MTU completes first low-pressure turbine for CSeries geared turbofan
MTU Aero Engines has completed the first high-speed low-pressure turbine for the Pratt & Whitney PW1524G powering the Bombardier CSeries aircraft.
In a small ceremony held today, MTU Chief Executive Officer Egon Behle, MTU Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rainer Martens and Bob Saia, Vice President, Next Generation Product Family, Pratt & Whitney jointly tightened the last bolt.
"By completing this work on schedule, we have taken the next crucial step towards the introduction of our globally unique technology into actual production," commented CEO Behle.
The turbine will now be dispatched to Pratt & Whitney, where it will be installed in the first PurePower PW1524G engine and put through its paces on the Pratt & Whitney test stand in West Palm Beach, Florida. Certification of the new propulsion system is scheduled to take place in two years' time in support of entry into service on Bombardier's CSeries aircraft in 2013.
MTU Aero Engines is the world's only manufacturer of high-speed low-pressure turbines. The Munich-based company started to develop this technology way back in the 1990s. Meanwhile, the full functionality of the turbine has been demonstrated in technology programs and test cycles, which showed the component to be optimally suited for use on production engines. In addition to the low-pressure turbine, MTU contributes the forward four stages of the equally highly-efficient high-pressure compressor, while the rear four stages are being manufactured by Pratt & Whitney.