Plasma nitrogen oxides synthesis in a milli-scale gliding arc reactor : investigating the electrical and process parameters

B.S. Patil, J. Rovira Palau, V. Hessel, J. Lang, Q. Wang

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Abstract

Nitrogen fixed in the form of nitrogen oxides is essential to produce fertilizers and many other chemical products, which is vital to sustain life. The performance of a milli-scale gliding arc reactor operated under atmospheric pressure has been studied for nitrogen oxides synthesis. In this work, the electrical and process parameters of the gliding arc reactor, such as frequency, pulse width, amplitude and feed ratio were investigated respectively. The experiments were performed at 1 L/min in a gliding arc discharge regime. The highest concentration of NOx was found to be ~1 % at energy consumption of 10 kWh/kg of NOx. Increase in frequency, pulse width and amplitude resulted in an increased specific energy input and NOx concentration. The feed ratio (N2/O2) affected the amount of NO and NO2 produced, which gives possibility to independently obtain the desired ratio of NO/NO2 by tuning the electrical and process parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-257
Number of pages17
JournalPlasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Energy efficiency
  • Milli-scale gliding arc reactor
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Plasma NO synthesis
  • Specific energy input

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