Ground Support Running Gear is the mechanical equipment that moves and directs an otherwise immobile object safely and efficiently. Aerol’s years of experience in the material handling field enabled us to develop military running gear components for trailers and other mobile ground equipment.
These capabilities include meeting the higher tolerances of the military specifications. Our facilities are qualified by all branches of the armed services and our customers include most of the prime contractors to the military. Through extensive research, Aerol was able to determine the most desirable qualities customers desired in ground support running gear. These include:
This research and design resulted in the development of a complete line of aircraft running gear components. Two of our most successful applications include the SAM Ground Support Running Gear and the BANJO Mount. Both of these running gear applications offer a low profile design that allows storage of trailers in planes in limited cargo space as well as easier maneuverability under a plane’s wings. Within each unit, component parts are completely interchangeable between front and rear, left or right.
The AEROL SAM Suspension Unit is a heavy-duty military running gear concept comprising a shock-absorbing unit that can be bolted to the side of an item of ground support equipment and a stub axle on which any one of a wide selection of wheels can be mounted. The basic unit is used for both front and rear installations and can be made rigid or steerable by the addition of a lock pin or a steering arm. This flexible design permits front and rear steering for maneuvering in restricted areas, or conventional front end steering when the equipment is towed.
The AEROL BANJO Mount military running gear concept comprises a wheel, mounted on a stub axle fitted to a shock absorption unit, that can be bolted to the side of an item of ground service equipment. The AEROL Banjo Mount is designed for loads up to 1,000 pounds per wheel in increments of 125 pounds and is compatible with Aerol Cushion Tread Wheels and Pneumatic Wheels. The necessity for an axle beam is thus eliminated, and the load cradled between the individual wheel units permits a lower center of gravity.
The Limi-Torq was developed to limit the movement of the tongue at points corresponding to the maximum cramp angles. When the tow bar is turned to the point where the inboard wheel has reached its maximum cramp angle, the steering mechanism is disengaged, and the tow bar is free to swing further without applying additional force to the steering linkage.
AEROL uses the duo-servo type brake exclusively for service brake installations. In the duo-servo brake, the two shoes are connected at their bottom ends by a floating link and impinge on an anchor at their top ends. A double-acting cylinder is located adjacent to the anchor so that when hydraulic pressure is applied, one shoe will be actuated by the piston and the other will bear against the anchor, depending on the direction of rotation of the drum. The floating link transmits the piston force and the friction force developed by the primary shoe to the secondary shoe providing a highly efficient braking action.
The AEROL MECHANICAL PARKING BRAKE is the most efficient brake of its size on the market. Its efficiency results from the unusual single shoe design that provides maximum servo or self-energizing effect and three hundred and twenty-five degrees of shoe contact. The floating single shoe needs no anchors or adjustment provisions, and the large contact area ensures long life.
The AERO Mechanical Parking Brake complies with the requirements of specification MIL-B-22182, including all mounting dimensions of the backing plate and drum, and the choice of either a ratchet pedal for foot operation or a lever for rod or cable actuation.
This device responds to any decelerating force of the tractor pintle hook on the lunette eve of the trailer tow-bar, to actuate the hydraulic brakes of the towed vehicle. Whether the force of the tractor on the tow-bar is the result of deceleration, excessive lurching, or descending a grade, the surge of the trailer against the tractor will actuate the brakes.
This surge system is designed to accommodate sudden shock loads on the lunette eye without actuating the brakes so that they are not spasmodically applied while the equipment is towed over rough terrain.
Pneumatic Tires cushions load and roll over obstructions with ease. They are also excellent for outdoor use, especially on rough or uneven surfaces such as gravel or cracked cement. They are perfect for high- and low speed applications, as in baggage, utility cargo, trailers, warehouse trucks, and other similar equipment. Aerol Pneumatic Tires are also offered with sealed-hub construction for use where air-tight, water-tight, and permanent lubrication features are essential, as in boat trailers and all-weather and dust applications.
The success and popularity of Cushion Tread Wheels prompted AEROL to make available a series of wheels with similar tire construction for mounting on straight stub axles and in casters. These new wheels have a high-profile tire using two rubber compounds: the face of the tread is a tough, abrasion-resistant compound, and the remainder of the tire is soft heat resistant, energy-absorbing rubber.
The wheel core is a lightweight aluminum casting. High Profile Wheels have been produced in 16-inch, 12-inch, and 10-inch sizes. High Profile Wheels in a shock absorbing caster can be used in conjunction with Cushion Tread Wheels mounted on Banjo Units.
When the special features of a pneumatic tire are not required our Cushion Tread Wheels comply with all dimensional and performance requirements of Specification MIL-W-21985. These solid rubber tires will not go flat even when punctured and have a higher load capacity than pneumatic tires of the same size.
Other features include shock mitigation characteristics comparable to pneumatic tires, interchangeability with standard pneumatic wheels used on aerospace and ground equipment, low weight, availability of compatible brakes, minimum maintenance, and a compact design providing all these features in the smallest space possible.