Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas for aeronautic applications

R. B. Miles, D. F. Opaits, M. N. Shneider, S. H. Zaidi, S. O. MacHeret

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Dielectric barrier surface discharges (DBD) have the potential to act as flush mounted flow control devices for separation control and other aeronautic applications. A pulse-sustained plasma with the ions driven by a DC bias voltage is proposed for optimum performance. While characterizing these devices, it was found that their performance is severely limited by surface charge build-up. That charge builds up rapidly and remains for as long as hours. Work in this paper shows that the surface charge can be mitigated by using a reversing DC bias potential or by using a constant DC bias potential with a partially covered electrode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22802p1-22802p6
JournalEPJ Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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