Video Of Extreme Brake Testing-They Can Take A Heck Of A Beating
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What we have here is a very common test each aircraft wheel must go through before being certified. This particular one is from the landing gear of an Airbus A380-800 and from what we read, it passed with flying colors. Sure, people hate on Airbus for one reason or another but at the end of the day, they pass their systems through the same rigorous tests as any other airline company.
We’re no aircraft engineers, but we know that some of you, our fans, have a background in this sort of stuff. For you folks, here are some technical specs associated with this test.
- Dynamometer energy: 125.2 MJ
- Brake application speed: 90.07 m/s
- Stop distance: 1120 m
- Mean deceleration: 3.62 m/s/s
- Energy absorption rate: 5.04 MJ/s
The only thing we can say at the end here is, “can you imagine the smell?” The burned rubber and molten iron or steel smell must have filled that entire room and stuck around for a while. No thanks.