Coal, Gas

Fern Engineering to supply key part for Rolls-Royce Avon® gas turbines

Pocasset, MA, Oct. 31, 2003 — Fern Engineering Inc., a worldwide engineering company that provides expert consulting services and products to the turbo machinery industry, announced that it will supply its design for the transition section between the gas generator and power turbine of a Rolls-Royce Avon® gas turbine to Rolls-Royce Power Engineering plc, a UK-based company.

Rolls-Royce plans to integrate Fern’s design, which features an expansion joint configuration that accommodates thermal growth, on all new Avon’s. Fern’s expansion joint design will also be utilized as a replacement part for existing Avon’s.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fern will be the sole supplier for a period of three years for the expansion joint design. Fern Engineering’s president Hector Bourgeois said, “This agreement gives us access to the worldwide fleet of Avon’s for the retrofit market. This allows us to provide our design to a much larger audience.”

Fern first developed the design in 1996 at the request of an Avon user, and has sold 27 units as after-market replacements. All 27 are still in service today, proving the reliability of the piece, which is composed of fatigue-resistant Inconel 625 metal.

About Fern Engineering

Fern Engineering, Inc. is an experienced turbo machinery engineering company that provides expert consulting services and products to the global power industry. Since 1967, the company has established a worldwide reputation of excellence among users and manufacturers of turbo machinery. Fern Engineering provides independent, top quality, professional services that are unmatched in the gas turbine industry. Based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the company’s clients include General Electric, Westinghouse, Calpine, The U.S. Navy, EPRI, Dresser Rand, Amerada Hess, among others. For more information, please visit or contact us directly at 1-508-563-7181.