With the addition of this dedicated 60,000 square-foot R&D facility, Pratt & Whitney will add dozens of employees focused on the design, development and production of CMCs for aerospace applications. Compared to traditional materials in the hot section of a jet engine, CMCs are known to be lighter and have higher temperature capability, which can enable improved thermal efficiency for gas turbine engines. CMCs will enhance Pratt & Whitney’s next-generation commercial and military engines to deliver benefits that include increased range, increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
Meggan Harris, senior director, CMCs, Pratt & Whitney said :
“Pratt & Whitney views CMCs as an enabling technology. This material will allow us to offer key capabilities for both our commercial and military customers, as their needs for ever-better fuel efficiency over longer flight times continue to evolve.”
Andy Lazur, general manager of the Pratt & Whitney Carlsbad facility said:
“We’re excited to establish a dedicated team of engineers and technicians working on the next generation of this potentially disruptive technology in a collaborative space. This new facility is a testament to Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to innovation. This novel material technology enables us to provide dependable engines with enhanced performance to our customers.”
Companies: Pratt & Whitney