Dreamliner brake system passes flight tests

Goodrich Corporation’s electric brake system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has now completed all flight tests. The system incorporates the latest version of Goodrich’s proprietary DURACARB carbon heat sink material which provides advanced brake performance and up to 35% better brake life than competing carbon friction materials.

Test conditions included extensive on-aircraft testing of the wheels and electric brake hardware as well as validation of the software incorporated in the electric brake actuator controllers. Maximum brake energy testing was completed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Brian Brandewie, President of Goodrich’s Aircraft Wheels & Brakes business, said; “We anticipated demand for an alternative to traditional, hydraulically actuated braking, and began the pursuit of electrically actuated braking technology more than 15 years ago.  The 787 system represents our sixth generation of electric brakes. Goodrich is again honored to be part of aviation history by being a supplier for the world’s first electric brake system on a commercial airplane. We look forward to working with Boeing and the launch customer airlines to ensure a successful entry into service.”

To date, the majority of announced 787 customers have selected the Goodrich electric brake system, including All Nippon Airlines, the aircraft’s launch customer.

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