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Competition between pressure effects and airflow influence for the performance of plasma actuators

Kriegseis, J. ORCID iD icon 1; Barckmann, K.; Frey, J.; Tropea, C.; Grundmann, S.
1 Institut für Strömungsmechanik (ISTM), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The present work addresses the combined influence of pressure variations and different airflow velocities on the discharge intensity of plasma actuators. Power consumption, plasma length, and discharge capacitance were investigated systematically for varying pressure levels (p=0.1–1 bar) and airflow velocities (U∞=0−100 m/s) to characterize and quantify the favorable and adverse effects on the discharge intensity. In accordance with previous reports, an increasing plasma actuator discharge intensity is observed for decreasing pressure levels. At constant pressure levels, an adverse airflow influence on the electric actuator performance is demonstrated. Despite the improved discharge intensity at lower pressure levels, the seemingly improved performance of the plasma actuators is accompanied with a more pronounced drop of the relative performance. These findings demonstrate the dependency of the (kinematic and thermodynamic) environmental conditions on the electric performance of plasma actuators, which in turn affects the control authority of plasma actuators for flow control applications.

DOI: 10.1063/1.4880098
Zitationen: 17
Web of Science
Zitationen: 16
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Strömungsmechanik (ISTM)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2014
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1070-664X
KITopen-ID: 1000054190
Erschienen in Physics of Plasmas
Verlag American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Band 21
Heft 5
Seiten Art.Nr. 053511
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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