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Ultrasonic Method for Aircraft Wake Vortex Detection
Journal of Aircraft
  • Rebecca J. Rodenhiser, Worcester State College
  • William W. Durgin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Hamid Johari, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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This paper describes the experimental proof of concept study for an ultrasonic method of wake vortex detection. This new acoustic method uses travel time of acoustic pulses around a closed path to measure the net circulation within the acoustic path. In this application the closed path encloses the vorticity shed from one side of a Piper PA-28 aircraft wing. Magnitude and sign of circulation detected is comparable to the expected circulation generated by the Piper PA-28 test aircraft. This study demonstrates the validity of the acoustic method in detecting aircraft wake vortices. Further investigations and applications using this technique are discussed.
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Rebecca J. Rodenhiser, William W. Durgin and Hamid Johari. "Ultrasonic Method for Aircraft Wake Vortex Detection" Journal of Aircraft Vol. 44 Iss. 3 (2007) p. 726 - 732
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