Numerical simulation of a nonequilibrium nitrogen plasma experiment

Graham V. Candler, Christophe O. Laux, Richard J. Gessman, Charles H. Kruger

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Computational fluid dynamics is used to simulate recent nonequilibrium plasma experiments performed at Stanford University. In these experiments, a high temperature nitrogen-hydrogen-argon plasma is generated and then forced to cool under controlled conditions in a test-section. Measurements of temperature and electron concentration are made at three locations. The computational model includes a 14-reaction finite-rate chemical kinetics model and a finite-rate vibration-electronic energy relaxation model. Two models are used to compute the mixture transport properties. The simulations do not agree with the experiments; the centerline plasma cooling rate is under predicted, resulting in the electron concentration remaining too large. Possible reasons for this difference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1997
Event28th Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 1997 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 23 1997Jun 25 1997


Other28th Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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