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Theme of the symposium

Aerodynamics and environment

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 2014, the symposium is hosted by the Ecole Centrale of Lille.

The 49th International Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics will focus on specific problems resulting from interactions between aerodynamics and environment. This involves both the effects of environment on aerodynamics performance and the impact of aerodynamics on the environment.

As regards the effects of environment, the main topics considered will be the impact of weather conditions, atmospheric turbulence, ground effects etc. on aircrafts as well as on terrestrial vehicles and as on buildings.

Concerning the influence of aerodynamics on environment, problems of interest include topics related to nuisances, sustainable development of aerial and terrestrial vehicles as well as fluidic devices for the environmental management in buildings. 

All domains of application of aerodynamics will be of interest: aircrafts and UAV, terrestrial vehicles, buildings, wind-turbine farms, ships, trains, etc.

Main Topics

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

Keynote conferences

Thomas GERZ




Edward WHITE

Texas A&M University



Christian BARRE