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ROSTEC STARTS DEVELOPING HYDROGEN-POWERED AIRCRAFT ENGINES
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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.Source: JSC nited Engine Corporation


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MOSCOW -- United Engine Corporation of Rostec has begun a program to develop hydrogen-powered engines for both aviation and ground applications. A working group has been formed and R&D work launched. The announcement was made during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS-2021) held in Zhukovsky airport, near Moscow.

The working group was formed from specialists of UEC subsidiaries. Development of the power plants will be carried out together with various scientific and industrial institutes, as well as with organizations that have comprehensive experience using hydrogen as fuel.

"To reduce the carbon footprint in aviation and the oil and gas industry, the use of hydrogen fuel is one of the most promising fields of development. We are considering two main technologies: direct combustion of hydrogen fuel in modified gas turbines and electrochemical conversion of fuel into electrical energy using fuel cells," said UEC Chief Designer Yury Shmotin.

Hydrogen power is one of the promising development directions for engine building. There are two options for using hydrogen: burning gas in an engine and creating fuel cells, where hydrogen reacts with oxygen to form electrical energy, releasing only water vapor as a by-product. The creation of power plants with a low carbon footprint has several potential applications in the aviation industry, as well as in related industries.

Source:  Rostec
Associated URL: rostec.ru

 
AUSTRALIA F135 ENGINE HEAVY MAINTENANCE FACILITY ACHIEVES INITIAL DEPOT CAPABILITY
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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.Source: Pratt & Whitney


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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- TAE Aerospace announced it has successfully achieved Initial Depot Capability (IDC) requirements for the repair of the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine fan and power modules, which power all three variants of the 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. With this achievement, TAE Aerospace’s F135 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) facility, or depot, in Australia becomes the first operational F135 engine depot in the Asia-Pacific region and has begun supporting the repair of fan and power modules for the fleet.

The module IDC milestone was reached with the completion of a full rebuild of an F135 power module at TAE Aerospace’s Queensland facility. This achievement follows the company’s successful fan module repair qualification in 2020.

According to TAE Aerospace’s CEO, Andrew Sanderson, achieving module IDC marks a critical point in the development of a regional F135 engine MRO&U capability. As an operational F135 engine depot outside of the U.S., TAE Aerospace will support engines for all F-35 operators in the Asia-Pacific region under the F-35’s Global Support System.

Since being assigned the Asia-Pacific region’s F135 engine MRO&U responsibility in 2015, TAE Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and the Australian Government have delivered a broad range of initiatives to stand up this regional capability including:

-- The development of TAE Aerospace’s new 16,000 sqm Turbine Engine Maintenance Facility (TEMF) in Bundamba, Queensland

-- The completion of the first F135 fan module repair outside of the United States in February 2020

-- The completion of the first power module repair outside of the United States in May 2021

Mr. Sanderson said that all three organizations have worked closely over the past six years to achieve fan and power module IDC in the Asia-Pacific region, a major milestone for program.

The 5th Generation F135 is the most advanced and most powerful fighter engine in the world, featuring a host of performance attributes that deliver a step change in capability over 4th Generation engines. This includes 40,000+ pounds of thrust; a 50 percent increase in thermal management capacity enabling the full spectrum of F-35 weapons and sensor capabilities; a precise and responsive integrated engine control system allowing the pilot to focus squarely on the mission; and an unmatched low observable signature enabling the F-35 to conduct operations in modern Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD) environments.

Additionally, the F135 is the most dependable fighter engine Pratt & Whitney has ever built in its 96-year history. With its advanced damage tolerant design and fully integrated prognostic health monitoring, the current F135 production engine has demonstrated a Mean Flight Hours Between Removal (MFHBR), which is the primary metric for reliability, that is more than two times the program objective.

Source:  Pratt & Whitney
Associated URL: newsroom.prattwhitney.com

 
MTU MAINTENANCE BERLIN-BRANDENBURG INDUCTS FIRST CFM56-7B
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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.Source: MTU Aero Engines


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LUDWIGSFELDE, Germany -- MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg has received German aviation authority (LBA) approval for the CFM56-7B and inducted the first engine of this type. It is now the third facility within the MTU Maintenance network capable of servicing this engine type and plans to ramp up to at least 50 engines per year in the coming years.

Over the past 30 years, MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg has developed to become a world leader in the maintenance repair and overhaul of narrowbody, regional, business jet and helicopter engines.

MTU Maintenance introduced the CFM56 family into its portfolio in 2000. As the number one independent CFM56 service provider worldwide with over 10 percent market share, the MTU Maintenance network has serviced well over 2,000 engines in the past 20 years. CFM56 Services are carried out at MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg, MTU Maintenance Hannover and MTU Maintenance Zhuhai.

Source:  MTU Aero Engines
Associated URL: mtu.de

 

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