Aircraft Engine HDR Photo

| April 16, 2010
Abstract photo of aircraft turbine engine

Abstract photo of aircraft turbine engine

While visiting the Air and Space Museum in Tucson with my dad last weekend, this cutaway display of an aircraft turbine engine caught my eye. Not only am I fascinated with aviation but I love a nifty gadget too. The worn metal bits and pieces along with the multi-colored elements were prime candidates for a nifty HDR photo. Not all pictures work out but I really like how this one turned out. I feel it has a wonderful abstract quality that rises above the complicated parts of the engine. I am thinking about printing and mounting this one large and popping it on the wall. I am hoping that observers will initially see it as abstract piece that eventually reveals itself once they wrap their head around it.

For fun, here are a few interesting facts about jet engines. These facts in particular pertain to the Rolls Royce engines on the 787 Dreamliner:

  1. At take-off the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s two Trent 1000s will deliver thrust of 150,000 lbf, which is equivalent to the power of 1,500 cars.
  2. The engine sucks in 1.25 tons of air per second during take off (that’s about the volume of a racket ball court every second).
  3. The 112″ fan spins at over 2700 RPM with tip speeds over 900 mph, but the blades inside the engine spin at 13,500 RPM with tip speeds topping 1200 mph.
  4. Air passing through the engine is squeezed to more than 700 lb per sq inch, which is 50 times normal air pressure.
  5. The engine has about 30,000 individual components.
  6. The Boeing 787 will carry up to 270 passengers, which is equivalent to the economics of a typical car with four passengers. However, the 787 travels ten times faster.
  7. The Trent 1000 is expected to fly for 20,000 hours before its first overhaul. That’s about 11 million miles or 450 times around the world.
  8. The fuel in the engine combustion chamber burns at about 3632 deg F — the sun’s surface is about 9941 deg F.
  9. The force on a fan blade at take-off is about 100 tons. That is like hanging a freight train off each blade. The first generation of turbine blades had about 10 tons of force.
  10. A Boeing 787 at full power take off is 3dB quieter than a Boeing 767, even though it is 1/3 heavier. At the airport perimeter, the noise level would be equivalent to that of a waterfall.

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  1. AutumnLeaves says:

    Gorgeous photo, Lee. I find myself wondering of late how you get so many of your photos to look like paintings? Each of them keeps me enthralled trying to figure out whether it is a painting or a photo. I love all the intricate details and colors to this photograph. I think it would look great framed! And how cool to have hanging, especially in a masculine room.

  2. Lee says:

    Hi Sherry. Digital photography opens up a lot of doors in creativity. In addition to trying to pick interesting subject matter, I do use some processing software and Photoshop plugins to get the look in the photos. The possibilities seem to be endless and it has become quite fun!