First-Ever Aluminum Fan Blade for Jet Engines
The forging was developed for Pratt & Whitneyâ€™s 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 & Whitneyâ€™s PurePower PW1000G, V2500, GP7000 and several other regional jet and military engines. The PurePower engine will be used to power some of the worldâ€™s 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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