Pratt & Whitney announced the opening of a new ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) research & development (R&D) facility in Carlsbad, California.
Pratt & Whitney will be adding up dozens of employees focussed on the design, development, and production of CMCs for aerospace applications for this dedicated 60,000 square-foot R7D facility. CMCs are lighter in weight and have higher temperature capability in comparison to other traditional materials, which enables improved thermal efficiency for gas turbine engines. These will surely enhance the next-generation commercial and military engines of Pratt & Whitney for delivering benefits like increased range, reduced emissions, and increased fuel efficiency.
“Pratt & Whitney views CMCs as an enabling technology,” said Meggan Harris, senior director, CMCs, Pratt & Whitney. “This material will allow us to offer key capabilities for both our commercial and military customers, as their needs for ever-better fuel efficiency over longer flight times continue to evolve.”
“We’re excited to establish a dedicated team of engineers and technicians working on the next generation of this potentially disruptive technology in a collaborative space,” said Andy Lazur, general manager of the Pratt & Whitney Carlsbad facility. “This new facility is a testament to Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to innovation. This novel material technology enables us to provide dependable engines with enhanced performance to our customers.”
Source: Pratt & Whitney