The Rolls-Royce RB.50 Trent was the first Rolls-Royce turboprop engine.
Design and development
The Trent was based on a concept provided by Sir Frank Whittle and was essentially a Derwent Mark II turbojet engine with an additional turbine stage driving a reduction gearbox (designed by A A Rubbra) connected to a five-bladed Rotol propeller. The Trent ran for 633 hours on test before being installed in a Gloster Meteor jet fighter which flew for the first time on 20 September 1945 at the start of a programme comprising 298 hours of flight tests.
Engines on display
A preserved Rolls-Royce Trent turboprop engine is on display at the London Science Museum.
The sole Trent Meteor EE227
- Type: Turboprop
- Dry weight: 1,000lb turbine unit, reduction gear 250lb, propeller 250lb, total engine/propeller weight 1,500lb
- Compressor: 1-stage double-sided centrifugal compressor
- Combustors: 10 x can combustion chambers
- Turbine: Single-stage axial
- Fuel type: Kerosene (R.D.E.F./F/KER)
- Oil system: pressure feed, dry sump with scavenge, cooling and filtration, oil grade 150 S.U. secs (32 cs) (Intavia 7106) at 38 °C (100 °F)
- Related development
- Comparable engines
- Related lists
- Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, England. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-163-9