Having Turbine Patents (Class 60/805)
  • Patent number: 11313322
    Abstract: An exhaust nozzle assembly for a gas turbine engine. The assembly includes concentrically arranged inner mixer and outer exhaust nozzles, the exhaust nozzle extending axially downstream of said mixer nozzle. A centre-body is axially mounted within and extends axially downstream from the mixer nozzle. A core flow duct is defined by the mixer nozzle and the centre-body, the core flow duct having a core exit area. An exhaust duct is defined at least in part by the exhaust nozzle downstream of the mixer nozzle, the exhaust duct having an exhaust exit area. The mixer nozzle includes a mixer cowl which is axially-translatable along the centre axis and the exhaust nozzle includes an exhaust cowl which is either axially-translatable along or angularly-adjustable relative to the centre axis. The assembly further includes an actuation mechanism and the mixer cowl and exhaust cowl are movable by the actuation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Jonathan V. Watson, Conor Hickey
  • Patent number: 11268441
    Abstract: An engine core including a turbine, compressor, and core shaft connecting the turbine and compressor, the turbine being the lowest pressure turbine, the core shaft having a running speed range from 1500-6200 rpm, and the compressor being the lowest pressure compressor; a fan located upstream of the engine core; and a gearbox receiving an input from the core shaft and outputs drive to the fan. The engine core further includes three bearings arranged to support the core shaft, the three bearings including a forward bearing and two rearward bearings, the core shaft having a length between the forward and the rearmost rearward bearing ranging from 1800-2900 mm, and a minor span between two rearward bearings ranging from 250-350 mm, wherein there is no primary resonance of the core shaft between the forward and forwardmost rearward bearing within the running speed range of the core shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Jillian C Gaskell, Chathura K Kannangara, Punitha Kamesh
  • Patent number: 11236615
    Abstract: A stator assembly, at a compressor mid-plane in a gas turbine engine, to be mounted around a rotor disc, enables access to the rotor disc (e.g., for trim balancing), without requiring disassembly of the stator assembly and/or a compressor case in which the stator assembly is housed, via a removable stator vane. The stator assembly may comprise vane apertures, aligned along a radial axis, that hold the removable stator vane when inserted into the stator assembly, and provide a radial pathway to the rotor disc, when the removable stator vane is removed from the stator assembly. In addition, a case access assembly may seal the removable stator vane in place within a compressor case when engaged, and provide access to the removable stator vane and radial pathway through the compressor case when disengaged. This enables trim balancing of a mid-plane compressor rotor assembly through the stator assembly and compressor case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: David A. Burton, Kwok-Kwong Ben Tse, David Lau
  • Patent number: 11225975
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a core turbine engine and a fan mechanically coupled to the core turbine engine. The fan includes a plurality of fan blades, each fan blade defining a base and an inner end along a radial direction of the gas turbine engine. The fan also includes a hub covering the base of each of the plurality of fan blades. Further, the fan includes one or more bearings for supporting rotation of the plurality of fan blades. The one or more bearings define a fan bearing radius along a radial direction of the gas turbine engine. Similarly, the hub defines a hub radius along the radial direction of the gas turbine engine. The ratio of the hub radius to the fan bearing radius is less than about three, providing for desired packaging of the various components within the fan of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Darek Tomasz Zatorski
  • Patent number: 11187158
    Abstract: A gearbox assembly for a gas turbine engine comprises a planetary gearbox having at least one ring gear and at least one planet gear, which exerts a force on the ring gear in the direction of a force vector as it rolls on said ring gear; and a holding device for fastening the at least one ring gear on another structure, having a first section, which extends in the axial direction on one side of the force vector and/or of a straight-line extension thereof, and having a second section, which extends in the axial direction on the other side of the force vector and/or of the straight-line extension thereof. A gas turbine engine and a method for producing a gearbox assembly are furthermore made available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventors: Jonas Schwengler, David Krueger, Michael Nique
  • Patent number: 11175042
    Abstract: Combustion equipment includes annular combustion chamber having an annular upstream wall structure. Annular outer casing surrounds and is spaced from annular combustion chamber and annular inner casing is within and spaced from annular combustion chamber. Ogee shaped annular cowl is positioned upstream of annular upstream wall structure and a stage of compressor outlet guide vanes is positioned upstream of annular cowl. Pre-diffuser extends in downstream direction from stage of compressor outlet guide vanes, pre-diffuser is positioned upstream of cowl. Stage of compressor outlet guide vanes is connected to outer and inner casing. Outer fairing extends radially inwardly from outer casing such that annular outer casing, outer fairing and pre-diffuser define annular outer cavity and outer fairing is spaced from cowl or inner fairing extends radially outwardly from inner casing such that annular inner casing, inner fairing and pre-diffuser define an annular inner cavity and inner fairing is spaced from cowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Christopher Armit, Emmanuel Aurifeille, Shahrokh Shahpar, Paul Denman, Christopher Ford
  • Patent number: 11156167
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine comprising a planetary gear train, and a core engine casing. The gear train has a ratio of greater than approximately 3.0, with an input to the gear train being operatively connected to the compressor section, and an output from the gear train being operatively connected to the fan. The core engine casing encloses the compressor section and the turbine section. The fan has a diameter F, and the core engine casing has a diameter C. The core engine casing diameter C varies along an axial length of the core engine casing, and a ratio (C/F) of the core engine casing diameter C to the fan diameter F is within the range 0.2<(C/F)<0.4, along an axial length of the core engine casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Richard G. Stretton, Tim O'Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 11149587
    Abstract: The combined radial-axial turboexpander (1) comprises a casing (3) and a shaft (5) arranged in the casing (3) for rotation therein. A radial impeller (25) and an axial expansion wheel (43) are mounted on the shaft (5). The axial expansion wheel (43) is arranged downstream of the radial impeller (25). A working fluid expands sequentially in the radial impeller and in the axial expansion wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NUOVO PIGNONE TECNOLOGIE—S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Sassanelli, Paola Di Festa, Giuseppe Iurisci, Francesco Cangioli, Roberto Marchi, Davide Biliotti
  • Patent number: 11143194
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a seal carrier and a seal press fit within an inner diameter of the seal carrier. The seal includes an outer ring supporting a radially moveable shoe supported by at least one beam. The outer ring includes an inner radial surface having at least one tab extending radially inward toward the shoe for aiding removal of the seal from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua G. LaPera, Robert L. Hazzard
  • Patent number: 10934872
    Abstract: A support case for a turbomachine ring sector includes an annular body around a longitudinal axis of the case, and a downstream edge for attachment of the ring sector. The downstream edge extends from the body radially towards the inside of the case. The downstream edge extends circumferentially along a junction region between the body and a fixed vanes stage. The junction region includes a central portion and two lateral portions located on each side of the central portion, along a circumferential direction of the case with respect to its longitudinal axis. The central portion projects radially outwards from the case with respect to the lateral portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Nicolas Paul Tableau, Sebastien Serge Francis Congratel, Antoine Claude Michel Etienne Danis, Maurice Guy Judet, Lucien Henri Jacques Quennehen
  • Patent number: 10844723
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vane assembly fixed to a turbine casing of a turbine and configured to guide the flow of combustion gas having passed by a turbine blade airfoil. The vane assembly comprises a vane airfoil configured to guide the flow of the combustion gas, a platform portion combined with an end of the vane airfoil, carrier hook portions formed at respective periphery portions of the platform portion and provided with a thermal stress prevention slot on a surface facing the turbine casing, and a seal plate installed in the thermal stress prevention slot, thereby preventing a portion of compressed air produced by a compressor and supplied to the platform portion between the carrier hook portions from leaking out of the platform portion through the thermal stress prevention slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jin Woo Song
  • Patent number: 10794239
    Abstract: A rotary manifold for a rotor assembly of a cohesion-type drive includes a manifold body extending along a drive axis for rotation thereabout, a first ductwork internal the body for fluid communication with a plurality of first chambers of the drive, and a second ductwork internal the body for fluid communication with a plurality of second chambers of the drive. The second ductwork is in fluid isolation of the first ductwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MCGUIRE AERO PROPULSION SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Matthew McGuire
  • Patent number: 10690054
    Abstract: A gearbox assembly for a gas turbofan engine includes a sun gear rotatable about an axis and a plurality of intermediate gears driven by the sun gear. A baffle disposed between at least two of the plurality of intermediate gears includes a first gap distance within a first gap portion and a second gap distance within a second gap portion. The first gap portion is disposed between the baffle and one of the intermediate gears away from the meshed interface with the sun gear and the second gap portion is disposed near the interface with the sun gear. The first gap distance within the first gap portion is different than the second gap distance within the second gap portion to define a desired lubricant flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. McCune, Marc J. Muldoon
  • Patent number: 10519972
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Deivernois, Sunil Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10519973
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sunil Rajagopal, Michael James Dutka
  • Patent number: 10487748
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine has a fan driven by a fan drive turbine through a gear reduction, a low pressure compressor and a high pressure compressor. The high pressure compressor is driven by a high pressure turbine and the low pressure compressor is driven by a low pressure compressor drive turbine through a mechanical transmission that increases the speed of the low pressure compressor relative to the low pressure compressor drive turbine. A tap taps air from the low pressure compressor and delivers the tapped air as cooling air to the high pressure turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Steven W. Trinks
  • Patent number: 10465709
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Moorthi Subramaniyan, Sagar Kamble
  • Patent number: 10465710
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Moorthi Subramaniyan, Sagar Kamble
  • Patent number: 10443610
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew John McKeever, Alexander Regan Fannin
  • Patent number: 10443618
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Marc Edward Blohm, Sunil Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10443611
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John David Stampfli, Nandakumar Aladahalli Rangaswamy
  • Patent number: 10443492
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Francesco Soranna, Nandakumar Aladahalli Rangaswamy
  • Patent number: 10436214
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lakshmanan Valliappan, Ramesh Kempanna Babu, Sagar Kamble
  • Patent number: 10436215
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Marc Edward Blohm, John Nathan Ihme
  • Patent number: 10422343
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Marc Edward Blohm, John David Dyer
  • Patent number: 10422342
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Healy, Michael James Dutka
  • Patent number: 10415463
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Marc Edward Blohm, Brendon James Leary
  • Patent number: 10415595
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lakshmanan Valliappan, Ramesh Kempanna Babu
  • Patent number: 10415585
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John David Stampfli, John David Dyer
  • Patent number: 10415464
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John David Stampfli, John David Dyer
  • Patent number: 10415594
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Deivernois, John N. Ihme
  • Patent number: 10415593
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Deivernois, Dwight E. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10408059
    Abstract: The invention concerns an assembly for the stator of a compressor of an axial-flow turbine engine, such as a low-pressure compressor of the turbojet engine also known as a booster. The assembly comprises: a first annular array of first vanes of the stator extending radially in the axial flow; and a second annular row of second vanes of the stator, with controlled orientation, also known as variable-pitch vanes or VSV. In addition, the assembly comprises an external monobloc shroud on which the first vanes and the second vanes are mounted in a pivoting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Aero Boosters SA
    Inventor: Morgan Vyvey
  • Patent number: 10393144
    Abstract: A system is provided, including an airfoil. The airfoil includes a first suction portion of a nominal airfoil profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z of a suction side as set forth in TABLE I to a maximum of three decimal places, wherein the X and Y values of the suction side are coordinate values that couple together to define suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile at each Z coordinate value, the suction side sections of the first suction portion of the nominal airfoil profile are coupled together to define the first suction portion, the airfoil includes an airfoil length along a Z axis, the first suction portion comprises a first portion length along the Z axis, the first portion length is less than or equal to the airfoil length, and the Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z are non-dimensional values convertible to dimensional distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Deivernois, Alexander Regan Fannin
  • Patent number: 10371244
    Abstract: A gear includes a multiple of gear teeth that extend from an outer portion of a rim about an axis and an inner portion of the rim about the axis, the inner portion of the rim additive manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Michael E McCune
  • Patent number: 10267228
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a fan section and a compressor section. The compressor section includes both a first compressor section and a second compressor section. A turbine section includes at least one turbine and driving the second compressor section and a fan drive turbine driving at least a gear arrangement to drive the fan section. A power ratio is provided by the combination of the first compressor section and the second compressor section, with the power ratio being provided by a first power input to the first compressor section and a second power input to the second compressor section, the power ratio being equal to, or greater than, about 1.0 and less than, or equal to, about 1.4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard Kupratis, Frederick M. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10054008
    Abstract: A gearbox assembly includes a housing structure, a shear bracket that connects the housing structure to a hanger to hold the housing structure relative to a turbomachine, and a thermal spray layer between the shear bracket and the housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Lakshminarayan S. Bettagere, Keven Van Duyn, Mark R. Sondeen, Jonathan F. Zimmitti
  • Patent number: 10036257
    Abstract: An airfoil for a turbine engine includes an airfoil having pressure and suction sides extending in a radial direction from a 0% span position at an inner flow path location to a 100% span position at an airfoil tip. The airfoil has a curve corresponding to a relationship between a trailing edge sweep angle and a span position. The trailing edge sweep angle is in a range of 10° to 20° in a range of 40-70% span position. The trailing edge sweep angle is positive from 0% span to at least 95% span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Gallagher, Byron R. Monzon, Ling Liu, Linda S. Li, Darryl Whitlow, Barry M. Ford
  • Patent number: 9932834
    Abstract: A rotor blade for a turbine engine includes an airfoil that is connected to a base. The base includes a platform, a neck and a fillet. The fillet extends along at least a portion of an intersection between the platform and the neck. The fillet has a radius that substantially continuously changes as the fillet extends from the platform to the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Hough, Jeffrey S. Beattie
  • Patent number: 9915159
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly is provided which is, in part, formed of a low coefficient of thermal expansion material. The assembly includes a nozzle fairing formed of the low coefficient of thermal expansion material and includes a metallic strut extending radially through the nozzle fairing. Load is transferred from the nozzle fairing to a static structure in either of two ways: first, the strut may receive the load directly and/or second, load may be transferred from the nozzle fairing to at least one of the inner and outer support rings. Further, the nozzle fairing and strut may allow for internal airflow for cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Scott Huizenga, Christopher Charles Glynn, Darrell Glenn Senile, Robert Alan Frederick, Michael Todd Radwanski, Michael Ray Tuertscher, Greg Scott Phelps
  • Patent number: 9885482
    Abstract: A method of making an aero-derivative gas turbine engine (100) is provided. A combustor outer casing (68) is removed from an existing aero gas turbine engine (60). An annular combustor (84) is removed from the existing aero gas turbine engine. A first row of turbine vanes (38) is removed from the existing aero gas turbine engine. A can annular combustor assembly (122) is installed within the existing aero gas turbine engine. The can annular combustor assembly is configured to accelerate and orient combustion gasses directly onto a first row of turbine blades of the existing aero gas turbine engine. A can annular combustor assembly outer casing (108) is installed to produce the aero-derivative gas turbine engine (100). The can annular combustor assembly is installed within an axial span (85) of the existing aero gas turbine engine vacated by the annular combustor and the first row of turbine vanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: David J. Wiebe
  • Patent number: 9766019
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine recuperator recuperator including exhaust passages providing fluid flow communication between an exhaust inlet and an exhaust outlet, the exhaust inlet being oriented to receive exhaust flow from a turbine of the engine and the exhaust outlet being oriented to deliver the exhaust flow to atmosphere, the exhaust passages having an arcuate profile in a plane perpendicular to a central axis of the recuperator to reduce a swirl of the exhaust flow. Air passages are in heat exchange relationship with the exhaust passages and providing fluid flow communication between an air inlet and an air outlet, design to sealingly respective plenum of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Andreas Eleftheriou, David Menheere, Daniel Alecu, Darius Jehangir Karanjia, Daniel Van Den Ende
  • Patent number: 9399917
    Abstract: An airfoil for a turbine engine includes an airfoil that has pressure and suction sides that extend in a radial direction from a 0% span position at an inner flow path location to a 100% span position at an airfoil tip. The airfoil has a relationship between a leading edge dihedral and a span position. The leading edge dihedral is negative from the 0% span position to the 100% span position. A positive dihedral corresponds to suction side-leaning, and a negative dihedral corresponds to pressure side-leaning. The airfoil is a fan blade for a gas turbine engine. The airfoil has a relationship between a trailing edge dihedral and a span position. The trailing edge dihedral is positive from the 0% span position to the 100% span position. A positive dihedral corresponds to suction side-leaning and a negative dihedral corresponds to pressure side-leaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edward J. Gallagher, Byron R. Monzon, Ling Liu, Linda S. Li, Darryl Whitlow, Barry M. Ford
  • Patent number: 9394828
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine recuperator including a plurality of independent arcuate segments, each segment having an inlet connection member designed to sealingly engage a plenum in fluid flow communication with the compressor discharge, and an outlet connection member designed to sealingly engage a plenum containing the combustor. One of the inlet and outlet connection members is a rigid member forming a rigid connection to the respective plenum, and the other of the inlet and outlet connection members includes a flexible member and forms a floating connection to the respective plenum, the floating connection allowing relative movement between the segment and a remainder of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Andreas Eleftheriou, David Menheere, Daniel Alecu
  • Patent number: 9395122
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine recuperator including exhaust passages providing fluid flow communication between an exhaust inlet and an exhaust outlet, the exhaust inlet being oriented to receive exhaust flow from a turbine of the engine and the exhaust outlet being oriented to deliver the exhaust flow to atmosphere, the exhaust inlet having a smaller cross-sectional area than that of the exhaust outlet, and a cross sectional area of each exhaust passage progressively increasing from the exhaust inlet to the exhaust outlet such as to diffuse the exhaust flow. Air passages are in heat exchange relationship with the exhaust passages and provide fluid flow communication between an air inlet and an air outlet designed to sealingly engage respective plenums of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Andreas Eleftheriou, David Menheere, Daniel Alecu, Darius Jehangir Karanjia
  • Patent number: 9309774
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for delivering gases from a plurality of combustors of a can-annular gas turbine combustion engine to a first row of turbine blades including a first row of turbine blades. The arrangement includes a gas path cylinder, a cone and an integrated exit piece (IEP) for each combustor. Each IEP comprises an inlet chamber for receiving a gas flow from a respective combustor, and includes a connection segment. The IEPs are connected together to define an annular chamber extending circumferentially and concentric to an engine longitudinal axis, for delivering the gas flow to the first row of blades. A radiused joint extends radially inward from a radially outer side of the inlet chamber to an outer boundary of the annular chamber, and a flared fillet extends radially inward from a radially inner side of the inlet chamber to an inner boundary of the annular chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Charron, David A. Little, Gary D. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9279340
    Abstract: The present application provides a cooling system for a gas turbine. The cooling system may include a source of CO2, a stator blade cooling system positioned about a casing of the gas turbine and in communication with the source of CO2 and a number of stator blades, and a rotor blade cooling system positioned about a rotor shaft of the gas turbine and in communication with the source of CO2 and a number of rotor blades. A first portion of a flow of CO2 may flow through the stator blade cooling system and returns to the source of CO2 in a first closed loop and a second portion of the flow of CO2 may flow through the rotor blade cooling system and returns to the source of CO2 in a second closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mahendhra Muthuramalingam, Ashok Kumar Anand, Veerappan Muthaiah
  • Patent number: 9127555
    Abstract: A method for balancing a rotating assembly of a gas turbine engine includes removing a stator vane from a section of the gas turbine engine. Removing the stator vane provides access to a rotating assembly of the gas turbine engine. The method further includes at least one of adding, removing, and repositioning a weight with respect to the rotating assembly via access to the rotating assembly provided by removing the stator vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Cory P. Muscat, James A. Barber
  • Patent number: 9085053
    Abstract: The tip portion of a blade of a gas turbine is repaired in-situ in the gas turbine without removing the blade from the turbine rotor disk. To facilitate the in-situ repair of the tip portion of the turbine blades, one or more access holes may be provided in the turbine shroud or blade outer air seal circumscribing the plurality of turbine blades extending radially outward from the turbine rotor dick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Susan M. Tholen, Paul M. Lutjen
  • Patent number: 9080464
    Abstract: A gas turbine includes a combustor chamber that houses a combustor unit configured to include a combustor that burns fuel to generate combustion gas for rotating a rotor, a turbine unit chamber that houses a turbine-unit rotor blade and a disk that rotate upon reception of the combustion gas, a combustor casing that forms the combustor chamber, and a casing that is configured to include the combustor casing in which a divided portion on a surface orthogonal to a rotation axis of the rotor is not formed in the combustor casing, but is formed in a portion on a downstream side of flow of the combustion gas lower than the combustor casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Arase, Eigo Katou, Masato Takeuchi