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"One-Piece" Jet Engine Fan?  
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

Hi guys.

First off...here's some quick info on the engines that power the new Raytheon Premier 1 corporate jet.

The type of engines are the Williams-Rolls FJ44-2A Turbofan, each with 2,300 pounds of static thrust and a 3.3 to 1 bypass ratio.

This Williams engine has a "One-Piece Fan" with wide chord blades.

The article I read about the engines on the Premier 1 only mentioned that it's Williams engines had a One-Piece fan. It didn't mention anything about this One-Piece fan being a "first type" unique feature, etc.

So I'm wondering if there are any other jet engines out there that have a One-Piece fan at the beginning of their compressor stage? If so, are they on small corporate aircraft or large airliners?

Chris  Smile






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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

The Williams FJ44, first used on the Cessna CitationJet is milled from a single chunk of titanium I believe. I guess it saves some weight and reduces another thing that could break.


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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

The new citations have them as do alot of the other new biz jets. They replace the "fir-tree" type fan blades that you hear clinking while they are turned off on the ground and spinning in the wind.


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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Hi guys, Thanks for your replies.

I was thinking ...what if these engines experienced a bird strike, or FOD, or even a bad hail storm and one of their fan blades did get damaged. You would have to replace the "whole" front compressor fan instead of just a few removable blades that could be replaced. This sounds a lot more expensive. However, if these one-piece fans are made of titanium....they must be very strong and impact resistant.

Thanks for letting me know that other corporate jets also have these types of intake fans. Do you think airliners ever will?

Chris  Smile




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User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1412 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

If you have seen an engine which has suffered a bird strike you will know that the bird itself might only damage a few blades?, but those blades usually go on to do untold damage to the rest of the engine

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