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Most Powerful And Largest Engine Ever  
User currently offlineJcchristie From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 39 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 25485 times:

What is the most powerful engine and the largest engine ever put on an airplane? My guess is the GE90, but that has been around for a while.

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User currently offlineNomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1846 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 25478 times:

It's still the GE90-115. The 777-300 is still the most airplane per engine, so they haven't needed anything more yet.


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User currently offlineCAL764 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 25442 times:

GE90-115B's on 777F as well, correct?


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6812 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 25312 times:

As long as you define "powerful" to mean "greatest sea-level static thrust". If you actually mean power then it can get complicated.

User currently offlineT prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1028 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 25180 times:

This one?


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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 24899 times:



Quoting CAL764 (Reply 2):
GE90-115B's on 777F as well, correct?

GE90-110B1

Same engine, different programming plug.

Tom.


User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 24427 times:

Certainly the GE90-115B, and probably will be for a along time. Can't beat it!

"During its testing, the GE90-115B set numerous aviation records, including reaching a sustained record 127,900 lbs. of thrust during initial ground testing at GE's outdoor test facility near Peebles, Ohio."

http://www.geae.com/engines/commercial/ge90/ge90-115b.html


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User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1893 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 23524 times:

Since the space shuttle flies like an aircraft. I go with the shuttle engines.


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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1858 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 23269 times:
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What about the biggest Piston engine? For aircraft that is.


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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 23234 times:



Quoting Blackbird1331 (Reply 7):
Since the space shuttle flies like an aircraft. I go with the shuttle engines.

While it flies like an “aircraft” (actually a glider which only goes down, not up like gliders do usually in good conditions), it’s got no engines. It only uses engines while launching, and not more inside the Earth’s atmosphere.

So, the Rockwell’s don’t count IMO.


User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 22938 times:

How about before the -115b or any of the ge90's....which one was the most powerful ?


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User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1447 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 22910 times:



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 1):
The 777-300 is still the most airplane per engine, so they haven't needed anything more yet.

You mean the 77W or 777-300ER.



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User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2433 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 22916 times:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 8):
What about the biggest Piston engine? For aircraft that is.

The 36 cylinder 5000 hp Lycoming R-7755, although it was never mass-produced.

The largest mass-produced was the 28 cylinder 4300 hp Pratt & Whitney R-4360.

[Edited 2008-08-29 12:16:03]


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User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1447 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22358 times:

Wh do I have a feeling PM will find a way to put some spin on how the GE-90 isn't the most Powerful Engine out there?  wink 


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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30859 posts, RR: 86
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22220 times:
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Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 10):
How about before the -115b or any of the ge90's....which one was the most powerful?

Well the P&W JT9D-7R4H1 on the A300 produced 56,000lbs of thrust. That was the most powerful Pratt before the PW4xxx series. The PW4168 was the most powerful model not designed for the 777, rated at 68,000lbs for the A330 family.

Then there is the Trent RB211-524H(-T) at 60,600lbs for the 747-400 and 767-300. And the Trent 772 at 71,000 on the A330-300.

And the GE CF6-80E1-A3 at 70,000lbs for the A330 family.

[Edited 2008-08-29 13:09:05]

User currently onlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3499 posts, RR: 66
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22068 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 14):
And the GE CF6-80E1-A3 at 70,000lbs for the A330 family.

Don't forget the PW4098 at 98K lb. A lot of thrust but unpopular because of its weight and SFC.



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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30859 posts, RR: 86
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 22044 times:
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Quoting OldAeroGuy (Reply 15):
Don't forget the PW4098 at 98K lb. A lot of thrust but unpopular because of its weight and SFC.

True, but I thought we were discussing engines not used on the 777 program.


User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 21611 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 14):
And the Trent 772 at 71,000 on the A330-300.

Yeah i thought of the trent 700, but i think i came after any of the ge90 series engines right ?


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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30859 posts, RR: 86
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 21181 times:
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Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 17):
Yeah i thought of the trent 700, but i think i came after any of the ge90 series engines right ?

It may have. I have a PDF of all the commercial engines currently in service, but it does not have their date of service entry.


User currently offlineRB211TriStar From United States of America, joined May 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 20825 times:

Interestingly, I immediately thought of the P&W J58 (even though it wasn't a commercial application). But I was way wrong... only 32,000lbs each.

User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1893 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 20272 times:

Think of the "Gimly Glider". The engines got it up, gravity pulled it down. The shuttle engines get it up. Pure power.


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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30859 posts, RR: 86
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 20088 times:
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Quoting Blackbird1331 (Reply 20):
Think of the "Gimly Glider". The engines got it up, gravity pulled it down. The shuttle engines get it up. Pure power.

But they are not jets, nor is the Space Shuttle a commercial aircraft,

Now, I suppose we could call the Soyuz platform a commercial vehicle, since civilians can take a trip and actually arrive at a destination and return. Big grin


User currently offlineHSVflier From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 19420 times:

i thought i read somewhere where the JSF engine set a world record for the highest sustained thrust for a jet engine during testing. could be wrong but i might have seen it in the guiness book of world records. but for commercial aviation it is definitely the GE90


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User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 19403 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 14):
The PW4168 was the most powerful model not designed for the 777, rated at 68,000lbs for the A330 family.

Don't forget the PW4173.

Oh, wait...  Wink



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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 19379 times:



Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 13):
Wh do I have a feeling PM will find a way to put some spin on how the GE-90 isn't the most Powerful Engine out there? wink

Yeah sure it is the most powerful engine but I am sure Rolls Royce could make an engine as powerful as the GE-90 If the need ever arose.


25 Stitch : They did perform studies on the Trent 8104 (105.000lbs) and Trent 8115 (115,000lbs) for the 777X (77L/77W) program back when Boeing was seeking RFPs
26 YULspotter : Video on YouTube of a startup of the GE90-115B in case anyone is interested in hearing it. Awsome sound. To me, it doesn't get much better. YULspotter
27 Post contains images RB211TriStar : I guess we could specify "turbofan". But before we do that, the Rocketdyne F-1 engines on the Saturn V take the cake at ~1,500,000lbs each.    Oops
28 Norcal773 : Isn't that dude walking dangerously close to the engine at start-up?
29 David L : But the space shuttle never uses those engines to fly like an aircraft.
30 CrimsonNL : No, he's outside the dangerous zone where he risks getting sucked in. However I hope he's wearing ear protection.
31 R2rho : How about turboprops? The most powerful turboprop ever built is the Kuznetsov NK-12, powering the Tu-95 couter-rotating props at 15000shp. The most po
32 Rwy04LGA : The Space Shuttle is an aircraft, but not an airplane. The OP specified 'airplane'. I've heard, but can't verify, that just one of the STS main engin
33 OldAeroGuy : No, just non-GE90's.
34 Blackbird1331 : Let's strap a couple of these babies on a 777 and see what happens. NYC to LA in 3 minutes.
35 Post contains links and images Jacobin777 : ..what a monster! MyAviation.net photo: Photo © Jacobin777
36 StealthZ : See reply 12 Cheers
37 Jetjeanes : I will say this, there is one on a test bed in china now That has been running nonstop for 14 months. the other was brought down. India provided much
38 Post contains links Viscount724 : Not an aircraft engine but still impressive -- world's most powerful piston engine, a 14-cylinder diesel powering the largest container ship, the Emma
39 Post contains links JetMech : I'm gonna have to go with the GE90-115B as the most powerful and physically largest engine fitted to an airplane. Apparently, each Space Shuttle soli
40 AutoThrust : Maybe also worth to be mentioned: The RD-170 is the world's most powerful multi-nozzle multi-chamber liquid bipropellant rocket engine. 1,776,665 lbs
41 Rwy04LGA : Thanks JetMech!
42 Post contains links and images EA772LR : That is just incredible On a similar note, the GE90-115B at full thrust has an equivalent 100,000 horsepower per engine!! Unbelievable amount of powe
43 AirbusA6 : Just a thought, but unless Y3 turns out to be a sigmificantly larger twin than the 77W, will there in the future be anything more powerful than the GE
44 Post contains links JetMech : No worries. Apparently, when the first stage of the Saturn V is at full song, it could supply the entire eastern seaboard of the US with its electric
45 RichM : That's cool. I wish my car sounded like that, I'm sure the neighbors would love to hear that every morning!
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