Patents Assigned to Rolls-Royce plc
  • Publication number: 20190112986
    Abstract: A pressure relief arrangement for a gas turbine engine comprises a hinged door and a mount. A plastically deformable member is provided between and coupled to the hinged door and the mount. The deformable member is configured to deform between a non-deformed state when the door is in a closed position and an elongated deformed state when the door is in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Simon M. RUSTON, Rong YANG, Matthew FOX, Aniket Anand KULARNI
  • Publication number: 20190112941
    Abstract: There is disclosed a variable vane actuation arrangement 100, 200 comprising a crankshaft 48, 148 comprising a crank web 50,150 and a unison ring assembly 45 comprising a unison ring 34 moveable to vary the pitch of a plurality of variable vanes 26. A connector 42 is fixed with respect to the unison ring 34. The crank web 50, 150 and the connector 42 cooperate by a pin 56—slot 52, 152 mechanism configured so that rotation of the crankshaft 48, 148 causes rotation of the unison ring 34. There is further disclosed a gas turbine engine with a variable vane actuation arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Neelambaran KARAPURATH
  • Publication number: 20190112978
    Abstract: An intake (12) for a gas turbine engine (10) has an annular lip structure (23) extending about a central axis (11) and defining an intake opening. The annular lip structure (23) has a leading edge (38) located between a radially inwardly facing portion of the intake and a radially outwardly facing portion of the intake (12). The annular lip structure (23) has upper, lower and opposing side regions on either side of the central axis (11). The annular lip structure (23) comprises a formation (40; 42; 48) on the radially inwardly facing portion arranged to create a non-symmetric flow field over the opposing side regions of the annular lip structure (23). The formation (40; 42; 48) may be actively controlled in response to ground vortex conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Luca di MARE, Fernando BARBAROSSA, Mauro CARNEVALE
  • Publication number: 20190112939
    Abstract: This invention concerns a flow seal (42) for location between opposing components of a fluid flow machine, such as rotor (44) and stator (46) components of a turbomachine (10). The seal (42) has an upstream fin (24) depending from one of components (44) towards an opposing surface (28) of the other (46) of the components and a wall (26) downstream of the fin (24) defining a flow cavity between the fin (24) and wall (26). The fin (24) terminates at a fin tip (24A) so as to define a gap between the fin tip (24A) and the opposing surface (28), through which a leakage flow enters the flow cavity in use. The seal (42) also has a flow guide member (30A) located in the cavity, the flow guide member (30A) being arranged to define a flow path that promotes a vortical flow regime in the cavity. The flow cavity geometry is altered to promote a desired vortical flow regime, such as by way of a projection (39) in an intermediate wall portion of the flow cavity. The vortical flow regime may hinder flow leakage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Rudi Oliver KIRNER
  • Patent number: 10260369
    Abstract: Apparatus to enable rotation of a compressor, the apparatus comprising: a guide for insertion through a fan of a gas turbine engine to the compressor, the guide including: a surface arranged to guide a drive assembly through an interior portion of the gas turbine engine to the compressor; and a first fastener arranged to fasten the guide to the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Toby E Unna
  • Patent number: 10259590
    Abstract: An aircraft propulsion system in which a combustion engine is arranged to drive an electrical generator. An electrical energy store is provided within the system. A propulsive rotor is arranged to be driven by an electric motor and a controller selectively varies the supply of power to the electric motor from the generator and/or energy store in dependence on one or more property of a vapor trail resulting from the engine exhaust flow. The controller may also control the supply of power to the energy store for charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Peter Swann
  • Patent number: 10260359
    Abstract: A vane for an exhaust system duct in a gas turbine engine including a vane plate, a guide plate, and a baffle. The vane plate includes a leading edge, a first leg and a second leg, with the first and second legs respectively extending on opposing sides of the leading edge to form a substantially U-shaped profile. The baffle connects respective distal ends of the first and second legs. The guide plate is accommodated within the vane plate, and includes a first aperture extending along the guide plate and aligned with the leading edge. The vane further includes a fluid inlet arranged, in use, to direct a fluid flow from outside the duct into an interior of the vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Alec R. Groom, Andrew J. Ure, Christopher S. Avenell
  • Patent number: 10260749
    Abstract: A combustion chamber wall is hollow, has a first surface and a second surface and includes a plurality of polyhedron shaped chambers defined by a matrix of integral interconnected walls. The walls of the chambers in a first layer define the first surface of the combustion chamber wall and the walls of the chambers in a third layer define the second surface of the combustion chamber wall. The chambers are fluidly interconnected by apertures extending through the integral interconnected walls of the chambers for the flow of coolant there-between. The walls of the chambers in the first layer have apertures extending there-through to supply coolant into the first layer and the walls of the chambers in the third layer have apertures extending there-through to supply coolant from the third layer into the combustion chamber. The combustion chamber wall is manufactured by additive layer manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Stephen Charles Harding
  • Patent number: 10264688
    Abstract: A rigid electrical panel has both a flexible printed circuit and an electromagnetic protection layer embedded therein. The flexible printed circuit has an integral electromagnetic shield. The integral electromagnetic shield and the electromagnetic protection layer are electrically isolated, so as to provide independent grounding paths. The independent grounding paths are individually tested for safe operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: John Philip Richardson, Paul Broughton
  • Publication number: 20190106776
    Abstract: A cobalt-free alloy is made essentially of: an effective concentration of up to 2.5 percent carbon; 12 to 58 percent chromium; 7 to 9 percent manganese; 4 to 5 percent silicon; 4 to 6 percent nickel; 0.08 to 0.2 percent nitrogen; the balance being iron plus incidental impurities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: David A STEWART
  • Publication number: 20190107056
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine has a nacelle providing an external skin of the engine, a casing structure radially inwards of the external skin and providing an outer surface of an air flow duct of the engine, and plural engine components located in the bay formed between the casing structure and the nacelle. The components are part of either a first set of components or a second set of components. The components of the first set are all the components from the bay which are potential ignition sources, and the components of the second set are all the remaining components from the bay. The engine further has a container located in the bay, the container being fireproof capable of withstanding the application of heat by a standard flame for 15 minutes and the container containing the components of the first set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Richard PEACE
  • Publication number: 20190106997
    Abstract: A bladed disk may be arranged to rotate about an axis of rotation and including a rotor disk having an axial length extending from a first end to a second end, along the axis of rotation and a radial thickness extending between a first radius from the axis of rotation and a second radius from the axis of rotation, less than the first radius. The bladed disk may include a plurality of blades formed integrally with the rotor disk and arranged circumferentially around the rotor disk, and a first set of divides and a second set of divides, each divide comprising a partial break in the rotor disk extending axially from the first end of the rotor disk to the second end of the rotor disk and radially from the first radius to a third radius, less than the first radius and greater than the second radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Jae-Hoon CHUNG, Malcolm L. HILLEL
  • Publication number: 20190107050
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine and air intake assembly comprises an intake passage extending between an inlet highlight at a first end and an upstream face of a fan at a second end and comprising in flow series an intake lip, a most upstream portion of which defines the intake highlight and a most downstream portion of which defines a throat, a diffuser with sectional area broadening towards the fan; and a straight conditioning duct, arranged immediately upstream of the fan. The camber line of the intake passage intersects the engine main axis at an intersecting point upstream of the fan at an intersecting point and the camber line is parallel to the engine main axis in the straight conditioning duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Green, Gabriel Gonzalez-Gutierrez, Domenico Sgro
  • Publication number: 20190101002
    Abstract: A blade or vane for a gas turbine engine comprising a pressure surface and a suction surface. The pressure surface or the suction surface comprises a roughness zone which is configured to provide greater flow resistance in a direction along the blade or vane than in a direction across the blade or vane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Roger S. DUFFIN, Gabriel GONZALEZ-GUTIERREZ
  • Publication number: 20190101003
    Abstract: A method of forming a blade or vane for a gas turbine engine comprising: attaching a first outer layer to a first two-dimensional array of attachment areas on a first surface of an intermediate layer; attaching a second outer layer to a second two-dimensional array of attachment areas on a second surface of the intermediate layer opposite the first surface; and increasing a separation between at least a portion of the first and second outer layer to thereby deform the intermediate layer into a corrugated structure having corrugations in first and second directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Brynley CLARK
  • Patent number: 10245792
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for improving fit checking at the bonding interface of a first component, such as a fan blade (1), and a second component, such as an edge guard (2) for the fan blade (1), to be bonded by adhesive. A bondline thickness profile over the area of the bonding interface is determined by interposing a compressible, flexible sensor layer between the components before they are bonded. The sensor layer contains an array of piezoelectric elements which indicate local bondline thickness by signalling pressure due to compression of the layer. The bondline thickness profile can be processed by a programmed control processor to produce an adhesive application schedule prescribing the shapes of pieces of adhesive film which, when applied over the bonding interface, will build up an adhesive layer corresponding in thickness to the bondline thickness. The sensor layer can be prepared as a kit of shaped panels or as a contoured preform (55) matching the form of the bonding interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Andrew Collis, Nolan Richmond
  • Patent number: 10246197
    Abstract: An aircraft (10) comprising a fuselage (12), the fuselage (10) comprising at least first and second inwardly tapering portions (20, 22) extending in a generally rearward direction from an aft end of the fuselage (12), each inwardly tapering portion (20, 22) comprising a boundary layer ingesting propulsor (36) mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Rory D Stieger, Matthew Moxon, Mikko Mattila
  • Patent number: 10247012
    Abstract: An aerofoil blade or vane for the turbine of a gas turbine engine includes: an aerofoil leading edge; an aerofoil trailing edge; an aerofoil suction side; and at least one reverse-pass coolant passage, extending within the aerofoil blade or vane; wherein the at least one reverse-pass coolant passage includes a substantial reverse-pass portion in which, in use, coolant flows in a direction away from the trailing edge and towards the leading edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Benjamin Kirollos, Thomas Povey
  • Patent number: 10247042
    Abstract: A containment arrangement for a gas turbine engine comprises: a radially outer annular casing (12); a fan track liner (28) radially within the casing comprising: an impact region (30) comprising a cellular material having a first compressive strength; at least one elongate ridge portion (26) extending through the impact region in a direction having an axial component, the ridge portion having a second compressive strength higher than the first compressive strength; and a gas-washed layer (38) radially within the fan track liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Philip Stanley Grainger
  • Patent number: 10247031
    Abstract: A waveguide for a sensor system for mounting in a casing structure to measure the clearance between the casing structure and a rotary blade. The casing structure, which may be a turbine casing structure, includes a radially outer casing portion and a radially inner casing portion (e.g. a segment seal). The waveguide includes a radially outer portion for mounting in the radially outer casing portion and a radially inner portion for mounting in the radially inner casing portion. The two portions are sealed together and bridged by a sealing portion having a deformable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Neal Carter, Francis Bridge