A non-LTE argon cascaded arc plasma is studied and modelled with the general plasma simulation program PLASIMO. The structure of PLASIMO is flexible and transparent, so that apart from the study given in the present paper several other multicomponent stationary plasmas in a wide pressure range ( to 1 bar), from local thermal equilibrium (LTE) to non-LTE, and with different energy coupling mechanisms can be simulated as well. The modular structure is divided into three main parts: the transport part which forms the heart of the model, the plasma configuration part, and the composition part. The latter two parts define the input parameters for the transport part and are controlled by the PLASIMO user. The three parts are again divided into separate modules. The strong modularity makes PLASIMO easy to handle and easy to adjust or expand. Results of PLASIMO applied on the cascaded arc are compared with experimental data and show reasonable agreement. The influence of the boundary conditions on the simulation results is discussed.
Janssen, G. M., Dijk, van, J., Benoij, D. A., Tas, M. A., Burm, K. T. A. L., Goedheer, W. J., Mullen, van der, J. J. A. M., & Schram, D. C. (1999). PLASIMO, a general model : I. Applied to an argon cascaded arc plasma. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 8(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/8/1/001