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Sliding vane geometry turbines

United States Patent

December 30, 2014
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Various systems and methods are described for a variable geometry turbine. In one example, a turbine nozzle comprises a central axis and a nozzle vane. The nozzle vane includes a stationary vane and a sliding vane. The sliding vane is positioned to slide in a direction substantially tangent to an inner circumference of the turbine nozzle and in contact with the stationary vane.
Sun; Harold Huimin (West Bloomfield, MI), Zhang; Jizhong (West Bloomfield, MI), Hu; Liangjun (West Bloomfield, MI), Hanna; Dave R. (Troy, MI)
Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Dearborn, MI)
13/ 210,907
August 16, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under DE-FC26-07NT43280 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.