Delta Completes Engine Test Cell

Construction of the 150,000-pound thrust capacity test cell was completed earlier this month.

Delta TechOps, the MRO division of U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines, has completed construction on its new engine test cell at its main base in Atlanta.

The airline MRO says the test cell is the world’s largest – standing at 48 feet tall, with inlet and exhaust sections measuring 66 feet and 78 feet respectively. Its capacity amounts to 150,000 pounds of thrust and will cater for new, larger engine types.

These include the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, 7000 and XWB models, along with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100, PW1500 and other variants of the Geared Turbofan engine.

According to a release by the airline on Tuesday (Jan. 22), the next steps on the project include the proving and data validation for the cell, the commissioning of the cell with the Trent XWB engine, Trent 1000 Electric Start System installation, the Trent 1000 commissioning, correlation and production test.

Once these tasks have been completed, the first production test is scheduled to happen in late 2019.

The test cell, the first built by a U.S. airline maintenance shop in 20 years, further boosts Delta’s Rolls-Royce engine MRO capabilities. Since October 2015, Delta has been part of the British engine maker’s aftermarket network as an authorized maintenance center.

Under the agreement signed more than three years ago, Delta provides engine services for new generation Rolls-Royce engines, including the Trent XWB, Trent 1000 and Trent 7000. In addition, the BR715provide engine services for the latest generation Trent XWB, Trent 1000 and Trent 7000, in addition to the BR715 found on business aircraft is also serviced in Atlanta.

Delta says the grand opening of the test cell will take place next month.

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