In March 2015, Rolls-Royce announced that they will develop a centre of advanced fan system composite technology development in Bristol, creating a hub of composite knowledge in the UK and securing 120 jobs in the city by the end of 2019. The pre-production facility will be developed alongside Rolls-Royce’s new facility for carbon-fibre electrical harness rafts. Both facilities will benefit from manufacturing techniques being developed in partnership wit the NCC.
This advanced manufacturing facility will be at the forefront of developing the next generation of fan blades and fan cases, made from carbon-fibre composite materials.
The Rolls-Royce CTi (carbon/titanium) blades are a key feature of the new Advance engine design, which will offer at least 20% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than the first generation of the Trent aero-engine. The new CTi fan system that could reduce weight by up to 1,500lb per aircraft, the equivalent of carrying seven more passengers and their luggage.
This state-of-the-art facility will give us the opportunity to further develop our world-leading composite technology and manufacturing techniques for our next generation of engine design
Tony Wood, President- Aerospace, Rolls-Royce