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GE Aviation engine sets record in latest test

GE Aviation

By Andy Brownfield, Cincinnati Business Courier

GE Aviation’s tests have shown that its new adaptive engine can exceed temperatures by more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest combination of compressor and turbine temperatures ever recorded in aviation history.

That might not come as a surprise to the company or those following it. GE Aviation reported in March that the engine’s core had set the record for the highest temperatures ever recorded inside a test engine.

The company says the test proves the durability of the hardware. A full engine test is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013 in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

“After analyzing the test data and the physical condition of the engine hardware with the Air Force, it’s clear that our combination of technologies is the right choice to meet the aggressive fuel and performance targets required for missions in the next decade and beyond,” GE Aviation general manager for adaptive cycle programs Dan McCormick said in a news release.

Evendale-based GE Aviation is battling Connecticut-based rival Pratt & Whitney for market share as its joint venture CFM International’s LEAP engine competes with Pratt’s gear-turbofan to power the next generation of aircraft.

GE Aviation says its adaptive engine cycle is designed to operate efficiently in conditions across the entire flight envelope and includes a third stream of air that can be used to maximize fuel efficiency and provide thermal management advantages over conventional engines.

Brownfield covers technology, startups, manufacturing and courts.