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2nd SUSTAINair Newsletter – April 2022 *|MC:SUBJECT|*
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Welcome to the 2nd edition of the SUSTAINair newsletter!

In this spring edition, we provide you an update on our recent event participations and activities, as SUSTAINair enters its second year.

Furthermore, we bring you our latest blog and social media series covering different circular aviation topics and solutions.

What’s new in circular aviation?

How SUSTAINair contributes to the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. More here
New Clean Aviation Partnership gets green light by EU countries to accelerate shift to climate-neutral aviation by 2050. More here
Circular economy gradually finds its way into the aviation sector – article by Ligeia Paletti from our partner NLR in the frame of the annual Dutch Week of the Circular Economy. More on their website here
Structural Health Monitoring for circular aviation – guest article by Christoph Kralovec from our partner JKU Linz in the ACStyria Technology Report on decarbonized value chains (on pages 7-10). More here
Arne Schiller, PhD candidate at our partner TU Delft, presented SUSTAINair at the 24th Engineering Mechanics Symposium in Arnhem, Netherlands in October 2021 . His poster “Design and Analysis of Aircraft Structures with Innovative Joints and Recycled Materials” included preliminary project results, in the form of a hybrid single-lap shear joint specimen manufactured by our partners DLR and INVENT. More about the roles of TU Delft, DLR and INVENT in our project here

Visit to our partners AIT-LKR and Joanneum Research in Austria

AIT-LKR Ranshofen: 25 years of passion for light metals technologies

In November 2021, we visited the state-of-the-art facilities of SUSTAINair coordinator LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT-LKR Ranshofen) in Upper Austria, to get a first-hand glance at their high pressure die casting test campaign. High pressure die casting is a promising sustainable and efficient production process in aviation to manufacture light metal and lightweight parts. Die castings are used to make aircraft parts like frames. Their key advantage is that parts come out as they are introduced, thereby potentially eliminating the need for lengthy riveting to join parts together.    

You can find the portrait of our coordinator AIT-LKR on our website and on our YouTube channel. AIT-LKR scientist Simon Frank also explains the functioning of a high pressure die casting machine in this video.  
AIT-LKR Ranshofen team in SUSTAINair project

Joanneum Research – Materials Institute: 30 years cutting-edge R&D in materials

In October 2021, we visited the Materials Institute of our partner Joanneum Research in Styria, to document their various test campaigns on laser welding and L-DED technologies for novel Al- and Ti-based alloys, as well as production technologies based upon plasma-processes and electro-spinning for the optimized deposition of nanofibers for piezo-electric sensors. In SUSTAINair, Joanneum Research is involved with two research groups from its Materials Institute: laser & plasma processing, and sensors & functional printing. Both research groups are united in their vision to optimize materials to make clean aviation and transportation a reality.     

You can find the portrait of our partner Joanneum Research on our website and on our YouTube channelJoanneum Research scientists Carina Hendler, Christian Wolf and Richard Görgl also shine a light on the functioning of nanowires & nanowire synthesis, electrospinning and laser welding.    
Joanneum Research – Materials Institute team in SUSTAINair project

#Sustainability Snapshots 

Aviation and aerospace sectors need to become fully sustainable and climate-neutral. Circular aviation is the next frontier for the industry to reach in this undertaking. Our new 6-part blog series Sustainability Snapshots explores the different solutions for circular aviation, and how SUSTAINair seeks to contribute to them. Read the first editions of Sustainability Snapshots on materials and circular design for aircraft

SUSTAINair #Simplified

Our new social media series SUSTAINair #Simplified breaks down key concepts of our project in short explanatory videos. Watch the first editions of SUSTAINair #Simplified on circular aviation and aerospace materials.    

2nd consortium meeting and first technical deliverable to end first year of SUSTAINair

In our annual consortium meeting in December 2021, SUSTAINair partners discussed progress made and challenges ahead for the project in advancing circular aviation in Europe. Our partner TU Delft also led the delivery of our first technical deliverable in December 2021, which reports design requirements for aircraft applications with particular focus on 1st and 2nd life materials, integration of Structural Health Monitoring systems and joining technologies, that will be used in SUSTAINair. More here

Stay updated

Alongside our website, the various SUSTAINair social media channels provide you real-time updates on project progress. Stay connected, and share with #circularaviation



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006952

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