Nowadays several active flow control systems, particularly dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators, appear to be effective for the control of flow stream separation and to improve performance of turbomachinery. However these applications require high actuation strength, higher than the one generated by conventional macro plasma actuators. Research is actually improving the design of plasma actuator in order to enhance the flow control capability and reduce the power consumption.
In this contest, this work concerns the implementation of a micro plasma actuator for the active control in a compressor cascade. For this aim, firstly the micro actuator was developed and an experimental characterization of the flow induced by the device was done. The induced flow field was studied by means of Particle Image Velocimetry and Laser Doppler Velocimetry. The dissipated power was also evaluated. Experimental results were used to validate a multi-physics numerical model for the prediction of the body forces induced by the plasma actuator.
Finally, the obtained body force field was used for modeling the separation control by means of the micro plasma actuator in a highly-loaded subsonic compressor stator.