The technologies and processes investigated and implemented during Corsair will introduce beneficial effects both in the global reduction of carbon footprint as well in the reduction of specific hazardous and polluting chemicals currently used in some MRO procedures. The CORSAIR environmental impact is summarized in 3 Green Effects, or rather:
Energy (reduction of carbon footprint) and Material (efficient and responsible use of global resources) Savings due to the introduction of new high-performances repair procedures which leads to the reduction of waste (i.e. repair of new damaged components) as well to the re-use of damaged components, ultimately increasing the whole lifetime of many metal parts and components.
Green and Eco-Friendly Repair Process due to the effort in the replacement of greatly hazardous repair processes using chemicals(e.g. Cr(VI) or Dow17 or MIL-3171), by a green corrosion protection Al-base metallization by cold spray.
Reduction of Global Carbon Footprint by the effort in the development of portable repair technology to allow in-situ repair procedures (directly in the airport) saving time, costs and in particular carbon footprint given by demount, package, and part shipment to the manufacturing plant.
Waste products generated by the use of maintenance and repair technologies must be treated for proper use and disposal. While there are efforts currently underway to replace such chemicals with less hazardous agents the best way to mitigate the risks associated with the use of these agents is to minimize or eliminate their use. Consequently, reducing the number of maintenance actions translates into significant reductions in the use of environmentally harmful agents.
The use of Cold Spray employing a portable unit offers the potential for significantly enhancing environmental friendliness. The developed portable unit will require less energy with further reduction of the environmental of maintenance operations.
CORSAIR will put emphasis on environmental performance, through investigating and quantifying the total save of energy demand related to the technological characteristics of the process and to the reduced MRO operations required.