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3D Printing Turbines for Re-Usable Rocket Engines

3D Printing Turbines for Re-Usable Rocket Engines

Written by Paul

September 11, 2018

(Image courtesy of GKN Aerospace.) GKN Aerospace will develop and manufacture two full scale turbines for the Prometheus , an ESA -funded program for low-cost re-usable rocket engines based on liquid oxygen and methane propellants. The turbines will generate power for the methane fuel system, with the first turbine to be delivered at the end of 2019. Manufacturing will take place in cooperation with partners and at GKN Aerospace’s Engine Systems Centre of Excellence in Trollhättan, Sweden. The new turbine will face challenging loads, including very high pressure, high speed and high temperatures, which is why this is a critical step for additive manufacturing: the use of this technology for future higher loaded critical components in terms of pressure, temperature and rotational speed. Sébastien Aknouche Vice President and General Manager, Services and Special Products Engine Systems said: “With the support of the Swedish National Space Agency , ESA and […]


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