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Fundamental Research on Aircraft Wake Phenomena

Objective

The aim of this project is to gain new knowledge on vortex phenomena, critical in the context of wake turbulence behind civil aircraft, but not sufficiently addressed or understood in previous studies. Many projects have investigated the behaviour of aircraft vortices, aiming at their characterisation and the search for means of reducing the associated hazard. Although a lot of information has been gathered, and much progress made in understanding these flows, some central questions remain unanswered, preventing major advances in this domain. They include: the precise role of vortex instabilities on wake decay, the effects of engine jets and fuselage wakes, and the influence of ground proximity on wake evolution, relevant to the airport environment. This project attempts to resolve these issues. Emphasis is put on the study of generic vortex configurations to gain the missing physical understanding, complementing the existing, mostly empirical knowledge. In support of new experimental and numerical investigations, theoretical/analytical treatment is applied, with the aim of obtaining a systematic description and understanding of the phenomena. Furthermore, extensive use is made of results/data from previous projects or available data bases on aircraft wake turbulence, whose analysis is far from being complete. The assessment of the impact of the new results on practical applications and realistic situations is an integral part of the project. It will create a solid knowledge base for the future development of strategies of wake prediction and reduction, relevant for increasing capacity and safety of air transport, one of the priorities of the EC work programme. The use of a concentrated effort to solve outstanding problems on a fundamental physical level, involving many competent groups from academia, is new to the field, and is likely to represent a decisive competitive advantage for the European aeronautics research community and aircraft industry.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-AERO-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
France

Participants (16)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
Address
Kreetslag 10
Hamburg
CZESTOCHOWA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Poland
Address
Dabrowskiego 69
Czestochowa
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM (NLR)
Netherlands
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2, 1059 Cm
Amsterdam
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Julianalaan 134
Delft
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Address
Den Dolech 2
Eindhoven
THE UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
Address
Claverton Down
Bath
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AÉRONAUTIQUE, ASBL
Belgium
Address
Bâtiment Mermoz 1, 2Ème Étage - Avenue Jean Mermoz, 30
Gosselies
CENTRE EUROPÉEN DE RECHERCHE ET DE FORMATION AVANCÉE EN CALCUL SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
42, Avenue Gaspard Coriolis
Toulouse
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E. V.
Germany
Address
Linder Höhe
Köln
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TÉCNICO
Portugal
Address
Av. Rovisco Pais
Lisbon
OFFICE NATIONAL D' ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AÉROSPATIALES
France
Address
29, Avenue De La Division Leclerc
Châtillon Cedex
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN
Germany
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
München
UNIVERSIDAD DE MÁLAGA
Spain
Address
Av. De Cervantes, 2
Málaga
UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID - ESCUELA TECNICA SUPERIOR INGENIEROS AERONÁUTICOS
Spain
Address
Plaza Cardenal Cisneros, 3
Madrid
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De L'universite, 1
Louvain-la-neuve
UNIVERSITÉ PAUL SABATIER
France
Address
118, Route De Narbonne
Toulouse