June 20, 2013

“Aerodynamic plasma actuators in aeronautics”

Seminar by Professor G. Touchard

CNRS, University of Poitiers, France

Thursday, June 20, 2013

11:00 a.m.

Higgins Laboratories

HL 102

Reducing drag and enlarging lift is a constant goal in aeronautics. A lot of simple, but robust devices have been invented for this purpose but researchers are still trying to find sophisticated devices to accomplish this goal. Although Micro Electro Mechanical (MEMS) devices seem promising, they involve mechanical parts that are subject to aging and failure. In recent years, a new type  of aerodynamic actuators, using electrical discharges instead of mechanical devices, are of great interest for aeronautics.

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