A theoretical plasma physics model of the plasmatron
Author(s)Burns, Barrett A. (Barrett Adams), 1972-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Nuclear Engineering.
Jeffrey Phillip Freidberg.
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An analysis was conducted to determine the behavior of a high pressure electric arc discharge inside the Plasmatron Fuel Reformer. The Plasmatron Fuel Reformer uses an electric arc to partially combust fuel in an internal combustion engine to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. Solutions of the conservation equations for the arc yield temperature, pressure and velocity profiles for arcs with 0.2-0.8 A currents. Acquired knowledge was used to predict arc radius and power delivered by the arc as a function of current.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaf 69).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Nuclear Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology