Numerical investigation of nonequilibrium plasma flows in constrictor- and segmented-type arc heaters

Yusuke Takahashi, Hisashi Kihara, Ken Ichi Abe

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Abstract

Numerical simulations are carried out and the distributions of flowfield properties are obtained for nonequilibrium flows in a 20kWconstrictor-type and a 750 kW segmented-type arc-heated wind tunnel. In these arc heaters, it is confirmed that each plasma flow is highly in nonequilibrium and arc discharge plays critical roles. The flowfield is described by the Navier-Stokes equations with a multitemperature model. To validate the present numerical model, the numerical solutions are compared with the corresponding experimental data. The flow characteristics in the 20 and 750 kW arc heaters (e.g., the arc discharge and the supersonic expansion) become clear through the present simulations. In particular, the computed results for the 20 kW arc heater indicate almost full dissociation/ionization reactions and thermochemical equilibrium in the constrictor section, while strong nonequilibrium clearly appears in the nozzle section.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Space and Planetary Science

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