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An overview of active flow control actuators and applications (presentation video)
Author(s): Daniel Brzozowski; Edward A. Whalen
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Paper Abstract

Active Flow Control (AFC) is an emerging technology which promises performance enhancements to both military and civilian aircraft. A technique which uses energy input at discrete locations to manipulate the flow over an aerodynamic surface, AFC may be used to reduce drag, prevent flow separation, and enable otherwise-infeasible aerodynamic designs. Additional applications include shear layer and turbulence control for aero-optics applications and mixing enhancement for thermal applications. Many AFC applications call for a high frequency fluidic perturbation provided by an electrically-powered actuator. In these instances, piezoelectric (PZT) materials have served as the workhorse for flow control actuators, such as the widely-studied synthetic jet. Because the PZT materials form the critical component of the actuator, the maximum performance of the synthetic jet (velocity and momentum output) is limited by the physical limitations of the PZT material. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a high level overview of AFC actuators and applications in an attempt to engage the smart materials community and encourage advanced material development in support of these crucial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2014
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9059, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2014, 905904 (9 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2049570
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Daniel Brzozowski, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Edward A. Whalen, The Boeing Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9059:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2014
Kevin M. Farinholt; Steven F. Griffin, Editor(s)

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