Aircraft wheel and brake assemblies can become very hot during braking as the planes kinetic energy is transformed into heat by brake pads and dissipated into the surrounding components. The wheel, the tyres, the piston that clamps the pads into place and the metal housing of the brakes are all subject to sudden and intense heat. Now a new aluminium alloy eases manufacturers fears of failure by handling the heat better.
The new alloy therefore forms a key component of a carbon aircraft brake and wheel system as the wheels made from the alloy have to withstand the intense heat generated as the pistons press the carbon disks against each other, stopping the plane and dissipating the plane’s kinetic energy as heat.
Carbon brakes offer constant performance hot or cold, are unaffected by thermal shock or mechanical fatigue and offer unrivalled endurance. For a given level of energy absorption, carbon is three times lighter than steel allowing more passengers and cargo onboard.
Nicola Vatthauer | alfa
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