Re: Concorde tyres

Date:         21 Mar 2001 18:33:23 
From:         westin* (Stephen H. Westin)
Organization: Cornell University
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Pete Mellor <> writes:


> 1. How come *any* aircaft tyre fails catastrophically? Surely fuse
>    plugs should ensure that a tyre fails in a controlled and
>    predictable fashion if overstressed?

As we now know, it is thought that the tire was cut by a piece of
metal on the runway. At that point, it's entirely possible that pieces
of the tire flew out at high speed, regardless of inflation pressure.

> 2. One newspaper reported that experts from the Goodyear Co. had
>    flown in from the US to assist the investigation. Presumably
>    this is because Goodyear supplied the tyres for Concorde?

Or perhaps they have some special expertise that would be useful, or a
unique testing facility.


-Stephen H. Westin
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