Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.
 

Front page

Full-scale LEAP fan blade-out rig test yields outstanding results; advanced LEAP fan endurance test complete

Testing of CFM International's advanced 3-D Woven Resin Transfer Molding (3-DW RTM) fan is proceeding on schedule and the company is achieving outstanding results.

In May, CFM completed a full-scale fan blade out rig test, simulating certification requirements for the proprietary 3-DW RTM technology. The company has also completed extensive full-scale component tests, including bird ingestion testing with the same very positive results.

"The fan blade-out test went beautifully," said Francois Bastin, director of the LEAP Program for CFM. "The fan experienced very low overall unbalance and behaved as we had predicted in pre-test simulations. We also included the composite fan case, which showed no cracks or stress defects and all parts were contained. This test was a total success and confirmed that the LEAP fan will meet all certification requirements. "

In August, CFM completed endurance testing of the fan, with the hardware logging more than 5,000 cycles. The demanding test was designed to evaluate fan behavior within a real thermal and vibratory environment. The preliminary results have been outstanding, meeting or exceeding all pre-test predictions.

"The endurance test is an important one for us because it addresses the conditions that our customers will eventually see in operation," said Bastin. "We saw absolutely no change whatsoever on the fan blades and we couldn't be happier with the results."

In addition to fan tests, CFM has conducted extensive rig testing of its ultra-high-efficiency LEAP low-pressure turbine with outstanding results. The rig, which included the full low-pressure turbine (LPT) and turbine rear frame, validated the technical innovations in the design, including the advanced three-dimensional designed airfoils and blade and vane alignment. Initial results confirmed very high efficiency levels and matched results achieved in pre-test simulations. Testing has enabled CFM to assess acoustics and to validate corresponding LPT performance and airfoil mechanical behavior in a real operating environment.

The LEAP engine is on track for certification in 2014 and entry into service in 2016 on the Airbus A320neo and COMAC C919 in 2016, following by the Boeing 737 MAX in 2017. To date, CFM has received orders and commitments for more than 2,450 LEAP engines to power these three aircraft types.

Press release issued by CFM International Inc. on November 13, 2011

 

 Contact details from our directory:
CFM International Inc. Turbofan Engines

 

 Related aircraft programs:
COMAC C919
Boeing 737
Airbus A320

 

 Related directory sectors:
Engines

Enhanced listings:


Midland Aerospace
Manufacturer of complex 3- and 5-axis CNC machined and fabricated detail components & assemblies for the aerospace & defence market sectors.

Capacitec
Capacitec Gapman Gen3 portable “electronic feeler gauge” measures very small gaps (200 microns) in airframe parts assembly

EWI
The leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry.

Beckwood Press
Your single source for aerospace forming equipment. Manufacturer of Triform Sheet hydroforming presses.

USA Borescopes
USA Borescopes is a global supplier of world class visual inspection equipment. We are the one stop source for aviation professionals.

See our advertising tariff.

 

12
data pages remaining in monthly quota for non-subscribers

© Copyright of Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2017. Terms & Conditions of reading.