Last time I was visiting the Future of Flight I picked up a very interesting brochure about the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and wanted to share the top 10 most interesting things:
#1: At take-off the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s two Trent 1000s will deliver thrust of 150,000 lbf, which is equivalent to the power of 1,500 cars.
#2 The engine sucks in 1.25 tons of air per second during take off (that’s about the volume of a racket ball court every second).
#3 The 112″ fan spins at over 2700 RPM with tip speeds over 900 mph, but the blades inside the engine spin at 13,500 RPM with tip speeds topping 1200 mph.
#4 Air passing through the engine is squeezed to more than 700 lb per sq inch, which is 50 times normal air pressure.
#5 The engine has about 30,000 individual components.
#6 The Boeing 787 will carry up to 270 passengers, which is equivalent to the economics of a typical car with four passengers. However, the 787 travels ten times faster.
#7 The Trent 1000 is expected to fly for 20,000 hours before its first overhaul. That’s about 11 million miles or 450 times around the world.
#8 The fuel in the engine combustion chamber burns at about 3632 deg F — the sun’s surface is about 9941 deg F.
#9 The force on a fan blade at take-off is about 100 tons. That is like hanging a freight train off each blade. The first generation of turbine blades had about 10 tons of force.
#10 A Boeing 787 at full power take off is 3dB quieter than a Boeing 767, even though it is 1/3 heavier. At the airport perimeter, the noise level would be equivalent to that of a waterfall.Image: FlightBlogger