Jet Engines Endure Trial By Ice

Today’s shot of the day is from GE’s engine testing site in Winnipeg, Canada, where new engines endure trial by ice — a simulated winter gale that batters them with 1270kg of cold air per second and thousands of gallons of freezing water, all at minus eight degrees fahrenheit. [GE; Gizmodo]

Monster Machines: The Next F-35 Lightning's Engine Adapts For Flight, Fight And Beyond

Unlike commercial airliners, modern military aircraft are subjected to ever-changing flying conditions — from high-thrust takeoffs to flying at altitude to combat manoeuvres. So why are they outfitted with engines that perform optimally in only one of those flight envelopes? For the next iteration of the F-35 Lightning II, Pratt and Whitney is developing an engine that performs at its best no matter what’s required of it.

2014's F1 Cars Are Going to Sound Rubbish

The FIA’s decided to get with the program of fuel efficiency and is forcing every F1 team to swap their beastly and incredibly-high-revving 2.4L V8s for smaller 1.6L V6s with turbos. On the face of it, that’s better for our normal-car tech development, but what it means is they’re going to end up sounding a bit crap. Like vacuum-cleaner whiny. Rubbish.

An Over-The-Top Conference Table Is The Perfect Use For Obsolete 747s

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’ A380 are both competing to replace an ageing fleet of 747s that have served passengers for more than 40 years. But what’s to be done with all those jumbo jets once they’re been replaced? MotoArt has the answer, at least when it comes to the 747′s gigantic engines: a stylish conference table that looks suitable for a meeting of the world’s most evil supervillains.

It's Good This Plane Wasn't Flying When Its Engine Exploded

Yesterday, this Airbus A330 was zipping down the runway of Manchester Airport, UK, ready to take off and head to the Dominican Republic. And then, holy crap, its jet engine exploded.

This Is How Engineers Guarantee Jet Engines Can Work In The Cold

This expanse of metal might not look much, but it’s actually the NASA test facility that allows engine manufacturers to simulate flying through the upper atmosphere. It ensures engines don’t fail when things get too cold.

This Is NASA's Solar Propulsion Engine Of The Future

This Tron-esque glowing blue ring isn’t the latest designer lamp. It’s actually NASA’s cutting-edge solar-electric propulsion thruster, which is currently being tested in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Ah, So That's What A Moving Engine Made Of LEGO Looks Like

When it comes to make LEGO engines, it’s hard to beat Rolls Royce’s 152,000-piece Trent 1000, but the doesn’t mean we should give up entirely. In fact, we should follow the example of YouTube user “Solde1″ and his plastic V16 4AGE engine.

Monster Machines: NASA's Next Rocket Engine Could Be A Blast From The Past

Jeff Bezos isn’t the only person interested in vintage NASA technology. Public and private entities alike are actively taking a second look at the Rocketdyne F-1 engines that helped notch Saturn V rockets as the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket ever operated — even today, 40 years after the demise of the Apollo program.

Monster Machines: The World's Biggest Jet Engine

The Wright Flyer took off in 1903 powered by a measly 12hp straight-four. Little did Orville and Wilbur know that just 110 years later their pokey engines would eventually lead to a power plant with more horsepower than The Titanic and Shepard’s Mercury-Redstone 3 — combined.