Fifty years of civil aero gas turbines

Riti Singh (Professor of Gas Turbine Engineering, Department of Propulsion, Power and Automotive Engineering, the School of Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedford, UK)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Based on a lecture prepared as part of the celebration of Cranfield University's 50th anniversary. After briefly reviewing the early years, including Cranfield University's entry into this technology, discusses the nature of this industry, Some of the technology drivers, including environmental concerns, are examined to provide a background against which the development and the future of the industry can be considered. This is followed by a brief survey of some of the possible new civil aero gas turbine applications over the next 50 years, both the very likely and some curiosities. Finally, the changes that are likely to occur within the industry as a result of wider economic and political trends are considered, as well as the implications for those working within the industry. The development of the civil aero gas turbine has contributed, in large measure, to today's, US$ 300 billion civil aviation industry and is rightly seen as one of mankind's major engineering achievements. A single paper cannot do justice to this industry.



Singh, R. (1996), "Fifty years of civil aero gas turbines", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 68 No. 4, pp. 3-19.

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