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Title:Active control of massively separated high-speed/base flows with electric arc plasma actuators
Author(s):DeBlauw, Bradley
Director of Research:Elliott, Gregory S.; Dutton, J. Craig
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Elliott, Gregory S.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Dutton, J. Craig; Christensen, Kenneth T.; Austin, Joanna M.
Department / Program:Aerospace Engineering
Discipline:Aerospace Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Flow Control
Active Control
Separated Flow
High-Speed Flow
Base Flow
Electric Arc
Plasma Actuator
Localized arc filament plasma actuator (LAFPA)
Supersonic Flow
Supersonic Base Flow
Base Flow Control
Supersonic Base Flow Control
Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
Base Pressure
Strouhal Number
Recirculation Region
Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) Uncertainty
Abstract:The current project was undertaken to evaluate the effects of electric arc plasma actuators on high-speed separated flows. Two underlying goals motivated these experiments. The first goal was to provide a flow control technique that will result in enhanced flight performance for supersonic vehicles by altering the near-wake characteristics. The second goal was to gain a broader and more sophisticated understanding of these complex, supersonic, massively-separated, compressible, and turbulent flow fields. The attainment of the proposed objectives was facilitated through energy deposition from multiple electric-arc plasma discharges near the base corner separation point. The control authority of electric arc plasma actuators on a supersonic axisymmetric base flow was evaluated for several actuator geometries, frequencies, forcing modes, duty cycles/on-times, and currents. Initially, an electric arc plasma actuator power supply and control system were constructed to generate the arcs. Experiments were performed to evaluate the operational characteristics, electromagnetic emission, and fluidic effect of the actuators in quiescent ambient air. The maximum velocity induced by the arc when formed in a 5 mm x 1.6 mm x 2 mm deep cavity was about 40 m/s. During breakdown, the electromagnetic emission exhibited a rise and fall in intensity over a period of about 340 ns. After breakdown, the emission stabilized to a near-constant distribution. It was also observed that the plasma formed into two different modes: “high-voltage” and “low-voltage”. It is believed that the plasma may be switching between an arc discharge and a glow discharge for these different modes. The two types of plasma do not appear to cause substantial differences on the induced fluidic effects of the actuator. In general, the characterization study provided a greater fundamental understanding of the operation of the actuators, as well as data for computational model comparison. Preliminary investigations of actuator geometry in the supersonic base flow determined that inclined cavity and normal cavity actuators positioned on the base near the base edge could produce significant disturbances in the shear layer. The disturbances were able to be tracked in time with phase-locked schlieren imaging and particle image velocimetry (PIV). The final set of flow control experiments were therefore performed with an eight-actuator base using the inclined cavity actuator geometry. The actuators were able to cause moderate influences on the axisymmetric shear layer velocity profile and base pressure. The most substantial changes to the shear layer and base pressure were noted for the highest current and duty cycle tests. At 1 A and 20% duty cycle, the base pressure was reduced by 3.5%. Similar changes were noted for all modes and a range of frequencies from about 10-30 kHz. Increases in duty cycle between 4% and 20% caused a nearly linear decrease in base pressure. Analysis of the shear layer velocity profiles acquired through PIV show a local thickening of the shear layer in the region of the disturbances caused by the actuator. A slight increase in thickness was also observed away from the disturbance. Disturbances were able to be tracked at all frequencies and translated along the shear layer at a convective velocity of 430 ± 20 m/s. A fairly clear trend of increasing velocity disturbance amplitude correlating to increasing base pressure changes was noted. Moreover, the ability of the disturbances to stay well organized further down the shear layer also appears to be a significant factor in the actuators’ effect on base pressure. Consistent with these observations, it appears that increased duty cycle causes increased shear layer disturbance amplitudes. The use of PIV has enabled substantial insight to be gained into the effects of the actuators on the ensemble-averaged flow field and on the variability of the instantaneous flow field with and without control. A sensitive bimodal recirculation region behavior was found in the no-control flow field that the plasma actuators could force. The flow field and turbulence statistics in each mode were substantially different. Through analysis of past no-control base pressure measurements, it is believed that the bimodal behavior fluctuates at a characteristic frequency between 0.4 and 0.5 Hz [StD = ϑ(5x10-5)]. The flat time-averaged base pressure distribution is due to the superposition of a normally non-flat instantaneous base pressure distribution. Also, the standard deviation of the base pressure measurements is reduced when in one recirculation region mode as compared to when it is fluctuating between recirculation region modes.
Issue Date:2012-12
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Bradley G DeBlauw
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03
Date Deposited:2012-12

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