gust loads

gust loads

The loads on an aircraft structure caused by vertical gusts, which are calculated in terms of the “equivalent sharp-edged gust.” The airplane is assumed to fly from still air instantaneously into a vertical current equal to the maximum vertical speed of the gust; the buildup of the load on the structure is instantaneous.
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This means that gust loads come relatively late when the design options have been narrowed.
He subsequently worked on the determination of aerodynamic gust loads on aircraft wings before opting for a change of career to offshore mechanics, where he devised and patented combined air/water flotation systems for enhancing the performance of floating offshore platforms.