July 9, 2012 - Nexcelle, the nacelle systems
joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft
Systems and the Safran group’s Aircelle, has
completed a successful test program for the
advanced thrust reverser element of its
next-generation Integrated Propulsion System
The thrust reverser was validated with
Nexcelle’s new nacelle demonstrator, called
PANACHE (Pylon And Nacelle Advanced
Configuration for High Efficiency), which logged
a combined total of more than 47 hours in
operation on Test Stand 3E at GE Aviation’s
Peebles, Ohio facility.
PANACHE was installed on a CFM56-5C jet engine,
which represents one of the propulsion system
categories for which Nexcelle is developing its
integrated nacelle designs.
Test runs with PANACHE involving 200 cycles
representing normal deployments, rejected
takeoff deployments and aborted landings were
completed a week ahead of schedule,
demonstrating the maturity of Nexcelle’s IPS
design and hardware.