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Rolls-Royce, Purdue Partner for $33 M Jet Engine Design Project


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Rolls-Royce will designate Purdue as a University Technology Partnership (UTP).

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(L-R) Dan Hasler, President, Purdue Research Foundation; Dennis Warner, President, Rolls-Royce Controls and Data Services; Phil Burkholder, President of Defense Aerospace, Rolls-Royce North America; and Suresh Garimela, EVP for Research and Partnerships, Purdue University

Rolls-Royce and Purdue University are joining forces to form a $33 million jet-engine research and development program. The combined effort will help create next-generation aircraft propulsion systems.

This partnership is a great fit for the pair, as Rolls-Royce already employs nearly 600 Purdue alumni.

“Research and development in jet engines is an important objective for Rolls-Royce as we strive to create jet engines that are more energy-efficient and can perform even more effectively,” said Phil Burkholder, president of Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace, North America. “Purdue has always been a great partner with Rolls-Royce and I am confident that our collaborative research will result in strong long-term advances in jet engine development.”

Rolls-Royce will designate Purdue as a University Technology Partnership (UTP). The UTP will initially encompass two research centers in the areas of advanced thermal management systems and advanced compressor systems.


“The added signature initiative to advance aerothermal processes in compressors will make Purdue the first university outside of Europe to have two such research centers,” Hirleman said.

The new partnership with Rolls-Royce reflects the university’s commitment to bolster research and education in engineering and technology.

The Rolls-Royce funding will support research and technology development in thermal management for advanced propulsion systems, compressor and turbine technology, and analytical methods. “We have a good team in place. We know we are impacting future engine designs and yet we are able to simultaneously investigate many fundamental questions into the science and engineering of propulsion.”

“It is a badge of pride for Purdue University to be selected by one of the world’s truly great research and manufacturing companies for a partnership,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.


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