A Study of the Effects of Braking on Drag Force and Sinkage
Final rept. Jun-Dec 1966
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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In modern warfare it may be necessary to airlift men and supplies into areas of operations where airfields do not exist, are too few, or are too far away for proper support operations. It is suggested that cargo aircraft land on unsurfaced runways with only minimum preparation. This requires landing gear designed to withstand the drag force and wheel sinkage associated with soft soils. To determine the effect of braking on drag force and sinkage, and to ascertain the feasibility of scale modeling the equipment involved, braked wheel tests were conducted at low forward speed in a desert sand environment, using specified tires. The results are analyzed.
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