LMS, Leuven, Belgium, has introduced LMS Virtual.Lab Landing Gear simulation software that enables development teams to build aircraft landing gear models, simulate their real-life performance, and assess multiple design alternatives before prototyping an aircraft. It helps development teams gain insight into the dynamic behavior of the landing gear and its overall performance in terms of reliability, stability, and safety. The software supports the analysis of the behavior of the landing gear in all regular maneuvers. It also assesses the response of new system designs to extreme and failure load cases for which physical tests are either too dangerous or too costly to perform.

The simulation tool includes a dedicated user interface that allows users to build their design from pre-defined and fully parameterized landing gear templates or to create their own landing gear configuration template. The simulation models include tires, wheels, brakes, telescopic oleo damper struts, and linkages to brace and retract the system. The models incorporate aerodynamic loads and information about retraction, deployment, take-off, landing, and ground maneuvers.

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