Patents by Inventor Vittorio Michelassi

Vittorio Michelassi 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: 9382920
    Abstract: The present application provides a wet gas compression system for a wet gas flow having a number of liquid droplets therein. The wet gas compression system may include a pipe, a compressor in communication with the pipe, and a thermoacoustic resonator in communication with the pipe so as to break up the liquid droplets in the wet gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christian Vogel, Vittorio Michelassi, Rene de Nazelle
  • Publication number: 20160169017
    Abstract: A compressor for a gas turbine engine including one or more endwall treatments for controlling leakage flow and circumferential flow non-uniformities in the compressor. The compressor includes a casing, a hub, a flow path formed between the casing and the hub, a plurality of blades positioned in the flow path, and one or more circumferentially varying end-wall treatments formed in an interior surface of at least one of the casing or the hub. Each of the one or more circumferentially varying endwall treatments circumferentially varying based on their relative position to an immediately adjacent upstream bladerow. Each of the one or more endwall treatments is circumferentially varied in at least one of placement relative to the immediately adjacent upstream bladerow or in geometric parameters defining each of the plurality of circumferentially varying endwall treatments. Additionally disclosed is an engine including the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Davide Giacché, John David Stampfli, Ramakrishna Venkata Mallina, Vittorio Michelassi, Giridhar Jothiprasad, Ajay Keshava Rao, Rudolf Konrad Selmeier, Sungho Yoon, Ivan Malcevic
  • Publication number: 20160169226
    Abstract: A liquid ring fluid flow machine is presented. The machine includes a stationary annular housing having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface defines a chamber that is arranged to receive a liquid. A rotor having a core and a plurality of radially extending vanes is eccentrically rotatably mounted within the chamber for directing the liquid into a recirculating liquid ring in proximity to the inner surface of the housing within the chamber. The inner surface of the housing that is in contact with the recirculating liquid ring is covered by a hydrophobic coating. The machine further includes a first supply pipe and a second supply pipe, each in fluid communication with the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Sean Craig Jenkins, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20160169231
    Abstract: An electric pump powered by an electric motor having a stator disposed within a hollow rotor is provided. Impellers on the rotor outer surface extend into a fluid flow path defined by the pump. One or more torque-producing rotor sections are driven by a plurality of independently controllable stator sections disposed within the rotor cavity. The relative positions of the rotor and stator are maintained by a plurality of bearings configured to allow rotation of the rotor and defining a bearing span. The pump is configured such that the stator and rotor share the same bearing span. Such an arrangement reduces motor windage losses relative to conventional motors in which the rotor is disposed within the stator, owing to a reduction in the diameter of the air gap between the stator and the rotor. In addition, the peripheral speed of the pump is increased owing to an increase in the rotor diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Vittorio Michelassi, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Ismail Hakki Sezal, Rene du Cauze de Nazelle, Egidio Marotta, Ravishankar Balasubramanian, Mohamed Osama
  • Publication number: 20160153465
    Abstract: An axial compressor for a gas turbine engine including one or more endwall treatments for controlling leakage flow in the compressor. The one or more endwall treatments having a height formed in an interior surface of a compressor casing or a compressor hub and configured to return a flow adjacent a plurality of rotor blade tips or a plurality of stator blade tips to a cylindrical flow passage upstream of a point of removal of the flow. Each of the endwall treatments defining a front wall, a rear wall, an outer wall extending between the front wall and the rear wall, an axial overhang, an axial overlap, an axial lean angle and a tangential lean angle. The axial overhang extending upstream to overhang at least one of the at least one set of rotor blades or the at least one set of stator blades. The axial overlap extending downstream to overlap at least one of the at least one set of rotor blades or the at least one set of stator blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Sungho Yoon, John David Stampfli, Ramakrishna Venkata Mallina, Vittorio Michelassi, Giridhar Jothiprasad, Ajay Keshava Rao, Rudolf Konrad Selmeier, Davide Giacché, Ivan Malcevic
  • Patent number: 9347459
    Abstract: A sealing system for a centrifugal compressor includes a stator having a seal, a seal disposed in the seal housing and having an abradable portion along an inner circumference, a rotor having a plurality of rotor teeth configured to rotate within the inner circumference of the seal and configured to create rub grooves within the abradable portion, and a first spring disposed between the stator and the seal and configured to facilitate axial movement of the seal relative to the seal housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nuo Sheng, Roderick Mark Lusted, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20160138762
    Abstract: A subsea fluid processing system is provided containing a liquid reservoir, an inlet tank, a pump, an outlet system, and a fluid re-circulation loop. The liquid reservoir circulates a primer liquid stream to the inlet tank via the fluid re-circulation loop. The inlet tank further receives a first production fluid stream and mixes it with the primer liquid stream to produce thereby a second production fluid stream having a reduced gas volume fraction (GVF) relative to the first production fluid stream. The pump receives the second production fluid stream from the inlet tank and increases its pressure. Further, the outlet system containing the liquid reservoir receives the second production fluid stream from the pump and separates at least a portion of the primer liquid stream from a principal production stream. The primer liquid includes at least one exogenous liquid not derived from the first production fluid stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Guillaume Becquin, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, JR., Vittorio Michelassi, Rosa Castane Selga, Rene DU CAUZE DE NAZELLE
  • Publication number: 20160138595
    Abstract: A fluid processing system is provided containing a pump and a fluid reservoir. The pump includes a casing, one or more pump stages, a pump inlet, and a pump outlet. The casing includes one or more slots, with at least one slot configured to extract at least a portion of a multiphase fluid flowing within the pump. The fluid reservoir encompasses at least a portion of the casing and is configured to receive and separate the portion of the multiphase fluid into an extracted liquid phase and an extracted gaseous phase. The fluid reservoir includes a re-circulation conduit disposed proximate to the pump inlet and a discharge device coupled to the re-circulation conduit. The discharge device regulates re-circulation of at least a portion of the extracted liquid phase to the pump via the pump inlet for reducing a gas volume fraction of the multiphase fluid being fed to the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Guillaume Becquin, Rene du Cauze de Nazelle, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20150300369
    Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) return vane for a multistage centrifugal compressor. The return channel vane extends upstream to a region proximate the bend apex of the return channel. In each point of the return channel vane, the angle “beta” is defined as the acute angle between the tangent to the local camberline and the local circumferential direction. At each normalised position between leading edge and trailing edge, the local twist of the return channel vane is defined as the algebraic difference between the angles beta at the two points at hub and shroud having said normalised position. When moving in streamwise direction from leading edge to trailing edge, the twist first decreases, reaching an algebraic minimum, then increases, reaching an algebraic maximum, then decreases again. However, the absolute twist of the algebraic minimum is larger than the absolute twist of the algebraic maximum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Nuovo Pignone Srl
    Inventors: Ismail SEZAL, Christian AALBURG, Vittorio MICHELASSI, Giuseppe SASSANELLI
  • Patent number: 9127679
    Abstract: A counter rotating helico-axial pump is provided, the pump comprising: (a) an inner rotor comprising a plurality of outwardly extending helico-axial impeller vanes; (b) a hollow outer rotor comprising a plurality of inwardly extending helico-axial impeller vanes; (c) a single driving device configured to drive the inner rotor or the hollow outer rotor; and (d) a force transmission coupling joining the inner rotor and the hollow outer rotor and configured to permit rotation of the inner rotor and hollow outer rotor in opposite directions; wherein at least a portion of the inner rotor is disposed within the hollow outer rotor, and wherein the inner rotor, the hollow outer rotor and the helico-axial impeller vanes define a fluid flow path, and wherein the inner rotor and hollow outer rotor are configured such that at least some of adjacent helico-axial impeller vanes are configured to rotate in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Vittorio Michelassi, René du Cauze de Nazelle, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Haris Ligata
  • Publication number: 20150184658
    Abstract: A subsea boosting module for use with a direct current (DC) power system includes a housing defining at least one interior chamber. A fluid pump is disposed within the interior chamber. An electric motor is disposed within the interior chamber and drivingly coupled to the fluid pump. A plurality of power components is disposed within the interior chamber to deliver power to the electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christof Martin Sihler, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Simon Herbert Schramm, Svend Erik Rocke, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20150184660
    Abstract: A subsea boosting module for use with an alternating current (AC) power system includes a housing defining at least one interior chamber. A fluid pump is disposed within the interior chamber. An electric motor is disposed within the interior chamber and drivingly coupled to the fluid pump. A plurality of power components is disposed within the interior chamber to deliver power to the electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Simon Herbert Schramm, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Christof Martin Sihler, Svend Erik Rocke, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Patent number: 9062690
    Abstract: A gas compression system for use with a gas stream. The gas compression system may include a number of compressors for compressing the gas stream, one or more ejectors for further compressing the gas stream, a condenser positioned downstream of the ejectors, and a waste heat source. A return portion of the gas stream may be in communication with the ejectors via the waste heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Matthias Finkenrath, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Patent number: 9038391
    Abstract: A waste heat recovery system includes a heat recovery cycle system coupled to at least two separate heat sources having different temperatures. The heat recovery cycle system is coupled to a first heat source and at least one second heat source. The heat recovery cycle system is configured to circulate a working fluid. The at least one second heat source includes a lower temperature heat source than the first heat source. The working fluid is circulatable in heat exchange relationship through a first heat exchange unit, a second heat exchange unit for heating the working fluid in the heat recovery cycle system. The first heat exchange unit is coupled to the at least one second heat source to heat at least a portion of a cooled stream of working fluid to a substantially higher temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Alexander Lehar, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20150093232
    Abstract: A supersonic compressor rotor and method of compressing a fluid is disclosed. The rotor includes a first and a second rotor disk, a first set and a second set of rotor vanes. The first set and second set of rotor vanes are coupled to and disposed between the first and second rotor disks. Further, the first set of rotor vanes are offset from the second set of rotor vanes. The rotor includes a first set of flow channels defined by the first set of rotor vanes disposed between the first and second rotor disks. Similarly, the rotor includes a second set of flow channels defined by the second set of rotor vanes disposed between the first and second rotor disks. Further, the rotor includes a compression ramp disposed on a rotor vane surface opposite to an adjacent rotor vane surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar Venkata Gadamsetty, Chaitanya Venkata Rama Krishna Ongole, Douglas Carl Hofer, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20150044027
    Abstract: A pump for pumping a multiphase fluid includes a housing and a rotor with an outer surface. A plurality of inducer vanes are attached to the rotor hub, each having a leading edge and a trailing edge where the leading edge of one inducer vane overlaps the trailing edge of an adjacent inducer vane by a first overlap angle. A plurality of impeller vanes are also attached to the hub. The impeller vanes each have a leading edge and a trailing edge where the leading edge of one impeller vane overlaps the trailing edge of an adjacent impeller vane by a second overlap angle larger than the first overlap angle. The pump includes a rotor flow channel extending between the hub outer surface and the housing inner surface. The rotor flow channel has an inlet area and an outlet area, whereby the outlet area is smaller than the inlet area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Vittorio Michelassi, Ismail Hakki Sezal, Xuele Qi, Rene du Cauze de Nazelle, Vishal Gahlot, Scott Richard Erler
  • Publication number: 20150000268
    Abstract: The method includes moving at least one of a first support and a second support to vary a position of the plurality of main blades and tandem blades relative to each other to control one or more flow control characteristics across the turbine. The turbine includes a nozzle having the plurality of main blades and tandem blades. The plurality of main blades are coupled to the first support and the plurality of tandem blades are coupled to the second support disposed spaced apart from the first support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Cathal Clancy, Daniel Edward Loringer, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Patent number: 8864454
    Abstract: A supersonic compressor system. The supersonic compressor system includes a casing that defines a cavity that extends between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, and a first drive shaft that is positioned within the cavity. A centerline axis extends along a centerline of the first drive shaft. A supersonic compressor rotor is coupled to the first drive shaft and is positioned in flow communication between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The supersonic compressor rotor includes at least one supersonic compression ramp that is configured to form at least one compression wave for compressing a fluid. A centrifugal compressor assembly is positioned in flow communication between the supersonic compressor rotor and the fluid outlet. The centrifugal compressor assembly is configured to compress fluid received from the supersonic compressor rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Douglas Carl Hofer, Vittorio Michelassi
  • Publication number: 20140147253
    Abstract: A counter rotating helico-axial pump is provided, the pump comprising: (a) an inner rotor comprising a plurality of outwardly extending helico-axial impeller vanes; (b) a hollow outer rotor comprising a plurality of inwardly extending helico-axial impeller vanes; (c) a single driving device configured to drive the inner rotor or the hollow outer rotor; and (d) a force transmission coupling joining the inner rotor and the hollow outer rotor and configured to permit rotation of the inner rotor and hollow outer rotor in opposite directions; wherein at least a portion of the inner rotor is disposed within the hollow outer rotor, and wherein the inner rotor, the hollow outer rotor and the helico-axial impeller vanes define a fluid flow path, and wherein the inner rotor and hollow outer rotor are configured such that at least some of adjacent helico-axial impeller vanes are configured to rotate in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Vittorio Michelassi, René du Cauze de Nazelle, Siddharth Navinchandra Ashar, Haris Ligata
  • Patent number: 8690519
    Abstract: The present application provides for a wet gas compressor system. The wet gas compressor system may include a wet gas compressor with an inlet section. A variable cross-section nozzle may be positioned about the inlet section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christian Aalburg, Alexander Simpson, Vittorio Michelassi, Ismail Sezal