Airbus has signed a collaboration agreement with Rolls-Royce for the integration of Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan® demonstrator for flight testing. UltraFan features a new engine core architecture and lean-burn combustion system which will contribute to improved fuel burn efficiency and lower emissions, along with a carbon titanium fan blade system and composite casing which reduce weight.
UltraFan is a scalable jet engine design suitable for widebody or single-aisle aircraft and offers a 25% fuel efficiency improvement over the first-generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine. This project will enable Aibus to fully integrate the overall power plant system – composed of engine, pylon and nacelle – onto future long-range aircraft products. It also facilitate scalability for future short-range aircraft. It will also build on Airbus’ expertise in advanced manufacturing technologies, such as high-deposition-rate additive manufacture, welded assembly and high production rate thermoplastics.
The integration solutions demonstration will be co-funded by Clean Sky 2, the European Union research programme focused on developing technology to reduce emissions.