Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new aircraft engine: the Trent 1000-TEN. The engine is expected to help the manufacturer continue to secure deals with aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus.
One of the main improvements is a proposed 3% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the Trent 1000s in operation today. The TEN stands for Thrust, Efficiency and New technology and the new engine will have the capability to deliver 78,000lb of thrust.
The engine is to enter service in 2016: meeting the thrust requirements of the newest versions of Boeing’s Dreamliner. Rolls has also designed the engine to meet the requirements of Boeing’s newest planned model, the Dreamliner 787-10X.
Eric Schulz, president of Large Engines Programmes – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce said: “[The Trent 1000-TEN engine] will deliver unsurpassed through-life fuel efficiency, coupled with the same Trent engine family dependability that our customers have come to expect.”
The engine incorporates advances in the high pressure turbine and compressor, `blisk’ technology and sophisticated internal aerodynamics controls.
Trent 1000 engines already in service power 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with Japanese airline ANA, and have achieved the best ever reliability figures for a widebody engine on entering airline service.
However there were some recent concerns over corrosion inside the engines of the Trent 1000s on five of ANA’s Dreamliners – but due to rigorous testing at Rolls-Royces facilities in the UK the alarm was raised promptly and no accidents occurred.