Goodrich picked to supply carbon fiber brakes for A350 XWB

Airbus has selected Goodrich to supply wheels and carbon fiber brakes for the forthcoming and composites-intensive A350 XWB.

Goodrich Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.) announced on Dec. 9 that it has been selected by Airbus SA (Toulouse, France) to supply wheels and carbon fiber brakes for all variants of the A350 XWB family of aircraft. The selection is expected to generate more than $3 billion in revenue over the life of the program. The equipment will be provided by Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes team in Troy, Ohio.

The A350 XWB wheels and brake equipment will, says Goodrich, marry state-of-the-art design techniques with service-proven product technology. The brakes will use Goodrich's DURACARB carbon heat sink material. Goodrich reports that DURACARB has demonstrated 35 percent greater brake life than competing carbon braking materials. Key elements of the selection process included product capabilities, design technique, and demonstration of mature, robust program management processes. Goodrich is the first supplier selected to provide wheels and brakes for the A350 XWB.

"This selection for the Airbus A350 XWB provides a position for Goodrich wheels and brakes on a new widebody aircraft that will serve airlines for decades to come," said Jack Carmola, segment president, Actuation and Landing Systems, Goodrich. "As one of Airbus' largest suppliers, we look forward to participating in the success of this important new aircraft." Other Goodrich content on the Airbus A350 XWB family includes nacelle and thrust reverser systems and the air data system.