We saw lots of hot brakes and clamping forces at work during the 2012 Run to the Shore, but even the big binders on the pro touring cars have nothing on the stoppers air liners use. Hauling all that weight down to a stop in the amount of time you have before running off the end of a runway is not the job of weak suck parts. Due to the fact that airplanes that run off of runways and injure people don’t help sales for their manufacturers, the companies building these massive planes go through extreme measures to test them. This video shows one of those tests and it is pretty amazing.
The brakes being tested are for an Airbus A380-800, which weighs in at more than one million pounds. The object of the test was to have the plane stop itself at landing speed in about 1200 meters (roughly 3600 feet). Using a massive flywheel and a tire and brake setup, the test requires the brakes to do the job exactly as they would have to on the ground.
When the huge flywheel comes into contact with the tire to simulate touchdown note the distortion from the force and then pay close attention to the brake caliper and rotor because they really start working their asses off and quickly heat up to something akin to the surface of the sun.
This is bad ass engineering at work!