Dominant Physicochemical Properties of SF6/N2 Thermal Plasmas with a Two-temperature Chemical Kinetic Model
Keywords:SF6/N2 thermal plasmas, departures from thermal equilibrium, dominant physicochemical properties
AbstractIt's increasingly clear that the existence of thermodynamic equilibrium is an exception rather than the role in SF6/N2 thermal plasmas. We intended to investigate the dominant physicochemical properties of SF6/N2 thermal plasmas at 4 atm from 12000 K to 1000 K with considering the thermal non-equilibrium. A two-temperature chemical kinetic model containing all the available reactions is developed. The temperature difference between the electron and the heavy species is defined as a function of the electron number density. The molar fractions of species are compared to the equilibrium composition predicted by Gibbs free energy minimization. By analyzing the main reactions in the generation and loss of a dominant species, the chemistry set is simplified and characterized by a few species and reactions. Then, the dominant physicochemical properties are captured and the computing time of complicated chemical kinetic model is dramatically shortened at the same time.
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