Evidence of non-thermal plasma effect for supersonic drag reduction

Daniel Bivolaru, S. P. Kuo

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The plasma effect on shock wave was experimentally explored. A 30°C half-angle truncated cone was used as the model with a protruding central-electrode isolated from the body for electric discharges. It was found that the introduced plasma spike has drastically modified the original complicated shock structure to a simple one manifesting a single sonic shock. Furthermore, the plasma effect on shock structure lasted much longer than the discharge period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 IEEE International Conference on plasma Science - Banff, Alta., Canada
Duration: May 26 2002May 30 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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