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Project Description


Project name:

Wirbelschleppe I & II (Wake Vortex I & II)




Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-  und Raumfahrt (DLR)


1999 - 2007

Short synopsis:

The Projekt Wirbelschleppe was conducted in two phases in the time frame from 1999 to 2007 with the five contributing DLR Institutes Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Institute of Aerodynamics und Flow Technology, Institute of Flight Systems, Institute of Flight Guidance, Institute of Robotics und Mechatronics and the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the University of Technology Berlin. The project unified a multitude of different aspects and disciplines of wake vortex research which can be characterized by four main themes:
• Minimization of wake vortices by measures at the aircraft
• Development and demonstration of a system for wake vortex prediction and observation
• Airborne wake vortex detection and active control
• Integration of systems into air traffic control

Internet link:


An excerpt of the investigations that were performed in the DLR project
Wirbelschleppe are collected in a report (pdf-download 10 MB) which also
contains a complete list of publications emerging from the project.

Project coordinator:

Thomas Gerz