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System and method having multi-tube fuel nozzle with differential flow

United States Patent

9,534,781
January 3, 2017
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A system includes a multi-tube fuel nozzle with a fuel nozzle body and a plurality of tubes. The fuel nozzle body includes a nozzle wall surrounding a chamber. The plurality of tubes extend through the chamber, wherein each tube of the plurality of tubes includes an air intake portion, a fuel intake portion, and an air-fuel mixture outlet portion. The multi-tube fuel nozzle also includes a differential configuration of the air intake portions among the plurality of tubes.
Hughes; Michael John (Greer, SC), Johnson; Thomas Edward (Greer, SC), Berry; Jonathan Dwight (Simpsonville, SC), York; William David (Greer, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
13/ 468,988
20130299602
May 10, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT 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.