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What is the most severe engine failure for modern turbofan?

Today I read again something about the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and the related engine failure resulting in one passenger being sucked out of the window. As I understood it was a fan blade out ...
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Why do some Turbofan engines have multi-stage fans?

I was wondering why some turbofan engine have multi-stage fans. e.g. F-119 engine: F100 Saturn AL-31
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What gas turbines have the following configuration?

Is there any jet engines--with published data on the dimension of the turbines and compressors--that are of the configuration of 2 Low Pressure compressor, 8 High Pressure compressor, 2 High Pressure ...
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What is the diameter of each stage of the PW800 engine compressor and turbine?

I am an Aerospace Engineering student working to analyze P&WC's PW800 engine family--specifically, the PW814GA, for a project and we need to know some hard-to-find data. Does anyone knows where I ...
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What is the meaning of “Maximum Radial Projection (at Drain Mast)”?

I am an Aerospace Engineering student working to analyze P&WC's PW800 engine family--specifically, the PW814GA, for a project and I am stuck by a term: "Maximum Radial Projection (at drain ...
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What is the most recent turbofan engine that used steel for its bypass fan blades?

I haven't been able to locate any engines that use steel for the bypass fan. All sources suggest Ti and composites are used for blade construction. Apart from the weight steel could partially make up ...
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Is hybrid propulsion widely used by UAVs?

Is it common to have hybrid propulsion in UAVs used for terrain mapping with long endurance, short range and altitude? Is the technology and research mature enough to make hybrid propulsion? ...
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Can turboprops use a recuperator?

A recuperator is a device which extracts heat from the exhaust of a turbine and transfers it to the front air. This heats the air, which means the turbine uses less fuel to heat the combustion chamber ...
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Why don't turbofan engines have shrouds affixed to the fan blades?

For a turbofan to be efficient the gap between the blades and the shroud has to be extremely small. Why don't we just attach the shroud directly to the blades and let it spin as one? Would that ...
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Why don't piston engines require as heat resistant materials as jet engines?

Piston engines often get away with using aluminium as their heat exposed material, while even the early jets required inconel to operate. Is that because the combustion takes only, for example, half ...
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What is the engine shell temperature?

What are the highest temperature locations in the outer shell on an aircraft engine? Particularly, modern turbofans like the Trent 900 for example. I'm interested in the temperature constraints of ...
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Why don't bypass ducts in jet engines narrow down the flow to accelerate it?

Since decreasing the flow area increases flow velocity, why don't turbofan bypass ducts narrow down to produce more thrust?
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How has afterburner design changed since its inception?

I came across a NACA summary paper on the past 5 years of afterburner development and started reading cause it seemed interesting. However, a couple of pages in I scrolled back up and realized that it ...
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What is the temperature range of engine mounts connected to the pylon?

I want to know what is the temperature of the engine mounts in modern turbofan engines for example, Rolls Royce Trent 900. Also, what are the temperature considerations you need to make while ...
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Why hasn’t the Wankel rotary engine seen more use in aircraft?

The Wankel rotary engine seems to have several advantages over traditional reciprocating cylinder-and-piston designs. In general, they have a much higher power-to-weight ratio, less vibration, and ...
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How hot is the outer casing of a turbofan engine?

I am able to find temperatures inside different components of turbofan engines, but I can't seem to find what would be the temperature of the external casing/shell of the engine. For example, ...
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How to determine the number of copression stages given a compression ratio?

I have a personal project to design a gas turbine engine, the main problem that nags me is how do I determine the pressure rise in each stage of an axial compressor? Say, I'm planning on a 38:1 engine ...
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Why do the Comet's engines point outwards?

As it's visible from the images below, when looking at the plane from the top, the engines point outwards and they are banana-shaped, why is that? (unfortunately I couldn't find a real photo ...
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What is the purpose of a freewheeling unit in an helicopter, if a centrifugal clutch is already present?

Some helicopters such as the Bell 47 are fitted with a centrifugal clutch. Centrifugal clutch will engage only at certain engine RPM. If the engine fails, the engine RPM will reduce and the ...
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Why are inlet vanes used instead of variable geometry inlets to prevent compressor surge/stall?

Jet engine core axial compressors (that of subsonic turbofans anyway) are designed to keep air flowing the right way at max RPM(or close to it). Below that, the airflow slows more and more, and ...
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How to avoid shock (particularly Oblique shock) inside Cd nozzle?

Using the Area ratio (A/A*) and for the desired exit Mach number I have designed a cd nozzle. The Inlet total pressure (Po) and the total temperature (To) is calculated using Isentropic relations for ...
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How are turboprops and other propeller planes pressurized?

I know how most turbofan jets are pressurized: But it can't be the same with turboprops, as I don't understand how propellers can take in the air. Yet, planes like Q400s can fly above 8000', all the ...
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Considering a piston engined aircraft, what resistance pressure would be generated within its engine bay against its cooling intake?

Consider a piston engine with all its coolers and components within an aircraft engine bay. To cool this engine, cooling intakes are positioned facing the direction of flight. Now, the condition at ...
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Effect of Exhaust Mixer on the temperature of Core Exhaust

After the core exhaust leaves the turbine section (having a temperature of about 900 C ), and it mixes with the by-pass air via the exhaust mixer , what will be the resulting temperature of the ...
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Why weren’t large, high-power radial engines built to take advantage of the Meredith effect?

Most aircraft piston engines fall into two general categories:1 Radial engines (radials for short2) have their cylinders radiate out from the crankshaft in a star pattern; they tend to have a blunt, ...
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How do turbofan internals handle the load from the thrust?

To my understanding, turbofan engines get the majority of their thrust from the fan in front of the engine, up to around 70-80% while the core flow generates around 20-30%. Forward movement is ...
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Why don't NK-12 powered contra-rotating propellers turn in equal rpm?

The Kuznetsov NK-12 is a Soviet turboprop engine of the 1950s, designed by the Kuznetsov design bureau. The NK-12 drives two large four-bladed contra-rotating propellers, 5.6 m (18 ft) diameter (NK-...
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Jet Engine Cooling, HTC and cooling calculations

Right now I am working on a project about cooling systems in jet engines. And I don't have a supervisor to ask anything. I would like to know what is the most useful resource (book, analsys programs ...
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What is the purpose of the air inlets on an A320neo's pylon (LEAP-1A)?

What is the purpose of the air inlets on an A320neo's pylon (LEAP-1A)? Passive cooling, air bleed like in the 707, or something else?
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Which compressor is more like to surge and stall - axial or centrifugal?

I am studying about stall and surge in rotodynamic compressors and want to understand which one is more prone to these phenomena.
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How to calculate the number of blades?

Inspired by building a new drone, I got lost in curiosity. What if I have a fixed length of rotor blades and a target amount of lift I want to, well, lift. How do you calculate the number of blades? ...
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Could high density abrasion-resistant ceramic turbine blades allow for the use of borane fuels?

In the late 1950s the U.S Air Force searched for a fuel with similar characteristics to jet fuel but with higher energy density allowing longer flight range for bombers. In 1947 the British had ...
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Do turbofan engine cowlings dilate during spool-up?

I was watching this Youtube video, portraying a Fokker 70 taking off. I wouldn't have noticed if it weren't for a comment, but during spool up (~ 3:24 in the video), it appears as if the engine ...
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Are jet engines designed in a way to make an explosion result in the least damage possible?

I know most engines are super reliable today, but do manufacturers do anything to at least make an explosion result in the least damage possible?
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Do the Mt. Everest rescue helicopters have modified engines to operate at high altitudes?

There are so many climbers on Mt. Everest today that there is now a helicopter rescue service there. They operate rescue up to 21,000 + ft. Because this is essentially stationary service it seems that ...
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Are solid fuel rocket engines designed differently and how? [closed]

How do solid fuel (Hydrazine, UDMH) and oxidizer (N2O4) differ in design from cryogenic rocket engines such as LH2 and LOX? Are there differences related to temperature, material design, turbopumps, ...
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How is a stator like a diverging passage?

I've read in a lot of places that stators in an axial compressor are responsible for diffusing air and removing the radial velocity to make the flow parallel to the shaft. What I don't understand is ...
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How does the engine wash improve engine performance?

According to maintenance manual, we usually carry out engine wash (CFM56) with pure water as scheduled task. Pure water is injected into the engine from the LP compressor inlet while the engine is ...
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Why do new jet engines cost billions to design?

This question might come off as crude because it involves people's salaries, but I do not understand why new designs of large turbofans cost many billions of dollars to design. For example, the Pratt &...
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Do thrust reversers only have idle and full modes or are there intermediate settings?

Are there any intermediate thrust reverser settings? If so, how often do pilots use these intermediate settings?
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PBY-5A exhaust modification?

What is the function of these “tubes” that cover the outboard exhaust stacks on some PBY-5A and PBY-6A aircraft?
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How is lift transferred from rotor to chassis (or weight, the other way around)?

I am trying to find out how a helicopter rotor's lift is transferred to the chassis. Equivalently, how is the weight of the helicopter transferred to the rotor blades? While looking for this online, ...
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What is the Angle of Attack of this Propeller?

Photo 1 and photo 2 from here, photo 3 is from here. Here are three propellers. As in my understanding, the AoA or the pitch of a propeller should be close to its rotation's direction, around 15 ...
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Do contra-rotating propellers have the same RPM?

Image source Here is a contra-rotating propeller. The front propeller rotates counterclockwise while the back propeller rotates clockwise. My questions are: Do they rotate at the same speed (RPM)? ...
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Why are two-stroke engines nearly unheard of in aviation?

Almost all aircraft piston engines are four-stroke engines, with one power stroke per piston every other crankshaft revolution and a great deal of intricate moving parts which are only too happy to ...
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Why are liquid ring compressors not used in a jet engine?

A question has been asked here before whether sliding vane compressors could be used in place of axial compressors on jet engines since they have a high compression ratio per stage (Why were rotary ...
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Why does the spool speed increase with altitude for a turbofan engine (single spool & double spool)?

So, I want to see the effect of altitude on the compressor characteristic of a single spool & double spool turbofan engine at constant flight speed and TIT (turbine inlet temp). I am aware that ...
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How do you design a NACA intake?

What are the construction guidelines to geometrically build a NACA intake (submerged intake) for aircrafts? The relationships between the aerodynamic performance parameters (ram recovery, drag, and ...
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From which stages is the bleed air from a GE90?

I'm doing a university project on the GE90-115b engine and I'm having a hard time understanding this EASA type-certificate data sheet. In particular I can't figure out the air bleed extraction section ...
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Are there any safety features to prevent reversible-pitch props from reversing in flight?

Some aircraft have propellers capable of reversing pitch, which is also known as beta angle. The example I saw was an Aviat Husky. (Youtube demonstration) I want to know if there are any safety ...