Turbulence and radiation behaviours in large-scale arc heaters

Yusuke Takahashi, Hisashi Kihara, Ken Ichi Abe

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Turbulent plasma flow in large-scale arc heaters such as JAXA 750kW and NASA 20MW facilities was investigated and distributions of flow-field properties were successfully obtained. The turbulent flow field was described by the Navier-Stokes equations with a multitemperature model, which was tightly coupled with electric-field and radiation-field calculations. An accurate and low-cost radiation model, and a low Reynolds number two-equation turbulence model were introduced into the flow-field simulation. It was confirmed that the plasma flows in the arc-heating facilities were in a highly thermochemical nonequilibrium state in the expansion section and that the arc discharge plays a critical role in the heating section. It was quantitatively clarified that radiation and turbulence phenomena were very important in transferring heat and momentum from the high-temperature flow nearthe core to the cold gas region near the facility wall. To confirm the effectiveness of the present numerical model, the obtained results were compared with experimental data for the arc voltage, mass-averaged enthalpy, chamber pressure and heat efficiency. The present flow-field model was found to give good agreement for various operating conditions of the facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085203
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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