Numerical study of boundary layer separation control using magnetogasdynamic plasma actuators Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study, an efficient, time dependent, two-dimensional Navier-Stokes numerical code for shockwave boundary layer interaction in air is developed. Nonthermal surface plasma actuation is evaluated for effective shockwave induced boundary layer separation control within supersonic inlets. Specifically, high speed magnetogasdynamic plasma actuators are of interest. In these, localized ionization is produced close to the wall surface and then the flow is accelerated using strong magnetic fields. To replicate the experiments done at large boundary layer thickness, the code is divided into time independent and time dependent regimes to significantly reduce computation time. Computational results are in good agreement with experiments in terms of the flow structure as shown by Schlieren imaging, acetone planar laser scattering, and the static pressure profile on the test section wall. 2009 American Institute of Physics.

published proceedings

  • Physics of Fluids

author list (cited authors)

  • Kalra, C. S., Shneider, M. N., & Miles, R. B.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009 11:11 AM