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2050 aircraft engine designs go radical, part 2

2018-10-24
In part two of a two-part series, Richard Gardner discusses various aerospace propulsion innovations and continued work by aerospace engineers and scientists to advance aircraft engine technologies to increase efficiency and lower emissions.
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2050 aircraft engine designs go radical, part 1

2018-10-23
The search for ever-lower emission technology for future generations of aircraft engines is actively progressing on both sides of the Atlantic. Tucked away on a modest-size stand at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow was a highly varied collection of unconventional engine technology displays – a clear indication of radical innovation already being investigated as a part of Ultimate, the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation project.
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Maintaining the data-rich Pratt & Whitney GTF engine

2018-10-23
Today, Hartford, Conn.-based Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., incorporates more than 5000 sensors on its latest powerplant, the PW1000G high-bypass geared turbofan (GTF). The massive amount of data requires significant processing capabilities, but results in efficiencies for operators and maintainers.
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ULA selects Blue Origin advanced booster engine for Vulcan Centaur rocket system

2018-10-22
Engineers at United Launch Alliance (ULA), provider of spacecraft launch services to the US government, in Centennial, Colo., have selected the BE-4 engine from Blue Origin LLC in Kent, Wash., to help power the company’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket system. The new Vulcan Centaur rocket design will incorporate: a pair of Blue Origin BE-4 engines in the booster stage, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine for the upper stage, Northrop Grumman solid rocket boosters, L 3 Avionics Systems avionics and electronics, and RUAG’s payload fairings and composite structures.
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Airbus, U.S. airline flight test GKN Aerospace hydrophobic coating for cockpit windows

2018-10-22
Officials at an as-yet-unnamed airline in the U.S. is assessing a new hydrophobic coating developed by GKN Aerospace materials science and engineering specialists in Garden Grove, Calif., for cockpit windows on its commercial passenger aircraft. GKN Aerospace debuted the new materials science technology, which Airbus engineers are also flight-trialing on the airframe manufacturer’s flight-test aircraft, during Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England, in July 2018.
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SES to outfit Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters with Unitech Composites weapons pylons

2018-10-19
Unitech Composites, a Unitech Aerospace company in Hayden, Idaho, is providing its Lightweight Armament Support Structure (LASS) composite weapons pylons to maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company Science and Engineering Services (SES) in Columbia, Md., for use on Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters the U.S. Army is supplying to the government of Afghanistan through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
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Zwick Roell provides flexible materials testing over a wide temperature range

2018-10-19
To enable the tests required for development work to be performed with maximum efficiency, the Zwick Roell Group (ZwickRoell) – a global supplier of materials testing machines based out of Ulm, Germany – developed a materials testing machine that can be equipped with both a temperature chamber and a high-temperature furnace.
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Ensuring aircraft safety requires right wheel inspection equipment

2018-10-18
To ensure safe aircraft takeoffs and landings, one of the most vital areas to inspect for possible fatigue cracking and heat damage is the wheel bead seat. Comprehensive examination of this critical area, where the rubber edge of a tire contacts the wheel, requires having the right wheel inspection equipment on hand for the job – and not all maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facilities do.
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Airbus Aerial harnesses satellites, UAS, helicopters, data analytics, and AI to support hurricane recovery efforts

2018-10-18
As the third strongest storm in the U.S. was striking the East Coast, Airbus Aerial technology was providing around-the-clock support analyzing the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Airbus Aerial uses a unique combination of satellites, manned aircraft and rotorcraft, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) together with data analytics technology and an artificial intelligence (AI), or machine learning, platform to help organizations supporting recovery efforts better understand and react to the storm as it rolled across the southeastern U.S. into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Fokker uses ZwickRoell creep testing machines to test for hydrogen embrittlement on landing gear components

2018-10-17
Aerospace manufacturers walk a metaphorical balance beam to continually develop and produce stronger, more efficient materials and components, while addressing all potential failure modes. This is true for safety-critical aircraft components like landing gear systems. Fokker Landing Gear B.V./GKN Aerospace recently equipped its mechanical laboratory with three creep testing machines to verify its manufacturing process control of zinc-plated bolts for aircraft landing gear systems.
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Barker approaches aircraft as system of systems in latest SAE International book

2018-10-17
Today’s airframe manufacturers have taken on more of the role of systems integrators, putting the focus on the aircraft as a system-of-many-systems. Sean Barker, FBCS CEng and a former research scientist at BAE Systems in the UK, approaches aircraft as a system of systems (SoS) from a business process perspective in his new book from SAE International in Warrendale, Pa.
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Aerospace & defense systems engineering undergoes digital transformation with MBSE

2018-10-16
A growing number of organizations, including leading aerospace and defense (A&D) companies, are implementing model-based systems engineering (MBSE), a practice developing and exploiting a set of related system models that help define, design, and document a system under development – and reaping the benefits of not only increased productivity, agility, and efficiency, but also time and cost savings.
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Aerospace materials testing could have medical-grade digital traceability through ZwickRoell

2018-10-16
The future of the aerospace industry relies on innovative materials to improve aircraft performance, weight, and strength. Beyond materials innovation, proper and thorough testing is required to ensure new materials can withstand the rigor of operational use over a long life in varied environments. ZwickRoell calls it design qualification (DQ), installation qualification (IQ), and operational qualification (OQ), but aerospace engineers call it the “digital thread.”
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Aircraft maintenance technicians seek simplified, portable, fast aviation eddy current testing

2018-10-15
In aircraft maintenance and repair, eddy current devices have long been used to nondestructively test (NDT) wheels, struts, propellers, airframes, hubs, engine components, and other parts for flaws, such as cracks, fatigue, or corrosion in a variety of metals, including aluminum and steel alloys. Multiple eddy current test instruments are traditionally used to address the full scope of work, which can involve inspecting surfaces, welds, tubing, and bolt holes.
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Industry loses tech titan Paul G. Allen

2018-10-15
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician, and supporter of the arts,” Vulcan Inc. officials announced on behalf of the company, the Paul G. Allen network, and the Allen family. A celebrated technology pioneer credited with various aerospace innovations, Allen died on Monday afternoon, October 15, from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle at the age of 65.
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Northrop Grumman awarded $792 Million to deliver intermediate and heavy versions of OmegaA space launch vehicle

2018-10-12
Northrop Grumman Corporation of Falls Church, Va. received a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) worth approximately $792 million of government investment from the United States Air Force (USAF) Space and Missile Systems Center to continue development of its OmegA rocket for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The agreement runs through 2024 and includes certification flights of OmegA’s intermediate variant in 2021 and its heavy variant in 2024.
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L3 Technologies expands training facility in response to pilot shortage

2018-10-11
To address widespread pilot shortages, L3 Technologies of Arlington, Texas has expanded its state-of-the-at L3 Arlington Training Center facility near the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. The company has added approximately 40,000 square feet – more than doubling the size of its high bay facility.
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