Accession Number:

ADA609668

Title:

Non-Thermal Plasma-Assisted Combustion Research at Los Alamos

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM

Report Date:

2007-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The application of electric fields to flames has been reported as early as 1814, was applied to furnaces in the 1920 s and developed into several applications in the last half of the 20th Century. When the electric field strength is sufficient to cause electrical breakdown of a fuel or fuelair mixture, plasma effects will dominate. Plasma effects can increase electron and ion temperatures and promote combustion through the formation of active species such as free radicals or the dissociation of fuel molecules into smaller, easily-combusted fragments 1. Plasma-assisted combustion PAC is now a timely research topic worldwide 2, pointing to more efficient fossil-fuel usage, conversion of low-grade fuels into higher-grade fuels, and pollution reduction through ultralean burn combustion. Our work focuses on non-thermal cold plasmas NTPs, particularly for enhancing combustion stability, efficiency, and reducing undesirable emissions. This is in contrast to thermal hot plasmas

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE