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System and method for manufacture of airfoil components

United States Patent

9,505,182
November 29, 2016
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Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to systems and methods for manufacturing an airfoil component. The system can include: a geometrical mold; an elongated flexible sleeve having a closed-off interior and positioned within the geometrical mold, wherein the elongated flexible sleeve is further positioned to have a desired geometry; an infusing channel in fluid communication with the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve and configured to communicate a resinous material thereto; a vacuum channel in fluid communication with the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve and configured to vacuum seal the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve; and a glass fiber layer positioned within the closed-off interior of the elongated flexible sleeve.
Moors; Thomas Michael (Simpsonville, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
14/ 195,073
20160009034
March 3, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AR0000293 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.