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Recycling The 7e7...  
User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 516 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Since Boeing have said the 7e7 will be made of mainly composite materials I've been curious to know what will happen to this aircraft when, in 30 years time, it's been left behind in the desert?? Current aircraft (being mainly aluminium) are chopped up and recycled. What happens to composite materials? Is it possible to turn it into something else or is the only option to dump it in a land-fill site?

Being an environmentally friendly person  Innocent I'd like to know what everyone elses thoughts are about this.

T.

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Somehow in the back of my mind I think this has been discussed before. I'll do a quick search for it for you.

And here we go...
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1603083



[Edited 2004-09-16 18:11:48]


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User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

Thanks for that link.

Looks like its a land-fill site then. Wont this cause problems with ground water etc though??


User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

So here is an Boeing Environmental Assurance pdf on exactly this subject. I found it searching boeing.com. Pretty good read. Key line:

"A lifecycle objective of the 7E7 is to identify environmentally friendly processes for composite wastes from manufacturing, through the airplane's operations, to the end of its useful life"


http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/doingbiz/environmental/TechNotes/TechNotes2003-11.pdf


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12883 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1671 times:

This isn't a problem just as to the 7E7, but per the Boeing article, among many military aircraft. There is also the high use of composites with Airbus aircraft too.

User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1658 times:

Airbus do use alot of composites on their aircraft. It was just the thought I had after watching a program on Discovery Wings about what happens when the scrap man gets hold of them. Was an interesting program. One minute it was a lovely tristar or little 737 then they showed you bars of solid alumunium. Amazing really!!

Interesting link there Ulfinator, Cheers.

Trent


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

I'm not sure about the specific materials to be used in the 7E7, but generally composites are disposed of by grinding them into a powder, which is then biodegradable.

User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 915 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Hell maybe they can just keep using the fuselage over and over and over again... instead of scrapping the airplane, the interior is just gutted and rebuilt with the latest systems!

I'm kidding of course  Big grin


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Why scrap it, you can re-built it as homes in hurricane and earth-quake prone areas...

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

Would GLARE also have this recyclability problem, or is there a way to seperate the aluminum from the other material?


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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 920 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

recycle it into the world's first composite beer can.  Laugh out loud

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