F-135 Engine Screech Explained - Fixed

All about the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the (cancelled) General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136
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Unread post17 Mar 2011, 20:54

Screech, the F135 and the JSF Engine War by Graham Warwick at Mar/17/2011

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/de ... 0491972939

"For those of us who thought screech was the noise made by GE/Rolls and Pratt & Whitney in their war of words over the JSF second engine, here's the background to comments made this week about screech problems with the F-35's F135 engine.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, JSF program executive officer Adm David Venlet said afterburner screech on the F135, which prevents the engine from sustaining full thrust, "caused us to avoid certain portions of the flight envelope." Instead, F-35s have flown to other points in the envelope to keep flight-test going. Kits are being installed to overcome the problem, he said.

So what is screech and what's the fix?

Pratt says screech is a phenomenon caused by pressure pulsations in the afterburner at low altitude and high speed. The problem was discovered during development testing around March 2009, having previously been encountered - and solved - in the F-22's F119 engine, from which the F135 is derived.

Pratt points out that the F119 and F135 are the only production engines with stealthy augmentors. Their design eliminates conventional spray bars and flame holders and integrates multi-zone reheat fuel injection into curved vanes that block the line-of-sight to the turbine.

Building on its experience with the F119, the fix for the F135 includes "minor hardware changes to the fuel system, reduced aerodynamic leakages and upgraded software," says Pratt, adding that the modified engine "now provides full max augmented thrust throughout the flight envelope."

A kit has been developed for flight-test engines, and two have been modified. The production configuration will be validated this year in both the CTOL/CV and STOVL variants of the F135, Pratt says.

I have asked GE/Rolls whether their F136 has a screech-free stealthy augmentor. Watch this space for their answer."

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Unread post17 Mar 2011, 21:39

Pratt points out that the F119 and F135 are the only production engines with stealthy augmentors. Their design eliminates conventional spray bars and flame holders and integrates multi-zone reheat fuel injection into curved vanes that block the line-of-sight to the turbine.

Just wanted to point that bit out for certain members (you know who you are) who insisted for years that F-22 didn't have radar blockers in it's exhaust. :lmao:
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Unread post17 Mar 2011, 21:42

Well, the F136 has an augmenter and has completed bottom left hand envelope work on an altitude bed; and the nozzle is common between engines and the afterburner is export controlled..... go figure?
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Unread post18 Mar 2011, 02:12

mave wrote:Well, the F136 has an augmenter and has completed bottom left hand envelope work on an altitude bed; and the nozzle is common between engines and the afterburner is export controlled..... go figure?

But is it a "production" engine?
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Unread post18 Mar 2011, 08:33

No - but I was responding to the comment "I have asked GE/Rolls whether their F136 has a screech-free stealthy augmentor. Watch this space for their answer" Post overlap with sferrin :)

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