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Rolls-Royce Reveals UltraFan, Advance Engine Plans

By Woodrow Bellamy III | February 27, 2014
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[Avionics Today Feb. 27, 2014] Rolls-Royce shared details about its next generation engine designs, which the company believes could be ready within the next 10 years. 
 
Building on the success of its Trent family of engines, Rolls-Royce is looking to "transform performance" with its next engine family. 
 
The first design, Advance, will feature a 20 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and could be ready by 2020. 
 
The second, UltraFan, is a geared design with a variable pitch fan system said to offer at least a 25 percent improvement in fuel burn and missions against the Trent family. 
 
Both designs will feature new engine core architecture, a CTi Fan System, advanced ceramic matrix composites and a high-thrust high-bypass ratio. 
 
"These new designs are the result of implementing our ongoing technology programs. They are designed to deliver what our airframe and airline customers tell us they need: even better fuel efficiency, reliability and environmental performance," said Colin Smith, director of engineering and technology at Rolls-Royce. 

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