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Title: Axial load management system

Abstract

An axial load management system for a turbomachine including a rotating drivetrain, a thrust bearing assembly, a sensor, and a valve supply line. The rotating drivetrain includes a compressor section and an expander section fluidly coupled together by a closed flowpath. The thrust bearing assembly includes a thrust runner, a thrust bearing housing, and a gas thrust bearing extending between the thrust runner and the thrust bearing housing. Further, the gas thrust bearing supports the rotating drivetrain. The sensor is attached to at least one of the thrust bearing housing or the gas thrust bearing. The valve supply line is fluidly coupled to the closed flowpath. A valve positioned within the valve supply line selectively allows a working fluid to flow between the closed flowpath and a thrust chamber defined by a rotating surface and a fixed surface to modify an axial load on the rotating drivetrain.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
General Electric Co., Schenectady, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1771501
Patent Number(s):
10801549
Application Number:
15/993,819
Assignee:
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01L - MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F16 - ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS F16C - SHAFTS
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0007109
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 05/31/2018
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Ertas, Bugra Han, Hofer, Douglas Carl, and Jeong, Younkoo. Axial load management system. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Ertas, Bugra Han, Hofer, Douglas Carl, & Jeong, Younkoo. Axial load management system. United States.
Ertas, Bugra Han, Hofer, Douglas Carl, and Jeong, Younkoo. Tue . "Axial load management system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1771501.
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