General Electric Patent Grants

Mobile base and X-ray machine mounted on such a mobile base

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545235
A mobile base designed to receive an X-ray machine is provided. An X-ray machine capable of being mounted on the mobile base is also provided. The X-ray machine of the invention is configured to move using a motor-driven system associated with a navigation system. The navigation system of the invention enables the X-ray machine to be moved automatically and with precision from one position to another within an examination, hybrid or operation room. The X-ray machine is also configured…

Nucleic acid delivery vehicle and uses thereof

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545421
A nucleic acid-delivery vehicle for delivering nucleic acids to target cells is provided. The nucleic acid-delivery vehicle comprises a plurality of nanoparticles; and a plurality of nucleic acids. The nanoparticles and the nucleic acids are agglomerated to form a nucleic acid-granulation particle having a dimension of at least 5 nm. Methods of making the nucleic acid-delivery vehicle and kits comprising nucleic acid-delivery vehicle are also provided.

Method of controlling a gas cleaning system by measuring a parameter of an absorbent material

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545594
A gas cleaning system for removing gaseous pollutants from a hot process gas comprises a vessel for bringing the hot process gas into contact with an absorbent material, and a separating device for separating at least a portion of the absorbent material from the hot process gas to form a separated dust material. The gas cleaning system further comprises a measuring device for measuring, directly or indirectly, a dust parameter such as a density, and/or a friction, and/or a…

Solids combining system for a solid feedstock

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545604
A system includes a solids combining system with a solids mixing section having a mixing chamber and a plurality of solids inlets configured to supply one or more solids into the mixing chamber. The system also includes a solids breakup section having a plurality of fluid inlets configured to supply one or more fluids into the mixing chamber and a solids flow control section having a converging-diverging passage downstream of the mixing chamber.

Method for preparing a catalyst composition suitable for removing sulfur from a catalytic reduction system

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545618
A method of preparing a catalyst composition suitable for removing sulfur from a catalytic reduction system and the catalyst composition prepared by the method are provided. The method of preparation of a catalyst composition, comprises: combining a metal oxide precursor, a catalyst metal precursor and an alkali metal precursor in the presence of a templating agent; hydrolyzing and condensing to form an intermediate product that comprises metal oxide, alkali metal oxide, and catalyst…

System and method for controlling and powering a vehicle

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545854
A control system includes a controller and an energy management system. The controller is onboard a vehicle that includes motors and an onboard energy storage device that powers the motors. The energy management system calculates estimated electric loads of powering the motors over one or more segments of a trip according to designated operational settings of a trip plan. The energy management system also determines a demanded amount of electric energy for powering the vehicle based on…

Process for preparing red-emitting phosphors

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546318
A process for preparing a Mn4+ doped phosphor of formula I Ax[MFy]:Mn+4??I includes contacting a mixture of a compound of formula Ax[MFy], a compound of formula AX, and a Mn+n source comprising a fluoromanganese compound, with a fluorine-containing oxidizing agent in gaseous form, at an elevated temperature, to form the Mn4+ doped phosphor; wherein A is Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, or a combination thereof; M is Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, Al, Ga, In, Sc, Hf, Y, La, Nb, Ta, Bi, Gd, or a combination…

Repaired turbine rotor wheel dovetail and related method

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546551
A method of repairing a damaged dovetail on a peripheral portion of a turbine wheel includes the steps of removing buckets from the dovetail; removing a damaged dovetail from the peripheral portion of the turbine wheel, leaving a rotor wheel body having a peripheral rim; disposing a replacement ring about the peripheral rim, the replacement ring and the rim defining therebetween a pair of end grooves and a center section; and welding the replacement ring to the peripheral rim, with weld…

Tapered part-span shroud

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546555
A rotatable blade for use in a turbomachine includes an airfoil portion having a leading edge, a trailing edge a radially-inner end and a radially-outer end; a root section at to the radially-inner end of the airfoil portion, and a part-span shroud located on the airfoil portion between the root section and the radially-outer end. The part-span shroud decreases in width and thickness from decreasing in width and thickness from the airfoil portion to a contact surface adapted to engage a…

Nozzle, a nozzle hanger, and a ceramic to metal attachment system

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546557
A nozzle, a nozzle hanger, and a ceramic to metal attachment system are provided. The ceramic to metal attachment system includes the nozzle, a ceramic matrix composite, and the nozzle hanger, a metal. The attachment system also includes a clamping member adjacent a second surface of the nozzle and a mounting member of the nozzle. The attachment system includes a plurality of attachment members securing the nozzle, the clamping member, and the nozzle hanger together. A sealing member of…

Silencer panel and system for having plastic perforated side wall and electrostatic particle removal

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546596
A silencer panel includes an acoustic absorbing material; and an enclosure surrounding the acoustic absorbing material. The enclosure includes at least one plastic, perforated side wall. A first electrostatic particle removing electrode may be associated with the enclosure to remove particles from a working fluid in conjunction with a second electrostatic particle removing electrode.

Variable volume combustor

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546598
The present application provides a variable volume combustor for use with a gas turbine engine. The variable volume combustor may include a liner, a number of micro-mixer fuel nozzles positioned within the liner, and a linear actuator so as to maneuver the micro-mixer fuel nozzles axially along the liner.

Nozzle having an orifice plug for a gas turbomachine

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546600
A gas turbomachine nozzle includes a base portion having a first fluid inlet and a second fluid inlet, and an outlet portion having one or more outlets. A connection section fluidically connects the base portion and the outlet portion. An orifice plug is arranged in the base portion at the second fluid inlet. The orifice plug includes one or more openings fluidically connecting the second fluid inlet and the connection section.

Clocked combustor can array

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546601
The present application provides a clocked combustor can array for coherence reduction in a gas turbine engine. The clocked combustor can array may include a number of combustor cans positioned in a circumferential array. A first set of the combustor cans may have a first orientation and a second set of the combustor cans may have a second orientation.

Customizable modular luminaire

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546776
A luminaire having a body that includes a first portion and a second portion, the second portion including two or more apertures. At least one of the two or more apertures being sized to match a main lighting component, at least one other of the two or more apertures being sized to match a first function module, and at least another of the two or more apertures being sized to match a second function module. One of the first function module and the second function module is one of a…

System having a multi-tube fuel nozzle

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546789
A system including a plurality of multi-tube fuel nozzles each having a plurality of tubes extending in an axial direction, wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes includes an air inlet, a fuel inlet, and a fuel-air mixture outlet, a fuel nozzle housing including a first outer wall extending circumferentially about a central axis, wherein the plurality of multi-tube fuel nozzles are disposed in the fuel nozzle housing, an inlet flow conditioner removably coupled to a first end…

Methods for producing strain sensors on turbine components

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9546928
Methods for manufacturing strain sensors on turbine components include providing a turbine component comprising an exterior surface, and, depositing a ceramic material onto a portion of the exterior surface to form a strain sensor comprising at least two reference points.

System and method for controlling and diagnosing a combined cycle power plant

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547294
A system and method in a combined cycle power plant includes a processor modeling plant level performance by considering the interrelation between outputs of the gas turbine and the steam turbine. The model can be computational, predictive, or both. The model may be used to control subsystems of the plant (including the gas turbine and the steam turbine) to achieve a target plant performance. The model may also be used to diagnose or maintain subsystems of the combined cycle power plant.

System and method for synchronizing networked components

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547333
A method for synchronizing a plurality of components that are networked via a plurality of high speed switches, the method includes frequency-locking to a master clock component clocks of the plurality of components, and synchronizing to a master counter, driven by the master clock, component counters of the plurality of components, so that the frequency-locked component clocks drive the component counters in synchrony with the master counter.

Edge router systems and methods

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548918
A system including an edge router which collects data from a mesh network by receiving on multiple simultaneous frequencies. Using N simultaneous frequencies increases the throughput of a system by up to N-times, reducing the bottleneck that otherwise occurs at the take-out-point of a mesh communications system. Furthermore, nodes in direct communication with the edge router can send each data packet multiple times on multiple frequencies, increasing the probability that the packet is…