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ACTIVE BYPASS FLOW CONTROL FOR A SEAL IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

United States Patent Application

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20140248132
9,540,945
A1
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An active bypass flow control system for controlling bypass compressed air based upon leakage flow of compressed air flowing past an outer balance seal between a stator and rotor of a first stage of a gas turbine in a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The active bypass flow control system is an adjustable system in which one or more metering devices may be used to control the flow of bypass compressed air as the flow of compressed air past the outer balance seal changes over time as the outer balance seal between the rim cavity and the cooling cavity wears. In at least one embodiment, the metering device may include a valve formed from one or more pins movable between open and closed positions in which the one pin at least partially bisects the bypass channel to regulate flow.
Ebert, Todd A. (West Palm Beach, FL), Kimmel, Keith D. (North Palm Beach, FL)
Siemens Energy, Inc. (Orlando FL)
14/ 192,974
February 28, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] Development of this invention was supported in part by the United States Department of Energy, Advanced Turbine Development Program, Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42644. Accordingly, the United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.