Control of airfoil flow at cruise condition by DBD plasma actuator: Sophisticated airfoil vs. Simple airfoil with flow control

Kento Asano, Makoto Sato, Taku Nonomura, Akira Oyama, Kozo Fujii

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We have conducted large-eddy simulations of the airfoil flow at a cruise condition con­trolled by a DBD plasma actuator. The NACA0015 is used as the airfoil. The Reynolds number and angle of attack are set to be 63000 and 4 deg., respectively. In this condition, the flow is almost attached, except for the separation bubble region, over the airfoil. The lift-to-drag ratio is improved by the flow control with the burst mode actuation. The most effective burst frequency becomes F+ ≃ 6 and the normal mode actuation is not effective. The delay of the turbulent transition is one of the key mechanism for the effective flow con­trol at the cruise condition, differently from the separation control case. The flow feature and aerodynamic performance are compared between the controlled flow and “Ishii airfoil” flow, which is developed as a low-Reynolds-number airfoil. The lift-to-drag ratio attained by the flow control is comparable to that of the Ishii airfoil. Moreover, it can be said that the flow control by the plasma actuator on the simple shape airfoil has the capability to emulate the flow feature of the sophisticated airfoil.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th AIAA Flow Control Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624104329
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event8th AIAA Flow Control Conference, 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: 2016 Jun 132016 Jun 17

Publication series

Name8th AIAA Flow Control Conference


Other8th AIAA Flow Control Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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