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A type of jet engine which uses two different airflow streams (one passing through the core and another blown past it by the fan) for obtaining thrust.

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Why are there no large turboprop passenger airliners? [duplicate]

If turboprop engines are more efficient than turbofan/jet engines at lower speeds, and have a lower specific fuel consumption, why are there no large passenger airliners that utilize the turboprop ...
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Why wasn't the 737 MAX's landing gear lengthened enough to mount the engines under the wings, rather than in front of them?

The reason Boeing originally added the MCAS to the 737 MAX was to compensate for a slight pitch-up moment generated by the engine nacelles at very high angles of attack. This pitch-up moment occurred ...
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Why was the DC-9-80/MD-80 so successful despite being obsolete almost from birth?

The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80/MD-80 series of narrowbody jetliners was the second-to-last DC-9 major version produced (from 1979 through 1999), the second-largest, the most-produced (just under half ...
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What is the difference between turbojet and turbofan engines?

What is the difference between a turbojet engine and a turbofan engine? I know that both of them have a fan and have turbines but how to distinguish them?
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Why does a turbofan shut off when rapidly retarding the thrust levers?

In a turbofan engine, when the thrust lever is at maximum and is then suddenly pulled back to idle, the engine will shut off and lose power. How can this be the case as the engine should be at idle ...
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Why is thrust available constant with speed for turbojet engines, when it varies with speed for turboprop engines?

Similarly, why is power available (nearly) constant with speed for a propeller engine, while it varies for a jet engine?
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Why was a CFM56 conversion never offered for the short-body DC-8s?

A major part of why the DC-8 hung on well into the 21st century (albeit almost entirely in cargo service) was the late-1970s/1980s conversion of 110 DC-8-60s (out of a total of 262) into DC-8-70s; the ...
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How can the effects of hot corrosion and salt deposits from sea water spray in gas turbine engines be negated/prevented?

In aircraft operating in a maritime environment, corrosive effects from salt water are common. Are there any specific coatings used in engines for such aircraft? If so, which are they? How frequently ...
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Are the A380 engines interchangeable (given they are not all equipped with reverse)?

I have noticed that the A380 only uses the two engines closest to the fuselage to reverse thrust to brake. Are all four engines the same (i.e.: could they theoretically swap engine 1 and engine 2) or ...
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If the efficiency of a turbofan engine is 35%, where does the rest of the fuel energy go?

There have been a couple of questions on this site about the efficiency and propulsive power of turbine engines (here, here, here). In a high bypass turbofan engine, what are the losses in the ...
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How is take-off power defined?

In a recent post it could be read that by definition, turbofans do not produce power in the static case (at velocity zero). The statement could be a bit confusing since turbofans and propeller engines ...
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Why did the 707 and DC-8 continue to use the JT3D even after the JT8D became available?

Pratt & Whitney’s first-generation turbofan was the JT3D (a derivative of the company’s first-generation turbojet, the JT3C), which entered service in March 1961, and, due to its greater power and ...
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Why did the Mercure use cascade-type reversers?

There are three main types of jet-engine thrust reversers:1 Target-type reversers are seen on most civilian turbojets and low-bypass turbofans;2 they have the instantly-recognisable buckets that ...
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Why at increasing BPR the efflux area should be enlarged (at high BPR)?

I am working on a university project. I have to comment on this chart (that represents efflux area variation with the variation of the BPR). Every other engine data are kept unchanged (turbine entry ...
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Can an S-duct fit a turbofan exhaust instead of the intake?

Can an S-duct fit a turbofan exhaust instead of the intake? The idea here is to merge 2 exhausts into one at the exact center of the tail. This would be for twin-engine aircraft that have both engines ...
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Why is the intake of the 757 (RR) engine slanted? [duplicate]

I'm sitting looking at a 757 with Rolls-Royce engines and just noticed that the intake is slanted forward by 5-10 degrees. Anyone know why? (wikimedia.org)
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How does an operator change the engine thrust rating?

If, for example, an operator has a Boeing 737-800 with CFM56-7B engines set at a 22K thrust rating, but the next operator wanted to operate the engines at 24K thrust rating, what would they need to ...
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Why can’t electric motors be used in aviation [duplicate]

Why can’t electric motors be used in aviation? Is it a problem with batteries, torque, or what? From what I’m aware motors at high torque are expensive and need a massive footprint, than a high rpm ...
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Why use turbofan engines for high altitude flight?

I noticed that a lot of high altitude aircraft have turbofans for engines. So I researched and figured out that turboprop engines are more efficient. But most high altitude aircraft like the Global ...
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What do compressor/turbine stages mean, and why we need a different number of stages?

I am new to aviation. I realize that LP (Low Pressure) and HP (High Pressure) compressors/turbines have a various number of stages. What do stages mean? What is the reason to have a different number ...
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How does the CFM LEAP-1B engine achieve the same efficiency as the LEAP-1A despite its lower bypass ratio?

The CFM LEAP engine comes in 3 variants (1A, 1B, 1C). The larger LEAP-1A and LEAP-1C variants have bypass ratios of 11:1, while the smaller LEAP-1B only has a bypass ratio of 9:1. For turbofan ...
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Why can't turbojets or turbofans be overtemped or overtorqued the way turboprops can?

Turboprops that aren't FADEC controlled can be overtorqued or overtemped if the power lever is moved too far forward yet I have never heard of a jet that can't be "firewalled", FADEC or not. Why is ...
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How heavy are turbofan and turboprop propeller blades?

How heavy are the blades from Turbofan (CFM56-5B, RRTrent800, PW4062A) and Turboprop (PW127M) engines? Is there a general appromixation like $$ m_\mathrm{Fan} = 0.1 \times m_\mathrm{Turbine} $$ ...
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Can the maximum thrust of a turbofan engine be estimated by its intake diameter?

I have no clue in aeronautics. How to estimate maximum thrust (at any rated condition, such as altitude, speed, rotation velocity- any given condition) by intake diameter?
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Oultlet vane guides

I have looked around the web and I could not fine this information. How many vanes are there for the CF6-80 and the CFM-56? Is the count dependant on anything particular, such as fan diameter?
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Which is better a push fan, a pull fan or both

intricate examination of modern by pass jet engines is despite where it is mounted, they use a pull fan configuration to generate thrust, which set up the most efficient, a pull fan or a combination ...
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Is the combustion process in turbofans and turboshafts different?

According to a journal paper, for a Gnome turboshaft engine, fuel-air equivalence ratio decreases as power output increases. However, for a CFM56 turbofan engine, the opposite trend is true, and ...
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How long to clear the 'suck zone' of a turbofan after start is initiated?

I recently found this (IMO funny) picture. All funny and all. But let's make this a real situation. Let's suppose I see my crush and his BF doing this, and I come with this 'genius' idea (alright, it'...
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How does the power distribution change for a turbofan engine from being stationary to going at full speed?

I have found out that a turbofan engine of say an F-16 is producing zero power when stationary since $Power = Thrust × Velocity$. But assuming that the engine is producing the same thrust, it appears ...
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Does the P&W F100 turbofan engine of the F-16 really produce this much power?

I've been trying to calculate the power a P&W F100 engine on a F-16 is producing using some of the available data on thrust and velocity and I ended up with a number that I want to confirm. Here's ...
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Gear reduction on large turbofans

Do engines like the GE90 and Trent 1000 use transmissions (planetary gears?) for RPM reduction on the fans, or are they welded directly to the same shaft as the low pressure turbine?
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Why are the engines on the MAX and neo prone to bowing?

The engines of the 737 MAX$^1$ and Airbus A320neo family$^2$ are [more] prone to bowing (shafts deforming if no debow is applied during start – as I understand it, this happens in a turnaround while ...
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Proportionally, what is more affected by a hot and high takeoff - a electrically driven propeller or a turbofan?

My assumption would be the electrically driven propeller would be less affected compared to turbofans at high altitudes and take off as although the air would be less dense at these ambient conditions,...
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Why Engine Exhaust Nozzle can not be totally buried in aircraft fuselage? [closed]

Why The CD nozzles of the fighter aircraft are always outside the fuselage, Why the whole engine is not buried in the fuselage?? If engine shroud also can be made variable area and varies with CD ...
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Why was the DC-8-70 successful, but not the 707-700?

The first high-bypass turbofan small enough to use on a narrowbody jetliner was the GE/SNECMA CFM56, which entered service in the late 1970s as an upgrade engine for the KC-135 tanker; Boeing almost ...
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Turboprop vs turbofan (in regional aircraft)

I'm trying to figure out WHY turboprops are more efficient at lower altitudes and airspeed, while turbofans are better at faster speeds and higher altitude. Simplistically, my explanation is the ...
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Are low pressure (LP) compressors and booster compressors the same thing?

Based on the above picture, are "LP compressor" and "Booster compressor" different names for the same thing or are they actually different things?
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Turbofan engine 2 spool - Turbine drives the compressor or Starter drives the compressor [duplicate]

I have read somewhere regarding turbofan engine 2 spool that says "LP or HP turbine will drive the LP or HP compressor" "During engine starting, the starter will drive the HP compressor via the ...
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Did Boeing or Lockheed ever seriously consider releasing a widebody airliner powered by low-bypass engines?

During the 1960s race to build the first widebody jetliner, each of the three major engine manufacturers was racing to put out a high-bypass engine for one of those jumbo jets: Boeing went with Pratt ...
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Do any propellers/propfans use stator vanes? Why is this not a commonplace feature?

I understand that axial-flow turbine engines generally include stator vanes behind every(?) compressor and turbine stage. This makes quite intuitively sense, because without them the rotating blades ...
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Can a turbofan run without the fan to provide power without thrust?

Is it possible for a turbofan jet - like on a 747 - to run without the fan, if for example you just want the thrust from the internal jet to use to heat up water, not to use as thrust?
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Would there be a purpose for a set of compressors in an electric turbo fan?

This is actually a two part question. Would there be a purpose to a compressor in an electric turbofan where there is no need for a combustion chamber, and if not, is there then a purpose for a bypass ...
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How to understand turbo machines?(compressors,fans,pumps,turbines,etc..)

From what I understood, the energy transfer between the blades and the fluid(fluid to blade or blade to fluid) occurs due to the curvature of the blade.Its because of this curvature the stream of the ...
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Why did narrowbody jetliners take so long to switch over to high-bypass engines?

High-bypass turbofans were introduced into the airliner market around 1970, when the first widebody jetliners were released (the 747 was first, followed in rapid succession by the DC-10, L-1011, and ...
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Is the bleed air passengers breathe tapped from the engines before or after it comes in contact with fuel? And why? Isn't this unhealthy?

Passengers are often surprised to hear that the air they breathe comes from inside the engines. This sounds unhealthy. Can you explain, why it is not ? Is bleed air tapped (for cabin pressurization) ...
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How to calculate power required to drive an isolated fan of a TurboFan engine?

If I isolate the fan from a TurboFan jet engine (specifically GE90) and power it electrically with a motor, how much power is required for the electrical source to drive the fan to give the same ...
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Why do we refer to “power” for turboprop engines and “thrust” for turbojet/fan engines?

In jet engines, I read that thrust is related to the fuel flow rate, whereas in turboprop engines power produced is related to the fuel flow rate. What is the reason and brief math behind this?
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Turbofan design parameters [closed]

I am writing a model for LM Prepar3D to simulate the flight model of a commercial airliner. The specification I am following requires some parameters from the engine (CFM56). ...
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What will happen to a modern high bypass engine at 80 000 feet with cruise speed of 0.8 Mach?

While keeping the typical cruise speed of 0.8 Mach, will the engine shut down due to "air starvation" at such high altitude? Is it possible to design a turbofan engine, which is able to provide thrust,...
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Did turbofan engine explosions become more frequent in last years in commercial aviation?

There are many incidents with turbofan engine failures during last years. I can list: 2010-11-04 - Qantas_Flight_32 2015-09-08 - British Airways Flight 2276 2016-05-27 - Korean Air Flight 2708 2016-...