General Electric Company (GE) has teamed with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to pursue the fabrication of advanced composite jet engine components in Mississippi.
“”For 30 years, GE has advanced the use of composites in jet engines,”” said David Calhoun, GE Vice Chairman. “”We are very pleased to work with state and development leaders to bring this advanced technology facility to Mississippi.””
During 2006-2007, GE will create an incubator program with the Mississippi State University (MSU) College of Engineering. There, GE will work with the MDA and MSU to demonstrate the necessary capabilities for producing composite components for commercial and military jet engines.
Upon successful completion of this phase, GE will establish a production facility in Mississippi. GE and MDA are evaluating potential sites in Mississippi. The facility is anticipated to open in the 2007-2008 timeframe and is expected to employ approximately 200 people at full rate production.
GE introduced its first composite fan blades in jet travel in 1995 with its GE90 engine on the Boeing 777. The GEnx, a new GE engine under development to enter service in 2008, will have both composite fan blades and a composite fan case. Composite components are also in GE’s advanced military engines.
Due to the success of the GE90 and GEnx engines, the production of GE’s composite components is growing. The Mississippi facility is expected to produce composite fan blade platforms (made of carbon fibre and epoxy resin) for the GEnx engine. These platforms are installed in between the front fan blades at the base of the blades.
The Mississippi facility will also produce composite components for GE military engines, including components for the F136 engine for the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program.
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