Thursday, March 17, 2011

Aviation Snapshot - Hail Testing on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's Turbofan Engine

The GEnx-1B, GE's next generation turbofan engine on the Dreamliner, undergoes a hail test at Site 4D on the Peebles test site in Ohio as part of the initial certification effort. Ice accretion testing was conducted at Mirabel Icing Facility in Montreal, Canada, where tests simulated the sort of sever icing conditions in which slabs of ice would form in the inlet cowl and engine face after a two-minute delay in activating anti-icing systems. Photo courtesy of GE, from Boeing 787 Dreamliner by Guy Norris and Mark Wagner.

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