Method for Controlling Microturbulence
Patent, Filed 1 May 97, patented 6 Apr 99
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A method for controlling microturbulence in a medium flowing near a surface is disclosed. The method includes the steps of measuring the forces acting near or on the surface and using those measurements to determine the state probabilities for the microturbulent events occurring at the surface. The control method then activates selective cells in an array of cells to apply forces at the surface to counteract the microturbulent events and thus reduce turbulence. Each cell has a pair of electrodes and opposing magnetic poles such that when the control method activates a cell, the interaction of the electric field and the magnetic field at the cell creates in Lorentz force normal to the surface.
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