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Some effects of adverse weather conditions on performance of airplane antiskid braking systemsThe performance of current antiskid braking systems operating under adverse weather conditions was analyzed in an effort to both identify the causes of locked-wheel skids which sometimes occur when the runway is slippery and to find possible solutions to this operational problem. This analysis was made possible by the quantitative test data provided by recently completed landing research programs using fully instrumented flight test airplanes and was further supported by tests performed at the Langley aircraft landing loads and traction facility. The antiskid system logic for brake control and for both touchdown and locked-wheel protection is described and its response behavior in adverse weather is discussed in detail with the aid of available data. The analysis indicates that the operational performance of the antiskid logic circuits is highly dependent upon wheel spin-up acceleration and can be adversely affected by certain pilot braking inputs when accelerations are low. Normal antiskid performance is assured if the tire-to-runway traction is sufficient to provide high wheel spin-up accelerations or if the system is provided a continuous, accurate ground speed reference. The design of antiskid systems is complicated by the necessity for tradeoffs between tire braking and cornering capabilities, both of which are necessary to provide safe operations in the presence of cross winds, particularly under slippery runway conditions.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Other - NASA Technical Note (TN)
Horne, W. B.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Mccarty, J. L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Tanner, J. A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1976
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-08-31-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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