After the successful completion of the hot weather campaign in Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) this summer, the Trent XWB engine that will power the A350 XWB continues accumulating flight hours –more than 150h- on the A380 MSN1 used as a Flying Test Bed.
Some photos of this week in Toulouse twitted by @FlightDKM shows the Trent XWB:
Console of A380 FTB for monitoring Trent XWB engine.
Most have already worked with Rolls-Royce on other Trent engines, including Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Volvo Aero, and Hamilton Sundstrand.
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB international team of RSP-risk sharing partners
There are also new partners as Parker Aerospace, Eaton, Esterline, Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Forgital Group, Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) and Hispano-Suiza (Safran group).
ATK is a new partner and, on this first partnership with R-R, is providing the composite rear fan case. This selection follows a capability study which looked at alternative materials and potential partners. The main fan containment case is to be made from titanium and is assembled from forgings supplied by Forgital, whereas ATK has valuable specialist experience in composites manufacturing.