New GE Engine Has Potential For Commercial Use

By Michael Mecham

GE Aviation expects to begin ground tests in October in Peebles, Ohio, on a unique GEF414 F/A-18 fighter jet engine featuring a ceramic matrix composite low-pressure turbine blade that offers weight-savings and fuel-efficiency potential for military and commercial engines.

Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) technology has worked its way onto jet engines in the past, including the hot sections ...

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