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United States Patent Application

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A multi-stage expansion device having bypass capabilities and a variable speed drive is disclosed. In one example, the multi-stage expansion device has a housing within which a first stage, a second stage, and a third stage are housed. The housing may also be configured with internal working fluid passageways to direct a working fluid from the first stage to the second stage and/or from the second stage to the third stage. Each of the stages may include a pair of non-contacting rotors that are mechanically connected to each other and to a power output device such that energy extracted from the working fluid is converted to mechanical work at the output device. In one example, a bypass line is provided to bypass working fluid around the first stage and a bypass line is provided to bypass working fluid around the second stage.
FORTINI, Matthew James (Livonia, MI), EYBERGEN, William Nicholas (Harrison Township, MI)
15/ 445,458
February 28, 2017
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-EE0005650 awarded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.