Undercarriages – A Bit of a Drag!

Bob Thompson – Landing Gear Architect, Airbus

12th September 2013

Doors open at 18:00 with refreshments available; the lecture starts at 18:30. Concorde Room, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG

Attendance at the lecture is free.

The Landing Gear System is one of the most important systems on any aeroplane. With the consequences of failure being, at the least, very expensive, a landing gear system must be extremely reliable and safe, but also incur minimum cost to the operator, which demands light weight and minimal maintenance. Landing Gears operate in a very harsh environment, with temperatures ranging from several hundred degrees at the brakes, to extremely cold ground soak conditions. They must also cope with debris and high G forces. This lecture will cover design processes involved in defining new Landing Gear, with the A380 development as an example.

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