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International Journal of Aerodynamics
International Journal of Aerodynamics


Special Issue on: "Ground Effect Aerodynamics"

Guest Editor: Dr. Konstantin Matveev, Washington State University, USA

The aim of this special issue is to report recent experimental and modelling results in the area of ground-effect aerodynamics, with particular emphasis on aerodynamically-supported vehicles moving in the ground proximity. The ground effect on aircraft has been noticed a century ago. It is possible to significantly increase lift and reduce drag when flying close to the ground. Some ground-effect vehicles were built and tested in the past. However, no widespread application of this transportation means has happened. The complexity of the aerodynamics and dynamics involved, as well as associated cost and safety issues, remain a major obstacle towards practical implementation. With the accumulation of experimental and theoretical knowledge and increase of computational resources, it is expected that ground-effect craft with higher performance will be developed in the future. Research papers in a broad area of ground-effect aerodynamic phenomena are invited for submission.

Subject Coverage
This special issue is a forum for exchange of experimental and modelling results on aerodynamic phenomena where the ground effect plays a significant role. Research areas include but are not limited to:
  • Lift and drag in ground effect
  • Wing-in-ground craft
  • Power augmented ram systems
  • Ground-effect aerodynamics of cars, railroad vehicles, and aircraft
  • Watercraft with hybrid hydro-aerodynamic support
  • Aerodynamics of insects and birds
  • Dynamics and stability of air-supported vehicles in ground effect
  • Effect of ground type (solid surface, water, ice, etc.)
  • Applications of the ideal flow theory
  • Viscous modelling using CFD
  • Experimental systems for testing ground-effect vehicles

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 1 June, 2009

Communication of peer reviews to authors: 1 September, 2009

Deadline for revised manuscripts: 1 November, 2009