Rolls-Royce is going to delay the introduction of the new high pressure turbine blade redesigned for the Trent 1000 TEN, after discovering it will not be as durable as initially expected.
Rolls-Royce proceeded to a detailed technical evaluation of the high pressure turbine (HPT) blades design it initially planned to introduce in 2020. But the engine manufacturer from Derby has noticed it will not be as durable as expected. Rolls-Royce reacted increasing its stock of spare engines and accelerating the expansion of its maintenance network. The manufacturer will thus transform part of its facilities in Dahlewitz and Montreal in service centers for the Trent 1000, to be able to provide a overhaul capability in the short term, and obtained access to another testbed in Dallas, USA. The engine manufacturer will also invest in additional capabilities in London, Heathrow and Derby. Rolls-Royce adds it will “intensify” its investment in engineering to support the dedicated team that is focusing on solving the problem related to the HPT blade.
Lately, Rolls-Royce had to face three important issues which affected the three versions of the Trent 1000 engines, or the Packages B and C, to which has been added the problem related to the TEN.