Concorde Powerplant

The flight development and certification of the Concorde powerplant was probably the most difficult in the whole Concorde flight-test programme. The BAC Technical Director, Dr Bill Strang, once stated that: ‘The powerlplant was the most persistent area of difficulty, requiring the highest level of sustained and dedicated effort by very talented people to solve the various problems’. This of course was very true, and all credit has to go to the design group, which contained some real wizards.

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Concorde Air In-take System

Concorde’s Olympus 593 MK.610 Engines

INCLUDING – Combustion Chamber/Turbines/Engine Control/Power Control/Mass Control/Fire Supression/Support Structure/Reheat

Concorde’s Variable (Hinged buckets) Exhaust Nozzles

Concorde’s Olympus 593 MK.610 Engines

Powerplant Specifications

Type – Axial-flow, two -spool turbojet with partial afterburning

Turbine – high pressure single stage, low pressure single stage

Compressor – axial 7 low pressure stages, 7 high pressure stages

Weight – 3,180 kilograms / 7,000 pounds

Length – 7.11 meters /23.33 feet

Diameter – 1.21 meters / 3.98 feet

Number fitted to each aircraft – 4

Fuel Type – A1 Jet fuel

Fuel Capacity – 26,400 gallons /119,500 ltrs / 95,680 kgs

Fuel Consumption (at Idle Power) – 1100 kgs/hr (302 Gallons/hr)

Fuel Consumption (at Full Power) – 10500 kgs/hr (2885 Gallons/hr)

Fuel Consumption (at Full Re-heated power) – 22500 kgs/hr (6180 Gallons/hr)

No of Production versions supplied to airlines – 67 (63 remain in use) also 4 zero rated held by Rolls Royce

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