tur·bo·fan | \ˈtər-bō-ˌfan \

Definition of turbofan 

1 : a fan that is directly connected to and driven by a turbine and is used to supply air for cooling, ventilation, or combustion

2 : a jet engine having a turbofan

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The high-bypass LEAP turbofans use composite fan blades manufactured through resin transfer molding. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Airbus Soars With Maiden Flight of the Longest-Range Single-Aisle Jet Ever," 1 Feb. 2018 The planes will use Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines. Christopher Jasper, The Seattle Times, "JetBlue places big order for newest Airbus A220 jet," 10 July 2018 The latest problem in Pratt’s geared turbofan — a fault in its knife-edge seal that led to in-flight shutdowns — is just the most recent in a series of afflictions for the turbine. Benjamin Katz, The Seattle Times, "Airbus will miss its A320neo delivery goal after engine problems," 3 July 2018 CFM International—issued a technical bulletin urging customers to conduct more frequent ultrasonic inspections of the fan in the type of turbofan engine used by Southwest's 737 Next Generation aircraft. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Southwest Airlines protested airworthiness directive designed to prevent engine failures," 19 Apr. 2018 With turbofans, the most frequent causes are maintenance errors and metal fatigue. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How a cracked fan blade (probably) ended a decade of no US air travel fatalities," 18 Apr. 2018 Now investigators are looking into the plane and specifically the popular jet engine used on the Boeing 737 involved in the deadly incident: a CFM56-7B turbofan engine. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Investigators zero in on jet engine that failed on Southwest Airlines flight," 17 Apr. 2018 The monstrous General Electric GE90 turbofan used by the Boeing 777 can produce a maximum power of about 117 megawatts and 127,900 pounds (about 568 kiloNewtons) of thrust. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 The plane will have three normal gas turbofans as backup as the companies test the green engine for stress, safety, and reliability. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, "The Jet Engine Is a Futuristic Technology Stuck in the Past," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of turbofan

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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