Rolls-Royce Tests Composite Blades on Trent 1000

Rolls-Royce one of leading aircraft engines manufacturer revealed new generation of engine's blades material.

Rolls-Royce have shown that there is another better material than existing. Rolls-Royce applied the composite blades on their engines.

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 with Composite Blade

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 with Composite Blades

Boeing 787 Dreamliner's power plant, Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 is used to test the performance of new technology. They attached carbo-tanium blades to the front-end of the engine. Carbo-tanium stands for mixture of carbon and titanium.

Rolls-Royce likely to called light-weight blades with UltraFan technology which has ultra light weight blade. The UltraFan are believe will save up to 680 kilograms in total weight of the engine.

In addition, the more light of blades the less effort of the turbofan shaft to rotate and generating enough thrust. Rolls-Royce claims they can save about 25% of fuel consumption.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine installed to Boeing 747-200 as testbed aircraft and went to crosswind test and more flight test in Arizona.

Boeing 747-200 With Composite Blades Engine

Boeing 747-200 With Composite Blades Engine

The composite technology become common and popular since the composite able to combine many benefits of material properties. In this case, engineer able to achieve light in using carbon and strength coming from the titanium.

Rolls-Royce test pilot said that the test went very well and being scheduled to get another test in the next few months.
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