Method of controlling aircraft, missiles, munitions and ground vehicles with plasma actuators

Patent

Description

The present invention relates to a method of controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly to controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces, which would benefit from such a method. The method includes the design of an aerodynamic plasma actuator for the purpose of controlling airflow separation over a control surface of a aircraft, missile, or a ground vehicle, and more particularly to the method of determining a modulation frequency for the plasma actuator for the purpose of fluid flow control over these vehicles. The various embodiments provide the steps to increase the efficiency of aircraft, missiles, munitions and ground vehicles. The method of flow control provides a means for reducing aircraft, missile’s, munition’s and ground vehicle’s power requirements. These methods also provide alternate means for aerodynamic control using low-power hingeless plasma actuator devices.

Attributes

Attribute NameValues
Title
  • Method of controlling aircraft, missiles, munitions and ground vehicles with plasma actuators

Patent Number
  • US 7624941 B2

USPTO Link
Inventor
  • Mehul Patel

  • Thomas C. Corke

Inventor From Local Institution
  • Thomas C. Corke

Other Application
  • 11/415,535

Claims
  • 20

Classification (US Patent)
  • 244/3.22; 244/200.1; 244/205;

Cooperative Patent Classification codes
  • B62D 35/007 (20130101); B64C 23/005 (20130101); F42B 10/668 (20130101); F42B 10/40 (20130101); Y02T 50/166 (20130101)

International Patent Classification codes
  • F41G 7/00 (20060101)

Language
  • eng

Date Issued
  • 2009-12-01

Publisher
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Assignee
  • University of Notre Dame Du Lac

Access Rights Open Access
Content License
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