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Variable volume combustor with aerodynamic support struts

United States Patent

9,587,562
March 7, 2017
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The present application provides a combustor for use with a gas turbine engine. The combustor may include a number of micro-mixer fuel nozzles and a fuel injection system for providing a flow of fuel to the micro-mixer fuel nozzles. The fuel injection system may include a number of support struts supporting the fuel nozzles and providing the flow of fuel therethrough. The support struts may include an aerodynamic contoured shape so as to distribute evenly a flow of air to the micro-mixer fuel nozzles.
Ostebee; Heath Michael (Piedmont, SC), Johnson; Thomas Edward (Greer, SC), Stewart; Jason Thurman (Greer, SC), Keener; Christopher Paul (Woodruff, SC)
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady, NY)
13/ 760,097
20140216054
February 6, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.