US 9,810,098 B2
System and method for inspecting turbomachines
Lawrence James Moore, Clifton Park, NY (US); Fredrick Levi Fuller, Schenectady, NY (US); Jason Michael Boss, Glenville, NY (US); Bernard Baran Zabek, Clifton Park, NY (US); Gerald Marco Geraci, Rochester, NY (US); and Michael Richard Pomykai, Scotia, NY (US)
Assigned to General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (US)
Filed by General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (US)
Filed on Dec. 31, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/588,144.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/023,367, filed on Jul. 11, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0011079 A1, Jan. 14, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. F01D 25/28 (2006.01); F01D 21/00 (2006.01); G01L 9/00 (2006.01); G01N 25/00 (2006.01); G01M 15/14 (2006.01); G01N 21/954 (2006.01); B23Q 3/155 (2006.01); B64D 47/08 (2006.01)
CPC F01D 25/285 (2013.01) [F01D 21/003 (2013.01); G01L 9/00 (2013.01); G01M 15/14 (2013.01); G01N 21/954 (2013.01); G01N 25/00 (2013.01); B23Q 3/1554 (2013.01); B64D 47/08 (2013.01); F05D 2260/80 (2013.01); F05D 2260/83 (2013.01); G01N 2021/9542 (2013.01); G05B 2219/40607 (2013.01); Y10S 901/44 (2013.01)] 51 Claims
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1. A system for inspecting a turbomachine, the system comprising:
a traverse actuator system comprising a carriage configured to move a probe in a linear or radial direction into and out of the turbomachine, and a mounting plate attached to a rail, the rail supports both a pressure isolation system and a gimbal mount, the mounting plate is configured to align with a complementary mounting plate of the traverse actuator system, a plurality of keys are interposed between the mounting plate and the complementary mounting plate to ensure alignment between the traverse actuator system and the gimbal mount;
the pressure isolation system connected to the traverse actuator system, the pressure isolation system configured to maintain a pressure resistant seal around the probe;
the gimbal mount connected to the pressure isolation system; and
wherein the system is configured to move the probe into and out of the turbomachine.