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Vane array with one or more non-integral platforms

United States Patent

9,388,704
July 12, 2016
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A vane array adapted to be coupled to a vane carrier within a gas turbine engine is provided comprising: a plurality of elongated airfoils comprising at least a first airfoil and a second airfoil located adjacent to one another; a U-ring; first connector structure for coupling a radially inner end section of each of the first and second airfoils to the U-ring; second connector structure for coupling a radially outer end section of each of the first and second airfoils to the vane carrier; a platform extending between the first and second airfoils; and platform connector structure for coupling the platform to one of the U-ring and the vane carrier.
Lohaus; Andrew S. (Winter Park, FL), Campbell; Christian Xavier (Charlotte, NC), Miller, Jr.; Samuel R. (Port St. Lucie, FL), Marra; John J. (Winter Springs, FL)
Siemens Energy, Inc. (Orlando, FL)
14/ 078,599
20150132122
November 13, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract Number DE-FC26-05NT42644 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights to this invention.