Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Airbus A380-800 Brake test

-->are they supposed to catch on fire? 
Yes. Brakes convert kinetic energy into heat. In this case, they were testing if the brakes could convert enough energy to stop the plane in an extreme emergency situation, which would require generating enough heat to create flames. Since they stopped the plane and limited the flames enough to give emergency services 5 minutes to arrive, it passed the test.