A jet engine designed by students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, tied for second place in an international engine design competition held this summer by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The award was shared with a team from the University of Valencia in Spain.
Embry-Riddle’s engine design, named the CRT15 due to its 15:1 bypass ratio, cut the amount of fuel required in half. This technology, already being implemented in Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power Engines, will be the future of green aerospace, university officials claim. A team from Oklahoma State University won the competition, which drew eight entries.
The goal for the competition was to design an ultra-high bypass turbofan engine with an innovative thrust reversing system to replace the GE CFM56-7B24 that powers the Boeing 737. The engine had to meet all standards set forth by the Department of Energy and NASA for N+2 Technology, such as lower fuel consumption, less noise and even reduced nitrous oxide emissions.
The Embry-Riddle student team was led by Andrew Yatsko and included Ganesh Krishnan, Samir Prakash, Siva Saba, Kurt Schwarz and Jison Zabala, all of them aerospace engineering majors with a focus on propulsion. They were supervised by Magdy Attia, associate professor of aerospace engineering at the Daytona Beach campus.
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