Billion-Dollar Geared Turbofan to Boost Efficiency in Flying

The CEO of United Technologies, Louis Chênevert, bet on a PurePower Geared Turbofan engine for making flying more efficient.

While combining bypass fans and turbines is no easy feat, Chênevert took a risky solution of placing a gearbox on the engine's front to slow down the turbine shaft and drive the fan. The gearbox worked and has 3,000 orders in two years since the geared turbofan was launched.

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