General Electric Patent Applications

X-RAY DETECTORS SUPPORTED ON A SUBSTRATE HAVING A METAL BARRIER

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170082558
An X-ray detector assembly includes a polymeric substrate having a lower surface and an upper surface, and an X-ray detector disposed on the upper surface of the polymeric substrate. The X-ray detector includes a thin-film-transistor array disposed on the substrate, an organic photodiode disposed on the thin-film-transistor array, and a scintillator disposed on the organic photodiode. A metal barrier extends substantially over the lower surface of the polymeric substrate.

POLYMERIC-METAL COMPOSITE ELECTRODE-BASED ELECTROCHEMICAL DEVICE FOR GENERATING OXIDANTS

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170073251
A water treatment system comprises at least one electrolytic cell comprising at least one electrode and a power source for powering the electrode. The electrode may be a metal electrode comprising a coating of polymer comprising structural units of formula I (I) wherein R1 is independently at each occurrence a C1-C6 alkyl radical or —SO3M wherein M is independently at each occurrence a hydrogen or an alkali metal a hydrogen or an alkali metal, R2 is independently at each occurrence a…

FAULT LOCATION IN DC NETWORKS

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170074919
This application relates to methods and apparatus for fault protection in a DC power transmission network or grid that aid in determining the location of a fault in the network. The method involves, in the event of a fault, controlling at least one current limiting element of the network so as to limit a fault current flowing to below a first current level which is within the expected current operating range of the network in normal operation, i.e. a safe level. The fault current is then…

MONITORING DEVICE INCLUDING COMPLIANT VARIABLE CAPACITOR FOR RESPIRATION AND CARDIAC SENSING APPLICATIONS

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170055921
A monitoring device for obtaining data from a patient during a respiratory and/or cardiac cycle of the patient. The monitoring device includes a compliant variable capacitor securely attached to the patient The capacitance of the compliant variable capacitor changes during movement of the patient caused by the respiratory cycle and/or a cardiac cycle. The changing capacitance is used to generate a monitoring signal that includes the frequency, timing and amplitude of either the…

Systems and Methods of Image Acquisition for Surgical Instrument Reconstruction

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170055928
Systems and methods of object reconstruction from x-ray imaging include receiving an input of a first angulation for a first x-ray image. A first score representative of a quality of a reconstruction of an object from an x-ray image acquired at the first angulation is calculated. The first x-ray image is acquired at the first angulation. An input of a second angulation for a second x-ray image is received. A second score representative of the quality of the reconstruction of the object…

POWDER-BED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVICES AND METHODS

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170056975
The disclosure relates to an apparatus for manufacturing a metallic component, and corresponding methods. The apparatus may include a build plate with a build surface and an aperture. The apparatus may also include an actuator operable to translate a metallic component such that an end portion of the metallic component is positioned within the aperture of the build plate and below the build surface. The apparatus may further include a seal coupled within the aperture of the build plate…

APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING ENERGY USING POWER ELECTRONICS AND MACHINE INDUCTANCE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170057368
A traction inverter circuit includes a first energy storage device configured to output a DC voltage, a first bi-directional DC-to-AC voltage inverter coupled to the first energy storage device, and a first electromechanical device. The first electromechanical device includes a first plurality of conductors coupled to the first bi-directional DC-to-AC voltage inverter, a second plurality of conductors coupled together, and a plurality of windings coupled between the first plurality of…

COATED SEAL SLOT SYSTEMS FOR TURBOMACHINERY AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170058686
A coated seal slot system for turbomachinery includes a first turbine component comprising a first groove having at least one first coating attached to at least a portion of the first groove of the first turbine component, a second turbine component comprising a second groove having at least one second coating attached to at least a portion of the second groove of the second turbine component. The first and the second turbine components are disposable adjacent to each other with the…

FAST SPIN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING METHOD AND SYSTEM

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170059680
A 3D parallel imaging method includes the steps of acquiring a partial CPMG data set, acquiring a partial CP data set, and interleaving the partial CPMG data set and the partial CP data set at different ky-kz locations.

ADAPTIVE NONINVASIVE BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Granted: February 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170049343
A non-invasive blood pressure monitor has a blood pressure cuff and a wireless blood pressure determination unit. The wireless blood pressure determination unit automatically determines the fastest method for measuring blood pressure of a patient based on an initial blood pressure measurement made while inflating the cuff.

APPARATUS FOR ENERGY TRANSFER USING CONVERTER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Granted: February 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170050528
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…

ANTI-COKING COATINGS, PROCESSES THEREFOR, AND HYDROCARBON FLUID PASSAGES PROVIDED THEREWITH

Granted: February 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170051675
A method for providing an anti-coking coating system on a surface at elevated temperatures when contacted by a hydrocarbon fluid, for example, a surface of an interior fuel passage within a fuel nozzle of a type utilized in gas turbine engines, is disclosed. The surface of the passage is rough as a result of the passage being part of a component manufactured by an additive manufacturing (AM) process. In addition, the passage may have a complex geometry of a type that can be fabricated…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC START TIME ADJUSTMENT IN MULTI-PHASE SCANNING

Granted: February 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170052239
An MR apparatus creating a timeline suitable for data acquisition in several temporal phases. The MR apparatus including a method for creating a timeline TL2 having a scan time of TS1 based on a reference timeline TL0 having a scan time of TS. The method setting start points in time of scans SC1, SC3 and SC4 in the timeline TL2 to the same points in time as those in the reference timeline TL0, respectively. The method also setting the start point in time of the scan SC2 in the timeline…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SMOOTHING A SALIENT ROTOR IN ELECTRICAL MACHINES

Granted: February 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170054335
An electrical machine exhibiting reduced friction and windage losses is disclosed. The electrical machine includes a stator and a rotor assembly configured to rotate relative to the stator, wherein the rotor assembly comprises a rotor core including a plurality of salient rotor poles that are spaced apart from one another around an inner hub such that an interpolar gap is formed between each adjacent pair of salient rotor poles, with an opening being defined by the rotor core in each…

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE THERMAL PERFORMANCE OF AN OXYGEN-FIRED BOILER

Granted: February 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170045219
A method of controlling the operation of an oxy-fired boiler includes combusting a fuel that comprises oil heavy residues in a boiler, the oil heavy residues including hydrocarbon molecules having a number average molecular weight from approximately 200 to approximately 3000 grams per mole, discharging flue gas from the boiler, recycling a portion of the flue gas to the boiler, combining a first oxidant stream with the recycled flue gas to form a combined stream, splitting the combined…

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO ANALYZE A GAS-MIXTURE

Granted: February 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170045454
A system is presented. The system includes an electromagnetic radiation source configured to generate a mode-matched electromagnetic radiation that irradiates a gas-mixture filled in a gas compartment at a determined pressure ‘P’ bars, an intensity enhancement mechanism that internally reflects the mode-matched electromagnetic radiation a plurality of times to achieve an effective intensity ‘E’, of reflected electromagnetic radiation in a region of interest, that is ‘N’ times…

SENSOR SYSTEMS FOR MEASURING AN INTERFACE LEVEL IN A MULTI-PHASE FLUID COMPOSITION

Granted: February 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170045492
A sensor is disclosed, which includes a resonant transducer, the resonant transducer being configured to determine the composition of an emulsion or other dispersion. The resonant transducer has a sampling cell, a bottom winding disposed around the sampling cell, and a top winding disposed around the bottom winding. The composition of the dispersion is determined by measuring the complex impedance spectrum values of the mixture of the dispersion and applying multivariate data analysis to…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOMOSYNTHESIS IMAGE ACQUISITION

Granted: February 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170035371
A method for image acquisition includes selectively concealing and exposing an x-ray source to a target object while the x-ray source travels along a first path, virtually moving an x-ray detector along a second path in a first direction while the x-ray source is exposed to the target object, and virtually moving the x-ray detector along the second path in a second direction generally opposite the first direction while the x-ray source is concealed from the target object.

INFANT PATIENT TRANSFER DEVICE WITH HEART RATE SENSOR

Granted: February 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170035629
A patient transfer device is utilized to transport infant patients between locations within a hospital environment. The patient transfer device includes a center, support section and a pair of side sections that can be moved into contact with each other to surround the infant patient. The first and second side sections each include a handle that can be brought into close proximity to each other and can be grasped by a single hand of a clinician. The patient transfer device includes a…

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUGMENTING GAS TURBINE POWER OUTPUT WITH A PRESSURIZED AIR TANK AND/OR AN EXTERNAL COMPRESSOR

Granted: February 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170037780
A system for augmenting gas turbine power output is disclosed. The system may include a gas turbine engine having a compressor, a combustor, and a turbine. The system also may include a pressurized air tank in communication with the gas turbine engine. Moreover, the system may include an external compressor in communication with the pressurized air tank. The external compressor may be configured to supply compressed air to the pressurized air tank, and the pressurized air tank may be…