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What Is This Smoke Coming Out Of The Engine?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

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Look right underneath the Rolls-Royce Trent 772B. What is that small puff of smoke or steam coming out the bottom? I have never seen this before.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards


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User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Looks like tire smoke to me. I don't think it's coming from the engine.

-Q



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User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5066 times:

Oh, wait, it might not be on the runway!  Nuts If it's not, I have no idea what it is.

-Q

[Edited 2004-03-10 03:20:52]


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User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2381 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5031 times:

Most likely steam from the oil breather.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5032 times:

A Rolls-Rolls engine that smokes?  Wow! What a novel concept.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Ah, yes, the glorious days of airline steam...  Big grin

(Probably an oil breather....)



User currently offlineLHcapt2007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

Any possibility of the shifting hydraulic loads imposed from slats/flaps/landing gear contributing to the smoke? Steam from the oil breather sounds ligit, but was this pic on landing or TO(I know the reversers arent deployed but maybe just at touchdown or rollout if a landing, prob TO)?

LHcapt2007

[Edited 2004-03-10 03:32:27]


TNCM
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

LHcapt2007,

It's on a taxiway, it could have either landed and gotten of the runway and is taxiing now or it could be taxiing to the runway for take-off. It certainly can't be taking off on the taxiway.  Smile

Regards



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User currently offlineLHcapt2007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4830 times:

LOL shouldve looked at the BIG TAXIWAY LINE right under the nose gear... duh thanks!

cheers



TNCM
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

That is the smoke from the Oil Breather Vent. A Common sight on BR715s too.

User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4637 times:

LOL shouldve looked at the BIG TAXIWAY LINE right under the nose gear... duh thanks!

I should have noticed that too, before I made that first post. Of course, taxiway lines do start on the runway and then curve off where there is a runway exit, but the plane is probably on a taxiway.

-Q



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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4450 times:

On all jet engines there is some leakage of high pressure air past the seals at the bearings into the oil system. This usually occurs at the bearings that are in the high pressure compressor/high pressure turbine assembly. The oil breather allows this air to dump overboard and not pressurize the oil system. The air is vented through a fixed devise that centrifuges the oil out of the air so, usually, there is little or no loss of oil out of the breather.
What I believe you are looking at is the air coming out of the breather. The air is warm and in humid or cold areas you may see condensation forming in the exhaust. If the engine losing oil out of the breather, the color of the breather air will be darker and there is generally staining on the cowling at the exhaust port.


User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3695 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4443 times:
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On all jet engines there is some leakage of high pressure air past the seals at the bearings into the oil system

That's what keeps the oil in! The rotor bearings are in a sump which is basically a box with the rotor shaft passing through it. Oil jets spray oil on the bearings in the sump and higher pressure air is fed into another 'box' around the sump. This air leaks into the sump through the seals and so keep the oil in the sump.

Both the oil and the air is extracted from the sump through the scavenge oil pumps and the mixture eventually finds its way to the oil tank in which there is a de-airator. Once separated from the oil the air is vented to the gearbox and vents to atmosphere via the centrifugal oil breather that removes any remaining oil from the air. It is this oil/air vapour you see in the picture.

You generally see the vapour when an engine is accelerating or decelerating as the internal pressures are unbalanced at this time.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

Looks like Air from the Breather.
regds
HAWK



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