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  •  Designed some simplicity back into it... (2+ / 0-)
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    shortfinals, subtropolis

    I thought I had heard the following attributed to Hooker, but it was Hives, quoted here:

    “Whittle … stressed the great simplicity of his engine. Hives [Director of Rolls Royce]  commented, ‘We’ll soon design the bloody simplicity out of it.’ ” [From Genesis of the Jet]

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:45:20 PM PST

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    •  Please understand that Whittle - genius though... (3+ / 0-)
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      YellerDog, billmosby, subtropolis

      ....he was was having some severe problems at the time. He needed an alloy of nickel and chromium which would resist high temperatures and be creep-resistant.

      Also, his design for the root of the individual turbine blades (rather like a tulip bulb) was causing problems. Their tips needed to be very close to the wall of the casing to be as efficient as possible, but they kept rubbing the casing, as the blades were allowed to move in their 'sockets'. It wasn't until Rolls-Royce devised the so-called 'fir tree' blade root, that the problem was solved.

      I'm all for simplicity, but only if it works! :)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:38:23 PM PST

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