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Turbine systems and methods for using internal leakage flow for cooling

United States Patent

February 9, 2010
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A cooling system for a turbine with a first section and a second section. The first section may include a first line for diverting a first flow with a first temperature from the first section, a second line for diverting a second flow with a second temperature less than the first temperature from the first section, and a merged line for directing a merged flow of the first flow and the second flow to the second section.
Hernandez; Nestor (Schenectady, NY), Gazzillo; Clement (Schenectady, NY), Boss; Michael J. (Ballston Spa, NY), Parry; William (Rexford, NY), Tyler; Karen J. (Burnt Hills, NY)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
11/ 782,169
July 24, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under grant number DE-FC26-07NT43094 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights In the invention.