SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) recently tasted its first major success after concluding high altitude chamber tests in Russia for its Non-Afterburner variant of the Kaveri engine called the Dry Kaveri engine and now has plans to get hands on the older LSP model that can be used as a static test airframe for the engine program.
Godrej Aerospace has been awarded a contract to manufacture six Dry Kaveri engines to be used for further sustenance and endurance tests where it will accumulate long running hours along with simulated crosswind conditions to check turbulence on fan blades recorded across a range of operation, from idle to full thrust, and further automatic control systems will be refined.
Godrej Aerospace developed the Dry Kaveri engine will also allow GTRE to study and fix engine components that are highly prone to degradation based on the thermal cycling of the engine and to further improve their longevity which will help reduce maintenance.
LCA-Tejas will also be used to check and study engine running impact on the aircraft airframe, thermal response, durability and vibration resistance and also to do some ground taxi trials but it is unlikely will be used as a flying testbed since it is a single-engine fighter jet and the risk are too high so it is likely that for flying test bed India will again approach Russia for testing the prototype engine on an Ilyushin Il-76 testbed, following completion of bench tests.
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