Numerical simulation of fluidic actuators for flow control applications

Veer N. Vatsa, Mehti Koklu, Israel L. Wygnanski, Ehab Fares

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Active flow control technology is finding increasing use in aerospace applications to control flow separation and improve aerodynamic performance. In this paper we examine the characteristics of a class of fluidic actuators that are being considered for active flow control applications for a variety of practical problems. Based on recent experimental work, such actuators have been found to be more efficient for controlling flow separation in terms of mass flow requirements compared to constant blowing and suction or even synthetic jet actuators. The fluidic actuators produce spanwise oscillating jets, and therefore are also known as sweeping jets. The frequency and spanwise sweeping extent depend on the geometric parameters and mass flow rate entering the actuators through the inlet section. The flow physics associated with these actuators is quite complex and not fully understood at this time. The unsteady flow generated by such actuators is simulated using the lattice Boltzmann based solver PowerFLOW®. Computed mean and standard deviation of velocity profiles generated by a family of fluidic actuators in quiescent air are compared with experimental data. Simulated results replicate the experimentally observed trends with parametric variation of geometry and inflow conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th AIAA Flow Control Conference 2012
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event6th AIAA Flow Control Conference 2012 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201228 Jun 2012

Publication series

Name6th AIAA Flow Control Conference 2012


Conference6th AIAA Flow Control Conference 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA


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