A braking milestone was just accomplished – Goodrich’s electric brake system for the Dreamliner has just completed all required dedicated flight test conditions. That’s a first for commercial aerospace application. The achievement involved a comprehensive development and qualification program spanning multiple Goodrich business units and close collaboration with Boeing and included extensive on-aircraft testing of the wheels and electric brake hardware as well as validation of the proprietary software incorporated in the electric brake actuator controllers. Maximum brake energy testing was completed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The electic braking system incorporates the latest iteration of Goodrich's proprietary DURACARB carbon heat sink material which is expected to extend brake life up to 35% over competing carbon friction materials.
Brian Brandewie, president of Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels & Brake 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 airplane's launch customer.