The Helicopter Turbine Engine

Many owners of helicopters will prefer using a turbine engine to a piston engine because the former tends to get you to longer distances. Turbine engines also tend to be more powerful and as a result more frequently used in helicopters. Though more expensive than the Piston Engine, they do have more punch to their power, which many users feel is worth the extra cost. The Helicopter Engine Parts has many complexities to it, and while there is a lot that can be discussed, this article will stick primarily to the basics. To find out more about the helicopter turbine engine, read the article below.

Origins of Helicopter Turbine Engine

Turbine helicopters have made some amazing progress since 1958 when Charles Kaman had his specialists expel the cylinder motor from his HH-43 Huskie and supplanted it with a T53-L-1B powerplant, making it the world's first turbine helicopter to go into full creation. While Kaman's HH-43B may have been the first, 1970 saw almost every war copter with turbine fuel.

Though it did take some time for the turbine engine to rank in popularity with consumer companies, it is currently the most sought after in the supply chain.

The turbine market looks vastly different today, as nearly every helicopter in the U.S. military are turbine powered. Most helicopters flown commercially have a turbine engine, while the only sectors that remain solidly rooted in the piston world are helicopter Flight Instruments and personal use.

How Does It Work

Helicopter turbine engines are composed of two-stage turbine partitions that have a line of turbine wheels capable of prompting the compressor sector of the turbine. In the first partition, the gas producer meshes with the power turbine. If the first and second stage turbines are mechanically coupled to each other, the system is said to be a direct-drive engine or fixed turbine.

These engines share a common shaft, which means the first and second stage turbines, and thus the Compressor Parts and output shaft, are connected. On most turbine assemblies used in helicopters, the first stage and second stage turbines are not mechanically connected to each other. Rather, they are mounted on independent shafts, one inside the other, and can turn freely with respect to each other. This is referred to as a “free turbine.”

Differences Between Turbine Engines and Piston Engines

There are some major differences between turbine engines and Piston Engines. Turbine engines are overall overhauled at greater intervals and need less maintenance, smoother, with less noticeable vibration, quieter with less exhaust noise, lighter in weight for the same horsepower, more reliable, easier to start in the cold, and consume less engine oil.

Turbine engines also are generally more expensive to purchase and overhaul, consume more fuel, are less tolerant to damage and use, and give little signs or signals prior to faltering or failing, which is inconvenient for those who like to anticipate damage as it's happening or before it happens. If you are in need of helicopter engine parts, aircraft engine parts, Turbine Igniters, or other components, reach out today to the folks here at Aerospace Orbit.


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