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Integrated heat exchange assembly and an associated method thereof

A system, such as a heat exchange assembly includes a support structure having a recess, a first support end, a second support end, and a support portion extending between the first and second support ends. The support structure further includes a plurality of projections protruding from a portion of a surface of the support structure, corresponding to the support portion. ... General Electric Company

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

Routing cloud messages using digital certificates

Provided are a system and method for routing messages in a multi-tenant cloud computing environment based on digital certificates. In one example, a server includes a network interface configured to receive a request and a digital certificate from a network object, where the digital certificate includes a plurality of attributes. ... General Electric Company

System for piston rod monitoring

A sensor system for determining a condition associated with a piston rod of a reciprocating system includes an interrogator system having a first antenna. The sensor system further includes a second antenna separated from the first antenna by an air gap distance. ... General Electric Company

Controlling operation of a power converter based on grid conditions

Systems and methods for controlling operation of a power converter based on grid conditions are provided. In particular, a first gating voltage can be applied to a switching element of a power converter associated with a wind-driven power generation system. ... General Electric Company

Harvesting energy from composite aircraft engine components

The present disclosure is directed to an engine component for a gas turbine engine, the engine component including a substrate that includes a composite fiber and defines a surface. An energy harvesting fiber is positioned within the substrate.. ... General Electric Company

Modulator for a hybrid converter system

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for modulating a voltage output of a hybrid converter system having first and second set of si-based power electronic devices coupled to first and second voltage source, respectively, and a first set of sic-based power electronic devices coupled to the first and second sets of si-based power electronic devices. The method includes switching between operational states of the hybrid converter system based on a desired voltage output, wherein each operational state includes one of the si-based power electronic devices from the first and second sets of si-based power electronic devices and one of the sic-based devices from the first set of sic-based power electronic devices being switched on and the remaining power electronic devices being switched off. ... General Electric Company

Semiconductor die backside devices and methods of fabrication thereof

A die for a semiconductor chip package includes a first surface including an integrated circuit formed therein. The die also includes a backside surface opposite the first surface. ... General Electric Company

Cathode assembly for use in x-ray generation

A cathode assembly design is provided that includes two flat emitters, a longer emitter filament and a shorter emitter filament. In one implementation the focal spot sizes produced by the long and short emitters overlap over a range. ... General Electric Company

Payer provider connect engine

Systems, methods and computer program products to identify and close gaps in care are provided. Aspects of the present disclosure disclosed and described herein enable a payer may identify gaps in care based on information in the payer database. ... General Electric Company

System and method for producing models for asset management from requirements

According to some embodiments, a structured requirements database may store at least one electronic file containing requirements for an industrial asset, the requirements comprising a structured textual description of the industrial asset. A processing unit may access the electronic file containing the requirements for the industrial asset and automatically execute a diagnosis model creation process using the structured textual description of the industrial asset to create a model for the industrial asset. ... General Electric Company

Deep learning for imputation of industrial multivariate time-series

A method for imputing multivariate-time series data in a predictive model includes performing historical training of the predictive model by accessing data element information obtained from a real world physical asset, the data element information representing operational characteristics or measurements of the real world physical asset, examining configuration details of the real world physical asset, evaluating an expressiveness of the predictive model by comparing the predicative model to the configuration details, developing the model to express the configuration details, training the developed model by running scenarios based on the data element information, comparing error metrics between a model prediction and a corresponding one of the data element information, deploying the model if the error metrics are within predetermined parameters, and retraining the model if the error metrics are outside the predetermined parameters. A non-transitory computer readable medium and a system for implementing the method are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

Wireless medical body area network and a method for managing wireless devices for the same

A method for managing wireless devices in a wireless medical body area network, mban, comprises configuring the wireless mban based on all wireless devices of the mban comprising at least one sensor and at least one hub, by sharing identification data, battery status, and communication performance between wireless devices of the wireless mban; providing a plurality of the wireless devices with at least short range communication and long range communication; and configuring a first wireless device of the wireless mban as a master depending on battery status and communication performance. Thereafter, the method comprises configuring a second wireless device of the wireless mban as a new master if the battery status and communication performance of the master drops below that of the second wireless device; and routing data transfer within the wireless mban depending on the battery status and communication performance of the wireless devices of the wireless mban.. ... General Electric Company

Intelligent mediation of messages in a healthcare product integration platform

Example systems and methods to mediate messages in a product integration platform are disclosed and described. An example method includes receiving a request message from an integration platform, the request message being received in a canonical data format. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170371312

Method of obtaining at least one operating parameter of an electrical substation component

A method of obtaining at least one operating parameter of an electrical substation component. The method comprises: providing the electrical substation component with a machine-readable code, non-human-readable, including the a operating parameter of the electrical substation component, the operating parameter includes a network connection parameter corresponding to the electrical substation component; providing an electronic module able to read the network connection parameter from the machine-readable code, the electrical substation component and the electronic module are in communication with a communications network; configuring the electronic module to read the network connection parameter from the machine-readable code and retrieve the network connection parameter from the machine-readable code; configuring the electronic module to use the network connection parameter retrieved from the machine-readable code to form a direct network connection with the electrical substation component to enable communication between the electronic module and the electrical substation component via a digital communication link.. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170371305

Systems and methods for providing an integrated power plant advisor

Embodiments of the disclosure can relate to providing an integrated power plant advisor. In one embodiment, a method for providing an integrated power plant advisor can include receiving a signal associated with a failure of a power plant or a power plant component. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170371016

Magnetic resonance apparatus

A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprises a scanning unit for performing a pulse sequence ps including a mt (magnetization transfer) pulse b for lessening signals from the cerebral parenchyma (white matter and gray matter). The scanning unit performs the pulse sequence ps in periods of time p1 and p3 in the pulse sequence ps so that the mt pulse b is applied every repetition time tr, while it performs the pulse sequence ps in a period of time p2 in the pulse sequence ps so that no mt pulse b is applied.. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170371010

Method and system for improved classification of constituent materials

An imaging system and method are disclosed. An mr image and measured b0 field map of a target volume in a subject are reconstructed, where the mr image includes one or more bright and/or dark regions. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370977

System and method for determining inductance in a power converter

A system includes a power converter including a primary bridge unit to receive a primary voltage from a voltage source, the primary bridge unit includes a first plurality of electronic switches, and each of the first plurality of electronics switches has a turn on time and a turn off time. Further, the power converter includes a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding, the primary winding is coupled to the first plurality of electronic switches. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370857

Distributed sensor network for nondestructively monitoring and inspecting insulated electrical machine components

An insulated electrical component of an insulated electrical machine includes a conducting element, a first radiographically-visible conductor sensor node coupled to the conducting element, at least one second radiographically-visible conductor sensor node coupled to the conducting element a first distance in a predetermined direction from the first radiographically-visible conductor sensor node, and an insulating material bonded to the conducting element. In some embodiments, the insulated electrical component further includes a first radiographically-visible insulator sensor node coupled to the insulating material and not coupled to the conducting element and at least one second radiographically-visible insulator sensor node coupled to the insulating material and not coupled to the conducting element a second distance from the first radiographically-visible insulator sensor node. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370839

Component treatment process and treated gas turbine component

A component treatment processes and treated gas turbine components are disclosed. The gas turbine treatment process includes laser-removing coating from a substrate of a turbine component to form laser-induced plasma, spectroscopically analyzing the laser-induced plasma, and discontinuing the laser-removing in response to the spectroscopic analyzing. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370589

Multi-tube late lean injector

A micromixer injector includes a fuel plenum to receive a supply of fuel. A plurality of premixing tubes extend through the fuel plenum. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370588

Combustor assembly for a turbine engine

A rich-quench-lean combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a liner extending between a forward end and an aft end. The liner includes a plurality of quench air jets positioned between the forward end and the aft end. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370585

Combustor assembly for a turbine engine

A rich-quench-lean combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a fuel nozzle and a dome, the fuel nozzle attached to the dome. The combustor assembly additionally includes a liner attached to or formed integrally with the dome, the liner and the dome together defining at least in part a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370584

Combustor assembly for a turbine engine

A rich-quench-lean combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a fuel nozzle and a dome, the fuel nozzle attached to the dome. The combustor assembly additionally includes a liner attached to or formed integrally with the dome, the liner and the dome together defining at least in part a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370583

Ceramic matrix composite component for a gas turbine engine

Ceramic matrix composite (cmc) components and methods for forming cmc components of gas turbine engines are provided. In one embodiment, a cmc component for a gas turbine engine includes an inner wall defining a first inner surface; an outer wall defining a second inner surface; and a nozzle extending from the inner wall to the outer wall. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370579

Integrated flare combustion control

A system for flare combustion control includes a sound speed measurement device for measuring sound speed in a flare vent gas, and a flare combustion controller including a memory and a processor. The processor is configured to receive the measured sound speed and determine, based on the measured sound speed, a molecular weight of the flare vent gas. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370376

A composite airfoil with fuse architecture

An airfoil material loss control structure is provided. This structure includes at least one fuse zone that, during impact from a foreign object, fail before the surrounding structure. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370368

Predicting a surge event in a compressor of a turbomachine

Systems and methods for predicting a surge event in a compressor of a turbomachine are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system may include one or more computer processors associated with the turbomachine. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370349

System and method for adjusting environmental operating conditions associated with heat generating components of a wind turbine

A system for adjusting environmental operating conditions associated with heat generating components located within a tower of a wind turbine may include a heat generating component located within an interior of the tower, a sensor configured to monitor a heat exchange parameter associated with the wind turbine and a split heat exchange system provided relative to the tower. The split heat exchange system may include a first heat exchanger located within the interior of the tower and a second heat exchanger located exterior to the tower. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370348

System and method for assessing farm-level performance of a wind farm

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for assessing farm-level performance of a wind farm. The method includes operating the wind farm in a first operational mode and identifying one or more pairs of wind turbines having wake interaction. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370304

Vehicle propulsion system and method of controlling the same

A vehicle propulsion system includes a controller configured to generate a control signal that dictates operation of a propulsion system of a vehicle having an engine and an electrically driven superturbocharger or a turbo-compounding turbine. Responsive to determining that the vehicle is one or more of entering into or traveling within an airflow restricting area, the controller is configured to change the operation of the propulsion system of the vehicle by reducing a power output by the engine. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370291

System and method of cooling a turbine engine

A cooling system for use with a turbine engine. The system includes a coolant reservoir configured to store cooling fluid therein, and a cooling device coupled in flow communication with the coolant reservoir, wherein the cooling device is configured to cool heated components of the turbine engine with the cooling fluid. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370286

Systems and methods for variable water injection flow control

Embodiments of the disclosure can include systems and methods for variable water injection flow control. For example, an operator of a gas turbine system may be enabled to adjust a water injection flow rate (and/or an inlet guide vein (igv) and/or a firing temperature) of the gas turbine system to optimize performance during current conditions. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370283

Exhaust frame of a gas turbine engine

The present application and the resultant patent provide an exhaust frame for a gas turbine engine. The exhaust frame may include an inner casing extending along a longitudinal axis of the exhaust frame, an outer casing positioned radially outward from the inner casing, a strut extending radially from the inner casing to the outer casing, and a relief groove defined in the inner casing or the outer casing and positioned about the strut. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370280

Method and systems for a turbocharger

Various methods and systems are provided for a detecting surge of a turbocharger in an engine system. In one example, system includes a turbocharger including a compressor coupled to a turbine and a controller and sensor system configured to detect a surge event of the turbocharger based on at least one of a rate of change of a pressure measured by sensors downstream of the compressor and a measured rate of change of turbine speed, store operational data associated with the surge event in memory of the controller, and determine a performance of the turbocharger based at least in part on one or more of a cumulative number of detected surge events, a magnitude of detected surge events, or associated operational data.. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370243

Turbine engine and stator vane pitch adjustment system therefor

A turbine engine is provided. The turbine engine includes a plurality of first stator vanes, a plurality of second stator vanes, and a pitch adjustment system coupled to the first stator vanes and the second stator vanes. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370239

Turbine systems with sealing components

A turbine system including a sealing component is presented. The sealing component includes a ceramic material. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370229

Airfoil with cast features and method of manufacture

An apparatus and method for forming a film hole in an outer wall of an airfoil. The film hole includes a blind opening adjacent the interior of the airfoil and a hole adjacent the exterior of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370222

Methods for repairing airfoil trailing edges to include ejection slots therein

Methods for repairing a trailing edge of an airfoil are provided. The method can include removing a portion of the trailing edge of the airfoil to form an intermediate component, and then applying using additive manufacturing a replacement portion on the intermediate component to form a repaired airfoil. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370221

Methods for repairing a damaged component of an engine

Methods for repairing a component having a damaged region are provided. The method can include removing the damaged portion from the component to form an intermediate component, wherein the damaged portion has an original geometry; and applying using additive manufacturing a repaired portion onto the intermediate component to form a repaired component. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370200

Bubble enhanced downhole oil water separation

Use of a bubble-generating mechanism in a production environment is described, the bubble generating mechanism may be used to facilitate the separation of a target fluid from a non-target fluid in the production environment, such as by creating a gradient of the fluids or creating separate and distinct zones of the fluids to be separated. The target fluid can then be preferentially recovered from the production environment based on the gradient or distinct zones.. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170370002

Coating process for applying a bifurcated coating

A coating process for applying a bifurcated coating to an article is disclosed including applying an aluminizing slurry to a first portion of the article, applying a chromizing slurry to a second portion of the article, and simultaneously heat treating the article, the aluminizing slurry, and the chromizing slurry. Heat treating the aluminizing slurry forms an aluminide coating on the first portion of the article and an aluminide diffusion zone between the article and the aluminide coating. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170369981

Treated gas turbine components and processes of treating gas turbine systems and gas turbine components

A process of treating a component includes mechanically removing surface debris from a base coating of the component, identifying at least one surface feature in the base coating, and applying an overlay coating layer over the surface feature of the base coating without stripping off the base coating. A process of treating a gas turbine component includes mechanically removing surface debris from a base coating of the gas turbine component, identifying at least one surface feature in the base coating of corrosion pits, dents, spalls, and combinations thereof, and applying an overlay coating layer over the surface feature of the base coating without stripping off the base coating. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170369832

Heating assembly for a bioreactor and an associated method thereof

A heating assembly for a bioreactor is disclosed. The heating assembly includes a holder having a plurality of segments coupled to each other to define a unitary structure and a heating component coupled to at least one segment of the plurality of segments. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170369189

Wireless aircraft engine communication system

An engine communication system for aircraft engines having a nacelle with two cowlings extending annularly about the aircraft engine and defining a radially outward surface thereof, and at least one sensor positioned radially inward from the nacelle. The system includes a cowling gap positioned between the two cowlings when coupled together, and an engine control device communicatively coupled to the sensor and configured to at least one of receive engine data from the sensor and receive instruction data from a transmitter device positioned radially outward from the cowling gap. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170369188

Wireless aircraft engine monitoring system

An engine monitoring system for an aircraft engine having a nacelle extending annularly thereabout and a sensor positioned radially inward therefrom. The system includes an engine control device coupled communicatively to the sensor and configured to receive engine data from the sensor and/or receive instruction data from a transmitter device positioned radially outward from a nacelle radially outward surface. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170369152

Stabilizer assembly for an aircraft aft engine

The present disclosure is directed to an aerodynamic stabilizer assembly for stabilizing an aft fan mounted to a fuselage of an aircraft. For example, the stabilizer assembly includes one or more generally horizontal stabilizers for mounting to a nacelle of the aft fan and the fuselage so as to stabilize the aft fan. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170369083

System and method of vehicle system control

A method for controlling a vehicle system includes determining a vehicle reference speed using an off-board-based input speed and an onboard-based input speed. The off-board-based input speed is representative of a moving speed of the vehicle system and is determined from data received from an off-board device. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170368796

Gasification component coated with chromium coating and method for protecting gasification component by using chromium coating

A gasification component for use in a gasification environment includes a metal-based substrate and a coating deposited on the metal-based substrate. The coating includes at least about 51% by weight of chromium in the alpha phase at an operating temperature of gasification.. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170368753

System and method for distortion mitigation and compensation in additive manufacturing proccesses through b-spline hyperpatch field

According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided comprising generating a nominal computer-aided design (cad) image of a component; producing a physical representation of the component from the nominal cad image using an additive manufacturing (am) process; measuring the physical component to obtain measurement data; determining a deviation between geometry associated with the nominal cad image and the obtained measurement data; determining a compensation field for the deviation, if the deviation is outside of a tolerance threshold; modifying the nominal cad image by the compensation field; and producing a physical representation of the component from the modified nominal cad image. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170368647

Methods for repairing film holes in a surface

Methods for repairing an airfoil having a damaged region are provided. The method can include removing the damaged portion from the airfoil to form an intermediate component. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170368499

System and method of recovering carbon dioxide from an exhaust gas stream

A carbon dioxide capture system includes a first heat exchanger that exchanges heat between an exhaust stream and a lean carbon dioxide effluent stream. The carbon dioxide capture system also includes a second heat exchanger in flow communication with the first heat exchanger. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170367643

Fetal monitoring hub

In the present invention, a system and associated method is provided for monitoring fetal vital parameters. The system includes a base unit, a monitoring hub including a digital signal processor/controller and operably connected to the base unit by a single channel digital signal protocol cable, e.g., a usb cable, and a number of fetal monitoring sensors operably connected to the monitoring hub. ... General Electric Company

12/28/17 / #20170367600

System and method for rapid ecg acquisition

In one embodiment, an ecg monitoring system includes two or more electrodes configured to record cardiac potentials from a patient, at least one processor, and a rapid acquisition module executable on the at least one processor to: determine that an impedance of each electrode is less than an impedance threshold; record initial ecg lead data based on the cardiac potentials; determine that a noise level in each ecg lead of the initial ecg data is less than a noise threshold; start a recording timer once the noise level is below the noise threshold; record an ecg dataset while the noise level is maintained below the noise threshold until the recording timer reaches a predetermined test duration; store the ecg dataset and provide a completion alert.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170367218

Heat exchanger including passageways

A heat exchanger includes a core defining a first passageway and a second passageway. The core includes a plurality of unit cells coupled together. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170367185

Printed circuit board including a thick-wall via and method of manufacturing same

A method of manufacturing a printed circuit board includes providing a printed circuit board (pcb) substrate including at least one insulating layer and first and second conductive layers separated from one another by the at least one insulating layer, forming a first via hole in the pcb substrate extending from the first conductive layer to the second conductive layer, where the first via hole is defined by a first sidewall of the pcb substrate, forming a second via hole in the pcb substrate, where the second via hole is defined by a second sidewall of the pcb substrate, and selectively plating the first sidewall and the second sidewall to form a first via and a second via, respectively, where the first via and the second via have different via sidewall thicknesses.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170367174

Voltage divider circuit assembly and method

A voltage divider circuit assembly includes resistors, an external electrostatic shield, and internal electrostatic shield(s). The resistors are in series with each other between input terminals that receive an input voltage. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170367170

Target assembly and isotope production system having a grid section

Target assembly includes a target body having a production chamber and a beam passage. The target body includes first and second grid sections that are disposed in the beam passage. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170367162

Led driving circuit and protection circuit for dc/dc convertor

A protection circuit for an led driver and a dc/dc converter. The led driver includes a dc/dc converter and a protection circuit. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366625

Software-defined sensors

This disclosure provides for a system and method for managing network-connected industrial assets. The network-connected assets include a sensor controller affixed to a shipping container, where the sensor controller is communicatively coupled to one or more sensors. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366356

Watermarking for data integrity

Methods, systems, and apparatus for ensuring data integrity are disclosed. A data container structure is obtained, the data container structure containing data and a source identifier of a first hardware component. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366196

Universal input and output interface

Provided is programmable circuit for interfacing with a field device. The circuit includes only one analog-to-digital converter (adc) configured to receive from the field device one from the group including a current signal and a voltage signal. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366112

Electric drive system and energy management method

An electric drive system includes an energy storage system (ess), a power conversion system, and an alternating current (ac) traction system. The ess provides or receives electric power, the ess includes a first energy storage unit and a second energy storage unit. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366100

Active voltage regulator systems and methods

A power conditioning unit used in an electrical system. The power conditioning unit includes a positive bus and a negative bus that are electrically connected to a direct current load to enable supplying direct current electrical power to the direct current load; and a first phase leg, which includes a first diode electrically connected to the positive bus, a first transistor electrically connected to the negative bus, and a first node between the first diode and the first transistor. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366037

Distribution of power commands in an energy storage system

Systems and methods for controlling power distribution are provided. The method includes receiving a power command, wherein the power command requests a discharge from one or more bess units, and wherein the one or more bess units are housed in one or more temperature controlled rooms. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366014

System and method for controlling charge of an energy storage device from a renewable energy source

Systems and methods for controlling the charge of an energy storage device include determining an estimated energy production prediction for an energy source from a present time to a target time by which an energy storage device is desired to reach a top of charge (toc) energy level when being charged by the energy source. An available amount of energy for storage at the energy storage device if the energy storage device is charged from the energy source at a first charge rate from the present time until the target time is determined. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366009

Systems and methods for controlling performance parameters of an energy storage device

Systems and methods for controlling performance parameters for an energy storage device include providing primary control signals to an energy storage device that indicate at least one operating value in a range defined by at least one set point value for one or more performance parameters of the energy storage device. In one embodiment, an actual performance score for the energy storage device operated in accordance with the primary control signals is determined and compared with a required performance score to determine a performance score evaluation parameter. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170366006

System and method for hybrid energy conversion

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

12/21/17 / #20170365047

Artifact management in imaging

The system and method of the invention pertains to automated analysis and reconstruction of images from a plurality of imaging devices to determine the presence of different types of artifacts, using signal processing and machine learning algorithms. The method (1) classifies the artifacts according to their cause, (2) selects correction algorithms to address the artifact, or artifact-generating data, and (3) selects the data or sections of the data and/or reconstruction parameters to be corrected. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364674

Methods and systems for accessing a secure system

Systems and methods are described for accessing a secure system requiring multi-point authentication by receiving an optical image, wherein the optical image includes at least a portion of an identification badge; determining a plurality of characteristics from the optical image of at least a portion of the identification badge; comparing one or more of the plurality of characteristics to a database of characteristics of authorized users; assigning a confidence factor based on the comparison; and prompting for a second form of authentication if the confidence factor meets or exceeds a threshold or denying access to the secure system if the confidence factor does not meet or exceed the threshold.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364645

Systems and methods for intelligent radiology work allocation

An example system to distribute a medical exam to an examiner includes a first interface to display a medical exam identifier associated with a medical exam stored in a patient record database and an examiner availability indicator to be displayed via the first interface. The examiner availability indicator is to be updated via a second interface. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364644

System and method for protocol adherence

The system and method disclosed herein provides an integrated and automated workflow, sensor, and reasoning system that automatically detects breaches in protocols, appropriately alarms and records these breaches, facilitates staff adoption of protocol adherence, and ultimately enables the study of protocols for care comparative effectiveness. The system provides real-time alerts to medical personnel in the actual processes of care, thereby reducing the number of negative patient events and ultimately improving staff behavior with respect to protocol adherence.. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364643

Systems and methods to optimize radiology exam distribution

Example methods, systems, and computer readable media are disclosed to allocate a medical exam. An example method includes identifying an exam characteristic associated with the medical exam. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364320

Interface method and apparatus

A model that is stored in a memory is accessed. The model describes a visualization of information related to the operation of one or more industrial control machines or systems. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364236

Interface method and apparatus for alarms

One or more industrial machines is selected from a navigation screen. The selected one or more industrial machines represents a context. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364214

Interactive user interface for managing project on-boarding and governance collaboratively

Provided are a system and methods for a user interface capable of managing projection overview information of a user. In one example, a method may include displaying a project overview screen including a plurality of project information objects each representing a category of project-related information of the user, receiving, from a user, a selection of a project information object from among the plurality of displayed project information objects, and in response to receiving the selection of the project information object from the user, expanding a size of a visual representation of the selected project information object on the project overview screen and with respect to the other project information objects, and revealing a plurality of subobjects within the expanded selected project information object, where the subobjects each represent a subcategory of the category of the project that is represented by the selected project information object.. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364045

Method and system for configuring programmable io controllers and searching connectable io modules thereof

The exemplified methods and systems facilitates the configuring of io devices and its io modules (and submodules) in enabling an operator to retrieve, via a single input, in a development workspace, a list of io modules and submodules that is compatible to a given io device. The exemplified methods and systems facilitates retrieval of compatible io modules and submodules based parameters of the io modules and submodules. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364043

Methods and systems for enhancing control of power plant generating units

A system including a power plant having thermal generating units that operate according to multiple possible operating modes, which are differentiated by a unique operational or maintenance schedule. The system further includes a hardware processor and machine readable storage medium on which is stored instructions that cause the hardware processor to execute a process related to optimizing the operational or maintenance schedule during a selected operating period. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170364042

Machine monitoring device

A machine monitoring device is provided which includes (a) a communications link to interrogate a machine with a probe signal and receive one or more measured machine operating condition outputs; and (b) a device controller capable of (i) selecting a machine operating condition input variable for which a corresponding machine operating condition output is unknown; (ii) applying a predictive model in which the machine operating condition input variable serves as an argument of a predicted machine operating condition output; (iii) updating a library of predicted machine operating condition outputs; and (iv) alerting a human operator if a measured or predicted machine operating condition output exceeds a predetermined limit. The predictive model is based on at least two independent primary models having at least one correspondence between a primary model machine operating condition and a corresponding machine output. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363601

Wireless system and method for measuring an operative condition of a machine

A system includes a sensor configured to be disposed within a reservoir of a machine having moving parts that are lubricated by a liquid in the reservoir. The sensor is configured to obtain a measurement of the liquid that is representative of at least one of a quantity or quality of the liquid in the reservoir. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363561

High capacity redox electrodes and their use in cell lysis

The present disclosure relates to the manufacture and use of redox electrodes and their use in cell lysis. In certain embodiments, the redox electrodes are manufactured using a hybrid material approach, such as using a redox polymer in combination with a support substrate, such as cellulose fibers or paper. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363559

Systems and methods for determining rotor deterioration in a dynamoelectric machine

Embodiments of the disclosure are directed at determining rotor deterioration in a dynamoelectric machine. Various current and voltage measurements are carried out upon an exciter assembly when the dynamoelectric machine is operated at various speeds and at various occasions over an extended period of time. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363555

Sensing system and an associated method thereof

A sensing system for monitoring an industrial fluid is presented. The sensing system includes a housing and a sensor probe disposed at least partially in the housing, where the sensor probe includes a substrate, a sensing region disposed on the substrate, a first coil disposed on the substrate and coupled to the sensing region, and a second coil disposed on the substrate and coupled to the first coil. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363329

Solar receiver having improved heliostat field performance

The present disclosure is directed to a solar receiver having improved heliostat field control. The solar receiver includes a plurality of receiver panels arranged adjacent to one another. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363294

Pilot premix nozzle and fuel nozzle assembly

A premix pilot nozzle and fuel nozzle assembly are disclosed herein. The premix pilot nozzle includes a nozzle body having a forward wall axially spaced from an aft wall and an outer band that extends axially between the forward wall and the aft wall. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363293

Pilot premix nozzle and fuel nozzle assembly

A premix pilot nozzle is disclosed herein. The premix pilot nozzle includes a nozzle body. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363212

Rotating seal and sealing element therefor

A sealing element apparatus for a rotating seal includes an array of cells defining an annular sealing surface, where the cells are divided into a plurality of layers extending parallel to the sealing surface.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363094

Method and system for metallic low pressure fan case heating

A fan assembly is provided. The fan assembly includes a fan, a fan casing circumscribing the fan, and a fan casing heating system in thermal communication with the fan casing. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363063

Sealing members for jointed rotor blade assemblies

A jointed rotor blade assembly may include a first blade segment having a first outer shell terminating at a first joint end and a second blade segment coupled to the first blade segment at a blade joint. The second blade segment may include a second outer shell terminating at a second joint end. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363062

Wind turbine rotor blade

A rotor blade for addressing the deflection of rotor blades of a wind turbine. The rotor blade includes a plurality of exterior surfaces defining a blade body having a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge and a trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363016

Liquid fuel control valve for gas turbine engine and method for controlling flow of liquid fuel to engine

The invention may be embodied a valve for a combustor of a gas turbine, the valve including: a housing including a fluid inlet and fluid outlets; an actuator within the housing and movable between an open position and a closed position; a fluid path through the housing between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlets, wherein the fluid path is blocked while the actuator is in the closed positions such that fluid may not flow from the inlet to the outlets and fluid may not flow between the outlets, and wherein one of the fluid outlets is fluidly connected to a first combustion can of the combustor, and another of the fluid outlets is fluidly connected to a second combustion can of the combustor.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363015

Systems and methods for flame holding avoidance in gas turbine combustors

In an embodiment, a system includes a gas turbine controller. The gas turbine controller is configured to receive a plurality of sensor signals from a fuel composition sensor, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, a flow sensor, or a combination thereof, included in a gas turbine engine system. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363011

Method and system for rotating air seal with integral flexible heat shield

An apparatus and method of reducing a flow of fluid and heat between a first space and a second space in a rotatable machine and an integral seal and heat shield device are provided. The device includes an annular flange configured to couple to the rotating member of the rotatable machine and a multi-walled seal shield member extending axially from the flange. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363006

System to enable spray intercooling in isochronous operation for power augmentation for spray intercooling engines

A control system for a gas turbine system includes a virtual filter. The virtual filter is configured to receive a power signal of the gas turbine system having a spray intercooler. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363005

Feedforward systems and methods for spray intercooling fluid flows

A system for a gas turbine includes a control system comprising a processor. The processor is configured to receive a signal indicating spray intercooling fluid demand of the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170363000

Inlet particle separator for a turbine engine

A method and apparatus for separating particles from an inlet airflow of a turbine engine has a centerbody with at least one radially outward scavenge conduit. The inlet airflow has entrained particulate matter, which can impact an impact surface defining part of the centerbody. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170362983

System and method for improving the performance of a selective catalyst reduction system in a heat recovery steam generator

A method for controlling emissions from a power plant having an ammonia injection grid that includes a plurality of ammonia injection points includes the steps of injecting ammonia into a flow of exhaust gas at an injection location, the injection of ammonia defining a spatial distribution of ammonia across an exhaust gas flowpath, measuring at least one parameter of the exhaust gas downstream from the injection location, comparing a measured value for the at least one parameter of the exhaust gas to a threshold value for the at least one parameter and, if the measured value for the at least one parameter exceeds the threshold value for the at least one parameter, automatically modifying the spatial distribution of ammonia injection across the exhaust gas flowpath.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170362943

Component for a gas turbine engine

A component for a gas turbine engine includes a first region formed substantially of a first cmc material, wherein first region defines a first thermal conductivity. The component further includes a second region formed substantially of a second cmc material, wherein the second region defines a second thermal conductivity. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170362941

Ceramic matrix composite component cooling

Nozzle segments and methods of cooling airfoils of nozzle segments are provided. For example, a turbine nozzle segment includes an inner band defining an inner band cavity and/or an outer band defining an outer band cavity. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170362939

System and method for performing an in situ repair of an internal component of a gas turbine engine

In one aspect, a method for performing in situ repairs of internal components of a gas turbine engine may generally include inserting a repair tool within an interior of the gas turbine engine such that a tip end of the repair tool is positioned within the gas turbine engine and an exterior end is positioned outside the gas turbine engine. The method may also include positioning the tip end of the repair tool adjacent to a defect of an internal component, wherein the defect defines a fillable volume along a portion of the internal component. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170362571

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

12/21/17 / #20170362485

Electrically insulating composition used in conjunction with dynamoelectric machines

An electrically insulating composition comprising about 25 to about 55 percent by weight of filler materials, about 45 to about 75 percent by weight of resin. The percentages being selected such that the total percentage of components does not exceed 100 percent. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170361947

Environmental impact assessment system

Systems and methods for assessing and quantifying the environmental impact on a mechanical component are provided. In one embodiment, a method can include receiving one or more first set(s) of data from one or more first data acquisition system(s) configured to communicate with an onboard system of an aircraft. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170361850

Traction loss warning system and method

A traction loss warning system includes a warning controller configured to be disposed onboard a first vehicle and to determine a location on a route where a loss in traction of the first vehicle occurred and a vehicle controller configured to be disposed onboard a second vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to control movement of the second vehicle along the route. The warning controller also is configured to communicate a warning signal that notifies the second vehicle of the location where the loss in traction of the first vehicle occurred. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170361718

Apparatus for energy transfer using converter and method of manufacturing same

According to an aspect of the invention, a motor drive circuit includes a first energy storage device configured to supply electrical energy, a bi-directional dc-to-dc voltage converter coupled to the first energy storage device, a voltage inverter coupled to the bi-directional dc-to-dc voltage converter, and an input device configured to receive electrical energy from an external energy source. The motor drive circuit further includes a coupling system coupled to the input device, to the first energy storage device, and to the bi-directional dc-to-dc voltage converter. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170361461

System and method for controlling robotic machine assemblies to perform tasks on vehicles

A robotic machine assembly includes a movable robotic arm configured to perform an assigned task that involves moving toward, engaging, and manipulating a target object of a vehicle. The assembly also includes a communication circuit configured to receive manipulation parameters for the target object from a remote database. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170361422

Polishing method for turbine components

A method of polishing a metallic workpiece includes: mounting the workpiece in a hopper; loading the hopper with a polishing media comprising, by weight percent, more than 98% metallic chips, less than 2% liquid, and less than 0.05% abrasive; and oscillating the hopper for a run time, thereby generating a flow of the polishing media over the workpiece, until a predetermined surface finish is achieved on the workpiece.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170361328

System, method and apparatus for upgrading a pulverizer

A method of upgrading a vertical spindle pulverizer includes the steps of removing a cover from a journal opening in a housing of the pulverizer to access a grinding zone of the pulverizer, removing a first journal assembly having a toroidal grinding roll from the pulverizer through the journal opening, removing a plurality of toroidal table segments from a grinding table of the pulverizer, installing a plurality of inclined bull ring segments on the grinding table, installing a second journal assembly having a conical grinding roll in the pulverizer, and replacing the cover over the journal opening. The inclined bull ring segments are configured to register with a grinding surface of the conical grinding roll.. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170360508

Virtual 4d stent implantation path assessment

Systems and techniques for virtual assessment of an implantation path for a medical device are presented. A system can analyze multi-dimensional medical imaging data regarding a patient body and a lesion area, generate a set of paths to reach the lesion area for deployment of a medical device, rank the set of paths to reach the lesion area, and recommend a subset of the paths for deployment of the medical device. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170360400

Delta-sigma beamformer and method for beamforming

A delta-sigma beamformer includes a beamsummer and a plurality of delta-sigma modules. Each of the delta sigma modules includes a delta-sigma modulator configured to receive analog ultrasound signals from one or more transducer elements and output a delay line including a plurality of samples based on the analog ultrasound signals. ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170360393

Method for calibrating working plane of medical detection apparatus

The present invention provides a method for calibrating a working plane of a medical detection apparatus, which is used for calibrating the working plane of the medical detection apparatus to be parallel with a first reference plane, wherein the working plane has a first point to be calibrated and a second point to be calibrated thereon, the first point to be calibrated is located on the first reference plane, and the first point to be calibrated and the second point to be calibrated are respectively supporting points of a first foot and a second foot for supporting the working plane on the working plane, the above method comprising: receiving at least one first inclination angle value from an angle measuring tool, wherein each first inclination angle value is an angle between a line connecting the first point to be calibrated and the second point to be calibrated and the first reference plane; computing a vertical distance between the second point to be calibrated and the first reference plane as a first magnitude of adjustment according to a pre-stored distance between the first point to be calibrated and the second point to be calibrated and the first inclination angle value; and adjusting a height of the second foot according to the first magnitude of adjustment to allow the second point to be calibrated to be located on the first reference plane.. . ... General Electric Company

12/21/17 / #20170360388

Systems and methods for molecular breast imaging

Methods and systems are provided for molecular breast imaging. In one embodiment, a method for nuclear medicine imaging comprises: during an acquisition of emission data from an anatomy of interest, calculating an average counts per pixel in non-target tissue; and responsive to the average counts per pixel reaching a threshold, automatically stopping the acquisition. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170359643

Packaging of luminaire mounted microphones

The specification and drawings present packaging for integrating a microphone into an outdoor luminaire that provides high sensitivity and dynamic range together with being waterproof, resistant to impact and wind noise, environmentally resistant and unobtrusive to passers-by. Various embodiments describe packaging of outdoor luminaire mounted microphones to achieve waterproof and minimized unwanted noise performance, and other desirable features.. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170359366

Threat detection and localization for monitoring nodes of an industrial asset control system

In some embodiments, a plurality of real-time monitoring node signal inputs receive streams of monitoring node signal values over time that represent a current operation of the industrial asset control system. A threat detection computer platform, coupled to the plurality of real-time monitoring node signal inputs, may receive the streams of monitoring node signal values and, for each stream of monitoring node signal values, generate a current monitoring node feature vector. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170358897

Bus bar and power electronic device with current shaping terminal connector and method of making a terminal connector

A current shaping phase leg bus bar for power electronics systems includes a first terminal connector, a second terminal connector, insulated from the first terminal connector, and a third terminal connector, insulated from the first and second terminal connectors. At least one of the terminal connectors is a current shaping terminal connector that includes one or more layers having a plurality of pre-defined locations for electrical connections, said plurality of pre-defined locations including one or more first locations and a plurality of second locations, and includes one or more gaps within or among its one or more layers, to provide substantially balanced conductive pathways among its one or more first locations and its plurality of second locations.. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170358315

Processing of signals from luminaire mounted microphones for enhancing sensor capabilities

The specification and drawings present a use of multiple microphones for increasing acoustic sensing capabilities by processing acoustic signals from the multiple microphones in outdoor luminaire mounted surveillance/sensor systems. For example, various embodiments presented herein describe signal processing means to utilize stereo/multiple microphones in a luminaire (such as an outdoor roadway luminaire) to provide enhanced information regarding the surroundings of the luminaire. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170358220

Vehicle navigational system

A laser navigational system for a vehicle having a lighting assembly configured for emission of light. A lens array assembly receives incoming light from the lighting assembly and changes the direction of the incoming light received from the lighting assembly such that the outgoing light emanating from the lens array assembly is collimated in a first direction but diverges along a different, second direction. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170358073

Systems and methods for monitoring components

Systems and methods for monitoring components are provided. A component has an exterior surface. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170358072

Method and system for articulation of a visual inspection device

Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for articulating visual inspection devices are provided. For example, a method can include receiving an inspection template by a control system associated with the visual inspection device. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170357908

Method and system of alarm rationalization in an industrial control system

Described herein are systems and methods of alarm rationalization for an industrial control system. This can comprise building a model of the industrial control system, wherein the model includes components that are monitored or controlled by the industrial control system and alarms associated with the components; training the model by applying one or more machine learning algorithms against a historical database of alarms for the industrial control system; and applying the trained model against the industrial control system for alarm management of the industrial control system.. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170357828

Digital pattern prognostics

Systems and techniques for facilitating digital data prognostics are presented. A system can processes a corpus of stored data, generate respective digital signatures representing respective subsets of the corpus of the stored data, and tag the respective digital signatures with tags corresponding to extrinsic events. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170357504

Transporation data analytics framework supporting additional programming languages

Provided are a method and device for analyzing transportation data within a transportation analytics framework. For example, the method may include receiving transportation data having a representation compatible with the transportation analytics framework including a transportation analytics programming language. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170357223

System and method to enhance turbine monitoring with environmental information

A control system for a gas turbine includes a processor. The processor configured to access data indicative of environmental conditions of a location of the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170357058

System, method and apparatus for adjusting a flame scanner

A flame scanner includes a lens barrel assembly defining a generally hollow body having a first end and a second end, and an opening formed in the first end, a lens positioned adjacent to the second end, and a fiber optic cable receivable through the opening in the first end, the fiber optic cable having a distal end. A field of view of the flame scanner is selectively adjustable by varying a position of the distal end of the fiber optic cable with respect to the lens.. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356944

Filtration thresholding

A measurement system includes a receiver configured to receive a measurement signal indicative of a parameter of a measured object. The measurement system also includes a processor configured to iteratively filter the measurement signal using a threshold value. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356880

Power systems and methods for a pipeline inspection apparatus

Systems and methods are provided for powering a pipeline inspection system. The system includes an induction generator extending along a radially curved plane. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356655

Fuel nozzle assembly with fuel inlet slots

The present disclosure is directed to a bundled tube type fuel nozzle assembly. The fuel nozzle assembly includes a fuel plenum body including a forward plate, an aft plate, an outer band that extends between the forward plate and the aft plate and a fuel plenum defined within the fuel plenum body. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356652

Combustor effusion plate assembly

The present application provides a combustor for a gas turbine engine. The combustor may include a number of fuel nozzles and an effusion plate assembly positioned about the fuel nozzles. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356650

Detecting combustion anomalies in gas turbines using audio output

In one embodiment, a turbine system includes a combustion system comprising a plurality of combustion cans, a number of sensors, each of the number of sensors coupled to a respective combustion can of the number of combustion cans, and a controller. The controller includes a memory storing one or more processor-executable routines and a processor configured to access and execute the one or more routines encoded by the memory. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356643

System and method for increasing the concentration of pulverized fuel in a power plant

A pre-ignition conduit for a pulverized fuel nozzle includes a duct having first and second opposing end portions, the first end portion configured to face an outlet of an igniter. The conduit further includes a cone-shaped concentrator for collecting and forwarding pulverized fuel into the duct for ignition, the cone-shaped concentrator being secured to the first end portion and located between the outlet of the igniter and the duct. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356621

Lens array assembly and method for making the same

A lens array assembly includes plural lens elements each configured to receive incoming light from one or more light sources. The lens elements include biconic refractive elements on first sides of the lens elements and including diffractive elements on opposite, second sides of the lens elements. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356421

System and method for coordinating wake and noise control systems of a wind farm

A system and method for simultaneously coordinating a wake control system and a noise control system of a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines is disclosed. The method includes determining, via a farm controller, one or more wake control set points for the wake control system. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356349

System and method to enhance lean blowout monitoring

A monitoring system for a gas turbine includes a processor configured to receive an operating signal indicating an operating parameter of the gas turbine. The processor is configured to predict an occurrence of a lean blowout (lbo) event based on the operating parameter and an entropy ratio of combustion dynamics associated with a combustor of the gas turbine, wherein the lbo event corresponds to when the combustor stops firing. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356346

System and method to enhance corrosion turbine monitoring

A control system for a gas turbine includes a processor. The processor configured to access one or more operating parameters of the gas turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356344

Systems and methods to control combustion dynamic frequencies

Systems and methods for frequency separation in a gas turbine engine are provided herein. The systems and methods for frequency separation in a gas turbine engine may include determining a hot gas path natural frequency, determining a combustion dynamic frequency, and modifying a compressor discharge temperature to separate the combustion dynamic frequency from the hot gas path natural frequency. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356342

Circuit-level heating for wide wobbe fuels in dln gas turbine combustion

A gas turbine fuel heating system is disclosed having at least one coalescing filter configured to accept a main fuel supply and a plurality of fuel circuit heaters. Each fuel circuit heater can be configured to accept an independent fuel circuit portion of the main fuel supply leaving the at least one coalescing filter and also configured to accept a heating medium circuit portion of a heating medium. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356341

Impingement cooling system for a gas turbine engine

The present disclosure is directed to an impingement cooling system for a gas turbine engine having a gas turbine engine component and an insert positioned within the gas turbine engine component. The insert includes an insert body that defines an inner cavity therein, a first impingement aperture, a first heat exchanger inlet aperture, and a first heat exchanger outlet aperture. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356338

Installation tool and system for assembling a gas turbine combustor

An apparatus and system for assembling a combustor comprises a push bar including a first end portion that is laterally opposed from a second end portion. A first alignment block and a second alignment block are adjustably coupled to the push bar. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356319

Exhaust gas heat exchange for ammonia evaporation using a heat pipe

A heat pipe has a first portion positioned within an exhaust path of a gas turbine exhaust processing system and a second portion positioned in a heat exchange relationship with a flow path of a heat exchange fluid. The flow path of the heat exchange fluid includes an ammonia evaporator configured to evaporate ammonia received from an ammonia source. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356305

Self-retaining bushing assembly

A bushing apparatus includes: a housing with first and second ends, the housing having an outer bore passing therethrough from the first end to the second end, wherein the bore includes a reduced-diameter band located between the first and second ends; and a bushing received in the outer bore, the bushing having first and second ends and an inner bore passing therethrough from the first end to the second end of the bushing, wherein the bushing includes an outer surface having a reduced-diameter groove located between the first and second ends, wherein the band is received in the groove in a radially overlapping relationship, so as to block movement of the bushing relative to the housing.. . ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356304

Systems and methods for reducing fluid viscosity in a gas turbine engine

A fluid viscosity system for use in a gas turbine engine includes an induction assembly coupled to a fluid line within the gas turbine engine. The induction assembly includes an electromagnet. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356302

Control system for a gas turbine engine

Systems and methods for shutting down a gas turbine engine in response to a severe mechanical failure include determining a rate of change of one or more process conditions. If the rate of change of the one or more process conditions exceeds a respective predetermined failure threshold, a potential severe mechanical failure of the gas turbine engine may be determined. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356299

Impingement insert for a gas turbine engine

The present disclosure is directed to an impingement insert for a gas turbine engine. The impingement insert includes an insert wall having an inner surface and an outer surface spaced apart from the inner surface. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356297

Lockwire tab backcut for blade stress reduction (9e.04)

The present application thus provides a method for reducing stress on a turbine blade wherein each of the turbine blades includes a dovetail with lockwire tab. The method may include the steps of (a) determining a starting line for a backcut relative to a lockwire tab end, (b) determining a cut angle for the backcut, and (c) removing material from the lockwire tab according to the starting line and the cut angle to form the dovetail backcut. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356295

Turbine component cooling holes

A turbine component includes an internal surface, an external surface and a cooling hole. The cooling hole includes an inlet disposed on the internal surface, an outlet disposed on the external surface and a flow passage in fluid communication between the inlet and outlet. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170356068

Ni-base superalloy composition and method for slm processing such ni-base superalloy composition

A ni-base superalloy composition to be used for powder-based additive manufacturing (am) technology, such as selective laser melting (slm) or electron beam melting (ebm). The cracking susceptibility during an am process is considerably reduced by controlling the amount of elements, especially hf, that form low-melting eutectics.. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170355827

Ion exchange membranes prepared from crosslinked ion exchange polymer compositions

A self-supported ion exchange membrane including a polymerized and crosslinked monomer, where the monomer includes: a least one ionic group, a polymerized group, and a silicate group; and a polymer chemically bonded to crosslinked monomer through the silicate group.. . ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170355047

System and method for assembling a heat exchanger

A method of assembling a heat exchanger includes the steps of fluidly connecting a plurality of first heat exchanger tubes to a first connecting tube portion at an assembly location to form a first subassembly, fluidly connecting a plurality of second heat exchanger tubes to a second connecting tube portion at the assembly location to form a second subassembly, transporting the first subassembly and the second subassembly from the assembly location to an installation location, and connecting the first subassembly to the second subassembly at a single connection point between the first connecting tube portion and the second tube connecting portion.. . ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170355046

System, method and apparatus for aligning tubes of a heat exchanger

An apparatus for aligning tubes of a heat exchanger includes a generally planar body having an insertion end and an actuator end, a first driving member received by the body and extending between the insertion end and the actuator end, the first driving member being movable axially with respect to the body, and a first biasing member operatively connected to the first driving member. The first driving member is actuatable to move the first biasing member between a clearance position in which the first driving member lays generally flat within respect to the body, and an extended position in which the first biasing member extends generally perpendicular from the body.. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170354927

Boiler and device for selective non catalytic reduction

The boiler (1) has side tubed walls (2) enclosing an inner space (3) and a device for selective non catalytic reduction (7). The device for selective non catalytic reduction (7) has a lance (8) carrying a hose (9) having at least a nozzle (10) and a hose drive mechanism (11) for driving the hose within the lance. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170354926

Integrated desulfurization and carbon dioxide capture system for flue gases

An integrated system for capturing carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides from a flue gas stream comprising a desulfurization chamber to remove sulfur-type pollutants and a carbon dioxide capture system in fluid communication with the desulfurization chamber; where the carbon dioxide capture system is operative to absorb carbon dioxide from the flue gas stream.. . ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170354396

Wireless ultrasound probe adapter

An ultrasound wireless probe adapter is presented. The adapter includes a first coupling unit configured to detachably couple the adapter to ultrasound probe assemblies, a second coupling unit configured to wirelessly couple the adapter to a smart device, and a microcontroller. ... General Electric Company

12/14/17 / #20170354387

Fluoroscopic guidance system with offset light source and method of use

In the present invention, a system and associated method is provided for image-guided navigation during a medical procedure. The system includes a movable gantry having an x-ray source, an x-ray detector and a laser disposed on the detector offset from the area of the detector receiving the beam from the source, a movable table and a system controller operably connected to the gantry, the x-ray source, the x-ray detector, the laser and the table. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170354059

Systems and methods for cooling a compartmentalized and ducted electrical enclosure

. . In one embodiment, the system includes one or more electrical components associated with turbomachinery, and the one or more electrical components are disposed within two or more interior compartments of an electrical enclosure. The system also includes a cooling system coupled to the electrical enclosure. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170354007

Temperature correction for energy measurement in a street lighting luminaire

A street lighting assembly includes an led lighting device and a node assembly coupled to the led light device. The node assembly includes a processor, the processor being configured to detect a temperature within an operating environment of the led light device, determine a correction factor associated with the detected temperature, and apply the correction factor to one or more measured values of electrical parameters of the led light device.. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170353366

Methods and systems for network monitoring

Methods and system for network monitoring is provided. The system includes a communication circuit configured to receive network information from one or more components of a medical network for a select time period, and a controller circuit having one or more processors coupled to the communication circuit. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170353123

System and method for supplying power to at least one load

It is a system for supplying power to at least one load. The system comprises at least one power source, load bank and control device coupled to the at least one load. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170353111

System and method for a dc/dc converter

According to some embodiments, an electronic drive circuit is disclosed. The electronic drive circuit includes an energy storage device and a first bridge circuit coupled to the energy storage device. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170353026

Improvements in or relating to circuit interruption apparatuses

A circuit interruption apparatus, for an electrical network, comprising a circuit interruption device that is operatively connectable at a source side to a source of the electrical network and at a back side to a load of an electrical network. The circuit interruption device when closed permits and when open inhibits the current flow between the source side the back side,. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170352500

Circuit breaker latch mechanism integrated into the rotor assembly

A circuit breaker includes an electrically insulative case and a rotor assembly disposed within the electrically insulative case. The rotor assembly includes a contact arm and a rotor that is rotatable relative to the electrically insulative case. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170352167

System and method for layered visualization of evaluation results

A layered visualization element system includes a processor coupled to a bus, a display device, and a data store including artificial lift evaluation results and executable computer-readable instructions, the processor configured to access the artificial lift evaluation results and to create on the display a multi-layered graphical representation having a first layer depicting in a matrix format of cells an overview of the evaluation results, at least a portion of cells graphically representing results of an evaluation of an artificial lift type to one or more rules, a second layer depicting one or more details of the evaluation associated with the one or more results graphically represented in a user-selected cell element, and a third layer providing textual details of a feasibility score representing an analysis based on the evaluation results. A non-transitory computer-readable medium and a method for displaying artificial lift evaluations are disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170351685

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

12/07/17 / #20170351272

System and method for evaluating heterogeneous hydrocarbon extractor systems for hydrocarbon wells

A hydrocarbon extractor (he) evaluator system includes a central controller and an he evaluator model that includes a hierarchical equipment model of heterogeneous he type, subtype, and property, a plurality of rules arrangeable as a hierarchical equipment rule set, and as a hierarchical well feature rule set, a rules engine, the hierarchical well feature rule set formatted for a multi-factor comparison by the rules engine between heterogeneous he types from disparate sources applied to the hierarchical equipment model. The rules engine configured to apply rules using class structure and one or more categories to an extracted portion of the hierarchical equipment model to generate results displayable to a user for determination of an he type suitable for a particular well. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170351250

Method and apparatus to represent process alarms in parent-child relationships

An apparatus and corresponding methods for representing process alarms in a parent-child relationship includes an interface having an input and an output and a controller coupled to the interface. The controller is configured to access a hierarchal data structure through the interface. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170351085

Stereo imaging system

A stereoscopic optical system that includes an image member that is located at a position along a center optical axis and that has a first stereoscopic image area on a first side of the optical axis for receipt of a first stereoscopic image thereon and a second, separate stereoscopic image area on a second, separate side of the optical axis for receipt of a second, separate stereoscopic image thereon. The system includes an optical arrangement extending along the center optical axis and includes a roof prism with first and second roof segments. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350993

Systems and methods for reducing polarization in imaging detectors

A method is provided including, acquiring detection events with a radiation detector including a semiconductor plate and configured to produce electrical signals in response to absorption of ionizing radiation in the semiconductor plate, wherein electrons and holes are generated responsive to absorption of the ionizing radiation. The semiconductor plate includes a first surface opposed to a second surface, with sidewalls interposed between the first surface and the second surface. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350650

System and method of recovering carbon dioxide from an exhaust gas stream

A carbon dioxide capture system includes a first heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between an exhaust stream and a lean carbon dioxide effluent stream. The carbon dioxide capture system also includes a first turboexpander including a first compressor driven by a first turbine. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350598

Contoured shroud swirling pre-mix fuel injector assembly

The present disclosure is directed to a fuel injector assembly of a gas turbine engine, including a centerbody, an outer sleeve surrounding the centerbody, an inner sleeve disposed between the centerbody and at least a section of the outer sleeve, and at least one axially oriented vane defined between the centerbody and a section of the inner sleeve. A section of the outer sleeve includes at least one radially oriented vane. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350597

Heat transfer device, turbomachine casing and related storage medium

Various embodiments include a heat transfer device, a turbomachine casing and a related storage medium. In some cases, the device includes: a body having an outer surface and an inner cavity within the outer surface; at least one aperture extending through the body, the at least one aperture positioned to direct fluid from the inner cavity through the body to the outer surface; a first lip proximate a first end of the body, and a second lip proximate a second end of the body, the first lip and the second lip each extending radially outward from the outer surface relative to a direction of flow of the fluid through the inner cavity; and a plug coupled with the body, the plug for obstructing an end of the inner cavity, the plug positioned to redirect flow of the fluid from a first direction to a second, distinct direction.. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350588

Apparatus and method for welding a waterwall panel

A waterwall panel welding apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an inlet assembly, a welding assembly, an outlet assembly, and a heating system. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350507

Device for actuating a rotating shaft selected from a plurality of parallel rotating shafts

A device for actuating a rotating shaft selected from a plurality of parallel rotating shafts, comprising a driving shaft supported and actuated by corresponding rotation means, which is provided with a driving gear for the transmission of torque, a plurality of driven shafts each one of which is provided with a corresponding driven gear that is designed to be meshed with the driving gear, the driven gears being arranged on the respective driven shaft in an axial position that is offset with respect to the other driven gears, the driving gear being capable of performing a translational movement axially with means of translational motion for alternate meshing with one of the driven gears, the device further comprising means of prevention of rotation for the driven shafts whose driven gear is not meshed with the driving gear.. . ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350413

Conical load spreader for composite bolted joint

Composite fan blade platform includes forward and aft portions and transition portion therebetween. Platform mounting holes extend through increased section thickness in transition portion and conical countersinks centered about centerlines of mounting holes extend into transition portion. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350369

System and method for controlling a dynamic system

A control system for a dynamic system including at least one measurement sensor. The system includes at least one computing device configured to generate and transmit at least one regulation device command signal to at least one regulation device to regulate operation of the dynamic system based upon at least one inferred characteristic.. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350330

Systems for a multi-fuel capable engine

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

12/07/17 / #20170350323

Fuel delivery system and method for a gas turbine engine

A gas turbine engine and method of operation are provided. The gas turbine engine may include a variable geometry component operably driven by a component actuator. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350321

Bundled tube fuel nozzle assembly with tube extensions

A bundled tube fuel nozzle assembly includes a fuel plenum body defining a forward wall, an aft wall, an outer band, a fuel plenum defined within the fuel plenum body and a plurality of tubular passages that extends from the forward wall, through the fuel plenum and to the aft wall, wherein the fuel plenum body is formed as a singular body. The bundled tube fuel nozzle assembly further includes a plurality of tube extensions that extends downstream from the plurality of tubular passages. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350320

System for cooling exhaust gas with absorption chiller

A gas turbine system includes a gas turbine engine configured to combust a fuel and produce an exhaust gas. An exhaust duct assembly is coupled to the gas turbine engine and is configured to receive the exhaust gas. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350278

Support assembly for turbine shipping/operation

A support assembly supports a gas turbine in a manufacturing configuration, a shipping configuration and an operating configuration. The support assembly includes a stand leg securable to a base, where the stand leg includes a turbine casing interface with a slot sized to receive a turbine casing pin. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350271

Adaptive model-based method to quantify degradation of a power generation system

A system includes a power generation system and a controller that controls the power generation system. The controller includes a processor that generates a model of the power generation system that estimates a value for a first parameter of the power generation system. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350269

Passive clearance control sysem for gas turbomachine

A turbomachine includes a compressor portion, and a turbine portion operatively connected to the compressor portion. The turbine portion includes a turbine casing. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350263

System and method for sealing flow path components with front-loaded seal

This disclosure provides systems and methods for sealing flow path components, such as turbomachine airfoils, with a front-leaded seal. A seal channel is defined between a portion of the suction side surface of a first flow path component and a portion of the pressure side of a second flow path component. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350261

Airfoil with improved coating system and methods of forming the same

A coating system for a surface of a superalloy component is provided. The coating system includes a mcraly coating on the surface of the superalloy component, where m is ni, fe, co, or a combination thereof. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350260

Turbine component and methods of making and cooling a turbine component

A turbine component includes a root and an airfoil extending from the root to a tip opposite the root. The airfoil forms a leading edge and a trailing edge portion extending to a trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350259

Turbine component and methods of making and cooling a turbine component

A turbine component includes a root and an airfoil extending from the root to a tip opposite the root. The airfoil forms a leading edge and a trailing edge portion extending to a trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350258

Nozzle cooling system for a gas turbine engine

The present disclosure is directed to a nozzle cooling system for a gas turbine engine. An impingement plate is positioned radially inwardly from a radially inner surface of an inner side wall of a nozzle. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350256

Turbine component and methods of making and cooling a turbine component

A turbine component includes a root and an airfoil extending from the root to a tip opposite the root. The airfoil forms a leading edge and a trailing edge portion extending to a trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350253

Turbine engine shaft torque sensing

A gas turbine engine and system for measuring torque for a gas turbine engine shaft is provided. The system may include a first sensor module, a second sensor module, a first coupler, a second coupler, and a static antenna. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170350191

Steering sysatem and method

A system for steering a drilling device comprising a drill pipe, is provided therein, the system comprising: a hoop sleeved on the drill pipe of the drilling device and having an outer diameter substantially equal to an inner diameter of a hole to be drilled; and a steering driving mechanism provided between the hoop and the drill pipe, for controlling a radial displacement of the drill pipe relative to a center axis of the hole to be drilled while drilling. The steering driving mechanism comprises one or more sub-mechanisms for connecting the hoop and the drill pipe and driving the drill pipe to move inside the hole, wherein each of the sub-mechanisms comprises an actuator adjustable in length, and a link element with one end rotatably coupled to the actuator and the other end rotatably coupled to hoop.. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170349368

Convertible support structures for shipping large machinery

A progressive shipping stand includes a stage one assembly, and a stage two assembly. The stage one assembly and the stage two assembly together define a first profile, and the stage two assembly alone defines a second profile, smaller than the first profile. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170349187

Vehicle propulsion system and method

A propulsion system includes plural inverters configured to be onboard a vehicle and to convert direct current into an alternating current, and plural motors configured to receive the alternating current from the inverters. The motors also are configured to be operably coupled with axles of the vehicle to rotate the axles. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170348876

Thin ply high temperature composites

A method of fabricating a laminar composite article, includes steps of spreading a plurality of continuous fiber tows from a spool to form a first ply layer having a substantially consistent layer thickness, applying a binder to the spread plurality of continuous fiber tows, curing the plurality of continuous fiber tows and applied binder at a cure temperature less than a thermal decomposition temperature of the binder, and processing the cured plurality of continuous fiber tows at a post-cure temperature greater than the cure temperature.. . ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170348638

System and method of reducing oxygen concentration in an exhaust gas stream

An oxygen scavenging system that includes a first catalytic converter unit configured to receive an exhaust stream from a power production unit. The exhaust stream includes oxygen. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170348452

Smart sterilization tracker tag

In the present invention, a device, system and associated method is provided, as a compact, automated and self-contained data logger with capability of withstanding conditions used in sterilizing reusable medical device equipment/components. The device includes one or more sensors to automatically sense and store information on the parameters of various autoclave cycle(s) for the component associated with the tracking device and their respective timestamps of each autoclave cycle(s). ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170347983

Method for contrast medium injection volume estimation based on image analysis

A computer implemented method for estimating the volume of a medium comprising a contrast agent injected to a hollow organ through a catheter during an injection event, the method comprising the determination of the duration of injection during the injection event, the determination of the flow rate based on the procedure type, acquisition type, organ, specificities of the user controlling the injection, patient characteristics, concentration of an contrast agent in the medium, administration route, type of catheter, the size of the catheter, and/or any pre-sets provided, and the calculation an estimate for the volume of medium injected based on the duration of injection and the flow rate.. . ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170347970

Visual alarm indication on parameter active cables

A patient monitoring system and method for visual alarm indication on parameter active cables are provided herein. The patient monitoring system includes a plurality of sensors and an active cable coupled to the plurality of sensors to acquire data from the plurality of sensors. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170347964

System and method of adaptive interpretation of ecg waveforms

A cluster database includes existing ecg datasets organized into clusters, wherein each existing ecg dataset includes an existing ecg waveform with at least one corresponding existing feature and existing interpretation. Each cluster is comprised of existing ecg datasets having a common existing feature. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170347960

Mobile newborn care bed and methods of newborn care

A mobile newborn care bed is configured to be positioned at a delivery location of an infant includes a bassinet containing a mattress for receiving the infant and a frame that supports the bassinet. At least two capacitive sensors are incorporated in the mattress that record cardiac signals, and an on-bed computing system is configured to receive the cardiac signals and determine a heart rate for the infant. ... General Electric Company

12/07/17 / #20170347917

Newborn respiration monitoring system and method

A newborn respiration monitoring system includes a flow sensor that measures a gas flow and a co2 sensor that measures a co2 within the breathing circuit for an infant. The system further includes a resuscitation module executable on a processor of a computing system to receive the flow measurement and the co2 measurement and determine respiratory information for the infant. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170347413

Method of protecting and detecting a surge event in a node

Devices and methods for protecting against a surge in a luminaire are provided. For example, a controller for use with a luminaire is provided. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170347254

Wireless medical body area network and method to associate wireless devices therewith

A method of associating wireless devices with a wireless medical body area network, mban, where the wireless mban comprises at least one host is provided. The method comprises activating the host to search for wireless devices in range; displaying a list on the host of available wireless devices in range, wherein displaying the list comprises displaying each wireless device on the list with a unique representation on the list and the same unique representation on the wireless device itself; selecting a wireless device on the list; and associating the selected wireless device on the list with the host.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170346430

Systems and methods for adjusting operations of a gas turbine following a transient event

A method may involve monitoring a first set of electrical properties associated with an electrical grid configured to couple to a generator and determining whether a transient event is present on the electrical grid based on the first set of electrical properties. The method may also involve determining a mechanical power present on a shaft of the generator based on a second set of electrical properties associated with the generator, the electrical grid, or both when the transient event is present and sending the mechanical power to a controller associated with a turbine configured to couple to the generator, wherein the controller is configured to adjust one or more operations of the turbine based on the mechanical power.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170346384

Semiconductor switching circuit

A semiconductor switching circuit, for use in a hvdc power converter, comprising: a main semiconductor switching element, including first and second connection terminals between which current flows from the first connection terminal to the second connection terminal and an auxiliary semiconductor switching element electrically connected between the first and second connection terminals thereof, and a control unit, operatively connected to auxiliary semiconductor switching element and programmed to control the switching element to create an alternative current path between the first and second connection terminals by at least two of: a fully-on mode in which the switching element is operated at its maximum rated base current or gate voltage; a pulsed switched mode in which the switching element is turned on and off; and an active mode in which the switching element is operated with a continuously variable base current or gate voltage.. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170346118

Fuel cell system and operating method thereof

A fuel cell system is disclosed, which includes an anode recirculation loop comprising a fuel cell stack for generating power, a flowmeter for measuring a fuel flow rate of a fuel provided into the anode recirculation loop, a current measuring device for measuring a current drawn from the fuel cell stack, a recycle ratio measuring device for measuring a recycle ratio in the anode recirculation loop, and a processor for estimating a fuel utilization of the fuel cell stack based on the measured fuel flow rate, the measured current and the measured recycle ratio. Methods for operating the fuel cell system are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170345890

Semiconductor device and method of making thereof

Embodiments of a semiconductor device and methods of forming thereof are provided herein. In some embodiments, a power semiconductor device may include a first layer having a first conductivity type; a second layer disposed atop the first layer, the second layer having the first conductivity type; a termination region formed in the second layer, the termination region having a second conductivity type opposite the first type; and an active region at least partially formed in the second layer, wherein the active region is disposed adjacent to the termination region proximate a first side of the termination region and wherein the second layer is at least partially disposed adjacent to the termination region proximate a second side of the termination region opposite the first side.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170345799

Power module

A power module may include a first bus bar having a first plurality of tabs, wherein each of the first plurality of tabs is electrically coupled to a respective conductive trace of a plurality of conductive traces disposed on a first side; a second bus bar having a second plurality of tabs, wherein each of the second plurality of tabs is electrically coupled to a respective conductive trace of a plurality of conductive traces disposed on a second side; and a third bus bar having a third plurality of tabs, wherein at least one tab of the third plurality of tabs is electrically coupled to a respective conductive trace of the plurality of conductive traces disposed on the first side and at least one tab of the third plurality of tabs is electrically coupled to a respective conductive trace of the plurality of conductive traces disposed on the second side.. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170345598

Improvements in or relating to circuit interruption devices

A trip apparatus for a circuit interruption device that comprises a coil operatively connectable to a circuit interruption device. The coil is configured to selectively operate the circuit interruption device to interrupt when a current flowing through the circuit interruption device exceeds a threshold. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170345529

Triaxial mineral insulated cable in flame sensing applications

An apparatus and method for flame sensing within a turbine. A sensor assembly, an electrical assembly and a cable assembly extending therebetween. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170345318

Aircraft control system

A system is provided that includes a controller including one or more processors disposed onboard an aircraft. The controller is configured to be operably connected to multiple subsystems on the aircraft. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170344125

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

11/30/17 / #20170344047

Wireless communication systems and methods for intelligent electronic devices

The embodiments described herein provide a system including an intelligent electronic device (ied) comprising a first processor configured to communicate control commands to power equipment, receive measurements from the power equipment, use a secure wireless system to send data to an access point, wherein the data includes the measurements, and use the secure system to communicate with a management device, via the access point, to receive configuration information, command information, or any combination thereof.. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170344032

System and method for drum level control with transient compensation

A level control system for controlling the liquid level in a boiler drum is provided. The level control system uses an integration parameter when operating in a non-transient condition to provide a control signal into a flow control loop controlling a level control valve for the liquid level in the boiler drum. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343986

Methods and system for enhancing flow of a gas lifted well

A system for enhancing a flow of a fluid induced by a gas lift system includes one or more sensors and a gas lift control unit configured to control the flow of the fluid induced by the gas lift system. The gas lift control unit is configured to: (a) receiving signals representing measured data from the one or more sensors, (b) calculating a desired gas injection rate and its associated flow of fluid based, at least in part, on the measured data, (c) regulating at least one operating characteristic of a compressor associated with the gas lift system based, at least in part, on the desired gas injection rate, (d) receiving measured data representing production data, and (e) determining a subsequent adjustment based on a comparison of the desired flow of fluid and the production data.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343630

System and method for supplying electrical power to a gradient amplifier

A method for supplying electrical power to a gradient amplifier that drives a gradient coil for a magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The method includes predicting a gradient voltage required to drive the gradient coil for a scan based at least in part on a gradient coil model. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343628

Systems and methods for common mode traps in mri systems

Various methods and systems are provided for a common mode trap for a magnetic resonance imaging (mri) apparatus. In one embodiment, a common mode trap comprises: a first conductor and a second conductor counterwound around a length of a central conductor, the first and the second conductors radially spaced a distance from the central conductor, the first and second conductors fixed to a first side of the central conductor; and a third conductor and a fourth conductor counterwound around the length of the central conductor, the third and fourth conductors are radially spaced the distance from the central conductor, the third and fourth conductors fixed to a second side of the central conductor opposite the first side. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343627

Systems and methods for common mode traps in mri systems

Various methods and systems are provided for a common mode trap for a magnetic resonance imaging (mri) apparatus. In one embodiment, a common mode trap for an mri apparatus comprises: a first conductor and a second conductor counterwound around a length of a central conductor, wherein the first and the second conductors are radially spaced a first distance from the central conductor at first and second ends of the length, and wherein the first and the second conductors are radially spaced a second distance larger than the first distance from the central conductor at a midpoint of the length. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343625

Foldable coil array

In one example, an rf coil array includes a first rf coil configured to generate a magnetic field along a first axis, the first rf coil having a first surface, a second rf coil configured to generate a magnetic field along a second axis, orthogonal to the first axis, the second rf coil having a second surface, and a first foldable interconnect coupling the first rf coil to the second rf coil. The first foldable interconnect may be adjusted to couple the first rf coil to the second rf coil with a first amount of overlap and with the first surface and second surface facing a common direction, or couple the first rf coil to the second rf coil with a second amount of overlap, larger than the first amount of overlap, and with the first surface in face to face position with the second surface.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343609

Programmable current sink for contact input circuits

A system and method according to various embodiments can include a programmable current sink circuit that comprises a digital-to-analog converter (dac). The dac is programmable to set an adjustable magnitude of current sink so that a proper amount of current is jointly sunk from a plurality of inputs to generate a total sink current. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343399

System and method for calculating flow velocity

A system and method for calculation of flow rate comprising at least two ultrasonic sensors, ultrasonic transmit receive device, and signal processing device. At least two ultrasonic sensors are installed on the pipe where the fluid is flowing through, and at least two ultrasonic sensors contain different ultrasonic beam paths, further, the ultrasonic beam paths of at least two ultrasonic sensors contain the overlap area. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343397

Ultrasonic method and device for measuring fluid flow

A method of measuring a flow rate of a fluid flowing in a space between an outer conduit and an inner element in the outer conduit is provided. Ultrasonic waves are transmitted and received through the space between multiple pairs of ultrasonic transducers along multiple propagation paths, respectively. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170343216

Fuel nozzle assembly with tube damping

A fuel nozzle assembly includes a fuel plenum body including a forward plate, an aft plate, an outer band extending between the forward plate and the aft plate and a fuel plenum defined within the fuel plenum body. A plurality of tubes extends through the forward wall, the fuel plenum and the aft wall and each tube defines a premix flow passage through and downstream from the fuel plenum body. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342967

Wind turbine bearings

In one aspect, a dual pitch bearing configuration for coupling a rotor blade to a hub of a wind turbine. The dual pitch bearing configuration including a first pitch bearing and at least one additional pitch bearing. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342961

System and method for micrositing a wind farm for loads optimization

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for micrositing a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines. The method includes (a) determining, via a loads optimization function, one or more wind directions with or without turbine shadow for each of the wind turbines in the wind farm, (b) determining, via the loads optimization function, at least one additional wind parameter for each of the wind directions, (c) calculating, via simulation, loads for each of the wind turbines in the wind farm based on the identified wind directions with or without turbine shadow for each of the wind turbines in the wind farm and the at least one additional wind parameter for each of the wind directions, and (d) determining a site layout for the wind farm based on the calculated loads.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342912

Fuel delivery system for a gas turbine engine

A gas turbine engine includes a combustion section, the combustion section including a plurality of fuel nozzles. A fuel delivery system for the gas turbine engine includes a feed tube and a fuel manifold fluidly connected to the feed tube for receiving fuel from the feed tube. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342911

Power generation system exhaust cooling

An airflow control system control system for a gas turbine system according to an embodiment includes: an airflow generation system including a plurality of air moving systems for selective 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; and a mixing area for receiving an exhaust gas stream of the gas turbine system; the airflow generation system: directing a first portion and a second portion of the excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system into the mixing area to reduce a temperature of the exhaust gas stream; and directing a third portion of the excess flow of air generated by the airflow generation system into a discharge chamber of a compressor component of the gas turbine system.. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342910

Attachment system for a gas turbine engine

The present disclosure is directed to a system for attaching an instrument lead to a gas turbine engine component. The system includes a gas turbine engine component that includes a surface. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342908

Turbine engine and method of operating

A method of operating a turbine engine that includes actuating a starter motor of the turbine engine such that a motoring speed of the turbine engine increases, and actuating a plurality of variable stator vanes of the turbine engine such that the plurality of variable stator vanes are at least partially open to control the motoring speed of the turbine engine.. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342905

Aircraft with injection cooling system and injection cooling system

An aircraft with a turbofan engine assembly having at least one compressor, a nacelle surrounding the turbine engine and defining an annular bypass duct between the nacelle and the turbine engine, a thrust reverser having at least one moveable control surface, a thrust reverser locking system configured to selectively lock the thrust reverser and an injection cooling system. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342903

System and method of compressor inlet temperature control with mixing chamber

A system includes a controller configured to control a heated flow discharged from an outlet of a mixing chamber to an inlet control system to control a temperature of an intake flow through a compressor inlet of a compressor of a gas turbine system. The controller is configured to control a turbine extraction gas (teg) flow to the mixing chamber. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342902

System and method of compressor inlet temperature control

A system includes a compressor having a compressor inlet, a turbine having a plurality of stages disposed within a turbine casing, and a turbine extraction gas (teg) heating system. The turbine is configured to drive the compressor via expansion of combustion products through the plurality of stages. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342901

System and method of compressor inlet temperature control with eductor

A system includes a controller configured to control a heated flow discharged from an outlet of an eductor to an inlet control system to control a temperature of an intake flow through a compressor inlet of a compressor of a gas turbine system. The controller is configured to control a turbine extraction gas (teg) flow to a motive inlet of the eductor. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342900

System and method of compressor inlet temperature control with eductor

A system includes a controller configured to control a heated flow discharged from an outlet of an eductor to an inlet control system to control a temperature of an intake flow through a compressor inlet of a compressor of a gas turbine system. The controller is configured to control a turbine extraction gas (teg) flow to a suction inlet of the eductor. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342865

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170342862

Exhaust diffuser

The present application provides an exhaust diffuser for a gas turbine engine. The exhaust diffuser may include a hub, a casing, and a strut extending between the hub and the casing. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342856

Dual trip manifold assembly for turbine systems

A dual trip manifold assembly (tma) includes an isolation valve assembly having a first valve configured to receive a flow of fluid from a hydraulic system fluid supply. The first valve is configured to channel the flow of fluid to at least one hydraulic circuit. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342855

Turbine engine and method of cooling

A method of operating a turbine engine that includes shutting down the turbine engine such that a rotational speed of the turbine engine decreases, and actuating a starter motor of the turbine engine at one of as the rotational speed of the turbine engine decreases or at a preset time after the turbine engine receives a full stop command such that residual heat is exhausted from the turbine engine.. . ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342851

System and method for domestic bleed circuit seals within a turbine

A turbine assembly includes a rotor assembly including a shaft coupled to a plurality of rotor stages including a plurality of turbine blades. The shaft and the plurality of turbine blades define a wheelspace therein. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342850

Side seal with reduced corner leakage

A sealing arrangement for sealing between a first stage nozzle and a plurality of aft frames includes a first inner seal and a second inner seal which are circumferentially oriented and circumferentially aligned. A side seal is radially disposed between the first inner seal and the second inner seal. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342848

Intershaft sealing systems for gas turbine engines and methods for assembling the same

A seal assembly for use between an inner shaft and an outer shaft rotatable about a common axis within a turbine engine includes a pair of end rings and a plurality of seal elements coupled between the pair of end rings. Each end ring includes a flange extending in an axial direction, and each seal element includes a pair of shoulders extending in opposing axial directions. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342845

Margin bucket dovetail radial support feature for axial entry buckets

The present application provides a steam turbine. The steam turbine may include a number of rotor wheel slots, a number of buckets positioned in the rotor wheel slots, and a radial support assembly positioned between each of the buckets and each of the rotor wheel slots. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342843

Cooling passage for gas turbine rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to a rotor blade for a gas turbine engine. The rotor blade includes an airfoil, a tip shroud having a side surface and a radially outer surface, and a transition portion coupling the tip shroud to the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342842

Airfoil cooling using non-line of sight holes

An airfoil for a gas turbine engine is provided that includes a first portion formed from a first plurality of plies of a ceramic matrix composite material and defining an inner surface of the airfoil, as well as a second portion formed from a second plurality of plies of a ceramic matrix composite material and defining an outer surface of the airfoil. The first portion and the second portion define a non-line of sight cooling aperture extending from the inner surface to the outer surface of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342841

Cooling passage for gas turbine system rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to a rotor blade for a gas turbine system. The rotor blade includes a platform having a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342839

System for a low swirl low pressure turbine

The low pressure turbine includes a rotor, an outer casing, a plurality of stages of rotor blades, and a plurality of stages of stator vanes. The rotor includes a longitudinal centerline. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170342540

Thermally dissipative article and method of forming a thermally dissipative article

A thermally dissipative article and a method of forming a thermally dissipative article are disclosed. The thermally dissipative article includes a component, a porous material formed in a layer on the component. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341486

Systems and methods for blower control

A system includes a blower, a blower sensor, and at least one processor. The blower sensor is operably coupled to the blower and configured to obtain blower operational information. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341310

Methods and systems including pressurized housings for forming materials

A system for forming material includes a housing including at least one wall defining an interior space. The housing is configured to contain a pressurized fluid in the interior space. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341278

System and method for forming stacked materials

A system for forming stacked material includes a housing defining an interior space. The housing includes a bottom wall and a side wall coupled to the bottom wall. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341237

Multisensory data fusion system and method for autonomous robotic operation

A robotic system includes one or more optical sensors configured to separately obtain two dimensional (2d) image data and three dimensional (3d) image data of a brake lever of a vehicle, a manipulator arm configured to grasp the brake lever of the vehicle, and a controller configured to compare the 2d image data with the 3d image data to identify one or more of a location or a pose of the brake lever of the vehicle. The controller is configured to control the manipulator arm to move toward, grasp, and actuate the brake lever of the vehicle based on the one or more of the location or the pose of the brake lever.. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341236

Integrated robotic system and method for autonomous vehicle maintenance

A robotic system includes a controller configured to obtain image data from one or more optical sensors and to determine one or more of a location and/or pose of a vehicle component based on the image data. The controller also is configured to determine a model of an external environment of the robotic system based on the image data and to determine tasks to be performed by components of the robotic system to perform maintenance on the vehicle component. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341235

Control system and method for robotic motion planning and control

A robotic system includes a robotic vehicle having a propulsion system, one or more sensors that image data representative of an external environment, and a controller that determines a waypoint for the robotic vehicle to move toward. The controller determines limitations on movement of the robotic vehicle toward a waypoint. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341231

Systems and methods for control of robotic manipulation

A robot system is provided that includes a base, an articulable arm, a visual acquisition unit, and at least one processor. The articulable arm extends from the base and is configured to be moved toward a target. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341043

System and method for characterizing conditions in a fluid mixing device

Embodiments of the method disclosed regard use of a torque sensor (e.g., transducer) and using the measured torque to detect the different fluid and mixing properties, conditions, and abnormalities in a mixing process. The torque produced in the mixing process relates to different fluid properties such as viscosity and density. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170341016

System and method for treatment of a flue gas

A method for treatment of a flue gas involves feeding the flue gas and a lean solvent to an absorber. The method further involves reacting the flue gas with the lean solvent within the absorber to generate a clean flue gas and a rich solvent. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170340861

Conductor cables for use in steerable devices

A multi-conductor cable for use in a catheter is described. The conductor-cable is isotropically flexible to allow catheter steering, but is also longitudinally stiff enough to push and pull the entire cable through the catheter lumen. ... General Electric Company

11/30/17 / #20170340314

Method and apparatus for generating fused ultrasonic image

The present invention relates to a method, apparatus for generating a fused ultrasonic image and an ultrasound machine. The method comprises: acquiring an ultrasonic image of pw mode; acquiring an ultrasonic image of m mode; and superimposing the ultrasonic image of pw mode to a corresponding position of the ultrasonic image of m mode to generate a fused ultrasonic image.. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338757

Dc electrical machine with center-tap windings systems and methods

A direct current electrical machine, which includes a rotor that generates a rotor magnetic field, a first commutation cell that includes a winding component, a first switching device, and a second switching device. The first winding component includes a first portion electrically coupled between a first terminal and a second terminal of the first winding component and a second portion electrically coupled between a third terminal and the second terminal of the first winding component. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338656

Cable arrangement of an energy storage system

Systems and methods for regulating a short circuit current associated with an energy storage system are provided. In one embodiment, an energy storage system can include an energy storage device and a switching power supply coupled to the energy storage device. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338652

System and method for balancing reactive power loading between renew able energy power systems

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for balancing reactive power loading between multiple renewable energy power systems coupled to a power grid at a point of regulation (por). The method includes determining a voltage error based on a voltage reference and a measured voltage at the por. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338314

Electric field shielding in silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor (mos) device cells using body region extensions

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to semiconductor power devices, such as silicon carbide (sic) power devices. In particular, the subject matter disclosed herein relates to shielding regions in the form of body region extensions for that reduce the electric field present between the well regions of neighboring device cells of a semiconductor device under reverse bias. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338313

Electric field shielding in silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor (mos) device cells

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to semiconductor power devices, such as silicon carbide (sic) power devices. In particular, the subject matter disclosed herein relates to disconnected or connected shielding regions that reduce the electric field present between the well regions of neighboring device cells of a semiconductor device under reverse bias. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338303

Electric field shielding in silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor (mos) devices having an optimization layer

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to silicon carbide (sic) power devices. In particular, the present disclosure relates to shielding regions for use in combination with an optimization layer. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338300

Electric field shielding in silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor (mos) device cells using channel region extensions

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to semiconductor power devices, such as silicon carbide (sic) power devices. In particular, the subject matter disclosed herein relates to shielding regions in the form of channel region extensions for that reduce the electric field present between the well regions of neighboring device cells of a semiconductor device under reverse bias. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170338067

Electrical tripout device integrating a circuit breaker and an isolator

A current-interrupter device (1) comprising a circuit breaker (2) including a first stationary conductive support (4) carrying both a stationary arcing contact (14) and a movable arcing contact (16), and also carrying a movable permanent contact (17), the movable arcing contact (16) and the movable permanent contact (17) being electrically connected to the first stationary support (4), and a disconnector (3) including a second stationary conductive support (6) carrying a disconnector contact (18), and wherein: the movable disconnector contact (18) is in contact with the stationary arcing contact (14) when it is closed and spaced apart from the stationary arcing contact (14) when it is open; and the movable disconnector contact (18) and the movable permanent contact (17) are connected to each other when they are both in the closed position, and they are spaced apart from each other when one or the other is open.. . ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170337751

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

11/23/17 / #20170337705

Graphic overlay for measuring dimensions of features using a video inspection device

A method and device for providing a graphic overlay for measuring dimensions of features using a video inspection device. One or more measurement cursors are placed on pixels of an image of the object. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170337676

Textural analysis of diffused disease in the lung

A method of creating a diagnostic evaluation for usual interstitial pneumonia is provided, including obtaining a first plurality of series of hrct lung slices indicating the presence of uip, obtaining an identification of uip and non-uip voxels, extracting textural and localization features from the uip and non-uip voxels, selecting features that are more accurate in differentiating uip voxels from non-uip voxels than other features are, eliminating features highly correlated with a more accurate feature, and constructing a predictive model by performing a second classifier to provide a probability that a voxel signifies the presence of uip. Also provided is a method of identifying uip in a subject's lung by applying a diagnostic evaluation for uip that was created with the foregoing method.. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170337644

Data driven invocation of realtime wind market forecasting analytics

According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided comprising receiving, at a distribution center module, one or more data elements; determining one or more analytic modules associated with the data element; transmitting the one or more data elements to the one or more analytic modules based upon receipt at the distribution center module of the one or more data elements; generating a forecast of energy production via the one or more analytic module; and operating an asset based on the forecast of energy production. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170337643

Reference architecture for market forecasting using real-time analytics

According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided comprising one or more assets operative to generate one or more data elements; a collection device at a first tier, wherein the collection device is operative to receive one or more generated data elements; a central storage device at a third tier, wherein the third tier is located in a computing cloud, and wherein the central storage device is operative to receive the one or more generated data elements from the collection device; one or more analytic modules at a fourth tier, wherein the fourth tier is located in the computing cloud, and wherein the one or more analytic modules is operative to receive the one or more generated data elements from the central storage device and generate an analysis based on the one or more generated data elements; and a processing and reporting module at a fifth tier, wherein the fifth tier is located in the computing cloud, and wherein the processing and reporting module is operative to report the analysis to a user, wherein the user is remote from the computing cloud; wherein the computing cloud is remote from the one or more assets and wherein each tier is a segregated computing environment. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170337495

System and method for controlling power production from a wind farm

The system and method described herein relate to production of power from the wind farm that incorporate tunable power production forecasts for optimal wind farm performance, where the wind farm power production is controlled at least in part by the power production forecasts. The system and method use a tunable power forecasting model to generate tunable coefficients based on asymmetric loss function applied on actual power production data, along with tuning factor(s) that tune forecast towards under forecasting or over forecasting. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170336930

Systems and methods for prioritizing and monitoring device status in a condition monitoring software application

A system includes components in an industrial environment that include an asset and a monitoring device that monitors the asset. The system also includes processors communicatively coupled to each component. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170336784

Intelligent management system for balance of plant

Systems and methods for providing intelligent management of balance of plant are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system for determining a malfunction of a feedwater pump includes one or more processors and a database communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170336491

Method and apparatus for tracking a device

A method for tracking a device not actively sending patient data to a network of medical devices is disclosed. The method comprises the device giving a signal at a time interval; an active hub listening to the device at the time interval; the active hub storing information about the device; and the active hub continuing to listen at the time interval to the device until the device actively sends patient data, or until no more signals are heard from the device. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170336274

Systems and methods for determining mechanical stress of machinery

Systems and methods are presented for cancelling noise from sensed magnetostriction-based strain measurements. A drive signal corresponds to a drive coil, and a sensed signal corresponds to a sensed coil. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170336146

Methods and systems for controlling temperature in a vessel

A syngas cooler system includes a pressure vessel, a conduit, a plenum, a plenum, a conduit, and a bellows assembly. The pressure vessel includes a throat and a dome adjacent to the throat. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335865

Method and system for mitigating rotor bow

A method of damping a vibration in a rotatable member and a damping system for a rotatable machine are provided. The damping system includes one or more damping stages. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335827

System and method for determining wind farm wake loss

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for determining wake losses of a wind farm. The wind farm includes a plurality of wind turbines. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335823

System and method for reducing vortex-induced tower vibrations of a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for reducing vortex-induced vibrations of a tower of a wind turbine. The wind turbine has a nacelle mounted atop the tower. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335774

System and method for an integral drive engine with a forward main gearbox

The gas turbine engine includes a core engine, a low pressure turbine, a fan assembly, a gearbox, and a lubrication scavenge pump. The core engine includes a high pressure compressor, a combustor, and a high pressure turbine configured in a serial flow arrangement. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335768

Method and system for bowed rotor start mitigation using rotor cooling

An apparatus and method of cooling a rotatable member enclosed within a casing are provided. The gas compressor includes a rotor, a plurality of stages of compression extending along said rotor from an inlet stage configured to receive a flow of relatively low pressure gas to an outlet stage configured to discharge a flow of relatively high pressure gas, a casing at least partially surrounding said plurality of stages, and a conduit extending radially inwardly from said casing to an area proximate said rotor.. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335734

Tempering air system for gas turbine selective catalyst reduction system

The present application provides a selective catalyst reduction system for use with a combustion gas stream of a gas turbine. The selective catalyst reduction system may include a tempering air system with a finger mixer and a number of mixer plates and a catalyst positioned downstream of the tempering air system. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335716

Engine component assembly

An engine component assembly includes a first engine component having a hot surface in thermal communication with a hot combustion gas flow and a cooling surface with at least one cavity. A second engine component is spaced from the cooling surface, and includes at least one cooling aperture. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335708

Flow discourager and method of making same

The present disclosure generally relates to variable cellular structures, methods of making such cellular structures, and variable cellular flow discouragers for turbine engines for jet aircraft.. . ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335693

Engine component assembly

An engine component assembly includes an engine component having a hot surface in thermal communication with a hot combustion gas flow and a cooling surface in fluid communication with a cooling fluid flow. Multiple, non-linear channels are provided on the cooling surface of the engine component. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170335501

Vertical axis washing machine appliance

A vertical axis washing machine appliance includes a plurality of elongated projections disposed on a cylindrical side wall of a basket. Each elongated projection of the plurality of elongated projections has at least one hollow tube received within a respective hole of a plurality of holes of the cylindrical side wall. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334461

Vehicle handling system and method

A method and system include a vehicle system including a plurality of vehicles. The vehicle system is configured to travel along a route. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334418

System and method for determining effectiveness of a friction modifier along a route segment

A method includes obtaining creep measurements and tractive/braking measurements from at least one vehicle system at different locations along a route segment while the at least one vehicle system moves through the route segment. The method also includes calculating tribology characteristics of the route segment at the different locations. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334415

System and method for traction control

A system includes a plurality of wheels, a braking system, and one or more sensors. The plurality of wheels includes a guardian wheel and at least one non-guardian wheel and is disposed on a wheeled vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334414

System and method for traction control

A system includes a sensor and a controller. The sensor is configured to detect sliding of a wheel of a vehicle. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334188

Hot gas path component and methods of manufacture

Various embodiments of the disclosure include a turbomachine component. And methods of forming such a component. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334010

Method for modifying an aperture and system for modifying flow through a component

A method for modifying an aperture in a component, a system for modifying flow through a component, and a turbine component are disclosed. The method includes providing a substrate having at least one aperture having an electrically-conductive surface, providing a deposition device including an esd torch, the esd torch including an aperture penetrating electrode including a conductive material, inserting the aperture penetrating electrode at least partially into the aperture, and generating an arc between the aperture penetrating electrode and the electrically-conductive surface to deposit electrode material within the aperture. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170334008

Machining and manufacturing systems and method of operating the same

An electromachining system includes at least one steerable electrode. The steerable electrode includes an electrode positioning mechanism configured to facilitate six degrees of freedom referenced to a pitch axis, a yaw axis, and a roll axis. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170333874

System and method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from a flue gas generated via combusting a fossil fuel

A system for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from a flue gas generated via combusting a fossil fuel is provided. The system includes a calcination chamber and a sealing-purger. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170333845

Apparatus and method for recovering acid

An apparatus for recovering acid includes: a cathode; an anode; a plurality of anion exchange membranes disposed between the cathode and the anode; a plurality of proton selective membranes alternately arranged with the plurality of anion exchange membranes; a plurality of first compartments for accommodating an aqueous stream comprising anions and protons; and a plurality of second compartments alternately arranged with the plurality of first compartments for accommodating a recovery stream receiving from the first compartments anions through the anion exchange membranes and mainly protons through the proton selective membranes. An associated method is also described.. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170333829

System and method for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from a flue gas generated via combusting a fossil fuel

A system for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from a flue gas generated via combusting a fossil fuel is provided. The system includes a carbonator and a classifier. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170333814

Liquid fuel conditioning trailer

A modularized system for conditioning liquid fuel is provided that includes a mobile trailer and a liquid fuel conditioning skid disposed on and secured to the mobile trailer. The modularized system includes a pre-filter sub-skid disposed on and secured to the liquid fuel conditioning skid that includes a pre-filter configured to remove impurities from a processed liquid fuel prior to providing the processed liquid fuel to a last chance filter. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170332876

Snap fit spray arm assembly

Spray arm assemblies and dishwasher appliances are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a spray arm assembly is provided. ... General Electric Company

11/23/17 / #20170332658

Refrigerator appliance and frozen beverage unit

A refrigerator appliance is provided and may include a cabinet, a door, a sealed cooling system, an ice crusher motor, and a frozen beverage unit. The cabinet may define a chilled chamber. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170332465

Dimmer with photo sensor and high/low clamping

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

11/16/17 / #20170331995

Externally viewable orientation indication apparatus and method for an optical sensor

A sensor system comprising a housing, a movement apparatus to change an orientation of a directional sensor disposed inside the housing, and an indicator apparatus to present the orientation of the directional sensor to a viewer that is outside of the housing. The directional sensor may be a camera, and the indicator apparatus may indicate a field of view of the camera to the viewer that is outside of the housing.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170331614

Systems and methods for aligning data stream signals

A system is provided for aligning data stream signals that includes a plurality of end points each having a system clock and a communication circuit. The plurality of end points are configured to generate operation data having a system clock value based on the system clock. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170331402

System and method for vehicle diagnostics

A system includes an alternator having a field coil and a plurality of output windings, a field current controller configured to receive an ac input and convert the ac input into a regulated dc output that is supplied to the field coil of the alternator, and a controller configured to monitor at least one operating parameter of the field current controller and to compare a monitored value of the at least one operating parameter to a threshold range.. . ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170331393

Start-up of hvdc converters

A method and apparatus for start-up of a voltage source converter (vsc) which is connected to an energized dc link (dc+, dc−). The vsc is connected to a first ac network via a first transformer and an ac isolation switch, the ac isolation switch being coupled between the first transformer and the ac network. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170331364

Single-stage current-fed clamped series resonant power factor corrected converter

The method, apparatus and system of a single-stage current-fed clamped series resonant power factor corrected (pfc) converter cf-csrc provides power conversion and current regulation. The cf-csrc system may be implemented in a single-stage isolated topology for high efficiency unity power factor correction (pfc) converter applications. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170331281

Dc electrical network

A dc electrical network comprising dc terminals operatively connectable to a converter; and dc transmission paths arranged to interconnect the dc terminals, and including a dc power transmission medium and a switching apparatus. The dc network further including: an active power electronic device connected in at the dc transmission paths, the active power electronic device; a detector configured to detect faults in the dc transmission paths; and a control unit programmed to operate the active power electronic device to vary an apparent impedance of a faulty dc transmission path to force a current flowing in the faulty dc transmission path to reduce to a target current level, and operate the switching apparatus to block current from flowing in the faulty dc transmission path when the current flowing in the faulty corresponding dc transmission path is reduced to the target current level.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170330980

Die repatterning transmission lines on silicon photomultipliers

A silicon photomultiplier array includes a plurality of microcells within the photomultiplier array and located on the silicon wafer, the plurality of microcells arranged in rows and columns, each of the plurality of microcells including an output port, and configured to provide a pulse waveform having pulse characteristics, at least one repatterning dielectric layer in contact with a silicon wafer layer back surface, the silicon wafer having an active surface opposed to the back surface, and a plurality of respective through-silicon-vias (tsvs) coupling the output port of respective ones of the plurality of microcells on the active surface of the silicon wafer to a plurality of respective circuit traces on the at least one repatterning dielectric layer disposed on the back surface of the silicon wafer. A method for producing the silicon photomultiplier array is also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329842

System and method for entity recognition and linking

According to one embodiment, a method for text analysis is provided. The method includes recognizing a concept. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329596

Updating a software configuration of an appliance

Systems and methods for updating a software configuration of one or more control boards of an appliance are provided. For instance, a payload image file can be received. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329322

Method and system for efficient dynamic alarm construction

Described herein are systems and methods of dynamically displaying a network of alarms. This can comprise establishing a first hierarchy of a plurality of alarms in configuration an alarm server, the plurality of alarms comprising the network of alarms; receiving a state of the alarms over a network, wherein the state of the alarms are received from one or more object linking and embedding (ole) for process control (opc) unified architecture (ua) clients through a standard interface of an object linking and embedding for process control (opc) alarms and events (opc ae) protocol, communicating with the alarm server; dynamically changing the first hierarchy of the alarms based on the state of the alarms to obtain a second hierarchy of the alarms; and presenting, on a display in communication with the alarm server, a second list of alarms to an operator based on the second hierarchy.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329311

Beam pumping unit and method of operation

A control system for operating a beam pumping unit includes a strain gauge and a beam pumping unit controller. The strain gauge is coupled to a samson post of the beam pumping unit, and is configured to measure a samson post strain. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329307

Robot system for asset health management

A processing system having at least one processor operatively coupled to at least one memory. The processor receives sensor data from the at least one sensor indicating one or more characteristics of the asset. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329297

Robotic repair or maintenance of an asset

A method includes receiving, via at least one sensor of a robot, sensor data indicating one or more characteristics of an asset. The method includes detecting, based on the sensor data, an existing or imminent defect of the asset. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170329021

System and method for combining detector signals

Provided are a system and method for combining detector signals. In one exemplary embodiment, the system includes the detector, a plurality of asics where each asic may receive an electric signal from the detector and generate a position signal and an energy signal based on the received electric signal, a combiner that may combine a position signal output from a first asic and a position signal output from a second asic to generate a combined position signal, and combine an energy signal output from the first asic and an energy signal output from the second asic to generate a combined energy signal, and an analog-to-digital converter that may receive the combined position signal and the combined energy signal and generate digitized image data for the first asic and the second asic based thereon.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328865

System and method for fluid interface identification

A method for identifying a fluid interface in a conduit through which at least a first fluid and a second fluid are configured to pass, includes transmitting, via an ultrasonic flow meter coupled to the conduit, an acoustic signal into the conduit. A reflected acoustic signal is received in the ultrasonic flow meter and the amplitude of the reflected acoustic signal is determined. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328832

Distributed gas detection system and method

A distributed gas detection system includes one or more hollow core fibers disposed in different locations, one or more solid core fibers optically coupled with the one or more hollow core fibers and configured to receive light of one or more wavelengths from a light source, and an interrogator device configured to receive at least some of the light propagating through the one or more solid core fibers and the one or more hollow core fibers. The interrogator device is configured to identify a location of a presence of a gas-of-interest by examining absorption of at least one of the wavelengths of the light at least one of the hollow core fibers.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328805

Integrated ventilation and leak detection system and method of assembly

A ventilation and leak detection system for use in an enclosure includes a ventilation duct extending at least partially through an interior chamber defined in the enclosure. The ventilation duct includes at least one inlet end positioned within a lower portion of the interior chamber and an outlet end. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328655

Self-cleaning heat exchange assembly

The present application provides a heat exchange assembly for exchanging heat between a coolant and a gaseous medium. The heat exchange assembly may include an outer jacket, a number of gas tubes positioned within the outer jacket, and a self-cleaning system positioned about the gas tubes. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328616

Air conditioner units with improved efficiency

The air conditioner unit includes an outdoor heat exchanger disposed in an outdoor portion and an indoor heat exchanger disposed in an indoor portion, the indoor heat exchanger including a first coil assembly and a second coil assembly, each of the first and second coil assemblies including one or more coils through which refrigerant is flowable. The air conditioner unit further includes an ejector disposed in the indoor portion, the ejector comprising a motive port, a suction port and a discharge port. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328609

Caloric heat pump dishwasher appliance

A dishwasher appliance includes a caloric heat pump system that is configured for heating and cooling a wash chamber of a tub. A field generator is positioned such that caloric material stages are moved in and out of a field of the field generator during operation of the caloric heat pump system. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328608

Caloric heat pump ice making appliance

An appliance includes an ice maker and a caloric heat pump system for cooling the ice maker. The caloric heat pump system includes a pump for circulating a heat transfer fluid between first and second heat exchangers and caloric material stages in order to cool the ice maker with the first heat exchanger. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328573

Double oven appliance

A double oven appliance having an upper and lower oven positioned below the upper oven along a vertical direction such that a gap is defined between a top wall of the lower oven and a bottom wall of the upper oven. A bracket having a mounting platform positioned within the gap and spaced from the top wall of the lower oven along the vertical direction. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328569

Combustors and methods of assembling the same

A fuel nozzle assembly includes a centerbody including an outer wall. The outer wall defines a plurality of fuel injection apertures. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328377

Compressor end-wall treatment having a bent profile

A compressor is provided including a compressor end-wall having a casing and a hub. The compressor further includes at least one set of rotor blades, one set of stator blades, and a plurality of end-wall treatments spaced apart from each other, formed in an interior surface of at least one of the casing and hub, and facing a tip of the rotor blade or stator blade. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328352

Slip ring system for a wind turbine wind turbine and a method for producing electrical energy

A slip ring system for a wind turbine for electrically connecting a first electrical device and a second electrical device, wherein the first electrical device is mounted to a rotor of the wind turbine, and the second electrical device is mounted to a nacelle of the wind turbine, is provided. The slip ring system comprises a slip ring apparatus and a rotational damping apparatus, with which an electrical connection between the first electrical device and the second electrical device can be established. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328349

System and method for detecting pitch bearing damage in a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for detecting damage of a pitch bearing of a wind turbine. The pitch bearing is part of a pitch drive system having a plurality of pitch drive motors. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328348

System and method for validating optimization of a wind farm

The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for generating one or more farm-level power curves for a wind farm that can be used to validate an upgrade provided to the wind farm. The method includes operating the wind farm in a first operational mode. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328343

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170328283

Impeller-mounted vortex spoiler

The present disclosure is directed to a system for bleeding air from a compressed gas path of a gas turbine engine. The system includes an impeller positioned at a downstream end of a compressor in the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328279

System for a surface cooler with ogv oriented fin angles

The heat exchanger assembly includes a first conduit, an external surface, and a set of fins. The first conduit includes a first inlet, a first outlet, and a first internal flow path extending between the first inlet and first outlet. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328235

Turbine nozzle assembly and method for forming turbine components

A turbine nozzle assembly includes an outer band and an inner band positioned radially inward from the outer band, wherein a gas flow path is defined between the outer and inner band. The turbine nozzle assembly further includes a stator vane extending radially inward from the outer band to the inner band through the gas flow path. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328234

Moveable nozzle assembly and method for a turbocharger

A nozzle assembly of a turbocharger includes a nozzle and a ring-shaped body. The nozzle has flow passages extending through the nozzle and configured to direct air received from a volute housing of the turbocharger through the nozzle to turbine blades of the turbocharger. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328228

Seal for hardware segments

The present disclosure is directed to a shroud assembly for a gas turbine engine that includes a first shroud segment, a second shroud segment spaced from the first shroud segment, and a third shroud segment spaced from the first shroud segment. The first and the second shroud segments define a gap therebetween, and the first and the third shroud segments define a gap therebetween. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328221

Engine component wall with a cooling circuit

An apparatus and method for flowing cooling air through an outer wall of an engine component such as an airfoil. The airfoil having the outer wall can include an opening. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328220

Internal rib with defined concave surface curvature for airfoil

An internal rib for a blade airfoil has a concave surface defined to ensure durability and provide desired heat transfer. A concave surface faces a pressure side or suction side outer wall. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328219

Blade with stress-reducing bulbous projection at turn opening of coolant passages

A blade includes an airfoil defined by a pressure side outer wall and a suction side outer wall connecting along leading and trailing edges and forming a radially extending coolant receiving chamber. A rib partitions the radially extending chamber into a first passage on a first side of the rib and an adjacent second passage on an opposing second side of the rib. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328218

Flared central cavity aft of airfoil leading edge

A blade includes an airfoil defined by a pressure side outer wall and a suction side outer wall connecting along leading and trailing edges and form a radially extending chamber for receiving a coolant flow. A rib configuration may include: a leading edge transverse rib connecting the pressure side outer wall and the suction side outer wall and partitioning the radially extending chamber into a leading edge passage within the leading edge of the airfoil and a central passage adjacent to the leading edge passage. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328217

Ceramic matrix composite airfoil cooling

Airfoils for gas turbine engines are provided. In one embodiment, an airfoil formed from a ceramic matrix composite material includes opposite pressure and suction sides extending radially along a span and defining an outer surface of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328216

Ceramic matrix composite airfoil cooling

Ceramic matrix composite airfoils for gas turbine engines are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, an airfoil includes opposite pressure and suction sides extending radially along a span. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328215

Airfoil having cooling circuit

An airfoil for a turbine engine having an engine component including an internal cooling circuit fluidly coupled to a plurality of passages within the outer wall of the engine component where cooling air moves from the internal cooling circuit to an outer surface of the engine component through the passages.. . ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328213

Engine component wall with a cooling circuit

An apparatus and method for flowing cooling air through an outer wall of an engine component such as an airfoil. The airfoil having the outer wall can include a skin layer and a porous layer. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328212

Engine component wall with a cooling circuit

An apparatus and method for cooling an engine component includes a wall. The wall can include multiple layers. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328211

Intermediate central passage spanning outer walls aft of airfoil leading edge passage

A turbine blade includes an airfoil defined by a pressure side outer wall and a suction side outer wall connecting along leading and trailing edges and form a radially extending chamber for receiving a coolant flow. A rib configuration may include: a leading edge transverse rib connecting to the pressure side outer wall and the suction side outer wall and partitioning a leading edge passage from the radially extending chamber. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328210

Airfoil with cooling circuit

An airfoil for a turbine engine having an engine component including an air supply circuit coupled to a plurality of passages within the outer wall of the engine component where cooling air moves from the air supply circuit to an outer surface of the engine component through the passages.. . ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328209

Airfoil with cooling circuit

An airfoil for a turbine engine having an engine component including an air supply circuit coupled to a plurality of passages within the outer wall of the engine component where cooling air moves from the air supply circuit to an outer surface of the engine component through the passages.. . ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328208

Airfoil with cooling circuit

An airfoil for a turbine engine having an engine component including an internal cooling circuit fluidly coupled to a plurality of passages within the outer wall of the engine component where cooling air moves from the internal cooling circuit to an outer surface of the engine component through the passages.. . ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328207

Cooled component with porous skin

A turbine component is configured to be cooled by structured porosity cooling. The component includes: a wall; a contiguous porous layer that is part of the wall; a first zone defined in the porous layer such that it has a first structured porosity, and a second zone defined in the layer such that it has a second structured porosity. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170328203

Turbine assembly, turbine inner wall assembly, and turbine assembly method

A turbine assembly includes a rotary component rotatable about an axis of a turbine, a plurality of inner wall segments coupled to the rotary component circumferentially around the rotary component and rotatable with the rotary component, a non-rotary component circumferentially surrounding the rotary component, a plurality of outer wall segments coupled to the non-rotary component and disposed to extend toward the rotary component, and a plurality of nozzles extending from each of the outer wall segments, each nozzle having a tip distal from the outer wall segment such that the tips form a seal with the inner wall segments at an inner flow path of the turbine. An inner wall assembly and a turbine assembly method are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170327995

Hydraulically powered lid lock assembly

A lid lock assembly for a washing machine appliance is provided. The lid lock assembly includes a lid lock mechanism configured to engage a striker on a lid of the washing machine appliance to lock the lid in the closed position. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170327991

Washing machine appliance with a venturi pump

A washing machine appliance has a dispensing assembly with a supply conduit, a unitary manifold body and a water valve. The unitary manifold body defines a venturi pump. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170327988

Determining out of balance conditions of a washing machine

Systems and methods for determining an out of balance condition of a washing machine are provided. In particular, a plurality of angular positions of a motor associated with a washing machine can be determined. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326815

Methods and rail supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize rail support structures in the process of building objects, as well as novel rail support structures to be used within these am processes. The rail support structures include a plurality of substantially parallel vertical walls, each wall extending substantially parallel to a direction from the first side to the second side. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326729

Robot system path planning for asset health management

A robotic system includes a processing system comprising at least one processor. The processor generates a plan to monitor the asset. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326592

Phased array ultrasonic transducer and method of manufacture

A phased array ultrasonic transducer includes a bonding wire structure, a damping material, a plurality of ultrasonic transducers, and a printed circuit board. The bonding wire structure includes a plurality of bonding wire elements. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326587

Method of protecting an article having a complex shape

A silicone bond coat composition having a viscosity of less than 1,600 centistokes is applied to substantially all external surfaces of the article and then cured. A liquid silicone elastomer outer coat composition comprising a high viscosity first liquid silicone elastomer formulation and a low viscosity second liquid silicone elastomer formulation is then applied and cured to provide a protected article having a complex shape. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326569

System and method for regulating the viscosity of a fluid prior to atomization

A system for regulating the viscosity of a fluid prior to atomization includes a temperature controller configured to adjust a temperature of a fluid flowing in a conduit prior to atomization of the fluid by an atomizer fluidly connected to the conduit and a sensor in communication with the temperature controller such that the sensor can provide an indicator to the temperature controller of a viscosity of the fluid flowing in the conduit prior to atomization. An adjustment to the temperature of the fluid by the temperature controller is based at least in part on the measured viscosity indicator of the fluid, a target atomization-viscosity of the fluid, and a coking temperature of the fluid.. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326498

Sulfite preconditioning systems and methods to reduce mercury concentrations in waste water

The present application provides a waste water preconditioning system for limiting mercury concentrations in a waste water stream resulting from treatment of a flue gas. The waste water preconditioning system may include a wet flue gas desulfurization system for treating the flue gas with an aqueous alkaline slurry, a sulfite detector to determine the concentration of sulfite in the aqueous alkaline slurry, and to produce the waste water stream with a mercury concentration of less than about five micrograms per liter. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170326475

Industrial oil degassing system and method

An industrial oil degassing system and method to remove gas from an industrial machine oil. Described is an industrial oil degassing system, including a pressure tank under pressure to receive oil charged with gas, a separation tank with an atmospheric pressure to separate gas from the oil, and a seal oil tank with an atmospheric pressure to receive the degassed oil from the separation tank. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170325770

Methods for personalizing blood flow models

The present approach provides a non-invasive methodology for estimation of coronary flow and/or fractional flow reserve. In certain implementations, various approaches for personalizing blood flow models of the coronary vasculature are described. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170325769

Methods for personalizing blood flow models

The present approach provides a non-invasive methodology for estimation of coronary flow and/or fractional flow reserve. In certain implementations, various approaches for personalizing blood flow models of the coronary vasculature are described. ... General Electric Company

11/16/17 / #20170325684

Interface for two-part wearable patient monitoring device

A two part patient monitoring device includes an activator module and a sensor device. The activator module includes a non-galvanic data port that creates a communication path with a non-galvanic data port on the sensor device. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170325317

Wireless connection of sensors to outdoor lighting system

Provided is a sensor system for an outdoor lighting system including at least one sensor physically connected with an external connector of a lighting fixture of the outdoor lighting system. The sensor performs sensing and wireless data and power connection, via a wireless power source and a wireless data source, with the outdoor lighting system.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170325293

Appliance heating element with integrated temperature sensing

Heating assemblies for cooktop appliances are provided. In one embodiment, the heating assemblies include a first portion and a second portion. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170324761

Collaborative infrastructure supporting cyber-security analytics in industrial networks

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a method for reducing cyber-security related false positive alerts is presented. In example embodiments the method may include identifying an indication of a cyber-security threat based on an operational anomaly in a network system. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170324406

Bridge leg circuit assembly and full-bridge circuit assembly

A bridge leg circuit assembly comprising: a circuit board, a first active switch die, and a second active switch die. The circuit board having an insulating plate with a first and second side and a first and second conducting layer on the first and second sides of the insulating plate, respectively. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170324247

Current flow control assembly

A current flow control assembly, for controlling current flow in an electrical network of interconnected electrical elements, having: current flow controllers, each current flow controller connectable to at least one of the interconnected electrical elements, and being configured to control current flow in at least one of the interconnected electrical elements within a current flow control range; a control unit in communication with each of the current flow controllers, wherein the control unit is configured to: select at least one of the current flow controllers with a flow control range that corresponds to one or more current flow control requirements of the electrical network; and operate the selected current flow controller to control current flow in at least one of the interconnected electrical elements to control current flow in the electrical network in accordance with the current flow control requirement of the electrical network.. . ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323923

Photon counting devices

Described herein are semiconductor materials suitable for direct conversion of ionizing radiation to electron hole pairs. The material described herein have improved high-flux photon counting performance and lower photocurrent leakage compared to typically used semiconductors.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323922

Metal oxide interface passivation for photon counting devices

Described herein are photon counting devices comprising direct mode detectors with improved signal to noise ratios which are suitable for use in x-ray imaging devices, and other imaging devices.. . ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323495

System and method for determining grade errors of a route

In one embodiment of the subject matter described herein, a system is provided that includes a vehicle that is operating in accordance with the operational settings of a trip plan. The operational settings dictate how the vehicle system is to travel at different locations along the route. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323403

Constrained cash computing system to optimally schedule aircraft repair capacity with closed loop dynamic physical state and asset utilization attainment control

A method of providing a first set of computer systems with access to a recommendation pertaining to operation of one or more assets based on the one or more assets being in revenue service or in repair is disclosed. Operations data and inspection data is collected at the first set of computer systems. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323274

Controlling aircraft operations and aircraft engine components assignment

A method of providing a recommendation for optimizing operations of a set of industrial assets is disclosed. Digital twins of the set of industrial assets are generated. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323240

Computing system to control the use of physical state attainment with inspection

A method of presenting a recommendation in a user interface for use in optimization operation of industrial assets. Digital twins are generated for a set of industrial assets. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323239

Constrained time computing control system to simulate and optimize aircraft operations with dynamic thermodynamic state and asset utilization attainment

A method of providing a first set of computer systems with access to a recommendation pertaining to operation of one aircraft in one or more fleets of aircraft is disclosed. Operations data is collected at the first set of computer systems. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323231

Computing system to control the use of physical state attainment of assets to meet temporal performance criteria

A method of generating a recommendation of terms of an aircraft services contract is disclosed. Operations data pertaining to a planned usage of each aircraft of a fleet of aircraft is received. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170323092

Method and system of using spatially-defined and pattern-defined gesturing passwords

Exemplified herein is a system and method to accept password on a touch-screen hmi (human-machine interface) device. The system and method uses a combination of tactile gestures that are each received at predefined quadrants (or regions) or the touch-screen. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322721

System and method of using multiple touch inputs for controller interaction in industrial control systems

Exemplified methods and systems provide a graphical hmi having an interface that mitigate or prevent touch errors and/or inadvertent touches through the use of multiple touch inputs, at a graphical user interface, of a touch-screen input device, to trigger an associated user interface command. In some embodiments, the multiple touch inputs comprise an input at two locations, one in relative association, with a displayed interface command, to trigger the command.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322720

System and method of using touch interaction based on location of touch on a touch screen

Exemplified herein is a system and method to accept password on a touch-screen hmi (human-machine interface) device. The system and method uses a combination of tactile gestures that are each received at predefined quadrants (or regions) or the touch-screen. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322578

Systems and methods for regulating a microgrid

A microgrid system includes one or more power generators configured to provide electrical energy. The microgrid system also includes a localized distribution network coupled to the one or more power generators, coupled to the one or more loads, and coupled to an external grid. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322521

Redundant ethernet-based control apparatus and method

Approaches for redundant control for at least one active controller configured to perform a plurality of functions and communicate with a plurality of components over a communications network in a multi-controller system is provided. The redundant controller is configured to perform a plurality of functions which are identical to the plurality of functions being performed at the active controller and determine whether a failure of the active controller has occurred. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322324

Temperature compensation for silicon photomultiplier based detector

A sipm tile includes sipm arrays on a detector die, each of the sipm arrays including a first plurality of microcells and a second plurality of reference microcells dispersed on the die, each reference microcell including an optically-opaque mask, a readout circuit each including a respective charge sensitive amplifier (csa) connected to one of the reference microcells, each csa configured to accumulate the dark current of the reference microcell during a selected time window, a hybrid temperature control circuit configured to receive an output signal from each csa, and to determine the real-time temperature of the die based on the received output signal, to provide the real-time temperature to a temperature compensation and correction control unit that adjusts a cooling/heating system flow provided to the die, the adjustment based on the real-time temperature. A method for compensating the operating temperature variation of the sipm tile is also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322269

Switching amplifirer and method for operating same

A method is used for operating a switching amplifier, the switching amplifier includes a plurality of cascade elements. The method includes: coupling the cascade elements in series between two terminals of a load; providing two leg circuits each comprised of switches in each of the cascade elements; and controlling all of the switches comprised in the switching amplifier using space vector modulation (svm), such that a change of a common mode (cm) voltage generated by the switching amplifier is in a predetermined range.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322185

Machine rotor ultrasonic imaging system and related methods

Various embodiments include an ultrasonic detection method, performed using an ultrasonic detection system having a set of corresponding transmitting phased array devices and receiving phased array devices, the method including: for each of a plurality of static positions about a portion of a machine rotor: transmitting, at a corresponding transmitting phased array device, a set of ultrasonic waves through the portion of the machine rotor, and receiving, at the corresponding receiving phased array device, the set of ultrasonic waves after transmission through the portion of the machine rotor, to obtain a set of ultrasonic detection information about the machine rotor; and forming an ultrasonic representation of the machine rotor by aligning the sets of the ultrasonic detection information about the machine rotor obtained from each of the plurality of static positions about the portion of the machine rotor.. . ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322143

Corrosion sensor, corrosion monitoring system, and method of quantifying corrosion

A corrosion monitoring system includes at least one corrosion sensor. The corrosion sensor includes a metallic plug having at least one opening, at least one ceramic sheath in the opening of the metallic plug, and a plurality of probes. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322116

System and method to model power output of an engine

A system includes an engine configured to generate power to drive a load. The system also includes a power augmentation system configured to augment a power output of the engine when the power augmentation system is activated. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170322064

Multi-phase fluid fraction measurement

A method of determining a fraction of one or more phases in a multi-phase fluid in a conduit is provided. The method includes exciting (602) a sensing device to cause emission of electromagnetic waves of a range of frequencies into a multi-phase fluid. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321895

High frequency acoustic damper for combustor liners

An acoustic damping device is provided that includes a resonating tube defining a resonating cavity with a predetermined characteristic length and a tube end defining a cavity opening, as well as a case configured to reversibly secure the tube end in fluidic communication with a fluid volume enclosed by a liner. The cavity opening is connected with the resonating cavity. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321747

Bearing damper with external support spring systems and methods

One embodiment describes a bearing damper including a housing; a damper with an annular gap and an internal spring, in which the annular gap is formed between an inner rim and an outer rim of the damper, the internal spring circumferentially bounds the annular gap, the outer rim is coupled to the housing, and the annular gap is configured to be filled with fluid used to dampen vibrations produced on a drive shaft; and an external spring coupled to the housing and to the inner rim, in which the external includes an axial stiffness engineered to externally offset axial forces exerted on the inner rim of the and a radial stiffness engineered to externally offset a first portion of radial forces exerted on the inner rim and to permit a second portion of the radial forces to propagate the vibrations from the drive shaft to the inner rim.. . ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321739

Method and system for hybrid gang channel bolted joint

A fastening assembly and a method of coupling a flange joint are provided. The fastening assembly includes a channel assembly including an elongate web having a pair of opposing side edges, a plurality of spaced apart apertures extending through the web, and at least one anti-rotation lip extending away from the at least one side edge of the pair of side edges. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321714

Apparatus and system for composite fan blade with fused metal lead edge

A metal leading edge includes a nose positioned along the leading edge of a fan blade airfoil body. The metal leading edge also includes a first edge extending axially aftward from the nose along a pressure side of the fan blade airfoil body. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321700

Liquid injection apparatus and compressor assembly having the same

A liquid injection apparatus for use with a compressor having a rotor shaft and a casing part is provided. The liquid injection apparatus includes at least one conduit and at least one nozzle coupled to the conduit(s). ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321662

Wind turbine bearings

In one aspect, a dual pitch bearing configuration for coupling a rotor blade to a hub of a wind turbine. The dual pitch bearing configuration including a first pitch bearing and at least one additional pitch bearing disposed axially a distance lb from the first pitch bearing. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321659

Hybrid tubular lattice tower assembly for a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to a tower assembly for a wind turbine. The tower assembly includes a lattice tower portion, a tubular tower portion, and a transition region therebetween. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321654

System and method for controlling the operation of a wind turbine

A method for controlling the operation of a wind turbine may generally include monitoring a current yaw position of a nacelle of the wind turbine, wherein the current yaw position is located within one of a plurality of yaw sectors defined for the nacelle. In addition, the method may include monitoring a wind-dependent parameter of the wind turbine and determining a variance of the wind-dependent parameter over time, wherein the variance is indicative of variations in a wind parameter associated with the wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321606

Airflow manipulation device for compressor

A compressor includes a purge flow extraction path extending radially and configured to direct an airflow radially inwardly. Also included is a center bore at least partially defined by a rotor structure extending axially and fluidly coupled to the purge flow extraction path. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321602

Gas turbine engine with an offtake

An apparatus and method are disclosed for a gas turbine engine including an offtake located within the air flow of the engine. The offtake has an inlet and a louver covering the inlet. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321600

System and method for a gas turbine power generation system with a high pressure compressor with an added forward stage

The gas turbine power generation system includes a core engine and a low pressure compressor. The core engine includes a high pressure compressor, a combustor, and a high pressure turbine configured in a serial flow arrangement. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321593

System and method for controlling a vehicle

A thermal management system for an engine includes a radiator in fluid communication with the engine, a fan operable to provide air flow through the radiator, and a shutter assembly positioned on an opposite side of the radiator from the fan and being adjustable to control the air flow through the radiator. The radiator includes a first radiator section and a second radiator section, the first and second radiator sections each having a fore end and an aft end, respectively, wherein the first radiator section and the second radiator section converge at the respective fore ends and define an angle therebetween.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321572

Service tube for a turbine engine

An apparatus and method of reducing operating temperatures of a gas turbine engine, exposed to a service tube assembly by utilizing a skirt and radially outer mount. The reduction in temperature exposure minimizes temperatures of the service tube during engine operation to reduce the incidence of oil coking or varnish.. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321569

Turbomachine including clearance control system

A gas turbomachine includes a compressor portion, a turbine portion operatively connected to the compressor portion, and a combustor assembly fluidically connected to each of the compressor portion and the turbine portion. A turbine casing includes a body having an outer surface and an inner surface. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321564

System and method for cooling components of a gas turbine engine

A method for cooling a component of a gas turbine engine includes flowing a cooling airflow through a cooling passage of a turbine rotor blade, wherein the cooling passage includes an inlet and an outlet formed on a blade tip of the turbine rotor blade. The method further includes receiving at least a portion of the cooling airflow exiting the outlet of the cooling passage with an aperture defined in a casing of the gas turbine engine, wherein the casing is spaced from the blade tip along the radial direction. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321559

Thermal barrier system with bond coat barrier

A coating system disposed on a surface of a substrate is provided. The coating system includes a bond coating on the surface of the substrate, a protective coating on the bond coating, a thermal barrier coating on the protective coating, and a protective agent disposed within at least some of the voids of the thermal barrier coating. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170321239

Cell-free protein expression using rolling circle amplification product

Methods for in vitro transcription and translation from an rca product are provided. The methods comprise providing a double-stranded rca product, wherein the double-stranded rca product consists essentially of tandem repeats of a minimalistic expression sequence. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170320785

Automated ceramic matrix composite ply layup

Methods for forming ceramic matrix composite (cmc) components are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a method comprises automatically laying up cmc plies. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170320502

Adhesion control system and method

A system for controlling a consist of rail vehicles or other vehicles includes a control unit electrically coupled to a first rail vehicle in the consist, the control unit having a processor and being configured to receive signals representing a presence and position of one or more tractive effort systems on-board the first vehicle and other rail vehicles in the consist, and a set of instructions stored in a non-transient medium accessible by the processor, the instructions configured to control the processor to create a optimization schedule that manages the use of the one or more tractive effort systems based on the presence and position of the tractive effort systems within the consist.. . ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170320232

Perforated ceramic matrix composite ply, ceramic matrix composite article, and method for forming ceramic matrix composite article

A ceramic matrix composite article, method for forming the article, and perforated ply which may be incorporated therein are disclosed. The article includes at least one shell ply forming an exterior wall having first and second portions and defining a plenum. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170320163

Combined liquid guided laser and electrical discharge machining

This disclosure provides a system, method, and resulting workpiece combining liquid guided laser and electrical discharge machining to create a common feature. The workpiece is positioned in a liquid guided laser cutting path and machined by the liquid guided laser device to create an intermediate feature in the workpiece. ... General Electric Company

11/09/17 / #20170319995

System and method for conditioning flow of a wet gas stream

A flow conditioning device for conditioning a wet gas stream having a plurality of liquid droplets and a gas flow is presented. The flow conditioning device includes a first segment including a first convergent section configured to break the plurality of liquid droplets from a first size to a second size. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170311490

System and method for cooling power electronics

A cooling system for power electronics of an engine-powered unit includes at least one power electronics component, a liquid chamber in thermal communication with a frame of the engine-powered unit, and a pump configured to circulate a cooling fluid through the at least one power electronics component and the liquid chamber. The liquid chamber is configured to conductively transfer heat from the cooling fluid to the frame to cool the cooling fluid.. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170310690

Domain level threat detection for industrial asset control system

A normal space data source stores, for each of a plurality of threat nodes, a series of normal values that represent normal operation of an industrial asset control system, and a threatened space data source stores a series of threatened values. A model creation computer may generate sets of normal and threatened feature vectors. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170310234

Power converter topology for use in an energy storage system

Systems and methods associated with example power converter systems are disclosed. For instance, a power converter system can include a power converter couplable to an input power source and configured to generate an output power substantially at a grid frequency. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170310220

Gas tube-switched high voltage dc power converter

A direct current (dc)-dc converter includes a transformer and a gas tube-switched inverter circuit. The transformer includes a primary winding and a secondary winding. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170310171

Sleeve rotor synchronous reluctance electric machine

According to some embodiments, a synchronous reluctance machine is disclosed. The machine includes a stator; a rotor disposed within the stator and configured to rotate relative to the stator; and a sleeve disposed circumferentially around the rotor.. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170309355

Radiation shielding system

A radiation shielding system for an x-ray digital detector array includes a first radiation shield having a plurality of shielding pads and a plurality of interstices between the plurality of shielding pads, the plurality of shielding pads having a greater thickness than the thickness of the plurality of interstices. The plurality of shielding pads is configured to be positioned over active components of the x-ray digital detector array and the interstices are configured to be positioned over passive components of the x-ray digital detector array.. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170308823

Systems and methods for multi-resource scheduling

Systems and methods for multi-resource scheduling are disclosed and described. An example apparatus includes a scheduler engine configured to enable clinical system(s) to operate with the scheduler engine in an analytical mode and an operating mode. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170308080

Distributed vehicle system control system and method

A distributed control system includes a remote control system configured to be communicatively coupled with plural separate vehicle systems. The remote control system is configured to remotely control operation of the vehicle systems and/or communicate with the local vehicle control system or operator. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307703

Silent multi-gradient echo magnetic resonance imaging

Methods and systems for production of silent, multi-gradient-echo, magnetic resonance images are provided. The methods employ iterative application of small updates to the magnetic field gradient followed by a short, non-selective radiofrequency pulse excitation and for free induction decay data acquisition. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307702

Method and system for contactless power transfer in a gate driver unit

A gate driver unit is presented. The gate driver unit includes a first power exchanging coil operatively coupled to a power source. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307688

Synthetic test circuit

A synthetic test circuit, comprising: a device under test including a chain-link converter under test, comprising a plurality of test modules, each test module including module switches connected with an energy storage device; a terminal connected to the device under test; at least one injection circuit operably connected to the terminal, the injection circuit including a source, the source including a source chain-link converter, which includes a plurality of source modules, each source module including a plurality of module switches connected with at least one energy storage device; a controller being configured to operate each source module to selectively bypass the corresponding energy storage device and insert the corresponding energy storage device into the corresponding source chain-link converter so as to generate a voltage across the source chain-link converter and thereby operate the injection circuit to inject a current waveform and/or a voltage waveform into the chain-link converter under test.. . ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307666

Adaptable input/output apparatus and method

An integrated circuit and/or sensing circuitry assists in determining the thermal capacity available at a given and future time. In one aspect, the integrated circuit includes a number of channels connected to any number of components having differing thermal capacities. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307471

Systems and methods for distributed measurement

A measurement system includes a cable having a length, a light source, at least one detector, and at least one processor. The light source is operably coupled to the cable and is configured to transmit an optical signal to the cable. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307206

Illuminated knob assembly for an appliance

A knob assembly includes a light guide and a control knob that is independently rotatable relative to the light guide. The light guide is positioned at an aperture formed on a surface such that the light guide receives light emitted by a light source positioned below the surface along a vertical direction. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307142

Anti-detachment capper for led retrofit lamps

A bipartite capper component for an illuminating lamp includes a first portion formed of a first material and a second portion formed of a second material different from the first material. The second portion of the capper component is in contact with the first portion of the capper component. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170307046

System and method for a variable squeeze film damper

A damper assembly includes a bearing assembly including a radially outer surface. A housing surrounds the bearing assembly and includes a radially inner surface facing the radially outer surface. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306926

System and method for estimating high bandwidth tower deflection for wind turbines

The present disclosure is directed to a method for estimating tower loads, such as tower deflection, of a wind turbine. The method includes receiving an estimate of slow variations in thrust of a tower of the wind turbine. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306915

Engine diagnostic system and method

A system may include at least one engine bank including a plurality of fuel injectors. At least one exhaust temperature sensor is coupled to the engine bank(s). ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306846

Ventilation system for turbomachine using bladeless airflow amplifier

A ventilation system for a turbomachine enclosure includes: a bladeless airflow amplifier configured to pass an airflow through at least a portion of the turbomachine enclosure; and an amplifier airflow source fluidly coupled to the bladeless airflow amplifier for providing an operative airflow to operate the bladeless airflow amplifier. The ventilation system may be employed with or without a conventional vent fan system.. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306845

Ventilation system for turbomachine using bladeless airflow amplifier

A ventilation system for a turbomachine enclosure includes: a bladeless airflow amplifier configured to pass an airflow through at least a portion of the turbomachine enclosure; and an amplifier airflow source fluidly coupled to the bladeless airflow amplifier for providing an operative airflow to operate the bladeless airflow amplifier. The ventilation system may be employed with or without a conventional vent fan system.. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306788

System and method for condition based monitoring of a gas turbine filter house

In one embodiment, a computing device includes one or more processors configured to execute instructions that cause the one or more processors to acquire pressure data measured by at least one pressure sensor disposed proximate to a filter house in an intake of a gas turbine engine system, derive an airflow or an air mass flow through a duct of the intake using a thermodynamic model of the gas turbine engine system based at least on the pressure data, derive an intake pressure drop in the duct using at least the pressure data, derive a loss parameter of the filter house by combining the air mass or air mass flow, and the intake pressure drop, derive a pressure loss model based on the loss parameter over a period of time, and determine a condition of the filter house based on the pressure loss model.. . ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306775

Article, component, and method of making a component

An article, a component, and a method of making a component are provided. The article includes a pre-sintered preform having a contoured proximal face and a contoured distal face. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306774

Article, component, and method of making a component

An article, a component, and a method of making a component are provided. The article includes a contoured proximal face and a contoured distal face. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306768

Turbine engine shroud assembly

Disclosed herein is an interlocking shroud assembly for a turbine engine with a plurality of radially extending, circumferentially spaced airfoils terminating in a shroud element and having opposing radial sides with first and second interlock elements. Further provided is a method of forming a shroud about a plurality of rotating blades in a turbine engine.. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306765

Airfoil with variable slot decoupling

The present disclosure is directed to an airfoil for a gas turbine rotor blade. The airfoil includes a pressure side wall and a suction side wall connected to the pressure side wall at a leading edge portion and a trailing edge portion. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306764

Airfoil for a turbine engine

A method and apparatus for minimizing engine weight for a turbine engine by utilizing one or more discrete protuberances disposed on an engine component wall. The wall can have a nominal thickness to decrease engine weight while the protuberances can provide increased discrete thicknesses for providing one or more cooling holes. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306552

Washing machine appliance with on demand fluids

A washing machine appliance includes a supply conduit having an exit positioned for directing water into a basket of the washing machine appliance. A door is positioned over the basket in a closed position. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306548

Washing machine appliance and backsplash assembly

A washing machine is provided that may include a cabinet, a basket, and a backsplash. The cabinet may define an opening and include a backsplash bracket having a predefined footprint. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170306451

Three phase bond coat coating system for superalloys

Provided is a nickel-based coating composition containing cobalt, chromium, aluminum, tantalum, and nickel. The coating composition has a three phase γ, γ′, β microstructure wherein at least 5 volume % of the coating composition is present in the β phase. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170305283

Integrated charger for vehicles and method of making same

According to some embodiments, a traction system is disclosed. The traction system includes a dc bus, an energy storage device coupled to the dc bus, and a voltage converter assembly coupled to the energy storage device. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170303860

System and method for imaging a moving subject

An mri system for imaging a moving subject is provided. The mri system includes a magnet assembly and an mri controller. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170303784

Wireless patient monitoring system and method

A patient monitoring system includes one or more wireless sensing devices configured to record physiological data from a patient and one or more processors. An activity analysis module is executable on one or more of the processors to select an activity class from a predefined set of activity classes based on an activity input. ... General Electric Company

10/26/17 / #20170303766

Controlling operation of dishwasher motor

Systems and methods for controlling operation of a dishwashing appliance are disclosed. For instance, data indicative of a supply voltage associated with a dishwashing appliance can be received. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170295057

Method, system, and program storage device for customization of services in an industrial internet of things

. . A system includes at least one hardware processor and a memory storing a plurality of service configurations and a plurality of configuration programs, including a first configuration program, and a first service configuration identifying at least one conditional element and the first configuration program. The system also includes a customization engine configured to receive a rest call from a requesting device, the rest call identifying an iiot machine, the iiot machine executing a service exposing a rest-ful api. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170294434

Method and system for a semiconductor device with integrated transient voltage suppression

A power transistor assembly and method of operating the assembly are provided. The power transistor assembly includes integrated transient voltage suppression on a single semiconductor substrate and includes a transistor formed of a wide band gap material, the transistor including a gate terminal, a source terminal, and a drain terminal, the transistor further including a predetermined maximum allowable gate voltage value, and a transient voltage suppression (tvs) device formed of a wide band gap material, the tvs device formed with the transistor as a single semiconductor device, the tvs device electrically coupled to the transistor between at least one of the gate and source terminals and the drain and source terminals, the tvs device including a breakdown voltage limitation selected to be greater than the predetermined maximum allowable gate voltage value.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170294373

Robust low inductance power module package

A method and system for a power module is provided. The power module includes a first substrate including a first conductive substrate having a first plurality of power semiconductor switches arranged thereon, and at least one second conductive substrate electrically coupled to the first conductive substrate. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170294282

Self-resetting biasing devices for current limiting circuit breaker trip systems

A circuit breaker including a case, a trip mechanism, and a trip lever moveable between a first position and a second position. The trip lever includes a first end selectively contacting the trip mechanism and a second end opposite the first end. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170294001

Method and system for reducing ringing artifacts in x-ray image

The present disclosure discloses a method for reducing ringing artifacts in an x-ray image, comprising: acquiring an x-ray image by scanning an object, wherein the x-ray image comprises grid line artifacts; applying a first bandwidth filter and a second bandwidth filter respectively to the x-ray image so as to obtain a filtered first image and a filtered second image, wherein the first bandwidth filter and the second bandwidth have different bandwidths; constructing a weighting map according to the x-ray image; and fusing the filtered first image and the filtered second image with the weighting map so as to obtain an output image. The present disclosure also discloses a system using the above method.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170293549

System and method for test generation from software specification models that contain nonlinear arithmetic constraints over real number ranges

A computer-implemented system for generating test cases and/or test procedures to verify software having a nonlinear arithmetic constraint over a real number range. The system includes a translator that receives, as input, software specification models for the software to be verified. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170293043

Subsea equipment monitoring system

Systems and methods for monitoring subsea equipment are described herein. In one embodiment, such a system can include a plurality of acoustic sensor arrays that each include at least two acoustic sensors, wherein at least a first acoustic sensor array is mounted on an outer surface of subsea equipment being monitored and at least a second acoustic sensor array is positioned remote from the subsea equipment. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292996

Dynamoelectric machine fault monitoring system, computer program product and related methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to monitor a dynamoelectric machine having a rotor including an exciter electrically coupled with a field winding, by performing actions including: obtaining measured data indicating a resistance of the field winding at a plurality of rotor angular positions while the rotor is rotating at a speed below one-hundred revolutions per minute; comparing the measured data indicating the resistance of the field winding at the plurality of rotor angular positions with a threshold resistance range; and indicating a potential fault in the field winding in response to determining the measured data indicating the resistance deviates from the threshold resistance range.. . ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292922

Defect correction using tomographic scanner for additive manufacturing

A method for correction of thermal defects using tomographic scanning for additive manufacturing is provided. The method may include forming a portion of an object using an additive manufacturing system based on an intended three-dimensional (3d) model of the object that is in an additive manufacturing system format. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292780

Refrigerator appliance and a method for operating a refrigerator appliance

A method for operating a refrigerator appliance includes receiving a user inquiry signal at a controller of the refrigerator appliance in response to an inquiry input at a user interface of the refrigerator appliance, obtaining a status of at least one operable component of the refrigerator appliance with the controller of the refrigerator appliance, and sending the status of the at least one operable component of the refrigerator appliance from the controller of the refrigerator appliance to the user interface of the refrigerator appliance. A related refrigerator appliance is provided.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292756

Insulated and charged to-go bins for a refrigerator appliance

A storage bin for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The storage bin defines a storage compartment for receiving food articles and may be removably received within a chilled chamber of the refrigerator appliance. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292748

Water supply system for an ice making assembly

A water switch assembly for a nugget ice making assembly is provided. The ice making assembly includes a hollow auger rotatably mounted within a reservoir and configured for extruding ice. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292713

System and method for controlling oven humidity

A system and method for controlling the humidity in a cooking chamber of an oven appliance is provided. The oven appliance includes a cooking chamber, a cooling air flow passageway positioned outside the cooking chamber, a cooling fan positioned in the cooling air flow passageway, and a vent enabling flow communication between the cooking chamber and cooling air flow passageway. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292534

Moisture detection system for gas turbine inlet

The present application describes a gas turbine inlet air system for providing a flow of air to a compressor. The gas turbine inlet air system may include an inlet air water cooling system positioned upstream of the compressor for cooling the flow of air with a flow of water and a moisture detection system positioned downstream of the inlet air water cooling system to detect if droplets of the flow of water pass beyond the inlet air water cooling system in the flow of air towards the compressor.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292533

Self-cooling electric submersible pump

A self-cooling electric submersible pump having an integrated cooling system is provided. The cooling system is configured to cool and lubricate the electric motor section of the pump by expanding a compressed multi-component coolant fluid through flow channels within the motor. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292523

Electric propulsion engine for an aircraft

A propulsion system for an aircraft includes an electric propulsion engine configured to be mounted to the aircraft at an aft end of the aircraft. The electric propulsion engine includes a power gearbox mechanically coupled to an electric motor. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292512

Systems and methods for providing override control for a feedwater pump recirculation valve

Systems and methods for providing override control for a feedwater pump recirculation valve are provided. According to one embodiment, a system may include a controller and a processor communicatively coupled to the controller. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292501

System and method for auto-calibrating a load sensor system of a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for automatically calibrating a load sensor system of a wind turbine and determining health of same. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a plurality of sensor signals generated by the plurality of load sensors from the load sensor system. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292456

Integrated gas turbine inlet silencer and bleed heat system

An inlet system for a gas turbine includes an integrated inlet bleed heat system, wherein the inlet bleed design is integrated in, e.g., a silencer or inlet.. . ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292455

Air bypass system for rotor shaft cooling

An air bypass system for a gas turbine engine includes a nozzle for a gas turbine engine. The air bypass system includes the nozzle having an inner band, an outer band, and an airfoil extending between the inner band and the outer band. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292449

Gas turbine engine service tube mount

An apparatus and method of biasing a service tube within a turbine rear frame of a gas turbine engine. The engine includes an engine core having a service fitting. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292448

Foreign object damage screen for gas turbine system

A system includes a foreign object damage (fod) screen configured to be disposed upstream of an air intake of a gas turbine engine and to keep debris from entering the air intake. The fod screen is configured to extend across a fluid flow path extending through the air intake into the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292424

Use of gas turbine heated fluid for reductant vaporization

A system includes a gas turbine engine that may combust a fuel to generate power and an exhaust gas, an exhaust gas path in fluid communication with the gas turbine engine and that may receive the exhaust gas from the gas turbine engine, and a reductant skid fluidly coupled to the exhaust gas path. The reductant skid includes an injection system that may supply a reductant to the exhaust gas path. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292409

System and method to move turbomachinery

A system includes a turbine housing, a turbine mount disposed in the turbine housing, and a turbine moving machine disposed at least partially within the turbine housing. The turbine moving machine includes a turbine support configured to couple to a turbine and a first translational portion coupled to the turbine support. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292391

Steam turbine drum nozzle having alignment feature, related assembly, steam turbine and storage medium

Various embodiments include a steam turbine drum nozzle, along with a related assembly and steam turbine. Particular embodiments include a nozzle having: an airfoil; a radially inner sidewall coupled with a first end of the airfoil; and a radially outer sidewall coupled with a second end of the airfoil, the second end opposing the first end, wherein the radially outer sidewall includes: a first section radially outward of the airfoil; a thinned section coupled with the first section; and a second section coupled with the thinned section radially outward of the airfoil, the second section having a radially outer face and a circumferentially facing side abutting the radially outer face, wherein the second section includes a circumferentially extending slot, and wherein the second section includes a relief slot extending into a body of the second section from the circumferentially facing side.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292390

Turbomachine alignment key and related turbomachine

Various aspects include an alignment key for a turbomachine, along with a turbomachine including the alignment key and a related storage medium. In some cases, the alignment key includes: a body having primary axis and sized to engage a diaphragm slot in the turbomachine, the body having sidewalls extending along the primary axis; a chamfered tip section continuous with the body, the chamfered tip section sized to engage a casing slot in the turbomachine; and a slot extending through the body and the chamfered tip section, the slot having a first opening proximate an end of the body and a second opening proximate the chamfered tip section, wherein the sidewalls of the body taper from the end of the body toward the chamfered tip section.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292380

System and method for in situ balancing of a rotating component of a gas turbine engine

Methods for performing in situ balancing of an internal rotating component of a gas turbine engine are provided. The method can include inserting a repair tool through an access port of the gas turbine engine with the repair tool including a tip end positioned within the gas turbine engine and a material supply end positioned outside the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292218

Dryer appliances and methods of operation

A dryer appliance is provided, including a cabinet, a drum, an outlet assembly, an exhaust sensor, and a fluid injector. The drum may be mounted within the cabinet and define a drying chamber. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170292217

Laundry additive dispenser

An additive dispensing assembly for providing wash liquid to a wash tub of a washing machine appliance is provided. The additive dispensing assembly includes a water supply conduit configured to provide a flow of water to the wash tub. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170291804

Rotatable engagement of additive manufacturing build plate

Aspects of the disclosure include apparatuses and systems for rotatably engaging an additive manufacturing build plate. An apparatus according to embodiments of the present disclosure can include: a height adjustable platform; a rotatable member coupled to the height adjustable platform; an alignment member coupled to a first end of the rotatable member; and first and second coupling members each extending from the first radial end of the alignment member wherein the first and second coupling members are oriented substantially parallel to the rotatable member.. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170291693

Electric propulsion engine for an aircraft

A propulsion system for an aircraft includes an electric propulsion engine configured to be mounted to the aircraft at an aft end of the aircraft. The electric propulsion engine includes a fan rotatable about a central axis of the electric propulsion engine. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170291280

Apparatus and method for peening of machine components

A peening device for treating a component includes a shot media propulsion source configured to propel a quantity of shot media. The device also includes a plurality of treatment enclosures each selectively coupleable to the shot media propulsion source. ... General Electric Company

10/12/17 / #20170291260

Additive machine utilizing rotational build surface

An apparatus for manufacturing an axi-symmetric part. The apparatus includes a vessel configured to contain the powder. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170290136

X-ray systems having individually measurable emitters

An x-ray system for simultaneously or concurrently measuring currents of multiple emitters is provided. The x-ray system includes a high voltage direct current (dc) supply configured to supply tube current to the multiple emitters and plural emitter circuits. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170290114

Illumination device having a light emitting source operated via a clamped series resonator converter

An illumination device is provided. The illumination device includes a light emitting source and a clamped series resonant converter (csrc) coupled thereto. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170288638

Collective process for ultrasound transducers

The present disclosure relates to the bulk manufacture of transducer arrays, including arrays having at least one 3d printed (or otherwise additive manufactured) acoustic matching layers. In certain implementations, the manufactured transducers include a composite-piezoelectric transducer on a de-matching layer. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170288423

Charging device, system and method

The present disclosure relates to a charging device for charging a battery back, comprising: a plurality of charging assemblies for charging a plurality of battery cells connected electrically in series in the battery back, wherein the plurality of charging assemblies are configured to charge a first set of the plurality of battery cells in a first time period and a second set of the plurality of battery cells in a second time period, any two of the plurality of battery cells that neighbor with each other are from different sets of the plurality of battery cells, and each of the plurality of charging assemblies comprises: an ac/dc converter for converting an inputted ac voltage to a first dc voltage; and a dc/dc converter for converting the first dc voltage to a second dc voltage for charging the battery cell. The present disclosure further relates to a charging system and method.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170288382

Supporting structure for contacts of high-voltage disconnectors

This invention relates to a supporting structure for contacts of high-voltage disconnectors, characterized in that it comprises at least one vertical central composite insulator that is stayed by means of at least two inclined insulators, each of which is coupled at a first end to said at least one central composite insulator and at the second opposite end to a base body for said at least one vertical central composite insulator.. . ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170287672

Asymmetric core quadrupole with concave pole tips

A magnetic assembly for focusing an electron beam includes one or more quadrupole assemblies, each quadrupole assembly having at least a pair of separate opposing members with angular pole extensions of one opposing member facing angular pole extensions of another opposing member. An x-ray tube includes a magnetic assembly for focusing an electron beam extending from a cathode to an anode of the x-ray tube, the magnetic assembly comprising one or more quadrupole assemblies, each quadrupole assembly having at least a pair of opposing members with angular pole extensions of one opposing member facing angular pole extensions of another opposing member.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170287671

Angled flat emitter for high power cathode with electrostatic emission control

In the present invention, a computed tomography system, an x-ray tube used therein and a cathode assembly disposed in the x-ray tube, as well as an associated method of use, is provided that includes a gantry and the x-ray tube coupled to the gantry. The x-ray tube includes the cathode assembly having a pair of emitters for generating an electron beam, where the pair of emitters are disposed in the casing at angles with respect to one another. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170287669

Fabrication methods and modal stiffining for non-flat single/multi-piece emitter

An electron emitter assembly includes a plurality of electron emitters, and a removable structure connected to, and fixing a positional relationship among, individual ones of the plurality of electron emitters. A method of assembling an electron emitter assembly includes connecting individual ones of a plurality of electron emitters together with a removable structure, and fixing a positional relationship among the individual ones of the plurality of electron emitters.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170287582

Apparatus, system and method for reducing radiation scatter in an imaging system

An apparatus for reducing radiation scatter in an imaging system having an operational slot for receiving an anti-scatter grid. The apparatus includes an imaging system component having at least one storage slot formed therein for selectively storing an anti-scatter grid when the grid is not in the operational slot of the imaging system. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170287173

Ct imaging apparatus and method, and x-ray transceiving component for ct imaging apparatus

The present invention provides an x-ray transceiving component for a ct imaging apparatus, comprising one or more bulb devices and a plurality of detector devices. The one or more bulb devices are configured to emit quadrate-tapered or fan-shaped x-ray beams. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170287124

System and method for detecting missing tooth in mining shovel

A method for detecting missing tooth in mining shovel, implemented using a processing device, includes receiving a pair of image frames from a camera disposed on a rope mine shovel configured to carry a mining load. A tooth line region corresponding to the pair of image frames is detected to generate a pair of tooth line regions based on a shovel template set. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170286889

System and method for nonintrusive commissioning of elements to an indoor positioning system

A system for commissioning a smart luminaire (122a, 122b) in an indoor positioning system (100) includes a mobile device (110) including a mobile device control processor (112) in communication with a commissioning application (117), the commissioning application configured to communicate with one or more position beacons (120a, 120b) distributed throughout a spatial volume of a structure, the one or more position beacons configured to broadcast a unique identifier within the spatial volume via a wireless communication protocol, and to receive a transmission from the mobile device; a wireless transceiver (118) in the mobile device configured to receive the broadcasted positions, and to transmit data to the one or more position beacons, and the commissioning application configured to authenticate itself to the position beacon, and to programmatically change the unique identifier. A method for commissioning smart luminaires and a non-transitory computer-readable medium containing executable instructions is also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170286854

Automatic revision of a predictive damage model

A method for automatic revision of a predictive damage model that assess a physical system and provides maintenance recommendations to a user platform includes evaluating the predictive model at periodic intervals, identifying alternate parameters for the model that satisfy real-world physical constraints, determining an impact of the alternate parameters on an accuracy of the predictive model, forecasting performance of a predictive model modified with the alternate parameters, optimizing data driven terms of the predictive model by deploying the alternate parameters, and providing updated maintenance recommendations to a user platform display based on the modified predictive model. The method can also include comparing the one or more maintenance recommendations to actual maintenance experiences on the physical system, and also performing a heuristic parameter search for the data-driven terms. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170286572

Digital twin of twinned physical system

An apparatus may implement a digital twin of a twinned physical system such that one or more sensors to sense values of one or more designated parameters of the twinned physical system. A computer processor may receive data associated with the sensors and, for at least a selected portion of the twinned physical system, monitor a condition of the selected portion of the twinned physical system and/or assess a remaining useful life of the selected portion based at least in part on the sensed values of the one or more designated parameters. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170285627

System and method for positioning an unmanned aerial vehicle

A system for positioning an unmanned aerial vehicle is provided including a position reference system including an electromagnetic radiation transmitter configured to modulate a transmission signal to encode location information associated with a coordinate system relative to the electromagnetic radiation transmitter. The system further includes an unmanned aerial vehicle including at least one control device configured to control a position of the unmanned aerial vehicle and an electromagnetic radiation receiver configured to receive the transmission signal. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170285188

Computed tomography with detector wobble

The present approach relates to a detector design that allows detector-based wobble using an electronic control scheme. In one implementation, each detector pixel is divided into sub-pixels. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170285182

Method for improving timing resolution using depth of interaction correction in pet detector

A method for determining depth-of-interaction correction in a pet system includes modifying crystal and readout configuration to improve depth-dependent arrival profile of scintillation photons, creating a photon dispersion model within a scintillator crystal, measuring photon arrival profile of individual gamma ray event, deriving an estimated depth-of-interaction, and deriving a gamma ray event time based on a time stamp corrected with the estimated depth-of-interaction. The method can include modeling dispersion at different depths of interaction within the scintillator crystal; providing a reflector layer to delay back-reflected photons; providing two respective readouts for the same gamma ray event from two respective pixels optically coupled by a backside reflector or modified crystal configuration, calculating a time difference of the photon arrival at the two pixels, and estimating the depth-of-interaction by applying a statistical weighting. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170285119

Systems and methods for handling peak power requirements of a medical imaging device

A method of handling a peak power requirement of a medical imaging device 106 is presented. The method includes determining, using at least one controlling unit 107, 108, a first voltage corresponding to a direct current (dc) link 116, a second voltage corresponding to one or more energy storage devices 110, or a combination thereof, where a power source 102 is coupled to a plurality of loads via the dc link, and the energy storage devices are coupled to the dc link. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284974

System for sensing and locating delamination

A system to monitor a composite system component may include a plurality of sensors mounted proximate to the composite system component. A signal processing unit may receive, from each of the plurality of sensors, a series of sensed values associated with the composite system component and determine a kurtosis value for each series of sensed values. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284973

Ultrasonic bar and tube end testing with linear axis robot

An inspection system for performing an inspection of an end region of a part is provided. The inspection system includes a robotic assembly positioned along a side of the part. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284896

System and method for unsupervised anomaly detection on industrial time-series data

The present embodiments related to a machinery failure evaluation system and associated method. The system may receive time-series data associated with a piece of machinery. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284722

Filters for non-plumbed appliances

Non-plumbed appliances and filters are provided. A filter includes a body which includes a sidewall extending along a longitudinal axis between a first end wall and a second end wall, the body defining a body interior. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284721

Filters for stand-alone ice making appliances

Stand-alone ice making appliances are provided. An appliance includes a container defining a first storage volume for receipt of ice, a water tank defining a second storage volume for receipt of water, and a pump in fluid communication with the second storage volume. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284678

Turbine engine fuel injection system and methods of assembling the same

A fuel injection system for use in a combustor of a turbine engine includes a mixer assembly including a mixer housing and a fuel nozzle assembly positioned radially inward of the mixer housing. The fuel nozzle assembly includes a substantially annular fuel injection housing and a substantially annular main fuel injector coupled to the fuel injection housing. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284674

Closed trapped vortex cavity pilot for a gas turbine engine augmentor

A closed trapped vortex apparatus includes: a tubular structure having a structural wall, the structural wall forming a cavity within the tubular structure, the structural wall having a lower boundary wall forming a boundary between the cavity and a core flow passage; at least one driver hole passing through the structural wall; an ignition source communicating with the cavity; a fuel source communicating with the cavity; and a plurality of flame tubes extending through the lower boundary wall of the tubular structure at preselected locations so as to provide communication between the cavity and the core flow passage.. . ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284660

System, method and apparatus for controlling the flow direction, flow rate and temperature of solids

An apparatus for controlling flow of a material includes an inlet for receiving the material from a source, and a seal mechanism connected to the inlet, the seal mechanism having a fluidizing bed configured to receive the material from the inlet, a first discharge passageway and a second discharge passageway. The fluidizing bed includes a first transport zone associated with the first discharge passageway and a second transport zone associated with the second discharge passageway, wherein the first and second transport zones are configured to receive transport gas from a transport gas source. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284419

Method and apparatus for balancing a rotor

A turbomachinery rotor apparatus includes: a rotatable disk having an array of slots spaced around its periphery; an array of blades installed in the slots, wherein the blades have variable weights; and a plurality of connection components installed in the disk, each connection component forming a portion of a mechanical joint between one of the blades and its respective slot, wherein the connection components have variable weights.. . ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284318

Systems and methods for reduced oil carryover

A system in one embodiment includes at least one cylinder, a supplemental boost supply, and a supply line. The at least one cylinder is configured for use in a reciprocating internal combustion engine, and includes a combustion portion and a crank portion on opposite sides of a piston. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284304

Valved airflow passage assembly for adjusting airflow distortion in gas turbine engine

Systems and methods for adjusting airflow distortion in a gas turbine engine using a valved airflow passage assembly are provided. A gas turbine engine can include a compressor section, a combustion section, and a turbine section in series flow and defining at least in part an engine airflow path. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284303

Gas turbine engine dual sealing cylindrical variable bleed valve

Axially adjacent annular booster bleed aft and forward plenums with annular common wall therebetween extend radially outwardly from transition duct. Variable bleed valve includes bleed valve door in bleed inlet in transition duct, attached to rotatable valve body rotatable about axis of rotation, operable to open and close bleed inlet to aft plenum. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284300

Variable flow compressor of a gas turbine

A system and medium for controlling a fuel gas compressor of a gas turbine system that compresses a gaseous fuel for consumption in a high-pressure combustor. Moreover, the compressor is configured to generate a discharge pressure for the combustor based at least in part on a load demand for the gas turbine system.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284297

Translating inlet for adjusting airflow distortion in gas turbine engine

Systems and methods for adjusting airflow distortion in a gas turbine engine using a translating inlet assembly are provided. In one embodiment, a core engine of a gas turbine engine can include a compressor section, a combustion section, and a turbine section in series flow and defining at least in part an engine airflow path. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284296

Secondary airflow passage for adjusting airflow distortion in gas turbine engine

Systems and methods for adjusting airflow distortion in a gas turbine engine using a secondary airflow passage assembly are disclosed. A gas turbine engine can include a compressor section, a combustion section, and a turbine section in series flow and defining at least in part an engine airflow path. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284295

System for generating syngas and an associated method thereof

A system and method for generating an exhaust syngas are disclosed. The system includes a mixing unit, a heat exchanger, and an engine. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284222

Turbine apparatus and method for redundant cooling of a turbine apparatus

A turbine apparatus is disclosed including a first article and a second article disposed between the first article and a hot gas path of a turbine. The first article includes at least one first article cooling channel in fluid communication with and downstream from a cooling fluid source, and the second article includes at least one second article cooling channel in fluid communication with and downstream from the at least one first article cooling channel. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284215

Seal assembly to seal corner leaks in gas turbine

Various embodiments include gas turbine seals and methods of forming such seals. In some cases, a turbine includes: a first arcuate component adjacent to a second arcuate component, each arcuate component including one or more slots located in an end face, each of the one or more slots having a plurality of axial surfaces and radially facing surfaces extending from opposite ends of the axial surfaces and a seal assembly disposed in the slot. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284214

Seal assembly to seal corner leaks in gas turbine

Various embodiments include gas turbine seals and methods of forming such seals. In some cases, a turbine includes: a first arcuate component adjacent to a second arcuate component, each arcuate component including one or more slots located in an end face, each of the one or more slots having a plurality of axial surfaces and radially facing surfaces extending from opposite ends of the axial surfaces and a seal assembly disposed in the slot. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284211

Flowpath assembly for a gas turbine engine

A flowpath apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: a plurality of ducts arranged in an array, each duct including a peripheral wall structure having a closed perimeter that defines a flow channel from an upstream end to a downstream end thereof; and a support structure positioning a the plurality of ducts in an array configuration.. . ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284206

High porosity material and method of making thereof

The present invention relates to a ceramic or metallic component including a first region having a first porosity ranging between 1 and 30%. The component includes a second region having a second porosity that is less than the first porosity. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170284178

Artificial lift system and an associated method thereof

An artificial lift system and a method of operating and installing such an artificial lift system are disclosed. The artificial lift system includes a reciprocating driver and a reciprocating pump. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170283712

Method for converting carbon and hydrocarbon cracking and apparatus for hydrocarbon cracking

A method for converting carbon into a carbon oxide, comprises: contacting carbon with steam in presence of a carnegieite-like material of formula (na2o)xna2[al2si2o8], wherein 0<x≦1. Method and apparatus for hydrocarbon cracking are also described herein.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170283191

System and method and apparatus for maintaining a pressure balance in a solids flow loop and for controlling the flow of solids therethrough

A system includes a standpipe for receiving a flow of solids therethrough, the standpipe having at least one inlet configured to receive a gas for decreasing a solids-to-gas ratio of the flow, a sealpot having an inlet fluidly coupled to the standpipe and an outlet fluidly coupled to a riser, the sealpot being configured to fluidize the solids received from the standpipe and to transport the solids to the riser, and a drain device fluidly coupled to an outlet in the standpipe, the outlet being located upstream from the inlet of the sealpot. The drain device is configured to remove the excess gas from the flow of solids within the standpipe to increase the solids-to-gas ratio of the flow prior to the solids entering the sealpot.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282942

Multiple vehicle control system

A system includes an energy management system disposed onboard a vehicle system configured to travel on a route during a trip. The energy management system is configured to receive trip information that includes one or more constraints including at least one of speed, distance, or time restrictions for the vehicle system along the route. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282310

Eutectic brazing compositions, and related processes and devices

An active braze alloy composition is described, including nickel; or a combination of nickel and cobalt; about 2% by weight to about 30% by weight germanium; and about 1% by weight to about 5% by weight boron and about 0.5% by weight to about 5% by weight of at least active element. The composition is free of silicon. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282272

Brazing compositions for ductile braze structures, and related processes and devices

This disclosure includes the description of a braze alloy composition. The braze composition contains nickel, about 5% by weight to about 25% by weight germanium; and about 1% by weight to about 4% by weight boron. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282267

Method and apparatus for maching workpiece

An apparatus includes an electrode assembly comprising a carriage having a plurality of electrode holders, the electrode holders being respectively configured to detachably receive a plurality of electrodes, the electrodes include a plurality of first electrodes and a plurality of second electrodes. The first electrodes are configured for rough machining a workpiece by electric discharging or wire electric discharging to remove material from the workpiece, the second electrodes are configured for finish machining the rough machined workpiece by electric discharging to remove material from the rough machined workpiece.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282138

Axial flux stator

The system and method of the invention pertains to an axial flux stator is implemented to replace the drive-end magnets and the drive motor. The axial flux stator comprises a control circuit to control the voltage and current provided to the stator, to measure the torque and speed of rotation, and to measure the magnetic flux and magnetic flux density produced by the axial flux stator and impeller magnets, individually or in combination. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282137

Magnetic drive for bioreactor

The system and method of the invention pertains to use of a back iron on one or both ends of the impeller to increase the magnetic field density, and thus strengthen the magnetic coupling. In addition, pie-shaped (i.e. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170282122

System and method of recovering carbon dioxide from a stream of gas

A system for use in recovering carbon dioxide from a stream of gas includes an absorption unit configured to receive the stream of gas and a stream of liquid absorbent. The gas includes carbon dioxide and vaporized water, and the liquid absorbent is chemically reactive with the carbon dioxide to form a solidified carbon dioxide-rich absorbent material. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170281445

User control system and method for infant care apparatus

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

10/05/17 / #20170281294

Marking method and computerized tomography apparatus

The present invention provides a marking method and a computerized tomography apparatus, the method comprising: scanning a target object to obtain an image of the target object; determining an intervention position on a surface of the target object according to a position of a part of interest in the image of the target object; marking the intervention position on the surface of the target object. Therefore, the intervention position may be easily marked on the surface of the target object.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170281128

Ultrasound transducer for imaging systems

A transducer array for an ultrasound probe is provided. The transducer array includes a plurality of transducer elements. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170281126

Systems and methods for passive wire management

A system (e.g., an ultrasound imaging system) is provided. The system includes an ultrasound probe having a cable, and an ultrasound probe holder configured to receive the ultrasound probe. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170281114

System and method for adjusting a radiation dose during imaging of an object within a subject

A method for adjusting a radiation dose during imaging of an object within a subject is provided. The method includes identifying a task in a first frame that contains the object, the first frame generated via exposing the subject to a radiation beam; and adjusting the radiation beam based at least in part on the task prior to generating a second frame that contains the object, the second frame generated via exposing the subject to the radiation beam.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170281112

Method for segmenting small features in an image volume

According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided comprising determining one or more image locations at which motion occurred within an image volume of an object containing movable anatomical features prior to segmenting the movable anatomical features; estimating motion at each of the one or more image locations; correcting one or more motion artifacts in the image volume at each of the one or more image locations, where motion was estimated resulting in the generation of a final motion compensated image; and segmenting one or more features of interest in the final motion compensated image. Numerous other aspects are provided.. ... General Electric Company

10/05/17 / #20170281040

Lead cable for electrocardiograph systems

An electrocardiogram system is provided. The system includes an array of sensors configured to generate electrical signals relating to cardiac activity. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170279361

Resonant dc to dc power converter

A direct current (dc) to dc power converter includes a first converter for converting a first dc bus voltage into a first high frequency ac voltage and a second converter for converting a second high frequency alternating current (ac) voltage into a second dc bus voltage. The dc to dc converter also includes a resonant circuit for coupling the first bus converter and the second bus converter and a controller for providing switching signals to the first converter and the second converter to operate the power converter in a soft switching mode. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170279280

Smart grid synchronization scheme

A control system includes memory storing instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions. The processor is configured to receive a first indication of a power grid voltage, receive a second indication of a power grid phase angle, receive a third indication of a generator voltage of power provided by a generator, and receive a fourth indication of a generator phase angle of power provided by the generator. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170279264

Range extender and circuit protection method

A circuit protection method comprises operating a range extender in a normal mode, wherein the range extender comprises at least one dc-to-dc converter having an input side and an output side and at least one bypass device coupled between the input side and the output side. The operating of the range extender in the normal mode comprises converting an input voltage at the input side into an output voltage at the output side by the dc-to-dc converter, wherein the output voltage is higher than a critical voltage. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170278924

Super-junction semiconductor power devices with fast switching capability

A super junction (sj) device may include one or more charge balance (cb) layers. Each cb layer may include an epitaxial (epi) layer having a first conductivity type and a plurality of charge balance (cb) regions having a second conductivity type. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170278782

Electrical interconnect for an integrated circuit package and method of making same

An electrical interconnect assembly for use in an integrated circuit package includes a mounting substrate having a thickness defined between a first surface and a second surface thereof and at least one electrically conductive pad formed on the first surface of the mounting substrate. A metallization layer coats a surface of the at least one electrically conductive pad and is electrically coupled thereto. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170278660

Circuit breaker including end covers

A circuit breaker includes an electrically insulative case including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The circuit breaker further includes an end cover selectively installable on both the first and second ends of the electrically insulative case. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170277849

Systems and methods for displaying waveforms based on physiological data

System that is configured to display a health-monitoring graph on a screen of the user display. The health-monitoring graph includes a waveform that represents the physiological data that is plotted with respect to horizontal and vertical axes. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170277757

Method and apparatus for mangaging information across like-cases

Approaches are provided for an apparatus having an interface, a memory, a display device, and a processor. The memory store a first case data structure having a first content field and a second case data structure having a second content field with a selection command. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170277203

Method and system for mission planning via formal verification and supervisory controller synthesis

A system, medium, and method, including receiving a set of formalized requirements for accomplishing a mission; allocating, by the processor using architecture synthesis, constraint solving, and compositional verification techniques, a role to each of a plurality of assets comprising a team of autonomous entities, the team to execute specific tasks according to their role to accomplish the mission; and generating, by the processor using controller synthesis and verification techniques, automata for accomplishing the mission for the plurality of assets, the automata being encoded to confer an ability to dynamically react to external inputs during a run-time execution of the automata by the plurality of assets.. . ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276748

Force reduced magnetic shim drawer

An mri scanner can include a magnet assembly forming a central magnetic field area, and a slot for receiving a shim drawer formed within the central magnetic field area. There can be included a shim drawer received within the slot. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276730

Switching amplifier and method for estimating remaining lifetime of a switching amplifier

A switching amplifier includes a power device and a processing device. The power device is configured for powering a load and is comprised of a plurality of switches. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276649

Ultrasonic inspection system

An ultrasonic matrix phased array inspection system can include a plurality of curved matrix phased array probes surrounding a test chamber through which a longitudinal test object passes. Fluid injectors can provide a rotating fluid jacket around the longitudinal test object to ultrasonically couple the plurality of curved matrix phased array probes to the longitudinal test object. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276622

Method and system for gas temperature measurement

A multi-function gas temperature measurement probe includes an outer casing, at least one high-temperature thermocouple inserted within the outer casing, at least one gas emissions sampling aperture defined within the outer casing, and at least one thin filament coupled to the outer casing. The at least one high-temperature thermocouple, the at least one gas emissions sampling aperture, and the at least one thin filament are proximate to each other.. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276550

Method and system for gas temperature measurement

A temperature measurement system includes at least one temperature measurement probe. The at least one temperature measurement probe includes at least one hollow filament configured to emit thermal radiation in a predetermined and substantially continuous wavelength band at least partially representative of a temperature of the at least one hollow filament. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276527

System and method for metering gas

A system for metering gas includes a flow sensor and a controller. The flow sensor is disposed in a conduit in fluid connection with a flow of a gas through the conduit. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276424

Storage assembly for an appliance

A storage assembly for an appliance includes a shaft mounted to the bracket. A hinge is slidably mounted to the shaft, and a container is mounted to the hinge such that the container is movable relative to the shaft on the hinge. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276386

Synthetic media pads for an evaporative cooler and method for evaporative cooling

Synthetic media pads configured to be arranged in a stack of an evaporative cooler for a gas turbine, wherein the synthetic media pads include high density synthetic media pads and low density synthetic media pads. The sides of the pads may have surface patterns, such as grooves and ridges, to provide support for the pads.. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276375

Control method for oven broiling

A system and method for preheating a cooking chamber of an oven appliance is provided. The oven appliance may include one or more heating elements that operate according to a control algorithm that prevents the center oven temperature from exceeding a maximum desired temperature threshold. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276374

Illuminated cooktop burner appliance

An appliance and illumination system for a gas burner assembly is provided. The illumination system may include a panel, a light source, and a transmission plate. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276373

Cooktop with an interchangeable gas burner assembly

A cooktop and appliance is provided that may include a first hob zone having a fixed gas receptacle, a first interchangeable burner, a second interchangeable burner, and a first gas flow switch. The first interchangeable burner may be selectively positionable at the first hob zone and define a fuel output area. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276369

Segmented annular combustion system with axial fuel staging

A segmented annular combustion system includes an alternating arrangement of fuel nozzles and integrated combustor nozzles. The fuel nozzles deliver fuel to the primary combustion zones. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276368

Transition duct assembly with late injection features

A turbomachine includes a plurality of transition ducts disposed in a generally annular array. Each of the plurality of transition ducts includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage defining an interior and extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276366

Segmented annular combustion system with dual fuel capability

A segmented annular combustion system with dual fuel capability includes an alternating arrangement of fuel injection modules and integrated combustor nozzles. The fuel injection module includes a bundled tube fuel nozzle portion and fuel injection lances, which are fluidly coupled via conduits to respective fuel plenums. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276365

Combustion system with panel fuel injector

The present disclosure is directed to an annular combustion system. The annular combustion system includes an inner liner and an outer liner that define therebetween an annulus that circumscribes a centerline of the combustion system. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276364

Segmented annular combustion system

An annular combustion system includes a fuel nozzle, a panel fuel injector including a fuel plenum and at least one premixing channel therein, an inner liner having a hot side surface and a cool side surface and an outer liner having a hot side surface and a cool side surface. The inner liner, the outer liner and the panel fuel injector partially define a hot gas path downstream from the fuel nozzle. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276363

Mounting of integrated combustor nozzles in a segmented annular combustion system

A segmented annular combustion system includes integrated combustor nozzles, each of which has a fuel injection panel disposed radially between an inner liner segment and an outer liner segment. An aft end portion of the fuel injection panel defines a turbine nozzle. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276362

Turbine nozzle cooling with panel fuel injector

The present disclosure is directed to a combustion system including a panel fuel injector. The panel fuel injector includes a first side wall, a second side wall, and an aft wall. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276361

Radially stacked fuel injection module for a segmented annular combustion system

The present disclosure is directed to a radially stacked fuel injection module for a segmented annular combustion system. The fuel injection module includes a bundled tube fuel nozzle portion and a plurality of fuel injection lances. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276360

Fuel injection module for segmented annular combustion system

The present disclosure is directed to a fuel injection module for a segmented annular combustion system. The fuel injection module includes a housing body, a fuel nozzle portion, and at least one fuel injection lance. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276359

Operation and turndown of a segmented annular combustion system

The present disclosure is directed to the operation and turndown of a segmented annular combustion system. The method includes injecting, via a fuel nozzle, a combustible mixture into a primary combustion zone between an adjacent pair of integrated combustor nozzles and burning the combustible mixture. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276358

Micro-channel cooling of integrated combustor nozzle of a segmented annular combustion system

A segmented annular combustion system includes integrated combustor nozzles, each of which has a fuel injection panel disposed radially between an inner liner segment and an outer liner segment. The fuel injection panel includes an aft end portion, a first side wall, a second side wall, premixing channels defined between the first side wall and the side wall, and injection outlets defined along at least one of the first side wall and the second side wall. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276357

Cooling of integrated combustor nozzle of segmented annular combustion system

A segmented annular combustion system includes integrated combustor nozzles, each of which has a fuel injection panel disposed radially between an inner liner segment and an outer liner segment. The fuel injection panel includes an aft end portion, a first side wall, a second side wall, premixing channels defined between the first side wall and the side wall, and injection outlets defined along at least one of the first side wall and the second side wall. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276141

Compressor bleed systems in turbomachines and methods of extracting compressor airflow

A compressor assembly for a turbomachine includes a compressor wall including circumferentially spaced stator vanes defining at least one row of stator vanes. The at least one row of stator vanes defines at least one stator passage therein. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276118

Wind turbine rotor blade assembly with root extension panel and method of assembly

A wind turbine rotor blade assembly and associated method include a rotor blade having a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge, and a trailing edge extending in a generally span-wise direction between a tip and a root. An edge extension panel is attached along either of the leading edge or trailing edge (or along both edges) in a generally span-wise direction from adjacent the root towards the tip. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276094

Method and systems for an egr cooler including cooling tubes with a compliant region

Various methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation cooler including a plurality of cooling tubes. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) cooler includes a plurality of cooling tubes positioned within a housing of the egr cooler, each cooling tube of the plurality of cooling tubes extending between and directly coupled to tube sheets of the egr cooler at ends of each cooling tube, where at least one end of one or more cooling tubes of a first portion of the plurality of cooling tubes, inward of a tube sheet coupled to the at least one end, includes a compliant region, where the first portion is positioned proximate to an exhaust inlet of the egr cooler.. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276079

Systems and method for exhaust gas recirculation

Various systems and methods are provided for exhaust gas recirculation. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation (egr) system includes an egr passage coupling an engine exhaust system to an engine intake system, a first egr cooler positioned in the egr passage, the first egr cooler configured to cool egr with a first fluid, and a second egr cooler positioned in the egr passage downstream of the first egr cooler, the second egr cooler configured to cool egr with a second fluid.. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276071

Transition duct assembly with late injection features

A turbomachine includes a plurality of transition ducts disposed in a generally annular array. Each transition duct includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage defining an interior and extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276024

Gas turbine in situ inflatable bladders for on-wing repair

Methods are provided for repairing a surface of a component within a gas turbine engine. A first bladder and a second bladder can be installed (simultaneously or independently) within the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276021

Apparatus, turbine nozzle and turbine shroud

An apparatus is disclosed including a first and second article, a first interface volume disposed between and enclosed by the first article and second article, a cooling fluid supply, and at least one cooling fluid channel in fluid communication with the cooling fluid supply and the first interface volume. The first article includes a first material composition. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276020

Wireless monitoring system for rotary machines

A monitoring system for monitoring environmental conditions for rotary members includes a plurality of stationary reader antennas positioned proximate rotary members. A first sensor is coupled to a first rotary member and a second sensor is coupled to a second rotary member. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276003

Transition duct assembly

A turbomachine includes a plurality of transition ducts disposed in a generally annular array. An outlet of each of the plurality of transition ducts is offset from an inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276002

Transition duct assembly

A turbomachine includes a plurality of transition ducts and a support ring assembly. The outlet of a transition duct includes an inner flange and an outer flange. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276001

Transition duct assembly

A turbomachine includes a plurality of transition ducts disposed in a generally annular array and including a first transition duct and a second transition duct. Each of the plurality of transition ducts includes an inlet, an outlet, and a passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis, the outlet of each of the plurality of transition ducts offset from the inlet along the longitudinal axis and the tangential axis. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170276000

Apparatus and method for forming apparatus

An apparatus is disclosed including a first article, a second article, and a third article disposed adjacent to one another, with the first article and the second article disposed between the third article and a gas path. The first article includes at least one first ceramic matrix composite ply defining a first cooperating feature. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170275999

Cmc turbine blade platform damper

Damping systems are provided for a rotor blade platform. The damping system may include a blade platform defining a damper pocket and a cmc wedge damper positioned within the damper pocket. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170275747

Additive method enabling air plasma spray (aps) over a smooth surface

A stacked up structure can include a first environmental barrier coating (ebc) layer and a second ebc layer. A first process can be used to form the first layer and a second process can be used to form the second layer. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170275544

System and method for gasification

A system includes a first reactor that may gasify a first feed to generate a first syngas. The first feed has a first particle size distribution (psd1). ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170275210

Ceramic matrix composites having monomodal pore size distribution and low fiber volume fraction

Ceramic matrix composite articles include, for example, a plurality of unidirectional arrays of fiber tows in a matrix having a monomodal pore size distribution, and a fiber volume fraction between about 15 percent and about 35 percent. The articles may be formed by, for example, providing a shaped preform comprising a prepreg tape layup of unidirectional arrays of fiber tows, a matrix precursor, and a pore former, curing the shaped preform to pyrolyze the matrix precursor and burnout the pore former so that the shaped preform comprises the unidirectional arrays of fiber tows and a porous matrix having a monomodal pore size distribution, and subjecting the cured shaped preform to chemical vapor infiltration to densify the porous matrix so that the ceramic matrix composite article has a fiber volume fraction between about 15 percent and about 35 percent.. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170274915

Power control system for a vehicle system

A power control system for a vehicle system identifies coupler nodes in the vehicle system for travel of the vehicle system along a route. The coupler nodes represent slack states of couplers between vehicles in the vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170274636

Device for application of composite materials

A device for the placement of material on a surface includes a housing, a motor coupled to the housing, and a driving component coupled to the housing and powered by the motor. The device further includes at least one guide chute defining a guide channel with the driving component. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170274624

Hybrid article, method for forming hybrid article, and method for closing aperture

A hybrid article is disclosed including a coating circumscribing the lateral surface of a hollow core having a core material and a channel disposed within the lateral surface. The coating includes about 35% to about 95% of a first metallic material, and about 5% to about 65% of a second metallic material with a lower melting point than the first metallic material. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170274510

Removal tool

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

09/28/17 / #20170274484

Gas turbine in situ inflatable bladders for on-wing repair

Methods are provided for securing a tool within a gas turbine engine. The method can include inserting a tool into the engine; inserting a bladder between a portion of the tool and a component in the engine; and inflating the bladder to temporarily secure the tool in its position. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170274170

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

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

09/28/17 / #20170273666

Method for storing ultrasonic scan image and ultrasonic device

The present invention provides a method for storing an ultrasonic scan image and an ultrasonic device. The ultrasonic device may include: an image acquiring unit configured to scan a target object to obtain an image; a buffer unit configured to store the obtained image; a processing unit configured to compute a similarity of a frame of the image; and a storage unit, wherein when it is determined that the computed similarity of the frame is less than a threshold, the processing unit stores frames with a similarity equal to or greater than the threshold previous to the frame in the storage unit. ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170273656

Radiation tomographic imaging apparatus, and program for controlling the same

A radiation tomographic imaging apparatus is characterized in comprising: a first reconstructing section for reconstructing a plurality of temporally different first radiation tomographic images for a required slice position; an information-on-movement acquiring section for acquiring information on movement of a body part in a subject based on the plurality of first radiation tomographic images; an information creating section for creating a motion profile mp indicating a temporal change of the information on movement; an identifying section for identifying a time ts when motion of the body part in the subject stops based on the motion profile mp; and a second reconstructing section for reconstructing a second radiation tomographic image for the subject at the time ts.. . ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170273644

Method and system for performing an imaging scan of a subject

A method for performing an imaging scan of a subject includes positioning a narrow field-of-view camera at a first imaging position to acquire a first set of imaging information of a first object of interest, positioning the narrow field-of-view camera at a second imaging position to acquire a second set of imaging information of a second object of interest, determining emission counts for the first and second sets of imaging information, and utilizing the determined emission counts to generate a value that indicates a probability of a successful medical procedure being performed on the subject.. . ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170273641

Image processing method and apparatus, and program

In displaying a tomographic image in a slice in a three-dimensional (3d) medical image, for the purpose of achieving better recognition of a vascular structure contained in the slice without degrading spatial resolution of the slice, there is provided an image processing apparatus comprising: identifying section for identifying a slice of interest in a 3d medical image representing an anatomical part including a blood vessel; and projecting section for applying projection processing to pixel values in a slice axis direction of the slice for a region in the 3d medical image including the slice and wider than a slice width of the slice.. . ... General Electric Company

09/28/17 / #20170273538

Lower rack assembly for dishwasher appliance

A lower rack assembly for a dishwasher appliance includes a lower rack and a lift assembly connected to the lower rack. The lift assembly includes a gear assembly that includes an output spur gear and an input drive gear, and includes a first arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the first arm pivotally coupled to the lower rack, the second end of the first arm coupled to the output spur gear. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170273158

Power handling system and method

A power handling system of a digitally addressable lighting interface (dali) system controls switches connected with a bus of the dali system that powers lower power light sources. A power supply circuit receives energy conducted on the bus to the lower power light sources and conducts at least part of the energy to a capacitor. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170272366

Communication system and method for controlling data distribution quality of service in time sensitive networks

A control system (e.g., that controls operations of a powered system) includes one or more processors configured to determine quality of service (qos) parameters of devices communicating data with each other in an ethernet network configured as a time sensitive network (tsn). The one or more processors also are configured to determine available communication pathways in the tsn through which the devices are able to communicate the data, and to select one or more of the available communication pathways and to designate communication times at which the data is communicated between the devices in order to satisfy the qos parameters of the devices.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170272021

Driver unit for an interior permanent magnet motor and a motor assembly using the same

A driver unit for an interior permanent magnet motor (ipm) is presented. The driver unit includes sensor electronics configured to sense a phase voltage corresponding to one or more phase terminals of the ipm motor to generate a corresponding phase voltage signal. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170272015

System and method for controlling a generator

The present subject matter is directed to a method for controlling a generator of an electrical power system. The generator includes a generator stator magnetically coupled to a generator rotor. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170272014

System and method for minimizing reactive current to limit rotor modulation index on a power converter

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating an electrical power circuit connected to a power grid. The power circuit includes a power converter electrically coupled to a generator. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170271881

Rotor synchronization of cross-compound systems on turning gear

A method of synchronizing a cross-compound generator system on one or more turning gears during startup includes determining, via a notch monitor controller, first and second angular velocities, respectively, of a first and a second rotor. The method also includes simultaneously exciting, via the notch monitor controller, the first and second rotors to attain electromechanical coupling therebetween. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170271109

Latch-free actuators

A latch-free actuator includes, for example, a movable arm, a first biasing means operable to apply a force to move the movable arm in a first direction, and a yieldable support having a rigid configuration defining a generally straight axis and a flexible configuration defining a non-straight axis. The yieldable support is operable in the rigid configuration to support a compression force along the straight axis due to and countering the first biasing means so that the movable arm is prevented from movement in the first direction, and the yieldable support is operable, by applying a tripping force, to the yieldable support to transition the rigid configuration to the flexible configuration to withdraw support of the compression force and allow the movable arm to be moved by the first biasing means in the first direction.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170271108

Latch-free circuit breakers

A circuit breaker includes, for example, a housing, a stationary electrical contact attached to the housing, a movable arm operably movably attachable to the housing and a second end having an electrical contact releaseably contactable with the stationary electrical contact, and an actuator mechanism. The actuator mechanism includes a first biasing means for opening the electrical contacts, a second biasing means for closing the electrical contacts, and a yieldable support. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170271107

Blocking members and circuit breakers having quick-make feature

A blocking member for an actuator having a movable arm for effecting a quick-make feature, includes for example, an elongated member having a first end and a second end, and wherein a portion of said elongated member being configured so that said blocking member disposed in a first position engages a portion of the movable arm of the actuator to restrain movement of the movable arm, and so that said blocking member disposed in a second position disengages from the portion of the movable arm of the actuator to permit movement of the movable arm.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170271077

Contactless power transfer system

A contactless power transfer system comprising a power exchanging coil configured to exchange power via a magnetic field, a field focusing element for focusing the magnetic field, and a compensation coil having a resonance frequency different from a resonance frequency of the field focusing element for matching an impedance of the contactless power transfer system and compensating a change in phase resulting from a misalignment in the contactless power transfer system.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170271069

Rupture resistant system

A rupture resistant system, including a tank configured to increase an inner volume of the tank under increased pressure conditions, wherein the tank, a sidewall extending about the inner volume of the tank, and wherein the sidewall includes an interior surface and an exterior surface, a bottom wall coupled to the sidewall, and a tank cover coupled to the sidewall opposite the bottom wall, wherein the tank cover includes a first plate coupled to a second plate, wherein the second plate extends from the first plate, and the first plate couples to a second end of the sidewall with a joint without overlapping the interior and exterior surfaces of the sidewall. The system also includes a radiator coupled to the tank, the radiator comprising a first panel and a second panel positioned at a distance from the first panel, the first panel and second panel being configured to increase the distance of the inner volume of the radiator.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170270767

Method and apparatus for managing case alerts

Approaches are provided for an apparatus having an interface with an input. The input is configured to receive a plurality of current alerts. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170270695

Systems and methods for progressive imaging

An imaging system includes an imaging unit, a display unit, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to acquire a first type of diagnostic imaging information of the patient; reconstruct a first image using the first type of diagnostic imaging information; if a first stop criterion for terminating imaging is not satisfied, acquire a second type of diagnostic imaging information having an increased level of acquisitional burden; reconstruct a second image; if a second stop criterion for terminating imaging is not satisfied, acquire a third type of diagnostic imaging information having an increased level of acquisitional burden, wherein the patient is maintained on a table of the imaging unit during the acquisition of the second type of diagnostic imaging information, reconstruction of the second image, and acquisition of the third type of diagnostic imaging information; reconstruct a third image; and display the third image.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170270640

Method and system for reducing grid line artifacts in x-ray image

A method for reducing grid line artifacts in an x-ray image is disclosed, which includes acquiring an x-ray image by scanning an object, wherein the x-ray image comprises grid line artifacts; decomposing the x-ray image into a high frequency image and a low frequency image, wherein the high frequency image comprises the grid line artifacts; filtering the high frequency image to reduce the grid line artifacts in the high frequency image so as to obtain a filtered high frequency image; and combining the filtered high frequency image with the low frequency image to reconstruct an output image. A system adopting the above method is also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170270258

Method and system for managing cleaning of medical devices

A system for managing cleaning of one or more medical devices includes a central computing system having a processor, the central computing system communicatively connected to the one or more medical devices. The system further includes a cleaning mode module executable on a processor of the one or more medical devices to initiate a cleaning event, disable control input function of one or more touch inputs to the medical device, record cleaning event information, end the cleaning event and re-enable the control input function of the one or more touch inputs, and transmit the cleaning event information to the central computing system. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170269240

Systems and methods for improving imaging by sub-pixel calibration

A radiation detector assembly is provided that includes a semiconductor detector having a surface, plural pixelated anodes, and at least one processor. The pixelated anodes are disposed on the surface. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268786

Axially staged fuel injector assembly

A fuel injector assembly includes a shroud defining a fuel manifold therein. The fuel manifold is fluidly coupled to a fuel line to receive a fuel therefrom. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268785

Staged fuel and air injectors in combustion systems of gas turbines

A staged injector in a combustor of a gas turbine. The staged injector may include an injector tube comprising a lateral wall enclosing an injection passageway that extends between an outlet and inlet. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268784

Staged fuel and air injectors in combustion systems of gas turbines

A staged injector in a combustor of a gas turbine. The staged injector may include an injector tube comprising a lateral wall enclosing an injection passageway that extends between an outlet and inlet. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268783

Axially staged fuel injector assembly mounting

The present disclosure is directed to a system for mounting an axially staged fuel injector assembly. The system includes an annularly shaped liner that at least partially defines a hot gas path of a combustor. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268780

Bundled tube fuel nozzle with vibration damping

A bundled tube fuel nozzle includes a forward plate, an intermediate plate, an aft plate and an outer sleeve. The forward plate, the intermediate plate and the outer sleeve define a fuel plenum therebetween. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268779

Combustion liner cooling

The present disclosure is directed to a combustor having an annularly shaped liner that at least partially defines a hot gas path of the combustor. A flow sleeve circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the liner. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268778

Combustion liner cooling

The present disclosure is directed to a combustor including an annularly shaped liner that at least partially defines a hot gas path of the combustor and a flow sleeve that circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the liner. The flow sleeve is radially spaced from the liner to form a cooling flow annulus therebetween. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268776

Gas turbine flow sleeve mounting

The present disclosure is directed a combustor. The combustor includes an annularly shaped liner having a downstream end that is rigidly connected to an aft frame. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268767

System and method for supporting a boiler load

A support system for a boiler includes a plurality of support assemblies arranged intermediate a ground surface and the boiler. Each of the support assemblies include a first support leg having a lower end operatively connected to the ground surface and an upper end operatively connected to the boiler, a second support leg having a lower end operatively connected to the ground surface and an upper end operatively connected to the boiler, and at least one spring operatively connected to the first support leg and the second support leg and extending generally horizontally between the first support leg and the second support leg.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268537

Non uniform vane spacing

A circular row of non-uniformally spaced vanes includes only one first group and only one second group of adjacent vanes, unequal first and second spacing between adjacent vanes in the first and second groups, and first spacing greater than second spacing. An embodiment with second group including only three adjacent vanes. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268535

Method and apparatus for active clearance control

The turbomachine includes a compressor, an inner annular casing, and an outer annular casing. The inner annular casing and the outer annular casing define at least one cavity therebetween. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268528

Centrifugal compressor and system

Centrifugal compressor having flow-control blades in which each of the flow-control blades has a pressure side and an opposite suction side. Each of the flow-control blades includes a main section and an inducer section that project away from an impeller surface. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268520

Controlling a compressor of a gas turbine engine

An apparatus and method of controlling a multi-stage compressor of a gas turbine engine having a front-block of stages with variable stator vanes (vsvs), a rear block of stages downstream of the front-block, and a bleed air off-take from at least one of the stages. The method includes sensing the pressure of the bleed air from the bleed air off-take and adjusting the position of the vsv for the front-block.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268500

Controller and method of controlling a rod pumping unit

A controller for operating a rod pumping unit at a pump speed. The controller includes a processor configured to operate a pump piston of the rod pumping unit at a first speed. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268485

Wind pitch adjustment system

Systems and methods for controlling a wind pitch adjustment system associated with a wind turbine system are disclosed. In one embodiment, the wind pitch adjustment system can include a power supply configured to convert an alternating current input signal into a direct current voltage, a controller configured to receive a signal from the power supply, and to provide one or more control commands to a pitch adjustment motor, and a surge stopping device comprising a switching element coupled between the power supply and the controller. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268479

Thermoset component having a weldable thermoplastic interface

The present disclosure is directed to a method for manufacturing a thermoset component having a weldable thermoplastic interface. The method includes forming a polymerized thermoplastic component having a removable protective layer on a portion thereof. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268439

Method and systems for a radiator fan

Systems and a method are provided for determining a change in performance of a radiator fan. In one example, a system includes a controller configured to receive a signal output from an accelerometer positioned proximately to and/or operatively coupled with a bearing of a radiator fan, process the signal to determine a peak to peak acceleration value, and indicate a change in performance of the radiator fan when the peak to peak acceleration value is greater than a designated threshold value.. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268424

Internally heated engine inlet screen for aircraft engines

An apparatus for providing foreign object debris protection and anti-icing capabilities to an air intake of an aircraft engine. The apparatus includes a frame having at least a portion configured to conduct fluids. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268384

Combined cycle power plant and method for operating such a combined cycle power plant

A water/steam system for a combined cycle power plant and related method for operating said system are provided. The system comprises a heat recovery steam generator providing a flue gas stream path for extracting heat from a flue gas stream exhausted from a gas turbine, the heat recovery steam generator having a low pressure section including a low pressure evaporator arranged along the flue gas stream path for generating low pressure steam at a low pressure input level for a main input of a low pressure steam turbine. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268379

System and method for heating components of a heat recovery steam generator

A system for heating one or more components of a heat recovery steam generator that includes a heat-transferring conduit that fluidly connects a high-pressure section of a flow path to a low-pressure section of the flow path. The flow path is defined by a housing of the heat recovery steam generator and configured to direct a heat-containing medium. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268377

Turbine engine cleaning systems and methods

A system and method for cleaning an installed gas turbine engine is provided. The system may include a controller on an engine core, wherein the engine core defines a primary gas path and includes at least one airfoil extending into the primary gas path. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268376

Optical imaging system for a gas turbine engine

A gas turbine engine having an optical imaging system with a housing configured for mounting to a wall of the turbine engine, a hollow probe extending from the housing and having a longitudinal axis, and an image receiving device at an end of the hollow probe configured to receive at least one of a perspective or image.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268374

System and method for actuating gas turbine engine components using integrated jamming devices

A system for actuating components of a gas turbine engine may generally include a turbine component incorporating a jamming device. The jamming device may include a bladder and a jammable media contained within the bladder. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268359

Cmc ply overlap ingestion restrictor

An ingestion restricting device is provided, which is particularly useful in a turbine engine. The ingestion restricting device can include a first component defining a first edge and including a plurality of ceramic matrix composite (cmc) plies forming outer, inner, and intermediate layers. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268349

Airfoil with multi-material reinforcement

An airfoil includes: an airfoil body having convex and concave sides extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge, the airfoil body including primary and secondary regions having differing physical properties; and at least one metallic cladding element attached to the airfoil body.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268346

Component for a turbine engine with a film hole

An apparatus and method relating to a film hole of a component of a turbine engine comprising including forming the hole in the component and applying a coating to the component such that the coating fills in portions of the film hole.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268345

Radial cmc wall thickness variation for stress response

An airfoil having a radial direction extending away from an engine axis is provided. The airfoil includes an airfoil wall having an airfoil outer surface and an airfoil inner surface, with the airfoil extending radially from a first end to a second end. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268342

System and method for in situ repair of gas turbine engines

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for preventing damage to one or more components of the gas turbine engine during a repair procedure. The method includes locating one or more gaps of one or more components of the gas turbine engine in the vicinity of the defect. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268315

Cleaning channels

A method includes inserting a flexible cable into a cleaning region of a channel of a component via a cleaning port, rotating the flexible cable about an axis within the channel to interact a tip with deposits disposed within the cleaning region of the channel, moving the flexible cable within the cleaning region of the channel along a length of the channel, and removing portions of the deposits from the cleaning region of the channel via a second port. The flexible cable includes the axis and the tip. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268152

Multi-stage fluid additive dispenser

An additive dispenser for a washing machine appliance is provided. The additive dispenser includes sidewalls and a bottom wall defining an additive reservoir. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268151

Washing machine appliance with a bulk dispense reservoir

A washing machine appliance includes a reservoir having a height along a vertical direction. The height of the reservoir is no greater than six inches. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268148

Washing machine appliance and suspension assembly for same

A suspension assembly for suspending a tub in a washing machine appliance includes a damper assembly. The damper assembly includes a capsule, the capsule including a body extending between a first end and a second end along a longitudinal axis and defining an interior, the first end defining an opening of the interior. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170268091

Titanium alloys and their methods of production

A composition of matter is generally provided, in one embodiment, a titanium alloy comprising about 5 wt % to about 8 wt % aluminum; about 2.5 wt % to about 5.5 wt % vanadium; about 0.1 wt % to about 2 wt % of one or more elements selected from the group consisting of iron and molybdenum; about 0.01 wt % to about 0.2 wt % carbon; up to about 0.3 wt % oxygen; silicon and copper; and titanium. A turbine component is also generally provided, in one embodiment, that comprises an article made from a titanium alloy. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170267716

Precipitation of polypeptides by aptamer-polymer conjugates

Provided herein are aptamer-polymer conjugates which are responsive to environmental stimuli and are useful in selective purification of untagged target polypeptides.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170267267

Intermodal transportation terminal control system and method

An intermodal terminal control system determines characteristics of cargo containers scheduled for receipt into and/or travel out of an intermodal terminal connected with both rail routes and automobile routes, determines characteristics of cargo handling equipment within the intermodal terminal, determines characteristics of rail vehicles scheduled for one or more of entry into or travel out of the intermodal terminal, and determines characteristics of automobile vehicles scheduled for entry into or travel out of the intermodal terminal. The system also determines constraints on cargo handling operations and a plan for the cargo handling equipment to transfer the cargo containers between the different modes of transportation within the intermodal terminal. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170266749

Weld forced crack and braze repair for superalloys

A method of repairing an oxidized defect in a superalloy article includes removing substantially all of the oxidized defect to form a cleaned out portion of the superalloy article; filling a portion of the cleaned out portion with a weld by fusion welding; cracking the weld; and filling the cracked weld and a remaining portion of the cleaned out portion with a braze material.. . ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170266654

Fluid analyzer manifold and techniques

A fluid analyzer manifold for facilitating flow of a fluid through at least one surface mounted component for analysis by a fluid analyzer. The exemplary fluid analyzer manifold can include an analysis chamber for connection with the fluid analyzer, a first flow channel having a first surface opening and a second flow channel having a second surface opening on the fluid analyzer manifold, and a mounting area on the fluid analyzer manifold. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170266627

Ion exchange membranes containing inorganic particles

This specification describes an ion exchange membrane and a method of making it. The membrane may be used, for example, in an electrodialysis module or electrochemical cell. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170265829

Systems and methods for color visualization of ct images

A computed tomography (ct) imaging system includes a ct imaging unit, a display unit and at least one processor. The ct imaging unit includes an x-ray source and a ct detector. ... General Electric Company

09/21/17 / #20170265825

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

09/14/17 / #20170264248

Switching amplifier with zero voltage switching and balanced thermal control algorithm

A switching amplifier includes a plurality of cascade elements, each bridge circuit includes an inductive load coupled between a first leg terminal of one of the at least two leg circuits and a second leg terminal of another one of the at least two leg circuits. A first leg voltage of the first leg terminal have a phase shift relative to a second leg voltage of the second leg terminal, the phase shift is used for causing the inductive load to store electric energy and generating a minimum circulating current—i min or i min sufficient to effect conducting of a corresponding diode; each of the switches is configured to be turned on if the corresponding diode conducts current to effect zero voltage switching of the corresponding switch. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170264239

Micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system and method of making same

A micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system includes a housing, a direct current (dc)-to-alternating current (ac) micro-inverter disposed within the housing, and a dc connector electrically coupled to the dc-to-ac micro-inverter. The dc connector is positioned within a recess formed in a bottom surface of the housing such that at least one electrical contact of the dc connector is accessible from outside the housing. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170264208

Improvements in or relating to electrical assemblies for voltage source sub-modules

An electrical assembly for a voltage source sub-module is provided, which comprises a first semiconductor device module which includes a plurality of first semiconductor devices. The electrical assembly also includes an energy storage device which in turn includes a plurality of energy storage sections that are configured to control the magnitude of a current portion flowing through each first semiconductor device. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170264183

Improvements in or relating to the control of converters

A method is provided for controlling a converter including at least one converter limb corresponding to a respective phase of the converter, the or each converter limb extending between first and second dc terminals and including first and second limb portions separated by an ac terminal, each limb portion including a converter arm, at least one of the limb portions including at least one director arm, the or each director arm including a director switch. The method comprises the steps of obtaining a respective ac current demand phase waveform for the or each converter limb, and a dc current demand, both of which the or each converter limb is required to track; determining a limb portion current; timing the current ramp profile of the determined director arm current for the director arm or the one of the director arms; and providing a limb portion voltage source for each limb portion.. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170264101

Dfig-based ups systems and methods of control

An uninterruptable power supply (ups) system for providing power to a load coupled to a utility power source is provided. The ups system includes a doubly-fed induction generator (dfig), a rechargeable energy storage system, a first inverter, and a controller in communication with the dfig and the first inverter. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170264085

Racking interlocking systems for withdrawable circuit breakers

An interlocking system for a circuit breaker assembly including a circuit breaker having a plurality of contacts includes a racking screw coupled to the contacts that changes a position of the circuit breaker when engaged by a tool. The interlocking system also includes a front panel defining an opening through which the racking screw is accessible, an access door coupled to the front panel and configured to selectively cover the opening, and an access door stopper coupled to the front panel. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170263539

Power overlay structure and method of making same

A power overlay (pol) structure includes a pol sub-module. The pol sub-module includes a dielectric layer and a semiconductor device having a top surface attached to the dielectric layer. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170263401

Embedded pole and method of assembling same

An embedded pole is provided which includes a conductive path and a movable contact. The movable contact is selectively movable between a first position in which the conductive path is closed and a second position in which the conductive path is open. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170263103

Method and apparatus for collaborative threat assessment

Approaches are provided for storing in a memory device a work plan and a case data structure associated with an industrial machine or system. The case data structure includes an impact field with an impact value, and an urgency field with an urgency value. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170263060

Systems and methods for displaying a fault analysis instructions of an engine control subsystem

A system includes one or more sensors that generate sensor measurement signals based on characteristics of one or more components of an engine control subsystem. The system also includes a controller circuit having one or more processors. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170262160

Method and apparatus for providing a multi-pane graphical display with information associated with a case data structure

Approaches are provided for an apparatus having an interface with an input and an output. The apparatus also includes a display device having a touch-sensitive user interface. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170262059

Haptic feedback on the density of virtual 3d objects

Systems and methods are presented for visualizing a 3-dimensional (3-d) image and providing haptic feedback to a user when the user interacts with the 3-d image. In some embodiments, a method is presented. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170261472

Ultrasonic inspection probe assembly

An ultrasonic inspection probe assembly includes a flexible ultrasonic transducer array located between a backing block and a face layer. The flexible ultrasonic transducer array can be located in the opening of a flexible ultrasonic transducer array frame.. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170261275

System and method for improving the performance of a heat recovery steam generator

A heat recovery steam generator includes a gas inlet for receiving a flow of exhaust gas from a gas turbine, a gas outlet opposite the gas inlet, at least one heat exchanger intermediate the gas inlet and the gas outlet, the heat exchanger having a plurality of heat transfer surfaces configured to transfer heat from the exhaust gas to a fluid within the heat exchanger, and a valve associated with the heat exchanger and configured to regulate a flow of the fluid through the heat exchanger. The valve is controllable from an open position to a closed position to decrease the flow of the fluid through the heat exchanger in order to effect an increase in a temperature of the heat transfer surfaces of the heat exchanger to clean the heat transfer surfaces.. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170261253

Filter assembly and a refrigerator appliance

A filter assembly includes a manifold having a male inlet port and the male outlet port and a filter cartridge having a female inlet port and a female outlet port. The male inlet port and the male outlet port are mounted to a spool body such that the male inlet port and the male outlet port extend away from the spool body. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170261208

Substrate with shaped cooling holes

A substrate having one or more shaped effusion cooling holes formed therein. Each shaped cooling hole has a bore angled relative to an exit surface of the combustor liner. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170261107

Seal ring assembly for a dynamoelectric machine

A seal ring assembly for a rotor shaft includes a seal casing defining a radially inwardly directed channel. The seal ring is disposed in the radially inwardly directed channel of the seal casing. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260878

Systems and methods for a visual alignment system

An alignment system includes a first visual indicia and a second visual indicia disposed on a first mobile unit, and a third visual indicia and a fourth visual indicia disposed on a second mobile unit. The alignment system also includes a visual inspection area configured to enable collective viewing of the first visual indicia, the second visual indicia, the third visual indicia, and the fourth visual indicia along a single direction. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260877

Doubler attachment system

A doubler attachment system is provided for fixedly coupling a strut to an engine casing. The strut includes at least one flanged end configured to mate with the engine casing. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260873

System and method for cooling trailing edge and/or leading edge of hot gas flow path component

A host gas flow path component includes a body including a leading edge, a trailing edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, and a pair of opposed lateral sides. A first lateral side is configured to interface with a cavity having a cooling fluid. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260871

Engine health monitoring using acoustic sensors

The present disclosure is directed to a system for monitoring an acoustic signal in a gas turbine engine. The system includes a gas turbine engine component that emits the acoustic signal. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260868

Method of treating a brush seal, treated brush seal, and brush seal assembly

A method treats a brush seal at a tip end of the brush seal. The method includes contacting the tip end of the brush seal to an oxidation-resistant, wear-resistant coating composition and heat-treating a distal portion of the bristles to form an oxidation-resistant, wear-resistant coating on the distal portion from the oxidation-resistant, wear-resistant coating composition. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260867

Ceramic matrix composite component, gas turbine seal assembly, and method of forming ceramic matrix composite component

A gas turbine seal assembly includes a gas turbine component and a gas turbine seal component contacting the gas turbine component to form a seal between the two components. The gas turbine seal component includes ceramic matrix composite plies bonded together to form the ceramic matrix composite component. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260682

Dryer appliances with improved heaters

A dryer appliance includes a cabinet defining an interior, and a drum positioned within the interior. The drum defines a chamber for receipt of articles for drying, and includes a cylinder and a rear wall. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260673

Agitation element for a washing machine appliance

An agitation element includes a base, a shaft extending from the base generally along a vertical direction, at least one fin, and a plurality of ribs. Each of the plurality of ribs extends from the base and radially outward from the shaft. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260609

Precipitate strengthened nanostructured ferritic alloy and method of forming

An alloy and method of forming the alloy are provided. The alloy includes a matrix phase, and a population of particulate phases dispersed within the matrix. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170260460

Method and article for cracking hydrocarbon, and method for protecting article against coking during hydrocarbon cracking

A method for cracking hydrocarbon includes providing a feedstock comprising steam and hydrocarbon, and feeding the feedstock into a device having an inner surface accessible to the feedstock. The inner surface includes a compound of formula an+1bno3n+1, wherein a includes at least one alkaline earth metal, b includes at least one transition metal, o is oxygen, and 1≦n≦20.. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170259944

Using aircraft data recorded during flight to predict aircraft engine behavior

Historical aircraft data recorded during flight associated with a plurality of aircraft engines and a plurality of prior aircraft flights is accessed and metrics from the aircraft data recorded during flight is automatically calculated on a per-flight basis, and a probabilistic model is employed to capture and represent relationships based on the calculated metrics, the relationships including a plurality of engine parameters and flight parameters. Conditional probability distributions are then calculated for a particular aircraft engine during a potential or historical aircraft flight based on the probabilistic model, engine parameter values associated with the particular aircraft engine, and flight parameter values associated with the potential or historical aircraft flight, and indications associated with the calculated conditional probability distributions are displayed.. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170259929

Method and system for mounting an aircraft engine

A system for mounting an engine to an aircraft includes a rigid structure coupled to a wing and including a forward mount interface and an aft mount interface. The system includes a frame including a first support connection and a second support connection spaced apart from the first support connection. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170259510

Method and apparatus for dispensing refrigerated fiber prepreg rolls

The present disclosure generally relates to a method for dispensing material from a roll. The method monitors the weight of a first material roll using a load cell attached to a frame holding the first material roll. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170259462

Article and method of forming an article

An article and method of forming an article are provided. The article includes a side wall at least partially defining an inner region and an outer region of the article, the side wall having a first end and a second end, an end wall formed proximal to the first end of the side wall, the end wall defining a tip portion of the article, and a cooling channel formed in the side wall, within the tip portion. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170259209

System and method for improving the performance of a selective catalyst reduction system in a heat recovery steam generator

A heat recovery steam generator includes a gas inlet for receiving a flow of exhaust gas from a gas turbine, a gas outlet opposite the gas inlet and configured to transport the flow of exhaust gas to atmosphere, and a sorbent injection device intermediate the gas inlet and the gas outlet, the sorbent injection device including at least one injection port configured to inject a sorbent into the flow of exhaust gas. The sorbent is configured to react with an acid gas within the flow of exhaust gas to neutralize the acid gas and inhibit the formation of salt deposits.. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170259195

Filter cartridge

A filter cartridge includes a casing. A filter medium is disposed within the casing. ... General Electric Company

09/14/17 / #20170258941

Topical application of nerve labeling dyes for image-guided surgery

The present invention relates to a topical agent that binds specifically to myelin basic protein and its method of use and determining myelination in the subject by detecting the agent present in the subject. A kit containing the agent or its derivatives for use in detecting myelin basic protein is also provided.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170257304

Systems and methods for monitoring system performance and availability

. . A prognostics module includes a systems analysis module and a determination module. The systems analysis module is configured to obtain operational information corresponding to a system-wide operation of a multi-element system. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170257050

High power-density, high back emf permanent magnet machine and method of making same

An electric drive system includes a permanent magnet machine having a rotor and a stator and a power converter electrically coupled to the permanent magnet machine and configured to convert a dc link voltage to an ac output voltage to drive the permanent magnet machine. The power converter includes a plurality of silicon carbide switching devices having a voltage rating that exceeds a peak line-to-line back electromotive force of the permanent magnet machine at a maximum speed of the permanent magnet machine.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170257046

System and method for controlling dc link voltage of a power converter

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating an electrical power circuit connected to a power grid. The electrical power circuit has a power converter electrically coupled to a generator. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170256922

Switchgear enclosure with interconnected exhaust system

A switchgear enclosure is provided. The switchgear enclosure includes a plurality of switchgear panels and a plurality of ducts extending through the switchgear panels. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170256373

Internal tulip sleeve of the female arcing contact of a high voltage electric circuit breaker

An internal tulip sleeve for the female arcing contact of a high voltage circuit breaker. According to the invention, this sleeve comprises a body of non-magnetic steel or of copper-tungsten alloy, this body comprising an internal face covered with copper.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170256076

Method for removing streak from detector cell with performance difference

Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method for removing streaks from detector cells with performance difference, specifically a method for removing streaks from detector cells with performance difference and streaks caused by other reasons. The method comprises: estimating a projection on a detector cell with performance difference for each of one or more views; reconstructing one or more initial images with the estimated projection on the detector cell with performance difference for each view; estimating a projection error on the detector cell with performance difference for each view from the reconstructed one or more initial images having streaks; and reconstructing one or more output images with the estimated projection error on the detector cell with performance difference for each view to remove the streaks from the reconstructed one or more output images, improving quality of ct reconstructed images.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170255824

Aerial camera system and method for identifying route-related hazards

A system (e.g., an off-board camera system) includes a camera and a communication device. The camera is configured to be disposed on an off-board device remotely located from a non-aerial vehicle as the non-aerial vehicle moves along a route. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170255373

Method, system, and program storage device for analytics in an industrial internet of things

A system includes a processor, memory, and an analytics engine configured to receive an analytic program associated with analysis of a machine asset in an iiot, display a ui to a user, the ui including a first field associated with an input parameter of the analytic program, a second field associated with an output field of the analytic program, and the plurality of data model fields, receiving an input associated with the first field on the ui identifying a selection of a first data model field of the plurality of data model fields, receiving an input associated with the second field on the ui identifying a selection of a second data model field of the plurality of data model fields, executing the analytic program using the first data model field as the input parameter, and storing the output of the analytic program based on the second data model field.. . ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170255174

Low power management system

Systems and methods for managing appliance power consumption. In one embodiment, an appliance can include a plurality of microcontrollers. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254828

Flow angle probe

A flow angle probe is provided having (a) a probe flap for contacting a moving fluid within a fluid conduit; (b) a probe body mechanically coupled to the probe flap; (c) a force sensor disposed within the probe body and operationally coupled to the probe flap; and optionally (d) a probe shaft coupled to the probe body. A deflection of the probe flap caused by contact with the moving fluid produces a corresponding force sensor signal output which is minimized by rotation of the probe flap. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254783

System and method for monitoring component health using resonance

This disclosure provides systems and methods for using a health monitoring system with acoustic emissions (ae) signals and the resonance frequency of the damage state of a component in a machine to monitor component health. Ae signals collected from sensors on an operating machine are analyzed to identify signal features or events that correspond to component resonance frequencies. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254726

Method and systems for diagnosing an engine

A system includes a generator coupled to an engine and configured to generate electricity from rotational movement of a shaft of the engine, a sensor configured to measure one or more of a parameter of generator output, engine speed, or engine shaft torque, and a controller configured to detect engine imbalance based on a frequency content of a signal output from the sensor in response to a contribution to the frequency content from another component of the system being less than a threshold value.. . ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254585

Refrigerator appliance with a drawer slide synchronizer

A refrigerator appliance includes a drawer slide synchronizer with a first cable and a second cable. A first bearing is mounted to a first one of a pair of drawer slides, and a second bearing is mounted to a second one of the pair of drawer slides. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254542

Fuel supply conduit assemblies

An axial fuel staging (afs) system for a combustor is provided. The afs system includes a secondary fuel injector, an injector housing surrounding the secondary fuel injector, and a conduit assembly in flow communication with the secondary fuel injector. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254540

Spacers and conduit assemblies having the same

A spacer is provided. The spacer includes a substantially ring-shaped frame that defines an opening therein having a radius. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254539

Bundled tube fuel nozzle with internal cooling

A bundled tube fuel nozzle includes a forward plate, a first intermediate plate and an outer sleeve defining a fuel plenum, a second intermediate plate axially spaced from the first intermediate plate where the first intermediate plate, the second intermediate plate and the outer sleeve define a purge air plenum, an aft plate axially spaced from the second intermediate plate where the second intermediate plate, the aft plate and the outer sleeve define a cooling air plenum and an annular wall that extends from the second intermediate plate to the aft plate. The annular wall defines a cooling flow channel within the bundled tube fuel nozzle. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254537

Sleeve assemblies and methods of fabricating same

A sleeve assembly for a combustion system is provided. The sleeve assembly includes a liner defining a combustion chamber having a flow axis and a primary combustion zone. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254342

Asymmetric alignment system for a variable stator vane

A variable stator vane includes an airfoil having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis connecting the first end with the second end. The variable stator vane further includes a first trunnion disposed along the longitudinal axis at the airfoil first end. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254340

Airfoil tip geometry to reduce blade wear in gas turbine engines

An airfoil for use in a turbomachine includes a pressure sidewall and a suction sidewall coupled to the pressure sidewall. The suction sidewall and the pressure sidewall define a leading edge and an opposite trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254295

Overspeed protection system and method

In accordance with one exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, a method for providing overspeed protection for a gas turbine engine is provided. The gas turbine engine may include an engine core and an engine shaft. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254286

Engine control system for reducing particulate matter

A control system for an engine includes one or more processors configured to determine when a change in one or more of oxygen or fuel supplied to an engine. The one or more processors also are configured to, responsive to determining the change in oxygen and/or fuel supplied to an engine, direct one or more fuel injectors of the engine to begin injecting fuel into one or more cylinders of the engine during both a first fuel injection and a second fuel injection during each cycle of a multi-stroke engine cycle of the one or more cylinders.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254274

High pressure compressor augmented bleed with autonomously actuated valve

Gas turbine engine compressor bleed assembly includes annular bleed plenum between annular outer and inner casings circumscribing compressor flowpath of compressor, upstream and downstream bleed ports disposed through inner casing and between compressor flowpath and plenum at upstream and downstream stages. Bleed path extends from downstream bleed port through bleed plenum and out bleed outlet disposed through outer casing. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254227

System and method for regulating condensation of flue gas in a steam generator

A system for regulating condensation of a flue gas in a steam generator is provided. The system includes a temperature controller and a flue gas analyzer. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254222

Gas turbine exhaust diffuser with air injection

A gas turbine system includes an exhaust processing system that may process exhaust gas generated by a gas turbine engine, the exhaust processing system includes an exhaust diffuser that may receive the exhaust gas from a turbine of the gas turbine engine and having an annular passage disposed between an inner annular wall and an outer annular wall, and an air injection assembly disposed within the exhaust diffuser. The air injection assembly includes one or more air injection conduits disposed within the annular passage of the exhaust diffuser and including fluid injection holes that may direct a cooling fluid into a first mixing region of the exhaust diffuser.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254221

Gas turbine in situ inflatable bladders for on-wing repair

A method for forming an in situ temporary barrier within a gas turbine engine is provided. The method can include installing a bladder within the gas turbine engine, wherein the bladder defines a bladder body, and inflating the bladder with an inflating fluid such that the bladder body forms a circumferential seal within the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254218

System and method for cleaning gas turbine engine components

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for in-situ (e.g. On-wing) cleaning of gas turbine engine components. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254217

Dry detergent for cleaning gas turbine engine components

The present disclosure is directed to a method for in-situ (e.g. On-wing) cleaning one or more components of a gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254216

Method and system for piping failure detection

A pipe fault detection system is provided for a gas turbine engine having a compressor and a turbine. The pipe fault detection system includes a cooling manifold configured to direct cooling air from the compressor to the turbine. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254215

Modulated hybrid variable area turbine nozzle for gas turbine engine

The present disclosure is directed to a variable area turbine nozzle. The variable area turbine nozzle includes a first vane segment, a second vane segment arranged with the first vane segment, and a trailing edge segment arranged with the first and second vane segments. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254210

Airfoil tip geometry to reduce blade wear in gas turbine engines

An airfoil for use in a turbomachine includes a pressure sidewall and a suction sidewall coupled to the pressure sidewall. The suction sidewall and the pressure sidewall define a leading edge and a trailing edge, the leading edge and the trailing edge define a chord distance. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254205

In situ tip repair of an airfoil tip in a gas turbine engine via frictional welding

Methods for material build-up on a tip of a blade of a gas turbine engine are provided. The method can include inserting a material supply and an inflatable bladder between the tip and a shroud such that the material supply is exposed to the tip and the inflatable bladder is positioned between the material supply and a shroud, inflating the inflatable bladder to force contact between the material supply and the tip, and causing relative movement between the material supply and the tip. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170254015

Dryer appliance and a method for forming a unitary component with a moisture sensor

A method for forming a unitary component with a moisture sensor is provided. The method includes establishing three-dimensional information of the unitary component, converting the three-dimensional information into a plurality of slices, and successively forming each slice of the unitary component with an additive process. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170253821

Processes, gas turbine processes, and fuel compositions

A gas turbine process includes supplying a fuel to a gas turbine, combusting the fuel in the gas turbine with a hot gas path temperature reaching at least 1100° c. During operation of the gas turbine, and supplying an inhibition composition including at least one yttrium-containing inorganic compound to interact with the vanadium and inhibit vanadium hot corrosion in the gas turbine caused by vanadium as a fuel impurity in the fuel. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170253340

Propulsion system for an aircraft

A propulsion system for an aircraft includes an electric generator and a turbomachine. The turbomachine is configured to be mounted to a first wing of the aircraft and is operable with the electric generator. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252875

Braze composition, brazing process, and brazed article

A braze composition, brazing process, and brazed article are disclosed. The braze composition includes a mcraly alloy at a concentration, by weight, of between 50% and 70%, where m is selected from the group consisting of nickel, cobalt, iron, alloys thereof, and combinations thereof, and a nickel-based alloy at a concentration, by weight, of between 30% and 50%. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252870

Brazing tape or preform for microchannels in a thermal barrier coating

A brazing tape or preform includes a layer of a brazing material, and a plurality of ceramic members affixed to the layer. The plurality of ceramic members are configured to be removable by a ceramic solvent. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252866

Protective shield for liquid guided laser cutting tools

This disclosure provides a shield for use in a liquid guided laser system and related method of use. The shield comprises a rigid body with a target facing surface. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252865

Decoupled liquid-jet guided laser nozzle cap

A head assembly for a liquid jet guided laser system is disclosed having a coupling unit removably disposed to a laser focus optic module of the laser system. The coupling unit has a nozzle assembly removably connected to the coupling unit. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252805

Laminar vertical powder flow for additive manufacturing

A method and apparatus for additive manufacturing is provided whereby a curtain of powder is provided adjacent a vertically oriented build plate, and a laser melts or sinters the powder over a region of the build plate. The curtain of powder is moved relative to the build plate to maintain the same distance between the curtain and the previously deposited layer, and the process repeated to provide a three dimensional structure on the build plate.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252698

System and method for mixing tempering air with flue gas for hot scr catalyst

A simple-cycle gas turbine system includes an injection system including a plurality of injection tubes that may inject a fluid into a duct of an exhaust processing system that may process exhaust gas generated by a gas turbine engine. The exhaust processing system includes a selective catalytic reduction (scr) system that may reduce a level of nitrogen oxides (nox) within the exhaust gas; and a mixing system positioned adjacent to the plurality of injection tubes and within the exhaust processing system. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252689

Diverted pulse jet cleaning device and system

A pulse jet cleaning system is disclosed having at least one diverter device and having at least one control valve configured for receiving pulse air from a pulse air manifold and controllably passing a pulse of pulse air downstream to clean the filter assemblies. The at least one diverter is configured for receiving the pulse from the control valve and diverting the pulse into a plurality of outlet ports for providing pulse air to at least two blowpipes for cleaning a filter assembly.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170252009

Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and program for controlling the same

An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus is provided for allowing a displacement between a direction of an acoustic line of ultrasound and a direction of movement of biological tissue to be recognized. The apparatus includes a strain calculating section for calculating a strain in biological tissue based on two temporally different echo signals in an identical acoustic line acquired by an ultrasonic probe; an elasticity image data generating section for generating data for an elasticity image according to the strain calculated by the strain calculating section; a movement detecting section for detecting movement of the biological tissue in a b-mode image; an angle calculating section for calculating an angle between a direction of an acoustic line of ultrasound transmitted/received by the ultrasonic probe and a direction of movement of the biological tissue detected by the movement detecting section; and an image display processing section for displaying an indicator indicating the angle.. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170251991

Breast tomosynthesis with flexible compression paddle

A method of breast image reconstruction includes positioning a breast on an imaging system support plate, compressing the breast with a flexible paddle, obtaining imaging data, estimating a breast thickness profile by at least one of placing markers on the breast, performing an image-based analysis of the obtained data, using an auxiliary system, and performing a model-based computation. The three dimensional reconstruction including using a thickness profile of the breast surface in at least one of an iterative reconstruction, a filtered back-projection reconstruction, and a joint reconstruction performed using information obtained from an ultrasound scan. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170251939

Modular electrocardiogram device with high quality differential limb-leads and modularly expandable chest-leads

A data acquisition system for use with expandable ecg electrode systems. The data acquisition system includes a main unit and one or more expansion units for increasing the number of ecg leads applied to a patient for enhanced monitoring capabilities. ... General Electric Company

09/07/17 / #20170251899

Motor detection methodology and system

Systems and methods for identifying relay contact position within an appliance. In one embodiment, an appliance includes a first motor, a second motor, and a relay. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170250582

Compression band shim pack for stator core, related stator and generator

A shim pack to reduce vibration of a stator core is disclosed. The stator core may include a plurality of laminates coupled to a dovetail of a keybar and separated by a space block. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170250542

System and method for regulating voltage in a low voltage power distribution system

A power distribution system for providing a desired value of voltage regulation is presented. The system includes at least one power source, at least one sink, a distribution feeder configured to couple the at least one power source to the at least one sink. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170250093

Electrical interconnect structure for an embedded electronics package

An electronics package includes a lower insulating layer, an upper insulating layer coupled to the lower insulating layer, and a conductive contact pad coupled to a second surface of the upper insulating layer. An electrical component is positioned within an opening formed through the upper insulating layer. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170250051

Robust electrode with septum rod for biased x-ray tube cathode

In the present invention, a cathode assembly for an x-ray tube is provided including a cathode cup, a pair of emitters disposed within the cup and each configured to emit an electron beam therefrom and an electrode spaced from the pair of emitters and configured to affect the shape and/or intensity of the electron beams emitted by the pair of emitters. The electrode includes a rod extending across a central aperture defined within the electrode that enables the electrode to grid or focus the electron beam or beams emitted from the emitters using a bias voltage between +10 kv and −10 kv.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170250050

Robust emitter for minimizing damage from ion bombardment

In the present invention, an x-ray tube is provided including a cathode assembly with a cathode cup, and an emitter disposed within the cup configured to emit an electron beam therefrom. The emitter is formed with a central portion including legs with varying lengths and/or spaces formed therein. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170250018

Quench protection apparatus for superconducting magnet system

A quench protection apparatus includes a number n of superconducting coils and a heater matrix. The number n of superconducting coils are electrically coupled in series. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170249730

Methods, apparatus, systems and media for use in association with subsea equipment located in a topside environment

In one aspect, apparatus comprises: a mobile device having an image sensor to generate an image of subsea equipment that is located in a topside environment; and a mobile device having a display to display a view that includes: (i) a representation of the subsea equipment that is located in a topside environment and (ii) an indicator that indicates a portion of the representation that includes a representation of one or more portions of the subsea equipment that are to be inspected while the subsea equipment is located in a topside environment.. . ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248925

Consumer appliance with a detachable tablet

A tablet for use with a consumer appliance is provided. The tablet may be removably attachable to the consumer appliance, which may charge the tablet through an integrated usb charger. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248493

System and method for monitoring bearing health in a journal assembly

A system for monitoring the health of one or more bearings of a journal assembly is provided. The system includes a split spacer, one or more vibration sensors, a speed sensor, and a controller. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248485

Spark gap device and method of measurement of x-ray tube vacuum pressure

In the present invention, a pressure measurement device for determining the vacuum level within the evacuated housing of a vacuum electrode device is provided that includes an electrically conductive enclosure secured to an interior surface of the housing, an electrically conductive electrode extending through an aperture in the housing, the electrode having a tip at one end positioned within the interior of the housing inside the enclosure to define a gap between the tip and the enclosure and a conductive lead at a second end disposed outside of the housing, and a voltage source connected to the conductive lead to supply a voltage potential to the tip of the electrode. A voltage difference produced between the electrode and the enclosure ionizes gas within the enclosure causing a measurable current to flow between the electrode and the enclosure which can be used to determine the vacuum level in the housing.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248357

Stand-alone ice making appliances

A stand-alone ice making appliance includes a container defining a first storage volume for receipt of ice, a water tank defining a second storage volume for receipt of water, and a pump in fluid communication with the second storage volume. The appliance includes a reservoir defining a third storage volume, the third storage volume in fluid communication with the pump for receiving water that is actively flowed from the water tank. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248320

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a combustor dome having a hot side and a cold side and at least in part defining a combustion chamber. The combustor assembly additionally includes a fuel-air injector hardware assembly having a first member and a second member. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248319

System having layered structure and method of making the same

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

08/31/17 / #20170248318

Pilot nozzles in gas turbine combustors

A fuel nozzle for a gas turbine engine that includes: an elongated centerbody; an elongated peripheral wall formed about the centerbody so to define a primary flow annulus; a primary fuel and air supply in fluid communication with the primary flow annulus; and a pilot nozzle. The pilot nozzle, formed in the centerbody, may have axially elongated air and mixing tubes extending between inlets and outlets defined, respectively, through upstream and downstream faces of the pilot nozzle. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248317

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes an inner liner, an outer liner, and a combustor dome. The inner liner, outer liner, and combustor dome together define at least in part a combustion chamber having an annulus height. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248316

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a combustor dome and a combustion chamber liner attached to or formed integrally with the combustor dome. The combustion chamber liner extends between a forward end and an aft end, and together with the combustor dome at least partially defines a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248315

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly includes a first combustion chamber member and a second combustion chamber member. The first and second combustion chamber members are each formed of a cmc material and include adjacently positioned coupling flanges. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248314

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a liner and a combustor dome. The combustor dome and liner together at least in part define a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248313

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine is includes a liner and a combustor dome formed of a ceramic matrix composite material. The combustor dome and liner together define at least in part a combustion chamber. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248312

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a combustor dome and a combustion chamber liner formed integrally of a ceramic matrix composite material. The combustor dome defines a plurality of openings for receiving a respective plurality of fuel air injector hardware assemblies and may extend continuously along a circumferential direction.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248160

Ejector for a sealed system

An ejector for a sealed system includes a motive liquid passage with a converging section, a throat and a diverging section. The throat of the motive liquid passage is disposed between the converging section of the motive liquid passage and the diverging section of the motive liquid passage. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248156

Axi-centrifugal compressor with variable outlet guide vanes

A compressor apparatus includes: an upstream portion comprising an axial-flow compressor; a downstream portion comprising a centrifugal-flow compressor; and a row of variable-stagger-angle outlet guide vanes disposed between the upstream and downstream portions.. . ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248155

Centrifugal compressor diffuser passage boundary layer control

A centrifugal compressor diffuser (42) includes a plurality of diffuser flow passages (22) extending through an annular diffuser housing (20) and circumferentially bounded by diffuser vanes (23) and axially bounded by forward and aft walls (101, 100). A diffuser boundary layer bleed (96) for the passages may include boundary layer bleed apertures (106) or slots (130) disposed through the forward wall (101) and a downstream facing wall (142) canted at an acute cant angle to a downstream diffuser airflow direction (103) in the passages. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248152

Rotor wheel and impeller inserts

A rotor wheel for an engine includes a plurality of impeller vanes and a plurality of fluid passages defined by adjacent impeller vanes. The fluid passages are radially disposed across at least a portion of the rotor wheel. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248150

Taper sleeve driver for thrust bearing

A thrust bearing assembly configured to reduce the axial displacement of a shaft includes a stationary thrust bearing, a thrust runner adjacent to the thrust bearing and a taper sleeve driver. The thrust runner includes a central passage. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248127

Acoustic damping system for a wind turbine tower

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for reducing audible tonality of a wind turbine caused by vibrations generated by the drivetrain assembly thereof. The system includes a plurality of damping elements mounted at a plurality of locations on an inner surface of a tower of the wind turbine, the plurality of locations having vibration levels above a predetermined threshold. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248079

Turbine engine assembly and method of operating such

A turbine engine assembly includes a core compressor configured to discharge a first airflow at a first temperature and a first pressure. The turbine engine assembly also includes a cooling system turbine configured to receive the first airflow at the first temperature and the first pressure and discharge a second airflow at a second pressure less than the first pressure. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248078

Combustor assembly

A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a combustor dome defining an opening, a cooling hole, and at least in part defining a combustion chamber. The combustor dome includes a first side and a second side, the cooling hole extending from the first side to the second side. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248037

System and method for preheating a heat recovery steam generator

A system for preheating a heat recovery steam generator is provided. The system includes a tank and a heat exchanger. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248036

System and method for managing heat recovery steam generator inlet temperature

A system may include a gas turbine system. The gas turbine system may include a compressor, such that the gas turbine system may produce exhaust gas in an exhaust outlet when generating electricity. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248034

Positioning system for industrial machine coupling elements

A positioning system for aligning first and second coupling elements of adjacent sections of an industrial machine such as a shaft of a turbomachine or generator is provided. The system may include a base, and a pair of lifting jacks supported by the base for adjusting a vertical position of the first coupling element relative to the second coupling element. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248033

Core differential bearing with centering spring and squeeze film damper

A counter-rotating shaft assembly of a gas turbine engine includes an outer shaft rotatable in a first direction about a virtual rotational axis, an inner shaft counter-rotatable about the virtual rotational axis in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction, a differential bearing rotatably connecting the two shafts, a centering spring connecting the inner shaft to the differential bearing, and a squeeze film damper between the differential bearing and the inner shaft.. . ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248031

Nozzle segment for a gas turbine engine with ribs defining radially spaced internal cooling channels

A nozzle segment for a gas turbine engine may generally include an airfoil having an exterior surface defining a pressure side and a suction side extending between leading and trailing edges. The airfoil may define an open internal volume within its interior for receiving a cooling medium. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248030

Encapsulated cooling for turbine shrouds

A shroud for a gas turbine is provided. The shroud can include an outer box having a first wall and a second wall circumferentially spaced apart from the first wall. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248029

Apparatus, turbine nozzle and turbine shroud

Apparatuses are disclosed including a first article, a second article, a sewing member and a thermal break. The second article includes a second material composition having a second thermal tolerance greater than a first thermal tolerance of a first material composition of the first article. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170248028

Active hpc clearance control

A gas turbine engine clearance control system includes a cooling air passage extending from a cooling air inlet port to a cooling air outlet port. The cooling air inlet port and outlet port are formed within an external surface of a compressor casing of a compressor and are also axially spaced on the external surface of the compressor casing. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170247945

Internal ladder assembly for a wind turbine rotor hub

A rotor hub for a wind turbine may generally include a hub body defining both a plurality of blade flanges and a plurality of access ports spaced apart from the blade flanges. In addition, the rotor hub may include a ladder assembly extending within an interior of the hub body. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170247808

Article with improved coating system and methods of forming the same

A method for forming a coating on a surface of an airfoil is provided, where the airfoil has a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side, and a suction side. The method can include forming a platinum-group metal layer on the surface of the airfoil along at least a portion of the trailing edge, and forming an aluminide coating over the surface of the airfoil of the leading edge, the trailing edge, the pressure side, and the suction side. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170247797

System and method for performing laser induced breakdown spectroscopy during laser ablation coating removal

A system and method for performing laser induced breakdown spectroscopy during laser ablation of a coating, such as a tbc coating, deposited on a surface of a component, particularly to enable obtained spectrometry signals of the ablated coating to be used to monitor and control the laser ablation removal process in real-time. The system includes a laser energy source and a scan head interconnected with the laser energy source to receive a laser beam therefrom and then direct the laser beam onto the surface of the coated component. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170247787

Environmental barrier coating and methods of preparation

Methods of forming an environmental barrier coating are disclosed. A method includes disposing a powder-based coating on a substrate, heat-treating the powder-based coating at a temperature greater than 800° c. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170247784

Coated articles and coating methods

A coated article is disclosed including a substrate, a bond coating, and a thermally insulating top coating. The substrate includes a substrate surface and a substrate material at the substrate surface. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246810

Multivariate statistical process control of laser powder bed additive manufacturing

This invention relates to a method for using a multivariate statistical control process to reduce the variation of an additively manufactured part or object. The invention also relates to a system and software that can be used to implement the method in additive manufacturing devices or apparatuses.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246688

Casting with a second metal component formed around a first metal component using hot isostactic pressing

The present disclosure generally relates to casting molds including a casting shell surrounding at least a portion of a casting core comprising a first metal component and a hot isostactic pressed second metal component around the first metal component. In one aspect, the first metal component may have a lower melting point than the second metal component. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246679

Casting with graded core components

The present disclosure generally relates to investment casting molds comprising a casting core comprising at least one graded core component, the graded core component comprising at least one graded transition between a first core material and a second core material.. . ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246678

Casting with first metal components and second metal components

The present disclosure generally relates to casting molds including a casting core comprising a first metal component and a second metal component. In an aspect, the first metal component has a lower melting point than the second metal component. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246677

Casting with metal components and metal skin layers

The present disclosure generally relates to casting molds including a casting core comprising an outer shell mold surrounding at least a portion of a casting core and a casting core comprising a second metal skin layer around a first metal component. In one aspect, at least one portion of the first metal component may be exposed on a surface of the outer shell mold. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246644

System, method and apparatus for controlling the flow distribution of solid particles

A turret includes a generally frusto-conical shaped body and a plurality of static vanes arranged interior to the body and extending inwardly from an interior sidewall of the body. The vanes are configured to guide a swirling flow of solid particles as they enter the body, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of controlled flows that are communicated to a plurality of coal outlet pipes.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246643

System, method and apparatus for controlling the flow distribution of solid particles

A turret includes a generally frusto-conical shaped body and a plurality of static straightening vanes arranged interior to the body, the vanes dividing the body into a plurality of substantially equal sections. The vanes are configured to straighten a swirling flow of solid particles as they enter the body, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of straightened flows that are communicated to a plurality of coal outlet pipes.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170246642

System, method and apparatus for controlling the flow distribution of solid particles

A deflector ring includes a generally annular body, and a plurality of static straightening vanes arranged interior to the body, the vanes dividing the body into a plurality of substantially equal sections. The vanes are configured to straighten a swirling flow of solid particles as they enter the annular body, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of straightened flows that are communicated to a turret positionable above the deflector ring.. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170245822

X-ray/intravascular imaging colocation method and system

In the present invention, a method and associated system is provided that produces a new sequence of combined x-ray/fluoro images obtained in synchrony with intravascular dataset/images. This synchronization is based on the time tags recorded at the acquisition of one dataset of the x-ray/fluoroscopic images and the intravascular images/datasets and the cardiac cycle correspondence between the combined x-ray/fluoro datasets/images. ... General Electric Company

08/31/17 / #20170245675

Method for dispensing baby formula at a refrigerator appliance

The present subject matter provides a method for dispensing baby formula at a refrigerator appliance. The method includes loading a baby formula module with baby formula, mounting the baby formula module within a dispenser recess of the refrigerator appliance, detecting the baby formula module with a sensor of the refrigerator appliance, measuring a temperature of water within a hot water tank of the refrigerator appliance, flowing water from the hot water tank to the baby formula module when the temperature of water within the hot water tank is no greater than a temperature limit, and directing a mixture of baby formula and water out of the baby formula module into the dispenser recess. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170245348

Communication system for adaptive lighting control

. . Provided is a lighting system to control illumination of a plurality of areas. The lighting system includes a lighting fixture matrix having a plurality of lighting fixtures respectively located at the plurality of areas. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170244353

System and method for heating ferrite magnet motors for low temperatures

A system and method for heating ferrite permanent magnets in an electrical machine is disclosed. The permanent magnet machine includes a stator assembly and a rotor assembly, with a plurality of ferrite permanent magnets disposed within the stator assembly or the rotor assembly to generate a magnetic field that interacts with a stator magnetic field to produce a torque. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170244227

Shutter interlock devices, systems, and methods of use thereof

A shutter interlock device for an electrical enclosure includes a shutter link defining a lock slot, an actuating member rotatably coupled to the electrical enclosure, and a sliding link. The sliding link includes a first end coupled to the actuating member, a second end opposite the first end, and a pin coupled to the second end, where a rotation of the actuating member causes the pin to selectively disengage the lock slot.. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170244226

Intra-compartment cooling channel component for a metal-clad switchgear assembly

Electrical enclosure including circuit breaker, exterior panels defining a volume, wall separating compartments defined in the volume, and cooling channel component. Cooling channel component includes first plate coupled to wall. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170243970

Silicon carbide device and method of making thereof

Embodiments of a silicon carbide (sic) device are provided herein. In some embodiments, a silicon carbide (sic) device may include a gate electrode disposed above a sic semiconductor layer, wherein the sic semiconductor layer comprises: a drift region having a first conductivity type; a well region disposed adjacent to the drift region, wherein the well region has a second conductivity type; and a source region having the first conductivity type disposed adjacent to the well region, wherein the source region comprises a source contact region and a pinch region, wherein the pinch region is disposed only partially below the gate electrode, wherein a sheet doping density in the pinch region is less than 2.5×1014 cm−2, and wherein the pinch region is configured to deplete at a current density greater than a nominal current density of the sic device to increase the resistance of the source region.. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170243935

Designing and fabricating semiconductor devices with specific terrestrial cosmic ray (tcr) ratings

In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a silicon-carbide (sic) device includes receiving a selection of a specific terrestrial cosmic ray (tcr) rating at a specific applied voltage, determining a breakdown voltage for the sic device based at least on the specific tcr rating at the specific applied voltage, determining drift layer design parameters based at least on the breakdown voltage. The drift layer design parameters include doping concentration and thickness of the drift layer. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170242935

User interface component for managing and presenting data corresponding to industrial assets

In example embodiments, a method of presenting time series data in a user interface is disclosed. A time series data component is embedded in a user interface of an application executing on a device. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170242555

User interface component for browsing industrial assets

In example embodiments, a method of implementing an industrial asset browser user interface is disclosed. An asset browser component is embedded in a user interface of an application executing on a device. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170242424

Laser power monitoring in additive manufacturing

A method of monitoring laser power in an additive manufacturing process in which a build beam generated by a laser source is used to selectively fuse or cure material to form a workpiece. The method includes: splitting off a predetermined percentage of the build beam to define a sample beam, and directing the sample beam to a sensor; using the sensor to generate a signal proportional to the power of the sample beam; and scaling the signal from the sensor to generate a laser power measurement representative of a power level of the build beam.. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170242410

System and method for generating a schedule to extract a resource fluid from a reservoir

System includes one or more processors that are configured to perform iterations of the following until a predetermined condition is satisfied. The one or more processors are configured to select a modified trial schedule. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170242303

Lighting system and light source assembly for use with night vision equipment

A light source assembly for use in a display device used in conjunction with night vision gear is provided. The light source assembly includes a light emitting diode configured to generate light comprising visible light and does not emit near ir light. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170242081

System and method for optimization of recommended service intervals

A method for determining a recommended maintenance interval for a fleet of units as a function of the operational profile of each unit within the fleet. Models are created at the failure mode level for each component of interest. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241895

System and method for detecting an anomaly in a pipe assembly

A system includes a plurality of movable members and an electromagnetic wave probe disposed within at least one movable member among the plurality of movable members. The actuation system is coupled to the plurality of movable members. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241856

Pressure modulator

An apparatus and associated method, for controlling signal passage, includes a first passageway for a first fluid, a second passageway for a second fluid, and an interposed chamber. A first, movable diaphragm at a first chamber junction and a second, movable diaphragm at a second chamber junction, with a third fluid bound there between and interposed between the first and second passageways. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241700

Water reservoir assembly and a refrigerator appliance

A water reservoir includes a casing that defines a water chamber. A cover is disposed around a portion of the casing. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241644

Gas-only cartridge for a premix fuel nozzle

A gas-only cartridge for a fuel nozzle includes a flange that defines a plurality of apertures for receiving a gaseous fuel, an outer tube that is coupled to the flange and an inner tube that extends axially within the outer tube. The inner tube and the outer tube define a fuel passage therebetween and the fuel passage is in fluid communication with the plurality of apertures of the flange. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241343

Sump housing for a gas turbine engine

A sump housing apparatus for a gas turbine engine includes: an annular body; and a plurality of service tubes arrayed around the body, each service tube having a proximal end intersecting the body and an opposed distal end, each service tube having an inner port communicating with an interior of the body; wherein the body and at least one of the service tubes are part of a monolithic whole.. . ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241298

Steam drum level control system, computer program product and related methods

Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to perform actions including: measuring at least one of the following parameters: a steam pressure within a steam drum, a load on a gt, a position of a bypass valve bypassing an hrsg, and a steam flow rate through the steam drum; defining a threshold range for each of: a steam pressure within the steam drum, a load on the gt, a position of the bypass valve bypassing the hrsg and a steam flow rate through the steam drum based upon the measured data and a target steam level; and adjusting the steam flow rate through the steam drum in response to at least one of the measured parameters deviating from the corresponding threshold range.. . ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241288

System and method of fabricating and repairing a gas turbine component

A method of fabricating and repairing a gas turbine component having a plurality of cooling holes defined therein is provided. The method includes determining a parameter of a first cooling hole defined in the gas turbine component, and generating a tool path for forming a protective cap around the first cooling hole. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241286

Detectable datum markers for gas turbine engine components for measuring distortion

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for detecting distortion in a component of a gas turbine engine. In one embodiment, the system includes at least one detectable datum marker configured at least partially within the component. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241273

System and method for simultaneously depositing multiple coatings on a turbine blade of a gas turbine engine

The present disclosure is directed to a method for coating a component of a gas turbine engine. The method includes isolating a first portion of the component of the gas turbine engine from a second portion of the component. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241269

Turbine blade centroid shifting method and system

A method for producing a rotating turbine blade and tuning the natural frequencies of the blade is disclosed that changes the second effective beam length of the blade thereby changing the separation between the first natural frequency and the second natural frequency of the blade.. . ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170241267

System and method for rejuvenating coated components of gas turbine engines

The present disclosure is directed to a method for rejuvenating a damaged coated component of a gas turbine engine. The method includes uninstalling the damaged coated component from the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170240985

Method of treatment, turbine component, and turbine system

A method of treatment includes laser-hardening a portion of a component and texturing a treated surface of the portion with a hydrophobic surface texture. In some embodiments, the method includes polishing the treated surface after laser-hardening the portion and prior to texturing the treated surface. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170240278

Industrial machine acoustic inspection using unmanned aerial vehicle

A method for collecting acoustic data from an industrial machine is disclosed. The method may include: providing an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) having an acoustic receiver attached thereto; and positioning the unmanned aerial vehicle at a specific location so that the acoustic receiver collects acoustic data from the industrial machine at the specific location. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170239877

Apparatus for induction heating and bending of thermoplastic composite tubes and a method for using same

An apparatus for bending a composite tube that includes an induction coil. Induction coil includes multiple turns and the turn-to-turn spacing changes at least once along the length of the induction coil. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170239775

Systems and methods for honing a shaft

A system for honing a shaft is provided. The system includes a rod having an axis and a head coupleable to the rod. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170239762

System and method for in situ repair of gas turbine engine casing clearance

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for repairing an abradable material coated on a casing of a gas turbine engine. The system includes an articulating guide configured to fit into an access port of the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170239692

Auxiliary cleaning system for gas turbine engines

The present disclosure is directed to an auxiliary cleaning system for cleaning a gas turbine engine. The auxiliary cleaning system includes an external motoring source mechanically coupled to one or more engine shafts of the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170239013

Patient reference assembly for an electromagnetic navigation system

Methods and systems are provided for a patient reference assembly for an electromagnetic tracking system for use in image-guided surgery. In one embodiment, a patient reference assembly for an electromagnetic surgical navigation system includes a mounting platform including a first mating interface and an attachment interface shaped to couple to a patient. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170238996

Medical tracking sensor assembly

Methods and systems are provided for an electromagnetic coil assembly for a surgical navigation tracking system which may be used during image-guided surgery. A medical instrument assembly for an electromagnetic surgical navigation system, may comprise a tracking sensor interface included within a handle of a medical instrument, the interface having a first mating surface. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170238907

Methods and systems for generating an ultrasound image

Systems and methods are provided for generating an ultrasound image. The systems and methods acquire three dimensional (3d) ultrasound data of a volumetric region of interest (roi) from an ultrasound probe. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170238904

Automatic alignment of ultrasound volumes

Embodiments for aligning a volume to a standard alignment are provided. One example method of aligning a volume constructed from captured image data to a standard orientation includes determining an orientation and a scale of the volume based on a comparison of a volume model representing the volume to captured image data of the volume over time and adjusting the volume according to the determined orientation and scale.. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170238902

System for reducing a footprint of an ultrasound transducer probe

A transducer probe is presented. The transducer probe includes a housing having a probe surface at a first end. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170238836

System and method for data reconstruction in soft-field tomography

A soft-field tomography system includes a plurality of transducers, one or more excitation drivers, one or more response detectors, and a soft-field reconstruction module. The transducers are configured for positioning proximate a surface of an object to be imaged, and are configured to apply excitations to the surface of the object. ... General Electric Company

08/24/17 / #20170238690

Coating removal method and guide for use therewith

The present invention relates to a method for removing a coating from a defined area of a high pressure turbine part comprising the steps of: securing a guide to said turbine part, said guide both exposing said defined area while protecting adjacent areas; repeatedly inserting and withdrawing a brush through an opening in said guide which directs said brush to impinge said defined area and remove said coating. The invention also relates to a guide used in the aforementioned method.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170238367

Integrated conductive foam core for composite processing

The present disclosure is directed to a method for forming a cured composite component. The method includes laying one or more layers of uncured composite material onto a conductive core. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170237374

Generator control device and method

The present disclosure relates to a generator control device and a method to control the output power of at least one generator connected to an electric grid. It is an object of the invention to provide a fast solution to counteract electric grid frequency instabilities. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170237253

Data interface with overvoltage protection for two-way digital control bus system

A data interface with overvoltage protection circuitry includes a bus interface and power rectification stage configured to provide supply and return voltages for the data interface and overvoltage protection circuitry, a first power level overvoltage protection circuit, a second power level overvoltage protection circuit, a dali endpoint power output port, a power supply for a dali endpoint device drawing current from the power output port, a receiver configured to receive signals on the dali bus, and, a transmitter configured to send signals on the dali bus.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170237248

Spacer for wind turbine cables

The present disclosure is directed to a cable securement assembly for protecting cables and/or cable bundles within a wind turbine. The cable securement assembly includes a cable spacer having an inner surface and an outer surface separated by a thickness and one or more fastening components. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170236915

Systems and methods for in-situ doped semiconductor gate electrodes for wide bandgap semiconductor power devices

In an embodiment, a wide bandgap semiconductor power device, includes a wide bandgap semiconductor substrate layer; an epitaxial semiconductor layer disposed above the wide bandgap semiconductor substrate layer; a gate dielectric layer disposed directly over a portion of the epitaxial semiconductor layer; and a gate electrode disposed directly over the gate dielectric layer. The gate electrode includes an in-situ doped semiconductor layer disposed directly over the gate dielectric layer and a metal-containing layer disposed directly over the in-situ doped semiconductor layer.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170236670

Circuit breaker having a floating moveable contact

A circuit breaker includes a housing, a fixed contact mounted in the housing, a pivot member arranged in the housing, and a pivoting arm moveably mounted in the housing. The pivoting arm includes a moveable contact. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170236637

Low stray-loss transformers and methods of assembling the same

A transformer includes a magnetic core, a first winding assembly inductively coupled to the magnetic core, and a second winding assembly inductively coupled to the first winding assembly. The magnetic core includes a winding leg. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170236608

Radioisotope production system and method for controlling the same

Radioisotope production system includes an electrical field system and a magnetic field system that are configured to direct a particle beam of charged particles along a beam path within an acceleration chamber. The magnetic field system is energized by a drive current to generate a magnetic flux into the acceleration chamber for controlling the particle beam. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170236248

Method and system for enhanced visualization of a curved structure by automatically displaying a rendered view of a curved image slice

A processor identifies a curved structure in three-dimensional medical image data. The processor selects a plane in the three-dimensional medical image data based at least in part on the identified curved structure. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170235904

Method, apparatus for presenting information in a monitor and a monitor

The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for presenting information on a monitor. The method comprising presenting a clock panel according to a range of time at which information to be presented is generated and marking information at a corresponding position on the clock panel according to a time at which the information is generated. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234812

Methods for radiographic and ct inspection of additively manufactured workpieces

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for radiographic and computed tomography (ct) inspection of workpieces having increasingly complicated internal geometry. The disclosed methods are capable of distributing a contrast agent within the detailed internal geometry of, for example, an am workpiece or precision cast turbine blade, followed by complete removal of the contrast agent and all residues thereof after inspection.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234806

System and method for surface inspection

A system includes a vessel floating on a body of water. The system also includes at least one conduit extending from the vessel to below the body of water. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234773

Automated system and method for generating engine test cell analytics and diagnostics

The present disclosure is directed to an automated system and method of analyzing performance of engines in a test cell. The method includes electronically accessing engine operational data in a stored database of the test cell. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234772

Optical imaging system for inspecting turbine engine components and method for operating same

A turbine engine having an optical imaging system with a housing configured for mounting to a wall of the turbine engine, a camera located in the housing, a hollow probe extending from the housing and having a longitudinal axis, an image receiving device at an end of the hollow probe and communicably coupled with the camera, and method for operating same.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234734

Optical apparatus and sight tube for inspecting turbine engine components

An apparatus for insertion through an opening in an outer casing of a gas turbine engine and inspection of internal turbine components at elevated temperatures having an optical sight tube configured to optically communicate with an interior of gas turbine engine via a distal end disposed at the interior and a proximal end disposed exterior of the internal turbine components and defined by a first longitudinal wall, at least one lens at the distal end of the optical sight tube adjacent to the longitudinal wall; and at least one longitudinal cooling groove in the longitudinal wall for flowing a cooling medium from a location external to the turbine to cool the optical sight tube at a location at least adjacent the distal end.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234672

Subsea sensor assemblies

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

08/17/17 / #20170234595

Ice maker with a radial and thrust bearing

An ice maker includes a casing that defines a chamber. The casing extends between a top portion and a bottom portion. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234594

Ice maker with a threaded connection between a motor shaft and an auger

An ice maker includes a casing that defines a chamber. The casing extends between a top portion and a bottom portion. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234593

Ice maker with a radial and thrust bearing

An ice maker includes a casing that defines a chamber. The casing extends between a top portion and a bottom portion. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234541

Burner for a can combustor

A burner for a combustion chamber of a gas turbine with a mixing and injection device, which includes a limiting wall that defines a gas-flow channel and at least two streamlined bodies. Each streamlined body extends in a first transverse direction into the gas-flow channel, and has two lateral surfaces that are arranged essentially parallel to the main-flow direction. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234537

Surface contouring

A component for at least one of a combustion section or a turbine section of a gas turbine engine is provided. The combustion section and turbine section of the gas turbine engine at least partially define a core air flowpath, and the component includes a wall. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234462

Dissimilar metal connection and method for operating such a dissimilar metal connection

A dissimilar metal connection arrangement comprising a dissimilar metal connection between a first member made of a first metal and having a first end, and a second member made of a second metal different from said first metal with regard to its metallurgical behavior, and having a second end, wherein the first end of the first member is fixedly connected to the second end of the second member. An increased lifetime of the connection is achieved by arranging a heating means at said dissimilar metal connection for controlled heating of said dissimilar metal connection.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234329

Containment case trench filler layer and method of containing releasable components from rotatable machines

A containment case includes a fan assembly including a hub having a plurality of fan blades extending radially outward between radially inward blade roots and radially outward blade tips. Containment case includes a radially outer shell circumscribing fan assembly and having a first radially inner surface and a radially outer surface, an inner structure having a second radially inner surface extending along first radially inner surface, and a trench extending circumferentially along second radially inner surface into inner structure from second radially inner surface. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234324

Method and system for integrated pitch control mechanism actuator hydraulic fluid transfer

The variable pitch propeller assembly includes a hub. The variable pitch propeller assembly also includes a plurality of propeller blade assemblies spaced circumferentially about the hub. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234285

Start/stop system for vehicles and method of making same

According to some embodiments, a start-stop system for a vehicle is disclosed. The start-stop system includes a first energy storage device coupled to a starter motor. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234241

Systems and methods for determining operational impact on turbine component creep life

A system includes a controller configured to control an operation of a turbine system, and an analytics system coupled to the controller and configured to receive inputs corresponding to the operation of the turbine system, generate an operational impact factor (oif) value based at least in part on the inputs, generate a turbine system life prediction model configured to predict an operating life of one or more components of the turbine system based at least in part on the oif value, and provide the oif value to the controller to perform an action based thereon.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234239

Acoustic nozzles for inlet bleed heat systems

The present application provides an acoustic nozzle for an inlet bleed heat system using a flow of compressor discharge air. The acoustic nozzle may include an outer casing, an acoustic attenuation medium within the outer casing, a number of exit apertures positioned in the outer casing, an air pipe in communication with the outer casing, and a reduced flow area positioned about the outer chamber and the air pipe for the flow of compressor discharge air.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234228

Gas turbine engine pipe cover

A low emissivity cover for a manifold pipe having an inner ring and an outer ring together which circumscribe the pipe.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234225

Component cooling for a gas turbine engine

An apparatus and method for an engine component having a hot surface adjacent a hot combustion gas flow and a cooling surface adjacent a cooling fluid flow can include at least one dimple for enhancing the cooling along the cooling surface. The dimple can be shaped having a head and a tail with the head disposed upstream of the tail to provide for reduced dust collection along the engine component.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234224

Method and system for modulated turbine cooling as a function of engine health

A method of modulating cooling flow to an engine component based on a health of the component is provided. The method includes determining a cooling flow requirement of the engine component for each of a plurality of operating conditions and channeling the determined required flow to the engine component during each respective operating condition of the plurality of operating conditions. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234220

Acoustic nozzles for inlet bleed heat systems

The present application provides an acoustic nozzle for an inlet bleed heat system using a flow of compressor discharge air. The acoustic nozzle may include an outer casing with an upstream end and a downstream end, an acoustic attenuation medium within the outer casing, a number of exit apertures positioned in the outer casing about the upstream end thereof, an air pipe in communication with the outer casing, and an air chamber positioned within the outer casing about a downstream end thereof and in communication with the air pipe. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234217

Inline propeller gearbox brake

An in-line propeller gearbox of a turboprop gas turbine engine includes an epicyclic gearing arrangement that has a sun gear, a ring gear and at least one planet gear disposed between and meshing with both the sun gear and the ring gear. The propeller gearbox includes a disk brake that can be operated to slow down or stop altogether the rotation of the propeller. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234184

System and method for exhaust treatment

According to various embodiments, an exhaust treatment system includes a catalyst that is in direct contact with an exhaust stream, at least one sensor that senses a system parameter and produces one or more signals corresponding to the system parameter, and a controller that is configured to receive the one or more signals and control catalyst performance based on the one or more signals by regenerating the catalyst. Regenerating the catalyst includes increasing a temperature of the exhaust stream flowing to the catalyst and directing a reductant injector to adjust a flow rate of reductant being injected into the exhaust stream flowing to the catalyst.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234162

Steam turbine inner casing component and repair method therefor

Embodiments of the present invention relate to an inner casing component configured to form part of a steam flow path of a last stage of an axial flow steam turbine, the steam turbine inner casing component having a base made of nodular cast iron and a coating, on the base, in a region exposed to the steam flow path, consisting of manganese austenitic steel.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234161

Flowpath contouring

A gas turbine engine includes a compressor section, combustion section, and turbine section. The turbine section includes a turbine component stage, the turbine component stage including a plurality of turbine components together including a flowpath surface along a circumferential direction of the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234160

Aircraft engine with an impact panel

A facing sheet for a fan casing comprising a support layer that includes a set of partitioned cavities with open faces and a facing sheet comprising a polymer matrix composite having a nanostructure.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234157

Rotor support system with shape memory alloy components for a gas turbine engine

A rotor support system for a gas turbine engine may generally include a bearing assembly and a load reduction member configured to be coupled between the bearing assembly and a support frame of the engine. The load reduction member may include a fuse portion configured to fail when a load transmitted through the load reduction member exceeds a predetermined load threshold. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234155

Turbine frame cooling systems and methods of assembly for use in a gas turbine engine

A turbine frame cooling system for use with a gas turbine engine includes an outer ring defining a cavity and a hub positioned radially inward of the outer ring. The turbine frame cooling system also includes a plurality of circumferentially-spaced first fairings coupled between the outer ring and the hub and a plurality of circumferentially-spaced second fairings coupled between the outer ring and the hub, wherein the first and second fairings are alternatingly positioned about the hub. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234150

Thermal stress relief of a component

A component for a gas turbine engine includes a hot side wall, a plurality of connection walls, and a cold side wall. The hot side wall is exposed to a core air flowpath defined by the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234147

Centrifugal compressor assembly for use in a turbine engine and method of assembly

A fluid transfer assembly for use in a gas turbine engine includes a rotor shaft, a stationary assembly circumscribing the rotor shaft, and a rotating component coupled to the rotor shaft and positioned radially inward of the stationary assembly. The rotating assembly includes a hub coupled to the rotor shaft, a plurality of rotor blades coupled to the hub, and a shroud coupled to the plurality of rotor blades.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234146

Airfoil having impingement openings

An airfoil for a turbine engine having a perimeter wall bounding an interior and defining a pressure side and a suction side, a radially extending rib located within the interior and spaced from the leading edge to define a radially extending leading edge chamber, and at least one impingement opening in the rib defining a flow path aligned with the leading edge.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234145

Accelerator insert for a gas turbine engine airfoil

An apparatus for a gas turbine engine can include an airfoil having an interior. The interior can be separated into one or more cooling air channels extending in a span-wise direction. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234142

Rotor blade trailing edge cooling

The present disclosure is directed to a rotor blade for a gas turbine engine. The rotor blade includes a platform having a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234141

Airfoil having crossover holes

An airfoil for a turbine engine having first and second radially extending cooling chambers separated by a radially extending rib in which rows of crossover holes pass through the rib and fluidly coupling the first and second chambers.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234140

Airfoil for a gas turbine engine

A method and apparatus for an airfoil in a gas turbine engine can include an outer surface bounding an interior. At least one flow channel can be defined among one or more full-length and partial-length ribs to further define a cooling circuit within the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234139

Impingement holes for a turbine engine component

An apparatus for an impingement hole for an engine component of a gas turbine engine includes an impingement baffle. The impingement baffle is spaced from an impingement surface and includes a plurality of impingement holes for providing an impingement flow to the impingement surface. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234138

Airfoil trailing edge cooling

A turbine airfoil for a gas turbine engine includes a pressure sidewall extending along a spanwise direction, and from a leading edge of the airfoil towards the trailing edge of the airfoil. The turbine airfoil additionally includes a suction sidewall also extending along the spanwise direction, and from the leading edge towards the trailing edge. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234137

Gas turbine engine trailing edge ejection holes

An apparatus and method for an airfoil for a gas turbine engine includes a trailing edge cooling circuit utilizing a plurality of trailing edge ejection holes. The ejection holes can include a circumferentially radiused inlet, a converging section, a metering section, and a diverging section to improve airfoil cooling as well as castability.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234134

Riblets for a flowpath surface of a turbomachine

A component stage for a turbomachine includes a component section. The component section includes a flowpath surface at least partially exposed to a core air flowpath defined by the turbomachine, when the component stage is installed in the turbomachine. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234133

Gas turbine engine with ring damper

A damper seat for a ring damper that redirects axial loads and is disposed within a gas turbine engine with at least one disk rotatable about a rotational axis and having a disk neutral axis extending radially from the rotational axis.. . ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170234132

System and method for in situ repair of turbine blades of gas turbine engines

The present disclosure is directed to an improved system and method for repairing a bend in a turbine blade of a turbine of a gas turbine engine. The system includes an articulating guide configured to fit into an access port of the turbine. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232943

Vehicle convoy control system and method

A control system identifies vehicle systems for combining into a larger convoy. Each the vehicle systems is formed from at least one propulsion-generating vehicle and at least one non-propulsion-generating vehicle. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232828

Cooling arrangement for a motor of a vehicle

Various methods and systems are provided for an electric motor arrangement in a chassis of a battery electric vehicle. In one embodiment, a front chassis for a battery electric vehicle comprises a structural frame including two parallel sidewalls and a first portion of a vehicle articulation joint and an electric motor coupled between and in face-sharing contact with each of the two parallel sidewalls.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232688

Incorporation of jamming technologies in tooling for composites processing

The disclosure is directed to a method of manufacturing a layered component. The method includes changing a working pressure in a bladder having a shape and containing a fluid and a plurality of jamming media to convert the bladder into a rigid state. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232683

Method and connecting supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize connecting support structures in the process of building objects, as well as novel connecting support structures to be used within these am processes. The connecting support structures include two fused connections to the object and an axial direction between the fused connections, a perimeter of fused material about the axial direction, and unfused powder or air completely surrounding the perimeter of fused material.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232682

Methods and surrounding supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize support surrounding structures in the process of building objects, as well as novel surrounding support structures to be used within these am processes. The support structure surrounds at least a portion of the object with a continuous thickness of powder disposed between the support structure and the object, the continuous thickness of powder having a maximum thickness that does not exceed 10 mm.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232672

Methods and keyway supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize support structure in the process of building objects that may be removed by rotating the support structure to a second orientation before removal, as well as novel support structures to be used within these am processes. The support structures are fabricated in a first orientation and then rotated to the second orientation. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232671

Methods and breakable supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize breakable structures in the process of building objects, as well as novel breakable support structures to be used within these am processes. A support structure includes a weakened portion and the object includes an outlet. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232670

Method and supports with powder removal ports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize powder removal ports in the process of building objects, as well as novel support structures including powder removal ports to be used within these am processes. The objects include walls defining regions of unfused powder. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232644

Resistively heated thermoplastic washout mandrel

The present disclosure is directed to a method of forming a composite component. The method includes laying one or more layers of uncured composite material onto a mandrel. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232552

Reclamation system for reactive metal powder for additive manufacturing system

A reclamation system for a metal powder, such as a reactive metal powder, is disclosed. The system may include a container; and a pressure source in fluid communication with the container for creating a selected pressure within the container, the container including: an inlet to a lower portion of the tank that is configured to hold a liquid, and an outlet. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232512

Method and conformal supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize conformal support structures in the process of building objects, as well as novel conformal support structures to be used within these am processes. The conformal support structures include a first portion that extends from a platform to a concave upward surface of the first portion that is below a downward facing convex surface of the object. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170232511

Methods and leading edge supports for additive manufacturing

The present disclosure generally relates to methods for additive manufacturing (am) that utilize support leading edge structures in the process of building objects, as well as novel leading edge support structures to be used within these am processes. The support structure is positioned adjacent the object between the object and a first side of the powder bed. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170231516

Method and system of monitoring cardiac function based on patient position

A method of monitoring the cardiac function of a patient includes receiving a position input from a position sensor attached to the patient and classifying the position input into a position class. Cardiac waveform data is received for the patient and then the cardiac waveform data is compared to model waveform parameters for the position class.. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170231495

Wireless patient monitoring system and method

A patient monitoring system includes at least two wireless sensing devices, each configured to measure a different physiological parameter from a patient and wirelessly transmit a parameter dataset. The system further includes a receiver that receives each parameter dataset, a processor, and a monitoring regulation module executable on the processor to assign one of the at least two wireless sensing devices as a dominant wireless sensing device and at least one of the remaining wireless sensing devices as a subordinate wireless sensing device. ... General Electric Company

08/17/17 / #20170231494

Wireless patient monitoring system and method

A method of monitoring a patient includes operating each of one or more wireless sensing devices to measure a physiological parameter from a patient and wirelessly transmit a parameter dataset, and receiving the one or more parameter datasets from the one or more wireless sensing devices. The method further includes calculating a patient condition index based on the one or more parameter datasets, wherein the patient condition index is an indicator of stability of the one or more physiological parameters. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170231076

Dynamic damper in an x-ray system

In an x-ray generator an x-ray tube includes an anode and a cathode and is energized with at least a first high voltage potential. A dynamic damper with a frequency dependent impedance is interposed between the x-ray tube and a source of the high voltage potential. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170229907

System and method for operating a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a wind turbine electrical power configured to minimize power losses. The power system includes a generator having a generator stator and a generator rotor, a power converter electrically coupled to the generator, a main transformer electrically coupled to the power converter and the power grid, and an auxiliary transformer. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170229502

Active pixel radiation detector array and use thereof

Fabrication and use of an x-ray detector scan interface having separate enable and reset lines for each line (e.g., row) of pixels is described. In certain implementations, the respective enable and reset lines are connected such that activation of an enable line for a given line of pixels is concurrent with activation of a reset line for a different (e.g., preceding) row of pixels. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170228309

System and method for equivalence class analysis-based automated requirements-based test case generation

A system for equivalence class analysis-based automated requirements-based test case generation includes a control processor, a data store containing textual design requirements, a textual converter unit structured to convert the textual design requirements to a machine-readable version of design requirements, a requirement partition unit configured to partition the machine-readable design requirements into one or more sets of related design requirements, an equivalence class partition unit configured to process the machine-readable design requirements and input/output variables into a set of equivalence classes, an equivalence class analyzer unit structured to analyze the set of equivalence classes to generate equivalence class tests and identify uncovered input space, and a boundary class analyzer unit structured to identify boundaries of the equivalence classes and generate boundary value tests and robustness tests. A method for equivalence class analysis-based automated requirements-based test case generation implementable on the system, and a non-transitory computer readable medium are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170228060

Appliance user interface panel having integrated components

A user interface for an appliance is provided, including a user interface panel and a control component attached to the user interface panel. The user interface panel includes a plurality of traces for providing an electrical connection for the control component. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227944

Graphical interface for configuration of industrial automation systems

Exemplified herein is a graphical user interface for an industrial automation system that provides, in a single aggregated and eloquent view, a configuration workspace to discover and present configuration details of control components within an industrial automation system. These components may include industrial controllers, programmable logic controllers (plcs), supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) systems, programmable automation controllers (pacs), and the like, which have modules (as well as submodules) connected thereto. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227657

Tiled radiation detector

The present approaches relate to the fabrication of non-rectangular (e.g., non-square) light imager panels having comparable active areas to rectangular light imager panels but manufactured using fewer c-si wafers. Such light imager panels may be generally squircle shaped (e.g., a square or rectangle with one or more rounded corners and may be manufactured using conventional crystalline silicon (c-si) wafers, such as 8″ wafers.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227611

Systems and methods for determining a fault location in a three-phase series-compensated power transmission line

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to systems and methods for determining a fault location in a three-phase series-compensated power transmission line system by using symmetrical components-based formulas that describe various voltage and current relationships. The voltage and current relationships can be derived using a synchronous measurement procedure that is concurrently executed at a sending end and a receiving end of the first series-compensated power transmission line system. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227595

Systems and methods for determining a fault location in a three-phase series-compensated power transmission line

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to systems and methods for determining a fault location in a three-phase series-compensated power transmission line system by using symmetrical components-based formulas that describe various voltage and current relationships in the three-phase series-compensated power transmission lines during a fault condition. Furthermore, the systems and methods for determining the fault location in accordance with certain embodiments of the disclosure can eliminate one or more of a need to calculate an impedance value of any of the series capacitors or the series capacitor protection elements that are a part of the three-phase series-compensated power transmission line system, a need to monitor any of the series capacitor protection elements, and a need to measure a voltage drop across any of the series capacitors.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227594

Systems and methods for detecting turn-to-turn faults in windings

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to detecting turn-to-turn faults in one or more windings of various objects. In one implementation, a fault detector uses a differential protection algorithm to detect a turn-to-turn fault in a winding of a three-phase shunt reactor. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227591

Systems and methods for detecting turn-to-turn faults in windings

Embodiments of the disclosure relate to detecting turn-to-turn faults in one or more windings of various objects. In one implementation, a fault detector receives a set of current measurements associated with a transformer and uses these measurements to execute a procedure for detecting a turn-to-turn fault in the transformer. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227299

Plural heat pump and thermal storage system for facilitating power shaping services on the electrical power grid at consumer premises

A system and method for storing energy from an electrical grid utilizes a system heat pump at a premises for transferring energy from the grid to a thermal storage reservoir and a premises heat pump that can use the stored energy to provide, for example, heat to the premises. The system heat pump and premises heat pump desirably operate independently of one another so that energy can be transferred to the thermal storage reservoir regardless of whether energy is being withdrawn by the premises heat pump. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227225

Fuel injectors and methods of fabricating same

A fuel injector is provided. The fuel injector includes a manifold and a housing coupled to the manifold. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227152

Flange joint assembly for use in a gas turbine engine

A flange joint assembly includes a first structure including a first flange and a second structure including a second flange coupled to the first flange to form a joint therebetween. The second flange includes a radially outer surface. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227016

Turbine engine compressor blade

An airfoil for a compressor blade of a gas turbine engine has a chord between a leading edge and a trailing edge and a span between a root and a tip. The airfoil can further include a reduction in local chord from about 75% span to the tip for about a 5% reduction in local solidity. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170227013

Methods and system for a turbocharger

Various methods and systems are provided for a variable geometry ported shroud for a turbocharger. In one example, a compressor system includes a compressor housing defining an air inlet, a shroud, and a bypass passage, a compressor wheel housed in the compressor housing and surrounded by the shroud, only a single port passing through the shroud and fluidically coupled to the bypass passage, and a ring configured to move axially to adjust a restriction of the port.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226987

System and method for upgrading multivendor wind turbines

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for controlling and/or upgrading aftermarket multivendor wind turbines. The system includes a turbine controller configured to control operations of the wind turbine, a safety device configured to provide a signal indicative of a health status of the safety device, and a secondary controller inserted between the safety device and the turbine controller. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226960

Reverse thrust engine

A propulsion device that defines a central axis and a circumferential direction is provided. The propulsion device may include a core engine and a core casing. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226932

Systems and methods for turbine system restarts

A turbine system includes a compressor system compressing a fluid, a combustor system fluidly coupled to the compressor to combust a fuel mixed with the fluid to produce a combusted fluid, a gas turbine system fluidly coupled to the combustor to rotate a gas turbine shaft based on the combusted fluid, a power turbine system fluidly coupled to the gas turbine to rotate a power turbine shaft based on the combusted fluid existing the gas turbine, the shaft mechanically coupled to a clutch system, a clutch system mechanically coupled to a generator shaft, and an electric generator having the generator shaft to produce electricity based on rotations of the generator shaft. The turbine system includes a controller operatively coupled to the clutch system to restart production of the electricity via the clutch system.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226929

Fuel injector covers and methods of fabricating same

A fuel injector cover is provided. The fuel injector cover includes a top wall and a plurality of side walls projecting from the top wall and partially defining an open bottom opposite the top wall. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226927

Bearing outer race retention during high load events

A retention housing for the outer race of a bearing of a gas turbine engine includes a spring finger housing connected to and overlying a bearing housing that is connected to the outer race of the bearing. The spring finger housing includes an arrangement of spring fingers that yields a lightweight housing capable of withstanding very high radial loads combined with very high torsional windup and axial thrust load. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226898

Lift device for turbine casing and method to lift the casing

A partially assembled casing for a turbine including: an assembly of connected casing sections, wherein the assembly does not form a complete casing for the turbine; a gap in the assembly of connected casing sections, wherein the gap corresponds to an absent casing section which is not included in the assembly of connected casing sections, and a frame inserted in the gap and providing structural support to the assembly of connected casing sections.. . ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226894

Bearing outer race retention during high load events

A retention housing for the outer race of a bearing of a gas turbine engine includes a spring finger housing connected to and overlying a bearing housing that is connected to the outer race of the bearing. The spring finger housing includes an arrangement of spring fingers that yields a lightweight housing capable of withstanding very high radial loads combined with very high torsional windup and axial thrust load. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226892

System and method for turbine nozzle cooling

A system having an impingement sleeve configured to receive a cooling flow is provided. The impingement sleeve includes a column of ports extending from an outer surface of the impingement sleeve, wherein each port of the column of ports is configured to direct an impingement stream toward a heated structure, and each impingement stream includes a portion of the cooling flow. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226884

Gas turbine engine with a rim seal between the rotor and stator

An apparatus relating to a rim seal for gas turbine engine comprising a wing extending into a buffer cavity with at least one set of protuberances including a first protuberance extending into the buffer cavity and a second protuberance extending from the wing into the buffer cavity, with the first and second protuberances being axially spaced from each other.. . ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226882

Gas turbine engine with a cooling fluid path

An apparatus and method of a gas turbine engine comprising a rotor having at least one disk with a rotor defining an axial face and a stator having at least one ring with a stator axial face confronting the rotor axial face, with terminal portions of the axial faces forming a fluid outlet there between. A recess formed in one of the axial faces defines a buffer cavity into which a wing extends from the other of the axial faces and having a surface confronting the fluid outlet. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226880

Turbine nozzle having non-axisymmetric endwall contour (ewc) and profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine nozzles and systems employing such nozzles. Various particular embodiments include a turbine nozzle having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and at least one endwall connected with the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the at least one endwall including a non-axisymmetric contour proximate a junction between the endwall and the leading edge of the airfoil.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226879

Turbine nozzle having fillet, pinbank, throat region and profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine nozzles and systems employing such nozzles. Various particular embodiments include a turbine nozzle having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and at least one endwall connected with the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the airfoil having a fillet at the trailing edge proximate the at least one endwall.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226878

Turbine nozzle having non-axisymmetric endwall contour (ewc)

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine nozzles and systems employing such nozzles. Various particular embodiments include a turbine nozzle having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and at least one endwall connected with the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the at least one endwall including a non-axisymmetric contour proximate a junction between the endwall and the leading edge of the airfoil.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226877

Turbine nozzle profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine nozzles and systems employing such nozzles. Various particular embodiments include a turbine nozzle having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and at least one endwall connected with the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the at least one endwall including an axisymmetric contour.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226872

Turbine bucket having part-span connector and profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine buckets and systems employing such buckets. Various particular embodiments include a turbine bucket having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; a pair of part-span connectors extending from the airfoil at the suction side and the pressure side, respectively, wherein each of the pair of part-span connectors is located between approximately 40 percent and approximately 70 percent of a radial span measured from the base to a radial tip of the airfoil; and a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226870

Turbine bucket having tip shroud fillet, tip shroud cross-drilled apertures and profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine buckets and systems employing such buckets. Various particular embodiments include a turbine bucket having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge; and a tip shroud connected with a second end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the tip shroud including a tip shroud fillet connecting the airfoil and the tip shroud and having a non-uniform thickness across an axial length of the airfoil.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226869

Turbine engine airfoil with cooling

An apparatus and method of cooling an airfoil for a gas turbine engine includes a tip for the radially outer end of the airfoil with internal ribs defining cooling circuits within an interior of the airfoil. The ribs can be full-length, extending between a root and tip of the airfoil. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226868

Gas turbine engine airfoil

An apparatus and method of cooling a tip of an airfoil for a gas turbine engine, includes a rib circumscribing the tip to define a tip plenum. A tip baffle partially divides the tip plenum, being spaced from the rib by a baffle slot. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226867

Frangible gas turbine engine airfoil

An airfoil for an aircraft engine is provided. The airfoil may include a plurality of composite plies extending in a chordwise direction from a leading edge to a trailing edge and in a spanwise direction between an airfoil tip and an airfoil base. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226865

Airfoil assembly with leading edge element

An airfoil assembly including a composite body having a mounting edge and a trailing edge which is secured to a leading edge element defining a 3-d leading edge geometry with both chord and camber variation.. . ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226864

Turbine bucket profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine buckets and systems employing such buckets. Various particular embodiments include a turbine bucket having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the base including a non-axisymmetric contour proximate a junction between the base and the airfoil.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226863

Turbine bucket having non-axisymmetric endwall contour and profile

Various embodiments of the invention include turbine buckets and systems employing such buckets. Various particular embodiments include a turbine bucket having: an airfoil having: a suction side; a pressure side opposing the suction side; a leading edge spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a trailing edge opposing the leading edge and spanning between the pressure side and the suction side; and a base connected with a first end of the airfoil along the suction side, pressure side, trailing edge and the leading edge, the base including a non-axisymmetric endwall contour proximate a junction between the base and the airfoil.. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226682

Balance ring for a washing machine appliance

A washing machine appliance includes a tub and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub. A balance ring is disposed on the basket. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170226306

Method of making a polymer foam

In general, the present invention is directed to a continuous method of making a polymer foam by using a polymer having a first monomeric component and a second monomeric component. The method employs a tandem type extruder having a first extruder and a second extruder. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170225773

Wing leading edge features to attenuate propeller wake-wing acoustic interactions

An apparatus configured to reduce acoustic interactions between a propeller and a surface of an aircraft positioned downstream of the propeller includes a surface modification element of the surface of the aircraft. The surface modification element defines a modified contour of the surface. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170225407

Method and system for variable heat sources for composite fiber placement

An automated fiber placement (afp) system includes a tool head with a compaction roller and a first variable heat source. The compaction roller is configured to receive at least one of a fiber and a plurality of fibers formed as a laydown tape, and is controlled to apply the laydown tape to a workpiece at a predetermined speed and direction. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170224190

Dishwasher rack lift mechanism

A rack lifting assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided. The rack lifting assembly includes a lower rack suspended within the wash chamber by one or more linkage arms. ... General Electric Company

08/10/17 / #20170224189

Modular dishwasher rack system

A rack assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided. The rack assembly includes one or more modular baskets placed in a primary rack. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170223273

Inspection apparatus method and apparatus comprising selective frame output

A method of operating an inspection device includes collecting a plurality of successive image frames using an image sensor of the inspection device and displaying the plurality of successive image frames on a display of the inspection device. The method includes processing, via a processor of the inspection device, each image frame of the plurality of successive image frames by determining a motion parameter of each respective image frame and adding each respective image frame to a frame buffer when the respective image frame is motion free. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170223138

System and method for scoped attributes

In some example embodiments, a method includes storing a user attribute, a resource attribute of a resource of a web service, one or more scope conditions for applying one of attributes in generating a decision of whether to permit an action, and a script comprising an access control policy comprising one or more policy conditions to be satisfied in order to permit an action. A web service request may be received for accessing the resource. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170223057

System and method for access control services

A system and method for access control services are disclosed. In some example embodiments, the method includes storing a user attribute of a user, a resource attribute of a resource of a web service, and an access control policy for accessing the resource, with the access control policy comprising one or more policy conditions to be satisfied in order to permit an action. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170223026

System and method for zone access control

In some example embodiments, a method comprises receiving a web service request for accessing a resource of a web service, with the web service request corresponding to a user and comprising an access token, identifying a zone for the web service request, identifying a security token provider based on the access token, identifying one or more trusted token providers for the zone, comparing the security token provider to the trusted token provider(s) for the zone, generating a determination that the security token provider does not match any of the trusted token provider(s) for the zone, and denying the web service request based on the determination that the security token provider does not match any of the trusted token provider(s) for the zone.. . ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222999

Method, system, and program storage device for managing tenants in an industrial internet of things

In an example embodiment, a method, system, and program storage device for binding an industrial application to a plurality of services in an industrial internet of things (iiot) is provided. For each of a plurality of tenants, a service template corresponding to a group in which the corresponding tenant belongs is retrieved and an instance of the industrial application is instantiated for the corresponding tenant. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222552

Power converter for floating system

Power converters that can allow for the transfer of dc power between a ground-referenced bus and a floating system are provided. In one embodiment, the power converter includes a ground-referenced dc bus associated with a dc voltage. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222518

Torsional damping for gas turbine engines

The present disclosure is directed to a gas turbine engine assembly having a compressor configured to increase pressure of incoming air, a combustion chamber, at least one turbine coupled to a generator, a torsional damper, and a controller. The combustion chamber is configured to receive a pressurized air stream from the compressor. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222480

Method and system for protecting a wireless power transfer system

A wireless power transfer system is disclosed. The wireless power transfer system includes a first converting unit configured to convert a first dc voltage of an input power to a first ac voltage. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222479

System and method for protecting a wireless power transfer system

A wireless power transfer system is disclosed. The wireless power transfer system includes a first converting unit configured to convert a first dc voltage of an input power to a first ac voltage. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222452

String current limited battery charging control

Systems and methods for charging a plurality of battery strings are provided. The individual string current of each of the individual battery strings can be monitored and used to regulate a charging output provided by the charger. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222408

Spout for switchgear, switchgear having spout, and method thereof

A spout for a connection between a bus bar and a circuit breaker in switchgear includes a housing and a fixed contact. The housing is formed of insulative material and includes a tubular body having an inner cavity and a radial first ventilation opening, a base portion having a first longitudinal opening, and a fixed contact receiving portion having a second longitudinal opening. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170222319

Modular parallel beamforming system and associated methods

The beamforming system includes a plurality of beamformers operatively coupled to each other. Each beamformer includes a plurality of signal generation units and a plurality of respective delaying units. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170221658

Embedded pole and methods of assembling same

An embedded pole is provided. The embedded pole includes an insulation shell, a conductive circuit, wherein at least a portion of the conductive circuit is housed within the insulation shell, and a ventilation system including an external heat sink coupled to the conductive circuit and external to the insulation shell, and an internal heat sink coupled to the conductive circuit and positioned within the insulation shell.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170221235

Negative dictionary learning

The present approach relates to the use of a database (i.e., a dictionary) of image patterns to be avoided or de-emphasized during an image reconstruction process, such as an iterative image reconstruction process. Such a dictionary may be characterized as a negative or “bad” dictionary. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170221011

System, method, and machine-readable medium for managing network-connected industrial assets

This disclosure provides for a system and method for managing network-connected industrial assets. A user may request monitored data for one or more of the network-connected industrial assets using a client device that is communicatively coupled to an industrial internet of things (iiot) machine. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170220456

System and method for coverage-based automated test case augmentation for design models

A method for automated test case augmentation includes receiving, at an automated test augmentation system, a design model and model coverage gap information from a model-based development tool, translating the model coverage gap information into machine-readable mathematical test objective expressions, developing a set of test objective operators by translating the machine-readable mathematical test objective expressions, localizing target operators for the identified coverage gaps within the design model, attaching the test objective operators to target operators of the design model to create a test model, augmenting the test model by propagating test objectives at the target operators to a test node operator of the design model, and executing, by a test generator, the augmented test model to obtain the test cases to cover the coverage gaps and the causes for the model coverage gaps. A system for implementing the model-based design and a non-transitory computer readable medium are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170220334

Mobile management of industrial assets

Systems and methods are presented for a mobile device comprising an industrial internet application container comprising a plurality constituent applications configured for execution within the container on the device, the constituent applications providing different respective functionalities.. . ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170220011

Development platform for industrial internet applications

Systems and methods are presented for a mobile device comprising an industrial internet application container comprising a database service for syncing data related to one or more industrial assets between a database of the mobile device and a data domain and syncing data between the data domain and the database of the mobile device.. . ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219697

System and method for improving lidar sensor signal availability on a wind turbine

The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for sequencing light detecting and ranging (lidar) sensor beam signals from a lidar sensor mounted on a nacelle of a wind turbine with the rotor position of the wind turbine so as to improve signal availability. More specifically, the method includes generating, via the lidar sensor, one or more laser signals towards the rotor of the wind turbine, the rotor having one or more rotor blades. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219668

System and method for manufacturing magnetic resonance imaging gradient coil assemblies

A method of manufacturing includes producing a gradient coil assembly having one or more cooling channels for a magnetic resonance imaging system by a process that includes printing a cooling channel template having a first end, a second end, and a hollow passage extending between the first end and the second end, disposing a dielectric material over at least a portion of the cooling channel template to generate a dielectric layer having the cooling channel template, and removing the cooling channel template from the dielectric layer to thereby produce the one or more cooling channels within the dielectric layer such that the one or more cooling channels have a pattern corresponding to a geometry of the cooling channel template.. . ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219640

Apparatus for determination of the frequency of an electrical signal and associated methods

An apparatus for determining a measure of the frequency of an electrical signal is provided. The apparatus is configured to, based on a plurality of samples of the electrical signal, determine a hilbert transformation to obtain a value for each of the samples of the electrical signal for use as an imaginary representation of each of the samples of the electrical signal and combine each said imaginary representation with a corresponding real representation of the samples of the electrical signal to form a complex representation of the electrical signal; perform a fourier transform on each said complex representation of the samples of the electrical signal and determine a phase angle therefrom; and determine a measure of the frequency of the electrical signal based on a derivative of the phase angle with respect to time.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219535

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

08/03/17 / #20170219529

Probe approach for dgs sizing

An ultrasonic detection assembly for detecting a characteristic in a test object having a cylindrical peripheral surface. The ultrasonic detection assembly includes a phased array probe positioned in proximity to the cylindrical peripheral surface of the test object. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219527

Apparatus and method for determining the integrity of a tube

An apparatus for determining the integrity of a tube is provided. The apparatus includes: a body having an extension mechanism and configured to be inserted into the tube; and a flexible eddy current sensor including a flexible housing coupled to the body via the extension mechanism, and one or more coils disposed in the flexible housing. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219401

System and methods for providing a cloud flowmeter

A system and an associated method for monitoring a flowing utility. A transducer, located at a utility flow location, senses data indicative of a utility flow characteristic and outputs a signal conveying the sensed data. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219080

Gearbox planet squeeze film damper

An epicyclic gearing arrangement includes a planet gear rotatable on a planet bearing that is mounted via a support pin to a carrier of the epicyclic gearing arrangement. A spring film damper is disposed between the outer surface of the bearing's outer ring and the opposing inner surface of the planet gear and includes an annular gap. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170219079

Gearbox planet squeeze film damper

An epicyclic gearing arrangement includes a planet gear rotatable on a planet bearing that is mounted via a support pin to a carrier of the epicyclic gearing arrangement. A spring film damper is disposed between the cylindrical outer surface of the support pin and the opposing inner surface of the inner ring of the planet bearing and includes an annular gap.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218973

Load absorption systems and methods

A load absorbing system that may include a rotor blade retention system is provided. The load absorbing system may include a block, a first retainer plate, and a deformable core. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218927

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

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

08/03/17 / #20170218926

System and method for de-icing a wind turbine rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for de-icing a rotor blade of a wind turbine. The wind turbine has a nacelle mounted atop a tower. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218915

Lifting device for a wind turbine rotor blade

The present disclosure is directed to a lifting device for a rotor blade of a wind turbine. The lifting device includes at least one cradle and a vacuum sealing system configured with the cradle. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218854

Controlling a gas turbine engine to account for airflow distortion

A method for controlling a gas turbine engine on an aircraft in response to airflow distortion in an airflow path of the gas turbine engine is provided. In one embodiment, a method can include determining, by one or more control devices located on an aircraft, a distortion condition associated with the gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218852

Inlet bleed heat system and method of assembling the same

An inlet bleed heat system for use with a turbine assembly includes a first discharge line coupled in flow communication between a compressor and an intake manifold assembly. A first control valve that is coupled to the first discharge line and operable to control a first discharge flow through the first discharge line from the compressor to the intake manifold assembly during a first operational mode. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218851

Systems and methods for nox measurement and turbine control

Embodiments of the disclosure can relate to nox measurement and turbine control. In one embodiment, a method for nox measurement and turbine control can include receiving a signal from at least one electrochemical nox sensor mounted in a gas flow path of a turbine. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218842

Adjusting airflow distortion in gas turbine engine

Systems and methods for adjusting airflow distortion in a gas turbine engine on an aircraft. The gas turbine engine can include a compressor section, a combustion section, and a turbine section in series flow. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218841

Gas turbine engine having instrumented airflow path components

Instrumented airflow path components configured to determine airflow path distortion in an airflow path of a gas turbine engine (e.g., using for propulsion of an aircraft) are provided. In one embodiment, a gas turbine engine for an aircraft can include a compressor section, a combustion section, and turbine section in series flow. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218790

Systems and methods of predicting physical parameters for a combustion fuel system

This disclosure relates to systems and methods of predicting physical parameters for a combustion fuel system. In one embodiment of the disclosure, a method of predicting physical parameters of a combustion fuel system includes causing water injection in at least one combustor. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218786

Steam turbine and methods of assembling the same

A steam turbine is provided. The steam turbine includes a housing, a first steam inlet configured to discharge a first steam flow within the housing, and a second steam inlet configured to provide a second steam flow. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218784

Spline seal for a gas turbine engine

Embodiments of the invention relate to a turbine assembly including a shroud assembly and a nozzle assembly axially adjacent to each other which both include confronting radial sides and confronting axial ends. A spline connector having a circumferential portion and an axial portion such that the circumferential portion of the spline connector extends across the axial ends and the axial portion of the spline connector extends across the confronting radial sides.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218780

Rotors and methods of making the same

A method of joining a first work piece and a second workpiece. The first and second workpieces may be rotor wheels of a rotor for a turbomachine. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218779

Article for high temperature service

An article for high temperature service is presented herein. One embodiment is an article including a substrate having a silicon-bearing ceramic matrix composite; and a layer disposed over the substrate, wherein the layer includes silicon and a dopant, the dopant including aluminum. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218769

End wall contour for an axial flow turbine stage

A turbine stage includes a row of airfoils joined to corresponding platforms to define flow passages therebetween. Each airfoil includes opposite pressure and suction sides and extends in chord between opposite leading and trailing edges. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218765

Situ gas turbine prevention of crack growth progression

A method for remotely stopping a crack in a component of a gas turbine engine is provided. The method can include inserting an integrated repair interface attached to a cable delivery system within a gas turbine engine; positioning the tip adjacent to a defect defined on a surface on the component; and locally heating the base of the defect. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218764

In situ gas turbine prevention of crack growth progression

Methods for remotely joining material a surface area of a component of a gas turbine engine are provided. The method can include inserting an integrated repair interface attached to a cable delivery system within a gas turbine engine; positioning a tip of the integrated repair interface adjacent to a defect defined within a surface of the component; temporarily attaching the tip adjacent to the defect within the surface of the component; and supplying a new material to the area to fill the defect.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218763

In situ gas turbine prevention of crack growth progression via laser welding

Methods for material build-up on a tip of a blade of a gas turbine engine are provided. The method can include inserting a material supply adjacent to the tip and directing a laser onto the interface of the material supply and the tip such that the material supply melts and attaches to the tip. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218762

Situ gas turbine prevention of crack growth progression

Methods provided for remotely stopping a crack in a component of a gas turbine engine are provided, along with methods of remotely cleaning a surface area of a component of a gas turbine engine. The method can include inserting an integrated repair interface attached to a cable delivery system within a gas turbine engine; positioning the tip adjacent to a defect within a surface of the component; temporarily attaching the tip adjacent to the defect within the surface on the component; and drilling a hole into the base of the defect. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218761

In situ gas turbine prevention of crack growth progression

A method for remotely stopping a crack in a component of a gas turbine engine is provided. The method can include inserting an integrated repair interface attached to a cable delivery system within a gas turbine engine; positioning the tip adjacent to a defect within a surface of the component; temporarily attaching the tip adjacent to the defect within the surface on the component; supplying a new material to the area to fill the defect; and heating the new material to fuse the new material to the component within the defect.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170218560

Washing machine appliances with temperature control features

Washing machine appliances and methods for operating washing machine appliances are provided. A method includes receiving a desired water temperature selection, and causing water to be flowed through a valve assembly to a nozzle, the nozzle operable to flow water into a tub of the washing machine appliance. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170217802

Method for barium and norm removal from produced water

A method of removing barium and naturally occurring radioactive material from produced water. The method includes pretreating the produced water having a ph in a range of from about 4.0 to about 10.0 with a sulfate source to form a suspension of barium sulfate, radium sulfate, or a combination thereof, treating the pretreated produced water with an anionic flocculant and gravitational])′ separating the treated produced water from the barium sulfate, radium sulfate, or a combination thereof.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170217606

System and method of evaluating the effect of dust on aircraft engines

A system and method including a processor coupled to the non-volatile memory and a non-transitory medium connected to the processor wherein the processor is configured to select one of a flight path between two points or a point of departure and frequency of departure in the flight path from the point for an aircraft, wherein the flight path has at least two phases and a flight along the flight path or a departure constitutes one cycle.. . ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170217592

Aircraft thermal management system

A thermal management system for an aircraft is provided. The thermal management system may comprise a first vapor compression circuit, a second vapor compression circuit, and an intercooler. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170217459

System and method for inspecting a route during movement of a vehicle system over the route

A sensing system includes a leading sensor, a trailing sensor, and a route examining unit. The leading sensor is onboard a first vehicle of a vehicle system that is traveling along a route. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170217320

High power-density, high back emf permanent magnet machine and method of making same

An electric drive system includes a permanent magnet machine having a rotor and a stator and a power converter electrically coupled to the permanent magnet machine and configured to convert a dc link voltage to an ac output voltage to drive the permanent magnet machine. The power converter includes a plurality of silicon carbide switching devices having a voltage rating that exceeds a peak line-to-line back electromotive force of the permanent magnet machine at a maximum speed of the permanent magnet machine.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170215844

Systems for ultrasound imaging

A system is provided. The system includes a tank, a holder, a transducer array and an actuator. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170215829

Signal processing method and imaging system for scatter correction in computed tomography

A signal processing method is disclosed, which includes detecting a total intensity of x-rays passing through an object comprising multiple materials; obtaining at least one set of basis information of basis material information of the multiple materials and basis component information of photon-electric absorption basis component and compton scattering basis component of the object; estimating a scatter intensity component of the detected x-rays based on the at least one set of basis information and the detected total intensity; and obtaining an intensity estimate of primary x-rays incident on a detector based on the detected total intensity and the estimated scatter intensity component. An imaging system adopting the above signal processing method is also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

08/03/17 / #20170215818

High-resolution computed tomography or c-arm imaging

A high-resolution imaging approach is described. The described approach includes use of a small focal spot size and positioning of the patient offset from the center of the imaging volume. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170214310

Modular embedded multi-level converter

A method for power conversion includes coupling a first string to a second string via a first connecting node and a second connecting node to form at least one leg of a power converter. The first string is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus and comprises a first branch and a second branch coupled via a third connecting node. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170214302

Conductor bar stripping tool and method

The present disclosure relates to a stripping tool, a method to strip a conductor bar, and an arrangement for stripping a conductor bar from a slot of a core of an electric machine. The disclosure provides a device and a method to facilitate the removal of a conductor bar out of a slot of an electric machine. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170214301

Method and device for manufacturing a laminated stator code

The method for manufacturing a stator of an electric machine includes providing a lamination element extending over an annular sector, horizontally moving the lamination element towards a fitting zone, then angularly regulating the lamination element position, and connecting the lamination element to other lamination elements to define the stator.. . ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170214279

Segmented direct drive motor for use in a computed tomography system

The present approach includes, in one implementation, a direct drive motor for use in a ct gantry and having a segmented motor stator assembly. The stator segments are connected in series. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170214251

Energy storage systems with enhanced storage and discharge response allocation

In one embodiment, an energy storage system includes a plurality of energy storage banks. The plurality of energy storage banks include a first set of one or more energy storage banks and a second set of one or more energy storage banks. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170214235

Overcurrent protection assemblies for appliances

An overcurrent protection assembly for an appliance includes a cabinet configured to house the appliance, the cabinet including a body and a door, the door movable between an open position and a closed position. The overcurrent protection assembly further includes an overcurrent protection circuit, the overcurrent protection circuit including a switch and a current limiter. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170213636

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

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

07/27/17 / #20170213380

Methods and systems for visualization of flow jets

Methods and systems are provided for calculating flow transparency values that improve the visualization of turbulent blood flow with an ultrasound imaging system. In one embodiment, a method comprises calculating transparency values for a plurality of voxels based on a variance value and a velocity value of each voxel and a time corresponding to acquisition of each voxel, and rendering an image with the calculated transparency values applied to the plurality of voxels. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170213364

System and method for regularized reconstruction of phase contrast computerized tomography

Reconstructing under-sampled pct data includes obtaining under-sampled scan data of a subject-under-test, the object scan performed on a phase contrast computed tomography (pct) system, performing a regularized fourier analysis on the under-sampled scan data, correcting for one or more pct system contributions to the under-sampled scan data by dividing the computed fourier coefficients by fourier coefficients representative of the one or more pct system contributions, obtaining at least one of an absorption sinogram, a differential phase sinogram, and a dark field sinogram from the corrected fourier coefficients, and performing tomographic reconstruction on the obtained absorption sinogram, the obtained differential phase sinogram, and the obtained dark field sinogram. A system and non-transitory computer readable medium are also disclosed.. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170213343

System and method for enhanced visualization of multiple low contrast objects within an imaged subject

A method for enhancing the visualization of a plurality of objects within an imaged subject. The method includes acquiring a plurality of images of the plurality of objects disposed in the imaged subject and supported by a plurality of guide wires; generating a complex deformation field based at least in part on a plurality of landmarks disposed in the plurality of images; and generating a composite image based at least in part on the complex deformation field. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170213025

Methods, systems, apparatus, and storage media for use in detecting anomalous behavior and/or in preventing data loss

In one aspect, a method includes: receiving information defining a plurality of different actions that may be performed by users; receiving information indicating a relative frequency at which each of the different actions was performed by each of a plurality of users over each of one or more periods of time; determining a plurality of different characteristic behaviors based at least in part on the information indicating the relative frequency at which each of the different actions was performed by each of the plurality of users over each of one or more periods of time, wherein each one of the different characteristic behaviors defines a relative frequency of performance of each of the different actions; receiving information indicating a relative frequency at which each of the different actions was performed by a user over a period of time; and determining a representation of the relative frequency at which each of the different actions was performed by the user over the period of time as a weighted combination of the different characteristic behaviors each of which defines a relative frequency of performance of each of the different actions.. . ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212938

Method and apparatus for accessing and calculating industrial information

Approaches are provided for an apparatus that includes a memory configured to store a plurality of time-series data records. Each time-series data record has a data value having an associated time and corresponding to one or more characteristics of an industrial machine or system. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212253

Adaptive ct detector having integrated readout electronics

A detector panel is described having readout circuitry integrated with the photodetectors, such as in the light imager panel. The detector is useful in high spatial resolution and low-dose or low-signal imaging contexts and may be used in adaptive 2d binning configurations. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212250

Dual-mode radiation detector

A detector is described having readout electronics integrated in the photodetector layer. The detector may be configured to acquire both energy-integrated and photon-counting data. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212198

Magnetic resonance signal processing method, magnetic resonance signal processing apparatus and magnetic resonance apparatus, and program

For the purpose of effectively suppressing shading generated in an image due to b1 inhomogeneity, there are performed an acquiring step of acquiring magnetic resonance signals simultaneously received at a body coil and a surface coil; a filtering step of applying image-based filtering for suppressing shading due to b1 inhomogeneity to a first image according to received signals from the body coil; a calculating step of calculating a sensitivity of the surface coil based on the image-based-filtered first image and a second image according to received signals from the surface coil; and a correcting step of correcting sensitivity unevenness in the second image using the sensitivity.. . ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212193

Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, radio frequency amplification system and method

A radio frequency (rf) amplification method, comprising: modulating a first digital carrier signal with a digital envelop signal to generate digital rf pulse signals having a first frequency, converting the digital rf pulse signals into analog rf pulse signals, amplifying the analog rf pulse signals to generate an rf output signal, converting an analog feedback signal sampled from the rf output signal into digital feedback signals; demodulating the digital feedback signals with a second digital carrier signal to generate an in-phase (i) signal and a quadrature (q) signal, and generating an amplitude setting signal for adjusting an amplitude of the digital envelop signal and a phase setting signal for adjusting a phase of the first digital carrier signal according to the i signal and the q signal. The second digital carrier signal has a predetermined frequency shift relative to the first digital carrier signal, and the second digital carrier signal has a predetermined phase shift relative to the first digital carrier signal. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212112

Integration of sample separation with rapid diagnostic tests for improved sensitivity

Provided herein are integrated devices that improve sensitivity of rapid diagnostic tests. The devices described herein integrate sample separation with rapid diagnostic tests and improve signal intensity of the rapid diagnostic tests.. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212080

Electrostatic dust and debris sensor for an engine

The present disclosure is directed to an integrated electrostatic sensor for an engine. The sensor includes an outer housing having a body with a first end and a second end. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170212011

Electrostatic sensor

The present disclosure is directed to an integrated electrostatic sensor for detecting dust and/or other airborne particulates in an engine, e.g. In an aircraft gas turbine engine. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211996

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

07/27/17 / #20170211871

Sealed system and a method for defrosting an evaporator

The present subject matter provides a sealed system for an appliance. The sealed system includes a compressor operable to generate a flow of compressed refrigerant, an evaporator and a drain trough disposed below the evaporator. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211869

Sealed system for an appliance

A sealed system for an appliance includes a compressor having a shell and lubrication oil disposed with the shell. A condenser in fluid communication with the compressor such that compressed refrigerant from the compressor flows to the condenser during operation of the compressor. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211868

Microchannel condenser and dual evaporator refrigeration system

A microchannel condenser includes a first header, the first header including a body defining an interior and further defining an inlet bore and a first outlet bore, and a second header spaced apart from the first header, the second header including a body defining an interior and further defining a second outlet bore. The microchannel condenser further includes a conduit in fluid communication with the second outlet bore. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211863

Water supply system for an ice making assembly

A water switch assembly for a nugget ice making assembly is provided. The ice making assembly includes a hollow auger rotatably mounted within a reservoir and configured for extruding ice. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211858

Evaporator for an appliance

An evaporator for an appliance includes a conduit extending between an inlet and an outlet. The conduit has a diameter. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211682

Composite gearbox housing

A housing that includes a polymer, a reinforcing material, and a thermally conductive filler. A first housing component is defined by the polymer such that the reinforcing material and a thermally conductive filler are embedded within the polymer. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211590

Compressor aft rotor rim cooling for high opr (t3) engine

In one aspect, the present disclosure is directed to a cooling circuit for a gas turbine engine. The cooling circuit includes a rotor blade having a connection portion and a rotor disc having a first axial side and a second axial side. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211562

Linear compressor

The present subject matter provides a linear compressor. The linear compressor includes a coupling that extends between an inner back iron assembly and a piston. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211547

System and method for removing or installing a main shaft of a wind turbine

The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for removing or installing a main shaft of a drivetrain assembly of a wind turbine to and from a nacelle installed atop a wind turbine tower. The rail system includes at least one support component configured to support the main shaft. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211545

Apparatus and method for aerodynamic performance enhancement of a wind turbine

A virtual aerodynamic component for a wind turbine including at least one rotor blade connected to a hub. The at least one rotor blade defines an inner portion and a profiled outer portion. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211475

Inlet particle separator for a turbine engine

A method and apparatus for separating particles from an inlet airflow of a turbine engine has a centerbody with a radially outer scavenge conduit. The inlet airflow has entrained particulate matter, which can impact an impact surface defining part of the centerbody. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211474

Hybrid propulsion system

An aeronautical propulsion system including a turbine engine having a fan and an electric motor drivingly coupled to at least one of the fan or the turbine engine. The aeronautical propulsion system additionally includes a fuel cell for providing electrical energy to the electric motor, the fuel cell generating water as a byproduct. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211468

Operation scheduling for optimal performance of hybrid power plants

A system includes a hybrid power plant controller programmed to receive a plurality of signals representative of one or more operating parameters of a hybrid power plant. The hybrid power plant includes at least one gas turbine engine, at least one gas engine, and at least one catalyst system. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211426

System, method and apparatus for minimizing heat loss in a heat recovery steam generator

A damper assembly for minimizing heat loss through an exhaust includes a housing mounted within the stack and a bladder received within the housing. The bladder is selectively movable between a first position in which the bladder is deflated and received within the housing, and second position in which the bladder is positioned outside the housing and inflated such that a peripheral surface of the bladder contacts an interior sidewall of the stack to create a gas seal.. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211425

System, method and apparatus for minimizing heat loss in a heat recovery steam generator

A damper assembly for minimizing heat loss through an exhaust stack includes a housing mountable within the stack and an umbrella received within the housing. The umbrella is selectively movable between a first position in which the umbrella is received within the housing, and second position in which the umbrella is extended from the housing such that a peripheral edge of the umbrella is in close association with an interior sidewall of the exhaust stack to minimize a flow of fluid past the umbrella and out of the stack.. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211407

Flow alignment devices to improve diffuser performance

A turbine shroud for an axial turbine, the shroud including: an annular array of arch shaped shroud segments each configured to be mounted to an inner surface of a turbine casing, the segment having an arched seal surface aligned with tips of a last row of turbine buckets in the turbine, and vanes positioned on an inner surface of each of the shroud segments and downstream in a direction of gas flow through the last row, the vanes extending inward from the inner surface towards an axis of the turbine.. . ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211399

Turbine rear frame for a turbine engine

A turbine rear frame for a gas turbine engine comprises a plurality of struts disposed between an outer ring and an inner ring. The struts can be mounted adjacent to one or more mount surfaces defined within the outer ring. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170211059

Method and device for collection and amplification of circulating nucleic acids

Provided herein are methods for the collection and amplification of circulating nucleic acids from a non-celluar fraction of a biological sample. Circulating nucleic acids are extracted from the non-cellular fraction and are circularized to generate single-stranded nucleic acid circles, which are then subsequently amplified by rolling circular amplification using random primers to produce an amplified library. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170210475

Nozzle and vane system for nacelle anti-icing

An aircraft anti-icing system includes an inlet lip that includes an outer shell attached to a bulkhead. The inlet lip encloses an annular housing volume. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170210404

Vehicle control system

A system includes a locator device, a communication circuit, and one or more processors, all disposed onboard a trailing vehicle system that travels along a route behind a leading vehicle system. The locator device determines a location of the trailing vehicle system. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170210073

Additive manufacturing employing a plurality of electron beam sources

Adaptively forming a three-dimensional component may include providing a plurality of electron beam sources, and simultaneously controlling the plurality of electron beam sources to direct a plurality of electron beams onto a plurality of deposited layers of metallic powder to sequentially consolidate patterned portions of the plurality of deposited metallic powder layers to adaptively form the three-dimensional component.. . ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170209904

Turbine engine cleaning systems and methods

A system and method of cleaning a turbine engine are provided. The method may include inserting, directing and evacuating a cleaning agent. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170209127

Wireless charging system for wirelessly charging ultrasound imaging system

A wireless charging system for wirelessly charging an ultrasound imaging system is disclosed. The wireless charging system comprise one or more primary coils connected to a power source and is capable of transmitting power from the power source. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170209125

Diagnostic system and method for obtaining measurements from a medical image

Medical diagnostic system includes a user interface having a user screen that is configured to display a medical image to an operator of the diagnostic system. The user interface is configured to show first and second markers on the medical image. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170209113

Methods and systems for adaptive scan control

Methods and systems are provided for adaptive scan control. In one embodiment, a method comprises, during a scan session, performing a first scan of a heart of a subject using a first scan protocol, performing a second scan of the heart using a second scan protocol, and performing a third scan of the heart using the first scan protocol, and while performing the first scan and the third scan, adjusting a scan rate of the first scan protocol based on a heart rate of the subject. ... General Electric Company

07/27/17 / #20170209105

Methods and systems for automated tube current modulation

Methods and systems are provided for automated tube current modulation (atcm). In one embodiment, a method for an imaging system comprises: calculating a desired dose level based on a clinical task, a size of a subject to be scanned, and an image quality level; generating a scan protocol based on a relation between the image quality level and at least one characteristic of the imaging system; and performing a scan of the subject at the desired dose level and according to the generated scan protocol. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170208676

Radio-frequency electrode and cyclotron configured to reduce radiation exposure

Radio-frequency (rf) electrode for a cyclotron. The rf electrode includes a hollowed dee having first and second surfaces that oppose each other and define a gap therebetween. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170207716

Independent power factor and frequency control of electrical power generator

A system for providing power to a power grid includes a generator configured to output a first voltage associated with a first set of power characteristics. The system includes a power conversion system including a rectifier configured to convert first voltage to a direct current (dc) voltage. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170207628

Method for operating a power plant, and power plant

A method for operating a power plant is disclosed. The method comprises providing at least one shaft power thereby providing a total shaft power, driving at least one generator thereby providing a total electric power output, providing a first share of the total electric power output to a grid as a grid power output, and providing a second share of the total electric power output to at least one power consumer. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170207621

Electrical bypass apparatus

An electrical bypass apparatus is provided, which comprises first and second terminals for connection across an electrical component; an electrically-triggered bypass switch being switchable to form a short circuit across the first and second terminals; and a first control circuit connected between the first and second terminals. The first control circuit includes mutually coupled first and second windings, the first winding being isolated from the second winding. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170207471

Fossil fuel power plant with integrated carbon separation facility

As integrated fossil fuel power plant and a method of operating the power plant is provided. The integrated fossil fuel power plant includes a gas turbine arrangement and a carbonate fuel cell having an anode side and a cathode side. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170207044

Disconnector for electrical lines and systems with high current and high short-circuit value

A disconnector is provided for electrical lines with high current and high short-circuit value, comprising two mutually spaced fixed structures, each for connection to a respective portion of an electrical line, and a movable connection assembly, which is supported by a first one of the two fixed structures with means for the movement of the movable connection assembly toward the second one of the two fixed connection structures. Each one of the fixed connection structures comprises a tubular jacket, for support and conduction, which supports at one end, annular contact elements arranged for movable coupling with a corresponding moving contact of the movable connection assembly, and at the opposite end, couplings for connection to the corresponding portion of electrical line. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170206659

Method and system for enhanced fetal visualization by detecting and displaying a fetal head position with cross-plane ultrasound images

A processor identifies a first set of characteristic models of a structure in cross-plane images acquired at a first acquisition period. The processor identifies a second set of characteristic models of the structure in cross-plane images acquired at a second subsequent acquisition period. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170206321

Systems and methods for health information prescription

Certain examples provide systems, method, and computer-readable media to facilitate a health information prescription and associated interaction. An example system provides a computer system including a processor that runs computer readable instructions to generate and transmit, over a network, a health information prescription (irx), wherein the irx includes requirements including data type for patient data to be collected and frequency of receiving patient data; a patient application or device including a processor that runs computer readable instructions to receive a transmitted irx from the computer system; collect patient data from a patient based on the data type requirement of the irx; transmit the patient data over a network to the computer system at the frequency required by the irx; wherein the computer system receives the patient data transmitted from the patient application or device; evaluates the patient data using a decision support engine to generate an appropriate action; and outputs the appropriate action.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205817

Monitoring and reporting of industrial equipment status

A system includes one or more sensors coupled to industrial equipment, wherein the one or more sensors are configured to obtain one or more measurements associated with one or more operating characteristics of the industrial equipment. The system also includes a computing device that includes a user interface and one or more processors. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205499

Portable ultrasound machine

The present invention relates to a portable ultrasound machine, comprising a display and a host. The portable ultrasound machine further includes a supporting member which is connected with the display at one end and connected with the host at the other end, and which may allow the edge of the display closest to the host to locate at a plurality of positions on the host.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205456

Systems and methods for a portable testing device

A portable testing device includes a housing that encloses an electric motor and a power source. The power source is configured to provide electrical power to the electric motor. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205404

Multifunctional beads and methods of use for capturing rare cells

Described are multi-functional beads and methods to capture rare cells directly from low-volume biological samples and perform both functional and genomic assays from those cells. This is accomplished using a multifunctional capture bead that allows co-localization of both the single cell capture element and the molecular assay components. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205258

Test fixture, system and method for concentricity measurement tool calibration

A test fixture, system and method are provided for concentricity measurement tool calibration. A test fixture may include a rotor simulating member including a rotor mount; a stator simulating member including a stator mount; an adjustable positioner for positioning the rotor simulating member and the stator simulating member in a selected one of a plurality of predetermined concentricity positions relative to one another; and a support for positioning the rotor simulating member and the stator simulating member on the ground. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205145

Additive heat exchanger mixing chambers

A heat exchanger is provided having an integrally and seamlessly formed return manifold connecting multiple supply tubes and return tubes. The heat exchanger may also include a return manifold having one or more structures providing a flow restriction within or proximate the return manifold.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205137

Refrigerator appliances with passive storage compartments

A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber, and a fresh food door rotatably hinged to the cabinet for accessing the fresh food chamber. The fresh food door includes an inner surface, an outer surface and a side surface extending between the inner surface and the outer surface. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205132

Ice making assembly and mounting system

An ice making assembly for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The refrigerator appliance includes an icebox compartment which receives cooling air from a sealed system through a supply duct and a return duct. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205076

Gas burner assembly with a temperature sensor

A cooktop appliance includes a gas burner assembly positioned on a panel of the cooktop appliance and a grate that suspends the burner in air above the panel. The gas burner assembly includes an inwardly directed burner that defines a large aperture for providing secondary air to ensure a proper air/fuel mixture. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205075

Gas burner assembly for a cooktop appliance

A cooktop appliance includes a gas burner assembly positioned on a panel of the cooktop appliance and a grate that suspends the burner in air above the panel. The gas burner assembly includes an inwardly directed burner that provides more uniform heating of a cooking utensil supported on the grate. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170205071

Catalytic ignition system

A catalytic ignition system includes a gas fuel supply and a catalytic igniter that is in fluid communication with the gas fuel supply. The catalytic igniter comprises a metallic shell, a catalyst disposed within the metallic shell and a fuel tube that is oriented so as to direct a flow of gas fuel from the gas fuel supply across the catalyst and towards a downstream end of the metallic shell.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204870

Method and system for fiber reinforced composite panels

A composite panel structure and a method of fabricating the composite panel structure are provided. A fan assembly includes a plurality of blades circumferentially spaced about a fan disk. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204833

Rotor blades having structural skin insert and methods of making same

The present disclosure is directed to a method of manufacturing a rotor blade for a wind turbine. The method includes providing a blade mold of the rotor blade. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204807

Method and system for controlling core cowl vent area

A variable core cowl vent nozzle system is described herein, the system including a core casing at least partially surrounding a core engine of a gas turbine engine, and a core cowl extending aftward from the core casing. The core cowl defines a core cowl vent area between the core cowl and a primary nozzle. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204786

System and method for injecting tempering air for hot scr catalyst

A gas turbine system includes a gas turbine engine, an exhaust processing system disposed downstream of and fluidly coupled to the gas turbine engine, and an air delivery system that may supply treated air to the gas turbine engine and the exhaust processing system. The air delivery system includes a main air duct fluidly coupled to the gas turbine engine and that may supply a first portion of the treated air to the gas turbine engine, an auxiliary air duct fluidly coupled to the main air duct and the exhaust processing system and that may supply a second portion of the treated air to the exhaust processing system, and an air treatment unit fluidly coupled to the main air duct and that may generate the treated air.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204771

Anti-icing system for gas turbines

A system includes a system includes an exhaust section which receives an exhaust flow of a gas turbine, where the exhaust section includes a catalyst assembly. The system includes an exhaust duct coupled to the diffuser section upstream of the catalyst assembly, where the exhaust duct extracts a return portion of the exhaust flow. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204739

System and method for cleaning a gas turbine engine and related wash stand

A system for cleaning a gas turbine engine may generally include a wash stand having a base frame and a plurality of fluid injection nozzles configured to be supported by the base frame relative to the gas turbine engine. The nozzles may be configured to inject a cleaning fluid through an inlet of the fan casing of the engine as the fan blades are being rotated in a rotational direction such that the cleaning fluid is directed past the rotating fan blades and into a compressor inlet of the engine. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204734

Cooled cmc wall contouring

A stator component of a turbine engine having an airfoil defining a radial cooling channel, the airfoil having an airfoil outer surface and an airfoil inner surface. The airfoil outer surface defines a leading edge portion, a trailing edge portion, a pressure side wall, and a suction side wall. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204730

Rotor blade cooling circuit

The present disclosure is directed to a rotor blade for a gas turbine engine. The rotor blade includes a platform comprising a radially inner surface, an undulating radially outer surface, a leading edge portion, a trailing edge portion, a pressure-side slash face, and a suction-side slash face. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204729

Gas turbine blade and manufacturing method

A blade for a gas turbine is described, the blade comprising a trailing edge and a trailing edge cooling channel extending from a first upstream end to a second downstream end, in which the width of the trailing edge cooling channel in the direction perpendicular to the camber line of the blade varies and the narrowest width in the trailing edge cooling channel is at the first upstream end, so as to provide a blade where the trailing edge can be removed with a minimal change or no change in the cooling flow capacity through the trailing edge cooling channel. Related methods are also described.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204695

Self healing blowout preventer seals and packers

Provided herein are methods for increasing the life of blowout preventers comprising directing self-healing materials to regions of high stress or strain in the blowout preventers.. . ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204553

Washing machine appliance with an integrated water-on-demand feature

A washing machine having an integrated water-on-demand feature is provided. The washing machine appliance allows a user to adjust the water or wash liquid fill amount of the washing machine appliance using an actuator integrated into or positioned nearby the dispenser box, thereby enabling a simple, convenient, and effective manner of adding wash liquid without requiring a substantial number of additional parts or assembly.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170204552

Dispenser box with integral water inlet

A unitary dispenser box assembly for a washing machine appliance is provided. The dispenser box includes a mixing chamber, a plurality of valve seats, a cold water manifold, and water inlets that are integrally formed from a single, continuous piece of plastic. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170203517

Aligning lasers of laser additive manufacturing system

Methods for aligning a pair of calibrated lasers of a laser additive manufacturing system in an overlap region in which the pair of calibrated lasers selectively operate are provided. Respective first and second plurality of layers of a test structure are formed in the overlap region of the pair of calibrated lasers solely using a first calibrated laser of the pair of calibrated lasers and then solely using a second calibrated laser of the pair of calibrated lasers. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170203512

Novel method for calibrating laser additive manufacturing process

This invention relates to a method for calibrating the delay settings of a laser or scanner head in a laser additive manufacturing process. More particularly, the invention relates to calibrating delay settings during run-ins and run-outs of a laser scanning process.. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170203292

Sample collection and transfer device

An integrated device for a sample collection and transfer is provided. The integrated device comprises a capillary channel disposed between a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer comprises a hydrophilic layer comprising a fluid inlet for receiving a sample fluid to the capillary channel, wherein the capillary channel comprises an inner surface and an outer surface and an outlet for driving out the sample fluid. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202544

Biopsy method and associated biopsy device

This invention relates to a biopsy method comprising automated moving of at least part of a biopsy sampler within a biopsy volume, to perform a biopsy in a zone of interest in a body, wherein said automated moving is preceded by variable positioning of said biopsy volume.. . ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202534

Methods and systems for computed tomography

Methods and systems are provided for automatic exposure control in computed tomography imaging systems. In one embodiment, a method comprises in response to an object-specific dose metric input by a user via a user interface operably coupled to a scanner, predicting an image quality of a diagnostic scan, calculating an output level of a source of the scanner for the image quality, and performing the diagnostic scan at the output level when the image quality is higher than a threshold. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202533

Methods and systems for processing molecular imaging data based on analysis of a respiratory motion waveform

Methods and systems are provided for analyzing a respiratory motion waveform acquired during acquiring imaging data with a molecular imaging device. In one embodiment, a method comprises acquiring imaging data with a molecular imaging apparatus, analyzing a respiratory motion waveform acquired during the acquiring imaging data, and applying gating to the acquired imaging data based on the analyzed respiratory motion waveform. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202428

Dishwasher rack lift mechanism

A rack lifting assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided. The rack lifting assembly includes frame having rotatably mounted wheels to enable the frame to be rolled in and out of the wash chamber of the dishwasher appliance. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202427

Lower rack assembly for dishwasher appliance

A lower rack assembly for a dishwasher appliance includes a lower rack configured for receipt of articles for washing, and a lift assembly connected to the lower rack. The lift assembly includes a first arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the first arm pivotally coupled to the lower rack, and a first bracket defining a first slot, the second end of the first arm movably coupled to the first slot. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202424

Methods for operating dishwasher appliances having energy recovery features

Dishwasher appliances and method for operating dishwasher appliances are provided. A method includes executing a wet cycle, wherein a heating unit and a fan of a desiccant assembly are active during the wet cycle. ... General Electric Company

07/20/17 / #20170202423

Methods for operating dishwasher appliances having energy recovery features

Dishwasher appliances and method for operating dishwasher appliances are provided. A method includes executing a wet cycle, wherein a heating unit and a fan of a desiccant assembly are active during the wet cycle. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170201861

System for collection, analytics, and display of indoor positioning data

An indoor positioning data system includes a mobile device having an indoor positioning system (ips) mobile app, an enterprise server having a control processor, a datastore including a data metric analytic algorithm, and position beacons distributed throughout a volume of an indoor space to be monitored configured to broadcast their respective positions. The control processor configured to perform the data metric analytic algorithm, to collect position information from the mobile device and position information from the position beacons, to compare the collected position information to a predetermined distance threshold, if the collected position information is within the predetermined distance threshold, record the position of the mobile device in the data records, and display results of the data metric algorithm on a display of a client computing device. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170201094

Current flow controller

A current flow controller is provided, comprising first and second terminals operatively connectable to first and second dc power transmission media; a third terminal operatively connectable to an electrical element, the third terminal being electrically connected to each of the first and second terminals. A main switching element is operatively connected between the first and third terminals, the main switching element being switchable to turn on to permit flow of current between the third terminal and the first terminal and to turn off to inhibit flow of current between the third terminal and the first terminal. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170201082

Electrical busway joint with laminated bracing system

A busway system is provided. The busway system includes a first electrical busway section and a busway joint. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170201081

Electrical busway joint with external vise braces

A busway system is provided. The busway system includes a first electrical busway section, a second electrical busway section, and a busway joint. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170201080

Electrical busway joint with self-adjusting braces

A busway system is provided. The busway system includes a first electrical busway section, a second electrical busway section, and a busway joint. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170200692

Power overlay structure having wirebonds and method of manufacturing same

A power overlay (pol) structure includes a power device having at least one upper contact pad disposed on an upper surface of the power device, and a pol interconnect layer having a dielectric layer coupled to the upper surface of the power device and a metallization layer having metal interconnects extending through vias formed through the dielectric layer and electrically coupled to the at least one upper contact pad of the power device. The pol structure also includes at least one copper wirebond directly coupled to the metallization layer.. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170200522

Modular collimator for imaging detector assembly

A collimator for an imaging detector assembly of a computed tomography imaging system is provided. The collimator includes a collimator module that includes a primary collimation grid having a first edge and a second edge. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170199651

Method and system for enhanced visualization and navigation of three dimensional and four dimensional medical images

A processor receives a selection of an image display mode via a user input device. The image display mode defines a number of medical images for display. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170199526

Vehicle control system

A vehicle control system includes a first controller, a first communication unit, and a second controller and communication unit both on board a vehicle. The second controller is configured to generate first control signals for controlling the vehicle based at least in part on second control signals received by the second communication unit from the first communication unit. ... General Electric Company

07/13/17 / #20170199287