in Maintenance

Rolls-Royce runs world's most powerful aerospace gearbox for the first time

Posted 27 October 2016 · Add Comment

Rolls-Royce has run the world's most powerful aerospace gearbox for the first time, marking a significant step in the development of its new UltraFan engine design.

The first run of the Rolls-Royce Power Gearbox (PGB), at the company’s facility in Dahlewitz, Germany, marks the start of a series of tests which will see the gearbox reach up to 100,000 horsepower – the equivalent of more than 100 Formula 1 cars.

Mike Whitehead, Rolls-Royce, chief engineer and head of programme UltraFan Technologies, Civil Aerospace, said: “This is another significant step in bringing our future technology to life. We launched the UltraFan design in 2014 and now we are putting our new infrastructure to work to turn it into reality.” 

The power gearbox is a vital component of the UltraFan design as it enables the engine design to offer efficient power over a wide range of take-off thrusts.

The first run took place on Rolls-Royce’s Attitude Rig, which allows engineers to simulate the effects of the gearbox being on the wing of an aircraft that is climbing after take-off, coming in to land or banking while in flight. The initial run confirmed rig dynamics and oil system functionality at low pressures and speeds.

More advanced testing will take place during the rest of the year to provide additional data on low power high speed combinations at various pitch and roll angles and at different simulated altitudes. High power testing will take place next year on the PGB Power Rig where the gearbox will reach full power. 

UltraFan, available from 2025, will offer a 25% fuel efficiency improvement over the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

The new CEO of RwandAir takes up office

The outgoing Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir, Chance Ndagano has officially handed over to Yvonne Manzi Makolo after her appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir last Friday.

ATNS official elected to key Industry position

Air Traffic and Navigation Service (ATNS) SOC Senior Air Traffic Controller, Peter Van Rooyen, has been elected Executive Vice-President of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA).

Emirates renews its support to Mauritius and Seychelles

Emirates has announced its renewed support to Mauritius and the Seychelles by extending its global marketing agreement with the respective Tourism Boards of the two countries.

Global standards, collaboration are key to future of ground handling

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted three key priorities for the ground handling industry to support the growing demand for air travel: harmonizing global standards to improve safety, improving

SAA retains 4-Star Skytrax ranking

South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both Business and Economy Class, for a 16th consecutive year.

Aviation Africa 2018: Cyber security: Not if, but when

An airline’s greatest cyber-security threat may also be its most precious asset – its staff – according to panellists speaking at Aviation Africa in Cairo. Victoria Moores reports.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
AirCargoAFA_BT220318210219AAD2018 BTGlobal Aerospace BT010518