Rolls Royce Trent XWB Engine Assembly

Trent XWB Engine Assembly

Showcasing their engine assembly process, Rolls Royce plc have recently released this video showing one of the latest generation Trent XWB gas turbine engines being assembled.

A large number of the engine assembly tools for these procedures were designed by Nova either using previous engine tools as typical examples or from scratch as blank sheet engineering design projects.

The Trent XWB engine is currently in service with a number of airline carrier companies and flies on the Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

For those readers with an interest in the aerospace industry, the XWB engine installations on Airbus A350-900 aircraft can be tracked on flightradar24.com with Aircraft code ‘A359’.

Although unprecedented, the Trent XWB’s performance is not unexpected. It’s the 6th generation engine in the Rolls Royce Trent family, and has evolved from over 70 million hours of Trent family experience.

Drawing on the Rolls Royce plc unique three-shaft design, advanced materials and the latest fan system technology, the Trent XWB balances fuel efficiency and life cycle costs while delivering weight savings and improved aerodynamics.

With a 15 per cent fuel consumption advantage over the original Trent engine, it hits current and future emissions targets, goes further on less fuel and offers world beating performance and noise levels.

Such is the demand for the Trent XWB that Rolls-Royce have recently officially opened a new engine assembly line for its Trent XWB engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, complementing its main engine assembly production line in Derby, UK, and marking the first time that complete large civil engines have been assembled in Germany.

Trent XWB Engine Assembly Tooling

Rolls Royce Trent XWB 97 Civil Aerospace Engine

The new engine assembly line will help meet the exceptional demand for Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engines by delivering up to two engines per week by the end of the year. Combining this with the capacity to deliver up to five Trent XWB engines from its main production line in Derby means that Rolls-Royce will be able to deliver one Trent XWB engine per day at peak.

The factory is an important production and development facility in the global Rolls-Royce group, assembling both the successful BR700 engine family and the V2500 engine. The Dahlewitz site also plays a role in the development of the next generation of aircraft engines, hosting a test centre for the power gearbox system which will feature in Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan® engine slated for delivery in the middle of the next decade.

For further images of the Trent XWB engine assembly process, why not view the Rolls Royce Trent XWB Flickr image library.
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