2007-11-18 - Geared Turbofan testsGeared Turbofan demonstrator begins ground tests
Pratt & Whitney tested Getriebefan<br /> Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine successfully completed its first ground test, ahead of schedule, at the company's advanced test facility in West Palm Beach, Fla..
The full-scale demonstrator engine successfully started and ran, marking the beginning of a ground test program that will run through May 2008. "We are delighted to see our next generation Geared Turbofan engine successfully begin its validation testing program," said Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation Product Family, Pratt & Whitney. "With more than 20 years of design, development and component rig testing, we are confident that this demonstrator engine will meet all performance expectations and validate the game-changing characteristics of the Geared Turbofan engine."
The Geared Turbofan engine is part of Pratt & Whitney's aggressive technology readiness program for the next generation of commercial aircraft. The company is actively testing key components on 15 test rigs around the world and flight testing on Pratt & Whitney's 747 flying test bed will begin in mid-2008.