Eaton announced on July 10 that it was chosen by Rolls-Royce Corp. to continue providing its engine build-up solution for the Trent XWB-97 engine program. The 97,000 pound-thrust engine, which will power the new Airbus A350-1000 platform, will make the XWB-97 the most powerful production turbofan ever developed by Rolls-Royce.
“We are excited to continue our involvement on the Trent XWB engine program by providing a reliable, lightweight and technically advanced engine build-up solution for the XWB-97," said Uday Yadav, president of Eaton's Aerospace Group.
In 2009, Rolls-Royce selected Eaton as a strategic partner for the Trent XWB engine program. Eaton designed, developed and integrated systems for the EBU portfolio, which encompassed a variety of components customized for the XWB.
By providing complete EBU sub-systems coupled with onsite engineering support, the company said it has “optimized the significant number of engine interfaces and replaced complex tubing and ducting with more modular products specifically designed for easier, faster installation and removal.”
As in the original XWB engine program, Eaton will be responsible for the design, development, manufacture and certification of the XWB-97 low-pressure fuel system, starter air system, thermal anti-icing system, engine bleed air system along with sense and muscle lines, variable frequency generator system, power door opening system, fire-extinguisher system and pylon drains.