Third M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics June 14–17, 2005  

Scaling laws for the high-pressure inductively coupled plasma torch under thermochemical non-equilibrium

D. Vanden-Abeelea,b,*, G. Degreza,b
aUniversité Libre de Bruxelles, Service de Mécanique des Fluides, 50 Av. F.D. Roosevelt, Brussels, B-1050, Belgium bVon Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Department of Aeronautics and Aerospace, 72 Stwg-op-Waterloo, St. Genesius-Rode, B-1640, Belgium

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We have recently derived a useful set of scaling laws for the operating parameters of the high-pressure inductively coupled plasma torch and have verified the validity of our results by performing numerical simulations of inductively coupled plasmas of varying diameters, assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium conditions. In this contribution, we present complementary non-equilibrium simulations to demonstrate that our scaling laws hold even when departures from equilibrium are important.

Keywords:  Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) torch; Magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD); Numerical simulation; Modeling

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