The Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) and GE Aviation have begun testing GE Catalyst turboprop engines that will be manufactured in the Czech Republic. This information was provided by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for ANO) after a visit to the ČVUT aircraft-engine test lab at the airfield in Hradec Králové. In the future, it can also be used to test other types of aircraft engines. Another test lab in Hradec Králové is to be completed soon. Their construction was also supported by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO).
GE Aviation also cooperate with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Hradec Kralove. A new propeller test room for turboprop engines was presented on 25 June. In addition to the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering prof. Michael Valášek, the event was also attended by the rector of CTU doc. Vojtěch Petráček, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vladimír Bärtl, US Ambassador to the Czech Republic Stephen B. King, CEO of GE Aviation Czech Milan Šlapák, Mayor of Hradec Králové Alexandr Hrabálek and Director of Czech-American Chamber of Commerce Weston Stacey.
The propeller testing room at the Hradec Králové airport is the most modern testing laboratory of its kind in the world. Experiments with the features of the new GEAC ATP Catalyst turbojet engine are underway and will continue to be conducted here, primarily by measuring the engine's wear and tear properties so that we can adjust its simulation model according to engine age. It is the basis of an individual monitoring system with predictive maintenance, consisting in comparing the behavior of a real engine with its simulation corresponding to its age. All Industry 4.0 tools like Internet of Things, Digital Twin, Big Cloud Data, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence are used.
Prepared by the team of CzechTrade Jakarta
Source: https://www.cianews.cz/en, CVUT