General Electric Patent Applications

REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A WELLBORE AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170173533
A reverse osmosis unit for processing a feed solution is provided. The unit includes a pressure vessel includes an inlet end, an outlet end, and a vessel body extending between the inlet end and the outlet end. The reverse osmosis unit further includes a plurality of first membrane modules positioned within the pressure vessel. Each first membrane module of the plurality of first membrane modules has a first salt permeance value. At least one second membrane module is positioned within…

REFRACTORY SLURRY OF REDUCING CARBON PICKUP IN LOST FOAM CASTING, FOAM PATTERN AND PROCESSES FOR MANUFACTURING AND USING THE SAME

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170173668
Refractory slurry for use in coating a foam cluster to provide a foam pattern for lost foam casting is provided. The slurry includes a catalyst capable of catalyzing reactions for vaporizing the foam cluster. A foam pattern with a refractory coating including the catalyst and processes for preparing the foam pattern and using the foam pattern are also provided.

Electric Drive System and Energy Management Method

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170174098
An electric drive system includes energy storage system (ESS), a power conversion system, and an alternating cumin (AC) traction system. The ESS provides or receives electric power. The ESS includes a first energy storage unit and a second energy storage unit. The power conversion system is electrically coupled to the ESS for converting an input power to an output power. The AC traction system is electrically coupled to the power conversion system for converting the output power of the…

BLADE ASSEMBLY ON BASIS OF A MODULAR STRUCTURE FOR A TURBOMACHINE

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170175534
A blade assembly having a modular structure, wherein the blade elements include at least a rotor blade airfoil, a footboard mounting part and a heat shield. The elements each have at its one ending an interchangeable connection for connection among each other, wherein the connection of the airfoil with respect to the other elements is based on a fixation in radial or quasi-radial extension compared to the rotor axis of the turbomachine. The assembling of the blade airfoil in connection…

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASING HEAT TRANSFER USING AT LEAST ONE BAFFLE IN AN IMPINGEMENT CHAMBER OF A NOZZLE IN A TURBINE

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170175577
A nozzle for a turbine is disclosed. The nozzle includes a shell, an orifice plate disposed adjacent to the shell, an impingement chamber formed between the shell and the orifice plate, and at least one baffle extending from the orifice plate into the impingement chamber to push a flow of cooling fluid into the shell.

COMBUSTOR CAP MODULE AND RETENTION SYSTEM THEREFOR

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170176016
A combustor cap module is provided with a retention system to facilitate assembly and disassembly. The combustor cap module further includes a cap face assembly having a cooling plate; a cylindrical sleeve including a connecting surface for attaching the cap face assembly to the retention assembly; and a coupling member mounted in a downstream fuel nozzle opening in the cooling plate. The retention system includes a support plate having an inner panel that defines an upstream fuel nozzle…

INVERTER DRIVE SYSTEM, BUS BAR AND ASSEMBLY

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170179866
An inverter drive assembly includes a first bus bar having a plurality of bushings, including at least a first bushing and a second bushing, the first bus bar being configured to receive at least one DC link capacitor of the inverter drive assembly via the second bushing, a second bus bar electrically connected to the first bus bar at the first bushing, and an inverter electrically connected to the second bus bar, the inverter being configured to receive electrical current through the…

BATTERY PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A VEHICLE

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170170438
A system for a vehicle includes a housing connected to the vehicle, the housing having a bottom floor, a plurality of exterior walls, at least one partition wall within the housing diving the housing into a plurality of sections, and a plurality of battery modules arranged in a vertical orientation within the housing.

BODY PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER DETERMINING

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170156923
Methods systems and apparatus are set forth herein. There is provided in one embodiment determining one or more body physiological parameter of a patient based on one or more input; and controlling a heating system for warming the patient based on a result of the determining.

ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, EXCHANGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170158070
A battery exchange apparatus (e.g., for a battery exchange station positioned at a wayside location of a vehicle route) includes a receptacle mounted to at least one rail for lateral movement along the rail and for pivotal movement around a working axis generally orthogonal to the rail. The receptacle has an open end for receiving a battery from a direction generally orthogonal to the working axis. The apparatus further includes a recharge connector provided within the receptacle and…

AMINOSILICONE SOLVENT RECOVERY METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170158717
The present invention is directed to aminosilicone solvent recovery methods and systems. The methods and systems disclosed herein may be used to recover aminosilicone solvent from a carbon dioxide containing vapor stream, for example, a vapor stream that leaves an aminosilicone solvent desorber apparatus. The methods and systems of the invention utilize a first condensation process at a temperature from about 80° C. to about 150° C. and a second condensation process at a temperature…

ACQUISITION OF HIGH FREQUENCY DATA IN TRANSIENT DETECTION

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170160714
Approaches are provided where a group of historical data relating to the operation of an industrial asset are collected on a time interval. It is determined whether the collected group of historical data corresponds to a transitory period of the industrial asset. When the collected group of historical data corresponds to the transitory period a full set of sensor values is read and made available to an analytics engine. When the collected group of historical data does not correspond to…

BRUSH HOLDER APPARATUS

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170162994
A brush holder apparatus for receiving a brush, includes a support member, and at least one box member affixed to the support member. The box member includes a slot extending through a side of the box member. At least one cam member is operably connected to the support member. The cam member includes a rounded surface partially extending through the slot. The rounded surface is configured to directly contact the brush while the cam member retains the brush. The cam member is configured…

ROTOR FOR A RELUCTANCE MACHINE

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170163106
A rotor for a reluctance machine includes a central rotor support rigidly connected to a machine shaft extending laterally along a central axis of the machine. The rotor support has an outer rotor support surface. A non-ferromagnetic channel support is rigidly affixed to the rotor support surface and projects radially relative to the central axis from the rotor support surface to define an outer rotor diameter of the rotor. The rotor also includes an array of arcuate ferromagnetic flux…

TURBINE BLADE WITH SECTIONED PINS AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Granted: June 1, 2017
Application Number: 20170152748
A turbine blade includes pressure and suction surfaces connected to define an interior through which coolant is passable. First and second pedestal arrays, each include pedestals respectively coupled to radially outboard portions of respective interior faces of one of the pressure and suction surfaces. The pedestals of the first pedestal array are separated from and directly opposed to pedestals of the second pedestal array by gaps respectively defined therebetween.

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Granted: June 1, 2017
Application Number: 20170152815
Various methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation system. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation cooler includes a first section, arranged proximate to an exhaust gas inlet of the EGR cooler and including a first plurality of tubes and a first plurality of fins coupled to the first plurality of tubes, where at least one of the first plurality of tubes and the first plurality of fins are comprised of a first material that has a first coefficient of thermal…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING POSITION OF DEVICE AND POSITION DETECTION MODULE

Granted: June 1, 2017
Application Number: 20170153126
A method for measuring a position of a device which is connected to a position sensor is provided. The method includes the steps of controlling an excitation unit to generate an excitation signal which excites the position sensor to provide a first feedback signal proportioned to the displacement of the device, controlling a sampling unit to sample the first feedback signal and obtain a plurality of first feedback samples, and calculating the position of the device based at least in part…

REDUNDANT UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

Granted: June 1, 2017
Application Number: 20170155278
A system is provided. The system includes a plurality of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), a ring bus, at least one load electrically coupled to the plurality of UPSs and the ring bus, and a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of UPSs. The controller is configured to calculate a phase angle for each UPS of the plurality of UPSs, wherein the phase angle is calculated relative to a common reference angle, and control operation of each UPS based on the respective…

METHOD OF FABRICATING ELECTRIC MACHINE LAMINATIONS USING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Granted: June 1, 2017
Application Number: 20170155309
A method of making a component of a radial or axial flux electrical machine is provided. An additive manufacturing process is used to manufacture a plurality of laminas, including applying beams of energy to a successive plurality of ferromagnetic material particles and fusing them together to form a ferromagnetic helix or spiral, disposing an insulating material on said ferromagnetic helix or spiral, compressing the ferromagnetic helix or spiral to form a compressed ferromagnetic helix…

AUTOMATED ULTRASOUND KNEE SCANNER

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170143303
A method of acquiring ultrasound of a patient's knee includes obtaining a digital picture of a patient's knee with a digital camera. The method further includes applying instructions to the processor to identify the position of the patient's knee relative to a known datum based on an algorithm and the digital picture. A scan path is created about the patient's knee based on the position of the patient's knee. Instructions are provided from a robotic processor to robotically move an…