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Universal four-side buttable digital cmos imager

. . An imager including sub-imager pixel arrays having a plurality of four-side buttable imagers distributed on a substrate and an on-chip digitizing readout circuit. Pixel groupings formed from among the plurality of four-side buttable imagers. ... General Electric Company

Shielding structure for power conversion system

An electromagnetic shielding structure includes a first shielding material disposed at a first location with respect to at least one radiation source and a second shielding material attached with the first shielding material by fastening means. The second shielding material is disposed at a second location with respect to the at least one electromagnetic radiation source so as to define a predetermined gap between the first shielding material and the second shielding material. ... General Electric Company

Fluid extraction system having power control sub-system and related methods

A power control sub-system for controlling a plurality of electric machines disposed in a well is disclosed. The power control sub-system includes at least one power cable configured to conduct a direct current to and/or from one or more electric machines of the plurality of electric machines. ... General Electric Company

Dynamoelectric machine main lead servicing

Various embodiments include approaches for servicing a dynamoelectric machine main lead. Some embodiments include a method of servicing a main lead in a dynamoelectric machine rotor having a collector end retaining ring retaining the main lead, a terminal stud contacting the main lead, a winding contacting the main lead, and main terminal insulation proximate the main lead, the method including: removing the collector end retaining ring to expose the main lead; disconnecting the main lead from each of the winding and the terminal stud, during the disconnecting of the main lead from the terminal stud, cooling the main terminal insulation proximate the main lead; connecting a replacement main lead to each of the winding and the terminal stud; and during the connecting of the replacement main lead to the terminal stud, cooling the main terminal insulation proximate the main lead.. ... General Electric Company

Short circuit fault tolerant permanent magnet machine

A permanent magnet (pm) machine includes a rotor and a stator assembly. The rotor includes a plurality of permanent magnets disposed about an axis of rotation. ... General Electric Company

Voltage limiter

A voltage limiter includes first and second dc terminals connectable to a dc power transmission medium and ground, respectively. The voltage limiter further includes: (1) a current transmission path including two portions connected in series between the terminals and each including a non-linear resistive element; (2) a current bypass limb connected in parallel with the second portion and including at least one switching element; and (3) a control unit configured to control switching of the or each switching element to selectively switch the current bypass limb, during a fault condition, from a first mode to a second mode. ... General Electric Company

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

Active area designs for silicon carbide super-junction power devices

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to silicon carbide (sic) power devices and, more specifically, to active area designs for sic super-junction (sj) power devices. A sic-sj device includes an active area having one or more charge balance (cb) layers. ... General Electric Company

System and method for synchronizing networked components

A method for synchronizing a plurality of components that are networked via a plurality of high speed switches, the method includes frequency-locking to a master clock component clocks of the plurality of components, and synchronizing to a master counter, driven by the master clock, component counters of the plurality of components, so that the frequency-locked component clocks drive the component counters in synchrony with the master counter.. . ... General Electric Company

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

A non-destructive testing system for testing a work piece. The non-destructive testing system includes an ultrasonic probe, including a matrix of transducers, and a control unit including a display. ... General Electric Company

Method and system for portable engine health monitoring

In one embodiment, one or more tangible, non-transitory computer-readable media stores instructions. The instructions, when executed by one or more processors, are configured to receive engine rotation timing event signals for one or more components of the engine and vibration signals indicative of movement of the one or more components, to synchronize the engine rotation timing event signals and the vibration signals to generate synchronized vibration signals, to determine whether a fault exists by comparing the synchronized vibration signals to vibration signatures, and to generate a graphical user interface (gui) that depicts the synchronized vibration signals at angular positions of the one or more components in relation to time as the one or more components rotate during operation of the engine.. ... General Electric Company

System for detecting coolant leaks in generators

A system for detecting a gas leak in a generator includes a source of carbon dioxide gas, and a subsystem for introducing the carbon dioxide gas into the generator. An infrared imaging device is adapted to communicate with a notification device to display an image of at least a portion of the generator and the carbon dioxide gas. ... General Electric Company

Systems and methods for detection of engine component conditions via external sensors

In one embodiment, a method is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of signals representative of an engine noise transmitted via a plurality of noise sensors, wherein the noise sensors are disposed in a grid about an engine. ... General Electric Company

Liquefaction system using a turboexpander

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a liquefaction system. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods for condensing a pressurized gaseous working fluid, such as natural gas, using at least one turboexpander in combination with other cooling devices and techniques. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377323

Water heater appliance with tank capacity control interface and related control methods

In one aspect, a method for controlling the operation of a water heater appliance may generally include receiving a user input associated with a selection of a tank capacity setpoint for the water heater appliance, determining a tank temperature setpoint for water contained within a tank of the water heater appliance based on the user-selected tank capacity setpoint and controlling the operation of the water heater appliance based on the tank temperature setpoint.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377322

Water heater appliance

A water heater appliance includes a tank and a heated water conduit that extends from the tank. A mixing valve is coupled to the heated water conduit, and a mixed water conduit extends from the mixing valve. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377052

Blade root section for a modular rotor blade and method of manufacturing same

The present disclosure is directed to a pre-formed blade root section for a modular rotor blade of a wind turbine and methods of manufacturing same. More specifically, the blade root section includes a root end portion and one or more longitudinal spar caps co-infused with the root end portion and extending in a generally span-wise direction. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377051

Structural component for a modular rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to a pre-formed, continuous structural component for use in assembling a modular rotor blade for a wind turbine. Further, the structural component provides support to the modular rotor blade during operation. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377050

Modular wind turbine rotor blades and methods of assembling same

The present disclosure is directed to a modular rotor blade for a wind turbine and methods of assembling same. The rotor blade includes a blade root section, a blade tip section, at least one leading edge segment having a forward pressure side surface and a forward suction side surface, and at least one trailing edge segment having an aft pressure side surface and an aft suction side surface. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377049

Structural support members with different areal weight fiber reinforcing layers for wind turbine rotor blades

Structural support members includes a plurality of fiber reinforcing layers positioned on top of one another, wherein a plurality of intermediate fiber reinforcing layers are disposed between a top fiber reinforcing layer and a bottom fiber reinforcing layer, and wherein at least one of said fiber reinforcing layers comprises a first areal weight, and wherein at least one of said fiber reinforcing layers comprises a second areal weight different than the first areal weight. The structural support members further include a resin infused throughout the plurality of fiber reinforcing layers.. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160377048

Modular wind turbine rotor blades and methods of assembling same

The present disclosure is directed to a method for assembling a modular rotor blade of a wind turbine. The method includes providing a pre-formed blade root section and a pre-formed blade tip section of the rotor blade. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376994

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: a compressor component of a gas turbine system; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for extracting a supply of bypass air from an excess flow of air generated by the compressor component of the gas turbine system; an enclosure surrounding the gas turbine system and forming an air passage, the bypass air flowing through the air passage and around the gas turbine system into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376992

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: a compressor component of a gas turbine system for generating an excess flow of air; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for extracting at least a portion of the excess flow of air generated by the compressor component of the gas turbine system to provide bypass air; and diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376991

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a gas turbine according to an embodiment includes: an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of a gas turbine system, the airflow generation system drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream of the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for: extracting at least a portion of the excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system to provide bypass air; and diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376967

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of a gas turbine system for drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for extracting at least a portion of the excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system to provide bypass air; an enclosure surrounding the gas turbine system and forming an air passage, the bypass air flowing through the air passage and around the gas turbine system into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376961

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable expander shaft of a gas turbine system, downstream of the gas turbine system, for drawing in a flow of ambient air through an air intake section into a mixing area; and an eductor nozzle for attachment to a downstream end of the turbine component for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system and for drawing in a flow of ambient air through the air intake section into the mixing area, the exhaust gas stream passing through the eductor nozzle into the mixing area; wherein, in the mixing area, the exhaust gas stream mixes with the flow of ambient air drawn in by the airflow generation system and the flow of ambient air drawn in by the eductor nozzle to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376960

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a combined cycle turbomachine system in accordance with an embodiment includes: an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of a gas turbine system, the airflow generation system drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for extracting a first portion of the excess flow of air to provide bypass air, and for diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an airflow regulation system for diverting a second portion of the excess flow of air into the compressor component and, in response to an under-frequency grid event, for increasing the second portion of the excess flow of air diverted into the compressor component.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376959

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a combined cycle turbomachine system according to an embodiment includes: an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of a gas turbine system, the airflow generation system drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for extracting a first portion of the excess flow of air to provide bypass air, and for diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; diverting a second portion of the excess flow of air into the compressor component; and in response to an increase in a temperature of the air, increasing the second portion of the excess flow of air diverted into the compressor component.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376958

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a combined cycle power generation system according to an embodiment includes: a compressor component of a gas turbine system for generating an excess flow of air; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; and an air extraction system for extracting at least a portion of the excess flow of air generated by the compressor component of the gas turbine system to provide bypass air, and for diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; wherein the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream is provided to a heat recovery steam generator.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376956

Power generation system exhaust cooling

A system for reducing a temperature of an exhaust gas stream of a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: a compressor component of a gas turbine system; an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of the gas turbine system, the airflow generation system and the compressor component drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for: extracting at least a portion of the excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system and the compressor component to provide bypass air; and diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and a fluid injection system for injecting an atomized fluid into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376955

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow system for a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: a compressor component of a gas turbine system; an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of the gas turbine system, the airflow generation system and the compressor component drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for: extracting at least a portion of the excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system and the compressor component to provide bypass air; and diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376954

Power generation system exhaust cooling

A turbomachine system according to an embodiment includes: a gas turbine system including a compressor component, a combustor component, and a turbine component; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; a fluid injection system for injecting a fluid into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376927

System for positioning of equipment

Systems for the positioning of equipment are disclosed. A system of the present disclosure can provide an apparatus including: a height adjustable table; an arm support structure coupled to and positioned above the height adjustable table; a length adjustable arm slidably connected to the arm support structure, the length adjustable arm being configured to support a piece of equipment; and an equipment support bracket coupled to the length adjustable arm configured to removably attach the piece of equipment.. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376926

Manipulation of turbomachine combustors

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to the manipulation of turbomachine combustors. An apparatus according to the present disclsoure can include: a bracket body including an operative head configured to removably attach a turbomachine combustor; a rotatable joint rotatably coupled to the bracket body through a gear bearing, wherein the gear bearing is configured to rotate the bracket body relative to the rotatable joint; and a suspended member rotatably coupled to the rotatable joint at a first end, and coupled to a suspension joint at a second end, wherein the rotatable joint rotates the gear bearing and the bracket body relative to the suspended member to center the gear bearing about a predetermined axis of rotation.. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376924

Gas turbine engine

A gas turbine engine is provided defining a radial direction. The gas turbine engine generally includes a compressor section and a turbine section, the compressor section and turbine section together defining a core air flowpath. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376923

Pump for a turbine engine

A pump for a gas turbine engine is provided. The pump includes a first drive track having a spline and a first gear each rigidly attached to a first driveshaft. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376919

Trunnion retention for a turbine engine

A fan for a gas turbine engine is provided. The fan includes a plurality of fan blades, a disk, and a trunnion mechanism for attaching the fan blades to the disk. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376912

Relative position measurement

A feedback sensor system is provided. The feedback sensor system includes a first ring rotatable about an axial direction and a second ring also rotatable about the axial direction. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376909

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system for a combined cycle power generation system according to an embodiment includes: airflow control system for a combined cycle power generation system, comprising: an airflow generation system for attachment to a rotatable shaft of a gas turbine system, the airflow generation system drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; and an air extraction system for extracting at least a portion of an excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system to provide bypass air, and for diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; wherein the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream is provided to a heat recovery steam generator.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376908

Power generation system exhaust cooling

A power generation system according to an embodiment includes: a gas turbine system including a compressor component, a combustor component, and a turbine component; a shaft driven by the turbine component; an airflow generation system coupled to the shaft upstream of the gas turbine system, the airflow generation system and the compressor component drawing in an excess flow of air through an air intake section; a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream produced by the gas turbine system; an air extraction system for: extracting at least a portion of an excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system and the compressor component to provide bypass air; and diverting the bypass air into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; an exhaust processing system for processing the reduced temperature exhaust gas stream; and an air diversion system for diverting a portion of the bypass air to the exhaust processing system.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376899

Guide vane assembly on the basis of a modular structure

The invention relates to a guide vane assembly of a turbomachine based on a modular structure, wherein the guide vane elements include at least an airfoil, an inner platform, an outer platform, wherein the guide vane airfoil and/or platforms have at its one ending provisions for connection of the guide vane elements among each other. The connections of the guide vane elements among each other are configured as a detachable, permanent or semi-permanent fixation with respect to the radial or quasi-radial extension of the airfoil compared to the rotor axis of the turbomachine. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376898

Steam turbine nozzle segment for partial arc application, related assembly and steam turbine

A steam turbine diaphragm nozzle segment, related assembly and steam turbine. Various embodiments include a steam turbine diaphragm nozzle segment having: a pair of opposing sidewalls; an airfoil extending between the pair of opposing sidewalls and integral with each of the pair of sidewalls, the airfoil having a single contact surface for directing a flow of working fluid through a flow channel; and a fill region integral with the airfoil and the pair of opposing sides, the fill region extending between the pair of opposing sides along an entirety of a length of the airfoil, the fill region for completely obstructing the flow of working fluid.. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376893

Methods for treating field operated components

A method for treating a field operated component is disclosed which includes providing the component including a ceramic matrix composite and removing a first portion of the component, forming a first exposed surface on the component. The method further includes providing a second portion including the composite, the second portion having a second exposed surface including a conformation adapted to mate with the first exposed surface. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376889

Radial tie-bolt support spring

According to some embodiments, a tie-bolt support assembly is provided which includes a support spring for engagement with both the tie-bolt and a rotor assembly to maintain a load path between the tie-bolt and the rotor assembly while also allowing for axial movement of the tie-bolt.. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376807

System and method for assembling tower sections of a wind turbine lattice tower structure

A system for assembling a tower section of a lattice tower structure for a wind turbine may generally include a tower assembly fixture having a plurality of radially extending fixture arms, wherein each fixture arm extends between a first end and a second end. In addition, the system may include a plurality of trolleys. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376693

Diffusion coatings for metal-based substrate and methods of preparation thereof

The present invention is directed to coating compositions for forming diffusion coatings on metal-based substrates. The coating compositions may include a metal powder, an inorganic salt, an activator, and a binder. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376674

Methods for marking and marked articles using additive manufacturing technique

A method for marking an article is disclosed which includes providing an article including a substrate, the substrate including a surface and a surface material, and forming a design on the surface of the substrate by applying a marking material to the surface wherein applying the marking material includes an additive manufacturing technique. Another method for marking an article further includes the surface having a first surface and second surface, the second surface defining a depression relative to the first surface, and forming a design on the surface of the substrate by applying a marking material to the second surface, the marking material forming a marking surface which is substantially flush with the first surface. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376550

Cell culture support and associated method for cell growth and release

A cell culture support comprising a substrate, and a dual stimuli responsive block copolymer immobilized on the substrate, wherein the dual stimuli responsive block copolymer is both thermoresponsive and ph responsive. A method of culturing cells comprising the cell culture support having a dual stimuli responsive copolymer immobilized on a substrate, wherein the dual stimuli responsive copolymer is thermoresponsive and ph responsive; and growing the cells on the cell culture support. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160376499

Moisture-resistant phosphor compositions and associate methods

A phosphor composition is derived from combining k2sif6:mn4+ in solid form with a saturated solution of a manganese-free complex fluoride including a composition of formula i:a3[mf6], where a is selected from na, k, rb, and combinations thereof and m is selected from al, ga, in, sc, y, gd, and combinations thereof. The composition of formula i:a3[mf6] has a water solubility lower than a water solubility of k2sif6. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160375918

System and method for coordinating terminal operations with line of road movements

A terminal operating system includes one or more processors configured to obtain one or more parameters of non-propulsion-generating cargo vehicles and to determine which of the non-propulsion-generating cargo vehicles are to be included in a vehicle system assembled in a terminal or yard based on the one or more parameters. The one or more parameters include one or more of an earliest time of availability at which cargo equipment will be available in the terminal or yard, a safety operational characteristic, an efficiency operational characteristic of the one or more non-propulsion-generating cargo vehicles, and/or a priority parameter of the one or more non-propulsion-generating cargo vehicles. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160375498

Method and tool for use with turbomachines

A tool for drilling, tapping, and back spot facing at least one hole in a turbomachine includes a servo motor cutting device configured for use with a cutting tool. A drill unit skid is adapted to engage a hook fit slot in a case of the turbomachine, and for supporting the servo motor cutting device, and the drill unit skid including hook fit slides. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160375445

Pulse firing pattern for a transformer of an electrostatic precipitator and electrostatic precipitator

The pulse firing pattern (20) for a transformer (16) of an electrostatic precipitator (9) comprises first elements indicative of a pulse to be fired and second elements indicative of a pulse to not be fired. The pulse firing pattern further comprises couples of adjacent second elements and at least two first elements.. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160375444

Method for calculating the pulse firing pattern for a transformer of an electrostatic precipitator and electrostatic precipitator

The method for calculating the pulse firing pattern for a transformer of an electrostatic precipitator, the method comprising a) defining a target parameter indicative of the power to be supplied to collecting electrodes and discharge electrodes of the electrostatic precipitator, b) calculating a first parameter indicative of the power supplied to the collecting electrodes and discharge electrodes using the pulse firing pattern being calculated, in case one additional pulse is fired, c) calculating a second parameter indicative of the power supplied to the collecting electrodes and discharge electrodes using the pulse firing pattern being calculated, in case two additional successive pulses are not fired, d) selecting at least one pattern element on the basis of the first parameter or second parameter, e) repeating steps b), c), d), e).. . ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160375400

Liquid carbon dioxide absorbents, methods of using the same, and related systems

A carbon dioxide absorbent composition is described, including (i) a liquid, nonaqueous silicon-based material, functionalized with one or more groups that either reversibly react with co2 or have a high-affinity for co2, and (ii) a hydroxy-containing solvent that is capable of dissolving both the silicon-based material and a reaction product of the silicon-based material and co2. The absorbent may be utilized in methods to reduce carbon dioxide in an exhaust gas, and finds particular utility in power plants.. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160374643

Method and system for enhanced visualization by automatically adjusting ultrasound needle recognition parameters

An ultrasound device determines a position and orientation of a surgical instrument based at least in part on tracking information, such as magnetic field strength, emitted by an emitter of a tracking system and detected by a sensor of the tracking system. The sensor and the emitter are attached to or within a different one of a probe of the ultrasound device and the surgical instrument. ... General Electric Company

12/29/16 / #20160374630

Tilting head support for medical imaging

A tilting head support for use in medical imaging is described. The tilting head support allows a patient to receive the equivalent of a tilted gantry exam study even when using a scanner gantry that does not tilt. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160373672

System and method for utilizing x-ray detector having pixel with multiple charge-storage devices

A digital x-ray imaging system is provided. The digital x-ray imaging system includes an x-ray source and a digital x-ray detector. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160373483

Honeyport active network security

A device comprises a processor. The processor is configured to generate a first signal using a first communication protocol. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160372912

System and method for isolating ground faults in a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating a wind turbine connected to a power grid. The method includes receiving, via a controller, one or more current feedback signals from one or more electric current sensors of the wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160372899

Secondary disconnect assembly, switching device system having secondary disconnect assembly, and method

A secondary disconnect assembly for a switching device includes a first mounting bracket configured to support a secondary connector of a switching device system, a telescopic arrangement connected to the first mounting bracket, a slider connected to the telescopic arrangement, and a second mounting bracket including a projection. The second mounting bracket is operable to move with the switching device. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160372277

Contact system for a circuit breaker

A contact system of a circuit breaker includes a fixed contact. The contact system also includes a moveable contact arm assembly comprising at least one moveable contact arm having a moveable contact thereon, the moveable contact arm moveable to define a closed condition and a blow open condition. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160372245

Method for in-situ magnetization or degaussing of generator rotor

A method for in-situ magnetization of a generator rotor is provided. The generator has a stator and the rotor is located inside the stator. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160371860

System and method for generating a ct slice image

The present invention provides a system and method for generating a ct slice image. The system comprises an mip image generation module, a region of interest determination module, an angle setting module, a curve determination module, a match module and a slice generation module. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160371441

System-wide probabilistic alerting and activation

Systems, methods, and computer program products that enable system-wide probabilistic forecasting, alerting, optimizing and activating resources in the delivery of care to address both immediate (near real-time) conditions as well as probabilistic forecasted operational states of the system over an interval that is selectable from the current time to minutes, hours and coming days or weeks ahead are provided. There are multiple probabilistic future states that are implemented in these different time intervals and these may be implemented concurrently for an instant in time control, near term, and long term. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160371419

Adjustment and compensation of delays in photo sensor microcells

A system and method for compensating signal delay across a solid state photomultiplier. The method including determining respective arrival times of signals from a plurality of microcells of the photomultiplier, calculating a signal transit time delay difference between the respective arrival times for individual signals, correlating the individual transit time delay differences to an amount of respective signal propagation compensation for respective microcells of the photomultiplier, and introducing the respective signal propagation compensation into circuitry of the respective microcells. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160371405

Systems and methods of forecasting power plant performance

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to systems and methods of forecasting power plant performance. In one embodiment, a system can include a computer that is configured to use a calibrated physics-based simulation model to generate training data. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160371167

Scalable methods for analyzing formalized requirements and localizing errors

According to some embodiments, a system and method are provided comprising a communication device operative to communicate with a user to obtain one or more requirements, wherein each requirement is defined using a formal notation; a requirements analysis module to receive the one or more requirements, store the one or more requirements, and analyze each requirement individually and two or more requirements in conjunction to determine whether a conflict exists in the one or more requirements; an error localization module to identify each requirement involved in the conflict and indicates how the one or more requirement conflicts; a memory for storing program instructions; at least one requirements analysis processor, coupled to the memory, and in communication with requirements analysis module and the error localization module and operative to execute program instructions to: analyze each requirement individually to determine if the requirement is self-conflicting by executing a self-conflicting module of the requirements analysis module; generate an error explanation by executing the error localization module in response to the self-conflicting module determining the requirement self-conflicts; receive a first updated requirement from a user in response to the self-conflicting module determining the requirement is self-conflicting; repetitively analyze each updated requirement to determine if the requirement self-conflicts until the self-conflicting module determines the requirement is not self-conflicting; analyze two or more requirements in conjunction to determine if two or more requirements conflict by executing a set-conflicting module of the requirements analysis module after it is determined each requirement is not self-conflicting; generate an error explanation by executing the error localization module in response to the set-conflicting module determining two or more requirements conflict; receive a second updated requirement from a user in response to the set-conflicting module determining two or more requirements conflict; and repetitively analyze each updated requirement with the set-conflicting module to determine if the two or more requirements conflict until the set-conflicting module determines the two or more requirement are not self-conflicting; generate an indication that requirements analysis is complete for the one or more requirements and the one or more requirements is validated for use in software design. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160370303

Curved digital x-ray detector for weld inspection

Aspects of the present disclosure relate to the fabrication and use of a curved x-ray detector panel, suitable for use in imaging pipes or other curved objects to which the curved detector may be fitted. In certain embodiments, the curved detector panel is fabricated using a thin, flexible substrate that is unbreakable or resistant to breaking.. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160370254

Cylinder head acceleration measurement for valve train diagnostics system and method

In one embodiment, a system includes an engine control system configured to control an engine. The engine control system comprises a processor configured to receive a vibration signal sensed by a knock sensor disposed in an engine, and to receive a crankshaft signal sensed by a crank angle sensor disposed in the engine, wherein the crankshaft signal is representative of an engine crank angle. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160370015

Oven appliances having improved oven burner air supplies

An oven appliance includes a cabinet defining a cooking chamber. The oven appliance further includes a gas burner assembly, the gas burner assembly including a burner tube disposed within the cooking chamber adjacent a top wall. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160370013

Appliance control panel assembly

A control panel assembly for an appliance with features for securing a backing plate to a control panel frame to maintain a high quality fit, feel, and finish of the control panel assembly is provided. In particular, the backing plate includes a plurality of securing tabs for securing the backing plate against the control panel frame. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369776

Systems and methods for increasing wind turbine power output

Systems and methods for increasing the power output of wind turbines in a wind farm are disclosed. In particular, a wind farm can include first and second doubly fed induction generator wind turbine systems. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369734

Systems for filtering a voltage signal

Various systems are provided for filtering emi. In one example, a system comprises a poly-modal filter coupled to a load device, and a shield disposed between the load device and the poly-modal filter. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369723

Methods and systems to control exhaust gas recirculation

A system includes an engine comprising an egr valve that recirculates a portion of exhaust gas, a data repository that stores a first look up and one or more engine operational parameters, an engine control unit operationally coupled to the engine and the data repository, wherein the engine control unit is configured to: determine a desired egr flow rate reference of the portion of the exhaust gas based on the one or more engine operational parameters and the first look up table, determine a current estimated egr flow rate based on the one or more engine operational parameters, determine a designated corrected egr flow rate reference based on the desired egr flow rate reference and a delta egr flow rate, determine egr flow rate error, and determine a percentage opening of the egr valve based at least on the egr flow rate error.. . ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369649

High temperature flame sensor

A flame sensor apparatus includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes a photodiode for sensing characteristics of a flame. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369645

Methods and system for a turbocharger

Various methods and systems are provided for controlling a tip clearance between a shroud and blade of a turbocharger turbine. In one embodiment, a method for an engine including a turbocharger comprises, selectively adjusting a flow of coolant from one or more engine coolant sources through a shroud of a turbine based on a tip clearance between the shroud and a blade of the turbine.. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369639

Ducted thrust producing system with asynchronous fan blade pitching

An actuation assembly for a variable pitch fan for a gas turbine engine is provided. The actuation assembly generally includes a plurality of fan blades, a scheduling ring, and a plurality of linkage arms. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369633

Trench cooling of airfoil structures

An airfoil comprises at least one wall defining a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge, and a suction side extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge. The airfoil is curved in three dimensions and has one or more cavities defined by an interior surface of the at least one wall. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369631

Flow inducer for a gas turbine system

A system includes an inducer assembly configured to receive a fluid flow from compressor fluid source and to turn the fluid flow in a substantially circumferential direction into the exit cavity. The inducer assembly includes multiple flow passages. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369446

Methods for determining load mass in washing machine appliances

Washing machine appliances and methods for determining load masses are provided. A method includes accelerating rotation of a basket of the washing machine appliance from a first speed to a second speed greater than the first speed and for a predetermined time measured for acceleration of the basket from the first speed; measuring, during the accelerating step, a check speed of the basket at the predetermined time; and measuring, during the accelerating step, an acceleration time for the tub to accelerate from the first speed to the second speed. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160369174

Method and apparatus for cracking hydrocarbon

A method for cracking hydrocarbon includes: providing hydrocarbon; and feeding the hydrocarbon into an apparatus having an inner surface accessible to hydrocarbon, the inner surface comprising a perovskite material and a tuning material; wherein a yield of coke in the apparatus is lower than that in an apparatus without the perovskite material; and a yield of carbon monoxide in the apparatus is lower than that in an apparatus without the tuning material. An associated apparatus is also described.. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160368495

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

12/22/16 / #20160368228

Rotor blade mold assembly and method for forming rotor blade

Methods for forming rotor blades, rotor blade mold assemblies, and cores for rotor blade mold assemblies are disclosed. A method includes providing a first shell substrate on a first mold, providing a generally hollow core on the first shell substrate, providing a second shell substrate on the generally hollow core, and providing a second mold on the second shell substrate. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160368050

Additive manufacturing apparatus and method for large components

An additive manufacturing apparatus includes: first and second spaced apart side walls extending along a pre-defined path and defining a build chamber therebetween; one or more build units mounted for movement along the pre-defined path, the one or more build units including at least one of: a powder dispenser positioned above the build chamber; an applicator configured to scrape powder dispensed into the build chamber; and a directed energy source configured to fuse the scraped powder.. . ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160367633

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

12/22/16 / #20160367632

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

12/22/16 / #20160367206

Digital mammography device

Disclosed herein is a digital mammography device. The digital mammography device comprises a pressure pad configured to be movably installed between an x-ray generator for irradiating x-rays and a detector for receiving x-rays that have passed through an object to be imaged, in such a way as to apply pressure to the object to be imaged; a pressure pad driving part configured to include a motor and a power transferring part for moving the pressure pad by means of the power of the motor, and an applied pressure transferring part configured to include a coupling block to which the pressure pad is fixed to the power transferring part and relatively and movably connected to the coupling block, and provides an electrical signal depending on a relative movement displacement between the coupling block and the mobile block.. ... General Electric Company

12/22/16 / #20160367106

Dishwasher appliance and a method for forming a unitary sump

A dishwasher appliance with a unitary sump, wherein the sump is integrally formed of a continuous piece of material such that a sump portion and a first filter portion of the unitary sump are integrally formed of the continuous piece of material, is provided. A dishwasher appliance with a unitary sump, wherein the sump is integrally formed of a continuous piece of material such that a sump portion and a diverter housing portion of the unitary sump are integrally formed of the continuous piece of material, also is provided. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160366314

Oven camera assembly

A camera assembly for an oven appliance including an attachment mechanism, an arm, and a camera is provided. The attachment mechanism is configured for attachment to a handle of an oven appliance door. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160365766

Support element and stator assembly comprising the same

The present disclosure relates to a stator assembly for an electrical machine, and more in particular relates to a support element utilized within the stator assembly in order to improve its performance. The support element allows the thermal expansion of round connection arms while detuning the eigen-frequency and reducing the amplitude of the vibrations.. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160365736

Model-based control system and method for power production machinery

A method includes selecting a first desired parameter of a machinery configured to produce power, a first surrogate parameter related to the desired parameter, and a first model configured to generate the desired parameter based on a first relationship between the first surrogate parameter and the first desired parameter. The method also includes receiving data related to the first surrogate parameter from a plurality of sensors coupled to the machinery and generating the first desired parameter using the data and the first model. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160365735

Systems and methods for power plant data reconciliation

Systems and methods for power plant data reconciliation are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system may include a controller and a processor in communication with the controller. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160365719

Power distribution systems and methods of monitoring zone selective interlocking in a power distribution system

Power distribution systems and methods are described. In one example, a method of testing a power distribution system including a first circuit protection device and a second circuit protection device coupled to the first circuit protection device downstream of the first circuit protection device is described. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160365212

Retaining assembly for a circuit breaker contact system

A moveable contact arm assembly includes a moveable contact arm having a moveable contact thereon. Also included is a carrier assembly operatively coupled to the moveable contact arm. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160365162

System to control asset decommissioning and reconcile constraints

Aspects of the present disclosure involve a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a method for generating optimal power plant decommissioning plans based on stakeholder constraints. In example embodiments, the method may include receiving one or more constraints for determining a power plant decommissioning plan. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160364666

Dynamically controlling industrial system outage assignments to achieve dose states

A method of dynamically adjusting an industrial system outage plan is disclosed. Data items pertaining to changes to past plans associated with past outages of a plurality of industrial systems are received along with optional inputs from physics based model(s) of the system, such as a fuel model. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363755

System and method for autofocusing of an imaging system

Methods and systems for autofocusing of an imaging system are presented. Provided is an imaging system and an optical interferometry system for generating one or more images corresponding to a target region in a subject. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363711

Lighting system with improved illumination distribution and output luminance variation

Waveguides having improved illumination distribution and output luminance variation and lighting systems utilizing such waveguides are disclosed. The lighting systems generally include a light source which is optically coupled to a waveguide to distribute the light. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363674

Digital x-ray detector having multi-tap pixels

A digital x-ray detector is provided. The digital x-ray detector includes multiple pixels, each pixel including a pinned photodiode, and multiple readout channels coupled to each pinned photodiode, wherein each readout channel includes at least one charge-storage capacitor, an amplifier, and a transfer gate. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363640

Systems and methods for mri body coil support structures

A body coil support structure includes an elongate support member. The elongate support member defines an opening and an examination axis passing through the opening along a length of the elongate support member. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363488

System and method of magnetic shielding for sensors

A system includes a magnetostrictive sensor. The magnetostrictive sensor includes a driving coil configured to receive a first driving current and to emit a first magnetic flux portion through a target and a second magnetic flux portion. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363378

Heat exchanger and a method for forming a heat exchanger

A heat exchanger includes a plurality of projections integrally formed with a conduit. The plurality of projections is configured such that the plurality of projections conforms to at least one of a first projection arrangement or a second projection arrangement. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363367

Component for a refrigerator appliance having an integrated heater

A component for a refrigerator appliance including a body is provided. The body includes a surface and the component further includes an electrically conductive path positioned on the surface of the body. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363366

Packaged terminal air conditioner unit

A packaged terminal air conditioner unit is provided. The packaged terminal air conditioner unit can include a heater bank jumper configured to couple one or more heater banks to a controller associated with the packaged terminal air conditioner unit. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363327

Gas burner

A gas burner includes a burner base, a burner head and a cap. The cap is positioned on the burner head such that the burner head and the cap define a plurality of secondary air channels between the burner head and the cap. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363326

Multi-ring gas burner

A multi-ring gas burner includes a burner head positioned on a burner base such that the burner base and the burner head define a fuel chamber of an outer burner ring. A cap is positioned on the burner head. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363325

Multi-ring gas burner

A multi-ring gas burner includes an outer burner ring that extends around an inner burner. The outer burner ring has a cross-lighting duct with a fuel delivery aperture positioned at a bottom portion of the cross-lighting duct. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363323

Combustion flow sleeve lifting tool

A flow sleeve removal tool including: a shaft having an axis; a bracket attached to the shaft including a ring configured to abut and be releasably attached to an end of a flow sleeve of a gas turbine engine; a shaft attached to the bracket and coaxial with a flow sleeve of a gas turbine engine; a counter balance attached to the shaft, and a cable connector mounted to the shaft between the counter balance and the flow sleeve, wherein the cable connector is configured to attach to a cable connected to an overhead support structure and the cable connector is at a position on the shaft at which the flow sleeve is substantially balances the counter weight.. . ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363321

Prefilming air blast (pab) pilot for low emissions combustors

A pilot fuel injector is provided for a fuel nozzle of a gas turbine engine. The pilot fuel injector can include an axially-elongated, inner pilot centerbody wall extending from an upstream end to a downstream end, with the axially-elongated, inner pilot centerbody wall having a diverging-converging orientation with respect to a centerline axis to define a hollow tube having an upstream diameter, a throat, and a downstream diameter such that the throat has an inner diameter that is less than both of the upstream diameter and the downstream diameter. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363320

Prefilming air blast (pab) pilot having annular splitter surrounding a pilot fuel injector

A fuel nozzle is provided for a gas turbine engine, and can include a pilot fuel injector having an axially-elongated, inner pilot centerbody wall and an outer pilot centerbody wall, with the axially-elongated, inner pilot centerbody wall extending from an upstream end to an annular fuel passage defining the downstream end of the pilot fuel injector. The fuel passage intersects with the inner pilot centerbody wall at a pilot fuel metering orifice. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363319

Air-shielded fuel injection assembly to facilitate reduced nox emissions in a combustor system

An air-shielded fuel injection assembly for use in a combustion chamber of a turbine assembly. The air-shielded fuel injection assembly generally includes a fuel manifold including a plurality of fuel injection ports and an air manifold including a plurality of air injection ports. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363163

Bearing assembly

A system includes a bearing assembly configured to be coupled to a compressor of a gas turbine engine and to receive an end of a torque shaft assembly, a bearing housing, and a circumferential bearing. The circumferential bearing includes a split race and a ball disposed within the split race. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363127

Systems and methods for monitoring a compressor

A method includes receiving sensor data from one or more combustors of a turbomachine, wherein the received sensor data includes a plurality of frequency signal amplitudes over a sample period, the one or more combustors disposed downstream of a compressor of the turbomachine, and the compressor includes a compressor stage with a plurality of blades disposed about the compressor stage. The process then identifies first harmonic frequencies of a first blade pass frequency of the plurality of compressor blades from the received sensor data, wherein the first blade pass frequency is based at least in part on a first quantity of the plurality of blades disposed about the compressor stage and a rotational speed of the compressor stage. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363054

Hot gas path component having near wall cooling features

A method for providing micro-channels in a hot gas path component includes forming a first micro-channel in an exterior surface of a substrate of the hot gas path component. A second micro-channel is formed in the exterior surface of the hot gas path component such that it is separated from the first micro-channel by a surface gap having a first width. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363053

Hot gas path component having cast-in features for near wall cooling

A hot gas path component includes a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface of the substrate defines at least one interior space. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363052

Hot gas path component cooling system having a particle collection chamber

A cooling system for a hot gas path component includes a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface defines at least one interior space. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363050

Pitch change mechanism for shrouded fan with low fan pressure ratio

A shrouded fan assembly for use with a gas turbine engine includes a central hub and a plurality of variable-pitch fan blades coupled to and extending radially outward from the central hub. Each variable-pitch fan blade includes a radially outer tip is rotatable about a longitudinal axis extending therethrough. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160363003

Mechanical drive architectures with hybrid-type low-loss bearings and low-density materials

Mechanical drive architectures can include a gas turbine having a compressor section, a turbine section, and a combustor section. A load compressor is driven by the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362990

Composite disk

A gas turbine engine composite disk includes dovetail slots between disk posts extending radially inwardly from a periphery, a hub ring of composite plies circumscribed about a centerline axis, and radial plies extending radially away from hub ring into disk posts. A segmented intermediate ring concentric with and located radially outwardly of hub ring includes intermediate ring segments having nested plies with annular bases circumscribed about centerline axis and substantially radially extending clockwise and counter-clockwise radial ply arms. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362988

Method for modifying an airfoil shroud and airfoil

A method is provided for modifying an airfoil shroud located at a tip of a blade of an airfoil, the airfoil shroud having a first end edge, a second end edge, a leading edge, and a trailing edge. The method includes locating a reference location in the first end edge of the airfoil shroud, the reference location including a portion of a seal rail extending circumferentially from a radially outer surface of the airfoil shroud, and a fillet extending from the radially outer surface and positioned directly adjacent to the seal rail. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362985

Hot gas path component trailing edge having near wall cooling features

A hot gas path component includes a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface defines an interior space. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362826

Agitation element for a washing machine appliance

A single action agitation element for a washing machine appliance is provided. The agitation element includes a shaft, a first fin, and a second fin. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362810

Electrochemical machining employing electrical voltage pulses to drive reduction and oxidation reactions

Electrochemical machining of parts employs electric or voltage pulses in which current flows in a first direction and a second direction opposite from the first direction. The cathodic/anodic pulses switch between bulk machining and oxide removal pushing bulk material removal into a homogenous regime to obtain a smooth surface finish and appropriate form control during the electrochemical machining process compared to electrochemical machining employing an electric or voltage potential in which current flows in only one direction.. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362806

Method of ventilating an aluminium production electrolytic cell

An aluminium production electrolytic cell comprises a bath with bath contents, at least one cathode electrode in contact with said contents, at least one anode electrode in contact with said contents, and a hood, defining interior area, covering at least a portion of said bath. The electrolytic cell is equipped for vent gases to be drawn from said interior area. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362773

Method for altering metal surfaces

A method for reducing surface roughness of an article includes contacting a surface of an article with a molten metal agent, the surface having an initial roughness; altering at least a portion of the surface in the molten metal agent; and removing the surface from contact with the agent; wherein, after the removing step, the surface has a processed roughness that is less than the initial roughness.. . ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160362022

System and method for determining operational group assignments of vehicles in a vehicle system

A vehicle control system includes one or more processors configured to assign plural vehicles to different groups in one or more vehicle systems for travel along one or more routes. The one or more processors also are configured to determine trip plans for the different groups. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160361730

Spray lance arrangement

A two media spray lance and nozzle useful for moistening at least a portion of absorbent material present in a mixer. The nozzle includes a central body with a connecting portion for connecting the nozzle to the two media spray lance for a supply of liquid and gas thereto, and an atomizing portion. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160361695

Spray lance arrangement

A two media spray lance and nozzle useful for moistening at least a portion of absorbent material present in a mixer. The nozzle includes a central body with a connecting portion for connecting the nozzle to the two media spray lance for a supply of liquid and gas thereto, and an atomizing portion. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160361039

Collision avoidance system and collision avoidance method for detection bed

A collision avoidance system and collision avoidance method for a detection bed are described. The collision avoidance system comprises stress sensors for measuring a stress caused by supporting a bed face of the detection bed and outputting stress data; a collector, which is connected with the stress sensors and is configured to collect the stress data output by each of the stress sensors; a judging processor, which is connected with the collector and is configured to judge whether the collected stress data monotonically changes within a preset time; and a controller connected with the judging processor, the controller controlling the bed face of the detection bed so that it stops moving when the judging processor determines that the collected stress data monotonically changes within the preset time.. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160360946

Dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance includes a rack assembly. A bracket of the rack assembly has a post and a support projection that defines a plurality of slots. ... General Electric Company

12/15/16 / #20160360945

Diverter for selective fluid flow in a dishwashing appliance

A diverter for a dishwasher appliance that can be used to provide more options for directing fluid among various spray arms or spray devices in a dishwasher appliance. The diverter can be used e.g., to select between fluid delivery to both the upper and lower spray arm assemblies or to both the upper and middle spray arm assemblies.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359741

Data communication system and method

A communication system in a vehicle consist includes a router that is configured to monitor an operational status of a plurality of network channels across a plurality of vehicles in the consist, and to route messages through one or more of the network channels in dependence upon the monitored operational status of the network channels.. . ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359462

Tube amplifier assembly having a power tube and a capacitor assembly

Tube amplifier assembly including a power tube that is configured to be coupled to a grounding deck and positioned within an opening of the grounding deck. The tube amplifier assembly also includes a tube adapter that is configured to be coupled to the grounding deck. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359396

In-situ method for sealing fluid cooled conduits for a generator

A method for sealing fluid cooled conduits in-situ for a generator is provided. The fluid or liquid cooled conduits are located external to a stator of the generator and substantially outward of stator bars. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359386

Stator core support system

Embodiments of the invention are related generally to electromagnetic machines and, more particularly, to a suspension system and related methods for the attachment of the stator core of an electromagnetic machine to a surrounding frame or enclosure. In one embodiment, the invention provides a system for supporting a stator core of an electromagnetic machine, the system comprising: a rigid frame structure including: an upper portion; and a lower portion beneath the upper portion; a first plurality of wire rope members, each having a first end and a second end; and a first plurality of attachment devices for affixing at least one of the first end or the second end of each of the first plurality of wire rope members to the upper portion.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359385

Retention assembly for stator bar using shim with stator wedge and related method

A retention assembly for retaining a plurality of elements in a stator slot of an electric machine is provided. The retention assembly may include a stator wedge fixedly positioned in a dovetail in the stator slot to retain the plurality of elements; a top ripple spring between the plurality of elements and the stator wedge; and at least one shim positioned between the stator wedge and a load bearing surface of the dovetail. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359365

Method and system for control power in remote dc power systems

A method and system for a control power supply system is provided. The control power supply system includes a first conductor configured to carry a direct current (dc) electrical current from a source to a load, a second conductor configured to carry the dc electrical current from the load to the source, and an ac power source coupled to at least one of the first and the second conductors, the ac power source configured to superimpose a selectable relatively high frequency ac component onto the dc electrical current to generate a composite power signal.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359361

Uninterruptible power supply and method of use

An uninterruptible power supply (ups) includes a line terminal, a load terminal, a double-conversion circuit coupled in series, and further includes a bypass circuit, and a synchronize circuit. The line terminal couples to a doubly fed induction generator (dfig). ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359319

Direct current power distribution and protection system

A direct current power (dc) distribution system includes a plurality of dc power sources, a ring bus, a plurality of switch assemblies, and a plurality of passive protection assemblies. Each dc power source is coupled to the ring bus by a respective switch assembly and a respective passive protection assembly.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160359261

Hermetic feed through assembly

An electrical feed through assembly includes a mechanical connector extending between a first end and a second end. The mechanical connector defines at least one opening through the mechanical connector between the first end and the second end. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160358957

Solid state photomultiplier

Embodiments of a solid state photomultiplier are provided herein. In some embodiments, a solid state photomultiplier may include an epitaxial layer, a high voltage region formed in the epitaxial layer, a low voltage region formed in the epitaxial layer, and an intermediate region disposed between the high voltage region and low voltage region, wherein the high voltage region is electrically coupled to the low voltage region via the intermediate region, and wherein at least a portion of the epitaxial layer is disposed between the high voltage region and intermediate region and between the low voltage region and the intermediate region.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160358739

Deep channel cathode assembly

An improved cathode assembly is disclosed. The improved cathode assembly provides a deep channel for holding filament that enables generation of small focal spots, but is not limited in achieving larger focal spot sizes. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160358731

Electric switching device

The invention relates to an electric switching device (1), comprising at least one switching-device pole filled with insulating gas and a monitoring apparatus (14). The monitoring apparatus (14) comprises a density monitor (15) and a housing part (16), wherein a gas chamber (17) is contained in the housing part (16), which gas chamber is connected to the switching-device pole and to the density monitor (15) and can be connected to a testing device for the density monitor (15), and wherein the housing part (16) contains a shut-off element (20), which can be actuated into an open position and into a closed position. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160358326

Biological data annotation and visualization

Dynamic linking of pathway maps and cell maps is disclosed in certain embodiments. In such embodiments, the pathway maps are linked to spatially-localized regional nucleic acid data (e.g., sequence data), as opposed to non-spatially selected nucleic acid data. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160357906

Biological data annotation and visualization

Identification of regions-of-interest within cell maps is disclosed. In certain embodiments, identification of the regions-of interest is based on the use of a plurality of biomarkers, which may be used to generate a multiplexed image of a tissue sample. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160357905

Biological data annotation and visualization

Identification of regions-of-interest within cell maps is disclosed. In certain embodiments, identification of the regions-of interest is based on the use of biomarkers selected based on nucleic acid sequence data. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160357207

Dynamic calculation and control of synchronous machines

A method keeps a synchronous machine in a stable operating zone during large transient voltage excursions on a power grid to which the machine is connected. The machine's load angle, i.e., the position of the rotor flux with respect to the position of the stator flux, is calculated. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356899

Solid state photomultiplier

Embodiments of a solid state photomultiplier are provided herein. In some embodiments, a solid state photomultiplier may include a microcell configured to generate an analog signal when exposed to optical photons, a quench resistor electrically coupled to the microcell in series; and a first switch disposed between the quench resistor and an output of the solid state photomultiplier, the first switch electrically coupled to the microcell via the quench resistor and configured to selectively couple the microcell to the output.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356868

Systems and methods for mri common mode traps

A continuous common mode trap assembly includes a central conductor and plural common mode traps. The central conductor has a length, and is configured to transmit a signal between a magnetic resonance imaging (mri) receive coil and at least one processor of an mri system. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356805

Flow angle probe

A flow angle probe is provided comprising: (a) a probe vane configured to contact a moving fluid within a fluid conduit; (b) an optional probe mounting mechanically coupled to the probe vane; (c) a rotary shaft coupled either to the optional probe mounting or the probe vane; (d) a rotary encoder coupled to the rotary shaft; (e) a sensor hermetically isolated from the probe vane and configured to sense a change in position of the rotary encoder; and (f) a probe housing encompassing at least a portion of the rotary shaft, the rotary encoder and the sensor. The novel flow angle probes disclosed herein may be used in a wide variety of turbomachines and fluid processing systems, and applications, including turbomachine design and operational control, as well as in flow assurance.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356703

Gas detector and method of detection

A gas detector and method are presented. The gas detector includes a launcher unit for coupling and merging light beams in mid-infrared and infrared wavelength ranges into a single light beam and directing the merged single light beam towards a gas flow path; a receiver unit for generating at least one photo detector current signal based on the light beam transmitted through the gas flow path; and a control unit for processing at least one photo detector current signal to measure concentration of the at least two gases present in the gas flow path.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356275

Load-sharing bearing system and an associated method thereof

A bearing system includes a stationary element, a housing, a shaft, a first and second thrust collars, a first and second bearing units, and a mechanical component. The housing includes a first end portion and a second end portion contacting the stationary element. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356266

System and method for reducing torsional movement in a wind turbine tower

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for reducing vibrations of a tower (e.g. A tubular steep tower or a lattice tower structure) of a wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356223

Igniter assembly for a gas turbine engine

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to an igniter assembly for a gas turbine engine. The igniter assembly includes an outer housing and an igniter tube that extends radially through the outer housing. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356221

Systems and methods for passively providing one or more flows of cooling fluid to a hot cavity within a cooling circuit of a gas turbine engine

A thermal valve is disclosed. The thermal valve may provide one or more flows of cooling fluid to a hot cavity within a cooling circuit of a gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160356182

Flow sleeve seal ring installation apparatus and related methods

Various embodiments include approaches for installing a flow sleeve relative to a gas turbine transition piece. Some embodiments include an apparatus for coupling a gas turbine transition piece with a flow sleeve, the installation apparatus having: a radially inner ring; a plurality of expander segments extending radially outward from the radially inner ring, the plurality of expander segments each having an axially ramped segment sized to gradually expand the flow sleeve to couple with the gas turbine transition piece as the flow sleeve is moved along the plurality of expander segments; and a circumferentially disposed space separating each pair of adjacent expander segments in the plurality of expander segments.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160355426

Microwave processing of wastewater sludge

Methods for treatment of sludge with microwave irradiation for improving its dewatering are provided. In one embodiment, the method includes exposing the sludge to microwave irradiation at an absorbed power density of between about 7 w/ml and about 13 w/ml. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160355201

Inspection system and method

An inspection system for use with a vehicle includes a database containing vehicle route data and at least one location of a route to be inspected. The database may be accessed by vehicles with on-board inspection systems so that they may inspect the location of route to be inspected. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160355198

Vehicle communication systems and control systems

A vehicle control system includes a controller that communicates between a first vehicle and a second vehicle and/or a monitoring device in a vehicle system. The controller determines a communication loss and, responsive to determining the communication loss, switches to communicating via a different communication path. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354869

Metallic compositions useful for brazing, and related processes and devices

A braze alloy composition is disclosed, containing nickel, about 5% to about 40% of at least one refractory metal selected from niobium, tantalum, or molybdenum; about 2% to about 32% chromium; and about 0.5% to about 10% of at least one active metal element. An electrochemical cell that includes two components joined to each other by such a braze composition is also described. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354852

Method for brazing rotor windings

The present disclosure relates to a method for manufacturing the windings of rotating electrical plant.. . ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354843

Hybrid additive manufacturing methods using hybrid additively manufactured features for hybrid components

A hybrid additive manufacturing method comprises building an additive structure on a pre-sintered preform base, wherein building the additive structure comprises iteratively fusing together a plurality of layers of additive material with at least a first layer of additive material joined to the pre-sintered preform base, and wherein the pre-sintered preform base comprises an initial shape. The hybrid additive manufacturing method further comprises modifying the initial shape of the pre-sintered preform base comprising the additive structure into a modified shape comprising the additive structure, and, joining the pre-sintered preform base in its modified shape to a component.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354842

Additive manufacturing methods and hybrid articles using brazeable additive structures

Additive manufacturing methods include iteratively fusing together a plurality of layers of additive material to build a brazeable additive structure. The additive material comprises a mixture comprising a base alloy and a second alloy and the second alloy comprises a sufficient amount of melting point depressant to have a lower melting temperature than the base alloy.. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354839

Hybrid additive manufacturing methods and articles using green state additive structures

Hybrid additive manufacturing methods include building a green state additive structure, wherein building the green state additive structure comprises iteratively binding together a plurality of layers of additive material using a binder, and joining the green state additive structure to a base structure to form a hybrid article.. . ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354729

Membranes comprising graphene

A selective membrane, for example an ultrafiltration, nanofiltration or reverse osmosis membrane, has a layer comprising flakes of graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, or functionalized variations. The flakes may form a layer themselves, be embedded in the surface of a layer of another compound, or be dispersed in a layer of another compound. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354568

System and method for ventilating lungs

A system for ventilating lungs of a subject is disclosed herein. The system includes a control unit configured to control operation of the system. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354060

Methods and systems for controlling a diagnostic medical imaging display interface

Methods and systems for a display interface are provided. The systems and methods receive ultrasound image acquisition settings for an ultrasound probe, and acquire ultrasound image data from the ultrasound probe based on the ultrasound image acquisition settings. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354057

Ultrasound imaging system and ultrasound-based method for guiding a catheter

An ultrasound imaging system and an ultrasound-based method for guiding a catheter during an interventional procedure include acquiring 3d ultrasound data, identifying a reference location, displaying an ultrasound image based on the 3d ultrasound data, and displaying a guideline superimposed on the ultrasound image, where the guideline represents the intended insertion path for the catheter with respect to the reference location.. . ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354047

System and method for displaying variable duration image scans

A system and method are provided for displaying information related to a medical imaging scan. Visual regions are shown on a display screen to indicate information of pending, current, and completed medical imaging scans. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354041

Methods for determining physiological parameters based on electrical impedance measurements

A system and method for determining physiological parameters based on electrical impedance measurements is provided. One method includes obtaining electrical measurement signals acquired from a plurality of transducers coupled to a surface of an object and spatially pre-conditioning the obtained electrical measurement signals. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160354009

Minimally invasive patient reference systems and methods for navigation-assisted surgery

Minimally invasive systems and methods for navigation-assisted surgery are described. The system comprises a patient reference device and a transmitter. ... General Electric Company

12/08/16 / #20160353993

System and method of evaluating an association between a wireless sensor and a monitored patient

Systems and methods of evaluating an association between a wireless sensor and a monitored patient include a plurality of peripheral electronic devices each having a wireless communication system and a sensor. A processor receives measured physiological parameter data from the peripheral electronic devices and establishes an association status between each of the peripheral electronic devices and the monitored patient based upon identified characteristics in the physiological parameter data.. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160352253

System and method for soft switching power inversion

A power inversion system includes an input and output coupleable to a dc power and an ac load, respectively, and a power inverter including a plurality of phase legs each having two bridge legs coupled in parallel with at least two switch and antiparallel diode pairs coupled in series. The system also includes a plurality of inductors, with at least one inductor coupled between a midpoint of each bridge leg and an lcl filter, the inductors in each phase leg being magnetically coupled. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160352105

Hybrid ac and dc distribution system and method of use

A hybrid ac and dc distribution system includes a doubly fed induction generator (dfig), a dc distribution bus, an ac/dc converter, an ac distribution bus, and a dc/ac converter. The dfig includes a rotor and a stator, and is configured to generate a first ac power at the rotor and a second ac power at the stator. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160352102

Power generation system

A power generation system comprising a plurality of power generation units; a plurality of energy storage units; a plurality of switch units for connecting or disconnecting the power generation units and the energy storage units; and a controller for controlling the switch units to disconnect one or more idle power generation units from their corresponding energy storage units when the idle power generation units stop operating and to connect the disconnected energy storage unit to one operating power generation unit of the plurality of power generation units based on states-of-charge of the energy storage units. The power generation system may make best use of the energy storage units.. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160350962

Method and systems for shading and shadowing volume-rendered images based on a viewing direction

Various methods and systems are provided for generating a volume-rendered image with shading from a three-dimensional ultrasound dataset. As one example, a method for ultrasound imaging includes generating a volume-rendered image with shading and shadowing from a three-dimensional ultrasound dataset, the shading and shadowing based on an angle between a probe axis of a transducer probe used to acquire the three-dimensional ultrasound dataset and a viewing direction of the volume-rendered image.. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160349384

Method for gain matching neutron detectors containing various he-3 partial pressures

An arrangement for detecting neutrons. The arrangement includes a first detector including helium that includes at least some helium-3. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348958

Joint members for refrigerator appliance casings

Refrigerator casings and joint members therefor are provided. A joint member includes a body extending between a first end and a second end generally along a lateral direction. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348957

Refrigerator appliances and mullions therefor

Refrigerator appliances and mullions therefor are provided. A mullion includes a body formed from an unfoamed thermopolymer material. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348952

Heat pump water heater appliance and an electronic mixing valve

A heat pump water heater appliance includes an electronic mixing valve. The electronic mixing valve is positioned within a casing of the heat pump water heater appliance. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348934

Bulkhead assemblies and methods for air conditioner units

Air conditioner units, bulkhead assemblies, and methods for operating air conditioner units are provided. A bulkhead assembly includes a bulkhead which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a rear wall extending laterally between the first sidewall and the second sidewall. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348926

Bulkhead assemblies for air conditioner units

Air conditioner units and bulkhead assemblies for air conditioner units are provided. A bulkhead assembly includes a bulkhead which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall along a lateral direction, and a rear wall extending laterally between the first sidewall and the second sidewall. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348646

System and method for de-rating power of a wind turbine as a function of temperature

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating a wind turbine. The method includes measuring, via one or more temperature sensors, a local temperature of a component of the wind turbine for a predetermined time period. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348594

Fuel purge system and method of purging

A fuel purge system for a gas turbine engine includes a fuel manifold configured to receive a liquid fuel from a fuel supply and distribute the liquid fuel to a combustor assembly. Also included is a liquid pump configured to receive a liquid from a liquid supply and distribute the liquid to the fuel manifold for pressurization of the fuel manifold during a purge operation of the combustor assembly.. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348588

Method of starting a gas turbine engine

A method of starting a gas turbine engine having a rotor comprising at least a shaft mounted compressor and turbine, with a casing surrounding the rotor.. . ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348584

Turbomachine load coupling device having a natural convection ventilation system

A load coupling device includes a housing including an interior portion, an ambient air inlet provided in the housing, and a load coupling guard arranged in the housing. The load coupling guard includes a turbomachine end and a load end and a passage extending therebetween. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348539

Regenerative thermodynamic power generation cycle systems, and methods for operating thereof

A method for operating a closed loop regenerative thermodynamic power generation cycle system is presented. The method includes supplying a high-temperature working fluid stream at a first pressure p1 to an expander, and extracting a partially expanded high temperature working fluid stream from the expander at a second pressure p2. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348536

Article, component, and method of forming an article

An article and method of forming an article are provided. The article includes a body portion separating an inner region and an outer region, an aperture in the body portion, the aperture fluidly connecting the inner region to the outer region, and a conduit extending from an outer surface of the body portion at the aperture and being arranged and disposed to controllably direct fluid from the inner region to the outer region. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348535

Impingement cooled spline seal

The present application provides a seal for use between adjacent turbine components and with a cooling flow. The seal may include an impingement baffle top plate, a base plate, and one or more spacer elements therebetween. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348534

Flow sleeve for thermal control of a double-walled turbine shell and related method

A turbine casing includes at least one shell adapted to enclose one or more turbine stages in a gas turbine engine; an air inlet in the at least one shell; a flow sleeve secured to an inside surface of the at least one shell, the flow sleeve comprising at least two arcuate segments. Each arcuate segment includes an arcuate base, a pair of sidewalls extending radially outwardly of the base thereby forming a circumferentially-extending flow channel defined by the base, the sidewalls and the inside surface. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348517

Internally cooled turbine blisk and method of manufacture

A method of manufacturing an internally cooled blisk by additive manufacturing processes to provide weight reduction and power-to-weight ratio improvement, leading to improved efficiency, a decrease in fuel burn and lifecycle costs in an engine employing the internally cooled blisk. The method of manufacturing including defining a configuration for the internally cooled blisk, the configuration comprising a disk, an annular array of angularly spaced blades extending about a periphery of the disk and one or more internal cooling features defined within the internally cooled blisk. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348512

Turbine component having surface cooling channels and method of forming same

A component for a turbine engine includes a substrate that includes a first surface, and an insert coupled to the substrate proximate the substrate first surface. The component also includes a channel. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348297

Method for supplying heated water from a water heater appliance to a washing machine appliance

A method for supplying heated water from a water heater appliance to a washing machine appliance includes initiating a wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, directing heated water from a water heater appliance into the washing machine appliance if a set point temperature of the water heater appliance is equal to or greater than a specific temperature and/or if the water heater appliance contains a volume of heated water required for the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, and delaying the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance if the set point temperature of the water heater appliance is not equal to or greater than the specific temperature and/or if the water heater appliance does not contain the volume of heated water required for the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance.. . ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348294

Methods for monitoring load balance in washing machine appliances

Methods for monitoring load balance in washing machine appliances, and washing machine appliances, are provided. A method includes accelerating rotation of a basket about a central axis within a tub of the washing machine appliance from a first speed to a second speed greater than the first speed. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160348249

Coating/repairing process using electrospark with psp rod

An electrospark deposition electrode and an associated method for depositing coatings using the electrode are provided. The electrode includes a powder of a first metal and a powder of a second metal. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160347631

Tannin-based polymer as filter aid for reducing fouling in filtration of high tds water

The present invention concerns a method of reducing fouling and increasing the efficiency of microfiltration and ultrafiltration systems by adding an effective amount of a tannin-based polymer to wastewater containing high concentrations of total dissolved solids (tds), such as produced water, prior to filtration. Additional pretreatment to separate out and remove coagulated solids before filtration is not required. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160347179

Power converter control system and method

A power converter control system includes a first power converter, at least one additional power converter, a first control module, and an additional control module. The first power converter receives direct current and outputs alternating current as a first power output. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160346856

Electrode for electroerosion machining system

An electroerosion machining system for trepanning and drilling operations is disclosed. The electroerosion machining system includes an electrode assembly configured to machine a desired configuration in a workpiece, a power supply configured to energize the electrode assembly and the workpiece to opposite electrical polarities, an electrolyte supply configured to pass an electrolyte between the electrode assembly and the workpiece, a working apparatus configured to move the electrode assembly relative to the workpiece, and a control system to control the power supply and the working apparatus. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160346855

Method for material recovery in electroerosion machining

A method for electroerosion machining includes providing an electrode assembly comprising an electrode body having a tube-shaped body that defines a hollow interior and one or more inserts affixed to the electrode body to form a cutting surface on the electrode assembly, positioning the electrode assembly adjacent a workpiece to be machined, and providing power to the electrode assembly so as to energize the electrode assembly, with the electrode assembly and the workpiece being at opposite electrical polarities. The method also includes advancing the electrode assembly through the workpiece, with a working gap being maintained between the inserts and the workpiece across which a pulse electric current is passed to remove material from the workpiece, wherein, upon advancing the electrode assembly through the workpiece, a core is formed that is completely separated from a remainder of the workpiece and is contained within the hollow interior of the electrode body.. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160346854

Electric discharge machining die sinking device and related method of operation

Systems and methods for controlled and precise edm manufacturing of a component are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes: a tank for holding a fluid; a first electrode array in the tank, the first electrode array including a plurality of electrodes configured to shape a workpiece; a workpiece fixture for positioning the workpiece at least partially immersed in the fluid and proximate the first electrode array; a pulse generator for creating an electric discharge between the workpiece and the first electrode array to remove material from the workpiece; a gap sensing circuit communicatively connected to the workpiece and the first electrode array, the gap sensing circuit configured to monitor the electric discharge between the workpiece and the first electrode array; and a computing device communicatively connected to the gap sensing circuit and the workpiece fixture, the computing device manipulating a position of the workpiece in the tank relative the first electrode array based upon data obtained from the gap sensing circuit.. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160345798

Filter assembly for a dishwasher appliance

Filter assemblies for filtering wash fluid to be circulated by a circulation pump in a dishwasher appliance are provided. A filter assembly includes a first filter member, a second filter member, a first discharge blade, and a second discharge blade. ... General Electric Company

12/01/16 / #20160345767

Method for controlling a gas cooking appliance

A method for controlling a gas cooking appliance may generally include preheating an oven cavity of the appliance to a pre-selected temperature and, after preheating the oven cavity, cycling the cooking appliance through a plurality of cooking cycles so as to activate lower and upper burners of the appliance in a manner that provides heating both below and above a food item contained within the oven cavity, wherein the cooking cycles include a plurality of bake cycles within each of which the lower burner is activated for a period of time and a plurality of broil cycles within each of which the upper burner is activated for a period of time. Moreover, a cumulative ratio of the broil cycles to the bake cycles across the various cooking cycles is less than 1.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160345443

Stencil set and system for printing solder paste for printed circuit boards

A method of printing solder paste in a component board and a stencil set for doing the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes using a first stencil having a first thickness to print solder paste into at least one through hole in the component board. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344337

System for mounting a microinverter to a photovoltaic panel and method of making same

A system and method for a microinverter mounting assembly including a microinverter assembly and a panel direct connect (dc) connector. The microinverter assembly having a housing, a microinverter disposed within the housing, and a microinverter dc connector disposed within the housing and electrically coupled to the microinverter, the microinverter dc connector with a bottom panel having a locking recess formed therein and at least one electrical contact disposed within an opening formed in the bottom panel. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344335

Universal microinverter mounting bracket for a photovoltaic panel and associated method

A system and method for a photovoltaic (pv) module is disclosed that includes a microinverter assembly having a housing disposed on an inactive surface of a pv panel and a microinverter disposed within the housing. The pv module also includes a mounting bracket having a central bracket portion coupled to a frame of the pv panel, a first extension portion extending from the central bracket portion and coupled to the housing, a second extension portion extending from the central bracket portion and positioned on the inactive side of the pv panel, and a third extension portion located above the second extension portion and extending from the central bracket portion. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344329

System and method for fault protection of a motor

An exemplary motor driving system includes a power source, a driving circuit, a controller, a motor, and a protection circuit. The driving circuit including at least one switching device coupled with the power source. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344264

Electrical machine cooling structure

A stator assembly that includes a graphite sheet-like element that has fold(s) so as to define at least two planar sections. The face of one of the planar section abuts a surface of a heat generating location(s) of the stator assembly and a face of another planar section abuts one the tooth or the slot bottom of the stator assembly. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344066

Current collector design to reduce granule bed disruption

Apparatus and methods to reduce granule disruption during manufacture of electrochemical cells, such as a metal halide electrochemical cell, are provided. In one embodiment, a current collector can include a diffuser strip extending beneath an aperture configured to receive an injection stream of molten electrolyte. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344056

Zinc-based electrolyte compositions, and related electrochemical processes and articles

An aqueous electrolyte composition is described, including a zinc salt based on zinc acetate or zinc glocolate. The saturation concentration of zinc in the electrolyte composition is in the range of about 2.5m to about 3.5m. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160344048

Fuel cell system and controlling method thereof

A fuel cell system is disclosed, which includes a fuel cell stack coupled to a load for providing power, a gas delivery system coupled to the fuel cell stack for providing fuel and oxygen to the fuel cell stack and a control system. The control system includes a forward controller for generating a desired control instruction signal based on a command from the load, and a correction controller for generating a control correction signal to avoid violating operational constraints of the fuel cell stack based on at least one measured signal from the fuel cell system. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160343528

Circuit breaker crossbar assembly

A circuit breaker crossbar assembly includes a crossbar having a first and second segment, the first and second segment each operatively coupled to a respective moveable contact arm assembly. Also included is a coupling segment disposed between the first and second segment, the crossbar and the coupling segment rotatable about an axis. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160343487

Composite nanoparticles and methods of preparation thereof

The present invention is directed to composite nanoparticles comprising a metal, a rare earth element, and, optionally, a complexing ligand. The invention is also directed to composite nanoparticles having a core-shell structure and to processes for preparation of composite nanoparticles of the invention.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160342933

Vehicle building system and method

A system for building a vehicle system determines cargo and vehicles to carry the cargo from a first location to a second location via one or more vehicle yards disposed between the locations. One or more characteristics of the vehicle yards are determined, as well as different builds of the vehicle system based on the cargo, the vehicle units, and the characteristics of the vehicle yards. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160342715

Piping data transform method and system

A method includes accessing, via a processor, a first user selection relating to a location of a pipe segment of a piping model. The pipe segment includes data in a first format. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341804

Apparatus and method for decoupling an mri receive coil

An apparatus for decoupling a receive coil from a transmit coil includes a tuning circuit connected electrically with the receive coil and a mems switch connected electrically in parallel with the tuning circuit, and operable to line up or to bypass the tuning circuit by opening or closing the mems switch. The apparatus further includes a control circuit operatively connected with the mems switch and operable to open or to close the mems within a window of time responsive to energization of the transmit coil to transmit a signal.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341606

Systems and methods for measuring temperature in a gas turbine using acoustic interference

Systems and methods for measuring temperature in a gas turbine are disclosed. The method can include directing a first acoustic signal and a second acoustic signal towards a gas path in a turbine; receiving the first acoustic signal and the second acoustic signal at a downstream gas path location; combining the first acoustic signal and the second acoustic signal to create a combined acoustic signal, wherein the combined acoustic signal forms at least one of either a signal maxima or a signal minima; and based at least in part on the combined acoustic signal, determining a temperature of the gas path.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341481

Submersible heat exchanger and methods of operating and assembling same

A submersible heat exchanger for transferring heat between fluid and water in an underwater environment includes a pipe having a length. The pipe includes a wall defining an interior passageway configured for fluid to flow through. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341470

Refrigerator appliances

A refrigerator appliance including a refrigerated chamber defined by a liner positioned within a cabinet is provided. At least one track extends generally along a vertical direction of the refrigerator appliance attached to or positioned adjacent to the liner. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341467

Active air filter assemblies for refrigerator appliances

Refrigerator appliances and active air filter assemblies therefor are provided. A refrigerator appliance includes a main controller configured to control refrigerator appliance operations, and a connector port in communication with the main controller and accessible within a fresh food chamber, the connector port configured to provide at least one of data communication with the main controller or electrical power. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341456

Evaporator and a method for forming an evaporator

An evaporator includes a conduit and a spine fin assembly positioned on an outer surface of the conduit. The spine fin assembly is wound about the conduit such that a pitch between windings of the spine fin assembly varies along a length of the conduit. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341429

Gas turbine engine liquid fuel supply system and method

A method of supplying liquid fuel in a gas turbine engine is provided and includes sealing a fuel manifold with a fluid in the fuel manifold. The method also includes initiating routing of a liquid fuel from a liquid fuel supply structure to the fuel manifold. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341180

System and methods for controlling noise propagation of wind turbines

A method of controlling a wind turbine includes obtaining weather data indicative of one or more weather conditions at the wind turbine, estimating wake profiles based on the obtained weather data, estimating far-field sound propagation in a direction of a noise sensitive site based on the estimated wake profiles, generating a yaw signal, wherein the yaw signal controls the yaw of a nacelle relative to a tower of the wind turbine, estimating a noise level at the noise sensitive site, and adjusting the yaw signal if the estimated noise level at the noise sensitive site exceeds a threshold noise level.. . ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341179

Limit for derating scheme used in wind turbine control

Systems and methods for controlling a wind turbine are provided. An operating limit for a component of the wind turbine can be determined based on various environmental conditions (e.g. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341129

Accessory apparatus and method of assembling accessories with a turbine engine

A method of assembling accessories with a turbine engine and an accessory apparatus for a gas turbine engine having a first shaft that rotates when the gas turbine engine is energized. The accessory apparatus includes a mount rail attached to the gas turbine engine and extending parallel to the first shaft of the gas turbine engine a first accessory having a first mounting block, to mount the first accessory to the mount rail, and an first accessory shaft to power the first accessory and a second accessory having a second mounting block, to mount the second accessory to the mount rail, and a second accessory shaft to power the second accessory.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341127

Component, gas turbine component and method of forming

Components are disclosed which include a first component section and a second component section joined to form a hollow structure defining a plenum having an interior surface, wherein the component sections each include mating ridges joined together along the length of the plenum, and a corrosion-resistant cladding layer including a corrosion-resistant material overlaying the interior surface of the plenum. In one embodiment, the component is a gas turbine combustor fuel manifold. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341093

System for arranging an emission reducing catalyst in an exhaust duct of a gas turbine engine

An exhaust section for a gas turbine power plant including: an exhaust duct in fluid communication with exhaust gas from a gas turbine engine, wherein the exhaust gas flows through the exhaust duct along a flow direction; a catalyst supporting platform spanning a flow passage in the exhaust duct such that the exhaust gas passes through the platform, wherein the platform includes apertures having catalyst coated surfaces and the catalyst supporting platform has a front face which is no perpendicular to the flow direction.. . ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341074

Lubrication system for a turbine engine

A lubrication system for a gas turbine engine includes a tank, a circulation pump, and a heat exchanger. The circulation pump generates a flow of lubricant from the tank to, e.g., a power gear box of the gas turbine engine and the heat exchanger removes an amount of heat from such flow of lubricant provided to the power gear box. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341073

Bearing locking assemblies and methods of assembling the same

A bearing assembly for use in a gas turbine engine is provided. The bearing assembly includes a bearing retainer having an inner portion, an outer portion spaced radially apart from the inner portion, and an intermediate portion connecting the inner portion and the outer portion, wherein the inner portion and the outer portion define a space there-between. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341053

Turbomachine diffuser including flow mixing lobes and method

A turbomachine diffuser includes a body having an inner surface defining a diffuser flow path, a plurality of stationary struts extending from the inner surface, and a plurality of flow mixing lobes arranged in an annular array on the inner surface. The plurality of flow mixing lobes is configured and disposed to guide a substantially high momentum flow toward the inner surface of the body.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341052

Composite airfoil metal patch

A composite airfoil comprises a leading edge and a trailing edge, a pressure side and a suction side extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge, a tip at a radial outer end of the airfoil, a shank at a radial inner end of the airfoil, a dovetail connected to the shank, and a metal patch disposed between the dovetail and the shank.. . ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341047

Gas turbine component

A gas turbine component, for forming part of a stage of the turbine, operable to change cooling scheme, includes an airfoil profiled section, a cooling passageway, film holes and interchangeable connectors. The profiled section includes pressure and suction sides joined together at chordally opposite leading and trailing edges. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341046

Dust holes

A turbine engine device comprising a turbine engine blade including a cooling channel extending on the interior of the blade, the cooling channel having at least one turn of greater than forty-five degrees, the cooling channel turn demarcated by a cooling channel wall having a curvature operative to redirect fluid flowing therein, the cooling channel wall including a dust opening leading into a dust hole demarcated by a dust wall having a longitudinal axis that is coaxial with a tangent line taken along the curvature of the cooling channel wall.. . ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160341043

System and method for blade access in turbomachinery

A system includes a turbomachine with a plurality of blades, a casing disposed about the rotor and the plurality of blades, an access opening disposed in the casing, and an access panel selectively coupled to the access opening, such that the access opening is sized to enable repair or replacement of at least one blade of the plurality of blades.. . ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160340669

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

11/24/16 / #20160340633

Pluripotent stem cell expansion and passage using a rocking platform bioreactor

Provided herein are novel methods for expansion and passaging of cell aggregates comprising stem cells and/or differentiated cells and comprising the use of closed systems on rocking platform bioreactors. The methods of the invention permit closed system serial passage expansion of pluripotent stem cells and/or progeny thereof with associated pluripotency markers and differentiation potential.. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160340608

Methods and compositions for improving oil recovery in corn processing

Methods and composition are provided for recovering oil from an oil containing mixture or emulsion. The invention is particularly applicable for recovery of oil from corn in a corn to oil process. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160339935

A method and system for timetable optimization utilizing energy consumption factors

Systems and methods for synchronizing two or more vehicles operating on an electric transportation line to optimize energy consumption. A controller is provided having a computer memory component storing a set of computer-executable instructions, a list of braking intervals, and a list of acceleration intervals for the vehicles. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160339929

Communication system and method of a vehicle consist

A communication system and method receive, at an energy management system disposed onboard a vehicle system formed from a lead vehicle and one or more remote vehicles, trip data that represents one or more characteristics of an upcoming trip of the vehicle system along a route. A selected portion of the trip data is communicated from the energy management system to a distributed power system also disposed onboard the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160338617

Method and system for wireless respiration rate monitoring using space and frequency diversities

A system and method include a plurality of sensors proximate a subject, wherein each sensor includes a plurality of antennas, and wherein each sensor operates on a plurality of frequency channels. The method includes receiving, at a respiration module, a signal associated with each antenna for each of the plurality of frequency channels; and calculating a respiration rate of the subject based on the received signal associated with each antenna for each of the plurality of frequency channels. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160338569

Detecting current leakage in a heating element

Systems and methods of detecting current leakage in a heating element are provided. An alternating current signal can be applied to the heating element. ... General Electric Company

11/24/16 / #20160338526

Reservoir assemblies and docking station assemblies for beverage dispensers

Reservoir assemblies for beverage dispensers, and docking station assemblies, are provided. A reservoir assembly includes a reservoir, the reservoir including a body defining an interior. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160338221

System and method for passively cooling an enclosure

A system and method are provided for passively cooling an inverter subsystem within an enclosure. The method and system absorb heat generated by an inverter subsystem within an enclosure through a first heat spreader. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160337213

System and method for integrating collaboration modes

A system and method for integrating collaboration modes are disclosed. The method includes receiving a first indication of a first synchronous collaboration event for a first workspace, storing a first record of the first synchronous collaboration event in association with the first workspace based on the first indication, receiving a second indication of a second asynchronous collaboration event for the first workspace, storing a second record of the second asynchronous collaboration event in association with the first workspace based on the second indication, and causing a first timeline for the first workspace to be displayed on a computing device. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160336750

A controller for a voltage source converter

A controller (40), for controlling a multiphase voltage source converter, comprises a vector control module (42) that is configured to generate multiphase voltage demand waveforms (va, vb, vc) that the voltage source converter subsequently is required to provide. The vector control module (42) generates the multiphase voltage demand waveforms (va, vb, vc) from respective converter voltage output phase waveforms (va, vb, and vc) that are measured at corresponding ac outputs of the voltage source converter. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160336749

Power transmission network

A power transmission network includes a first power transmission medium. The power transmission network further includes a first insulator or a plurality of first insulators arranged to provide insulation of the first power transmission medium with respect to ground potential. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160336746

Multi-terminal dc electrical network

A multi-terminal dc electrical network comprises a plurality of dc terminals, each dc terminal operatively connected to at least one other dc terminal via a respective dc power transmission medium; a plurality of converters, each converter being operatively connected to a respective one of the dc terminals, the plurality of converters including at least one designated converter; and a controller including a solver configured to use an algorithm to process a plurality of values to compute a no-load dc voltage for a first designated converter as a function of the plurality of values. The plurality of values include a first value defining an operating mode of each designated converter; a second value defining a default electrical characteristic of the multi-terminal dc electrical network or a computation parameter of the algorithm; and a third value defining an electrical measurement corresponding to a voltage or current in the multi-terminal dc electrical network.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160335811

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

11/17/16 / #20160335371

System and method for querying graphs distributed over multiple machines

A method to perform query operations on nodes of large graphs distributed across multiple machines by applying a graph-query language that implements lazy evaluation techniques are disclosed. A method includes receiving a graph query expression from a client, wherein a graph comprises a plurality of edges linking a plurality of vertices, receiving a first request for evaluating the graph query expression, evaluating a partial result set for the graph query expression, and sending the partial result to the client. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160335115

System and method for multi-level real-time scheduling analyses

A system and method of multi-level scheduling analysis for a general processing module of a real-time operating system. The method includes identifying any processes within respective partitions of the general processing module, for each identified process, determining if the process is local-time centric or global-time centric. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334489

Generalized spherical deconvolution in diffusion magnetic resonance imaging

A magnetic resonance imaging method includes generating spatially resolved fiber orientation distributions (fods) from magnetic resonance signals acquired from a patient tissue using a plurality of diffusion encodings, each acquired magnetic resonance signal corresponding to one of the diffusion encodings and being representative of a three-dimensional distribution of displacement of magnetic spins of gyromagnetic nuclei present in each imaging voxel. Generating the spatially resolved fods includes performing generalized spherical deconvolution using the acquired magnetic resonance signals and a modeled tissue response matrix (trm) to reconstruct the spatially resolved fods. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334485

Magnetic resonance system and method for obtaining a z-spectrum of a cest imaging technique

For the purpose of obtaining a spectrum suitable for acquiring information on a cest effect, an mr apparatus comprises a z-spectrum generating unit 91 for generating a z-spectrum containing a cest component representing a signal component affected by cest and a baseline component representing a signal component unaffected by cest based on data acquired by a plurality of sequences; a spectrum transforming unit 92 for transforming the z-spectrum into a cpe spectrum; and first fitting unit 95 for calculating values of a plurality of coefficients included in a cest term in an approximate expression of the cpe spectrum.. . ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334447

Angle-based management of a power grid system

Energy flow in a power grid system (e.g., an electrical energy distribution system) is managed. In an example embodiment, a system provides for generating monitoring data for an electrical energy distribution system based on power-flow data for the electrical energy distribution system and topology data for the electrical energy distribution system. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334353

Sensor for in situ selective detection of components in a fluid

A sensor system for detection of an analyte in an industrial fluid in the presence of interferences which includes: a multivariable inductor-capacitor-resistor resonant transducer with multiple operationally independent outputs; a sensing material composition configured to provide different response patterns to an analyte in the fluid in the presence of interferences; and a signal processor that quantifies the analyte. Also, a sensor system for detection of an analyte that includes: a transducer with multiple operationally independent outputs; a sensing material compositions configured to provide different response patterns to an analyte in the industrial fluid in the presence of interferences; and a signal processor configured to quantify the analyte in the industrial fluid in the presence of interferences. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334327

Photonic sensor for in situ selective detection of components in a fluid

A fluid sensor that includes fluid sensitive interferometric nanostructure layers configured into an open-air resonant structure. Another fluid sensor also includes a polarization sensitive photodetector configured to detect optical contributions of different components of a fluid to the structure. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334112

Measurement device for determining oven heating parameters

A measurement device for determining heating parameters of an oven may generally include a support plate and at least one sensor cup coupled to the support plate. The sensor cup may define a liquid well for receiving a volume of liquid and may include a bottom wall defining a floor of the liquid well. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160334094

Appliance with dead front user interface

An appliance and a user interface assembly configured to provide a uniform user interface background appearance when features of the user interface are not illuminated are provided. More specifically, an ink may be applied to a component of the user interface assembly such that when light is directed toward the ink to illuminate the features, the light passes through the ink to the user interface and the illuminated features of the user interface are clearly visible against the background of the user interface. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333942

System and method having coupling with layered portion

A system includes a rotational coupling including a first rotational joint, a second rotational joint, and a coupling body disposed between the first and second rotational joints. The coupling body includes first and second body portions disposed about a rotational axis, and a layered portion disposed about the rotational axis radially between the first and second body portions. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333889

Composite blade root stress reducing shim

A gas turbine engine blade root shim for use between a composite blade root and a wall of a slot in a rotor includes a longitudinally extending base having distal first and second transversely spaced apart ends, first and second longitudinally extending legs acutely angled inwardly towards the base from the first and second ends, and one or more apertures disposed through each of the longitudinally extending first and second legs. Apertures may include rectangular slots having rounded edges along the first and second outwardly facing surfaces of the first and second legs respectively and/or rounded corners between the first and second outwardly facing surfaces and the first and second inwardly facing surfaces of the first and second legs. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333861

Lightning protection system for wind turbine rotor blades

The present disclosure is directed to a lightning protection system for a wind turbine rotor blade. The lightning protection system includes a lightning conductive circuit having at least one electrical conductor and at least one semiconductor. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333855

Digital wind farm system

The present disclosure is directed to a digital system for managing a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines electrically coupled to a power grid. The system includes a farm-based first communication network having one or more individual wind turbine control systems communicatively coupled to the one or more wind turbines and an overall wind farm control system. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333854

Digital twin interface for operating wind farms

The present disclosure is directed to a digital twin interface for managing a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines. The digital twin interface includes a graphical user interface (gui) displaying a digital equivalent of the wind farm. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333814

Fuel injector wear compensation methodology by altering injection schedule

Fuel injector wear compensation methodologies for use with internal combustion engines that alter the injection schedule over the life of the fuel injector(s) by using methods that conduct a primary injection of fuel in the engine (primary fuel event), per an injection schedule within an engine cycle; compare a measured engine parameter(s) to a reference value(s); and then alter the injection schedule applied to the engine, based on the comparing. Another method comprises: during injection events, inject a first fuel in a combustion chamber of the engine; measure an engine parameter(s) of the engine during operation; compare the engine parameter(s) to a reference value(s); add a post injection event of a second fuel during the injection events, based on the comparison. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333811

Fuel injector wear correction methodology

Fuel injector wear methodologies for use with internal combustion engines include a method that determines power of the engine and/or fuel flow of a fuel injector(s) associated with a cylinder the engine; obtains a duration of a fuel injection event from the injector(s) associated with the cylinder(s) of the engine; compares the power, the fuel flow, and/or the duration with a reference value; and then adjusts the fuel injection timing of the fuel injector(s), based on the comparison. Another method adjusts operation of an engine includes: comparing two (or more) engine models, wherein one model is related to a fuel injection event duration of the engine or a modeled fuel quantity being supplied to the engine and then adjusting the fuel injection timing of a fuel injector(s) of the engine, based on the comparison.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333807

Systems and method for multi-cylinder misfire detection

Various systems and methods are provided for identifying cylinder misfire. In one example, cylinder misfire may be identified based on a misfire monitor that differentiates a single-cylinder misfire event from a multi-cylinder misfire event based on output from a crankshaft speed sensor.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333794

System and method for flow control in turbine

One embodiment of the present discloses includes a system. The system includes a turbine and a fluid supply system. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333788

System for thermally shielding a portion of a gas turbine shroud assembly

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a system for thermally shielding a portion of a shroud assembly for a gas turbine. The system includes a shroud support having a forward wall that includes a front side that is axially spaced from a back side and a radially inner surface that extends axially between the front and back sides. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333786

System for supporting rotor shafts of an indirect drive turbofan engine

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a system for supporting shafts of an indirect-drive turbofan engine. The system includes a fan frame assembly that is coaxially aligned with a centerline of the turbofan engine and positioned forward of a reduction gear that couples a low pressure rotor shaft to a fan shaft. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333785

Shroud retention system with retention springs

A shroud retention system may generally include a shroud hanger and first and second hooked components extending from an outer hanger wall of the hanger. The first hooked component may include a first wall extending from the outer hanger wall and a first rail extending from the first wall. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333777

Base-frame assembly for a combustion engine

A system includes a cast mounting tower having an upper portion configured to support an engine, a generator, or any combination thereof and a plurality of ribs coupled to and supporting the upper portion of the mounting tower. The plurality of ribs extend from the upper portion in a direction crosswise to the upper portion, the upper portion and the plurality of ribs are integrally coupled as a one-piece structure of the cast mounting tower, and the cast mounting tower is configured to couple to a frame.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333741

Cmc hanger sleeve for cmc shroud

According to some embodiments, a ceramic matrix composite (cmc) hanger sleeve is provided for retaining a ceramic matrix composite shroud panel. The sleeve may be connected to an upper hanger by a retainer or a casing. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333740

Shroud retention system with keyed retention clips

A shroud retention system may include a shroud hanger having an outer hanger wall that defines a clip groove including a narrow groove portion and an enlarged groove portion, with the enlarged groove portion defining a radial height that is greater than a radial height of the narrow groove portion. The system may also include a shroud segment having a shroud wall and a retention clip configured to couple the shroud segment to the shroud hanger. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333735

Angled impingement inserts with cooling features

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

11/17/16 / #20160333734

Immersed core flow inlet between rotor blade and stator vane for an unducted fan gas turbine

An unducted thrust producing system is provided that can include a rotating element having an axis of rotation about a central longitudinal axis and comprising a plurality of blades attached to a spinner; a stationary element positioned aft of the rotating element; and an inlet positioned between the rotating element and the stationary element such that the inlet passes radially inward of the stationary element. The rotating element defines an annular valley positioned between a first annular crown and a second annular crown, and the inlet defines an open area positioned aft of the second annular crown.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333731

Method for operating a gas turbine at part load

The invention refers to a method for controlling part load operation of a gas turbine comprising a controller wherein a load set point of the controller is greater or equal a minimum load set point. The minimum load set point depends on a hot gas temperature that is calculated based on a hot gas temperature model.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333729

Turbine engine having variable pitch outlet guide vanes

A gas turbine engine including a core engine and a fan configured in mechanical communication with the core engine is provided. The gas turbine engine also includes a plurality of outlet guide vanes positioned downstream from the fan along an axial direction defined by the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333722

Intershaft integrated seal and lock-nut

An intershaft integrated seal and lock-nut assembly includes spaced apart forward and aft shafts, forward lock-nut threaded onto aft end of forward shaft, aft lock-nut threaded onto a forward end of aft shaft, and seal ring sealingly engaging and disposed between forward and aft lock-nuts operable to seal annular gap between forward and aft shafts. Seal ring may be disposed in annular ring groove extending radially inwardly into one of forward and aft lock-nuts and annular cylindrical inner surface on other one of lock-nuts operable to seal against seal ring. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333719

Method of making a turbine shroud

A method of making a shroud assembly by: forming a shroud frame consisting of a one-piece hook and rail assembly which includes a first rail and a second rail disposed at lateral edges and a first support and a second support connected to the first rail and the second rail, the first and second rails and the first and second supports being integrally joined to one another and defining a central aperture therebetween; joining a metallic backsheet to the shroud frame covering the central aperture; and attaching a honeycomb rubs strip to the metallic backsheet via an upper edge of the honeycomb seal structure.. . ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333713

System for thermally isolating a turbine shroud

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a system for thermally isolating a turbine shroud of a turbine shroud assembly. The system includes a shroud support having an inner surface and a turbine shroud that is connected to the shroud support. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333704

Turbine blade damper system having pin with slots

A damper system for a turbine having adjacent turbine bucket platforms including opposing slash faces having opposing grooves is provided. The system includes a pin having a substantially cylindrical-shaped body configured for positioning in the opposing grooves. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333703

Turbine shroud segment assembly with expansion joints

A shroud segment assembly for use within a turbine shroud of a gas turbine engine may generally include a forward shroud portion having a forward outer arm and a forward inner arm extending from a forward wall and an aft shroud portion having an aft outer arm and an aft inner arm extending from an aft wall. Additionally, the shroud segment assembly may include a first expansion joint positioned between the forward and aft shroud portions such that the first expansion joint extends circumferentially between the forward outer arm of the forward shroud portion and the aft outer arm of the aft shroud portion and a second expansion joint positioned between the forward and aft shroud portions such that the second expansion joint extends circumferentially between the forward inner arm of the forward shroud portion and the aft outer arm of the aft shroud portion.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160333698

Ceramic matrix composite turbine blade squealer tip with flare

A method of forming a ceramic matrix composite turbine blade with squealer tip and with tip flare is provided. The tip flare may be located at either or both of the pressure side and the suction side. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160332646

Systems and method for a vehicle network

A system is provided having a vehicle. The vehicle includes a chassis, and a first network bus extending from internally in the chassis to a first network port attached externally to the chassis at a first side of the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160332610

Braking system and method for a vehicle

A control system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels (e.g., rear wheels) of a vehicle and a drive system control unit configured to control the electric drive system to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. The system further includes a friction brake system having a first friction brake unit associated with the first set of wheels and a second friction brake unit associated with a second set of wheels (e.g., front wheels) of the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160332267

Turbomachine component displacement apparatus and method of use

Various embodiments include a method of displacing a turbomachine component from position in a first slot of a turbomachine spacer disk. The method can include detachably affixing a mounting member of a displacement apparatus to a second slot in the gas turbomachine spacer disk using an attachment device, rotating a displacement arm of the displacement apparatus until the displacement arm contacts the turbomachine component, and displacing the turbomachine component from the position within the first slot by linearly actuating the displacement arm with a linear actuator.. ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160332251

Additive manufacturing on 3-d components

A method of forming structure on a component includes: providing a component having a first surface; adhering powder to the first surface; and directing a beam from a directed energy source to fuse the powder in a pattern corresponding to a layer of the structure.. . ... General Electric Company

11/17/16 / #20160331354

Systems and methods for reconfiguring an ultrasound device

Systems and methods (the “utility”) presented herein provide for the assessment of acousto-electrical probes, such as their connections (e.g., transducer leads) and their response characteristics. For example, the utility may provide for readily evaluating transducer leads that have been broken and/or detached from transducers within an ultrasound probe. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160330187

Systems and methods for secure operation of an industrial controller

. . A method of securing an industrial control system includes operating the industrial control system in an open mode, wherein communications between a plurality of devices of the industrial control system are unencrypted when the industrial control system is in the open mode. The method includes exchanging security tokens between the plurality of devices of the industrial control system. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160329833

Improvements in or relating to converters for use in high voltage direct current power transmission

In the field of high voltage direct current (hvdc) power transmission, a converter comprises three converter limbs, each corresponding to a respective phase of the converter, each extending between first and second dc terminals and each including first and second limb portions separated by an ac terminal. Each limb portion that is operable to provide a stepped variable voltage source. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160329804

Control of converters

In the field of high voltage direct current power transmission networks, a method of controlling a converter that includes at least one converter limb which corresponds to a respective phase of the converter, is described. The method includes obtaining a respective ac current demand phase waveform for each converter limb which the corresponding converter limb is required to track, and a dc current demand which each converter limb is also required to track. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160328846

Three dimensional imaging method of a limited zone of a patient's vasculature

This disclosure relates to a three dimensional visualization method for visualizing and/or displaying a limited zone of a patient's vasculature, the method comprising selecting an entry point within an imaged vasculature, and three dimensionally visualizing a simulated contrast agent propagation from the selected entry point in a limited zone of the imaged vasculature.. . ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160328673

System and method for coupling asset management and analytics

A system and method for coupling asset management and analytics are disclosed. The method includes accessing a first asset management system storing corresponding asset data in a corresponding one of a first plurality of management data fields for each one of a first plurality of assets, identifying one of the first plurality of management data fields based on the corresponding language construct of the determined management data field, generating a first reference to the identified one of the first plurality of management data fields, and providing the first reference to the first analytics platform for use by the first analytics platform in retrieving the corresponding asset data of the identified management data field for use in a first analytics operation of the first analytics platform.. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160328133

Systems and methods for controlling power generation plant operations via a human-machine interface

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for controlling power generation plant operations via a human-machine interface. In one embodiment, a method can provide: receiving a user selection of a power generation plant component in a first navigation menu of a human-machine interface (hmi); based at least in part on the user selection, generating a second navigation menu of the hmi; receiving a subsequent user selection of a subcomponent in the second navigation menu of the hmi, wherein the subcomponent is associated with the power generation plant component; generating a control region for the hmi, the control region operable to manipulate the subcomponent; receiving a user input for the control region; and based at least in part on the user input, facilitating manipulation of one or more operations of the subcomponent.. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160328084

Touch screen display device and method of touch input control

A touchscreen display device and method of user input control therefor includes a graphical display that senses at least a touch down state and a touch off state at a plurality of locations displaying information. A processor is configured to receive the touch down states and touch off states at each of the plurality of locations. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327681

System and method for eccentering correction

A system for generating eccentering corrected response includes a logging tool configured to examine a material filled in an annular space to generate a tool response. The material is filled in an annular space formed by an outer conduit and an inner conduit disposed in the outer conduit. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327622

Joint reconstruction of activity and attenuation in emission tomography using magnetic-resonance-based priors

According to some embodiments, emission projection data and second source scan data are received. A prior map and a prior weight map are generated from second source scan data. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327600

Integrated transformer health monitoring architecture

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an integrated transformer health monitoring architecture and associated processes. In one embodiment, a method can provide: receiving protection data of a transformer from the at least one protection relay device; receiving health monitoring data of the transformer from the at least one monitoring and diagnostics (m&d) device; analyzing the received protection data and the received health monitoring data using a common time reference; monitoring, diagnosing, analyzing, or predicting a failure of the transformer based at least in part on analysis of the received protection data and the received health monitoring data; and generating an instruction to modify operation of the transformer in response to monitoring, diagnosing, analyzing, or predicting a failure of the transformer.. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327326

Refrigerator appliance

A refrigerator appliance has a dispenser conduit that defines an inner volume. An inlet of the inner volume is positioned adjacent a nugget style ice maker, and an outlet of the inner volume is positioned adjacent a dispenser recess. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327048

Appliance pump assembly

A pump assembly for an appliance, an appliance, and a dishwasher appliance are provided. The pump assembly has features for isolating the noise of a pump of the assembly, including a unitary pump housing comprising structural layer and an acoustic layer. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327025

System and method for remotely resetting a faulted wind turbine

In one aspect, a computer-implemented method for remotely resetting faulted wind turbines may generally include receiving fault data associated with a turbine fault that has occurred for a faulted wind turbine, analyzing one or more reset conditions associated with the turbine fault; determining whether the faulted wind turbine is remotely resettable based on the one or more reset conditions associated with the turbine fault and if the turbine fault is remotely resettable, transmitting a reset notification to a client device authorized to receive notifications for the wind turbine, wherein the reset notification indicates that the faulted wind turbine can be remotely reset.. . ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327024

System and method for detecting rotor asymmetry

The present subject matter is directed to systems and methods for detecting rotor asymmetry of a wind turbine. The method includes measuring wind condition at a location downwind of the rotor for a plurality of rotor positions. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327023

Autonomous yaw control for a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for autonomous yaw control of a wind turbine. The method includes measuring, via a wind sensor, one or more wind conditions near the wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327021

Attachment method and system to install components, such as vortex generators, to a wind turbine blade

A method for installing an add-on component to a surface of a wind turbine blade includes attaching an adhesive side of strips of a double-sided adhesive tape onto either the surface of the wind turbine blade or a surface of the add-on component, the tape strips having a release liner on an opposite exposed side thereof. The tape strips having an extension tail of the release liner that extends beyond an edge of the add-on component when the add-on component is placed and held at a desired position against the surface of the wind turbine blade. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327020

Attachment method and system to install components, such as tip extensions and winglets, to a wind turbine blade

A method for installing an add-on component onto a tip of a wind turbine blade, the associated blade, and the component, are provided. The add-on component has a span-wise end and a separated trailing edge, and is slidable onto the blade tip. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327019

Attachment method to install components, such as tip extensions and winglets, to a wind turbine blade, as well as the wind turbine blade and component

A method is provided for installing an add-on component to a surface of a wind turbine blade, as well as the blade with attached add-on component, and the add-on component as a stand-alone device. A slot is defined in one or both of the pressure side or suction side surfaces of the add-on component. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327017

System and method for replacing a pitch bearing

The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for removing or installing a pitch bearing of a wind turbine. The method includes installing a first pulley block at an up-tower location of the wind turbine and configuring a second pulley block with the pitch bearing. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327016

Up-tower suspension system for a wind turbine rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to a suspension system for a wind turbine rotor blade and methods for suspending said rotor blade from a hub thereof. The method includes positioning the rotor blade in a substantially six o'clock position. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160327010

System and method for determining knock margin for multi-cylinder engines

A method includes receiving a signal indicative of a change in an air-fuel ratio (afr) for a mixture of air and fuel entering a first combustion chamber of a combustion engine, advancing firing timing of the first combustion chamber, receiving, from a knock sensor, a knock signal indicating that the combustion engine has begun to knock, determining a knock margin of the first combustion chamber based on when the combustion engine begins to knock, and storing the knock margin as associated with the knock timing and the afr.. . ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326960

System and method for improving exhaust energy recovery

A system includes a turbine with an expansion section configured to expand an exhaust flow in a downstream direction, such that the expansion section includes a plurality of stages and a diffuser section coupled downstream of the expansion section. The diffuser section receives the exhaust flow along an exhaust path and an energizing flow along a wall, and the diffuser section includes the wall comprising an inner surface, so the wall is disposed about the exhaust path, and an energizing port disposed in the wall at or downstream of a last stage of the plurality of stages of the expansion section. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326915

System and method for waste heat powered active clearance control

A system includes a turbine configured to expand a gas flow. The turbine includes a turbine rotor, such that the heated gas flow rotates the turbine rotor about an axis and a turbine casing is disposed around the turbine rotor. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326912

Contextual intelligent assistant for power plant operators

One or more computers are used as a contextual intelligent assistant for obtaining operating condition information about a power plant, capturing at least two forms of context information about a human operator of the power plant, using the operating condition information and the context information to determine at least two of a type, a modality, a location, and a timing of at least one notification to provide for use in controlling the power plant, and providing the at least one notification to the operator and optionally to other personnel in the power plant for use in operating or maintaining the power plant.. . ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326911

Attachment assembly and gas turbine engine with attachment assembly

An attachment assembly for attaching a center structure to an outer structure at least partially circumscribing the center structure, the attachment assembly having a bushing provided within the center structure or the outer structure, the bushing defining a first through passage, a bushing adapter slidably mounted within the first through passage and defining a second through passage, a threaded passage provided on the other of the center structure or the outer structure and a bolt passing through the first through passage and the second through passage and threaded into the threaded passage.. . ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326905

Vibration damping assembly for a piping unit

A vibration damping assembly for a piping unit includes a first pipe portion extending from an inlet to a first valve. Also included is a second pipe portion extending from the first valve to a second valve. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326896

Turbine component connection with thermally stress-free fastener

A turbine component assembly for a gas turbine engine includes: a first component having a first coefficient of thermal expansion and including an end face; a second component including a mating surface abutting the end face; and a fastener having a second coefficient of thermal expansion different from the first coefficient of thermal expansion, the fastener including a shank engaging the second component and an enlarged head engaging a mounting slot in the first component; wherein the mating surface and the end face shaped to permit relative pivoting movement between the first and second components.. . ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326889

Turbine bucket cooling

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the cooling of at least portions of a turbine bucket. In one embodiment, the invention provides a method of cooling at least a portion of a turbine bucket, the method comprising: during operation of a turbine, altering a swirl velocity of purge air between a platform lip extending axially from the platform and an angel wing extending axially from a face of a shank portion of the turbine bucket, wherein altering the swirl velocity of the purge air includes interrupting a flow of the purge air with a plurality of turbulators disposed along at least one of a radially inner surface of the platform lip or the face of the shank portion.. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326879

Turbine bucket cooling

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the cooling of at least portions of a turbine bucket. In one embodiment, the invention provides a method of cooling at least a portion of a turbine bucket, the method comprising: during operation of a turbine, altering a swirl velocity of purge air beneath a platform lip extending axially from the platform, wherein altering the swirl velocity of the purge air includes interrupting a flow of the purge air with a plurality of voids disposed along a length of an angel wing extending axially from a face of a shank portion of the turbine bucket.. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160326685

Spray hose assembly for a washing machine appliance

A spray hose assembly for a washing machine appliance is provided. The spray hose assembly includes a hose assembly fluidly connecting a spray nozzle and an outlet of a fluid source valve. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160325627

System and method for brake system verification

A control system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system, a drive system control unit, and a friction brake system. The electric drive system is associated with a first set of wheels of the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160325432

System and method for manipulation platform

A manipulation platform includes a navigation system, manipulation arm, and one or more area sensors. The navigation unit locates a position of the manipulation platform, and a manipulation arm has a device or a collection sensor. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160324499

Methods and systems for metal artifact reduction in spectral ct imaging

Various methods and systems for spectral computed tomography imaging are provided. In one embodiment, a method comprises acquiring a first projection dataset and a second projection dataset, detecting a location of metal in the first projection dataset, applying corrections to the first and second projection datasets based on the location of the metal, and displaying an image reconstructed from the corrected first and second projection datasets. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160324495

Mobile base mounted on air cushion for medical imaging machine

Exemplary non-limiting embodiment of a mobile base integral with a medical imaging machine or on which a medical imaging machine is to be mounted are described. The mobile base comprises an air cushion platform generating an air cushion between the platform and the ground under the supplied pressurized air so that the platform is then easily movable, the platform being configured to maintain the mobile base and its medical imaging machine stable on the ground when not supplied with pressurized air.. ... General Electric Company

11/10/16 / #20160324360

Double oven cycle sync

An oven appliance having at least two cooking chambers with features for ensuring the cooking chambers exit preheat and finish cooking food items within each cooking chamber at the same time is provided. A method for operating an oven appliance having at least two cooking chambers also is provided. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160323356

Data communication using vehicle data carriers

Disclosed are a system, a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method of data transmission. A communication module interfaces communicatively with vehicles. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160322918

Dielectric fluids for linear switched capacitive devices

A dielectric fluid includes a first liquid having first dielectric constant and conductivity values. The dielectric fluid also includes a second liquid having second dielectric constant and conductivity values. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160322809

Dc circuit breaker and method of use

A direct current circuit breaker includes main circuit for carrying a main-path current, and a transient circuit for carrying a transient-path current. The main circuit includes a first solid state switch and a main contactor. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160322165

Electrodes for linear switched capacitive devices

A switched capacitive device includes a stationary portion including a plurality of first electrodes extending at least partially in a longitudinal dimension. Each first electrode has a first substantially active electrode volume. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160321513

System and method of image analysis for automated asset identification

A system and method are provided that capture an image of an asset and analyze the captured image to identify an indicia on the asset. The indicia is used, after identification, to identify the asset. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160320958

Systems and methods for dynamically controlling content displayed on a condition monitoring system

A system for dynamically controlling content displayed on a condition monitoring system may include a processor that may receive one or more datasets associated with one or more components in an industrial environment. The system may also include a graphical user interface (gui) that may display visualizations representing the components in a first portion of the gui. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160320439

Apparatus and methods for testing of acoustic devices and systems

Methods and devices are disclosed for testing an acoustic probe having transducing elements for converting between acoustic and electrical signals. An electrical signal is generated at a frequency with a testing device capable of generating electrical signals over a range of frequencies. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160320360

Combustion optimization system and method

A combustion optimization system is disclosed. The system includes a boiler having a plurality of zonal locations, a sensor grid comprising a plurality of sensors, a sensor validation device and an optimizing controller. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160320108

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

11/03/16 / #20160320070

Lighting system for an oven appliance

An oven appliance including a cabinet and a lighting system is provided. The cabinet defines a cooking chamber and includes a first wall and a second wall spaced along a lateral direction. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160320069

Lighting system for an oven appliance

An oven appliance including a cabinet having a first wall at least partially defining a cooking chamber configured for receipt of items to be cooked is provided. The oven appliance also includes a lighting system positioned adjacent to an opening defined by the first wall of the cabinet. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160320068

Cooktop user interface

A cooktop appliance and a method for operating a cooktop appliance are provided. The cooktop appliance and the method include features for modifying the heating level of at least one heating element of the cooktop appliance and for indicating to a user of the cooktop appliance that the heating level has been modified using a touch user interface. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319840

Compressor system and airfoil assembly

An airfoil assembly for a turbine engine, comprising at least one airfoil having a leading edge and a trailing edge, a band having an inner side and an outer side and rigidly coupled to the at least one airfoil along a portion of an interface between the band and the at least one airfoil for providing at least a portion of support for the at least one airfoil, a relief located in the band at the leading edge or the trailing edge of the at least one airfoil and defining a stress relief gap between the band and the leading edge or trailing edge and a closure preventing airflow through the relief.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319763

Engine system and method

Various methods and systems are provided for controlling and shaping the current waveform for a solenoid in a fuel injector that has variable impedance.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319748

Turbine engine thermal management

A gas turbine engine including core engine is provided. Air may enter the core engine through an inlet and travel through and engine air flowpath extending through the core engine, e.g., generally along an axial direction of the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319747

Blade/disk dovetail backcut for blade/disk stress reduction for a first stage of a turbomachine

A turbine portion for a gas turbine includes a first stage rotor disk having a plurality of dovetail slots, and a plurality of airfoils coupled to the first stage rotor disk. Each of the plurality of airfoils includes a radial centerline and a blade dovetail mounted in a corresponding one of the plurality of dovetail slots. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319742

Integrated turboshaft engine

A system includes an engine coupled with a primary shaft that drives a first electric generator for generating electrical power via a gear subsystem, the system also includes a turbocharger assembly having at least one gas turbine engine configured for driving the primary shaft and coupled in parallel with the engine. The turbocharger assembly includes multiple compressors configured to provide a flow of compressed fluid into both the engine and the at least one gas turbine engine and multiple turbines configured to utilize exhausts from both the engine and the one gas turbine for driving the primary shaft. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319702

Method for enhanced cold steam turbine start in a supplementary fired multi gas turbine combined cycle plant

A method for enhanced cold (or warm) steam turbine start in a supplementary fired multi-gas turbine combined cycle plant is disclosed. Boiler supplementary firing, which is normally used to increase steam flow when the plant gas turbine is at maximum load, is used to augment steam production with a partly loaded, temperature matched gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319701

Centerline support bar for steam turbine component

A centerline support bar for steam turbine component assembly, installation, and/or alignment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the support bar includes a body portion configured to be disposed across a centerline of a steam turbine, the body portion configured to transversely connect to a steam turbine component; and a first flange extending from the body portion and configured to contact a steam turbine casing, wherein the steam turbine support bar is configured to non-affixedly join the steam turbine casing to the steam turbine component.. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319696

Apparatus for cleaning a slot

An apparatus for cleaning an inner surface of a slot includes a first block segment that has an outer perimeter that conforms to and fits inside the inner surface of the slot. A first cleaning pad is connected to the first block segment and extends beyond at least a portion of the outer perimeter of the first block segment.. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319694

Assemblies and methods for monitoring turbine component strain

Assemblies and methods for monitoring turbine component deformation are provided. An assembly includes a first strain sensor configurable on the turbine component, the first strain sensor including at least two reference points and having a first dimension. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319690

Additive manufacturing methods for turbine shroud seal structures

Additive manufacturing methods include iteratively fusing together a plurality of layers of additive material to build a turbine component comprising an intermediate portion that extends from a first surface to a second surface, wherein a cross section of at least portion of the intermediate portion of the turbine component comprises a plurality of walls disposed in a cellular configuration.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319685

Seals with cooling pathways and metered cooling

The present application provide a seal for use between components engine facing a high pressure cooling air flow and a hot gas path in a gas turbine. The seal may include a first shim, a second shim with an air exit hole, one or more middle layers positioned between the first shim and the second shim, and one or more cooling pathways extending through the middle layers for the high pressure cooling air flow to pass therethrough and exit via the air exit hole into the hot gas path.. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319681

Turbine dovetail slot heat shield

Gas turbine engine turbine blade assembly includes a hollow airfoil joined to blade root, dovetail slot heat shield bonded or attached to a bottom surface of the root, and a shield outlet from heat shield open to inlet apertures extending radially through a radially inner root end of the root. Heat shield may have body with legs extending upwardly from heat shield bottom, slanted open upstream end, and free ends of the legs longer than the heat shield bottom. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319680

Blade/disk dovetail backcut for blade/disk stress reduction for a second stage of a turbomachine

A turbine portion for a gas turbine includes a second stage rotor disk having a forward surface, an aft surface, and a plurality of dovetail slots. Each of the plurality of dovetail slots includes an upstream side and a downstream side. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319673

Rotor blade having a flared tip

A rotor blade includes an airfoil having a blade tip and a tip cavity formed at the blade tip. The tip cavity includes a tip cap that is recessed radially inwardly from the tip and surrounded continuously by pressure and suction side walls of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319672

Rotor blade having a flared tip

A rotor blade includes an airfoil having a blade tip and a tip cavity formed at the blade tip. The blade tip defines a radially outer surface of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319671

Turbine airfoil turbulator arrangement

A turbine airfoil includes a leading edge and a trailing edge. Also included is a cooling channel extending in a radial direction and tapering inwardly toward the trailing edge, the cooling channel at least partially defined by a pressure side face and a suction side face. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319665

Jacking assembly for rotor

A jacking assembly for a rotor of a turbine includes an arc-shaped saddle which extends around and supports a lower portion of a rotor. A lifting beam extends over the rotor transversely to an axial direction of the rotor. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160319653

Fluid intake for an artificial lift system and method of operating such system

A fluid intake for a system includes a support structure defining an interior space and configured for fluid to pass into the interior space. The system includes a pump for pumping fluid from a well including a well casing defining a passageway for the fluid to flow therethrough in a flow direction. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318619

Cooled cooling air system for a gas turbine

In an aircraft including a gas turbine engine having a compressor including a compressor booster, a turbine, and a nacelle, a system for cooling compressor discharge air provided to the turbine to cool the turbine includes a heat exchanger provided in a nacelle compartment of the gas turbine engine configured to cool the compressor discharge air by exchanging heat from the compressor discharge air to a cooling fluid; and a cooling fluid circuit configured to circulate cooling fluid through the heat exchanger and a heat sink, wherein the heat sink is at least one of an inlet of the nacelle compartment, an inlet of the compressor booster, or outlet guide vanes of the gas turbine engine.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318532

System and method for determining operational restrictions for vehicle control

A vehicle control system and method determine one or more designated speeds of a trip plan for a trip of a vehicle system along a route. The trip plan can designate the one or more designated speeds as a function of one or more of time or distance along the route for the trip. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318531

Location and/or direction of travel detection system and method

A system and method for determining a direction of travel of a vehicle and/or identifying a misplaced wayside device obtain location data from wayside devices. The location data are representative of locations of the wayside devices along a route being traveled by a vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318503

Vehicle propulsion system having an energy storage system and optimized method of controlling operation thereof

A vehicle propulsion system includes a plurality of power sources coupled to a final drive of the vehicle propulsion system. A controller is programmed to determine a desired power demand from the power sources and operate a number of the power sources to produce the desired power demand. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318487

Apparatus and method for automated energy storage device exchange and rapid charging

An apparatus for energy storage device exchange includes a central pillar; a first carrier that is mounted on the central pillar for motion generally parallel to and around a generally vertical working axis, and that is configured to engage a lifting structure of an energy storage device; at least one motor; and a controller configured to operate with the at least one motor to: rotate the first carrier around the working axis to a removal position adjacent the lifting structure of a vehicle-mounted energy storage device; engage the first carrier with the lifting structure and lift the energy storage device generally along the working axis; rotate the carrier around the working axis to a deposit position adjacent an energy storage device receptacle; and lower the first carrier generally along the working axis to deposit the energy storage device at the energy storage device receptacle.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318415

Apparatus and method for automated positioning of a vehicle

An apparatus for positioning a vehicle includes an alignment sensor that has a field of view and a vehicle alignment system operatively connected to the alignment sensor and to at least one positioning system of the vehicle. Movement of the vehicle varies an appearance of a fiducial surface within the alignment sensor's field of view. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318403

System and method for controlling a vehicle

A braking system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels. The electric drive system is configured to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels of the vehicle to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318253

Additive manufacturing apparatus and method

An additive manufacturing apparatus includes: a build enclosure having an upper platform defining a planar worksurface and an inner side wall extending downwardly from the upper platform, the inner side wall defining a build chamber; an actuator in sealing engagement with the inner side wall and configured to move vertically along the inner side wall; and a build platform releasably secured to the actuator.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318187

Systems and methods for control of robotic manipulation

A robot system and method are provided that move an articulable arm relative to a target object. Perception information corresponding to a position of the arm relative to the target object is acquired at an acquisition rate. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318129

System and method for multi-laser additive manufacturing

A system and method for additive manufacturing an object using multiple lasers is disclosed herein. The system includes a first laser generating a first focused laser beam having a first surface area where the first focused laser beam is directed onto a first quantity of a powder material on a substrate so as to fuse particles of the powder material in a first layer of the substrate. ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160318102

Powder transfer apparatus and method for additive manufacturing

An additive manufacturing apparatus includes: a table defining a planar worksurface having an opening therein, the opening communicating with a build enclosure having a vertically slidable build platform therein; and a first slide having a first powder transfer window therein, the first slide being moveable across the worksurface between a loading position away from the opening where the first powder transfer window is exposed to receive powder, and a supply position where the first powder transfer window is aligned over the opening.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160317245

Method for medical image processing

An image processing method applied by a medical imaging device is proposed, including at least one camera and at least one display screen on which is displayed a medical image showing a region of interest of a patient, the method being characterized in that the region of interest is determined by the following steps, the screen and the camera being laid out so as to be facing a practitioner simultaneously, acquisition by the camera of at least one tracking image containing the eyes of the practitioner, analysis of the tracking image so as to localize in the medical image at least one pixel of interest contemplated by the practitioner on the screen from the orientation of the eyes of the practitioner, processing the medical image so as to select the region of interest from the localized pixel of interest.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160317232

Medical imaging probe including an imaging sensor

This disclosure relates to a medical imaging probe comprising: a head enclosed by an inner casing and including an imaging sensor, a cable connected to the head, an outer casing attached to and enclosing the inner casing, and wherein the outer casing is physically connected to at least one localization sensor.. . ... General Electric Company

11/03/16 / #20160317105

Imaging method of a zone of a patient's body superposing distance marking

This invention relates to an imaging method of a zone of a patient's body, comprising: imaging said zone including an object of interest, superposing at least one graphical marking with regular and known spacing to said object of interest to make a combined image of said zone, displaying said combined image, wherein said marking orientation is similar to the orientation of said object of interest on said combined image.. . ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160316519

Appliance heating element

. . A heating element that limits the maximum temperature readied by a cooking utensil or food items placed on the heating element is provided. A cooktop appliance with features for limiting the maximum temperature reached by a cooking utensil or food items placed on a heating element of the cooktop appliance also is provided. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160315606

Apparatus for switching

A switch of an inverter of an x-ray tube power supply including: at least four mosfets aligned in parallel; a plurality of intermediate radiators positioned between the mosfets in order to separate two successive mosfets; at least four snubbers positioned in parallel, each being positioned beside a mosfet; a control unit of said switch positioned so that the succession of mosfets is positioned between the alignment of snubbers and the control unit.. . ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160315548

Improvements in or relating to converters for use in high voltage direct current power transmission

In the field of high voltage direct current (hvdc) power transmission, a converter comprises three converter limbs, each corresponding to a respective phase of the converter, each extending between first and second dc terminals and each including first and second limb portions separated by an ac terminal. Each limb portion includes a chain-link converter that is operable to provide a stepped variable voltage source, and a primary switching element to selectively switch the respective limb portion into and out of circuit. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160315471

Systems and methods for improved stability of power systems

The embodiments described herein provide for a system including a processor. The processor is configured to select at least one grid system contingency from a plurality of grid system contingencies. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160314409

Method and system for real time production optimization based on equipment life

A system and method include a controlled mechanical system coupled to self-optimization of equipment life system. The method includes providing a controlled mechanical system; collecting and aggregating data in a time series related to the controlled mechanical system for processing with a monitoring module; calculating an estimated current level of degradation of the controlled mechanical system from the collected and aggregated data with a learning and prognostic module; determining, with the learning and prognostic module, trade-offs between degradation and performance of the controlled mechanical system for the next optimization period; and calculating an optimum operating point for the controlled mechanical system based on the forecast and economic data with an optimization module. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313318

Nanostructured devices for detecting and analyzing biomolecules

A biosensing fet device, comprising a plurality of nanostructured soi channels, that is adapted to operate in solutions having a high ionic strength and provides improves sensitivity and detection. Generally, the biosensing device comprises an underlying substrate layer, an insulator and a semiconductor layer and a plurality of channels in the semiconductor layer comprising a plurality of whole or partially formed nanopores in the channels.. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313197

System and method for non-invasive generator damping torque estimation

A stability analysis system (sas) for non-invasive estimation of damping torque associated with a power generator in an electric power network includes a processor in communication with a pmu associated with the generator. The processor is configured to receive a first data sample set from the pmu. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313029

Method for operating a water heater appliance

A method for operating a water heater appliance includes determining a temperature, ttank, of water within a tank of the water heater appliance, a temperature, tcold, of water at an inlet conduit of the water heater appliance and an actual position, vmpactual, of a mixing valve of the water heater appliance. The method also includes calculating a theoretical position, vmptheoretical, of the mixing valve of the water heater appliance and establishing a lower flow rate limit for water exiting the water heater appliance and an upper flow rate limit for water exiting the water heater appliance.. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313014

Bulkhead assemblies for air conditioner units

Air conditioner units and bulkhead assemblies for air conditioner units are provided. A bulkhead assembly includes a bulkhead which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall along a lateral direction, and a rear wall extending laterally between the first sidewall and the second sidewall. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313013

Packaged terminal air conditioner unit

A packaged terminal air conditioner unit is provided. The packaged terminal air conditioner unit includes a casing. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313007

System and method having fuel nozzle

A gas turbine system include a first body including a central passage extending from a mixing region to a central outlet at a first downstream end portion of the first body, a fuel outlet in the mixing region, an oxidant outlet in the mixing region, and an outer passage including a first passage extending in a downstream direction toward the first downstream end portion and a second passage extending in an upstream direction from the first downstream end portion into the mixing region.. . ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160313006

Premix pilot nozzle

A premix pilot nozzle includes a tip portion having a downstream surface that extends between a downstream end of an inner wall of the tip portion and a downstream end of an outer wall of the tip portion. The downstream end of the inner wall terminates axially upstream from the downstream end of the outer wall. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312986

Controlled connecting method between luminaire and auxiliary device

According to some embodiments, a system and method provide a lighting fixture including at least one socket, wherein each socket is operative to receive an auxiliary device; and a fixture authentication module operative to authenticate each received auxiliary device. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312795

Composite fan inlet blade containment

A ribbed composite shell includes an annular grid of relatively thick crack arresting ribs embedded in a relatively thin annular shell and relatively thin panels in thin annular shell between arresting ribs wherein each of panels are completely surrounded by a set of relatively thick adjoining ones of ribs. A shell forward flange may extend radially inwardly from thin annular shell. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312716

Knock sensor systems and methods for detection of component conditions

In one embodiment, a method is provided. The method includes receiving a signal representative of an engine vibration transmitted via a knock sensor, wherein the knock sensor is disposed in an engine. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312701

Radiant syngas cooler

A radiant syngas cooler is provided and includes a vessel shell defining an interior region for cooling of syngas. The cooler also includes a tube cage comprising a plurality of tubes, each having a first end and a second end. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312658

Methods for positioning neighboring nozzles of a gas turbine engine

Methods for positioning neighboring nozzles of a gas turbine engine are provided. A method includes assembling a first nozzle assembly. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312653

Nanostructured ferritic alloy components and related articles

An article, for example a turbomachinery article is presented. The article includes a weldable first component having a base portion and a flange portion. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312639

Cmc shroud support system

A shroud and shroud hanger are provided wherein at least the shroud is formed of ceramic matrix composite material. The shroud and hanger extend in a circumferential direction. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312635

Seals with a thermal barrier for turbomachinery

Seal assemblies for reducing leakage between components of turbomachinery are provided. The seals may include a metallic shim, at least a pair of non-metallic end blocks, and ceramic fiber positioned between the shim and the end blocks. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312633

Composite seals for turbomachinery

The present application provides composite seals for reducing leakages between adjacent components of turbomachinery. The composite seals may include a metallic shim, a metallic support structure and a ceramic, glass or enamel coating. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312630

Nozzle insert rib cap

A nozzle assembly includes a first nozzle cavity, a second nozzle cavity, a rib positioned between the nozzle cavities, a rib cap positioned on the rib, a first cavity insert, and a second cavity insert. The rib cap is wider than the rib, such that the rib cap extends outwardly into those portions of the nozzle cavities immediately adjacent the rib. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312628

Method of depositing abradable coatings under polymer gels

A method of depositing abradable coating on an engine component is provided wherein the engine component is formed of ceramic matrix composite (cmc) and one or more layers, including at least one environmental barrier coating, may be disposed on the outer layer of the cmc. An outermost layer of the structure may further comprise a porous abradable layer that is disposed on the environmental barrier coating and provides a breakable structure which inhibits blade damage. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312392

Washing machine appliance

A method for washing articles in a wash chamber of the washing machine appliance is provided. The method includes providing a tub and a basket, the basket rotatably positioned within a tub, with an amount of wash water for washing one or more articles positioned in the basket. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160312135

Apparatus exposble in byproduce carconaceous material formation environment and associated method

An apparatus has a surface exposable to a byproduct carbonaceous material formation environment and comprising a perovskite material having an abo3 perovskite structure and being of formula aabbo3-δ, wherein 0.9<a≦1.2; 0.9<b<1.2; -0.5<6<0.5; a is a combination of a first element and a second element, the first element is selected from yttrium, bismuth, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium and any combination thereof, the second element is selected from calcium, strontium, barium, lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and any combination thereof; and b is selected from silver, gold, cadmium, cerium, cobalt, chromium, copper, dysprosium, erbium, europium, ferrum, gallium, gadolinium, hafnium, holmium, indium, iridium, lanthanum, lutetium, manganese, molybdenum, niobium, neodymium, nickel, osmium, palladium, promethium, praseodymium, platinum, rhenium, rhodium, ruthenium, antimony, scandium, samarium, tin, tantalum, terbium, technetium, titanium, thulium, vanadium, tungsten, yttrium, ytterbium, zinc, zirconium, and any combination thereof. An associated method is also described.. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160311726

Method of depositing abradable coatings under polymer gels

A method of depositing abradable coating on an engine component is provided wherein the engine component is formed of ceramic matrix composite and one or more layers, including at least one environmental barrier coating, may be disposed on the outer layer of the cmc. An outermost layer of the structure may further comprise a porous abradable layer that is disposed on the environmental barrier coating and provides a breakable structure which inhibits blade damage. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160311641

System for installing a cable in a tower of a wind turbine and method therefor

A system for installing an electric cable in a tower of a wind turbine is provided. This system comprises at least one cable drum designed for carrying and controlled releasing of at least one electric cable for a wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160311546

Method, system, and apparatus for reducing a turbine clearance

A method for reducing a turbine clearance gap between a plurality of rotor blades of a turbine engine and a shroud of the turbine engine is provided. The method includes determining that an airplane is in a first flight condition, and adjusting the turbine clearance gap to a first clearance gap distance associated with the first flight condition. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160311519

Wind turbine dome and method of assembly

An aerodynamic dome component that is placed in front of a wind turbine hub includes an outer ring, a central axle disposed relative to the outer ring, a plurality of radially extending tensioning members and a skin-like covering. The plurality of radially extending tensioning members are coupled to the outer ring at a first end and to the central axle at a second end. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160311044

Method for profile machining

A method for profile machining comprises: providing an electrode having an electrode axis, a free axial end with an end face, and a peripheral surface other than the end face; energizing the electrode and a workpiece having a thickness, with one of the workpiece and the electrode as an anode and the other as a cathode; and machining the workpiece with the peripheral surface of the electrode, during which the peripheral surface and the electrode axis of the electrode are across the workpiece in a thickness direction thereof. In addition, an embodiment of present invention relates to a component machined by the method.. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160311005

Hand held forming tool

A hand held forming tool includes a first arm member having a forming portion that includes a base that is connected to a pressure pad and a bending member. The tool also includes a second arm member pivotally connected to the first arm member. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310905

Gas sparger for an immersed membrane

A gas sparger produces an intermittent flow of bubbles even if provided with a continuous gas flow. The sparger has a housing to collect a pocket of gas and a conduit to release some of the gas from the pocket when the pocket reaches a sufficient size. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310902

Electrodialysis spacer and stack

A spacer for a membrane stack has an upper surface and a lower surface. The upper surface has a raised perimeter surrounding a membrane supporting section. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310901

Modular membrane stack design

A membrane stack may be used, for example, in an electrodialysis or other electrically driven membrane separation device. The stack has a plurality of modules, each containing a number of membranes and spacers bundled together. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310215

Method and system for performing a guided biopsy using digital tomosynthesis

A method and system for performing a biopsy guided by a 3d image of the object obtained from digital tomosynthesis is performed. The method includes applying a compression paddle to an object; performing a tomosynthesis scan; reconstructing at least a portion of the scan; locating a lesion using a displayed or reprojected marker to determine a location of the lesion; correlating the location of the lesion in the scan to a marker on the compression paddle or tool holder; and proposing a needle entry point of a biopsy tool based off of the correlation so that a needle or penetration device will effectively reach the lesion or target if it is inserted at the proposed entry point. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310082

System and method for detection of motion in dynamic medical images

A system and method for detecting motion is presented. The system and method includes identifying a region of interest in the plurality of images corresponding to a subject of interest. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310047

System and method for monitoring patient physiological data

A system for monitoring patient physiological data is disclosed herein. The system comprises a wireless patient monitoring device with a known device identity having a first sensor for retrieving patient physiological data, and a data reception device comprising a processor for processing data received via a wireless communication protocol from the patient monitoring device and a memory for storing the known patient monitoring device identity, the memory being connected to an identity input device for entering the known patient monitoring device identity. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160310005

System and method for monitoring patient physiological data and a wireless patient monitoring device

A system for monitoring patient physiological data is disclosed herein. The system comprises a wireless patient monitoring device with a first sensor adapted for retrieving patient physiological data and a second sensor for retrieving patient biometric information and a data reception device adapted to communicate with the wireless patient monitoring device using a wireless communication protocol to send patient physiological data and patient biometric information from the wireless patient monitoring device to the data reception device. ... General Electric Company

10/27/16 / #20160309950

Filter assembly and a reservoir for an appliance

A filter assembly includes a first partition positioned within a filtering chamber of a housing and a second partition mounted to the housing. A biasing mechanism is coupled to the first partition and urges the first partition towards the second partition such that a plurality of activated carbon granules are compression packed against one another within the filtering chamber of the housing. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308815

Methods and systems for adaptive and contextual collaboration in a network

There is provided a system that includes a correlation module configured to receive input data from a device and generate a composite statement based on the input data and at least one of a condition of the system and domain model data. The system includes a decision module configured to generate recommendation data based on the composite statement. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308466

Voltage source converter

A voltage source converter including a dc terminal for connection to a dc electrical network, and a converter limb operatively connected to the dc terminal. The converter limb including at least one limb portion operatively connected to an ac terminal. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308455

Inverter drive system, bus bar and assembly

An inverter drive assembly includes a first array of inverters, a second array of inverters spaced from the first array of inverters and defining a plenum therebetween, and a crossover bus bar spanning the plenum and electrically connecting the first array of inverters to the second array of inverters. The crossover bus bar includes a first laminated bus section electrically connected to the first array of inverters, a second laminated bus section electrically connected to the second array of inverters, and a solid bus connection interconnecting the first laminated bus section with the second laminated bus section.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308453

A control apparatus for a power converter

A control apparatus configured to control a chain link voltage source converter, the control apparatus comprising; two converter controllers, each converter controller configured to receive a measure of the output voltage and/or current from the converter and determine a control signal therefrom for controlling the voltage source converter, each converter controller including at least one integrator element configured to perform an integration operation and output an integrator term in said determination of the control signal, a selector configured to select which one of the converter controllers provides its control signal to the converter; wherein each integrator element is configured to have two modes, a first mode in which the integrator element determines the integrator term and a second mode in which the integrator term is provided by a corresponding integrator element in the other converter controller.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308424

Generator rotor fretting fatigue crack repair method

A method of servicing, or repairing a crack in, a dovetail portion of a dynamoelectric machine's rotor coil slot wall. The coil slot wall includes a radial entry surface connected to an inwardly tapered surface. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308419

System and method for providing structural stability to mobile power plants

A system includes a mobile power generation unit configured to generate power. The system includes a structural stability system configured to couple to the mobile power generation unit. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308361

Power generation system and method with energy management

A power generation system is provided. The system includes a bus, at least two converters, an energy-type energy storage unit (es), a power-type energy storage unit (ps) and a controller. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160308074

Solid state photomultiplier with improved pulse shape readout

Embodiments of a solid state photomultiplier are provided herein. In some embodiments, a solid state photomultiplier may include a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel of the plurality of pixels comprises a plurality of subpixels; and a first set of buffer amplifiers, wherein each buffer amplifier of the first set of buffer amplifiers is respectively coupled to a subpixel of the plurality of subpixels.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307997

Semiconductor device with junction termination extension

A semiconductor device may include a substrate comprising silicon carbide; a drift layer disposed over the substrate doped with a first dopant type; an anode region disposed adjacent to the drift layer, wherein the anode region is doped with a second dopant type; and a junction termination extension disposed adjacent to the anode region and extending around the anode region, wherein the junction termination extension has a width and comprises a plurality of discrete regions separated in a first direction and in a second direction and doped with varying concentrations with the second dopant type, so as to have an effective doping profile of the second conductivity type of a functional form that generally decreases along a direction away from an edge of the primary blocking junction.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307425

Context-aware wearable safety system

In an example embodiment, biometric data and environmental data are obtained from sensors. Corporate information system (cis) information is retrieved for a worker, with the cis information including a schedule of tasks assigned to the worker. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307310

System and method for monitoring tape ends of a composite layup machine

A device for identifying an end of a fiber tape rolling over a composite structure is presented. The device includes a light source disposed proximate to the composite structure and configured to project a line of light at a first angle on the fiber tape rolling over the composite structure. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307155

Routing device for network optimization

A device may create an array of values based on information associated with a plurality of devices, receive information identifying one or more deliverables for routing from a first network address to a second network address in a network, parse scheduling information and the information identifying the one or more deliverables, calculate, based on parsing the scheduling information and the information identifying the one or more deliverables, a value associated with routing the one or more deliverables, use, based on calculating the value associated with routing the one or more deliverables, the array of values to implement an optimization producing a recommended network routing procedure, and transmit, based on implementing the optimization process, the recommended network routing procedure.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307100

Systems and methods for intelligent alert filters

A system and method of generating intelligent alerts based on updatable rules, filters, or algorithms, the method includes receiving one or more device status messages from sensors monitoring devices of a monitored system, determining an alert priority for each of the one or more device status messages, storing the alert priority, the respective device status message, and associated metadata in a data store, providing an alert message to an interactive user interface, the alert message indicating the alert priority, monitoring a user's interaction with the alert message, classifying the user's interaction with the alert message, storing the user's interaction correlated with the corresponding alert message in a data store, analyzing the user's interaction to develop correlations between a cause of respective device status message, its associated data, and the user's interaction, and updating a data store with the correlation. A system and non-transitory computer readable medium are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307048

Simulating camera node output for parking policy management system

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for simulating output of camera nodes configured to monitor parking is presented. The method may include generating a simulation file that includes entries mimicking camera node output, where each entry represents metadata associated with an image of a parking space and includes a timestamp and a set of pixel coordinates representing a location of a vehicle in the image. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307047

Determining overlap of a parking space by a vehicle

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for determining vehicle overlap with a parking space is presented. The method may include accessing a set of pixel coordinates defining a location of a vehicle within an image, and translating the set of pixel coordinates to a set of global coordinates defining a geospatial location of the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160307039

Identifying and tracking vehicles in motion

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for identifying and monitoring vehicles in motion is presented. The method may include accessing sets of pixel coordinates defining a location of a vehicle within a first image and a second image. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160306535

User interfaces for parking zone creation

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for creating a parking zone with an associated parking policy is presented. The method may include causing display of a user interface for receiving information describing a parking zone including at least one parking space. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160306370

Pressure controller system valve characterization

A method and system for characterizing pressure controller valves of a pressure controller system are described herein. The pressure controller system includes a first valve and a second valve coupled to a manifold and a controller configured to control operation of the first valve and the second valve. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160306056

Temperature correction system and method for x-ray detector

The present invention provides temperature correction system and method for x-ray detector. The method comprises: obtaining offset data of pixel units of the x-ray detector at a current temperature; subtracting calibration offset data of each pixel unit at a preset temperature from the offset data of the pixel unit at the current temperature to obtain a current offset data increment of each pixel unit; obtaining x-ray response data of each pixel unit with a preset scanning parameter at the current temperature; obtaining a current x-ray response data increment of each pixel unit based on a pre-stored transform function, wherein the transform function uses the current offset data increment of each pixel unit and the x-ray response data of each pixel unit at the current temperature as independent variables, and uses the current x-ray response data increment of each pixel unit as a dependent variable; and obtaining corrected x-ray response data of each pixel unit by subtracting the current x-ray response data increment of each pixel unit from the x-ray response data of each pixel unit at the current temperature.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305895

Method for defect indication detection

Methods, apparatus and computer-readable media for detecting potential defects in a part are disclosed. A potential defect may be automatically detected in a part, and may be reported to an operator in various ways so that the operator may review the defect and take appropriate action.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305770

Data acquisition devices, systems and method for analyzing strain sensors and monitoring turbine component strain

Data acquisition devices for analyzing reference objects and systems for monitoring turbine component deformation are provided. A data acquisition device has a longitudinal axis and includes a lens assembly and an image capture device in communication with the lens assembly for receiving and processing light from the lens assembly to generate images. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305769

Systems and methods for monitoring turbine component strain

Systems and methods for monitoring turbine component deformation are provided. The turbine component has an exterior surface. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305668

Fuel nozzle assembly including a pilot nozzle

A fuel nozzle assembly includes a center body having a pilot air passage and a pilot fuel passage defined therein. A pilot nozzle having a plurality of premix passages is disposed within a downstream end portion of the center body. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305667

Thermally-coupled fuel manifold

A fuel manifold apparatus includes an annular array of fuel nozzles interconnected by a plurality of manifold tubes, wherein each manifold tube includes at least two fuel passages integrally formed therein, the fuel passages being configured for conduction heat transfer therebetween.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305532

Gearbox adjustment system

The present disclosure is directed to a system for adjusting and/or restraining a gearbox of a wind turbine. The system includes a base component fixed to the gearbox and a vertical displacement device configured atop the base component. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305437

System and method for operating a compressor

A compressor includes a first stage of stator vanes having a first position and a second group of stator vanes arranged in two or more stages downstream from the first stage of stator vanes, each stage having a respective second position. A first actuator is engaged with the first stage of stator vanes, and a second actuator is engaged with a bar connecting the second group of stator vanes. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305403

System and method for reducing oscillation loads of wind turbine

A system and method for reducing oscillation loads of a wind turbine induced by high turbulence and/or combined with other environmental conditions are provided. The method includes determining at least one wind parameter at the wind turbine; monitoring an operating condition of the wind turbine; determining, by a processor, a variance of at least one of the monitored operating condition or a plurality of the wind parameters, wherein the variance is indicative of an oscillation occurring at one or more wind turbine components; determining, by a processor, an operating set point based on the variance; and, operating the wind turbine based on the operating set point when the variance indicates that the oscililation has a frequency within a certain frequency band so as to modify the frequency, wherein the modified frequency is outside of the frequency band and reduces oscillation loads occurring at the one or more wind turbine components.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305398

Airflow configuration for a wind turbine rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to a rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine. The rotor blade assembly includes a rotor blade having exterior surfaces defining pressure and suction sides, and leading and trailing edges extending in a generally span-wise direction between an inboard region and an outboard region. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305397

Gearbox repair apparatus

The present disclosure is directed to a gearbox repair apparatus for repairing a bore hole of a gearbox torque arm. In certain embodiments, the apparatus includes a mounting structure configured to mount to the torque arm. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305374

Method and systems for managing condensate

Various methods and systems are provided for managing condensation. In one example, a system comprises an engine; an intercooler positioned in an intake passage downstream of a first turbocharger compressor; an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system including an egr cooler defining at least a portion of an egr passage and communicating with a mixing region where exhaust gas mixes with the compressed intake air; a condensate collector fluidly coupled to the egr cooler to collect condensate from the egr cooler, the condensate collector positioned within the egr cooler; and a drain line coupled to the condensate collector, the drain line having an outlet fluidically coupled to a turbocharger turbine outlet.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305344

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for fuel flow-exhaust energy parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective fuel flow value to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual exhaust energy value and a nominal exhaust energy value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305343

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for emissions-fuel flow parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective emissions value to match a nominal emissions value, and subsequently measuring an actual fuel flow value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual fuel flow value and a nominal fuel flow value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305342

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for fuel flow-power output parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective fuel flow to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual power output value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual power output value and a nominal power output value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305341

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for power output-emissions parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective power output to match a nominal power output value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual emissions value and a nominal emissions value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305340

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for exhaust energy-fuel flow parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual fuel flow value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual fuel flow value and a nominal fuel flow value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305339

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for fuel flow-emissions parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective fuel flow to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual emissions value and a nominal emissions value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305337

Systems and methods for control of combustion dynamics in combustion system

The present disclosure generally relates to a system with a gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine includes a first combustor having a first fuel injector and a second combustor having a second fuel injector. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305335

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for emissions-exhaust energy parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective emissions value to match a nominal emissions value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual exhaust energy value and a nominal exhaust energy value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305334

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for exhaust energy-power output parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual power output value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual power output value and a nominal power output value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305333

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for power output-exhaust energy parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective power output to match a nominal power output value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual exhaust energy value and a nominal exhaust energy value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305332

Application of probabilistic control in gas turbine tuning for exhaust energy-emissions parameters, related control systems, computer program products and methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (gts) by performing actions including: commanding each gt in the set of gts to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each gt; commanding each gt in the set of gts to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each gt; and adjusting an operating condition of each gt in the set of gts based upon a difference between the respective measured actual emissions value and a nominal emissions value at the ambient condition.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305327

Fuel nozzle with dual-staged main circuit

A fuel nozzle apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: an annular outer body extending parallel to a centerline axis and having an exterior surface, and having a ring of forward openings passing through the exterior surface, and a ring of aft openings passing through the exterior surface, the aft openings positioned axially aft of the forward openings; an annular main injection ring disposed inside the outer body and including: a forward main fuel gallery extending in a circumferential direction; an aft main fuel gallery extending in a circumferential direction; a ring of forward main fuel orifices communicating with the forward main fuel gallery and each aligned with one of the forward openings; a ring of aft main fuel orifices, communicating with the aft main fuel gallery and each aligned with one of the aft openings; and a pilot fuel injector disposed along the centerline axis.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305319

Variable coating porosity to influence shroud and rotor durability

A variable density coating system on a component (e.g., a cmc component) is provided. In one embodiment, the variable density coating system comprises: an external coating on the component, where the external coating has a first density area and a second density area with the first density area being more dense than the second density area. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305286

Shroud assembly and shroud for gas turbine engine

Shrouds and shroud assemblies for gas turbine engines are provided. A shroud includes a shroud body. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305281

Gas turbomachine including a counter-flow cooling system and method

A gas turbomachine includes a casing assembly surrounding a portion of the gas turbomachine. The casing assembly includes an inner casing portion defining a casing volume vc and a counter-flow cooling system arranged within the inner casing portion. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305279

Gas turbine engine component with integrated heat pipe

A heat transfer apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: a component having a wall structure defining a flow bounding surface; a chamber formed in the component, the chamber including a wicking structure, a vapor channel, and a working fluid.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305265

Shroud assembly and shroud for gas turbine engine

Shroud assemblies and shrouds for gas turbine engines are provided. A shroud includes a shroud body which includes a forward surface, a rear surface axially spaced from the forward surface, an inner surface extending between the forward surface and the rear surface, and an outer surface extending between the forward surface and the rear surface and radially spaced from the inner surface. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305246

Systems and methods for tracking engine system configurations

A method includes retrieving an engine fingerprint of engine components, wherein, for each of the engine components, the engine fingerprint includes a first identifier uniquely identifying each of the engine components. The method also includes querying a plurality of the engine components configured to be disposed in an engine system. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305057

Ball joint for a washing machine suspension system

A ball joint for use within a washing machine suspension system may generally comprise a joint body including a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion may define an outer surface having a curved profile. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160305031

Aparatus and method for decomposing nitrogen oxide

A apparatus includes a first stack having: a porous metallic current collector; a first electrode layer on the porous metallic current collector; a second electrode layer; a first electrolyte layer between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; a third electrode layer on the porous metallic current collector, the third electrode layer sandwiching the porous metallic current collector therebetween with the first electrode layer; a fourth electrode layer; and a second electrolyte layer between the third and the fourth electrode layers. A method includes: providing (he apparatus; applying a first electric field between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; applying a second electric field between the third and the fourth electrode layers; and introducing nitrogen oxide to the apparatus to be decomposed into nitrogen and oxygen in the apparatus.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160304796

Surface treatment method and device treated thereby

A surface treatment method includes: contacting a substrate with a treatment material, the substrate comprising a metallic element, the treatment material comprising an alkaline earth metal element, an alkali metal element, or any combination thereof; and forming on the substrate a surface layer comprising a first oxide of the alkaline earth metal element, the alkali metal element, or any combination thereof and a second oxide of the metallic element. A device has: a substrate layer comprising a metallic element; and a surface layer comprising a first oxide of an alkaline earth metal element, an alkali metal element, or any combination thereof, and a second oxide of the metallic element.. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160304372

Subsurface water treatment system

A subsurface water treatment system is provided which may be used to produce purified water using ambient subsurface water as a source fluid. The system includes one or more ultrafiltration membrane units which use ambient water as the source fluid and to produce therefrom an ultrafiltrate substantially free of solid particulates having a largest dimension greater than 0.1 microns. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160304371

Subsurface water purification method

A method of producing purified water in a subsurface environment is provided in which ambient subsurface source water is introduced into and through one or more ultrafiltration membrane units of a subsurface water treatment system and producing thereby an ultrafiltrate substantially free of solid particulates having a largest dimension greater than 0.1 microns. An electrochemical unit in fluid communication with at least one ultrafiltration membrane unit provides an antifoulant solution. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160304137

Aerodynamic control system and method

An aerodynamic control system includes a skirt assembly configured to be disposed between plural vehicles in a vehicle system formed from the plural vehicles with the vehicles separated by a spatial gap in the vehicle system. The skirt assembly can include a bladder configured to be inflated with a fluid by a fluid source disposed onboard the vehicle system to cause the skirt assembly to expand between the vehicles from a collapsed state to an expanded state such that the skirt assembly at least partially fills the spatial gap between the vehicles. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160303933

System, method and apparatus for increasing the tractive effort of a vehicle

A system includes a first vehicle, a second vehicle, and a load transferring apparatus intermediate the first vehicle and the second vehicle. The apparatus includes a substantially rigid linkage connecting the first vehicle to second vehicle which is configured to transmit a generally horizontal force between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, and a load transferring bar extending at a downward angle from the first vehicle to one of the second vehicle or the linkage. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160303674

Method for manufacturing a braze joint gap and method for brazing or soldering

Method for manufacturing a braze joint gap for connecting a first part to a second part via brazing or soldering, comprising the steps of: adding microstructural elements to a first connecting surface of the first part to be connected to the second part via brazing or soldering; aligning the second part and the first part or an electrode part having a tool contour, which is identical to the contour of the first connecting surface; electro-chemically machining or precise electro-chemically machining a second connecting surface of the second part by polarizing the first part or the electrode part as a cathode and the second part as an anode.. . ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160303656

Article and method of forming an article

Provided are an article and a method of forming an article. The method includes providing a metallic powder, heating the metallic powder to a temperature sufficient to joint at least a portion of the metallic powder to form an initial layer, sequentially forming additional layers in a build direction by providing a distributed layer of the metallic powder over the initial layer and heating the distributed layer of the metallic powder, repeating the steps of sequentially forming the additional layers in the build direction to form a portion of the article having a hollow space formed in the build direction, and forming an overhang feature extending into the hollow space. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160302756

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

10/20/16 / #20160302643

Bottle washer assemblies for dishwasher appliances

Spray tines for bottle washer assemblies of dishwasher appliances are provided. A spray tine includes a conduit extending between a first end and a second end and defining a passage for flowing wash fluid therethrough. ... General Electric Company

10/20/16 / #20160302642

Dishwasher appliances and methods for operating same

Dishwasher appliances and methods for operating dishwasher appliances are provided. A dishwasher appliance includes a cabinet defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, a sump for collection of fluid from the wash chamber, and a filter positioned between the wash chamber and the sump for filtering the fluid from the wash chamber. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160300686

Multilayer x-ray source target with high thermal conductivity

In various embodiments, a multi-layer x-ray source target is provided having two or more layers of target material at different depths and different thicknesses. In one such embodiment the x-ray generating layers increase in thickness in relationship to their depth relative to the electron beam facing surface of the source target, such that x-ray generating layer further from this surface are thick than x-ray generating layers closer to the electron beam facing surface.. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160300685

Multilayer x-ray source target with high thermal conductivity

In one embodiment, an x-ray source target is provided that includes two or more layers of x-ray generating material at different depths within a source target for an electron beam. In one such embodiment the x-ray generating material in each layer does not extend fully across an underlying substrate surface.. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160300475

Method and system for managing plant alarm systems

A system and method of managing notifications of a plurality of states of a plant of equipment are provided. The alarm system includes a memory device and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the memory device. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160299999

Systems and methods for power plant model optimization

Aspects of the present disclosure involve a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a method for simulating performance of a power plant using predefined power plant models. In example embodiments, the method may include receiving user input specifying a power plant type from a plurality of power plant types. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160299770

Open collector output on a general purpose input/output pin

Systems and methods for providing an open collector output at a general purpose input/output (gpio) pin of a microcontroller are provided. A pull-up resistor can be coupled between an external supply voltage and an output node associated with the gpio pin. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160299595

Appliance user interface

A user interface for an appliance is provided for displaying information about multiple operating states of a feature of the appliance within an area for selecting the operative state of the feature. More particularly, a portion of the user interface may be configured both to display a feature's current state and to allow a user to change the state of the feature in the same physical location. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160299207

Apparatus and method for multishot diffusion weighted imaging with array spatial pseudo-sensitivity encoding technique

A method for magnetic resonance imaging includes unwrapping a calibration image based on coil sensitivity data obtained according to an array spatial sensitivity encoding technique and acquiring raw scan data of a plurality of mri scan shots. The method further includes reconstructing an aliased image for each of the mri scan shots, reconstructing an unaliased image for each of the mri scan shots, according to the calibration image, recovering a plurality of pseudo-sensitivity maps from the plurality of unaliased images and from the calibration image, and unwrapping at least one final unaliased image from the plurality of aliased images, according to the plurality of pseudo-sensitivity maps.. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298995

Systems and methods for monitoring liquid levels in containers on heating assemblies

Systems and methods for monitoring a liquid level within an interior of a container positioned on a heating assembly are provided. A method includes calculating a temperature change within the interior of the container during a predetermined time period, and determining whether a heating element of the heating assembly is on. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298862

Thermostat hood for a heating system of an air conditioner unit

A heating system for an air conditioner unit may generally include a heating coil and a thermostat supported above the heating coil by a support mount. The system may also include a thermostat hood configured to at least partially surround the thermostat. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298847

System and method for tuning resonators

A system includes a combustor having a combustion chamber and a combustor supply passage configured to supply a fluid flow into the combustion chamber. The system also includes a resonator configured to receive at least a portion of the fluid flow. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298825

User interface assembly for an appliance

An appliance configured to uniformly illuminate features of a user interface of the appliance is provided. More specifically, a user interface assembly including a reflective surface for reflecting light from one or more light sources to uniformly and/or evenly illuminate one or more features of a user interface is provided. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298647

Compressor stator assembly and method of installing

A compressor stator assembly includes a stator casing having a plurality of stator casing slots and a set of stator portions insertable into the stator casing slots. The stator casing and the set of stator portions are configured such that the set of stator portions only assembles to the stator casing in a single stage of the stator casing, or in a single configuration. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298646

Gas turbine diffuser and methods of assembling the same

A gas turbine diffuser for use with a gas turbine power system is provided. The diffuser includes an annular inner wall and an annular outer wall circumscribing the inner wall such that a gas path is defined between the inner and outer walls. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298607

System and method for assessing the performance impact of wind turbine upgrades

In one aspect, a method for assessing the performance impact of wind turbine upgrades may generally include determining a baseline power curve for a wind turbine prior to the wind turbine being upgraded and determining a baseline wind speed transfer function for the wind turbine prior to the wind turbine being upgraded. The method may also include determining an upgraded wind speed transfer function for the wind turbine after the wind turbine is upgraded. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298567

Systems and methods for using transport time to estimate engine aftertreatment system characteristics

A system includes a controller that has a processor. The processor is configured to receive a first signal from a first sensor indicative of a first exhaust measurement, wherein the first sensor is disposed at a catalytic converter system inlet of a catalytic converter system. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298545

Turbine airfoil

A turbine airfoil includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, a root and a tip. Also included is a pressure side wall extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge and between the root and the tip. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298537

Systems and methods for estimating a time of an engine event

Systems and methods for estimating when an engine event occurs is described. The system includes a controller configured to receive a first signal from at least one knock sensor coupled to a combustion engine, receive a second signal from at least one engine crankshaft sensor coupled to the combustion engine, transform the first and second signals into a plurality of feature vectors using a multivariate transformation algorithm, determine an expected window of an engine event with a statistical model, center a segment of the plurality of feature vectors around the expected window, estimate, using the statistical algorithm, a time in the expected window corresponding to when the engine event occurred, and adjust operation of the combustion engine based on the time.. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298500

Regenerative thermodynamic power generation cycle systems, and methods for operating thereof

A regenerative closed loop thermodynamic power generation cycle system is presented. The system includes a high-pressure expander to deliver an exhaust stream. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298482

Brush seal

A seal includes a housing having a back plate and a front plate. A supporting bristle layer is disposed adjacent to the back plate, and bristles in the supporting bristle layer have a first diameter. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298478

Gas turbine bucket shanks with seal pins

The present application and the resultant patent provide improved gas turbine component sealing. In one example embodiment, a shank assembly may include a component shank with a platform including a first slash face. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298461

Article of manufacture for turbomachine

An article of manufacture includes a rotor blade configured for use with a turbomachine. The blade is configured for attachment to a rotor wheel. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298281

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 an outlet assembly of the dryer appliance, and selectively actuating a valve to flow external air to the outlet assembly of the dryer appliance from external to a cabinet of the dryer appliance. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298258

Metal laminate structures with systems and methods for treating

The present disclosure generally relates to a sealed metal laminate structure comprising: a metal layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface; a first enamel layer laminated on the first surface of the metal layer, except at an exposed metal protrusion at a perimeter edge of the sealed metal laminate structure; a second enamel layer laminated on the second surface of the metal layer, except at the exposed metal protrusion at the perimeter edge of the sealed laminate structure; and a phosphate sealer deposited on the exposed metal protrusion of the sealed metal laminate structure. The present disclosure also relates to a metal laminate structure without a phosphate sealer. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160298041

Fuel supply system for a gasification system

A fuel supply system for a gasification system is provided. The fuel supply system includes a gasifier. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160297698

Partial bed backwashing for packed bed reactor

A media bed reactor may be used to remove selenium from water. An exemplary reactor has a fluid injection system with one or more outlets located within the media bed. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160297694

Hybrid vapor compression membrane distillation drive assemblyand method of use

A membrane distillation drive assembly including a vapor compressor, a steam expander and a prime mover, wherein a total vapor compressor load is shared between the steam expander and the prime mover. The membrane distillation drive assembly configured for driving a membrane distillation system further comprising a md module disposed within an object and configured to receive an input feed stream and produce an output product flow stream. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160297056

Control system and apparatus for power wrench

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a control system including: a power wrench; and a controller operatively connected to the power wrench, wherein the controller is configured to perform actions including: directing an operative head of the power wrench to turn in response to a pressure-angle derivative of the operative head being below a predetermined threshold, defining an origin at an angular position of the operative head where the pressure-angle derivative of the operative head exceeds the predetermined threshold, directing the operative head to turn by an angular step in response to: the pressure-angle derivative of the operative head exceeding the predetermined threshold, and an angular differential of the operative head being less than a target value; and directing the operative head to cease turning in response to the angular differential of the operative head being approximately equal to or greater than the target value.. . ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160297024

Method for manufacturing rotary article by cold metal transfer welding deposition and rotary article as manufactured

A method for manufacturing a rotary article comprises: providing a cold metal transfer welding apparatus comprising a welding torch; providing a rotary substrate; providing a digital representation of the rotary article having at least one internal flow passage; defining a welding path on the rotary substrate based on the digital representation; rotating the rotary substrate while depositing a filler metal layer by layer on the welding path of the rotary substrate to form the rotary article; and separating the rotary substrate from the rotary article.. . ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160296641

Nanoparticle contrast agents for diagnostic imaging

Compositions of nanoparticles functionalized with at least one zwitterionic moiety, methods for making a plurality of nanoparticles, and methods of their use as diagnostic agents are provided. The nanoparticles have characteristics that result in minimal retention of the particles in the body compared to other nanoparticles. ... General Electric Company

10/13/16 / #20160296098

Dishwasher appliance and a method for forming a unitary tub

A dishwasher appliance with a tub that defines a wash chamber is provided. A bottom wall of the tub defines a volute. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160295730

Electrical enclosure having a breaker cover gasket and method

An electrical enclosure includes at least one circuit breaker compartment and a cover mounted thereon. The cover includes an opening receptive of at least one circuit breaker. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160295718

Electrical enclosure including a selectivly closeable ventilation opening and method

An electrical enclosure includes a plurality of walls. The electrical enclosure also includes at least one compartment defined, at least in part, by the plurality of walls, and at least one ventilation opening formed in one of the plurality of walls. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294970

Persistent caching of map imagery and data

The present disclosure relates to a geographic information system (gis) for collecting data for future usage. In operation, a spatial server receives an image request to a client device, applies a hash function to the image request to generate a standardized identifier. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294304

Power supply system and energy storage system

A power supply system to provide auxiliary power output comprising a first energy storage device, a first inverter coupled to the first energy storage device, a first transformer, a first diode and a capacitor. The first inverter includes a first switch and second switch in series. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294236

System and method for supporting laminations of synchronous reluctance motors

A synchronous reluctance machine includes a rotor having a first plate, a second plate, a first set of rotor poles, and a first set of axial stiffeners. Each rotor pole of the first set of rotor poles includes a first plurality of laminations axially stacked between the first plate and the second plate, and each lamination of the first plurality of laminations includes first channels configured to carry magnetic flux and a first plurality of passages spaced between the first channels. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294212

Method and system for high-speed power source transfer (hs-pst)

An electronic device configured to switchover power from a primary source to an alternate source to maintain continuity of power supplied to a load bus. The electronic device includes one or more processors configured to identify availability of the alternate source using source monitoring in order to measure and calculate a tracking frequency for controlling a variable sampling interval of the one or more processors. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294190

Energy storage system with range extender and energy management and control method

A system comprises a first energy system, a range extender, and a controller. The range extender has a second energy system, first and second converters, and a by-pass. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294182

Multi-source energy storage system and energy management and control method

A multi-source energy storage system, it includes a first energy storage system, a second energy storage system, and a second dc/dc converter and controller and a method for supplying power to an electrical load from multiple energy storage systems. The first energy storage system can be coupled to an electrical load. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160294171

Electrical enclosure including an integral exhaust duct and method

An electrical enclosure includes a first wall having an exhaust opening, a second wall, and a third wall. The electrical enclosure also includes at least one circuit breaker compartment, a line compartment arranged between the third wall and the at least one circuit breaker compartment, and an exhaust duct extending through the electrical enclosure between the first wall and the second wall. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160292878

Methods and systems for automatic segmentation

Methods and systems are provided for reconstructing and automatically segmenting an image. In one embodiment, a method comprises acquiring projection data, the projection data comprising higher energy projection data and lower energy projection data, generating a first image from the projection data, generating a second image from the projection data, segmenting the second image to generate segments, and segmenting the first image based on the segments of the second image. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160292874

Methods and systems for automatic segmentation

Methods and systems are provided for reconstructing and automatically segmenting an image. In one embodiment, a method comprises generating a first image from acquired projection data based on an iterative reconstruction algorithm, generating a second image from the acquired projection data based on a modified iterative reconstruction algorithm, segmenting the second image to obtain segments, segmenting the first image based on the segments of the second image, and outputting the segmented first image to a display. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160292205

System and methods for improved demand response management system (drms)

The embodiments described herein provide a system including a processor configured to execute a demand response management system (drms) integrity check system. The drms integrity system is configured to query a database system of the drms based on a first data to retrieve a second data, wherein the first data is configured to be used by the drms during a demand response event to respond to the event. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160292089

Configurable multiport medical interface device

A multiport interface device and method of use in a patient data routing system for connecting peripheral devices to one or more patient monitors is provided. The multiport interface device is configurable to directly route data signals received in one or more of the input ports of the interface device to one or more specified output ports of the interface device. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160291307

System and method for continuous, asynchronous autofocus of optical instruments

Embodiments of the present invention are directed to autofocus subsystems within optical instruments that continuously monitor the focus of the optical instruments and adjust distances within the optical instrument along the optical axis in order to maintain a precise and stable optical-instrument focus at a particular point or surface on, within, or near a sample. Certain embodiments of the present invention operate asynchronously with respect to operation of other components and subsystems of the optical instrument in which they are embedded. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160291064

Current transducer with offset cancellation

There is provided a system for use with a fiber-optic current transducer. The system includes a processing unit configured to transduce a first light signal into a first electrical signal. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160291062

Optical current transducer with offset cancellation and current linearization

There is provided a system for use with a fiber-optic current transducer. The system includes a processing unit configured to transduce a first light signal into a first electrical signal. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160291052

Method for reducing error in rotor speed measurements

The method of reducing error in rotor speed measurement includes synchronously measuring a rotor having a target including at least one geometric imperfection. Time intervals for the passing of each tooth of a rotor are stored in a circular buffer memory array. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290944

Resonant sensor and an associated sensing method

A sensing system for selective analyte detection in presence of interferences is presented. The sensing system includes an inductor-capacitor-resistor (lcr) resonant sensor includes a substrate, a plurality of first sensing elements mutually spaced apart and disposed on the substrate, a plurality of second sensing elements, each second sensing element disposed overlapping a corresponding first sensing element of the plurality of second sensing elements, and a protecting film applied onto the plurality of first sensing elements and the plurality of second sensing elements, wherein the protecting film is disposed to be in a physical contact with the analyte and is configured to enable an operational contact of the plurality of first sensing elements and the plurality of second sensing elements with the analyte.. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290896

Trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment

Provided is a trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment that includes at least one sample cell configured to collect an oil sample from the electrical equipment. The sample cell having an oil receiving portion for receiving an oil sample, at least one perforated or porous sheet within a head space thereof for receiving the oil sample from the oil receiving portion, housing the oil sample thereon, and separating a new oil sample received from an existing oil sample within the at least one sample cell. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290884

Knock sensor network systems and methods for characterizing noises

A method of analyzing a noise signal includes receiving, via a local engine control unit (ecu), a noise signal sensed by a knock sensor disposed in a reciprocating device. The method further includes processing the noise signal via at least one of the local ecu, a remote ecu, or an external system. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290811

Transportation monitoring system and method

A system for monitoring a transportation network includes one or more processors that are configured to determine origin and destination pairs for different vehicle systems formed from different groups of vehicles and traveling in a transportation network formed from interconnected routes, identify the vehicles included in the different vehicle systems, and display different graphical representations of the vehicle systems based on the vehicles included in the vehicle systems on a map of the transportation network that is displayed on a display device.. . ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290738

Monolithic tube-in matrix heat exchanger

A cross-flow heat exchanger for gas turbine engines which may be utilized to transfer heat from one fluid flow to a second independent fluid flow wherein one of the fluid flows has a high differential inlet pressure and temperature. The heat exchanger has robust construction to inhibit mixing of the fluid flows during a single burst duct event.. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290650

Micromixer system for a turbine system and an associated method thereof

A micromixer system includes a casing having a first side wall and a second side wall. Further, the micromixer system includes a plurality of pipes spaced apart from each other and disposed within the casing. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290235

Heat pipe temperature management system for a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor, combustor and a turbine. An intercooler is operatively connected to the compressor. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290234

Heat pipe temperature management system for wheels and buckets in a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor configured to compress air received at an intake portion to form a compressed airflow that exits into an outlet portion. A combustor is operably connected with the compressor, and receives the compressed airflow. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290233

Heat pipe temperature management system for a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor having an inter-stage gap between adjacent rows of rotor blades and stator vanes. A combustor is connected to the compressor, and a turbine is connected to the combustor. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290232

Heat pipe cooling system for a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor configured to compress air received at an intake portion to form a compressed airflow that exits into an outlet portion. The compressor has a plurality of rotor blades and a plurality of stator vanes, and a compressor casing forming an outer shell of the compressor. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290231

Heat pipe intercooling system for a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor including an intake portion and an outlet portion. The compressor compresses air received at the intake portion to form a compressed airflow that exits into the outlet portion. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290230

Heat pipe cooling system for a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor configured to compress air received at an intake portion to form a compressed airflow that exits into an outlet portion. A combustor is operably connected with the compressor, and the combustor receives the compressed airflow. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290228

Fan bearings for a turbine engine

A gas turbine engine including a core engine and a variable pitch fan arranged in flow communication with the core engine is provided. The variable pitch fan includes a plurality of blades coupled to a disk, the blades and disk configured to rotate together about an axial direction of the engine. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290214

Heat pipe cooled turbine casing system for clearance management

A turbomachine includes a compressor configured to compress air received at an intake portion to form a compressed airflow that exits into an outlet portion. A combustor is operably connected with the compressor, and the combustor receives the compressed airflow. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290174

Heat pipe aftercooling system for a turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor having an intake portion and an outlet portion. The compressor compresses air received at the intake portion to form a compressed airflow that exits into the outlet portion. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290169

Turbine frame and airfoil for turbine frame

A turbine frame for a turbine engine having an axial centerline, the turbine frame comprising an inner hub, an outer hub encircling the inner hub, a plurality of struts extending between the inner and outer hubs and having a maximum width portion relative to the axial centerline and an airfoil comprising at least first and second fairings mounted to the inner and outer hubs and encircling one of the struts.. . ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290168

Turbine exhaust frame and method of vane assembly

A turbine frame for a turbine engine having an axial centerline, includes an inner hub, an outer hub encircling the inner hub, a plurality of struts extending between the inner and outer hubs, at least one vane segment comprising at least first and second fairings mounted to the inner and outer hubs and encircling one of the struts and a single piece outer retaining ring that is operably coupled to the vane segment to fix a radial position of the vane segment relative to the inner and outer retaining rings and methods of assembling at least one vane segment having at least one vane formed from a pair of fairings to an exhaust frame.. . ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290157

System for cooling a turbine engine

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a system for cooling a turbine engine. The system includes a cooling medium source, a stator vane having an internal flow passage that is in fluid communication with the cooling medium source and a turbine shroud assembly having an internal flow passage that is in fluid communication with the internal flow passage of the stator vane. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160290147

Hybrid nozzle segment assemblies for a gas turbine engine

A nozzle segment assembly for a gas turbine engine may generally include inner and outer ring support segments and a nozzle fairing positioned between the inner and outer ring support segments. The nozzle fairing may be formed from a ceramic matrix composite (cmc) material and may include both an outer endwall and an inner endwall. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160289735

Methods of capturing sperm nucleic acids

A method is provided herein, wherein the method of capturing a sperm deoxyribo nucleic acid (dna) in a sample, comprises contacting a lysis solution to the sample comprising at least a sperm cell or a sperm cell lysate to lyse the sperm cell. The sperm cell or sperm cell lysate comprises a protamine-dna complex. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160289666

Methods and kits for capturing sperm nucleic acids

The invention generally relates to methods and kits for capturing sperm nucleic acids from or in a biological sample. In one embodiment the method the method comprises, contacting the sample with a lysis solution, having a protamine-dna complex, to lyse the cell and applying a protamine-specific antibody. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160289664

Activated platelet composition with tunable growth factor level

Methods and systems for generating a tunable or customizable activated product composition are related. In certain embodiments, one or more of electric pulse parameters, flow rate, or sample container size are varied so as to generate the activated product composition. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160289553

Red-emitting phosphors and associated devices

A method includes obtaining particles of a phosphor precursor of formula ax[mfy]:mn4+, reducing sizes of the particles of the phosphor precursor by wet milling the particles and annealing the particles that are wet milled by contacting the particles with a fluorine-containing oxidizing agent. Additionally, a manganese doped complex fluoride phosphor prepared by this method is provided. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160288418

Method for forming a unitary control panel for an appliance

A method for forming a unitary control panel for an appliance is provided. The method includes establishing three-dimensional information of the unitary control panel, converting the three-dimensional information of the unitary control panel into a plurality of slices, and successively forming or additively constructing each cross-sectional layer of the unitary control panel.. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160288266

Layered manufacturing of single crystal alloy components

A method of making a component includes depositing a metallic powder on a workplane; directing a beam from a directed energy source to fuse the powder in a pattern corresponding to a cross-sectional layer of the component; repeating in a cycle the steps of depositing and fusing to build up the component in a layer-by layer fashion; and during the cycle of depositing and melting, using an external heat control apparatus separate from the directed energy source to maintain a predetermined temperature profile of the component, such that the resulting component has a directionally-solidified or single-crystal microstructure.. . ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160287217

System and method for lung assessment

An example system includes a probe to generate ultrasound scans; a user interface to receive inputs from and to provide outputs to a user; and a controller to receive selection of an objective value for each of a plurality of lung sectors of a patient and present an objective lung assessment to the user through the user interface.. . ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160287049

Dishwasher appliance and a method for forming a unitary tub

A dishwasher appliance with a tub is provided. The tub defines a filter medium and a supply conduit within the tub. ... General Electric Company

10/06/16 / #20160287048

Filter for a dishwasher appliance

A filter for dishwasher appliance includes a filter medium, a body extending along an axial direction of the filter, and a cap positioned at a first end of the body along the axial direction of the filter. The filter medium is configured to filter debris and other particles from wash fluid from the wash chamber of the dishwasher appliance and is attached to or formed integrally with the body of the filter. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160286013

Management of stream metadata during high volume real-time data streams

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a method for managing stream metadata during high volume real-time data streams, are presented. In example embodiments, the method may include transmitting an initial data packet comprising metadata to subscribers at the beginning of a communication session. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160285374

Direct current electric power systems and method of operating the same

A converter system includes a power converter including a first bridge circuit including at least one first switching device. The power converter also includes a second bridge circuit magnetically coupled to the first bridge circuit. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160285348

System and apparatus for moving a rotor relative to a generator

A system and an apparatus that can stabilize the rotor in the generator to restrict rotation as the rotor moves longitudinally relative to the generator (and stator) during repair and maintenance. The system and apparatus includes structures that engage one another, thus avoiding potential conditions that can cause the rotor to rotate. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160285333

Winding for an electric machine

The winding for an electric machine comprises transposed bars having at least four stacks of strands. Couples of stacks of strands define elementary transposed bars. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160285252

System and method for controlling wind power generation systems

An electrical system for controlling a wind turbine is provided. The electrical system includes a first resistive element, a storage element and a controller. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160284083

System and method for scheduling plurality of imaging tasks in a medical imaging system

A system that provides an improved way of scheduling a plurality of imaging tasks in a medical imaging system is disclosed. The system enables a user (i.e. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160283657

Methods and apparatus for analyzing, mapping and structuring healthcare data

Methods and apparatus for analyzing, mapping and structuring healthcare data are disclosed. An example method includes parsing a clinical report to identify a parameter within the clinical report and associated with an image. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282948

Detection and usability of personal electronic devices for field engineers

A system and method for improved detection and usability of personal electronic devices for field engineers is disclosed. A personal electronic device stores a list of commands in memory. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282497

Proximity probe interchange compensation

A system includes a proximity probe. The system also includes a probe information element. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282438

Apparatus and method for dynamically and/or locally adjusting transmit gain and rf shimming during imaging and spectroscopy

An apparatus that includes an image processor that is configured to acquire a multi-slice b1 map during a pre-scan of a target object; calculate a plurality of b1 values each corresponding to one slice of the multi-slice b1 map; and adjust transmit gain for each slice of a scan of the target object, according to the b1 value or values calculated for that slice.. . ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282323

Trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment

Provided, a trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment that includes at least one sample cell configured to collect an oil sample from the electrical equipment. The sample cell includes (i) an oil receiving portion for receiving an oil sample, and (ii) a head space in an upper section thereof receiving ambient air therein, an oil pump for selectively pumping oil into and out of the sample cell, and a hydrogen gas sensor within an exhaust path of the sample cell. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282313

Trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment

Provided is a trace gas measurement apparatus for electrical equipment that includes a sample cell corresponding and connectable to the electrical equipment and comprising a head space and configured to collect an oil sample from the electrical equipment. The trace gas measurement apparatus also includes an analysis module in communication with the sample cell, having an analysis chamber that includes a first measuring device at a first side thereof and a second measuring device disposed at a second side thereof at an axis that is substantially perpendicular to a membrane surface of the first measuring device, and configured to measure and analyze trace gases from an oil sample received from the head space within the sample cell.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282309

Two-dimensional tr probe array

An ultrasonic sensor assembly includes a flexible supporting material that has flexibility configured for allowing bending of the supporting material to conform to a cylindrical shape of a pipe. The assembly includes a plurality of operable sensor elements arranged in a matrix formation upon the flexible supporting material. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282260

Methods and systems to analyze a gas-mixture

A system is presented. The system includes an absorption cell filled-with a gas-mixture, a mirror-cum-window comprising a first portion that acts as a first mirror and a second portion that acts as a first window, a second mirror, a plurality of radiation sources to generate a plurality of light beams directed into the absorption cell through the first window followed by reflection of the plurality of light beams between the first mirror and the second mirror to irradiate the gas-mixture resulting in generation of a plurality of transmitted light beams passing out of the absorption cell through the second window, a detector that detects at least one characteristic of the plurality of transmitted light beams resulting in generation of one or more response signals, and a processing subsystem that analyzes the gas-mixture at least based on the one or more response signals.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282153

Shielded radiation detector heads

A radiation detector head assembly is provided that includes a detector housing and a detector unit the detector housing defines a cavity therein. The detector housing includes a shell and a shielding body. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160282152

Reduced airborne contamination detector heads

A radiation detector head assembly is provided that includes a detector housing and a rotor assembly. The detector housing defines a cavity therein. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281992

Injection boss for a unibody combustor

The present application provides a combustor. The combustor includes a unibody liner with a transition piece, a fuel injection portion, and a fuel injection opening. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281989

Systems and methods for creating a seal about a liquid fuel injector in a gas turbine engine

A fuel nozzle assembly for a gas turbine engine is disclosed herein. The fuel nozzle assembly may include a fuel injector including an outer jacket having a first end and a second end with a threaded surface disposed therebetween. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281617

System and method for locating an engine event

Systems and methods for estimating an engine event location are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a controller is configured to receive a signal from at least one knock sensor coupled to a reciprocating engine, transform the signal, using a multivariate transformation algorithm, into a power spectral density, transform the power spectral density into a plurality of feature vectors using predictive frequency bands, predict the engine event location using at least the plurality of feature vectors and a predictive model, and adjust operation of the reciprocating engine based on the engine event location.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281615

Method and systems for a multi-fuel engine

Various methods and systems are provided for a multi-fuel capable engine. In one example, a system comprises an engine having at least one cylinder controlled via an intake valve, a first fuel system to deliver liquid fuel and a second fuel system to deliver gaseous fuel to the at least one cylinder, a variable valve timing actuation system to adjust one or more of an opening or a closing timing of the intake valve, and a controller. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281607

Methods and systems for enhancing operation of power plant generating units and systems

A method for controlling and enhancing a startup operation for a combined cycle power block (block) having at least one gas turbine and at least one steam turbine, wherein operating parameters define performance and operational characteristics for the startup operation, the method comprising: receiving measured operating parameters from a plurality of reference blocks and, for each of the plurality of reference blocks, a plurality of types of the startup operations; given the measured operating parameters, developing one or more reference transfer functions between two of the measured operating parameters; receiving measured operating parameters from the startup operation of a target block; given the measured operating parameters from the target block, developing one or more transfer functions for the target block between two of the operating parameters; selecting one of the reference transfer functions; and normalizing the transfer function of the target block per the selected reference transfer function.. . ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281604

Turbine engine with integrated heat recovery and cooling cycle system

An integrated heat recovery and cooling cycle system for use with a gas turbine engine, including a heat-to-power portion and an inlet cooling portion. The heat-to-power portion including a two-stage intercooled pump/compressor, a low-temperature heat source configured to receive a first portion of a flow of working fluid, one or more recuperators configured in parallel with the intercooler to receive a second portion of the flow of working fluid. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281543

Combined cycle power plant

The invention relates a combined cycle power plant with a gas turbine, a shaft connecting a compressor to a turbine, and a first generator, a heat recovery steam generator fluidly connected to the exhaust of the gas turbine.. . ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281540

Appparatus for manufacturing a flanged composite component and methods of manufacturing the same

A method of manufacturing a flanged composite component is provided. The method includes coupling a composite structure to s first composite material. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281532

Heat exchanger for a gas turbine engine

A heat exchanger apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: a plurality of heat exchanger pipes, each pipe having first and second ends; wherein the heat exchanger pipes are disposed in a repeating pattern such that each heat exchanger pipe is joined to at least one other heat exchanger pipe.. . ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281519

Nozzle assembly and stationary nozzle therefor

A nozzle assembly is provided. The nozzle assembly includes at least one stationary nozzle. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281518

Turbine intrusion loss reduction system

Systems and devices configured to reduce windage and mixing losses in a turbine by redirecting and/or aligning a direction of a leakage flow with the flowpath of the main flow of a turbine are disclosed. In one embodiment, a device includes: a base configured to connect to a diaphragm of a turbine; and a radial portion connected to the base and extending radially inboard from the base toward a rotor of the turbine, the radial portion oriented to adjust a direction of travel of a leakage flow of working fluid radially inboard at an angle complementary to a primary working fluid path of the turbine.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281513

Compositions and methods of deposition of thick environmental barrier coatings on cmc blade tips

Coating systems are provided for use on a cmc substrate, that can include: a bond coat on a surface of the cmc substrate; a first rare earth silicate coating on the bond coat; a sacrificial coating of a reinforced rare earth silicate matrix on the at least one rare earth silicate layer; a second rare earth silicate coating on the sacrificial coating; and an outer layer on the second rare earth silicate coating. The first rare earth silicate coating comprises at least one rare earth silicate layer, and the second rare earth silicate coating comprises at least one rare earth silicate layer. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281510

Turbine components with negative cte features

A turbine component includes: a metallic wall having opposed interior and exterior surfaces, the wall configured for directing a combustion gas stream in a gas turbine engine; and a metallic negative cte structure rigidly attached to one of the surfaces. . ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281460

Pressure monitoring

A system and associated method for monitoring pressure of water at a sub-surface water location. The system includes a chamber, enclosing a fluid, and a fluid line. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160281153

Isothermal amplification using oligocation-conjugated primer sequences

Provided herein are methods and kits for isothermal nucleic acid amplifications that use an oligocation-oligonucleotide conjugate primer for amplifying a target nucleic acid to generate amplicons. Isothermal dna amplification methods that employ a strand displacing dna polymerase and polyamine-oligonucleotide conjugate primer are also provided.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160280570

Fatty acid biodispersant and methods of use

Methods and compositions for dispersing a biofilm in an aqueous stream using fatty acids are disclosed. The fatty acids may have the formula: r1-r5—ch3 wherein r1 is an aryl or arylalkyl, —cor2, —coor2, or —conr3r4, —po3(r2)3; r2 is h, an alkyl, an aryl or arylalkyl, or a halide; r3 and r4 may be the same or different and are h, a hydroxyl, an alkyl, an aryl or arylalkyl, a halide, or a sulfo (sulfonic acid group); r5 is an aliphatic chain having 2-30 carbon atoms and at least one double bond; and wherein when r1 is —cooh and r5 has eight carbon atoms and the fa has only one double bond, such double bond is not on the number 2 carbon.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160279734

Component and method for fabricating a component

Provided is a method for fabricating a component having a high temperature resistant surface. The method includes the steps of providing a metallic powder to a base material, heating the metallic powder to a temperature sufficient to join at least a portion of the metallic powder to form an initial layer, sequentially forming additional layers over the initial layer by heating a distributed layer of the metallic powder to a temperature sufficient to join at least a portion of the distributed layer of the metallic powder and join the formed additional layers to underlying layers, repeating the steps of sequentially forming the additional layers over a previously formed layer to form a formed portion of the component, and optionally removing the formed portion of the component and a portion of the base material. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160279722

Method for electro-chemical machining turbine wheel in-situ

A method for electro-chemical machining (ecm) is provided. Methods may include providing an ecm machine including a controller and a fixture configured for positioning an electrode for ecm, positioning the fixture in a selected dovetail slot of a plurality of dovetail slots in a turbine wheel, the turbine wheel being positioned in-situ in a turbomachine, the fixture positioning the electrode for ecm of a portion of the selected dovetail slot, applying an electrolyte solution between the selected dovetail slot and the electrode, and removing material from the portion of the selected dovetail slot by applying an electric potential to the electrode to create a potential gradient between the electrode and the portion of the selected dovetail slot. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160279721

Fixture for electro-chemical machining electrode

A fixture for an electro-chemical machining (ecm) electrode is provided. The fixture may include a clamp having a shape and size configured to selectively engage in at least a portion of a selected dovetail slot of a plurality of dovetail slots in a turbine wheel. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160279718

Milling tool for portion of slot in rotor

A milling tool is disclosed. The tool may include a base including a clamp for coupling to a selected mounting slot of a plurality of slots of the rotor; a milling tool including a motorized milling head; and a motorized linear actuator coupling the milling tool to the base. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160279574

Systems and methods for monitoring the health of a selective catalytic reduction catalyst

A system includes a controller programmed to monitor an nh3 storage state of a selective catalytic reduction (scr) catalyst. The controller is programmed to receive signals representative of nh3 and/or nox concentrations in a fluid both upstream of an inlet and downstream of an outlet of the scr catalyst, to receive a signal representative of the measured nh3 storage of the scr catalyst from at least one rf probe disposed within the scr catalyst, to utilize a model to generate an estimated nh3 storage of the scr catalyst based at least on the nh3 and/or nox concentrations in the fluid both upstream and downstream of the scr catalyst, to compare the estimated nh3 storage to the measured nh3 storage, and to output a control action for the scr catalyst based at least on the comparison of the estimated nh3 storage to the measured nh3 storage.. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160278746

Real-time tracking for mri-guided breast biopsy

The system and method of the invention pertains to an mr-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to real-time tracking and navigation of a biopsy device. More particularly, the system utilizes a diagnostic imaging modality such as magnetic resonance imaging (mri) to locate lesions in a human breast while utilizing an inertial measurement unit (imu) to track advancement of a biopsy device in real-time. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160278607

Tub structures for dishwasher appliances

Tubs for dishwasher appliances, as well as associated dishwasher appliances, are provided. A tub includes a plurality of walls defining a wash chamber. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160278606

Dishwasher appliance and a method for forming a unitary spray arm for a dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance includes a spray assembly with a unitary spray arm. The unitary spray arm of the spray assembly defines a plurality of outlets. ... General Electric Company

09/29/16 / #20160278605

Dishwasher appliance and a method for forming a unitary filter for a dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance includes a sump assembly with a unitary filter for filtering wash fluid supplied to a wash chamber of the dishwasher appliance. The unitary filter defines a central axis. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160276970

Controller for motor

A controller is provided which can interface with a variable frequency drive and a motor, the controller having (a) one or more voltage and current sensors which can interface with a power line linking the variable frequency drive and the motor; and (b) a signal interface module which can receive electrical signals associated with an operating condition of the motor from the one or more voltage and current sensors. The signal interface module can correlate the received electrical signals with a rotor position of the motor, and transmit signals corresponding to rotor position, to the variable frequency drive. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160276948

Power transmission network

A power transmission network includes a plurality of converters. Each converter includes first and second electrical terminals, each first electrical terminal being connectable to an electrical network, each second electrical terminal being operatively connected to at least one other second electrical terminal. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160276831

Outage management and prediction for a power grid system

Outages associated with an electrical energy distribution system are managed, identified and/or predicted. In an implementation, a system provides for generating network topology data, indicative of a topology for an electrical energy distribution system associated with a power outage, based on connectivity data for devices in the electrical energy distribution system. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160276120

Systems and methods for energy saving contactor

A control circuit for an energy saving contactor including at least one power contact is provided. The control circuit includes a power supply unit, an energy storage circuit coupled to the power supply unit, a first transducer coupled to the power supply unit and configured to switch the at least one power contact from an open armature position to a closed armature position, a latch system configured to maintain the at least one power contact in the closed armature position, a second transducer coupled to the power supply unit and configured to disengage the latch system to cause the at least one power contact to switch from the closed armature position to the open armature position, and a controller configured to control electrical power supplied from the power supply to the first and second transducers to selectively activate the first and second transducers based on monitored input voltage conditions.. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160274157

System and method for determining identity information of an electrically operable machine

A system for determining identity information corresponding to an electrically operable machine is disclosed, where the electrically operable machine receives electricity from a power supply port. The system includes at least one sensor to generate a signal indicative of the electricity being drawn by the electrically operable machine from the power supply port. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273992

Pipeline sensor carrier

A sensor carrier module for use in a pipeline pig may include a plurality of skids arranged about an axis of the sensor carrier module, and a flexible section. Each skid typically includes an upstream end, a downstream end, and at least one sensor between the upstream end and the downstream end. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273802

Water heater with integrated sorption reactor

A water heater is provided having a sorption based reactor that is integrated into a water tank. The water heater is operated between an adsorption cycle and a desorption cycle. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273751

Connector and led lighting device including the connector

The present invention comprises a type of connector used to electrically connect a light source board and a driver board in led lighting equipment, and the led lighting equipment that uses this connector. The connector is mounted on the light source board, and comprises two or more conduction terminals, each of which comprises at least one flexible arm whose points of contact with the driver board can achieve an electronic connection between the light source board and the driver board. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273496

Apparatus and method for passive charge air condensate drain with exhaust stack vent

A charge air cooling chamber has a lower wall with an orifice in the lower wall. A condensate pipe is fluidly connected to drain exhaust fume condensate from the orifice into a collection tank. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273456

Gas turbine system and method

A fuel supply system includes a first fuel gas compressor coupled to a fuel gas compressor shaft and configured to pressurize a fuel for a gas turbine system. A clutch is coupled to the fuel gas compressor shaft and is configured to selectively engage the fuel gas compressor shaft with a turbine shaft of the gas turbine system. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273449

Systems and methods for control of combustion dynamics in combustion system

A system includes a gas turbine engine having a first combustor and a second combustor. Each combustor has at least one fuel nozzle that receives a mixture of liquid fuel and water, via main and pilot fuel supplies, and that injects the mixture and an oxidant into a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273437

Systems and methods for monitoring the health of a mid-bed oxidant injection system

A system includes a controller programmed to determine an oxidation state of a three-way catalyst (twc) assembly based on a first signal representative of a measured oxygen (o2) storage of the twc assembly received from a radio frequency (rf) probe disposed within the twc assembly, to determine whether a temperature of a fluid flowing into an ammonia slip catalyst (asc) assembly is within a desired temperature operating range based on a second signal representative of the temperature of the fluid adjacent an inlet of the asc assembly, to determine whether a concentration of nitrogen oxides (nox) in the fluid exiting an outlet of the asc assembly is within desired limits based on a third signal representative of the concentration of nox in the fluid, and to determine whether to perform diagnostics on a component of an exhaust aftertreatment system based at least on the first, second, and third signals.. . ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273409

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and turbo-expander for supplemental generator

A power generation system may include a gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The combustor is arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the combustor and/or the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273408

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and eductor for augmenting same

A power generation system may include a gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The combustor is arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the combustor and/or the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273407

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and burner module therefor

A power generation system may include a gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The combustor is arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the combustor and/or the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273404

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and turbo-expander using same

A power generation system may include a generator, and a gas turbine system for powering the generator, the gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of at least one of the combustor and the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A turbo-expander may also power the generator. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273403

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and turbo-expander using same

A power generation system may include a generator, and a gas turbine system for powering the generator, the gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of at least one of the combustor and the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A turbo-expander may also power the generator. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273402

Power generation system having compressor creating excess gas flow for supplemental gas turbine system

A power generation system may include a generator; a gas turbine system for powering the generator, the gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of at least one of the combustor and the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A first control valve system controls flow of the excess air flow along an excess air flow path to a supplemental gas turbine system. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273401

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and eductor for process air demand

A power generation system may include a gas turbine system including a first turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The combustor is arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the combustor and/or the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273400

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and turbo-expander to increase turbine exhaust gas mass flow

A power generation system may include: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The first integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273399

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and turbo-expander for cooling inlet air

A power generation system may include: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The first integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273398

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and storage vessel for augmenting excess air flow

A power generation system includes: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the first combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the first turbine component, and the first integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include similar components to the first except but without excess capacity in its compressor. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273397

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and supplemental compressor therefor

A power generation system includes: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the first combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the first turbine component, and the first integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include similar components to the first except but without excess capacity in its compressor. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273396

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and heat exchanger therefor

A power generation system includes: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the first combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the first turbine component, and the first integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first gas turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include similar components to the first except but without excess capacity in its compressor. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273395

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and cooling fluid injection therefor

A power generation system includes: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the first combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the first turbine component, and the first integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include similar components to the first except but without excess capacity in its compressor. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273394

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and eductor augmentation

A power generation system includes: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the first combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the first turbine component, and the first integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include similar components to the first except but without excess capacity in its compressor. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273393

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow

A power generation system includes: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the first combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the first turbine component, and the first integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include a second turbine component, a second compressor and a second combustor to which air from the second compressor and fuel are supplied, the second combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the second turbine component. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273382

System for cooling a turbine shroud

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a system for cooling a turbine shroud. The system includes a cooling medium source that provides a cooling medium, and a turbine shroud support assembly that includes a shroud support ring. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273379

Gas turbine engine health determination

A method is provided for determining an updated engine health factor of an aircraft engine. The method includes determining an engine health condition indicative of an engine health during operation of the aircraft engine. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273377

Part load performance improvement using deformable boreplugs

A cooling arrangement for a gas turbine engine includes a discharge channel for airflow from a compressor, a first cooling channel, and at least one aperture providing communication between the flow of air through the discharge channel and the first cooling channel. A restrictor device in the aperture regulates the flow of air between the discharge channel and the first cooling channel. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273364

Turbine engine component with diffuser holes

A turbine component includes a component wall with inner and outer surfaces wherein a diffuser hole passes through the component wall between the inner surface and the outer surface. The diffuser hole has a hole axis and includes: a metering section extending from an inlet at the inner surface to a junction plane between the inner and outer surfaces; and a diffuser section extending from the junction plane to an outlet at the outer surface, and increasing in flow area from the junction plane to the outlet, the diffuser section having an upstream portion defining a first area ratio and a downstream portion defining a second area ratio different from the second area ratio.. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160273363

Engine component

An engine component for a gas turbine engine includes a film-cooled substrate having a hot surface facing hot combustion gas and a cooling surface facing a cooling fluid flow. The substrate includes one or more film holes that have a metering section defining a metering diameter and a diffusing section that defines a hooded length.. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160272896

Carbon to liquids system and method of operation

A carbon to liquids system comprising: a source of syngas; a first reactor coupled in flow communication with said syngas source and configured to receive a flow of syngas therein, said first reactor comprising a polymeric material, wherein said first reactor reacts the syngas and a catalyst in a fischer-tropsch reaction that produces a product comprising steam, wherein the polymeric material is configured to permit the permeation of the steam therethrough; and a recycle path coupled in flow communication with said first reactor, wherein said recycle path is configured to channel the permeated steam to a vessel positioned upstream from said first reactor. A method of operating a carbon to liquids system includes receiving a flow of syngas and reacting the syngas and a catalyst to produce a product including steam. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160271743

Turbomachine bucket displacement apparatus and method of use

Various embodiments include methods adapted to displace turbomachine components from a location within a turbomachine. In some embodiments, a method of displacing a turbine bucket from a turbomachine wheel slot using a displacement apparatus, includes: detachably engaging an engagement arm of the displacement apparatus to the turbine bucket, the engagement arm attached to a linear actuator coupled to a body of the displacement apparatus, and the engagement arm adapted to be actuated in a first axial direction by the linear actuator; contacting the turbomachine wheel with at least two contacting portions of the body of the displacement apparatus; and displacing the turbine bucket from a position within a slot of the turbomachine wheel in the first axial direction by linearly actuating the engagement arm with the linear actuator.. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160271734

System and method for cutting a passage in an airfoil

A method for cutting passages in an airfoil using a liquid-jet guided laser beam includes positioning a frustoconical tip of the liquid-jet guided laser at a first x, y and z location that is defined with respect to the airfoil and at a first standoff distance of greater than 5 mm and less than 20 mm from an outer surface of the airfoil. The method also includes generating a laser beam confined within a fluid column via the liquid jet guided laser, wherein the laser beam is aimed at the outer surface. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160271691

System and method for reducing hydrogen in a casting

A method involves filling a hydrogen-lean molten material in a crucible and closing a lid of the crucible and then feeding a first quantity of a compressed dry gas via the crucible to form a dry gas blanket on a surface of the hydrogen-lean molten material. The method further involves feeding a second quantity of the compressed dry gas to a mold assembly to purge the mold assembly and transferring the hydrogen-lean molten material via an opening of the lid of the crucible to a mold cavity of the mold assembly. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160271560

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow for scr unit

A power generation system includes a gas turbine system including a turbine component, an integral compressor and a combustor to which air from the integral compressor and fuel are supplied, the combustor arranged to supply hot combustion gases to the turbine component, and the integral compressor having a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of at least one of the combustor and the turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A first control valve system controls flow of the excess air flow along an excess air flow path to an exhaust of the turbine component. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160270764

Methods and systems for a display interface for diagnostic medical imaging

An ultrasound imaging system and method is provided that includes an ultrasound probe configured to acquire ultrasound data for a region of interest and a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the ultrasound probe configured to generate one or more ultrasound images from the ultrasound data. The ultrasound imaging system and method further provide a curved housing shaped to extend along a curvature angle, the curved housing includes a front panel having a curved touchscreen having at least a first interface section, a second interface section, and a third interface section formed integral with one another. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160270744

System and method for medical imaging

A medical imaging system is provided. The imaging system provides patient region-of-interest scanning using a step-staggered detector unit arrangement. ... General Electric Company

09/22/16 / #20160270523

Tandem spring system

A dual-rate tandem spring system is described. The system may include a higher force spring and a lower force spring. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160269349

System and method for orchestrating and correlating multiple software-controlled collaborative sessions through a unified conversational interface

A method for correlating multiple collaborative sessions occurring on multiple single-modality systems includes creating a respective collaborative element containing metadata about each respective collaborative session, associating each collaborative element with a corresponding collaborative conversation, providing an overlaying control plane across the multiple single-modality systems, computing and storing conversational context of user actions within the collaborative sessions. The method further includes performing data aggregation of data within the multiple collaborative sessions, publishing one or more messages providing information regarding changes in the multiple collaborative sessions, switching modalities by entities participating in one or more of the multiple collaborative sessions, wherein the entities can follow session conversations by accessing the published one or more messages, and embedding a link in a single-modality system user interface referring to a previous session. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160268940

System and method for improved reactive power speed-of-response for a wind farm

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for regulating reactive power in a wind farm connected to a power grid so as to improve reactive speed-of-response of the wind farm. The method includes receiving a voltage feedback from the power grid and a voltage reference and calculating a linear voltage error as a function of the voltage feedback and the voltage reference. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160268752

Apparatus and method for axially spacing conductive rings of a slip ring assembly

An apparatus for determining axial spacing between conductive rings of a slip ring assembly includes a signal generator that generates an incident signal, a plurality of conductive rings axially spaced along a shaft where the plurality of conductive rings includes a first conductive ring and a second conductive ring that are axially spaced at a first axial distance. The shaft and the plurality of conductive rings are submerged in a bath of a liquid or encased in an epoxy. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160267687

Methods and systems for detector gap corrections

Methods and systems are provided for correcting positional errors in an image arising from gaps in a detector assembly. In one embodiment, a method comprises generating a sinogram based on a plurality of photon coincidence events, selectively inserting one or more pseudo-slices into the sinogram, and generating an image based on the sinogram including the one or more pseudo-slices. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160266589

Hot water heater systems and methods for controlling electronic mixing valves

Hot water heater systems and methods for controlling electronic mixing valves of hot water heater systems are disclosed. An electronic mixing valve provides a flow of water in a mixed output line. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160266588

Hot water heater systems and methods for controlling electronic mixing valves

Hot water heater systems and methods for controlling electronic mixing valves of hot water heater systems are disclosed. An electronic mixing valve provides a flow of water in a mixed output line. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160266069

System and method for phased array edge card

A system includes an ultrasound measurement probe. The ultrasound measurement probe includes a lower portion. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265850

Tube in cross-flow conduit heat exchanger

A heat exchanger that includes an input cavity defined by inlet cavity walls; a heat exchanger portion in fluid communication with the input cavity and defined between a first side and a second side, and wherein a plurality of baffles are positioned within the heat exchanger portion; and an outlet cavity in fluid communication with the heat exchanger portion and defined by outlet cavity walls. The heat exchanger portion comprises: a plurality of first fluid paths defined between the baffles and extending from the input cavity to the outlet cavity, and a plurality of tubes extending through the heat exchanger portion from the first side to the second side. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265782

Air shield for a fuel injector of a combustor

An air shield for an injector of a combustor includes a first section that extends axially from a first end to a second end. The first section includes at least one side wall and a top wall. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265781

Air shield for a fuel injector of a combustor

An air shield for an injector of a combustor includes a first section that extends axially from a first end to a second end, and a channel defined by the air shield. The channel includes at least one inlet proximate to the second end. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265780

Fuel nozzle for a gas turbine engine

A fuel nozzle apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: an annular outer body extending parallel to a centerline axis, with an exterior surface having a plurality of openings; a main injection ring disposed inside the outer body and including: a circumferential main fuel gallery; and a plurality of main fuel orifices, each main fuel orifice communicating with the main fuel gallery and aligned with one of the openings; a venturi disposed inside the main injection ring; an annular splitter disposed inside the venturi, and including inner and outer walls spaced-apart from each other defining a splitter cavity, and a plurality of discharge holes communicating with the splitter cavity; an array of outer swirl vanes extending between the venturi and the splitter; a pilot fuel injector within the splitter; and an array of inner swirl vanes extending between the splitter and the pilot fuel injector.. . ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265779

Twin radial splitter-chevron mixer with converging throat

A fuel nozzle for a gas turbine includes a first radial swirler and a second radial swirler that introduce radial swirl to a flow of pressurized air; a chevron splitter between the two swirlers that directs the swirled flow of pressurized air to a main mixer passage to form a fuel-air mixture with fuel injected into the fuel nozzle; and a main mixer passage that receives the fuel-air mixture from the premixing chamber, and includes a converging throat that accelerates the fuel-air mixture. A method of mixing fuel and air for combustion in a gas turbine includes introducing a radial swirl to first and second flows of pressurized air; directing the swirled, pressurized air to a premixing chamber via a chevron splitter; mixing the swirled, pressurized air with a fuel jet injected into the premixing chamber to form a fuel-air mixture; and accelerating the fuel-air mixture in the main mixer passage having a converging throat.. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265778

Hybrid air blast fuel nozzle

A fuel nozzle apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: a first pilot fuel injector disposed on a centerline axis of the fuel nozzle which defines a direction of air flow through the fuel nozzle, the first pilot fuel injector being of a pressure atomizing type; an annular second pilot fuel injector at least partially surrounding the first pilot fuel injector, the second pilot fuel injector being of an air blast type and having a fuel outlet disposed axially downstream and radially outboard of the first pilot fuel injector; an annular venturi surrounding the first and second pilot fuel injectors, the venturi including a throat of minimum diameter; an array of inner swirl vanes extending between the first pilot fuel injector and the second pilot fuel injector; and an array of outer swirl vanes extending between the second pilot fuel injector and the venturi.. . ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265513

Systems and methods for validating wind farm performance improvements

The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for validating wind farm performance improvements so as to optimize wind farm performance. In one embodiment, the method includes operating, via a controller, the wind farm in a first operating mode. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265512

Wind turbine setpoint control

Systems and methods for controlling the pitch angle of rotor blades in a wind turbine are provided. A signal path between a turbine controller and a pitch of a wind turbine can be broken r modified and a secondary controller can be inserted between the turbine controller and the pitch system. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265511

System and method for reducing fan noise during noise reduced operation of a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for reducing noise associated with a wind turbine, more particularly fan noise when the wind turbine is operating under a reduced noise operating mode. More specifically, the method includes operating the wind turbine at a predetermined rotor speed that is associated with a predetermined power output. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265510

Wind turbine control using signal controller

Systems and methods for controlling a wind turbine based on sensor readings are provided. A signal path between a sensor and a turbine controller can be modified and a secondary controller can be inserted between the turbine controller and the sensor. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265509

System and method for variable tip-speed-ratio control of a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating a wind turbine so as to increase power production by utilizing variable tip-speed-ratio control. In one embodiment, the method includes defining a first operating region associated with an unsaturated torque range and a second operating region associated with a saturated torque range. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265454

Systems and methods to distinguish engine knock from piston slap

A method of distinguishing piston slap from engine knock in a reciprocating device includes obtaining a fundamental frequency of a cylinder, the cylinder having a thrust face and an anti-thrust face, receiving a first signal from a first knock sensor mounted on the cylinder, and identifying piston slap by evaluating whether a first plurality of amplitudes of the first signal at the fundamental frequency and one or more harmonic frequencies of the fundamental frequency exceed a piston slap threshold value.. . ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265453

Joint time-frequency and wavelet analysis of knock sensor signal

A method includes receiving a noise signal sensed by a knock sensor disposed in or proximate to a combustion chamber of a combustion engine, preconditioning the noise signal to generate a preconditioned noise signal, and process the preconditioned noise signal to determine a location, a time, or a combination thereof, of a peak firing pressure in the combustion chamber of the combustion engine.. . ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265414

Systems and methods for monitoring the health of a three-way catalyst

A system includes a controller programmed to monitor an oxidation state of a three-way catalyst (twc) assembly coupled to a combustion engine. The controller is programmed to receive signals representative of oxygen (o2) concentration in a fluid both upstream of an inlet and downstream of an outlet of the twc assembly, to receive a signal representative of the measured o2 storage of the twc assembly from at least one radio frequency (rf) probe disposed within the twc assembly, to utilize a model to generate an estimated o2 storage of the twc assembly based at least on the o2 concentration in the fluid both upstream and downstream of the twc assembly, to compare the estimated o2 storage to the measured o2 storage, and to output a control action for the twc assembly based at least on the comparison of the estimated o2 storage to the measured o2 storage.. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265367

Environmental barrier coating with abradable coating for ceramic matrix composites

Article includes a substrate, a bond coat disposed on the substrate, an environmental barrier coating disposed on the bond coat, and a patterned abradable coating disposed on the second top coat. The environmental barrier coating includes an intermediate layer disposed on the bond coat, a sealing layer disposed on the intermediate layer, a first top coat disposed on the sealing layer, and a second top coat disposed on the first top coat. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160265361

Machining tool positioning template for airfoil

A template is provided that may include a body having an interior surface shaped to substantially mate with an exterior surface of at least a portion of an airfoil. At least one machining tool positioning member is positioned on the body and configured to locate a machining tool for operation on the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160264440

Dual media system for treating wastewater containing selenium

A bioreactor has a biofilm supporting bed with at least two types of media. An upper media is relatively porous, preferably porous enough to admit particles of a lower media. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160264439

Multi-step system for treating selenium-containing wastewater

This specification describes a process and apparatus for treating water comprising selenium. A process is described having the steps of treating the wastewater influent using a biological reduction process to produce an intermediary stream and reducing the concentration of unconsumed constituents in the intermediary stream by means of filtration optionally with upstream coagulation or flocculation. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160264438

Hybrid reactor and process for removing selenium

A system for treating wastewater containing selenium has a sequencing batch reactor upstream of a fixed film reactor. The sequencing batch reactor may be operated under anoxic conditions while influent is mixed with residual sludge. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160264437

Backwash method for biological reactors

A media bed in a biological reactor is backwashed in a plurality of short pulses. An outlet of the reactor is preferably located above, but close to, the top of the bed. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160264120

Brake monitoring system and method

A brake monitoring system and method determine one or more characteristics of a conduit in a first air brake system of a first vehicle system, compare the one or more characteristics of the first air brake system with one or more designated waveform signatures, and distinguish between communication of a brake application signal that is propagated along the vehicle system through the conduit as a decrease in pressure in the conduit and a change in the pressure in the conduit that is not representative of the communication of the brake application signal based on comparing the one or more characteristics with the one or more designated waveform signatures.. . ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160263537

Injection quill designs and methods of use

An injection quill design and methods of use for injecting a first fluid into a second fluid. The injection quill may comprise a hollow stem having a closed end and a sidewall, the stem having a curved cross-section defined by a major axis, and a minor axis, and at least one orifice for injecting the first fluid into the second fluid, wherein the major axis is greater than the minor axis and/or the orifice extends through the sidewall and/or the orifice has an internal chamfer with a chamfer angle ranging from less than 0° but greater than 90°.. ... General Electric Company

09/15/16 / #20160262705

Method and system for determining respiration rate

A method for determining a respiration rate of a subject, includes receiving a first signal and a second signal, each signal being representative of a physiological parameter of the subject. The method includes removing a cardiac artifact signal from the first signal and the second signal to generate a first processed signal and a second processed signal respectively. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160262250

Power generation system and package

A power generation system includes an input to receive a low-voltage alternating current and a number n of voltage-conversion modules coupled to the input, each electrically connected in series. Each voltage-conversion module includes a transformer configured to convert the low-voltage alternating current into a high voltage alternating current. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160261115

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A method for optimizing a fleet of generating assets in which groupings include remotely located power blocks that operate so to collectively generate a fleet output level. The method may include: receiving real-time and historical measured values of operating parameters; for each of the generating assets, deriving a relational expression between the measured values of the process inputs and the measured values of the process outputs; defining a selected operating period; selecting competing operating modes for the fleet; based on the relational expressions and a generating configuration of the competing operating modes, calculating a result set for the operation of the fleet proposed during the selected operating period; defining a cost function; and evaluating each of the result sets pursuant to the cost function and, based thereupon, designating one of the competing operating modes as an optimized operating mode. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160260991

Power generation system utilizing a fuel cell integrated with a combustion engine

A power generation system utilizing a fuel cell is described. The system includes a fuel cell having an anode configured to generate a tail gas. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160260569

Information display system for switching device, switching device, and method

An information display system for a switching device includes a cover for the switching device, the cover including a first section and a second section, and a faceplate magnetically attracted to the cover and configured to carry information about the switching device, the faceplate further including an opening, at least a portion of the second section of the cover overlapped by the faceplate. The faceplate is adjustable with respect to the cover.. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160260568

Circuit breaker assembly including a circuit breaker connector

A circuit breaker assembly includes a circuit breaker cassette having a connector receiving zone, and a housing receptive of the circuit breaker cassette. The housing includes a connector mounting member. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160260560

Switching device having terminal cover, and method

A switching device is provided. The switching device includes a housing including a base and a switching device cover coupled to the base, a line side terminal positioned on a line side of the housing, a load side terminal positioned on a load side of the housing, wherein the line side is opposite the load side, a first terminal cover coupled to the switching device cover proximate the line side, and a second terminal cover coupled to the switching device cover proximate the load side, wherein the first terminal cover is movable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the first terminal cover is attached to said switching device cover in both the closed and open positions, and wherein the second terminal cover is attached to the switching device cover in both the closed and open positions.. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160260554

Information display system for switching device, switching device, and method

An information display system for a switching device having a handle includes a cover for the switching device and a faceplate. The cover includes an opening sized to allow passage of the handle. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160259873

Method of evaluating a part

A method of evaluating a part is characterized by obtaining data representing a distress rank model (drm) and a cumulative damage model (cdm) for the part. Based on the data, the method ascertains a drm value for the part and a cdm value for the part. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160259821

Efficient storage and searching of object state and relationships at a given point of time

A system and method for efficient storage and searching of object state data and relationships at a given point of time is disclosed. A server system stores one or more data objects in a database associated with a server system. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258885

Imaging system and method with scatter correction

A method and system for imaging an object are described herein. A scatter image of the object is generated at a projection angle. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258836

Condition based engine parts monitoring

Condition based engine parts (e.g., movable engine parts) monitoring is disclosed. The techniques may enable detecting cracks present in engine parts while the engine is operational. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258798

Ultrasound fuel flow sensing and control

Methods and apparatus for measuring liquid fuel flows within a conduit are disclosed. An example flow sensor may include a conduit arranged to flow fuel therethrough along a flow axis, the conduit defining a flow area orthogonal to the flow axis. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258628

Fuel nozzle cartridge and method for assembly

A gas turbine system is provided. The gas turbine system includes a combustor assembly. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258625

Sequential liner for a gas turbine combustor

The invention concerns a sequential liner for a gas turbine combustor, having a sequential liner outer wall spaced apart from a sequential liner inner wall to define a sequential liner cooling channel between the sequential liner outer wall and the sequential liner inner wall. The sequential liner outer wall includes a first face, a first adjacent face and a second adjacent face, the first and second adjacent faces each being adjacent to the first face, the first face of the sequential liner outer wall having a first convective cooling hole adjacent to the first adjacent face and a second convective cooling hole adjacent to the second adjacent face, each convective cooling hole being arranged to direct a convective cooling flow into the sequential liner cooling channel adjacent to each adjacent face. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258549

Valve positioner communication method and apparatus

A valve positioning system controls a valve and exchanges information related to the valve. The valve positioning system includes a valve positioner in operative association with the valve such that the valve positioner receives status information related to the valve. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258378

Methods and systems to derive health of mating cylinder using knock sensors

A method of deriving the health of a first cylinder in a reciprocating device includes receiving a first signal from a first knock sensor in proximity to the first cylinder, receiving a second signal from a second knock sensor in proximity to a second cylinder, processing the first signal and the second signal, and deriving the health of the first cylinder by determining whether the first signal is coherent with the second signal.. . ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258363

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A combined cycle power plant system that includes: a gas turbine operably connected to a heat recovery steam generator; a first controller for optimizing a shutdown operation defined between an initiating shutdown command and a terminating event, wherein the first is controller configured to execute the steps of: receiving the shutdown initiating command; receiving operating parameters measured by sensors for each of a first component and a second component of the combined cycle power plant, and, based thereupon, determining a current state for each of the first and the second component; based on the current state, deriving an optimized shutdown operating mode for transitioning the first component and the second component from the current state to a shutdown state. A second controller may be configured to: transform the optimized shutdown operating mode into commands configured to actuate mechanical control devices of the first component and the second component so that the shutdown operation proceeds according to the optimized shutdown operating mode.. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258361

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A method for optimizing a generation of an output level over a selected operating period by a power block, wherein the power block comprises multiple gas turbines for collectively generating the output level. The control method may include: receiving current state data regarding measured operating parameters for each of the gas turbines of the power block; based on the current state data, defining competing operating modes for the power block; based on each of the competing operating modes, deriving a predicted value for a performance parameter regarding the operation of the power block over the selected operating period; determining a cost function and, pursuant thereto, evaluating the operation of the power block based on the predicted value of the performance parameter so to determine a projected cost; and comparing the projected costs from each of the optimized operating modes so to select therefrom an optimized operating mode.. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258357

Heavy duty gas turbine inlet system

A silencer apparatus for a gas turbine inlet system ducting is disclosed. The inlet ducting contains a main silencer and a pre-silencer, and inlet bleed heat (“ibh”) located between the silencers. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258327

Systems and methods for turbine system operation in low ambient temperatures

A system includes a controller communicatively coupled to a compressor. The controller is configured to sense an exhaust temperature of a gas turbine system fluidly coupled to the compressor and derive a setpoint based on the sensed exhaust temperature. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258302

Airfoil and method for managing pressure at tip of airfoil

An airfoil includes a squealer tip at an outer radial end of the airfoil. A squealer tip pocket of the squealer tip has a convex side and a concave side, and a tip plate. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258301

Turbine rotor blade

A turbine rotor blade includes a tip portion having a pressure tip wall and a suction tip wall, a tip leading edge and a tip trailing edge. Also included is a squealer cavity at least partially defined by the pressure tip wall and the suction tip wall. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258298

Process for producing an article

A process of producing an article and an article made are provided. The process includes producing a near-net shape component. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258295

Turbine bucket platform for controlling incursion losses

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the reducing mixing of packing leakage and the main flow of hot gas or steam in gas and steam turbines, respectively. In one embodiment, the invention provides a turbine bucket comprising: a platform portion; an airfoil extending radially outward from the platform portion; and at least one recess extending radially inward into the platform portion, the at least one recess being disposed at an angle relative to a leading edge of the platform portion.. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160258139

Effective area metal loss clustering

A method of in-line inspection of integrity of a pipeline includes identifying a first prospective cluster related to at least a first feature of the pipeline and a second prospective cluster related to at least a second feature of the pipeline. The method includes calculating an effective area using length adaptive pressure assessment (lapa) techniques. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160257558

Electromechanical system substrate attachment for reduced thermal deformation

A mems switch includes a substrate and a switch structure formed on the substrate, with the switch structure further including a conductive contact formed on the substrate, a self-compensating anchor structure coupled to the substrate, and a beam comprising a first end and a second end, the beam integrated with the self-compensating anchor structure at the first end and extending out orthogonally from the self-compensating anchor structure and suspended over the substrate such that the second end comprises a cantilevered portion positioned above the conductive contact. The cantilevered portion of the beam undergoes deformation during periods of strain mismatch between the substrate and the switch structure so as to have a takeoff angle relative to the substrate, and the self-compensating anchor structure directs a portion of the strain mismatch orthogonally to the cantilevered portion so as to warp the anchor and compensate for the takeoff angle of the cantilevered portion.. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160257326

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

09/08/16 / #20160257323

System and method for controlling a vehicle system to achieve different objectives during a trip

A system (e.g., a control system) includes a sensor configured to monitor an operating condition of a vehicle system during movement of the vehicle system along a route. The system also includes a controller configured to designate one or more operational settings for the vehicle system as a function of time and/or distance along the route. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160257309

Movement detection system and method

A system and method for detecting movement of a vehicle and/or for changing operating modes of the vehicle switch between transitional operating mode of the vehicle at a first vehicle speed and a moving mode of the vehicle at a second vehicle speed. Movement of the vehicle is controlled to maintain a speed and/or location of the vehicle within designated limits during operation of the vehicle in the transitional operating mode. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160257201

Blower system and method

A system includes a grid coupled to an electrical bus; an electrical power modulation device coupled to the electrical bus that can output modified electrical power received from the electrical bus; a blower motor coupled to the electrical power modulation device that can receive the modified electrical power output and can provide a stream of air to affect a temperature of the grid, and a controller. A speed of the blower motor may be based at least in part on an amount of the modified electrical power. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160256831

Integrated gas sparger for an immersed membrane

A gas sparger produces an intermittent flow of bubbles even if provided with a continuous gas flow. The sparger has a housing to collect a pocket of gas and a conduit to release some of the gas from the pocket when the pocket reaches a sufficient size. ... General Electric Company

09/08/16 / #20160256823

Systems and methods for controlling aftertreatment systems

A system includes a nitrogen oxide reduction catalyst fluidly coupled to an exhaust conduit of an engine system. The nitrogen oxide reduction catalyst is configured to reduce nitrogen oxides in an engine exhaust. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160254769

System and method for stabilizing sub-synchronous interaction of a wind turbine generator

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for stabilizing sub-synchronous interaction (ssi) of a wind turbine generator connected to a power grid. More specifically, the method includes measuring an alternating-current (a-c) quantity of the power grid. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160254671

Delivery of multiple grid services with energy storage system

Systems and methods for controlling an energy storage system to provide for delivery of multiple grid services are provided. Grid service requests can be categorized into a plurality of priority tiers. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160254631

Tool for stripping and crimping a wire

A tool for stripping and crimping a wire includes a housing. The tool also includes a wire holding system defining a wire holding area and comprising a set of teeth configured to hold the wire as the wire is stripped and crimped. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160254507

Rechargeable battery and method

A method of assembling a rechargeable battery is disclosed. The method includes inserting rechargeable energy storage cells into a battery housing, the battery housing having a base portion, a side portion extending from the base portion, and an aperture defined by the side portion, wherein the rechargeable energy storage cells are inserted into the battery housing through the aperture; installing an insulator on the rechargeable energy storage cells; and securing a housing cover to the battery housing such that the insulator and the rechargeable energy storage cells are maintained in compression between the housing cover and the housing base portion. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160253642

Vehicle control system and method

A control system includes a sensor or other input device and one or more processors configured to receive event data associated with a vehicle from the sensor. The one or more processors also are configured to receive a designated chargeable usage of the vehicle and to determine one or more rules dictating rule-based chargeable usage of the vehicle based on the event data. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160253440

Method, system, and program storage device for automating prognostics for physical assets

In an example embodiment, a method of calculating end-of-life (eol) predictions for a physical asset is provided. A state-space model for the physical asset is obtained, the state-space model being a physics-based model describing a state of the physical asset at a particular time given measurements or observations for the physical asset. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160253396

Systems for synchrophasor data managment

A system includes a synchrophasor data management system (sdms), in which the sdms includes a synchrophasor processor system (sps). The sps includes a phasor data concentrator (pdc) configured to receive a first plurality of inputs from a first phasor measurement unit (pmu), transform at least one of the first plurality of inputs into a first time aligned output by time aligning the at least one of the first plurality of inputs. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160253163

Method, device, and program storage device for autonomous software life cycle management

A method of searching for and installing a software product on a device is provided. One or more capabilities needed by the device to be served by a software product are determined. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160253077

Synchronizing system and method for syncing event logs from different monitoring systems

A synchronizing system and method receive event log data from different monitoring systems. The event log data represents operational events of a powered system recorded by the monitoring systems and corresponding times of the operational events. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252941

System and method for operating power converters

A method of operating a multilevel power converter includes using, through a processing device, a model of an electrical circuit that includes a plurality of switching devices, a plurality of flying capacitors, and an ac terminal. The method also includes regulating a voltage level of the ac terminal through selecting, at least partially based on the model, a possible charging state of the electrical circuit. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252713

Determination of deflection of a microscope slide

The present approach relates to the measure of the planar tilt of a slide on a microscope using an integrated auto-focuser. The tilt of the slide can be used to detect improperly loaded slides (i.e. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252598

System for magnetic field distortion compensation and method of making same

A system and method for magnetic field distortion compensation includes a cryostat for a magnetic resonance imaging (mri) system. The cryostat includes a vacuum casing having a vacuum therein. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252563

System and method for testing insulated joints in track systems

A system includes a signal system controller electrically connected to a first track section of a first rail of a track system, and electrically connected to a second track section of the first rail, in which the first track section is separated from the second track section by a first rail insulated joint. The signal system controller is configured to transmit a test signal on the first track section and configured to receive the test signal on the second track section to test the first rail insulated joint between the first track section and the second track section.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252434

Gamma sterilized dextran solutions and methods of use

Provided herein are kit for providing a gamma sterilized aqueous dextran solution that increase the efficiency of blood separation by allowing the dextran solution to be sterilized by exposure to gamma radiation while maintaining sufficient molecular weight to act as a red blood cell aggregate. Also provided are methods of use.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252427

Methods for determining strain on turbine components using traversable strain sensor readers

Traversable strain sensor readers for reading a plurality strain sensor reference features on a turbine component include a traversing system configured to traverse the traversable strain sensor reader along at least a portion of the turbine component, and a reader configured to read at least a portion of the plurality of strain sensor reference features while the traversing system traverses the traversable strain sensor reader along at least the portion of the turbine component.. . ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252417

Methods for determining strain on turbine components using a plurality of strain sensor reference features

Methods for determining strain on turbine components include providing a turbine component comprising a plurality of strain sensor reference features disposed along the turbine component separated from one another by a plurality of first distances at a first time, reading the plurality of strain sensor reference features at a second time to determine a plurality of second distances between the plurality of strain sensor reference features, and comparing the plurality of second distances to the plurality of first distances to determine a plurality of non-linear strain measurements between the plurality of strain sensor reference features.. . ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252415

System and method for torque transducer and temperature sensor

A system includes a magnetostrictive sensor having a sensor head including a driving pole. The driving pole includes a driving coil that may receive a driving current and may emit a magnetic flux portion through a rotary structure. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252260

Packaged terminal air conditioner unit

A packaged terminal air conditioner unit includes a compressor, an interior coil and an exterior coil positioned within a casing. A control board enclosure is also positioned within the casing. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252253

Enhanced mixing tube elements

The present application provides a fuel nozzle for use with a flow of air and a flow of fuel in a gas turbine engine. The fuel nozzle may include a plenum, a mixing tube element positioned within the plenum, and an enhanced mixing feature positioned within the mixing tube element so as to promote mixing of the flow of air and the flow of fuel. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252251

Method and device for flame stabilization in a burner system of a stationary combustion engine

The invention refers to a method and a device for flame stabilization in a burner system of a stationary combustion engine, preferably a stationary gas turbine, in which a flow of an air/fuel mixture is produced and being swirled to form a vortex flow to which a swirl number is assignable before entering a combustion zone in which the vortex flow of the air/fuel mixture is ignited to form a flame within a reverse flow zone caused by vortex breakdown. The swirl number perturbation driven by thermoacoustic oscillation inside the burner system is controlled by affecting the vortex flow actively before entering the combustion zone on basis of changing a flame transfer function assigned to the burner system with the proviso of minimizing pulsation amplitudes of the flame transfer function.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252250

Internal thermal coatings for engine components

A hot gas path component for an engine may generally include a substrate extending between an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The outer surface may be configured to be exposed to a hot gas path of the engine. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252176

Gearbox and support apparatus for gearbox carrier

A gearbox support apparatus includes a gearbox carrier having a central axis, the carrier configured to mount one or more rotating gears therein, the carrier including spaced-apart forward and aft walls, and a pin disposed between the forward and aft walls. The gearbox support apparatus includes an inner race connected to the pin as a single integral component incorporating two pairs of raised guides defining a forward raceway and an aft raceway.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252027

Differential fueling between donor and non-donor cylinders in engines

A method for use with an internal combustion engine having both donor and non-donor cylinder groups includes: injecting a fuel in one, or both, of the groups; injecting a second fuel in both groups at a first substitution rate; recirculating an exhaust emission from the donor cylinder group to both groups; combusting a mixture of air, the first fuel, the second fuel and the exhaust emission in both cylinder groups; and lowering the substitution rate of the second fuel in one, or both, of the cylinder groups. Other methods of controlling an engine and a system are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252019

Method and system to increase gas turbine engine durability

A method of operating a gas turbine engine includes measuring an exhaust gas temperature of the gas turbine engine. A first stage turbine nozzle assembly of the gas turbine engine is adjusted to a first position. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160252018

Enhanced mixing tube elements

The present application provides a fuel nozzle for use with a flow of air and a flow of fuel in a gas turbine engine. The fuel nozzle may include a plenum, a mixing tube element positioned within the plenum, and an enhanced mixing feature positioned within the mixing tube element so as to promote mixing of the flow of air and the flow of fuel. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251982

Method and system for a ceramic matrix composite shroud hanger assembly

A shroud and hanger assembly for a gas turbine engine and a method of transferring load from a ceramic matrix composite (cmc) shroud to a cmc shroud hanger assembly are provided. The shroud and hanger assembly includes a shroud hanger assembly formed of a first material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, the shroud hanger assembly having a forward hanger portion and a separate aftward hanger portion and a shroud formed of a second material having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, the forward and aftward hanger portions configured to couple together to clamp across a forward radially extending wall of the shroud.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251967

Engine component

An engine component for a gas turbine engine includes a film-cooled substrate having a hot surface facing hot combustion gas flow and a cooling surface facing a cooling fluid flow. A film hole extends through the substrate to an outlet on the hot surface. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251966

Engine component

An engine component for a gas turbine engine includes a film-cooled substrate having a hot surface facing hot combustion gas flow and a cooling surface facing a cooling fluid flow. A film hole extends through the substrate to an outlet on the hot surface. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251745

Device for hvof spraying process

The invention relates to a device for high velocity oxygen fuel thermal spraying process for coating a component, especially a gas turbine component. The device includes a liquid fuel fired combustion chamber, a de-laval section, a powder injector block with powder injectors and a barrel all arranged around and along an axis. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251737

Corrosion pitting resistant martensitic stainless steel

A forged, martensitic, stainless steel alloy is disclosed. The alloy comprises, by weight: about 12.0 to about 16.0 percent chromium; greater than 16.0 to about 20.0 percent cobalt, about 6.0 to about 8.0 percent molybdenum, about 1.0 to about 3.0 percent nickel, about 0.020 to about 0.040 percent carbon; and the balance iron and incidental impurities. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251585

Steam injector for a gasification system

A system includes a first steam injector configured to mix a steam and a feedstock to form a heated feedstock. Additionally, first viscosity of the feedstock is greater than a second viscosity of the heated feedstock. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251272

Laminate structure fabricated using chemical vapor infiltration (cvi)

A preform can be subject to chemical vapor infiltration (cvi) to define a ceramic matrix composite (cmc) structure, a supplemental preform can be added to the cmc structure to define an expanded structure and cvi can be performed using the expanded structure. The adding of a supplemental preform and performing cvi using the expanded structure can be repeated.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251270

Ceramic matrix composite articles and methods for forming same

A ceramic matrix composite article includes a melt infiltration ceramic matrix composite substrate comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having a first free silicon proportion, and a melt infiltration ceramic matrix composite outer layer comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having a second free silicon proportion disposed on an outer surface of at least a portion of the substrate, or a polymer impregnation and pyrolysis ceramic matrix composite outer layer comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having a second free silicon proportion disposed on an outer surface of at least a portion of the substrate. The second free silicon proportion is less than the first free silicon proportion.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160251269

Ceramic matrix composite articles and methods for forming same

A ceramic matrix composite article includes a melt infiltration ceramic matrix composite substrate comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having a free silicon proportion, and a chemical vapor infiltration ceramic matrix composite outer layer comprising a ceramic fiber reinforcement material in a ceramic matrix material having essentially no free silicon proportion disposed on an outer surface of at least a portion of the substrate.. . ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160250931

System and method for controlling a vehicle

A braking system includes a drive system having a traction motor coupled in driving relationship to a wheel of a vehicle, a braking device configured to brake the vehicle, and a control unit. The motor is configured to provide both motive power for the vehicle in a propel mode of operation and retarding effort to brake the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160250429

Device for mounting a breathing circuit in an anaesthesia machine

The present invention relates to a device for mounting a breathing circuit in an anaesthesia machine. The device comprises: a baffle, which is arranged above the breathing circuit; a hanging member, which is arranged on the baffle and the breathing circuit, for hanging the breathing circuit onto the baffle; and a locking member, which is arranged on the breathing circuit or on the baffle, for locking the breathing circuit below the baffle, when the breathing circuit is hung in place.. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160249884

Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and method of measuring elasticity

An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and method includes controlling, with a transmission control section, a transmission of an ultrasonic push pulse to biological tissue in a subject. The apparatus and method includes controlling, with the transmission control section, transmission of an ultrasonic detecting pulse for detecting shear waves generated in said biological tissue by said push pulse. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160249877

System and method for image compression in x-ray imaging systems

An imaging system includes an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert an analog pixel value into a first digital pixel value. The imaging system also includes an index value source configured to receive the first digital pixel value from the analog-to-digital converter and to generate a digital index value based on a comparison of the first digital pixel value to a digital reference value. ... General Electric Company

09/01/16 / #20160249871

Interface for gantry and component

A support structure and an imaging component are provided in an imaging system. The imaging component comprises a port extension that frames an opening for x-ray emission. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160249467

Pressure relief mechanism for an electrical housing and method

. . . . A pressure relief system for an electrical housing includes at least one wall having a first surface defining, at least in part, a compartment, and a second surface defining, at least in part, a ventilation passage. The at least one wall includes an opening fluidically connecting the compartment and the ventilation passage. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160248341

Voltage source converter

A voltage source converter includes dc terminals, a plurality of single-phase limbs, and a controller. Each single-phase limb includes a phase element and switching elements. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160248314

Electrical assembly comprising a chain-link converter

An electrical assembly comprises a chain-link converter which includes a plurality of chain-link sub-modules. Each of the chain-link sub-modules is operable to provide a voltage source. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160248304

System and method for cooling or cleaning a slip ring assembly of a generator

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for cooling or cleaning a slip ring assembly of a generator of a wind turbine. The slip ring assembly is at least partially enclosed in a slip ring compartment. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160248234

Exhaust system for switchgear enclosure, and switchgear enclosure having the same

A switchgear enclosure includes an exterior housing. A plurality of compartments within the exterior housing includes at least a first switching device compartment, a bus compartment, and a first cable compartment. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245934

Systems and methods for improving energy resolution by sub-pixel energy calibration

A radiation detector assembly is provided including a semiconductor detector, pixelated anodes, and at least one processor. The pixelated anodes are disposed on a surface of the semiconductor detector, and configured to generate a primary signal responsive to reception of a photon and a secondary signal responsive to an induced charge caused by reception of a photon by at least one adjacent anode. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245887

In-flow signal reduction for t1 weighted imaging in a magnetic resonance imaging system

An magnetic resonance apparatus 100 comprises dummy-slice defining unit 93. The dummy-slice defining unit 93 defines a dummy slice a in a region lying in a z-direction with respect to a group gr1, and a dummy slice b in a region lying in a (−z)-direction with respect to the group gr1. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245647

Method and system to tolerance test a component

A method and system of tolerance testing a component using data measurements from a single test setup within a test apparatus are described. The method includes receiving the data measurements obtained with the single test setup. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245527

Combustor aft mount assembly

The present application provides a gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor discharge casing, a number of combustors configured in an annular array, and a number of aft mounting assemblies. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245215

Method and system to determine location of peak firing pressure

A method or system to determine peak firing pressure of a cylinder of an engine having a crank shaft. The method includes accessing a knock signal received from a knock sensor of the cylinder. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245209

Signal recording of knocking conditions using a knock sensor

A system including a controller. The controller is configured to obtain a signal from a knock sensor coupled to a reciprocating device. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245182

Fuel supply system for a gas turbine combustor

A fuel supply system for a gas turbine combustor includes a fuel distribution manifold. A first fuel circuit extends from the fuel distribution manifold in a first circumferential direction around an outer surface of the outer casing and provides for fluid communication from the fuel distribution manifold, through the outer casing and to at least one fuel injector disposed within the outer casing. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245178

Imaging assisted gas turbine anti-icing system

A method includes receiving image data from a camera coupled to an air intake system of a gas turbine engine. The image data corresponds to an air passage of the air intake system. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245144

System and method for engine emission control harness

A method includes determining an identity of each sensor of a plurality of sensors arranged within an engine system and coupled to a harness of the engine system, loading a calibration for each sensor of the plurality of sensors from a memory based at least in part on the determined identity of the respective sensor, and determining a configuration of the plurality of sensors based at least in part on the determined identities of the plurality of sensors. The plurality of sensors includes exhaust sensors configured to monitor a flow property of engine exhaust.. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245125

System and method for heating make-up working fluid of a steam system with engine fluid waste heat

A system including an engine and a heat exchanger coupled to the engine is provided. The engine includes an engine fluid and at least one of a compressor section configured to compress a gas, a lubricant path configured to circulate a lubricant, or a coolant path configured to circulate a coolant. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245112

Method for operating a gas turbine arrangement

The invention concerns a method for operating a gas turbine arrangement, wherein the gas turbine arrangement can be actively connected to a grid system and includes a separation of compressor and turbine shaft to operate both components individually as unit. A first unit can include at least one turbine and at least one generator and a second unit can include at least one compressor and least one motor. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245106

Bucket mounted multi-stage turbine interstage seal and method of assembly

A sealing system for a multi-stage turbine includes multiple interstage seal segments disposed circumferentially about a turbine rotor wheel assembly and extending axially between a forward turbine stage and an aft turbine stage. Each of the interstage seal segments includes a forward end portion including an outer seal surface and an inner support face, an aft end portion, including an outer seal surface and an inner support face and a main body portion extending axially from the forward end portion to the aft end. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245097

Airfoil and method for manufacturing an airfoil

An airfoil includes a pressure side, a suction side opposed to the pressure side, a cavity inside the airfoil between the pressure and suction sides, and a trailing edge downstream from the cavity between the pressure and suction sides. A first set of cooling passages through the trailing edge provide fluid communication from the cavity through the trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245095

Turbine rotor blade

A turbine rotor blade includes a tip portion having a pressure tip wall and a suction tip wall, a tip leading edge and a tip trailing edge, wherein the pressure tip wall and the suction tip wall define a trailing edge tip thickness. Also included is a squealer cavity at least partially defined by the pressure tip wall and the suction tip wall, the squealer cavity including a trench extending fully to the tip trailing edge to form an open flow path out of the tip trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245094

Engine component

An engine component for a gas turbine engine includes a film-cooled substrate having a hot surface facing hot combustion gas and a cooling surface facing a cooling fluid flow. The substrate includes one or more film holes that have a passage with an inlet and an outlet, where the passage includes portions that are angled relative to each other.. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160245086

Hybrid metal and composite spool for rotating machinery

A hybrid metal and composite spool includes metal rings on an outer diameter of a composite spool shell. Metal rings may include features such as annular or axial dovetail slots. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160244712

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

08/25/16 / #20160244078

Route examining system

A system for examining a route and/or determining information about the route and/or a vehicle system are provided. The system injects a first electrical examination signal into a conductive route from onboard a vehicle system traveling along the route and detects a first electrical characteristic of the route based on the first electrical examination signal. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160243655

Component repair using confined laser drilling

A method for repairing one or more holes in a near wall of a component is provided. The method includes determining updated hole information, including an updated location, of a first hole in the near wall of the component. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160243654

Component repair using confined laser drilling

A method for repairing one or more holes in a near wall of a component is provided. The method includes determining updated hole information, including an updated location, of a first hole in the near wall of the component. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160243639

Process for fabricating multilayer component

A multilayer component and fabrication process are disclosed. The multilayer component includes a foil surface layer abutting the bond coat layer and a channel-forming material positioned between the foil surface layer and a substrate. ... General Electric Company

08/25/16 / #20160242712

Imaging method and system of tube voltage and current optimization

An imaging method includes executing a low-dose preparatory scan to an object by applying tube voltages and tube currents in an x-ray source, and generating a first image of the object corresponding to the low-dose preparatory scan. The method further includes generating image quality estimates and dose estimates view by view at least based on the first image. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160242314

Heat controlling apparatus for a detector of a ct machine and a detector

. . A heat controlling apparatus for a detector of a ct machine and a detector. The heat controlling apparatus comprises: a heat conducting frame, which is disposed at a side where a chip on a circuit board in the detector is located; a heater, which thermally contacts with the heat conducting frame and is used for heating the heat conducting frame; a heat dissipating member, which is connected with the heat conducting frame and used for dissipating heat produced by the detector; and a heat isolating member, which is wrapped at a periphery of a collimator of the detector, the heat conducting frame and the heater.. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160241176

Method and apparatus for detecting alternator rectifier diode short fault

Methods for detecting a short fault of an alternator rectifier electronic component include sampling a field winding voltage or current signal of an alternator, during operation of the alternator, and determining a fault ripple period at which the alternator field winding signal exceeds a fault threshold. A short fault of an electronic component of a rectifier coupled to the alternator is detected in the event that the fault ripple period closely matches an alternator armature period. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160241157

Small power harvesting methods for powering control devices using a single power line

A power harvesting circuit includes a first switch connected in series between an ac source and a load, a switch control circuit connected to the switch and operable to cause the switch to cycle ac power to the load, and a power collection circuit for collecting power resulting from the power cycling. A method of power harvesting includes cycling ac power to a load using a switch, and collecting power generated by the power cycling and providing the collected power for use by a load control circuit. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160241127

Voltage source converter

A voltage source converter includes at least one limb connected between dc terminals, the or each limb including: a phase element including switching elements to interconnect a dc electrical network and an ac electrical network; an auxiliary sub-converter configured to be controllable to act as a waveform synthesizer to modify a first dc voltage presented to the dc electrical network; and a tertiary sub-converter connected in parallel with the electrical block and controllable to act as a waveform synthesizer to modify a second dc voltage presented to a dc side of the phase element, the tertiary sub-converter (39) including at least one energy storage device. The voltage source converter includes a controller configured to selectively control the or each tertiary sub-converter to synthesize at least one tertiary voltage component so as to transfer energy to or from that tertiary sub-converter and thereby regulate an energy level of that tertiary sub-converter.. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160241125

Submodule identification in a modular multilevel converter by means of measuring signal propagation times from the central controller

An electrical apparatus comprises a chain-link converter which includes a plurality of chain-link sub-modules each of which is operable to provide a voltage source. The electrical apparatus also includes a switching control unit to control the chain-link sub-modules. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160240337

Filter assembly for a circuit breaker arc chamber

A filter assembly for a circuit breaker arc chamber includes a coarse filter layer defining an outlet layer, having an upstream side and a downstream side opposite the upstream side, and a fine filter layer defining an inlet layer, disposed on the upstream side of the coarse filter layer.. . ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160240335

Circuit breaker crossbar assembly and method

A circuit breaker crossbar assembly is provided and includes a crossbar rotatable between a first rotational position and a second rotational position, the crossbar is coupleable to at least one moveable contact arm of the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker crossbar assembly also includes an insert member disposed in communication with the crossbar and the at least one moveable contact arm to thereby exert a force on the at least one moveable contact arm.. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160240329

Circuit breaker including current path geometries that increase contact popping level

A circuit breaker includes a housing, and a movable contact arm arranged in the housing. The movable contact arm includes a movable contact. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160238592

Photoactivated chemical bleaching of dyes using borates

Methods comprising the use of photoactivated chemical bleaching for detecting multiple targets in a biological sample are provided. The methods include the steps of providing a biological sample containing multiple targets, binding at least one probe to one or more target present in the sample, and observing a signal from the probe. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160238478

Methods and systems to derive engine component health using total harmonic distortion in a knock sensor signal

A method of deriving reciprocating device component health includes receiving a signal from a knock sensor coupled to a reciprocating device, deriving total harmonic distortion (thd) at one or more frequencies, and determining whether the derived thd exceeds a threshold value.. . ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160238364

Method and system for measurement using a telescopic gauge

A measurement system for determining dimensions of a measurement zone of a physical asset is presented. The system includes a telescoping gauge configured to determine one or more analog measurements corresponding to the measurement zone of the physical asset, where the telescoping gauge includes a sliding arm and a vertical arm. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160238287

Magnetic device for magneto caloric heat pump regenerator

A magnetic device is provided for a magneto caloric heat pump regenerator. Magnets are arranged within two magnetic flux circuits in a manner than that provides at least four fields of increased magnetic flux density. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160238125

Gearbox lubrication system

The present disclosure is directed to a lubrication system for a gearbox that is part of a drivetrain assembly, e.g. Of a wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237990

Determining reactive power capability of a renewable energy system

Systems and methods for controlling a renewable energy system based on actual reactive power capability of the renewable energy system are provided. The reactive power output of the renewable energy system can be controlled based at least in part on an initial reactive power limit. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237988

System and method for operating a wind turbine based on rotor blade margin

The present subject matter is directed to a method for operating a wind turbine. The method includes calculating one or more blade root loads, e.g. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237916

Method of controlling the fuel distribution among different stages of a gas turbine combustion chamber

A method of controlling the fuel distribution among different stages of a gas turbine combustion chamber is disclosed. The combustion chamber has at least two stages for fuel supply, and the fuel distribution between the stages is determined according to the load or one or more parameters indicative of the load. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237912

Tapered gas turbine segment seals

The present application and the resultant patent provide improved gas turbine component sealing. In one example embodiment, a gas turbine segment seal assembly may include a first tapered segment seal with a first tapered portion having a first tapered surface and a first taper angle. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237904

Systems and methods for controlling an inlet air temperature of an intercooled gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide an intercooled gas turbine engine. The intercooled gas turbine engine may include a low pressure compressor configured to produce a compressed flow of air, an intercooler, a low pressure compressor configured to produce a compressed flow of air, a high pressure compressor, a second air line positioned between the intercooler and the high pressure compressor and configured to direct the first portion of the compressed flow of air toward the high pressure compressor, and a bypass air line positioned between the low pressure compressor and the high pressure compressor and configured to direct a second portion of the compressed flow of air to the second air line. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237902

Gas turbine inlet air conditioning coil system

A system includes a gas turbine system, including an air intake system that includes a housing, a first plurality of air conditioning coils, a second plurality of air conditioning coils that is downstream relative to the first plurality, and a baffle extending between each of the first and second pluralities of air conditioning coils, wherein the baffle is configured to direct an air flow through the first or second pluralities of air conditioning coils in a closed position, and the baffle is configured to enable air flow to bypass the first and second pluralities of coils in an opened position.. . ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237893

System and method for producing hydrogen rich fuel

A system for providing hydrogen enriched fuel includes first and second gas turbines. The second gas turbine receives a fuel from a fuel supply and portion of compressed working fluid from the first gas turbine and produces a reformed fuel, and a fuel skid provides fluid communication between a turbine in the second gas turbine and a combustor in the first gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237874

Catalyst assembly with sensing adapter system

A system includes a cylindrical portion coupled to a conically-shaped outlet portion of a three-way catalyst assembly. The cylindrical portion is coupled to the conically shaped outlet portion along a fluid flow path exiting the conically-shaped outlet portion. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237871

System for an exhaust gas aftertreatment system and support structure

Various systems are provided for an exhaust aftertreatment system that includes a support platform, a plurality of isolated legs coupled to the support platform, a plurality of catalysts arranged in parallel with one another and supported above the support platform by the plurality of isolated legs, and an aftertreatment outlet manifold coupled above the plurality of catalysts.. . ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237833

Turbine blade, set of turbine blades, and fir tree root for a turbine blade

A turbine blade having an airfoil and a fir tree root is disclosed. The fir tree root has a lengthwise direction, a crosswise direction extending between two lateral sides of the fir tree root, and a span direction extending from a root base towards an airfoil tip. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160237800

Fluid processing system

An energy-dissipating device and fluid processing system is provided containing a compressor, a motor, a secondary fluid re-circulation loop, a purge line, and a fluid conduit. The compressor is configured to receive a hot fluid including condensable and non-condensable components, and produce therefrom a primary compressed fluid stream and a secondary fluid stream. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160236799

Detergent delivery methods and systems for turbine engines

Methods and systems for in situ cleaning of internal cooling circuits of a turbine engine with detergent that provide cleaning a turbine engine that includes circumferentially arranged internal impingement cooling circuits that each include a baffle plate configured to air cool a respective surface or component of the turbine engine. Detergent is introduced through the outer wall and proximate to a back side of a baffle plate such that the detergent passes through at least aperture in the baffle plate and acts at least upon the surface or component that the baffle plate is configured to cool. ... General Electric Company

08/18/16 / #20160235387

Wireless data transfer in a deterministic rotating system

A system is described herein. The system includes a first transceiver mounted on a rotating assembly arranged on an axis, and a semi-echoic corridor mounted on a stationary assembly which is arranged proximate to the rotating assembly and arranged on the axis, wherein the semi-echoic corridor comprises a slot configured to accommodate the first transceiver of the rotating assembly. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160234313

Protocol conversion system and method for a vehicle system

A method and system for converting protocols of messages receive a first wireless message onboard a first vehicle in a vehicle consist that includes the first vehicle and one or more additional vehicles. The method and system also determine a first protocol of the first wireless message, determine a different, second protocol used by a control system disposed onboard the first vehicle, change the first wireless message to a different, second message by modifying the first protocol of the first wireless message to the different, second protocol, and communicate the second message to the control system.. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160233822

Photovoltaic grounding system and method of making same

A photovoltaic (pv) grounding system includes a first grounding path comprising an electrical connection between a plurality of support bars of a rail system and a connection box coupled to the rail system. The pv grounding system also includes a second grounding path comprising an electrical connection between the connection box and a plurality of pv modules disposed within the rail system, the second ground path extending from micro-inverter ground leads of the plurality of pv modules, through an extension harness electrically connected to the plurality of pv modules, to a ground connection within the connection box. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160233650

Electrical distribution apparatus, system, and methods of assembling same

An electrical distribution apparatus is provided. The electrical distribution apparatus includes a stacked bus bar assembly including a plurality of bus bars. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160233649

Electrical device, electrical distribution system, and methods of assembling same

An electrical device having a bus side and a load side is provided. The electrical device includes a plurality of conductive line terminals disposed on the bus side of said electrical device, and a plurality of electrical connectors. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160232411

Monitoring parking rule violations

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for monitoring parking rule violations is presented. The method may include accessing a set of pixel coordinates defining a location of a vehicle within an image. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160232301

Method and system for providing a personalized experience to a user in a medical environment

A system for providing a personalized experience to a user in a medical environment, is described. The system comprises an application provisioning server configured to provide at least one application; a user device configured to download the at least one application over a network to the user device and to create a unique personal profile comprising user specific information; a data server configured to provide content data comprising a plurality of ambient parameters in at least one medical environment; and a controller configured to provide user related information and/or ambient parameter for a medical environment based on selected parameter.. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231756

System and method for regulation of voltage on an electrical network

An electric power system including an on-load tap changing (oltc) transformer is provided. The oltc transformer includes a primary winding and a secondary winding. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231716

System of systems optimizing control for achieving performance and risk outcomes in physical and business operations of connected and interrelated industrial systems

Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a method for optimizing and controlling the physical and business aspects of an industrial system. In example embodiments, the method may include assessing criteria to be applied to an industrial system, and generating simulation scenarios based on the criteria. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231290

Probe approach for dgs sizing

An ultrasonic detection assembly detects a characteristic in a test object. The ultrasonic detection assembly includes a phased array probe positioned in proximity to a peripheral surface of the test object. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231199

Gas turbine combustion profile monitoring

Systems and methods for gas turbine combustion profile monitoring are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for detecting an anomaly in a combustion section of a gas turbine is disclosed. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231190

Methods and systems to derive knock sensor conditions

A method of diagnosing a knock sensor includes steps of receiving data from the knock sensor, the knock sensor configured to be coupled to an engine, processing the data to derive one or more events from the data, and determining whether the one or more events took place at a known time or a known crank position.. . ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231168

Silicon photomultipliers with digitized micro-cells

A silicon photomultiplier array of microcells including a photon avalanche diode and an electronic circuit configured to provide a first one-shot pulse and a second one-shot pulse based on a detected current flowing through the photon avalanche diode. The microcells arranged in rows and columns with each microcell of a respective row connected to a respective row data bus connected to a row counter configured to count one or more first one-shot pulses for a predetermined time period, a pixel adder configured to sum the count, and a digital-to-analog converter connected to the pixel adder to convert sum to an analog signal representative of an energy readout. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231045

Evaporator cover

An evaporator cover that includes a cover body integrally formed with a plurality of materials is provided. Each material of the plurality of materials has a different hardness. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231034

Water heater with integrated sorption reactor

A water heater is provided having a sorption based reactor that is integrated into a water tank. The water heater is operated between an adsorption cycle and a desorption cycle. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160231021

Sorption heat pump water heater

A water heater that can be operated with improved efficiency is provided. The water heater uses a thermally activated sorption heat pump to heat water stored in a tank. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160230755

System and method of determining top-dead-center (tdc) of reciprocating compressor

Various embodiments include approaches for determining a top-dead-center (tdc) of a reciprocating compressor. In some cases, an apparatus includes: a pressure transducer configured to measure pressure fluctuations inside a compressor cylinder and convert the pressure fluctuations into an asynchronous waveform; and at least one computing device operably connected with the pressure transducer, the at least one computing device configured to: extract a data set representing piston angles over a single revolution of a piston within the compressor cylinder from the asynchronous waveform; remove data representing invalid piston angles from the data set to form a refined data set; determine an average piston angle for the single revolution from the refined data set; and adjust the refined data set to identify a top-dead-center (tdc) position of the piston within the compressor cylinder.. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160230712

Systems and methods for engine control

Various methods for controlling egr rate are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises routing at least a portion of exhaust from a first exhaust manifold to an intake manifold, and not to atmosphere, the first exhaust manifold exclusively coupled to a first cylinder group. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160230668

Fuel injection device for a gas turbine

A fuel injection device for a gas turbine, including a plurality of streamlined bodies arranged in a ring adjacent to one another in a circumferential direction relative to a central axis of the fuel injection device, each streamlined body having a trailing edge and at least one streamlined body having a fuel nozzle on the trailing edge, wherein the plurality of streamlined bodies is split into at least a first group of streamlined bodies and a second group of streamlined bodies, all the streamlined bodies in the first group being the same and being different from the streamlined bodies in the second group, and all the streamlined bodies in the second group being the same. The first group of streamlined bodies includes at least two streamlined bodies adjacent to one another. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160230263

Slurry chromizing compositions

Slurry coating composition for selectively enriching surface regions of a metal-based substrate, for example, the under-platform regions of a turbine blade, with chromium. The slurry coating composition contains metallic chromium, optionally metallic aluminum in a lesser amount by weight than chromium, and optionally other constituents. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160229755

Ceramic matrix composites made by chemical vapor infiltration and methods of manufacture thereof

The present disclosure relates to ceramic matrix composites made by chemical vapor infiltration, methods of making the ceramic matrix composites, and ceramic matrix composite turbine components for use in a hot gas pathway. A method of fabricating a ceramic matrix composite is provided that can include the steps of: (i) forming a plurality of holes in a ceramic matrix composite preform of desired shape; and (ii) densifying the preform by a chemical vapor infiltration process to form a part or most of the matrix. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160229432

Communication system and method of a vehicle consist

In a communication system and method, a vehicle identifier is determined for a first remote vehicle that is included in a vehicle consist formed from a lead vehicle and at least the first remote vehicle. The system and method communicate a wireless linking message addressed to the vehicle identifier from the lead vehicle to the first remote vehicle, and establish a communication link between the lead vehicle and the first remote vehicle responsive to receipt of the wireless linking message at the first remote vehicle. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160229422

Communication system and method of a vehicle consist

A communication system and method receive, at an energy management system disposed onboard a vehicle system formed from a lead vehicle and one or more remote vehicles, trip data that represents one or more characteristics of an upcoming trip of the vehicle system along a route. A selected portion of the trip data is communicated from the energy management system to a distributed power system also disposed onboard the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228867

Ion exchange polymers and a method for making ion exchange polymers

An ion exchange polymer is provided. The ion exchange polymer is a reaction product of a reaction between a crosslinker monomer and a cationic monomer. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228866

Cross-linking mehtod and articles produced thereby

A method for cross-linking a styrenic polymer, the method comprising providing a partly sulphonated styrenic polymer and cross-linking the partly sulphonated styrenic polymer in the presence of a polyphosphoric acid.. . ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228201

Automatic instrument detection and identification for a surgical navigation system

A detection and identification system of instruments for use with a surgical navigation system is described. The navigation system contains an instrument assembly containing a coil (of a receiver) having an interior space, an instrument configured to be removably coupled to the coil, and a prong affixed to the instrument and configured to be at least partially disposed within the interior space of the coil when the instrument is coupled to the coil, where the prong has a length corresponding to physical dimensions of the instrument. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228147

Guides for insertable tools

The present approach relates to the manufacture and use of guides inserts for use in the insertion of certain tools into a patient. Guide inserts as discussed herein allow tools to be inserted at arbitrary, including non-perpendicular, orientations relative to a grid in which the guide insert is positioned. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228104

Computer-aided lesion detection and track planning for mri-guided breast biopsy

The system and method of the invention pertains to an mr-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to quickly identifying the biopsy location. More particularly, the system utilizes a diagnostic imaging modality such as magnetic resonance imaging (mri) to locate one or more lesions in a human breast. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228082

Integrated modular system for managing plurality of medical devices

An integrated modular system for managing plurality of medical devices in an interventional procedure room and usable in conjunction with a patient positioner having an articulating tabletop is disclosed. The integrated modular system comprises a wheeled base; an upwardly extended support structure mounted on the wheeled base; two or more device integration modules removably mounted on the upwardly extended support structure; one or more coupling devices arranged in a linearly guided fashion with the upwardly extended support structure; wherein the one or more coupling devices couples the articulating tabletop of a patient positioner and the upwardly extended support structure.. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228080

Supply device and method for a mobile imaging device

A device and method are provided for supplying a medium to an object of interest, such as a patient to be scanned for image acquisition. The device comprises an arc-shaped member and a support for said arc-shaped member, wherein the arc-shaped member is configured to support a radiation source on one end and a detector on another end to scan the object of interest, and the support comprises a gantry with a rotatable support arm supporting the arc-shaped member. ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228074

Medical imaging method varying collimation of emitted radiation beam

This invention relates to a medical imaging method comprising: emitting a radiation beam from a radiation source of a rotating gantry, preferably of a rotating c-arm, on a volume of interest, varying collimation of said emitted radiation beam so as to change at least part-time a field of view of said emitted radiation beam so that there are at least a first part and a second part of said volume of interest such that, when said first part of said volume of interest is imaged, said second part of said volume of interest is shuttered, and when said second part of said volume of interest is imaged, said first part of said volume of interest is shuttered.. . ... General Electric Company

08/11/16 / #20160228068

Quality assurance for mri-guided breast biopsy

The system and method of the invention pertains to an mr-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to quality control and assurance following a breast biopsy procedure. Following automated lesion segmentation in a first post-contrast biopsy image, with the biopsy location segmented out of last biopsy series, a quantitative assessment is performed at the end of the procedure to highlight the volume of tissue taken out and the percentage (%) lesion fraction in the extracted tissue. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160227148

Remote transmission, manipulation, and display of infrared camera data

Systems and methods for transmission, manipulation, and display of infrared camera (ir) data are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system may include an ir camera associated with a gas turbine to acquire the ir data and an ir camera data acquisition server installed at a site associated with the gas turbine and communicatively coupled to the ir camera. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160226620

System and method for communication

A communication system includes an omnidirectional antenna, a beam antenna and a controller. The omnidirectional antenna receives a wideband primary signal and the beam antenna is oriented towards a jammer to receive a jamming signal. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160226287

Performing passive maintenance on an energy storage farm

In one aspect, a method of performing a passive maintenance operation on an energy storage farm may generally include receiving data associated with a maintenance schedule for each energy storage system in the plurality of energy storage systems, identifying at least one energy storage system as a charge contributor based at least in part on the data associated with the maintenance schedule, identifying at least one energy storage system as a discharge contributor based at least in part on the data associated with the maintenance schedule, and controlling the operation of the energy storage farm such that power distribution in the energy storage farm is biased so as to increase the state of charge of the charge contributor(s) prior to increasing the state of charge of the discharge contributor(s).. . ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160226251

Direct current power system

A direct current (dc) power system includes a plurality of energy sources supplying power to a plurality of loads and a common dc bus having at least one positive rail. The common dc bus is coupled between the plurality of energy sources and the plurality of loads. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160226243

Power distribution in energy storage farms

In one aspect, a method of distributing power among a plurality of energy storage systems in an energy storage farm may generally include receiving a power distribution input associated with a power amount to be received by or delivered from the energy storage farm, determining an initial power value for each energy storage system based at least in part on a state of charge associated with the energy storage system, determining an unallocated power value for the energy storage farm based at least in part on the received power request and the initial power values of the energy storage systems, determining an updated power value for each energy storage system based at least in part on the unallocated power value, and controlling the operation of the energy storage farm such that each energy storage system delivers or receives an amount of power equal to its determined updated power value.. . ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160225545

Fixed contact for joining a bus bar and a sliding contact of an electrical switchgear

A fixed contact for joining a bus bar and a sliding contact of an electrical switchgear is provided. The fixed contact includes a plurality of circumferential segments operatively coupled to each other. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160224953

Device for rule-based document parsing and analysis

A system may include a memory and a processor to perform rule-based document parsing and analysis. The system may comprise a device that receives, from a different, second device, a document including strings of characters. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160224569

System and method for automatically publishing a web form from a semantic query

A method includes storing a database search query for searching a semantic database. The database search query includes references to a plurality of data classes. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160224543

System and method for extracting ontological information from a body of text

A system for extracting ontological information from a body of text includes an input module configured to receive a verb phrase. The system also includes a parsing module configured to parse one or more sentences from the body of text into parse tree format to generate a set of parsed sentences. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160224301

Methods for creating dynamic lists from selected areas of a power system of a utility company

Methods are provided for creating dynamic lists from selected areas of a power system of a utility company. The utility company has an energy management system with a control panel. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223484

Highly selective chemical and biological sensors

Methods and sensors for selective fluid sensing are provided. Each sensor includes a resonant inductor-capacitor-resistor (lcr) sensor that is coated with a sensing material. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223481

Method for detecting a faulty air handler in a heat pump appliance

A method for detecting a faulty air handler of a heat pump appliance is provided. The method includes activating a compressor of the heat pump appliance and deactivating the compressor of the heat pump appliance at a predetermined period of time after the step of activating. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223422

System and method for detecting operating events of an engine

A method of monitoring an operating event of a combustion engine includes receiving a noise signal sensed by a knock sensor disposed in or proximate to the combustion engine, correlating the noise signal with a fingerprint having at least an adsr envelope indicative of the operating event, and detecting if the operating event has occurred based on the correlating of the noise signal with the fingerprint.. . ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223410

Systems and methods for measuring temperature in a gas turbine using acoustic interference

Systems and methods for measuring temperature in a gas turbine are disclosed. The method can include directing a first acoustic signal towards a gas path in a turbine; directing a second acoustic signal towards the gas path in the turbine; receiving the first acoustic signal and the second acoustic signal at a downstream gas path location; combining the first acoustic signal and the second acoustic signal to create a combined acoustic signal, where a portion of the first acoustic signal cancels out a portion of the second acoustic signal; and determining a temperature of the gas path based at least in part on the combined acoustic signal.. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223315

System and method for locating fluid flow orifices on a component

A fluid flow orifice locating system for locating fluid flow orifices on a component includes a light source, an image capture device, and a controller operably connected to the image capture device. The controller is configured and disposed to create a fluid flow orifice map of the component based on contrast differences on a surface of the component.. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223244

Liner for a refrigerator appliance

A refrigerator appliance including a sealed system for cooling air in a cabinet is provided. The cabinet includes a liner with a plurality of walls defining a chilled chamber. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223200

Novel method for air entry in liner to reduce water requirement to control nox

An improved combustor is disclosed in which conventional combustion is changed to “rich to quench to lean” by changing the air entry arrangement in the liner of the combustor to remove mixing holes, reduce liner cooling and admit dilution air into the combustor liner in place of mixing air. In an alternative embodiment, dilution air is admitted into the combustor liner with the help of a plurality of pipes arranged so that air comes into the liner as a swirling flow in a direction opposite to nozzle swirl, so as to thereby produce a large mixing of air with the combustion gases and a resulting quenching effect, i.e., a rapid cooling of the combustion gases by quenching air. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160223117

Conduit having integral, monolithic flow regulation features

Conduits having improved flow modification features are provided. A conduit includes a body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining an interior. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222986

Method and system for air management of aircraft systems

A method and system for an air management system (ams) is provided. The ams includes a jet pump assembly including a motive air inlet, a plurality of suction inlets, and a single outlet. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222941

Vortex generator for a rotor blade

Universal vortex generators for wind turbine rotor blades and methods of manufacturing same are disclosed. The vortex generator includes a base portion configured for attachment to at least one of a suction side surface or a pressure side surface of the rotor blade and at least one airflow modifying element extending from the base portion. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222895

Multi-fuel system and method

A method provides for operating an engine configured to use a plurality of differing fuels. The method includes determining a fuel combustion ratio of the plurality of differing fuels associated with at least one engine cylinder of the engine based at least in part on one or more of a plurality of characteristic profiles. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222891

System and method for model based and map based throttle position derivation and monitoring

In one embodiment, an engine system may include an engine control system configured to receive a first pressure signal transmitted from a first pressure sensor disposed downstream from a throttle valve, receive a first temperature signal transmitted from a first temperature sensor disposed downstream from the throttle valve, derive a first pressure representative of the first pressure signal, derive a first temperature representative of the first temperature signal, derive a desired air-fuel mixture flow through the throttle valve, derive a first throttle position using a model, wherein the model is configured to use the desired air-fuel mixture flow, the first pressure, and the first temperature as model input, derive a second throttle position using a map, compare the first and second throttle positions, and apply the first throttle position to control the throttle valve when the first and second throttle positions are within one or more calibrated thresholds.. . ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222820

Wash timing based on turbine operating parameters

A system may include a memory storing a turbomachinery degradation model configured to model degradation of a turbine system over time. Further, the system may include a controller communicatively coupled to the memory, which derives a turbomachinery wash timing based on at least one input signal from the turbine system and the turbomachinery degradation model. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222816

Correction system and method for gas turbine proportional droop governor

A method, including receiving a turbine system operating parameter. The turbine system operating parameter includes an indication of a frequency variation of an electric power system associated with the turbine system. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222800

Ply architecture for integral platform and damper retaining features in cmc turbine blades

Various embodiments are provided which provide an architecture for cmc plies to improve strength of damper retaining features of a turbine blade assembly. The plies (62) may also be integrated with the platform structure (50) to strength the cmc blade assembly.. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160222797

Blade having hollow part span shroud with cooling passages

A rotating blade for use in a turbomachine is disclosed. In an embodiment, the rotating blade includes an airfoil portion having a plurality of radial cooling passages extending longitudinally therein, a root section affixed to a first end of the airfoil portion, and a tip section affixed to a second end of the airfoil portion, the second end being opposite the first end. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160221881

Cmc turbine components and methods of forming cmc turbine components

Components are disclosed which include a cmc substrate having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is in fluid communication with a compressed, dry fluid, and the second surface is in fluid communication with a wet fluid stream and includes a hermetic coating. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160221091

Turbomachine blade ring segment cutting tool and related guide

A cutting tool for cutting a blade mount ring segment from a ring segment slot in a turbomachine casing having a plurality of ring segment slots along an inclined surface is provided. The cutting tool includes a motor; a cutting blade driven by the motor to cut the ring segment; and a support element for supporting the motor. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160220158

Pulse oximetry devices and systems and methods of making the same

An array of emitters includes a device substrate having first and second sides, a thermally and electrically conductive layer disposed on the first side of the device substrate, and an interconnect layer disposed on a first plurality of portions of the second side of the device substrate. The array of the emitters further includes a plurality of emitters disposed in a second plurality of portions of the device substrate, where the plurality of emitters is electrically coupled to the thermally and electrically conductive layer. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160220129

Systems and methods for quantitative microcirculation state monitoring

A method in one embodiment includes acquiring optical image information with a detection unit configured to be operably coupled to a patient. The optical image information corresponds to microcirculation of the patient. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160220094

Detergent dispenser module for a dishwashing appliance

A detergent dispenser module for a dishwashing appliance may generally include a body extending between a top side and a bottom side. The body may include an outer surface extending from the top side and may define a detergent chamber between the outer surface and the bottom side. ... General Electric Company

08/04/16 / #20160220093

Fluid circulation component with a layered heating assembly for a washing appliance

A fluid circulation component for a washing appliance may generally include a substrate defining a passageway therethrough for transporting fluid through the substrate. The fluid circulation component may also include a layered heating assembly formed directly onto an inner surface of the substrate. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160218512

Direct current power system

A direct current power system includes a common direct current (dc) bus configured to supply power to a plurality of loads. A plurality of alternating current (ac) to dc converter bridges supply dc power to the common cd bus. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160218489

Igniter tip with cooling passage

An igniter tip for a combustion system is provided. The igniter tip may include a central electrode; an insulator sleeve about the central electrode; and an outer electrode about the insulator sleeve, the outer electrode including a tubular wall having a cooling passage extending within the tubular wall, the cooling passage including an entrance opening and an exit opening to an exterior of the outer electrode. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160218400

System and method for detecting battery end of discharge

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for controlling an energy storage device by more accurately detecting an end-of-discharge voltage of the energy storage device. More specifically, in one embodiment, the method includes determining an end-of-discharge voltage threshold for the energy storage device. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160217957

Load center with plug-in neutral

A load center includes an arc fault circuit interrupter comprising a plurality of contacts, an operating mechanism for separating the contacts, and an arc fault trip mechanism to generate a trip signal in the event of an arc fault detection. The load center also includes a neutral link electrically connected to the arc fault trip mechanism and the plurality of contacts. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160216696

Method and system for presenting time on an appliance

A method for presenting time on an appliance is provides. The method includes connecting a plurality of appliances to each other with a network, establishing a time of day, presenting the time of day on a display of a first one of the plurality of appliances, and deactivating a display of a second one of the plurality of appliances such that the time of day is not presented on the display of the second one of the plurality of appliances. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160216311

Method for identifying a faulted dc power transmission medium in a multi-terminal dc electrical network

A method for identifying a faulted dc power transmission medium in a multi-terminal dc electrical network is provided. The dc electrical network includes multiple terminals connected via dc power transmission media. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160216012

Regenerator including magneto caloric material with channels for the flow of heat transfer fluid

The present invention provides a regenerator having magneto caloric material (mcm) configured with flow channels for the passage of a heat transfer fluid through the mcm. The flow channels are created by positioning elongate elements of the mcm adjacent to each other. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215984

Sequential combustor arrangement with a mixer

A sequential combustor arrangement and method are disclosed which can include a first burner, a first combustion chamber, a mixer for admixing a dilution gas to the hot gases leaving the first combustion chamber during operation, a second burner, and a second combustion chamber arranged sequentially in a fluid flow connection. The mixer can include at least one injection opening in the mixer wall for admixing the dilution gas to cool the hot flue gases leaving the first combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215981

Spring loaded and sealed ceramic matrix composite combustor liner

A combustor liner assembly of a gas turbine engine comprises a dome having a central axis aligned with an engine axis, the dome arranged at an inlet end of a combustor, a first spring disposed at a radially outward position of the dome, an outer liner retainer engaging a radially outer cowl and, the outer liner retainer having a sealing surface disposed in a radial plane for receiving an axial force, a ceramic matrix composite outer combustor liner having an outer liner sealing surface which is seated against the outer liner retainer, the first spring forcing the outer liner in an axial direction against the liner outer liner retainer, a ceramic matrix composite inner combustor liner having an inner liner sealing surface and engaging a radially inward surface of the dome, a second spring engaging the radially extending surface of the inner combustor liner, acting in an axial direction.. . ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215893

Water diverter assembly for a dishwashing appliance

A diverter assembly for a dishwashing appliance may generally include a diverter head having a body portion and first and second outlets that form a single unitary component. In addition, the first outlet may be configured to be directly coupled to a first spray-arm assembly of the appliance and the second outlet may be configured to be directly coupled to a conduit in fluid communication with a second spray-arm assembly of the appliance. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215703

Control system for can-to-can variation in combustor system and related method

A control system for a combustor system including a plurality of can combustors, each can combustor accommodating combustion of a plurality of combustion fluids in a combustion chamber thereof is provided. The control system may include a calculator calculating: a) a pressure drop for each respective can combustor of the plurality of can combustors between a selected combustion fluid upstream of the combustion chamber and a combustion flow within the combustion chamber of the respective can combustor, and b) a differential between the respective pressure drop for each of the plurality of can combustors and an average pressure drop across all of the plurality of can combustors. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215701

Inner seal for a turbomachine transition piece frame assembly

A transition piece frame assembly includes a first frame having an inner frame member and a first inner seal extending along the inner frame member of the first frame. The first inner seal includes a first end section, a second end section, and an intermediate section extending therebetween. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215685

Systems and methods for control of turbocharger wastegate

A system includes an internal combustion engine including an intake manifold and a throttle disposed upstream of the intake manifold. The system also includes a turbocharger coupled to the internal combustion engine, wherein the turbocharger includes a turbine and a compressor. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215655

Centering arrangement of two parts relative to each other

A centering arrangement includes a ring-like inner part and a ring-like outer part, whereby the outer part surrounds the inner part in a concentric arrangement and with an interspace established between the outer part and the inner part, and whereby the outer part and the inner part are subject to a differential radial expansion. A centering contact element, procures a centering mechanical contact between the outer part and the inner part at a plurality of circumferentially distributed contact points, and is able to deform in order to compensate for differential radial expansion.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215650

System and device for over-speed protection of a turbo-machine

A system and device to prevent damage during over-speed condition in a turbo-machine. In one embodiment, the system includes a fluid circuit with a header, which couples to the turbo-machine, and a hydraulic circuit through which fluid evacuates the header to a drain during the over-speed condition. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215646

Gas turbine laminate seal assembly comprising first and second honeycomb layer and a perforated intermediate seal plate in-between

A laminate seal assembly, disposed on a stator seal portion and opposite a rotor seal portion of a gas turbine engine comprises a first honeycomb layer having a first edge which engages the rotor portion and a second edge distal from said rotor seal portion, a plurality of honeycomb cells extending between the first edge and the second edge, an intermediate seal plate having a first material surface and a second material surface, the first material surface disposed against the second edge of the first honeycomb layer, a low conductivity structure disposed on the second surface, and a backing plate disposed on against said low conductivity structure, wherein the stator portion may be tuned for thermal growth to match the thermal growth of the rotor portion.. . ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215643

Shim seal assemblies and assembly methods for stationary components of rotary machines

A seal assembly for a rotary machine is provided. The seal assembly includes a shim seal including multiple seal plates forming a box shaped shim seal. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215636

Turbine bucket for control of wheelspace purge air

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the control of wheel space purge flow in gas turbines. In one embodiment, the invention provides a turbine bucket comprising: a platform portion; an airfoil extending radially outward from the platform portion; a shank portion extending radially inward from the platform portion; at least one angel wing extending axially from a face of the shank portion; a platform lip extending axially from the platform portion, the platform lip disposed radially outward from the at least one angel wing; and a plurality of turbulators disposed along and extending outward from the face of the shank portion between the platform lip and the at least one angel wing.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215631

Article comprising environmental barrier coating

An article includes a substrate, a substantially hermetic sealing layer disposed on the substrate, and a porous transition layer disposed on the substrate between the sealing layer and the substrate. The article also includes one or more openings extending through the substrate to the porous transition layer.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215630

Coating, coated turbine component, and coating process

A coating, a coated turbine component, and a coating process are disclosed. The coating includes an epoxy-polyamide structure formed from a coating composition comprising a phenolic resin and a curing agent, the phenolic resin comprising a bisphenol f constituent and an epichlorohydrin constituent. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215629

Blade having a hollow part span shroud

A rotating blade for use in a turbomachine is disclosed. In an embodiment, the rotating blade includes an airfoil portion, a root section affixed to a first end of the airfoil portion, and a tip section affixed to a second end of the airfoil portion, the second end being opposite the first end. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215626

Turbine bucket for control of wheelspace purge air

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the control of wheel space purge air in gas turbines. In one embodiment, the invention provides a turbine bucket comprising: a platform portion; an airfoil extending radially outward from the platform portion; a platform lip extending axially from the platform portion; and a plurality of voids disposed along a surface of the platform lip.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215625

Turbine bucket for control of wheelspace purge air

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the control of wheel space purge air in gas turbines. In one embodiment, the invention provides a turbine bucket comprising: a platform portion; an airfoil extending radially outward from the platform portion; a shank portion extending radially inward from the platform portion; at least one angel wing extending axially from a face of the shank portion, the at least one angel wing including an angel wing rim extending radially upward toward the airfoil; and a plurality of voids disposed along the angel wing rim.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215624

Turbine bucket for control of wheelspace purge air

Embodiments of the invention relate generally to rotary machines and, more particularly, to the control of wheel space purge air in gas turbines. In one embodiment, the invention provides a turbine bucket comprising: a platform portion; an airfoil extending radially outward from the platform portion; a shank portion extending radially inward from the platform portion; an angel wing extending axially from a face of the shank portion; and a plurality of voids disposed along a length of the angel wing, each of the plurality of voids extending radially through the angel wing.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215433

Unitary top panel for a washing machine appliance

A unitary top panel for a vertical axis washing machine appliance is provided. The unitary top panel defines a fluid conduit coupling, an interior volume and a plurality of outlets. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215429

Washing machine appliance

A method for washing articles in a wash chamber of the washing machine appliance is provided. The method includes receiving user input of a user-selected water fill amount for a wash cycle, the user-selected water fill amount being the largest water fill amount available for selection by a user. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160215257

Pluripotent stem cell expansion and passage using a stirred tank bioreactor

Provided herein are novel methods for expansion and passaging of cell aggregates comprising stem cells and/or differentiated cells and comprising the use of closed systems in stirred tank bioreactors. The methods of the invention permit closed system serial passage expansion of pluripotent stem cells and/or progeny thereof with associated pluripotency markers and differentiation potential.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214878

Treatment of produced water for supercritical dense phase fluid generation and injection into geological formations for the purpose of hydrocarbon production

Water, for example produced water, is treated to make it more suitable for use in an oil field recovery process. In the oil filed recovery process, the treated water is pressurized and heated to supercritical conditions in a steam generator, preferably a once through steam generator (otsg), to result in a supercritical dense phase fluid, which is then injected into oil bearing formaltions for the purpose of enhanced oil production. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214727

Gas-electric propulsion system for an aircraft

In one aspect the present subject matter is directed to a gas-electric propulsion system for an aircraft. The system may include a turbofan jet engine, an electric powered boundary layer ingestion fan that is coupled to a fuselage portion of the aircraft aft of the turbofan jet engine, and an electric generator that is electronically coupled to the turbofan jet engine and to the boundary layer ingestion fan. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214632

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

07/28/16 / #20160214283

Composite tool and method for forming composite components

Provided are a composite tool and a method for forming composite components. The composite tool includes a three dimensionally printed polymer body, the body having a geometry corresponding to at least one surface of a gas turbine component; and a coating overlaying the body, the coating providing the printed polymer body a greater resistance to heat exposure than an uncoated printed polymer body. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214269

Apparatuses and methods for cutting porous substrates

Apparatuses and methods for cutting a sample piece, having a shape and an outer dimension, out of a porous substrate, comprising: a puncher having an outermost dimension at a punch head; a stripping sleeve; a die having an innermost dimension that is larger than the outermost dimension of the punch head; and a fixture that holds the die in a fixed position relative to the puncher and stripping sleeve.. . ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214208

System and method for forming passages in an airfoil

A system for forming a passage in an airfoil includes a liquid-jet guided laser that generates a laser beam confined within a fluid column, and a purge medium supply that is fluidly coupled to an aperture of the airfoil. A purge medium flows from the purge medium supply in a flow direction that is substantially parallel to an inner surface of the inner cavity. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214165

Porous ceramic materials for investment casting

Methods and compositions for forming porous ceramic articles are provided. The method is forming a composition including liquid siloxanes, ceramic particles, a catalyst, and a pore-former; shaping the composition; curing the composition to form a green body; volatilizing the pore-former before or after curing the composition; and firing the green body. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214061

Electrodialysis method and apparatus for passivating scaling species

In one embodiment, this invention relates to an electrodialysis device comprising an inlet for directing a feed stream into a plurality of first feed paths and a plurality of second feed paths; the feed stream is comprised of a first anionic scaling species and a first cationic scaling species; the first cationic scaling species is transferred from the second feed paths to the first feed paths through a first membrane group, the first anionic scaling species is transferred from the first feed paths to the second feed paths through the first membrane group. In another embodiment, this invention relates to a method for passivating scaling species in an electrodialysis device.. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160214058

Methods and systems for co2 separation

A method for separating carbon dioxide (co2) from a gas stream is provided. The method includes reacting at least a portion of co2 in the gas stream with a plurality of liquid sorbent particles to form a plurality of solid adduct particles and a first co2-lean gas stream; the solid adduct particles entrained in the first co2-lean gas stream to form an entrained gas stream. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160213867

Ventilator system and method

A medical system having a ventilator coupled to a breathing circuit is provided. The ventilator is configured to exchange gases with the patient via the breathing circuit. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160213541

Table driving system for patient table

A table driving system of a patient table is disclosed. The table driving system comprises one or more carriage unit capable of moving along a base member of the patient table. ... General Electric Company

07/28/16 / #20160213187

Method for operating an appliance in a sabbath operating mode

A method for operating an appliance. The method includes establishing a current date and time of day and automatically shifting the appliance to a sabbath operating mode when the current date and time of day is sabbath. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160212090

System and method for tracking conversations

A system and method for tracking conversations is disclosed. The method includes receiving an alert, the alert comprising operation information of a machine, determining a user for the alert, determining a first communication medium for a notification message, transmitting the notification message to the user via the first communication medium, the notification message comprising the operation information, storing a record of the notification message in a database in association with a conversation identification, receiving a command message from the user via a second communication medium different from the first communication medium, the command message comprising an instructional command for the machine, transmitting the command message to a control unit of the machine, the control unit being configured to control an operation of the machine based on the instructional command, and storing a record of the command message in the database in association with the conversation identification.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160212074

Systems and methods for adaptive context-aware control of multimedia communication sessions

A system to adaptively control multimedia communication sessions includes a mediator unit in an intermediary communication position between two or more remote clients and a media infrastructure. The mediator unit includes a receiver, a transmitter and a control processor that controls the receiver and the transmitter. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160211669

Electric protection on ac side of hvdc

An electrical assembly comprises a power converter including first and second dc terminals and an ac terminal. The electrical assembly also includes a grounding circuit to connect the ac terminal to ground. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160211634

Apparatus, brush holder and system for monitoring brush wear

An apparatus for use with a dynamoelectric machine includes a main body configured for attachment to a brush holder. A proximity sensor is on the main body, and the proximity sensor is configured for detecting the presence of a brush located at least partially inside the brush holder. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160211208

Electrical interconnect for an integrated circuit package and method of making same

An interconnect assembly for an embedded chip package includes a dielectric layer, first metal layer comprising upper contact pads, second metal layer comprising lower contact pads, and metalized connections formed through the dielectric layer and in contact with the upper and lower contact pads to form electrical connections therebetween. A first surface of the upper contact pads is affixed to a top surface of the dielectric layer and a first surface of the lower contact pads is affixed to a bottom surface of the dielectric layer. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160211096

Vacuum circuit breaker assembly

A vacuum circuit breaker (vcb) assembly includes a single motor configured to rotate at least one rotor, a vcb having a breaking mechanism configured to control current flow through the vcb and a first electromagnetic clutch configured to selectively engage the at least one rotor with the breaking mechanism to charge the breaking mechanism. The vcb assembly also includes an undercarriage configured to support the vcb assembly and to move the vcb assembly from a first position to a second position and a second electromagnetic clutch configured to selectively engage the at least one rotor with the undercarriage to drive the undercarriage.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160210845

System and method for transmitting sensor data from a rotating component of a turbomachine

A system for transmitting data from a rotating component of a turbomachine includes a plurality of thermal sensors coupled to corresponding rotatable components within the turbomachine where each thermal sensor generates a discrete analogue signal indicative of temperature. A plurality of transmitter assemblies is coupled to an end of a rotor shaft of the turbomachine. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160210762

Method for tomographic reconstruction

The present approaches relate to frequency-split iterative reconstruction approaches. In some embodiment, such approaches provide for the combination of the low frequency components of an analytical reconstruction (e.g., a filtered back projection) and the high frequency components of an iterative reconstruction. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160210510

Method for selecting an image of an appliance with a suitable position or orientation of a door of the appliance

A method for selecting an image of an appliance with a suitable position or orientation of a door of the appliance is provided. The method includes obtaining a digital rgb image from a camera of the appliance and converting the digital rgb image to a device independent color space in order to generate at least one of a first chromatic primary plane image or a second chromatic primary plane image from the digital rgb image. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209485

Scan condition determining apparatus, magnetic resonance apparatus, scan condition determining method, and program

There is provided a scan condition determining apparatus, comprising: setting means for setting values of a plurality of parameters different from a repetition time and different from a bandwidth; and determining means for determining a specific value of the bandwidth based on the set values of the plurality of parameters such that a repetition time determined as a longer one of a first period of time and a second period of time is minimized, the first period of time being a time taken to perform a pulse sequence in one cycle, and the second period of time being a time taken from the start of a pulse sequence in one cycle until a pulse sequence in a next cycle is ready to perform determined by the thermal design restrictions of a gradient coil.. . ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209464

System for measuring contact force in a utility meter

The present disclosure relates to a system and method for evaluating the adequacy of a connection between a utility line and a utility meter. In one embodiment, a force sensing unit is disposed between a first half and a second half of a first terminal of the utility meter and is configured to measure a contact force between the first terminal and a socket jaw.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209264

Passive wireless sensors for turbmomachines and method of operating the same

A machine includes a machine substrate and a dielectric layer formed over at least a portion of the machine substrate. A monitoring system for the machine includes a sensor subsystem that includes a first portion of the machine substrate and a portion of the machine dielectric layer formed over the first portion of the machine substrate. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209252

Variable orifice flow sensor utilizing localized contact force

A variable orifice fluid flow sensor is provided that includes a biasing member and a bending member positioned proximate the biasing member. The biasing member includes at least one biasing element extending from the biasing member into contact with a non-flapper portion of the bending member to exert a contact force on the bending member.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209237

Sensor simulator and system for testing rotatable sensor signal transmitters

A sensor simulator and a system for testing rotatable sensor signal transmitters using the sensor simulator is disclosed herein. The sensor simulator includes a first and a second pin. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209108

Refrigerator appliance with illuminated dispenser tubes and related dispenser assembly

A dispenser assembly for a refrigerator appliance may generally include a dispenser tube extending within a recessed area defined by the dispenser assembly. The dispenser tube may be in fluid communication with a fluid source. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209102

Self-adjusting door for an appliance

A refrigerator appliance including a cabinet defining a chilled chamber and a first slide assembly is provided. The first slide assembly is mounted to the cabinet at least partially within the chilled chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209050

Oven appliance and a method for operating an oven appliance

An oven appliance with one or more features for controlling airflow within a cooking chamber of the oven appliance is provided. Further, a method for operating an oven appliance to control airflow within a cooking chamber of the oven appliance is provided. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209046

Oven appliance with dual opening and closing doors

An oven appliance includes a cabinet that defines a chamber. A pair of doors is rotatably mounted to provide selective access to the chamber of the cabinet. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209044

Gas burner assembly

A gas burner assembly includes a burner body that defines a plurality of flame ports. A temperature probe extends from the burner body such that a distal end of the temperature probe is positioned above the burner body along the vertical direction. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160209034

Method and apparatus for cooling a hot gas wall

A method of manufacturing a hot gas wall for a gas turbine is described. The method is carried out on a hot gas wall having a wall part with a front side and a back side, the wall part being for exposure to a hot fluid on the front side, and the hot gas wall also having a turbulator structure. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208933

Control valve for a gas burner

A control valve for a gas burner includes a valve body that defines an inlet conduit. The inlet conduit has a non-circular shape. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208790

Compressor

A compressor includes a plurality of gas bearing conduits and a plurality of gas bearing control valves. Each gas bearing control valve of the plurality of gas bearing control valves is coupled to a respective one of the plurality of gas bearing conduits. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208764

Systems and methods for estimating fuel quality in an engine

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for monitoring and controlling a combustion engine. In one embodiment, a system includes a controller configured to control operations of a combustion engine, to receive a signal from at least one knock sensor coupled to the combustion engine, to determine a knock margin value from the signal, and to estimate a fuel quality value of a fuel injected into the combustion engine based at least on a comparison between the knock margin value and a laboratory performance data set.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208744

Exhaust gas recirculation system and method

Various methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation system. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation cooler includes an exhaust gas inlet and an exhaust gas outlet spaced from the exhaust gas inlet; a plurality of cooling tubes disposed between the exhaust gas inlet and exhaust gas outlet; and a baffle positioned proximate to the exhaust gas inlet and interposed between the plurality of cooling tubes and the exhaust gas inlet, where the baffle directs exhaust gas entering the egr cooler through the exhaust gas inlet to the plurality of cooling tubes in a defined path.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208700

Hydrocarbon film protected refractory carbide components and use

A turbine power generation system with enhanced stabilization of refractory carbides provided by hydrocarbon from high carbon activity gases is disclosed. The disclosure also includes a method of using high carbon activity gases to stabilize hot gas path components.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208675

Cooling system, device and method for a vehicle

A cooling system includes a cooling loop containing a cooling fluid configured for circulation through an engine, an auxiliary alternator configured to be driven by the engine for powering auxiliary loads of the rail vehicle, and a canned pump positioned within the cooling loop and being configured to circulate the cooling fluid through the cooling loop. The canned pump includes an integrated induction motor for driving the pump. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208649

Wall for a hot gas channel in a gas turbine

A wall for a hot gas channel in a gas turbine is described, the wall having a back side and a front side and an impingement sheet having impingement cooling holes, the wall being for exposure to a hot fluid at the front side, and the wall having an array of pins attached to the back side and extending between the back side and the impingement sheet, the wall additionally having a plurality of ribs attached to the back side, each rib extending between two pins to delineate an array of cells on the back side, and/or at least one compartment wall attached to the back side to delineate compartments on the back side. Embodiments include an impingement sheet with impingement cooling holes and cooling exit holes. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208633

Turbine shroud assembly

A turbine shroud assembly includes a plurality of arcuate shroud block assemblies annularly arranged to form a shroud segment. The plurality of shroud block assemblies includes a first shroud block assembly having a shroud block and a second shroud block assembly having a shroud block. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208625

Blade attachment assembly

An assembly and method for affixing a turbomachine rotor blade to a rotor wheel are disclosed. In an embodiment, an adaptor member is provided disposed between the blade and the rotor wheel, the adaptor member including an adaptor attachment slot that is complementary to the blade attachment member, and an adaptor attachment member that is complementary to the rotor wheel attachment slot. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160208615

Metal leading edge on composite blade airfoil and shank

A composite blade includes a composite airfoil section having airfoil pressure and suction sides extending chordwise between airfoil leading and trailing edges, a dovetail root attached to airfoil section and a blade shank therebetween, and a metallic leading edge shield covering an axially extending portion of airfoil section including at least a portion of airfoil leading edge and a radially and chordwise extending portion of a leading edge portion of the blade shank. Leading edge portion may be cut back from airfoil leading edge and a shank leading edge aft or downstream of airfoil leading edge. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160207854

Use of diethylenetriamine as a cs2 scavenger in isoprene production

Methods for scavenging carbon disulfide (“cs2”) from hydrocarbon streams using treatment compositions comprising at least one cs2 scavenger and at least one phase transfer catalyst therein. The cs2 scavenger may comprise at least one polyamine with the general formula: h2n—(r1—nh)x—r2—(nh—r3)y—nh2 wherein r1, r2, r3 may be the same or different h, aryl or c1-c4 alkyl; and x and y may be integers from 0 to 10. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160207790

Water filter assembly for a beverage dispenser

A water filter assembly for a beverage dispenser having a reservoir is provided. The water filter assembly includes a filter medium extending along an axial direction and a housing enclosing the filter medium also extending along the axial direction. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160207143

Laser machining systems and methods

A laser machining method includes directing, from an f-theta lens having a long focal length of greater than about 250 millimeters, a laser beam at a non-perpendicular beam tilt angle from an optical axis of the lens having a top-hat profile and a narrow beam divergence angle of between about 1 degree and about 3 degrees towards a workpiece on a stage movable in at least an x-direction and a y-direction, engaging the directed laser beam with the workpiece disposed in the usable field of view, moving the workpiece and the directed laser beam relative to each other, and removing portions of the workpiece with the directed laser beam to define a machined surface.. . ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160207110

Corrosion resistant article and methods of making

An article and method of forming the article are disclosed. The article has a surface comprising a duplex nanostructured ferritic alloy. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160207011

Method and system for a short length jet pump with improved mixing

A method and system for a jet pump is provided. The jet pump system includes a pre-mixing bowl includes a nozzle, a mixing section at least partially surrounding the nozzle, and a first inlet opening configured to receive a first flow of fluid and direct the first flow of fluid to an inlet of the nozzle. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206291

Live ultrasound image and historical ultrasound image frame overlapping

A method and apparatus present a live ultrasound image on a display of an ultrasound imaging system, retrieve a historical ultrasound image frame; and overlap at least portions of the historical ultrasound image frame with the live ultrasound image. A method and apparatus retrieve a historical ultrasound image frame, retrieve stored coordinates of a historical region of interest in the historical ultrasound image frame, display a selected ultrasound image frame from a live ultrasound image and display a current region of interest in the selected ultrasound image frame, the current region of interest having coordinates in the selected ultrasound image frame based upon the stored coordinates retrieved from the historical region of interest in the historical ultrasound image frame.. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206262

Extended volume imaging

The present disclosure relates to the acquisition of image data over an extended field of view using an interventional tomosynthesis system. In one embodiment, the interventional tomosynthesis system has a base offset from the longitudinal axis of a patient table, such that movement of the table relative to the imager may be performed during tomosynthesis projection acquisition. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206259

High frequency anti-scatter grid movement profile for line cancellation

A process for deploying an anti-scattering grid in a mammograph is provided. The mammograph comprises a radiation source configured to emit radiation for taking mammographic images of a patient, a radiation detector comprising a network of sensors arranged periodically with a first pitch, and an anti-scattering grid arranged between the source and the detector, the anti-scattering grid comprising radiation adsorbing strips arranged parallel to each other and distributed periodically with a second pitch. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206258

Methods and apparatus for imaging with detectors having moving detector heads

Methods and apparatus for imaging with detectors having moving heads are provided. One apparatus includes a gantry and a plurality of detector units mounted to the gantry. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206175

Resistive heater coatings for dishwashing appliances

A dishwashing appliance may generally include a door and a tub defining a wash chamber configured to be closed via the door. The tub may include a top wall, a bottom wall and sidewalls extending between the top and bottom walls. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206174

Filter assembly for a dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance including a tub defining a wash chamber is provided. The dishwasher appliance also includes a sump positioned at a bottom portion of the tub, the sump including a bottom wall that defines a recessed chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206173

Filter assembly for a dishwasher appliance

A filter assembly for filtering wash fluid to be recirculated by a circulation pump in a dishwasher appliance is provided. The filter assembly includes a first filter member and a second filter member. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206140

Indoor grill appliance

An indoor grill appliance is provided including a cabinet with one or more grill heating elements disposed within the cabinet. The indoor grill appliance additionally includes one or more grates defining a planar grilling surface in thermal communication with the one or more grill heating elements. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160206139

Indoor grill appliance

An indoor grill and oven appliance is provided including a cabinet defining an oven cooking chamber with one or more oven heating elements configured to heat the oven cooking chamber. Positioned above the oven cooking chamber, the indoor grill and oven appliance includes one or more grill heating elements and one or more grates. ... General Electric Company

07/21/16 / #20160205988

Refrigerator appliance and method for use with single serve flavor pods

A refrigerator appliance and a method for operating a refrigerator appliance are provided. The refrigerator appliance includes features for dispensing single serve beverages. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160205728

Microwave appliances

Microwave appliances are provided. A microwave appliance includes a casing defining a first interior chamber and a second interior chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160204164

Flexible x-ray detector and methods for fabricating the same

A flexible organic x-ray detector, an imaging system including the flexible organic detector and methods for fabricating a flexible organic x-ray detector having a layered structure are presented. The detector includes a flexible substrate and a thin glass substrate operatively coupled to the flexible substrate. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160203931

Systems and methods for freewheel contactor circuits

A circuit for use with a contactor including at least one contact is provided. The circuit includes a first segment including a voltage source, a first coil, a second coil, and a first transistor, wherein the first segment is configured to selectively conduct a closing current through the first coil, the second coil, and the first transistor to close the at least one contact. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160203922

Mounting assembly for a circuit breaker mechanism

A mounting assembly for a circuit breaker mechanism includes a base and a mid-cover disposed adjacent the base. Also included is a first pair of mounting posts comprising a first mounting post and a second mounting post extending from the base, the first pair of mounting posts each protruding through the mid-cover. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160203899

Graded magnetic component and method of forming

A magnetic component including at least one region is disclosed. The at least one region includes nitrogen and a concentration of the nitrogen in the at least one region is graded across a dimension of the at least one region. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160203898

Multi-phase magnetic component and method of forming

A magnetic component including first and second regions, and a method of varying the magnetization values in different regions of the magnetic component are disclosed. The first and the second regions are characterized by a nitrogen content that is different from each other. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160203722

Method and system for robust network planning optimization of airline flight operations

A method, medium, and system to receive a baseline airline schedule including details associated with at least one flight; optimize the baseline airline schedule in accordance with at least one specified optimization objective to generate an optimized airline schedule; evaluate a robustness of the optimized airline schedule based on an execution of a simulation based process to generate a set of quantitative metrics; and generate a record of the set of quantitative metrics.. . ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160203140

Method, system, and user interface for expert search based on case resolution logs

Aspects of the present disclose involve a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a method for finding experts based on case resolution logs. In example embodiments, the method may include extracting a plurality of topics from case resolution logs and using the extracted topics to model the relationship between experts and received user queries in order to identify experts with the most relevant expertise with respect to the user queries. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160202303

Use of voltage probe to measure high voltage amplitude and phase to improve on-line bushing monitoring relevance

A bushing system includes a bushing monitor configured to monitor on-line operation of a capacitive-core bushing with a test tap. The bushing monitor includes a processor operatively coupled to a memory. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160202302

Systems for detecting electrical faults in a vehicle

Systems are provided to determine a location of an electrical fault in an electrical system of a vehicle. A test apparatus can include a control unit and a plurality of scan circuits. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160202254

Nanostructured devices for detecting and analyzing biomolecules

A biosensing fet device, comprising a plurality of nanostructured soi channels, that is adapted to operate in solutions having a high ionic strength and provides improves sensitivity and detection. Generally, the biosensing device comprises an underlying substrate layer, an insulator and a semiconductor layer and a plurality of channels in the semiconductor layer comprising a plurality of whole or partially formed nanopores in the channels.. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160202199

Route examination system and method

A route examination system includes a thermographic camera configured to be logically or mechanically coupled with a vehicle that travels along a route. The thermographic camera is also configured to sense infrared radiation emitted or reflected from the route and to generate a sensed thermal signature representative of the infrared radiation that is sensed. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160202143

On-deck method and system for validating generator sealing assembly

An on-deck system for non-destructively validating a machine part is provided. The machine part is configured for use with a dynamoelectric machine or a turbomachine. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160202003

Heat exchanger including furcating unit cells

A heat exchanger includes a core defining a first passageway configured for a first fluid to flow through and a second passageway configured for a second fluid to flow through. The core includes a plurality of unit cells coupled together. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201989

Method and system for radial tubular heat exchangers

A method and a system for a heat exchanger assembly are provided. The heat exchanger assembly includes one or more arcuate heat exchanger segments each including an inlet header configured to extend circumferentially about a circumference of an inner surface of a fluid flow duct, and an outlet header configured to extend circumferentially about the fluid flow duct. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201967

Refrigerator appliances

Refrigerator appliances are provided. A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber and a freezer chamber, and a door for accessing one of the fresh food chamber or the freezer chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201965

Ice makers and refrigeration appliances with ice makers

Ice makers and refrigeration appliances are provided. An ice maker includes a motor, and a mold body rotatably coupled to the motor and rotatable about a longitudinal axis. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201946

Water heater appliance

A water heater appliance with a mixing valve positioned within a casing of the water heater appliance is provided. The mixing valve is fluidly coupled to a heated water conduit and a bypass conduit of the water heater appliance. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201929

Heat pump water heater appliance and a method for operating the same

A heat pump water heater appliance includes a tank that defines an interior volume. A drain pan is positioned below an evaporator of a sealed system. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201902

Unitary gas burner

A gas burner and a gas burner assembly for an appliance are provided. The gas burner assembly includes a unitary gas burner comprising a body portion, a cap portion, and a gas conduit portion. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201848

Flow vortex spoiler

A flow vortex spoiler including an oil sump wherein pressurization air flow moves about the oil sump through a sump pressurization cavity, the cavity having an inlet, a circumferential plate disposed across a portion of the pressurization cavity near the inlet. The circumferential plate is disposed at said inlet to said sump pressurization cavity. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201804

Seal ring for hydrogen cooled generator

A seal ring assembly includes a first seal ring axially disposed from a second seal ring. The first seal ring has an axial face opposing an axial face of the second seal ring. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201611

Sensor for determining engine characteristics

A system includes a turbocharger and at least one sensor disposed adjacent the turbocharger. The at least one sensor is configured to detect one or more resonance frequencies of the turbocharger. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201597

Piston assembly for a reciprocating engine

A power cylinder system for a reciprocating engine includes a steel piston configured to move within a cylinder of the reciprocating engine. The system also includes a groove extending circumferentially about the piston beneath a top land of the piston and configured to support a ring having an inner circumferential face. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201591

Systems and methods for displaying test details of an engine control test

A system is provided that includes one or more sensors configured to monitor operating parameters of engine components and a controller. The controller is programmed to perform operations that include displaying test details on a display screen that are specific to a selected test to be performed on the engine components. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201574

Direct metering using a variable displacement vane pump

A direct metering architecture is provided having a metering pump and a servo pump wherein the metering and servo pumps are driven by an engine shaft by way of a gearbox transmission. The system reduces wasted horsepower previously occurring with oversized fixed displacement pumps, reduces instances of engine flameout and reduces the amount of heat added to fuel which ultimately improves engine oil cooling.. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201571

Turbomachine having a gas flow aeromechanic system and method

A turbomachine including an improved backflow margin includes a combustor portion fluidly connected to a turbine portion. The turbine portion includes a gas path, a first stage having a first plurality of airfoil members arranged along the gas path, and a second stage having a second plurality of airfoil members arranged along the gas path downstream from the first stage. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201565

Method and system for sealing an annulus

A method and system for a compartment baffle system are provided. The compartment baffle system includes a first baffle portion extending along an axial length of a casing, the first baffle portion extending radially outwardly from an outer surface of the casing and a second baffle portion extending at least partially radially outwardly from the first baffle portion. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201556

Fixture and method for installing turbine buckets

A fixture and method for installing turbine buckets is disclosed. The fixture is adapted for mounting a plurality of turbine buckets with dovetails to a rotor wheel of a turbomachine that is separated from an adjacent rotor wheel by a spacer wheel, the rotor wheel and the spacer wheel each having a plurality of circumferentially aligned dovetail slots, the fixture includes: a turbine bucket holder having a dovetail that is configured to engage with one of the dovetail slots of the spacer wheel. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201518

Systems and methods for adjusting floor pressure levels to improve combined cycle plant startup

A method for adjusting startup floor pressure levels of hrsg steam circuits is implemented by a pressure controlling computing device including a processor and a memory. The method includes receiving a plurality of measured plant operating values associated with a hrsg steam circuit, identifying a plurality of candidate pressure levels for use in pressurizing the hrsg steam circuit, determining a calculated steam velocity level for each of the plurality of candidate pressure levels, identifying a steam velocity limit for a steam piping section of the hrsg steam circuit, selecting a lowest pressure level of the plurality of candidate pressure levels, wherein the lowest pressure level is associated with a determined calculated steam velocity level that does not exceed the identified velocity limit, and pressurizing the hrsg steam circuit to the selected lowest pressure level.. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201507

Engine component for a gas turbine engine

An engine component for a gas turbine engine includes a film-cooled wall having a hot surface facing hot combustion gas and a cooling surface facing a cooling fluid flow. A film hole in the wall has an inlet, an outlet, and a passage connecting the inlet and outlet that defines an inflection point.. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201503

Frangible airfoil

A frangible airfoil that mitigates adverse conditions associated with release of material resulting from impact damage to the composite blade is provided, the airfoil having provisions for dissipating energy, self-shredding, and predetermined release trajectory.. . ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201478

Braided blades and vanes having dovetail roots

A gas turbine engine composite article having a composite article airfoil extending outwardly to an article root to an article airfoil tip. Within the article airfoil is a core including a core airfoil attached to a core root including a core dovetail. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201476

Airfoil for a turbine engine

An airfoil for a turbine engine includes a cooling cavity and a cooling fluid supply cavity which supplies cooling fluid to the cooling cavity through a passage. The cooling cavity can be provided with a swirl feature for imparting a swirling motion to the cooling fluid.. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201468

Turbine airfoil

The present invention is an aerodynamically efficient turbine airfoil that includes a first endwall, a second endwall, a stacking axis, an aspect ratio, a percentage radial span, a tangential offset, and an angle; wherein relationships between the aspect ratio, percentage radial span, and angle are defined.. . ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201253

Recharging of nfc system and algorithms to conserve power supply of nfc system designed for clothes dryer

Methods and systems are provided for operating a wireless communications device powered by a rechargeable battery and for providing charging of the rechargeable battery. More particularly methods are provided for recharging a battery used to provide operating power to a communications device, particularly a near field communications (nfc) device in a clothes dryer. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201247

Washing machine appliance

A method of sanitizing articles in a wash chamber of a washing machine appliance is provided. The method includes providing the wash chamber with an oxygen bleach wash additive and, optionally, with a detergent wash additive, determining a water fill volume target, and adding a first wash volume of water to the wash chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201245

Induction motor temperature measurement using phase controlled alternating current

Methods and systems are provided for monitoring current flow in an induction motor, particularly an induction motor associated with a washing machine and for controlling operation of the motor to limit thermals during operation of the motor. The subject matter provides for periodically stopping the motor and applying a phase limited alternating (ac) voltage to the motor that is of insufficient magnitude to start the motor rotating. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201244

Washing machine appliance and suspension assembly for same

Washing machine appliances and suspension assemblies for suspending tubs in washing machine appliances are provided. A suspension assembly includes a frame, a mount seated on the frame, and a rod coupled to the mount. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201242

Washing machine appliance and a method for operating a washing machine appliance

A washing machine appliance and a method for operating a washing machine appliance are provided. The method includes steps to determine whether articles received in the washing machine appliance for washing were wet when loaded into the washing machine appliance such that one or more parameters of a wash cycle may be adjusted. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160201167

Nickel-based superalloys and articles

Rhenium-free nickel based alloys are provided. More particularly, the alloys comprise preferred levels and ratios of elements so as to achieve good high temperature strength of both gamma matrix phase and gamma prime precipitates, as well as good environmental resistance, without using rhenium. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160200616

Under-sink waste processing unit

An under-sink waste processing unit may generally include a housing defining an inlet and an outlet. The inlet may be configured to receive water and waste discharged from a waste disposal. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160200332

Route examining system and method

A route examining system includes first and second detection units and an identification unit. The first and second detection units are configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system traveling along a route having plural conductive tracks. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160200215

Vehicle driving system and energy control methods

A vehicle propulsion system, comprising a dc-dc converter coupled to a dc link, a first and second energy storage devices coupled to the dc-dc converter, a dc-to-ac inverter coupled to the dc link, a motor coupled to the dc-to-ac inverter; and an energy management control system that generates a power split ratio between the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device based on operation conditions of the motor, a vehicle and a load.. . ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160200202

Bi-directional dc-dc power converter for a vehicle system

A bi-directional dc-dc converter assembly that processes and transfers differential power in a variable manner is disclosed. The converter assembly is coupled to an energy storage device and dc link, with the converter assembly including a first converter section coupled to the energy storage device and a second converter section coupled to the dc link and to the energy storage device. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160200085

Method of manufacturing a frangible blade

A method of manufacturing a frangible laminate is provided. The method comprises constructing a reinforced polymer matrix, cutting the reinforced polymer matrix into a plurality of laminae, forming a laminate via stacking the plurality of laminae and at least one energy dissipating member, and consolidating the laminate.. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160199945

Method and system for confined laser drilling

A method for drilling a hole in a component is provided. The method includes directing a confined laser beam of the confined laser drill towards a near wall of the component and sensing a characteristic of light directed along a beam axis of the confined laser beam away from the component with a sensor. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160199943

Method and system for confined laser drilling

A method for drilling a hole in a component is provided. The method includes directing a confined laser beam of the confined laser drill towards a first hole position on a near wall of the component. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160199942

Method and system for confined laser drilling

A method for drilling a hole in a component is provided. The method includes directing a confined laser beam of a confined laser drill towards a near wall of the component and sensing a first characteristic of light from the hole in the near wall of the component with a first sensor positioned outside the component. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160199941

Method and system for confined laser drilling

A method for drilling a hole in a component is provided. The method includes positioning a confined laser drill within a predetermined distance of a near wall of the component for directing a confined laser beam of the confined laser drill towards an outside surface of the near wall. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160199032

Graphical display of contractible chamber

Disclosed is a process for displaying ultrasound data representative of a rotationally symmetrical contractible chamber or vessel within a patient which involves obtaining ultrasound data from the ultrasound imaging of the vessel or chamber through at least a phase of one cardiac cycle and virtually sectioning the vessel or chamber into multiple circumferential segments, each extending its own longitudinal distance from a common reference point. The data is used to obtain rotational parameters representative of an entire circumferential segment of the chamber or vessel. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198931

Pump assemblies and fluid circulation systems for dishwasher appliances

Pump assemblies and fluid circulation systems for dishwasher appliances are provided. A pump assembly includes a housing defining an interior, and a pump. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198930

Dishwasher appliance and a method for operating a dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance includes a first spray assembly and a second spray assembly disposed within a wash chamber of a tub. A hydraulic switch of the dishwasher appliance has a first outlet conduit that extends towards the first spray assembly and a second outlet conduit that extends towards the second spray assembly. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198928

Spray arm assemblies for dishwasher appliances

Spray arm assemblies for dishwasher appliances are provided. A spray arm assembly includes a first spray arm. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198927

Spray arm assemblies for dishwasher appliances

Spray arm assemblies for dishwasher appliances are provided. In some embodiments, a spray arm assembly includes a first spray arm, the first spray arm including an inner arm member and an outer arm member, the inner arm member defining an interior and extending along a longitudinal axis, the outer arm member generally concentric with and surrounding the inner arm member. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198926

Fluid circulation system for dishwasher appliances

Fluid circulation systems for dishwasher appliances are provided. A dishwasher appliance includes a tub that defines a wash chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198896

Indoor grill appliance

An indoor grill appliance is provided including a cabinet defining an air exhaust. Positioned within the cabinet of the indoor grill appliance are one or more grill heating elements. ... General Electric Company

07/14/16 / #20160198895

Indoor grill appliance

An indoor grill and oven appliance is provided including a cabinet defining an oven cooking chamber with one or more oven heating elements configured to heat the oven cooking chamber. Positioned above the oven cooking chamber, the indoor grill and oven appliance includes one or more grill heating elements disposed within the cabinet and one or more grates. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160198526

Cooking appliances having improved heating element operation

Cooking appliances are provided. A cooking appliance includes a cooktop including at least one heating element assembly which includes a first heating element, a second heating element, and a third heating element. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160197620

Method and system using computational sigma-delta modulators

An analog-to-digital converter (adc) is provided includes a first sigma-delta modulator (sdm) electrically coupled to a first signal input. The first sdm includes a first summing junction configured to receive a plurality of inputs to the first sdm. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160197559

Power conversion system and controlling method thereof and wind turbine power generation system

A system includes a source side converter for being electrically coupled to a generator of a power source, a line side converter for being electrically coupled to a power network, a dc link coupled between the source side converter and the line side converter, and a controller for generating source side switching signals based on a current or torque of the generator and a virtual impedance signal for system damping or reactive power compensation when at least one detected signal of the system is not normal. A method for controlling the system is also included.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160197558

Power converter

A modular power converter includes first and second terminals to connect to electrical networks and at least one module connected between the first and second terminals, the module(s) including at least one switching element and at least one energy storage device, the switching element(s) and the energy storage device(s) combining to selectively provide a voltage source, the switching element(s) being switchable to transfer power between the first and second terminals. The converter further includes a control unit configured to selectively control switching of the switching element(s) to store energy from or release energy to either or both of the first and second terminals so as to decouple respective power flows at the first and second terminals and thereby inhibit a modulation of power flow at one of the first and second terminals from modifying a power flow at the other of the first and second terminals.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160197503

Apparatus for transferring energy using onboard power electronics with high-frequency transformer isolation and method of manufacturing same

An apparatus for transferring energy using onboard power electronics with high-frequency transformer isolation includes a power electronic drive circuit comprises a dc bus and a first energy storage device coupled to the dc bus. A first bi-directional dc-to-ac voltage inverter is coupled to the first energy storage device and to the dc bus, and a first electromechanical device coupled to the first bi-directional dc-to-ac voltage inverter. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160196739

Wireless thermometer communicating with cooktop for closed loop element control

Methods, devices and systems are provided that enable closed loop control of a cooking appliance. A remote device is configured to receive cooking environment data related such as cooking temperature and to transmit that data to a smart device such as a smartphone. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160196643

Method and device for measuring features on or near an object

A method and device for measuring dimensions of a feature on or near an object using a video inspection device. A reference surface is determined based on reference surface points on the surface of the object. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160196393

System and method for integrated quantifiable detection, diagnosis and monitoring of disease using patient related time trend data

A variety of systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are disclosed. An example includes accessing of patient deviation scores indicative of differences between patient data and reference data representative of a population segment, wherein the patient deviation scores are derived from longitudinal data of the patient data such that the patient deviation scores include a plurality of sets of patient deviation scores, each set indicative of differences between patient data collected at a respective point in time and the reference data; identifying a trend in the patient deviation scores for at least one clinical parameter; generating of a report including a visual indication of the trend; and outputting of the report. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160196109

Intrinsically safe remote interaction with cooktop

A cooktop appliance and a method for operating a cooktop appliance are provided. The cooktop appliance and the method include features for modifying the heating level of at least one heating element of the cooktop appliance and for indicating to a user of the cooktop appliance that the heating level has been modified.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195526

In-vitro magnetic resonance detection of a target substance

The present invention provides an in-vitro method for detecting the presence of a target substance in a biological sample by magnetic resonance, the method comprising: a) providing a mixture comprising a biological sample and a plurality of magnetic nanoparticles, wherein the magnetic nanoparticles comprise a binding agent capable of binding the target substance when the target substance is present in the biological sample; and b) determining a t2 relaxation time corresponding to magnetic nanoparticles that are bound to the target substance (t2bound) in the sample; wherein t2bound differs from the t2 relaxation time corresponding to the magnetic nanoparticles that are not bound to the target substance (t2free), and wherein t2bound is determined without physically separating magnetic nanoparticles that are bound to the target substance from the magnetic nanoparticles that are not bound to the target substance.. . ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195308

Electrochemical refrigeration systems and appliances

Refrigeration systems and appliances are provided. A refrigeration system includes a refrigerant, the refrigerant including a working fluid and an electrochemically active fluid. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195307

Electrochemical refrigeration systems and appliances

Refrigeration systems and appliances are provided. A refrigeration system includes a refrigerant, the refrigerant including a working fluid and an electrochemically active fluid. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195306

Electrochemical refrigeration systems and appliances

Refrigeration systems and appliances are provided. A refrigeration system includes a refrigerant, the refrigerant including a working fluid and an electrochemically active fluid. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195305

Electrochemical refrigeration systems and appliances

Refrigeration systems and appliances are provided. A refrigeration system includes a refrigerant, the refrigerant including a working fluid and an electrochemically active fluid. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195281

Oven rack storage

An oven range appliance is provided including a cabinet extending along a transverse direction between a front side and a rear side. The cabinet defines a cooking chamber, a bottom chamber positioned below the cooking chamber, and a bottom chamber opening defined at the front side of the cabinet. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195280

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

07/07/16 / #20160195279

Oven appliance

An oven appliance includes a slide assembly that couples a door to a cabinet such that the door is movable along a transverse direction relative to the cabinet. A support assembly includes a block mounted to the cabinet and a leveling leg threaded to the block. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195082

System and method for health management of pumping system

A method implemented by at least one processor includes receiving a plurality of operating parameters of a pumping system, wherein the pumping system has a plurality of pump-units powered by a generator-unit. The operating parameters include a pump-unit parameter and a generator-unit parameter. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195060

System and method for attaching components to a web in a wind turbine rotor blade

A system and method for mounting a component to an internal web of a wind turbine blade includes, at a first mounting location on the internal web, at least one through-hole defined through the internal web. A bushing is located within the through-hole and is encased within an adhesive applied between the bushing and a wall of the through-hole. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195029

System and method for detecting reciprocating device abnormalities utilizing standard quality control techniques

A system includes a controller configured to receive a signal acquired by the at least one knock sensor coupled to a reciprocating device, to sample the received signal, to analyze the sampled signal, and to utilize standard quality control (sqc) techniques to perform real-time diagnostics on the reciprocating device based on the analyzed signal.. . ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195026

Systems and methods for generating variable ramp rates for turbomachinery

A system includes a controller configured to receive one or more inputs associated with an operation of a turbine system, derive a set of ramp rates for the turbine system based at least in part on the one or more inputs, and to select a ramp rate from the set of ramp rates. The ramp rate includes a variable ramp rate. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160195013

Cryogenic fuel compositions and dual fuel aircraft system

Cryogenic fuel compositions including a cryogenic fuel and paraxyelene and a dual fuel aircraft system for an aircraft having at least one turbine engine, including a first fuel system for providing a first fuel from a first fuel tank to the turbine engine and a second fuel system for providing a cryogenic fuel composition and having a second fuel tank storing lng and fluidly coupled to the turbine engine, an additive tank storing additives and fluidly coupled to the turbine engine and a mixing device configured to create the cryogenic fuel composition.. . ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194983

Multi-pressure organic rankine cycle

The present disclosure relates to a multi-pressure stage, organic rankine cycle (“orc”) that includes a dry organic working fluid that flows through a high pressure stage and a low pressure stage. In one embodiment, a high pressure evaporator and a low pressure evaporator may be arranged in series. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194942

System and method for power management of pumping system

A method implemented by at least one processor includes receiving a pressure profile to be generated by a pumping system, wherein the pumping system includes at least one pump-unit powered by at least one generator-unit. The method also includes receiving a pump-unit parameter from at least one pump-unit and a generator-unit parameter from at least one generator unit. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194812

Fluid additive dispenser for a washing machine appliance

A unitary fluid additive dispenser includes a mixing bowl, an inlet conduit and a plurality of nozzles. The inlet conduit and the plurality of nozzles are mounted to the mixing bowl. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194800

Unitary balance ring for a washing machine appliance

A unitary balance ring for a washing machine appliance includes a first plurality of ribs and a second plurality of ribs positioned within a tubular body of the unitary balance ring. Each rib of the first plurality of ribs has a bottom edge that is positioned at a bottom surface of the interior volume, and each rib of the second plurality of ribs has a bottom edge that is spaced apart from the bottom surface of the interior volume.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194799

Washing machine appliance lid assembly

A washing machine appliance including a cabinet, a tub positioned within the cabinet, and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub is provided. The cabinet defines an opening at a top end to allow a user to access the basket. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194570

Quench chamber with integrated scrubber system

The present application provides a gasifier for creating a flow of a syngas. The gasifier may include a reaction chamber and a quench chamber. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194476

Silicon-based repair methods and composition

There is set forth herein a silicon-based patch formulation comprising about 25 to 66 percent by volume of a solvent; about 4 to 10 percent by volume of a silicon-comprising binding material; and about 30 to 65 percent by volume of a patching material, the patching material comprising particles having one or more non-actinide group iiia elements, wherein a molar ratio of the one or more non-actinide group iiia elements to silicon within the patch formulation is about 0.95 to 1.25.. . ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194014

Vehicular data communication systems

A remote control device includes a controller having one or more processors configured to generate a control signal for remotely controlling operation of a vehicle. The remote control device also can include a cellular modem configured to wirelessly communicate a cellular signal with a communication device disposed onboard the vehicle and a wireless modem configured to wirelessly communicate a non-cellular signal with the communication device disposed onboard the vehicle. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160194012

Route examining system

Systems 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, 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

07/07/16 / #20160193914

System, method and apparatus for installing a torque tube

An apparatus for installing a torque tube includes a first clamp portion and a second clamp portion. The first clamp portion is arcuate in shape and has opposed first distal ends. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160193667

Method for producing contoured holes

A method for manufacturing a contoured hole, the hole being manufactured in a wall, the wall comprising a first, a second surface, and a wall thickness between the wall first and second surface. The comprises manufacturing a first non-penetrating hole extending from the first surface and into the wall, wherein a distal end of the first hole is located within the wall such that the first hole does not penetrate the wall second surface, and manufacturing a through hole, wherein the through hole is fluidly connected with first hole and penetrates the wall second surface.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160193657

Laser assisted casting of cooling hole and related system

Various embodiments include methods and related systems for laser-assisted casting. Some embodiments include a method including: performing laser ablation to a preliminary wax casting model to form a modified wax model including at least one cooling hole absent from the wax casting substrate; coating the modified wax model to form a mold shape around the modified wax model; and removing the modified wax model to leave a casting mold including the at least one cooling hole.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160193656

Laser assisted casting of surface texture and related system

Various embodiments include methods and related systems for laser-assisted casting. Some embodiments include a method including: performing laser ablation to a preliminary wax casting model to form a modified wax model including at least one surface texture element absent from the wax casting substrate; coating the modified wax model to form a mold shape around the modified wax model; and removing the modified wax model to leave a casting mold including the at least one surface texture element.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160193650

Process cycle including laser assisted casting and related system

Various embodiments include methods and related systems for laser-assisted casting. Some embodiments include a method including: performing laser ablation on a preliminary wax casting model to form a modified wax model including at least one additional feature absent from the preliminary wax casting model; coating the modified wax model to form a mold shape around the modified wax model; removing the modified wax model to leave a casting mold including the at least one additional feature; forming a shape from a casting material using the casting mold having the at least one additional feature; and scanning the modified wax model to image the at least one additional feature after the performing of the laser ablation.. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160193572

Novel flux enhancing agent for improving composite polyamide reverse osmosis membrane performance

The present disclosure describes an additive that may be used in the manufacture of thin-film polyamide composite membranes. Thin-film polyamide composite membranes are used in filtration processes, such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160192848

Systems and methods for identifying patient distress

A method includes receiving a first patient data and a second patient data for a time period, wherein the first patient data and the second patient data are measured from a patient. Further, the method includes identifying a plurality of segmented trends in the first patient data and the second patient data as one of an uptrend, a downtrend, and neutral. ... General Electric Company

07/07/16 / #20160192821

Dishwasher appliance having energy recovery features

Dishwasher appliances are provided. A dishwasher appliance includes a cabinet defining an interior, and a tub disposed within the interior and defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for cleaning the dishwasher appliance further includes a sump and a fluid circulation conduit. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160173770

Method and system for enhanced visualization of individual images in a real-time scan

. . Various embodiments include a system and method that enhance the visualization of selected individual images from a real-time scan. The method can include acquiring ultrasound image data at an ultrasound system. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160173608

System architecture for wireless metrological devices

System architecture that provides computer-based methods of wireless communication between a wireless metrological device and a mobile computing device that includes the sending/receiving of data (e.g., measurements) along with a universal generic data service that includes data descriptor(s) affiliated with the measurements. The architecture and methods, which may be communicated via ble, allow for uniform communication between tools and mobile computing devices regardless of tool type, manufacturer, and measurement information.. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160172990

A power converter

A power converter includes first and second dc terminals between which the power converter is operable to generate a voltage difference. The power converter also includes a control unit that is configured to operate in a normal mode during normal operation of the power converter and in a fault mode when a fault occurs in a respective dc power transmission medium that is operatively connected in use to one of the first or second dc terminals. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160172954

Power plant combining magnetohydrodynamic generator and gas turbine

A power plant may include a magnetohydrodynamic (mhd) generator having an mhd exhaust that is cooled using a compressor exit flow to a temperature at which the mhd exhaust can be fed to at least one stage of a gas turbine. The heated compressor exit flow may be used to feed a combustor for the mhd generator. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160172842

Power generation system and method with resistive braking capability

A power generation system includes a generator operatively coupled to an engine for generating electrical power and supplying the electrical power to a grid. Further, the power generation system includes a resistive braking system operatively coupled between the generator and the grid. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160172826

Switch cabinets for use in electrical switchgear and methods of assembling the same

A switch cabinet includes a pair of opposing side panels. At least one side panel of the pair of side panels includes an opening defined therein. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160172713

Methods for joining ceramic and metallic structures

A method for joining a ceramic component to a metallic component is described. At least one initial layer of an active metal is applied to one of the joining surfaces, by a cold spray technique. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160172549

Phosphor compositions and lighting apparatus thereof

A phosphor composition is disclosed. A phosphor composition, comprises at least 10 atomic % bromine; silicon, germanium or combination thereof; oxygen; a metal m, wherein m comprises zinc (zn), magnesium (mg), calcium (ca), strontium (sr), barium (ba), or combinations thereof; and an activator comprising europium. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171865

Tactical clinical evaluation of patient monitor events

In the present invention, a method and accompanying system for evaluating alarm events generated by patient monitors includes the steps of receiving a plurality of alarm events and associated alarm event data from one or more patient monitors at a central control unit, storing the alarm event data in an electronic storage medium, calculating an acuity score for the patient monitor from the alarm event data and a customizable rule set input into and stored in the control unit, the rule set applied to the alarm event data and comparing the calculated acuity score to a threshold value for the acuity score.. . ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171724

Methods and systems for real-time image reconstruction with arbitrary temporal windows

Various methods and systems for generating a computed tomography image in real-time are provided. In one embodiment, a method for imaging comprises acquiring x-ray projection data; calibrating the x-ray projection data; generating at least two basis image volumes by reconstructing the calibrated x-ray projection data, each of the at least two basis image volumes including different centerviews and a temporal width corresponding to an x-ray source rotation between 180 degrees and 360 degrees; and generating a final image volume by fourier blending the at least two basis image volumes based on a selected temporal window width. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171723

Iterative reconstruction of projection data

The present disclosure relates to the iterative reconstruction of projection data. In certain embodiments, the iterative reconstruction is a multi-stage iterative reconstruction in which different feature are selectively emphasized at different stages. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171705

Method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest in a depth measurement on a viewed object

A method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest in a depth measurement on a viewed object using a video inspection device is disclosed. The video inspect device determines the three-dimensional coordinates in a region of interest on the viewed object and analyzes those surface points to determine the desired measurement application (e.g., determining the deepest point, the highest point, or the clearance between two surfaces). ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171694

System and method for recalibrating a monochromatic image

A method includes receiving a monochromatic image comprising a head of a subject from a computed tomography (ct) scanner and detecting a petrous bone of the head in the monochromatic image. The method further includes determining a linear attenuation coefficient of at least one petrous voxel representing the petrous bone and calculating a mass attenuation coefficient of the petrous voxel based on the linear attenuation coefficient and a density of the petrous bone. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171687

Methods and systems for evaluating bone lesions

Methods and systems for evaluating bone lesions include accessing a first dataset acquired from a patient with a first imaging modality and a second dataset acquired from the patient with a second imaging modality. A segmentation is performed on the first dataset to identify a subset of the first dataset corresponding to a skeletal structure of the patient and a patient skeletal metric representing a total bone volume of the patient is automatically calculated from the subset of the first dataset. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171685

System and method for generating a reference plane of a head

A method includes receiving a computed tomography (ct) image comprising a head of a subject from a ct scanner and detecting a first and a second petrous bone of the head in the ct image. The method further includes determining a nasion of the head in the ct image based on the first and the second petrous bone. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160171648

Systems and methods for guided de-noising for computed tomography

A method includes obtaining spectral computed tomography (ct) information via an acquisition unit having an x-ray source and a ct detector. The method also includes, generating, with one or more processing units, using at least one image transform, a first basis image and a second basis image using the spectral ct information. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170999

Method and tool for browsing semantic data and creating queries using a domain/range representation

A method in a computer system includes displaying a user interface screen to aid in generating search queries for a semantic database. The user may select two or more data classes from a displayed class hierarchy. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170864

Integrated automated test case generation for safety-critical software

According to some embodiments, system comprises a communication device operative to communicate with a user to obtain one or more requirements associated with a model for a test case generation module; a translation computer module to receive the model, store the model and generate an intermediate model; a generator computer module to receive the intermediate model, store the intermediate model, generate at least one test case; a memory for storing program instructions; at least one test case generation platform processor, coupled to the memory, and in communication with the translation computer module and the generator computer module, operative to execute program instructions to: transform the model into an intermediate model by executing the translation computer module; identify a model type associated with the intermediate model based on an analysis of the intermediate model by executing the generator computer module; select a test generation method based on analysis of the identified model type by executing the generator computer module; generate at least one test case for use in software validation and verification. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170714

Method and system of software specification modeling

According to some embodiments, a system includes a communication device operative to communicate with a user to obtain the one or more requirements associated with a specification model for a semantic module; a semantic module to receive the one or more requirements, store the one or more requirements and transform the one or more requirements into a semantic model; a specification module to receive the semantic model, store the semantic model, translate the semantic model and generate a specification model; a memory for storing program instructions; at least one specification model platform processor, coupled to the memory, and in communication with the specification module and the semantic module and operative to execute program instructions to: transform the one or more requirements into a semantic model by executing the semantic module; translate the semantic model into a graphical model by executing the specification module; and modify the graphical model by executing the specification module to generate the specification model; and generate a specification model that is human-readable and computer-readable for use in software design. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170405

Systems and methods for memory map utilization

Systems and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a system comprises an electronic device configured to be used in an industrial control system. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170197

Calibration of microscopy systems

Approaches are disclosed for calibrating a plurality of imaging devices, such as microscopes. In certain implementations, a calibration plate is employed that includes a variety of calibration features. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170045

Systems and methods for positron emission tomography signal isolation

A positron emission tomography (pet) photosensor output circuit configured to be operably coupled to a pet photosensor system is provided that includes a plurality of regional circuit portions and a summing portion. Each regional circuit portion is configured to be operably coupled to a corresponding photosensor system region and includes an input portion, a first branch, and a second branch. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160170040

Systems and methods for scintillators having micro-crack 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 disposed opposite the upper surface, plural sides extending between the upper surface and the lower surface, and a micro-crack surface extending at least partially along at least one of the sides. ... General Electric Company

06/16/16 / #20160169996

Method and system for cardiac scan plane prescription

The present application discloses a method of prescribing a scan plane during magnetic resonance imaging (mri) of an anatomy. The method comprises acquiring a volume image of the anatomy at a first resolution and simultaneously displaying three planar images represen