WINGNet
 
Network for Waste Reduction in Aircraft-related Groups

WINGNet is a science and techology focused network that was funded for two and half years by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Although direct funding from EPSRC has ceased, much of WINGNet's activity is continuing under the auspices of Faraday Advance and the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network.

WINGNet is focused on the development of the technologies and infrastructure required to meet the challenges in the sustainable use and reuse of aircraft materials. The WINGNet scope of activities were formulated in consultation with the UK aerospace industry to identify critical materials science research required to improve the UK’s performance in sustainable use of materials.

The WINGNet network brings together academics and industry with the objectives:

  • To stimulate the development of the technologies and infrastructure required to meet the challenges of sustainable use of aircraft materials and components
  • To identify the critical materials related research required and to provide a platform to secure funding for a portfolio of inter-related R&D projects

WINGNet has held a series of events to explore industrial issues relating to sustainable use of materials, and to showcase university-based technologies to aid recycling, reduce the life-cycle impact of materials and to develop new materials and processes to replace materials that may be harmful to the environment. Specific examples of WINGNet’s work include:

  • A major DTI Technology Programme Fibrecycle on C-fibre recyling and re-use
  • A publication entitled The Aircraft at End of Life Sector: a Preliminary Study that describes the current status of the end of airframe life industry in the UK and US. This report constitutes one of the WINGNet outputs and is intended for a non-expert in sustainable use materials working in the aerospace sector.
The Aircraft at End of Life Sector: a Preliminary Study

WINGNet held a series of open meetings with presentations from academics and industrialists spanning a broad range of sustainable use of materials in aerospace issues. Some of these presentations are available below.

Meeting 2

Zero emission enterprise - DTI
Design of sustainable products
Recycling aerospace composite
Pb free solders

Meeting 3

FAC - making aerospace sustainable
Breaking a B757
Airplane scrapping and recycling
Business deliverables from WINGNet

Meeting 4

EMR Ltd
Recovery of C fibre
Visit report - EoL in the US

Meeting 5

Milled Carbon update
NISP
Typhoon disposal