Patents by Inventor Kenneth Damon Black

Kenneth Damon Black has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8083471
    Abstract: An apparatus to support a rotor of a turbine engine disposed upon a support surface is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing, a rotor support bearing disposed within the housing, and a support leg in operable communication with the housing and in direct structural connection with the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Damon Black, Gregory Allan Crum, Scott Michael Elam
  • Publication number: 20110311303
    Abstract: In a rotary machine such as a gas turbine, torque is transmitted between adjacent components of a rotor. To enable effective transmission of torsional and radial loads, a plurality of mating surfaces are distributed on an interfacing surface of a disk of the rotor. The mating surfaces include at least one first mating surface and at least one second mating surface. Each first mating surface is angularly offset relative to a radial line by a first angle, and each second mating surface is angularly offset relative to the radial line by a second angle. The second angle is opposite in direction from the first angle from the radial line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth Damon BLACK
  • Patent number: 8047763
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for improving a turbine's thermal response during transient and steady state operating conditions in which the flow of cooling fluid in the turbine's casing is caused to be asymmetrical relative to the horizontal and vertical symmetry planes of the casing so that the turbine's cooling symmetry planes are rotated relative to its geometric symmetry planes and thereby the heat transfer at locations in the casing with increased mass is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Kenneth Damon Black
  • Publication number: 20110000222
    Abstract: A system to support a rotor and a stator of a rotating machine disposed upon a support base, the system including at least one support leg in operable communication with a bearing of the rotor and with the support base; and at least one strut in operable communication with the at least one support leg and with the stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Damon Black, Ian David Wilson, Bradley James Miller, Henry Grady Ballard, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100303606
    Abstract: A turbomachine includes a rotor assembly including a wheel member. The wheel member includes a first portion that extends to a second portion through an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion partially defines a first wheel space and a second wheel space. The wheel member further includes a rotor inertia belt member arranged at the second portion. The rotor inertia belt member includes an extraction air cavity. The extraction air cavity includes an inlet, a first plurality of extraction air passages each including an inlet section and an outlet section, the outlet section leading into the first wheel space, and a second plurality of extraction air passages each including an inlet portion and an outlet portion, the outlet portion leading into the second wheel space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Kenneth Damon Black
  • Publication number: 20100296936
    Abstract: A retaining system is provided for circumferential entry rotor dovetails inserted into dovetail slot in a rotor. A plurality of rotor blade dovetails are circumferentially slidable into and along the dovetail slot, with each rotor blade dovetail having a neck and a pair of oppositely oriented lobes. A plurality of rail segments are circumferentially slid into channels in the dovetail slot between the dovetail lobes and the respective disk hoops. The rail segments define a first pressure face that engages against an outward pressure face of the dovetail lobes, and a second pressure face that engages against an inward pressure face of the respective disk hoop component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: IAN DAVID WILSON, KENNETH DAMON BLACK, BRADLEY SCOTT CARTER
  • Publication number: 20100272558
    Abstract: An apparatus to support a rotor of a turbine engine disposed upon a support surface is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing, a rotor support bearing disposed within the housing, and a support leg in operable communication with the housing and in direct structural connection with the support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth Damon Black, Gregory Allan Crum, Scott Michael Elam
  • Publication number: 20100189551
    Abstract: A method operates a gas turbine that includes a compressor section, a turbine section and an extraction cooling system. The method includes monitoring an operation of the gas turbine, directing a cooling air flow through the extraction cooling system from the compressor section to the turbine section in response to normal operation of the gas turbine, and directing a warming air flow through the extraction cooling system to the compressor section and the turbine section in response to shutdown of the gas turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Henry G. Ballard, JR., Ian David Wilson, Stephen Christopher Chieco, Andrew Ray Kneeland, Bradley James Miller, Kenneth Damon Black, Raymond Goetze
  • Publication number: 20100111679
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for improving a turbine's thermal response during transient and steady state operating conditions in which the flow of cooling fluid in the turbine's casing is caused to be asymmetrical relative to the horizontal and vertical symmetry planes of the casing so that the turbine's cooling symmetry planes are rotated relative to its geometric symmetry planes and thereby the heat transfer at locations in the casing with increased mass is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Kenneth Damon Black
  • Publication number: 20090097968
    Abstract: An inner shell for a rotating machine including at least one segment; and at least one complementary segment in operable communication with the at least one segment, the segments forming a support structure for a shroud ring; wherein the at least one segment and the at least one complementary segment are individually moved to change a set of dimensions defined by the at least one segment and the at least one complementary segment. A method for controlling a dimension of the shroud ring in a rotating machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Henry Grady Ballard, JR., Bradley James Miller, Kenneth Damon Black
  • Publication number: 20090053046
    Abstract: A turbine diffuser is disclosed. The turbine diffuser includes a diffuser segment having a forward end and an aft end with a flange disposed at the aft end of the diffuser segment. The diffuser segment is joinable to an adjacent diffuser segment via the flange, which includes a seal retainer that is securedly connectable in a radial direction with a seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Damon Black, Scott Michael Elam, Prashant Kantappa Patil
  • Publication number: 20090053042
    Abstract: A gas turbine including a casing and a shroud ring, the gas turbine including an attachment device rigidly attached to the casing and at least one of the shroud ring and a duct attached to the shroud ring, wherein the device allows the shroud ring to expand and contract independent of the casing and provides limited net axial growth of the shroud ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ian David Wilson, Bradley James Miller, Eric Scicchitano, Christopher Sean Bowes, Kenneth Damon Black
  • Publication number: 20090031802
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rotor to stator alignment method. The alignment method includes, positioning a plurality of eccentric rings between the rotor and a stator, and rotating at least one of the plurality of eccentric rings relative to the stator thereby reducing eccentricity of the rotor with the stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Damon Black, Bradley James Miller