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Plate Lines Reduce Lifetime of Wake Vortices During Final Approach to Vienna Airport

Holzäpfel, Frank and Stephan, Anton and Rotshteyn, Grigory (2020) Plate Lines Reduce Lifetime of Wake Vortices During Final Approach to Vienna Airport. In: AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum, pp. 1-18. AIAA SciTech Forum 2020, 2020-01-11 - 2020-01-15, Orlando, FL. doi: 10.2514/6.2020-0050. ISBN 978-162410595-1.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2020-0050


To mitigate the risk of wake vortex encounters during final approach, so-called plate lines have been developed. Wake vortices generated by landing aircraft induce secondary vortices at the plates’ surfaces that approach the primary vortices and trigger premature wake vortex decay. Each plate line consists of several upright plates that are installed underneath the approach glide path. While the plate line extends perpendicular to the flight direction, its individual plates are oriented in parallel to the runway centerline. In order to obtain the approval of the authorities for the installation of the plate lines at runway 16 of Vienna International Airport, the plate design had to comply with airport requirements like obstacle clearance, stability, and frangibility. During a six-month campaign wake vortex behavior with and without plates was measured simultaneously by three lidars completed by a comprehensive suite of meteorological instrumentation. A preliminary analysis of 430 measured wake vortex evolutions indicates that the plate lines reduce the lifetime of longlived vortices in a safety corridor along the final approach on average by more than 30%. More comprehensive analyses are underway and will be presented at the AVIATION Forum 2020 in Reno.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134740/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Plate Lines Reduce Lifetime of Wake Vortices During Final Approach to Vienna Airport
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Holzäpfel, FrankDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3182-1832UNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2020
Journal or Publication Title:AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-18
Keywords:wake vortex, encounter, plate line, mitigation, Vienna airport
Event Title:AIAA SciTech Forum 2020
Event Location:Orlando, FL
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:11 January 2020
Event End Date:15 January 2020
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Transport Meteorology
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Deposited By: Holzäpfel, Dr. habil. Frank
Deposited On:04 May 2020 18:25
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:37

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