US Pat. No. 9,068,459

TURBINE DIAPHRAGM AIRFOIL, DIAPHRAGM ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD OF REPAIR

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine diaphragm airfoil comprising:
a composite airfoil body having a pressure side and a suction side, the composite airfoil body including:
a leading edge section forming a portion of each of the pressure side and the suction side; and
a trailing edge section integral with the leading edge section, the trailing edge section including:
a prefabricated member affixed to the leading edge section, the prefabricated member forming a remainder of the pressure side
of the composite airfoil body; and

a weld or braze section contacting the leading edge section and the prefabricated member, the weld or braze section forming
a remainder of the suction side of the composite airfoil body and extending from the leading edge section to approximately
a trailing edge of the composite airfoil body.

US Pat. No. 9,232,929

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FETAL HEART RATE MONITORING WITH MATERNAL CONTRIBUTION DETECTION

General Electric Company,...

15. A device for monitoring the heart rate of a fetus, the device comprising:
an ultrasound transducer operable to transmit an ultrasound signal and receive reflected ultrasounds signals from a plurality
of ultrasound depths across an ultrasound depth zone of sensitivity;

a digital controller that operates the ultrasound transducer according to a timing diagram to scan the ultrasound depth zone
of sensitivity in overlapping increments;

a signal quality detector that calculates a signal quality for each overlapping increment;
a fetal heart rate (FHR) detector that calculates a FHR waveform from each of the overlapping increments of a first depth
size and calculates an average FHR from the FHR waveform; and

a timing diagram selector that identifies adjacent overlapping increments with maximized signal quality and selects a timing
diagram for use by the digital controller, wherein the timing diagram is associated with a combined scan depth of the identified
adjacent overlapping increments;

wherein the digital controller operates the ultrasound transducer according to the selected timing diagram and the FHR detector
calculates the FHR from the received reflected ultrasound signals produced according to the selected timing diagram.

US Pat. No. 9,464,244

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BLACK WATER REMOVAL

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
a gasifier configured to remove black water, wherein the gasifier comprises a reactor configured to gasify a fuel to generate
a syngas, and a quench chamber disposed downstream of the reactor, and the quench chamber is configured to cool the syngas
generated in the reactor;

a syngas treatment system fluidly coupled to the gasifier and configured to receive the syngas generated in the gasifier,
wherein the syngas treatment system is configured to supply the gasifier with a first portion of a quench liquid via a first
flow path extending between the syngas treatment system and a first inlet of the gasifier and a second portion of the quench
liquid via a second flow path extending between the syngas treatment system and a second inlet of the gasifier;

a lock hopper configured to receive gasification by-products generated in the reactor and supply a third portion of the quench
liquid to the gasifier via a third flow path extending between a second outlet of the lock hopper and a third inlet of the
gasifier; and

a deaerator coupled to the syngas treatment system and the lock hopper, wherein the deaerator is configured to depressurize
the lock hopper.

US Pat. No. 9,207,334

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A LIGHT SENSOR IN GAMMA RAY DETECTORS

General Electric Company,...

1. A light sensor for a gamma ray detector of a positron emission tomography (PET) imaging system comprising:
a plurality of micro-cells forming a micro-cell array; and
a set of signal traces electrically coupling the plurality of micro-cells to a pin-out, wherein the set of signal traces are
configured to define a non-orthogonal signal path from each of the micro-cells to the pin-out.

US Pat. No. 9,203,264

HYDROGEN PURGE SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND RELATED METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:
at least one computing device configured to perform the following:
obtain an indication of a fault in an alternating current (AC) power supply to a hydrogen-cooled dynamoelectric machine system;
determine a reserve power characteristic of a reserve energy storage device in response to obtaining the indication of the
fault in the AC power supply; and

extend a pre-purge cycle for the hydrogen-cooled dynamoelectric machine system based upon the reserve power characteristic
of the reserve energy storage device, wherein the pre-purge cycle includes a time prior to a purge process, the purge process
including purging the hydrogen-cooled dynamoelectric machine system of hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 9,494,083

EMISSIONS CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

General Electric Company,...

1. An emissions control system, comprising:
a support structure at least partially positioned above an engine, the engine capable of producing an exhaust stream; and
an exhaust after-treatment system having at least one exhaust after-treatment unit through which at least a portion of the
exhaust stream is directed to flow, each exhaust after-treatment unit having at least one exhaust after-treatment component
for treating the portion of the exhaust stream flowing through the unit;

wherein the at least one exhaust after-treatment unit is attached to the support structure and positioned above the engine
and the support structure is attached to the engine for the engine to bear the weight of the support structure and the at
least one exhaust treatment unit;

wherein the support structure comprises a plurality of isolators, and
each of the at least one exhaust after-treatment unit is attached to one or more of the isolators above the engine for vibration
reduction;

wherein the support structure further comprises a base and a plurality of mounting legs, the plurality of mounting legs respectively
attached to the engine at a plurality of different mounting locations, the base attached to all the legs and positioned above
the engine, and the plurality of isolators mounted to the base, and

the isolators are interposed between the base and the at least one exhaust after-treatment unit for vibration reduction of
the at least one exhaust after-treatment unit relative to the base.

US Pat. No. 9,589,031

SYSTEM FOR STORAGE, QUERYING, AND ANALYSIS OF TIME SERIES DATA

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of offering a data service for storage and querying of real-time asset operational data, comprising:
accessing, from a data source, time stamped data;
creating a plurality of data blocks, each data block comprising a portion of the time stamped data with at least one common
metadata attribute and a plurality of indices, each index associated with a corresponding data block, each index comprising
metadata associated with the corresponding data block;

storing the plurality of indices in an index database;
storing the plurality of data blocks in a time series database comprising a plurality of computing devices, each of which
stores a portion of the plurality of data blocks;

receiving, at a query layer from a requestor, a query that specifies criteria defining a set of data retrieved from the service;
requesting from the index database the indices associated with data blocks stored in the time series database comprising time
stamped data accessed to evaluate the query;

preparing a sub-query that produces appropriate data matching the criteria, the sub-query comprising the criteria and a logical
operation performed on data matching the criteria;

sending the sub-query to an evaluator resident on each of the computing devices that corresponds to the data blocks identified
in the requesting operation;

receiving at the evaluator the sub-query from the query layer;
evaluating the criteria specified in the sub-query with respect to the data blocks stored on the same computing devices as
the evaluator in order to select a subset of data;

performing the logical operation specified in the sub-query on the subset of data to produce a sub-result;
returning the sub-result to an output handler;
receiving, at an output handler, the sub-results produced in response to each sub-query;
combining the sub-results into a query result; and
returning the query result to the requestor.

US Pat. No. 9,068,470

INDEPENDENTLY-CONTROLLED GAS TURBINE INLET GUIDE VANES AND VARIABLE STATOR VANES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for adjusting positions of gas turbine inlet guide vanes (IGVs) including a first set of vanes and variable stator
vanes (VSVs) including a second set of vanes, the system comprising:
a hydraulic power unit providing a supply of hydraulic fluid;
an IGV servo in fluid communication with the hydraulic power unit;
a VSV servo in fluid communication with the hydraulic power unit;
an IGV cylinder set in fluid communication with the hydraulic power unit via the IGV servo and connected to the IGVs, the
IGV cylinder set effecting tandem displacement of the first set of vanes between a closed position and a fully open position;

a VSV cylinder set in fluid communication with the hydraulic power unit via the VSV servo, the VSV cylinder set being separate
and independent from the IGV cylinder set, the VSVs including the second set of vanes across multiple stages linked together
with a torque shaft, wherein VSV cylinder set is connected to the torque shaft, and wherein the VSV cylinder set effects simultaneous
displacement of the stages of the VSVs between a closed position and a fully open position,

wherein the IGV servo and the VSV servo respectively control delivery of hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic power unit to
the IGV cylinder set and the VSV cylinder set, and wherein the IGV servo and the VSV servo are independently controllable;
and

trip valves cooperable with each of the IGV servo and the VSV servo, each of the trip valves being activated to bypass the
IGV and VSV servos, respectively, and close the IGVs and the VSVs.

US Pat. No. 9,349,495

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED COLLIMATION SENSITIVITY

General Electric Company,...

1. A collimator assembly including:
a parallel-hole collimator including plural walls defining parallel holes therebetween, the parallel holes arranged around
a central opening; and

a pin-hole collimator including a pin-hole formed in a body, the pin-hole collimator disposed within the central opening.

US Pat. No. 9,618,919

REAL-TIME SCHEDULING OF LINEAR MODELS FOR CONTROL AND ESTIMATION

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of generating linear models for an aircraft engine system, the method comprising:
determining, offline, a set of linear models for the aircraft engine system by linearization of a nonlinear model of the aircraft
engine system at selected operating points or from desired data;

analyzing, offline, accuracy of each linear model and eliminating inaccurate linear models therefrom to provide a residual
set of the linear engine models;

generating, offline, linear models corresponding to grid points of one or more rectangular lookup tables based on the residual
set of the linear engine models;

associating, offline, lookup table grid points or the residual set of the linear engine models with selected scheduling variables;
and

generating, offline, algorithmic software for the aircraft engine system therefrom such that the linear models for the aircraft
engine system generated offline form a basis for online scheduling of linear models.

US Pat. No. 9,484,284

MICROFLUIDIC IMPINGEMENT JET COOLED EMBEDDED DIAMOND GAN HEMT

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

1. A circuit assembly comprising:
a substrate including a top surface and a bottom surface, said substrate further including a plurality of microchannels formed
through the bottom surface and into the substrate;

a diamond layer provided within each of the microchannels in the substrate;
a plurality of semiconductor devices provided on the top surface of the substrate where each semiconductor device is positioned
directly opposite to a microchannel; and

a manifold coupled to the bottom surface of the substrate and including a plurality of channels formed therein that include
an impingement jet channel positioned adjacent each microchannel, a return channel positioned adjacent to each microchannel,
a supply channel supplying a cooling fluid to the impingement jet channels and a return channel collecting heated cooling
fluid from the supply channels so that an impingement jet of the cooling fluid is directed on to the diamond layer for removing
heat generated by the semiconductor devices.

US Pat. No. 9,068,463

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING TURBINE ENGINES

General Electric Company,...

1. A monitoring system for use with a turbine engine, wherein the turbine engine includes a compressor and at least one compressor
bleed valve coupled to the compressor, said monitoring system comprising:
at least one positional sensor configured to sense an operational parameter of the compressor bleed valve during operation
of the turbine engine;

at least one temperature sensor configured to sense an operational parameter of the turbine engine during operation of the
turbine engine;

at least one proximity sensor configured to sense a rotational speed of a drive shaft within the turbine and used to calculate
an operational mode of the turbine engine during operation of the turbine engine; and

a controller coupled to said at least one positional sensor, temperature and proximity sensors and to the compressor bleed
valve, said controller comprising:

a valve performance module, wherein the valve performance module is configured to receive from the at least one positional
sensor, a plurality of positional sensor signals indicative of the compressor bleed valve operational parameter during operation
of the turbine engine, and to receive from the at least one temperature sensor, a plurality of temperature sensor signals
indicative of the turbine engine operational parameter during operation of the turbine engine, and to receive a plurality
of turbine engine operating mode signals indicative of the turbine engine operational mode during operation of the turbine
engine, and further wherein the valve performance module calculates a plurality of operational values indicative of a condition
of the compressor bleed valve associated with a corresponding operational mode, in response to the plurality of positional
sensor signals and the plurality of turbine engine operating mode signals and further calculates a plurality of operational
values indicative of a condition of the turbine engine in response to the plurality of temperature sensor signals and the
plurality of turbine engine operating mode signals;

a baseline operation module in communication with the valve performance module, wherein the baseline operation module calculates
a plurality of compressor bleed valve baseline operational values in response to the corresponding plurality of compressor
bleed valve operational values during operation of the turbine engine, and further calculates a plurality of turbine engine
baseline operational values in response to the corresponding plurality of turbine engine operational values during operation
of the turbine engine;

a turbine operation module in communication with the valve performance module, wherein the turbine operation module is configured
to receive from the at least one proximity sensor, a monitoring signal indicative of the turbine engine operational mode during
operation of the turbine engine, and further wherein the turbine operation module generates the plurality of turbine engine
operating mode signals in response to the at least one proximity sensor monitoring signal during operation of the turbine
engine;

a predictive operation module in communication with the valve performance module, baseline operation module, and turbine operation
module, wherein the predictive operation module determines a condition of the turbine engine based at least partially on the
plurality of bleed valve calculated operational values, bleed valve calculated baseline operational values or the turbine
engine operational mode during operation of the turbine engine; and

a notification module in communication with the predictive operation module, wherein the predictive module is programmed to
determine the condition of the turbine engine to be less than a predefined turbine engine condition, and the notification
module is programmed to generate a first alarm notification signal in response thereto during operation of the turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 9,228,740

ANNULAR INJECTOR ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING SAME

General Electric Company,...

7. An annular injector comprising:
a first bayonet assembly comprising a terminal end and a tip end;
a second bayonet assembly comprising a terminal end and a tip end, said second bayonet assembly configured to be concentrically
and releasably coupled at least partially about said first bayonet assembly, wherein an outer diameter of said first bayonet
assembly and an inner diameter of said second bayonet assembly vary at the tip end to define a first substantially annular
nozzle therebetween, said first bayonet assembly including a maximum outer diameter that is greater than a minimum inner diameter
of said second bayonet assembly and at least a portion of at least one of said first bayonet assembly and said second bayonet
assembly extends from the tip end to the terminal end; and

a third bayonet assembly configured to be concentrically and releasably coupled at least partially about said second bayonet
assembly to define a second substantially annular nozzle therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,255,860

IMMERSION INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR A MACHINE AND RELATED METHOD OF OPERATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:
a first seal member configured to sealingly engage a first portion of a machine component;
a base system connected to the first seal member and configured to extend within the machine component, the base system including:
a housing; and
an inspection device disposed within the housing and configured to inspect the machine component; and
a second seal member connected to the base system and configured to sealingly engage a second portion of the machine component,
wherein the inspection device is configured to slide relative to the first seal member and the second seal member to inspect
the machine component.

US Pat. No. 9,325,218

LAMINATED ROTOR BALANCING PROVISIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor comprising:
a plurality of axially stacked laminations,
wherein each lamination thereof includes a plurality of radially extending slots arranged about a circumference, and the plurality
of radially extending slots in each lamination are aligned with the plurality of radially extending slots in the other axially
stacked laminations;

a stud member passing longitudinally through at least one hole in the plurality of stacked laminations;
a coil stack positioned within fewer than all of the plurality of radially extending slots;
a balance member disposed in each radially extending slot in the plurality of radially extending slots that does not have
a coil positioned therein;

a wedge disposed in each of the plurality of radially extending slots at a radially outward end thereof; and
a radially inward extending hole which extends through the wedge and at least partially through the balance member.

US Pat. No. 9,267,393

DRY ICE CLEANING APPARATUS FOR GAS TURBINE COMPRESSOR

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for cleaning at least one airfoil within a turbine compressor, comprising:
a hose for applying cleaning material to the at least one airfoil;
an articulation assembly for articulating a nozzle of the hose, the articulation assembly comprising:
a main shaft attached to the hose at a first end; and
an articulating trigger for rotating the first end of the main shaft; and
a spring, wherein the first end of the main shaft rotates about the spring; and
a flexible tubing that attaches the nozzle to the hose, wherein the first end of the main shaft is attached to the flexible
tubing.

US Pat. No. 9,261,467

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ITERATIVE IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION FOR COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program comprising instructions, which,
when executed by a computer, cause the computer to:
acquire projection data from a scanned object, the set of projection data comprising a plurality of projection measurements;
calculate a set of modified statistical weights from the projection data, wherein a respective modified statistical weight
of the set of modified statistical weights comprises a deviation from an inverse variance of a corresponding projection measurement
of the projection data; and

reconstruct an image of the scanned object using the set of modified statistical weights as coefficients in an iterative reconstruction
algorithm;

wherein the instructions further cause the computer to:
define a set of conventional statistical weights from the plurality of projection measurements, wherein a respective conventional
statistical weight of the set of conventional statistical weights comprises an inverse variance of a respective projection
measurement of the plurality of projection measurements; and

apply a nonlinear transformation function to the set of conventional statistical weights to generate the set of modified statistical
weights.

US Pat. No. 9,265,470

PIVOTING X-RAY IMAGING DEVICES

General Electric Company,...

1. An X-ray imaging device, comprising:
an X-ray source; and
an X-ray detector, wherein the X-ray source and the X-ray detector are disposed at nearly opposing locations of an imaging
arm; and

a pivot joint that is physically attached to or part of the imaging arm which allows the imaging arm to have an axis of orbital
rotation substantially coinciding with the center of gravity of the imaging arm.

US Pat. No. 9,191,368

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURE REMOTE ACCESS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for encapsulating remote access session data, comprising:
receiving, from an end user computer, a request for a remote connection to an onsite system behind a firewall, wherein the
firewall prevents inbound connections;

initiating, by one or more onsite processors associated with a central system, a session request message within a reply to
a previous message from the onsite system, wherein the request message is sent to a pre-selected traffic port that prevents
non-outbound communications and blocks non-reply messages;

receiving the request message by an intelligent software module residing on one or more onsite processors associated with
the onsite system;

establishing, by the intelligent software module, a connection between the onsite system and a remote connection server;
opening a secure tunnel at the central system by the onsite system;
encrypting data for transmission by the onsite system, wherein the data comprises operational information from a plurality
of onsite controllers in communication with a plurality of sensors;

completing an authentication process by the onsite system;
establishing a connection between the end user computer and the onsite system; and
transferring the data from the onsite system to the end user computer.

US Pat. No. 9,073,152

ELLIPTICAL BEARING MANIPULATOR

General Electric Company,...

1. An elliptical bearing manipulator comprising:
a frame including:
at least one adjustable roller being adjustable in a horizontal direction relative to a fixed roller and configured to support
a bearing;

at least one adjustable arm being adjustable in a vertical direction relative to a horizontal plane of the frame and configured
to attach to the bearing; and

a motor configured to incrementally rotate the bearing via the at least one adjustable arm.

US Pat. No. 9,249,744

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operating an engine, comprising:
introducing a first fuel, a second fuel and an oxidant into a first engine cylinder and a second engine cylinder;
monitoring a plurality of engine parameters; and
adjusting a quantity of one of the first fuel, the second fuel, and the oxidant introduced to the first engine cylinder to
be different from a quantity of one of the first fuel, the second fuel, and the oxidant introduced to the second engine cylinder
based on at least one of the plurality of monitored engine parameters, wherein adjusting comprises reducing the quantity of
the first fuel and increasing the quantity of the second fuel introduced into the first engine cylinder, further wherein increasing
the quantity of the second fuel and reducing the quantity of the first fuel is in response to an increased load operation
of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,080,941

MICROFLUIDIC FLOW CELL ASSEMBLIES FOR IMAGING AND METHOD OF USE

General Electric Company,...

1. A microfluidic subassembly comprising:
a stacked planar assembly comprising;
an adherent layer;
a transparent substrate layer;
a gasket layer; and
wherein each layer is adhered to one another and the adherent layer and the gasket layer extend beyond the extents of the
substrate layer; and

at least one fluidic port wherein said port is positioned outside the boundaries of the substrate layer; and
where the substrate layer forms a flexible transparent lid capable of bending in either direction to alter the internal dimensions
of the subassembly.

US Pat. No. 9,080,553

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROL OF REDUNDANT DEVICES IN A WIND TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of operating redundant devices in a wind turbine, comprising:
operating a first device and at least one further device redundant to the first device; and
subjecting the first device, over a time of wind turbine operation, to a greater lifetime reduction compared to any of the
at least one further devices,

wherein a number of redundant devices is n+1, n being the number of the at least one further device redundant to the first
device, and

wherein over the time of wind turbine operation, the first device is operating more than 1/(n+1) of the time of operation
of the n+1 redundant devices.

US Pat. No. 9,069,181

OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND APERTURE STOP ASSEMBLY AND APERTURE ELEMENT

General Electric Company,...

1. An optical imaging system, comprising:
a birefringent element configured for decomposing un-polarized light into first linear polarized light and second linear polarized
light under different refractive indexes to respectively form a first focal length and a second focal length in the optical
imaging system;

a light modulating element configured for modulating a state of polarization of the first and second linear polarized light
in response to control signals; and

a polarizer element configured for filtering out one of the modulated first and second linear polarized light for creating
a single image.

US Pat. No. 9,261,574

STRUCTURED RF COIL ASSEMBLY FOR MRI SCANNER

General Electric Company,...

1. A PET-MRI apparatus comprising:
a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system having a plurality of gradient coils positioned about a patient bore, an RF coil
former having inner and outer surfaces, an RF shield formed about the outer surface of the RF coil former, and an RF coil
positioned on the inner surface of the RF coil former, with the RF coil coupled to a pulse generator to emit an RF pulse sequence
and receive resulting MR signals from a subject of interest; and

a positron emission tomography (PET) system having a detector array positioned to encircle the bore, with the detector array
being controlled to acquire PET emissions of the subject of interest;

wherein the RF shield comprises:
a pair of raised portions formed on opposing ends of the RF shield; and
an indented portion formed between the pair of raised portions, the indented portion being indented in the radial direction
inwardly toward the patient bore.

US Pat. No. 9,080,536

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

General Electric Company,...

1. An engine system comprising:
a v-engine having a first cylinder group including at least two cylinders and a second cylinder group including at least two
cylinders, the first and second cylinder groups having a firing order that produces unequally spaced and un-periodic pulses
of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) from the second cylinder group, where a first portion of cylinders of the first cylinder
group are included in a first bank of the v-engine, a second portion of cylinders of the first cylinder group are included
in a second bank of the v-engine, and all cylinders of the second cylinder group are included in the second bank;

an inlet manifold coupled to the first cylinder group and the second cylinder group;
an inlet passage coupled to the inlet manifold to provide inlet air to the inlet manifold;
a first exhaust manifold coupled to the first cylinder group;
a second exhaust manifold coupled to the second cylinder group; and
a mixer pipe positioned within the second exhaust manifold and/or the inlet passage to mix EGR gases exhausted by the second
cylinder group that are delivered through the second exhaust manifold with inlet air, the mixer pipe forming an inlet end
coupled to the second exhaust manifold and an outlet end that is located upstream of the at least two cylinders in the first
cylinder group and the at least two cylinders in the second cylinder group.

US Pat. No. 9,068,927

LABORATORY DIFFRACTION-BASED PHASE CONTRAST IMAGING TECHNIQUE

General Electric Company,...

1. An X-ray imaging system, comprising:
an x-ray source wherein an X-ray target is configured to receive a focused electron beam having a cross-sectional shape that
is rectangular, with an aspect ratio of at least 50:1, from an electron emitter and emit a line source X-ray beam as a result
of receiving the focused electron beam; and

a monochromator crystal configured to receive the line source X-ray beam from the target and diffract a portion of the X-rays,
wherein the portion of X-rays that are diffracted satisfies the Bragg condition for the monochromator crystal, and wherein
the monochromator crystal is oriented relative to the X-ray target such that the portion of the X-rays from the target that
satisfy the Bragg condition illuminate a defined area of a surface of the monochromator crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,408,287

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PLASMA INDUCED FLOW

General Electric Company,...

1. A plasma actuator system comprising:
a first electrode having a first slit formed in a first peripheral section for directing flow of a gaseous medium along a
radial direction;

a second electrode disposed concentrically around the first electrode, wherein the second electrode has a second slit formed
in a second peripheral section for directing flow of the gaseous medium along the radial direction;

a pair of side walls coupled respectively to opposing ends of the first and second electrodes, wherein each side wall extends
radially from the first peripheral section of the first electrode to the second peripheral section of the second electrode,
and wherein the pair of side walls extends along respective circumferences of the first and second peripheral sections;

a first dielectric layer disposed on an inner peripheral surface of the second electrode, and a second dielectric layer disposed
on an inner peripheral surface of at least one side wall among the pair of side walls; and

a power source coupled to the first electrode and the second electrode, for supplying electric power to the first electrode
and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,064,307

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO GENERATE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPINAL RENDERINGS

General Electric Company,...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:
automatically detecting three-dimensional visualizations of inter-vertebral discs beyond a limit defined by a vertebral body;
displaying an inter-vertebral disc displacement based on the detected three-dimensional visualizations; and
reproducibly measuring the inter-vertebral disc displacement over time, wherein the three-dimensional visualizations are detected
based on image statistics within a plurality of image patches.

US Pat. No. 9,066,609

INFANT PATIENT TRANSFER DEVICE

General Electric Company,...

1. A transfer device for supporting an infant patient during movement of the infant patient, comprising:
a center support section positionable beneath the infant patient, the center support section including a receiving pocket;
a stiffening device positioned within the receiving pocket of the center support section to provide support for the infant
patient during movement, wherein the stiffening device is a removable backboard extending along a longitudinal axis, wherein
the backboard is flexible along the longitudinal axis and rigid in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis;

a first side section connected to the center support section and including a first handle; and
a second side section connected to the center support section and including a second handle, wherein the first and second
side sections are movable toward each other such that the first and second handles are located adjacent to each other and
the first and second side sections surround the infant patient.

US Pat. No. 9,491,895

POWER DISTRIBUTION RACK BUS BAR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A bus bar assembly for use with a power distribution rack, said bus bar assembly comprising:
an outer bus bar comprising a first flange, a second flange, and a first bus plate extending therebetween, wherein said first
flange, said first bus plate, and said second flange define a first channel, said outer bus bar having a first polarity;

an inner bus bar coupled within said first channel, said inner bus bar comprising a third flange, a fourth flange, and a second
bus plate extending therebetween, wherein said first and third flanges are configured to couple to connectors of a first electronics
module and said second and fourth flanges are configured to couple to connectors of a second electronics module, and said
inner bus bar having a second polarity different from the first polarity, wherein said first and third flanges define a first
space therebetween, and said second and fourth flanges define a second space therebetween, the first space configured to receive
the connectors of the first electronics module, the second space configured to receive the connectors of the second electronics
module.

US Pat. No. 9,252,670

MULTILEVEL CONVERTER

General Electric Company,...

10. A system for power conversion, comprising:
a first power converter;
a direct current link operatively coupled to the first power converter and comprising one or more direct current link capacitors
operatively coupled in series;

a second power converter operatively coupled to the first power converter via a first bus and a second bus, wherein the second
power converter comprises:

at least one leg operatively coupled between the first bus and the second bus, wherein the at least one leg comprises:
a first string consisting of a plurality of non-controllable semiconductor switches;
one or more second strings, wherein each of the one or more second strings comprises at least one fully controllable semiconductor
switch;

one or more third strings, wherein each of the one or more third strings comprises at least one energy storage device, and
wherein each of the one or more third strings is operatively coupled to the first string, the one or more second strings,
or a combination thereof; and

a pre-charging unit configured to charge the at least one energy storage device in the one or more third strings and the one
or more direct current link capacitors in the direct current link.

US Pat. No. 9,083,024

STACK DESIGN FOR NA NICL BATTERY

General Electric Company,...

1. A battery stack, comprising:
a plurality of conical base layers,
at least one conical bipolar layer;
at least one anode layer disposed between a first conical base layer of the plurality of conical base layers and the at least
one conical bipolar layer;

at least one cathode layer disposed between the at least one bipolar layer and a second conical base layer of the plurality
of conical base layers; and

a plurality of seals;
wherein the first base layer and the at least one bipolar layer are provided with one or more seals of the plurality of seals
that seal the first base layer to the at least one bipolar layer without contacting the anode and/or the cathode layer.

US Pat. No. 9,080,459

FORWARD STEP HONEYCOMB SEAL FOR TURBINE SHROUD

General Electric Company,...

13. A method of retrofitting a turbine stage, comprising:
removing an existing shroud from the turbine stage, the existing shroud comprising a plurality of projections;
positioning a forward step honeycomb seal on a replacement shroud;
positioning the replacement shroud in the turbine stage; and
blocking an air gap between the replacement shroud and a bucket with the forward step honeycomb seal;
wherein the forward step honeycomb seal comprises:
a first linear portion comprising a radially inner surface spaced a first distance from a longitudinal axis of the turbine
stage;

a forward step portion positioned adjacent to and downstream of the first linear portion, the forward step portion comprising
a radially inner surface spaced a second distance from the longitudinal axis of the turbine stage; and a second linear portion
positioned adjacent to and downstream of the forward step portion, the second linear portion comprising a radially inner surface
spaced a third distance from the longitudinal axis of the gas turbine engine; wherein the first distance is greater than the
second distance; wherein the third distance is greater than the second distance; wherein the first linear portion comprises
a first groove positioned adjacent to the forward step portion; and wherein the second linear portion comprises a second groove
positioned adjacent to the forward step portion.

US Pat. No. 9,074,581

CONE ANGLE INSERT FOR WIND TURBINE ROTOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor for a wind turbine, comprising:
a hub;
a rotor blade;
a bearing assembly configured to rotate the rotor blade with respect to the hub; and,
an insert, the insert comprising a first end, a second end, and a body extending therebetween, the first end coupled to the
hub and the second end coupled to the bearing assembly, the second end defining a second plane oriented at a cone angle with
respect to a first plane defined by the first end;

a bearing drive assembly disposed at least partially within an interior of the insert; and
a web extending into the interior and comprising a first end, a second end, and a body extending therebetween, the bearing
drive assembly coupled to the web, and wherein the web is cantilevered such that only one of the first end and the second
end is coupled to the body.

US Pat. No. 9,066,657

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF OPTICAL IMAGING FOR TARGET DETECTION IN A SCATTERING MEDIUM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for enhancing contrast in fluorescence imaging, comprising:
providing a patterned illumination source for illuminating one or more regions corresponding to a scan step;
scanning at least a portion of a surface of a subject using a plurality of scan steps;
collecting an emitted light from an illuminated region as well as from an area of interest away from the illuminated region;
acquiring image frames corresponding to two or more scan steps;
deducting a background fluorescence from the image frames corresponding to the two or more scan steps to form one or more
processed image frames, wherein the background fluorescence is based on an excitation spread function; and

reconstructing an image using one or more of the processed image frames.

US Pat. No. 9,064,304

IMAGE QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF MICROSCOPY IMAGES

General Electric Company,...

1. A computer-implemented method for assessing image quality, comprising:
acquiring a first image and a second image, wherein at least a portion of the first image and the second image overlap;
determining a rotation and a scale relating the first image and the second image;
rotating and scaling a respective Fourier transform of the first image to correspond to a respective Fourier transform of
the second image;

determining a translation for the respective first image and the second image based upon the rotated and scaled Fourier transforms
of the first image and the second image;

determining a score quantifying the quality of the registration of the first image and the second image; and
wherein determining the rotation and the scale comprises:
Fourier transforming the first image and the second image to generate a respective first spatial frequency bin and second
spatial frequency bin;

extracting a first modulus from the first spatial frequency bin and a second modulus from the second spatial frequency bin
to generate a first translation invariant signature and a second translation invariant signature;

performing a log-polar transformation of the first translation invariant signature and the second translation invariant signature;
in log-polar space, performing a Fourier domain correlation operation; and
determining the rotation and the scale based on the result of the Fourier domain correlation operation.

US Pat. No. 9,307,672

ACTIVE COOLING OF INSPECTION OR TESTING DEVICES

General Electric Company,...

1. An inspection apparatus, comprising:
a first housing having a user interface and a first heat sink;
a second housing coupled to the first housing, the second housing having a sensor associated therewith and a second heat sink
that is located adjacent to the first heat sink;

a fan assembly located in one of the first and second housings and configured to provide airflow across both the first heat
sink and the second heat sink; and

a first stanchion located on a first side of the first heat sink and a second stanchion located on a second opposite side
of the first heat sink, the first and second stanchions being configured to form an air funnel for directing airflow from
the first heat sink toward the second heat sink.

US Pat. No. 9,279,871

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR COMPENSATING FOR MAGNETIC FIELD DISTORTION IN AN MRI SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A magnet apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging system, the magnet apparatus comprising:
a vacuum vessel;
a helium vessel disposed within the vacuum vessel;
a thermal shield disposed between the vacuum vessel and the helium vessel; and
a set of passive compensation coils disposed within the vacuum vessel configured to compensate for magnetic field distortion
caused by mechanical vibrations within the magnet apparatus;

wherein the set of passive compensation coils comprises:
a first set of passive compensation coils for a z-axis direction;
a second set of passive compensation coils for a y-axis direction; and
a third set of passive compensation coils for an x-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,267,602

SEAL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING PARTIALLY FILLED GAPS

General Electric Company,...

1. A seal between a rotor and a stator, comprising:
a plurality of seal leaves positioned between the rotor and the stator, the plurality of seal leaves circumferentially stacked
around the rotor to define a seal ring between the rotor and the stator, wherein each seal leaf includes opposite surfaces
with a constant thickness between the surfaces along a length of the seal leaf, each surface having a plurality of solid protrusions
extending therefrom, each solid protrusion having a contact face,

wherein gaps between adjacent seal leaves are partially filled, such that residual gaps are between adjacent seal leaves,
wherein the contact faces of the solid protrusions contact one of the surfaces of an adjacent seal leaf or the contact face
of one of the solid protrusions on the adjacent seal leaf and generate friction to dampen vibrations during operation.

US Pat. No. 9,080,451

AIRFOIL

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An airfoil, comprising:
a. an interior surface;
b. an exterior surface opposed to the interior surface, wherein the exterior surface comprises a pressure side, a suction
side opposed to the pressure side, a stagnation line between the pressure and suction sides, and a trailing edge between the
pressure and suction sides and downstream from the stagnation line;

c. a plurality of stagnation trench segments forming a radial column of stagnation trench segments on the exterior surface,
wherein the stagnation line passes through at least a portion of each of the stagnation trench segments, the plurality of
stagnation trench segments comprising a first stagnation trench segment having a first end radially and axially spaced from
a second end, and a second stagnation trench segment radially adjacent to the first stagnation trench segment and having a
first end radially and axially spaced from a second end, wherein the second end of the first stagnation trench segment radially
overlap with the first end of the second stagnant trench segment; and

d. at least one cooling passage in each stagnation trench segment, wherein the cooling passages provide fluid communication
from the interior surface to the exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 9,080,242

PRESSURIZED ELECTROLYSIS STACK WITH THERMAL EXPANSION CAPABILITY

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrolyzer, comprising:
an electrolyzer stack comprising a plurality of electrolyzer cells placed adjacent to one another, wherein each electrolyzer
cell comprises an electrode assembly and a diaphragm assembly, and the diaphragm assembly of each electrolyzer cell is placed
adjacent to an electrode assembly of another electrolyzer cell;

a shell enclosing the stack and coupled to the stack via a resilient mounting member comprising a spring, the shell being
spaced from the stack to permit differential thermal expansion of the stack and the shell during operation, wherein the space
between the shell and the stack is substantially filled with a non-conductive fluid, wherein the resilient mounting member
is configured to allow for the thermal expansion of the stack while maintaining a resilient mounting member pressure on the
stack;

a gas outlet external to the shell and coupled to the stack; and
a volume compensation member enclosed by the shell and configured to apply pressure to the non-conductive fluid, wherein the
volume compensation member is fluidically coupled to the gas outlet to receive oxygen, hydrogen, or both from the stack.

US Pat. No. 9,070,004

AUTOMATIC SEGMENTATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CELLULAR MOTION

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for evaluating cellular motion and/or properties, comprising:
receiving image data corresponding to images of a plurality of cells;
segmenting the image data into a plurality of clusters based on a motion pattern associated with the plurality of cells;
extracting a motion signal from the segmented image data of each respective cluster of the plurality of clusters, wherein
the motion signal comprises a periodic motion associated with a rhythm frequency of each individual cluster; and

evaluating at least one of cellular motion properties or cellular properties based on the motion signal from each respective
cluster.

US Pat. No. 9,481,384

ROUTE EXAMINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising: a signal communication system configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system traveling along a
route having two conductive tracks, the signal communication system including an application device and a detection device
disposed between two conductive shunts of the vehicle system, each of the shunts extending between and engaging both of the
conductive tracks, wherein the two shunts of the vehicle system are two trucks of one vehicle of the vehicle system, each
of the two trucks including at least one axle interconnecting plural wheels, each of the wheels mechanically engaging and
electrically connecting to one of the conductive tracks, the application device including a conductive body configured to
be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with one of the conductive tracks and configured to electrically inject
at least one examination signal into the conductive track along a conductive test loop that defined by the conductive tracks
and the shunts of the vehicle system, the detection device including a conductive body configured to monitor one or more electrical
characteristics of one of the conductive tracks along the conductive test loop in response to the at least one examination
signal being injected into the conductive test loop; and an identification unit including one or more processors configured
to determine that a section of the route between the two shunts of the vehicle system includes an electrical short responsive
to the one or more electrical characteristics indicating at least one of a phase shift in the at least one examination signal
or an increased amplitude of the at least one examination signal above a base line amplitude.
US Pat. No. 9,260,601

SINGLE DRUM OIL AND AQUEOUS PRODUCTS AND METHODS OF USE

General Electric Company,...

1. A dual phase composition for treating a hydrocarbon stream, said dual phase composition comprising an oil phase and an
aqueous phase, said oil phase comprising a primary emulsion breaker, said primary emulsion breaker comprising: 1) a C4-C12 alkyl phenol-formaldehyde resin alkoxylate and 2) an oil-soluble surfactant, wherein said oil-soluble surfactant is a polyalkylene
oxide triblock polyol that is less than about 50% ethylene oxide by weight and has an average molecular weight, Mw, less than
about 6,000 g/mol, wherein 1) is present in an amount of about 90-50% by weight based upon a combined weight of 1) and 2)
and said oil-soluble surfactant 2) is present in an amount of about 10-50% by weight based upon a combined weight of 1) and
2), said oil soluble surfactant 2) also present in an amount of 5-40% by weight based upon the weight of said oil phase and
wherein the weight percentage of said oil phase in said dual phase composition ranges from about 70 wt % to about 99 wt %,
wherein said oil phase and said aqueous phase form a colloidal inverse micellar solution.

US Pat. No. 9,244,909

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ONTOLOGICAL INFORMATION FROM A BODY OF TEXT

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for extracting ontological information from a body of text, said system comprising:
an input module configured to receive a verb phrase;
a parsing module configured to parse one or more sentences from the body of text into parse tree format, thereby generating
a set of parsed sentences;

a named-entity-recognition module configured to:
identify a subset of parsed sentences from the set of parsed sentences based at least partially on the occurrence of the verb
phrase within at least one parsed sentence of the set of parsed sentences;

identify a subset of noun phrases from the subset of parsed sentences based at least partially on grammatical relationship
of each noun phrase of the subset of parsed sentences to the verb phrase;

classify a first noun phrase in the subset of noun phrases as an entity, thereby defining a first entity; and
classify a second noun phrase in the subset of noun phrases as a property, thereby defining a first property; and
a concept-extraction module configured to identify and output a conceptual relationship between the first entity and the first
property based at least partially on grammatical relationship of the first entity and the first property within a first sentence,
the output being to a display device for viewing by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,066,373

CONTROL METHOD FOR AN INDUCTION COOKING APPLIANCE

General Electric Company,...

1. An induction cooking appliance, comprising:
a power supply providing a power signal having a frequency;
an inverter coupled to the power supply;
a coil coupled to said inverter, wherein said inverter provides a high frequency signal to said coil;
a shunt resistor coupled in series with said coil, wherein said shunt resistor provides a voltage signal indicative of the
voltage across the shunt resistor;

a voltage buffer coupled to the power supply, the voltage buffer configured to filter the power signal;
a zero-cross detector configured to detect when a magnitude of the power signal reaches zero;
a controller, the controller comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors,
cause the one or more processors to perform operations, the operations comprising:

determining the frequency of the power signal;
determining a sampling rate, wherein the sampling rate indicates a number of peaks of the power signal that should occur for
each instance of sampling;

calculating a duration of a sampling delay interval based on the frequency of the power signal and the sampling rate;
determining when the power signal has a magnitude of zero based on the zero-cross detector;
initiating a timer for the duration of the sampling delay interval when the power signal has a magnitude of zero;
obtaining a sample of voltage across the shunt resistor based on the voltage signal from the shunt resistor upon the expiration
of the sampling delay interval; and

calculating at least one of a plurality of status factors based on the sample of the voltage across the shunt resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,370,090

CIRCUIT CARD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. A circuit card assembly comprising:
a first printed circuit board;
at least one electronic component mounted on said first printed circuit board at a predetermined location;
a frame coupled to said first printed circuit board; and
a heat transfer assembly coupled to said frame, wherein said heat transfer assembly comprises:
a first plate extending over at least a portion of said first printed circuit board;
a heat pipe coupled to said first plate; and
a thermally conductive member positioned between said at least one electronic component and said heat pipe, wherein said thermally
conductive member is selectively mounted at predetermined locations along said first plate based on the predetermined location
of said at least one electronic component.

US Pat. No. 9,250,153

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING HEALTH OF BLADES

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
a processing subsystem that:
determines preliminary voltages corresponding to a plurality of blades based upon blade passing signals by:
determining an ascending index value and a descending index value based on an index value threshold and a blade passing signal
from the blade passing signals;

determining an average value of the ascending index value and the descending index value; and
mapping the average value to a corresponding voltage value based on the blade passing signal, wherein the corresponding voltage
value is a preliminary voltage from the preliminary voltages;

generates a plurality of clearance values by normalizing the preliminary voltages for effects of one or more operational parameters,
wherein the plurality of clearance values are representative of clearance of the plurality of blades; and
monitors health of the plurality of blades based on the plurality of clearance values, wherein the processing subsystem generates
one or more alarms based upon the plurality of the clearance values and generates the one or more alarms by applying a plurality
of rules to the preliminary voltages, the plurality of clearance values, the blade passing signals, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,152,672

METHOD FOR STORAGE, QUERYING, AND ANALYSIS OF TIME SERIES DATA

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for performing queries on a distributed time series data storage system having a time series database that stores
data blocks containing time stamped data across a plurality of computing devices, and an index database that stores an index
associated with the time stamped data in each data block, the method comprising:
sending a query to a query layer running on a first computing device, the query specifying criteria that define a set of data
retrieved from the time series data storage system and an analysis performed on the set of data;

requesting from the index database the indices associated with the data blocks stored in the time series database needed to
evaluate the query;

returning the indices back to the query layer;
preparing a sub-query that produces appropriate data matching the criteria, the sub-query including the criteria and a logical
operation performed on the data matching the criteria;

forwarding the sub-query to an evaluator running on each of the plurality of computing devices that are identified in the
returned indices as holding data corresponding to the data blocks needed to evaluate the query;

evaluating the criteria specified in the sub-query in each evaluator with respect to the data blocks stored on the same computing
device on which the evaluator is running in order to select a subset of data;

performing the logical operation specified in the sub-query in each evaluator on the subset of data generated in that evaluator
in the evaluating step above to generate a sub-result;

receiving each sub-result from each evaluator at an output handler; and
combining the sub-result from each evaluator into a query result.

US Pat. No. 9,083,537

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN A HOUSEHOLD

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for establishing communication between an appliance and a remote device configured to monitor operation of the
appliance, each of the appliance and the remote device comprising a processor, a memory, a wireless radio, and a port, said
method comprising:
connecting a communication device to the port on the remote device to form a first physical connection between the communication
device and the remote device;

exchanging security data via the first physical connection to securely bind the communication device with the remote device
to form a secure connection for wireless communication between the communication device and the remote device, the security
data including a first security key stored on the memory of the remote device and a second security key stored in the memory
of the communication device, wherein the remote device is configured to transmit the first security key to the communication
device and the communication device is configured to transmit the second security key to the remote device in response to
the first security key from the remote device, and wherein the first security key stored on the memory of the remote device
and the second security key stored on the memory of the communication device comprise a serial number, an Internet Protocol
address, and a code established by one or more security protocols that associate the remote device with the communication
device when physically connected together; and

connecting the communication device to the port on the appliance to form a second physical connection that enables the remote
device to exchange operating data with the appliance using the communication device and the secure connection for wireless
communication between the communication device and the remote device,

wherein disconnecting the second physical connection disallows the appliance and the remote device from communicating using
the secure connection for wireless communication between the communication device and the remote device, and

wherein the exchange of operating data requires the communication device and the remote device to engage to form the first
physical connection prior to the appliance physically connecting with the communication device to engage to form the second
physical connection.

US Pat. No. 9,080,776

FAN APPARENCY ARRANGEMENT FOR AN APPLIANCE

General Electric Company,...

1. An appliance comprising:
an oven cavity;
a chamber different from the oven cavity, the chamber having a first port, a second port and a third port;
an air blower disposed in the chamber; and
a pressure sensitive device comprising:
a switch for signaling activation of the air blower; and
a sail member pivotably supported by the chamber and disposed adjacent to the second port, the sail member being movable between
a first position where the sail member does not turn on the switch and does not close the second port and a second position
where the sail member turns on the switch to signal the activation of the air blower and substantially closes the second port,

wherein when activated, the air blower moves air into the chamber through the third port and out of the chamber through the
first port to create a pressure difference between an inside and an outside of the chamber, and wherein the sail member is
so positioned relative to the air blower that the pressure difference between the inside and the outside of the chamber causes
the sail member to move from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,251,938

SOFT MAGNETIC PHASE NANOPARTICLES PREPARATIONS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:
degassing a first mixture at a temperature in a range from about 80° C. to 130° C., wherein the first mixture comprises a
solvent, a compound comprising iron bromide, cobalt bromide, or combinations thereof dissolved in the solvent, and an organic
component comprising a fatty acid or an amine;

adding a capping ligand to the first mixture under inert atmosphere to form a second mixture;
adding a reducing agent to the second mixture at a temperature in a processing temperature range from about 250° C. to about
350° C. to form a third mixture; and

incubating the third mixture at a temperature within the processing temperature range to form nanoparticles comprising a soft
magnetic phase.

US Pat. No. 9,078,566

DUAL DISPLAY CT SCANNER USER INTERFACE

General Electric Company,...

16. A computed tomography (CT) imaging system comprising:
a rotatable gantry having a gantry opening to receive a subject to be scanned;
a high frequency electromagnetic energy projection source configured to project a high frequency electromagnetic energy beam
toward the subject;

a detector array configured to detect high frequency electromagnetic energy passing through the subject and generate a detector
output responsive thereto;

a data acquisition system (DAS) connected to the detector array and configured to receive the detector output;
an image reconstructor connected to the DAS and configured to reconstruct one or more images of the subject from the detector
output received by the DAS; and

a user interface configured to be usable by an operator to set scan related parameters and perform scan related tasks and
observe the one or more reconstructed images generated by the image reconstructor;

wherein the user interface comprises:
a first display configured to enable the operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks for one or more patients including
acquiring and verifying scan image data and selecting a scan protocol from a protocol list area; and

a second display configured to enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks including reconstructions and reformats;
wherein the first display includes a plurality of dosage indicators configured to display radiation dosage related information
associated with a CT exam of a patient at multiple locations on the first display.

US Pat. No. 9,080,768

GASIFIER PREHEATER FUEL SYSTEM AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A gasifier for use in generating syngas, said gasifier comprising:
a vessel comprising a dome having a longitudinal axis extending therethrough;
a primary nozzle assembly coupled to said dome for injecting gasifier feedstock and oxidizer into said vessel during normal
gasification operations; and

a preheater assembly securely coupled to said vessel, said preheater assembly comprising:
a distributor ring comprising an outer tube and an inner tube circumscribed by said outer tube; and
at least one supply line coupled to said distributor ring and to at least one of a source of fuel, a source of oxidizer, a
source of cooling agent, and a source of moderating agent, wherein said outer tube is selectively coupled to the source of
oxidizer and to at least one of the source of cooling agent and the source of moderating agent, said inner tube being selectively
coupled to the source of fuel, such that said preheater assembly is configured to selectively discharge at least one of fuel
and oxidizer, and at least one of cooling agent and moderating agent into said vessel to facilitate preheating said gasifier
prior to normal gasification operations.

US Pat. No. 9,079,503

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING POWER IN A VEHICLE

General Electric Company,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:
an electrical power generation unit operatively coupled with at least one drive shaft of an engine system, the electrical
power generation unit comprising:

a traction alternator excited by power electronics positioned external to the traction alternator, the power electronics including
a field isolation transformer and a dual H-bridge coupled to the field isolation transformer to control an excitation power
level provided to the traction alternator; and

a head-end-power (HEP) alternator, wherein the HEP alternator is self-excited by an exciter winding positioned in the HEP
alternator.

US Pat. No. 9,079,199

SYSTEM FOR INCREASING THE LIFE OF FUEL INJECTORS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
a gasification fuel injector, comprising:
a fuel conduit configured to inject a fuel from a fuel outlet;
a first oxygen conduit configured to inject oxygen from a first oxygen outlet;
a second oxygen conduit configured to inject oxygen from a second oxygen outlet; and
a cooling gas conduit configured to flow a cooling gas, wherein the cooling gas is flame resistant, the cooling gas conduit
comprises a plurality of radial cooling holes configured to flow the cooling gas away from an axial axis of the gasification
fuel injector, the cooling gas conduit comprises a cooling gas outlet, and the cooling gas outlet is disposed axially downstream
in a fuel flow direction with respect to the plurality of radial cooling holes and at least one of the fuel outlet, the first
oxygen outlet, or the second oxygen outlet, or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,074,486

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LABYRINTH SEAL PACKING RING

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbomachine, the turbomachine comprising:
a stationary housing;
a rotor rotatable about an axis; and
a seal assembly, the seal assembly comprising:
at least one arcuate plate coupled to an interior surface of the stationary housing and positioned in a radial plane;
at least one packing ring segment disposed intermediate to the rotor and the plate, wherein the at least one packing ring
segment comprises an upstream side and a downstream side and is positioned to move along the plate in a radial direction,
and wherein the at least one packing ring segment comprises at least one inner barrier that is coupled to a surface of the
at least one packing ring segment that faces rotor and that restricts circumferential flow of a fluid along the at least one
packing ring segment;

a first plurality of arcuate teeth disposed intermediate to the at least one packing ring segment and the rotor,
wherein a tip clearance between an innermost surface of one of the first plurality of arcuate teeth and a corresponding outer
surface of the rotor is less than a like tip clearance for any of the other first plurality of arcuate teeth disposed upstream
from the one of the first plurality of arcuate teeth,

wherein at least two of the other first plurality of arcuate teeth are disposed upstream from the one of the first plurality
of arcuate teeth and have different heights from each other,

wherein the tip clearances associated with the one of the first plurality of arcuate teeth and the other first plurality of
arcuate teeth disposed upstream from the one of the first plurality of arcuate teeth progressively decrease toward the downstream
side of the at least one packing ring segment, and

wherein the tip clearances of the first plurality of arcuate teeth create a passive feedback in the hydrostatic forces generated
by differential pressure across the seal assembly, such that as the tip clearance decreases due to the hydrostatic forces
outward radial forces cause the at least one packing ring segment to move away from the rotor, and as the tip clearance increases
due to the hydrostatic forces inward radial forces cause the at least one packing ring segment to move toward the rotor; and

a biasing member disposed intermediate to the arcuate plate and the at least one packing ring segment and coupled to both.

US Pat. No. 9,072,487

ULTRASOUND PROBE THERMAL DRAIN

General Electric Company,...

1. An ultrasound probe comprising:
a nose having an outer polymeric casing wall;
a lens at an end of the nose;
an ultrasound transducer within the nose behind the lens and
a thermal drain thermally coupling the transducer to the casing wall, the thermal drain being formed from a material having
a thermal resistance less than a thermal resistance of a material forming the casing wall.

US Pat. No. 9,074,530

STOICHIOMETRIC EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION AND RELATED COMBUSTION CONTROL

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

10. A fuel control system for a gas turbine engine, comprising:
a plurality of combustors;
a gas compressor;
a gas turbine for extracting energy from the high velocity exhaust gas from said combustors;
a generator operatively connected to said gas turbine;
a primary fuel circuit;
a fuel tuning circuit for said plurality of combustors, said fuel tuning circuit comprising a plurality of adjustable control
valves for achieving near-stoichiometric exhaust gas recirculation for efficient removal of NOx contaminates in an exhaust stream, wherein each one of said control valves connects to a corresponding one of said plurality
of combustors and wherein said fuel tuning circuit operates to control the flow of gaseous fuel from each control valve to
a corresponding one of said combustors in a controlled sequence;

an oxygen sensor in an exhaust stream of said combustors;
a carbon monoxide sensor in the exhaust stream of said combustors;
a NOx contaminate catalyst downstream of said combustors; and

a feedback control loop operatively connected to said fuel tuning circuit and to said oxygen and carbon monoxide sensors,
wherein:

the feedback control loop is configured to monitor oxygen content and carbon monoxide content in the exhaust stream using
the oxygen sensor and the carbon monoxide sensor, respectively, and cause the fuel tuning circuit to individually adjust the
fuel and/or air provided to each of the combustors such that the gas turbine engine runs at a level that is fuel rich after
a start-up operation and is configured to ensure sufficient oxygen depletion in the exhaust stream for efficient and maximized
removal of NOx contaminates by the NOx contaminate catalyst.

US Pat. No. 9,063,041

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRYING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE ON SUBSTRATE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of drying a biological sample disposed on a substrate, comprising:
providing the substrate, wherein the substrate comprises a sample loading area and a heat source;
disposing the biological sample on the substrate;
activating the heat source for generating heat;
heating the substrate at least 65° C.; and
drying the biological sample.

US Pat. No. 9,267,391

DIFFUSER ASSEMBLIES HAVING AT LEAST ONE ADJUSTABLE FLOW DEFLECTING MEMBER

General Electric Company,...

1. A diffuser assembly, comprising:
an outer boundary member;
an inner boundary member positioned radially inward of the outer boundary member and defining an exhaust flow path therebetween;
and

at least one flow deflecting member operatively attached to the outer boundary member, wherein the flow deflecting member
comprises one or more apertures therethrough, which enable at least a portion of a flow of combustion gases within the exhaust
flow path to pass through the flow deflecting member, while at least another portion of the flow of combustion gases is deflected
from the outer boundary member by the flow deflecting member to produce a substantially uniform velocity distribution of the
flow of combustion gases within the exhaust flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,074,493

STEAM GENERATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for controlling the operation of a steam generation system, the steam generation system including a lead heat
recovery steam generator (lead HRSG) and a lag heat recovery steam generator (lag HRSG), said method comprising:
determining a fluid pressure set point for a first boiler of the lag HRSG;
channeling fluid flow from a first boiler of the lead HRSG within a first conduit, the first conduit operatively coupled to
a first stage of a steam turbine engine;

channeling fluid flow from a second boiler of the lead HRSG within a second conduit, the second conduit operatively coupled
to a second stage of the steam turbine engine;

adding fluid flow within the first conduit from the first boiler of the lag HRSG, and adding fluid flow within the second
conduit from a second boiler of the lag HRSG;

calculating an adjusted fluid pressure set point for the first boiler of the lag HRSG using as an input at least one of a
detected drum level and a detected change in value of the drum level of the second boiler of the lag HRSG; and

maintaining a fluid pressure within the first boiler of the lag HRSG to be approximately equal to the adjusted fluid pressure
set point.

US Pat. No. 9,068,880

ACCOMMODATION OF DIFFERENT TYPE OF SENSORS IN VIBRATION MONITORING SYSTEM USING EXTERNAL INPUT OR DAUGHTER BOARD WITH INTERCHANGEABLE OPERATING HARDWARE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A monitoring system including:
a first sensor having first operating parameters, wherein the first sensor is configured to monitor a condition and create
a signal;

a first printed circuit board, wherein the first printed circuit board includes an electrical circuit and signal processing
hardware;

a connector in electrical communication with the first printed circuit board; and
a second printed circuit board; wherein the first sensor is in electrical communication with the second printed circuit board,
the second printed circuit board including signal processing hardware configured to process the signal;

the connector is configured to selectively place the second printed circuit board in electrical communication with the first
printed circuit board through the connector, wherein the connector is configured to permit removal of the second printed circuit
board and insertion of a third printed circuit board to operate a second sensor having second operating parameters that differ
from the first operating parameters of the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,071,386

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A communication system comprising:
an omnidirectional antenna to receive a wideband primary signal;
a nulling antenna oriented to place a null in a direction of a desired communication signal and to receive a secondary signal;
a controller to subtract a processed secondary signal from a processed wideband primary signal to produce a jamming cancelled
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,074,152

PLASMA-ASSISTED WASTE GASIFICATION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A plasma-assisted waste gasification system for converting a waste stream into a synthesis gas, comprising:
a reactor having three zones; a bottom zone for melting the waste stream reaction residues and forming a slag pool, a middle
zone higher in elevation than the bottom zone for converting the waste stream into the synthesis gas, and a top zone higher
in elevation than both the bottom zone and the middle zone and having at least one plasma arc torch for controlling a temperature
of the synthesis gas and composition of the synthesis gas; and

a feed mechanism for introducing the waste stream into the reactor.

US Pat. No. 9,075,091

SENSOR DEVICES AND METHODS FOR USE IN SENSING CURRENT THROUGH A CONDUCTOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A sensor device for use in detecting current in a conductor, said sensor device comprising:
a non-magnetic substrate defining an aperture structured to receive a conductor therein;
a coil comprising a plurality of coil turns wound about at least a portion of said substrate;
a first shield between said substrate and said plurality of coil turns;
a second shield disposed proximate to the plurality of coil turns, opposite said first shield, such that said plurality of
coil turns is disposed between said first shield and said second shield; and

a filter element connected to at least one of the first and second shields.

US Pat. No. 9,067,818

SEALING GLASS COMPOSITION AND ARTICLE

General Electric Company,...

1. A sodium battery incorporating a sealing glass composition, comprising:
boron oxide present in an amount in a range from about 30 weight percent to about 40 weight percent,
aluminum oxide present in an amount in a range from about 20 weight percent to about 40 weight percent,
barium oxide present in an amount in a range from about 10 weight percent to about 40 weight percent, and
zirconium oxide present in an amount in a range from about 13 weight percent to about 20 weight percent,
wherein the glass composition is substantially free of silicon oxide and titanium oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,301,350

TWO-STAGE LED DRIVER WITH SELECTABLE DUAL OUTPUT CURRENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) driver for providing a substantially constant output current to an LED load, comprising:
a power factor correction (PFC) circuit, the PFC circuit connected to an alternating current (AC) power supply and configured
to output a direct current (DC) voltage and a DC current; and

a low voltage flyback circuit, the low voltage flyback circuit receiving the DC voltage and the DC current output by the PFC
circuit,

wherein the low voltage flyback circuit includes a flyback transformer and a switch circuit that selectably toggles the substantially
constant output current provided by the low voltage flyback circuit to the LED load between a first, preset constant current
and a second, preset constant current.

US Pat. No. 9,083,261

NEUTRAL POINT CLAMPED CONVERTER CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD AND COMPENSATION UNIT

General Electric Company,...

1. A control system for providing commands to a multi-level converter for balancing a neutral point voltage of the multi-level
converter, the control system comprising:
a fundamental control unit configured to generate fundamental commands to implement fundamental power conversion operation
for the multi-level converter;

a first compensation control unit configured to generate a first compensation signal for injection into the fundamental commands
to balance the neutral point voltage when the multi-level converter is in operation in a first state;

a second compensation control unit configured to generate a second compensation signal for injection into the fundamental
commands to balance the neutral point voltage when the multi-level converter is in operation in a second state, wherein the
first state is different from the second state;

a switch control unit configured to detect the state of the multi-level converter and provide a first switch signal and a
second switch signal respectively corresponding to the first state and the second state; and

a switch implementation unit configured to switch the fundamental control unit to communicate with the first compensation
control unit according to the first switch signal and switch the fundamental control unit to communicate with the second compensation
control unit according to the second switch signal.

US Pat. No. 9,070,057

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFICATION OF ASSETS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for identifying an asset, the method comprising:
illuminating an identification pattern for the asset with non-visible light, wherein the identification pattern comprises
retroreflective material encoding identity information of the asset;

adjusting a shutter speed of an image sensor and a power of the non-visible light based on a motion state of the asset, wherein
the motion state of the asset causes oscillating movement of the identification pattern, wherein the image sensor is configured
to receive a response of the retroreflective material to the incident non-visible light;

selecting at least a portion of the response for processing based on a determination of a probable location of the identification
pattern on the asset, wherein the probable location of the identification pattern is detected based on the oscillating movement
of the identification pattern; and

identifying the asset based on decoded identity information, wherein the decoded identity information is obtained by processing
the selected portion of the response of the retroreflective material.

US Pat. No. 9,070,181

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING FEATURES OF INTEREST FROM AN IMAGE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of extracting one or more features of interest from one or more projection images, the method comprising:
accessing projection images comprising at least one feature of interest enhanced by a contrast agent;
generating a contrast agent null image based on the projection images;
generating a bone mask based on the contrast agent null image, wherein the bone mask only includes an image of bone; and
generating a bone extracted image based on the bone mask.

US Pat. No. 9,180,490

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER

General Electric Company,...

1. An ultrasound transducer comprising:
an array of acoustic elements, wherein the acoustic elements include dematching layers coated with an electrically conductive
coating;

an integrated circuit;
an interposer comprising conductive elements for electrically connecting the acoustic elements to the integrated circuit,
the conductive elements being electrically connected to the integrated circuit; and

solder that is engaged between the acoustic elements and the conductive elements of the interposer, wherein the electrical
conductive coating facilitates an electrical connection between the dematching layers and the solder such that the conductive
elements of the interposer are electrically connected to the acoustic elements through the solder.

US Pat. No. 9,250,674

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RESTORING POWER BASED ON FORECASTED LOADS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for use in restoring power to a power distribution network, said system comprising:
a forecast system configured to generate forecast information about the power distribution network; and
a fault detection, isolation, and recovery (FDIR) system coupled to the power distribution network, said FDIR system including
a processor in communication with a memory, said FDIR system configured to:

generate fault information about at least one zone in the power distribution network;
receive forecast information from said forecast system;
identify at least one alternate source of power for the at least one zone; and
generate a restoration plan based on the fault information and the forecast information, wherein the restoration plan includes
a listing of a collection of switches for powering up the at least one zone by the at least one alternate source of power,
a first safety margin based on a maximum demand for the at least one zone, a second safety margin based on a maximum demand
for the at least one alternate source of power, and a third safety margin based on a maximum current power transfer capacity
for the collection of switches; and

determine whether the at least one zone can be powered up as a result of applying the first safety margin, the second safety
margin, and the third safety margin to the restoration plan.

US Pat. No. 9,078,307

FAULT PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUORESCENT LAMP BALLASTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. The lighting method, comprising:
providing a voltage to a lamp, the lamp comprising fluorescent lamps;
determining a current across the lamp;
providing an output based on the current across the lamp;
providing an output based on a light setting, wherein the light setting may indicate a desired light level of the lamp;
determining a difference between the current across the lamp and the desired light level of the lamp;
determining whether a fault or hazard condition exists based on the difference between the current across the lamp and the
desired light level;

controlling, when a fault or hazard condition is determined, the current across the lamp to go to a safe level or to be cut
off; and

controlling, when no fault or hazard condition is determined, a voltage frequency applied to the lamp based on the determined
difference between the current across the lamp and the desired current level.

US Pat. No. 9,207,154

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREEP MEASUREMENT

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of monitoring creep in an object, comprising:
monitoring a creep sensor assembly comprising an image pattern pair disposed on a surface of the object, wherein the image
pattern pair comprises a first pattern and a second pattern;

receiving information from the creep sensor assembly regarding an observed creep associated with the object;
receiving information from the creep sensor assembly regarding an offset of the creep sensor assembly obtained from a comparison
of relative change in frequency of the first and second patterns;

correcting the observed creep using the information regarding the offset, and
outputting the corrected information relative to creep.

US Pat. No. 9,151,174

SEALING ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A ROTARY MACHINE AND METHODS FOR ASSEMBLING A ROTARY MACHINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A sealing assembly for use with a rotary machine, said sealing assembly comprising:
a stator shroud coupled to a casing within the rotary machine, said stator shroud comprising an inner surface that at least
partially defines a cavity within the casing;

at least one stator labyrinth tooth extending from said stator shroud inner surface and circumscribing a rotor assembly positioned
within the casing, said at least one stator labyrinth tooth comprises a base portion, a tip portion extending radially inwardly
from said base portion towards the rotor assembly, and an upstream surface that extends between said base and tip portions;
and

at least one protective member coupled to said stator shroud, said protective member positioned upstream from said at least
one stator labyrinth tooth such that a downstream side of said at least one protective member extends across substantially
all of said upstream surface of said at least one stator labyrinth tooth to facilitate reducing a flow of combustion gas across
said at least one stator labyrinth tooth.

US Pat. No. 9,080,427

SEABED WELL INFLUX CONTROL SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus useable in an offshore drilling installation close to the seabed for controlling well influx within a wellbore
comprising:
a centralizer and flow constrictor assembly configured to centralize a drill string within a drill riser and regulate a return
mud flow, the centralizer and flow constrictor assembly comprising at least one centralizer component comprised of a ram plate
and a flexible element bearing configured to seal about the drill string while allowing rotation of the drill string and a
flow constrictor component;

a sensor located close to the centralizer and flow constrictor assembly and configured to acquire values of at least one parameter
related to the return mud flow; and

a controller coupled to the centralizer and flow constrictor assembly and the sensor, the controller configured to control
the centralizer and flow constrictor assembly to achieve a value of a control parameter close to a predetermined value, based
on the values acquired by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,080,466

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A VALVE OF A TURBOMACHINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of limiting steam flow entering a steam turbine, the method comprising:
providing a steam turbine comprising a rotor disposed within a first section and a second section, wherein a flow path around
the rotor allows for steam to fluidly communicate between the first section and the second section;

providing a first valve configured for controlling steam flow entering the first section; and a second valve configured for
controlling steam flow entering the second section;

receiving a command that provides reference strokes for the first valve and the second valve;
determining an operational parameter, wherein the operational parameter limits the reference strokes relative to the command;
selecting a minimum value between the command and the operational parameter; wherein the minimum value determines reference
strokes of the first valve and the second valve; and

wherein the operational parameter independently controls the steam flow to and of at least one of the first section or the
second section, wherein the independently controls is independent of the command, and

the operational parameter is based on a physical requirement that comprises at least one of: a pressure, a temperature, a
flow rate, or combinations thereof; and

wherein the operational parameter comprises at least one of: axial thrust, rotor stress, steam pressure, or a physical range.

US Pat. No. 9,074,868

AUTOMATED BORESCOPE MEASUREMENT TIP ACCURACY TEST

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of testing measurement accuracy of a remote visual inspection system, the testing using a test object including
a test feature having a known geometric characteristic, the method comprising automatically performing the following steps
using a controller:
detecting attachment of a detachable measurement optical tip to a probe of the remote visual inspection system;
after detecting attachment of the detachable measurement optical tip, prompting a user via a user-prompt device to perform
testing of the measurement accuracy of the remote visual inspection system;

capturing one or more images of the test feature on the test object;
determining coordinates of the test feature using at least some of the captured images;
determining a measured geometric characteristic of the test feature using the determined coordinates of the test feature;
determining an accuracy result using the measured geometric characteristic and the known geometric characteristic; and
providing an indication of the determined accuracy result.

US Pat. No. 9,080,513

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMBUSTING SYNGAS WITHIN A COMBUSTOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operating a combustor, said method comprising:
supplying a predetermined amount of a first gaseous fuel to a blending device, wherein the first gaseous fuel has a first
Modified Wobbe Index (MWI) and a first fuel reactivity;

supplying a predetermined amount of a second gaseous fuel to the blending device, wherein the second gaseous fuel has a second
MWI and a second fuel reactivity, wherein the first MWI is greater than approximately two times the second MWI and the second
fuel reactivity is higher than the first fuel reactivity;

regulating a flow of each of the first and second gaseous fuels to the blending device to form a blended gaseous fuel having
a third MWI; and

supplying the blended gaseous fuel from the blending device to an injector of the combustor via a single main fuel line.

US Pat. No. 9,078,449

COOK TOP GRATE AS UTENSIL SIZE/PRESENCE DETECTOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of controlling a cooking appliance comprising:
applying an electrical signal to a cooking utensil support structure of the cooking appliance, where the electrical signal
is applied across a gap formed in the utensil support structure, wherein the electrical signal is either an alternating current
signal or a radio frequency signal;

detecting an electrical characteristic induced on the cooking utensil support structure by the electrical signal; and
determining a cooing utensil characteristic based on the detected electrical characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,078,937

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE AND METHOD FOR USE WITH FRAGRANCE DISPENSER

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operating a refrigerator appliance, the method comprising:
providing a fragrance dispenser in a housing, the housing disposed in a dispenser recess defined in the refrigerator appliance;
and

flowing a gas from an outlet conduit into the fragrance dispenser.

US Pat. No. 9,082,043

IMAGE CONGEALING VIA EFFICIENT FEATURE SELECTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A method, comprising:
integrating an unsupervised feature selection algorithm with a least-square based congealing algorithm;
selecting a subset of features from an initial feature representation with the unsupervised feature selection algorithm; and
executing the least-square based congealing algorithm to estimate warping parameters for a plurality of images in an ensemble
using the subset of features.

US Pat. No. 9,076,106

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGEMENT OF RISK IN INDUSTRIAL PLANTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
a processor configured to execute a risk assessment system of a gas turbine system, comprising:
a risk calculation system executed by the processor and configured to calculate a risk based on one or more static inputs
and one or more dynamic inputs, wherein the risk calculation system is configured receive the one or more static inputs and
the one or more dynamic inputs from a sensor as an indication of a location of a human resource, a location of a mobile resource,
or a combination thereof, and wherein the risk calculation system is configured to update the risk based on signals received
from the sensor and based on a current measurement of an operating condition of the gas turbine system; and

a decision support system (DSS) executed by the processor and configured to use the risk to derive one or more decisions based
on the risk, the one or more static inputs, and the one or more dynamic inputs, wherein the one or more decisions are configured
to aid in operating an industrial facility comprising the gas turbine system.

US Pat. No. 9,083,242

INTERLEAVED LLC CONVERTER EMPLOYING ACTIVE BALANCING

General Electric Company,...

12. A power supply, comprising:
a first LLC power channel having a first LLC power stage and a first power source configured to generate a first power input
for said first LLC power stage;

a second LLC power channel having a second LLC power stage and a second power source configured to generate a second power
input for said second LLC power stage, wherein outputs of said first and said second LLC power stages are interleaved; and

a compensation controller configured to:
receive a first power source output voltage directly from said first power source;
receive a second power source output voltage directly from said second power source; and
adjust said first and said second power inputs to match output voltage and current levels for a given load condition and a
common operating frequency of said first and second LLC power stages.

US Pat. No. 9,150,209

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING BRAKING EFFORT

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:
monitoring fluid pressures of a braking system with one or more pressure sensors and modeled braking efforts of the braking
system in a vehicle system traveling along a route, the modeled braking efforts representing one or more calculated values
of a braking force expected to be provided by the braking system based on one or more measured parameters of the vehicle system,
wherein the modeled braking efforts may be different from a braking force that is generated by the braking system;

identifying, with one or more processors, one or more time periods before a brake event of the braking system and one or more
time periods after the brake event;

calculating, with the one or more processors, residual forces exerted on the vehicle system during at least one of the one
or more time periods before the brake event or the one or more time periods after the brake event, the residual forces including
one or more forces exerted on the vehicle system other than the braking force generated by the braking system;

determining, with the one or more processors, at least one of an estimated braking effort of the braking system or an estimated
propagation rate at which the estimated braking effort changes using the residual forces that are calculated; and

responsive to determining the at least one of the estimated braking effort or the estimated propagation rate, one or more
of:

changing a time at which a braking notification is provided to an operator of the vehicle system to instruct the operator
to engage the braking system,

revising a trip plan of the vehicle system using the at least one of the estimated braking effort or the estimated propagation
rate, wherein the trip plan designates operational settings of the vehicle system as a function of one or more of time or
distance along the route,

notifying the operator of the vehicle system that the at least one of the estimated braking effort or the estimated propagation
rate differs from at least one of the braking force that is expected to be provided by the braking system or a propagation
rate that is expected to be provided by the braking system, or

notifying an off-board location that the at least one of the estimated braking effort or the estimated propagation rate differs
from the at least one of the braking force that is expected to be provided by the braking system or the propagation rate that
is expected to be provided by the braking system.

US Pat. No. 9,267,690

TURBOMACHINE COMBUSTOR NOZZLE INCLUDING A MONOLITHIC NOZZLE COMPONENT AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbomachine combustor nozzle comprising:
a monolithic nozzle component having a plate element and a plurality of nozzle elements, each of the plurality of nozzle elements
including a first end extending from the plate element to a second end, the plate element and plurality of nozzle elements
being formed as a unitary component, wherein the plate element includes a wall member, the wall member projecting axially
outward from the plate element; and

a plate member joined to the monolithic nozzle component, the plate member including an outer edge defining first and second
surfaces and a plurality of openings extending between the first and second surfaces, the plurality of openings being configured
and disposed to register with and receive the second end of corresponding ones of the plurality of nozzle elements, wherein
the plate member comprises a cap member including a wall portion projecting axially outward from the second surface, the wall
portion being configured and disposed to engage with the wall member to define a fluid plenum.

US Pat. No. 9,172,274

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of operating a power distribution system including a plurality of node devices, said method comprising:
storing, at a computer, at least one of a voltage profile and a power factor profile associated with each of the plurality
of node devices associated with the power distribution system, wherein the plurality of node devices include a customer meter,
and at least one of a substation load tap changer, a substation voltage regulator, a line voltage regulator, a capacitor bank
control, a single-phase transformer, and a multi-phase transformer;

storing, at the computer, at least one network hierarchy of the node devices, wherein the at least one network hierarchy of
the node devices represents an organizational relationship of the node devices, wherein the at least one network hierarchy
of node devices includes a plurality of tiers, wherein at least one tier of the plurality of tiers is based on individual
node devices;

detecting an event based on at least one of a current time and an energy demand within the power distribution system;
determining, by the computer, a desired operating limitation of the power distribution system to be optimized to resolve the
event;

calculating, by the computer, an effect on the operating limitation based on:
a modification of at least one operating parameter of at least one node device of the plurality of node devices;
at least one of the voltage profile and the power factor profile;
the at least one network hierarchy of the node devices; and
at least one time-based cost function for modifying the at least one operating parameter of the at least one node device;
and

transmitting a command, from the computer to the at least one node device, to cause the at least one node device to modify
the at least one operating parameter to facilitate optimizing an economic operation of the node devices by balancing efficiency
gains with consumer energy costs and revenue changes, wherein the command transmitted from said computer to said at least
one node device facilitates optimizing the desired operating limitation to resolve the event.

US Pat. No. 9,622,374

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An electrical equipment, comprising:
a cabinet comprising a plurality of walls disposed around a plurality of electric components, wherein the plurality of electric
components comprise a conductor;

at least one barrier disposed in the cabinet and spaced apart from the conductor by a spacing distance to define a channel
within the cabinet for air to flow between the barrier and the conductor, wherein a portion of the barrier is coupled to one
of the plurality of walls of the cabinet; and

a plurality of side barriers each comprising a plurality of sides, wherein one side of each of the plurality of side barriers
is coupled to a supporting wall and another side of each side barrier is coupled to the at least one barrier to define at
least one compartment surrounding at least a portion of the conductor;

wherein at least one of the side barriers comprises a plurality of unobstructed perforations defined therethrough to allow
an air jet to flow therethrough towards the conductor;

wherein a ratio of a measurement of a longitudinal dimension of a side of the at least one barrier that is facing the conductor
to the spacing distance is one of greater than 20 and less than 2.5.

US Pat. No. 9,270,189

POWER CONVERTER AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A power converter comprising:
a primary bridge having a plurality of diagonally opposed primary power elements;
a secondary bridge having a plurality of diagonally opposed secondary power elements;
a transformer electrically coupled to the primary and secondary bridges; and
at least one control unit configured to phase-shift switch the primary and secondary power elements, such that one or more
of the primary and secondary power elements are switched off under zero current conditions,

wherein the at least one control unit is further configured to phase-shift switch at least one secondary power element in
the secondary bridge relative to a homologous primary power element in the primary bridge, such that during each power cycle
of the power converter, a zero current condition of a designated duration is established in the transformer.

US Pat. No. 9,267,436

FUEL DISTRIBUTION MANIFOLD FOR A COMBUSTOR OF A GAS TURBINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A fuel distribution manifold for delivering fuel to a combustor, comprising:
a. an annular flange having an outer surface that extends circumferentially around the flange;
b. a primary fuel plenum that extends circumferentially within the flange;
c. a first orifice and a second orifice that extend radially through the outer surface of the flange to provide for fluid
communication into the primary fuel plenum, the first orifice having an inlet adjacent to the outer surface and the second
orifice having an inlet adjacent to the outer surface;

d. a fuel distribution cap that extends partially across the outer surface of the flange, the fuel distribution cap having
an inlet port; and

e. a fuel distribution plenum at least partially defined within the fuel distribution cap and in fluid communication with
the inlet port, the fuel distribution plenum being in fluid communication with the first orifice inlet and the second orifice
inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,530,904

HIGH TEMERATURE, HERMETICALLY SEALED, TRIAXIAL MOUNT FOR A LIGHT SENSITIVE ELEMENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A sensor assembly for a flame sensor apparatus, the sensor assembly including:
a photodiode configured to generate a current; and
a seal assembly supporting the photodiode, the seal assembly including:
an inner conductor defining an inner conductor end, the inner conductor including an inner conductor surface disposed at the
inner conductor end, wherein the photodiode is attached to the inner conductor end of the inner conductor, the photodiode
electrically connected to the inner conductor surface; and

one or more insulators for electrically insulating the inner conductor, the one or more insulators including an inorganic
material that is a high temperature inorganic material for use up to about 325° C.

US Pat. No. 9,611,756

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING COMPONENTS IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

General Electric Company,...

14. A method, comprising:
combusting a fuel with an oxidant and an exhaust gas in a combustion portion of a turbine combustor to generate combustion
products;

driving a turbine with the combustion products from the turbine combustor;
expanding and cooling the combustion products from the turbine through an exhaust passage in an exhaust section;
routing a cooling gas from a fluid supply system to the exhaust section, wherein the cooling gas comprises an extracted exhaust
gas, a gas separated from the extracted exhaust gas, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, or a combination thereof,
and the cooling gas comprises less than 10000 parts per million by volume (ppmv) of oxygen;

routing the cooling gas from the fluid supply system to an inner shroud cavity of the exhaust section through a manway of
the exhaust section; and

routing the cooling gas from the inner shroud cavity to the exhaust passage through one or more openings of the manway.

US Pat. No. 9,267,491

WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE HAVING A SPOILER

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor blade for a wind turbine, the rotor blade comprising:
a shell having a pressure side and a suction side, said shell defining an outer surface along said pressure and suction sides
over which an airflow travels; and,

a spoiler comprising a fixed end and a free end, said fixed end connected to said outer surface so as to enable a hinge action,
said free end comprising a top flange and a bottom flange configured to engage opposite sides of said shell,

wherein said free end is pivotal relative to said fixed end between a recessed position and an elevated position,
wherein said free end has a range of motion limited by contact of said top flange and said bottom flange with said shell,
and

wherein said free end is configured to separate the airflow from said outer surface when in said elevated position.

US Pat. No. 9,271,689

APPARATUS FOR WIDE COVERAGE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A tube for generating x-rays comprising:
a cathode adapted to emit electrons;
a target positioned to receive the electrons from the cathode on a surface thereof;
an anode adapted with an aperture and positioned between the cathode and the target and configured to accelerate the electrons
toward the surface of the target, wherein the anode is grounded;

a rotating system adapted to rotate the target about an axis, the rotating system attached to the target and located in a
position facing the surface of the target that is positioned to receive the electrons from the cathode;

a high voltage insulator positioned between the cathode and the rotating system to electrically insulate the rotating system
from the cathode; and

an electron collector having a first aperture therein and positioned between the anode and the target;
wherein the anode and the electron collector are positioned such that the electrons pass through the first aperture of the
electron collector and through the aperture of the anode.

US Pat. No. 9,068,462

PROCESS OF WELDING A TURBINE BLADE, A PROCESS OF WELDING A NON-UNIFORM ARTICLE, AND A WELDED TURBINE BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A process of welding a turbine blade, the process comprising:
identifying the center of gravity of the turbine blade;
fusion welding a suction side along a first path extending over a primary symmetry line determined from the center of gravity
of the turbine blade; and

fusion welding a pressure side along a second path extending over the primary symmetry line determined from the center of
gravity of the turbine blade;

wherein the fusion welding includes multiple fusion welds.

US Pat. No. 9,615,486

THERMAL INTERFACE DEVICES

General Electric Company,...

1. A thermal interface device, comprising:
a containment structure having at least one wall, wherein the containment structure is configured to facilitate passage of
heat from a heat source; and

a thermal conductor disposed in at least a portion of the containment structure, wherein the thermal conductor is configured
to reversibly switch between a solid state and a liquid state,

wherein the thermal interface device is a re-workable device; and
wherein the thermal interface device is coupled to the heat source without any additional coupling media, or physical features
to facilitate coupling between the thermal interface device and the heat source.

US Pat. No. 9,629,222

DIGITAL ADDRESSABLE LIGHTING INTERFACE SHORT PROTECTION CIRCUIT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a timing circuit enabled when a static signal from a controller of the apparatus disables communication through a communications
bus coupled to the apparatus, the timing circuit producing a threshold level after being enabled for a predetermined time
period; and

a switch controlled by the timing circuit and configured to disconnect the static signal when the timing circuit produces
the threshold level.

US Pat. No. 9,096,807

BIOMASS GASIFIER WITH DISRUPTION DEVICE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A gasifier for use in converting a feedstock material into a syngas, comprising:
an outer chamber;
a reaction zone positioned within the outer chamber, the reaction zone comprising an uppermost portion and a lowermost portion;
a disruption device comprising at least two extensions, the disruption device maneuverable within the outer chamber to ensure
a steady flow of the feedstock material into the reaction zone without bridging, wherein the disruption device is configured
to maneuver from a first position where one of the at least two extensions is in contact with the uppermost portion of the
reaction zone and a second position where one of the at least two extensions is in contact with the lowermost potion of the
reaction zone;

a controller in communication with the disruption device, wherein the controller is programmed to initiate maneuvering of
the disruption device from the first position to the second position;

an input pressure sensor in communication with the controller; and
an output pressure sensor in communication with the controller;
wherein:
the input pressure sensor is configured to measure a first pressure at an inlet of the gasifier;
the output pressure sensor is configured to measure a second pressure at an outlet of the gasifier; and
the controller is programmed to initiate maneuvering of the disruption device upon detecting a predetermined difference between
the first pressure and the second pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,723,742

INTEGRATED POWER RACKS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An integrated power rack for use in a data center, said integrated power rack comprising:
a top;
a base, wherein said integrated power rack has a height defined from said top to said base;
a first side and a second side extending vertically between said base and said top, wherein said integrated power rack has
a width defined from said first side to said second side;

a back member extending between said top, said base, said first side, and said second side;
a front portion opposite said back member and extending vertically between said top, said base, said first side, and said
second side, wherein said front portion is open to an environment surrounding said integrated power rack, wherein said integrated
power rack has a length defined from said front portion to said back member and the height is greater than the width and the
length;

a non-conductive divider extending from said top to said base and from said front portion to said back member, said non-conductive
divider positioned between said first side and said second side;

a revenue sub-compartment defined between said first side and said non-conductive divider from said front portion to said
back member, said revenue sub-compartment sized to receive a plurality of revenue producing devices, wherein said revenue
sub-compartment has a width that is substantially the same as a width of each of said plurality of revenue producing devices;
and

a power sub-compartment defined between said second side and said non-conductive divider from said front portion to said back
member such that said power sub-compartment is spaced from said revenue sub-compartment in a horizontal direction along said
front portion, wherein said power sub-compartment houses power equipment for providing direct-current (DC) power to said revenue
sub-compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,337,010

FLUORESCENT LIGHTING WITH ALUMINUM NITRIDE PHOSPHORS

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A fluorescent lamp, comprising:
a glass envelope;
at least two electrodes connected to said glass envelope;
mercury vapor and an inert gas within said glass envelope; and
a phosphor blend within said glass envelope, wherein said phosphor blend includes Al(1-x)MxN, where M may be comprised of one or more dopants drawn from beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, zinc, scandium,
yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, ytterbium, bismuth, manganese, silicon, germanium,
tin, boron, or gallium and x has a value of 0

US Pat. No. 9,615,482

SHAPED HEAT SINKS TO OPTIMIZE FLOW

General Electric Company,...

1. A cooling system comprising:
a base thermally connected to an object to be cooled;
a flow generator that provides for a cooling fluid flow across a surface of the base;
a first array of fins thermally coupled to the base, each fin having an internal cavity within the fin, a closed leading edge
that faces a direction from which the cooling fluid flow is flowing and that is free of openings, closed sides free of openings,
and at least one opening disposed only on a downstream side of the fin relative to the cooling fluid flow that provides fluid
communication between the internal cavity and the cooling fluid flow, the first array of fins further comprising:

a first fin having a first cross-section shape;
a first pulsing synthetic jet disposed within the internal cavity of the first fin;
a second fin having a second cross-section shape, disposed such that a chord of the first fin and a chord of the second fin
are disposed along a single array line substantially parallel to a bulk motion of the cooling fluid flow,

wherein the first pulsing synthetic jet produces a flow oscillation at the at least one opening on the first fin and the interaction
of the flow oscillation with the cooling fluid flow produces a pair of vortices, a first vortex being shed from a first lateral
side of the first fin, and a second vortex being shed from a second lateral side of the first fin, and wherein the first fin
and second fin being spaced longitudinally apart such that the first vortex passes to a first lateral side of the second fin
and the second vortex passes to a second lateral side of the second fin.

US Pat. No. 9,267,691

QUICK DISCONNECT COMBUSTION ENDCOVER

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

7. An assembly comprising:
a combustor casing and an endcover attached to a compressor discharge casing, the endcover abutting the combustor casing and
the combustor casing abutting the compressor discharge casing;

a substantially rigid stiffener ring component configured to be arranged upstream from the compressor discharge casing;
a plurality of clamp bodies, each having at least two mutually perpendicular inner surfaces arranged about a portion of the
combustor casing such that a first inner surface of the at least two mutually perpendicular inner surfaces of a respective
one of said plurality of clamp bodies is configured to abut a radially outer surface of the portion of the combustor casing
and a radially outer surface of the substantially rigid stiffener ring, and a second inner surface of the at least two mutually
perpendicular inner surfaces of the respective one of said plurality of clamp bodies comprises a flange element projecting
from a first end of the respective one of said plurality of clamp bodies, the flange element being configured to be directed
radially inward;

the substantially rigid stiffener ring being configured to be arranged between an inner flange surface, the inner flange surface
being arranged on the flange element and configured to abut an upstream surface of the substantially rigid stiffener ring,
and an upstream surface of said portion of the combustor casing; and

at least one fastener for each of said plurality of clamp bodies adapted to extend through the respective one of said plurality
of clamp bodies and into said compressor discharge casing;

wherein the substantially rigid stiffener ring has an outer diameter which is substantially equal to the outer diameter of
the portion of the combustor casing;

the at least one fastener extends through the respective one of said clamp bodies at a location which is radially outer of
the substantially rigid stiffener ring and the portion of the combustor casing; and

the assembly is configured to facilitate attachment and removal of the endcover to the compressor discharge casing.

US Pat. No. 9,177,480

SCHEDULE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AIR TRAFFIC

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A schedule management system for managing air traffic comprising multiple aircraft that are within a defined airspace and
approaching an arrival airport, each of the multiple aircraft having existing trajectory parameters comprising three-dimensional
position and velocity, the schedule management system comprising:
on-aircraft flight management systems individually associated with the multiple aircraft and adapted to determine aircraft
trajectory and flight-specific cost data of the aircraft associated therewith;

an air traffic control system adapted to monitor the multiple aircraft but is not located on any of the multiple aircraft,
the air traffic control system having a decision support tool, the air traffic control system being operable to acquire the
aircraft trajectory and the flight-specific cost data from the flight management systems and generate a scheduled time-of-arrival
(STA) for each of the multiple aircraft for at least one location along an approach to the arrival airport;

wherein if any of the multiple aircraft miss the STA thereof at the at least one location and thereby delays a second of the
multiple aircraft flying towards the at least one location to impose a later STA for the second aircraft, the air traffic
control system is operable to transmit the aircraft trajectory and the flight-specific cost data to the decision support tool,
utilize the decision support tool to determine if a particular trajectory alteration is more cost-efficient for the second
aircraft to absorb the delay associated with the later STA, and then transmit instructions to the second aircraft based on
a human decision facilitated by the decision support tool.

US Pat. No. 9,071,164

MULTI-PHASE CONVERTER SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of operating a multi-phase converter, the method comprising:
providing a multi-phase converter comprising a plurality of phase paths and a plurality of dc-links, wherein each phase path
comprises at least one corresponding dc-link that is independent from the dc-link for every other phase path;

generating a plurality of output phase voltages via the multi-phase converter in response to a predetermined reference voltage
for each phase derived from the at least one corresponding dc-link, wherein each output phase voltage is based on voltage
for the at least one corresponding dc-link that is independent from voltage for other of the dc-links for every other phase;

determining a total dc-link voltage level associated with each output phase voltage;
calculating a first difference voltage based on the predetermined reference voltage level and a positive dc-link voltage for
each phase;

calculating a second difference voltage based on the predetermined reference voltage level and a negative dc-link voltage
for each phase;

calculating a maximum of the second difference voltage for each phase;
calculating a minimum of the first difference voltage for each phase;
calculating a common-mode injection voltage as the average of the maximum second difference voltage and the minimum first
difference voltage for each phase; and

adding the common mode injection voltage to the predetermined reference voltage for each phase and controlling a modulation
index therefrom for each phase, such that each generated output phase voltage level for each phase is adjusted in response
to its corresponding modulation index.

US Pat. No. 9,068,275

COMPOSITE GEOMETRICAL DESIGN FOR A GRAIN STARTER IN A BRIDGMAN INVESTMENT CASTING PROCESS

General Electric Company,...

17. A method for forming an article having directionally solidified grains comprising the steps of:
providing a mold;
providing a metallic grain starter, the metallic grain starter including means for transferring heat away from the metallic
grain starter;

attaching the metallic grain starter to the mold;
supplying molten metal to the mold;
providing a heat source to maintain the molten metal in the mold in a preselected temperature range;
slowly withdrawing the molten metal-containing mold from the heat source into a cold zone adjacent to the heat source while
forming an advancing solidification front within the molten metal as heat is removed from the molten metal within the mold,
while the grain starter initiates the formation of grains in a preselected crystallographic direction, wherein the means for
transferring heat away from the grain starter alters a profile of the advancing solidification front within the mold;

continuing to slowly withdraw the molten metal-containing mold from the heat source as heat is withdrawn through the grain
starter and the means for transferring heat away from the grain starter so that the formed grains advance into the molten
metal in the preselected metallurgical direction with the substantial absence of a nucleation and growth of stray grains in
the molten metal in front of the advancing solidification front; and

completing the solidification of molten metal in the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,730,365

HEAT SINK APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR POWER SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MODULE

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a base plate having a first central portion, a second central portion, a periphery, a module facing surface, a coolant facing
surface, and fins connected to the coolant facing surface;

a first plurality of heat pipes embedded in the base plate that are arranged to convey heat away from the first central portion;
and

a second plurality of heat pipes embedded in the base plate that are arranged to convey heat away from the second central
portion, each of the heat pipes of the first and second pluralities having a respective hot end for receiving heat flow and
a respective cool end for releasing heat flow, wherein the first plurality of heat pipes and the second plurality of heat
pipes are embedded in between the module facing surface and the coolant facing surface, the first plurality of heat pipes
arranged to convey heat from the first central portion of the base plate to the second central portion of the base plate,
and the second plurality of heat pipes arranged to convey heat away from the second central portion of the base plate to the
periphery of the base plate;

an inner casing half that defines an opening, the module facing surface of the heat sink being fastened to an outer surface
of the inner casing half;

a semiconductor module mounted to the module facing surface of the heat sink, and received in the opening of the inner casing
half; and

an outer casing half having interior partitions, which define at least one coolant inlet channel and a trough connected with
the coolant inlet channel, the outer casing half being fastened to the outer surface of the inner casing half, wherein the
fins of the heat sink are enclosed in the trough.

US Pat. No. 9,267,433

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TURBINE COMBUSTOR FUEL ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

12. A system, comprising:
a byproduct sensor configured to transmit an input signal indicative of a sensed byproduct concentration in an exhaust from
a gas turbine engine;

a byproduct controller configured to receive the input signal from the byproduct sensor and transmit an output signal to at
least one control element, wherein the at least one control element is responsive to the output signal, to adjust a fuel-water
ratio in a mixture of a liquid fuel and a deaerated water if the sensed byproduct concentration is above a threshold level,
wherein the mixture of the liquid fuel and the deaerated water is configured to combust in a combustor of the gas turbine
engine; and

a mixing assembly coupled to the combustor, wherein the mixing assembly comprises:
a first turbine fuel mixer connected to a fuel source and a deaerated water source to mix the liquid fuel from the fuel source
and a first portion of the deaerated water from the deaerated water source to generate a first fuel mixture, wherein the first
turbine fuel mixer is connected to route the first fuel mixture to a first portion of the combustor of the gas turbine engine
to combust the first fuel mixture in the combustor of the gas turbine engine;

a second turbine fuel mixer connected to the liquid fuel source, the deaerated water source, and a gaseous fuel source to
generate a second fuel mixture, wherein the second turbine fuel mixer is connected to route the second fuel mixture to a second
portion of the combustor of the gas turbine engine to combust the second fuel mixture in the combustor of the gas turbine
engine;

a deaerated water flow path to route the first portion of the deaerated water to the first turbine fuel mixer and to route
a second portion of the deaerated water to the second turbine fuel mixer; and

a first liquid fuel flow path to route the liquid fuel to the first turbine fuel mixer;
a second liquid fuel flow path to route the liquid fuel to the second turbine fuel mixer through at least one valve; and
a gaseous fuel flow path to route a gaseous fuel from the gaseous fuel source to the second turbine mixer through the at least
one valve.

US Pat. No. 9,077,009

FUEL CELL ELEMENT ELECTRODE INCLUDING LAYERS WITH VARYING HYDROPHOBICITY

General Electric Company,...

7. A gas sensor for measuring gas content in gas streams comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a gel electrolyte positioned between the first and second electrode;
at least one of the first and second electrodes including:
a hydrophobic graphite support layer coated in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) having a water absorption capability of approximately
0%;

a semi-hydrophobic electro-catalyst layer, which is less hydrophobic than the hydrophobic graphite support layer and having
a water absorption capability of 10% to 50% by weight, including an electro-catalytically active material in a carbon substrate
and a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) content having a first concentration; and

a hydrophilic electro-catalyst layer including an electro-catalytically active material in a carbon substrate and having a
PTFE content having a second concentration that is less than the first concentration and having a water absorption capability
of 60% to 100%;

an air side element supplying an oxygen containing gas to one of the electrodes;
a gas side element supplying a gas mixture to the other of the electrodes;
a wire contact coupled to each electrode; and
a signal measuring means coupled to the wire contacts for determining a gas content of the gas mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,078,565

DUAL DISPLAY CT SCANNER USER INTERFACE

General Electric Company,...

1. A user interface for a computed tomography (CT) imaging system, the user interface comprising:
a first display configured to enable an operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks associated with performing a CT exam
on one or more patients, the set-up and scanning tasks including acquiring and verifying scan image data; and

a second display configured to enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks associated with the CT exams on
the one or more patients, the image post-processing tasks including performing image reconstructions and reformats;

wherein each of the first display and the second display are configured to display a plurality of distinct display zones thereon,
with the first display including an exam set-up and protocol selection zone configured to enable the operator to select a
scan protocol from a protocol list area for performing a CT scan on a desired patient; and

wherein each of the first display and the second display are operable independent from one another to provide for parallel
workflows between the first display and second display and between the patient set-up and scanning tasks and the post-processing
tasks.

US Pat. No. 9,080,447

TRANSITION DUCT WITH DIVIDED UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM PORTIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine system, comprising:
a transition duct comprising an inlet, an outlet, and a duct passage extending between the inlet and the outlet and defining
a longitudinal axis, a radial axis, and a tangential axis, the outlet of the transition duct offset from the inlet along the
longitudinal axis and the tangential axis, the duct passage comprising an upstream portion extending from the inlet and a
downstream portion extending from the outlet; and

a rib extending from an outer surface of the duct passage and around an entire periphery of the outer surface, the rib dividing
the upstream portion and the downstream portion and partially defining and fluidly dividing an upstream cavity and a downstream
cavity, the upstream cavity configured to direct a first portion of a working fluid towards the inlet, the downstream cavity
configured to direct a second portion of the working fluid towards the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,074,487

SELF-LUBRICATING BRUSH SEAL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF REDUCING LEAKAGE

General Electric Company,...

1. A self-lubricating brush seal assembly comprising a plurality of self-lubricating members; and a plurality of metallic
base bristles, the metallic base bristles consisting essentially of metal;
wherein the plurality of self-lubricating members are selected from a plurality of cores sheathed in a self-lubricating braid
and the self-lubricating bristles occupy approximately 5 to approximately 30 percent by volume of the total number of bristles
in the self-lubricating brush seal assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,068,750

COMBUSTOR WITH A PRE-NOZZLE MIXING CAP ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A pre-nozzle mixing cap assembly positioned about a cap member
of a combustor for mixing a flow of air and a flow of fuel upstream of one or more fuel nozzles, comprising:
a fuel plenum in communication with the flow of fuel;
a plurality of tubes in communication with the flow of air and extending through the fuel plenum, wherein the fuel plenum
is positioned about a downstream end of the plurality of tubes;

each of the plurality of tubes comprising a plurality of fuel holes therein such that the flow of fuel in the fuel plenum
passes through the plurality of fuel holes and mixes with the flow of air upstream of the one or more fuel nozzles; and

an air plenum with the plurality of tubes extending therethrough, wherein the air plenum is positioned at an upstream end
of the plurality of tubes, wherein the air plenum is positioned forward of the fuel plenum.

US Pat. No. 9,065,377

LOAD COMMUTATED INVERTER DRIVE SYSTEMS FOR HIGH POWER DRIVE APPLICATIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. A load commutated inverter (LCI) drive system for an electrical machine, the system comprising:
a first supply bridge comprising a first alternating current to direct current (AC-to-DC) source side converter, a first DC
link circuit, and a first direct current to alternating current (DC-to-AC) load side inverter, wherein the first supply bridge
is configured to generate a first supply of electric power;

a second supply bridge comprising a second AC-to-DC source side converter, a second DC link circuit, and a second DC-to-AC
load side inverter, wherein the second supply bridge is configured to generate a second supply of electric power;

a controller configured to selectively control at least one of the first supply bridge and the second supply bridge;
an input wye-delta transformer electrically connected with the first AC-to-DC source side converter of the first supply bridge
and the second AC-to-DC source side converter of the second supply bridge, wherein the first AC-to-DC source side converter
is connected at a wye winding and the second AC-to-DC source side converter is connected at a delta winding of the input wye-delta
transformer; and

an output delta-wye transformer electrically connected at a wye input to the first AC-to-DC source side converter and electrically
connected at a delta input to the second AC-to-DC source side converter, wherein the output delta-wye transformer is configured
to supply the at least one of the first supply electric power and the second supply electric power to the electrical machine.

US Pat. No. 9,243,510

FLOATING SEAL

General Electric Company,...

1. A floating seal assembly for sealing two static parts of a turbomachine, the two static parts having opposing grooves defining
a seal cavity, the floating seal assembly comprising:
a floating circumferential seal having a middle portion, and opposing end portions, each opposing end portion positioned within
a groove in one of the static parts, wherein each end portion has a curved side facing a low pressure side of the seal cavity,
each curved side configured to engage the low pressure side of the seal cavity in response to a pressure differential across
the seal cavity reaching a threshold value,

wherein the floating circumferential seal includes a plurality of sections,
wherein each of the plurality of sections includes a male part on a first end of each segment and a female part on a second
end of each segment, the male part including a portion of each apex of each curved side at the first end of each segment and
the female part including a portion of each apex of each curved side at the second end on of each segment, and

wherein the male and female parts of each section are configured to matingly engage a corresponding male or female part of
an adjacent section in the plurality of sections such that a continuous line of contact is formed in response to each curved
side of each end portion of the floating circumferential seal engaging the low pressure side of the seal cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,078,597

MOBILE X-RAY UNIT WITH INTEGRATED X-RAY SHIELD

General Electric Company,...

1. A mobile x-ray imaging unit comprising:
a base;
a column structure extending upwardly from the base;
a horizontal arm mounted on the column structure;
an x-ray source positioned on the horizontal arm and configured to generate x-ray radiation for acquisition of an x-ray image;
an x-ray shield extending upwardly from the base on a side of the column structure opposite the x-ray source and being configured
to attenuate x-ray radiation generated by the x-ray source, wherein at least a portion of the x-ray shield is formed of an
optically transparent material and wherein the x-ray shield is sized so as to provide x-ray shielding to an operator when
the operator is in a standing position; and

a display and a control panel configured to control operation and positioning of the x-ray source, the control panel comprising
a pair of exposure switches configured to control operation of the x-ray source;

wherein the generation of x-ray radiation by the x-ray source is initiated when the pair of exposure switches is simultaneously
pressed; and

wherein the pair of exposure switches are arranged proximate to left and right side vertical edges of the x-ray shield, respectively,
such that a technician is centered behind the x-ray shield when simultaneously pressing the pair of exposure switches.

US Pat. No. 9,073,793

SLURRY COMPOSITIONS FOR MAKING ENVIRONMENTAL BARRIER COATINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL BARRIER COATINGS COMPRISING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An environmental barrier coating comprising:
at least one transition layer made from a transition layer slurry composition comprising:
water;
a primary transition material; and
a first slurry sintering aid in an amount that exceeds solubility of the first slurry sintering aid in the primary transition
material so that the amount of the first slurry sintering includes an insoluble portion; and

an outer layer made from an outer layer slurry composition comprising:
water;
a primary outer material; and
a second slurry sintering aid in an amount that exceeds solubility of the second slurry sintering aid in the primary outer
material so that the amount of the second slurry sintering aid includes an insoluble portion,

wherein the primary transition material is selected from the group consisting of mullite, BSAS, and a mullite/BSAS mixture,
and the primary outer material comprises BSAS, and

wherein the transition layer consists of the primary transition material, any of the first slurry sintering aid dissolved
therein, and a first secondary material as a reaction product of the primary transition material and the insoluble portion
of the first slurry sintering aid, the outer layer consists of the primary outer material, any of the second slurry sintering
aid dissolved therein, and a second secondary material as a reaction product of the primary outer material and the insoluble
portion of the second slurry sintering aid, the first and second slurry sintering aids increase rates of diffusion of, respectively,
the primary transition material and the primary outer material such that surface area reduction occurs within the transition
layer and the outer layer at lower temperatures than would occur absent the first and second slurry sintering aids, and the
first and second secondary materials are chosen from the group consisting of rare earth oxides, rare earth disilicates, rare
earth monosilicates, rare earth elements, rare earth containing aluminosilicate glasses, rare earth and alkaline earth containing
aluminosilicate glasses, rare earth aluminates, phosphorous pentoxide, phosphorous containing aluminosilicate glasses, phosphorous
and alkaline earth containing aluminosilicate glasses, aluminum orthophosphate, aluminum oxide, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,074,542

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE DURING TUNNELING OPERATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for controlling an engine in a vehicle via an electronic device, the engine having an intake and an exhaust, comprising:
determining if the vehicle is under tunneling operation in response to an intake gas constituent;
if tunneling operation is not confirmed, adjusting an engine exhaust gas recirculation amount in response to exhaust nitrogen
oxide concentration; and

if tunneling operation is confirmed, adjusting the engine exhaust gas recirculation amount to zero percent.

US Pat. No. 9,074,693

ACTUATOR MOUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MOUNTING

General Electric Company,...

1. An actuator mounting system comprising:
a flow body comprising a plurality of feet integrally formed with and extending outwardly from a surface of said flow body,
wherein each foot comprises a mounting pad including a mounting point, and wherein a thickness of said mounting pad extends
substantially perpendicularly with respect to said plurality of feet; and

an actuator comprising a mounting surface and a plurality of mounting apertures defined therein configured to be coupled to
said flow body in a plurality of predetermined positions via said plurality of mounting points; wherein at least one of said
plurality of mounting apertures is not aligned with one of said plurality of mounting points, wherein the mounting aperture
that is not aligned with one of said plurality of mounting points is configured to receive a lockout feature.

US Pat. No. 9,269,559

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR MODIFYING LUMEN MAINTENANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF PHOSPHOR-CONTAINING COATINGS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for improving the lumen maintenance of a fluorescent lamp, the method comprising:
providing a phosphor blend containing a first phosphor that exhibits a poorer lumen maintenance than at least a second phosphor
in the phosphor blend; and

forming with the phosphor blend a phosphor-containing coating of a fluorescent lamp, wherein the phosphor-containing coating
contains an additive composition in a sufficient amount and sufficiently uniformly distributed to improve the lumen maintenance
of the first phosphor;

wherein the forming step comprises:
combining the phosphor blend with a liquid vehicle that contains at least one soluble salt of the additive composition; and
converting the soluble salt to the additive composition.

US Pat. No. 9,078,618

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PATIENT ALIGNMENT FOR NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for scan setup for a diagnostic imaging system, the method comprising:
activating a proximity sensor system associated with imaging detectors of the diagnostic imaging system, wherein the imaging
detectors are in an L-mode configuration;

initiating movement of a patient table of the diagnostic imaging system; and
automatically iteratively adjusting positions of the patient table and the imaging detectors by moving at least a first imaging
detector of the imaging detectors toward the patient table until the proximity sensor system detects a first state of the
first imaging detector, then moving the patient table toward a second imaging detector of the imaging detectors, until the
proximity sensor system detects a first state of the second imaging detector; and after moving the patient table towards the
second imaging detector, moving the patient table back towards the first detector a distance to reach a patient table height
scanning position, wherein the distance is less than a distance traveled by the patient table between the first state of the
first and the first state of the second imaging detectors, wherein the automatically iteratively adjusting positions and moving
at least the first imaging detector toward the patient table, moving the patient table toward a second imaging detector, and
moving the patient table back towards the first detector occur before starting imaging acquisition.

US Pat. No. 9,273,668

YAW SYSTEM FOR A WINDMILL

General Electric Company,...

1. A yaw system for a windmill, the windmill comprising a tower and a nacelle, the tower and the nacelle being joined by the
yaw system, wherein the yaw system comprises:
a bearing fixed to the tower, on which bearing the nacelle rests and slides in a yawing movement;
at least one yaw motor configured to allow the nacelle to perform a rotary motion along the bearing; and
a control for continuously operating the at least one yaw motor in such a way that the at least one yaw motor maneuvers the
nacelle towards a setpoint,

wherein the yaw system is configured to allow the nacelle to divert from the setpoint whenever an external yaw wise torque
on the nacelle exceeds an allowed torque capacity of the at least one yaw motor.

US Pat. No. 9,468,575

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF NEONATAL CARE

General Electric Company,...

1. An infant care system, comprising:
an infant care tower, comprising a first rack, and a second rack, a graphical display, a user interface, and a tower interface;
a first medical device removably received within the first rack;
a second medical device removably received within the second rack;
a processor communicatively connected to and configured to operate the infant care tower, graphical display, user interface,
first medical device and second medical device;

at least one connector connected at a first end to the tower interface;
a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) computer communicatively connected to the processor of the infant care tower and connected
to a non-transient computer readable medium, such that the NICU computer operates the first medical device and the second
medical device through the processor of the infant care tower; and

a bassinet configured to receive an infant patient within a microenvironment defined and maintained by the bassinet, the bassinet
further physically connected to at least one of the first medical device and the second medical device through the infant
care tower by a removable connection of a bassinet interface to the at least one connector and communicatively connected to
the processor through the infant care tower by removable connection of the bassinet interface to the at least one connector;

wherein the processor operates to control both the infant care tower and the bassinet in maintaining the microenvironment
of the bassinet, and the processor operates the first and second medical devices of the tower to provide care to the infant
patient.

US Pat. No. 9,080,765

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HEAT RECOVERY STEAM GENERATION OPTIMIZATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:
a controller configured to control power plant operations;
a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) monitor communicatively coupled to the controller and configured to receive inputs
corresponding to the power plant operations; and

an HRSG life prediction model configured to predict a remaining operating life for an HRSG component, wherein the HRSG monitor
uses the HRSG life prediction model and the inputs to communicate a control action to the controller, wherein the HRSG life
prediction model comprises a pre-calculated differential temperature curve model configured to model stress as a first function
of a temperature difference over time.

US Pat. No. 9,065,133

CATHODE FOR AN ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

General Electric Company,...

1. A cathode for an electrochemical cell comprising:
a first particulate material having particles comprising a mixture of at least one alkali metal halide and at least one metal
selected from the group consisting of iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium, manganese and mixtures thereof, wherein the at least
one alkali metal halide first particulate material comprises sodium chloride;

a second particulate material consisting of sodium chloride, and
an electrolyte dispersed about the first and second particulate materials, wherein the electrolyte is a salt electrolyte that
is molten at an operating temperature of the electrochemical cell; and

wherein a mean particle size ratio of the first particulate material to the second particulate material varies from 500:1
to 10:1.

US Pat. No. 9,807,905

ADAPTER COOLING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MODULAR COMPUTING DEVICES

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:
a modular computing device having a form that complies with VITA 59, the modular computing device having interfaces for coupling
to a base board, the modular computing device including a circuit board with two opposing mountable surface areas, including
a first surface area and a second surface area, for placement of a plurality of integrated circuit (IC) components, wherein
when in an assembled configuration with the base board, the circuit board of the modular computing device is stacked with
the base board such that the second surface area is proximal to the base board and the first surface is distal to the base
board;

a first cooling member comprising a first base structure having a first cooling surface for coupling to a cooling surface
of an external heat sink, the first base structure being fixably positioned proximal to the first surface area of the circuit
board so as to form direct thermal conduction with surfaces associated with one or more IC components, of the plurality of
IC components, mounted on the first surface area of the modular computing device;

a second cooling member comprising a second base structure that is fixably positioned proximal to the second surface area
of the circuit board so as to form direct thermal conduction with surfaces associated with one or more IC components, of the
plurality of IC components, mounted on the second surface area of the modular computing device, the second member comprising
a plurality of side walls extending from the second base structure, each side wall including a second cooling surface and
a wall contact surface, wherein when in the assembled configuration with the first cooling member and the modular computing
device, each side wall of the second cooling member is proximately positionable with respect to the first cooling member such
that the wall contact surface forms direct thermal conduction therewith and such that each of the first cooling surface of
the first cooling member and the second cooling surface of the second cooling member forms direct thermal conduction with
the cooling surface of the external heat sink; and

a plurality of attachment members to couple the base board of the modular computing component, the first cooling member, and
the second cooling member together as a modular assembly, and to couple the modular assembly to the external heat sink,

wherein, prior to the one or more attachment members being coupled to the external heat sink, the modular assembly includes
a spatial gap between the first cooling surface of the first base structure of the first member and the cooling surface of
the external heat sink when the modular assembly is disposed on the cooling surface of the external heat sink; and

wherein the second base structure of the second member is configured to elastically deform when the one or more attached members
are affixed to the external heat sink such that the first cooling surface of the first base structure of the first member
directly contacts the cooling surface of the external heat sink.

US Pat. No. 9,807,846

PROTECTION CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A lighting system comprising:
plural protection circuits configured to be conductively coupled with a power supply that supplies current to plural light
sources to power the light sources, the protection circuits configured to receive an input voltage from the power supply and
to conduct an output voltage to separate control buses that are conductively coupled with drivers of the light sources to
conduct control signals to the drivers of the light sources for control of operation of the light sources;

a microcontroller configured to generate the control signals to control the operation of the light sources; and
plural transceiving circuits configured to receive the control signals from the microcontroller and to conduct the control
signals to different groups of the light sources via the separate control buses,

wherein the protection circuits are separately connected to the separate control buses to conduct the output voltage from
the power supply to the light sources, and wherein the protection circuits are configured to prevent an increase of voltage
on a first control bus of the control buses from increasing voltage on a different, second control bus of the control buses.

US Pat. No. 9,267,513

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE OF A TURBINE ENGINE COMPRESSOR AND COMPRESSOR OF A TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for temperature control of a turbine engine compressor, the method comprising:
directing a fluid from a first region proximate a main flow path in a downstream portion of a structure in a compressor to
an upstream portion of the structure, wherein the fluid is cooled as the fluid flows through the upstream portion of the structure;
and

directing the fluid from the upstream portion of the structure downstream to a second region of the compressor to cool the
second region, wherein the fluid is directed through passages in the upstream and downstream portions of the structure thereby
substantially conserving an energy of the fluid within the structure and wherein a pressure of the second region is less than
a pressure of the first region;

wherein directing the fluid from the first region proximate the main flow path in the downstream portion of the structure
comprises directing the fluid from a downstream portion of a stator to an upstream portion of the stator; and

wherein directing the fluid from the upstream portion of the structure downstream to the second region of the compressor to
cool the second region comprises directing the fluid to the second region including a rotor wheel in a last stage of a rotor
located radially inside the stator.

US Pat. No. 9,426,901

PATTERNING METHOD FOR COMPONENT BOARDS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of printing solder paste in a component board, the method comprising:
using a first stencil having a first thickness to pattern solder paste into at least one through hole in the component board,
the first stencil defining at least one first aperture; and

using a second stencil subsequent to using said first stencil to print solder paste for at least one surface mounted part
on the component board, said second stencil separate from the first stencil and having a second thickness less than or equal
to the first thickness, the second stencil defining at least one surface mount aperture and at least one second aperture,
the at least one second aperture being concentric with the at least one through hole and having a diameter greater than a
diameter of the at least one through hole;

wherein using the first stencil includes placing the first stencil on a surface of the component board and printing solder
paste through the at least one first aperture, and wherein using the second stencil includes placing the second stencil on
the surface of the component board and printing solder paste through the at least one surface mount aperture and through the
at least one second aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,105,415

RETAINING INSERT FOR AN ELECTRICAL PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A retaining insert coupleable to a base assembly configured to operatively support a primary circuit breaker and a pair
of opposing circuit breakers arranged to define a recess, the retaining insert comprising:
a base portion configured to be disposed between the primary circuit breaker and the pair of opposing circuit breakers, the
base portion configured to be operatively coupled to the base assembly;

a retaining portion extending from the base portion and configured to retain the pair of opposing circuit breakers, the retaining
portion comprising a first segment and a second segment, the first segment extending from the base portion, the second segment
extending toward the base assembly from the first segment to a location proximate a recess wall of the pair of opposing circuit
breakers, the recess wall at least partially defining the recess; and

an interlock assembly comprising:
an interlock bracket operatively coupled to the base portion of the retaining insert; and
a locking member moveably engaged with the interlock bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,460,485

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GUIDED DE-NOISING FOR COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining spectral computed tomography (CT) information via an acquisition unit comprising an X-ray source and a CT detector;
generating, with one or more processing units, using at least one image transform, a first basis image and a second basis
image using the spectral CT information;

performing, with the one or more processing units, guided processing on the second basis image using the first basis image
as a guide to provide a modified second basis image;

performing a first inverse image transform using the first basis image and the modified second basis image to provide a first
modified image; and

performing a second inverse image transform using the first basis image and the modified second basis image to provide a second
modified image.

US Pat. No. 9,267,721

WATER SUPPLY APPARATUS IN REFRIGERATOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A water supply apparatus disposed in a door of a refrigerator for conveying water to an icemaker of the refrigerator, the
door comprising an insulator disposed therein, the apparatus comprising:
a water tube configured to deliver water from a water source;
a support block attached to an inner surface of the door;
a fill tube assembled to the support block, the fill tube being in fluid communication with the water tube; and
a gasket disposed between the support block and the door and configured to seal the insulator in the door, the gasket having
a hole through which the fill tube extends to convey the water from the water tube to the icemaker,

wherein the support block comprises a support body attached to the inner surface of the door, a base integral with the support
body, and at least one cutout,

wherein the support body has a substantially bowl-shaped profile to define a substantially howl-shaped space between the support
body and the inner surface of the door, and

wherein the support block is in direct contact with an inner surface of an outer case of the door, said support block disposed
between an inner case and the outer case of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,267,378

TURBOMACHINE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
a turbomachine comprising a first turbomachine component having a first mechanoluminescent material, wherein the first turbomachine
component produces a first light emission upon exposure to a mechanical stimulus sufficient to cause mechanoluminescence by
the first mechanoluminescent material; and

a turbomachine monitoring system comprising a controller, wherein the controller comprises data acquisition and processing
circuitry configured to monitor the structural health of the first turbomachine component based on an analysis of the first
light emission by correlating the first light emission to the mechanoluminescence of the first turbomachine component, and
to provide a user-perceivable indication of the structural health of the first turbomachine component, adjust an operating
speed of the turbomachine in response to the first light emission, or a combination thereof, based on the analysis.

US Pat. No. 9,100,307

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING ULTRASOUND DATA BY ADJUSTING COMPRESSION RATE AND/OR FRAME RATE OF REGION OF INTEREST MASK

General Electric Company,...

17. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium for controlling the communication of medical images over a channel using
one or more processors, the non-transitory computer readable storage medium including instructions to command the one or more
processors to:
monitor over time estimates of bandwidth of a channel communicatively coupling an imaging location with another location remote
from the imaging location;

communicate the estimates to a system at the imaging location;
identify at least one of a region-of-interest (ROI) mask or one or more transmission parameters for the channel; and
adjust at least one of the ROI mask or the one or more transmission parameters based on the monitored estimates of the bandwidth
for communicating the medical images, wherein the instructions command the one or more processors to adjust at least one of
a compression or a frame rate of the ROI mask such that the at least one of the compression or the frame rate within the ROI
mask is different than the at least one of the compression or the frame rate outside of the ROI mask.

US Pat. No. 9,267,387

SEAL PLATFORM

General Electric Company,...

1. A partial seal platform for mounting a seal and securing the seal to one of a rotor or a casing, comprising:
a first arcuate securing segment including a first securing notch for receiving a first securing ridge of the rotor or the
casing;

a second arcuate securing segment including a second securing notch for receiving a second securing ridge of the rotor or
the casing;

an arcuate coupling segment including a first flat ridge forming a first and second lateral notch on each side of the first
flat ridge for receiving the first arcuate securing segment and the second arcuate securing segment,

wherein the first securing notch and the second securing notch open away from each other, and
wherein the arcuate coupling segment has at least one passage in the first flat ridge for receiving a part of a coupling bolt;
an arcuate mounting segment including a second flat ridge forming a lateral notch on each side of the second flat ridge for
receiving the first arcuate securing segment and the second arcuate securing segment,

wherein the arcuate mounting segment has at least one passage in the second flat ridge for receiving a part of the coupling
bolt, and

wherein the second flat ridge aligns with the first flat ridge.

US Pat. No. 9,149,253

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING NEEDLE VISUALIZATION IN MEDICAL ULTRASOUND IMAGING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus for enhancing needle visualization in ultrasoundimaging, the apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit; and
a memory comprising a table comprising entries for a plurality of scanning depths, each of the entries in the table comprising
a pre-defined needle frame steering angle and a pre-defined ultrasound working frequency;

the central processing unit configured to:
set a scanning depth corresponding to a depth of a tissue target in a patient's body; and
determine automatically a needle frame steering angle and an ultrasound working frequency for needle frame collection based
on the scanning depth as set forth in the entries in the table.

US Pat. No. 9,283,591

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE AND METHOD FOR USE WITH SINGLE SERVE DISPENSER

General Electric Company,...

1. A refrigerator appliance for use with a single serve dispenser, comprising:
a cabinet defining a chilled chamber for receiving food or beverage items for storage, the cabinet defining an opening for
accessing the chilled chamber;

a door mounted to the cabinet at the opening of the cabinet, the door defining a dispenser recess;
a dispensing assembly, the dispensing assembly comprising:
an outlet conduit configured for flowing a liquid therefrom, the outlet conduit disposed in the dispenser recess; and
a housing for supporting the single serve dispenser, the housing disposed in the dispenser recess;
wherein the housing is movable along a direction towards the outlet conduit, and
a controller in communication with the housing, the controller operable to move the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,074,147

METHOD FOR CONVERTING CARBON AND HYDROCARBON CRACKING AND APPARATUS FOR HYDROCARBON CRACKING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for converting carbon into a carbon oxide, comprising: contacting carbon with steam in the presence of a material
of formula (Na2O)xNa2[Al2Si2O8] with carnegieite structure, wherein 0

US Pat. No. 9,474,183

CHASSIS WITH DISTRIBUTED JET COOLING

General Electric Company,...

1. A chassis with distributed jet cooling, the chassis comprising:
one or more sidewalls defining a volume configured to substantially surround one or more heat generating components positioned
within the volume;

at least one array of fins thermally coupled to a respective one of the one or more sidewalls;
at least one synthetic jet assembly comprising a multi-orifice synthetic jet or a plurality of single orifice synthetic jets
disposed on a side of a respective one of the at least one array of fins;

a clip attached to a respective one of the at least one synthetic jet assemblies and to a respective one of the one or more
sidewalls, the clip providing at least two points of contact with the respective one of the at least one synthetic jet assemblies;
and

a flexible connector positioned at each point of contact between the clip and the respective one of the at least one synthetic
jet assemblies to secure the respective one of the at least one synthetic jet assemblies to the clip.

US Pat. No. 9,279,892

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCINTILLATORS HAVING POLISHED AND ROUGHENED SURFACES

General Electric Company,...

1. A scintillator crystal array configured to receive rays emitted by an object to be imaged and to emit light energy responsive
to the received rays, the scintillator crystal array comprising plural crystals, the crystal array having a width of at least
four crystals, each crystal comprising:
a reception surface configured to receive the rays emitted by the object to be imaged;
an emission surface disposed opposite the reception surface and configured to emit the light energy responsive to the received
rays; and

plural sides extending between the reception surface and the emission surface, the plural sides comprising a roughened side
and a polished side opposed to the roughened side, wherein the roughened side comprises a roughened side surface, the polished
side comprises a polished side surface, and the roughened side surface is oriented toward an interior of the array relative
to the polished side surface.

US Pat. No. 9,267,523

METHOD FOR MOUNTING ULTRASONIC SENSORS

General Electric Company,...

1. A sensor assembly, comprising:
a base plate defining:
a first aperture, and a first base plate rib surrounding and concentric with the first aperture,
a second aperture and a second base plate rib surrounding and concentric with the second aperture, and
a plurality of guidance structures positioned radially outward from the first base plate rib and the second base plate rib;
a support plate attached to said base plate, said support plate comprising:
a first support plate rib extending in an axial direction from the support plate, and
a second support plate rib extending in the axial direction from the support plate;
a first sensor assembly comprising a first sensor and a first isolation boot, wherein at least a portion of the first sensor
is positioned within the first isolation boot, the first isolation boot supported between the first base plate rib and the
first support plate rib such that the first sensor is isolated from contact with said base plate and said support plate and
said plurality of guidance structures configured to minimize the first sensor vibrations transmitted through said base plate
and said support plate; and

a second sensor assembly positioned adjacent to said first sensor assembly and comprising a second sensor and a second isolation
boot, wherein at least a portion of the second sensor is positioned within the second isolation boot, the second isolation
boot supported between the second base plate rib and the second support plate rib such that the second sensor is isolated
from contact with said base plate and said support plate and said plurality of guidance structures configured to minimize
the second sensor vibrations transmitted through said base plate and said support plate.

US Pat. No. 9,257,698

COMPOSITION, ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, AND RELATED PROCESS

General Electric Company,...

1. A positive electrode composition comprising:
at least one electroactive metal;
at least one alkali metal halide; and
aluminum present in an amount of at least about 1.0 weight percent, based on the weight of the positive electrode composition.

US Pat. No. 9,243,519

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACCELERATING DROOP RESPONSE TO FREQUENCY VARIATION OF AN ELECTRICAL GRID IN A COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for accelerating a droop response in a combined cycle power plant, the method comprising:
receiving frequency variation data associated with a frequency variation of an electrical grid;
based at least in part on the frequency variation data, determining a target operational level of the combined cycle power
plant and the droop response associated with the target operational level;

calculating a variable compensation value; and
applying the variable compensation value to the droop response until the target operational level is reached, wherein the
variable compensation value is applied to the droop response by a droop governor and adjusts a fuel droop governor gain.

US Pat. No. 9,590,406

BUSWAY JOINT COUPLING HAVING A SPLICE PLATE WITH A LONGITUDINAL RIB

General Electric Company,...

1. A busway system comprising:
a first electrical busway section;
a second electrical busway section longitudinally offset from said first electrical busway section; and
a busway joint coupling said first and said second electrical busway sections, said busway joint comprising a plurality of
splice plates, each splice plate of said plurality of splice plates comprising a longitudinal rib configured to transfer a
compressive force through said busway joint.

US Pat. No. 9,398,715

ELECTRONIC MODULE SHELF ASSEMBLY AND METHODS

General Electric Company,...

1. An electronics chassis comprising:
an electronics module residing in a slot defined within the electronics chassis;
a multi-piece faceplate system coupled to said electronics module and comprising:
a faceplate; and
a faceplate assembly with:
an ejection lever pivotally coupled to said electronics module, said ejection lever including an ejection tool positioned
proximate the slot;

an ejection latch releasably coupled to said faceplate;
a lever arm extending between said ejection tool and said ejection latch, said ejection latch comprises a spring arm movable
with respect to said lever arm to facilitate retention of said electronics module within said electronics chassis when said
faceplate assembly is in a closed position, and configured to facilitate ejection of said electronics module from said electronics
chassis when said faceplate assembly is in an open position, wherein a gap is defined between a distal end of said lever arm
and said spring arm, and;

a user interface assembly configured to facilitate interaction between said electronics module and a user.

US Pat. No. 9,287,711

REDUCING DEMAND/RESPONSE EFFECTS IMPLEMENTING VOLT/VAR CONTROL

General Electric Company,...

11. A computer program product for reducing effects of a demand/response event in a power distribution network, the computer
program product including a non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions for causing a computer to implement
a method, the method comprising:
identifying a load profile in the power distribution network;
in response to detecting a peak in the load profile, decreasing voltage in the power distribution network;
in response to detecting a trough in the load profile, increasing the voltage in the power distribution network; and
performing power cycling of a capacitor bank of the power distribution network by controlling a coordinated power cycling
of inductive appliances to accomplish the decreasing of the voltage, in response to detecting the peak, and the increasing
of the voltage, in response to detecting the trough, wherein the coordinated power cycling of inductive appliances comprises:

estimating a voltage-ampere-reactive (VAR) power generated by each inductive appliance over a predetermined period of time
when each inductive appliance is power cycled, wherein the predetermined period of time is determined from historical data
associated with a previous occurrence of the demand/response event;

scheduling power cycling for each appliance based at least in part on the estimated VAR power generated by each inductive
appliance; and

based on the scheduling, selectively providing VAR support by power cycling each inductive appliance to regulate the voltage
in the power distribution network.

US Pat. No. 9,073,562

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A SIMULATION BASED MOVEMENT PLANNER

General Electric Company,...

1. A computer-implemented method of planning a movement of a plurality of trains over a network of track comprising the steps
of:
determining selected routes for the plurality of trains from respective current or starting locations to respective destination
locations;

determining at least one alternative route for each of the plurality of trains;
simulating, using one or more computers, movements of the trains along the selected routes to the respective destination locations,
wherein the movements of the trains are iteratively simulated by switching between partially completed simulated movements
of the trains to the respective destination locations until the movements of the trains that are simulated reach the respective
destination locations;

receiving real time status updates of track activity and station activity in the network of track; and
creating a movement plan for the plurality of trains based on the movements of the plurality of trains that are simulated
and based on the real time status updates of the track activity and the station activity, the movement plan including schedules
of activities of the plurality of trains for actually moving the trains in the network of track,

wherein simulating the movements of the trains includes:
selecting a first train from the plurality of trains;
simulating the movement of the first train along the selected route of the first train to a first decision point, the first
decision point comprising an intermediate point between a current location and the destination location of the first train;

evaluating the simulated movement of the first train, the evaluating comprising determining if a next portion of the selected
route of the first train is available;

selecting a second train from the plurality of trains while simulation of the movement of the first train is held at the first
decision point, the selection of the second train being based on which train from the plurality of trains is scheduled to
leave on the selected route of the second train that is earliest with respect to time relative to when other trains of the
plurality of trains are scheduled to leave;

simulating a movement of the second train along the selected route of the second train to a second decision point, while simulation
of the movement of the first train is held at the first decision point, the second decision point comprising an intermediate
point between a current location and the destination location of the second train;

evaluating the simulated movement of the second train, the evaluating comprising determining if a next portion of the selected
route of the second train is available; and

repeating the steps of selecting, simulating the movement, and evaluating the simulated movement for each of the plurality
of trains to create the movement plan until at least one of a predetermined time is reached or all of the trains in the plurality
of trains reach the respective final destinations of the trains, wherein the step of evaluating the simulated movement of
the first train further comprises determining a percentage of meet and pass locations that remain the same from the selected
route of the first train to another route of the first train, wherein the movement plan is created to increase the percentage
of meet and pass locations that remain the same relative to a prior movement plan.

US Pat. No. 9,070,278

FAULT TOLERANT DETECTOR ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for forming a fault tolerant detector assembly, comprising:
providing a sensor array having a plurality of sensor elements;
providing an electronics layer having a plurality of electronics cells, wherein the plurality of electronics cells corresponds
to the plurality of sensor elements in the sensor array;

introducing a status indicator element in each of the plurality of the electronics cells, wherein the status indicator element
is configured to store a status of a corresponding sensor element, and wherein a first value of the status comprises an operational
status of the corresponding sensor element and a second value of the status comprises a poorly yielding status of the corresponding
sensor element;

scanning the plurality of sensor elements in the sensor array to identify the status of the plurality of sensor elements in
the sensor array;

generating a functionality map based on the identified status of the plurality of sensor elements in the sensor array;
selectively programming the status indicator elements based on the functionality map to form a fault tolerant detector assembly,
wherein selectively programming the indicator elements based on the functionality map comprises changing a status of a status
indicator element from a first value to a second value based on the functionality map; and

excluding, during operation of the fault tolerant detector assembly, sensor elements corresponding to electronics cells having
an associated status indicator element set to the second value, wherein excluding the sensor elements comprises configuring
the sensor elements to drive a signal terminal such that a signal terminal voltage is equal to a bias terminal voltage of
the corresponding sensor element.

US Pat. No. 9,399,919

EXTENSION TIP SLEEVE FOR WIND TURBINE BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A wind blade comprising:
a body having an aerodynamic contour extended between a blade root and a blade;
an extension tip sleeve arranged over the blade tip, said extension tip sleeve configured to slip-fit over a bent portion
of the blade tip of the wind blade and comprising:

a first portion comprising a blade extension and one or more structural ribs arranged at the bent portion on a pressure side
of the wind blade; and

a second portion comprising a support structure located on a suction side of the wind blade; and
a fairing having an airfoil shape for covering the one or more structural ribs and the support structure of the extension
tip sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,366,471

APPLIANCE AND A HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

General Electric Company,...

10. A handle assembly for an appliance, the handle assembly defining a vertical direction, and a transverse direction, the
vertical and transverse directions being perpendicular to each other, the handle assembly comprising:
a tubular main body that extends between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first and second end portions of
the tubular main body spaced apart from each other along the vertical direction, the tubular main body defining an opening
at the first end portion of the tubular main body;

an insert received within the tubular main body at the first end portion of the tubular main body, the insert having a mounting
surface positioned at the opening of the tubular main body, the insert defining a channel that extends inwardly from the mounting
surface of the insert, the insert also defining a passage that extends from the channel of the insert along the vertical direction;

a pin disposed within the passage of the insert, the pin movable between a first position and a second position within the
passage, the pin having a distal end positioned in the channel of the passage when the pin is in the second position;

a biasing mechanism urging the pin towards the second position;
a bracket having a projection, the projection disposed within the channel of the insert, the distal end of the pin engaging
the projection within the channel of the insert.

US Pat. No. 9,267,218

PROTECTIVE COATING FOR TITANIUM LAST STAGE BUCKETS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of forming a bucket for use in the last stage of a steam turbine engine, said method comprising:
forming a bucket comprising a titanium-based alloy having between about 3% and 6.25% by weight aluminum, up to 3.5% vanadium,
up to 2.25% tin, up to 2.25% zirconium, between about 1.75% and 5.0% molybdenum, up to 2.25% chromium, up to 0.7% silicon
and up to 2.3% iron, with the balance being titanium;

applying a high voltage to a leading edge of said bucket to form a transition layer of titania having a plurality of pores
and wherein the transition layer of titania has a thickness of from about 20 microns to about 150 microns, said titania directly
adhered to the titanium-based alloy, wherein an electrical field at the leading edge is controlled by an insulator positioned
in an electrolyte, and

sealing the transition layer of titania by filling the plurality of pores with a material selected from the group consisting
of chromium, cobalt, nickel, polyimide, polytetrafluoroethylene and polyester.

US Pat. No. 9,410,451

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH INTEGRATED BOTTOMING CYCLE SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. An integrated bottoming cycle system for use with a gas turbine engine, comprising:
a compressor/pump configured to compress/pump carbon dioxide;
a bottoming cycle heat exchanger configured to receive exhaust gas from the gas turbine engine and carbon dioxide from the
compressor/pump, wherein the carbon dioxide is heated by the exhaust gas;

a cooling circuit configured to receive carbon dioxide from the compressor/pump, the cooling circuit positioned between the
compressor/pump and the bottoming cycle heat exchanger;

a heating circuit configured to receive carbon dioxide from the bottoming cycle heat exchanger and to deliver carbon dioxide
to the gas turbine engine, the heating circuit comprising a hot pressurized flow circuit for de-icing an inlet of a gas turbine
compressor/pump of the gas turbine engine, for heating a flow of air at the inlet of the gas turbine compressor/pump, and
for improved efficiency under part load conditions;

a turbo-expander in communication with the bottoming cycle heat exchanger, the turbo-expander configured to expand carbon
dioxide received from the bottoming cycle heat exchanger, wherein the turbo-expander is positioned downstream of the heating
circuit;

a spent flow circuit configured to receive carbon dioxide from the turbo-expander;
a fuel heater in communication with the hot pressurized flow circuit, the fuel heater configured to heat fuel entering a combustor
of the gas turbine engine using carbon dioxide received from the hot pressurized flow circuit; and

a fuel heater valve positioned upstream of the fuel heater and configured to control a temperature and pressure of carbon
dioxide entering the fuel heater.

US Pat. No. 9,388,336

PROCESSES FOR PREPARING COLOR STABLE MANGANESE-DOPED COMPLEX FLUORIDE PHOSPHORS

General Electric Company,...

1. A process for preparing a color stable Mn4+ doped complex fluoride of formula I,
Ax(M(1?m), Mnm)Fy  (I)

the process comprising contacting a first aqueous HF solution comprising (1?m) parts of a compound of formula HxMFy, and

a second aqueous HF solution comprising m*n parts of a compound of formula Ax[MnFy], with a third aqueous HF solution comprising (1?n) parts of the compound of formula Ax[MnFy] and a compound of formula AaX,

to yield a precipitate comprising the color stable Mn4+ doped complex fluoride;

wherein
A is Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, NR4 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 thereof;
R is H, lower alkyl, or a combination thereof;
X is an anion;
a is the absolute value of the charge of the X anion;
x is the absolute value of the charge of the [MFy] ion;

y is 5, 6 or 7;
0 0.1?n?1.

US Pat. No. 9,077,205

AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An auxiliary equipment system comprising:
at least one auxiliary load bus configured to receive electric power having a voltage within a first voltage tolerance range;
at least one electric power supply conduit coupled to at least one electric power source, said electric power supply conduit
configured to transmit electric power having a voltage within a second voltage tolerance range, wherein the second voltage
tolerance range is greater than the first voltage tolerance range; and,

at least one controlled series transformer coupled to said auxiliary load bus and to said electric power supply conduit, said
controlled series transformer configured to:

receive electric power having a voltage within the second voltage tolerance range; and,
transmit electric power having a voltage within the first voltage tolerance range.

US Pat. No. 9,521,782

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PASSIVE COOLING OF COMPONENTS WITHIN ELECTRICAL DEVICES

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
an electrical enclosure;
a first electrical unit removably disposed within the electrical enclosure, wherein the first electrical unit comprises a
first surface opposite to a second surface;

a first electrical module removably disposed within the first electrical unit, wherein the first electrical module is inserted
into the first electrical unit in a first direction from the first surface to the second surface;

a first heat spreader coupled to the first electrical module within the first electrical unit, wherein the first heat spreader
comprises a first tapered coupling;

a heat sink comprising a second tapered coupling, wherein the heat sink is parallel to the second surface of the first electrical
unit, and the second tapered coupling is configured to operatively couple with the first tapered coupling of the first heat
spreader to form a physical thermal connection that facilitates heat transfer between the first electrical module and the
heat sink; and

a backplane between the first heat spreader and the heat sink such that the backplane is adjacent to the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,279,369

TURBOMACHINE WITH TRANSITION PIECE HAVING DILUTION HOLES AND FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM COUPLED TO TRANSITION PIECE

General Electric Company,...

13. A turbomachine, comprising:
a combustor in which a first quantity of fuel and air are combusted;
a turbine disposed for reception of products of combustion from the combustor;
a transition piece fluidly interposed between the combustor and the turbine and including a body formed to define dilution
holes configured to allow air to enter the combustor and for enabling steam injection toward a main flow of the products of
the combustion proceeding from the combustor to the turbine;

a fuel injection system supportively coupled to the transition piece and configured to inject a second quantity of fuel toward
the main flow of the products of the combustion; and

a controller operably coupled to the fuel injection system and configured to modulate relative amounts of the first and second
quantities of fuel.

US Pat. No. 9,126,608

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE SYSTEM IN RESPONSE TO A PLAN DEVIATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A system having one or more processing units configured to:
control a vehicle system during a trip according to an operating plan, the operating plan designating one or more first tractive
operations or braking operations to be implemented by the vehicle system along a route of the trip;

generate a transition plan in response to a deviation of the vehicle system from the operating plan, the transition plan designating
one or more second tractive operations or braking operations to be implemented by the vehicle system as the vehicle system
travels toward an approaching location from a second location where the vehicle system deviates from the operating plan, wherein
the transition plan designates the one or more second tractive operations or braking operations for the vehicle system for
a limited distance that is shorter than a remainder of a distance for which the operating plan was generated; and

generate a prospective plan in response to the deviation, the prospective plan designating one or more third tractive operations
or braking operations to be implemented by the vehicle system when the vehicle system at least one of moves past the approaching
location or completes the transition plan, wherein the prospective plan designates the one or more third tractive operations
or braking operations for the vehicle system at least until an end point of the distance for which the operating plan was
generated.

US Pat. No. 10,030,525

TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT WITH DIFFUSER HOLES

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine component having a component wall with inner and outer surfaces wherein a diffuser hole passes through the component wall between the inner surface and the outer surface, the diffuser hole having a hole axis and comprising:a metering section extending from an inlet at the inner surface to a junction plane between the inner and outer surfaces; and
a diffuser section extending from the junction plane to an outlet at the outer surface, and increasing in flow area from the junction plane to the outlet, the diffuser section having an upstream portion defining a first area ratio and a downstream portion defining a second area ratio different from the first area ratio;
wherein the diffuser section is defined by an outer wall adjacent the outer surface, an inner wall adjacent the inner surface, and a pair of spaced-apart side walls extending between the inner and outer walls;
wherein the diffuser section includes a diffuser plug extending radially outward from the inner wall, laterally centered on the hole axis; and
wherein the diffuser plug includes an upstream face, a downstream face, and a pair of lateral faces that extend axially between the upstream face and the downstream face.

US Pat. No. 9,488,156

BLADE SLING APPARATUS AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

11. A method for moving a wind turbine part, the method comprising the steps of:
attaching a sling or sock to a rotor blade;
wherein the sling or sock includes a reinforcement member attached thereto, the reinforcement member configured to resist
sling or sock collapse and maintain the sling or sock in an open configuration, the reinforcement member comprising an inner
reinforcement member attached to an outer reinforcement member, the inner reinforcement member comprised of a planar element,
and the outer reinforcement member is a pipe or conduit, and both the inner reinforcement member and the outer reinforcement
member are bent into a circular, airfoil or teardrop shape.

US Pat. No. 9,305,739

APPARATUS FOR ULTRA HIGH VACUUM THERMAL EXPANSION COMPENSATION AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An x-ray tube comprising:
a frame forming a first portion of a vacuum enclosure;
a rotating subsystem shaft positioned within the vacuum enclosure and having a first end and a second end, wherein the first
end of the rotating subsystem shaft is attached to a first portion of the frame;

a target positioned within the vacuum enclosure and attached to the rotating subsystem shaft between the first end and the
second end, the target positioned to receive electrons from an electron source positioned within the vacuum enclosure; and

a thermal compensator mechanically coupled to the second end of the rotating subsystem shaft and to a second portion of the
frame, the thermal compensator forming a second portion of the vacuum enclosure;

wherein the first and second portions of the vacuum enclosure formed by the frame and the thermal compensator, respectively,
interact with one another to maintain a vacuum in the vacuum enclosure; and

wherein the second portion of the frame is a rotor can, such that the thermal compensator is coupled to the rotor can.

US Pat. No. 9,163,511

STEAM TURBINE BUCKET TENON RESTORATION THROUGH SOLID STATE BONDING PROCESS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of installing at least one respective tenon at each of one or more turbine blades including:
providing one or more turbine blades at which at least one respective tenon is to be installed, each turbine blade including
a first end that is configured to be secured to a turbine disk and a second end that is located substantially opposite the
first end of the turbine blade;

orienting the second end of each turbine blade at which at least one respective tenon is to be installed in an attitude that
is accommodative to the installation of the at least one respective tenon at the second end of each turbine blade; and

installing the at least one respective tenon at the second end of each turbine blade at which the at least one respective
tenon is to be installed by applying a solid state bonding procedure to join the at least one respective tenon to the second
end of each turbine blade;

wherein the second end of each turbine blade at which the at least one respective tenon is to be installed includes at least
one tenon remnant identified for restoration and the step of installing the at least one respective tenon at the second end
of each turbine blade at which the at least one respective tenon is to be installed by applying a solid state bonding procedure
to join the at least one respective tenon to the second end of the turbine blade includes bonding a respective tenon enlargement
element to each of the at least one tenon remnants identified for restoration.

US Pat. No. 9,075,151

DETECTOR ARRAY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A detector unit for a detector array, said detector unit comprising:
a photo sensor array;
a plurality of light guides; and
a plurality of scintillator elements formed unitarily with the light guides, the scintillator elements configured to emit
absorbed energy in the form of light, the light guide being configured to transmit the light received from at least one of
the scintillator elements to a corresponding photo sensor in the photo sensor array, the light guide and the plurality of
scintillators being formed from the same material, the photo sensor having a sensitivity area that is smaller than an emission
area of the scintillator elements and a number of photo sensors being less than a number of scintillator elements, wherein
each light guide includes a transmission end located directly adjacent to the photo sensor array, each of the transmission
ends have at least one beveled surface that enables the transmission end to align with the sensitivity area of the photo sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,826,662

REUSABLE PHASE-CHANGE THERMAL INTERFACE STRUCTURES

General Electric Company,...

1. An electronic system, comprising:
a chassis having a pair of side walls, each said side wall defines a receptor, wherein each said receptor has a first surface
and a second surface facing the first surface;

a heat frame disposed in the chassis, extending between the pair of side walls such that a portion of the heat frame is disposed
in the receptor defined in one side wall of the pair of side walls and another portion of the heat frame is disposed in the
receptor defined in other side wall of the pair of side walls, wherein the heat frame is disposed in the chassis in a slidable
manner;

a circuit card assembly operatively coupled to the heat frame, wherein the circuit card assembly comprises:
a printed circuit board; and
at least one electronic component mounted on the printed circuit board;
a reusable phase-change thermal interface structure disposed between the portion of the heat frame and the first surface of
the receptor, wherein the heat frame is configured to facilitate exchange of heat between the circuit card assembly and the
chassis via the reusable phase-change thermal interface structure; and wherein the reusable phase-change thermal interface
structure comprises:

a metal based foam; and
a fusible metal based alloy disposed at least in a portion of the metal based foam, wherein the fusible metal based alloy
is configured to be in solid phase at an assembling temperature and in liquid phase at an operating temperature, and

a wedge lock structure disposed in the receptor between the portion of the heat frame and the second surface of the receptor.

US Pat. No. 9,587,746

FILM RIDING SEALS FOR ROTARY MACHINES

General Electric Company,...

1. A seal assembly for a rotary machine, the seal assembly comprising:
a plurality of sealing device segments disposed circumferentially intermediate to a stationary housing and a rotor, wherein
each of the segments comprises:

a shoe plate with a forward-shoe section and an aft-shoe section having one or more labyrinth teeth therebetween facing the
rotor, wherein the shoe plate is configured to allow a high pressure fluid to a front portion of the one or more labyrinth
teeth and a low pressure fluid behind the one or more labyrinth teeth and further configured to generate an aerodynamic force
between the shoe plate and the rotor,

a stator interface element comprising a groove or slot for allowing disposal of a spline seal for reducing leakages;
a plurality of bellow springs or flexures connected to the shoe plate and to the stator interface element; wherein the plurality
of bellow springs or flexures are configured to allow the high pressure fluid to occupy a forward cavity and the low pressure
fluid to occupy an aft cavity; and

a secondary seal integrated with the stator interface element at one end and positioned about the plurality of bellow springs
and the shoe plate at the other end.

US Pat. No. 9,267,412

EXHAUST AFTERTREATEMENT SYSTEM WITH CATALYTIC DEACTIVATION MONITORING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system, comprising:
an exhaust aftertreatment system configured to treat emissions from a combustion engine, wherein the exhaust aftertreatment
system comprises:

a first catalyst assembly having a first outlet;
an ammonia slip catalyst (ASC) assembly configured to receive a fluid from the first catalyst assembly and to convert ammonia
(NH3) within the fluid into nitrogen (N2), wherein the ASC assembly has an inlet and a second outlet;

a fluid conduit disposed between the first catalyst assembly and the ASC assembly and configured to transfer the fluid from
the first catalyst assembly to the ASC assembly;

an oxidant injection system coupled to the fluid conduit and configured to inject oxidant into the fluid conduit to regulate
a temperature of the fluid flowing into the the inlet of the ASC assembly to regulate a catalytic activity in the ASC assembly
that converts NH3 into N2;

one or more transducers disposed throughout the exhaust aftertreatment system; and
a controller coupled to the oxidant injection system and configured to receive signals from the one or more transducers representative
of system parameters, to determine whether the catalytic activity in the ASC assembly has aged based on one of the system
parameters, and to adjust the temperature of the fluid flowing into the inlet of the ASC assembly to a desired adjusted temperature
to increase the catalytic activity based on a determination that the catalytic activity in the ASC assembly has aged.

US Pat. No. 9,279,346

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ONLINE STRESS AND LIFE CONSUMPTION OF A HEAT RECOVERY STEAM GENERATOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operating one or more components of a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), comprising:
receiving one or more HRSG operational design parameters;
receiving one or more HRSG physical design parameters;
determining thermal stress data and transient data associated with the one or more HRSG components based at least in part
on one or more historical, real-time, or calculated sensor data associated with the one or more HRSG components;

determining transient-related life consumption data and cycle-related life consumption data associated with the one or more
HRSG components based at least in part on the one or more HRSG operational design parameters, the one or more HRSG physical
design parameters, and the determined thermal stress data and transient data;

receiving indications for a consumer demand for energy and a corresponding price for the energy; and
adjusting, based at least in part on the transient-related life consumption data, cycle-related life consumption data, demand
for energy, and the corresponding price for the energy, the operation of the one or more HRSG components.

US Pat. No. 10,076,055

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COOLING A COMPARTMENTALIZED AND DUCTED ELECTRICAL ENCLOSURE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:one or more electrical components associated with turbomachinery, wherein the one or more electrical components are disposed within two or more interior compartments of an electrical enclosure, and each interior compartment of the two or more interior compartments has an access cover; and
a cooling system coupled to the electrical enclosure, wherein the cooling system comprises:
one or more air ducts configured to direct a cooling air to each interior compartment of the two or more interior compartments, wherein each compartment of the two or more interior compartments is coupled to a differently sized duct of the one or more air ducts to vary the flow of the cooling air to each of the two or more interior compartments; and
a controller configured to route cooling air to each interior compartment via the one or more air ducts, wherein the controller is configured to independently regulate a thermal environment for each interior compartment of the two or more interior compartments.

US Pat. No. 9,075,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USAGE PATTERN ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:
a processor configured to execute:
a scenario observer configured to acquire event data relating to a plurality of events on a system having software and hardware,
wherein the plurality of events comprises user input;

a scenario associator configured to associate the event data with a plurality of scenarios by identifying a scenario start
event included in a first scenario and assigning all subsequent event data to the first scenario;

a scenario analyzer configured to analyze the plurality of scenarios to identify usage patterns of the system; and
a simulation of a revised system, wherein the simulation receives the usage patterns as input and derives simulated activities
of the revised system, wherein the scenario observer is configured to select the scenario start event by querying a repository
storing a plurality of user-reconfigurable start events comprising the scenario start event and a second scenario start event,
and wherein the scenario associator is configured to apply the scenario start event in a first logging run of the first scenario
and to apply the second scenario start event in a second logging run of the first scenario.

US Pat. No. 9,056,274

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AND REDUCING NOX EMISSIONS

General Electric Company,...

21. A method, comprising:
oxidizing nitrogen oxides (NOx) in an exhaust gas stream downstream from a gas turbine by contacting the exhaust gas stream with a hydrocarbon to produce
a higher order compound of nitrogen and oxygen (NyOz); and

removing the NyOz from the exhaust gas stream via absorption or reaction downstream from the oxidizing, wherein the method comprises at least
one of:

flowing the hydrocarbon into the exhaust gas stream upstream from or within a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG); or
heating the exhaust gas stream to combust byproducts generated by the oxidation of the NOx by the hydrocarbon; or

contacting the exhaust gas stream with an oxidation catalyst to oxidize the byproducts; or
any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,282,593

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR INDUCTION HEATING

General Electric Company,...

1. A heating device comprising:
a heating zone;
a plurality of inductive rings concentrically disposed across the heating zone and configured to receive a heating power;
a power switching device coupled to the plurality of inductive rings and configured to produce the heating power; and
a coil geometry switching device coupled separately to each inductive ring in the plurality of inductive rings,
wherein the coil geometry switching device is configured to selectively energize a set of two or more inductive rings in the
plurality of inductive rings, and to conduct the heating power serially through the inductive rings in the energized set of
two or more inductive rings, and

wherein the energized set of two or more inductive rings is selected to generate two or more concentric heating rings, wherein
each heating ring is radially spaced apart from an adjacent heating ring.

US Pat. No. 9,420,674

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING STREET LIGHTING LUMINAIRES

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for identifying a fault in a light source, the system comprising:
a plurality of luminaires arranged along a street, and wherein each of the luminaires comprises:
the light source coupled to an electrical power supply and configured to emit light based on electrical power received from
the electrical power supply;

a monitoring device disposed proximate to the light source and comprising:
a sensing unit configured to measure an amount of light emitted by the light source;
a squawk unit electrically coupled to the sensing unit and configured to generate a squawk signal based on the amount of light
emitted from the light source, wherein the squawk signal is indicative of the fault in the light source, and wherein the squawk
signal comprises an address associated with a corresponding luminaire;

a diagnostic unit communicatively coupled to the plurality of luminaires and configured to:
determine the fault in the light source of the corresponding luminaire based on the squawk signal, wherein the diagnostic
unit identifies the corresponding luminaire among the plurality of luminaires based on the address in the squawk signal; and

transmit a termination signal to the squawk unit to decouple the electrical power supply from the light source.

US Pat. No. 9,278,462

BACKSTRIKE PROTECTION DURING MACHINING OF COOLING FEATURES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of machining a component comprising a substrate having an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the inner
surface defines at least one interior space, the method comprising:
disposing a distributed medium comprising a plurality of irregularly shaped particles in the interior space;
forming at least one hole in the substrate using an abrasive liquid jet, while the distributed medium is disposed within the
interior space, such that the distributed medium provides backstrike protection for an opposing wall during the formation
of the at least one hole, wherein the hole extends through the substrate to provide fluid communication with the respective
interior space; and

removing the distributed medium from the interior space.

US Pat. No. 9,228,445

TURBINE AIRFOIL COMPONENTS CONTAINING CERAMIC-BASED MATERIALS AND PROCESSES THEREFOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine airfoil component of a gas turbine engine, the airfoil component being a turbine blade comprising:
a first subcomponent comprising an airfoil portion and a nub, the nub comprising a base that has outer surfaces, the outer
surfaces of the base defining a cross-section of the base that is wider than a region of the nub adjacent the airfoil portion,
the first subcomponent being formed of a ceramic-based material and the airfoil portion and the nub being a unitary piece
of the ceramic-based material; and

a second subcomponent comprising a casting formed and attached to the first subcomponent by casting a molten metallic material
in-situ around the nub of the first subcomponent, the second subcomponent comprising a platform portion between the airfoil
portion and the nub of the first subcomponent and a dovetail portion on the nub of the first subcomponent and adapted for
anchoring the airfoil component to a turbine disk, each of the platform portion and the dovetail portion having at least one
off-axis geometric feature that results in the second subcomponent having a more complex geometry than the first subcomponent,
the dovetail portion of the second subcomponent having:

a shank casing that completely encases the nub so that the region of the nub adjacent the airfoil portion is covered by a
nonconformal portion of the shank casing and so that the base of the nub is entirely covered by a conformal portion of the
shank casing having an exterior surface that conforms to the outer surfaces of the base, the off-axis geometric feature of
the dovetail portion comprising a first set of oppositely-disposed tangs that are exclusively defined by the nonconformal
portion of the shank casing and protrude from the region of the nub adjacent the airfoil portion, the off-axis geometric feature
of the dovetail portion comprising a second set of oppositely-disposed tangs that are exclusively defined by the base of the
nub and by the conformal portion of the shank casing thereon, the conformal portion of the shank casing defining a pressure
face on each of the second set of oppositely-disposed tangs.

US Pat. No. 9,872,361

NETWORKED LIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A networked light control system comprising:
light sensor circuitry that includes plural light sensors configured to sense an ambient light level;
a control unit configured to generate a control signal that activates or deactivates one or more lights in a network of lights
based on the ambient light level that is sensed by the light sensor circuitry; and

relay logic circuitry configured to open or close a relay or a solid-state switch for activating or deactivating the one or
more lights based on receipt of the control signal generated by the control unit,

wherein the relay logic circuitry is configured to control the relay or the solid-state switch responsive to a failure in
the control unit.