General Electric Patent Grants

Calciner for calcination of a carbon dioxide rich sorbent

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573848
A method for calcination of a carbon dioxide rich sorbent (containing CaCO3) includes combusting in a furnace a fuel with an oxidizer, supplying heat transfer (HT) solids into the furnace and heating them, transferring the HT solid particles from the furnace to a reactor having a rotatable container, supplying a carbon dioxide rich solid sorbent (containing CaCO3) into the rotatable container, rotating the rotatable container for mixing the solid particles and the carbon dioxide rich…

Method and kits for repairing nucleic acid sequences

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574183
Methods and kits for DNA repair are provided. The methods and kits described herein repair multiple types of DNA damage. The kit may include a plurality of enzymes to repair a greater variety of lesions than any single enzyme is capable of repairing. Repair of damaged DNA may include releasing damaged bases from the DNA strand, nicking the DNA at the damaged sites, translating the nicks via 5?-3? exonuclease activity, and sealing the nicks. The enzymes employed in the repair process may…

Modification process and modified article

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574447
A modification process and modified article are disclosed. The modification process includes locating an area in an article, removing the area by machining to form a machined region, inserting a modification material into the machined region, securing the modification material to the article, machining the modification material flush with a geometry of the article, and applying a coating over at least a portion of the article. Another modification process includes locating an area under…

Turbine blade mid-span shroud assembly

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574450
A mid-span shroud assembly for a turbine blade airfoil includes a pressure side shroud body which is associated with a pressure side wall of the airfoil and a suction side shroud body which is associated with a suction side wall of the airfoil. At least one of the pressure side shroud body and the suction side shroud body defines a coupling spar which is formed to extend at least partially through a bore hole defined within the airfoil of the turbine blade.

Steam turbine and methods of assembling the same

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574453
A steam turbine is provided. The steam turbine includes a housing and a steam inlet configured to discharge a primary steam flow within the housing. A stator is coupled to the housing and a rotor is coupled to the housing and located within the stator. The rotor and the stator are configured to define a primary flow path there between and in flow communication with the primary steam flow. The steam turbine includes a seal assembly coupled to the housing. The seal assembly includes a…

Full arc admission steam turbine

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574454
The invention relates to a full arc admission steam turbine, which includes a plurality of nozzle boxes for inducing steam, and a plurality of nozzle plates for bearing nozzles, one nozzle plate corresponding to each nozzle box. The steam turbine 100 further includes a plurality of spacer plates corresponding to the plurality of nozzle boxes, wherein the spacer plate is disposed between the nozzle plate and the nozzle box, by which a flow path is formed between the plurality of nozzle…

System and method for a turbine combustor

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574496
A system includes a turbine combustor that includes a head end portion having a head end chamber, a combustion portion having a combustion chamber disposed downstream from the head end chamber, a cap disposed between the head end chamber and the combustion chamber, and a flow separator configured to separate a first exhaust flow from an oxidant flow. The flow separator is configured to direct the first exhaust flow into the head end chamber. The turbine combustor also includes a mixing…

Internally cooled transition duct aft frame with serpentine cooling passage and conduit

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574498
An aft frame for a transition duct of a gas turbine combustor includes a main body having an outer rail, an inner rail, a first side rail circumferentially separated from an opposing second side rail, a forward portion, an aft portion and an outer surface. An inlet port extends through the outer surface and an exhaust port extends through the forward portion. A serpentine cooling passage is defined within the main body beneath the outer surface. The serpentine cooling passage is in fluid…

Direct metering using a variable displacement vane pump

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574500
A direct metering architecture is provided having a metering pump and a servo pump wherein the metering and servo pumps are driven by an engine shaft by way of a gearbox transmission. The system reduces wasted horsepower previously occurring with oversized fixed displacement pumps, reduces instances of engine flameout and reduces the amount of heat added to fuel which ultimately improves engine oil cooling.

Fuel injection nozzle and method of manufacturing the same

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574533
A fuel injection head for use in a fuel injection nozzle comprises a monolithic body portion comprising an upstream face, an opposite downstream face, and a peripheral wall extending therebetween. A plurality of pre-mix tubes are integrally formed with and extend axially through the body portion. Each of the pre-mix tubes comprises an inlet adjacent the upstream face, an outlet adjacent the downstream face, and a channel extending between the inlet and the outlet. Each pre-mix tube also…

Route examination system and method

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575007
A route examination system includes a thermographic camera configured to be logically or mechanically coupled with a vehicle that travels along a route. The thermographic camera is also configured to sense infrared radiation emitted or reflected from the route and to generate a sensed thermal signature representative of the infrared radiation that is sensed. The system also includes a computer readable memory device configured to store a designated thermal signature representative of…

Expanded foam former apparatus and method for making the same

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575145
An MR coil former apparatus includes a body, a coil array, and a coil cover. The body defines a patient-facing positive surface opposite a non-patient-facing negative surface. The positive surface of the body includes an anatomic contour, and the coil array is disposed adjacent and conformed to the anatomic contour. The coil cover is disposed overlying the coil array and conformed to the anatomic contour.

System and method for cooling a magnetic resonance imaging device

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575149
A cooling system includes a first cooling loop containing a first cryogen, the first cooling loop being in thermal communication with a superconducting magnet and being configured to provide primary cooling for the magnet and a second cooling loop also containing the first cryogen. The second cooling loop is in thermal communication with an enclosure containing a second cryogen and is configured to cool the second cryogen within the enclosure. The enclosure is in thermal communication…

Ultrasound probe and ultrasound imaging system

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575165
An ultrasound probe and an ultrasound imaging system include a plurality of transducer elements arranged in an array. The plurality of transducer elements are organized to form a transmit aperture and a receive aperture. The ultrasound probe and ultrasound imaging system include a plurality of summing nodes. The ultrasound probe and ultrasound imaging system include a set of receive switches associated with each of the transducer elements in the receive aperture. Each set of receive…

Solid state photomultiplier

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575191
Embodiments of a solid state photomultiplier are provided herein. In some embodiments, a solid state photomultiplier may include a microcell configured to generate an analog signal when exposed to optical photons, a quench resistor electrically coupled to the microcell in series; and a first switch disposed between the quench resistor and an output of the solid state photomultiplier, the first switch electrically coupled to the microcell via the quench resistor and configured to…

System and method for sealing a syngas cooler

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575479
A system includes a syngas cooler and a compatible seal gas system. The syngas cooler may be configured to cool a syngas. The compatible seal gas system may be configured to supply a compatible seal gas to a seal of the syngas cooler. The seal may be configured to block the syngas from a passage between an outer wall of the syngas cooler and a tube cage of the syngas cooler.

Visualization of volumetric ultrasound images

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576390
Various embodiments include systems and methods for adaptive visualization enhancement in volumetric ultrasound images. One or more structures may be determined or identified to be visually enhanced in the volumetric ultrasound images, and one or more visualization changes may be determined, for each of the one or more structures to be visually enhanced. Rendering adjustments required to achieve each of the one or more visualization changes, for each of the one or more structures to be…

Method for reducing interwinding capacitance current in an isolation transformer

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576725
Systems and methods are disclosed for reducing an interwinding capacitance current in a transformer. In certain embodiments, the transformer includes a coupling winding and a primary winding that encircles a portion of the coupling winding. Additionally, the transformer includes a secondary winding that encircles a portion of the coupling winding. The transformer includes a shield terminal which is electrically coupled to the coupling winding. The shield terminal directs currents, such…

Conductor guide member for a circuit breaker terminal assembly

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576750
A conductor guide member for a circuit breaker terminal assembly includes a body having at least one conductor guide surface configured and disposed to facilitate alignment between at least one terminal connection member of the terminal assembly and at least one conductor. The at least one conductor guide surface gradually slopes from a first end to a second end. The second end defines a recess.

Moveable contact arm releases latch plate engagement in a circuit breaker

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576753
A contact system of a circuit breaker includes a fixed contact. The contact system also includes a moveable contact arm assembly comprising at least one moveable contact arm having a moveable contact thereon, the moveable contact arm moveable to define a closed condition and a blow open condition. The contact system further includes a carrier assembly operatively coupled to the moveable contact arm. The contact system yet further includes a latch plate operatively coupled to the carrier…