Plasma Actuators in Space-Based Systems

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  • Author: Dimitrije Petkovic
Plasma actuators are fully electronic devices that were originally developed to create ozone gas. The most researched plasma actuators are corona discharge and Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) actuators. The most interesting area for implementation of this technology is on trains and lorries. Miniaturization allowed application of this technology in several other areas, but up until now, this technology has not found mass commercial usage in aerospace industry. In aircraft industry, plasma actuators are used for modification of boundary layer characteristics; in order to decrease drag, increase lift and delay stall angle.
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