RTX. has filed a patent for an aircraft propulsion system apparatus featuring a thrust reverser cascade with vanes and a wall to block gas flow. The system includes a thrust reverser door that moves between stowed and deployed positions. This innovation aims to enhance aircraft performance and safety. GlobalData’s report on RTX gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on RTX, Photovoltaic drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. RTX's grant share as of January 2024 was 63%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Aircraft thrust reverser system with vanes and wall

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: RTX Corp

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20240035428A1) describes an apparatus for an aircraft propulsion system, specifically focusing on a thrust reverser system. The apparatus includes a thrust reverser cascade with a thrust reverser door that can move between stowed and deployed positions. The cascade features a series of vanes and a wall that blocks gas flow when the door is deployed. The design also incorporates rails and panels to control airflow and create cavities within the cascade structure. Additionally, the patent details the configuration of channels within the cascade, with specific distances between channels and vanes to optimize performance.

Furthermore, the patent outlines the integration of the thrust reverser system into the overall propulsion system structure of the aircraft. The flowpath within the structure leads to an exhaust nozzle, with the thrust reverser cascade and vanes exposed to the flowpath when the system is stowed. The design ensures efficient operation and control of airflow during thrust reversal. The apparatus also includes features such as rails and additional channels to enhance the functionality of the thrust reverser system. Overall, the patent highlights a comprehensive approach to improving aircraft propulsion systems through innovative design elements and configurations.

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