APPLICATION OF DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS TO PREDICT AIRPLANE STOPPING DISTANCE

A new technique has been developed to predict airplane braking distance performance in terms of aircraft parameters, runway environment, and brake control systems performance. A dimensional analysis technique was used to determine significant dimensionless groups or pi terms required to express the braking performance in equation form. A hardware-analog brake control simulator was used to gather experimental data necessary to determine the constants and exponents in the performance equation. Among the airplanes studied were the Boeing 727, 737, 747, the Lockheed C-141, and the McDonnell F-4. A prediction equation permits the calculation of stopping distance, assuming that proper information concerning airplane and weather parameters is available, as well as accurately measured tire-runway friction coefficients.

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    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  USA  10019
  • Authors:
    • Wahi, M K
  • Publication Date: 1977-2

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 209-214
  • Serial:
    • Journal of Aircraft
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • ISSN: 0021-8669

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163478
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1977 12:00AM