Advanced Non-Destructive (NDT) Aircraft Tire Inspection Systems were evaluated and compared with the air needle inspection technique normally used to qualify air carrier aircraft tires for repair, retread, and return to service. The advanced NDT inspection systems considered were: the air needle buffing, holographic, pulse-echo ultrasound, and x-ray types. A description of the equipment, inspection procedure, typical visual displays, and analysis technique is included for each inspection system. A discussion of equipment state-of-art, tradeoffs, operator skills, required manning, and inspection rates is provided. Basic equipment, installation, and maintenance costs are provided. The effectiveness of the inspection systems in detecting, identifying type and size, and locating the position of defects is reported for a group of four old defective tires and four new tires with built-in defects which were inspected by all evaluated systems. Some recent or potential advances in state-of-art are discussed. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Goodrich (B F) Research and Development Center

    Brecksville, OH  United States 

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Airport Technology Research and Development Branch
    Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Authors:
    • Ewing, D D
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 154 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 3AT04G3, FAA-RD-80-10
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA78WA-4103
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2002 12:00AM