Advanced manufacturing & materials
GE is revolutionizing production capabilities to deliver faster, lighter and more cost-effective solutions for today’s warfighters
Also known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing is the process of creating parts directly from a computerized drawing using fine metal powder and an electron beam or laser. This allows engineers to design complex, intricate parts, make prototypes more quickly and efficiently and eliminate substantial weight while maintaining the part’s strength and integrity.
GE is incorporating additive manufacturing in its AATE, FATE and ITEP programs.
Ceramic Matrix Composites
Offering superior durability and thermal capabilities, Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) components are one-third the density and one-third the weight of current metal alloys. This allows engines to run hotter and reduces weight throughout the engine, leading to improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
The GE3000 incorporates CMC components. GE is running hot section CMC components in other military engines currently on test.
Inlet Particle Separator for hot and harsh conditions
Environmental contamination, such as the dust and sand typical of desert combat zones, can cause an engine’s performance to deteriorate over time. GE has invested in an enhanced sand testing facility to determine maximum turboshaft engine sand separation efficiency.
GE is partnering with the Army to design and test an improved Inlet Particle Separator for its GE3000 engine.