AEDC tests new TF33 engine components
Newly redesigned components of the Pratt and Whitney TF33 engine have undergone testing at the US Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC).
The structural integrity and durability of a redesigned inlet case and turbine exhaust case for the engine were validated and verified in the testing.
Second Lt. Karlie Madden, AEDC project manager for the test, said: ‘The test also includes accelerated mission testing which simulates approximately one-half of an overhaul cycle of testing on the engine, running approximately 690 sea-level operating hours.
‘Multiple performance calibrations have been performed to determine if there are any new performance standards that stem from the redesigned components.’
The testing took place in one of the AEDC Engine Test Facility sea level test cells during the summer and wrapped up in November. Though tested at AEDC before, it was the first installation of the TF33 in this sea level test cell.
The TF33 has powered the KC-135, E-3 Sentry and E-8 Joint STARS aircraft. The engine in testing was a 17,000lb thrust variant used aboard the B-52H Stratofortress.
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