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A380 Runway/taxiway Footprint Pressures  
User currently offlineNavion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

I have a friend who is an engineer working a specific issue regarding the A380 and he was wondering what the contact area was for each tire or the pressure exerted by the aircraft on the contact surface of the tires. Can anyone here help? Thank you.


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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 7154 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

Quoting Navion (Thread starter):

You could try this, section 7 and on.


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

That infromation can be found in the Airport Planning Guide. Information on the Airport Planning Guides can be found here:

Airbus Airport Planning Guides (by Tdscanuck Aug 30 2007 in Tech Ops)

User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2372 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

The tires are inflated to 16 bar (230 psi)
The plane weighs up to 1.25 million pounds
The weight is primarily on 20 MLG tires
(1.25 million lb / aircraft) / (20 tires / aircraft) = 62,500 lb / tire
(62,500 lb / tire) / (230 lb / square inch) = 272 square inches

So the contact patch is approximately 19 inches in diameter.

(With my apologies for using barbarian units.)

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