Civil aerospace engines: first run of Rolls-Royce Advance3 demonstrator

Civil aerospace engines: first run of Rolls-Royce Advance3 demonstrator

DERBY, 15-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Rolls-Royce is reaching a new milestone in the development of its next generation of civil aerospace engines with the first run of its Advance3 demonstrator.

The demonstrator will test a new engine core that will deliver maximum fuel burn efficiency and low emissions. The core forms a key part of the Rolls-Royce Advance and UltraFan® engine designs, both of which form part of our future technology programme.

The demonstrator engine is now complete and is being readied for test in Derby, UK, with its first run expected in the coming days. Testing will initially confirm operational parameters with future tests designed to gather data on the performance of the engine across more than 2,800 parameters.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We are about to take another step towards making our future technology strategy a reality. The new core architecture being tested in this demonstrator is a critical part of our strategy and will help us to deliver even better economic and environmental performance for our customers.”

The Advance3 core features a new “work split” with a two stage high pressure turbine and a single-stage intermediate pressure turbine. Engineers have attached the core to a Trent XWB fan system and a Trent 1000 low pressure turbine to create the completed demonstrator engine.

Other key technologies for UltraFan® are also making significant progress. The engine features a high-power gearbox, designed to deliver efficiency at high bypass ratios, which earlier this year achieved 70,000hp while on test in Dahlewitz, Germany, a new record in the aerospace industry.

UltraFan will offer a 25 per cent fuel efficiency improvement compared with the first generation of Trent engine and will be available for service from 2025.

Advance3 receives funding and support from Clean Sky 2, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK.

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About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
  2. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  3. We have three common themes across all our businesses:
    • Investing in and developing engineering excellence
    • Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes
    • Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £80 billion at the end of 2016.
  5. In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  6. Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

SOURCE: Rolls-Royce plc

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