Chinese scientists used a wind tunnel to test a plasma device  - a bright, yellow membrane strip covering the front of the aircraft. Photo:  Low Speed and High Reynolds Aeronautics Laboratory, AVIC Aerodynamics Research Institute
Chinese scientists used a wind tunnel to test a plasma device - a bright, yellow membrane strip covering the front of the aircraft. Photo: Low Speed and High Reynolds Aeronautics Laboratory, AVIC Aerodynamics Research Institute
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Chinese scientists create a ‘plasma shower’ to improve stealth bomber performance

  • The device can stimulate air flow and increase the lift coefficient of an aircraft by nearly a third, preventing the aircraft from stalling, say researchers
  • China is developing plasma technology for other applications, including attitude control of hypersonic aircraft and to improve invisibility to radar

Chinese scientists used a wind tunnel to test a plasma device  - a bright, yellow membrane strip covering the front of the aircraft. Photo:  Low Speed and High Reynolds Aeronautics Laboratory, AVIC Aerodynamics Research Institute
Chinese scientists used a wind tunnel to test a plasma device - a bright, yellow membrane strip covering the front of the aircraft. Photo: Low Speed and High Reynolds Aeronautics Laboratory, AVIC Aerodynamics Research Institute
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