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A Review of the Physics of Aircraft Trailing Vortices

Abstract

In this review the formation, movement and persistence of aircraft trailing vortices are discussed. The focus is on parameters that are important for the safety and productivity of air travel and transport. This review
investigates the predictability of the vortices, in particular in terms of the lifespan and durability of vortex pairs. The strong interplay between the rotational and axial velocity components in the vortex is analyzed. Different
types of turbulence that can influence the airflow within the vortices are discussed, including the various atmospheric and ground-related factors that dominate the vortex behavior. Finally, instances of wakes rising
back, and the still unexplained bursting of the vortices are discussed. The review also briefly covers the potential for wake vortex detection and control.
Oppdragsgiver: Natmig/SINTEF

Category

Report

Client

  • SINTEF AS / 102002731

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Karstein Sørli

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Mathematics and Cybernetics

Year

2015

Publisher

SINTEF

Issue

A26905

ISBN

978-82-14-05898-7

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