Effect of gas flow rate on breakdown voltage in a rotating gliding arc reactor
Understanding breakdown phenomena in rotating gliding arc discharge (RGA) is of interest to tailor them for specific applications. This work revealed that the breakdown voltage in a RGA reactor was not dictated by collisional effects i.e., change in flow rate. The observation was consistent for both the discharge gas medium argon and nitrogen. The collisional effect variation was implemented by varying the operating flow rates i.e., 5 SLPM which is transitional in nature, and 50 SLPM which is turbulent in nature having localized micro-eddies. The observation also indicated failure of Paschen law in RGA having shortest gap between the electrodes of order of mm, operated under atmospheric pressure conditions. Collisional ineffectiveness indicates possibility of streamer formation which needs to be further investigated in future. This work marks preliminary and important step towards understanding the breakdown phenomena in atmospheric RGAs operated under different flow regimes such as laminar/transitional and turbulent.
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