Plasma Stream Technologies


Our patented technology uses an active flow control system utilizing plasma actuators has been developed at the University of Notre Dame.  This system is capable of generating a body force which controls flow separation from a vehicle. By controlling flow separation, the drag force on a vehicle is minimized.  In essence, a vehicle can be streamlined independent of its actual shape. Physical devices such as spoilers, bobtails, flow plates, and diverter tabs have been used to move the airflow in a desired direction. Plasma actuators ionize the local airflow to induce a similar affect without the added structural components or weight.  Even the best designed physical devices attempt to divert flow, unlike plasmas which modify the existing flow field.