Technology

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Fiber ceramics for aviation engines

09.2018 | “Humans have thousands of years of experience working with metals, but with CMCs, we’re only just beginning,” says Katrin Schönfeld, Fraunhofer IKTS. Why are they being tested? In engines, CMCs have the potential to reduce weight, optimize combustion and raise efficiency.

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The inspection process in engine maintenance

09.2018 | Run by MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg, the project is intended to make the inspection process in engine maintenance more efficient, safe and ergonomic. The test phase is scheduled to continue until July 2019 and conclude with a demonstrator.

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MTU industrializes ceramic milling

08.2018 | To manufacture the turbine center frames for the GE9X engine, MTU is applying a new technology for the first time: ceramic milling. MTU is already using it to produce the first flying parts for the new Boeing 777X.

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Fire-resistant and lightweight: Aviation textiles

07.2018 | Fabrics for seat covers, safety belts and carpets used in air­craft must be flame-retardant and lightweight. In the future, explosion-proof luggage bags and self-illu­mi­nating ceiling upholstery made from high-tech textiles may find their way into the cabin.

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How winglets work

07.2018 | A little bend makes aircraft quieter and more effi­cient: designed to improve lift, winglets are up- or down­turned extensions at the tips of wings.

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Alternative fuels for the aviation of tomorrow

04.2018 | Alternative fuels are crucial for sustainable aviation. Several drop-in fuels have already been approved, and the first production processes have reached maturity. However, kerosene made of biofuel is still more expensive than conventional kerosene.

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Research flights for the climate

03.2018 | NASA's DC-8 and the German Aerospace Center's A320 ATRA are together testing the behavior of alternative fuels. AEROREPORT author Andreas Spaeth reports about the research campaign directly from the aircraft.

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New production processes reduce aviation's environmental footprint

03.2018 | In the aviation industry, environmental protection starts long before take-off. Aircraft and engine manufacturers are developing new, sustainable production processes that conserve energy and materials. To make tomorrow's air transport sustainable, MTU is using innovative plant concepts and manufacturing methods to supply lightweight components.