Diagnostics for characterisation of plasma actuators

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The popularity of plasma actuators as flow control devices has sparked a flurry of diagnostic efforts towards their characterisation. This review article presents an overview of experimental investigations employing diagnostic techniques specifically aimed at AC dielectric barrier discharge, DC corona and nanosecond pulse plasma actuators. Mechanical, thermal and electrical characterisation techniques are treated. Various techniques for the measurement of induced velocity, body force, heating effects, voltage, current, power and discharge morphology are presented and common issues and challenges are described. The final part of this report addresses the effect of ambient conditions on the performance of plasma actuators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • plasma actuator
  • velocity
  • measurement
  • diagnostics
  • force
  • power


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