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Why don't the wings break?!

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2 months of Premium Skillshare!👉 https://skl.sh/mentour6 Have you ever been sitting by an Aircraft window and though;Those wings are flexing a lot, I wonder if that is normal? In todays episode I will be talking about everything wing related, from how they are constructed to if they SHOULD flex and what ultimately might break them. Stay tuned and If you have any questions, post them in the comments or ask me directly in my FREE mobile application 👇🏻 📲IOS: https://appstore.com/mentouraviation 📲Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teamta.mentouraviation If you want to support the channel AND be part of my Patreon crew👇🏻 https://www.patreon.com/mentourpilot A huge thank you to all the featured channels in todays video! Check out the awesome, full versions, of the videos here below! 👇🏻 VernHalen1967 (Wings flexing due turbulence) https://youtu.be/NYsFk4I14N8 InventingTheWorld (Airbus wing construction) https://youtu.be/qbBhg8xISug Insider (Airbus wing flex test) https://youtu.be/--LTYRTKV_A Mustard (De Havilland Comet) https://youtu.be/v0Cg2ZeYa5E Boeing (How 777X wing spars are controlled) https://youtu.be/ZQQSW8a-vXY Chrigels Vans RV-8 HB-YZZ (Home building wings) https://youtu.be/F6PCZ-bVHLI Jack Koehler (How to crush a soda can) https://youtu.be/dCnR11gf4_Y Topfelya (Airbus 35 vs Boeing 787 wing flex) https://youtu.be/JGJmn2fw0Ew Boz1200m3d (Zero G flight) https://youtu.be/drdBKMOZmTc
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Barry Lab (2 days ago)
Very well explained. Just one question, for extensive maintenance like x-ray scans, etc does the Airline need to fly the plane to Boeing in Seattle?
Jonathan Moerdijk (3 days ago)
18:29 it seems that the doggo is in need of a smaller cap. Would be funny to see dogs wear caps if you did Dog-Cap-Merchandize!
Saoirse Justice McKenna (3 days ago)
You have a cute co-pilot in this video :D <3
peppermill22 (3 days ago)
I'm afraid of flying, this helps. Thanks.
♫♪Ludwig van Beethoven♪♫ (3 days ago)
Now people are nervous when wings don't flex!
Jeff Russell (4 days ago)
625 people like stiff wings.
Sleipher (4 days ago)
i want to hear an engineer for questions like this, not a friggin pilot
Ballsdeepinglory (3 days ago)
Sleipher No you don’t. You might want a more in depth view, but then you should read some papers. Don’t be a dick and don’t watch the video if you don’t like it.
Angel Morales (4 days ago)
i came to watch this video for thw title but got distracted half way through because the doggo
Jonathan Moerdijk (3 days ago)
Thats quite late actually, I always get distracted in the very first seconds
Jay (5 days ago)
You have so much knowledge, ru a aviation engineer?
Chris Majic (5 days ago)
Unrelated question, how many pets do you have and what are their names???
Jonathan Moerdijk (3 days ago)
@Chris Majic Sorry, I don't know... I literally just read in an other comment that there is a second dog🐕
Chris Majic (3 days ago)
@Jonathan Moerdijk did he have like a black cat too?
Jonathan Moerdijk (3 days ago)
As far as I know, he has two dogs.
AR Critic (5 days ago)
Excellent video, now please, play with the dog, it seems bored :)
George Reynolds (8 days ago)
Many people seem to think that the wings are hanging off the body of the aircraft and could break. It's the other way around! - the wings are flying and holding themselves up and it is the body (or fuselage) that is hanging off the wings. Subtle difference...
Naveen Bali (9 days ago)
Huh wrong!! Team rocket never flex
Frankie Ma (10 days ago)
How is the wing handle/overcome resonance?
oziboy (11 days ago)
What about g spot
Colin Grant (11 days ago)
Can you do some aerobatics in the sim?
bistakos1 (11 days ago)
nice dog..he/she is so cutely quiet!
Eric Hoss4 (11 days ago)
Nice Video! but as a roller coaster enthusiast I can assure you they pull way more than 2.5 G's. 4 G's in not uncommon at all and some do even more than that. It is worth noting that those high G-forces don't last very long on rides.
La Wa (12 days ago)
weird FLEX but ok ;D
Ian Morgan (12 days ago)
Is there a list of airline companies which are not allowed to enter the airspace of Europe and the US?- My daughter has been flying around South America and Africa-I'd be reassured if she went out the next time with some means of checking the reputation of any airline she may come across. Thanks.
Milli (12 days ago)
The dog seems like to love being in the video but wants to keep his/her privacy. In the end of the Video he/she realises that he/she can be an Internet star and started to pose for the camera.
scanspeak00 (13 days ago)
Just like the branches of a tree bend in the wind.
B. K. (13 days ago)
the doggo (with same color hair) is pissy because he just got back from a 4 day schedule
Peter Lee (14 days ago)
This Guy Nos What hes on about That dog is getting Bigger
Lime Bread (14 days ago)
You're awesome!
Josh Deighton (14 days ago)
Taajs plane glue
Hunter’s Grow (15 days ago)
I’m to scared to fly. I want to be a pilot tho.
Jan Stożek (16 days ago)
A few decades ago I traveled in the Eastern Europe on board of an aging charter plane, probably Antonov or a similar middle-sized plane of Soviet construction. During the flight I noticed that wing plates were moving against each other a bit, perhaps a centimeter or so - to the level that some paint was scratched off the plate around the rivets. I didn't feel too safe at the time seeing that - but was it in fact safe, or not so much, indeed?
Acoustic Soundz (16 days ago)
So, I flew out from Edinburgh on 757-200 to JFK (economy) -all good but cramped -narrow body plane... then I flew back via Amsterdam on a KLM 787-900 Dreamliner.....that was different experience. Economy on this beast felt like an upgrade...Windows were much larger and they auto tinted (no blinds) at night and then in the early morning, from the front of the plane, progressing to the back, it was awesome to watch the windows, one by one, slowly become see through again, letting the fresh morning sun into the cabin. Air quality was better, room to move was better, USB and mains charging sockets available for devices. An absolute pleasure to travel on the 787.
Kevin Tucker (19 days ago)
My dad is a structural engineer and worked for Boeing in the 60s testing the 747 wings to failure. It is unbelievable how far they bend before catastrophic failure!!
Richard Hsiung (19 days ago)
Flying from NY to HK what factors into going either east or west and what are the percentages... is it based on seasonality?
Kevin Medeiros (21 days ago)
We yanks prefer the "ə-LEW-min-əm" pronunciation with emphasis on the 2nd syllable ;-)
Hurn Aviation (21 days ago)
I like the fact that carbon-fibre composite wing on the 787 bends!
Johann Vorster (23 days ago)
Thanks. I onlt flew once on a small plane. One of these days me, my son and wife are going to fly to Australia from South Africa. I am very nervious.
lnr243 (24 days ago)
No this Boring guy again...Get me out of here FFS
Belvedere Bailey (23 days ago)
And yet.... I found his content utterly fascinating and engaging and answered all my questions about wings. How could you be bored by his answers if you came here to find out why wings don't break ?? And if you didn't come here to find out why wings don't break, as the title suggests, why in T F would you be here whining about boredom ??
lnr243 (24 days ago)
They wont bend coz you want to arrive at the destination in one piece..
minnesotajack1 (26 days ago)
When I hear the word “aluminum” I think “why can’t this guy pronounce ‘ah-LOOM-in-um’ correctly?”
Sam Smith (25 days ago)
its also spelled aluminium elsewhere emphasis put on the phonetic IUM at the end
Sam Smith (25 days ago)
just about every other country/accent pronounces it this way. only you fellas in the States say it the way you do. i would argue by majority that makes your way of saying it incorrect
barse27 (27 days ago)
Du, Mr, Är grym! Många tummar upp!
Nathan Simpson (29 days ago)
Were you an aircraft mechanic before you were a pilot?
Satar Danziger (30 days ago)
put more animation in your videos with narrator would go a long way; you sitting on the couch talking seems a bit boring! just a thought! it will attract more attention
Xander Gross (1 month ago)
Never seen fast forwarding footage of any thunder storm before WOOOOW kinda moment!
roman popov (1 month ago)
Спасибо бро! Доходчиво объясняешь, по ходу я залипну на этом канале в ближайшие праздники.
Michael Posford (1 month ago)
While I was in the Air Force, we visited an aircraft manufacturer, building the new fighter. At one point, they were discussing the problem of stress cracks in the wing. A company janitor was nearby and he said that he might have a solution to the problem by drilling a line of small holes along the suspected crack line. He said that, in his experience, the toilet paper never tore along the dotted line.
Barry Britcher (21 days ago)
They do actually drill holes to stop cracks spreading.
HosenS (1 month ago)
Excellent. Subscribed.
directtalk1 (1 month ago)
I love science / aviation but this guy’s not fluid enough to keep my interest, repeats himself a lot
William W. Hensley (1 month ago)
Engineers put a lot of conservatism into the wing structure while also trying to minimize weight. This means that the wing would have to endure more force than would be encountered under normal circumstances but also is very light. This is why Aluminum is used for aircraft. While it is true that Aluminum alloys are stronger than elemental Aluminum, other materials such as Titanium would be significantly stronger than Aluminum. Unfortunately Titanium is more expensive and also a little bit heavier than Aluminum. And so basically there is this dance between considering strength of the material, cost of the material, and the weight of the material that all need to be considered to produce an economical and strong aircraft wing.
Austin Schneider (1 month ago)
It sounds like car recall only 100 times more important
Jay D (1 month ago)
Any one notice the pillows?!?! LoL. Nicely done!!
FalcoGer (1 month ago)
no. when you're sitting on the sofa, the earth is subjecting you to 1G of acceleration. you're subjecting your sofa to your ~800N which is your mass times the gravity constant. F = m * a, where a = 1G, and 1G = 9.81m/s².
Olar Alexandru (1 month ago)
thank you very much for this information's!
Mike Day (1 month ago)
I saw the video title...and it struck me that most pilots and passengers don't really want the wings to break. Maybe structural integrity is a goal of the designers? I could be wrong.
nrawayne (1 month ago)
Being an engineer (avionics electrical hardware and embedded software) in aerospace defense projects my entire career I have great confidence in commercial and military aircraft simply because I am aware of the testing that is done. I am now interested in building an ultralight and later a light sport aircraft. I don't know if my fear is warranted but the strength of the wings and their ability to handle the transient forces / dynamic loads is the thing I worry most about. I do know that regular inspections and preventative maintenance cannot be compromised but trusting a set of plans (even if there are several planes in use that were built with those same plans) isn't easy for me. I guess because I cannot know how far anyone has pushed such a homebuilt plane to the rated limit. I'm one of those who wants the breaking strength to be at least 3x the rated maximum G-force. I want to know that if I am fully loaded am forced to make a hard bank (to avoid some object) that the plane can handle it, and essentially handle about anything I can throw at it within reason. I don't intend to do aerobatics but I want to know that if I find myself inverted or momentarily pitched straight down that the plane can survive whatever is necessary to recover control. Of course I would not fly without a BRS but those aren't helpful at low altitudes. I have no idea if this is possible with a homebuilt, at least for someone who does not design airframes professionally. MAYBE I EXPECT TOO MUCH OR MAYBE I WORRY TOO MUCH. I DON'T KNOW WHICH.
M Rios (1 month ago)
The dog is serious about proper maintenance @ 12:00
Akshay Sudhakar (1 month ago)
am i the only person who ignored the pilot and stared at the dog the whole time
Joe La Bianco (1 month ago)
Subscribed Joe Navy veteran 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
Wacky Creations (1 month ago)
Thank uou for all information you provide... I appreciated...
gertwallen (1 month ago)
Same goes with earthquake proof buildings, they flex. Also, during the big 2004 indian ocean tsunami, you could see after the devastation was done that palm trees were able to survive intact, why? Because palm trees are extremely flexible
newagetojo (1 month ago)
Great info and talk.... but uh...... your dog?...... J swear asmuch as I'm sitting here, that that dog was eye balling me there for a bit.... cute lil buggar....
Spaz 12 (1 month ago)
Sooo, what you're saying is that, hypothetically (or not), if a plane went down in, say, Shanksville PA on September 11 (or any day) that it would NOT completely vaporize? And that more than likely the coroner that showed up on scene wouldn't later tell the world that as he got there his job was done because there were no bodies? Seeing as how you're a pilot and not a coroner, answering the plane specific question would suffice. Thanks in advance!
Sam Wu (1 month ago)
If only Apple was as strict with their fleet leader MacBook keyboards...
carlos fernandez (1 month ago)
how much does an engine weight ? how many times a minutes does a fan blade turn, ? how fast is an airplane at takeoff? how fast do they fly? how fast is the plane when it lands? how many pounds of thrust do some of these engines have? about how many gallons of fuel does an engine burn a minute?
Irek Urbanski (1 month ago)
NICE DOG
DW Sing (1 month ago)
I throw my mobile as being annoyed by too many ads, olympfuck
SilverStone (1 month ago)
There like a sword, there built to flex to make them strong
JRP 12 (1 month ago)
Wings be flexin on you.
blthetube1 (1 month ago)
9:44 What is up with Fido?
Ron C (1 month ago)
You should show vids of glider takeoffs to really see wing flex!
Ron C (1 month ago)
The dog is like, "Oh fuk, here we go again...."
Jace Henderson (1 month ago)
1g basically means having an acceleration of 9.81 m/s^2. That’s why when you look at the forces you multiply your weight in kilograms by 9.81 for newtons.
Eyevanvlog (1 month ago)
Minus 1G is falling upwards, as fast as you would just fall down anytime. Right?
Matthew Eddows (1 month ago)
thumbnail reminds me of nerdcubbed if you dont know what im talking about look up his glider video
Cristi V (1 month ago)
Hi I hope you read this and hopefully make a video about it. For a short flight, under 1h or so, is it not burning more fuel to climb to cruise altitude and then quickly descend than it would burn in level flight at a lower altitude? I'm really curious about all the considerations about this matter.
KinkyBillyMays (1 month ago)
Your channel really eases my mind for flying. Thank you and keep up the good work sir.
Ernst Naumann (1 month ago)
What about the cracks in the A380 wings that were discovered thanks to the repair work after QF32 uncontained engine falilure? What about the 737 NG pickle forks? Does that mean that the computer simulations of stress were wrong and the monitoring of the fleetleader wasn't thorough enough?
Ernst Naumann (1 month ago)
Somewhere on Youtube I heard stewardesses from the VC-10 say that it offered a smoother ride because of its stiffer wing. What did they confuse?
George Costarica (1 month ago)
Leave this to the engineers You're just a tech
George Costarica (1 month ago)
Glorified taxi
Art. Demirjian (1 month ago)
I always use to wonder about the wings "not breaking apart" with all that powerful variations of pressure under and above the wings while in the air. After having this very same detailed explanation, I know very well that "wings" are very durable structure of an airplane, which never breaks apart, because of their small sections in every each wing. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!
Lifecraft (1 month ago)
This Aluminium soda-can being shown is also quite sturdy considering it is made of foil only a fraction of a millimetre thin. And its building principles apply to aircraft cabins as well.
O K (1 month ago)
Atleast we have the fuel tanks so wings can't flex too much. Flexing is kinda cringe nowadays, cus everybody is flexing
Little Kitty Crafter (2 months ago)
Wings flex when they have an iPhone 11 Pro Max and AirPods Pro and a Series 5 Apple Watch 42mm
Mauro Zedda (2 months ago)
especially becouse the wings has to handle the incredible weight of the engines!!
monotosh roychowdhury (2 months ago)
I lyk ur presentation what is really impressive and learning though am in different industry bt fly and fear too ..itz a great vdio .
Judy Ullmann (2 months ago)
I fly on Westjet regularly. LOL
Crane Nut (2 months ago)
"If it don't bend, it will break" as we say in the crane industry.
Schizophrenic Enthusiast (2 months ago)
Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that this whole video is a single take? That's rare to see nowadays
Michel Fortier (2 months ago)
Love your videos but love your dog even more.....He's so cute!
Turbo Tastic (2 months ago)
NOBODY IS AFRAID OF FLYING.. people are afraid of crashing.. not flying
mary weaver (2 months ago)
Is there an age limit for commercial pilots?
Sixfoursoul (2 months ago)
Even if the wings could never break the whole damn thing can still just fall out of the sky so what difference does it make
Alistair Kaname (2 months ago)
Are you Dutch
Larry Keene (2 months ago)
It's nice to read that some of you were also paying way more attention to Patxi than Cpt. Petter. I found myself a couple times wondering what he'd just said. LOL
grexpex180 (2 months ago)
dog
Link Age (2 months ago)
8:37 My napping dog reacted the same way as the Captains Dog.
itchigo Takahashi (2 months ago)
Thank u for the super informative information! I have a HUGE PARANOIA when i ride airplanes , i always get super nervous when i see the wings bend. :( i hate flying but now that u mention about wings i kinda feel a bit ease :)
AST DrWings (2 months ago)
Thats a pretty good explanation. Let me add on to this. Many of us have the misconception about the force acting on the wing. We assume that the force acts upwards at the tip of the wing. The truth is, if we divide the wing by 1000 section from front to back, (in aviation we call it chordwise), each section individually has a lifting force. That force is highest at the fuselage(root), and gradually decreases at we go at the tip. For some design, that upward force decreases to zero before the tip, and that force shifts downward at the tip. This lift distribution is vital in keeping the wing bend (bending moment) to a reasonable value. Lets do an experiment. Hold a ruler covering 10 cm at its edge with your hand. Now take a small but thick book and place it on its edge at the end of the ruler. The ruler will bend excessively. Now take the same book and place it by its large falt surface on the ruler near your hand. You will notice that the ruler bends but not quite much as compared to place it at its edge. Engineers used the same principle while designing the aircraft. Aircraft designers have devised ways to avoid excessive bends and twist on wings. There is a system called active load control. Whenever the wing flexes, aileron and spoilers will deploy, very slightly without the pilot knowing. It is a self correction and this aids in reducing the stress and fatigue. For those interested in knowing more, check out the following words in google: 1. Prandtl's lifting line theory 2. Force distribution on wings 3. Flight controls and why the concord did not have elevators. 4. Aluminium composite and Alclad ;-)
Saul Goodman (2 months ago)
I was hoping a plate of hot wings with ranch
UnsmilingMan Gaming (2 months ago)
Only watched the vid cause westjet :#
Arjan Wilbie (2 months ago)
Like birmabright aluminium? Tough, bendable and used post war as land rover body panels.
CastellaV (2 months ago)
Sooo the wings of a plane are kind of like long nails? If they’re too stiff they will break easy but if they’re a little flexible they can take more stress?