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Structures for attaching or sealing a space between components having different coefficients or rates of thermal expansion

United States Patent

June 28, 2005
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A structure for attaching together or sealing a space between a first component and a second component that have different rates or amounts of dimensional change upon being exposed to temperatures other than ambient temperature. The structure comprises a first attachment structure associated with the first component that slidably engages a second attachment structure associated with the second component, thereby allowing for an independent floating movement of the second component relative to the first component. The structure can comprise split rings, laminar rings, or multiple split rings.
Corman; Gregory Scot (Ballston Lake, NY), Dean; Anthony John (Scotia, NY), Tognarelli; Leonardo (Firenze, IT), Pecchioli; Mario (Prato, IT)
General Electric Company (Niskayuna, NY)
10/ 065,876
November 27, 2002
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was first conceived or reduced to practice in the performance of work under contract DE-FC02-92CE41000 with the United States Department of Energy. The United States of America may have certain rights to this invention.