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Design of a single-crystal piezoceramic-driven synthetic jet actuator
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Paper Abstract

Synthetic-jet actuators have been intensely studied recently. The interest in these devices is elicited by their usefulness in fluid-control applications, including boundary-layer control, combustion control etc. A synthetic-jet actuator is a zero-net-mass-flux device, and is comprised of a diaphragm mounted to enclose a volume of fluid in a cavity. The diaphragm bends sinusoidally, and fluid is periodically absorbed into and ejected from the cavity through an orifice. The outflow entrains the fluid around it and establishes a mean jet flow at a distance from the source. Piezoceramic materials have been used to drive the vibrating diaphragm, where the piezoceramic is glued directly to a silicon diaphragm. In combustion systems, improved turbulent mixing of air and fuel proper can significantly improve efficiency and reduce pollution. In boundary-layer separation control applications, synthetic-jets are used to improve aerodynamic performance by delaying separation and stall over the airfoil. The current work describes the modeling and design of a single-crystal piezoceramic-driven synthetic-jet actuator, and demonstrates that the efficiency of the actuator increases when single-crystals piezoceramic materials are used instead of the more conventional polycrystalline piezoceramics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5390, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (26 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.539576
Show Author Affiliations
Razvan Rusovici, STI Technologies Inc. (United States)
George A. Lesieutre, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5390:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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