I have been researching Rolls-Royce engines for decades. I have studied the engine’s “workshop manuals”. I visited the Rolls-Royce production and engineering facilities in Derby, UK just two weeks before my QF32 event.
Yesterday I toured the Sin$700 m Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus in Singapore. This is the first production facility for Rolls-Royce outside the UK and it is an amazing high tech resource for Asia-Pacific aviation. The first Trent 900 fan blades are now amassing at the end of an 80 process production line, ready to be assembled into Seletar’s first Trent 900 engine that should be finished within a month. I spent another seven hours quizzing the scientists and engineers about every aspect of the design, construction, testing and operation of the Trent 900 engine that we see on the A380.
I think I now know this extraordinary and remarkable engine pretty well.
I intend now to write a report about the Trent 900 engine. This will be for pilots and interested persons who want to get deep into engine design and operation.
Request for Questions
Please send me your Jet Engine, Rolls-Royce, Trent 900 and A380 Engine questions. I’ll use your responses to guide the topics in my report.
Topics could include (but are not limited to):
- 2 spool versus 3 spool
- fan blades (composite versus titanium)
- turbine blades
- bladed disks verses blisks
- Surge, Choke and Operating lines
- wear and lifetime
- testing / certification
- vibration, monitoring
- temperatures and margins
- bird strikes
- buzz-saw effect
Win a Rolls-Royce Lapel Pin
Rusty Corner won a Rolls-Royce lapel pin on a recent flight. His comments are below.
The captain announced: “If anyone would like to guess how many horsepower is produced per turbine blade on the A380’s gas turbines there’s a Rolls Royce lapel pin up for grabs!”
With a guess of 870hp/blade I was 30hp off the correct 900hp & won the RR pin!
A little more engine/aeroplane/navy ship talk & I was invited up to the cockpit upon arrival.