Title

Modeling of Plasma Actuator Body Force

Presenter Information

Andrew Heckman

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Rovey, Joshua L.
Isaac, Kakkattukuzhy M.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Fellows Program

Abstract

Within this report the process for modeling the fluid flow effects of a plasma actuator are detailed. This involved the development and use of an electrostatic solver, as well as a lumped circuit model of the plasma actuator for use in conjunction with the electrostatic solver. Also developed was a program for the Fluent software package to take body force data generated by the previous portions and import it into Fluent to be used in fluid flow simulation. Upon the start of flow simulations, it was found that the results did not match the experimental results, and a process of validation of the various programs was begun. This process has been mostly finished, and further fluid flow simulations will be continued in the near future.

Biography

Andrew attended Armstrong Elementary School and from there attended Hazelwood West High school. From there, enrolled and was accepted to UMR, which shortly thereafter changed it’s name to MS&T. Pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as minors in mathematics, computer science, and materials science. To date has worked with Dr. Rovey since the summer after sophomore year. Has worked on a numerical simulation of Hall Thruster erosion and has been working on the computer modeling of plasma actuators. Will shortly graduate with a bachelors, and intends to pursue graduate studies, and has applied to and been accepted as a graduate student at Missouri S&T. Will be pursuing graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering as well as finishing the minors in computer science and materials science.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Engineering oral presentation, Second place

Location

Gasconade Room

Presentation Date

07 Apr 2010, 10:00 am - 10:30 am

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Modeling of Plasma Actuator Body Force

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Within this report the process for modeling the fluid flow effects of a plasma actuator are detailed. This involved the development and use of an electrostatic solver, as well as a lumped circuit model of the plasma actuator for use in conjunction with the electrostatic solver. Also developed was a program for the Fluent software package to take body force data generated by the previous portions and import it into Fluent to be used in fluid flow simulation. Upon the start of flow simulations, it was found that the results did not match the experimental results, and a process of validation of the various programs was begun. This process has been mostly finished, and further fluid flow simulations will be continued in the near future.