"A small diameter, highly loaded multiple bladed variable pitch propulsor having swept blades with thin advanced airfoil sections, integrated with a nacelle contoured to retard the airflow through the blades thereby reducing compressibility losses and designed to operate with a turbine engine and using a single stage reduction gear resulting in high performance."
Nah it's a backwards engine. A normal jet engine on an air liner has the extra blades on the front and the air bypass the internals since very little of the air is actually used through the engine. This one is backwards eliminating the overall outside housing and making the pitch of the blades variable.
I wonder how safe those blades will be though in case one of them gets damaged.
Anyways see the large one at the front? Same deal.
Oregonmon competed in the local 24 hour chump race this weekend in a turbo 924. His dad was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time for their ultimate failure.
Not him driving. Failed DIY motor mounts cracked header and ripped off turbo oil line. Header/exhaust/boost ignited oil, filled cabin with smoke, and boiled brake fluid, all on the back straight. All ended well once fire extinguisher pulled and car skidded to a stop.
Most jet engine failures, at least these days, involve the big fan on the front of a high-bypass engine.
Of those, even the ones where a containment ring was present have sometimes led to hull-loss accidents with loss of life. United 232 comes immediately to mind.
On the plus side, the fan on this engine, while coaxial with the turbine shaft, is gear-reduced through what I assume to be a planetary. Thus, the blades are turning a speed which puts it somewhere between a conventional turboprop and a modern fanjet.