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Radial inlet guide vanes for a combustor

United States Patent

8,371,101
February 12, 2013
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A combustor may include an interior flow path therethrough, a number of fuel nozzles in communication with the interior flow path, and an inlet guide vane system positioned about the interior flow path to create a swirled flow therein. The inlet guide vane system may include a number of windows positioned circumferentially around the fuel nozzles. The inlet guide vane system may also include a number of inlet guide vanes positioned circumferentially around the fuel nozzles and adjacent to the windows to create a swirled flow within the interior flow path.
Zuo; Baifang (Greenville, SC), Simons; Derrick (Greenville, SC), York; William (Greenville, SC), Ziminsky; Willy S. (Greenville, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
12/ 559,522
20110061389
September 15, 2009
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42643, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE"). The United States has certain rights in this invention.