Redcordes From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 245 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5546 times:
Having a higher wing-loading has it's disadvantages (longer take-off roll, slower climb rate), but doesn't this provide a smoother ride and better ability to penetrate turbulence without over-stressing the airframe? I believe the B747-8 will have significantly higher wing-loading than the A380, so would a better ride and ability to handle turbulence favor the B747-8 in these measures of performance?
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411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5519 times:
Overstressing the airframe is really not a particular consideration with high wing loading (IE: less square feet of wing area for the same weight) as the structure is built to accomodate, however that higher wing loading will generally provide a slightly smoother ride in turbulence.
It however is very subjective, and what appears to work with some aircraft does not, with others.
It has more to do with wing-mounted engine placement, and the wing bending relief provided, among others.