08240616 is referenced by 3 patents and cites 7 patents.

Systems and methods to provide distributed flow control actuation to manage the behavior of a global flow field, are provided. An example of a system can include an aerodynamic structure having an outer surface, and an array of a plurality of effectors connected to the outer surface of the aerodynamic structure to be in fluid contact with a flowing fluid when operationally flowing, to induce controlled, globally distributed disturbances at a viscous wall sublayer of a turbulent boundary layer of the flowing fluid when operationally flowing and to manipulate fluid behavior of the flowing fluid to thereby substantially reduce pressure loss associated with incipient separation of the fluid flow from portions of the aerodynamic structure.

Title
Method and system for global flow field management using distributed, surface-embedded, nano-scale boundary layer actuation
Application Number
12/428135
Publication Number
8240616 (B2)
Application Date
April 22, 2009
Publication Date
August 14, 2012
Inventor
David M Wells
Fort Worth
TX, US
Stewart A Jenkins
Keller
TX, US
Brent N McCallum
Fort Worth
TX, US
Daniel N Miller
Bainbridge Island
WA, US
Agent
Bracewell & Giuliani
IPC
B64C 21/00
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