Safran opens turbine blade research centre
Safran has opened a new research centre for advanced turbine blades used on airplane and helicopter engines at its plant in Gennevilliers, France, the company announced on 6 February.
The new research facility is part of the corporate Research & Technology centre, Safran Tech. Housed in a building spanning 3,000sqm, the new research unit is fitted with advanced machinery and equipment to support innovative technologies such as multi-disciplinary design, single-crystal casting, 3D-printed ceramic cores, thermal coatings, cooling circuits, digitised processes, self-adapting micro-drilling, and non-destructive testing based on artificial intelligence.
The turbine blades developed by the new centre will be incorporated on the Rafale's current engines to improve aircraft dispatch reliability and reduce through-life maintenance and production costs.
In addition, the centre will develop technologies for use on civil aircraft engines and helicopter engines.
The Gennevilliers site provides forging, casting and machining services for engine parts from Safran Aircraft Engines, and is organised in three centers of excellence: turbine blades, compressor blades and rotating parts.
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