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Solar Turbines Inc.

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Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., designs and manufactures industrial gas turbines for on- and off-shore electrical power generation, for marine propulsion and for producing, processing and transporting natural gas and oil. Solar Turbines is one of the world's leading producers of industrial gas turbines up to 30,000 horsepower . There are more than 13,900 Solar Turbines gas turbine systems installed in 98 countries worldwide that have collectively logged more than 1.7 billion hours of use.Founded in San Diego, California, United States in 1927 as Prudden-San Diego Airplane Company, the company initially designed, manufactured and sold airplanes.After the departure of its founder, George H. Prudden, the company changed its name to Solar Aircraft Company in 1929.The Great Depression of 1929 forced Solar Aircraft Company to re-focus its efforts into manufacturing aircraft components for other manufacturers. The company grew considerably during World War II and was forced to diversify into non-aircraft products due to the steep drop in business after the war.Solar Aircraft Company's expertise in hard-to-manufacture parts able to withstand high-temperatures led to contracts to produce jet engine components. Solar Aircraft began to design and manufacture completed turbine engines for the United States military for applications such as auxiliary power units. Solar Aircraft continued to expand its product line and grow its business until it was purchased by International Harvester Company in early 1960, becoming the Solar Division of International Harvester in 1963.In 1973 the Solar Division of International Harvester exited the aerospace industry to focus solely on industrial turbines. In 1975 the development and manufacture of the Solar Division's radial engines was moved into a newly formed Radial Engines Group, renamed the Turbomach Division in 1980.Solar Turbines Incorporated became a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Tractor Co. after Caterpillar purchased the assets of the Solar Division and the Turbomach division from International Harvester on May 31, 1981. In 1985, Caterpillar sold the Turbomach Division to Sundstrand Corporation. Wikipedia.

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Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2016-02-09

A fuel injector for a combustion engine includes an injector body having formed therein a first passage structured to feed a fuel to an outlet of the injector body, and a second passage structured to feed air to the outlet of the injector body. Flow-directing surfaces are exposed to a flow of fuel through the first passage to induce swirl, and a flow segregator is positioned between the flows of fuel and air such that the air shrouds the swirling flow of fuel and inhibits migration of fuel radially outwardly from the fuel injector outlet.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2015-08-28

A method of monitoring a gas turbine engine is disclosed herein. The method includes periodically receiving sensor data for the gas turbine engine at a monitoring device from a monitoring system server. The method also includes the monitoring device determining whether the tags for each group of a plurality of groups are in the sensor data and correlating the tags with the groups. The method further includes displaying one of the groups on an output display of the monitoring device including the tag name and the sensor value for each tag correlated with the group displayed.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2015-08-31

A system for monitoring a plurality of turbomachinery systems is disclosed herein. In embodiments, the system includes a network remote management tools module, and a plurality of monitoring devices. The network remote management tools module includes a diagnostic module and a management module. The diagnostic module monitors the operation of the plurality of turbomachinery systems and the system including the plurality of monitoring devices. The management module updates and maintains the system including the plurality of monitoring devices. A monitoring device of the plurality of monitoring device includes a device remote management module that manages the system through the network remote management tools module.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2015-09-02

A system for monitoring a plurality of turbomachinery systems is disclosed herein. In embodiments, the system includes a monitoring system data provider, a plurality of monitoring system servers, and a monitoring device. The monitoring system data provider periodically receives sensor data over a network from the plurality of turbomachinery systems and stores the sensor data in a monitoring system data store. The plurality of monitoring system servers connect to the monitoring system data provider and provide the sensor data for one of the turbomachinery systems to the monitoring device connected to a first monitoring system server of the plurality of monitoring system servers.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2015-09-02

A method of monitoring a plurality of turbomachines is disclosed herein. In embodiments, the method includes a fleet data system receiving first event data from a first monitoring connection system and second event data from a second monitoring connection system. The method also includes the fleet data system determining from the first event data and the second event data whether an event has occurred. The method further includes the fleet data system issuing an alert when the fleet data system has determined that the event has occurred, the alert including an event name, an event status, and a timestamp related to when the event occurred.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2015-09-01

A method of monitoring a plurality of turbomachines is disclosed herein. The method includes a fleet data system periodically receiving first event data from a first monitoring connection system and second event data from a second monitoring connection system. The method also includes the fleet data system storing the first event data and the second event data related to events that have occurred over a predetermined timeframe and sending at least the event data related to the events from the first event data to a monitoring device. The event data includes an event name, an event status, and a timestamp related to when the event occurred.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2016-06-14

A module mounting system for a structure is provided. The module mounting system includes a supporting member having at least one slot. The module mounting system also includes at least one mounting assembly coupled to the at least one slot. The at least one mounting assembly is adapted to couple the supporting member with the structure. The at least one mounting assembly is movable within the at least one slot. The at least one mounting assembly includes a first mounting member. The at least one mounting assembly also includes a second mounting member having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is received within the at least one slot. The first mounting member is coupled with the second mounting member through a first fastening member. The first mounting member and the second mounting member are coupled with the structure through a second fastening member.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2016-03-01

A method for manufacturing a stem for a fuel injector of gas turbine engine includes forging a material into a unitary workpiece, which includes forging a top disk having a cylindrical shape, forging a body extending from a base of the top disk, and forging a lower disk connected to the body, distal to the top disk, the lower disk having a cylindrical shape oriented transverse to the top disk. The method further including machining the lower disk to form a gas gallery having a ring shape, and to define a gallery opening through the gas gallery, and machining a first fluid passage through the top disk, the body, and a portion of the gas gallery to the gallery opening, wherein the first fluid passage is in fluid communication with the gallery opening.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2016-05-31

A control system for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. In embodiments, control system includes a controller and a high speed recorder. The controller obtains sensor values from sensors connected to the gas turbine engine and publishes a map of trigger events. The high speed recorder reads the sensor values from the controller. The high speed recorder checks a map header for a change to the map header on a predetermined map reading interval, sets a flag when the map header has changed, and reads the map during the next loop of the map reading interval. The control system maintains timestamps assigned for the sensor values and to the trigger events on the same temporal axis.


Patent
Solar Turbines Inc. | Date: 2016-04-28

A modular power plant assembly for distributed power generation includes a power generator assembly, to generate electrical power, mounted on a trailer. An AC/DC distribution panel electrically coupled to the power generator assembly is mounted on the power generator assembly. A Medium Voltage module electrically coupled to the power generator assembly is mounted on the trailer. The AC/DC distribution panel and the Medium Voltage module together control and distribute the electrical power generated by the power generator assembly. A plurality of auxiliary components to supply fuel and air to the power generator assembly are mounted adjacent to the power generator assembly on a skid attached to the trailer.

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