Low-current "gliding Arc" in an air flow

Yury D. Korolev, Oleg B. Frants, Vladimir G. Geyman, Nikolay V. Landl, Vladimir S. Kasyanov

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    This paper describes the result of the investigation of a gas discharge in a flow of air with electrode geometry typical for the so-called gliding arc. The feature characteristic of the experimental conditions is a rather low level of an average discharge current (of about 0.2 A). The discharge is initiated due to a spark breakdown in the narrow part of the gap. After that, the spark discharge is transformed into a kind of a glow discharge. At the subsequent stage, the plasma column travels in the gap under the effect of a gas flow, and the current is sustained in the regime of a normal glow discharge. The typical cathode-voltage-drop value in this regime is estimated to be about 300 V, an average electric field in the positive column plasma is (700-800) V/cm, and the neutral-particle temperature in the negative glow region is T ≈ 1100 K.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5776697
    Pages (from-to)3319-3325
    Number of pages7
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
    Issue number12 PART 1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


    • Gliding arc
    • glow discharge
    • glow-to-spark transition
    • hydrocarbon oxidation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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