Advanced Materials: Multifunctional and Smart Materials:
Piezoelectric synthetic jet actuators for active flow control
Research: Synthetic Jets for Active Flow Control
Faculty: C.S. Lynch
Research Scientist: S. Keller
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.
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.