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Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce join forces for research

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Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce are teaming up again.

The announcement, made this afternoon, brings Virginia Tech, Rolls-Royce and the University of Virginia together as part of the global Rolls-Royce University Technology Centers (UTC) network. It's made up of researchers to develop long-term research and technology programs. Creating a UTC provides each party with mutual benefits through funding of fundamental, collaborative research to advance key aerospace technologies critical to Rolls-Royce, company officials say.

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 According to a news release, Rolls-Royce has enjoyed a strong relationship with both universities for over a decade. Together with Rolls-Royce, they form the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems and are founding members of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Today's incorporation as UTC's allows more specific, technical research at the university level that leverages the strengths of each institution that could eventually lead to new product development, it said.

In 2012, Rolls-Royce donated a Trent 1000 jet engine to Virginia Tech for its new 'Signature Engineering Building.' The company said at the time, the Trent 1000 was the "cleanest, quietest, lightest and most fuel-efficient jet engine in aviation service today."

Rolls-Royce North American headquarters are located in Reston, Va. In addition, the company has a growing, 1,000 acre campus in Prince George County.

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