Boeing Launches Large-Scale Carbon-Fiber Recycling

<p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Use of carbon-fiber composites in commercial aircraft reached a landmark 50% of structure weight with the Boeing 787, first flown in 2009, where the material allowed a more slender, lower-drag wing and higher cabin pressurization and humidity. Aluminum was reduced to 20%, but titanium boosted to 15%. The competing Airbus </span><span class="scayt-misspell-word" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12.8px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; background: url('waveline.gif') 52% 100% repeat-x #ffffff; display: inline; color: #000000; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" data-scayt-word="A350" data-scayt-lang="en_US">A350</span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">, flown in 2013, is 53% carbon-fiber by structure weight.</span></p>
Credit: Boeing
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