Nexcelle begins nacelle hardware manufacturing: Its first composite elements
are built for the LEAP-1C and Passport™ jet engines
CINCINNATI -- April 15, 2013
Nexcelle’s role in the creation of next-generation integrated propulsion
systems (IPS) has marked important milestones as hardware manufacturing is now
underway for the innovative O-Duct on the CFM International* LEAP-1C
powerplant, and an inlet section for the GE Passport™ engine.
These milestones underscore ongoing progress at Nexcelle’s two parent
companies – Aircelle (Safran) and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems
– for both of Nexcelle’s programs: the LEAP-1C, which is to equip COMAC’s C919
twin-jet airliner; and the Passport, to power Bombardier** Global 7000 and
Global 8000 twin-engine business aircraft.
“Nexcelle’s goal of introducing a new generation of integrated propulsion
systems has rapidly evolved from concept to reality, with its parent companies
now well into the manufacturing of actual nacelle hardware,” explained
Nexcelle President Huntley Myrie. “At both Middle River Aircraft Systems and
Aircelle, the industrial processes are in full swing with components taking
shape, production drawings being released, tooling in preparation, and
manufacturing cells being readied.”
Nexcelle’s first-manufactured element for the Passport powerplant is a
single-piece component that fits inside the air inlet, directing airflow into
the engine. This 360-deg. composite bonded component is built by Middle River
Aircraft Systems at its production site near Baltimore, Maryland.
At Aircelle’s Le Havre, France facility, the company is manufacturing the
330-deg. carbon composite inner skin for the LEAP-1C engine’s O-Duct. This
large, complex-shaped element was produced using an innovative molding process
being employed for the first time on this program. To date, three of the skins
have been built at Aircelle, with all meeting the component’s production
The one-piece composite O-Duct is a key integrated propulsion system
innovation from Nexcelle, replacing the two-piece “D” doors on a traditional
thrust reverser. When deployed, the O-Duct moves aftward to the reverse thrust
position,eliminating the need for drag links in the engine’s secondary
Editors’ note: High-resolution photos of the Passport air inlet component and
the O-Duct inner skin are available at:
About Nexcelle (www.nexcelle.com)
Nexcelle is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture
of Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading
suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through
Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the
company brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production
and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft.
^TMPassport is a trademark of General Electric Company.
*CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma (Safran).
**Bombardier, Global 7000 and Global 8000 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or
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