VORTEX INTERACTIONS IN MULTIPLE VORTEX WAKES BEHIND AIRCRAFT

Several different configurations of a 0.61-m(2-ft) span model of a Boeing 747-type transport aircraft were tested to allow observation of typical vortex interactions and merging in multiple vortex wakes. Wingspan loading and model attitude were found to effect both vortex motions within the wake and resulting far-field wake velocity. Landing-gear deployment caused a far-field reformation of vorticity behind a model configuration which dissipated concentrated vorticity in the near-field wake. Circulation from the wing always caused a downward movement of the horizontal tail vortices, which merged with wing vortices. A modified landing configuration was developed that appeared to significantly alleviate the concentrated wake vorticity associated with the current landing configuration.

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    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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  • Authors:
    • Ciffone, D L
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 440-446
  • Serial:
    • Journal of Aircraft
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • ISSN: 0021-8669

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172725
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM