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A Giant Step in Jetliner Propulsion

GE Aircraft's GE90 is a high bypass turbofan jetliner engine capable of well over 84,700 pounds thrust. The turbofan is a propulsion system that compresses some of the air taken in, burns it in a combuster and expells it to generate power for driving the fan and compressor. A greater amount of air bypasses the combustion process. The GE90 pushes the cooler bypass air rearward with a fan to mix it with the hot exhaust gas; the result is a gain in thrust with minimal fuel expenditure. Over a billion dollars and several years went into its development, which included incorporating technologies developed by Lewis Research Center work done in the 1970s and from projects with SNECMA of France. The engine will power the 777 and other subsonic commercial widebodies.
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