ring bus.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263567

Redundant uninterruptible power supply systems

A system is provided. The system includes a plurality of uninterruptible power supplies (upss), a ring bus, at least one load electrically coupled to the plurality of upss and the ring bus, and a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of upss. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263566

Redundant uninterruptible power supply systems

A system is provided. The system includes a utility, a plurality of uninterruptible power supplies (upss), a ring bus, at least one load electrically coupled to the plurality of upss and the ring bus, and a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of upss, the controller configured to determine a common reference angle while the utility is disconnected from at least one ups of the plurality of upss, calculate a phase angle for each ups of the plurality of upss, wherein the phase angle for each ups is calculated relative to the common reference angle, and control operation of each ups based on the respective calculated phase angles.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263517

System for selectively coupling an energy source to a load and method of making same

A multi-energy storage device system includes an electric drive coupled to a load, a dc link coupled to the electric drive, and a bi-directional voltage converter having an output channel coupled to the dc link and an input channel. A first energy storage device (esd) is coupled to the input channel, and a switch is coupled to the dc link and to a second esd. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263512

Printed circuit board assemblies providing fault detection

Printed circuit board assemblies providing fault detection are provided. One example printed circuit board assembly includes a substrate layer. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263503

Circuit protection device and methods of configuring a circuit protection device

A circuit protection device having operational parameters configurable only via a separate programming device includes a memory configured to receive a selector identifying one of a plurality of operational parameters to be adjusted, and to receive a parameter value from the programming device. A processor is coupled to the memory and is configured to receive the selector from the memory, select the operational parameter of the circuit protection device based on the selector, and to receive a parameter value for the operational parameter from memory, and set the selected operational parameter to the parameter value.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263500

Electrical enclosure having a dual bus bar and a component with a dual bus bar connector

An electrical enclosure system includes a housing includes an interior cavity for receiving electrical components. The electrical enclosure system includes at least one dual bus bar arranged in the interior cavity. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150263492

Electrical enclosure including an integrated dead front and door

An electrical enclosure includes a rear wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a third side wall and a fourth side wall that define an interior portion for receiving electrical devices. The electrical enclosure further includes a plurality of mounting members mounted to, and projecting outwardly from, the rear wall, and a dead front operatively connected to the plurality of mounting members. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150262110

Systems and methods for utility crew forecasting

A system includes a utility analytics system having a memory configured to store an event forecaster. The utility analytics system also includes a processor communicatively coupled to the memory. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260902

Lighting system with improved illumination distribution

Optically patterned waveguides and systems employing optically patterned waveguides are provided. The optically patterned waveguide is configured for use in a lighting system and arranged perpendicular to an overhead structure, such as a ceiling. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260719

Microfluidic lal-reactive substances testing method and apparatus

A microfluidic testing cartridge for testing lal-reactive substances in fluid samples is provided. The cartridge may comprise at least two (2) testing modules, wherein each testing module includes at least one inlet port for receiving one of the fluid samples, and at least four (4) testing channels in fluid communication with the inlet port. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260607

Fluid probe with fiber bragg grating sensor

Aspects of the present disclosure related generally to a fluid probe with one or more fiber bragg grating (fbg) sensors. An apparatus according to the present disclosure can include a fluid probe configured to be positioned within a fluid flow section of a turbomachine; and a fiber bragg grating (fbg) sensor coupled to the fluid probe and configured to indicate a material property at a particular location on the fluid probe.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260407

System and method for control of combustion dynamics in combustion system

A system includes a gas turbine engine that includes a first combustor and a second combustor. The first combustor includes a first fuel nozzle disposed in a first head end chamber of the first combustor and a first fuel injector. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260193

Sensing system for a cooktop appliance with airflow protected sensor

The present invention provides for operation of a sensor directed toward a cooking surface positioned beneath the sensor. If a cooking utensil is detected on the cooking surface, a fan is operated to direct a flow of air over the sensing end of the sensor to protect or shield it during cooking operations.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260160

System and method for improving speed control of a pitch drive system of a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for improving speed control of a pitch drive system of a wind turbine. In one embodiment, the pitch drive system includes a direct current (dc) motor having an armature and a series-field winding, a battery assembly having a positive terminal and a negative terminal, and a current-controlling device configured in series between the positive terminal of the battery assembly and the series-field winding. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260096

Tool for manipulating cross-fire tube in combustor assembly, combustor maintenance assembly and method

Combustor maintenance assemblies, tools and methods for manipulating cross-fire tubes in combustor assemblies are provided. A tool includes a base and an arm pivotally connected to the base. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260043

Removal device

A tool for removing a component from a turbomachine is provided. The tool includes a body having an alignment portion and a connection portion. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150260028

Method and system for recovering oil from an oil-bearing formation

A method for recovering oil from an oil-bearing formation is presented. The method includes providing a reverse osmosis (ro) unit comprising at least one membrane; feeding a first feed stream having a first salinity content to a first side of the membrane; and feeding a second feed stream having a second salinity content to a second side of the membrane. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150259671

Devices and systems for isolating biomolecules and associated methods thereof

A device, a system, a cartridge and a method for isolating biomolecules from biological materials are provided. The device comprises a substrate; a reagent storage location; and a self-rupturing component comprising a fluid and a pressure source embedded therein, wherein the substrate, the reagent storage location and the self-rupturing component are operationally coupled to each other. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150259232

Treatment of produced water concentrate

Water, for example produced water from a steam assisted gravity drainage (sagd) or cyclic steam stimulation (css) heavy oil recovery operation, is treated, for example to recover water re-use in creating steam. The produced water is concentrated, for example in one or more thermal treatment devices such as an evaporator and a crystallizer. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150258741

Sandwich panel joint assembly for a wind turbine

A sandwich panel joint assembly for a nacelle of a wind turbine and method of manufacturing same is disclosed. The method includes forming at least one groove into a core structure. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150258729

Load-bearing structures for aircraft engines and processes therefor

Load-bearing structures constructed from polymer matrix composite (pmc) materials, and processes for their production. The structures are produced from at least one shaped panel formed of a continuous fiber reinforcement in a thermoplastic resin matrix. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150257919

Infant patient transfer device

A patient transfer device is utilized to transport infant patients between locations within a hospital environment. The patient transfer device includes a center, support section and a pair of side sections that can be moved into contact with each other to surround the infant patient. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150257720

Method and system for automatically positioning a structure within a field of view

A method for positioning an organ of interest within a field of view of an imaging detector includes positioning an organ of interest at an initial imaging position, performing automatic organ detection to determine a position of the organ, determining a revised imaging position of a detector or a table based on the position of the organ, prompting a user to accept the revised imaging position, and automatically repositioning at least one of the detector or the table to the revised imaging position based on a user input in response to the prompting. A patient positioning module and a medical imaging system are also described herein.. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150257624

Dishwasher appliance and a method for operating the same

A method for operating a dishwasher appliance is provided. The method includes operating a first pump and a second pump of the dishwasher appliance during a wash cycle of the dishwasher appliance, working the second pump of the dishwasher appliance during a soil collection cycle of the dishwasher appliance, and running the first pump of the dishwasher appliance during a drain cycle of the dishwasher appliance. ... General Electric Company

09/17/15 / #20150257591

Sensing system for a cooktop appliance with airflow protected sensor

The present invention provides an appliance with a sensor directed toward a cooking surface positioned beneath the sensor. One or more features are provided for directing a flow of air across the sensing end of the sensor to protect or shield it during cooking operations.. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150256094

Hybrid high voltage direct current converter system and method of operating the same

A hybrid hvdc converter system includes a dc bus, at least one capacitor commutated converter (ccc) and at least one self-commutated converter (scc) coupled in series through the dc bus. The ccc induces a first voltage on the dc buses, the scc induces a second voltage on the dc bus, the first voltage and the second voltage are summed to define a total dc voltage. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150256093

Hybrid high voltage direct current converter systems

A hybrid hvdc converter system includes at least one alternating current (ac) conduit, at least one transformer coupled to said at least one ac conduit, and at least one direct current (dc) conduit. The hybrid hvdc converter system also includes at least one capacitor commutated converter (ccc) configured to convert ac voltages and ac currents to a dc voltage and dc current. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150255418

Ultra-thin embedded semiconductor device package and method of manufacturing thereof

A package structure includes a first dielectric layer, semiconductor device(s) attached to the first dielectric layer, and an embedding material applied to the first dielectric layer so as to embed the semiconductor device therein, the embedding material comprising one or more additional dielectric layers. Vias are formed through the first dielectric layer to the at least one semiconductor device, with metal interconnects formed in the vias to form electrical interconnections to the semiconductor device. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150254866

Systems and methods for determining parameters for image analysis

Systems and methods for determining parameters for image analysis are provided. One method includes obtaining ultrasound data of an object, generating an image of the object, and identifying a region of interest in the image. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150254817

Method and system for dimensional analysis of an object

The invention relates generally to the measurement and dimensional analysis of an object and, more particularly, to the correction of distortion in volumetric data of the object using dimensional data of the object. In one embodiment, the invention provides a method of analyzing an object, the method comprising: acquiring volumetric data of an object using an x-ray computed tomography (ct) imaging system; acquiring dimensional data of the object using a vision-based system; determining whether the volumetric data include a distortion; and in the case that the volumetric data are determined to include a distortion, correcting the distortion in the volumetric data using the dimensional data.. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150254429

Systems and methods for value-based decision support

An example system includes a care decision subsystem to process a patient problem and clinical patient attribute to (a) identify a plurality of patient care path options for evaluation by a patient and/or provider and to (b) generate a mashup of the plurality of patient care path options based on a combination of patient-specific criteria including (i) clinical efficacy and (ii) cost associated with each of the plurality of patient care path options. Each of the plurality of patient care path options is generated for visual representation to be displayed and utilized in an evaluation by the patient/provider with respect to an objective associated with the patient problem. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150254053

Using visual cues to improve appliance audio recognition

Appliance systems and methods for using visual cues to improve appliance audio recognition are provided. One example method performed by an appliance includes identifying one or more visual cues included in imagery captured by a camera of the appliance. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150253439

Gas-tight packaging of detectors

An atomic particle detection assembly includes one or more detectors that detect atomic particles. The detectors are positioned within a first chamber having a first operating pressure. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150253049

Water heater appliance and a method for operating the same

A method for defrosting an evaporator of a water heater appliance is provided. The method includes initiating a defrost cycle of the water heater appliance, deactivating a compressor of the water heater appliance during the defrost cycle of the water heater appliance, and operating a fan of the water heater appliance during the defrost cycle of the water heater appliance. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150253011

Annular premixed pilot in fuel nozzle

A combustor for a gas turbine engine has a head end portion that carries at least one fuel/air nozzle. Each fuel/air nozzle includes a premixed pilot nozzle having premix conduits where each premix conduit has an upstream end defining an opening and having a central axis and downstream end defining an outlet and having a central axis where the central axis of the downstream end is non-parallel with a central axis of a center body of the fuel/air nozzle. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252823

Fluidic buffer volume device with reduced mixedness

A system includes an inlet pipe configured to convey a fluid and a buffer volume configured to buffer the fluid. The buffer volume includes a smallest diameter tube having a smallest diameter, a first inlet end, and a first outlet end. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252786

System and method for robust wind turbine operation

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for optimizing wind turbine operation. For example, the present disclosure is configured to generate operating data for at least one operational parameter of the wind turbine for a predetermined time period. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252784

System and method for initializing a startup sequence of a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a method for initializing a startup sequence of a wind turbine. The method includes a step of defining a plurality of operating conditions of the wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252683

System and method for active clearance control

Active clearance control ejector systems and methods are disclosed. An example system may include an air ejector; an entrance pipe arranged to supply compressor bleed air to the air ejector; an inlet duct arranged to supply fan bypass air to the air ejector; and a supply pipe arranged to receive ejector outlet air from the air ejector and supply the ejector outlet air to an active clearance control system. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252681

Modular turbomachine inner and outer casings with multi-stage steam extraction sites

Various embodiments include methods and apparatuses of forming turbomachine casing intermediate structures. In some embodiments apparatuses include a steam turbomachine casing intermediate structure including an inner shell having an external surface and inner shell cavity, and defining an opening for allowing fluid entry to the cavity and an outer shell having an internal surface, these surfaces defining at least one closed, axial-extending chamber, the inner shell and outer shells each having access regions adjacent the closed chamber, each of the access regions including a plurality of locations, selectable to be machined to create an exhaust slot or an exhaust opening in the inner casing or the outer casing, respectively, and wherein a structural integrity of the casing is uniform regardless of which of the axial locations are selected to be machined, where the exhaust opening is fluidly connected with the at least one closed chamber through the outer shell.. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252673

Turbine rotor blades with platform cooling arrangements

Platform cooling arrangements in a turbine rotor blade include a feedhole that extends from the suction side slash face to the interior cooling passage, and, one or more branch holes that each extends from the feedhole to the suction side slash face such that coolant flows from the interior cooling passage, through the feedhole to the one or more branch holes and exits the platform along the suction side slash face.. . ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252665

Sensor deployment system for a wellbore and methods of assembling the same

A sensor deployment system for positioning within a well casing is provided. The sensor deployment system includes a deployment shuttle comprising a first end, a second end, and an inner surface and an outer surface extending between the first end and the second end. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150252658

Produced water treatment and solids precipitation from thermal treatment blowdown

Produced water, for example from a steam assisted gravity drainage (sagd) or cyclic steam stimulation (css) heavy oil recovery operation, is treated to recover water that is re-used to create steam. The produced water is treated in one or more thermal treatment devices such as an evaporator and a crystallizer. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150251676

Systems and methods for vehicle control

A system configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle includes a communication unit and a processing unit. The communication unit is configured to obtain first trip information including first location-based operational information. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150251564

System and method for controlling energy usage

An energy management system comprises an energy management module that electrically connects an energy storage system of a vehicle with a traction link of the vehicle, the traction link being electrically connected to a traction motor. The energy management module is configured to deliver electrical power from the energy storage system to the traction link during a haul route, according to a discharge rule that is selected by a comparison of predicted performance of a plurality of discharge rules to a baseline performance of the haul route, in which electrical power is not delivered from the energy storage system to the traction link, in order to obtain fuel savings, speed excess, or a combination of fuel savings and speed excess relative to the baseline performance.. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150251376

Layered arrangement, hot-gas path component, and process of producing a layered arrangement

A layered arrangement, a hot-gas path component, and a process of producing a layered arrangement are disclosed. The layered arrangement includes a substrate layer, a ceramic matrix composite layer, and a non-metal spacer between the substrate layer and the ceramic matrix composite layer configured to define one or more pockets. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150251280

Repair methods for cooled components

A method for repairing a component is provided, where the component has a substrate comprising an outer surface and an inner surface and defining one or more grooves. Each groove extends at least partially along the outer surface of the substrate. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150250961

Medical vaporizer

A medical vaporizer includes a liquid drug reservoir configured to receive and hold a liquid drug. A low power graphical display is configured to intermittently receive power. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150250554

Luminescent patient connector for physiologic signal acquisition

A luminescent patient connector connectable to a device that acquires physiologic signals comprises a leadwire and a luminescent casing. The leadwire has a first end connectable to an electrode and a second end having a device connector configured to connect to an acquisition device for acquiring a patient physiological signal. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150250434

Method and apparatus for catheter guidance using a combination of ultrasound and x-ray imaging

An apparatus for tracking movement of a foreign object within a subject has an x-ray fluoroscopic system with an x-ray detector and an ultrasound system that has a probe with a position sensor. A display is configured to display a static x-ray image acquired by the x-ray fluoroscopic system and a real-time ultrasound image acquired by the ultrasound system. ... General Electric Company

09/10/15 / #20150250374

Dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance is provided. The dishwasher appliance includes a rack assembly disposed within a wash chamber of a tub. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150249595

Mesh router systems and methods

A system including an edge router which collects data from a mesh network by receiving on multiple simultaneous frequencies. Using n simultaneous frequencies increases the throughput of a system by up to n-times, reducing the bottleneck that otherwise occurs at the take-out-point of a mesh communications system. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150249416

System and method for controlling a power generation system based on a detected islanding event

In one aspect, a method for controlling the operation of a power generation system configured to supply power to an electrical grid may generally include detecting an occurrence of an islanding event associated with the power generation system and adjusting a regulator gain applied within a regulator of the power generation system to an islanding gain value in response to the detection of the islanding event, wherein the islanding gain value exceeds a maximum gain value defined for the regulator in the event of an occurrence of any ride-through transient event. In addition, the method may include controlling a power converter of the power generation system based on a control signal generated by the regulator as the power generation system is being isolated from the electrical grid and shutting down the power generation system upon isolation of the power generation system from the electrical grid.. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150249414

Wind turbine systems and methods for operating the same

Wind turbine systems and methods for operating wind turbine systems are provided. A method includes monitoring an operating condition of the wind turbine system, and determining whether the operating condition has exceeded a predetermined threshold. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150249413

System and method for adjusting current regulator gains applied within a power generation system

In one aspect, a method for controlling the operation of a power generation system configured to supply power to an electrical grid may generally include monitoring a rotor speed of a generator of the power generation system and determining a gain scaling factor based on the rotor speed, wherein the gain scaling factor increases with decreases in the rotor speed across a range of rotor speeds. In addition, the method may include adjusting a regulator gain to be applied within a current regulator of the power generation system based on the gain scaling factor and applying the adjusted regulator gain within the current regulator in order to generate a voltage command signal for controlling a power converter of the power generation system.. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150249412

System and method for controlling a power generation system based on pll errors

In one aspect, a method for controlling a power generation system may generally include determining a phase angle error associated with the power generation system, determining a scaling factor based on the phase angle error, generating a current command for controlling the operation of a power convertor of the power generation system and applying the scaling factor to the current command such that the current command is reduced when the phase angle error exceeds a predetermined error threshold.. . ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150249402

Dc power transmission systems and method of assembling the same

A dc power transmission system is configured to generate an electric field including components substantially constant with respect to time and varying with time. The dc power transmission system includes an ac stage configured to receive ac electrical power. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247464

Systems and methods for improved combined cycle control

Systems and methods for improved control of a turbomachine system with a bottoming cycle system are presented. The systems and methods include a controller that utilizes modeling techniques to derive a plurality of load path curves. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247422

Article and method for forming an article

An article and a method for forming the article are disclosed. The article comprising a composition, wherein the composition comprises, by weight percent, about 13.7% to about 14.3% chromium (cr), about 9.0% to about 10.0% cobalt (co), about 3.5% to about 3.9% aluminum (al), about 3.4% to about 3.8% titanium (ti), about 4.0% to about 4.4% tungsten (w), about 1.4% to about 1.7% molybdenum (mo), about 1.55% to about 1.75% niobium (nb), about 0.08% to about 0.12% carbon (c), about 0.005% to about 0.040% zirconium (zr), about 0.010% to about 0.014% boron (b), and balance nickel (ni) and incidental impurities. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247421

Trip manifold assembly for turbine systems

A system includes a trip manifold assembly (tma). The tma includes a plurality of block valves configured to receive a flow of fluid from a hydraulic power unit (hpu), and a plurality of solenoid valves configured to admit the flow of fluid to actuate the plurality of block valves, a plurality of dump valves, and a plurality of relay valves of the tma. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247415

System and method for thrust bearing actuation to actively control clearance in a turbo machine

An actuation system to control clearance in a turbomachine including a shaft bearing including at least one axially displaceable thrust bearing. The axially displaceable thrust bearing configured to axially displace a rotating component relative to a stationary component to control the clearance therebetween. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247413

Coated article and method for producing coating

A coated article and a method for producing a coating are disclosed. Producing the coating includes providing a substrate defining a substrate surface having a substrate erosion resistance and applying a matrix and ceramic particles to the substrate surface. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247334

Lattice tower covering for a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a lattice tower covering and/or assembly for a wind turbine. The lattice tower assembly includes a plurality of structural members connected together to define an open lattice tower. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247265

Method for curing of green polysilazane-based silicon carbide precursor fibers

Disclosed herein are methods of curing silicon carbide precursor polymer fibers, such as polysilazanes, using moisture and free radical generators, such as peroxides. Also disclosed are methods of forming, curing, and using silicon carbide precursor polymers that contain alkenyl groups and free radical generators, such as peroxides.. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150247220

Article and method for forming article

An article and a method for forming the article are disclosed. The article includes an equiaxed grain structure and a composition. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150246327

Porous membrane patterning technique

A porous membrane patterning technique is provided. In one embodiment, a porous membrane may be patterned via printing on the porous membrane with a solvent such that the porous membrane collapses where the solvent is applied. ... General Electric Company

09/03/15 / #20150245760

Dishwasher appliance and vent for same

Dishwasher appliances and vents for dishwasher appliances are provided. The dishwasher appliance includes a chamber for the receipt of articles for cleaning, and a door for selectively opening and closing the dishwasher appliance, the door having an interior wall and a bottom. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150244297

System and method for reducing ice and/or condensation formed on a power component

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for reducing ice or condensation that forms on a power component of a wind turbine during a power outage. The method includes determining an ambient temperature near the power component; providing one or more parameters of the power component; determining a down time of the power component for the power outage; determining a wait time for the power component to stay offline as a function of the ambient temperature, the one or more parameters, and the down time of the power component; and, heating the power component for the wait time before supplying power to the power component such that a surface temperature of the power component is raised above the ambient temperature. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150244210

Redundant uninterruptible power supply systems

A system is provided. The system includes a plurality of uninterruptible power supplies (upss), a ring bus, at least one load electrically coupled to the plurality of upss and the ring bus, and a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of upss. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150244163

Current and voltage module and methods of monitoring current and voltage in power distribution systems

A current and voltage module is provided that includes a housing having an opening extending at least partially therethrough in an axial direction. The housing is configured to receive a conductor within the opening. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150244122

Current carrying systems and methods of assembling the same

A current carrying system for use in transporting electrical current between a plurality of electrical devices is provided. The current carrying system includes a busbar having a first axial end, a second axial end, an electrically conductive shaft extending from the first axial end to the second axial end, and at least one cooling feature defined in at least a portion of the electrically conductive shaft. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241893

Systems and methods for error monitoring and handling in control systems

In a first embodiment, a system for controlling a microgrid includes a processor-based control system. The control system is configured to receive information via a communications pathway from at least one microgrid asset within a microgrid system and identify one or more errors associated with an operation of the microgrid system. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241359

Method and gas analysis unit for determining a chance to enable a zeroing of gas analysis

A method for determining a chance to enable a zeroing of gas analysis is disclosed herein. The method includes emitting radiation, and receiving emitted radiation, the received radiation comprising a first wavelength range absorbed by the at least one desired gas component and one or more disturbing factor, and a second wavelength range absorbed by the disturbing factor, the first wavelength range differing from the second wavelength range. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241308

On-line monitoring of hot gas path components of a gas turbine

Systems and methods for on-line monitoring of hot gas path components of a gas turbine are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system may include a camera operable to monitor one or more hot gas path components of the gas turbine and a processor communicatively coupled to the camera. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241307

Vehicle emissions test systems and methods

A system may include an imaging device configured to acquire at least one image of a vehicle that emits exhaust, and an emissions test unit configured to receive the image(s) of the vehicle. The emissions test unit may include at least one processor configured to detect exhaust data from the image(s) and determine a vehicle emissions test result through an analysis of the exhaust data.. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241115

Refrigerator appliance and a door for an appliance

A door for an appliance is provided. The door of the appliance includes an outer panel with a rear surface. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241093

Water heater appliances and methods for operating same

Water heater appliances and methods for operating water heater appliances are provided. A water heater appliance includes a tank defining an interior volume, and a sealed system for heating water within the interior volume. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241066

System and method for control of combustion dynamics in combustion system

A system includes a gas turbine engine that includes a first combustor and a second combustor. The first combustor includes a first oxidant flow path and a first perforated structure comprising a first plurality of oxidant ports, wherein the first perforated structure is disposed in the first oxidant flow path. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241065

Combustor cap having non-round outlets for mixing tubes

A system includes a a combustor cap configured to be coupled to a plurality of mixing tubes of a multi-tube fuel nozzle, wherein each mixing tube of the plurality of mixing tubes is configured to mix air and fuel to form an air-fuel mixture. The combustor cap includes multiple nozzles integrated within the combustor cap. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150241064

System having a combustor cap

A system includes a combustor cap assembly for a multi-tube fuel nozzle. The combustor cap assembly includes a support structure defining an interior volume configured to receive an air flow. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240996

Modular compressed natural gas system for use at a wellsite

A system and method of receiving field gas from a compressor station pipeline, and compressing the gas at a remote location with a modular compressor. The compressed gas is collected in a container and transported to a wellsite for use at the wellsite. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240784

System and method for automatic generation control in wind farms

A system for automatic generation control in a wind farm is provided. The system includes a wind farm controller for controlling the plurality of energy storage elements. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240780

Joint assembly for rotor blade segments of a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a rotor blade assembly and/or a joint assembly for a wind turbine blade. In one embodiment, the rotor blade assembly includes at least first and second blade segments connected together at a chord-wise extending joint, one or more shear-loaded pins configured through the chord-wise extending joint, and an anti-rotation locking feature. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240738

Systems and method for controlling auto-ignition

Various methods and systems are provided for maintaining combustion stability in a multi-fuel engine. In one example, a system comprises a first fuel system to deliver liquid fuel to at least one cylinder of an engine, a second fuel system to deliver gaseous fuel to the at least one cylinder, and a controller. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240726

Model-based feed forward approach to coordinated air-fuel control on a gas turbine

Presented herein are turbine machines, turbine control systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for controlling turbines including a compressor, a combustion system, and a turbine section comprising a turbine operating at an initial turbine output while using initial parameter values for the respective control parameters of the turbine. The techniques involve, for respective selected control parameters, selecting an adjustment of the initial parameter value of the selected control parameter, and predicting a predicted turbine output of the turbine operated using the adjustment of the selected control parameter and the initial parameter values for other control parameters; comparing the predicted turbine outputs for the adjustments of the respective control parameters to select, from the control parameters, a target control parameter having a target adjustment that results in the target turbine output; and operating the turbine with the target adjustment of the target control parameter.. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240703

Integrated thermostatic valve and charge air cooler cover assembly

A cover for a charge air cooler of a turbocharged engine. The cover body defines a cooling water plenum, which has an opening at a first side of the cover for attachment over a water outlet of the charge air cooler. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240667

Exhaust plenum for radial diffuser

An exhaust gas diffuser for a turbomachine includes a diffuser supported on a turbine rotor, aligned with an axis of said turbine rotor. The diffuser is configured to re-direct turbine exhaust gas substantially ninety degrees from a first direction of flow along the rotor axis. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240666

Valve poppet element defining balance chamber

A poppet element of a valve is provided. The poppet element is movable relative to a valve seat of the valve and includes a balance chamber wall defining a balance chamber with a center body partially fixed relative to the valve seat, an upper head, a balance chamber holder having a coefficient of thermal expansion (cte) that is matched with that of the upper head and a fastening element disposed to fasten the balance chamber holder to the upper head. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240642

Method for removing a rotor bucket from a turbomachine rotor wheel

A method of removing a bucket from a turbomachine rotor wheel includes exposing a base portion of the bucket, positioning a pulling device radially outwardly of the base portion, connecting the base portion of the bucket to the pulling device through a linking rod, exerting an axially outwardly directed force on the linking rod through the pulling device, and removing the base portion from the rotor wheel.. . ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240409

Washing machine appliances and methods for operating the same

Washing machine appliances and methods for operating washing machine appliances are provided. A washing machine appliance has a tub and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub, the basket defining a chamber for receipt of articles for washing. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240284

Disposable container for bioburden sample collection and detection

A disposable container for collection of microbe containing fluid samples is useful in a variety of microbial detection methods. One end of the container is provided with a lid comprising fluid flow apertures on one surface and a membrane filter (mf) on an opposed surface. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240171

System and method for black water removal

A system including a gasifier that may remove black water and includes a reactor and a quench chamber disposed downstream of the reactor. The quench chamber may cool a syngas generated in the reactor. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150240084

Composition and method for use in three dimensional printing

A composition suitable for forming a support using a three-dimensional (3d) deposition method is presented. The composition includes a wax including at least one functional group capable of reacting with a build material used in the 3d deposition method, when exposed to an actinic radiation, wherein the functional group is itself substantially non-reactive to the actinic radiation. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150239762

Method of reducing residual recalcitrant organic pollutants

A method for reducing recalcitrant chemical oxygen demand (cod) of a liquid in a water system is provided. The method comprises pretreating the liquid in a pretreatment unit (12) to remove indigenous bacteria or microbes to a population level below which the indigenous organisms can interfere with the screened and externally introduced microorganisms. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150239075

Adjustable working platform for curved surfaces

An adjustable working platform for a curved surface includes a support member configured to be inserted into a hole in the curved surface. An adjustable surface is configured for supporting a load, and the adjustable surface is configured to rotate and lock in multiple positions. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150239046

System having layered structure and method of making the same

A system includes a layered structure. The layered structure includes first and second coalesced layers and an intermediate layer disposed between the first and second coalesced layers. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150238159

System and method for performing bi-plane tomographic acquisitions

A method includes, in a bi-plane interventional imaging system, moving a first c-arm supporting a first x-ray source and a first x-ray detector about first and second axes while obtaining a plurality of first x-ray attenuation data sets relating to a subject of interest; moving a second c-arm, positioned crosswise with respect to the first c-arm and supporting a second x-ray source and a second x-ray detector, about the first axis while obtaining a plurality of second x-ray attenuation data sets relating to the subject of interest; and synchronizing the movement of the first and second c-arms to avoid collision therebetween.. . ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150238151

System and method for perfusion-based arrhythmia alarm evaluation

A method of prioritizing arrhythmia alarms based on one patient's perfusion level includes receiving arterial blood pressure, electrocardiogram heart rate, and arterial pulse rate values of the one patient during a same time window. Analysing the set of blood pressure values to determine if an arrhythmia event is indicated, where if an arrhythmia event is indicated, the method includes calculating a systolic blood pressure (sbp) ratio, comparing the sbp ratio to a first predetermined threshold, and if the sbp ratio is less than or equal to the first predetermined threshold, then activating a non-perfusion alarm. ... General Electric Company

08/27/15 / #20150238082

System and method for adaptive interference mitigation in wireless sensor network

A system includes wireless sensor devices monitoring a patient, a gateway device providing dual-frequency adaptive protocol time synchronization signals to the sensor devices, the time synchronization signals including a communication frame structure having time slots including two beacon signal time slots and a plurality of data slots, where the sensor devices transmit respective patient data a first time interleaved within a first data slot and a second time interleaved within a second data slot, the first interleaved data transmission and the second interleaved data transmission are each transmitted at respective different frequencies provided to the sensor devices in beacon signals received from the gateway device. The first interleaved data transmission includes both current data and previous data from the at least two wireless sensor devices, and a frequency agility pattern separates adjacent channels by a respective predetermined frequency offset. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150236939

Systems and methods for enhanced network identification

Systems and methods for enhanced network identification are provided. One example method includes receiving, by a computing device, identification data for each of a plurality of networks. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150236928

Update appliance communication settings to compensate for temperature fluctuations

Systems and methods for updating appliance communication settings to compensate for temperature fluctuations are provided. In particular, an appliance that includes one or more data communication components that provide wireless communication functionality can monitor one or more characteristics describing data communication failures experienced by the one or more data communication components. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150236633

Control method for reducing torque ripple in switched reluctance motors

A method of controlling torque ripple in a switched reluctance motor (srm) includes splitting each phase winding of the srm into an ac winding and a dc winding. The ac winding of each phase winding is excited with symmetrically displaced sinusoidal currents that may be projected into a reference frame that moves synchronously with the srm rotor.. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150236151

Silicon carbide semiconductor devices, and methods for manufacturing thereof

A semiconductor device is presented. The device includes a semiconductor layer including silicon carbide, and having a first surface and a second surface. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235796

Limiter type blow open air circuit breaker

A circuit breaker and a method of forming a current limiting circuit breaker are described. The circuit breaker includes a carrier assembly to supply current to a circuit through a fixed contact in a first operative state, a movable contact in physical contact with the fixed contact of the circuit, and a contact arm coupled to the movable contact, the contact arm including a pivot point. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235795

Limiter type air circuit breaker with blow open arrangement

A circuit breaker and a method of developing the current limiting circuit breaker are described. The circuit breaker includes a carrier assembly to supply current to a circuit through a fixed contact in a first operative state. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235794

Tri-stable flexure mechanism

Embodiments of a tri-stable flexure mechanism are described where a resilient component is present that serves as both a structural component in the kinematic chain of the mechanism and as energy storing component of the mechanism. The resilient component maintains a movable arm and an input link in either a first stable state or a second stable state when the ends of the resilient component are held in place so that the resilient component has a state of high elastic strain energy. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235793

Electromagnetically enhanced contact separation in a circuit breaker

Various embodiments of a circuit breaker are described where a movable bridge connector is employed as part of the conductive path when the circuit breaker is in a closed configuration. When the circuit is opened, the connector is displaced from the two fixed contacts otherwise bridged by the connector. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235757

System and method for reducing partial discharge in high voltage planar transformers

A device includes a printed circuit board (pcb). The device may also include a high voltage coil disposed on the pcb and a low voltage coil disposed on the pcb. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235484

Imaging system and method

An imaging system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to be disposed on a first vehicle system or at a wayside location along a route to generate image data within a field of view of the camera. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235363

Systems and methods for identifying bone marrow in medical images

Systems and method for identifying bone marrow in medical images are provided. A method includes obtaining a three-dimensional (3d) computed tomography (ct) volume data set corresponding to an imaged volume and identifying voxels in the 3d ct volume data set having a hounsfield unit (hu) value below a bone threshold. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235150

Method and system for optimization of combined cycle power plant

A method for determining an operating set point for a combined cycle power plant, the method includes: simulating the operation of the power plant; correcting the simulation of the operation of the power plant; optimizing the simulation of the operation by simulating the operation at different operating settings and selecting at least one of the operating settings as being optimal, and generating the operating set point based on the optimized simulation of the power plant.. . ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235106

Vehicle image data management system and method

An image management system includes a controller and one or more analysis processors. The controller is configured to receive search parameters that specify at least one of operational data or a range of operational data of one or more vehicle systems. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150235094

Vehicle imaging system and method

An imaging system and method generate image data within a field of view that includes a cab of the vehicle and a portion of a route being traveled on and/or wayside devices disposed along the route. The cab includes a space where an operator of the vehicle is located. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150234364

Method for operating kitchen appliance

Methods for operating kitchen appliances are provided. A method includes detecting a user's presence, and associating the user's presence with a preference profile for the user, the preference profile comprising a stored setting preference for the kitchen appliance. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150234070

Computer-assisted fault interpretation of seismic data

The approaches presently disclosed provide for fault-interpretation in a seismic volume with computer assistance, allowing automatic or semi-automatic determination of a fault surface and associated displacement across the fault. The present fault interpretation approach uses pattern matching algorithms and does not require prior interpretation of the stratigraphic horizons. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233917

Sensitive and rapid method for detection of low levels of lal-reactive substances

Methods and systems for measuring the concentration of lal-reactive substances in fluid samples is provided. They include contacting an aqueous sample with a detection reagent to form a prepared sample. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233916

Centripetal microfluidic platform for lalreactive substances testing

A centripetal microfluidic platform comprised of a microfluidics disc and a reader for testing lal-reactive substances in fluid samples is provided. The microfluidic disc may comprise at least two testing areas wherein each testing area includes a reservoir portion for receiving at least one fluid sample. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233887

Sensor systems for measuring an interface level in a multi-phase fluid composition

A sensor includes a resonant transducer, the resonant transducer being configured to determine the composition of an emulsion or other dispersion. The resonant transducer has a sampling cell, a bottom winding disposed around the sampling cell, and a top winding disposed around the bottom winding. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233803

High-throughput methods and systems for processing biological materials

A high-throughput system for processing biological material that comprises: a tray that supports a functionally-closed fluid path subsystem comprising, a vessel for containing and enabling the biological material to separate into two or more distinct submaterials; one or more receptacles to receive one or more of the submaterials from the vessel; a filtration device; a conduit through which one or more submaterials are transported between at least the vessel and the filtration device; and a first engagement structure; a processing unit comprising, a pumping device for moving one or more of the submaterials between at least the vessel and the filtration device via the conduit; a second engagement structure corresponding to the first engagement structure; a locking mechanism for at least temporarily holding the tray in a fixed position relative to the processing unit; a control device that automatically starts and stops the pumping device in response to one or more commands.. . ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233802

Methods for sample storage and device thereof

A method of drying a biological sample disposed on a substrate is provided. The method comprises providing the substrate comprising a sample loading area and a heat source; activating the heat source for generating heat; heating the substrate at least above 65° c.; and drying the biological sample. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233770

Cooktop temperature sensors and methods of operation

Cooktop temperature sensors and methods of operation are provided. An example cooktop appliance includes a cooktop element and a cooktop temperature sensor assembly. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233348

Dynamic cut-in wind speed for wind turbines

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating a wind turbine. More specifically, the system and method determines a dynamic cut-in wind speed for the wind turbine based on one or more environmental conditions. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233342

Wind turbine dome and method of assembly

An aerodynamic dome structure that is placed in front of a wind turbine hub includes a plurality of arcuate panels. The arcuate panels are interconnected to form a dome-shaped structure. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233341

Methods and systems for removing and/or installing wind turbine rotor blades

In one aspect, a method for installing a blade sock onto a rotor blade of a wind turbine may generally include positioning the blade sock adjacent to a blade tip of the rotor blade, wherein the blade sock comprises a sock strap forming a closed-shape. In addition, the method may include moving the blade sock relative to the rotor blade such that the blade tip is received within the closed-shape formed by the sock strap and moving the blade sock spanwise along the rotor blade towards a blade root of the rotor blade until the blade sock is positioned at an intermediate location defined between the blade root and the blade tip, wherein the sock strap is configured to fit tightly around an outer perimeter of the rotor blade at the intermediate location.. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233258

Turbine bucket and method for balancing a tip shroud of a turbine bucket

The present application and the resultant patent provide a turbine bucket for a gas turbine engine. The turbine bucket may include an airfoil, a tip shroud positioned radially outward from the airfoil, and a seal rail positioned radially outward from the tip shroud and extending in a generally tangential direction from a first end to a second end of the tip shroud. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233256

Novel architectures for ultra low thermal conductivity thermal barrier coatings with improved erosion and impact properties

A thermal barrier coating system for metal components in a gas turbine engine having an ultra low thermal conductivity and high erosion resistance, comprising an oxidation-resistant bond coat formed from an aluminum rich material such as mcraly and a thermal insulating ceramic layer over the bond coat comprising a zirconium or hafnium oxide lattice structure (zro2 or hfo2) and an oxide stabilizer compound comprising one or more of the compounds ytterbium oxide (yb2o3), yttria oxide (y2o3), hafnium oxide (hfo2), lanthanum oxide (la2o3), tantalum oxide (ta2o5) or zirconium oxide (zro2). The invention includes a new method of forming the ceramic-based thermal barrier coatings using a liquid-based suspension containing microparticles comprised of at least one of the above compounds ranging in size between about 0.1 and 5 microns. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150233213

Power integrated system and method for drilling rig and oil/gas production equipment

A power integrated system includes a gas storage unit, a gas driven generator, a power bus, a drilling rig, oil/gas production equipment, and a gas reformer. The gas storage unit is used for storing natural gas. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150232320

Refrigerator appliance and method

Refrigerator appliances and methods for operating refrigerator appliances are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting a user's presence, associating the user's presence with a heated beverage preference, and initiating heating of a liquid stored in the refrigerator appliance. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150232307

Methods and systems for removing and/or installing wind turbine rotor blades

A method for removing a rotor blade from a wind turbine may generally include installing a blade sock around an outer perimeter of the rotor blade, coupling a support cable to the blade root, lowering the rotor blade relative to the hub using the support cable, coupling at least one pulley cable between the rotor blade and a winch using at least one pulley, moving the pulley cable relative to the pulley to lower the rotor blade relative to the hub, applying a force through the blade sock as the pulley cable is moved relative to the pulley in order to control an orientation of the rotor blade and further lowering the rotor blade to a location on or adjacent to the support surface.. . ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150232097

Energy management system and method for vehicle systems

An energy management system and method for a vehicle system operate the vehicle system according to a current trip plan as the vehicle system travels along a route during a trip. The current trip plan designates operational settings of the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150231796

Treated component and methods of forming a treated component

A treated component and methods for forming a treated component are disclosed. The methods include providing an untreated component having an untreated creep strength. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150231696

Methods for directional solidification casting

A method of directionally solidifying a molten alloy is presented. The molten alloy is disposed in a shell mold that has a thermal conductivity value greater than about 2 w/m-k. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150230770

Diagnosis station for diagnosing mammograms

A diagnosis station for diagnosing mammograms comprising a monitor device for displaying at least one mammogram, a computing device providing image data of the mammogram, and an input device for controlling the display of the mammogram. Herein, the input device comprises a touch sensitive touchscreen for controlling the display of the mammogram on the monitor device, the computing device provides first image data of the mammogram to the input device to display the mammogram on the touchscreen, the computing device provides second image data of the mammogram to the monitor device to display the mammogram on the monitor device, and the input device displays the mammogram according to the first image data on the touchscreen and, upon input of a control command by a user via the touchscreen, according to the mammogram displayed on the touchscreen, transfers control command data relating to the control command to the computing device.. ... General Electric Company

08/20/15 / #20150230687

Spray arm assembly for dishwasher appliances

Dishwasher appliances and spray arm assemblies for dishwasher appliances are provided. An assembly includes an indexing assembly disposed between a conduit and a plurality of spray arms. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150229516

Systems and methods for touch-less commissioning of intelligent electronic devices

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to intelligent electronic devices (ieds), and, more specifically, to systems and methods for initial configuration or commissioning of ieds after installation. In an embodiment, a system includes an intelligent electronic device (ied) configuring system having an ied that is configured with a wireless network configuration prior to deployment that enables the ied to automatically connect to a particular wireless network when it is detected. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150229185

Stator bar clip adapter for liquid cooled dynamoelectric device

A stator bar clip adapter for a liquid cooled dynamoelectric device having a stator bar bottle clip coupled to a first stator bar and a stator bar leaf clip coupled to a second, same series-loop stator bar, and a related dynamoelectric device are disclosed. The stator bar clip adapter includes a bottle clip engaging member configured to engage a stator bar bottle clip; and a leaf clip engaging member coupled to the bottle clip engaging member and configured to engage a stator bar leaf clip.. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150228092

Digital breast tomosynthesis reconstruction using adaptive voxel grid

Some embodiments are associated with generation of a volumetric image representing an imaged object associated with a patient. According to some embodiments, tomosynthesis projection data may be acquired. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150227875

Systems and methods to determine competitiveness of a long term service agreement

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to analyzing costs, and more particularly, to analyzing costs associated with a power plant asset. In one embodiment, a system can include a first sensor and a first computer communicatively coupled to the first sensor. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150227358

Utility meter intelligent firmware update system and method

One embodiment describes a utility metering system. The utility metering system includes a utility meter that is communicatively coupled to a utility service provider, in which the utility meter includes firmware. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150227150

Method and system for managing power consumption of a meter during communication activities

Described herein are embodiments of methods and systems for detecting communications of a first meter board and using that detection as an indication to manage power consumption of the meter by a second meter board. In accordance with one aspect, a method is provided for detecting communications of a first meter board by a second meter board. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150227117

System and method for verifying the configuration and installation of a monitoring and protection system

System and method for verifying a monitoring and protection system's (mps) configuration and installation are disclosed. The mps includes a plurality of input/output (i/o) channels configured to couple to at least one sensor sensing machinery operations, an analog-to-digital converter (adc) communicatively coupled to the plurality of i/o channels, where the adc is configured to receive at least one signal from the plurality of i/o channels communicated by the sensor and is configured to convert the signal to a digital data. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226583

System and method for tamper detection in a utility meter

A tamper detection system for a utility meter includes an emitter configured to emit light and a detector configured to receive light. The tamper detection system also includes a light modifying feature coupled to an interior surface of a meter cover. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226468

Linear oscillation system having a suspension system and a method for assembling the same

A linear oscillation system comprising a housing, a stationary assembly, a moveable assembly and a suspension system is disclosed. The suspension system is mechanically coupled between the moveable assembly and the housing. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226435

Combustor cap assembly

A system includes a multi-tube fuel nozzle assembly. The multi-tube fuel nozzle assembly includes a support structure defining an interior volume configured to receive an air flow. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226210

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a piston. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226203

Linear compressor

A linear compressor and a method for lubricating a piston in the same are provided. The linear compressor includes a sleeve that defines a groove, a plurality of channels and a plurality of thru-holes. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226202

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a piston slidably received within a chamber of a cylinder assembly and a mover positioned in a driving coil. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226201

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a piston slidably received within a chamber of a cylinder assembly and a mover positioned in a driving coil. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226200

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a piston slidably received within a chamber of a cylinder assembly and a mover positioned in a driving coil. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226199

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a casing and a machined spring. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226198

Linear compressor

A linear compressor and a method for operating a linear compressor are provided. The linear compressor includes a casing and a machined spring. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226197

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a pair of planar spring assemblies mounted to an inner back iron assembly at opposite sides of the inner back iron assembly. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226196

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a piston slidably received within a chamber of a cylinder assembly. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226195

Method for monitoring a linear compressor

A method for monitoring a linear compressor is provided. The method includes determining a velocity dependent induced voltage in a driving coil of the linear compressor, extracting a higher order harmonic from the velocity dependent induced voltage, and establishing that a piston of the linear compressor is crashing if the higher order harmonic is greater than a reference value.. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226194

Linear compressor

A linear compressor is provided. The linear compressor includes a machined spring. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226179

Method and system for replacing a single wind turbine blade

A method of replacing a wind turbine blade includes connecting a plurality of first hoisting devices between a wind turbine support hub and the wind turbine blade, suspending the wind turbine blade from the wind turbine support hub through the plurality of first hoisting devices, connecting a plurality of second hoisting devices between the wind turbine support hub and the wind turbine blade, supporting the wind turbine support blade with the plurality of second hoisting devices, disconnecting the plurality of first hoisting devices from the wind turbine blade, and lowering the wind turbine blade to the ground.. . ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226159

Method and systems for exhaust gas recirculation

Various methods and systems are provided for reducing cylinder-to-cylinder variation in exhaust gas recirculation. In one embodiment, a system comprises a first cylinder group of an engine having a first number of cylinders, a second cylinder group of the engine having a second number of cylinders that is not an integer multiple of the first number of cylinders, and an exhaust system coupled to the first cylinder group and the second cylinder group. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226133

Gas turbine load control system

A gas turbine system includes a combustor configured to combust an oxidant and a fuel in the presence of an exhaust gas diluent to produce combustion products, an oxidant supply path fluidly coupled to the combustor and configured to flow the oxidant to the combustor at an oxidant flow rate, and a turbine configured to extract work from the combustion products to produce an exhaust gas used to generate the exhaust gas diluent. The turbine causes a shaft of the gas turbine system to rotate when the work is extracted from the combustion products. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226129

Method for detecting hazardous gas concentrations within a gas turbine enclosure

A method for detecting hazardous gas concentration from an exhaust duct of a gas turbine enclosure includes aggregating multiple exhaust air samples collected via a first and a second plurality of sampling ports disposed within the exhaust duct to provide first and second aggregated exhaust air samples to primary and secondary sensors disposed outside of the exhaust duct. The method further includes sensing hazardous gas concentrations within the first and second aggregated exhaust air samples, where the primary and secondary sensors communicate signals that are indicative of the hazardous gas concentrations and functionality of the primary and secondary sensors to a computing device. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226128

Hazardous gas detection system for a gas turbine enclosure

A hazardous gas detection system includes a first and second plurality of air sampling ports in fluid communication with an exhaust duct of a gas turbine enclosure. The first and second plurality of air sampling ports is fluidly connected to a first and second outlet orifice respectfully. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226083

Ceramic centerbody and method of making

A ceramic centerbody (120) for an aircraft gas turbine engine. The ceramic centerbody (120) comprises an interlaced fiber structure having fibers oriented in a substantially transverse directions and a ceramic matrix surrounding the ceramic fiber structure. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226081

System and method for monitoring health of airfoils

A method comprising the steps of determining normalized delta times of arrival corresponding to a plurality of blades based upon actual times of arrival corresponding to the plurality of blades, and determining static deflections of the plurality of blades by removing effects of one or more common factors from the normalized delta times of arrival corresponding to the plurality of blades.. . ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150226069

Rotating turbine component with preferential hole alignment

A turbine airfoil includes: a concave pressure sidewall and a convex suction sidewall joined together at a leading edge and a trailing edge, and extending between a root and a tip; an internal rib extending between the pressure sidewall and the suction sidewall; and a crossover hole formed in the rib, the crossover hole having a noncircular cross-sectional shape with a major axis defining a maximum dimension of the cross-sectional shape; wherein the major axis of the crossover hole lies in plane with the rib and is non-parallel to an imaginary curvilinear lateral centerline which defines a locus of points lying halfway between the pressure and suction sidewalls. The orientation of the crossover holes minimizes stress concentration caused by the presence of the crossover holes.. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150224743

Additively manufactured article

An article includes at least one first portion, wherein the at least one first portion is additively manufactured by depositing successive layers of one or more materials upon a surface such that a three dimensional structure is obtained; at least one second portion affixed the at least one first portion, the at least one second portion including a substantially planar member, and further including at least one bottom surface and at least one top surface; and at least one third portion, wherein the at least one third portion is additively manufactured by depositing successive layers of one or more materials upon the at least one top surface such that a three dimensional structure is obtained.. . ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150224650

Vision-guided electromagnetic robotic system

Embodiments of the disclosure comprise a vision-based robotic manipulation system that identifies, singulates, and removes an individual surgical instrument from a cluttered environment. A computer-vision algorithm incorporated with the system is robust against optical challenges such as changing light conditions, specularities, and inter-reflections among various surgical instruments. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150224611

Method and system for non-invasive separation of components

A method and system for use in facilitating relative movement between first and second components is provided. A first component engagement assembly is inserted into an opening in the first component. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150224566

Methods for casting titanium and titanium aluminide alloys

The disclosure relates generally to mold compositions and methods of molding and the articles so molded. More specifically, the disclosure relates to mold compositions, intrinsic facecoat compositions, and methods for casting titanium-containing articles, and the titanium-containing articles so molded.. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150224343

Method and system for integrated patient table digital x-ray dosimeter

A method of imaging a patient and an x-ray dosimetry system are provided. The x-ray dosimetry system includes a support platform configured to support an object to be imaged and a digital x-ray dosimeter mounted on a surface of the support platform, the x-ray dosimeter configured to receive incident radiation prior to the incident radiation having passed through the object to be imaged, the x-ray dosimeter comprising a thickness of less than about four millimeters.. ... General Electric Company

08/13/15 / #20150223772

Systems and methods for ultrasound probe guidance

Systems and method for ultrasound probe guidance are provided. One system includes a probe guide with a body having at least one engagement portion for coupling an ultrasound probe to the body. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150222976

Multi-function synthetic jet and method of manufacturing same

A synthetic jet assembly includes a synthetic jet having a cavity and an opening formed therein. The synthetic jet assembly also includes an actuator element coupled to a second surface of the body to selectively cause displacement of the second surface, and a control unit electrically coupled to the actuator element. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150222165

Reluctance-based resonant linear motor

Reluctance-based resonant linear motors and methods of operation are provided. An example linear motor includes a spring having a plurality of coils. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150221904

Battery modules and cells with insulated module block, and method for manufacturing

Systems and methods for providing the assembly electrochemical cells in neutral materials are described. Components can be eliminated from traditional electrochemical cell designs in this fashion. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150221225

System and method for managing aircraft ground operations

A method for managing aircraft ground operations includes receiving an initial gate assignment schedule, an initial operational task schedule, and a current flight schedule. The method also includes determining a first adjusted gate assignment schedule based at least in part on the initial gate assignment schedule and the current flight schedule to reduce costs associated with reassigning aircraft to alternative gates. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150220428

Automatic commissioning of digital addressable lighting control systems

A lighting system according to various embodiments includes a lighting array having a plurality of luminaires and a plurality of sensors. The lighting system also includes a controller configured to operate in at least one from the group including (i) pre commissioning mode and (ii) a commissioning mode. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150220261

Method and device for determining geometric property

A method for determining a type of a measurement includes receiving touch data via a touchscreen; automatically identifying a plurality of cursor points in the touch data using a processor; and automatically determining a measurement type based on the touch data using the processor. A method for determining a geometric property of an object further includes displaying an image of the object on the touchscreen and automatically determining the geometric property corresponding to the plurality of cursor points and the determined measurement type using the processor. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219771

Systems and methods for scintillators having polished and roughened surfaces

A scintillator crystal array that is configured to receive rays emitted by an object to be imaged and to emit light energy responsive to the received rays includes plural crystals. At least one of the crystals includes an upper surface, a lower surface, and plural sides. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219340

Gas burner with stability chamber and grooved cap

A gas burner assembly for an appliance is provided. The gas burner has a gas stability chamber for providing a re-ignition source to primary burner ports positioned around the burner. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219337

System and method for reducing modal coupling of combustion dynamics

A system and method for reducing modal coupling of combustion dynamics generally include multiple combustors, and each combustor includes multiple fuel nozzle groups for mixing fuel with a compressed working fluid prior to combustion. A fuel circuit is in fluid communication with each fuel nozzle, and orifice plates in the fuel circuit upstream from the fuel nozzles control the fuel split between the fuel nozzles in each combustor and/or between different combustors to produce a frequency difference between combustors.. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219336

Systems and methods for reducing modal coupling of combustion dynamics

A gas turbine includes one or more combustors, and each combustor may include one or more fuel nozzles for mixing fuel with a compressed working fluid prior to combustion. The gas turbine further includes various structures for reducing the modal coupling of the combustion dynamics by producing a different convective time, fuel flow, and/or compressed working fluid flow through at least one fuel nozzle.. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219335

System and method for reducing modal coupling of combustion dynamics

A system and method for reducing modal coupling of combustion dynamics among multiple combustors are provided. Each combustor may include one or more fuel nozzles axially aligned with a combustion chamber; one or more fuel injectors downstream from the fuel nozzles; and a set of flow openings integrated with the combustor. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219217

Compression seal bracket and system for generator cooler

A compression seal bracket for sealing a thermally moveable end of a generator cooler is disclosed. The bracket may include a unitary body including a first portion at an angle to a second portion with an integral curvilinear portion therebetween. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219075

Method for operating a wind farm and wind farm

A method for operating a wind farm is provided. The wind farm includes at least two groups of wind turbines, each of the at least two groups of wind turbines includes at least one wind turbine of the wind farm, each of the wind turbines of the wind farm belonging to one of the at least two groups of wind turbines. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219055

Systems and methods for initializing a generator

A method for initializing a generator may include sending a field reference voltage to an exciter that may provide a direct current (dc) current and a dc voltage to a rotor of a generator based on a current set point that corresponds to the field reference voltage. The method may then include receiving a voltage feedback signal output by the generator, determining one or more locations of one or more poles of the generator based on the voltage feedback signal, and sending one or more firing signals to one or more switches of a starter after determining the locations of the poles, such that the switches couple the voltage to a stator of the generator.. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219019

Methods and systems for detecting lean blowout in gas turbine systems

A system includes a control system. The control system includes a coherence derivation system configured to derive a coherence between respective outputs of each of a plurality of combustors coupled to a gas turbine system, and a phase derivation system configured to derive a phase difference between the respective outputs of each of the plurality of combustors coupled to the gas turbine system. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219018

System and method for operating a gas turbine

A system and method for operating a gas turbine include a controller that determines, for at least one combustion instability, a frequency; a quantification of the frequency or a quantification of the frequency through time; and, optionally, a phase and/or an amplitude. The logic also causes the controller to compare the frequency, the quantification of the frequency or the quantification of the frequency through time, the phase, and/or the amplitude of the at least one combustion instability to an associated predetermined limit. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150219016

System and method for operating a gas turbine

A system for operating a gas turbine includes a controller configured to execute logic stored in a memory that causes the controller to determine a frequency, a coherence and, optionally, a phase and/or an amplitude, of a combustion instability; to compare the frequency and the coherence, and, optionally, the phase and/or the amplitude, of the combustion instability to a respective predetermined limit; and to adjust at least one parameter of the gas turbine if the frequency, the coherence, and, optionally, the phase and/or the amplitude of the combustion instability is actionable relative to the respective predetermined limit. A related method of operating the gas turbine is also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150218974

Model-based partial letdown thrust balancing

A method, control system, and combined cycle power plant are disclosed herein, which enable balancing thrust between a high pressure (hp) section and an intermediate pressure (ip) section of an opposed flow steam turbine in a combined cycle power plant, including predicting or determining a presence or absence of a thrust imbalance between the hp section and the ip section based on steam flow, pressure, and temperature data at an hp section inlet; and based on the presence or absence of the thrust imbalance, adjusting an amount of steam that enters the hp section.. . ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150218962

Micro channel and methods of manufacturing a micro channel

A core for forming micro channels within a turbine component is provided. The core includes a base comprising a first side and a second side; and a core assembly coupled to the second side. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150218959

Variable clearance mechanism for use in a turbine engine and method of assembly

A variable clearance mechanism for use in a turbine engine is provided that includes a stationary component, a plurality of articulating seal members coupled to the stationary component, and a biasing mechanism including an actuation ring. The variable clearance mechanism varies the position of stationary seal members to provide variable bucket tip clearance as a function of an operating condition of the turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150218469

System and method for slurry preparation

A system includes a gasifier configured to gasify a fuel contained within a fuel slurry in order to generate syngas and a black water. The fuel slurry includes at least the fuel and water. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150217790

Data communication system and method

A system and method for communicating data obtain operational data associated with a control system of a vehicle consist. The operational data is obtained at a first vehicle of the consist. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150217412

Weld filler for nickel-base superalloys

A weld repair for repairing an imperfection in a nickel base superalloy article. The weld repair provides a weldment that includes a weld joint, a heat affected zone adjacent to the weld joint and a nickel base alloy base material adjacent to the heat affected zone and opposite the weld joint. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150217239

Methods for manufacturing ion exchange membranes

To make membranes, a plurality of membrane substrates are each wetted with a curable liquid mixture, arranged in a stack such that every pair of substrates are separated by at least one film, and moved simultaneously through a common curing region. Each wetted substrate sheet may be sandwiched between two films. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150217080

Vaporizer filler and method of filling a vaporizer

A vaporizer filler includes a fill port. The fill port defines an open interior. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150216511

Methods and systems for data communication in an ultrasound system

Methods and systems for data communication in an ultrasound system are provided. One method includes acquiring ultrasound data using an ultrasound probe having a plurality of transducer elements, wherein the ultrasound data includes echo information acquired from the plurality of transducer elements and the ultrasound data is acquired using a plurality of transmit events of the ultrasound probe. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150216492

Gantry with secondary safety mechanism

A gantry of a tomography apparatus has a rotary member that is rotatable around an axis. The rotary member carries at least one component attached thereto. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150216390

Dishwasher appliance having energy recovery features

Dishwasher appliances are provided. A dishwasher appliance includes a tub defining a chamber for the receipt of articles for cleaning, a sump for collecting liquid from the chamber, a fluid circulation conduit for circulating liquid in the tub, and a first pump downstream of and in fluid communication with the sump. ... General Electric Company

08/06/15 / #20150216388

Dishwasher appliance and method for operating same

Dishwasher appliances and methods are provided. A dishwasher appliance includes a chamber and a door, the door having an interior wall and a bottom. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150216080

System for cooling heat generating electrically active components for subsea applications

A subsea power module includes an outer pressure compensated vessel defining an interior chamber and one or more heat generating electrical components disposed within the interior chamber. The outer pressure compensated vessel is configured to maintain a pressure within the interior chamber substantially the same as an ambient pressure outside the outer pressure compensated vessel. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150215744

System and method for indoor positioning, navigation and location specific services

A system including a luminaire lens including a surface having a coded positional data pattern, a mobile communication device including a camera and a display screen, a database having data records representing a floor plan of a building or structure, the mobile communication device in communication with the database, and a mobile communication device application, the application configured to decode the coded positional data pattern and to locate the decoded positional data on the floor plan, wherein the decoded positional data is displayed on the display screen. A method includes providing a luminaire lens having a coded positional data pattern, decoding the positional data, locating the decoded positional data on the floor plan, and displaying the decoded positional data on a display screen. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150214833

System and method of compensating power factor for electrical loads

A power factor controller (pfc) for an electrical load such as led lighting includes a power factor correcting converter for generating a sinusoidal input current. The pfc further includes a programmable controller for estimating a phase shifted multiplier. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150214830

System and method of power conversion

Systems and methods for power conversion are disclosed. The systems and methods use generation of a plurality of power levels approximately equal to multiples of one or more power supply voltage levels along with generation of one or more intermediate power levels between levels of the plurality of power levels via spanning reactor inductors. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150214720

Door latch interruption upon detection of current leakage

Appliances that include a ground fault door latch trip circuit that leverages a door latch circuit of the appliance to open one or more component relays upon detection of a current leakage event are provided. In particular, the ground fault door latch trip circuit can provide one or more shunt paths when a ground fault event is detected. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150214458

Thermoelectric generator system for intercooler coupled to turbocharger

A thermoelectric generator system for use between gases from a compressor stage of a turbocharger and a heat transfer fluid of an intercooler that treats the gases. In one version, the system may include a first terminal in thermal contact with gases from the compressor stage of the turbocharger to be treated by the intercooler; a second terminal in thermal contact with a heat transfer fluid for use in the intercooler; and a thermoelectric material between the first terminal and the second terminal, the thermoelectric generator converting a temperature difference between the gases and the heat transfer fluid to an electric current. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150213989

Apparatus and method to remotely reset a lock out mechanism

An apparatus to remotely reset a lock out mechanism of an electric distribution circuit breaker from a trip-free position includes a remote signal receiver to receive a remote reset signal and initiate movement of a lever based on the remote reset signal. The apparatus also includes a remote reset link assembly to move from a first position in response to the movement of the lever and cause a movement of a reset component. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150213971

System and method for operating an on-load tap changer

A system for operating an on-load tap changer (oltc) includes a plurality of legs that include mechanical switches. At least one leg switches from a first to a second tap of the oltc on receipt of a tap change signal. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150213827

Increased spectral efficiency and reduced synchronization delay with bundled transmissions

Techniques are provided for increasing spectral efficiency over data channels in a storage or communication system. In some embodiments, data may be encoded and transmitted over multiple channels. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150212159

Multi-winding high sensitivity current transformer

A system includes a sensor configured to detect an electrical leakage current associated with an operation of an industrial machine. The sensor includes a core and a first winding encircling a first portion of the core. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150212048

Method and system for determination of geometric features in objects

A method and system for determination of geometric features in an object is provided. The method includes receiving at least one geometric feature response to an ultrasound beam incident on the object. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150211951

Method and systems for detecting turbocharger imbalance with an rfid circuit

Various methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a rotating device. In one example, a system includes a rotating device and a rfid circuit coupled to the rotating device. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150211784

Appliance with a water filtration system

An appliance includes a main body defining an access opening; a door movably attached to the main body and configured to close the access opening in a closed position, the door comprising a front, a back, a side surface extending from the front to the back, and a recess formed in the side surface, the back facing the main body when the door is in the closed position; and a water filtration system comprising a filter disposed in the recess.. . ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150211512

System and method for driving multiple pumps electrically with a single prime mover

A converterless motor-driven pump system includes an off-grid prime mover. The prime mover includes a rotational driveshaft that operates in response to a throttle or fuel input controller to control a rotation speed of the prime mover driveshaft. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150211377

Sealing device for providing a seal in a turbomachine

Sealing device for providing seals between adjacent components, and turbomachines utilizing such sealing devices, are provided. A sealing device includes a seal plate insertable between the adjacent components, the seal plate comprising a first face and an opposing second face. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150211373

High chord bucket with dual part span shrouds and curved dovetail

A turbine bucket includes an entry dovetail; an airfoil portion extending from the entry dovetail, the airfoil portion having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side and a suction side. Radially inner- and outer-span shrouds are provided on each of the pressure side and the suction side, the part-span shrouds each having hard faces adapted to engage and slide relative to corresponding part-span shrouds on adjacent buckets.. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150211166

Washing machine appliances and methods for washing articles therein

Washing machine appliances and methods are provided. A washing machine appliance has a drum positioned within a tub, the drum defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing, and an ozone generation system for directing ozonized water into tub. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150210304

Route examining system and method

A system includes first and second application devices, a control unit, and at least one processor. The first and second application devices are configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with one of the conductive tracks. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150210302

System and method for communicating data in a vehicle system

A system includes a first communication module and a second communication module. The first communication module is configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle of a vehicle consist, and the second communication module is configured to be disposed onboard a second vehicle of the vehicle consist. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150210295

System and method for vehicle engine control

A control system for a vehicle system includes a mechanically-adjustable valve having a plurality of positions, a position sensor, and a controller. The mechanically-adjustable valve is configured to be disposed onboard a rail vehicle that is coupled to at least one other rail vehicle in a consist. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150210283

System, method, and computer software code for optimizing performance of a powered system

A system to optimize performance of a powered system, the system including a data device configured to provide current information about current operating conditions of the powered system and/or prior information about the powered system, a controller configured to control operation of the powered system, and a processor configured to provide at least one control command to the controller for use in operating the powered system and/or user information with at least one recommended command to a user to control the powered system, wherein the at least one control command and/or user information are based at least in part on the current information and/or the prior information. A system and computer software code, stored on a computer readable media and executable with a processor, are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150210171

Vehicle propulsion system with multi-channel dc bus and method of manufacturing same

An apparatus includes a multi-channel dc bus assembly comprising a first channel and a second channel, a first electromechanical device coupled to a positive dc link of the first channel, and a second electromechanical device coupled to a positive dc link of the second channel. A first dc-to-ac voltage inverter is coupled to the positive dc link of the first channel and a second dc-to-ac voltage inverter is coupled to the positive dc link of the second channel. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150210158

Integrated mounting and cooling apparatus, electronic device, and vehicle

An integrated mounting and cooling apparatus includes a housing body having a first mounting surface configured to receive electronic components to be cooled and a heat dissipation channel extending through the housing body under the first mounting surface. An array of cooling fins is disposed in the heat dissipation channel. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209929

Apparatus and method for treating rotatable component

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to an apparatus and method for treating a rotatable component. An apparatus according to the present disclosure can include: a sliding engagement member configured to slidably engage a portion of a rotating component that is temporarily stationary; and a tool engaging member for positioning a machining tool relative to the rotating component to machine a surface of the rotating component, wherein the tool engaging member is rotatable to one of a plurality of angles relative to the sliding engagement member.. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209901

Method and system for detecting drilling progress in laser drilling

A method for detecting drilling progress in laser drilling is provided. The method includes sensing a process condition during the drilling of an airfoil, and sensing a change in the process condition indicative of a breakthrough of a laser from the laser drill through a near wall of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209900

Method determining hole completion

The present disclosure provides a method for determining a hole completing in laser drilling of a hole in a near wall of an airfoil. The method includes drilling a hole in the near wall of the airfoil using a laser drill. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209899

Method for drilling a hole in an airfoil

A method for manufacturing an airfoil is provided, the method including drilling a hole in a near wall of the airfoil using a laser drill and activating a back strike protection in a cavity of the airfoil. The method additionally includes detecting a breakthrough of a laser from the laser drill through the near wall of the airfoil and subsequently initiating a drilling subroutine, with the drilling subroutine including a continued operation of the laser drill. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209859

Casting method and cast article

A casting method and cast article are provided. The casting method includes providing a casting furnace, the casting furnace including a withdrawal region in a lower end, positioning a mold within the casting furnace, positioning a molten material in the mold, partially withdrawing the mold a withdrawal distance through the withdrawal region in the casting furnace, the withdrawal distance providing a partially withdrawn portion, then reinserting at least a portion of the partially withdrawn portion into the casting furnace through the withdrawal region, and then completely withdrawing the mold from the casting furnace. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209851

Methods for stator bar shape tooling

Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods for providing stator bar shape tooling. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for shaping an element. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209013

Methods and systems for display of shear-wave elastography and strain elastography images

Methods and systems for displaying ultrasound images are provided. The method provides receiving a user input selecting a shear-wave mode for an ultrasound probe and obtaining shear-wave data of a region of interest (roi) acquired by the ultrasound probe when in the shear-wave mode. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150209003

Distinct needle display in ultrasonic image

A process for visualization of a needle in an ultrasound image comprises defining a region of an ultrasound image in which a body of a needle is expected using a needle tracking system to predict the location of the needle. The process also includes assigning a probability to a plurality of pixels within the region of the ultrasound image of being representative of the body of the needle, and modifying the display of each pixel having an assigned probability within a predetermined range.. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150208999

Systems and methods for positioning detector heads

An imaging system is provided including a plurality of detector units and a controller. The plurality of detector units are distributed about a bore. ... General Electric Company

07/30/15 / #20150208936

Method for ecg lead placement changes to be accurately accounted for

A method and system for electrocardiographic monitoring includes receiving cardiac signals recorded from electrodes attached to a patient according to a known electrode configuration and determining the known electrode configuration. The cardiac signal is then automatically analyzed based on the alternative electrode configuration. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150208492

End of life protection for voltage fed ballast

An electric lighting device includes a voltage-fed inverter configured to receive a dc voltage and produce an ac lamp voltage. A lamp load is coupled to the ac lamp voltage and this lamp load includes a gas discharge lamp and a sensing capacitor coupled in series with the gas discharge lamp. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150207645

Synchrophasor data management systems and methods

One embodiment describes a non-transitory tangible computer-readable medium storing a plurality of instructions executable by a processor of an electronic device in a wide area monitoring system. The instructions include instructions to receive a synchro-command from the wide area monitoring system via a network interface, in which the synchro-command is time synchronized with a global clock by a time stamp encoded on the synchro-command; accept or reject the synchro-command with an input handler based at least in part on a sender id and a receiver id encoded on the synchro-command; schedule execution of a control command encoded on the synchro-command with a synchro-command manager based at least in part on a scheduler time encoded on the synchro-command; and execute the control command encoded on the synchro-command with the processor based at least in part on an application id encoded on the synchro-command.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150207415

Systems and methods for fast kilovolt switching in an x-ray system

A system includes a two-channel inverter for receiving a non-zero variable input voltage, first and second input channels each electrically coupled to the two-channel inverter, a transformer having a primary winding in electrical communication with the first and second input channels and secondary windings, and an active resonant circuit in electrical communication with the secondary windings for generating a switching output voltage at each of two different voltage levels. The active resonant circuit includes switching devices arranged in an anti-parallel configuration, a capacitor electrically coupled in series with the switching devices for receiving and storing energy during a first portion of a resonance cycle and for discharging the energy during a second portion of the resonance cycle, an inductor electrically coupled in series with the capacitor and the switching devices for transferring the energy to and from the capacitor during the resonance cycle, and an output.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150207365

Superconducting power generation system and associated method for generating power

A system includes a generator unit coupleable to a hydro turbine. The generator unit includes a casing having a first stationary support coupleable to a base disposed within water and a superconducting generator disposed within the casing. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150207344

Configurable hybrid energy storage system and method

An energy management module (emm) configured to electrically interconnect at least one first energy storage unit, at least one second energy storage unit, and a power bus; and configured to select a mode of operation. Each first energy storage unit has a first permissible charge rate; each second energy storage unit has a second permissible charge rate less than the first permissible charge rate. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150206256

Systems and methods for providing dynamic utility consumption ratings

A system includes a utility analytics system. The utility analytics system includes a memory configured to store a utility rating scheme system relating to consumption pricing of a utility, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to execute the utility rating scheme system for receiving an indication corresponding to a consumption of the utility, and deriving a dynamic utility rating scheme based at least in part on one or more cost indicators associated with a production of the utility or an operation of a grid configured to deliver the utility. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150205268

Implementing standardized behaviors in a hosting device

A system includes a standard functionality hosting device. The hosting device includes standard functionality hosting logic that includes machine-readable instructions stored on a tangible, non-transitory machine-readable medium configured to implement, control, or implement and control management functionalities defined by a standard, for one or more devices that are not independently enabled to implement, control, or implement and control the management functionalities. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204536

Method and system for steam generation and purification

A method and system for steam generation and purification is presented. The method includes receiving a fuel stream, a water stream, and an oxidant stream in a direct contact steam generation (dcsg) apparatus; and generating a gas mixture stream comprising steam and carbon dioxide (co2) in the dcsg apparatus. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204343

System for drawing solid feed into and/or out of a solid feed pump

A system includes a solid feed pump. The solid feed pump includes a housing, a rotor disposed in the housing, a curved passage disposed between the rotor and the housing, a solid feed inlet coupled to the curved passage, a solid feed outlet coupled to the curved passage, and a rotatable sleeve configured to rotate to actively draw solid feed into the solid feed inlet or out of the solid feed outlet.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204306

Rotatable aerodynamic surface features for wind turbine rotor blades

The present subject matter directed to a rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine having at least one rotatable aerodynamic surface feature configured thereon. The rotor blade assembly includes a body shell including a pressure side surface and a suction side surface extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204285

Multi-fuel engine system

Various methods and systems are provided for an intake manifold for an engine. In one example, an insert comprises an annular body having a top surface, bottom surface, inner surface, and outer surface. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204284

Multi-fuel engine system

Various methods and systems are provided for an intake manifold for an engine. In one example, the intake manifold comprises a first passage for supplying intake air to a plurality of cylinders of the engine and a second passage for supplying gaseous fuel to the plurality of cylinders.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204237

Turbine blade and method for enhancing life of the turbine blade

A turbine blade comprises a cooling passage defined between a pressure side wall and a suction side wall. A pin is disposed within the cooling passage and includes a first end that is connected to the pressure side wall and a second end that is connected to the suction side wall. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204215

Steam turbomachine valve having a valve member and seal assembly

A steam turbomachine valve includes a valve body having an inlet portion, an outlet portion, and an interior portion. The interior portion includes an inner wall. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204182

Method and system for determination of pipe location in blowout preventers

A system to detect a position of a pipe with respect to a bop includes a casing disposed around an outer surface of a section of the pipe. The system further includes sensing devices that are disposed on the casing and arranged to form a plurality of arrays and configured to generate position signals. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204166

Apparatus and method of preparing and delivering a fluid mixture using direct proppant injection

An apparatus and method for preparing and delivering a fluid mixture. The apparatus including a high pressure differential solids feeder assembly and a pressurized mixing apparatus. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150204004

Washing machine appliances and methods for operating the same

Washing machine appliances and method for operating washing machine appliances are provided. A washing machine appliance has a tub and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub, the basket defining a chamber for receipt of articles for washing. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150203836

Electric pulse generation systems using capacitive coupling

In accordance with the present disclosure, exposure of a sample to one or more electric pulses via capacitive coupling is described. In certain embodiments, the sample may be a biological sample to be treated or modified using the pulsed electric fields. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150202683

Method of making surface cooling channels on a component using lithographic molding techniques

Methods of casting a component including one or more surface cooling channels. The method including casting a ceramic core into a flexible mold of a core section and casting a ceramic shell in at least two sections into respective flexible molds of a first shell section and a second shell section. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150202333

Labeled molecular imaging agents and methods of use

Imaging agents are described that comprise labeled substrates capable of being introduced into cells via the cystine/glutamate antiporter. The substrates may be used for imaging or detecting oxidative stress in cells by introducing the labeled agents into cells via the cystine/glutamate antiporter and subsequent detection.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150202332

Labeled molecular imaging agents and methods of use

Imaging agents are described that comprise labeled substrates capable of being introduced into cells via the cystine/glutamate antiporter. The substrates may be used for imaging or detecting oxidative stress in cells by introducing the labeled agents into cells via the cystine/glutamate antiporter and subsequent detection.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150202264

Platelet activation and growth factor release using electric pulses

Methods and systems for releasing growth factors are disclosed. In certain embodiments, a blood sample is exposed to a sequence of one or more electric pulses to trigger release of a growth factor in the sample. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150202021

Method for processing images of interventional radiology

An image processing method for interventional imaging in which a region of interest of a patient is viewed. The method comprises acquiring a succession of images of a region of interest of the patient. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150201911

Method and system for sequential needle recalibration

Various embodiments include a system and method that provide sequential needle recalibration by correlating a sequence of calibration data for a tracking system to a plurality of corresponding ultrasound probe positions during a calibration sequence such that the appropriate calibration data is retrieved and applied based on the position of the ultrasound probe during a procedure. The method can include acquiring a sequence of calibration data for a tracking system at a plurality of different ultrasound probe positions. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150201908

Method and system for adaptive blood flow visualization based on regional flow characteristics

Various embodiments include a system and method that provide adaptive blood flow visualization by calculating and applying an enhancement factor to each of the pixels in color flow ultrasound image data based on regional flow characteristics detected within the color flow ultrasound image data. The method can include determining for a pixel of a color flow region of interest image, by a processor of an ultrasound system, a lowest percentage of color pixels in a plurality of elongated enhancement analysis windows positioned in the color flow region of interest image. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150201893

Medical imaging system with c-arm and protection cover supported by two different vehicles

A medical imaging system comprising a c-arm supporting a radiation source and a radiation detector, an external protection cover of said c-arm, wherein said c-arm and said cover are separable from each other and are respectively supported by two different vehicles when separated from each other.. . ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150201887

Predictive intervertebral disc degeneration detection engine

Systems, methods and computer program products for facilitating the prognosis of degenerative disc disorder (ddd) are provided. In one aspect, intervertebral disc loss is predicted based on receiving image data comprising one or more images of the human spine; segmenting, using a processor, disc regions of said one or more images; generating, using the processor, individual biomarkers based on texture features of said segmented disc regions; generating, using the processor, a predicting intervertebral disc loss based in part on the prognostic marker generated from the individual biomarkers.. ... General Electric Company

07/23/15 / #20150201824

Method for operating a dishwasher appliance

A method for operating a dishwasher appliance is provided. The method includes interrupting a flow of wash fluid from a filtered volume of a sump to a spray assembly for a period of time during a wash cycle and resuming the flow of wash fluid from the filtered volume of the sump to the spray assembly after the period of time has elapsed during the wash cycle. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150201465

Oven range appliance

The present subject matter provides an oven range appliance. The oven range appliance includes a cabinet. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150200977

Appliance systems providing user-friendly shared music playlist editing

Appliance systems providing user-friendly shared music playlist editing are provided. An example method of operating an appliance includes identifying a plurality of audio files accessible by the appliance over one or more local area networks. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150200712

Data communication system and method

A communication system includes a router transceiver unit and a bandwidth module. The router transceiver unit includes a network adapter module and a signal modulator module. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150200710

Systems and methods for frequency hopping in wireless communication systems

A method may include determining whether events associated with at least one of a plurality of wireless devices are active. The method may then include sending a first command to each of the plurality of wireless devices when the events are not active, such that the first command changes a first frequency to a second frequency. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150200615

Systems and methods for adaptive control of excitation and generator systems

A system includes an excitation system. The excitation system includes a memory configured to store an adaptive power system stabilizer (pss) system configured to dynamically stabilize the operation of a generator system, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to utilize the adaptive pss system according to a value for one or more operational parameters of the generator system. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150200609

Combined power transmission and heating systems and method of operating the same

A combined direct current dc power transmission and heating system is provided. The system includes a rectifier station configured to generate a dc link current. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150199530

Systems and methods with cryptography and tamper resistance software security

Provided is an arbitrary automation system for secure communications. The system includes a utility device configured for processing critical data associated with the arbitrary automation system, the critical data being structured in accordance with utility device access levels. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150199522

Engine control unit configuration security

An engine control unit configuration security system receives a request with a serial number associated with an engine control unit and a requested engine control unit change. The system determines that the requested engine control unit change is approved and in response generates a code including a serial number associated with the engine control unit and an instruction that causes the engine control unit to implement the requested engine control unit change.. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198712

Systems and methods for vehicle position detection

A system includes a transmission unit, a first reception antenna, a second reception antenna, and a processing unit. The transmission unit is configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle traversing a route, includes a transmission antenna, and is configured to transmit a location signal to a target disposed along the route as the vehicle traverses the route. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198682

Radio frequency (rf) body coil assembly for dual-modality imaging

A radio frequency (rf) body coil assembly includes a coil support structure including an inner tubular member, an outer tubular member disposed radially outwardly from the inner tubular member, and a structural material disposed between the inner and outer tubular members, an rf coil mounted to an inner surface of the coil support structure, and a positron emission tomography (pet) detector assembly mounted to an outer surface of the coil support structure. A dual-modality imaging system is also described.. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198580

Coverslip and methods for removing

The invention provides a coverslip for automated decoverslipping of a tissue bearing slide comprising a horizontal base portion having a length, width, and height, at least two side wall portions extending downward from opposite sides of the base portion each having a length and width and h; and wherein the total wall volume to base volume ratio is greater than or equal to approximately 0.025.. . ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198578

Wireless system and method for measuring an operative condition of a machine

System including a sensor configured to be disposed within a reservoir of a machine having moving parts that are lubricated by a liquid in the reservoir. The sensor is configured to obtain a measurement of the liquid that is representative of at least one of a quantity or quality of the liquid in the reservoir. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198472

Flowmeter with flow conditioner

Flowmeters are disclosed herein that include one or more flow path features for improving the measurement accuracy or other aspects of the flowmeter. In some embodiments, the flowmeter includes a measurement section having a non-circular transverse cross-section in which one or more sensors for measuring flow are disposed. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198471

Non-circular flowmeter

Flowmeters are disclosed herein that include one or more flow path features for improving the measurement accuracy or other aspects of the flowmeter. In some embodiments, the flowmeter includes a measurement section having a non-circular transverse cross-section in which one or more sensors for measuring flow are disposed. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198365

Door module assembly for a refrigerator appliance

A door module assembly for a refrigerator door of a refrigerator appliance may generally include a mounting bracket configured to be removably coupled to the refrigerator door to allow the mounting bracket to be moveable between a plurality of mounting locations defined along a height of the refrigerator door. The door module assembly may also include a door tray movable relative to the mounting bracket and at least one translation device configured in operative association with adjacent walls of the door tray and the mounting bracket. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198332

Channel defining fuel nozzle of combustion system

A combustion system is provided and includes an annular body defining a combustion zone and a fuel nozzle. The fuel nozzle includes a tubular element having a hollow interior and is disposable such that the hollow interior fluidly communicates with the combustion zone. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198164

Rotary machine having a volute assembly-bearing housing joint with interlocking teeth

Various methods and systems are provided for a system for a rotary machine, such as a compressor or turbocharger. In one example, the rotary machine includes a volute assembly and a bearing housing. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198113

Piston with reduced top land height and tight top land piston profile

An assembly includes a cylinder having a bore diameter, and a piston disposed within the cylinder. The piston is provided with a top land and a top ring groove. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198097

Systems and methods for managing a combustor

Certain embodiments herein relate to systems and methods for managing a combustor of a gas turbine engine. In one embodiment, a system can include at least one memory configured to store computer-executable instructions and at least one controller configured to access the at least one memory and execute the computer-executable instructions. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198088

Power generation system for using syngas generated in gasifier to produce electricity

A power generation system including a gasifier for receiving and converting coal-water slurry to a fuel stream, and a quench device for cooling the fuel stream to generate a cooled down fuel stream. The quench device includes a water quench ring, which is able to spray water to cool the fuel stream passing therethrough. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198070

Combustion system including a piston crown and fuel injector

Various methods and systems are provided for a combustion system of an engine. In one example, a combustion system comprises a piston crown bowl with a central apex, a combustion chamber operable at a compression ratio in a range of from about 13:1 to about 17:1, the combustion chamber formed at least partially by the piston crown bowl, and a fuel injector with a nozzle extending into a central portion of the combustion chamber that is operable to inject fuel directly into the combustion chamber, the nozzle defining a number of apertures that is in a range of from six to ten.. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198062

Turbine components with bi-material adaptive cooling pathways

The present application thus provides a turbine component for use in a hot gas path of a gas turbine engine. The turbine component may include an outer surface, an internal cooling circuit, an adaptive cooling pathway in communication with the internal cooling circuit and extending through the outer surface, and a cooling plug having two or more materials positioned within the adaptive cooling pathway.. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198059

Gas turbine manual cleaning and passivation

A gas turbine engine may be manually cleaned by removing a compressor casing and a turbine casing from the gas turbine engine, cleaning stator vanes of the gas turbine engine, and applying an organic acid solution to metallic surfaces of the gas turbine engine. The organic acid solution may be rinsed from the gas turbine engine and an anticorrosive solution may be applied to the metallic surfaces of the gas turbine engine.. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150198058

Steam turbomachine valve having a floating seal assembly

A steam turbomachine valve includes a valve body having an inlet portion, an outlet portion, and an interior portion. The interior portion includes an inner wall. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150197712

Apparatus, method, and solvent for cleaning turbine components

A cleaning method and a cleaning fluid are provided. The cleaning method includes accessing a plurality of turbine components attached to a turbine assembly, the turbine assembly being a portion of a turbomachine, positioning at least one cleaning vessel over at least one of the turbine components, forming a liquid seal with a sealing bladder, providing a cleaning fluid to the cleaning vessel, and draining the cleaning fluid from the cleaning vessel. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150197697

Feed injector for a gasification system

The present disclosure provides a feed injector for a gasification system. The feed injector may include an inner tube defining an inner feed passage therein, an intermediate tube defining an intermediate feed passage therein, and an outer tube defining an outer feed passage therein. ... General Electric Company

07/16/15 / #20150196189

Dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance is provided. The dishwasher appliance includes a tub that defines a wash chamber and a rack assembly disposed within the wash chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150195894

Relamping circuit

A relamping circuit topology to provide a lamping signal in ballast circuits used to power heated filament gas discharge lamps. The relamping circuit includes a low level dc power source, a differential capacitance and a switching device coupled to the differential capacitance. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150195893

Ballast for gas discharge lamps

A multi-stage ballast for powering a gas discharge lamp includes a power factor correction stage configured to receive an ac input power and produce a phase corrected dc power, a buck regulator stage coupled to the phase corrected dc power and configured to produce a regulated dc power. The buck regulator stage includes a buck switch. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150195394

Systems and methods for coupling auxiliary devices to a utility meter

A non-transitory computer-readable medium having code stored thereon, the code includes instructions to receive an indication to communicatively couple a utility meter to an auxiliary device via a mobile electronic device, and capture a visual representation of a unique identifier of the utility meter via the mobile electronic device. The unique identifier includes an authentication mechanism configured to establish a first authentication and a second authentication of a user of the mobile electronic device. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150194904

System and method of power conversion

Systems and methods for converting power are presented. The power conversion includes conducting load current through a first current path of multiple current paths in a power conversion unit using switches, diodes, or a combination thereof. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150194459

Radiation detectors and methods of fabricating radiation detectors

Radiation detectors and methods of fabricating radiation detectors are provided. One method includes mechanically polishing at least a first surface of a semiconductor wafer using a polishing sequence including a plurality of polishing steps. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150194375

Power overlay structure and method of making same

A power overlay (pol) structure includes a pol sub-module. The pol sub-module includes a dielectric layer and a semiconductor device having a top surface attached to the dielectric layer. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150193992

Wheel monitoring system and method

Systems and methods for monitoring a vehicle determine a baseline wheel rotational speed and wheel rotational speeds of a wheel for different positions along an outer perimeter of the wheel. One or more deviations between the wheel rotational speeds and the baseline wheel rotational speed are determined, and the deviations between the wheel rotational speeds and the baseline wheel rotational speed are correlated with one or more identified positions of the positions along the outer perimeter of the wheel. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192912

Method and system for combustion mode transfer for a gas turbine engine

A method and system for transferring between combustion modes in a gas turbine engine is provided. A processor generates data representative of an initial set of splits for providing at least one of fuel and air to at least one combustor in the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192636

Systems and methods for predictive maintenance of crossings

A method for predicting failure of a crossing warning system is disclosed. The method includes monitoring an electrical characteristic of a first route when an electric current is injected into the first route. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192487

Low pressure sensors and flow sensors

Low pressure sensors and flow sensors are provided. In some embodiments, a pressure sensor can include a sensor die that includes a substrate and a cavity that is formed in a bottom side of the substrate and that defines an elastic element including a thin diaphragm area and a rigid island. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192456

Systems and methods for storage and analysis of periodic waveform data

A method includes collecting a data for a time from sensors to a fixed monitoring system. The fixed monitoring system is fixedly coupled to a turbo-machinery and the sensors are configured to monitor the turbo-machinery, also, the time comprises at least one week. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192349

Refrigerator appliance

A refrigerator appliance is provided. The refrigerator appliance includes an evaporation pan and a drain conduit for directing liquid to the evaporation pan. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192341

Refrigeration system for a refrigerator appliance

Refrigeration systems and refrigerator appliances are provided. A refrigeration system includes a compressor for compressing a refrigerant, a first evaporator, and a second evaporator. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192326

Water heater appliance

Water heater appliances are provided. A water heater appliance includes a tank defining a chamber, the tank further defining an inlet aperture and an outlet aperture. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192307

Oven appliance with directed vent openings

An oven appliance with one or more vents in the bottom wall of the cooking chamber is provided. One or more features are provided for directing the flow of heated air from the vents towards the center of the cooking chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192306

Microwave appliance

A microwave appliance is provided. The microwave appliance includes a cabinet and a duct mounted to the cabinet. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192304

Oven appliance

An oven appliance with a latch assembly is provided. The latch assembly includes a casing, an elongated member at least partially positioned within the casing and a roller mounted to the elongated member. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192029

Turbomachine blade tip insert

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward systems including a tip shroud insert having a retained portion configured to be retained within a pocket of a turbomachine blade and an exposed portion configured to form a dynamic seal with a stationary structural component surrounding the turbomachine blade.. . ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192027

Turbine blade sealing structure

A turbine blade sealing structure for a ceramic matrix composite component is provided. The turbine sealing structure includes at least one top ply abutting a top portion of a shank. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192020

Turbomachine including a component having a trench

A turbomachine includes a compressor portion, a turbine portion operatively connected to the compressor portion, and a shroud mounted in one of the compressor portion and the turbine portion. The shroud includes a radial outer side, and a plurality of side surfaces. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150192019

Rotor train torsional mode frequency tuning apparatus

A rotor train torsional mode frequency tuning apparatus is provided and includes a rotor train and a coupling element. The rotor train includes first and second shafts and a coupling operably disposed between the first and second shafts and has a torsional mode frequency. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150191862

Dryer appliance

Dryer appliances are provided. A dryer appliance may include a cabinet, and a drum positioned within the cabinet, the drum including a generally cylindrical inner surface and a rear wall and defining a chamber for receipt of articles for drying, the drum generally fixed within the cabinet. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150191183

Systems and methods for identifying different types of traction motors in a vehicle system

A control system including a measurement module configured to receive motor measurements that represent operating parameters of plural traction motors of a common vehicle system as the vehicle system propels along a route. The control system also includes an analysis module configured to compare the motor measurements to an expected measurement. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150190890

Systems, methods, and apparatus for locating and drilling closed holes of a turbine component

Certain embodiments of the disclosure may include systems, methods, and apparatus for locating and drilling closed holes of a gas turbine component. According to an example embodiment, the method can include receiving position data associated with one or more holes in a gas turbine component; receiving predefined hole position data from manufacturing data associated with the gas turbine component; determining at least one missing hole, based at least in part on comparing the received position data to the predefined hole position data; and drilling at least one hole in the gas turbine component corresponding to the determined at least one missing hole.. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150190745

Low power water filter monitoring system

Low power water filter monitoring systems and methods of operation thereof are provided. An example water filter includes a water flow signal receiver configured to receive a water flow signal from a refrigeration appliance. ... General Electric Company

07/09/15 / #20150190033

Dishwasher appliance and a method for mounting a slide rail in a dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance and a method for mounting a slide rail within a dishwasher appliance are provided. A rack assembly of the dishwasher appliance includes a bracket with a post. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150189404

System and method of selecting wireless spectrum and protocol based on patient acuity

As the acuity level of a patient being monitored on a wireless system changes, the criticality of that patient's data arriving at its intended destination changes. For example, if a patient being monitored for potentially life threatening arrhythmias begins to decline in health while being monitored on a less reliable wireless system, the wireless monitor switches to a more reliable wireless system to ensure delivery of critical patient data. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150188755

Serial link fault detection system and method

One embodiment describes a fault tolerant transmission system that includes a programmable logic device. The programmable logic device includes a first serial port communicatively coupled to a first serial link, in which the first serial port receives a first transmission signal from the first serial link, and a second serial port communicatively coupled to a second serial link, in which the second serial port receives a second transmission signal from the second serial link. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150188664

Transmission system error detection and correction system and method

One embodiment describes a method for real time error correction in a data transmission system that includes receiving a first communication signal on a first programmable logic device from a second programmable logic device via a first serial link, receiving a second communication signal on the first programmable logic device from the second programmable logic device via a second serial link, in which the first serial link and the second serial link are disposed in parallel with each other and are configured to communicate over a single conduit, and the first communication signal and the second communication signal are representative of identical information. The method further includes comparing the first communication signal and the second communication signal in the first programmable logic device to detect an error in data in the first communication signal, the second communication signal, or both, and when the error is detected, correcting the error in real time in the first programmable logic device based at least in part on the comparison of the first communication signal and the second communication signal.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150188315

Methods and systems for subsea direct current power distribution

A submersible power system includes at least one dc power source and at least one submersible power distribution system electrically coupled to the at least one dc power source. The at least one submersible power distribution system includes at least one receptacle configured to be exposed to an underwater environment. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150188314

Methods and systems for subsea direct current power distribution

A subsea power distribution module includes an outer vessel defining an interior chamber and a plurality of power modules disposed within the interior chamber. The outer vessel is configured to maintain a pressure within the interior chamber substantially the same as an ambient pressure outside the outer vessel. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150188173

Solid-oxide fuel cell systems

The present application provides combined cycle fuel cell systems that include a fuel cell, such as a solid-oxide fuel cell (sofc), comprising an anode that generates a tail gas and a cathode that generates cathode exhaust. The system or plant may include adding fuel, such as processed or refined tail gas, to the inlet air stream of a reformer to heat the reformer. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187884

Method and system for transient voltage suppression

A transient voltage suppression (tvs) device includes a first layer of wide band gap semiconductor material formed of a first conductivity type material, a second layer of wide band gap semiconductor material formed of a second conductivity type material over at least a portion of the first layer and comprising an ion implanted material structure between 0.1 micrometers (μm) and 22.0 μm thick, the second layer operating using punch-through physics, and a third layer of wide band gap semiconductor material formed of the first conductivity type material over at least a portion of the second layer.. . ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187837

Method of manufacturing photodiode detectors

A radiation detector assembly including an organic photodetector that generate charge in response to an incident radiation, a thin film transistor array including a plurality of pixels. The plurality of pixels may produce electric signals corresponding to the charge generated by the organic photodetector. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187534

Electron emission surface for x-ray generation

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to electron emitters for use in conjunction with x-ray emitting devices. In certain embodiments the emitter includes features that prevent, limit, or control deflection of the electron emitter at operating temperatures. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187202

System and method for managing patient monitoring alarms

A patient monitoring secondary alarm notification system comprises a plurality of devices, configured to generate an alarm data, and a central station. The central station comprises a processor configured to receive the alarm data from the plurality of devices and monitor a plurality of dynamic conditions. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187196

Medical device visual management system and method

A visual management system for a medical device, the system comprises a projection device and a controller to generate control signals based upon parameters associated with use of the medical device. The projection device projects a message onto a surface, upon which the image is viewable, in response to the control signals.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187067

Method and device for displaying a two-dimensional image of a viewed object simultaneously with an image depicting the three-dimensional geometry of the viewed object

A method and device for displaying a two-dimensional image of a viewed object simultaneously with an image depicting a three-dimensional geometry of the viewed object using a video inspection device is disclosed. The video inspection device displays a two-dimensional image of the object surface of a viewed object, and determines the three-dimensional coordinates of a plurality of surface points. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187038

System for integrated protocol and decision support

Embodiments of the system support hospital operations, delivery of health care, and improve patient satisfaction. The interactive hospital information system utilizes inputs from a mobile device, eliminating the cost of fixed cameras and sensor systems in the hospital facility. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150187034

Systems and methods for network-isolated data transfer

A computerized medical system includes a non-transient computer-readable memory, a display screen, and a controller in communication with the non-transient computer-readable memory and the display screen. The controller is configured to display an optically machine-readable code on the display screen, where the optically machine-readable code corresponds to a request for data that is unavailable within the computerized medical system.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150186608

Method and system for determining the clinical relevancy of alarm events

A method and system for assessing alarm events generated in a physiological monitoring system is described. The method identifies one or more qualitative measures associated with the generation of the alarm event. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150186483

Systems and methods for dynamically grouping data analysis content

A method for grouping content displayed on a graphical user interface may include displaying selectable components that correspond to types of measurement data associated with a device or a component within the device. The method may then include receiving a selection of one of the selectable components, such that the one of the selectable components corresponds to a portion of the measurement data. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150186473

System and method for user interface in dashboard software

A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer executable code that runs a digital dashboard application. The digital dashboard application includes a visualization data structure containing visualizations; a metric data structure containing metrics; and a metric box interface that displays one or more metric boxes. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150185718

Systems and methods for dynamically ordering data analysis content

A method for ordering content displayed on a graphical user interface may include displaying a first set of data processing outputs associated with a first selectable component that corresponds to measurement points of a device, such that each respective data processing output of the first set of data processing outputs includes visualizations associated with datasets of at least a portion of the measurement points. The method also includes displaying a second set of data processing outputs associated with a second selectable component, such that each respective data processing output of the second set of data processing outputs includes visualizations associated with the datasets. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150185716

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A control method for optimizing or enhancing an operation of a power plant that includes thermal generating units for generating electricity. The power plant may include multiple possible operating modes differentiated by characteristics of operating parameters. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150185714

Controller system for variable parameter and related program product

A controller system includes at least one computing device operably connected to a process having a target value for a variable parameter. The computing device(s) is configured to control the variable parameter by performing actions including: computing an error between the target value and an actual value of the variable parameter. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150185453

Systems and methods for processing and imaging of biological samples

A method for processing and imaging a first and second plurality of samples, comprising processing at least one sample from the first plurality of samples, imaging the at least one sample from the first plurality of samples, while being capable of simultaneously processing at least one sample from the second plurality of samples; and imaging the at least one processed sample from the second plurality of samples.. . ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150185173

Methods and systems for real-time sensing of viable and nonviable cells

Provided herein are techniques for identification of viable and nonviable cells in a cell culture that include measuring a resonance impedance spectral response of at least one resonator in proximity to the cell culture and correlating the measured response to the concentration of viable cells in cell culture and/or the concentration of nonviable cells in cell culture.. . ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150185140

System and method for attaching a biopsy collecting device to a spectroscopy system

A method for classifying a tissue sample of a biopsy specimen includes receiving a signal from at least one location of the tissue sample including a plurality of chromophores. Further, the method includes verifying whether the received signal comprises a predetermined amount of at least one of an attenuated illumination light and a re-emitted light. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184889

Water heater appliance and a method for operating a water heater appliance

A water heater appliance and method for operating a water heater appliance are provided. The method includes measuring a temperature of water within the water heater appliance, operating a heating element of the water heater appliance if the temperature of water within the water heater appliance is less than a threshold temperature and deactivating the heating element of the water heater appliance when the temperature of water within the water heater appliance exceeds the threshold temperature.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184868

Removable shelf support assembly for oven appliance

Removable shelf support assemblies for oven appliances are provided. A removable shelf support assembly includes a shelf having a pair of opposing sides for positioning near opposing side walls of the oven appliance and a pair of slide assemblies. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184859

System and method for reducing combustion dynamics

A system and method for reducing combustion dynamics includes first and second combustors, and each combustor includes a fuel nozzle and a combustion chamber downstream from the fuel nozzle. Each fuel nozzle includes an axially extending center body, a shroud that circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the axially extending center body, a plurality of vanes that extend radially between the center body and the shroud, a first fuel port through at least one of the plurality of vanes at a first axial distance from the combustion chamber, a second fuel port through the center body at a second axial distance from the combustion chamber, and the plurality of vanes are at a third axial distance from the combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184660

Methods and systems for subsea boosting with direct current and alternating current power systems

A subsea boosting module for use with an alternating current (ac) power system includes a housing defining at least one interior chamber. A fluid pump is disposed within the interior chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184658

Methods and systems for direct current power system subsea boosting

A subsea boosting module for use with a direct current (dc) power system includes a housing defining at least one interior chamber. A fluid pump is disposed within the interior chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184642

System and method for comissioning wind turbines

A system for commissioning a wind turbine is provided. The system includes a test wind turbine, one or more additional wind turbines coupled to the test wind turbine, and a control system. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184634

System and method for protection of a wind turbine battery backup pitch control system

A pitch control system for a wind turbine includes a backup battery bank assigned to each pitch drive motor, with each battery bank having a plurality of individual batteries connected in series. A battery charger is connected in parallel across each battery in the battery bank. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184632

System and method for controlling wind turbines in wind farms

A method for controlling a wind farm including a plurality of wind turbines is provided. The method includes computing an error between a farm-level base point power and a measured wind farm power, generating an aggregated farm-level active power set point for the wind farm based on the error and a frequency response set point, generating aggregated turbine-level active power set points based on the aggregated farm-level active power set point, transmitting the aggregated turbine-level active power set points, determining aero power set points and storage power set points for the respective wind turbines and energy storage elements of the respective wind turbines from the aggregated turbine-level active power set points, and controlling the plurality of wind turbines for delivering aero power based on the respective aero power set points and controlling the energy storage elements to provide storage power based on the respective storage power set points.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184594

Systems and methods to maintain stability of fuel flow in gas turbine engines

A system includes a gas turbine comprising a compressor section, combustor section, and a turbine section. The system further includes a first fuel line and a second fuel line coupled to the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184550

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A control method for optimizing a turndown operation for a power plant having a plurality of generating units. The plurality of generating units each may include either an on-condition or an off-condition during a selected operating period. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184549

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A control method for optimizing an operation of a power plant fleet. The power plant fleet may include multiple operating configurations differentiated by a manner in which assets are engaged. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184538

Interior cooling circuits in turbine blades

An airfoil of a turbine rotor blade that includes a cooling configuration having a plurality of elongated flow passages for receiving and directing a coolant along a path through the airfoil. The cooling configuration may include: a central flow passage flanked to each side by near-wall flow passages that includes a pressure side near-wall flow passage and a suction side near-wall flow passage; a first port that fluidly connects the central flow passage to the pressure side near-wall flow passage; a second port that fluidly connects the central flow passage to the suction side near-wall flow passage; and impingement connectors that fluidly connect the central flow passage to a leading edge flow passage.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184537

Interior cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade having an airfoil defined by outer walls in which a concave shaped pressure side outer wall and a convex shaped suction side outer wall connect along leading and trailing edges and form a chamber for receiving the flow of a coolant. The turbine blade may include a rib configuration that partitions the chamber into radially extending flow passages. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184536

Methods and systems to monitor health of rotor blades

A system for monitoring health of a rotor is presented. The system includes a processing subsystem that generates a measurement matrix based upon a plurality of resonant-frequency first delta times of arrival vectors corresponding to a blade and a first sensing device, and a plurality of resonant-frequency second delta times of arrival vectors corresponding to the blade and a second sensing device, generates a resonant matrix based upon the measurement matrix such that entries in the resonant matrix are substantially linearly uncorrelated and linearly independent, and generates a resonance signal using a first subset of the entries of the resonant matrix, wherein the resonance signal substantially comprises common observations and components of the plurality of resonant-frequency first delta times of arrival vectors and the plurality of resonant-frequency second delta times of arrival vectors.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184533

Methods and systems to monitor health of rotor blades

A system for monitoring health of a rotor is presented. The system includes a processing subsystem that generates a plurality of frequency peak values corresponding to two or more respective windows of signals by iteratively shifting the two or more respective windows of signals along delta times of arrival signals corresponding to a blade in the rotor, determines one or more resonant-frequency rotor speeds ranges of the blade by identifying rotor speeds corresponding to a subset of the plurality of frequency peak values, and monitors the blade to determine a presence of one or more defects in the blade during the resonant-frequency rotor speeds regions.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184530

Turbine nozzle and method for cooling a turbine nozzle of a gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide a turbine nozzle for a gas turbine engine. The turbine nozzle may include a first nozzle vane, a second nozzle vane, and a platform connecting the first nozzle vane and the second nozzle vane. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184529

Steam turbine and methods of assembling the same

A steam turbine is provided. The steam turbine includes a housing and a steam inlet configured to discharge a primary steam flow within the housing. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184528

System for sealing between combustors and turbine of gas turbine engine

A gas turbine engine includes a gas turbine and a plurality of combustors each in fluid communication with the gas turbine. The gas turbine engine includes a first seal disposed between the gas turbine and the plurality of turbine combustors. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184527

Metal leading edge protective strips for airfoil components and method therefor

A metallic leading edge protective strip adapted to provide impact protection for a leading edge of an airfoil of a turbomachine. The protective strip is formed of a stainless steel or a nickel-based alloy and is denser and provides increased strength and elasticity characteristics as compared to an identical protective strip formed of a titanium-based alloy. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184525

Structural configurations and cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade that includes an airfoil defined by a concave shaped pressure side outer wall and a convex shaped suction side outer wall that connect along leading and trailing edges and, therebetween, form a radially extending chamber for receiving the flow of a coolant. The turbine blade further may include a rib configuration that partitions the chamber of the airfoil into radially extending flow passages. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184523

Structural configurations and cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade having an airfoil defined by a concave shaped pressure side outer wall and a convex shaped suction side outer wall that connect along leading and trailing edges and, therebetween, form a radially extending chamber for receiving the flow of a coolant. The turbine blade may include a rib configuration that partitions the chamber and defines a flow passage having a first and a second side. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184522

Structural configurations and cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade that includes an airfoil defined by a concave shaped pressure side outer wall and a convex shaped suction side outer wall that connect along leading and trailing edges and, therebetween, form a radially extending chamber for receiving the flow of a coolant. The turbine blade may further include a rib configuration that partitions the chamber into radially extending flow passages, and a blade outer shell that defines an outer surface of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184521

Structural configurations and cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade comprising an airfoil defined by a concave shaped pressure side outer wall and a convex shaped suction side outer wall that connect along leading and trailing edges and, therebetween, form a radially extending chamber for receiving the flow of a coolant. The turbine blade may further include: a rib configuration that partitions the chamber into radially extending flow passages that include a first flow passage and a second flow passage; and a crossover passage that fluidly connects an inlet formed in the first flow passage to an outlet formed in the second flow passage. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184520

Interior cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade that includes an airfoil and a radially extending chamber therein for a coolant. The turbine blade may also include a rib configuration that partitions the chamber into radially extending flow passages. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184519

Structural configurations and cooling circuits in turbine blades

A turbine blade having an airfoil defined by a concave shaped pressure side outer wall and a convex shaped suction side outer wall that connect along leading and trailing edges and, therebetween, form a radially extending chamber for receiving the flow of a coolant. The turbine blade may further include a rib configuration that partitions the chamber into radially extending flow passages. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150184517

Airfoils with low-angle holes and methods for drilling same

A method for fabricating an airfoil includes forming a diffuser section in an exterior surface of the airfoil. The diffuser section is defined by at least an outer surface and an inner surface that converge at a stop surface. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150183665

Mobile water treatment and resin transfer hub

A system and method for providing mobile or temporary water treatment involving ion exchange resins includes a service centre, one or more treatment vehicles, a resin transfer hub and one or more resin transport vehicles. The service centre can be used to regenerate one or more types of ion exchange resins. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150183448

Route examination system and method

A route examination system and method automatically detect (with an identification unit onboard a vehicle having one or more processors) a location of a break in conductivity of a first route during movement of the vehicle along the first route. The system and method also identify (with the identification unit) one or more of a location of the vehicle on the first route or the first route from among several different routes based at least in part on the location of the break in the conductivity of the first route that is detected.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150183328

Method and apparatus for charging multiple energy storage devices

An electric vehicle includes a controller configured to receive sensor feedback from a high voltage storage device and from a low voltage storage device, compare the sensor feedback to operating limits of the respective high and low voltage storage device, determine, based on the comparison a total charging current to the high voltage storage device and to the low voltage storage device and a power split factor of the total charging current to the high voltage device and to the low voltage device, and regulate the total power to the low voltage storage device and the high voltage storage device based on the determination.. . ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150183000

Ultrasound transducer and ultrasound imaging system with a variable thickness dematching layer

An ultrasound transducer and an ultrasound imaging system including an acoustic layer with a plurality of transducer elements and a dematching layer coupled to the acoustic layer. The dematching layer has an acoustic impedance greater than the acoustic layer and the dematching layer has a thickness that varies in order to alter a bandwidth of the ultrasound probe.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182999

Ultrasound transducer and ultrasound imaging system with a variable thickness dematching layer

An ultrasound transducer and an ultrasound imaging system including an acoustic layer with a plurality of transducer elements and a dematching layer coupled to the acoustic layer. The dematching layer has an acoustic impedance greater than the acoustic layer and the dematching layer has a thickness that varies in order to alter a bandwidth of the ultrasound probe.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182964

Fluid transport in microfluidic applications

A method includes flowing a liquid into a channel of a microfluidic cassette filled with a gas. The channel includes an inlet section and an outlet section. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182963

Systems and methods for reagent storage

A microfluidic device for storing a reagent includes a single unit includes a first portion having a reagent storage chamber configured to hold a reagent. The device also includes a second portion having a reaction chamber configured to support the reagent during a reaction process to form a product. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182894

Water filter assembly

A water filter assembly is provided. The water filter assembly includes a manifold and a fitting rotatably mounted to the manifold such that the fitting is rotatable between a substantially vertical configuration and a substantially horizontal configuration. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182722

Infant care station humidification management system

An infant care station humidification management system comprises an output device and a controller to generate control signals based upon a determined rainout condition. The output device provides output in response to the control signals.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182711

System and method of predicting co2 breakthrough and absorbent replacement

The system and method of the present application predicts if there is sufficient co2 absorbent capacity for the next anesthesia case. If insufficient, the canister can be preemptively replaced when no patient is connected to the breathing system. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182406

Multiple patient infant warming device, manager and method

A multiple patient infant warming management system comprises at least one temperature sensor for sensing at least one temperature of an infant warming device and a controller. The controller processes first signals for different temperature ranges of different temperature zones assigned to different patients to be concurrently warmed the infant warming device, receives second signals from the at least one temperature sensor indicating at least one temperature of the infant warming device and outputs adjustments based on the first signals and the second signals.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182204

System and method for attaching a biopsy collecting device to a spectroscopy system

A biopsy collecting device includes a needle unit comprising a biopsy specimen. Also, the biopsy collecting device includes an activator unit operatively coupled to the needle unit and including a channel at a bottom surface of the activator unit, wherein the channel is configured to detachably couple the biopsy collecting device to an attaching unit of a spectroscopy system.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182201

Ultrasound probe power supply

A power supply supplies power to an ultrasound probe across a cable by determining an output current at a power supply source supplying power to the ultrasound probe across the cable, determining a voltage drop across the cable based upon the determined output current and regulating an output voltage of the power supply source based on the determined voltage drop.. . ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182200

Damper for medical ultrasonic probe

A medical ultrasonic probe includes an ultrasonic probe having a probe head and a connector. The connector includes a fluid cooling system comprising a pump configured to pump a cooling fluid between the connector and the probe head. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182198

System and method for displaying ultrasound images

An ultrasound imaging system comprises a probe configured to transmit ultrasound signals toward a target region of interest (roi) and receive returned echo data from the target roi. The system further comprises a sensor for generating a signal relating to a probe orientation, a display for displaying an image of the target roi and a processor connected the probe for receiving the echo data and generating the image of the target roi. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182194

Systems and methods for connection to a transducer in ultrasound probes

Methods and systems for connection to a transducer in ultrasound probes are provided. One system includes transducer having a base configured to support thereon an ultrasound transducer array and a plurality of electrical interconnects integrated with the base. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182189

Apparatus and method for aiding extremity ultrasonography

An apparatus for releasably coupling an ultrasound probe with an extremity comprises a housing adapted to substantially surround the extremity. The housing comprises a first opening adapted to receive the ultrasound probe and position the probe in contact with the extremity.. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182187

System and method for tracking an invasive device using ultrasound position signals

A system and method for tracking an invasive device includes a localization system configured to be externally attached to a patient. The localization system includes a transducer module including a plurality of transducer elements. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182179

Systems and methods for increased energy separation in multi-energy x-ray imaging

A multi-energy x-ray imaging system includes an x-ray source and an x-ray detector. A filtering device includes an x-ray translucent substrate having a plurality of septa disposed therein at a plurality of fixed positions with respect to the substrate. ... General Electric Company

07/02/15 / #20150182176

Systems and methods for correcting detector errors in computed tomography imaging

A system includes an energy-discriminating, photon-counting x-ray detector, comprising a plurality of detector cells providing measurements corresponding to at least two energy bins and being adapted to produce projection data in response to x-ray photons that reach the x-ray detector and to produce an electrical signal having a recorded count for the energy bins and a total energy intensity. The system also includes data processing circuitry adapted to receive the electrical signal from one or more of the plurality of detector cells, to generate a simulated count rate for each of the energy bins by using the total energy intensity in a detector pile-up model, to determine a set of energy intensity dependent material decomposition vectors, and, for the projection data measured by one or more of the plurality of detector cells, to perform material decomposition by modeling the simulated count rate for each of the energy bins and utilizing a material decomposition vector selected from the set of energy intensity dependent material decomposition vectors and corresponding to the measured energy intensity from one or more of the plurality of detector cells.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150181763

Electronics chassis and method of fabricating the same

An electronics chassis is provided. The electronics chassis includes a plurality of panels that define an interior space. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150180340

Interleaved soft switching boost converter

An interleaved double boost converter including two simple boost converters each having a diode, an input inductor, a switch connected to the anode of the diode and a filter capacitor connected to the cathode of the diode, the two switches and the two filter capacitors being connected at a mid-point, the interleaved double boost converter further including a control circuit controlling the switches adapted to control: at a first phase, the opening of a first switch the other remaining closed, both switches initially being closed; at a second phase, the opening of the second switch which had remained closed; and at a third phase, the closing of both switches.. . ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150180323

Energy storage system for renewable energy source

An energy storage system for use in a renewable energy power system is provided. More particularly, an energy storage system can be coupled to the dc bus of a power converter in a renewable energy power system. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150180273

Optimized filter for battery energy storage on alternate energy systems

A system for operating a power generation system within a battery storage/discharge mode includes a power convertor having a dc link, a switching module coupled to the dc link, a storage device, and a filter coupled between the storage device and power converter. The filter may correspond to a normal mode filter configured to limit normal mode voltage from being applied to the storage device. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150179986

Apparatus and methods to form a patterned coating on an oled substrate

An apparatus for applying a patterned coating to an oled substrate in a continuous roll-to-roll vapor based deposition process is provided comprising a vapor deposition source, a processing drum, a drive roller, and a shadow mask wherein the shadow mask comprises a mask line feature that selectively prevents deposition of the coating onto the substrate. Also presented is a method for applying the coating.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150179848

Deployable solar panel system

A deployable solar panel system including a basic unit of a plurality of photovoltaic (pv) panels electrically interconnected to each other and mechanically interconnected to each other by a hinge bonded to each pv panel, thereby allowing the basic unit to be folded for transportation and storage into a compact form and then unfolded for installation.. . ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150179423

Phosphor materials, fluorescent lamps provided therewith, and methods therefor

Phosphor particles, methods for their use to produce fluorescent lamps, and fluorescent lamps that make use of such particles. Such a phosphor particle has a core surrounded by a shell, and the shell contains gdmgb5o10 doped (activated) with at least terbium ions as a rare earth-containing phosphor composition that absorbs ultraviolet photons to emit green-spectrum light. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150179053

System and method to detect a presence of an object relative to a support

A system and method to detect a presence of an object relative to a support is provided. The system can generally include an antenna circuit embedded in the support; and a tuner controller electrically connected to the antenna circuit. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150179047

System and method for detecting hand hygiene compliance

A device configured to be disposed on or proximate to a dispenser and to detect hand hygiene compliance is provided. The device includes a proximity detection device configured to detect a location and an identifier of a caregiver within a proximity of the device. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150179003

System and method for identifying damaged sections of a route

A method and system for determining rail defects. The method and system receive route performance measurements from a vehicle system traveling along a route and normalize the route performance measurements based on one or more characteristics of the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150178906

Method and apparatus for gate specific mr-based attenuation correction of time-gated pet studies

A method for attenuation correction of a plurality of time-gated pet images of a moving structure includes establishing an acf matrix, based on a baseline mr image of the structure; developing a plurality of image transforms, each of the image transforms registering the baseline mr image to a respective cine mr image of the moving structure; applying each of the image transforms to the acf matrix to generate a corresponding cine acf matrix; time-correlating each of the cine mr images, and its corresponding cine acf matrix, to one of the plurality of time-gated pet data sets; and producing from each of the time-gated pet data sets an attenuation-corrected time-gated pet image.. . ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150178546

Apparatus and method for contactless high resolution handprint capture

A system and method for contactless handprint capture is disclosed that includes an image capture device to capture handprint images of a subject hand at each of a plurality of different focal distances, with the image capture device including an imaging camera and an electro-optics arrangement having a plurality of light modulating elements and polarization sensitive optical elements having differing optical path lengths based on polarization states. A control system is coupled to the image capture device to cause the device to capture the handprint images at each of the different focal distances, with each handprint image having a depth-of-focus that overlaps with a depth-of-focus of handprint images at adjacent focal distances such that redundant handprint image data is captured. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150178529

System and method to detect an event associated with a person relative to a bed

A system and method to detect an event associated with a first object relative to a second object and a support is provided. The system can include an antenna at a support to receive the first object, a tag reader in communication with the antenna and a tag located on the second object. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150178451

System and method for hospital performance measures

A system and method for analyzing performance of a health care facility is provided. The system and method includes accessing performance data for a plurality of performance parameters for the health care facility. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177936

Systems and methods for processing and graphically displaying power plant data

This disclosure relates to systems and methods for processing and graphically displaying power plant data. In one embodiment, one or more values corresponding to one or more parameters associated with the performance of one or more power plant components may be received. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177708

Systems and methods for dynamic mapping for end devices of control systems

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to end devices (e.g., meters, sensors, pumps, etc.) of an industrial monitoring system or an industrial control system. A system includes an end device having processing circuitry configured to execute instructions stored in at least one memory device to enable the end device to collect and store a plurality of measurements of operational parameters of a monitored system in the at least one memory device according to a dynamic mapping that is updatable.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177403

Subsea equipment monitoring system

Systems and methods for monitoring subsea equipment are described herein. In one embodiment, such a system can include a plurality of acoustic sensor arrays that each include at least two acoustic sensors, wherein at least a first acoustic sensor array is mounted on an outer surface of subsea equipment being monitored and at least a second acoustic sensor array is positioned remote from the subsea equipment. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177394

System and method for compensating temperature gain variation in radiation detectors

In accordance with the present approach, a dark current is measured for one or more detector elements and used to determine a gain or gain compensation for the respective detector elements. In certain embodiments, the dark current is used to determine a temperature for the respective detector element and the temperature is used to determine the gain or gain compensation. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177393

Imaging system using independently controllable detectors

A customizable and upgradable imaging system is provided. Imaging detector columns are installed in a gantry to receive imaging information about a subject. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177392

Imaging system using high and low energy collimation

A customizable and upgradable imaging system is provided. Imaging detector columns are installed in a gantry to receive imaging information about a subject. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177158

Operational performance assessment of additive manufacturing

Assessment of operational performance of an additive manufacturing apparatus is provided. Particle size images are obtained, in real-time during an additive manufacturing build process in which at least one structure is built by the additive manufacturing apparatus, the obtained images being of an area of a build platform on which the at least one structure is built. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177131

Method and system for detecting moisture in a process gas involving cross interference

A system includes a moisture analyzer configured to detect moisture in a process gas. The moisture analyzer includes an absorption cell that encloses and conducts the process gas. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177106

System and method for testing a gas turbine

A method of testing a gas turbine is provided. The gas turbine includes a first compressor and an expansion turbine coupled by a drive shaft. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177104

System and method for testing a rotary machine

A system for testing a rotary machine includes a variable load coupled to a shaft driven by the rotary machine, and a controller configured to regulate the rotary machine and the variable load in a closed loop. A variation in a load value of the variable load causes a variation in a power produced by the rotary machine. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177021

Utility meter emulation mode system and method

One embodiment describes a utility metering system that includes metering infrastructure that facilitates data communication within the utility metering system in accordance with an expected metering platform, and a utility meter communicatively coupled to the metering infrastructure. The utility meter operates in a native mode when a native metering platform is compatible with the expected metering platform, in which the utility meter operates in a first manner in accordance with the native metering platform. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150177012

Distributed energy management system and method for a vehicle system

A system and method for generating a trip plan for a vehicle system determine a first trip plan for a trip of a vehicle system from a first location to a second location over a first route that includes a first intersection with a second route. The first trip plan designates operational settings of the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176841

Apparatus for mixing fuel in a gas turbine nozzle

A fuel nozzle in a combustion turbine engine that includes: a fuel plenum defined between an circumferentially extending shroud and axially by a forward tube-sheet and an aft tube-sheet; and a mixing-tube that extends across the fuel plenum that defines a passageway connecting an inlet formed through the forward tube-sheet and an outlet formed through the aft tube-sheet, the mixing-tube comprising one or more fuel ports that fluidly communicate with the fuel plenum. The mixing-tube may include grooves on an outer surface, and be attached to the forward tube-sheet by a connection having a fail-safe leakage path.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176591

Thrust bearings for centrifugal pumps

A bearing assembly for a centrifugal pump is configured to accommodate both forward and reverse axial thrust, and to be lubricated by process fluid. A pump incorporating a dual acting bearing assembly that is lubricated by process fluid and that is located between the final two impeller stages of the pump. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176509

System and method for controlling a dual fuel engine

A method includes receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of sensors coupled to a dual fuel engine. The method further includes altering an actual speed of the dual fuel engine to obtain a predetermined air-fuel ratio in response to a changed operating condition of the dual fuel engine determined based on the plurality of signals, so as to maintain operation of the dual fuel engine between knock and misfire conditions.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176498

Turbine operational flexibility

A device receives sensed operation parameters related to the operation of a machine. The device utilizes the sensed operation parameters in a first analyzer that generates first characteristics related to degradation of the machine and utilizes the sensed operation parameters in a second analyzer configured to generate second characteristics related to thermal characteristics of the machine, wherein the thermal characteristics include thermal stresses present in the machine. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176413

Snubber configurations for turbine rotor blades

A rotor blade for use in a turbine of a combustion turbine engine. The rotor blade may include an airfoil having a concave pressure sidewall and a convex suction sidewall extending axially between corresponding leading and trailing edges and radially between the root and an outboard tip. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176411

Rotary machine blade having an asymmetric part-span shroud and method of making same

A method of manufacturing a blade for use with a rotary machine includes coupling a suction-side section of a part-span shroud to a suction-side surface of an airfoil of the blade. A first point of the airfoil suction-side surface, defined where a trailing edge of the suction-side section intersects the airfoil suction-side surface, is upstream from a second point, defined where a throat intersects the airfoil suction-side surface. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176186

Bulk dispenser fluid level sensing and out of balance detection for a washing machine appliance

A method and apparatus for sensing the level of fluid present in a dispenser, such as a detergent or fabric softener dispenser, of a washing machine appliance and to detecting an out of balance condition for such appliance is provided. A pressure sensor is used to determine the level of fluid present and to provide indications of the same at various levels of use of the fluid. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176115

Slurry and a coating method

A slurry and a coating method are provided. The slurry includes, by weight, between 10% and 40% metal powder, between 10% and 15% activator, between 10% and 20% adhesive, between 10% and 20% thickener, up to 30% ceramic, and up to 25% binder. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176104

Systems and methods for recovery of rare-earth constituents from environmental barrier coatings

Systems and methods for recovery of rare-earth constituents from environmental barrier coatings are provided. One method includes extracting rare-earth (re) oxide constituents from a feedstock containing re silicates and non-re contaminants. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150176056

Electrospun fibers for protein stabliziation and storage

An electrospinning approach is disclosed for generating a dissolvable formulation of a reagent of interest in a nanoscale fiber medium. In one embodiment, the nanoscale fibers can incorporate and stabilize biological agents of interest, such as for storage at room temperature for extended periods. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150175919

Dewatering system for increasing the combined cycle efficiency of a coal powerplant

A coal treatment system, comprising an advanced coal treatment stage configured to produce ultra clean coal, wherein the stage comprises a leaching agent treatment system configured to remove a mineral from the coal and form a wastewater stream; and a dewatering system in fluid communication with the leaching agent treatment system and configured to reduce a concentration of a contaminant in the wastewater stream, wherein the dewatering system comprises a reverse osmosis membrane in fluid communication with the wastewater stream.. . ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150175915

Syngas cooler

A system includes a gasifier that may gasify a feedstock to produce a syngas and a syngas cooler that includes a cooling chamber having a tapered configuration. The cooling chamber includes a first section that may separate particulates from the syngas and includes a first opening and a second opening. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150175913

Fuel feed system for a gasifier and method of gasification system start-up

A method of start-up for a gasification system includes establishing a flow of a start-up fuel external to the gasifier prior to ignition of the gasifier. The method also includes establishing a start-up liquid feed external to the gasifier during gasifier start-up. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150175486

Environmentally resistant patches and delivery systems

An environmentally resistant patch includes one or more rare earth silicates, wherein an inorganic composition of the environmentally resistant patch includes, once cured, from about 80 mole percent to about 100 mole percent of a rare earth monosilicate and/or rare earth disilicate composition and from about 0 mole percent to about 20 mole percent of an inorganic additive, and, wherein the environmentally resistant patch has, once cured, an adhesive strength of at least about 3 mpa and a coefficient of thermal expansion of from about 3.5×10−6/° c. To about 7.5×10−6/° c.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150175013

System and method for powering a hydraulic pump

A hydraulic pump powering system includes a mobile vehicle, a first electric current generator device, and one or more electric pump motors. The mobile vehicle has first and second prime movers. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150174838

Turbine component patch delivery systems and methods

A turbine component patch delivery system can include a compressed gas source fluidly connected to a delivery line comprising a dispensing end. The turbine component patch delivery system can further include one or more turbine component patch carriers that can be projected out of the dispensing end of the delivery line by the compressed gas source, wherein each of the one or more turbine component patch carriers comprise a turbine component patch material housed within a breakaway shell.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150174837

Turbine component patch delivery system

A turbine component patch delivery system can include a support arm and a deposition tool supported by the support arm. The deposition tool can include a reservoir configured to house a turbine component patch material and a dispenser configured to dispense the turbine component patch material from the reservoir onto a surface of a turbine component.. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150174358

Liquid separator for removing a liquid from a sample of a breathing gas and airway adapter

A liquid separator removing a liquid from a sample of a breathing gas flowing through an airway adapter having a channel surrounded by a wall is disclosed herein. The separator includes a chamber receiving the sample, and a membrane having an outer surface exposed to the gas flow, the membrane at least partially surrounding the chamber, which membrane separates the liquid received by the chamber. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150173836

Sterile drapes for x-ray devices, systems containing the same, and methods for using the same

Sterile drapes for c-arm x-ray devices that allow users to easily maintain sterility in a surgical field as the c-arm is rotated or moved around a patient are described. The sterile drape contains a slide rail assembly configured to be connected to a c-arm of an x-ray device that extends from a lower portion of the c-arm to an upper portion of the c-arm, a sterile drape assembly comprising a length of compliant material, the sterile drape assembly configured to be detachably coupled to the upper portion of the c-arm and to the slide rail assembly, and an anchor assembly configured to be connected to the x-ray device at one end and configured to be connected to the sterile drape assembly at the other end so that the anchor assembly draws the sterile drape assembly along the slide rail assembly as the c-arm is rotated. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150173723

Method and system for automatic needle recalibration detection

A tracking system that includes a sensor and emitter is calibrated, and a tracked position and orientation of a surgical instrument is determined based at least in part on tracking information emitted by the emitter and detected by the sensor. An ultrasound system performs an ultrasound scan to acquire ultrasound scan data including the surgical instrument. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150173696

Systems and methods for multi-modality imaging

A medical imaging system is provided that includes a first gantry having a plurality of first detector units coupled within a bore of the first gantry such that the first detector units form a first field of view (fov) of the first gantry. The first detector units are configured to acquire spect data. ... General Electric Company

06/25/15 / #20150173645

Method and system for dynamic referencing and registration used with surgical and interventional procedures

A medical reference and registration system includes a substrate configured for placement on an external surface of a patient such that the substrate conforms to and moves with the external surface of the patient. The medical reference and registration system also includes multiple integrated sensor-fiducial marker devices mounted on the substrate. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150173243

Integrated heat exchange assembly and an associated method thereof

. . A heat exchange assembly for dissipating heat from a hot component of a circuit card is disclosed. The heat exchange assembly includes a support structure having a first support end, a second support end, and a support portion extending between the first support end and the second support end. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150173139

Led driver with transformerless hysteretic boost

A system and apparatus including a light emitting diode (led) driver provides an operating dc voltage to a plurality of leds connected in series (led array) for providing illumination. A rectifier circuit and a filter are coupled to an ac power supply and provide a rectified and filtered dc source voltage to a transformerless voltage boost circuit, which provides the operating dc voltage to the led array. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150173138

A device and sytem for led linear fluorescent tube lamp driver

Provided is a circuit replacement device for a light emitting diode (led) tube lamp. The circuit includes a cathode emulator configured for (i) coupling to an input power source and (ii) emulating operation of a fluorescent lamp cathode. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150172536

System and method for user input

A medical diagnostic imaging system comprises a user interface comprising at least one physical control. The system also comprises a camera positioned to view the physical control. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171770

Differential gate resistor design for switching modules in power converter

A power converter and a method for improving the output power of the power converter. The method includes independently selecting different gate resistor characteristics for the upper switching element and the lower switching element in the switching modules of the power converter to improve switching performance of both the upper and the lower switching element across a wide range of operating conditions, such as different voltages, currents, and/or operating temperatures.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171730

Buck-boost converter and method for regulation

A buck-boost converter includes a buck-boost voltage converter circuit, an error controller and a buck-boost mode controller. The buck-boost voltage converter includes switches. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171673

System and method for retaining rotor structure in synchronous reluctance machine

A rotor assembly that includes at least one integral non-magnetic rotor retaining structure comprising a plurality of individual rotor retaining discs, the discs having predefined slots; and a plurality of magnetic segments retained within the slots of the discs of the respective integral non-magnetic rotor retaining structure.. . ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171566

System and method for sub-sea cable termination

An electrical connector is presented. The electrical connector includes a first cable termination chamber configured to receive a first power cable comprising at least a first conductor sheathed at least in part by a first insulating layer and a first insulation screen layer. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171543

Sealed electrical connector assembly

A connector assembly is provided that includes a connector body disposed partially or completely in a pressure vessel configured for providing electrical conductive paths into and out from the pressure vessel. The connector assembly also includes a plurality of elongated conductive pins disposed within the connector body, wherein each of the plurality of elongated conductive pins comprises a high pressure end and a low pressure end. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171387

Battery pack and associated methods

A battery pack is described. The battery pack includes a plurality of electrochemical cells, wherein the electrochemical cells are isolated from each other by a concrete. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171134

Optoelectronic device with flexible substrate

An optoelectronic device is disclosed. The optoelectronic device includes a flexible substrate, a thin film transistor (tft) array disposed on a first surface of the flexible substrate, a photodiode layer disposed on the tft array, and a plurality of data lines and scan lines connected to the tft array and disposed on the first surface of the flexible substrate. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150171036

Electrical interconnect for an integrated circuit package and method of making same

A chip package includes a first substrate having at least one circuit layer formed on a first surface thereof, a first die mounted on a second surface of the first substrate opposite from the first surface, and an interconnection assembly comprising upper and lower conductive layers provided on an insulating substrate, with the upper conductive layer of the interconnection assembly affixed to the second surface of the first substrate and electrically connected to the at least one circuit layer of the first substrate. A second substrate is positioned on a side of the first die opposite from the first substrate so as to position the die between the first and second substrates, the second substrate having at least one circuit layer formed on an outward facing first surface thereof that is electrically connected to at least one of the lower conductive layers of the interconnection assembly and the first die.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150170846

Monolithic contact system and method of forming

A circuit breaker having a monolithic structure and method of making is disclosed. The monolithic structure includes an arm portion having copper and a contact portion having a composite material. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150170412

Method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest on the surface of an anomaly

A method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest (e.g., the deepest or highest point) on the surface of an anomaly on a viewed object using a video inspection device is disclosed. The video inspection device obtains and displays an image of the surface of the viewed object. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150170352

Method and device for automatically identifying the deepest point on the surface of an anomaly

A method and device for automatically identifying the deepest point on the surface of an anomaly on a viewed object using a video inspection device. The video inspection device obtains and displays an image of the surface of the viewed object. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150170341

System and method of computed tomography signal restoration via noise reduction

An imaging system includes a computer programmed to estimate noise in computed tomography (ct) imaging data, correlate the noise estimation with neighboring ct imaging data to generate a weighting estimation based on the correlation, de-noise the ct imaging data based on the noise estimation and on the weighting, and reconstruct an image using the de-noised ct imaging data.. . ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150169811

System and method for estimation and control of clearance in a turbo machine

A method implemented using at least one processor includes receiving a plurality of measured operational parameters of a turbo machine having a rotor and a stator. The plurality of measured operational parameters includes a plurality of real-time operational parameters and a plurality of stored operational parameters. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150169209

System and method for multi-tasking of a medical imaging system

A medical imaging system capable of acquiring medical imaging data of a patient includes a console coupled to the system, the console comprising a computer programmed to enable a first user to perform a first task on the system via the console, and enable a second user to perform a second task simultaneously with the first task via a remote device.. . ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168981

Hybrid high-inertia synchronous condenser facility

A hybrid high inertia synchronous condenser facility for delivering reactive power to an electrical grid comprises at least one synchronous condenser, a voltage transformer connecting the at least one synchronous condenser to an electrical grid, at least one bank of capacitors switchably connected to the electrical grid, at least one bank of reactors switchably connected to the electrical grid, and a controller for controlling connection of the voltage transformer, the at least one bank of shunt capacitors, and the at least one bank of shunt reactors to the electrical grid. The synchronous condenser is equipped with a flywheel.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168965

System and method for regulation of voltage on an electric power system

An electric power system includes an on-load tap changing (oltc) transformer. The transformer includes a plurality of primary windings and a plurality of secondary windings. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168946

Multiple frame rate system

An industrial control system is provided that includes a first control set, having a first frame period. The first control set includes at least one first input/output (i/o) pack; and at least one first controller. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168927

Gas turbine firing temperature control system and method

A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer executable code that includes instructions to receive a signal representative of a gas turbine firing temperature. The code further includes instructions to convert the signal to an actuator signal to actuate a fuel valve supplying fuel to the gas turbine by following a first reference function. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168567

System and method of simplifying a direct control scheme for a detector

An imaging system includes a first silicon photomultiplier (sipm) comprising an array of microcells. Each microcell is an avalanche photodiode (apd) operated in a geiger mode, a first area of the first sipm, comprising at least one of the microcells, is electrically isolated from all other microcells, and a signal from the first area, resulting from at least one photon pulse, is used to determine a gain of the first sipm.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168517

System and method for energizing a superconducting magnet

A system for energizing a main coil of superconducting magnet in a magnetic resonance imaging (mri) system includes a cryostat comprising a housing. A first coil is positioned within the housing of the cryostat. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168470

Computing device and methods of detecting thermal hotspots in a power distribution system

A method of detecting thermal hotspots in a power distribution system is provided. The power distribution system includes a conductive hub including a connection point for coupling to an electrical distribution component. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168465

Method and apparatus for electric power system distribution state estimations

A method of estimating a state of an electric power distribution system that includes a plurality of nodes and at least one electrical monitoring sensor includes measuring electric current flow (i), real power flow (p), and reactive power flow (q). The method also includes determining estimated real power load values (plis) and reactive power load values (qlis) and determining a plurality of estimated load current values (ilis) based on the plis and the qlis. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168181

Systems and methods for displaying a probe gap value on a sensor system

A system may include a probe that may generate an analog signal that corresponds to a distance between a tip of the probe and a component of a machine. The system may also include a processor that may determine the distance between the tip of the probe and the component based on the analog signal. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168158

System and method for determining operational group assignments of vehicles in a vehicle system

A system and method for determining dynamically changing distributions of vehicles in a vehicle system are disclosed. The system and method determine handling parameters of the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168087

Reusable phase-change thermal interface structures

A reusable phase-change thermal interface structure having a metal based foam and a fusible metal based alloy is provided. In a solid phase of the fusible metal based alloy the fusible metal based alloy is disposed at least in a portion of the metal based foam. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168079

System and method for transferring heat between two units

A thermal switching device is presented. The thermal switching device includes a plurality of serpentine capillaries having a first end and a second end, where the first end is configured to be operatively coupled to a heating unit and the second end is configured to be operatively coupled to a cooling unit, and where the plurality of serpentine capillaries is configured to transfer heat from the heating unit to the cooling unit by circulating a working fluid in the plurality of serpentine capillaries.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168069

Crucible and extrinsic facecoat compositions and methods for melting titanium and titanium aluminide alloys

Crucible compositions and methods of using the crucible compositions to melt titanium and titanium alloys. More specifically, crucible compositions having extrinsic facecoats comprising a rare earth oxide that are effective for melting titanium and titanium alloys for use in casting titanium-containing articles. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168013

Water seepage abatement in water heaters

A cover assembly for a water heater includes a cover, one or more openings formed in the cover and one or more raised features surrounding at least one of the one or more openings. The one or more raised features are formed such that a liquid near the at least one of the one or more openings is diverted away from the at least one of the one or more openings.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150168011

Water seepage abatement in water heaters

A water heater system includes a water heater, a cover, a shroud assembly and at least one ring. The water heater includes a tank, a layer of foam surrounding the tank and a wrapper surrounding the layer of foam. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167984

Bundled tube fuel injector aft plate retention

A bundled tube fuel injector includes a fuel distribution module, a tube bundle having a plurality of pre-mix tubes that extend in parallel downstream from the fuel distribution module and a support plate disposed substantially adjacent to the fuel distribution manifold. The plurality of pre-mix tubes extends through the support plate. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167983

Bundled tube fuel injector tube tip

A bundled tube fuel injector includes a fuel plenum defined within the bundled tube fuel injector and a plurality of pre-mix tubes that extend downstream from the fuel plenum substantially parallel to one another. Each pre-mix tube includes an end portion and a radially extending end surface. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167982

Bundled tube fuel injector

A bundled tube fuel injector includes an outer band that circumferentially surrounds a fuel plenum defined within the bundled tube fuel injector. The outer band includes a forward end portion that is axially separated from an aft end portion. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167981

Bundled tube fuel injector

A bundled tube fuel injector includes a fuel plenum that is defined within the bundled tube fuel injector and a plurality of pre-mix tubes that extend downstream from the fuel plenum substantially parallel to one another. Each pre-mix tube includes an end portion and a radially extending end surface. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167979

First stage nozzle or transition nozzle configured to promote mixing of respective combustion streams downstream thereof before entry into a first stage bucket of a turbine

The present application and the resultant patent provide a disruptive surface on a trailing edge of a stage one nozzle or transition nozzle to promote mixing of respective combustion streams downstream thereof before entry into a first stage bucket of a turbine. For example, in one embodiment, a gas turbine engine may include a combustor having a combustion flow. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167961

Controlling boiler drum level

A method of controlling a water level in a steam drum includes predicting a transient in the steam drum based on plant characteristics including steam flow from the steam drum, drum pressure in the steam drum, and one or both of a gas turbine load and a position of a bypass valve configured to control the steam flow from the steam drum to two or more steam flow conduits. The method further includes generating a sliding setpoint to control the water level based on predicting the transient in the steam drum.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167724

High temperature secondary torque retention for bolted assemblies

A fastening assembly includes a fastener having a head with an underside and an elongated shaft extending therefrom. The fastener constructed of at least one of a refractory metal and a superalloy. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167697

Annular flow jet pump for solid liquid gas media

A fluid jet pump assembly is provided having a pump body for receiving a plurality of fluids to be pumped. The assembly includes a venturi subassembly mounted within the pump body having a venturi throat section placed in a pump fluid flow path for receiving a power fluid and a well fluid at a venturi inlet. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167662

Systems and methods for determining mechanical stress of a compressor

A system for determining mechanical stress of a compressor is provided. The system includes a reciprocating compressor. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167661

System and method for fault detection in an electrical device

A method for fault detection includes selecting a measured parameter from a subsurface electrical device and obtaining a plurality of samples for the measured parameter. The method also includes removing at least one invalid sample from the plurality of samples to generate a remaining number of samples. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167657

Pumping system for a wellbore and methods of assembling the same

A pumping system for use in moving a fluid present within a well casing and through a production tubing is provided. The pumping system includes a housing coupled o the production tubing. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167652

Submersible pumping system and method

A method of isolating a production fluid from a fluid-containing reservoir is provided. The method includes disposing a first pump within a horizontal section of a production well. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167644

Lattice tower assembly for a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a lattice tower covering and/or assembly for a wind turbine. The lattice tower assembly includes a plurality of structural members connected together to define an open lattice tower. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167637

System and method for operating a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating a wind turbine. The method includes determining an actual operating time for one or more wind turbine components at multiple power levels; determining a corresponding wind condition for each of the operating times at each power level; estimating a loading condition acting on the one or more wind turbine components at the multiple power levels and the corresponding wind conditions; estimating an accumulated fatigue life consumption of the one or more wind turbine components based at least partially on the operating times and the estimated loading conditions; and, operating the wind turbine based on the accumulated fatigue life consumption.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167633

Methods of manufacturing rotor blade components for a wind turbine

Methods of manufacturing rotor blade components for a wind turbine and rotor blade components produced in accordance with such methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method generally includes providing a mold of the rotor blade component; coating at least a portion of an interior surface of the mold with an elastomeric material; inserting impletion material within the mold so as to at least partially reduce an open internal volume within the mold; inserting a foam material within the mold; and, removing the rotor blade component from the mold, wherein the elastomeric material forms a cover skin around at least a portion of the rotor blade component. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167568

Systems and methods for controlling exhaust gas recirculation

Various systems and method for controlling exhaust gas recirculation (egr) in an internal combustion engine are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes injecting fuel to a subset of cylinders that includes less than all cylinders of a first cylinder group to obtain a target egr rate. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167556

Method for disassembling a bundled tube fuel injector

A method for disassembling a bundled tube fuel injector includes decoupling an aft plate from a fuel distribution module of the bundled tube fuel injector, where the aft plate is disposed at a downstream end of the bundled tube fuel injector. The method also includes removing the aft plate from the bundled tube fuel injector to expose a portion of a plurality of pre-mix tubes so as to allow for inspection repair and/or replacement of one or more of the plurality of pre-mix tubes.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167550

System and method for processing gas streams

A system for processing a gas stream includes a gathering subsystem configured to collect the gas stream from a well-head and a gas conditioning subsystem for receiving the gas stream from the gathering subsystem and providing physical conditioning of the gas stream. The system includes one or more gas turbines configured to receive and combust a first flow of the conditioned gas stream from the gas conditioning subsystem and coupled with an electrical generator. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167544

Tuned cavity rotating detonation combustion system

A tuned cavity rotating detonation combustion system includes a an annular chamber having an inlet and an outlet; a valve plate at the inlet of the annular chamber and comprising a plurality of openings spaced circumferentially around the inlet; a plurality of tubes each having an open end in communication with a corresponding opening of the valve plate and a closed end forming a tuned cavity, and a first opening between the open end and the closed end for injection of air; and a plurality of fuel injectors corresponding to the plurality of tubes, each fuel injector being configured to inject fuel into the tube between the first opening and the open end. Each of the tuned cavities has a length sized to resonate at a same frequency as a continuous detonation frequency of at least one detonation wave in the annular chamber. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167493

Turbine bucket and method for cooling a turbine bucket of a gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide a turbine bucket for a gas turbine engine. The turbine bucket may include a platform, an airfoil extending radially outward from the platform, and a number of cooling passages defined at least partially within the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167487

Turbomachine cold clearance adjustment

A system and method for measuring and adjusting rotor to stator clearances is disclosed, as well as a turbomachine embodying the system and method. In an embodiment, a turbomachine is assembled, including a stator having an upper and a lower stator shell, and a rotor disposed within the stator. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167486

Axially faced seal system

A first aspect of the invention provides an axially faced seal system for a radial tip of a turbine component, the system comprising: a stationary turbine component; a rotating turbine component; and a seal ring mounted to the stationary turbine component, the seal ring extending axially to the rotating turbine component and engaging the rotating turbine component on a side surface, wherein the side surface of the rotating turbine component is on a continuous, rotating mating ring having a 360 degree arc.. . ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167480

Methods and apparatus for sealing a gas turbine engine rotor assembly

A rotor assembly for use in a gas turbine engine having an axis of rotation includes a plurality of rotor blades. Each rotor blade includes a platform extending between opposing side faces, a shank extending radially inward from the platform, and a slot at least partially defined in each of the opposing side faces. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167474

Methods of manufacturing rotor blade components for a wind turbine

Methods of manufacturing rotor blade components for a wind turbine and rotor blade components produced in accordance with such methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method generally includes providing a mold of the rotor blade component; coating at least a portion of an interior surface of the mold with an elastomeric material; inserting a foam material within the mold; and, removing the rotor blade component from the mold, wherein the elastomeric material forms a cover skin around at least a portion of the rotor blade component. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167473

Modified rotor blade assemblies with access windows and methods for making the same

Methods for modifying a rotor blade for a wind turbine include removing a cutout section from a shell of the rotor blade, wherein removing the cutout section provides an access window to an interior support section of the rotor blade, and sealing the cutout section back to the shell to close the access window.. . ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167472

Wind turbine blade and method of assembling the same

A wind turbine blade is provided. The wind turbine blade includes a first section and a second section adjacent the first section. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167471

System and method for securing axially inserted buckets to a rotor assembly

A rotor wheel assembly includes a rotor wheel having a plurality of dovetail slots spaced circumferentially about a peripheral surface of the rotor wheel. The rotor wheel also has a plurality of notches formed in the peripheral surface. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167469

Turbine bucket closure assembly and methods of assembling the same

A rotor wheel assembly has a rotor wheel including a plurality of dovetail slots. The rotor wheel assembly includes a bucket closure assembly having a leading auxiliary bucket with a dovetail coupled to a dovetail slot and an integral cover having a back side edge oriented at a first angle relative to the rotor wheel rotation axis. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167141

Cmas resistant thermal barrier coatings

The present application provides calcia-magnesia-alumina-silica (cmas) (or molten silicate) resistant thermal barrier coatings (tbc). The coatings include elongate growth domains of non-equiaxed, randomly arranged overlapping grains or splats. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167129

Particulate strengthened alloy articles and methods of forming

An article and a method for forming the article are presented. The article includes a material comprising a metal matrix and a first population of particulate phases disposed macroscopically non-uniformly within the matrix. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167123

Nickel-based superalloy, process therefor, and components formed therefrom

A gamma prime nickel-based superalloy suitable for producing structural components (10), for example, turbine disks (10) and other turbomachinery components. The superalloy comprises an intentional amount of iron of up to 2.0% and is preferably capable of exhibiting structural properties comparable to nickel-based superalloys without iron. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167065

Isothermal amplification of nucleic acids within a porous matrix

Provided herein are methods for amplification a target dsdna that is impregnated within a porous matrix using endonuclease-assisted dna amplification. The amplicons may be subsequent detected within the porous matrix or may be eluted out of the porous matrix. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150167052

Sample storage and extraction device for flow through elution of analytes

A sample storage and extraction device is provided. The sample storage and extraction device includes a substrate frame and a substrate cover. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150166956

Devices for separation of particulates, associated methods and systems

A device is configured for separation of particulates dispersed within a base fluid, wherein the particulates have a relative density difference compared to the base fluid. The device comprises a microchannel of length l and height h comprising an inlet and an outlet; a microporous surface on one or more walls of the microchannel; a collection chamber on an opposing side of the microporous surface; and an applied force field across the height h of the microchannel to sediment the particles through the microporous surface into the collection chamber. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150166417

Solvent based slurry compositions for making environmental barrier coatings and environmental barrier coatings comprising the same

Organic solvent based slurry compositions for making an environmental barrier coating including from about 6.8 wt % to about 96.1 wt % solvent; from about 3.9 wt % to about 93.2 wt % primary material; and from about 0.01 wt % to about 20 wt % slurry sintering aid.. . ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150166376

Method for flocculating algae using polymers including tannin

A method for separating dispersed algae from an aqueous system is provided. The method includes adding to the aqueous system a polymer including tannin to form flocculated aggregates, and separating the flocculated aggregates from the aqueous system. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150166354

Method for removing organic contaminants from boron containing powders by high temperature processing

A method of removing a hydrocarbon compound from boron powder for a physical intermixture. A boron powder and hydrocarbon compound physical intermixture is provided. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165683

Operational performance assessment of additive manufacturing

A method for assessment of operational performance of a 3d manufacturing apparatus is provided. Images are obtained, in real-time during a 3d polymer printing build process in which at least one structure is built by the 3d manufacturing apparatus, the images being of an area of a build platform on which the at least one structure is built. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165568

Method for repairing a bundled tube fuel injector

A method for repairing a bundled tube fuel injector includes removing a portion of a pre-mix tube, aligning a tube tip with the remaining portion pre-mix tube and fixedly connecting the tube tip to the pre-mix tube. The method may further include removing an aft plate and an outer shroud from the bundled tube fuel injector so as to expose the pre-mix tube.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165556

Diode laser fiber array for powder bed fabrication or repair

A method of forming a build in a powder bed includes emitting a plurality of laser beams from selected fibers of a diode laser fiber array onto the powder bed, the selected fibers of the array corresponding to a pattern of a layer of the build; and simultaneously melting powder in the powder bed corresponding to the pattern of the layer of the build. An apparatus for forming a build in a powder bed includes a diode laser fiber array including a plurality of diode lasers and a plurality of optical fibers corresponding to the plurality of diode lasers, each optical fiber configured to receive a laser beam from a respective diode laser and configured to emitting the laser beam; a support configured to support a powder bed or a component configured to support the powder bed at a distance from ends of the optical fibers; and a controller configured to control the diode laser fiber array to emit a plurality of laser beams from selected fibers of the diode laser fiber array onto the powder bed, the selected fibers of the array corresponding to a pattern of a layer of the build and simultaneously melt the powder in the powder bed corresponding to the pattern of the layer of the build.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165547

Fabrication process and fabricated article

A turbulator fabrication process and a fabricated article are provided. The turbulator fabrication process includes providing a system configured for directing a first fusion energy and a second fusion energy, positioning a turbulator material on a substrate, and directing the first fusion energy and the second fusion energy toward the turbulator material and the substrate. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165394

System for transporting solids with improved solids packing

A system includes a solid feed pump having a housing, a rotor disposed in the housing, a curved passage disposed between the rotor and the housing, a solid feed inlet coupled to the curved passage, and a solid feed outlet coupled to the curved passage. Also, a solids packing device is coupled to the solid feed inlet of the solid feed pump. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165362

Pleated filter with pleatpack tapered at bottom to minimize dust buildup

A filter includes a pleated filter material with a plurality of pleats arranged circumferentially. The pleated filter material includes a top half and a bottom half. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165347

Microclarification system and method

A microclarification system is disclosed which can be used to separate solid particulates dispersed within a base fluid such as water. The microclarification system includes a plurality of microfluidic separator units disposed between and in fluid communication with a fluid inlet manifold and a fluid outlet manifold. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165346

Systems for separation of particulates and associated methods and devices

A system is provided for separating particulates dispersed within a base fluid wherein at least one of the particulates and the base fluid is an organic liquid. The system relies on a microfluidic separation device comprising a microchannel in fluid communication across a microporous body with a collection chamber. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150165142

System and method of detecting integrity of breathing systems for safe and optimal delivery

The system and method of the present application automates the integrity check of the breathing system and informs the ventilator to deliver the compensated gas volume, and alert the user if a vital component of breathing circuit is absent or not fully connected. The present application utilizes an open rfid tag on a first point of connection and a conducting ring on the second point of connection such that when a circuit connection is made, the open rfid tag becomes active and provides an rfid reader with data regarding the circuit connection.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150164605

Methods and systems for interventional imaging

Methods and systems for imaging a subject are presented. A series of volumetric images corresponding to a volume of interest in the subject is received during an interventional procedure. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150164457

System and method of x-ray dose distribution for computed tomography based on simulation

An imaging system allows for modification of data acquisition parameters, where the parameters affect dose distribution. The system includes a library of exams, and a computer programmed to obtain a set of scanning parameters for image data acquisition and image reconstruction, obtain scan data from the library of exams that is based on a similarity metric for a patient to be scanned, simulate a new scan of the patient using the obtained scan data and using the obtained set of scanning parameters, and generate a new set of scanning parameters based on the simulation.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150164447

Method and system for integrated medical transport backboard digital x-ray imaging detector

A method of imaging a patient and an x-ray imaging system are provided. The x-ray imaging system includes a support platform configured to support an object to be imaged and a digital x-ray imaging detector configured to receive incident radiation that has passed through the object, the x-ray imaging detector including a flexibility that permits the x-ray imaging detector to conform to a surface of the support platform, the x-ray imaging detector including a thickness of less than about four millimeters.. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150164412

Point of care measurement of patient sensitivity to anesthetics

A method and system for monitoring a patient under anesthesia involves determining a drug sensitivity index for the patient. Patient demographic information and amount of anesthetic information is obtained, wherein the amount of anesthetic information includes each drug administered to the patient and the dose amount thereof. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150164369

Systems and methods for electrical impedance imaging

A method and system for performing electrical impedance imaging of a subject of interest using a plurality of electrodes is provided. The method includes applying one or more determined current patterns to one or more electrodes of the plurality of electrodes. ... General Electric Company

06/18/15 / #20150164330

Ultrasound imaging system and method for generateing a blended cine loop

An medical imaging system and method for generating and displaying a blended cine loop. The system and method include acquiring image data and identifying a base image sequence in the image data. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150163874

Multi-mode controller circuit

Provided is a mechanism for providing a light emitting diode (led) lighting compatible dimmer. The mechanism includes a detector configured to detect changes in current received from rectified output power and a boost controller responsive to the detecting and providing an operating mode signal to a boost device in accordance therewith. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162905

High performance igbt gate drive

High performance gate drives and methods for driving semiconductor switching elements, such as insulated gate bipolar transistors (igbts), are provided. The gate drive can control the voltage applied to the gate of the igbt to one or more intermediate voltages near the threshold voltage of the igbt to control dv/dt of the collector-emitter voltage during and the di/dt of the collector current turn off. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162811

Apparatus for forming insulation for electrical components

Embodiments of an apparatus for forming insulation for an electrical component are provided herein. In one embodiment an apparatus for forming an insulation for an electrical component may include an actuator to pull an electrical component in a substantially linear direction, wherein the actuator is configured to move the electrical component in at least one direction relative to the substantially linear direction; a material source configured to provide a material to one or more surfaces of the electrical component as the electrical component is moved proximate the material source, wherein the material comprises at least a portion of an insulation; and a plurality of movable dies having inner surfaces disposed such that the material conforms to the one or more surfaces of the electrical component as the electrical component is moved through the plurality of movable dies.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162804

Rotor with cooling manifolds

A rotor is disclosed, which includes a plurality of axially extending slots disposed about the rotor; a plurality of conductors radially stacked within each of the axial slots; and an axially extending subslot at a radially inward end of each of the slots. In each slot, a cooling path is provided, extending radially outward from the subslot. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162782

Method and system for a dual conversion uninterruptible power supply

A method and system for an uninterruptible power supply (ups) are provided. The ups includes a three-phase high power transformer, an active or passive-rectifier configured to generate and regulate a set of dc link voltages, and a set of cascaded inverters configured to generate an ac voltage using the dc link voltages. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162743

Method and system for over-voltage protection using transient voltage suppression devices

A method of fabricating an overvoltage protection device and an over-voltage circuit protection device are provided. The over-voltage circuit protection device includes a plurality of transient voltage suppression (tvs) devices coupled in electrical parallel.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162741

Zone selective interlocking (zsi) power distribution systems and methods of operating a zsi power distribution system

Power distribution systems and methods are described. In one example, a method of determining by a first circuit protection device in a zone selective interlocking (zsi) system whether to output a blocking signal to a second circuit protection device in the zsi system is described. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162384

X ray detection apparatus

There is set forth herein a method for making an apparatus for use in x ray detection comprising fabricating a first layered assembly 10 comprising a scintillator and first electrode layer, and laminating the first layered assembly 10 onto a second layered assembly 20 wherein the second layered assembly has a thin film transistor (tft) array, wherein the tft array includes a second electrode layer, wherein at least one of the first layered assembly and the second layered assembly includes an organic photodiode (opd) absorber layer and wherein the laminating is absent use of an adhesive.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150162144

Load tap changer

A method of switching taps by an on-load tap changer includes providing at least two fingers each comprising an impedance and a mechanical switch. When first and second mechanical switches of the first and second fingers are closed, they provide a connection between the first and second impedances of the first and second fingers and a power terminal of the on-load tap changer. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150161868

System and method for detection of infant presence

A system and method for controlling the operation of an infant care device based upon whether the infant care device is occupied or unoccupied. One or more sensors are positioned within the infant care device to determine whether the infant care device is occupied or unoccupied. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150161792

Method for identifying calcification portions in dual energy ct contrast agent enhanced scanning image

The present invention relates to a method for identifying calcification portions in a dual energy ct contrast agent enhanced scanning image, the method including: filtering the pixels in the dual energy ct contrast agent enhanced scanning image to acquire pixels to be grouped; grouping the pixels to be grouped in a plurality of pixel groups according to the positions of the pixels to be grouped in the dual energy ct contrast agent enhanced scanning image; material-decomposing the pixels in each pixel group; and determining the pixels corresponding to the calcification portions in the plurality of pixel groups according to the result of the material-decomposing. Therefore, the calcification portions can be identified accurately.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150161787

Object identification method in dual-energy ct scan images

A method is provided for processing a dual-energy ct scan image, which includes filtering the pixels in a dual-energy ct scan image to obtain pixels to be grouped; grouping the pixels to be grouped into a plurality of pixel groups based on the positions of the pixels to be grouped in the dual-energy ct scan image; performing material decomposition on the pixels in each pixel group; and determining the object corresponding to each pixel group based on the results of material decomposition. By using the method, the scan time and the x-ray dose radiated to a target (e.g., a user to be diagnosed) are reduced.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150161193

Data validation using schema definition

A system includes a first processor configured to intake a schema definition file. The schema definition file defines a set of rules that a data document must follow. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150160644

Repair method, system for automatic locating and clearing and tool for automated locating and modifying

A repair method is provided and includes deriving, from a model of a component, drilling vectors respectively associated with fluid flow passages of the component, obtaining location data of each of the fluid flow passages at least partially from a source other than the model and relying upon the derived drilling vectors and the obtained location data of each of the fluid flow passages to position a tool configured to modify each of the fluid flow passages.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150160305

Method of testing a dimming lighting system

A diagnostic device for testing a lighting fixture apparatus is provided. The lighting fixture includes at least one ballast configured to receive a dimming test signal. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150160164

System and method for inspection of components

An automatic portable inspection system includes a part holder for holding a component to be inspected and a rotary actuator coupled to the part holder. The system further includes an eddy current probe for scanning the component and providing eddy current signals. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150160096

System and method for detecting an at-fault combustor

A system for detecting an at-fault combustor includes a sensor that is configured to sense combustion dynamics pressure data from the combustor and a computing device that is in electronic communication with the sensor and configured to receive the combustion dynamics pressure data from the sensor. The computing device is programmed to convert the combustion dynamics pressure data into a frequency spectrum, segment the frequency spectrum into a plurality of frequency intervals, extract a feature from the frequency spectrum, generate feature values for the feature within a corresponding frequency interval over a period of time, and to store the feature values to generate a historical database. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159881

Auto flame-out detection and reignition method for a gas burner of a cooktop appliance

A system is provided to automatically detect and reignite one or more gas burners on a cooktop appliance. Upon determining the absence of a flame at a gas burner, a time period Δtd is allowed to elapse during which no flame is detected before sparking is initiated to relight the burner. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159877

Late lean injection manifold mixing system

A manifold mixing system for combustor of a gas turbine engine includes a fuel supply, a fuel injector coupled with the fuel supply, and a manifold mixer cooperable with the fuel injector and including mixing air inlets. The fuel injector is displaceable relative to the manifold mixer while being positioned to deliver fuel from the fuel supply to the manifold mixer. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159875

Fuel injector with premix pilot nozzle

An apparatus for injecting premixed fuel and air through a center body and into the combustion zone of a gas turbine includes a fuel injector nozzle with a premix pilot nozzle having a plurality of premix passages in fluid communication with an air supply and a fuel supply that premixes air and fuel within the premix passages. The apparatus has either an active or passive fuel feed control. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159873

Compressor discharge casing assembly

A compressor discharge casing assembly includes a diffuser disposed proximate an aft region of a compressor section, the diffuser configured to route a compressed airflow to an interior region of the compressor discharge casing assembly. Also included is a strut disposed in the interior region of the compressor discharge casing assembly and located proximate an exit region of the diffuser. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159872

Wake reducing structure for a turbine system

A wake reducing structure includes a combustor liner having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining a combustor chamber. Also included is an airflow path located along the outer surface of the combustor liner. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159871

Gas turbine engine wall

A gas turbine engine wall is provided. The wall includes an inner surface and an opposing outer surface having at least one film cooling hole defined therein. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159867

System and method for assessing combustor health during operation

A system for assessing combustor health during operation of the combustor includes a combustor, a sensor configured to sense combustion dynamics pressure data from the combustor, and a computing device that is in communication with the sensor and configured to receive the combustion dynamics pressure data from the sensor. The computing device is programed to extract a feature from the combustion dynamics pressure data and generate feature values for the feature over a period of time. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159654

System and method for continuous solids slurry depressurization

A system includes a first pump having a first outlet and a first inlet, and a controller. The first pump is configured to continuously receive a flow of a slurry into the first outlet at a first pressure and to continuously discharge the flow of the slurry from the first inlet at a second pressure less than the first pressure. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159625

System and method for controlling a wind turbine system

A method for controlling a wind turbine system may generally include controlling a wind turbine to operate at a speed and torque setting within a permissible operating region defined between maximum and minimum operating curves, receiving a speed de-rate request and/or a torque de-rate request to de-rate the wind turbine based on a limiting constraint of the wind turbine system, determining an adjusted speed setting and/or an adjusted torque setting for the wind turbine based on the speed de-rate request and/or the torque de-rate request, determining whether an adjustment of the wind turbine operation to the adjusted speed setting and/or the adjusted torque setting would place the turbine outside the permissible operating region and, if the adjustment would place the operation outside the permissible operating region, adjusting the speed setting and/or the torque setting to a new speed and/or torque setting defined along the maximum or minimum operating curve.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159589

Engine system and method

An engine system includes a plurality of cylinders including one or more donating cylinders and one or more non-donating cylinders. A control module controls an operation of the one or more donating cylinders relative to, or based on, the operation of the one or more non-donating cylinders.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159572

System and program product for controlling exhaust gas temperature of engine system

Aspects of the disclosure include a system for controlling an exhaust gas communicated from an engine system to a turbine component of a turbocharger system. The system can include a sensor configured to determine a temperature of the exhaust gas; and a controller configured to adjust an engine system speed based on the temperature of the exhaust gas being greater than or less than a temperature safety window.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159561

Method of controlling purge flow in a gas turbomachine and a turbomachine control system

A method of controlling purge flow in a gas turbomachine system includes detecting a fault condition in the gas turbomachine system, initiating a shutdown of the gas turbomachine system, introducing a purge flow into a gas turbine portion of the gas turbomachine system, categorizing the fault condition as one of a category one fault and a category two fault, and validating the purge flow if the fault condition is a category one fault and invalidating the purge flow if the fault condition is a category two fault.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159560

System and method for extracting foreign matter in gas turbine

A system for extracting foreign matter in a gas turbine is provided. The system includes a variable bleed valve (vbv) disposed between a booster and a high pressure compressor configured to bleed at least a first flow from a core engine flow path into a bypass flow path to extract foreign particles. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159559

Method and system for compressor on line water washing with anticorrosive solution

Methods and systems may dispense turbine engine anticorrosive protection. In an embodiment, a method may include determining a condition of a gas turbine engine while the gas turbine engine is online, wherein the condition includes the power output level of the gas turbine engine and applying, based on the condition, an anticorrosion fluid to the gas turbine engine while the gas turbine engine is online.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159558

Method and system for dispensing gas turbine anticorrosion fluid

Disclosed herein are methods and systems for dispensing turbine engine anticorrosive protection. In an embodiment, a method may include selecting an anticorrosion fluid for a gas turbine engine and applying the anticorrosion fluid to the gas turbine engine.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159557

Gas turbine engine systems and methods for imparting corrosion resistance to gas turbine engines

Methods and systems for imparting corrosion resistance to gas turbine engines are disclosed. Existing and/or supplemental piping is connected to existing compressor section air extraction piping and turbine section cooling air piping to supply water and anti-corrosion agents into areas of the gas turbine engine not ordinarily and/or directly accessible by injection of cleaning agents into the bellmouth of the turbine alone and/or repair methods. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159556

Gas turbine engine systems and methods for imparting corrosion resistance to gas turbine engines

Methods and systems for imparting corrosion resistance to gas turbine engines are disclosed. Existing and/or supplemental piping is connected to existing compressor section air extraction and turbine section cooling air piping to supply water and anti-corrosion agents into areas of the gas turbine engine not ordinarily and/or directly accessible by injection of cleaning agents into the bellmouth of the turbine alone and/or repair methods. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159514

Cooling fluid flow control system for steam turbine system and program product

A cooling fluid flow control system for a turbine section of a steam turbine system and a related program product are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes at least one computing device operably connected to a cooling system. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159512

Method and system for use in cooling a joint flange bolt of a rotary machine

A method of cooling at least one joint flange bolt used with a rotary machine includes extracting a working fluid having a first temperature that is lower than an operating temperature at a first joint flange bolt hole. The method also includes diverting a first portion of the extracted working fluid into a first supply hole that is in flow communication with a first clearance gap defined between the first joint flange bolt hole and the joint flange bolt. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159510

Method and system for dispensing gas turbine anticorrosive protection

Methods and systems for dispersing an anticorrosion fluid to a turbine engine may be done while the turbine engine is online or offline. In an embodiment, a method may comprise selecting an anticorrosion fluid for a turbine engine and distributing the anticorrosion fluid into an air duct fluidly connected with the turbine engine.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159509

Method and system for dispensing gas turbine anticorrosive protection

Methods and systems for dispersing anticorrosive treatment for a turbine engine may incorporate an inlet bleed heat system. In an embodiment, a method may include selecting an anticorrosion fluid for a turbine engine and distributing the anticorrosion fluid via a vaporizing system fluidly connected with the turbine engine, wherein the vaporizing system is used to transform the anticorrosion fluid into a vapor.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159507

Article for high temperature service

Articles for high temperature service, especially where enhanced strain tolerance coupled with resistance to ingested dust and debris (cmas) is desirable, are provided herein. The article comprises a substrate and a multi-layered coating system disposed over the substrate. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159506

Gas turbine peracetic acid solution inter-rinse

A gas turbine wash control system may perform a wash and a rinse of a gas turbine that is offline. An peracetic acid inter-rinse solution may be injected into the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159505

Gas turbine organic acid based inter-rinse

A gas turbine wash control system may perform a wash and a rinse of a gas turbine that is offline. An inter-rinse solution may be injected into the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159504

System and method for preventing an emergency over-speed condition in a rotating machine

In accordance with one aspect of the present technique a method includes receiving at least one of a speed and an acceleration of a rotating component in a rotating machine. The method includes determining whether at least one of the speed and the acceleration of the rotating component exceeds a non-trip operating (nto) space in a speed-acceleration plane, wherein the nto space is based on a trip overshoot model. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159503

System and method for continuous solids slurry depressurization

A continuous slag processing system includes a rotating parallel disc pump, coupled to a motor and a brake. The rotating parallel disc pump includes opposing discs coupled to a shaft, an outlet configured to continuously receive a fluid at a first pressure, and an inlet configured to continuously discharge the fluid at a second pressure less than the first pressure. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159498

L brush seal for turbomachinery application

A seal arrangement between radially-opposed rotating and stationary components in a turbomachine includes a first rotating component, a second stationary component, and a brush seal located radially therebetween. The brush seal has an axially-extending portion secured to the second stationary component, and an inwardly-extending portion extending across a gap between the first and second components. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159497

Steam turbine and methods of assembling the same

A steam turbine is provided. The steam turbine includes a housing and a steam inlet coupled in flow communication to the housing which is configured to discharge a first steam flow within the housing. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159257

Coating method, coating system, and coated article

A coating method, coating system and coated article are provided. The coating method includes providing a substrate, directing a coating material towards the substrate, the coating material contacting a coating region of the substrate to form a coating deposit, providing an energy source, and directing the energy source towards a first peripheral edge portion and a second peripheral edge portion of the coating region. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159254

Coating methods and a coated substrate

Coating methods and a coated substrate are provided. The coating method includes providing a component having an aperture formed in a surface thereof, arranging and disposing a hollow member on a portion of the surface to define a hollow space above the aperture corresponding to a shape of the aperture at the surface, applying at least one coating over the surface of the component and the hollow member to form an applied coating having an applied coating thickness, and removing at least a portion of the hollow member to expose the hollow space through the applied coating. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159122

Cleaning solution and methods of cleaning a turbine engine

A cleaning solution for a turbine engine is provided. The cleaning solution includes a reagent composition including water within a range between about 25 percent and about 70 percent by volume of the reagent composition, an acidic component within a range between about 0.1 percent and about 50 percent by volume of the reagent composition, and an amine component within a range between about 1 percent and 40 percent by volume of the reagent composition. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159098

System and method for cooling syngas within a gasifier system

A vessel for use in a gasification system is provided. The vessel includes a shell and a heat exchange structure positioned within the shell. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150159097

System and method for continuous slag handling with direct cooling

A system includes a quench chamber configured to continuously receive a mixture of a gas and slag, and a downstream end portion coupled to the quench chamber. The quench chamber includes a quench sump configured to continuously separate the gas from the slag in the mixture via a quench liquid. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158513

Aerial camera system and method for identifying route-related hazards

An aerial camera system includes an aerial device disposed onboard a non-aerial vehicle as the non-aerial vehicle moves along a route. The aerial device also can be configured to fly above the route during movement of the vehicle along the route. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158512

Operating system and method for controlling a powered vehicle

A system for the communication of data used in the operation of a vehicle comprises a plurality of controllers onboard the powered vehicle for controlling operations of the vehicle. At least one of the controllers has a memory in which data is stored and the data is accessible and used by at least two of the controllers for controlling vehicle operations. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158511

Points machine monitoring system and method

A method and system for monitoring a points machine obtains operating characteristics of the points machine that are representative of operations of the points machine during a movement event of rails at a switch. A waveform of the operating characteristics is examined to at least one of identify or predict a problem with the operations of the points machine. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158510

Wayside monitoring system and method

A wayside monitoring method and system monitor a transmitted current that is injected into conductive components of a route traveled by vehicle systems, monitor a received current that represents a portion of the transmitted current that is conducted through the conductive components of the route, examine changes in the transmitted and/or received current over time to determine when the vehicle systems are on the route between a first location where the transmitted current is injected into the conductive components and a second location where the received current is monitored, and examine the changes in the transmitted and/or received currents. The changes are examined to identify (a) a contaminated portion of a surface on which the route is disposed, (b) a foreign object other than the vehicle systems that is contacting the route, and/or (c) a damaged or broken portion of at least one of the conductive components of the route.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158273

Powder metallurgical article

A powder metallurgical article and process are disclosed. The article is a repaired or enlarged powder metallurgical article. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158118

Laser cladding sytems and methods using metal-filled wires

Laser cladding systems include a metal-filled wire comprising a metal shell surrounding a metal-filled core, wherein the metal-filled core comprises at least one of a powder metal or a fine wire metal, and, a laser that produces a laser beam directed onto at least a portion of a tip of the metal-filled wire to melt the metal shell and metal-filled core to produce a molten pool for depositing on a substrate.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150158044

Automated masking of cooling apertures

A system including: a masking applicator; and at least one computing device coupled with the masking applicator, the at least one computing device configured to provide instructions to the masking applicator to apply a masking material according to a masking plan for masking at least one cooling aperture in a turbomachine component during a cooling aperture coating process, the masking plan based upon at least one characteristic of the plurality of cooling apertures, the masking plan including masking the at least one cooling aperture using a first mask type.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150157967

Water filter cartridge and assembly

Water filter cartridges, water filter assemblies, and refrigerator appliances are provided. A water filter cartridge includes a cap, the cap defining a generally central aperture, and a canister connected to the cap. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150157963

Filter assembly for use in a natural gas liquefaction system and method of operating the same

A filter assembly for use in a natural gas liquefaction system is provided. The filter assembly includes a filter house that includes a first portion, a filter element positioned within the first portion and configured to collect solids entrained in slurry on a surface thereof, and a valve coupled to the first portion. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150157750

Method for sterilizing membrane comprising glucose oxidase and associated bio-sensor

A method for sterilizing a membrane comprising an oxidoreductase enzyme, comprises: irradiating with gamma radiation the membrane comprising an oxidoreductase enzyme soaked in an aqueous buffer solution. Associated biosensors and bioreactors are also described.. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150157287

Medical imaging system and method

A medical imaging device capable of determining the number of projections in which at least one point located above or at the level of the object support surface is present.. . ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150157275

Respiratory stress detection

Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to a system for analysis of respiratory distress in hospitalized patients. The system performs multi-parametric simultaneous analysis of respiration rate (rr) and pulse oximetry (spo2) data trends in order to gauge patterns of patient instability pertaining to respiratory distress. ... General Electric Company

06/11/15 / #20150157240

Electrical impedance imaging systems

An electrical channel having inbuilt current limiting is provided. The electrical channel includes an electrode current source. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150156920

Radiation detecting apparatus and radiation tomographic imaging apparatus

A radiation detecting apparatus is provided. The radiation detecting apparatus includes a plurality of detector modules arranged in a channel direction, each detector module including a plurality of detecting elements arranged in matrix form in the channel direction and a slice direction, and a heat radiating unit thermally coupled to the detecting elements and provided on an x-ray outgoing side of the detecting elements, a wind blowing unit configured to send wind to the heat radiating units of the detector modules in the slice direction, first wind shielding portions provided on a radiation outgoing side of the heat radiating units and configured to shield the wind in a radiation irradiating direction, and second wind shielding portions provided on a radiation incoming side of the heat radiating units and configured to shield the wind in the radiation irradiating direction.. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150156494

Methods and apparatus for data communication across a slip ring

A method for reducing bandwidth required for transmission of data in a device having two portions rotating with respect to one another. The first portion includes a data acquisition system (das) having a charge-to-digital converter and a digital signal processor (dsp) configured to receive and compress digital data from the charge-to-digital processor. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150155355

Systems and methods for semiconductor devices

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to metal-oxide-semiconductor (mos) devices, such as silicon carbide (sic) power devices (e.g., mosfets, igbts, etc.). A semiconductor device includes a well region extending a first depth into a surface of an epitaxial semiconductor layer positioned above a drift region. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150155113

Cover assembly for circuit breaker, circuit breaker having the same, and method

A cover assembly for a circuit breaker includes a cover, the cover including a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is configured to at least partially cover a current sensing element within the circuit breaker, and has an interior surface and a cover opening. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150155070

Insulation for electrical components

Embodiments of an insulation for electrical components are provided herein. In one embodiment an insulation for an electrical component may include a filler dispersed throughout a polymer matrix, the filler comprising a talc containing nanoclay and boron nitride. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150154748

Mapping transfer function for automated biological sample processing system

A gripping element may be commanded to move to pre-determined robot-frame locations, and markings may be punched into a calibration sample capture substrate at each location. A calibration image may be obtained, and fiducial markings on the gripping element may be detected. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150154499

Systems and methods to predict a reduction of energy consumption

A computing device for use with a demand response system is provided. The computing device includes a communication interface for receiving customer data of a plurality of customers, wherein the customer data includes a participation history and historical consumption values for each customer for participating in at least one demand response event. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153918

System and method for dashboard software maintained by an end user

A digital dashboard application extracts data, performs data processing on the extracted data, and displays the analyzed data as widgets in a dashboard format. The digital dashboard application may access a widget library, from which an end user may download a widget to add to the application. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153431

Systems and methods for determining electrical properties using magnetic resonance imaging

Systems and methods for determining electrical properties using magnetic resonance imaging (mri) are provided. One method includes applying an ultra-short echo time (te) pulse sequence in a magnetic resonance imaging (mri) system and acquiring a complex b1+b1− quantity from an object following the application of the ultra-short te pulse sequence, where b1+ is a complex amplitude of a transmit radio-frequency (rf) magnetic field and b1− is a complex amplitude of a receive rf magnetic field. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153100

System and method for hybrid refrigeration gas liquefaction

In an embodiment, a method includes cooling a fluid along a fluid path using a vapor compression refrigeration cycle; cooling the fluid along the fluid path using at least one cryocooler of a cryogenic cooling phase; expanding the fluid during cooling within the cryogenic cooling phase, after cooling in the cryogenic cooling phase, or a combination thereof, such that a temperature and pressure of the fluid are reduced to generate a fluid stream having both a vapor phase and a liquid phase; and condensing the vapor phase. The fluid may be a natural gas.. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153099

Shelf assemblies for refrigerator appliances and methods for assembling same

Shelf assemblies, methods for assembling shelf assemblies, and refrigerator appliances are provided. A shelf assembly includes a fixed shelf, the fixed shelf including a pair of guides that each extend along a lateral direction. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153093

Refrigerator appliance

Refrigerator appliances are provided. A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber and a freezer chamber. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153074

System and method for controlling temperature of a working fluid

A heat exchanging device is presented. The heat exchanging device includes an inlet header configured to receive a working fluid. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153045

Premixer assembly for mixing air and fuel for combustion

A premixer assembly for mixing air and fuel for combustion includes a plurality of tubes disposed at a head end of a combustor assembly. Also included is a tube of the plurality of tubes, the tube including an inlet end and an outlet end. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150153044

Turbomachine combustor assembly

A turbomachine combustor assembly includes a combustor body, and a combustor liner arranged within the combustor body. The combustor liner defines a combustion chamber having a head end and a discharge end. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152881

Extendible and reinforceable nacelle and method for making same

A nacelle for a wind turbine includes a cover defining an internal volume. The cover extends along a longitudinal direction, and the cover has a predefined length, a predefined width and a predefined height. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152851

Structural shape for wind tower members

One of the major structural components in a space frame tower is the tower leg. A novel and nonobvious tower leg structure is provided which provides significant advantages and benefits over previously available structures.. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152839

Spar assembly for a wind turbine rotor blade

A spar assembly for a rotor blade of a wind turbine is disclosed. The spar assembly includes a first spar cap segment and a second spar cap segment. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152838

Spar caps-shear web assembly configuration for wind turbine blades, and methods thereof

A wind turbine blade is presented. The blade includes an upper shell member having a spar cap disposed on an internal surface of the upper shell, and a lower shell member having a spar cap disposed on an internal surface of the lower shell. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152735

Turbine airfoil with cast platform cooling circuit

A turbine airfoil apparatus includes: an airfoil including a concave pressure sidewall and a convex suction sidewall joined together at a leading edge and a trailing edge; an endwall projecting laterally outwardly from the airfoil at one spanwise end thereof, the endwall having an outer surface facing the airfoil and an opposing inner surface; a plenum defined within the endwall between the inner and outer surfaces wherein the plenum is forked in plan view, with at least two branches, each branch having a throat disposed at its upstream end; and at least one film cooling hole passing through the outer surface and communicating with the plenum.. . ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152734

Turbine airfoil with local wall thickness control

A turbine airfoil for a gas turbine engine including an outer peripheral wall having an external surface, the outer peripheral wall enclosing an interior space and including a concave pressure sidewall and a convex suction sidewall joined together at a leading edge and at a trailing edge; wherein the outer peripheral wall has a varying wall thickness which incorporates a locally-thickened wall portion; and a film cooling hole having a shaped diffuser exit passing through the outer peripheral wall within the locally-thickened wall portion.. . ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150152541

Nozzle insert for thermal spray gun apparatus

Various aspects of the present disclosure relate to a nozzle insert which may be used with a thermal spray gun apparatus. A nozzle insert according to the disclosure may include a body having an outer surface, the outer surface of the body being configured to circumferentially contact and transfer heat to an inner face of a thermal spray gun nozzle of a thermal spray gun. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150151769

Data communication system and method for communicating data in a vehicle

A system includes an energy management system configured to be communicatively coupled with a communication system of a vehicle that travels on a trip along a route. The energy management system is configured to be removably coupled with the communication system such that the energy management system is mechanically disengageable from the communication system. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150151291

Catalyst and method of manufacture

Disclosed herein is a catalytic composition comprising a first catalyst composition portion that comprises a zeolite; and a second catalyst composition portion that comprises a catalytic metal disposed upon a porous inorganic substrate; the first catalyst composition portion and the second catalyst composition portion being in an intimate mixture.. . ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150151013

Method for sterilizing membrane comprising and oxidoreductase enzyme and associated biosensor

A method for sterilizing a membrane comprising an oxidoreductase enzyme in an environment having a relative humidity, comprises: irradiating the membrane comprising an oxidoreductase enzyme with gamma radiation under vacuum at a relative humidity lower than the relative humidity of the environment. Associated biosensors are also described.. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150150539

Method, apparatus, and ultrasonic machine for generating a fused ultrasonic image

The present invention relates to a method, apparatus, and ultrasonic machine for generating a fused ultrasonic image. The method comprises extracting an anatomical location from a stored ultrasonic image, and generating the fused ultrasonic image according to the anatomical location and a currently obtained ultrasonic image. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150150512

Systems and methods for tracking and analysis of electrical-physiological interference

A method for noise information management is provided including obtaining, via at least one physiological sensor, physiological information of a patient, and obtaining, via a noise acquisition unit, noise information corresponding to noise occurring during collection of the physiological information. The method also includes recording the physiological information on at least one physiological recording channel and recording the noise information on at least one noise recording channel at a sample rate corresponding to a rate used to record the physiological information. ... General Electric Company

06/04/15 / #20150150462

System and method for low cost photoacoustic imaging

A photoacoustic transducer assembly for imaging a subject of interest is presented. Furthermore, the photoacoustic transducer assembly includes a substrate. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150150150

Systems and methods for licensing non-destructive testing content

A non-transitory computer readable medium may include executable instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor provide for a repository of digital content and to create a first license based on the digital content. The instructions further cause the processor to transmit the first license and the digital content to a non-destructive testing (ndt) device, and wherein the digital content is configured to be executed by, used by, or displayed by the ndt device, or a combination thereof, based on the first license.. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150150092

Cross-enterprise workflow

Example systems, methods and storage media to provide a cross-enterprise workflow among clinical systems are disclosed. An example cross-enterprise enabled clinical information system includes a workflow manager to coordinate user workflows with respect to the system and associated content. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150150086

Intelligent self-load balancing with weighted paths

An example system to retrieve medical exams stored at a plurality of nodes includes a request receiver to receive a request for a plurality of medical exams via a first node of the plurality of nodes. Each node of the plurality of nodes is associated with a respective facility providing the medical exams. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150149940

Medical test result presentation

Methods of presenting medical test results include a plurality of test interpretation statements automatedly determined from medical test data. Each automatedly determined test interpretation statement includes a specificity value and a reliability value. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150149565

Systems and methods for medical diagnostic collaboration

Certain examples provide systems and methods for medical diagnostic collaboration. An example system includes a conversation manager to facilitate a first conversation between a first device and a second device. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150149506

Single schema-based ris/pacs integration

An example integrated clinical information system includes a single schema, a database, and a user interface. The example single schema is to be used to represent clinical data related to a patient. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150149444

Methods and apparatus to present information from different information systems in a local record

Example systems, methods and machine readable storage media to present information from different information systems in a local record are disclosed herein. An example method includes initiating communication with a first information system and a second information system, the first information system connected to a local system via a local network, the second information system connected to the local system via an external network. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150149235

Methods and systems to improve a quality of data employed by a healthcare analytics system

An example method disclosed herein includes receiving a data submission in a healthcare analytics system. The healthcare analytics system is to generate an analytic solution based on the data submission. ... General Electric Company

05/28/15 / #20150149234

Systems and methods for airline fleet retirement prediction

Systems and methods for airline fleet retirement prediction are provided. One methods includes obtaining market inf