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EPSRC Reference: EP/I016015/1
Title: Control of boundary layer streaks induced by free-stream turbulence using a novel velocity-pressure control framework.
Principal Investigator: Papadakis, Dr G
Other Investigators:
Ricco, Dr P
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Department: Dept of Aeronautics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2011 Ends: 31 August 2014 Value (£): 374,395
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Aerodynamics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
EP/I016090/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
03 Nov 2010 Materials, Mechanical and Medical Engineering Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
In this proposal we aim to develop a new framework for active control of spatially developing flows and apply it to stabilise the streaky structures developing in incompressible and compressible boundary layers in the presence of high free-stream turbulence. This flow scenario is very common over aircraft wings and turbine blades. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that active control of such flows is attempted worldwide. The current approach, which is based on the wall-normal velocity and vorticity formulation to derive a state-space system suitable for controller design, has several limitations. The new control framework will use instead the primitive variables, velocity and pressure. This formulation offers greater flexibility and, most importantly, makes the incorporation of the effect of free-stream turbulence straightforward. This choice of variables however introduces new challenges from the control perspective because the standard optimal control algorithms can not be applied. In the attached case of support, the limitations of the current approach are explained, the benefits of the new formulation are highlighted and the challenges that must be dealt with for the successful control of streaks are analysed. This work offers a unique opportunity to put the UK in a leading position in the new and rapidly developing area of active flow control.
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