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Applications of Plasma Actuators to Low Speed Flow Control


US Air Force Academy, Aeronautical Research Center

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13.04.01.B5849 US Air Force Academy, CO 808406200


Name E-mail Phone
McLaughlin, Thomas E. (719) 333-2613


A highly asymmetric single barrier discharge has been shown to have a substantial, beneficial effect on the airflow around aerodynamic surfaces and is a candidate for efficient, no moving parts flow control. Use and employment of simple, low-cost actuators must be investigated to determine which flow control problems will most benefit from their application. The actuator should be compared to existing active flow control actuators such as blowing/suction. The energy efficiency, effectiveness, and performance under different flow conditions must be compared against competing technologies. Open and closed loop performance may be investigated on bluff bodies, airfoils, turbine blades, and other aerodynamic shapes. Extensive experimental facilities and diagnostics, as well as highly developed computational facilities, are available to address these questions.


Plasma; Dielectric barrier; Aerodynamic actuator; Flow control;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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