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Pre-mixing apparatus for a turbine engine

United States Patent

8,147,121
April 3, 2012
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A pre-mixing apparatus for a turbine engine includes a main body having an inlet portion, an outlet portion and an exterior wall that collectively establish at least one fluid delivery plenum, and a plurality of fluid delivery tubes extending through at least a portion of the at least one fluid delivery plenum. Each of the plurality of fluid delivery tubes includes at least one fluid delivery opening fluidly connected to the at least one fluid delivery plenum. With this arrangement, a first fluid is selectively delivered to the at least one fluid delivery plenum, passed through the at least one fluid delivery opening and mixed with a second fluid flowing through the plurality of fluid delivery tubes prior to being combusted in a combustion chamber of a turbine engine.
Lacy; Benjamin Paul (Greer, SC), Varatharajan; Balachandar (Cincinnati, OH), Ziminsky; Willy Steve (Simpsonville, SC), Kraemer; Gilbert Otto (Greer, SC), Yilmaz; Ertan (Albany, NY), Melton; Patrick Benedict (Horse Shoe, NC), Zuo; Baifang (Simpsonville, SC), Stevenson; Christian Xavier (Inman, SC), Felling; David Kenton (Greenville, SC), Uhm; Jong Ho (Simpsonville, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
12/ 169,865
July 9, 2008
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT4263, awarded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Government has certain rights in this invention.