ITP and Rolls-Royce have signed a contract on the 15th of Junewhereby ITP will supply the low pressure turbine (LPT) for the Trent 7000 engine for all versions of the Airbus 330neo, as a risk and revenue sharing partner through the entire life of the program.
This way, ITP will be responsible for the design, manufacture and assembly of the LPT module, which is one of the key modules in today’s large turbofan engines. ITP will conduct the full design of the turbine, including all of its phases, from conceptual design to detailed engineering and development, using the most advanced technology with the goal of producing the most environmentally friendly and efficient turbine possible.
In addition, ITP will manufacture the majority of the turbine’s key components and will also be responsible for integration and assembly in order to supply the module to Rolls-Royce for subsequent installation on the engine.
With this contract, ITP broadens its participation as a risk and revenue sharing partner across the entire family of Rolls-Royce engines for the twin-aisle aircraft segment. As a result and once the new aircraft enters into service, ITP estimates that it will reach a global market share of over 50% in the low pressure turbine sector for twin-aisle aircraft.
Ignacio Mataix, ITP’s CEO stated in this respect: “This contract represents an important step in the path to growth as we consolidate our position in leading programs with a high technological content. Since 1992, ITP is the low pressure turbine supplier of all Rolls-Royce Trent engines”.
The Trent 7000 is the engine developed by Rolls-Royce to power exclusively the Airbus A330neo. Built upon the architecture and the technology of the Trent 1000 and the Trent XWB respectively, the Trent 7000 will be replacing the Trent 700 – a market leader in its category – as well as the engine powering the A330. ITP’s responsibility in theengine has increased significantly, from one component (Trent 700) to the whole low pressure turbine (Trent 7000). The engine improves considerably the Trent 700 performance, – especially in terms of fuel consumption (10% less) – doubling the engine’s by-pass ratio and reducing the noise footprint by half. The engine’s thrust will be between 64,000 and 72,000 pounds.
The Airbus A330 comes in two versions, the 800 for 252 passengers and the 900 for 310 passengers, both equipped with Trent 7000 engines. With an entry into service (EIS) planned for the end of 2017, Airbus expects that the A300neo will become the benchmark aircraft in its market segment.