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TURBINE ASSEMBLY, TURBINE INNER WALL ASSEMBLY, AND TURBINE ASSEMBLY METHOD

United States Patent Application

20170328203
A1
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A turbine assembly includes a rotary component rotatable about an axis of a turbine, a plurality of inner wall segments coupled to the rotary component circumferentially around the rotary component and rotatable with the rotary component, a non-rotary component circumferentially surrounding the rotary component, a plurality of outer wall segments coupled to the non-rotary component and disposed to extend toward the rotary component, and a plurality of nozzles extending from each of the outer wall segments, each nozzle having a tip distal from the outer wall segment such that the tips form a seal with the inner wall segments at an inner flow path of the turbine. An inner wall assembly and a turbine assembly method are also disclosed.
ZHANG, James (Greenville, SC), BALKCUM, III, James Tyson (Taylors, SC), DELVAUX, John McConnell (Fountain Inn, SC), HAFNER, Matthew Troy (Honea Path, SC)
15/ 150,573
May 10, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FE0024006 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.