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Cycloidal Rotor Propulsion System With Plasma Enhanced Aerodynamics

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Carlos M. Xisto, José C. Páscoa, Jakson A. Leger

Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

Paper No. IMECE2014-38291, pp. V001T01A005; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4642-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A cyclorotor consists of a set of blades rotating about an horizontal axis that is parallel to the blade span. The designation of cycloidal rotor is related to the cycloidal path described by the rotating blades during forward flight. In the following paper we study, trough the use of numerical tools, the PECyT (Plasma Enhanced Cycloidal Thruster) system as a way of improving the performance of classical cycloidal rotors. PECyT consists in the introduction of Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) plasma actuators in the CR blades. Such system act as an active flow control that is able to delay the stall onset at high angles of attack, thus increasing the aerodynamic efficiency of each blade.

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