CFD modelling of plasma flow control

   Aerospace Engineering

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About the Project

Active flow control can be utilised to modify fluid flow in advantageous ways without performance penalties of passive flow control. For example, to delay boundary layer separation, or alter noise generated by aerofoils. Plasma actuators offer great flexibility but can be hard to rapidly test using experiments. CFD modelling can be used to test a wide range of plasma actuator configurations quickly, leading to novel applications and designs.

The project involves using Large-Eddy Simulation (LES ) to study the effect of plasma actuation on aerofoil boundary layer development and designing actuation for particular applications. The candidate will work closely with UK researchers and industries such as air taxi and jet engine manufacturers.

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Tyacke, J. C., Vadlamani, N. R., Trojak, W., Watson, R. A., Ma, Y., Tucker, P. G., 2019, Turbomachinery Simulation Challenges and the Future, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 110, doi:10.1016/j.paerosci.2019.100554
Tyacke, J. C., Wang, Z.-N., Tucker, P. G., 2019, LES-RANS of installed ultra-high bypass-ratio coaxial jet aeroacoustics with flight stream, AIAA Journal, 57(3), pp. 1215-1236, doi:10.2514/1.J057057
Tyacke J. C., Mahak M., P. G. Tucker, 2016, Large-Scale Multifidelity, Multiphysics, Hybrid Reynolds-Averaged Navier–Stokes/Large-Eddy Simulation of an Installed Aeroengine, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 997-1008, doi:10.2514/1.B35947
Tyacke, J., Tucker, P. G., 2015, Future use of Large Eddy Simulation in aero-engines, ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, 137(8), pp. 081005-1-16, doi:10.1115/1.4029363

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