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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Pratt & Whitney Completes NGRT Phase 2 Testing

Juliet Van Wagenen

Bahrain International Airport
Rendering of P&WC’s NGRT concept. Photo: P&WC

[Avionics Today 05-12-2016] Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has successfully completed Phase 2 testing of its Next Generation Regional Turboprop (NGRT) engine and is poised for integration development. The second phase of testing has allowed P&WC to expand the design envelope ensuring the company has a fully optimized NGRT engine core all while enabling the application of this technology to existing and newer product lines.

"Our testing has centered mainly on the compressor we have developed for the NGRT," says Frederic Lefebvre, vice president of marketing at P&WC. "With testing now complete and the results meeting our expectations, we are technology-ready and focused on delivering the next generation regional turboprop engine. We continue to work closely with a number of OEMs to ensure the powerplant meets their needs and can be fully integrated with all the aircraft's systems."

P&WC's NGRT is in response to airframe OEMs foreseeing a 90-seat turboprop within the next few years. The company has developed a high pressure ratio compressor that it claims will contribute to the powerplant's ability to deliver 20 percent better Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC) and power ranging from 4,500 shaft horsepower (shp) to 8,000 shp.

The company says it will continue developing the NGRT concept throughout the coming months to further enhance the technology and progress the performance envelope.

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