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The present study intends to investigate the boundary layer characteristics to assess the potentiality of the single dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators (SDBDPAs) to reattach the separated flow at low Reynolds numbers. The effect of the actuator geometrical parameters and of the Reynolds number on the device control authority was experimentally investigated. For this aim, a curved wall plate, which profile shape was designed to reproduce the suction surface of a low-pressure turbine (LPT) blade, was installed in the test section of a closed loop wind tunnel and a groove was made over it, at the front of the adverse pressure gradient region, for allocating a SDBDPA. Three actuators, characterized by different streamwise width, were manufactured by photolithography technique and they were tested. The velocity flow field, in both presence and absence of external flow, was investigated by particle image …
Publication date: 
1 Feb 2017

E Pescini, F Marra, MG De Giorgi, L Francioso, A Ficarella

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Volume: 81 Pages: 482-498
Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science