General Electric Patent Applications

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING RADIATION SCATTER IN AN IMAGING SYSTEM

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170287582
An apparatus for reducing radiation scatter in an imaging system having an operational slot for receiving an anti-scatter grid. The apparatus includes an imaging system component having at least one storage slot formed therein for selectively storing an anti-scatter grid when the grid is not in the operational slot of the imaging system. The apparatus further includes an operational slot sensor configured to detect the presence of an anti-scatter grid and/or an imaging property of a grid…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A RADIATION DOSE DURING IMAGING OF AN OBJECT WITHIN A SUBJECT

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170281114
A method for adjusting a radiation dose during imaging of an object within a subject is provided. The method includes identifying a task in a first frame that contains the object, the first frame generated via exposing the subject to a radiation beam; and adjusting the radiation beam based at least in part on the task prior to generating a second frame that contains the object, the second frame generated via exposing the subject to the radiation beam.

User Control System and Method for Infant Care Apparatus

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170281445
An infant care system comprises a platform configured to support an infant and to receive an applied force on the platform. The infant care system also comprises at least two load cells connected to the platform, each of the two load cells configured to receive at least a portion of the applied force on the platform and generate a signal indicative of the portion of applied force received. The infant care system also comprises a processor configured to receive and analyze the signals…

SYSTEM AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAINTAINING A PRESSURE BALANCE IN A SOLIDS FLOW LOOP AND FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW OF SOLIDS THERETHROUGH

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170283191
A system includes a standpipe for receiving a flow of solids therethrough, the standpipe having at least one inlet configured to receive a gas for decreasing a solids-to-gas ratio of the flow, a sealpot having an inlet fluidly coupled to the standpipe and an outlet fluidly coupled to a riser, the sealpot being configured to fluidize the solids received from the standpipe and to transport the solids to the riser, and a drain device fluidly coupled to an outlet in the standpipe, the outlet…

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW DIRECTION, FLOW RATE AND TEMPERATURE OF SOLIDS

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170284660
An apparatus for controlling flow of a material includes an inlet for receiving the material from a source, and a seal mechanism connected to the inlet, the seal mechanism having a fluidizing bed configured to receive the material from the inlet, a first discharge passageway and a second discharge passageway. The fluidizing bed includes a first transport zone associated with the first discharge passageway and a second transport zone associated with the second discharge passageway,…

METHOD AND GAS ANALYSIS UNIT FOR DETERMINING A CHANCE TO ENABLE A ZEROING OF GAS ANALYSIS

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170274170
A method for determining a chance to enable a zeroing of gas analysis is disclosed herein. The method includes emitting radiation, and receiving emitted radiation, the received radiation comprising a first wavelength range absorbed by the at least one desired gas component and one or more disturbing factor, and a second wavelength range absorbed by the disturbing factor, the first wavelength range differing from the second wavelength range. The method also includes providing to a…

CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES HAVING MONOMODAL PORE SIZE DISTRIBUTION AND LOW FIBER VOLUME FRACTION

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170275210
Ceramic matrix composite articles include, for example, a plurality of unidirectional arrays of fiber tows in a matrix having a monomodal pore size distribution, and a fiber volume fraction between about 15 percent and about 35 percent. The articles may be formed by, for example, providing a shaped preform comprising a prepreg tape layup of unidirectional arrays of fiber tows, a matrix precursor, and a pore former, curing the shaped preform to pyrolyze the matrix precursor and burnout…

ADDITIVE METHOD ENABLING AIR PLASMA SPRAY (APS) OVER A SMOOTH SURFACE

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170275747
A stacked up structure can include a first environmental barrier coating (EBC) layer and a second EBC layer. A first process can be used to form the first layer and a second process can be used to form the second layer. In one embodiment interfacial material can be formed for improved bonding of the second layer to the first layer. The interfacial material can define a continuous or discontinuous layer of nonuniform thickness.

METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR AN EGR COOLER INCLUDING COOLING TUBES WITH A COMPLIANT REGION

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170276094
Various methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation cooler including a plurality of cooling tubes. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler includes a plurality of cooling tubes positioned within a housing of the EGR cooler, each cooling tube of the plurality of cooling tubes extending between and directly coupled to tube sheets of the EGR cooler at ends of each cooling tube, where at least one end of one or more cooling tubes of a first portion of…

FORCE REDUCED MAGNETIC SHIM DRAWER

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170276748
An MRI scanner can include a magnet assembly forming a central magnetic field area, and a slot for receiving a shim drawer formed within the central magnetic field area. There can be included a shim drawer received within the slot. The shim drawer can be configured to carry one or more metal shim and the shim drawer can be formed of conductive material.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HEATING COMPONENTS OF A HEAT RECOVERY STEAM GENERATOR

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170268379
A system for heating one or more components of a heat recovery steam generator that includes a heat-transferring conduit that fluidly connects a high-pressure section of a flow path to a low-pressure section of the flow path. The flow path is defined by a housing of the heat recovery steam generator and configured to direct a heat-containing medium. The heat-transferring conduit is configured to receive the heat-containing medium from the flow path such that the heat-containing medium…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A BOILER LOAD

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170268767
A support system for a boiler includes a plurality of support assemblies arranged intermediate a ground surface and the boiler. Each of the support assemblies include a first support leg having a lower end operatively connected to the ground surface and an upper end operatively connected to the boiler, a second support leg having a lower end operatively connected to the ground surface and an upper end operatively connected to the boiler, and at least one spring operatively connected to…

STAGED FUEL AND AIR INJECTORS IN COMBUSTION SYSTEMS OF GAS TURBINES

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170268784
A staged injector in a combustor of a gas turbine. The staged injector may include an injector tube comprising a lateral wall enclosing an injection passageway that extends between an outlet and inlet. An outboard segment of the injector tube may include an exterior face. A cover may be formed about the outboard segment so form a surrounding plenum. The cover may include a side wall that radially overlaps the outboard segment and forms a first portion of the surrounding plenum…

STAGED FUEL AND AIR INJECTORS IN COMBUSTION SYSTEMS OF GAS TURBINES

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170268785
A staged injector in a combustor of a gas turbine. The staged injector may include an injector tube comprising a lateral wall enclosing an injection passageway that extends between an outlet and inlet. An outboard segment of the injector tube may include an exterior face. A cover may be formed about the outboard segment so form a surrounding plenum. The cover may include a side wall that radially overlaps the outboard segment and forms a first portion of the surrounding plenum…

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING CLEANING OF MEDICAL DEVICES

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170270258
A system for managing cleaning of one or more medical devices includes a central computing system having a processor, the central computing system communicatively connected to the one or more medical devices. The system further includes a cleaning mode module executable on a processor of the one or more medical devices to initiate a cleaning event, disable control input function of one or more touch inputs to the medical device, record cleaning event information, end the cleaning event…

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A RADIATION SOURCE

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170271038
An equatorial anthropic radiation source and a method of making an equatorial anthropic radiation source are described. The radiation source is useful in diagnostic imaging applications in healthcare or other industries (e.g. computerized three-dimensional segmental imaging; Crompton scattering imaging techniques; radiation detector check and calibration, in particular CdZnTe detectors commonly used in medical imaging).

BLOCKING MEMBERS AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS HAVING QUICK-MAKE FEATURE

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170271107
A blocking member for an actuator having a movable arm for effecting a quick-make feature, includes for example, an elongated member having a first end and a second end, and wherein a portion of said elongated member being configured so that said blocking member disposed in a first position engages a portion of the movable arm of the actuator to restrain movement of the movable arm, and so that said blocking member disposed in a second position disengages from the portion of the movable…

LATCH-FREE CIRCUIT BREAKERS

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170271108
A circuit breaker includes, for example, a housing, a stationary electrical contact attached to the housing, a movable arm operably movably attachable to the housing and a second end having an electrical contact releaseably contactable with the stationary electrical contact, and an actuator mechanism. The actuator mechanism includes a first biasing means for opening the electrical contacts, a second biasing means for closing the electrical contacts, and a yieldable support. The yieldable…

LATCH-FREE ACTUATORS

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170271109
A latch-free actuator includes, for example, a movable arm, a first biasing means operable to apply a force to move the movable arm in a first direction, and a yieldable support having a rigid configuration defining a generally straight axis and a flexible configuration defining a non-straight axis. The yieldable support is operable in the rigid configuration to support a compression force along the straight axis due to and countering the first biasing means so that the movable arm is…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF A SELECTIVE CATALYST REDUCTION SYSTEM IN A HEAT RECOVERY STEAM GENERATOR

Granted: September 14, 2017
Application Number: 20170259209
A heat recovery steam generator includes a gas inlet for receiving a flow of exhaust gas from a gas turbine, a gas outlet opposite the gas inlet and configured to transport the flow of exhaust gas to atmosphere, and a sorbent injection device intermediate the gas inlet and the gas outlet, the sorbent injection device including at least one injection port configured to inject a sorbent into the flow of exhaust gas. The sorbent is configured to react with an acid gas within the flow of…