In this paper the effect of a SDBD-type plasma actuator on the flow over a half-submerged cylinder is investigated numerically. The actuator is modeled via a body force, which is steady in time and where an exponential decay in space is assumed. First, the parameters in the numerical actuator model are determined for the case of no flow by optimization relative to experimental data. Thereafter, numerical solutions for the case with flow are studied numerically with and without actuation. A grid study is performed to check that the flow structures are resolved in both space and time. The effect of the actuator is examined. Although no significant change is observed when using the optimized parameters, using a stronger body force yields a reduction in drag of the order of 5%.

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