High lift airfoil leading edge separation control with nanosecond pulse driven DBD plasma actuators

Jesse Little, Keisuke Takashima, Munetake Nishihara, Igor Adamovich, Mo Samimy

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Abstract

The efficacy of dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasmas driven by repetitive nanosecond (NS) pulses for flow separation control is investigated experimentally on an airfoil leading edge up to Re=1×106 (62 m/s). The NS pulse driven DBD plasma actuator (NS-DBD hereafter) transfers very little momentum to the neutral air, but generates compression waves similar to localized arc filament plasma actuators. Experimental results indicate that NS-DBD plasma performs as an active trip at pre-stall angles of attack and provides high amplitude perturbations that manipulate flow instabilities and generate coherent spanwise vortices at post-stall angles. These coherent structures entrain freestream momentum thereby reattaching the normally separated flow to the suction surface of the airfoil. Such devices which are believed to function through thermal effects could result in a significant improvement over AC-DBD plasmas that rely on momentum addition which limits their performance at high speeds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th Flow Control Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 3
Externally publishedYes
Event5th Flow Control Conference - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: 2010 Jun 282010 Jul 1

Publication series

Name5th Flow Control Conference

Other

Other5th Flow Control Conference
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period10/6/2810/7/1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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    Little, J., Takashima, K., Nishihara, M., Adamovich, I., & Samimy, M. (2010). High lift airfoil leading edge separation control with nanosecond pulse driven DBD plasma actuators. In 5th Flow Control Conference [2010-4256] (5th Flow Control Conference).