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A collaboration between Rolls-Royce and the University of Oxford is hoping to rise to the challenge by designing more efficient jet engines.

Rolls-Royce has been working with the University of Oxford for the past five decades to access the country’s leading experts in the complex field of jet engine heat management. At the Oxford Thermofluids Institute (OTI) a team of engineers, supported by 50 postgraduate students, constantly test the cooling properties of new coatings, materials and airflow geometries so that designs can be incrementally improved.

According to Professor Peter Ireland, Director of the OTI, the team is continually looking for intricate ways of managing airflow to allow engines to run at increasingly high temperatures without shortening their operational life.

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