The Rolls-Royce Trent engine: Past, Now and into the Future

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Technical lecture
18 January 2018 18:00 - 20:30
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The Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine is one of the UK’s industrial success stories helping to take the company from a market share of less than 10% of large Civil engines to almost 50% despite a fiercely competitive market.

The effective introduction of advanced technology has led to the continuing development of new models including the Trent XWB, “the world’s most efficient aero engine”. The speaker has been involved in the design of the Trent engines from initial concept studies through to latest derivatives so can illuminate the story from personal experience.

Frank Kirkland has been Chair of the Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellowship since 2015. He joined Rolls-Royce in 1981 and has focused on the fields of design and mechanical integrity. He has worked across the range of RR aerospace engines from the Dart to the latest Trent engines. He was for a time Chief Design Engineer of the Trent 500 & 700 engines for the Airbus A330 and A340 Aircraft. He has been Engineering Lead for Rotating Gas Turbine Parts. He is currently Chief Designer-Civil Aerospace and Senior Fellow in Mechanical Integrity. He is a former Chairman of the IMechE Aerospace Division.

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Refreshments available at 18:00

Free to members and non-members


Frank Kirkland, Chief Designer – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.


Manchester Metropolitan University
Room JD T0.03 John Dalton Building
Oxford Road
M1 5GD
United Kingdom

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