Large-scale distortion of aircraft wake vortices appears to play a crucial role for aircraft safety during approach and landing. Vortex distortion is investigated based on large eddy simulations of wake vortex evolution in a turbulent atmosphere. A vortex identification method is developed that can be adapted to the vortex scales of interest. Based on the identified vortex center tracks, a statistics of vortex curvature radii is established. This statistics constitutes the basis for understanding, modeling, and exploiting mitigation effects of vortex distortion on wake vortex encounters.
arXiv: Condensed Matter::SuperconductivityPhysics::Fluid DynamicsPhysics::Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics
free text keywords: Wolkenphysik und Verkehrsmeteorologie