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Advanced Materials: Multifunctional and Smart Materials:
Piezoelectric synthetic jet actuators for active flow control

Research: Synthetic Jets for Active Flow Control
Sponsor: NASA
Faculty: C.S. Lynch
Research Scientist: S. Keller
Students: TBD
Partner: David Menicovitch, Actasys

Link to related work:

Computational modeling for optimization of active membranes used in synthetic jet actuators. Devices improve flow efficiency and reduce fuel cost.

Brief Description:
Synthetic jet actuators interfere with the boundary layer and can be used to reduce flow separation. This increased fuel efficiency.

Develop computational models of membrane type actuators coupled to fluid in cavity. Predict jet formation. Validate models against experimental results.