Funding boost for Rolls-Royce icing research

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Roll-Royce Trent 1000 engine (image: Rolls-Royce)

Two research projects being led by aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce aimed at maximizing engine performance and efficiency are set to receive more than £10 million of government funding.

The two projects, which are being jointly funded by Rolls-Royce and the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), will support research to develop new engine cooling systems and technology to stop the formation of ice crystals on engines when cruising at high altitudes.

The latest projects are worth over £21 million in total. Chief Technology Officer for Rolls-Royce Paul Stein said, “These projects will play an important role in developing the innovative technologies needed to enhance performance, improve efficiency and reduce emissions of future aircraft.”

The £3.7 million COAST (Critical Oil and Air System Technologies) project will develop engine systems that support cabin cooling and reduce fuel burn, as well improve the reliability of oil systems. Also involved in COAST is micro gas turbine company Bladon Jets.

The £7 million DE-ICER (Design Excellence – Ice Crystal Engine Research) project aims to develop anti-icing engine systems that protect engines. The project also involves GKN Aerospace and the University of Oxford.

May 23, 2018

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