Characteristics of Atmospheric Pressure Rotating Gliding Arc Plasmas

Zhang, Hao, Zhu, Fengsen, Tu, Xin ORCID: 0000-0002-6376-0897, Bo, Zheng, Cen, Kefa and Li, Xiaodong
(2016) Characteristics of Atmospheric Pressure Rotating Gliding Arc Plasmas. PLASMA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 18 (5). pp. 473-477.

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In this work, a novel direct current (DC) atmospheric pressure rotating gliding arc (RGA) plasma reactor has been developed for plasma-assisted chemical reactions. The influence of the gas composition and the gas flow rate on the arc dynamic behaviour and the formation of reactive species in the N2 and air gliding arc plasmas has been investigated by means of electrical signals, high speed photography, and optical emission spectroscopic diagnostics. Compared to conventional gliding arc reactors with knife-shaped electrodes which generally require a high flow rate (e.g., 10-20 L/min) to maintain a long arc length and reasonable plasma discharge zone, in this RGA system, a lower gas flow rate (e.g., 2 L/min) can also generate a larger effective plasma reaction zone with a longer arc length for chemical reactions. Two different motion patterns can be clearly observed in the N2 and air RGA plasmas. The time-resolved arc voltage signals show that three different arc dynamic modes, the arc restrike mode, takeover mode, and combined modes, can be clearly identified in the RGA plasmas. The occurrence of different motion and arc dynamic modes is strongly dependent on the composition of the working gas and gas flow rate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rotating gliding arc (RGA), gas flow rate, optical emission spectroscopy, motion behavior, electrical characteristics
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 14:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2023 17:45
DOI: 10.1088/1009-0630/18/5/05
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