Patents by Inventor Neal William Grooms

Neal William Grooms 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).

  • Publication number: 20190186749
    Abstract: The premixed pilot nozzle includes axially elongated tubes defined within a plenum between an outer shroud and a first shroud disposed radially inward of the outer shroud. The tubes extend between tube inlets defined through a forward face and tube outlets defined through an aft face. A second shroud is disposed radially inward of the first shroud, thereby defining a fuel plenum between the first shroud and the second shroud, and the fuel plenum is in communication with a gaseous fuel supply. A fuel injection port, which is positioned between the tube inlet and the tube outlet of each tube, is in fluid communication with the fuel plenum. An air supply configured to fluidly communicate with the tube inlet of each tube. The second shroud defines a second plenum therein, the second plenum being coupled to a source of a non-combustible fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Harper, Neal William Grooms, Yon Han Chong, Benjamin Robert Ryan
  • Publication number: 20170363293
    Abstract: A premix pilot nozzle is disclosed herein. The premix pilot nozzle includes a nozzle body. The nozzle body includes a forward wall, an aft wall, an outer band that extends between the forward wall and the aft wall and a tip portion that extends axially downstream from the aft wall. The nozzle body further defines a fuel inlet plenum that extends coaxially within the nozzle body, a fuel distribution plenum that is defined within the nozzle body radially outwardly from and in fluid communication with the fuel inlet plenum, a plurality of premix passages that extend helically around the fuel inlet plenum within the fuel distribution plenum and a plurality of air passages annularly arranged around the plurality of premix passages. One or more premix passages of the plurality of premix passages are in fluid communication with the fuel distribution plenum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Neal William Grooms, James Harper, Yon Han Chong
  • Publication number: 20170363294
    Abstract: A premix pilot nozzle and fuel nozzle assembly are disclosed herein. The premix pilot nozzle includes a nozzle body having a forward wall axially spaced from an aft wall and an outer band that extends axially between the forward wall and the aft wall. An air tube extends coaxially within the nozzle body and defines a cooling air plenum within the nozzle body. A fuel tube extends coaxially within the nozzle body and circumferentially surrounds the air tube so as to define a fuel inlet plenum therebetween. A fuel distribution plenum is defined within the nozzle body and is in fluid communication with the fuel inlet plenum. The nozzle body further includes a plurality of premix tubes. Each premix tube extends helically around the fuel tube within the fuel distribution plenum. One or more of the premix tubes is in fluid communication with the fuel distribution plenum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Neal William Grooms, James Harper, Yon Han Chong
  • Publication number: 20090053054
    Abstract: Disclosed is a leakage reducing venturi for a dry low nitric oxides (NOx) emissions combustor, the venturi including a substantially annular outer liner, a substantially annular inner liner, a venturi channel defined by the annular inner liner and the annular outer liner, the venturi channel including a forward end and an aft end, a forward weld disposed in proximity to the forward end of the venturi channel, the forward weld being configured to connect the annular outer liner with the annular inner liner, and an aft weld disposed in proximity to the aft end of the venturi channel, the aft weld being configured to connect the annular outer liner with the annular inner liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neal William Grooms, Jeffrey Scott Lebegue, Derrick Walter Simons