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How powerful was the engine in Concorde the airplane?

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2007-06-02 14:42:57

Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 Mark 610 turbojets. With

afterburner, each of four engines produces 38,050 pounds of

thrust on takeoff. Take-off thrust is

limited for only a few minutes and after-burner is very limited.

For normal operation, the thrust is 10,000 lbs. Powerplant

Specifications Engine Model Olympus 593 Mrk610

turbojet Engine Manufacturer

Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Number fitted

Four Maximum thrust produced at take off, per

engine 38,050 lbs (170 KN) (with afterburner reheat in operation)

Maximum thrust produced during supersonic cruse, per engine

10,000 lbs Reheat contribution to performance 20%

at full thrust during take-off This link has some great info and

figures on the Concorde engines and a comparison ofwith the

turbo-fan engines(watch for pop-up windows).

http://www.concorde-jet.com/e_moteurs.htm The Concorde jet engine

is a standard turbotjet with after-burner, much like the fighter

jets. Most airliners utilize the turbo-fan

engines. This engine has a jet engine as the main core and

one of its turbines powers a large multi-bladed fan that blows air

over the outside of the engine. This is why it is called a

high-bypass turbo-fan. This design uses fuel more efficiently to

save costs for the passengers. As a comparison to the Concorde

engine, General Electric has designed

theCF6-80E1A3 for use on the Boeing 777

thatproduces a thrust of72,000 lbs at takeoff.

Link on history of the General Electric aircraft engines

http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Aerospace/GE/Aero11.htm


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