|MadSci Network: Engineering|
Hello Vic Airplane tires have a very hard life. They last but a few landings and are changed regularly in any case for safety reasons. The extent to which tread wear is due to the stationary wheel contacting the ground at high speed is little studied. They did try spinning the wheels to synchronism by electric motors, but it was said to be “not cost- effective”. Another idea tried is to cut tire treads in the tires that make them turn like turbines. This works but was found “not cost-effective” perhaps because normal tires begin to spin anyway due to the air flow being faster on the part of the tire nearer the ground. The tire wear due to braking on the runway causes most of the wear. Disc brakes were, after all, invented for aircraft! John
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