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Boeing recycles its own composite materials
- November 3, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
One interesting feature is constantly present in the construction and improvement of various flight technologies and vehicles – after the assembly and repair process, usually a lot of residual material remains. This material, accumulating, represents a certain environmental hazard, and in general represents a certain part of the wasted funds of companies to create vehicles. So Boeing, one of the largest aircraft manufacturing companies, decided to take this problem seriously and, together with ELG Carbon Fiber, developed a new method for processing residual carbon material.
In general, the carbon material used in the creation and assembly of aircraft is a truly outstanding asset – it is lightweight, durable and has very impressive characteristics in terms of reliability, which in theory allows you to effectively use it to create other devices and equipment.
However, until now, the problem was that such processing of residual carbon material was impossible due to the impossibility of stably performing molecular separation of the material without the use of expensive additional equipment – however, Boeing together with ELG Carbon Fiber developed a new processing technology that just avoids the use of expensive equipment – which means avoiding excessive spending. At the moment, the technology is being tested at 13 Boeing factories and sites where specialists are working on its chemical and production improvement – over the past few days, the company managed to collect more than 172,000 kg of residual material.
It is known that approximately 500,000 kg of such residual material is accumulated per year after the construction of aircraft – which means that with the introduction and improvement of this technology, one can count on a really remarkable result in terms of processing. That, in turn, will allow you to create even more other useful materials and devices, while somewhat saving on their unit cost of development and implementation on the market.