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US Army see self-adjusting turbine blades powering new supersonic VTOLsUS Army researchers believe they have found a novel way to articulate the position of turbine blades in the hot section of jet engines. They say the innovation could significantly improve efficiency and power of jet engines – and also enable a new, wider range of performance needed for futuristic aircraft, perhaps even new types of supersonic vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...
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Very interesting topic - 2 comments on actual subject - 11 comments of political banter.......
Interesting article. Why can't the idiots let us enjoy this site for what it was intended for. So sick of the CRAP athese people are spouting.
It will be far more interesting when and if varible turbine blades come to fruition. It is terribly difficult to do this in the temperatures at the turbine stage. Varible blades as improvement to performance has long been known - varible propellers were invented about 100 or so ago. Good tidings to all.
I agree that this is an engineers dream to work on this. And the math needed to solve the issues is way beyond me! Materials scientists will love working on this problem.
China will have this one week after us.
Except they will not be able to make it work. They have been trying to steal a jet engine for decades, but so far no Middle Kingdom Jet.