Engines to come

Engines to come

Tomorrow's engines need innovative ideas. The growing mobility needs of billions of people, limited raw materials and acerbating ecological problems leave little doubt that new engine solutions must go beyond existing concepts.

New commercial engines will have even higher bypass ratios than today's models. At the same time, pressures and temperatures in the engine interior will increase to further optimize efficiencies. As a result, improved materials and coating systems are required. For enhanced power generation highly efficient heat engines will be needed, which are based, for example, on variable components. These are hoped to help commercial aircraft engines achieve the highest possible efficiency under all flight conditions, not only during cruise. Other approaches to enhance engine performance involve the use of recuperative elements, combined-cycle or hybrid technologies.

MTU pursues all available avenues to further improve aircraft engines and verifies the technical feasibility of the various concepts, for example electric propulsion systems. In the foreseeable future, however, there will be no alternative to the gas turbine engine as the propulsion system for large airliners. The company has also committed itself to promoting the development of sustainable fuels.