GE Aviation and Etihad Airways have partnered to launch the brand new 360 Foam Wash, a ground-breaking jet engine cleansing system.
The product is designed to optimise efficiency of Etihad’s GE90 and GEnx-1B engines on its Boeing 777 and 787 fleets.
Working with Etihad as a launch companion for the Etihad Greenliner programme to innovate, develop and take a look at aviation decarbonization applied sciences, GE has awarded Etihad technical licenses to make use of GE’s patented 360 Foam Wash system on its GE90 and GEnx-1B plane engines.
These technical licenses permit Etihad Airways to carry out the engine foam wash on its fleet of 777 and 787 plane fully in-house.
GE’s 360 Foam Wash is a substitute for the water wash methodology, and restores engine efficiency resulting in reductions in gasoline consumption.
The method entails injecting a specially-formulated, proprietary resolution that removes mud and filth particles within the engine.
The system is self-contained, permitting it for use inside upkeep hangars or open air.
The airline’s collaboration within the trial course of was essential to the product’s growth, contributing to GE’s information assortment and evaluation, and enhancing reliability of 360 Foam Wash tools.
“GE Aviation shares a dedication to develop modern options in plane engine upkeep with the crew at Etihad Airways,” mentioned Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice chairman and basic supervisor of GE Aviation’s aftermarket strategic options.
“We’re studying extra about how our engines function and the way they reply in sizzling and harsh environments than ever earlier than, and our longstanding relationship with Etihad has been integral to that course of. The analysis that has gone into producing GE’s 360 Foam Wash is a shining instance of that.”
Throughout know-how trials with its GE90 and GEnx engines, the froth wash resolution allowed Etihad to enhance engine efficiency by lowering build-up of deposits within the engine, decreasing engine exhaust temperatures, and enhancing engine compressor effectivity.
These enhancements led to decreased gasoline consumption and elevated engine time on wing.