R. Singh, G. Ameyugo and F. Noppel, Cranfield University, UK
The history of aero gas turbines is a history of innovation. Every challenge presented to the aero engine industry has been met with ingenuity, and today engineers continue to work on innovative concepts to meet the next set of challenges facing the aviation industry. This chapter will discuss past, present and future drivers for aero gas turbine development. It first looks at the motivation behind the development of the jet engine, and then outlines the technological and business drivers that have contributed to shape the first 50 years of aero gas turbine development.