variable-cycle engine

variable-cycle engine

[′ver·ē·ə·bəl ¦sī·kəl ′en·jən]
(aerospace engineering)
A type of gas turbine jet engine whose cycle parameters, such as pressure ratio, temperature, gas flow paths, and air-handling characteristics, can be varied between those of a turbojet and a turbofan, enabling it to combine the advantages of both.
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