Date of Award
Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sally P Bane
Committee Member 1
John P Sullivan
Committee Member 2
There has been an increased interest in the use of flow control in aerodynamics and combustion to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. Plasma flow control is one way by using active flow control affect these desired changes. Spark plasma actuators have capabilities of inducing heat and momentum to the flow field. The flow field generated by this plasma induces complex pressure and temperature gradients that lead to the development of complex flow structures. The experiment described in this research is particularly difficult due to its small scale, and the dynamic range of velocities that are induced by the flow field. This flow field is yet to be quantified by previous research. The flow field generated by spark plasma has not been quantified to date. The development of a set-up to capture and process preliminary findings of the flow field generated by a spark plasma under quiescent conditions is imperative to understanding the capabilities of this plasma actuator.
Singh, Bhavini, "Development of Particle Image Velocimetry for Plasma Induced Flow Measurements" (2015). Open Access Theses. 1075.