One of the enemies of next generation military aircraft is dissipating the tremendous amount of heat generated by avionics and radar. This can limit component reliability and inhibit both the duration and frequency of missions.
“To beat the heat, we have developed an innovative heat exchanger design that rejects more than one million BTUs per hour, or the equivalent of 50 large room air conditioners,” says Mike Eisenmenger, manager of GE Aviation’s Adaptive Engine Technology Development.
Lighter and compact enough to fit into a carry-on suitcase, these exchangers can have tremendous impact on not only the engine, but unlock new mission capabilities as well. For example, it can enable longer close support missions for added protection of troops on the ground. Cooler air will also increase engine efficiency for extended mission range, and commanders can benefit from more flexible mission planning.
Pilots will feel the difference as well.
“Priority cooling of radar and avionics means cockpit temperatures can escalate into the 90s,” said Mike. “With more efficient operation, both the pilot and machinery will operate at a more comfortable temperature.