Computing technology is a driving force in every area of Rolls-Royce. It enables us to design ever more complex engines and components for our customers – and also to test how they’ll perform before they’re even built.
We use it to make the most of the engines once they’re in use too. Today, our aircraft engines stream large amounts of data back to our Operations Centre on the ground. This means we can see how each engine is working in real time, and quickly organise any repairs that are needed.
The technology of a Trent engine
“Advances in science and technology come from questioning the world around you. It’s not just about textbooks – it’s about ideas and concepts which you can be part of. If you have ideas, however crazy, they might one day become a reality. By asking the right questions and working hard, you could change the face of the modern world.”
“I create 3D models using computer aided design (CAD) software. That means I create engineering drawings on the computer which are used to manufacture and inspect parts that end up in engines. The engineers give me a design they’re working on and it’s my job to help model it for them – so they can understand how it will perform under stress, for example.
When I turn on my computer in the morning, there’s nothing on the screen except a software package. It’s my job to create something from scratch. I find that really fascinating – and creative. I end up with a 3D model of a component, which you can manipulate on screen, zoom in and out of, and turn around as if you were holding it.”