Patent Number: 8,721,285

Title: Turbine blade with incremental serpentine cooling channels beneath a thermal skin

Abstract: A turbine blade having an internal cooling system with incremental serpentine cooling channels in near walls forming an outer surface of the turbine blade is disclosed. The turbine blade may be formed from an internal structural spar that is covered with a thermal skin. The incremental serpentine cooling channels may be cut into the outer surface of the spar to which the thermal skin may be attached. The incremental serpentine cooling channels may be formed from two or more serpentine cooling channels aligned along an axis that extends generally spanwise throughout the turbine blade. A row of incremental serpentine cooling channels may extend from a root to a tip of the blade, but a single incremental cooling channel does not.

Inventors: Liang; George (Palm City, FL)

Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.

International Classification: F01D 5/18 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/13/12018