Team Msia on Mars from Malaysia - Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology - for their idea to use biodegradable materials from Kapok tree fibres for aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation blankets used for aircraft cabins.
Team Msia on Mars
proposed that the next generation of aircraft thermal insulation blankets for cabin protection be made from the natural fibres of the Kapok tree. In order to replace the existing glass fibres, their alternative environmentally sustainable approach must achieve relevant thermal and acoustic properties as well as compliance with flammability airworthiness requirements. The team conducted a series of experimental tests including the adoption of a preliminary fire retardant solution to demonstrate the viability of their natural fibre solution.
Congratulation team Malaysia on Mars !!
The Champion for this competition won by:
Team Wings of Phoenix from China - Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics - for their suggestion of a ground-based wind power generation system derived from aircraft wakes.
Team Wings of Phoenix suggested a ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft generated during takeoff and landing. Their idea involves the placement of a series of leaf-shaped devices along the sides of airport runways that are perturbed by passing aircraft, recovering energy that is otherwise lost. The team considered the electro-mechanical conceptual design of their 'leaves' and the potential to generate electrical power while meeting airport safety regulations.