Research Article

Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 815-825

Control of separated flows with the ionic wind generated by a DC corona discharge

  • Pierre MagnierAffiliated withLaboratoire de Mécanique et d’Énergétique Email author 
  • , Dunpin HongAffiliated withGREMI, UMR 6606, CNRS/Université d’Orléans
  • , Annie Leroy-ChesneauAffiliated withLaboratoire de Mécanique et d’Énergétique
  • , Jean-Marc BauchireAffiliated withGREMI, UMR 6606, CNRS/Université d’Orléans
  • , Jacques HureauAffiliated withLaboratoire de Mécanique et d’Énergétique

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Abstract

This paper describes the investigation of a DC surface corona discharge established on a rounded edge of a dielectric material. The ionic wind induced by the discharge was measured with the Particle Image Velocimetry system. A physical induced flow model is proposed to interpret the shape of the velocity field. Experiments on a flat plate and a NACA 0015 were performed in a subsonic wind tunnel. They showed that the flow induced by this discharge acted close to the wall and modified the fully detached flow on the airfoil up to Re = 267,000 and 17.5° by a combined effect of the discharge and a Reynolds effect.