Electromagnetic, ozone and noise emissions from dielectic barrier discharge plasma actuators


  1. Pimentel, R.
  2. de Villers, Y.
  3. Ringuette, T.
  4. Houser, N.
  5. Lavoie, P.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Toronto Univ, Toronto ONT (CAN);Numerica Technologies Inc, Quebec City (QUE)
In recent years, there has been considerable interest in dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators as flow control technology due to their potential use in a variety of applications. For instance, these light-weight devices have low power consumption, low profile, can be laminated to aerodynamic surfaces and provide fast response for active feedback control strategies . One of the major drawbacks of plasma actuators is the high voltage applied signal required for their operation. This is a concern to the implementation of these devices in aerospace and aeronautics or other industries with respect to power supply logistics and more significantly, because the risks to the human health. Other potential health risks associated with plasma actuator implementation include exposure to ozone concentrations and noise levels. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the severity of electromagnetic, ozone, and noise emissions from an operating plasma actuator and to compare these results with Canadian health and safety standards. This study will be used to determine if eventual action is required to reduce exposure to any of these risk factors and will serve to guide those working with/around plasma actuators as to when countermeasures to mitigate exposures are advisable or necessary. The results obtained from this study will be used to develop new standing operating procedures for plasma actuator operation in DRDC Valcartier, as well as be disseminated into the scientific

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dielectric barrier discharge;DBD;SDBD;electro-hydro-dynamic;EHD;flow control;ozone emissions;noise emissions;electromagnetic emissions
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2013-591 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2013
Number of Pages
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