Characterization and Applications of Non-Magnetic Rotating Gliding Arc Reactors - A Brief Review
Gliding arc discharge (GAD) reactors are known for high energy efficiency and good chemical selectivity compared to non-thermal plasmas such as glow discharge, corona and dielectric barrier discharge. Reported literature identified that planar diverging GAD have non-uniform gas treatment (e.g. only 20% of gas processed by plasma depending on electrode configuration). Further requirement of minimum limit gas velocity to drag the arc results in lower gas residence time.
This paper attempts to investigate the GAD performance and preliminary studies to overcome some of the identified drawbacks, by using only fluid mechanics without magnetic field (rotating gliding arc (RGA)) inside the plasma reactor developed in various research laboratories. This article discusses the applications of GAD and also focuses on bringing out the performance and comparing with the results from the existing non-magnetic rotating gliding arc reactors. The paper also summarizes results from literature in such reactor designs.
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