Rolls-Royce and BMW Rolls-Royce (BMW R-R) have signed agreements with Aviation Industries of China (AVIC), under which two Chinese universities and a research institute will carry out aero-engine research for the European companies.

Beijing University will investigate the effects of vane pylon interaction on a low pressure com- pressor system using its large-scale compressor test rig, while Nanjing University will analyse debris in lubricating oil in R-R and BMW R-R engines using a wear debris monitor developed at the university. Shenyang Aeroengine Research Institute will investigate airspray fuel injector characteristics in low pressure non-combusting and high pressure combusting flows in aero- engines.

The agreements are for three years, and follow work over the past three years for the companies by the Northwestern Polytechnic University. BMW R-R work is part-funded by the German Engine 3E 2010 technology programme.

Source: Flight International