The GE9X Completes First Test

March 26 2018

GE Aviation informed that the engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft successfully completed its first flight test in Victorville, Calif. Known as the GE9X, the engine is in the 100,000-pound thrust class and features the world’s largest front fan (134 inches in diameter), a composite fan case and 16 fourth generation CFRP fan blades.

Other key features include a next-generation 27:1 pressure-ratio 11-stage high-pressure compressor; a third-generation TAPS III combustor for high efficiency and low emissions; and ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material in the combustor and turbine.

GE currently has 700 of the engines on order, and expects to complete the certification process in 2019. However, the engine will not be the only part of the 777X made with composites. In 2016, Boeing invested more than $300 million on a new composite center in St. Louis that will be responsible for Production of 777X wing edge and empennage parts.

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