Date: 21 Mar 2001 18:33:23 From: email@example.com (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: Cornell University References: 1 Followups: 1
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Pete Mellor <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: <snip> > 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. <snip> -- -Stephen H. Westin Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.