Patents by Inventor Kenneth N. Whaling

Kenneth N. Whaling 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: 7698898
    Abstract: A system for mixing flows from a compressor is provided. The system comprises an ejector that combines a first flow and a second flow, from the compressor, into a third flow. A bypass flow is connected between the first flow and the third flow. A mixer combines the bypass flow and the third flow into a fourth flow. The fourth flow has a pressure and temperature intermediate the respective pressures and temperatures of the bypass flow and the third flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ravi Praveen S. Eluripati, David W. Ball, Jr., Kenneth N. Whaling, James L. Davis, Nattamai V. Saravanan, Ajit S. Sengar
  • Publication number: 20090145132
    Abstract: A method of assembling a combustor assembly is provided, wherein the method includes providing a combustor liner having a centerline axis and defining a combustion chamber therein, and coupling an annular flowsleeve radially outward from the combustor liner such that an annular flow path is defined substantially circumferentially between the flowsleeve and the combustor finer. The method also includes orienting the flowsleeve such that a plurality of inlets formed within the flowsleeve are positioned to inject cooling air in a substantially axial direction into the annular flow path to facilitate cooling the combustor finer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: David M. Johnson, Ronald S. Bunker, Kenneth N. Whaling
  • Patent number: 7536864
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine system. The system includes a compressor with a first compressor stage and a second compressor stage, a turbine with a first turbine stage and a second turbine stage, a first flow path connecting the first compressor stage and the first turbine stage, a second flow path connecting the second compressor stage and the second turbine stage, a crossover flow path connecting the first flow path and the second flow path, and an ejector positioned about the crossover flow path and the first flow path. The ejector may be a variable motive nozzle ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher E. Wolfe, Douglas F. Beadie, Kenneth N. Whaling, David W. Ball, Kevin T. McGovern, Ravi Praveen Eluripati, Omprakash Samudrala
  • Publication number: 20090067988
    Abstract: A system for mixing flows from a compressor is provided. The system comprises an ejector that combines a first flow and a second flow, from the compressor, into a third flow. A bypass flow is connected between the first flow and the third flow. A mixer combines the bypass flow and the third flow into a fourth flow. The fourth flow has a pressure and temperature intermediate the respective pressures and temperatures of the bypass flow and the third flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ravi Praveen S. Eluripati, David W. Ball, JR., Kenneth N. Whaling, James L. Davis, Nattamai V. Saravanan, Ajit S. Sengar