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Sensors Monitor White-Hot Aircraft Brakes

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September 13, 2000
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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“Too hot to handle” is no mere cliché for Air Force pilots and ground crews when an F-16 comes in for a landing. Heavy braking stops the plane in time but can produce high temperatures that risk rupturing tires or igniting fuel during refueling for quick turnaround missions. Early warning of such risks soon will be possible with a sensor system under development at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

RICHLAND, Wash. - “Too hot to handle” is no mere cliché for Air Force pilots and ground crews when an F-16 comes in for a landing. Heavy braking stops the plane in time but can produce high temperatures that risk rupturing tires or igniting fuel during refueling for quick turnaround missions.


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