Breaking the Friction: Active Flow Control Tackling the Challenge in Aircraft Fuel Consumption and A Brief Outlook to the Future of Aerospace Applications

Carlos A Caballero, Cristian Bahrim


Flow Control (AFC) and its potential to reduce aerodynamic drag followed by the latest experimental data gathered by our in-house setup. An AFC system consists of a network of sensors and actuators whose role is to reduce aerodynamic drag through local surface modulation. A thorough analysis and a discussion of the results obtained from experiments which simulate the use on an AFC system through the modification of the surface of several material samples exposed to airflows (aimed at various diverging angles towards the sample surface) will be presented. Our experiments involved the use of a MARK-10 Series M3-5 force meter which measured the load experienced by the normal and modified surface of Titanium, Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Hardboard, and Cardboard material samples. Additionally, we will examine the effects a material’s distinct thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties have in their suitability to certain applications. The conclusion will include observations on recent development in aerospace applications from composites to avionics to biomimicry as well as future research interest in AFC and other areas of increasing importance in the aerospace field.


Aerospace; Techonology; Active Flow Control

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