July 10, 2012
Rolls-Royce has unveiled an upgrade plan for the Trent 1000 on the Boeing 787 that builds on technology developed for the Airbus A350 as well as advanced research programs.
The Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust Effciency New technology) is targeted for introduction on the 787 in the first half of 2016 and will save a further 3% fuel burn over the Package B standard now entering service.
The engine will be available for all versions of the 787 including the yet-to-be-planned 10X double stretch. Rolls also reveals it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to offer the engine for the next 787 development.
Referring to the Trent 1000 TEN’s performance relative to General Electric”s competing GEnx-1B, Robert Nuttall, Rolls VP strategic marketing, says, “we are confident the TEN is better than our competition.” GE recently claimed the GEnx-1B performance improvement package gives the engine a 2-3% fuel burn advantage over the baseline Trent.
Features from the Trent XWB will include a version of the A350’s rising line intermediate pressure compressor and blisks in the first three stages of the high-pressure compressor. The HPC also features design elements derived from the European NEWAC technology development program.
Other techology will come from the environmentally friendly engine effort, which forms part of Rolls-Royce’s Advance 3 initiative. This includes an advanced high-pressure turbine and a refined air system that modulates flow to more closely match demand.