Advance3 provides 3D UltraFan® design for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is introducing ceramic matrix composites in its future engine programmes

Rolls-Royce’s Advance3 engine is helping pioneer the future of civil aerospace – with 3D printed parts and the introduction of new materials helping to lead the way.

The technology demonstrator engine is proving both technology and a new core for Rolls-Royce UltraFan® engine design which will be available from 2025. Initial results are showing excellent performance from parts made by a printing technique known as additive layer manufacturing and also made from ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).

Advance3 plays an important part in delivering the IntelligentEngine, Rolls-Royce’s vision for the future, as it builds on pioneering technology and digital capabilities to deliver important benefits for customers.

CMCs are able to withstand higher operating temperatures, and require much less cooling air, while delivering a significant weight reduction, all contributing to improved efficiency.

The Advance3 demonstrator is testing a new engine core that will deliver optimum fuel efficiency and low emissions. It is a key element in Rolls-Royce’s future technology strategy to develop the Advance core for the UltraFan® engine design that will be available from 2025 and will offer a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with a first generation Trent engine.