2009

Cooler, Quieter Jet Engine for Light-Sport Aircraft and Ultralights

A small jet engine is suitable for light-sport, ultralight, and experimental aircraft, and can replace the vibrating piston engine and propeller combination used in most sport aircraft. Exhaust heat is minimized for safety to 750 °C, so that a suitably insulated cowling can be touched. By minimizing the heat, sound absorbers can be used so that sound output of the engine is also minimized to about 200 dB or less at a measured distance from the exhaust. The engine provides much less vibration than does a conventional propeller and piston engine combination.

The engine provides about 500 N (almost 370 foot-pounds) of thrust using a small compressor diameter and a high rotation speed. This engine produces inherently less noise, and in addition uses sound attenuation such as glass fibers and other materials formed as part of the exhaust tube, boundary layers, and other techniques. Using such sound attenuation, as well as bypass air, also serves to insulate the heat-producing portions of the engine from pilot, passengers, and ground personnel.

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