Boeing Selects ClearCore System for RAAF Fleet

Boeing Australia will take delivery this month of a GE ClearCore Engine Wash System for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft. The RAAF operates a fleet of six E-7A, which are based on the Boeing 737 airframe and powered by CFM56-7B27A engines.

“The ClearCore Engine Wash System will enable the RAAF to optimize engine performance, reducing fuel burn and emissions while maximizing time-on-wing,” said Giovanni Spitale, general manager, Flight Efficiency Services at GE Aviation.  “The ClearCore system offers 100% effluent collection in a self-contained, portable unit.”

An engine's performance deteriorates over time due to mechanical wear and environmental contamination, such as dust and sand. The deterioration caused by these environmental factors can be lessened with GE's ClearCore. The mobile unit enables operators to quickly and easily clean surface contaminants, like dust and other environmental deposits, from inner aircraft engine components to maximize operating efficiency.

ClearCore engine wash system is designed to fully capture wash water and prevent runoff during the wash operation. The wash water is then filtered for reuse. An integrated vacuum system eliminates water pooling. While the amount of performance recovered can vary based on operating conditions and wash interval cycle, customers who use ClearCore can see an improvement in the exhaust gas temperature (EGT), specific fuel consumption and time on-wing.

GE's ClearCore engine wash system is part of GE's ecomagination product portfolio, which is GE's commitment to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.

Source: GE Aviation
Date: Apr 14, 2014