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Rolls-Royce Powers Up Donor Engine In Ground-Breaking UltraFan Test

Engineers at Rolls-Royce in Derby, UK, have successfully tested key components of the UltraFan® engine design.
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Engineers at Rolls-Royce in Derby, UK, have successfully tested key components of the UltraFan® engine design.

For the first time, all composite elements of the Advanced Low Pressure system (ALPS) – including fan blades, a fan case and annulus fillers – were tested together. These engine parts are manufactured using state-of-the-art, fully automated construction methods at Rolls-Royce’s Composites Technology Facility, a Composites Centre of Excellence.

By delivering a significant reduction in weight, noise and fuel burn, the Rolls-Royce UltraFan is poised to redefine the world of jet engines. All told, it will render new engines 25% more efficient than the first-generation Trent engines.

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