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Thrust Reverse, How Does It Work?

Thu Oct 25, 2001 3:10 pm

When planes land there are two basic types of thrust reverse, the ones on the MD80 series and the normal engine split-apart. What exactly is happening within the engine when that happens? How does it slow the plane down? Do the fans turn the oposite direction? Please explain in detail each engine and how it does this stuff! do the leading edge slats help the plane take off?

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RE: Thrust Reverse, How Does It Work?

Thu Oct 25, 2001 3:24 pm

Try in Tech/Ops, there have been a few threads on this topic.
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RE: Thrust Reverse, How Does It Work?

Thu Oct 25, 2001 5:22 pm

The engine itself operates the same- i.e the fan DOES NOTrotate backwards. All that is happening is the air is being deflected instead of rearwards to propel the airplane sideways or forwards to slow the airplane. The other type found on high-bypass engines is the sleeve which also directs air forwards to slow the a/c.

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