Nav: Home

Research for the Finnish Air Force by VTT extended the life of high-pressure turbine blades in Hornets -- almost hundredfold savings achieved

December 16, 2015

Research for the Finnish Air Force by VTT extended the life of high-pressure turbine blades in Hornets - almost hundredfold saving achieved

With the help of research by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Finnish Air Force (FINAF) has succeeded in increasing the operational life of the high pressure turbine (HPT) blades of its Hornet jet engines by 10%. The saving for taxpayers is an estimated 3 million US dollars, or over 2.7 million euros, compared to which the research investment was modest and the return (ROI) almost 100 times the research investment.

FINAF sent the VTT's research results and some used HPT blades to the engine manufacturer. On the basis of the research findings and its operational experience, GE increased the lifespan of the HPT blades for its F/A-18C/D Hornet engines (2 × General Electric F404-GE-402) by around 10%. The FINAF has adopted the new life limit into operational use since May 2015.

VTT's research for FINAF has therefore created savings for the taxpayer and will ensure expertise-based security of supply in Finland.
Further information on VTT's research on FINAF's HPT blades is provided in the publication:

Further information:
Aslak Siljander, Principal Scientist
Tel. +358 50 555 5857

Juhani Rantala, Senior Scientist
Tel. +358 400 570 386

Further information on VTT:

Milka Lahnalammi-Vesivalo
Communications manager
358 40 5457 828

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. We use our research and knowledge to provide expert services for our domestic and international customers and partners, and for both private and public sectors. We use 4,000,000 hours of brainpower a year to develop new technological solutions.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Related Research Articles:

More Research News and Research Current Events

Best Science Podcasts 2019

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2019. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Erasing The Stigma
Many of us either cope with mental illness or know someone who does. But we still have a hard time talking about it. This hour, TED speakers explore ways to push past — and even erase — the stigma. Guests include musician and comedian Jordan Raskopoulos, neuroscientist and psychiatrist Thomas Insel, psychiatrist Dixon Chibanda, anxiety and depression researcher Olivia Remes, and entrepreneur Sangu Delle.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#537 Science Journalism, Hold the Hype
Everyone's seen a piece of science getting over-exaggerated in the media. Most people would be quick to blame journalists and big media for getting in wrong. In many cases, you'd be right. But there's other sources of hype in science journalism. and one of them can be found in the humble, and little-known press release. We're talking with Chris Chambers about doing science about science journalism, and where the hype creeps in. Related links: The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study Claims of causality in health news: a randomised trial This...