Some Work at the Royal Aircraft Establishment on the Behaviour of Vortex Wakes

  • P. L. Bisgood
  • R. L. Maltby
  • F. W. Dee


The paper reviews the work done at the Royal Aircraft Establishment on the behaviour of vortex wakes. Measurements of the development of wakes behind straight and swept wings are described. The results of observations on the formation of loops in a vortex wake, on the behaviour of the wakes close to the ground and on the development of the wake from a slender wing are, given in some detail.


Vortex Core Vortex Centre Vortex Wake Vortex Breakdown Vortex System 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Bisgood
    • 1
  • R. L. Maltby
    • 1
  • F. W. Dee
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Aircraft EstablishmentUK

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