Effect of plasma actuator in boundary layer on flat plate model with turbulent promoter

James Julian, Harinaldi, Budiarso, Chin Cheng Wang, Ming Jyh Chern

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This paper shows experimental results for velocity measurement in the boundary layer with the use of a flat plate model. The flat plate model is disrupted with a wire trip and the effect of the plasma actuator to alter the flow in the boundary layer is then observed. The purpose of this research is to characterize the performance of the plasma actuator in a no-flow condition and with the use of a 2 m/s flow and also to theoretically analyze the performance of actuator in the boundary layer namely, displacement thickness, momentum thickness, and energy thickness. This is all done to acquire a deeper understanding of the capabilities of plasma actuator as one of the alternative active flow control equipment and to increase the effect of aerodynamic drag reduction. One of the ways to decrease the aerodynamic drag is to manipulate the flow to have a low boundary layer thickness value in order to prevent an adverse pressure gradient from happening, which then may lead to the formation of a flow separation. From experimental results, it is known that plasma actuator could decrease the thickness of the boundary layer by 9 mm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3001-3010
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Plasma actuator
  • adverse pressure gradient
  • boundary layer
  • drag reduction
  • flow control


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