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, Volume 60, Issue 9, pp 1281–1290 | Cite as

Drag reduction via turbulent boundary layer flow control

  • Adel Abbas
  • Gabriel BugedaEmail author
  • Esteban Ferrer
  • Song Fu
  • Jacques Periaux
  • Jordi Pons-Prats
  • Eusebio Valero
  • Yao Zheng


Turbulent boundary layer control (TBLC) for skin-friction drag reduction is a relatively new technology made possible through the advances in computational-simulation capabilities, which have improved the understanding of the flow structures of turbulence. Advances in micro-electronic technology have enabled the fabrication of active device systems able to manipulating these structures. The combination of simulation, understanding and micro-actuation technologies offers new opportunities to significantly decrease drag, and by doing so, to increase fuel efficiency of future aircraft. The literature review that follows shows that the application of active control turbulent skin-friction drag reduction is considered of prime importance by industry, even though it is still at a low technology readiness level (TRL). This review presents the state of the art of different technologies oriented to the active and passive control for turbulent skin-friction drag reduction and contributes to the improvement of these technologies.


turbulent boundary layer flow control drag reduction skin-friction drag reduction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adel Abbas
    • 1
  • Gabriel Bugeda
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Esteban Ferrer
    • 1
    • 4
  • Song Fu
    • 5
  • Jacques Periaux
    • 2
  • Jordi Pons-Prats
    • 2
  • Eusebio Valero
    • 1
    • 4
  • Yao Zheng
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Aeronautics, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSIAE-UPM)Universidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Civil and Environmental DepartmentUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTechBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Centre for Computational Simulation-UPM, Scientific and Technological Park (Campus Montegancedo)Pozuelo de AlarcónSpain
  5. 5.School of Aerospace EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  6. 6.School of Aeronautics and AstronauticsZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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