Systems and methods for controlling flows with electrical pulses Patent uri icon


  • Systems and methods for controlling flow with electrical pulses are disclosed. An aircraft system in accordance with one embodiment includes an aerodynamic body having a flow surface exposed to an adjacent air stream, and a flow control assembly that includes a first electrode positioned at least proximate to the flow surface and a second electrode positioned proximate to and spaced apart from the first electrode. A dielectric material can be positioned between the first and second electrodes, and a controller can be coupled to at least one of the electrodes, with the controller programmed with instructions to direct air-ionizing pulses to the electrode, and provide a generally steady-state signal to the electrode during intervals between the pulses.

author list (cited authors)

  • Miles, R. B., Macheret, S. O., Shneider, M., Likhanskii, A., & Silkey, J. S.

complete list of authors

  • Miles, RB||Macheret, SO||Shneider, M||Likhanskii, A||Silkey, JS

publication date

  • June 2010