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  • waynedickenson961 waynedickenson961 Mar 8, 2013 11:28 AM Flag

    just released report on battery fire, MIT professor said 787 box not good enough to allow 787 back into the sky !


    Boeing has been consulting with Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., General Electric Co., United Technologies Corp. and others for battery solutions that will get its plane back in the air, Bloomberg News reported, citing five people with knowledge of the matter who are not authorized to speak publicly.

    Boeing wants to insulate the battery and build a better box to contain any fire, according to published reports. Federal Aviation Administration officials are expected to make a decision soon on whether to approve a plan by Boeing to revamp the 787's lithium ion batteries to prevent or contain future fires.

    Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry at MIT, thinks that won't be enough to get the Dreamliner back in the sky.

    "How do we insure that we don't get into a fire condition in the first place? And I haven't heard enough to give me comfort on that one," Sadoway said.

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