Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is a British multinational public holding company that through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and distributes power systems. Rolls-Royce Holdings is headquartered in City of Westminster, London. It is the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines, and also has major businesses in the marine propulsion and energy sectors. Rolls-Royce was the world's 16th-largest defence contractor in 2011 and 2012 when measured by defence revenues. It had an announced order book of £71.6 billion as of January 2014.Rolls-Royce is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. As of June 2013, it had a market capitalisation of £22.22 billion, the 24th-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. Wikipedia.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-4.3-2015 | Award Amount: 11.43M | Year: 2016
Most maritime products are typically associated with large investments and are seldom built in large series. Where other modes of transport benefit from the economy of series production, this is not the case for maritime products which are typically designed to refined customer requirements increasingly determined by the need for high efficiency, flexibility and low environmental impact at a competitive price. Product design is thus subject to global trade-offs among traditional constraints (customer needs, technical requirements, cost) and new requirements (life-cycle, environmental impact, rules). One of the most important design objectives is to minimise total cost over the economic life cycle of the product, taking into account maintenance, refitting, renewal, manning, recycling, environmental footprint, etc. The trade-off among all these requirements must be assessed and evaluated in the first steps of the design process on the basis of customer / owner specifications. Advanced product design needs to adapt to profound, sometimes contradicting requirements and assure a flexible and optimised performance over the entire life-cycle for varying operational conditions. This calls for greatly improved design tools including multi-objective optimisation and finally virtual testing of the overall design and its components. HOLISHIP (HOLIstic optimisation of SHIP design and operation for life-cycle) addresses these urgent industry needs by the development of innovative design methodologies, integrating design requirements (technical constraints, performance indicators, life-cycle cost, environmental impact) at an early design stage and for the entire life-cycle in an integrated design environment. Design integration will be implemented in practice by the development of integrated design s/w platforms and demonstrated by digital mock-ups and industry led application studies on the design and performance of ships, marine equipment and maritime assets in general.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 8.16M | Year: 2016
This project will develop high product efficiency and high productivity turbine manufacturing methods. It will include machining, coating, modelling and inspection technology development. The work packages will be developed by Rolls-Royce working in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the University of Birmingham and using the UK manufacturing services supply chain.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 9.51M | Year: 2016
The next generation of civil turbofans will feature higher bypass ratios, to improve propulsive efficiency and hence reduce fuel-burn and CO2 emissions. They are likely to be driven by a geared LP system, as per the Rolls-Royce UltraFan™ engine concept, which is expected to be 10% more efficient than the current state of the art. However, as fan diameter is increased, so is the weight and drag associated with a conventional engine installation, and this offsets much of the efficiency benefit offered by the higher bypass ratio. iFan will address this problem by developing and validating the aerodynamic capabilities needed to design a novel integrated fan-intake system. This will enable shorter intakes and slimline nacelles to be used (with lower weight and drag), whilst managing the effect on fan efficiency and operability. The project will achieve this by developing a range of aerodynamic & aeromechanical prediction methods, from low fidelity through to extremely high fidelity CFD calculations. These will enable predictions to be made of the efficiency and stability of an installed fan system, as well as the aeromechanical integrity (flutter etc.).
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 8.37M | Year: 2016
Gas turbine technology is developing rapidly in the drive to reduce fuel burn and the environmental impact of air travel. To maintain the UK’s position as the producer of world leading aircraft propulsion systems requires continual research and development of new and novel engines. This project is a collection of related aerothermal technology developments focused around the core of a civil gas turbine engine with the common theme of reducing overall engine fuel burn. These developments target either new technology that impacts fuel burn directly or via developing a fundamental understanding of the physics of those technologies for exploitation in future designs.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 9.11M | Year: 2016
Geometry is at the heart of all aerodynamic and mechanical design processes and tools. The creation, manipulation and discretisation of geometry has become the bottle neck in design-simulation iteration time and therefore is a limiting factor in our ability to reduce time to market. Increasing competitive, environmental and commercial pressures are demanding ever higher performing products which in turn need more design iterations and simulation which means that the importance of geometry and its integration with the design process and simulation is increasing. GEMinIDS will deliver geometry handling and meshing technology that builds upon the GHandI (Geometry Handling and Integration) project whilst also extending its scope to Integrated Design Systems. GEMinIDS brings together the technology and consortium established in GHandI, with leading SMEs and academics in the field, to produce a project with a scale, breadth and level of synergy that will enable a step change in UK competitiveness in this important enabling technology.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 9.47M | Year: 2016
This project will accelerate the development of technologies that enable the manufacture of aerospace components made from advanced materials. The early focus on these technologies will ensure high productivity processes are established at an appropriate pace to allow competitive industrialisation for future engine products. The work packages will be developed by Rolls-Royce working in partnership with the HVM CATAPULT Centres, the Advanced Forming Research Centre and the Advanced Machining Research Centre.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 6.52M | Year: 2017
Intermediate Pressure Compressor Realisation for Enhanced Sub-System (IPCRESS) This project will develop competitive capability for gas turbine compressors. The development of an intermediate pressure compressor that integrates around a power gearbox will enable Rolls-Royce to demonstrate its new UltraFan™ engine architecture which represents an important step in continuing to meet environmental targets and will result in more competitive future engines. The work packages will be developed by Rolls-Royce working in partnership with the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in addition to utilising the UK manufacturing services supply chain.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 8.13M | Year: 2016
Capitalising Heuristic Advanced Sub-system Maturation (CHASM) This project will deliver the design and manufacture of components including fan disc, fan OGV, ESS and Oil Tank to integrate into a UHBR engine. Each component presents its own unique design and manufacturing challenges that will need to be overcome in order to The work packages will be developed by Rolls-Royce working in partnership with the National Composites Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and utilising the UK manufacturing services supply chain.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 9.18M | Year: 2016
The forecasted doubling of aircaraft in service over the next 20 years has led to long term challenging environmental emissions goals being set for the aviation industry. Combining this with airline operators’ requirements for reduced operating costs generates the need for a step change in fuel burn and hence CO2 emissions. This can be achieved by moving to engines with lower specific thrust that utilise larger diameter fans. The weight of these fans must be minimised to avoid losing the fuel burn advantage. The purpose of this projec t is to complete the development of carbon fibre composite materials for use in a lightweight fan system for high bypass ratio direct drive turbofans for the wide-body civil aircraft market. It will focus on modelling the propagation of damage, the effect on material properties of inclusions of manufacturing features and defects, general damage tolerance and environmental effects of moisture and temperature variation. Work will also attempt to optimise the key components to maximise the weight reduction potential. The project includes the manufacture and testing of sub-elements and components to validate the resulting methods and principles.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Business, Innovation & Skills Financed | Award Amount: 9.80M | Year: 2016
This project aims to strengthen the competitiveness of UK high value manufacturers by delivering and demonstrating breakthrough composite manufacturing technologies. The workpackages will be developed by Rolls-Royce working in partnership with the National Composites Centre (NCC) and utilising the UK manufacturing supply chain.