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Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Aircrafts Service Life

Department of Engineering, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 81031 Aversa, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10120; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310120
Received: 22 October 2020 / Revised: 25 November 2020 / Accepted: 1 December 2020 / Published: 3 December 2020
Aircrafts are responsible for a significant environmental impact mainly due to the air pollution caused by their motors. The use of composite materials for their production is a way to significantly reduce the weight of the structures and to maximise the ratio between the payload weight and the gasoline consumption. Moreover, the design phase has to consider the cost of different operations performed during the aircraft service life. During the entire life cycle, one of the main costs is the maintenance one. In the current literature, there is a lack of knowledge of methods for maintenance cost estimation in the aircraft industry; moreover, very few environmental assessment methods have been developed. Thus, the aim of this paper is to define a new method to support the aircraft design process; both the environmental and the economic dimensions have been included with the purpose of assessing the aircraft sustainability during its service life. A green index has been identified mixing the maintenance cost and an environmental parameter with the aim of identifying the greenest solution. A final practical application shows the feasibility and the simple application of the proposed approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: aircraft industry; aircraft sustainability; green design; maintenance cost aircraft industry; aircraft sustainability; green design; maintenance cost
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Fera, M.; Abbate, R.; Caterino, M.; Manco, P.; Macchiaroli, R.; Rinaldi, M. Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Aircrafts Service Life. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10120. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310120

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Fera M, Abbate R, Caterino M, Manco P, Macchiaroli R, Rinaldi M. Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Aircrafts Service Life. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):10120. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310120

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Fera, Marcello, Raffaele Abbate, Mario Caterino, Pasquale Manco, Roberto Macchiaroli, and Marta Rinaldi. 2020. "Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Aircrafts Service Life" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 10120. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310120

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