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Garrett (Allied Signal) TFE731-3R Turbofan Engine

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

The AlliedSignal TFE731 was largely responsible for the broad-scale introduction of medium-size corporate fanjet aircraft, a trend that began in the early 1970s. The engine's low specific fuel consumption greatly increased the range of corporate jet aircraft. The TFE731 is used on many types of business jets, including Bombardier Learjets, Dassault Falcons, Cessna Citations, Raytheon Hawker 800s, and Israel Aircraft Industries 1125 Astras.

As one of the first development engines for the TFE731-3 engine series, this engine has been rebuilt nearly 200 times for various development and certification testing programs. It has undergone more than 2,000 hours of hard testing in the manufacturer's test cell facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, and on a Falcon 20 jet aircraft. This testing resulted in many improvements to the TFE731 series, including the development of a low-smoke combustion system and enhanced engine controls.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Garrett Corporation

Designer

Ivan Speer

Credit Line

Gift of AlliedSignal Aerospace

Materials

  • Engine Components - Various alloys of aluminum, steel, etc.
  • Hoses/Clamps - Rubber
  • Protective Caps - Plastic

Dimensions

Length 126.3 cm (49.73 in.) (core length), Diameter 71.6 cm (28.20 in.)

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Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1978

Physical Description

  • Type: Turbofan, two-shaft, geared
  • Thrust/speed: 16,500 N (3,700 lb) at 29,692 rpm
  • Fan: Bypass ratio 2.8:1, single-stage,
  • Compressor: 4-stage low-pressure axial, 1-stage high-pressure centrifugal
  • Combustor: Annular reverse flow
  • Turbine: Single-stage high-pressure, 3-stage low-pressure
  • Weight: 342 kg (754 lb)

Type

PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet)

Inventory Number

A19970501000

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