Accession Number:

ADA170029

Title:

Fundamental Processes in Partially Ionized Plasmas.

Descriptive Note:

Annual scientific rept. 1 Feb 85-31 Jan 86,

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA HIGH TEMPERATURE GASDYNAMICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-02-28

Pagination or Media Count:

82.0

Abstract:

This research is directed to three major areas recombination in molecular plasmas, discharge effects plasma electrode interaction and interaction of discharges and fluid dynamics. Recombination and ionization are fundamental processes that play a role in nearly all applications and natural phenomena that involve partially ionized plasmas. Under the present program, experiments have been designed and theoretical analyses conducted to obtain a better knowledge of the rates of electron recombination in the presence of molecular species. Studies are continuing of the near-electrode region and the processes by which current is transferred between the plasmas and the electrodes. The first stage of theoretical modeling of these processes has now been completed and published. A study of the interaction of discharges and fluid dynamics has measured the significant secondary flows caused by the interaction of a magnetic field with a current carrying plasma. Measurements have been made of secondary flows, and of their effects on profiles of axial velocity, turbulence intensity and electrical conductivity.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE