International Workshop on
 Fundamental Issues Related to Aircraft Trailing Wakes
(FAR-Wake Workshop)













27-29 May 2008                                                      Download 2nd Announcement (PDF)
Marseille, France

Presentations given at the workshop

List of Participants

Group photograph

Schedule and abstracts of talks

Practical information                         Registration

This workshop was the final technical meeting of the European project FAR-Wake (Fundamental Research on Aircraft Wake Phenomena).



  • Present the research results obtained in the project FAR-Wake to the larger scientific community and potential end users.

  • Invite contributions from outside the FAR-Wake consortium related and/or relevant to the project topics.

  • Obtain feedback from the scientific community and potential end users in industry on the work performed and the results.

  • Explore possible extensions of the FAR-Wake work and future collaborations.


  • Waves on vortices: vortex meandering, end effects, vortex bursting

  • Vortex instabilities: short-wave elliptic instabilities, medium- and longwave instabilities

  • Vortex interactions with jets: cold engine jets, hot engine jets and compressibility effects

  • Vortex interactions with wakes: fuselage wake, wakes of wing elements (engine nacelle, landing gear, ...)

  • Wake evolution near the ground: idealised conditions (lab or simulation), real conditions (including atmospheric effects), real-time modelling

  • Application of the above to real aircraft wakes


The workshop took place over 2.5 days, starting on Tuesday, 27 May 2008 at 14h and ending on Thursday, 29 May 2008 at 17h. It consisted of single plenary sessions with keynote lectures (40 minutes including discussion) and regular oral presentations (20 minutes including discussion).

Scientific Committee

Thomas Leweke (Chairman) - CNRS-IRPHE, Marseille, France
Anton de Bruin - NLR, Marknesse/Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thomas Gerz - DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germay
Laurent Jacquin - ONERA, Meudon, France
Florent Laporte - Airbus France, Toulouse
Stéphane Le Dizès - CNRS-IRPHE, Marseille, France
Thilo Schönfeld - CERFACS, Toulouse, France
Grégoire Winckelmans - Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Keynote lectures

David Fabre - Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse, France
     Waves on vortices

Laurent Jacquin - ONERA, Meudon, France
     Destabilizing trailing wake vortices

Grégoire Winckelmans - Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
     Wake vortex simulations using the Vortex-In-Cell (VIC) method

Florent Laporte - Airbus France, Toulouse
     A380 wake vortex status

Location & accommodation

The workshop was organised by the FAR-Wake project coordinator CNRS. It took place at the Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (IRPHE), located on the campus of the Technopôle de Château-Gombert, north of Marseille in Southern France.

The nearest international airport is Marseille-Provence (MRS), located about 30 km NW of Marseille, with direct connections to major European cities.

Details about accommodation and transportation to the workshop venue are given here.

Submission of contributions & deadline

Contributions from members of the FAR-Wake consortium were selected and organised into sessions by the work package and task managers of the project.

A number of contributions from outside the consortium, related and/or relevant to the workshop topics, were included in the programme. These contributions were selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of submitted abstracts.

Participation / fees

65 scientists (list, photo) from 11 countries participated in the workshop. Priority was given to FAR-Wake partners.

The Registration fees for the FAR-Wake workshop were the following:

- Member of FAR-Wake consortium:  100 Euro
- Non-member (normal)                  200 Euro
- Non-member (student)                 100 Euro

These included participation in the sessions, coffee breaks, lunch, a banquet dinner, and a copy of the collection of abstracts.


Registration for participation in the FAR-Wake Workshop is obviously closed now.

Enquiries / contact

Additional enquiries can be sent to the FAR-Wake coordinator Thomas Leweke.