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Boeing 777/737 Ground Spoiler Deployment Question  
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 17457 times:

Howdy folks,

Don't usually ask too many questions around here but this is one of those obscure things that has been nagging at me for some time.

Over the years I've noticed that with regard to ground spoiler deployment on landing, certain Boeing aircraft have curious properties. On the 777, for example, (pardon my no doubt incorrect nomenclature) the #2 outboard spoiler panels have a more shallow angle than the other four.

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/40855033/large.jpg

And on the 737 classics, the first two panels have the same setting whereas the last two panels have full deflection. The 73G models have an even more unusual arrangement where the last outboard panel is standing all tall with other panels recessed.

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/45164764/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/62725426/original.jpg

Surely there is a rhyme and reason to this but for the life of me I can't guess what it might be. Can some of you more in the know folks please shed some light on this technical oddity?


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User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5400 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17430 times:

Though I can't give you a definitive answer, I suspect it has to do with local airflow and the vibration properties in the local area.


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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17423 times:

I suspected it might have something to do with vibration but if that were the case, shouldn't all transport category aircraft employ a similar system?


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17407 times:

Firstly the Numbering should be from Left to Right so the Spoiler in question for the B777 should be #4.I suspect its the Ground spoiler.

On the B757 also certain Spoilers have a different angle of Deployment than others in Air & on Grd depending on the Aircraft.The Inboard Spoilers will deflect less in Air when used as Air brakes to avoid Turbulence affecting the Horizontal Stablizer behind.

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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17402 times:

I knew the numbering was left to right, so I guess that's why I referred to it as the #2 outboard? The inboard spoiler is only a ground spoiler so maybe it's regarded differently.


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User currently offlineChrisMUC From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 17397 times:

The two shallower ones on your pic from the 737 classics are Flight Spoilers, so most probably their movement is limited to that level to make it impossible to deploy them to far in flight (valve failure or any other problem).
I could imagine that's it the same with the 777.

Chris


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 17388 times:

Except that only the innermost of the outboard panels on the 777 isn't used in flight, as seen here.

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/45164814/large.jpg

This is really a stumper.

[Edited 2006-09-01 11:12:51]


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17226 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
Except that only the innermost of the outboard panels on the 777 isn't used in flight

Looks like a Ground Spoiler Ops Only.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4000 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 17198 times:

On the B777, spoilers 4 and 11 are the cable controlled spoilers. They stay faired until 54deg of spoiler lever travel then deploy.
Spoilers 5 and 10 do not deploy in flight. Ground ops only.

For roll control the inboards go to 20deg and the outboards to 45deg
For speedbrake the inboards go to 15deg and the outboards to 45deg.

Also on landing when ground spoilers deploy, there is a complicated logic that restricts full movement if the AOA is more than 2deg.

There is more to it than that, three whole pages in the manual! 27-61-00.


User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 17176 times:

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 8):

Interesting post, do you have a link where i could read into this further?

Tom



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 17165 times:

Fascinating Steve. Any other good nuggets on spoiler properties in those three pages?


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 17137 times:

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 8):
Also on landing when ground spoilers deploy, there is a complicated logic that restricts full movement if the AOA is more than 2deg.

I presume That would be Air-Grd sensed enabled too.
regds
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User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4000 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 17086 times:

Quoting Tom12 (Reply 9):
Interesting post, do you have a link where i could read into this further

No sorry it is out of The B777 MM Pt 1. Cant reproduce it here.

And I forgot to add this is all in normal mode, There is also a secondary mode when some computors are downgraded, and a direct mode. The laws are different in each, there is less computor interference.

The reason that 5 and 10 do not deploy in flight is to do with turbulence over the stabilsor.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 17035 times:

So Steve, if I'm following, spoilers 4 and 11 (as pictured, #4) don't fully deploy in ground mode because they are operated by a different control system from the others?

It would appear that flight mode is slightly different as they seem to deploy evenly (provided that 4 and 11 have the necessary command from the cockpit spoiler lever).

[Edited 2006-09-04 08:19:51]


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