Rolls-Royce operates two types of test beds – one for production and one for experimenting.
Often, they are housed in the same building, as will be the case with the new £90 million development the aero engine maker has announced it will build in Derby. The decision to build it in Derby has secured thousands of jobs. There has been a great reaction to the news which broke at 7am today. Ian Bestwick on Facebook said: “Great news for everyone and a heartfelt well done to all involved.”
Production test bed
Let’s start with the production test bed. Every engine that Rolls-Royce makes has to be put into a test bed to ensure it works.
The engine is placed on to a gantry so that various tests can be carried out.
Fast, slow, hot, cold – the engine is put through its paces in all various modes and conditions.
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Experimental test bed
The experimental test beds are where a lot of the fun takes place.
When Rolls-Royce comes up with a new design for an engine, they use the experimental test bed to determine whether the new concept works.
This includes pumping thousands of gallons of water through it to test whether or not it can deal with heavy rain.
The engine is even stuck in a freezer to determine whether or not it can handle a bit of cold.
The new £90 million test bed coming to Derby will be the sixth at Sinfin and will be the most advanced.
Source: Derby Telegraph