General Electric Patent Grants

Method and apparatus for removing oxide from metallic substrate

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822456
A method for removing oxide from a metallic substrate is described. The method includes providing a stream of boron trifluoride; heating the metallic substrate at a first temperature; and heating the metallic substrate at a second temperature different from the first temperature. An associated apparatus is also described.

High chord bucket with dual part span shrouds and curved dovetail

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822647
A turbine bucket includes an entry dovetail; an airfoil portion extending from the entry dovetail, the airfoil portion having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a pressure side and a suction side. Radially inner- and outer-span shrouds are provided on each of the pressure side and the suction side, the part-span shrouds each having hard faces adapted to engage and slide relative to corresponding part-span shrouds on adjacent buckets.

Integrated combustor and stage 1 nozzle in a gas turbine and method

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822649
An integrated combustor and stage one nozzle in a gas turbine includes a combustion chamber that receives premixed fuel and air from at least one fuel nozzle group at separate axial locations. The combustion chamber includes a liner and a transition piece that deliver hot combustion gas to the turbine. The stage one nozzle, the liner and the transition piece are integrated into a single part. At least one of the axial locations of the one or more fuel nozzle groups includes a plurality…

Cooling structure for stationary blade

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822653
Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a cooling structure for a stationary blade. The cooling structure can include: an airfoil having a cooling circuit therein; an endwall coupled to a radial end of the airfoil; a chamber positioned within the endwall for receiving a cooling fluid from the cooling circuit, wherein the cooling fluid absorbs heat from the endwall, and a temperature of the cooling fluid in an upstream region is lower than a temperature of the cooling fluid in a…

Power generation system having compressor creating excess air flow and turbo-expander for cooling inlet air

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822670
A power generation system may include: a first gas turbine system including a first turbine component, a first integral compressor and a first combustor to which air from the first integral compressor and fuel are supplied. The first integral compressor has a flow capacity greater than an intake capacity of the first combustor and/or the first turbine component, creating an excess air flow. A second gas turbine system may include similar components to the first except but without excess…

Methods and system for controlling surge in a two-stage turbocharger

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822694
Various methods and systems are provided for controlling air flow in a two-stage turbocharger. In one example, an engine method comprises adjusting one or more exhaust gas recirculation valves to maintain a first turbocharger within a first air flow range, and adjusting a turbocharger bypass valve to maintain a second turbocharger within a second air flow range.

Fuel supply system

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822703
A fuel supply system is provided having a first fuel gas compressor configured to be driven by a motor and a second fuel gas compressor configured to be driven by a shaft of a gas turbine system. The first fuel gas compressor and the second fuel gas compressor are configured to supply a pressurized fuel flow to a combustor of the gas turbine system, and the first fuel gas compressor and the second fuel gas compressor are coupled to one another in series.

Vent system for use in a gas turbine and method of operating thereof

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822707
A vent for use in a gaseous fuel supply circuit of a gas turbine is provided. The vent includes an inlet in flow communication with the gaseous fuel supply circuit, a first outlet in flow communication with the gaseous fuel supply circuit and configured to release gaseous fuel at atmospheric pressure, a first valve coupled between the inlet and the first outlet, wherein the first valve includes a second outlet configured to channel the gaseous fuel towards a combustion device. The system…

Control system and method

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822717
A system and method control a powered system having an engine configured to operate using a plurality of fuel types. A first set of control signals including a first set of valve signals are communicated to each fuel tank based at least in part on a first stored engine operating profile to control amounts of fuel provided from each fuel tank to the engine. A different, second set of control signals including a second set of valve signals are communicated to the fuel tanks based at least…

Method and systems for adjusting engine cylinder operation based on a knock sensor output

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9822727
Various methods and systems are provided for individually adjusting fueling to cylinders of an engine based on an output of a knock sensor coupled to each cylinder. In one embodiment, a method for a multi fuel engine comprises individually adjusting, for each cylinder of the engine, one or more of a gas flow rate of gaseous fuel, a diesel flow rate of diesel fuel, an injection or induction timing of gaseous fuel, or an injection timing of diesel fuel based on each of an output of an…

Distributed gas detection system and method

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9823184
A distributed gas detection system includes one or more hollow core fibers disposed in different locations, one or more solid core fibers optically coupled with the one or more hollow core fibers and configured to receive light of one or more wavelengths from a light source, and an interrogator device configured to receive at least some of the light propagating through the one or more solid core fibers and the one or more hollow core fibers. The interrogator device is configured to…

Multi-interval dispatch system tools for enabling dispatchers in power grid control centers to manage changes

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9824319
A system tool that provides dispatchers in power grid control centers with a capability to manage changes. Included is a user interface and a plurality of scheduler engines. Each scheduler engine is configured to look ahead at different time frames to forecast system conditions and alter generation patterns within the different time frames. A comprehensive operating plan holds schedules generated by the plurality of scheduler engines. A relational database is coupled to the comprehensive…

Dictionary learning based image reconstruction

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9824468
A computationally efficient dictionary learning-based term is employed in an iterative reconstruction framework to keep more spatial information than two-dimensional dictionary learning and require less computational cost than three-dimensional dictionary learning. In one such implementation, a non-local regularization algorithm is employed in an MBIR context (such as in a low dose CT image reconstruction context) based on dictionary learning in which dictionaries from different…

Resistive grid elements having a thermosetting polymer

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9824797
A resistor grid system includes a resistor strip including multiple pins. The resistor grid system also includes an insulation board coupled to the resistor strip through the multiple pins and configured to provide a structural support. The insulation board is made of a composite material. The composite material includes a nitrogen-containing aromatic thermosetting polymeric resin and a filler.

Fossil fuel power plant with integrated carbon separation facility

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9825319
As integrated fossil fuel power plant and a method of operating the power plant is provided. The integrated fossil fuel power plant includes a gas turbine arrangement and a carbonate fuel cell having an anode side and a cathode side. The operating method for the integrated fossil fuel power plant includes partially expanding combustion gases in the gas turbine arrangement so that the temperature of the partially expanded combustion gases is optimized for reaction in the cathode side of…

Planar-ended ripple spring and hardened stator bar armor

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9825500
A ripple spring includes a body including a central portion having a substantially sinusoidal shaped surface and a substantially planar end portion extending from each end of the central portion. A stator bar may include an armor layer including a novalac epoxy resin impregnated glass composite.

Method for repairing a stator

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9825511
The method for repairing a stator having a damaged part includes providing the stator with a seat, removing the damaged part of the stator, connecting the inserts replacing the damaged part of the stator to the seat, and fixing the inserts.

Converter and electric generator in which groups of windings are used to generate output voltages according to a power requirement

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9825551
The converter includes a plurality of input lines and one or more output lines. Each input line is connected to a group of supply circuits and the supply circuits of each group are connected to different output lines. The electric generator comprises a stator and a rotor. The stator has a plurality of windings. Each winding has a plurality of phases. Each phase comprises bars connected in series. The phases have a first connection at one end, a second connection at the other end and a…

Voltage source converter

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9825554
A voltage source converter comprises first and second DC terminals for connection to a DC network, and at least one limb connected between the first and second DC terminals. The or each limb includes: a phase element including two parallel-connected sets of series-connected switching elements connected in an H-bridge to define first and second diagonal switching pairs, a respective junction between each set of series-connected switching elements defining an AC terminal for connection to…

Reusable phase-change thermal interface structures

Granted: November 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9826662
A reusable phase-change thermal interface structure having a metal based foam and a fusible metal based alloy is provided. In a solid phase of the fusible metal based alloy the fusible metal based alloy is disposed at least in a portion of the metal based foam. Further, in a liquid phase of the fusible metal based alloy the fusible metal based alloy is disposed at least on a portion of one or more outer surfaces of the metal based foam.