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Investments General Electric in the creation of a new engine

Investments General Electric in the creation of a new engine

GE is less than a year to complete the release of a commercial jet engine.

The company's total project costs amounted to 300 million, taking into account the construction of new buildings and equipment, in the period from 2013 to the end of 2015. At present, testing works of all engine units are being carried out, the production line is also being adjusted. To test and refine engine systems, a special center was created at the University of Dayton in the town of West Chester.

GE employs a total of more than 15 000 people, most of whom are involved in aerospace, mechanical engineering and power generation. Affiliate manufacturing relationships provide thousands of additional jobs.

The Leap engine is a product of GE, developed jointly with the French company CFM International.

The production of engines in a joint venture is developing at an accelerated pace: if in the 2012 year 3296 engines were sold, then the 2014 units 3740.

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The new engine will be the first product to contain additively manufactured parts, as well as components and assemblies, in the production of which composite materials with a ceramic matrix are used. New technologies will create an engine that will be lighter, able to withstand high temperatures, which will increase fuel economy by 15%, compared with the samples currently used.

Deliveries of new engines have already been distributed in the two years ahead (2016 and 2017 years).

Training and certification for the production of a new engine

The company is currently conducting engine tests to improve performance and prepare for federal certification. New components used in production include: a turbine casing, made using composites, a material containing microscopic fibers woven together, fuel nozzles in production, which are used 3D manufacturing process.

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We construct new plants: to create products from composites in Asheville (NC), additive manufacturing plant in Auburn (AL) and an assembly plant in West Lafayette (Indiana).

The engine will be assembled on two lines to duplicate contracts and increase the reliability of the production program. In 2015, the production capacity will be checked before mass production begins. Service centers will also be subject to inspection, as well as companies implementing all operations related to product sales.

Ivan BERESNEV specifically for Avia.pro