Plasma-based actuators have received overwhelming attention from the flow
control community over the last decade. Their high dynamic range, robustness
and simplicity render them ideal for the emerging field of active flow control for
improvement of aerodynamic performance. Strong fields of application include
aerospace platforms, high lift systems, wind energy and internal turbomachinery
Several types of plasma-based actuators have been developed and tested. These
include non-thermal plasma actuators such as Alternating Current Dielectric
Barrier Discharge (AC-DBD) and Direct Current corona actuators and thermal
plasma actuators such as nanosecond DBD and spark-jet actuators.
Considerable advancements in modelling, characterisation and application of
this type of actuators have been demonstrated in both laboratory and industrial
scales. Yet several open issues remain in all the above topics, which necessitate
further developments in order to ensure full-scale industrial adoption of these
This colloquium is intended to provide an open and informal platform of
discussion and idea exchange to leading scientists in Europe but also worldwide.
More specifically, the colloquium sessions will be arranged such to treat the
topics of Characterisation, Development, Modelling and Application of plasma
actuators. Within the subsections, further classification will be based on the type
of actuator treated.