Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Boundary-Layer Influence Using Plasma-Actuators

  • S. Grundmann
  • S. Klumpp
  • C. Tropea
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design (NNFM) book series (NNFM, volume 95)


This is a fundamental study about the influence of plasma-actuators on boundary-layer flows, including both experimental and numerical investigations. The first set of experiments is conducted in quiescent air and these results are used to calibrate a numerical model which simulates the plasma-actuator in an existing RANS (Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes) code. The second set of experiments involves a flat-plate boundary layer at various free-stream velocities, where the actuator adds momentum to the boundary layer. The previously calibrated numerical model is used to simulate the influence of the actuator on the boundary layer. The agreement between simulation and experiment is very good and the simulations with the new model be considered a reliable predictive tool.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Grundmann
    • 1
  • S. Klumpp
    • 1
  • C. Tropea
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Fluid Mechanics and AerodynamicsTechnische Universität DarmstadtGriesheim

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