The world's newest airliner engine being developed jointly by Japan and Britain has run successfully.
GV ROLLS ROYCE RJ500 ENGINE ROTATED ON A CRANE
LOW ANGLE OF ENGINE TEST BED. TILT DOWN TO RJ500 ENTERING TEST BED ON TRANSPORTER
CU NOSE CONE. ZOOM OUT RJ500 ON TRANSPORTER IN TEST BED
HIGH ANGLE RJ500 BEING LIFTED FROM TRANSPORTER
LOW ANGLE RJ500 BEING RAISED INTO POSITION IN TEST BED
SV RJ500 BEING RAISED INTO POSITION
TRACK ROUND RJ500 IN POSITION
EXTERIOR OF TEST BED
CONTROL ROOM OF TEST BED DURING ENGINE RUN
REAR VIEW OF RJ500 IN TEST BED
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Background: The world's newest airliner engine being developed jointly by Japan and Britain has run successfully. It is the RJ500 engine designed for new 150-seater airliners now being studied by leading airlines and aircraft manufacturers.
Work on the engine began two years ago when a joint company, Rolls-Royce and Japanese Aero Engines Limited was formed, owned on a 50:50 basis by three Japanese aero engine companies on the one hand and by Rolls-Royce on the other.
The engine which has run, designated the RJ500-01, incorporates new design features developed from advanced technology programmes in both countries.
It was built at Rolls-Royce's Bristol plant from components designed and manufactured in Britain and Japan, and ran on a test-bed at the company's Derby factory.
A second engine assembled in Japan also from British and Japanese designed and made components, will begin running at the Ishikawajima-Harima plant near Tokyo in early March.
Testing of both will continue during this year to check the engine and system operation, fuel consumption and overall performance at sea level and simulated altitudes, and the vibration and temperature characteristics.
These two engines will produce some 20,000 lb thrust each and will be used to prove the efficiency of the design.
Production engines, designated RJ500-35, will have higher powers of up to 24,000 lb thrust to meet the requirements of the airliner manufacturers. They will be significantly more fuel efficient than engine of similar power in service now or under development.
The joint company is actively marketing the RJ500 with airlines and airframe companies in Europe and the US, one or more of which are expected to launch a 150-seat airliner in the next year or so.