48th International Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics

48th International Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics 48th International Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics
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    Anne Venables
    6 rue Galilée – 75016 Paris
    phone: + 33 1 56 64 12 30
    fax: +33 1 56 64 12 31

  • Registration costs

    400 - 900 Euro

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The International Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics is organized each year by the French Aeronautics and Space Society (3AF) in a different venue in France known for its activities in the field of aeronautics and/or space technology. The symposium is an excellent opportunity for scientific exchanges among the aerospace community where aerodynamicists from industry, research institutions and academics meet. Scientists and engineers from other domains involving fluid mechanics are also welcome.

Each year the symposium concentrates on a different topic representative of current concerns in the field of aerodynamics. It is organized on the basis of five half-days of technical presentations, each introduced by a keynote conference given by an expert in the field covered by the session. The symposium is concluded by a technical visit in connection with the symposium's subject.

In 2013, the symposium is hosted by the French-German Research Institute at Saint-Louis, in the eastern part of France close to both the German and Swiss frontiers.

The 48th International Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics will focus on specific problems encountered in the aerodynamic design and performance prediction of small objects such as micro air vehicles, projectiles and flow control devices. Similar difficulties may be caused by small discontinuities or defects on the body leading to substantial parasitic drag and significant noise generation. Such small defects can compromise any attempt to decrease drag by laminarity control. The influence of geometrical details, suchas technological effects in turbomachinery or detailed helicopter rotor head, is also very important. Given the current emphasis on fuel consumption reduction and environmental impact such as noise, these problems have taken a vital importance in vehicle design and propulsion system definition.

Main Topics


Among the many aspects of the problem, the following items will be considered (the list being not exhaustive):


  • Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) and projectiles
  • Appendices and gap flows
  • Low Reynolds effects
  • Technological effects
  • Control devices
  • Surface effects and geometrical uncertainties
  • Laminarity and noise generation
  • Specific measurement techniques

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