Arber Masati

PhD Student

Department of Aerospace Engineering
2101 Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742
Graduate Research Assistant
Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory
Phone: (301) 405-8562 | E-mail: arbermasati (at)


Research Interests

Dielectric Barrier Discharge, Plasma actuators, PIV diagnostics of Plasmas

Dissertation Topic

Compensating for Charged Particle Dynamics when using PIV diagnostics in Plasmas


Plasma actuators have quickly gained popularity in aerodynamic research for their ability to induce air flow without the use of moving parts. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) has been used to quantify the induced air flow. Plasma deposits charge onto the particles, which affects PIV results. Different size particles were used to determine the effect of particle charging. Two particle charging theories have been extended to plasma actuators and compared to experimental results. A simulations was used to calculate plasma parameters necessary for the theories. Similarity parameters were calculated for the plasma actuators and the simulation was scaled down to reduce computation time. The simulation included excitation, ionization, de-excitation, and radiative de-excitation reactions. The plasma structure was compared to spectroscopic experiments in the literature.