Patents Examined by Ehud Gartenberg
  • Patent number: 10711637
    Abstract: A turbine component assembly is disclosed, including a first component, a second component, and an interface shield. The first component is arranged to be disposed adjacent to a hot gas path, and includes a ceramic matrix composite composition. The second component is adjacent to the first component and arranged to be disposed distal from the hot gas path across the first component. The interface shield is disposed on a contact region of the first component, and directly contacts the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Glenn Curtis Taxacher, Bruce Badding, Herbert Chidsey Roberts, III
  • Patent number: 10704787
    Abstract: A closed trapped vortex apparatus includes: a tubular structure having a structural wall, the structural wall forming a cavity within the tubular structure, the structural wall having a lower boundary wall forming a boundary between the cavity and a core flow passage; at least one driver hole passing through the structural wall; an ignition source communicating with the cavity; a fuel source communicating with the cavity; and a plurality of flame tubes extending through the lower boundary wall of the tubular structure at preselected locations so as to provide communication between the cavity and the core flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Andrew Perveiler
  • Patent number: 10697370
    Abstract: An oil supply system includes an oil supply assembly in a turbine engine. The assembly includes scavenge cavity and an oil supply tube located in and protected by a strut in the turbine engine to supply oil to a bearing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Tony McKenney
  • Patent number: 10690347
    Abstract: Combustor dome assemblies having combustor deflectors are provided. For example, a combustor dome assembly comprises a combustor dome defining an opening; a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) deflector positioned adjacent the combustor dome on an aft side of the assembly; a fuel-air mixer defining a groove about an outer perimeter thereof; and a seal plate including a key. The CMC deflector includes a cup extending forward through the opening in the combustor dome that defines one or more bayonets and a slot. The bayonets are received in the fuel-air mixer groove, and the seal plate key is received in the CMC deflector slot. In another embodiment, where the seal plate may be omitted, a spring is positioned between the fuel-air mixer and the CMC deflector to hold the CMC deflector in place with respect to the combustor dome. Methods of assembling combustor dome assemblies having CMC deflectors also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon ALlanson Reynolds, Matthew Mark Weaver, Daniel Patrick Kerns
  • Patent number: 10690060
    Abstract: A finger seal for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The finger seal includes a first leg, a second leg, a third leg, a fourth leg, a first bend segment disposed between the first leg and the second leg, a second bend segment disposed between the second leg and the third leg, and a third bend segment disposed between the third leg and the fourth leg. The third bend segment is radially outward of the first bend segment relative to an axial centerline of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. White, Randall J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10677161
    Abstract: A diffuser for a gas turbine engine includes a diffuser housing that has a circumferential array of hollow struts that provide a cavity. The diffuser housing includes inlet and outlet apertures that are in fluid communication with the cavity. An opening on a trailing end of the struts is in fluid communication with the cavity. The diffuser housing is configured to introduce a fluid through the inlet aperture and receive a core flow through the opening. The fluid and core flow exit through the outlet aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher B. Lyons, Albert K. Cheung
  • Patent number: 10661915
    Abstract: An engine exhaust-stack plug for sealing an exhaust stack of an aircraft engine is provided. The exhaust-stack plug includes a desiccant and a flexible plug adapted to slide into an outlet of an engine exhaust-stack. The flexible plug includes a front panel that is substantially impermeable to water vapor and is accessible from the outlet of the engine exhaust-stack. An outer wall, which is also substantially impermeable to water vapor, is sealed with the front panel and shaped to fit snuggly within the outlet of the engine exhaust stack. A backside is coupled with the outer wall, opposite the front panel, for facing internal to the engine exhaust stack. The front panel, the outer wall, and the backside form an enclosure adapted to contain the desiccant. The backside is substantially air permeable such that the desiccant reduces humidity and prevents condensation inside the aircraft engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: David Jeshreel Gonzalez, August Andrew Kuklinski, Michael Leroy O'Grady, Glen Allen Basler
  • Patent number: 10634350
    Abstract: A combustion chamber includes at least one annular wall which includes at least one box like structure and each box like structure includes an inner wall, outer wall, upstream end wall and downstream end wall. The inner wall is spaced radially from the outer wall and the outer wall has a plurality of apertures for the supply of coolant into the box like structure. The inner wall, the outer wall, the upstream end wall and the downstream end wall are integral. The upstream end of the annular wall has features to secure the annular wall to an upstream ring structure and a downstream end of the annular wall has features to mount the annular wall on a downstream ring structure. The inner wall has at least one slot extending through the full thickness of the inner wall to accommodate differential thermal expansion between the inner wall and the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Stephen C Harding, Paul A Hucker, Giuseppe Rallo
  • Patent number: 10619853
    Abstract: A micro turbine generator includes a compressor, a guide channel, an expansion chamber, and a recuperator. The expansion chamber includes an air inlet, an air outlet, and a guide vane structure. The air inlet is disposed at one end of the expansion chamber, connected with the compressor through the guide channel, and receives an air compressed by the compressor. The air outlet is disposed at the other end of the expansion chamber, connected with the recuperator, and discharges the air, allowing the air to enter the recuperator. The guide vane structure extends inward from an inner wall of the expansion chamber to allow the air to pass the guide vane structure before being discharged from the air outlet to enter the recuperator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHUNG SHAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yung-Mao Tsuei, Chih-Chuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10612781
    Abstract: An assembly for a turbine engine is provided that includes a combustor wall, which includes an aperture body between a shell and a heat shield. The aperture body at least partially forms a cavity and an aperture that extends through the combustor wall. An inlet passage extends in the combustor wall to the cavity. An outlet passage extends in the combustor wall from the cavity to the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Frank J. Cunha, Stanislav Kostka
  • Patent number: 10605266
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes: a plurality of combustors disposed so as to incline radially outward from a turbine side toward a compressor side; and a diffuser inner tube and outer tube forming a diffuser as an upstream portion of a path that introduces a compressed gas from the compressor to the combustors. A transition duct portion of each combustor has such a shape that a circumferential dimension thereof gradually decreases from the turbine side to the compressor side so that a circumferential gap is formed between the transition duct portions. Downstream-side portions of the diffuser inner tube and outer tube each have a shape gradually increasing in diameter toward the downstream side. A turbine-side end of the circumferential gap at an inner diameter side of the transition duct portion is positioned radially inward of an imaginary extension conical surface continuous from the diffuser inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Terauchi, Daisuke Uemura, Hiroshi Kubo, Naoto Sakai, Toshimasa Miura, Yuki Ishitobi
  • Patent number: 10605170
    Abstract: An engine component for a gas turbine engine which generates a hot combustion gas flow adjacent a hot surface and provides a cooling fluid flow adjacent a cooling surface comprises a wall separating the hot combustion gas flow and the cooling fluid flow. At least one concavity is provided in the cooling surface and at least one film hole is provided in the cooling surface providing the cooling fluid flow to the hot surface. An inlet for the film hole is spaced from the at least one concavity, located upstream of the at least one concavity and in alignment with the at least one concavity relative to the cooling fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ronald Scott Bunker
  • Patent number: 10578025
    Abstract: A system and method for starting an aircraft turbine engine includes a primary starting subsystem and a secondary starting subsystem. The primary starting subsystem is coupled to a shaft of the aircraft turbine engine and has a dedicated power source. The secondary starting subsystem is also coupled to the shaft of the aircraft turbine engine and has a shared power source. A controller controls the operation of the primary starting subsystem and the secondary starting subsystem while starting the aircraft turbine engine. The primary starting subsystem may be an Auxiliary Power Unit coupled to an Air Turbine Starter. The secondary starting subsystem may be a Starter Generator coupled to a battery also used to power the Emergency Hydraulic System. The primary starting subsystem is always operated at full power during starting while the secondary starting subsystem is preferably operated in a sequence of different power levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Chris L. Jensen, Thomas W. Omohundro
  • Patent number: 10570820
    Abstract: A combustion apparatus includes a nozzle in which a fuel injection port for injecting a fuel is formed on the center of a tip. A plurality of water injection ports are formed with intervals therebetween in a circumferential direction around the fuel injection port of the tip of the nozzle, and the water injection ports are non-uniformly formed in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Issei Tamura, Shinji Akamatsu, Keijiro Saito, Kotaro Miyauchi, Tomo Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10570776
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a support structure and a nozzle. The support structure includes a cavity surface and an aperture. The cavity surface at least partially forms a boundary of a cavity. The aperture extends partially into the support structure from the cavity surface. The nozzle includes a mount, a neck and a head. The mount is seated within the aperture. The neck is connected to the mount and extends axially along a centerline away from the surface to the head. The head is configured to inject fluid out of the nozzle and into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kaleb Von Berg, Christopher T. Anglin
  • Patent number: 10563582
    Abstract: A heat exchanger array includes a first row of heat exchangers, a second row of heat exchangers, and side curtains. The first row heat exchangers are spaced apart to define first gaps. The second row heat exchangers are spaced apart to define second gaps and are positioned downstream of and staggered from the first row heat exchangers such that the second row heat exchangers are aligned with the first gaps and the first row heat exchangers are aligned with the second gaps. Each side curtain is in close proximity to a first row heat exchanger and a second row heat exchanger. The side curtains define a neck region upstream of and aligned with each first row heat exchanger and each second row heat exchanger. Each neck region has a neck area that is less than a frontal area of the heat exchanger with which it is aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul W. Duesler, Frederick M. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10550853
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine, in which a compressed gas from a compressor of an axial-flow type is burned in a combustor and an obtained combustion gas drives a turbine, includes: a diffuser of an annular shape connected to an outlet of the compressor, the diffuser including a diffuser inner tube and a diffuser outer tube that are tubular members disposed concentrically with each other; and a plurality of partition members that are disposed in a diffuser flow path, which is an annular space formed between the diffuser inner tube and the diffuser outer tube, and divide the diffuser flow path in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Terauchi, Daisuke Uemura, Hiroshi Kubo, Naoto Sakai, Toshimasa Miura, Yuki Ishitobi
  • Patent number: 10530159
    Abstract: A method for providing negative control power for an electrical supply and/or transmission network by means of the operation of a gas turbine, includes the following steps: a dynamo-electric machine of the gas turbine is supplied with electric power for motor operation from the supply and/or transmission network; the electrical input power is regulated or controlled by the motor operation on the basis of a network signal from the supply and/or transmission network to which the gas turbine is connected; and an operating parameter of the gas turbine for motor operation is altered as a result of this regulation or control for the purpose of deliberately increasing the electrical input power from the supply and/or transmission network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: G√ľnther Ebner, Uwe Lenk
  • Patent number: 10494999
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine for an aircraft includes a compressor, a combustion chamber, and a turbine having at least one stator, and at least one rotor. Each stator and rotor is formed by a plurality of blades, a fluid channel is formed between two consecutive blades, and each blade has two opposing surfaces. The compressor is in fluid communication with a first group of stator channels, and the combustion chamber is in fluid communication with a second group of stator channels, such that heat exchange can be performed through two opposing surfaces of at least one stator blade. The outer and the inner walls define a duct for the passage of the heated fluid through the rotor blades, and the outer wall is also arranged for directing the compressed air towards the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations, S.L.
    Inventor: Alexandre Garde La Casa
  • Patent number: 10436063
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for mounting a turbine engine to an airframe. The turbine engine extends along an axial centerline and includes an engine core mount and an engine exhaust mount. The assembly includes a thrust pin linkage connecting and extending axially between a core thrust pin and an exhaust thrust pin. The core thrust pin is adapted to connect to the engine core mount, and the exhaust thrust pin is adapted to connect to the engine exhaust mount. One of the core thrust pin, the exhaust thrust pin and the thrust pin linkage is also adapted to connect to the airframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn M. McMahon, Kirk A. Shute, Jeffrey R. Lavin, Russell P. Parrish