Dreamliner will stick with lithium-ion battery: Boeing

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    badmigraine

    Nobody knows what caused the batteries to burn, but um...ah...here is the permanent solution.

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    SauloJpn

    "Fool me once shame on you fool me twice..."

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    WilliB

    " The 787, which is an aeroplane that we have developed with Japan, is still the game changing aeroplane "

    I guess so. Flying with a plane with a known lethal problem with no known solution is a "game-changer", I´d say.

  • -2

    cabadaje

    badmigraine

    Nobody knows what caused the batteries to burn, but um...ah...here is the permanent solution.

    Well...yes.

    You don't stop an entire project worth millions of dollars simply because one part of it isn't perfect. You slow down, you investigate, and when you isolate the issue and have a workaround, you apply it, get everything going again, and continue monitoring the issue for further development. The first thing any mechanic learns is that some problems are not replicable on a machine that is turned off. You have to see it running before spotting the problem.

    The engineers do, in fact, know what causes the batteries to burn, and they said so in the article. The thermal run-away is caused by a short circuit originating outside the battery. Unfortunately, they can't find the source of the short-circuit, however, know that they know where the danger comes from and how it propagates, they can take measures to isolate and go-around the danger. Redundancy features are a standard part of engineering, and not in any way an indication that something cannot be trusted. The batteries are hardly the first feature of a complex craft (let alone an aircraft) that will cause catastrophic failure in a given sequence of events, and it won't be the last. Engineering isn't about eliminating all danger. It's about reducing it to the smallest feasible probability.

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    Kim S Mao

    Time to bust out the schematics and multi-meter and get to work!

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    The_True

    and i will stick on flying old planes.

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    Richard bHard

    i won't be flying on one of them

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Asked if Boeing was considering ditching the Japanese-made lithium-ion batteries from the 787, Conner said: “I see nothing in this technology that would tell us it’s the appropriate thing to do.” Ahhhhh! The power of $$$$$$!!! So this Conner dude SEES NOTHING WRONG IN THIS TECHNOLOGY??? Kiss my ass Conner, I aint flying in your plane!!!

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    hoserfella

    Kiss my ass Conner, I aint flying in your plane!!!

    classy as always, Elbuda.

    For all those who say they will selectively choose what aircraft they fly to and fro, utter nonsense. You will fly whatever is parked at your gate, and you know it.

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    JeffLee

    For all those who say they will selectively choose what aircraft they fly to and fro, utter nonsense. You will fly whatever is parked at your gate, and you know it.

    No, I don't "know it." I have always vowed never to fly on a Russian-made aircraft, like the TU-154, and at times have conveyed this to my travel agent (in Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.), and indeed, to date I have never flown on a such an airliner. I also chose a flight recently that had an Airbus 320, because the other flights on the same route and airline where small ATR turboprops, which I don't like.

    So being able to choose your aircraft ain't "utter nonsense."

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    hoserfella

    JeffLee - when the time comes where its going to cost money and travel time to avoid a certain aircraft, you will take whats offered like everyone else

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