Methods and apparatus for reducing drag via a plasma actuator

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Description

A vehicle includes a surface over which airflow passes. A plasma actuator is configured to generate plasma above the surface, the plasma coupling a directed momentum into the air surrounding the surface to reduce separation of the airflow from the surface. A method of reducing separation of airflow from a surface of the vehicle includes generating plasma in air surrounding the surface at a position where the airflow would separate from the surface in the absence of the plasma.

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Title
  • Methods and apparatus for reducing drag via a plasma actuator

Patent Number
  • US 8091950 B2

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Inventor
  • Thomas C. Corke

  • Richard Spivey

Inventor From Local Institution
  • Thomas C. Corke

Other Application
  • 11/934,272

Prior Publication Date
  • 2008-05-29

Prior Publication Number
  • US 20080122252 A1

Claims
  • 21

Classification (US Patent)
  • 296/180.1; 296/180.2; 296/180.4;

Cooperative Patent Classification codes
  • B62D 35/00 (20130101); B62D 35/001 (20130101); B64C 23/005 (20130101); F05D 2270/172 (20130101); Y02T 50/166 (20130101); B64C 2230/12 (20130101

International Patent Classification codes
  • B62D 35/00 (20060101)

Language
  • eng

Date Issued
  • 2012-01-10

Publisher
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Assignee
  • University of Notre Dame Du Lac

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