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END WALL CONFIGURATION FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United States Patent Application

20170089203
A1
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A contoured turbine airfoil assembly including an end wall (30a) formed by platforms (30) located circumferentially adjacent to each other, and a row of airfoils (34a, 34b) integrally joined to the end wall (30a) and spaced laterally apart to define flow passages (46) therebetween for channeling gases in an axial direction. A trough (62) is defined between a pressure side ridge (48) and a suction side ridge (58) located forward of each pair of airfoils (34a, 34b). Each trough (62) has a direction of elongation aligned to direct flow into the flow passage (46) centrally between each pair of airfoils (34a, 34b).
Lohaus, Andrew S. (Berlin, DE)
15/ 307,087
June 18, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED DEVELOPMENT [0001] Development for this invention was supported in part by Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42644, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. Accordingly, the United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.