Turbine engines are one of the most commonly used types of aircraft engines. However, over the years, these engines have come a long way from being small and non-functional to becoming the most powerful jet engine in the world. The very first gas turbine engine was built in 1903 by Elling, producing excess power of 11hp. From that point on, the gas turbine engine went through several changes and now has finally evolved into a millimeter size powerful engine that is set to revolutionize the world.
From Start to End – How the Turbine Engine Changed
In 1939, Hans von Ohain was the first to design and patent the jet powered aircraft based on gas turbine engines. Since then, gas turbine engines have continued to grow in both size and power, and today they are used to propel one of the biggest aircrafts: the Boeing 777. The GE90 engine used to power these aircrafts is 3 meters tall and produces 115,000 lb. of thrust.
However, this power doesn’t seem to be the end for gas turbine engines. By the end of summer this year, the smallest ever turbine engine, measuring millimeter in size, will start being produced. While you might think why this matters, it does as this engine has the power to change the entire world of energy consumption and creation.
The Impact of These Changes on Aviation
As the power of the gas turbine engines grew over the years, the world of aviation changed and more powerful aircrafts were designed. It is because of a turbine engine that the largest commercial airplane is functional today. However, the new millimeter size turbine engine is by far the most remarkable change to the structure of this engine, making it compact yet extremely powerful.
It won’t only power the large aircrafts, but also small, unmanned aerial vehicles for military, delivering higher performance than ever. Even outside the aviation industry, this new engine can create powerful batteries and power plants in an unexpected way. Not only will this compact engine impact industries that already rely on turbine engines, but it would also make these engines useful in other multiple markets.