Hydrocarbon Effects on the Promotion of Non-Thermal Plasma NO-NO 2 Conversion

Hyun Ho Shin, Woong Sup Yoon

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Kinetic modeling of non-thermal plasma chemistry is conducted to investigate hydrocarbon (CH4, C2H4, C 3H6, and C3H8) effects on the promotion of NO-NO2 conversion. A reduced plasma chemistry model, in which radical reactions are selectively involved, is validated with experimental data. The higher reactivity of hydrocarbon additive with O radicals, which produces initial radicals, is requisite to initiate hydrocarbon decomposition, thus providing NO-NO2 conversion. Initial radicals by plasma discharge induce continual hydrocarbon decomposition and this self-preserved reaction mechanism greatly contributes to the promotion of energy efficient NO-NO2 conversion. Increase in the conversion extent by ethylene and propylene additives is substantial because of their stronger affinity with O radical. The primary routes of NO-NO2 conversion process differed by hydrocarbon additives are presented and discussed with the assistance of sensitivity analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-704
Number of pages24
JournalPlasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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