Unusual Center for Process Innovation project

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The British company announces the construction of a windowless airplane, but where passengers will be able to look outside without a hitch and surf the web or check the mail. Intends to replace the heavy hull of current aircraft with thin touch panels. Lighter machines will use less fuel, which will translate into lower ticket prices.

This expedition into the future of one of the passengers will make you dream, while the other, more fearful, will put you in a state of increased nervousness.

Flying planes of the future will be built entirely of screens for travelers over a decade, enabling travelers to see the surrounding airplanes. Passengers will, according to wishes, either include or exclude the vision, and interested in the place they are going to be able to identify. At their disposal throughout the cruise will have internet.

This initial concept of a new type of aircraft, made using today’s technology in mobile phones and televisions, has come from visionaries from the Center for Process Innovation (CPI), an organization with a network of outlets in North East England that supports companies in developing innovative projects.

This CPI has created a design for the hull of high-density super-light HD screens that would send passengers to an image of the camera mounted outdoors.

This ambitious project would be a response to the question of aviation for years: how to reduce the weight of an airplane in order to reduce fuel consumption, which will reduce the cost of travel? According to CPI calculations, weight reduction machine 1 percent. This will result in fuel savings of 0.75 percent.

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The idea was born from a discussion of the possible applications of printed electronics, which specializes in the English center. “We talked with the aviation industry and we understood that there was a need to reduce the weight of planes,” says Jon Helliwell, CPI.

Placing windows in the hull requires additional reinforcements, the researcher notes. Replacing this construction with screen walls would significantly reduce the weight of the machines. – Following this idea, we began to wonder: ok, let’s get rid of windows – just like in transport aircrafts. What will the passengers do now? We thought that the most disadvantaged would be those who have chosen to sit by the window.

Engineers at CPI have been thinking of installing screens that would display the image they would like to see passengers, because the device would be eye-catching.

These screens would be made of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) – a combination of materials that connect to the source of electricity emit their own light.

The problem with using this technology is its price and sensitivity to moisture, which makes OLEDs so far available in rigid glass fixtures for phones and televisions.

A key invention for future aircraft would be the creation of flexible OLED screens. LG Electronics recently introduced a 46-centimeter screen that can be folded and bent without disturbing the image.

“It would be great if we could create flexible OLED devices,” says Helliwell. – We can already produce flexible transistors. If we had flexible OLEDs, we could print them in flexible displays, which would give us new possibilities.

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CPI operates under the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a group using British budget subsidies. Part of the center’s English resources is dedicated to identifying industry challenges – such as windowless airplanes – and developing a technology that could lead to a breakthrough in this area, writes Helliwell.

At its Sedgefield facility CPI uses 35 million pounds of equipment to work on flexible OLED technology. It would be useful for the production of windowless planes, but it would also be useful to create “smart packages” for medicines and foods containing information that could then be displayed on a mobile phone.

Helliwell notes that the innovative concept of the future plane, with passengers able to enjoy the view of the seats in the lighter machine hull unobstructedly, has grown out of a discussion that has been going on for a long time in the aviation industry.

Touch screens that make up the plane’s walls could become reality in ten years, provided that the technology of “building blocks”, the OLED, can be refined. “So you could have a display next to your seat, but you could also sit next to an empty wall,” says Helliwell. – The screens would be placed anywhere: behind the seats, between the seats. We would all connect to the same cameras.