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Concorde: Can Gusts Blow The Wing Vortex Off?  
User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1755 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3617 times:

IIRC, part of the lift produced by the Concorde's wing at high angles of attack -like when landing for instance- is due to the vortex generated by the wing leading edge that then trails behind the upper wing surface and gives it extra lift.

If this is correct, how is this vortex affected by strong, lateral gusts? Could it possibly be blown or "pushed" off the wing resulting in loss of vortex lift on final approach?


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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1082 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

I doubt it - the wing is still carving up the air at a prodigious rate ahead of the wing, so the vortex will still be being formed aft of it. It might be shifted very slightly spanwise by gusts, but I believe the originating centre of the vortex will remain as good as fixed.

I'm sure the effect is pretty much unnoticeable if the gust is less strong than about half the airspeed. This is probably reflected in the Concorde's maximum crosswind speeds at landing and take-off.



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