Pratt & Whitney is poised to conduct a key fan blade-out test for its PW1000G geared turbofan (GTF) over the next few days, which could determine if novel hybrid-metallic technology will feature in the production engine. The test follows the successful completion of a bird-strike test on a fan set representative of the PW1524G for Bombardier’s CSeries in early March. The 2.5-pound bird strike evaluation was a key validation of the hybrid-metallic fan blade design — a major ...

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