Rolls-Royce donates Trent 1000 jet engine to Virginia Tech
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is donating a Trent 1000 jet engine to Virginia Tech as the centerpiece of its new Signature Engineering Building, which will help to inspire the next generation of high-tech engineers.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 is the cleanest, quietest, lightest and most fuel-efficient jet engine in aviation service today.
Construction workers recently positioned the Trent 1000 into the foyer of the Signature Engineering Building, where it will hang suspended 15 feet above the floor. The building is being constructed around the engine, which will remain in a protective cover until the structure opens in spring 2014. Rolls-Royce plans to outfit the lobby of the building with interactive kiosks containing information on engine design and advanced manufacturing to inform and excite students about careers in engineering.
“We are honored and delighted to make this engine donation to Virginia Tech,” said Phil Burkholder, executive vice president of engineering and technology for Rolls-Royce. “Rolls-Royce enjoys a strong partnership in higher education with Virginia Tech that includes research and development programs, endowments and internships. We hope our Trent 1000 engine, a modern engineering marvel, will serve as a symbol of excellence and inspire generations of talented students to pursue careers in science and engineering.”
“Rolls-Royce is making a significant investment in Virginia based on the commonwealth’s substantial success in higher education,” said Richard Benson, dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and the holder of the Torgersen Chair of Engineering. “Its partnership with the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is innovative, allowing collaboration on a variety of fronts in engineering. Our long-standing activities in advanced manufacturing enable our engineering faculty and students to move quickly into research projects that Rolls-Royce will find interesting. And the display of the Rolls-Royce engine in our new state-of-the-art academic building will serve as an inspiration to tomorrow’s leaders in the engineering field.”
Rolls-Royce, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia established a research partnership called the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems to address critical technology challenges using the founding universities’ facilities. It is in its second full year of operation. Rolls-Royce and Virginia Tech are also partners, along with the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and private companies, in the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which accelerates the translation of innovative research from the laboratory to commercial use.
Some interesting facts about the Trent 1000 include:
- The Trent 1000 hollow titanium fan is more than 9 feet across and sucks in more than a ton of air every second at take-off – that’s a racquetball court’s worth of air per second.
- The blades are engineered to deal with immense forces – equivalent to the weight of a freight train at take-off.
- The blade tip travels at more than 900 mph – faster than the speed of sound.
- Each high pressure turbine blade produces more than 800 horsepower – the same as a NASCAR engine.
- The temperature inside the hottest parts of the engine reaches a level approaching half as hot as the surface of the sun.
- Yet despite all this power, a Trent 1000 on take-off is at least 3 dB quieter than the previous generation aircraft.
– Submitted by Rolls-Royce North America
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