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Film cooling air pocket in a closed loop cooled airfoil

United States Patent

August 20, 2002
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Turbine stator vane segments have radially inner and outer walls with vanes extending between them. The inner and outer walls are compartmentalized and have impingement plates. Steam flowing into the outer wall plenum passes through the impingement plate for impingement cooling of the outer wall upper surface. The spent impingement steam flows into cavities of the vane having inserts for impingement cooling the walls of the vane. The steam passes into the inner wall and through the impingement plate for impingement cooling of the inner wall surface and for return through return cavities having inserts for impingement cooling of the vane surfaces. To provide for air film cooing of select portions of the airfoil outer surface, at least one air pocket is defined on a wall of at least one of the cavities. Each air pocket is substantially closed with respect to the cooling medium in the cavity and cooling air pumped to the air pocket flows through outlet apertures in the wall of the airfoil to cool the same.
Yu; Yufeng Phillip (Simpsonville, SC), Itzel; Gary Michael (Simpsonville, SC), Osgood; Sarah Jane (East Thetford, VT), Bagepalli; Radhakrishna (Schenectady, NY), Webbon; Waylon Willard (Greenville, SC), Burdgick; Steven Sebastian (Schenectady, NY)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
09/ 571,813
May 16, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under Government contract No. DE-FC21-95-MC31176 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.