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FUEL NOZZLE HAVING RESPECTIVE ARRAYS OF PRE-MIXING CONDUITS WITH RESPECTIVE VORTEX GENERATORS

United States Patent Application

20170146242
A1
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A fuel nozzle including vortex generating features for use in a combustion turbine engine is provided. An array of inner pre-mixing conduits (20) extends between an inlet end (14) and an outlet end (16) of the nozzle. An array of outer pre-mixing conduits (22) may be disposed radially outwardly relative to the inner pre-mixing conduits (20). A fuel-directing tube (24) includes fuel-directing arms (26) structured to direct fuel flow into the outer pre-mixing conduits (22) to be mixed with a flow of air. The fuel-directing arms include a bluff structural arrangement (30) that may be disposed upstream of fuel injection locations (32, 32') into the outer pre-mixing conduits (22). The proposed nozzle is believed to provide superior micro-mixing capability, such as by increasing the depth of penetration of jets of fuel in a cross-flow of air, and/or formation of vortices in a wake zone downstream from the vortex generating features.
Meadows, Joseph (Fort Mill, SC), Beck, Christian (Essen, DE)
14/ 948,518
November 23, 2015
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.