Stabilization of a premixed methane-air flame using nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges

Quang Lam L. Pham*, Deanna A. Lacoste, Christophe O. Laux

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Nanosecond repetitively pulsed (NRP) discharges have been used for a broad range of applications, such as plasma-assisted combustion. In this paper, we use an NRP plasma discharge produced by electric pulses of about 10 kV during 10 ns at a frequency of 30 kHz to stabilize a lean premixed methane/air flame at atmospheric pressure. We show here that the plasma created in the recirculation zone allows the stabilization of the lean flame and a reduction of the lean extinction limit by about 10%-15%, using only a small amount of energy (the plasma power represents less than 1% of the power of the flame).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6012535
Pages (from-to)2264-2265
Number of pages2
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number11 PART 1
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received December 1, 2010; revised June 29, 2011; accepted July 18, 2011. Date of publication September 8, 2011; date of current version November 9, 2011. This work was supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche under the PREPA project. The authors are with the Laboratoire EM2C, CNRS UPR 288, Ecole Centrale Paris, 92290 Chatenay-Malabry, France (e-mail: Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TPS.2011.2163806


  • Atmospheric-pressure plasmas
  • plasma applications
  • plasmas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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