University of Queensland students won Airbus's inaugural "Fly Your Ideas" challenge at last week's Paris Air Show for a project looking into the use of the castor plant to develop the first single-plant-based composite material for aircraft cabin components. Project's goal was to reduce dependency on nonrenewable sources and improve end-of-life disposal. A feasibility analysis entailing fiber production and testing was conducted that demonstrated "encouraging mechanical and environmental ...

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