ARTANA Guillermo Osvaldo
Effect Of Dc Discharge On Supersonic Rarefied Air Flow Over Flat Plate
ERIC MENIER; LUC LEGER; ERIC DEPUSSAY; VIVIANA LAGO; GUILLERMO ARTANA
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS - D (APPLIED PHYSICS)
Año: 2007 vol. 40 p. 695 - 701
Recent studies have shown atmospheric plasma discharges to be an effective means of air flow control. If in subsonic conditions the plasmas effect is explained by a transfer of momentum from the charged particles to the neutral ones, in supersonic conditions it seems that the effects are mainly of thermal origin but some authors think that this effect is not the only one to act. This paper presents experimental results of stagnation pressure, spectroscopic emission and drag performed in a rarefied Mach 2 flow over a flat plate model with a half-wedge leading edge. Changes caused by a negative dc discharge located on the upper surface of the flat plate areinvestigated in two cases. In the first case the negative potential is applied on the upstream electrode and in the second case it is applied downstream. The second electrode is grounded. The measurements carried out indicate two opposite effects depending on the localization of the negative potential.