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Title: Competition between pressure effects and airflow influence for the performance of plasma actuators

The present work addresses the combined influence of pressure variations and different airflow velocities on the discharge intensity of plasma actuators. Power consumption, plasma length, and discharge capacitance were investigated systematically for varying pressure levels (p = 0.1–1 bar) and airflow velocities (U{sub ∞}=0−100 m/s) to characterize and quantify the favorable and adverse effects on the discharge intensity. In accordance with previous reports, an increasing plasma actuator discharge intensity is observed for decreasing pressure levels. At constant pressure levels, an adverse airflow influence on the electric actuator performance is demonstrated. Despite the improved discharge intensity at lower pressure levels, the seemingly improved performance of the plasma actuators is accompanied with a more pronounced drop of the relative performance. These findings demonstrate the dependency of the (kinematic and thermodynamic) environmental conditions on the electric performance of plasma actuators, which in turn affects the control authority of plasma actuators for flow control applications.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [2] ;  [4]
  1. Institute of Fluid Mechanics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany)
  2. Center of Smart Interfaces, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany)
  3. Institute for Aerospace Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden (Germany)
  4. (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22300147
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ACTUATORS; CAPACITANCE; CONTROL; PERFORMANCE; PLASMA; PRESSURE DEPENDENCE; VARIATIONS; VELOCITY