Videns From Argentina, joined Mar 2004, 133 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
I have noticed that most airliners have a flat area on the fuselage to allow the horizontal stabilizer to move up and down.
My question is:
Why is that area flat so much in front of the actual travel area of the stabilizer?
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SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
View the thing from above. The fuselage is a cone at this point - the diameter is greater forward of the horizontal stab and smaller aft of it. Of course the recess is going to be greater where the cone is larger. The horizontal stab rotates but any point of it stays in a plane parallel to the aicraft centerline.
This came up here recently because a passenger made a big fuss and refused to board one of our planes because it had this big "dent" and no one would do anything about it. She was referring to this recess to allow the stab to pivot.
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I guess part of the mechanism for adjusting the horizontal stabilizer is located in front of the stabilizer (inside the fuselage).
If you take a closer look at the 777 and the 747 then this area seems smaller than on the A320 and the 737. Since the big planes have a bigger fuselage then there is (almost) enough room inside the tail cone for the mechanism.
On the smaller planes the tail cone has a bigger dent above and below the stabilizer to create enough space inside the cone for the mechanism. The reflection above the stabilizer (starting at the windows) on the A320 clearly illustrates this dent.
Part of the reason for this big surface could be the need for smoothness to reduce aerodynamical resistance from the tail.
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QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
The 'dented' surface around the horizontal stabilizer's trim path has nothing to do with fitting the mechanisms that move the stabilizer. Rather, the depression simply forms a smooth and continuous plane for the control surface to move on - if it weren't there, the front and back of the stabilizer would sort-of stick out, due to the tapering of the tail.
320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2187 times:
QuantasA332 is correct (of course). On the A320, the mechanism for operating the stab is called the THS (Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer) Actuator. The THS Actuator is mounted on the front spar of the stab. It's quite compact, and does not require any change to the fuselage profile.
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