Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
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Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
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Section: New Results

Visual servoing approach for fluid flow control

A state space representation for the closed-loop control of shear flows

Participants : Johan Carlier, Christophe Collewet.

The goal of this study is to develop a generic state representation for the closed-loop control of shear flows. We assume that the actuator acts at the boundaries. Our approach is based on a linearization of the Navier-Stokes equations around the desired state. Particular care was paid to the discrete approximation of the linear model to design a well-conditioned and accurate state matrix describing time evolution of disturbances evolving in parallel shear flow as long as these disturbances remain sufficiently small. A state matrix representation is obtained for the periodic channel flow and the spatially developing mixing layer flow. This approach has been validated through the representativity of our model in terms of linear stability. This work has been presented to the French Mechanics Congress CFM'2019 ( [36].

Closed-loop control of a spatially developing shear layer

Participants : Christophe Collewet, Johan Carlier.

This study aims at controling one of the prototypical flow configurations encountered in fluid mechanics: the spatially developing turbulent shear layer occuring between two parallel incident streams with different velocities. Our goal is to maintain the shear-layer in a desired state and thus to reject upstream perturbations. In our conference IFAC paper ( we focused on perturbations belonging to the same space that the actuators, concretely that means that we were only able to face perturbations of the actuator itself, like failures of the actuator. This year we enlarged this result to purely exogenous perturbations, in term of magnitude as well as in term of spatial dispersion. An optimal control law has been derived to minimize the influence of the perturbation on the flow. To do that, an on-line estimation of the perturbation (magnitude and spatial dispersion) has been developed to lead to an adaptive control law. Simple conditions to ensure the local asymptotic stability of the whole scheme have been derived. This work has been also presented to the French Mechanics Congress CFM'2019 ( [37].

Design of a DBD plasma actuator for closed-loop control

Participants : Johan Carlier, Christophe Collewet.

The goal of this study is to design a DBD plasma actuator for closed-loop control. This kind of actuator is widely used in the flow control community however, it is more appropriate to force a flow than to control it. Indeed, to control a flow under a closed-loop fashion, the action must be proportional to the control signal provided by the control law. It is unfortunately not the case with these actuators. We have modified the classical DBD plasma actuator so that the action is almost a linear fonction of the control signal. Our approach have been validated by a prototype and by first experiments.