Inevitable chemical effect of balance gas in low temperature plasma assisted combustion
KAUST DepartmentClean Combustion Research Center
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Mechanical Engineering Program
KAUST Grant NumberBAS/1/1384–01–01
Online Publication Date2020-11-07
Print Publication Date2021-03
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/665968
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AbstractElectrical discharges (or plasmas) have attracted researchers’ attention to improve combustion characteristics. One of its key effects, which is not fully understood yet, is the in-situ production of chemically reactive species. Since most related low temperature kinetic studies to-date have been performed under highly diluted conditions (> 99%), here we present the inevitable and undesirable chemical effect of a balance gas (Ar, He, N2) on the plasma-chemical kinetics. We employ a zero dimensional plasma-chemical kinetics model in combination with a (detailed and reduced) H2/O2/Ar reaction mechanism. The presented results indicate that (dissociative) quenching of excited (metastable) states dominates the H2 and O2 dissociation processes under highly diluted conditions. Additionally, in the reduced field intensity (E/N) domain, the type and amount of the balance gas significantly alters the fraction of electron energy transferred to the other species in the mixture. Therefore, we propose essential steps for the design of future kinetic studies for plasma assisted combustion.
CitationSnoeckx, R., & Cha, M. S. (2021). Inevitable chemical effect of balance gas in low temperature plasma assisted combustion. Combustion and Flame, 225, 1–4. doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2020.10.028
SponsorsThe research reported in this publication was funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), under award number BAS/1/1384–01–01.
JournalCombustion and Flame