New pulsed jet using spark plasma discharge: Subsonic configuration

Nicolas Benard, Haohua Zong, Yang Zhang, Marios Kotsonis, Gwenael Acher, Louis N. Cattafesta, Jean-Paul Bonnet, Eric Moreau

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Active flow control is demanding for new actuation technologies as none of the actual available actuators has reached all the criterions for expecting an implementation in the coming years. Here, a new type of pulsed jet is designed and preliminary measurements of its performances in quiescent flow are conducted. Pulsed operation has been chosen because of the expected high efficiency of pulsed actuation in comparison to continuous blowing. The traditional pulsed jets being limited in term of frequency because of the use of a mechanical valve to achieve the desired pneumatic opening and closing of a jet provided by an external pressure source, the fast response of electrical discharge is exploited in the present investigation. The objective is to modulate the output of a small jet exhausting from a pressurized chamber. A spark discharge is used to affect the thermodynamic state of the gas in order to electrically achieve periodic cancellation of the chocked flow conditions at the throat upstream the jet exit. In the present study, such actuator with additional neck extension and jet diameter enlargement is investigated. The configuration results in a high-speed subsonic jet whose velocity amplitude is modified by an arc discharge with deposited energy from 18 to 780 mJ. Some characteristics of the jet are provided using optical methods such as high-speed Schlieren and PIV. In particular, it is shown that the jet flow velocity can be increased from 50 m.s-1 to 190 m.s-1.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Subtitle of host publication6-10 January 2020, Orlando, FL
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-595-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum - Orlando, United States
Duration: 6 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

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NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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