The Manufacture of Ultra-Lightweight Large Diameter Composite Pistons

  • P. Mobbs


Heat transfer characteristics of gas turbine blades can be measured in an intermittent short steady-pulse wind tunnel. Such a tunnel has been constructed at RAE Farnborough in which a stable hot gas pulse is generated by an ultra-lightweight, large diameter piston. Manufacture of such a piston is made possible by composites fabrication techniques recently developed for aerospace applications. Two pistons have been fabricated and found to exceed their design and operational requirements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Mobbs
    • 1
  1. 1.Materials and Structures Department X34 buildingRoyal Aerospace EstablishmentFarnborough HantsEngland

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