Energy-Efficient Transient Plasma Ignition and Combustion
Final technical rept. 1 Jun 2001-30 Nov 2003
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERINGAND ELECTROPHYSICS
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Transient plasma discharges utilizing short 30 to 100 nsec, spatially distributed streamers energized by pulsed power were investigated as a potential new method for flame ignition. Experimental results showed shorter ignition delay and pressure rise time typically by a factor of 3 for methane-air mixtures, as well as higher maximum pressure compared to conventional spark ignition. In all cases significant modification of initial combustion chemistry appeared to be occurring, leading to more effective combustion over a wider range of pressures and fuel composition rates.
- Combustion and Ignition
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines