Turbine Engine Technology
This enabling capability is comprised of two turbine engine technology (TET) products – one for materials and one for engines. These products will deliver advanced materials, designs, components and integration technologies for turbine engines leading to improved cost, efficiency and performance of turbopropulsion for naval aviation. The objectives of the TET enabling capability will be accomplished in the first materials product by conducting applied research and development efforts, developing innovative materials and processes for selected turbine engine components (e.g., compressors, combustors, turbine sections, mechanical systems, control systems). The engines product will involve advanced technology demonstrations, and advanced components will be designed using the materials and processes from the materials product as well as other advanced aero/structural concepts. Typically, these components will be integrated into and tested in advanced demonstrator engines.
Once tested, these technologies will be ready for incorporation into advanced turbine engines. By coordinating and integrating the material and engine products, the Turbine Engine Technology program will result in significant increases in capability and decreases in operational and sustainment costs which will facilitate attainment of the Navy’s performance and affordability goals for the F-35 and other naval aircraft.
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