GE Unveils Inspection Technology for Next Generation of Aircraft Engine Turbine Blades

  • bladeǀline X-ray CT System Offers Fast and Accurate Measurement and Inspection of Complex Components
  • Supports Industry Drive for Cost-Effective, Fuel-Efficient Engines
  • New Product Builds on Decades of GE Experience in Aircraft Engines Business

LEWISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA - September 9, 2013 - Responding to the aerospace industry’s drive for more cost-effective, fuel-efficient engines, GE’s (NYSE: GE) Measurement and Control business introduces the bladeǀline X-ray CT system that enables fast, high quality evaluation of complex, advanced technology engine components.

The new bladeǀline X-ray system utilizes computed tomography (CT) technology and enables fast inspection and accurate measurement of complex internal geometries, such as high pressure turbine blade castings. It uses components that have an overall lower cost of ownership, compared with competing products available today.

“The new GE blade|line X-ray CT system answers a strong industry need as it is specifically designed to inspect these ultra complex, next generation of aerospace turbine blade castings,” said Shana Telesz, global product manager for radiography inspection systems for GE Measurement & Control, a GE Oil & Gas division. “With fast inspection speeds and crisp image quality, this new, advanced inspection technology builds on GE’s extensive expertise and decades of experience in the aircraft engine business.”

The U.S. Metals Affordability Initiative (MAI), created by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, was a major driver for the development of the bladeǀline X-ray CT system. MAI’s goal is to spur technology development aimed at lower cost material and manufacturing methods, efficient component designs and tools and methods for reducing the time required for development and manufacturing of metallic components for the aerospace industry.

Aircraft engine performance requirements are becoming more stringent. High-performance engines use cooling designs with advanced multi-wall casting technology. This creates an inspection challenge, since existing measurement technologies are unable to determine the acceptability of these new multi-wall castings. The advances in turbine engine component design, including multi-wall blades, create a clear need for CT technology. The bladeǀline X-ray CT system’s primary function is to create CT slice images that allow more detailed evaluations (wall thickness measurements and defect analysis) on internal casting components.

GE Measurement & Control is a global technology leader in asset condition monitoring, process instrumentation and non-destructive testing. The blade|line X-ray CT System is part of GE Measurement & Control’s broad portfolio of diagnostic technologies, software and analytics solutions and services. These products and services deliver ultra-high accuracy and detail-enabling optimized productivity, efficiency and safety.

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