Development and characterization of the magnetic plasmatron
Author(s)Anziani, Felipe Rene, 1981-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics.
Leslie Bromberg and Ricard Temkin.
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The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the plausibility of developing a low current plasmatron fuel reformer that utilizes magnetic fields to hydrodynamically induce spin of the arc discharge. The proof of principle, development, design, and characterization of the device are discussed. Important parameters for fuel reforming are determined. Comparisons are made between this device and other applications of this atmospheric glow discharge. After a thorough investigation, it has been determined that utilizing magnets to generate a mirror type magnetic field geometry can significantly improve the performance characteristics of the plasmatron. In addition, the effective dynamic range of the device can be increased dramatically by utilizing this magnetic field geometry.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 81-82).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology