Boeing and Turkey-based Istanbul Technical University have agreed to jointly develop an air-filtration system aimed at improving cabin air quality onboard commercial aircraft.
Research will focus on the efficiency of specially treated nanofibers, fibers with diameters less than 100 nanometers, reducing environmental pollutants and organic compounds in the air, Boeing said Wednesday.
The year-long project is just one of several the two sides will embark on under a collaboration agreement that they formalized at the university campus this week.
“We look forward to working with the talented faculty and students at ITU, which has a strong research program in nanomaterials for aerospace applications,” said Mike Friend, Boeing senior technical director of global research and development strategy for the research and technology unit.
“We are very pleased to establish a new research partnership with Istanbul Technical University,“ said Bernard Dunn, Boeing country president, who attended the signing ceremony with ITU Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca and Turkish airline executives.
Dunn said the collaboration is aimed at bring new ideas to Boeing and helping Turkey achieve goals for economic and technology development.
Prof. Dr. Karaca said the country“™s flag carriers, Turkish Airlines and Turkish Technic, will also provide support for the partnership.