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The discovery and prediction of vortex flow aerodynamics

  • J.M. Luckring (a1)


High-speed aircraft often develop separation-induced leading-edge vortices and vortex flow aerodynamics. In this paper, the discovery of separation-induced vortex flows and the development of methods to predict these flows for wing aerodynamics are reviewed. Much of the content for this article was presented at the 2017 Lanchester Lecture and the content was selected with a view towards Lanchester’s approach to research and development.

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