Development of engineering model providing body force distribution of Tri-electrode Plasma actuator

Kumi Nakai, Hiroyuki Nishida, Norio Asaumi, Yuhi Tanaka, Takashi Matsuno

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Tri-electrode plasma actuators (TED-PAs) can induce a stronger jet than that of conventional two-electrode plasma actuators (DBDPAs). For practical application of a TED-PA, it is significant to develop a TED-PA engineering model for implementing CFD simulations. In this study, we model the body force distribution generated by a TED-PA utilizing the Suzen model, which is one of engineering models used for DBDPAs. First, we define a function to describe the charge distribution profile on the dielectric surface with two half-Gaussian distributions. Second, we define the maximum values of surface charge as functions of the voltage applied based on the plasma simulation results. Finally, the flow fields numerically obtained using the model developed are compared with the experimental results from our previous study. Although there are some discrepancies mainly due to the two-dimensional laminar flow simulation, the model developed can quantitatively reproduce the voltage characteristics of thrust force and the jet structure induced. Therefore, the model developed is expected to evaluate the flow control effect precisely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-255
Number of pages9
JournalTransactions of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Body Force
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Engineering Model
  • Plasma Actuator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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