Trends, technologies, innovations: MTU to exhibit at the Singapore Airshow

25 percent of the commercial aircraft fleet in Asia has MTU technology on board

Munich January 25, 2018 Photo(s): By MTU Aero Engines AG

The Singapore Airshow is a biennial event that brings together the who's who in the aerospace industry. It attracts more than 1,000 exhibitors from around 50 countries and draws almost 50,000 visitors from all over the world to the Changi Exhibition Center in the Southeast Asian city-state. The trend for Asia as an aviation market is set to continue, the region being one of fastest-growing in the world. MTU Aero Engines, Germany's leading engine manufacturer and the world's largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance services, will be exhibiting at this key industry event. At booth J65, the company will be showcasing its portfolio of solutions for the entire life cycle of commercial and military engines and emerging technology innovations.

Efficient, quiet, clean: MTU's engine technologies are setting new standards

In Asia, there are almost 7,800 commercial aircraft in service today. Around a quarter of the fleet has MTU technology on board. The focus of MTU's exhibition in Singapore will be on the Geared TurbofanTM technology incorporated in engines of the PW1000G family; more than 8,000 of the propulsion systems have been ordered by customers around the world, so the number of PW1000G-family engines operated in Asia is also set to grow over the next two decades. MTU has a stake of 15 to 18 percent in the engine programs. The holography box in its exhibit is an interactive tool that conveys an idea of what the innovative technology is all about. This new generation of engines makes a substantial contribution to the sustainability of air transportation, cutting fuel burn and carbon-dioxide emissions by 16 percent and slashing noise footprints at takeoff by 75 percent. MTU's high-speed low-pressure turbine, a cut-away model of which will be on display at the airshow, is a technology without which the geared turbofan concept would not have been possible.

Flexible, tailor-made, trailblazing: MRO solutions for customers' every need

With its many years of experience in engine design and development as well as engine MRO, MTU Maintenance specializes in customized solutions that optimize cost and maximize value throughout the engine lifecycle. The V2500 LPT vane braze repair is an example of its innovative techniques, developed in-house, to help airlines keep the costs of operating their engine fleets down. This brazing method is used to restore damaged turbine vanes to serviceable condition that would otherwise have to be scrapped and will be demonstrated at MTU's booth.

Digital, innovative, predictive: MTU technologies and solutions for the future

Which technologies will play a key role for the engine industry in the future? In design and development, the focus is, first and foremost, on lightweight materials capable of withstanding appreciably higher temperatures than today's. In production, additive manufacturing is becoming more and more widespread. As one of the first manufacturers, MTU began to use the technology for production applications. A key trend in MRO is predictive technology. The monitoring and inspection options used in predictive maintenance offer airlines an opportunity to cut down on MRO costs, reduce AOG time, and increase safety. MTU is already busy working on all of these technologies and takes the opportunity it now has in Asia to highlight the solutions it is offering to its partners and customers.