Preliminary analysis of the J-52 aircraft engine Component Improvement Program
Butler, Randall Scott
McMasters, Alan W.
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Increasing budgetary constraints have required program managers within the Naval Air Systems Command to justify their programs as never before. This thesis presents a preliminary analysis of the J-52 aircraft engine Component Improvement Program (CIP). The objectives of the research were to scrutinize the association of the CIP with promised improvements and benefits pertaining to the J-52 engine and to determine the obstacles that existing data bases present when an attempt is made to calculate the success or failure of a component modification. A history of the J-52 is provided along with a broad look at various engine performance parameter trends for the period 1984-1990. Ten Engineering Change Proposals (SCPs) are then examined. Analysis shows that while only one of the ten ECP related fixes can be directly related to a tangible increase in engine performance, the overall trends have been promising with regard to improving engine maintainability, reliability and safety related factors.
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