Located in Thompson, Manitoba Canada, the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) tests Rolls-Royce engines’ resilience to cold conditions. During the winter season here, temperatures regularly dip below 40 degrees centigrade. (For a point of reference, consider that the average winter temperature at the South Pole is around -49°C.)
But it’s not just the cold the engines must endure – the professionals at GLACIER use specialised machinery to create artificial clouds, which are packed with apple-sized chunks of ice. The battery of tests performed here demonstrate that Rolls-Royce jet engines reliably withstand the most extreme conditions, far harsher than they are likely to encounter during normal service.