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Connector tube for a turbine rotor cooling circuit

United States Patent

October 1, 2002
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A tubular connector adapted to extend between two tubular components comprising a tubular body having an internal diameter, a first free end including an annular radial flange having a tapered surface adapted to engage a complementary seating surface on a first of the two tubular components, the internal diameter remaining constant through the first free end; and a second free end having an annular bulbous shape adapted to seat within a cylindrical end of a second of the two tubular components.
Li; Ming Cheng (Cincinnati, OH)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
09/ 814,045
March 22, 2001
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC21-95MC31176 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.