March 10, 2014
Rolls-Royce to build new facility in Dahlewitz, Germany
Rolls-Royce will expand its aerospace research and technology capabilities in Dahlewitz, building a new test-bed for power gearboxes which will support the development of next generation aero-engine designs. Close to 20% of the total investment of €65m in the new test-bed will be funded by the German and the Brandenburg government. The investment in the facility by Rolls-Royce is part of the company’s existing mid to long-term technology investment plans. Rolls-Royce recently shared details of its next generation engine designs, one of which, called UltraFan, includes a geared engine design, which will use components of the type that will be tested at the new Dahlewitz facility. Rolls-Royce has a long heritage of gear design capability from turbo-shaft, turbo-prop and LiftFan gearbox designs and will use that knowledge and capability to develop technology for the very high bypass ratio designs of future engines. The UltraFan design, with a variable pitch fan system, is based on such technology and could be ready for service from 2025. It will offer at least 25% improvement in fuel burn and emissions compared with the first generation of Trent engines. Rolls-Royce Germany has acquired exceptional engineering capability over the past 20 years and has already implemented development packages for the Trent engine family. A new test-bed for the most powerful version of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient engine flying today, and the newest Trent engine, will be inaugurated in Dahlewitz in the second half of this year.