The WS-13 (Chinese: 涡扇-13), codename Taishan, is a turbofan engine designed and manufactured by Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation to power the Pakistan-China jointly developed JF-17 Thunder light-weight multi-role fighter, and in the near future the Shenyang J-31 fifth generation stealth fighter currently under development.
Design and developmentEdit
China began development of the Taishan in 2000 to replace the Klimov RD-93 turbofan, which had been selected in the 1990s to power the JF-17 light-weight fighter. It is designed to have a life span of 2,200 hours and an improved version, providing around 100 kN (22,450 lb) of thrust with afterburner, is under development.
The WS-13 Taishan was certified in 2007 and serial production began in 2009. The 18 March 2010 edition of the HKB report stated that a FC-1 equipped with the WS-13 completed its first successful runway taxi test.
According to Janes Weekly. New JF-17 fighters are now flying with WS-13 engine and even attended the prestigious Paris air show.
- WS-13 - 86 kilonewtons (19,000 lbf) thrust with afterburner.
- WS-13A - High bypass.
- WS-13E - 90 kilonewtons (20,000 lbf) thrust with afterburner
- General characteristics
- Type: Afterburning turbofan
- Length: 4.14 metres (13.6 ft)
- Diameter: 1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in)
- Dry weight: 1,135 kilograms (2,502 lb)
- Compressor: Two-spool 8-stage axial
- Combustors: annular
- Maximum thrust: 51.2 kilonewtons (11,500 lbf) dry; 86.37 kilonewtons (19,420 lbf) with afterburner
- Bypass ratio: 0.57:1
- Turbine inlet temperature: 1650 K (1,377 °C (2,511 °F))
- Thrust-to-weight ratio: 7.8
- Shenyang WS-10
- Xian WS-15
- Eurojet EJ200 (EJ2x0 Standard)
- Snecma M88 (M88-2 Standard)
- Klimov RD-93 (RD-33MK Standard)
- General Electric F414 (F414-EPE Standard)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Fisher, Jr., Richard (2009-12-30). "October Surprises In Chinese Aerospace". International Assessment and Strategy Center. Archived from the original on 2015-08-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20150813161423/http://www.strategycenter.net/research/pubID.219/pub_detail.asp. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
- ↑ http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2010/05/fc-1-equipped-with-ws-13-completed.html
- ↑ Pocock, Chris (August 6, 2010). "China and Pakistan Push Chengdu JF-17 Fighter for Export". AIN Online (ainonline.com). AIN Online (ainonline.com). Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100815001719/http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/china-and-pakistan-push-chengdu-jf-17-fighter-for-export-25788/. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- ↑ Sweetman, Bill (5 November 2012). "China’s Warplane Industry Expands". http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_11_05_2012_p72-508347.xml. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- ↑ http://www.janes.com/article/52308/paris-air-show-2015-jf-17-fighter-flying-with-indigenous-chinese-turbofan
- ↑ 中国涡扇系列 WS13 Archived 2016-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.
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