Arc dynamics of a pulsed DC nitrogen rotating gliding arc discharge

Zhu, Fengsen, Zhang, Hao, Li, Xiaodong, Wu, Angjian, Yan, Jianhua, Ni, Mingjiang and Tu, Xin ORCID: 0000-0002-6376-0897
(2018) Arc dynamics of a pulsed DC nitrogen rotating gliding arc discharge. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS, 51 (10). p. 105202.

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In this study, a novel pulsed direct current (DC) rotating gliding arc (RGA) plasma reactor co-driven by an external magnetic field and a tangential gas flow has been developed. The dynamic characteristics of the rotating gliding arc have been investigated by means of numerical simulation and experiment. The simulation results show that a highly turbulent vortex flow can be generated at the bottom of the RGA reactor to accelerate the arc rotation after arc ignition, whereas the magnitude of gas velocity declined significantly along the axial direction of the RGA reactor. The calculated arc rotation frequency (14.4 Hz) is reasonably close to the experimental result (18.5 Hz) at a gas flow rate of 10 l min-1. In the presence of an external magnet, the arc rotation frequency is around five times higher than that of the RGA reactor without using a magnet, which suggests that the external magnetic field plays a dominant role in the maintenance of the arc rotation in the upper zone of the RGA reactor. In addition, when the magnet is placed outside the reactor reversely to form a reverse external magnetic field, the arc can be stabilized at a fixed position in the inner wall of the outer electrode at a critical gas flow rate of 16 l min-1.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rotating gliding arc, arc dynamics, pulsed discharge, arc motion, magnetic field
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 07:50
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:42
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aaa9eb
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