Understanding SDBD Actuators: An Experimental Study on Plasma Characteristics
The working mechanisms of surface dielectric barrier discharge (SDBD) plasma actuators foreseen as aerodynamic control devices is investigated experimentally on a common platform, referred to as the NATO-AVT-RTO-190 test case. A better understanding of the working principle and characteristics of SDBD paves the way for more efficient and safe use of plasma actuators in aerodynamic applications. In this study, a characterisation of the plasma is done by current measurements, fast-camera plasma imaging and force measurements. Furthermore, more advanced plasma characteristics such as reduced electric field and excited species population are found by Optical Emission Spectroscopy. The collective goal of this research is to contribute to a database which can also be used for numerical verification and validation by varying the key parameters such as frequency and voltage.