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.