Computational Plasma & Reactive Flow Lab — Funding  
In this thread, you can find recent research grants obtained by our lab, and some details about them.
Large Eddy Simulation of Boundary Layer Transition by Nanosecond Pulse Plasma Actuators
The objective of this study is to investigate on the effect of nanosecond pulse plasma actuators on boundary layer transition on a wing at Mach 2+. The full coupling between the plasma and the turbulent eddies is here predicted for the first time using a novel computational method which permits the fast integration of the plasma transport equations using aerodynamic-scale time steps.
Sponsor:National Research Foundation
Investigators:PI: Bernard Parent.
Duration:July 2018 — June 2021.
Preliminary Estimates of Plasma Properties in Hypersonic Boundary Layers Using CFD
The objective of the study will be to gain a better understanding of plasma effects in vehicle boundary layers at hypersonic speeds. The study will compare the results of two CFD codes (CFDWARP and LEMANS) in modeling plasmas including plasma sheath effects. Additional analysis activities will investigate plasmas at lower Mach numbers via sublimation of the ablation layer partly composed of cesium. Resulting data generation will be used to estimate how plasmas interact with various flow and surface properties important to vehicle performance.
Sponsor:Raytheon Missiles and Defense
Investigators:PI: Bernard Parent; Co-PI: Kyle Hanquist
Duration:May 2020 — December 2020.
Advanced Aerocapture System for Enabling Faster-Larger Planetary Science & Human Exploration Missions
This is phase 1 of a NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) Project. The “Advanced Aerocapture System” consists of using MHD forces — instead of control surfaces — to guide and control a capsule entering Mars's and Neptune's atmosphere. The University of Arizona's role in this project is to perform simulations using CFDWARP of the coupling between the plasma flow surrounding the capsule, the plasma sheaths near the electrodes, and the Lorentz forces generated by the electromagnet.
Sponsor:NASA Langley Research Center
U of A PI:Bernard Parent
Duration:September 2020 — May 2021.
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