Rolls Royce Trent Control System

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19 September 2018 19:00 - 20:30
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Talk Synopsis:

The Rolls-Royce Family of Trent Engines have accumulated over 100 million hours of service operation since the introduction of the Trent 700 on the Airbus A330 just over 20 years ago. Since that time, five Trent engine derivatives have joined the family, entering service operation, on a combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
The control system for this series of engines has itself evolved over time to embed new technologies, exploit modern manufacturing processes and cater for parts obsolescence while continuing to comply with regulatory and safety requirements.
The talk will describe the key elements of the engine control system with respect to design, development, manufacture and in-service support. The fundamental concepts of aircraft engine control will be introduced, offering an appreciation of the challenges faced in the development of a complex, safety critical, system. The complexities of the aircraft system interface will also be introduced, exploring fault messaging methods and determination of aircraft despatch.

Further details about the speaker:

Ian has predominantly worked in the design of electronic controls for harsh environment, in both a technical and leadership capacity. He presently has an engineering specialist role covering reliability, maintainability and performance issues, with responsibility for requirements capture and troubleshooting system design for new products.

Ian is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Chair of the SAE International Aerospace Propulsion Division, member of the SAE E-36 Committee, member of the ADS MRO&L committee and current chair of the No Fault Found Steering Group. He is nominated as UK expert to IEC TC107 and TC56. Ian has written over 20 conference and journal papers, has published international technical standards and contributed to ISBN published text books.

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Ian James has worked in the field of engine control systems for over 35 years, currently working at Rolls-Royce as a Senior Specialist. First class honours from the Open University in 1998.


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