Stall control by plasma actuators: Characterization along the airfoil span

Giulia Zoppini, Marco Belan*, Alex Zanotti, Lorenzo Di Vinci, Giuseppe Campanardi

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A dielectric barrier discharge actuator (DBD) is considered and studied as a stall recovery device. The DBD is installed on the nose of a NACA0015 airfoil with chord × span 300 × 930 mm. The geometry of the exposed electrode has periodic triangular tips purposely designed for the case under study. Wind tunnel tests have been carried out over a range of airspeeds up to 35 m/s with a Reynolds number of 700 k. The flow morphology has been characterized by means of the particle image velocimetry technique, obtaining velocity fields and pressure coefficients. By exploring different planes along the model span, the three-dimensional effect of the DBD has been reconstructed, identifying the flow region mainly sensitive to the plasma actuation. Finally, the actuator effectiveness has been quantified accounting for the power consumption data, leading to defining further design improvements in view of a better efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1374
Number of pages20
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Dielectric barrier discharge
  • Flow control
  • Plasma actuators
  • Separation control


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