Curtiss-Wright to provide laser peening on Trent engine fan blades

July 16, 2013
Rolls-Royce has awarded Curtiss-Wright a contract to establish and operate a laser peening production cell inside a wide-chord fan-blade manufacturing facility in Singapore.

Parsippany, NJ - The Surface Technologies segment of Curtiss-Wright Corp. has been awarded a contract from Rolls-Royce to establish and operate a laser peening production cell inside of Rolls-Royce's wide chord fan blade (WCFB) manufacturing facility in Singapore. The laser peening cell is currently fully operational and processing fan blades for certain Trent aero engines.

The Trent aero engine family provides world class performance and reliability to a wide array of the most advanced commercial airplanes today, including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380.

Curtiss-Wright's laser peening technology is based on a neodymium glass laser technology, which was originally developed in conjunction with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It has the ability to impart deep compressive stresses on the surface of metal parts, which can then be used to minimize the maintenance/inspection interval of these critical components. Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies operates laser peening facilities in Livermore, CA; Earby, UK; Frederickson, WA; and Palmdale, CA. It also has mobile laser peening systems with the capability to go on-site anywhere in the world.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is an engineering company that provides highly engineered, critical function products, systems, and services in the areas of flow control, motion control, and surface treatment technologies to the defense, energy and commercial/ industrial markets. The company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.



Exhibition by Rolls-Royce of the Boeing 787 power unit - the Trent 1000 jet engine at the Farnborough Airshow, UK on July 12, 2012.
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