Modeling of Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator

Balaji Jayaraman, Young-Chang Cho, Wei Shyy
2007 38th Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference   unpublished
Glow discharge at atmospheric pressure using a dielectric barrier discharge can induce fluid flow and operate as an actuator for flow control. In this paper, we simulate the physics of a two-dimensional asymmetric actuator operating in helium gas using a high-fidelity first-principles-based numerical modeling approach to help improve our understanding of the physical mechanisms associated with such actuators. Fundamentally, there are two processes in the two half-cycles of the actuator
more » ... e actuator operation, largely due to the difference in mobility between faster electrons and slower ions, and the geometric configurations of the actuator ͑insulator and electrodes͒. The first half-cycle is characterized by the deposition of the slower ion species on the insulator surface while the second half-cycle by the deposition of the electrons at a faster rate. A power-law dependence on the voltage for the resulting force is observed, which indicates that larger force can be generated by increasing the amplitude. Furthermore, one can enhance the effectiveness of the actuator by either increasing the peak value of the periodic force generation or by increasing the asymmetry between the voltage half-cycles or both. Overall, the increase in the lower electrode size, applied voltage, and dielectric constant tends to contribute to the first factor, and the decrease in frequency of applied voltage tends to contribute to the second factor. However, the complex interplay between the above factors determines the actuator performance.
doi:10.2514/6.2007-4531 fatcat:3gk2ex2tyng5jantz35cavbrki