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《Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Physics》 2015-04
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Experimental study for thrust enhancement of stratospheric propeller blade elements by unsteady plasma

TIAN Xue-min;TIAN Xi-hui;CHE Xue-ke;NIE Wan-sheng;CHEN Qing-ya;JIANG Jia-wen;ZHOU Si-yin;Department Space Equipment, Academy of Equipment;  
Based on Reynolds similar principles of plasma-induced jet and propeller blade element theory, experiment of propeller blade element wind tunnel was conducted. The effects of constant and unsteady model were compared, effect of different duty cycle and the frequency in unsteady model were studied. The results showed that: at the same voltage, the enhancement of propeller thrust was 9.8% by steady mode, unsteady mode was greater than the steady mode in enhancement of propeller thrust, the enhancement up to 20.4% in unsteady mode. The thrust enhancement of propeller blade elements by plasma was obvious with relative radius between 0.4 and 0.85, in order to improve energy efficiency, plasma actuator could be arranged between blade relative radius of 0.4 and 0.85. At the same frequency, enhancement of propeller thrust increased with duty cycle decreasing, and in duty cycle of 10%, the enhancement was greatest. At the same duty cycle, there existed an optimal frequency, it was 30 Hz in which plasma enhanced propeller thrust the most.
【CateGory Index】: V211.74
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