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CO2 Conversion in a Gliding Arc Plasmatron: Elucidating the Chemistry through Kinetic Modeling

CO2 Conversion in a Gliding Arc Plasmatron: Elucidating the Chemistry through Kinetic Modeling
Annemie Bogaerts, Stijn Heijkers
By means of chemical kinetics modeling, it is possible to elucidate the main dissociation mechanisms of CO2 in a gliding arc plasmatron (GAP). We obtain good agreement between the calculated and experimental conversions and energy efficiencies, indicating that the model can indeed be used to study the underlying mechanisms. The calculations predict that vibration-induced dissociation is the main dissociation mechanism of CO2, but it occurs mainly from the lowest vibrational levels because of fast thermalization of the vibrational distribution. Based on these findings, we propose ideas for improving the performance of the GAP, but testing of these ideas in the simulations reveals that they do not always lead to significant enhancement, because of other side effects, thus illustrating the complexity of the process. Nevertheless, the model allows more insight into the underlying mechanisms to be obtained and limitations to be identified.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b06524

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b06524

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