Press Archive 2016
MTU to highlight innovative solutions to make aviation sustainable at the ILA Berlin Air Show
Munich, May 23rd, 2016 – True to its motto “Innovation @ MTU”, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer will be showcasing the major trends in innovative technologies and sustainability at this year’s ILA Berlin Air Show. It will focus on products and services that span the entire lifecycle of commercial and military aircraft engines. With its innovations, MTU is committed to providing its customers with all the support they need to operate their aircraft economically and eco-efficiently. All of the Munich-based high-tech company’s innovative exhibits are on display in Hall 2, on the 250-square-meter booth No. 301.
Reduced fuel burn and lower noise, CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions – the trends driving the industry have hardly ever been as plain to see as they are today. Take the geared turbofan (GTF) for short- and medium-range aircraft, for example. The GTF holography box is the eyecatcher at MTU’s booth; it provides visitors with an interactive experience allowing them to explore what the new propulsion technology is all about. The 3D animations and video sequences provide information on MTU’s core modules, as, for instance, the high-pressure compressor or the high-speed low-pressure turbine. An original copy of the latter is also exhibited at the trade show booth. The GTF marks a giant leap forward in engine technology and, at the same time, has become a success in the market. The engine has found a home on five aircraft: Airbus is offering the GTF for the A320neo. Bombardier has chosen it as the exclusive power-plant for its new CSeries. Mitsubishi will equip the MRJ and Embraer its new E-170- and E-190-family of regional jets with the propulsion system. Irkut, too, has selected the GTF for the MS-21. To date, 70 airlines worldwide have ordered around 7,000 geared turbofan engines.
Exhibits displayed by MTU that represent propulsion systems for long-range aircraft include the turbine center frame for the GEnx engine powering the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 747-8. MTU will also show three complete engines from its defense business: The TP400-D6 powering the A400M military airlifter, the EJ200 powering the Eurofighter Typhoon, and the GE38 powering the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter. In the Federal Armed Forces’ pavilion, MTU will be showcasing an EJ200 cutaway model and the MTR390 engine powering the Tiger helicopter. Soldiers and MTU staff will be demonstrating how their cooperation to jointly maintain aircraft in serviceable condition works.
Serving the customer
MTU’s commercial maintenance sector will be presenting its cutting-edge solutions on offer to MRO customers. A case in point is the V2500 drum repair. This procedure prevents fretting damage at the middle stages of the high-pressure compressor by incorporating new designed damper wires with improved ends that MTU has developed.
Another innovative repair procedure is MTUPlus ERcoateco for application of a high-temperature-resistant erosion protection coating onto high-pressure compressor blades and vanes. The coating is produced using nano technology and helps reduce specific fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s more, it increases the life of the blades and vanes by protecting the base material from excessive erosion. Both repair solutions are being demonstrated on a V2500 high-pressure compressor on display at MTU’s booth.
Perspectives for the future
Aviation continues to have plenty of innovations in store down the road. As guests at MTU’s booth, futurologists from the Munich-based Bauhaus Luftfahrt think tank will be showcasing their latest concept study. In the immediate vicinity, the exhibits displayed at the so-called Future Lab at the stand of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will provide insights into the technological future of the aviation and the space sector. MTU contributes an exhibit – one that looks at the topic of simulation in engine construction. MTU also takes part in the ILA Business Tours, offering guided tours focusing on “Clean Sky” and “Equipment, Materials & Maintenance”. The ILA Career Center provides information on job opportunities for people starting out on a career or looking to switch jobs. MTU has a V2500 engine on display there, which was restored by apprentices as part of a project they conducted. During the trade show, apprentices are on site to demonstrate how bypass engines work and to answer questions on how to best prepare for a career in the aero engine industry.
About MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines AG is Germany's leading engine manufacturer. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, turbine center frames as well as manufacturing processes and repair techniques. In the commercial OEM business, the company plays a key role in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-tech components together with international partners. Some 30 percent of today’s active aircraft in service worldwide have MTU components on board. In the commercial maintenance sector the company ranks among the top 5 service providers for commercial aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The activities are combined under the roof of MTU Maintenance. In the military arena, MTU Aero Engines is Germany's industrial lead company for practically all engines operated by the country's military. MTU operates a network of locations around the globe; Munich is home to its corporate headquarters. In fiscal 2015, the company had a workforce of some 9,000 employees and posted consolidated sales of approximately 4.4 billion euros.