DMTC signs engine research agreement with Rolls-Royce

DMTC has signed a landmark agreement with Rolls-Royce at this year’s Avalon Airshow. The agreement will pave the way for development of advanced component repair techniques for military engines. Rolls-Royce President Customer Business Nick Durham signed the agreement with CEO Mark Hodge.

Studies will focus on the investigation and development of new surface treatment methods, which aim to save manufacturing time and cost while enhancing component reliability. RMIT University and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) are also partners in the program, which will specifically address the development of technologies that enable repair of numerous components in gas turbine engines, including engine blisks.

Blisks – one piece bladed discs – reduce engine weight while maintaining high engine performance and are used in several of today’s most modern military engines.

DMTC CEO Mark Hodge noted the importance of the agreement to Australian engine repair and through-life support capabilities: “This agreement between Rolls-Royce and DMTC is significant in that it represents a strong partnership between an OEM, the Australian research sector and industry supply chain, which will support key through-life support and sustainment outcomes.”

Read More: DMO Bulletin for Industry, Page 17.


Posted by DMTC on March 24th, 2011