Originally posted by mbkennel
What happens if you use this same effect on the inside of a turbine engine???
Actually, I just saw the AF let a TS contract on that one. I told Zaphod about it. They want to sheath the intake compressor and there's something to
do with the combustor physics, they've got some cites but they're all pay-for, you likely have access through school/work so, behold:
Y. Ya. Buriko, V. A. Vinigradov, V. F. Goltsev, and P. J. Waltrup, J., Propulsion and Power 16, 1049 (2002)
F.A. Williams, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science 26, 657 (2000).
A. Starikovskiy, AIAA 2012-0828, 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum
and Aerospace Exposition, 9-12 January 2012, Nashville, TN
I. V. Adamovich, I Choi, N Jiang, J-H Kim, S Keshav, W R Lempert, E Mintusov, M Nishihara, M Samimy and
M Uddi, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 18 034018 (2009)
If you can do it at high temperatures and pressures you might be able to increase engine RPM and thus power and maybe efficiency.
Makes it less costly to rotate the intake compressor as it doesn't interact as much with the air flow in terms of friction or drag losses, just the
ones involved in compressing the air. Also, it severely modifies the equations for the intake (they tell me) so that the intake provides a lot more
thrust, although that's more what I've heard than what I've worked on.
Oh, and the combustor bits allow you to get more control over the burn, can run it more lean, or in pulse modes, or in conditions when you'd get
compressor stall or blow-out. So you can run them at higher altitudes and more Machy speeds.
Also, like I told Zaphod, think helicopter blades. "silent mode" takes on a brand new meaning...
Dielectric barrier discharge is accompanied by high intensity radio
frequency electromagnetic noise.
That was actually a big problem, even in the B-2. You get that emission point down in size like a diamond microemitter point source, put it in a divot
that's got absorbent, it helps some. Also the plasma bucking around can induce currents in susceptible systems and pop them. Causes a lot of systems
integration work for people like me.
There are some methods better than straight DC to fire the point, maybe a bit of a laser would work too - imagine little plasma blooms all over...
Anyway, the smaller the point the less the noise. Or so I hear - I'm channeling all the data from the great beyond. OmmmOmmmOmmm