Evaluation of plasma actuator performance in Martian atmosphere for applications to Mars airplanes

Masahiko Takagaki, Susumu Isono, Hiroki Nagai, Keisuke Asai

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The plasma actuator is considered as a promising control device for Mars airplanes. The Martian atmosphere is very thin and its major constituent is CO2. Therefore, we need to evaluate the plasma actuator performance under these conditions. In this study, the flow velocity field and the thrust produced by the plasma actuator were measured for various pressures and gas species. For this purpose, we applied the smoke wire method and calculated the induced flow velocity and the thrust using the image analysis method by Liu and Shen. It is found that the plasma actuator can induce the flow in CO2 at 1kPa which is condition of Mars atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th AIAA Flow Control Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event4th AIAA Flow Control Conference - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 2008 Jun 232008 Jun 26

Publication series

Name4th AIAA Flow Control Conference


Other4th AIAA Flow Control Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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