Numerical simulation of a constant current density discharge in a flowing air plasma

Manoj Nagulapally, Graham V. Candler, Christophe O. Laux, Charles H. Kruger

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Computational fluid dynamics is used to simulate a series of nonequilibrium plasma experiments being performed at Stanford University. In these experiments, a controlled constant current density discharge is applied to a low temperature, atmosphere pressure flowing air plasma. Measurements of temperature, electric field and electron concentration are made. The computational model includes a 1 l-species, 41-reaction finite-rate chemical kinetics model for the plasma. It uses finite rate models for vibration-electronic energy relaxation and electron translational energy relaxation. The influence of the current density on the electron number density is studied. The simulations show that it is possible to sustain low temperature (~ 3000K) air plasmas with electron concentrations above 1013 cm-3 by using pre-ionized process gases with sufficiently high electron densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1999
Event30th Plasmadynamic and Lasers Conference, 1999 - Norfolk, United States
Duration: Jun 28 1999Jul 1 1999


Other30th Plasmadynamic and Lasers Conference, 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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