Functionalization of a nonequilibrium RF induction plasma by gas mixtures

Hideya Nishiyama, Norihiro Fukai, Shinichi Kamiyama

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The present study describes the control characteristics of the gas temperature and velocity fields and also plasma parameters of RF induction argon nonequilibrium plasma by injecting a premixed cold helium gas axially at atmospheric pressure. The flow and the gas temperature fields and the plasma parameters in the RF induction mixed gas plasma are obtained by solving the axisymmetric turbulent 2D MHD equations taking account of the variable transport properties of gas mixtures and using two-temperature model coupled with 2D Maxwell's equations. The mixing rate of a secondary injected gas is also evaluated using the species conservation equation. It is examined how the thermofluid and diffusion characteristics, the plasma parameters and the nonequilibrium degree in the RF induction plasma are influenced by the positions and the inlet mass fractions of injected helium gas. Finally, the calculated gas temperature taking account of the nonequilibrium effect shows good agreement with the previously obtained experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-510
Number of pages9
JournalJSME International Journal, Series B: Fluids and Thermal Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Electromagnetic field
  • Flow control
  • Functional fluids
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Non-equilibrium flow
  • Plasma
  • Turbulent mixing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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