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Nozzle and shroud assembly mounting structure

United States Patent

5,653,580
August 5, 1997
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The present nozzle and shroud assembly mounting structure configuration increases component life and reduces maintenance by reducing internal stress between the mounting structure having a preestablished rate of thermal expansion and the nozzle and shroud assembly having a preestablished rate of thermal expansion being less than that of the mounting structure. The mounting structure includes an outer sealing portion forming a cradling member in which an annular ring member is slidably positioned. The mounting structure further includes an inner mounting portion to which a hooked end of the nozzle and shroud assembly is attached. As the inner mounting portion expands and contracts, the nozzle and shroud assembly slidably moves within the outer sealing portion.
Faulder; Leslie J. (San Diego, CA), Frey, deceased; Gary A. (late of Seattle, WA), Nielsen; Engward W. (El Cajon, CA), Ridler; Kenneth J. (San Diego, CA)
Solar Turbines Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
08/ 399,954
March 6, 1995
BACKGROUND ART "The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC21-93MC30246 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy"