BMW-Roll-Royce latest aero engine

The latest aero engine to come out of the BMW-Rolls-Royce joint venture, destined to power the Nimrod reconnaisance aircraft, last week underwent a 1,200-hour accelerated corrosion test. This bathes the engine in a salt-laden environment under hot and humid conditions, to prove the mechanical integrity and durability of components. It is the last of the […]

The latest aero engine to come out of the BMW-Rolls-Royce joint venture, destined to power the Nimrod reconnaisance aircraft, last week underwent a 1,200-hour accelerated corrosion test. This bathes the engine in a salt-laden environment under hot and humid conditions, to prove the mechanical integrity and durability of components. It is the last of the main ground-based tests on the BR710 Mk101 before engine certification, scheduled for mid-2000. The latest work follows earlier altitude testing, functional tests and a 150-hour endurance run at Dahlewitz, BMW Rolls-Royce’s development and testing centre in Germany.