From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chuck Huffington) Organization: Apex Computer Company Date: 29 Dec 92 22:53:50 PST References: 1 2 3
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In article <airliners.1992.192@royko.Chicago.COM> email@example.com.COM (Gary Benson) writes: >RE: Maintenance > >Maybe there would be NO cost, for example if the tires were designed so that >their tread caught the wind and got their spin from that. Or maybe the hubs >could be fitted with fans. This has been done. I have seen old tires with molded in "scoops" on the sidewall that spun them up in the airstream. I'm not sure but I seem to recall the idea was dropped because the the additional wear on the brakes more than made up for the reduced wear on the tires. Apparently a lot of braking action occurs when the not spinning tires hit the pavement.