Comparative performance study of short and long induction plasma torches: A numerical approach

M. Rafiqul Alam, Feroza Begum, Quazi Delwar Hossain, M. Mofazzal Hossain, T. Watanabe

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Abstract

In developing the ITP (induction thermal plasma) source for the thermal modification of micro-particles, it is crucial to comprehensively explore the effects of plasma torch dimensions, effects of plasma discharge conditions and particle parameters. Considering the plasma-particle interactions and particle loading impacts, a interactive flow model for argon-oxygen mixed-gas plasma is developed to investigate the performances of short (ST:138 mm) and long (LT:190 mm) induction plasma torches. Solving the model numerically using control volume algorithm, we predicted the plasma isotherm, injected particle's temperature history, trajectory, velocity and diameter at any location along its flight path for both the torches. In this model, the plasma is in local thermal equilibrium (LTE) i.e the temperatures of electron and heavy particle (ion or neutral particle) are the same. From the plasma isotherms of argon-oxygen, it is observed that higher plasma temperature (around 8000K at the torch exit) is obtained in short torch, compared with that of in long torch (around 5000 K at the torch exit). It has also been noticed that more particle diameter shrinkage is occurred in short torch than that of long torch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 9th International Forum on Strategic Technology, IFOST 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages511-515
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479960620
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 17 2014
Event9th International Forum on Strategic Technology, IFOST 2014 - Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Duration: Oct 21 2014Oct 23 2014

Publication series

Name2014 9th International Forum on Strategic Technology, IFOST 2014

Other

Other9th International Forum on Strategic Technology, IFOST 2014
CountryBangladesh
CityCox's Bazar
Period10/21/1410/23/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Fuel Technology
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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