Rolls-Royce has marked yet another milestone in the UltraFan programme, shipping the world-leading power transmission from its facility in Dahlewitz, Germany, to the United Kingdom, where it was first assembled.
Breaking the world aviation power record, UltraFan makes a significant contribution to gas turbine sustainability, providing 25 percent fuel savings compared to the first generation Rolls-Royce Trent engines. The power transmission, which has a planetary gear design, can transmit more power than all the vehicles in the Formula 1 organization when operating at maximum power. UltraFan, which is stated to have reached 87.000 horsepower and 64 megawatts in the test conducted in Dahlewitz, has the efficiency to meet the power needs of a medium-sized city.
The UltraFan, the world's largest engine with a fan diameter of 140 inches, will be put to the test with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel this year in Derby, UK.
Expressing his views on the subject, Chris Cholerton, President of Rolls-Royce Civil Aviation, said, “We have reached another important stage with the delivery of the power transmission. This stage we're in is of paramount importance to everyone involved in the UltraFan program. I am proud of our teams as we develop better and more efficient gas turbines that will be an important part of air travel for many years to come.” said.
Scalable for narrow or wide-body aircraft, the UltraFan is an essential part of Rolls-Royce's mission to make aviation more sustainable. Gas turbines will continue to form the backbone of long-haul aviation in the coming years. UltraFan's efficiency will help improve industry economics in the short-term transition from conventional jet fuel to more costly but more sustainable fuels.