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Turbine blade vibration dampening

United States Patent

5,645,402
July 8, 1997
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The present turbine wheel assembly increases component life and turbine engine longevity. The combination of the strap and the opening combined with the preestablished area of the outer surface of the opening and the preestablished area of the outer circumferential surface of the strap and the friction between the strap and the opening increases the life and longevity of the turbine wheel assembly. Furthermore, the mass "M" or combined mass "CM" of the strap or straps and the centrifugal force assist in controlling vibrations and damping characteristics.
Cornelius; Charles C. (San Diego, CA), Pytanowski; Gregory P. (San Diego, CA), Vendituoli; Jonathan S. (San Diego, CA)
Solar Turbines Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
08/ 631,313
April 10, 1996
"The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-87CE40812 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy."