DERBY, U.K. - Rolls-Royce has announced the completion of the first tests of its UltraFan technology demonstrator at its facility in Derby, United Kingdom. The tests were run using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, Jonathan Welsh reports for Flying. Continue reading original article.
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23 May 2023 - “The UltraFan demonstrator is a game changer – the technologies we are testing as part of this program have the capability to improve the engines of today as well as the engines of tomorrow," Tufan Erginbilgic, CEO, Rolls-Royce plc, says. "That is why this announcement is so important – we are witnessing history in the making; a step-change in engine efficiency improvement. When combined with Sustainable Aviation Fuels, more efficient gas turbine engines will be key to hitting the industry’s target of Net Zero flight by 2050. Today we are closer to achieving this ambition."
Key engineering features of the demonstrator include: A new, proven, Advance3 core architecture, combined with our ALECSys lean burn combustion system, to deliver maximum fuel burn efficiency and low emissions Carbon titanium fan blades and a composite casing A geared design that delivers efficient power for the high-thrust, high bypass ratio engines of the future. The power gearbox has run at 64MW
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