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Turbine airfoil having near-wall cooling insert

United States Patent

September 12, 2017
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A turbine airfoil is provided with at least one insert positioned in a cavity in an airfoil interior. The insert extends along a span-wise extent of the turbine airfoil and includes first and second opposite faces. A first near-wall cooling channel is defined between the first face and a pressure sidewall of an airfoil outer wall. A second near-wall cooling channel is defined between the second face and a suction sidewall of the airfoil outer wall. The insert is configured to occupy an inactive volume in the airfoil interior so as to displace a coolant flow in the cavity toward the first and second near-wall cooling channels. A locating feature engages the insert with the outer wall for supporting the insert in position. The locating feature is configured to control flow of the coolant through the first or second near-wall cooling channel.
Martin, Jr.; Nicholas F. (York, SC), Wiebe; David J. (Orlando, FL)
Siemens Energy, Inc. (Orlando, FL)
15/ 055,003
February 26, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED DEVELOPMENT Development for this invention was supported in part by Contract No. DE-FE0023955, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. Accordingly, the United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.