Effects of numerical plasma modeling on performance characterization of plasma actuator

Kumi Nakai, Hiroyuki Nishida

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A discharge plasma simulation based on a fluid model is carried out in order to investigate the effect of chemical reactions considered in the model on the reproducibility of electrohydrodynamic (EHD) force generation and gas heating processes in dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuator. Single micro-discharges with positive and negative polarities are simulated utilizing two models with different reactions: simple model considering typical 6 reactions and model considering recombination in detail. There are no qualitative discrepancies in the characteristics of EHD force and heating power between two models, however; the composition of positive ion species is significantly different. In the detailed model, the dominant species is cluster ion (O4+) whose electron-ion recombination coefficient is quite high. In the positive discharge, secondary electron emission by positive ion bombardment decreases, resulting in the decrease in seed electrons. In the negative discharge, the rate of electron attachment decreases, and electrons and positive ions are lost rapidly due to the recombination. As a result, the recombination with cluster ions contributes to decrease in the positive EHD force and heating power in both positive and negative discharges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 2020 Jan 62020 Jan 10

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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