Design a bespoke transport frame for one of the world’s largest aircraft engines
Frazer-Nash has extensive expertise in utilising a variety of mathematical modelling techniques to produce innovative and bespoke mechanical and structural design solutions.
The cargo bay in the world’s largest cargo aircraft is just tall enough to carry one of the world’s largest aircraft engines, with 45mm to spare (discounting crane beams). But for the engine to fit safely in the cargo bay, it must sit at exactly 5.5º nose-up to offer its minimum height.
With this in mind, Frazer-Nash was asked to design a bespoke transportation frame which would support the engine during shipping. This needed to be low-profile, resistant to an entirely different set of load cases than normally seen by jet engine trolleys, structurally efficient and lightweight.
Due to the unusual requirements of this project, we set about establishing a multidisciplinary project team of design and structural experts who would work together to capture the requirements and design a structure that would support the engine. Using design analysis tools such as CAD and Finite Element Analysis, the team then evaluated a number of potential design solutions, taking into account proof load testing, trial operation, trial fitting and first flight.