SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) has made significant progress in addressing the major issues associated with the Dry Kaveri engine, which is slated for use on the proposed Unmanned Aerial Strike Attack Platform that India plans to develop alongside its AMCA 5th generation fighter jet. The Dry Kaveri engine, expected to provide a thrust of 46-48kN, has undergone substantial refinements, and further enhancements are in the pipeline, with engine deliveries planned to commence in 2024.
Insiders familiar with the matter have revealed that the new Dry Kaveri engine, to be manufactured by Godrej Aerospace, will be subjected to performance evaluation across various flight regimes, including high-altitude trials. These trials will serve as crucial milestones in assessing the engine’s capabilities and ensuring its suitability for a wide range of operational scenarios.
In addition to performance improvements, GTRE is also focused on enhancing the time between overhauls (TBO) of the Dry Kaveri engine. The objective is to achieve a TBO of 2000 flight hours, ensuring that engine components can maintain their reliability and performance over an extended period before requiring overhaul or replacement.
To further advance the TBO target, GTRE is actively working on the production Dry Kaveri engine. The aim is to achieve a TBO of 3000 flight hours through continuous monitoring of engine performance and degradation. This monitoring will be facilitated by the engine’s built-in Engine Condition Monitoring System (ECMS), which will utilize multiple sensors to collect usage data, including flight hours, post-combustion lighting, and the number of engine starts. Such data-driven monitoring will enable GTRE to closely track the engine’s health and proactively address any potential issues.
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