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Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

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author = {Brauner, T and Laizet, S and Benard, N and Moreau, E},
title = {Modelling of dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators for direct numerical simulations},
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year = {2016}

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AB - © 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved. In recent years the development of devices known as plasma actuators has advanced the promise of controlling flows in new ways that increase lift, reduce drag and improve aerodynamic efficiencies; advances that may lead to safer, more efficient and quieter air­craft. The large number of parameters (location of the actuator, orientation, size, relative placement of the embedded and exposed electrodes, materials, applied voltage, frequency) affecting the performance of plasma actuators makes their development, testing and opti­misation a very complicated task. Several approaches have been proposed for developing numerical models for plasma actuators. The discharge can be modelled by physics-based kinetic methods based on first principles, by semi-empirical phenomenological approaches and by PIV-based methods where the discharge is replaced by a steady-state body force. The latter approach receives a recent interest for its easy implementation in RANS and U-RANS solvers. Here, a forcing term extracted from experiments is implemented into our high-order Navier-Stokes solver (DNS) in order to evaluate its robustness and ability to mimic the effects of a surface dielectric barrier discharge. This experimental forcing term is compared to the numerical forcing term developed by Suzen & Huang (1, 2) with an emphasis on the importance of the wall-normal component of each model.
AU - Brauner,T
AU - Laizet,S
AU - Benard,N
AU - Moreau,E
PY - 2016///
TI - Modelling of dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators for direct numerical simulations
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