Numerical investigation of scattering from a surface dielectric barrier discharge actuator under atmospheric pressure

Yuna Kim, Sangin Kim, Doo Soo Kim, Il Young Oh, Jong Gwan Yook

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Surface dielectric barrier discharge (SDBD), which is widely used to control turbulence in aerodynamics, has a significant effect on the radar cross-section (RCS). A four-way linearly synthesized SDBD air plasma actuator is designed to bolster the plasma effects on electromagnetic waves. The diffraction angle is calculated to predict the RCS because of the periodic structure of staggered electrodes. The simplified plasma modeling is utilized to calculate the inhomogeneous surface plasma distribution. Monostatic RCS shows the diffraction in the plane perpendicular to the electrode array and the notable distortion by plasma. In comparison, the overall pattern is maintained in the parallel plane with minor plasma effects. The trends also appear in the bistatic RCS, which has a significant difference in the observation plane perpendicular to the electrodes. The peaks by Bragg's diffraction are shown, and the RCS is reduced by 10 dB in a certain range by the plasma effect. The diffraction caused by the actuator and the inhomogeneous air plasma should be considered in designing an SDBD actuator for a wide range of application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Low Observable Technology Research Center Program of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration and the Agency for Defense Development of the Republic of Korea.

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright The Korean Institute of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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