Airbus- The future plane

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Airbus- The future plane

Future aircraft could be built using a bionic structure that mimics the bone structure of birds. Bone is both light and strong because its porous interior carries tension only where necessary, leaving space elsewhere. By using bionic structures, the fuselage has the strength it needs, but can also make the most of extra space where required. This not only reduces the aircraft's weight and fuel burn, but also makes it possible to add features like oversized doors for easier boarding and panoramic windows.

Airbus-The Future Plane

Bionic Structures

Composite Materials

Airbus has shown off its plans for future design. Whole project consits of nature-inspired concept cabin with intelligent wall which controls air temperature and can become transparent to give passengers spectacular panoramic views, vitalising zone that will help passengers relax, with vitamin and antioxidant-enriched air, mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments, holographic pop-up gaming displays. Passengers will be able to play a game of virtual golf, take part in an interactive conference or shop in a virtual changing room.

Future materials may not even be the materials we see and use today. 'Composite' materials will be used - new matter made of a combination of different materials. In the future materials may not even take a solid state, but could be a composition of fluid and gas for example!

3D Printing

Some of the elements in the cabin could be created using additive layer manufacturing, which is a bit like printing in 3D.

The process repeatedly prints very thin layers of material on top of each other until the layers form a solid object in materials ranging from high-grade titanium alloys to glass and concrete. As well as making it simpler to produce very complex shapes, this form of production wastes a lot less material than cutting shapes out of bigger blocks. While this technique is already being tested for small aircraft parts

Scenes showing the destination, a city skyline or a tropical forest, will be projected onto the walls. A private cabin can reflect your bedroom at home, a business conference or even a zen garden, thanks to the projection of virtual decors. Holographic technology will have advanced to such a degree that the virtual world will be indistinguishable from the real.

Holographic Technology

Smart energy solutions such as energy harvesting will be a part of the cabin environment. The body heat you give out will be collected by your seat or pod as you relax or sleep, and combined with energy collected from other sources, like solar panels, to fuel cabin appliances.

Energy


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