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Combustor with two stage primary fuel assembly

United States Patent

6,109,038
August 29, 2000
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A combustor for a gas turbine having first and second passages for pre-mixing primary fuel and air supplied to a primary combustion zone. The flow of fuel to the first and second pre-mixing passages is separately regulated using a single annular fuel distribution ring having first and second row of fuel discharge ports. The interior portion of the fuel distribution ring is divided by a baffle into first and second fuel distribution manifolds and is located upstream of the inlets to the two pre-mixing passages. The annular fuel distribution ring is supplied with fuel by an annular fuel supply manifold, the interior portion of which is divided by a baffle into first and second fuel supply manifolds. A first flow of fuel is regulated by a first control valve and directed to the first fuel supply manifold, from which the fuel is distributed to first fuel supply tubes that direct it to the first fuel distribution manifold. From the first fuel distribution manifold, the first flow of fuel is distributed to the first row of fuel discharge ports, which direct it into the first pre-mixing passage. A second flow of fuel is regulated by a second control valve and directed to the second fuel supply manifold, from which the fuel is distributed to second fuel supply tubes that direct it to the second fuel distribution manifold. From the second fuel distribution manifold, the second flow of fuel is distributed to the second row of fuel discharge ports, which direct it into the second pre-mixing passage.
Sharifi; Mehran (Winter Springs, FL), Zolyomi; Wendel (Oviedo, FL), Whidden; Graydon Lane (Orlando, FL)
Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Orlando, FL)
09/ 010,021
January 21, 1998
REFERENCE TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Development for this invention was supported in part by a U.S. Department of Energy contract. Accordingly, the United States government may have certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as may be provided for by the terms of contract DE-FC21-95MC32267 awarded by the Department of Energy.