Rolls-Royce Begins UltraFan Demonstrator Assembly

Rolls-Royce composite fan case
Built by Rolls-Royce’s Bristol, England, facility, along with the UltraFan’s fan blades, the lightweight composite fan case for UF001 is readied for integration at the company’s Derby site.
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Eight years after revealing ambitious plans to develop a new family of lower-fuel-burn, high-bypass turbofans based on a geared architecture, Rolls-Royce has assembled the parts for the first UltraFan engine demonstrator and is targeting tests beginning around midyear. While Rolls has broadened its...
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