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Large-Eddy Simulation of Aircraft Wake Vortex Deformation and Topology

Hennemann, Ingo and Holzäpfel, Frank (2011) Large-Eddy Simulation of Aircraft Wake Vortex Deformation and Topology. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 25, pp. 1336-1350. American Society of Civil Engineers. doi: 10.1177/0954410011402257.


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On the one hand, it is known from visual observations, Lidar measurements, and numerical simulations that aircraft wake vortices may live significantly longer than anticipated by todays standard regulations of air traffic control. On the other hand, the initially counter-rotating, parallel vortex pair deforms quickly, which reduces the impact time of adverse forces and moments on encountering aircraft. Therefore, Large-Eddy simulations of wake vortex evolution in different meteorological conditions are conducted in order to analyse the physics of vortex deformation. A new post-processing algorithm has been developed that at first determines the three-dimensional path of the vortex core line and then computes piecewise curvature radii as a measure of vortex deformation. It is found that larger turbulence levels and neutral to weakly stable temperature stratification particularly support vortex ring formation. The vortex ring regime is characterised by a reduced descent rate and by a surprising variability of its core radius. It is shown that the varying core size directly affects the evolution of radii-averaged circulation. Comparisons with field experiments indicate good agreement with the considerable life time of the vortex rings and topology.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/67327/
Document Type:Article
Title:Large-Eddy Simulation of Aircraft Wake Vortex Deformation and Topology
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Hennemann, Ingoingo.hennemann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Holzäpfel, Frankfrank.holzaepfel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1177/0954410011402257
Page Range:pp. 1336-1350
Publisher:American Society of Civil Engineers
Keywords:wake vortex, circulation, deformation, curvature radius, linking, turbulent length scales, baroclinic vorticity
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
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 > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Hennemann, Ingo
Deposited On:13 Dec 2010 12:37
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:30

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