Aircraft tires are complex, highly engineered structures designed to safely withstand heavy loads for take-offs and landings in a variety of weather conditions and are subjected to extreme operating conditions. Currently, proper inspection and regular service - including regular tread depth assessments - in accordance to manufacturer's specifications ensure aircraft tire performance and safety.
Determining tread thickness in real time with ITS, says the company, will provide ground crews and aircraft tire manufacturers with additional information to appropriately maintain tire health for optimal performance and safety.
"Aircraft tires vary significantly in construction, tire structure, and material compounds from automotive and truck tires," says Aaron Franklin, Tyrata Chief Technology Officer. "Although we need to proceed with further testing, the initial IntelliTread ITS data is very encouraging."
The company says it is developing a comprehensive suite of tread-depth measurement systems and cloud-based analytical tools based on its technology, ranging range from tools for fleet deployments in local centers or depots to highly distributed solutions for consumer, ridesharing, aircraft, and other applications. Tread-depth reports, says the company, will be provided in real time, anytime and anywhere.
As far as its aircraft tire tread sensing plans, the company says it plans to carry out additional durability and in-tire sensor field tests in the near future.
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