General Electric Patent Grants

Method and systems for weight adjustment of an automated breast ultrasound system

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9597056
Various methods and systems are provided for imaging a tissue. In one example, a system comprises an adjustable arm, a scanning assembly attached to a first end of the adjustable arm, a counterweight coupled to a second end of the adjustable arm, and a weight adjustment system coupled to the counterweight and configured to modify an effective weight of the scanning assembly.

Bond layer for a solid oxide fuel cell, and related processes and devices

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9597708
An electrically-conductive layer of material having a composition comprising lanthanum and strontium is described. The material is characterized by a microstructure having bimodal porosity. Another concept in this disclosure relates to a solid oxide fuel cell attached to at least one cathode interconnect by a cathode bond layer. The bond layer includes a microstructure having bimodal porosity. A fuel cell stack which incorporates at least one of the cathode bond layers is also described…

System and article of manufacture for directional casting

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9597728
A system and method for directionally casting an elongated device are provided. The method includes orienting a mold within a furnace such that a first portion of the mold points downward. The first portion of the mold defines a space within the mold used to form a first end of the device. The first end of the device, when formed, has a greater mass than a second end of the device. The method also includes filling the mold with molten metal and lowering the mold out of the furnace into a…

Wire arc spray system using composite wire for porous coating, and related method

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9597746
A composite wire for use with a wire arc spray system and related methods. The composite wire can include: a low melting point material at a core region thereof and a cladding including a metal surrounding the core region, the low metal point material having a melting point less than that of the metal, wherein the low melting point material includes a polymer in the form of a powder having particles having a size of from approximately 1 nanometer to approximately 100 nanometers.

Frame assembly, mold, and method for forming rotor blade

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9597821
Frame assemblies, molds, and methods for forming rotor blades are provided. A frame assembly for a rotor blade mold includes a plurality of frames, at least one of the plurality of frames movable relative to the others of the plurality of frames, and a bed supported by the plurality of frames. Movement of the at least one of the plurality of frames causes a modification of the bed along a width-wise axis. A mold for forming a rotor blade includes a frame assembly and a mold material…

System and method for controlling a vehicle

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9598062
A method for vehicle control comprises determining a braking capability of a braking system of a vehicle, and modifying application of at least one control parameter by a control system of the vehicle based on the determined braking capability. Braking capability may be determined by activating the braking system of the vehicle to apply a braking force on the vehicle, and concurrently, applying a level of tractive effort of the vehicle that is sufficient to overcome the braking force.…

Cold spray of nickel-base alloys

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9598774
Briefly, in one embodiment, a method is disclosed. The method includes introducing a powder feedstock into a cold-spray apparatus, and operating the cold-spray apparatus to deposit the feedstock. The feedstock includes particles including nickel-base alloy having a thermally altered microstructure.

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

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599027
Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective emissions value to match a nominal emissions value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of…

Bulk flame temperature regulator for dry low emission engines

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599028
Systems and methods for regulating a bulk flame temperature in a dry low emission (DLE) engine are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a method may include measuring an exhaust gas temperature (EGT) and determining a target EGT. The target EGT is determined based at least in part on a compressor bleed air flow percentage and a combustor burning mode. The method may include calculating a bias based at least in part on the EGT and the target EGT and applying the bias…

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

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599029
Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective fuel flow to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT in…

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

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599030
Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective exhaust energy to match a nominal exhaust energy value, and subsequently measuring an actual fuel flow value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of…

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

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599031
Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective power output to match a nominal power output value, and subsequently measuring an actual emissions value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT…

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

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599032
Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective emissions value to match a nominal emissions value, and subsequently measuring an actual fuel flow value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of each GT…

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

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599033
Various embodiments include a system having: at least one computing device configured to tune a set of gas turbines (GTs) by performing actions including: commanding each GT in the set of GTs to a base load level, based upon a measured ambient condition for each GT; commanding each GT in the set of GTs to adjust a respective fuel flow value to match a nominal fuel flow value, and subsequently measuring an actual exhaust energy value for each GT; and adjusting an operating condition of…

Optical microscope and method for detecting lens immersion

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599807
An optical microscope and method for detecting lens immersion in optical microscopy includes an ultrasound circuit acoustically coupled to both an objective lens and a sample slide of an optical microscope, the ultrasound circuit comprising an ultrasound transmitter and an ultrasound receiver. The optical microscope and method includes transmitting an ultrasound pulse from the ultrasound transmitter to the ultrasound receiver, determining that a transit time of the ultrasound pulse is…

Method for early detection and anticipatory control of consumer-end load shedding in an electrical grid, and apparatus for carrying out the method

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599999
A method for early detection and anticipatory control of consumer-end load shedding in a single-phase or polyphase electrical grid supplied with single phase or polyphase by at least one generator driven by at least one rotating machine includes measuring a current and a voltage between the at least one generator and the electrical grid and/or a current and a voltage in the electrical grid, deriving at least one signal from the measured current and voltage and using the at least one…

System and method for regulation of voltage on an electrical network

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600004
An electric power system including an on-load tap changing (OLTC) transformer is provided. The OLTC transformer includes a primary winding and a secondary winding. A portion of the at least one primary winding and at least one of the secondary windings are inductively coupled to each other. Further, the electric power system includes at least one on-load tap changer coupled to the at least one primary winding or the at least one secondary winding of the OLTC transformer. The on-load tap…

Method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest on the surface of an anomaly

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600928
A method and device for automatically identifying a point of interest (e.g., the deepest or highest point) on the surface of an anomaly on a viewed object using a video inspection device is disclosed. The video inspection device obtains and displays an image of the surface of the viewed object. A reference surface is determined along with a region of interest that includes a plurality of points on the surface of the anomaly. The video inspection device determines a depth or height for…

Systems and method for ohmic contacts in silicon carbide devices

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9601332
A silicon carbide device is presented that includes a gate electrode disposed over a portion of a silicon carbide substrate as well as a dielectric film disposed over the gate electrode. The device has a contact region disposed near the gate electrode and has a layer disposed over the dielectric film and over the contact region. The layer includes nickel in portions disposed over the dielectric film and includes nickel silicide in portions disposed over the contact region. The nickel…

Systems and methods for controlling acceleration of a power generator

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9601918
An electromagnetic braking system includes an electrically conductive disc coupled to a rotatable shaft of a power generation system for operating in an island mode. The rotatable shaft is operatively coupled between a prime mover and a generator for supplying power to an island grid. The electromagnetic braking system further includes a controller for receiving at least one status or synchronization signal and for generating a control signal based on the at least one signal and an…