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System and method for controlling a combustor assembly

United States Patent

March 5, 2013
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A system and method for controlling a combustor assembly are disclosed. The system includes a combustor assembly. The combustor assembly includes a combustor and a fuel nozzle assembly. The combustor includes a casing. The fuel nozzle assembly is positioned at least partially within the casing and includes a fuel nozzle. The fuel nozzle assembly further defines a head end. The system further includes a viewing device configured for capturing an image of at least a portion of the head end, and a processor communicatively coupled to the viewing device, the processor configured to compare the image to a standard image for the head end.
York; William David (Greer, SC), Ziminsky; Willy Steve (Simpsonville, SC), Johnson; Thomas Edward (Greer, SC), Stevenson; Christian Xavier (Inman, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
13/ 229,950
September 12, 2011
This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.