Blink and you might miss it in his article, but Flightglobal defense expert Stephen Trimple is reporting that carbon nanotubes (CNT) may find their way into commercial aircraft cabins.
A US company called Nanocomp Technologies sees an opportunity for using CNT to replace wiring systems in airline in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, reports Trimble, who also authors Flightglobal’s defense-focused The Dew Line blog.
He quotes Nanocomp chief executive officer Peter Antoinetteas as saying: “That application [IFE wiring] is easier to achieve certification for, compared to navigation and safety-critical systems.”
A carbon nanotube is a very, very tiny cylinder, a tube-shaped molecule made of carbon, so we should picture ulltra-thin, ultra-light wiring for IFE.
Read Trimble’s entire article here. And plug “carbon nanotubes” into YouTube for a quick video tutorial. This video explains how carbon nanotubes are 200 times stronger than steel.