How The turbofan engine works?

Turbofan engine is designed as a compromise between turbojet and turboprop engines. The turbofan engine consists of a fan larger in diameter than the compressor, driven by the turbine. The fan displaces/bypasses free stream air around the primary engine.

Two streams of air flow through the engine, primary airstream pass through the compressor and is delivered to the combustion chamber at high pressure to mix with fuel, while the other stream bypasses the primary engine to be expanded in the nozzle as a cold stream.  The hot and cold streams may be expanded through separate nozzles or combined together through a single nozzle. The ratio of mass of cold air to the hot air is the by-pass ratio.turbofan-with-low&-high--bypass-ratios

Thus the turbofan accelerates a larger mass of air at lower velocity than turbojet for a higher propulsive efficiency. Turbofan engines can also employ afterburner for higher thrust.

Turbofan engines can be aft-fan or forward fan (position of the fan), mixed or unmixed(hot and cold air streams) and high and low bypass ratio configuration


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