Variable structure model for flow-induced tonal noise control with plasma actuators

Huang, Xun, Chan, Sammie, Zhang, Xin and Gabriel, Steve (2008) Variable structure model for flow-induced tonal noise control with plasma actuators AIAA Journal, 46, (1), pp. 241-250. (doi:10.2514/1.30852).


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The objective of this work was to study the effect of plasma actuators in attenuating low-speed flow-induced cavity
tones from a control point of view by employing techniques from classical control. A modification of the existing
physics-based linear model produced a new variable structure model in which a plasma actuator was regarded as a
linear gain. The parameters of the overall model working at two operating voltages were identified using
experimental data. The effects of the plasma actuator control at other various operating voltages were thus able to be
predicted using linear interpolation. The good agreement between the predicted and the measured data supported
the proposed variable structure model, inside of which plasma actuators affected the damping of cavity pressure
oscillations proportionally to the applied voltage to reduce flow-induced tonal noise. With the proposed variable
structure model the system stability controlled by plasma actuators at various operating voltages was ensured, thus a
closed-loop control method could be applied without leading to instability. A simple proportional integral derivative
controller was implemented. Results show the potential of a closed-loop method by increasing system power

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2514/1.30852
ISSNs: 0001-1452 (print)

Organisations: Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics
ePrint ID: 49965
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January 2008Published
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:14
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