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Pratt & Whitney Teams up with Rolls-Royce on Aeroengine Research

Pratt & Whitney Teams up with Rolls-Royce on Aeroengine Research

Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce recently announced a joint research project with Virginia Tech university that aims to study the impact of environmental contaminants on engine testing and operations.

The four-year research project is designed to address concerns about the detrimental effects of particle ingestion on aircraft engines. A complex chemistry of environmental contaminants passed through dust and sand are likely to cause engine aging and performance loss.

“Pratt & Whitney sees this as a great opportunity to improve our basic understanding of an issue that is critically important to our entire industry,” said Frank Preli, vice president, Propulsion and Materials Technologies, Pratt & Whitney.

Virginia Tech, with expertise in research and cross-discipline expertise on engine operation, instrumentation, and geosciences, has long been collaborating with Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney on a variety of research projects to measure and evaluate engine performance under different conditions.

“Virginia Tech has the right expertise and facilities to help us make an impact as the joint research team will investigate the fundamentals of particle (sand or dust) properties as the particles pass through the engine, with the goal of improving analysis methods to better predict those effects,” Preli said.

“The multidisciplinary group, teamed with Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and Geosciences, will work together to tackle the impact of the airborne particulate on aircraft engines, which is a huge challenge for today’s aviation industry,” said Changmin Son, Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor, Virginia Tech.