The Commitment to innovation and sustainability are the distinguishing features of ITP Aero. In addition, Basque is distinguished by developing its own technology, “Made in Euskadi”, to allow the aviation sector to be increasingly sustainable and efficient.
In this context is drawn what will be Engine of the future, which will run on 100% sustainable fuel, which comes closer. UltraFan is now a reality, and although it has a long flight ahead, it has taken its first steps along with ITP Aero.
The Basque Company designed and developed the first turbine for this Rolls Royce engine, Thus laying a solid foundation for the future family of jet engines with improved core capabilities. specific, At its facilities in Zamudio, it was responsible for the design and manufacture of the TBH (Rear Bearing Housing), one of the main structures of the engine and an essential connection element to the aircraft. In other words, it is an important part that supports all the loads associated with it and is necessary for thrust.
And what does the manufacture of this new prototype consist of? trying Develop customized processes that adapt to the new needs of the sectorITP Aero produced TBH components through an additive system, that is, using 3D printing. At its Zamudio facilities, which have a manufacturing cell dedicated exclusively to this method of production, removable sound-attenuating panels are integrated, thanks to which the acoustic energy emitted by the turbine is reduced by half.
This noise reduction will be a major factor in approaching Sustainability goals for the company and the aviation sector itselfset by the Advisory Council on Aviation Research in Europe (ACARE), which expects to reduce aircraft noise by 65% by 2050.
In addition to reducing noise and weight, UltraFan design will increase fuel efficiency by 25% It will be able to fly using 100% sustainable jet fuel from SAF. More than promising data because more than half of the aircraft operating around the world have products designed and manufactured by ITP Aero.
Once manufactured, TBH is assembled at a later stage to a medium pressure turbine which is also designed and manufactured by ITP Aero in Agalver facilities in Madrid, to finally be handed over to Rolls-Royce. The British company has assembled the complete prototype of the engine at its facilities in Derby (UK) and is currently undergoing its first tests.
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