Optimization of Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuators Driven By Repetitive Nanosecond Pulses Conference Paper uri icon


  • A detailed physical model for an asymmetric dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in air driven by repetitive nanosecond voltage pulses is developed. In particular, modeling of DBD with high voltage repetitive negative and positive nanosecond pulses combined with positive dc bias is carried out. Operation at high voltage is compared with operation at low voltage, highlighting the advantage of high voltages, however the effect of backward-directed breakdown in the case of negative pulses results in a decrease of the integral momentum transferred to the gas. The use of positive repetitive pulses with dc bias is demonstrated to be promising for DBD performance improvement. The effects of the voltage waveform not only on force magnitude, but also on the spatial profile of the force, are shown. The crucial role of background photoionization in numerical modeling of ionization waves (streamers) in DBD plasmas is demonstrated.

author list (cited authors)

  • Likhanskii, A., Shneider, M., Macheret, S., & Miles, R.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Likhanskii, Alexander||Shneider, Mikhail||Macheret, Sergey||Miles, Richard