Powerplants For The 747-8 And ARJ21
The FAA has issued type certificates for GE's GEnx-2B and
CF34-10A engines. The Part 33 certifications were issued Friday at
the FAA's office in Burlington, MA.
Boeing selected the GEnx-2B engine to power its 747-8
Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter aircraft in 2005. The engine
certification program started in 2008 when the GEnx-2B engine
demonstrated 70,950 pounds (316 kN) of takeoff thrust during
ground-testing at GE's outdoor testing facility at Peebles, OH.
Since that time, the GEnx-2B engine has completed ground-testing
and three flight-testing sessions on GE's 747 flying testbed in
Victorville, CA. The GEnx-2B engine has accumulated more than 2,600
hours of testing and more than 4,300 cycles on the ground and the
The GEnx-2B engine began flight-testing on Boeing's 747-8
Freighter in February and has performed flawlessly, accumulating a
total of more than 2,100 flight-hours, more than 1,100 cycles and
more than 3,800 run-hours (flight-hours and ground runs on the
Boeing 747-8 aircraft). Entry into service is scheduled for later
this year with Cargolux Airlines International S.A. of
More than 1,300 GEnx engines are on order to 48 customers around
the world, including more than 400 GEnx-2B engines. Based on proven
GE90 architecture, the GEnx engine will succeed GE's CF6 engine.
Compared to the CF6 engine, the GEnx will offer 15 percent improved
fuel efficiency, which translates to 15 percent less carbon dioxide
(CO2). The GEnx's innovative twin-annular pre-swirl (TAPS)
combustor will dramatically reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) gases as
much as 60 percent below today's regulatory limits and other
regulated gases as much as 90 percent. Based on the ratio of
decibels to pounds of thrust, the GEnx will be the quietest engine
GE has produced due to the large, more efficient fan blades that
operate at slower tip speed, resulting in about 30 percent lower
noise levels. The GEnx is the world's only jet engine with both a
front fan case and fan blades made of carbon fiber composites.
IHI Corporation of Japan, Avio SpA. of Italy, Volvo Aero of
Sweden, MTU of Germany, TechSpace Aero of Belgium, Snecma (SAFRAN
Group) of France and Samsung Techwin of Korea are revenue-sharing
participants in the GEnx program.
The GEnx is part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio --
GE's commitment to develop new, cost-effective technologies that
enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.
The CF34-10A engine was selected to power the new ARJ21 regional
jet from Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) in 2002.
Based on the CF34-10E engine, the CF34-10A engine includes: a
wide-chord fan for higher thrust and high tolerance to foreign
object damage; 3-D aerodynamic design airfoils in the high-pressure
compressor for highly efficient, stall-free operation, as well as
better fuel burn and higher exhaust gas temperature margins; a
highly durable single annular, low-emissions combustor that meets
or surpasses the most stringent emissions standards; and a
single-stage high-pressure turbine for lower operating cost.
Certification testing on the CF34-10A engine started in 2007,
and the engine demonstrated thrust capability up to 20,000 pounds.
Flight tests on the ARJ21 continue with entry into service
scheduled for 2011. COMAC has announced orders for 240 ARJ21
regional jet aircraft and sees a potential for up to 850 aircraft
over the next 20 years. GE and COMAC have collaborated closely on
the aircraft's detailed design and the aircraft/engine integration.
For the past two years, GE has been recognized as COMAC's supplier
of the year.