MTU's high-pressure compressors are among the best to be found in the market. For more than 30 years, the German company has been developing, manufacturing, repairing and overhauling this component, the centerpiece of an aircraft engine. Current flagship products developed by MTU's experts are the compressor for the EJ200 powering the Eurofighter Typhoon and that for the TP400-D6 for the new A400M military airlifter.
The high-pressure compressor currently being developed in partnership with Pratt & Whitney is one of the core components of the new geared turbofan engine family targeted at regional and business jets and short- to medium-haul airliners. Integral constructions and novel materials are key to significant weight reductions. Today's advanced compressors, for example, feature rotors in blisk design, where disk and blades form an integral part. This configuration markedly reduces length and weight. Comparable weight-saving potentials are afforded by new titanium and nickel-base materials.