Rolls-Royce has begun tests of a powerful gearbox and inaugurated a research site focused on high-temperature composite materials, both key steps toward its future vision of developing an all-new family of advanced very-high-bypass-ratio turbofans for the mid-2020s. The two events, which occurred within days of each other last week, mark major milestones on the company’s strategic road map to developing a next-generation product family based on leaps in propulsive and thermodynamic ...

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