Non-equilibrium plasma for ignition and combustion enhancement

Svetlana Starikovskaia, Deanna Lacoste, Gianpiero Colonna

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Abstract: This review is intended to give an overview of recent results on plasma-assisted ignition and combustion. The influence of electrical discharges on combustion processes is introduced, and the excited species and radicals present in large quantity in the plasma are detailed. A description of theoretical problems related to modeling plasma-assisted combustion is given, elucidating the role of excited states in enhancing the reaction rates. Then some experiments are reported, focused on fundamental aspects on the effects of high pressure discharges in improving the ignition of combustion. To conclude, some applications for plasma-assisted combustion and detonation are presented, activated by different kinds of discharges. Graphic Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 24 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-09-02
Acknowledgements: Work of Starikovskaia S M is partially supported by French - Russian international laboratory LIA KaPPA â “Kinetics and Physics of Pulsed Plasmas and their Afterglow,”“EP-DGA convention 2790,” “Interaction of detonation with low temperature plasma” and the French National Research Agency, ANR (ASPEN Project “Atomic Species Production via Electronically excited states in high eNergy density Plasmas”).


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