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What's The Other Function Of Aircraft Tires?

Thu Feb 13, 2003 9:52 pm

what's the function of aircraft's tires (besides the support when aircraft on ground),i've ever heard one of my colleagues said that aviation tires mixed rubbers fibers and plumbagos , and due to mixed with plumbagos the tires become black .
mixed with the plumbagos also make static electricity easily to discharge
is that true?
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RE: What's The Other Function Of Aircraft Tires?

Fri Feb 14, 2003 2:12 am

Basically Aircraft tyres perform the following functions,
- They provide a gripping surface
- Absorb some of the initial loads on landing
- Provide an easily replaceable wearing surface
- Discharge electricity on landing
- Multiple wheels spread the aircraft weight
- Provide a means of anti-fire action on the brakes by discharging the Nitrogen in the tyres through FUSIBLE plugs.
And incase you dont know what a Fusible plug is, its basically a piece of solder which melts at a pre-set temperature, the colour of the plug dictates what temperature it melts at, these plugs you can find on the wheel and look for a bolt head, the fusible insert is inside. The fusible plugs reduce the possiblity of explosion due to thermal pressure build up.

Red plug- melts at 155 degs/c
Green- 177 degs/c
Yellow- 199 degs/c

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RE: What's The Other Function Of Aircraft Tires?

Fri Feb 14, 2003 5:36 pm

mr a/c train thanks for your information
any more detail information about tyres
thanks you!

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