Denis-Gabriel Caprace
Post-doctoral researcher


Funding: F.R.S./FNRS Aspirant Fellowship
Supervisor(s): Grégoire Winckelmans

This research is about developing tools for wake flow analysis, and their application to rotorcraft and aircraft in formation flight.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Fluid mechanics

wake flows

Research group(s): TFL
Collaborations: MEED


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Gillis, Thomas; Chatelain, Philippe. FLUPS - A Fourier-based Library of Unbounded Poisson Solvers. In: SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Vol. 43. doi:10.1137/19M1303848.

2. Ransquin, Ignace; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Chatelain, Philippe. Wake Vortex Detection an d Tracking for Aircraft Formation Flight. In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 44, no. 12, p. 2225-2243 (2021). doi:10.2514/1.G006028.

3. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Chatelain, Philippe. An immersed lifting and dragging line model for the Vortex Particle-Mesh method. In: Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 34, no.1, p. 21-48 (2020). doi:10.1007/s00162-019-00510-1.

4. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Chatelain, Philippe; Winckelmans, Grégoire. Wakes of rotorcraft in advancing flight: A large-eddy simulation study. In: Physics of Fluids, Vol. 32, no.8, p. 087107 (2020). doi:10.1063/5.0015162.

5. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Gontier, Camille; Iranmanesh, Mohammad; Scoubeau, Mehdi; Pletser, Vladimir. Experimental Characterization of Weightlessness During Glider Parabolic Flights. In: Microgravity Science and Technology, Vol. 32, no.1, p. 1121–1132 (2020). doi:10.1007/s12217-020-09836-6.

6. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Chatelain, Philippe; Winckelmans, Grégoire. Lifting Line with Various Mollifications: Theory and Application to an Elliptical Wing. In: AIAA Journal, Vol. 57, no.1, p. 17-28 (2019). doi:10.2514/1.j057487.

7. Chatelain, Philippe; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Zeoli, Stéphanie; Buffin, Simon; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Bricteux, Laurent. Investigation of the effect of inflow turbulence on vertical axis wind turbine wakes. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Print), Vol. 854, no.1, p. 012011 (2017). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/854/1/012011.

8. Chatelain, Philippe; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Marichal, Yves; Winckelmans, Grégoire. Vortex particle-mesh simulations of vertical axis wind turbine flows: from the airfoil performance to the very far wake. In: Wind Energy Science, Vol. 2, no. 1, p. 317-328 (2017). doi:10.5194/wes-2-317-2017.

Conference Papers

1. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Chatelain, Philippe. Assessment of the Vortex Particle-Mesh Method for Efficient LES of Hovering Rotors and their Wakes. In: AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2021, 9781624106095 xxx. doi:10.2514/6.2021-0738.

2. Balty, Pierre; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Waucquez, Juan; Coquelet, Marion; Chatelain, Philippe. Multiphysics simulations of the dynamic and wakes of a floating Vertical Axis Wind Turbine. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series. Vol. 1618, no.1, p. 062053 (2020). IOP Publishing, 2020 xxx. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1618/6/062053.

3. Chatelain, Philippe; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Gillis, Thomas; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Balty, Pierre; Waucquez, Juan; Winckelmans, Grégoire. The Vortex Particle-Mesh method: 
application to wind turbine aerodynamics and wakes. 2019 xxx.

4. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Chatelain, Philippe; Eldredge, Jeff. Wake Vortex Detection and Tracking for Aircraft Formation Flight. In: AIAA Aviation 2019 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2019, 9781624105890 xxx. doi:10.2514/6.2019-3329.

5. Ransquin, Ignace; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Chatelain, Philippe. Large Eddy Simulation of Controlled Aircraft in Formation relying on Wake sensing. 2019 xxx.

6. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Chatelain, Philippe. LES Exploration of the Near and Far Wake of Wings using a Novel Lifting and Dragging Line Model. 2019 xxx.

7. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Bernier, Caroline; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Chatelain, Philippe; Gillis, Thomas. Vortex particle-mesh methods: accurate and efficient handling of solid boundaries. 2018 xxx.

8. Moens, Maud; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Wickelmans, Grégoire; Chatelain, Philippe. Large eddy simulations at rotor and farm scales. 2018 xxx.

9. Winckelmans, Grégoire; Toussaint, Jonathan; Chatelain, Philippe; Caprace, Denis-Gabriel. Prandtl second optimal wing: model design and testing with near wake PIV, and 3-D simulation. 2018 xxx.

10. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel; Buffin, Simon; Duponcheel, Matthieu; Chatelain, Philippe; Winckelmans, Grégoire. Large Eddy Simulation of Advancing Rotor for Near to Far Wake Assessment. 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum: Milan, 2017 xxx.


1. Caprace, Denis-Gabriel. Modeling of lifting-dragging devices for large eddy simulation of space-developing wakes : application to wings, rotors and formation flight, prom. : Winckelmans, Grégoire ; Chatelain, Philippe, 02/09/2020.