Control of dynamic flowfield around a pitching NACA633−618 airfoil by a DBD plasma actuator

Hiroaki Fukumoto, Hikaru Aono, Takeshi Watanabe, Motofumi Tanaka, Hisashi Matsuda, Toshiki Osako, Taku Nonomura, Akira Oyama, Kozo Fujii

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High-fidelity computations of the flow control around a pitching NACA633−618 airfoil by a plasma actuator are conducted. The effectiveness of the plasma actuator and the effects of its installation position are investigated. The plasma actuator is installed at x/c=0%, 10%, and 60% from the leading edge of the airfoil. The installation position of 60% is chosen based on the investigation of the uncontrolled flowfield; the case with this position successfully enhanced the aerodynamic performances of the airfoil. The results show the importance of a priori investigation of the separation and the reattachment points for an uncontrolled flowfield. In addition, the results illustrate that a properly installed and actuated plasma actuator is capable of controlling the dynamic flowfields and improving the aerodynamic performances of an airfoil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-23
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic stall
  • Laminar separation bubble
  • NACA633618
  • NACA63−618
  • Pitching airfoil
  • Plasma actuator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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