A burner platform for examining the effects of non-equilibrium plasmas on oxidation and combustion chemistry

  • Li T
  • Adamovich I
  • Sutton J
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In this communication, we describe the development of a new plasma/flame
facility and burner platform that appears promising for directly
investigating the effects of high-voltage, nanosecond-duration,
repetitively pulsed plasma discharges on moderate- and high-temperature
reaction chemistry. Such a configuration is ideal for identifying key
processes and key species that can alter fuel oxidation, hydrocarbon
intermediate formation, and radical formation/heat-release under
combusting conditions. Initial results using emission spectroscopy
demonstrate that the excited-state species such as OH{*}, CH{*}, and are
significantly enhanced in the presence of repetitive nanosecond pulse
discharges. This new plasma-flame facility also lends itself to kinetic
modeling due to its simple quasi-one-dimensional geometry and uniformity
of the nanosecond pulse discharge.

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  • Emission spectroscopy
  • Laminar flames
  • Plasma-assisted combustion
  • Premixed flames

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  • Ting Li

  • Igor V. Adamovich

  • Jeffrey A. Sutton

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