tur·​bo·​fan | \ ˈtər-bō-ˌfan How to pronounce turbofan (audio) \

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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There appears to be some heat blur behind the engine, radiating upward, to indicate that the aircraft’s turbofan engine is active. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Russia’s First Autonomous Strike Drone," 25 Jan. 2019 Specifically, 10 different individuals are said to have conspired to steal technology related to turbofan engines in commercial airliners. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "China state-owned company charged with stealing US tech trade secrets," 1 Nov. 2018 The indictment continued: The turbofan engine targeted by members of the conspiracy was being developed through a partnership between Company I and an aerospace company based in the US. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Feds: Chinese spies orchestrated massive hack that stole aviation secrets," 31 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of turbofan

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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