Brush Seal Patents (Class 277/355)
  • Publication number: 20130300067
    Abstract: A system for sealing a gas path in a turbine includes a brush holder and a support connected to the brush holder and extending away from the brush holder. The support has an upstream side and a downstream side. A plurality of upstream bristles is connected to the brush holder along the upstream side of the support, and a plurality of downstream bristles is connected to the brush holder along the downstream side of the support. The upstream and downstream bristles have terminal ends that extend away from the brush holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kunal Upendra Sakekar, Bhaskar Ram, Srinivasarao Pakkala, Shaik Karimulla Sha
  • Publication number: 20130277918
    Abstract: A shaft seal assembly externally mounted to a high temperature device, such as a gas or steam turbine, having a plurality of rotary shaft sealing brush seals that includes at least one brush seal of wear-compensating construction that possesses a suitably high linear coefficient of expansion so it viscoelestically creeps over time compensating for brush seal wear. In one embodiment, a brush seal closest to the device is formed of an electrically conductive material that electrically grounds a rotary shaft of the device during shaft rotation and at least one other brush seal is formed of filaments of polymeric material, such as heat stabilized nylon, of wear compensating construction. In one preferred embodiment, the filaments of the inner brush seal are made of a self-lubricating metallic or bearing material and at least one other brush seal is formed of an intumescing material that can be of polymeric composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Sealeze, A Unit Of Jason Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Fitzgerald, David D. Stein
  • Publication number: 20130256992
    Abstract: The present application provides for a brush seal system for use about a rotor of a rotary machine. The brush seal system may include a number of brush seal segments, with each of the brush seal segments having a number of bristles, and one or more of the brush seal segments including an elliptical profile so as to vary a clearance between the brush seal segments and the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Mehmet Demiroglu, Michael Dennis Mack, Guoqiang Lu
  • Publication number: 20130249169
    Abstract: This invention relates to a seal for sealing between a stator and rotor, including a generally annular carrier, an array of adjacent leaves mounted in the annular carrier for sealing between the stator and the rotor with their panes lying parallel to the axis of the carrier and front and back plates disposed on respective axial sides of the leaves, characterised in the front and back plates have one or more apertures dimensioned for providing a substantially symmetric pressure drop across the leaves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: CROSS MANUFACTURING COMPANY (1938) LIMITED
    Inventors: Aaron Bowsher, Peter Francis Crudgington
  • Patent number: 8505923
    Abstract: A brush seal usable in high temperature sealing applications having brush bristles and a sealing membrane of stress and deflection accommodating construction capable of longitudinal extensibility. Sealing membrane has one portion slidably overlapped with another portion. In one embodiment, membrane is folded over itself providing slidable overlapping in one direction and is formed of overlapping membrane sheets providing slidable overlapping in another direction. In another embodiment, membrane has spaced apart deformation regions providing longitudinal extensibility in accommodating stress and/or deflection. Membrane can be made of metallic foil having a thickness no greater than brush bristle width or diameter and is embeddable in bristles of the brush seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Sealeze, A Unit Of Jason, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Ferryman, Patrick Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8500128
    Abstract: A sealing device for a coolant supply on a rotating spindle includes a first brush seal and a second brush seal arranged one after another in series on the spindle. An annular leakage chamber is formed axially between the first and second brush seals, and radially between the spindle and a spindle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Gail, Stefan Beichl
  • Patent number: 8490980
    Abstract: A seal arrangement (1, 101) for maintaining an axial pressure differential between relative high and low pressure stages along a rotating element (2, 102), the arrangement comprising: i) a plurality of leaf or brush seal members (5) forming a circumferential seal-pack (4, 104) around the rotating element (2, 102), in-between said low and high pressure stages, for limiting leakage of fluid between said low and high pressure stages; ii) a baffle (6, 7, 106, 107) positioned on the upstream or downstream side of the seal-pack (4, 104) for regulating such leakage through the seal pack (4, 104); and iii) a control arrangement for adjusting the position of the baffle (6, 7, 106, 107) hereby to control the regulation of said leakage through the seal-pack (4, 104) and hence control the consequent blow-down effect on the seal-pack (4, 104) caused by that leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Wright, Simon D. Granville-George
  • Patent number: 8490981
    Abstract: A brush seal, brush seal segment, and brush seal backplate for use in a rotary device are provided. In one embodiment, the invention provides a brush seal for a rotary device, the brush seal comprising: a plurality of brush seal segments, each segment including: an arcuate fence; an arcuate backplate circumferentially coextensive with the arcuate fence, the arcuate backplate including: a plurality of circumferentially-oriented cavities; a first dam along a first end of the arcuate backplate, the first dam substantially closing an end of at least one of the plurality of circumferentially-oriented cavities; and a second dam along a second end of the arcuate backplate, the second dam substantially closing an end of at least one of the plurality of circumferentially-oriented cavities; a plurality of brush bristles between the arcuate backplate and the arcuate fence; and a static member to which at least one of the plurality of brush seal segments is affixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, William Edward Adis, Michael Dennis Mack
  • Publication number: 20130181408
    Abstract: A hybrid seal carrier for establishing a seal between a rotating component and a stationary component substantially surrounding the rotating component includes a first seal element held between forward and aft end plates and adapted to be seated within a first slot formed in the stationary component. A second seal element is seated within a second slot formed in one of the forward or aft end plate; wherein said first seal element comprises a plurality of bristles forming a brush seal; and said second seal element comprises at least one honeycomb seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Srinivasa Rao Pakkala, John Clisby Blanton, Karimulla Sha Shaik
  • Publication number: 20130175761
    Abstract: A quick change brush holder of a brush seal having a plurality of spaced apart deflectable brush retaining arrangements that include a tab that is bent into a brush receiving channel toward a brush engaging or retaining position to releasably retain a brush in the channel and that is bent away from the brush engaging or retaining position when it is desired to remove the brush or install a brush in the holder. Each tab has a brush abutment edge that abuts or stops a shoulder of a tape or spine of a brush in the channel preventing removal from the holder when disposed in a brush engaging or retaining position. The brush abutting edge extends generally parallel to the channel enabling a brush to be inserted transversely relative to a lengthwise extent of the holder tape or spine first into the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Sealeze, A Unit Of Jason Incorporated
    Inventors: Roger Ferryman, Patrick Fitzgerald, David Chrisman, Pavan Kumar Ravulaparthy
  • Publication number: 20130170979
    Abstract: A system having an axial brush seal assembly is provided, having a first component, a second component, at least two plates that generally oppose one another, a plurality of seal bristles, and a base plate. The first component has a first sealing surface. The second component has a second sealing surface. The plurality of seal bristles are received between the at least two plates. The plurality of seal bristles include a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is configured to selectively seal against the first sealing surface and the second end portion is configured to selectively seal against the second sealing surface. At least one of the at least two plates is connected to the base plate, and the base plate supports the brush seal assembly. The axial brush seal assembly provides sealing for two leakage paths simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Karimulla Shaik Sha
  • Publication number: 20130168926
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a method for assembling a turbine includes placing a middle layer between a first and second outer member, wherein the middle layer includes a non-continuous layer of material and the first and second outer members each include a member of continuous material and welding a primary joint between the middle layer, first outer member and second outer member, the primary joint extending through the first outer member, the middle layer and at least a portion of the second outer member. The method also includes welding a secondary joint between the middle layer and first outer member, the secondary joint extending through the first outer member and at least a portion of the middle layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yan Cui, William Edward Adis, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Dechao Lin, Michael Dennis Mack, Daniel Frederick Purdy
  • Publication number: 20130146695
    Abstract: A brush seal assembly for sealing a journal assembly includes a base flange configured and adapted to be mounted to a journal head, e.g., in a vertical pulverizer. A cylindrical skirt is mounted to the base flange and extends in an axial direction from the base flange. A seal mounting ring is mounted to the skirt opposite the base flange, and an annular brush seal is mounted to the seal mounting ring. The brush seal is configured and adapted to seal between the skirt and a journal housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Babcock Power Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Babcock Power Services, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8459653
    Abstract: The present application provides a sealing assembly for use between a first component and a second component of a rotary machine. The sealing assembly may include a first sealing segment having a first end with a first angled surface and a second sealing segment having a second end with a second angled surface. The first angled surface of the first end of the first sealing segment meets the second angled surface of the second end of the second sealing segment at a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Xiaoqing Zheng
  • Patent number: 8459652
    Abstract: A brush seal for a turbo-machine for sealing a gap between a rotating and a stationary component is disclosed. Elastically flexible bristles are arranged in a plurality of rows that are adjacent to each other. A film or a disk is arranged between at least two rows of bristles, the film or the disk extending in the longitudinal direction of said bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Brück, Matthias Neef, Erik Sulda, Norbert Sürken
  • Patent number: 8439364
    Abstract: This invention relates to a seal for sealing between a stator and rotor, including a generally annular carrier (11), an array of adjacent leaves (12) mounted in the annular carrier for sealing between the stator and the rotor with their panes lying parallel to the axis of the carrier and front and back plates (15, 16) disposed on respective axial sides of the leaves, characterized in the front and back plates (15, 16) have one or more apertures (17, 18) dimensioned for providing a substantially symmetric pressure drop across the leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Cross Manufacturing Company (1938) Limited
    Inventors: Aaron Bowsher, Peter Francis Crudgington
  • Publication number: 20130094957
    Abstract: A brush ring seal device for installation within a packing case of a turbine includes: a brush seal carrier having a substantially ring-shaped body portion having a front face, a rear face, an inner circumferential groove, and an outer circumferential groove; a brush seal mounted within the inner circumferential groove of the brush seal carrier; and a ring-shaped spring mounted within the outer circumferential groove of the brush seal carrier. The rear face of the brush seal carrier is coated with an anti-friction coating, thereby allowing movement of the brush ring seal device within the packing case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: ELLIOTT COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael Arthen Mindock, III
  • Patent number: 8413992
    Abstract: A shaft seal that is constituted by annularly arranging a plurality of seal segments in the circumferential direction of a rotating shaft, in which each seal segment has a plurality of thin plates that are provided in a predetermined arrangement in the circumferential direction of the rotating shaft, side plates that sandwich the plurality of thin plates from both sides thereof in the axial direction, and retention rings that retain the base ends of the plurality of thin plates and the base ends of the side plates; the distal ends of the thin plates protrude farther toward the rotating shaft than the distal ends of the side plates, and the protrusion length of the distal ends of the thin plates in the vicinity of the end portions in the circumferential direction where adjacent seal segments are connected is set to be less than the protrusion length of the distal ends of the thin plates that are located at the middle of the seal segment in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Uehara, Tanehiro Shinohara, Takashi Nakano, Shin Nishimoto
  • Publication number: 20130084166
    Abstract: A component, in particular for a gas turbine, is disclosed. The component has at least two component segments which are arranged relative to one another leaving a gap and are sealed against each other by a sealing device. The sealing device includes at least one brush seal. Also disclosed is a gas turbine, in particular an aircraft engine, having such a component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
  • Publication number: 20130069317
    Abstract: A brush seal and brush seal segment for use in a rotary device are provided. In one embodiment, the invention provides a brush seal comprising: a plurality of brush seal segments, each segment including: an arcuate fence; an arcuate backplate substantially circumferentially coextensive with the arcuate fence, the arcuate backplate including a first end and a second end; and a plurality of brush seal bristles between the arcuate backplate and the arcuate fence, the plurality of brush seal bristles being angled with respect to a radial axis of the arcuate backplate and at least one of the first end and the second end of the arcuate backplate; and a static member to which at least one of the plurality of brush seal segments is affixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
  • Publication number: 20130062834
    Abstract: An annular brush seal is disclosed including first and second annular clamp plates, each clamp plate including an opposed annular clamping surface, and a pack of radially extending bristles clamped between the clamping surfaces of the clamp plates. The clamping surface of at least one of the clamp plates is profiled, such that a separation between the clamping surfaces increases with decreasing radius. A brush seal is also disclosed including first and second clamp plates, each clamp plate including an opposed clamping surface, and a bristle pack clamped between the clamping surfaces of the clamp plates, wherein the clamping surface of at least one of the clamp plates includes a linear surface feature extending across the clamping surface and causing a step change in the profile of the clamping surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Gervas FRANCESCHINI
  • Patent number: 8393859
    Abstract: A card seal with an annular arrangement of cards that form the card seal, where the cards are interweaved and staggered to increase a sealing capability of the cards. The card seal is formed from leading edge cards staggered with trailing edge cards, and the cards have a thicker outer end and a thinner inner end where the interweaving occurs. Because of the varying thickness of the staggered cards, each card has a taper on the lower outer end that decreases from a high to a low on the inner side in order that a foot print for the card is constant across the bottom surface that floats on the rotating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R Dillon
  • Patent number: 8382119
    Abstract: A shaft seal serves to reduce leakage between a rotating shaft and a static shell. The shaft seal includes a plurality of compliant plate members, each having a root and a tip. The compliant plate members are secured to one of the static shell and the rotating shaft at their root in facing relation. The tips of the compliant plate members define a sealing ring between the static shell and the rotating shaft. An axial flow resistance member is disposed within the compliant plate members and serves as a harrier to axial leakage flow between the compliant plate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shorya Awtar, Nikhil Kumar Verma
  • Patent number: 8382120
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a turbomachine includes a plurality of compliant plate members attached to an interior surface of a stationary housing. The compliant plate members define a sealing ring between the stationary housing and a rotor. Each of the compliant plate members comprises at least one slot therein. The seal assembly further includes at least one arcuate static ring attached to the interior surface of the stationary housing and extending radially into the at least one slot in the compliant plate members. Each of the at least one static ring extends circumferentially through and between a plurality of the compliant plate members. Finally, the seal assembly includes a vibration damper disposed adjacent to or provided on the plurality of compliant plate members. The vibration damper is configured to dampen vibration of the plurality of compliant plate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hrishikesh Vishvas Deo, Norman Arnold Turnquist, Farshad Ghasripoor, William Edward Adis
  • Publication number: 20130043658
    Abstract: A brush seal assembly is provided, including a sealing surface, a side plate, a backing plate, a plurality of bristles, and a biasing member. The backing plate is selectively located in a stationary position and has at least one backing tooth and a backing tip. The backing tooth has a tooth surface and the backing tip has a tip surface. A tooth clearance is measured between the tooth surface and the sealing surface. A tip clearance is measured between the tip surface and the sealing surface. The tooth clearance is less than the tip clearance. The bristles are located between the side plate and the backing plate. The bristles include an end portion for sealing to the sealing surface. The biasing member exerts a biasing force upon the backing plate in a direction towards the sealing surface. The backing tooth is configured for selectively contacting the sealing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Hemant Vinayak Gedam
  • Publication number: 20130042456
    Abstract: A self-lubricating brush seal assembly, for a power generation system and method of reducing air leakage in a power generation system including a plurality of self-lubricating members is provided. The plurality of self-lubricating members include a plurality of self-lubricating bristles, a plurality of cores sheathed in a self-lubricating braid, a plurality of cores having an outer diameter coated with self-lubricating material and a solid lubricating pack. The lubricating material is selected from graphite, hexagonal-boron nitrite (hBN), molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), tungsten disulfide (WS2), titanium nitride (TiN), titanium aluminum nitride (TiAlN), titanium carbonitride (TiCN), and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Krishnamurthy ANAND, Surinder Singh PABLA, Sundar AMANCHERLA, Paul MATHEW
  • Patent number: 8376367
    Abstract: A brush seal and a method for mounting a brush seal is disclosed. The brush seal includes a sealing element provided with a plurality of filaments or wires that are joined at a filament or wire end to form a filament or wire bundle and a clamp-like sealing housing for receiving and fixing the filament or wire end between a first and a second limb and for fixing the brush seal in a mounting recess of a housing. A free end of the filament or wire bundle of the sealing element is clamped between a partial area of an inner contour of the second limb that is adjacent to a region of an outlet opening of the mounting recess of the housing and an area of the outlet opening that is opposite from the partial area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Beichl
  • Publication number: 20130038022
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a seal assembly includes a mounting structure coupled to an inner static structure in a turbine. Further, the seal assembly includes a brush seal member coupled to the mounting structure, wherein the brush seal member includes a first end that is in sealing contact with a rotor and a second end in sealing contact with a stator and wherein the brush seal member includes a plurality of bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Karimulla Shaik Sha
  • Patent number: 8366115
    Abstract: A brush seal includes a plurality of bristles aligned in parallel to form a brush pack having a first end and a second end, and a joint securing the brush pack together. The joint is located centrally between the first end and the second end such that both the first end and the second end of the brush pack can form a sealing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Mark E. Addis
  • Publication number: 20130022459
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a rotary machine is provided. The seal assembly includes multiple sealing device segments disposed intermediate to a stationary housing and a rotor. Each of the segments includes at least one plate and a sealing element. The seal assembly also includes multiple inter-segment gaps formed between the multiple sealing device segments. Further, for each pair of adjacent sealing device segments, at least one pair of adjacent plates includes one plate overlapping another plate at an inter-segment gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Omprakash Samudrala, Christopher Edward Wolfe, Raymond Edward Chupp
  • Publication number: 20130020770
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method to improve the performance of standard brush seals for rotating shafts. This invention relates to a design that will lower manufacturing costs associated with standard brush seals for rotating shafts. This invention relates to a design that will improve wear characteristics of a standard brush seal. Specifically, the invention is intended to reduce manufacturing costs by combining the standard sealing element of a brush seal with the low cost materials and manufacturing methodologies of a carbon seal. Specifically, the invention is intended to lower the overall weight of the brush seal assembly, thereby improving the life of the brush sealing element and reducing the wear characteristics on both the seal element and the associated shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Jimmie Wade Hamilton, Marc Wilburn Hickham, James Wallace Greene
  • Publication number: 20130001883
    Abstract: A brush seal includes a plurality of bristles aligned in parallel to form a brush pack having a first end and a second end, and a joint securing the brush pack together. The joint is located centrally between the first end and the second end such that both the first end and the second end of the brush pack can form a sealing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark E. Addis
  • Publication number: 20120326392
    Abstract: A brush seal is provided having a brush housing having a back plate and a front plate, a first layer of bristles disposed adjacent to the back plate, where at least one of the first layer of bristles has a first diameter. A second layer of bristles are disposed adjacent to the first layer of bristles, and at least one of the second layer of bristles has a second diameter. A third layer of bristles are disposed adjacent to the second layer of bristles, and at least one of the third layer of bristles has a third diameter. The first diameter and the third diameter are larger than the second diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Bernard Arthur Couture, JR., Michael John Bowman, William Edward Adis, Michael Dennis Mack, Kim James Clark
  • Publication number: 20120326393
    Abstract: A seal is provided having a bristle pack with a first layer of bristles and a second layer of bristles. The bristle pack has at least one segment end. The first layer of bristles is configured to substantially surround the second layer of bristles, and at least one of the first layer of bristles has a first diameter. The second layer of bristles are located substantially in a center portion of the bristle pack, and at least one of the second layer of bristles has a second diameter. The first diameter is larger than the second diameter, and the first layer of bristles located near the at least one segment end are configured to protect the second layer of bristles located near the at least one segment end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, Bernard Arthur Couture, JR., Michael John Bowman, William Edward Adis, Michael Dennis Mack, Kim James Clark
  • Patent number: 8333239
    Abstract: A burner with a casing seal is used to create a combustion cavity at a temperature sufficient to reservoir sand. The burner creates and sustains hot combustion gases at a steady state for flowing into and permeating through a target zone. The casing seal isolates the combustion cavity from the cased wellbore and forms a sealed casing annulus between the cased wellbore and the burner. Water is injected into the target zone, above the combustion cavity, through the sealed casing annulus. The injected water permeates laterally and cools the reservoir adjacent the wellbore, and the wellbore from the heat of the hot combustion gases. The hot combustion gases and the water in the reservoir interact to form a drive front in a hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Resource Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Schneider, Lynn P. Tessier
  • Patent number: 8328198
    Abstract: A brush seal and brush seal segment for use in a rotary device are provided. In one embodiment, the invention provides a brush seal comprising: a plurality of brush seal segments, each segment including: an arcuate fence; an arcuate backplate substantially circumferentially coextensive with the arcuate fence, the arcuate backplate including a first end and a second end; and a plurality of brush seal bristles between the arcuate backplate and the arcuate fence, the plurality of brush seal bristles being angled with respect to a radial axis of the arcuate backplate and at least one of the first end and the second end of the arcuate backplate; and a static member to which at least one of the plurality of brush seal segments is affixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Edward Adis, Xiaoqing Zheng, Bernard Arthur Couture, Michael Dennis Mack
  • Patent number: 8317464
    Abstract: A reverse flow tolerant brush seal arrangement for restricting the transfer of a pressurized fluid between a first and a second chamber along a moving shaft. Opposing backing plates are provided to stiffen brush bristle alignment on the moving shaft. Differential pressure between the chambers is aided by spring biasing to seat axial movement of a sliding brush seal against one of the opposing backing plates for stiffening to maintain a design clearance with a shaft being sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rakesh V. Alamsetty, William E. Adis, Mahendra S. Mehra, Nestor Hernandez Sanchez, Rajasekar Natarajan, Akshay A. Datye
  • Publication number: 20120288361
    Abstract: A brush seal for use between a rotating component and a stationary component in a turbomachine is disclosed. The brush seal according to embodiments of this invention includes a set of bristles having a fixed end and a free end, wherein the fixed end is attached to the rotating component with a mechanical clamping element and the free end extends towards the stationary component, and wherein the set of bristles are angled axially at an axial angle with respect to the rotating component. In one embodiment, the fixed end of the set of bristles are wrapped at least partially around a core element and the clamping element partially surrounds the core element and the fixed end of the set of bristles, wherein the clamping element secures the fixed end of the set of bristles within a circumferential groove in the rotating component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Guoqiang Lu, Mehmet Demiroglu, Binayak Roy, Deepak Trivedi, Xiaoqing Zheng
  • Publication number: 20120286476
    Abstract: The present application thus provides a retractable seal system for use between a high pressure side and a low pressure side of a turbine engine. The retractable seal system may include a seal positioned in a slot of a stationary component, a pressure balance pocket positioned about the seal, and a conduit in communication with the pressure balance pocket and the high pressure side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Omprakash Samudrala, Siddarth Kumar, Gregory Crum, Karimulla Shaik Sha
  • Publication number: 20120251290
    Abstract: An aspirating face seal includes a primary seal, a secondary seal, and a biasing device. The primary seal includes a first seal component and a second seal component. The first seal component is configured to be coupled to a rotor and rotatable with the rotor. The secondary seal includes a plurality of flexible elements and configured to be disposed between the second seal component and a stator housing. A biasing device is coupled to the second seal component such that the second seal component is biased along an axial direction away from the first seal component during a non-operating condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Norman Arnold Turnquist, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Xiaoqing Zheng, Robbert Christiaan Pannekeet, Keith Michael Parker
  • Publication number: 20120251303
    Abstract: A brush seal for use between a rotating component and a stationary component in a turbomachine is disclosed. The brush seal according to embodiments of this invention include a set of bristles having a fixed end and a free end, wherein the fixed end is attached to the rotating component, and wherein the set of bristles are angled axially with respect to the rotating component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zheng, William Edward Adis, Bernard Arthur Couture, JR., Michael Dennis Mack, Kristan Brice Sears
  • Patent number: 8272644
    Abstract: A card seal with an annular arrangement of leaf elements, where each leaf element has a T shape with an upper ear section and a leaf section extending from the ear section. the leaf elements each include a first raised portion and a second raised portion that form a cross, the raised portions allowing for air to pass to bend ends on the leaf sections to form a floating air seal and to limit leakage flow across the leaf elements from one side to the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilho V Aho, Jr., Jack W Wilson, Jr., Vincent P Laurello
  • Patent number: 8265715
    Abstract: There are a first packing 31 and a second packing 32 for covering and sealing a first opening portion 11a and a second opening portion 12a other than a groove portion 31a and a groove portion 32a for leading an FPC 20. The first packing 31 and the second packing 32 wipe surfaces of the FPC 20 corning in and going out of the groove portion 31a and the groove portion 32a by sliding operation of a second frame 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takehiko Komiyama
  • Patent number: 8256575
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing a flow of ambient air into a bearing lubricating oil system are provided. The system includes a lubricating oil bearing cover that is stationary with respect to the bearing wherein the bearing is configured to support a portion of a rotatable machine shaft. The cover includes a first end cap extending radially inwardly towards the shaft such that a cavity surrounding the bearing is formed by the cover and the first end cap and a set of seal rings positioned substantially concentric with the shaft and forming a seal against lubricating oil flow. The seal rings include a plurality of wire bristles extending radially inwardly from the end cap wherein the wire bristles are configured to extend to a surface of the shaft when assembled and the bristles are configured to present a tortuous flow path to gas infiltrating the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Nathan Robert Berberich
  • Patent number: 8250756
    Abstract: A compliant plate seal arrangement manufacturing method is provided. A compliant plate seal manufacturing method includes assembling a plurality of t-shims and a plurality of spacer shims into a straight weld fixture, thereby forming a shim pack having a front and rear end and sides, welding the sides of the shim pack to a top plate, removing a portion of the weld fixture, removing the plurality of spacer shims, shaping the shim pack into a target diameter, and applying a radial flow plate to the leaf pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Edward Adis, Bernard Arthur Couture, Jr., Hrishikesh Vishvas Deo, Sean Douglas Feeny, Michael Dennis Mack, Daniel Frederick Purdy, Norman Arnold Turnquist
  • Patent number: 8235392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing arrangement for a non-hermetic seal of a gap (11) between a stator and a rotor with a brush seal (13), wherein the brush seal (13) has a bristle package (14) with several bristles (15), the bristles are wound about a core element (16) and fixed to the core element (16), wherein the brush seal (13) is disposed at least sectionally in an accommodating space, which is bounded by a supporting element (18) and a covering element (19), and wherein the bristles (15) have sealing bristle sections (21), which are at an angle to the bristle shafts (20) and the ends of which run against a sealing surface (22) of the rotor (12). According to the invention, the covering element (19) has a support surface (23) at an end adjacent to the sealing bristle sections (21), wherein the supporting surface (23) contacts the bristle shafts (20) in a defined, locally limited region, so that the radial mobility of the sealing bristle sections (21) is limited in the direction of the rotor (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Gail, Wilhelm Gräbeldinger, Alexander Rauschmeier
  • Publication number: 20120195741
    Abstract: A brush seal assembly for turbomachinery having a rotor can include a stationary seal component, a floating seal component coupled to the stationary seal component and circumferentially angled bristles arranged in a bristle pack, disposed in the floating seal component and extended axially with respect to the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Norman Arnold Turnquist, William Edward Adis, Robert Gerard Baran, Rodrigo Rodriguez Erdmenger, Robbert Christiaan Pannekeet, Keith Michael Parker, Xiaoqing Zheng
  • Patent number: 8231340
    Abstract: A leaf seal 10 in a rotary machine is located between a higher pressure region 14 and a lower pressure region 16 of the machine. Blow-down forces are greater on the lower pressure side 16 of the leaf seal 10 than on its higher pressure side 14, resulting in greater inward deflection of the leaves 20 on the lower pressure side of the seal than on its higher pressure side, leading in turn to greater wear of the leaves and the contacting rotor surface 44 on the lower pressure side 16 of the seal. To counteract this, the free ends 36 of the leaves 20 can be given a tapered profile 42 to gradually reduce the length of each leaf 20 over its width ‘w’ from its higher pressure side 14 to its lower pressure side 16, so that the leaves 20 are free to deflect under the blow-down forces by the amount of their reduction in length (a maximum of ‘x’), before they contact the rotor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Neil Howes
  • Publication number: 20120187635
    Abstract: A brush seal assembly including a pair of annular plates defining an annular slot between them and a radially outer chamber opening into the slot; and an annular brush seal having bristles and an enlarged portion at its outer periphery formed by welding the bristles together, the brush seal extending through the slot with its enlarged portion retained in the chamber wherein at least a portion of one of the plates has an extension thereof which is deformed over the other plate to hold the plates together to form the assembly characterised in th at one of the plates has a flat face in the region of the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Francis Crudgington
  • Publication number: 20120177483
    Abstract: A system includes a brush seal segment. The brush seal segment includes a movable support including a head, an extension, and a seal surface, wherein the head is configured to mount in a chamber. The brush seal segment also includes a brush coupled to the movable support along the seal surface, wherein the seal surface consists essentially of the brush. The brush seal segment also includes a biasing element coupled to the movable support, wherein the biasing element is configured to bias the movable support from a first position to a second position to increase a brush clearance in a space between the brush and a rotor, and the movable support is configured to move from the second position to the first position to decrease the brush clearance in response to a fluid flow from the space to the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sulficker Ali, Saravana Bhava T., Seshu Kumar Mahankali, Xiaoqing Zheng