29 Jun '17, 6pm

Rolls-Royce claims progress on fix for British destroyer's propulsion system

BRISTOL, England — A key part of the fix planned for the British Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer’s unreliable propulsion system is ready to be operationally tested for the first time, according to a top executive at Rolls-Royce's Marine division. A modified recuperator section installed on one of the two WR-21 gas turbines, which help power each Type 45 anti-air destroyer, has already gone through trials off the British coast, said Tomas Leahy, the director of global naval programs at Rolls-Royce. The warship is scheduled to start operational trials when it deploys later this year, he added. The recuperator recovers heat from the exhaust of the WR-21 gas turbines and recycles it into the engine, improving fuel efficiency. “We are confident we have a working solution," Leahy said. "The vessel has done some running around the U.K. We have done an inspection on the recuperator...

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