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Rolls-Royce Flies CTi Fan Blades

Rolls-Royce’s composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade has taken to the skies for the first time.

 

Rolls-Royce’s composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade has taken to the skies for the first time.

The blades, which have been designed for its Advance and UltraFan engines, were successfully used in a Trent 1000 on a modified 747 in Tucson, Arizona earlier this week.

The OEM claims that the composite blade will reduce aircraft weight by up to 1,500lb per aircraft – the equivalent of seven passengers.

The Advance engine, which Rolls-Royce claims will provide a 20 per cent fuel and emissions saving compared with the first generation Trent, has been earmarked for a 2020 release and the UltraFan, which will offer a 25 per cent saving, is set for 2025.

Mark Lewis, Rolls-Royce, test pilot, said: "The flight went very well and the demonstrator engine containing the CTi fan set performed perfectly, just as expected. We look forward to testing the system even more rigorously in the next phase."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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