CO_2 and H_2 Gas Mixture Inclusion Effect on Shrinkage of Ar Induction Thermal Plasmas
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In the present work, effect of CO<sub>2</sub>+H<sub>2</sub> gas mixture inclusion on shrinkage of plasma was numerically investigated on high power Ar inductively coupled thermal plasmas at atmospheric pressure. The gas mixture of CO<sub>2</sub>+H<sub>2</sub> has many reactions in wide temperature range of 300-20000K which may cause some performance in thermal plasmas. Simulation has been carried out solving a two-dimensional local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) code. The active plasma power and input fundamental frequency were fixed at 27kW and 450kHz respectively. The main variable parameter was the admixture ratio of secondary gas (CO<sub>2</sub>+H<sub>2</sub> gas mixture) and it has been found that the injection of excess dissociative molecular gases shrink the plasma in radius keeping the center temperature about 10,000K by investigating the plasma radius having temperature beyond 5,000K for each of the case. The result also shows that increasing the inclusion (admixture ratio) of CO<sub>2</sub>+H<sub>2</sub> molecular gas raises the plasma peak temperature. The result is also compared with that of Ar-CO<sub>2</sub> and Ar-H<sub>2</sub> thermal plasma and finally a comparative study and conclusions have been made.
- IEEJ Transactions on Power and Energy
IEEJ Transactions on Power and Energy 128(2), 479-485, 2008-02-01
The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan