What better sculpture to inspire engineering students than the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine which is currently the airlines’ cleanest, quietest, lightest and most fuel-efficient powerplant.
Virginia Tech’s Signature Engineering Building, which is being constructed around this massive turbine, will feature this icon of technical development in the lobby of the new facility. Rolls-Royce, which has established strong ties with this University, the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems, donated its signature product as a symbol of its efforts to integrate its real world work with the cutting edge academic research of these institutions.
Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President, Engineering and Technology said “We hope our Trent 1000 engine, a modern engineering marvel, will serve as a symbol of excellence and inspire generations of talented students to pursue careers in science and engineering.” The vision of artifact will catch the attention of some of the students, but its operational data will draw all of the Virginia Tech quantitative jocks to the aviation business. Those impressive statistics include:
- The Trent 1000 hollow titanium fan is more than 9 feet across and sucks in more than a ton of air every second at take-off – that’s a racquetball court’s worth of air per second.
- The blades are engineered to deal with immense forces – equivalent to the weight of a freight train – at take-off.
- The blade tip travels at more than 900mph – faster than the speed of sound.
- Each high pressure turbine blade produces more than 800 horsepower – the same as a NASCAR engine.
- The temperature inside the hottest parts of the engine reaches a level approaching half as hot as the surface of the sun.
- Yet despite all this power, a Trent 1000 on take-off is at least 3dB quieter than the previous generation aircraft.
Hopefully those impressive numbers will “suck” these bright students to the future advances in aeronautical engineering.Share this article: