Multiphysics simulations of plasma-assisted combustion dynamics in a direct-coupled microwave reactor

Andrew D. Palla, Joseph W. Zimmerman, David L. Carroll, Constandinos M. Mitsingas, Stephen D. Hammack, Tonghun Lee

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Abstract

The BLAZE Multiphysics simulation suite was utilized for investigation of the non-equilibrium plasma-assisted combustion (PAC) in methane-air mixtures. The simulation technique couples five solver modules: pressure-based coupled Navier-Stokes, Spalart-Allmaras turbulence, Poisson wall distance, Poisson electric field, and reactive molecular transport. A reduced plasma-assisted combustion reaction set was incorporated in the molecular transport model including both elastic and inelastic electron energy distribution-dependent electron impact reactions for major species, as well as volume and surface reactions for plasma-generated species and methane combustion constituents in air. Development of the multiphysics model is described along with discussion of initial DC-approximation solutions for coupled plasma-combustion in an existing experimental coaxial microwave reactor geometry currently being investigated with advanced diagnostic techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication46th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103605
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event46th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 2015 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2015Jun 26 2015

Publication series

Name46th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference

Other

Other46th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 2015
CountryUnited States
CityDallas
Period6/22/156/26/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Palla, A. D., Zimmerman, J. W., Carroll, D. L., Mitsingas, C. M., Hammack, S. D., & Lee, T. (2015). Multiphysics simulations of plasma-assisted combustion dynamics in a direct-coupled microwave reactor. In 46th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference (46th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2015-2661