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The 3AF International Conference on Applied Aerodynamics is organized each year by the French Aeronautics and Astronautics Society (3AF) in a different venue in France known for its activities in the field of aeronautics and/or space technology. The conference is an excellent opportunity for scientific exchanges within the aerospace community where aerodynamicists from industry, research institutions and academia meet. Scientists and engineers from other fields involving fluid mechanics are also welcome.
Every year the conference addresses a different topic trending 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 a highly recognized expert in the field covered during the session. The conference is concluded by a technical visit in connection with the conference subject.

In 2018, the conference will be hosted by the French Air Force Academy at Salon-de-Provence.
This 53rd 3AF International Conference on Applied Aerodynamics is aimed at bringing together a diverse range of disciplines, which have strong coupling with aerodynamics during design and optimization. Aerodynamics remains one of the major design drivers in aerospace and the overall transportation industry, but the way the industry has reshaped recently has urged us to consider a multi-physics approach in order to address environmental and sustainability issues, and open up new frontiers in hypersonic speed journeys. This also has the added benefit of reducing the number of design iterations and shortening the design cycle.

Therefore deeper knowledge of the multidisciplinary field such as fluid and structure interaction, acoustics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and many others is required. This conference is a platform for researchers from a diverse range of disciplines to get together and discuss the challenges that the aerodynamics community currently faces, while finding common grounds encouraging further collaborations.

The conference welcomes contributions from experimental, theoretical and numerical studies dealing with both fundamental and applied research in the topics below.