Rolls-Royce Has a New Composites Facility in Bristol, UK

January 13 2020

A new Rolls-Royce facility which will develop jet engine technologies set to transform flight, reduce emissions and set new benchmarks for efficiency has opened in Bristol, UK. The composite technology hub will develop fan blades and fan cases which significantly reduce weight in a jet engine, lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The new facility will use low-energy, very low emissions processes and features state-of-the-art automated manufacturing methods and materials.

The facility will focus on carbon-fiber composites, which are used in the aerospace industry to reduce weight significantly. The lighter an engine is, the less fuel it burns, creating fewer emissions. A Rolls-Royce fan system made with carbon-fiber composites can save almost 700kg per aircraft, the equivalent of seven passengers and their luggage.

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