There exists clear definitions of the size of a vortex core, but vortices affects it surroundings beyond this core. An example is a wing tip vortex which has a small core, but can be seen as a big swirling motion behind an aircraft.

Does someone have a good definition of the diameter of a vortex? Source?

Thank you!

  • $\begingroup$ Do you think that the air in that "swirling motion" will have a centrifugal component? $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Nov 4, 2021 at 9:57
  • $\begingroup$ the distance they trail the wing is definitely affected among other factors by the weight of the airplane. Airbus A380 has a 4-7 miles wake. I am alert to leave that space alone in the airports even when they touch down. $\endgroup$
    – kamran
    Nov 4, 2021 at 14:05


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