General Electric Patent Applications

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…

Pre-Film Liquid Fuel Cartridge

Granted: February 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170038074
A pre-film liquid fuel cartridge (20) includes a primary liquid fuel passage (106), a plurality of inner fuel ports (116) and a plurality of outer fuel ports (124) that are in fluid communication with the primary liquid fuel passage. An inner pre-filming surface (142) is defined downstream from the plurality of inner fuel ports. The inner pre-filming surface (142) terminates at a first shear edge (140). An outer pre-filming surface (152) is defined downstream from the plurality of outer…

CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Granted: February 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170038445
A connection system includes a connector electrically connected and fixedly secured to a gradient coil assembly of a magnetic resonance imaging device, a cable block fixedly secured to a magnet of the magnetic resonance imaging device substantially above the connector, and a cable having a first end electrically connected to the cable block and a second end received by the connector and forming an electrical connection between the connector and the cable block.

SEALS WITH A CONFORMABLE COATING FOR TURBOMACHINERY

Granted: February 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170030211
The present application provides slot seals for reducing leakages between adjacent components of turbomachinery. The seals may include a metallic shim and a coating overlying the metallic shim. The coating may be a metallic coating, a glass coating, an enamel coating or a ceramic coating. The coating may form an outer surface of the seal for engagement with seal slot surfaces of a seal slot of a turbomachine. The coating may be operable to conform to surface irregularities of the seal…

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE SURGE CONTROL

Granted: February 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170030268
The invention relates to a surge control method for a gas turbine engine. The method includes providing a gas turbine engine having a compressor, a combustor, downstream of the compressor, with a hot gas path, a turbine downstream of the combustor, with a hot gas path. The method further includes monitoring the gas turbine engine for a potential surge condition, controlling a blow-off flow from the compressor, based on the monitoring for the control purpose of avoiding the surge…

DEVICE FOR THE MUTUAL FIXING OF TWO COMPONENTS

Granted: February 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170030388
A device is provided for the mutual fixing of two components, which are interconnected via a flanged joint, for preventing a relative movement of the components in relation to each other in the connecting plane of the flanged joint. The device includes a key which engages in both components in a form-fitting manner in the region of the flanged joint. A simplified and flexible application is achieved by the key being guided in one of the components by means of a precision fit, whereas in…

GAMMA PRIME PRECIPITATION STRENGTHENED NICKEL-BASE SUPERALLOY FOR USE IN POWDER BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Granted: January 26, 2017
Application Number: 20170021453
The application relates to the technology of producing three-dimensional articles by powder-based additive manufacturing, such as selective laser melting or electron beam melting. Especially, it refers to a high oxidation resistant and high gamma-prime precipitation containing Ni-base super alloy powder on basis of IN738LC with a modified chemical composition. Such powder has the following chemical composition (in wt.-%): 15.7-16.3 Cr, 8.0-9.0 Co, 1.5-2.0 Mo, 2.4-2.8 W, 1.5-2.0 Ta,…

BLADE ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBOMACHINE ON THE BASIS OF A MODULAR STRUCTURE

Granted: January 26, 2017
Application Number: 20170022821
A blade assembly of a power plant having a modular structure, wherein blade elements include at least one blade airfoil, and at least one footboard mounting part. Blade elements can each have at its one ending a configuration for an interchangeable connection among each other. The connection of the airfoil with respect to other elements can be based on a fixation in radially or quasi-radially extension relative gas turbine axis, wherein the assembling of the blade airfoil in connection…

X-RAY DETECTOR WITH DIRECTLY APPLIED SCINTILLATOR

Granted: January 26, 2017
Application Number: 20170023682
An x-ray image detector includes a light image sensor having a depth, a front side comprising a sensing surface, and a back side. The x-ray image detector further includes a substrate plate on the back side and surrounding the depth of the light image sensor such that the substrate plate forms a lip around the light image sensor. The lip is level with the front side of the light image sensor. The x-ray image detector further includes a scintillator over the sensing surface of the light…

AUTOMATED TRACKING OF A MEDICAL PROCEDURE USING MACROS

Granted: January 26, 2017
Application Number: 20170024522
A system for tracking a medical procedure includes a set of macros, a scanning device, and a control unit. Each macro in the set of macros is associated with instructions that execute a tracking step of a medical procedure. The scanning device is controlled by a user during the medical procedure to select a macro from the set of macros. The control unit executes the instructions associated with the selected macro to track the medical procedure.