Reference : Aircraft landing gear thermo-tribomechanical model development
Dissertations and theses : Doctoral thesis
Engineering, computing & technology : Aerospace & aeronautics engineering
Computational Sciences
Aircraft landing gear thermo-tribomechanical model development
Heirendt, Laurent mailto [University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) > >]
University of Toronto, ​Toronto ON, ​​Canada
PhD in Aerospace Science and Engineering
[en] Bearing overheating ; Bingham grease ; Lubrication mechanism ; non-Newtonian lubricant ; Passive control ; Tribotopological theory
[en] A transient numerical model for studying the thermo-tribomechanical behavior of an aircraft landing gear is presented. The study reveals the major heat sources and heat sinks that impact the characteristic thermal behavior of the landing gear shock absorber. The severe in-service performance degradation and reported structural damage can be explained as a consequence of the heat generated by the high drag loads induced by rough runways on the bearings, and by the high sliding velocities of the piston. A conclusive model may lead to improved landing gear performance once the transient process of heat generation in a phase-changing grease-lubricated lower bearing is fundamentally understood. A novel tribotopological lubrication theory is derived in order to take into account all distinct physical phases of the non-Newtonian Bingham lubricant. The governing equations are solved using a hybrid numerical solver that is optimized for numerical efficiency and fast convergence. The proposed framework is validated against existing theories and results, and it demonstrates accurate predictions of the thermal performance of the landing gear. Strategies to passively optimize the lower bearing lubrication mechanism are further suggested in order to achieve optimal thermal performance of future aircraft landing gear.
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