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Rolls-Royce starts ALECSys icing tests
A modified Trent 1000 engine is being used for the tests. © Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce starts ALECSys icing tests

Rolls-Royce has started icing tests of its new lean-burn, low-emissions combustion system for future jet engine programmes.

Rolls-Royce’s demonstrator engine, featuring a new lean-burn and low-emissions combustion system for future jet engine programmes, has started icing tests.

The ALECSys (Advanced Low Emissions Combustion System) demonstrator successfully started the tests in Manitoba, Canada, at temperatures of –20°C, one month after its first-ever test run in Derby.

Technology from the system features in both the Advance3 and the UltraFan demonstrator engines and also plays an important part in delivering the IntelligentEngine, the company's vision for designing, testing, and maintaining increasingly connected engines in the digital realm.

By constantly monitoring environmental conditions and the pilot’s thrust requirement, ALECSys alters the mixture of fuel and air delivered to various injection points to minimise NOx and other emissions. Tests have so far shown a halving of NOx at cruise, compared to today’s levels.

ALECSys, which has received funding from the European Union’s Clean Sky SAGE (Sustainable And Green Engine) programme, is carrying out the tests housed in a Trent 1000 “donor” engine.

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