Please note that our venue has changed at very short notice to the University of Chester.
This lecture is held jointly with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Merseyside and North Wales Region.
The Landing Gear System is one of the most important systems on any aeroplane and must be included as a fundamental part of the trades studies that lead to definition of the overall aeroplane configuration.
With the consequences of failure being, at least, very expensive, a landing gear system must be extremely reliable and safe, but also at minimum cost to the operator, which demands light weight and minimal maintenance.
Landing Gears operate in a very harsh environment, with temperatures ranging from several hundred degrees at the brakes, to extremely cold ground soak conditions. They also have to cope with:
very high speed airflows (200 mph+)
rain, ice/ dust & debris on the runways, de-icing fluids etc...,
very high vibration & G levels.
This lecture goes through the design processes involved in defining a new Landing Gear configuration, with the A380 development as an example.