Rolls-Royce has introduced a new technology demonstrator engine called the Advance3. The engine incorporates a total of about 20,000 parts, and has achieved more than 100 hours of testing.Some of the parts have been 3D printed, while others are made of ceramic matrix composites that have shown outstanding performance.
Ceramic matrix composites can withstand higher operating temperatures and require less cooling air.They also lose a lot of weight, all of which increases efficiency. 3D printing, meanwhile, allows complex parts to be produced with fewer components, or even as only one component altogether.It can also reduce weight and improve efficiency, while allowing for the manufacture of geometries that other production methods cannot produce.
Rolls-Royce introduced its vision for the IntelligentEngine earlier this year. The engine truly will be intelligent – it will be connected to other engines, its support ecosystems, and its customers, and it will be aware of its operating context, its constraints and customer needs, allowing it to respond to the environment around it without human intervention.It will also learn from its own experiences and peer networks to adjust its behavior to best performance.