08016244 is referenced by 5 patents and cites 85 patents.

Active systems and methods for controlling aircraft vortices are disclosed. An apparatus in accordance with one embodiment is directed to an aircraft system that includes an airfoil having first and second oppositely facing flow surfaces and a tip. The system can further include a vortex dissipation device carried by the airfoil, with the vortex dissipation device including an orifice positioned to direct a flow of fluid outwardly from the tip, an actuator operatively coupled to the fluid flow orifice and positioned to change a manner in which flow is directed outwardly from the tip, and a controller operatively coupled to the actuator to direct the operation of the actuator. The vortex dissipation device can be activated to accelerate the rate at which vortices (e.g., wing tip vortices) dissipate after they are generated, for example, by alternately pulsing flow inwardly and outwardly through the fluid flow orifice.

Title
Active systems and methods for controlling an airfoil vortex
Application Number
11/747112
Publication Number
8016244 (B2)
Application Date
May 10, 2007
Publication Date
September 13, 2011
Inventor
Roger W Clark
Huntington Beach
CA, US
Yoram Yadlin
Irvine
CA, US
Arvin Shmilovich
Huntington Beach
CA, US
Agent
Perkins Coie
Assignee
The Boeing Company
IL, US
IPC
B64C 23/06
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