First-Ever Aluminum Fan Blade for Jet Engines
The forging was developed for Pratt & Whitneyâs PurePower engines using an advanced aluminum alloy and a proprietary manufacturing process. Also for the PurePower engines, Alcoa is developing a fan blade forging using its most advanced aluminum-lithium alloy.
Under the deal, Alcoa will supply components for Pratt & Whitneyâs PurePower PW1000G, V2500, GP7000 and several other regional jet and military engines. The PurePower engine will be used to power some of the worldâs highest volume aircraft, including the next-generation Airbus A320neo.
Last month Alcoa and clean technology company Phinergy unveiled a zero-emissions electric demo car powered by a aluminum-air battery. The companies are collaborating on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminum-air battery, which can extend the distance an electric car travels by approximately 1,000 miles.
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