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Asymmetric Flap Fairings On A380?  
User currently offlineKeta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

Hello,

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I noticed that the inner right-wing flap track fairing is shorter than the one in the left wing. You can even see a grey-painted area, more or less what the left-wing fairing covers. In other pictures it is also seen:


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Do you know why are the fairings asymmetric? I would expect both wings to be symmetrical? I haven't noticed that in other planes.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5847 times:

They look the same to me. The angles are tricky though so it's hard to be sure.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5836 times:


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Fantastic Observation!  bigthumbsup 
I think Keta is referring to the Wing mounted part of the Fairing & not the Movable Aft part of the Fairing.
The Inboard RH side Fixed portion of the Fairing is Shorter in length compared to the Inboard LH Side Fixed Portion of the Fairing.
Probably it covers some component.
I too would be Interested to Know the reason.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineKeta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 5808 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 2):
I think Keta is referring to the Wing mounted part of the Fairing & not the Movable Aft part of the Fairing.

Yes that's what I meant. I think it's quite visible. Sorry if I wasn't clear.  Smile



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User currently offlineDakar From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 5783 times:

I see it now too. Weird. Hopefully there is an answer, it would be interesting to find out why.

Nick


User currently offlinePihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 4445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 5761 times:
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An amazing piece of observation !
I see two reasons :
1/-the aerodynamic integration between the wing-engine pylon-flaps hasn't been frozen and AI is still comparing data from both sides, or
2/- the left fairing covers the EH actuator AI has been talking about for about four years. It could be the explanation as all three flying prototypes have it.

Regards



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6727 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 5741 times:

Looking at the paint under the starboard wing in this picture


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it looks like the yellow/green primer isn't used over the area that would be covered by the bigger fairing.



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User currently offlineCymro From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 5704 times:

Quoting Pihero (Reply 5):
1/-the aerodynamic integration between the wing-engine pylon-flaps hasn't been frozen and AI is still comparing data from both sides, or

The right hand is shorter by design and is the same on all aircraft produced so far.


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Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

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But seriously,

Quoting Pihero (Reply 5):
2/- the left fairing covers the EH actuator AI has been talking about for about four years. It could be the explanation as all three flying prototypes have it

What's an EH actuator?

-Mir



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User currently offlineEI747SYDNEY From Ireland, joined Oct 2005, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5674 times:

I tought my eyes were playing tricks with me for a while, then I seen it too.

Well spotted  bigthumbsup 

Rob  wave 



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User currently offlinePihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 4445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5672 times:
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Better than my explanation,

3.1. What is an EHA?

A conventional actuator is connected to the central hydraulic system of the aircraft through pipes running from the aircraft’s hydraulic bay. It includes a servovalve which directs the hydraulic pressure (provided by the aircraft’s hydraulic pumps) to move the actuator shaft which is connected to the corresponding control surface (aileron, elevator, rudder, spoiler).

The EHA is connected to the aircraft’s electrical network (and not to the hydraulic system). It has a self contained electrical hydraulic pump, reservoir and accumulator which generate the hydraulic power required to move the same actuator shaft connected to the control surface. Therefore, the EHA is a real hydraulic actuator since the power to move the actuator shaft is hydraulic; however, since the hydraulic system is self-contained, it only requires electrical power from the aircraft’s network to operate.

EHA will allow to decentralize hydraulic system architectures. Kilometers of hydraulic pipes, pumps, reservoirs and accumulators which generate hydraulic power in a central location and then distribute this energy throughout the aircraft will be replaced by electrical wires and compact actuators which produce the energy required near the place where it is needed.



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User currently offlineKeta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5637 times:

Quoting Cymro (Reply 7):
The right hand is shorter by design and is the same on all aircraft produced so far.

So far - does that mean all production planes will be like this, or is it only for the first few frames? And by design - with what purpose? That's what we'd like to know.

Quoting Pihero (Reply 5):
2/- the left fairing covers the EH actuator AI has been talking about for about four years. It could be the explanation as all three flying prototypes have it.

Is the A380 going to use EHA for all actuators? Is it now only in one flap track?



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

Quoting Pihero (Reply 5):
the left fairing covers the EH actuator AI has been talking about for about four years. It could be the explanation as all three flying prototypes have

Any Official data on the EH Actuator from Airbus.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 2):
think Keta is referring to the Wing mounted part of the Fairing & not the Movable Aft part of the Fairing.

Ok I see it too now. The time we spend poring over minutiae...



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User currently offlineKnoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5501 times:
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Very good observation.

The Ram Air Turbine, according to my A380 General Familiarization training course documents, is located inside the left-hand side flap inner fairing.

That would explain the difference in size (proportional to the size of the A/C, I would say).

I actually looked in the structures chapter and normaly for symmetry purposes, the right side should have the same fairing.

I hope this answers the question, but I actually don't know if it corresponds to the exact reason why.

Reply #5 assumptions might still be part of it.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5401 times:

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 14):
The Ram Air Turbine, according to my A380 General Familiarization training course documents, is located inside the left-hand side flap inner fairing.

Do you have access to the AMM on the A380.Maybe you could look it up or ask someone about it.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9097 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5367 times:

They look even in this shot http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=5632349


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User currently offlineCymro From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5286 times:

Quoting Keta (Reply 11):
Quoting Cymro (Reply 7):
The right hand is shorter by design and is the same on all aircraft produced so far.

So far - does that mean all production planes will be like this, or is it only for the first few frames? And by design - with what purpose? That's what we'd like to know.

All so far at least upto msn 018 and don't see any change soon.

I don't know 100% for what purpose I just know it is designed different.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

Anyone working in Airbus Industries out here.Maybe we could get some data.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineKeta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5207 times:

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 14):

Thanks Knoxibus, that's probably the answer! But still, why didn't they design the right-wing fairing the same as the left one? I mean, doesn't that make aerodynamic differences between both wings?

Quoting Zeke (Reply 16):
They look even in this shot http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.p...32349

Hehe actually the left one looks bigger to me. Anyway, it's difficult to tell something from that pic, it's just too small.

Quoting Cymro (Reply 17):
All so far at least upto msn 018 and don't see any change soon.

Thanks for your info Cymro  Smile



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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5185 times:

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 14):
The Ram Air Turbine, according to my A380 General Familiarization training course documents, is located inside the left-hand side flap inner fairing.

thats what i was going to suggest.....i remembered reading the 340 RAT was stowed in a flap track fairing and was wondeirng if they did the same on the 380!


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