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Title: A spectroscopic study of ethylene destruction and by-product generation using a three-stage atmospheric packed-bed plasma reactor

Using a three-stage dielectric packed-bed plasma reactor at atmospheric pressure, the destruction of ethylene, a typical volatile organic compound, and the generation of major by-products have been studied by means of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. A test gas mixture air at a gas flow of 1 slm containing 0.12% humidity with 0.1% ethylene has been used. In addition to the fragmentation of the precursor gas, the evolution of the concentration of ten stable reaction products, CO, CO{sub 2}, O{sub 3}, NO{sub 2}, N{sub 2}O, HCN, H{sub 2}O, HNO{sub 3}, CH{sub 2}O, and CH{sub 2}O{sub 2} has been monitored. The concentrations of the by-products range between 5 ppm, in the case of NO{sub 2}, and 1200 ppm, for H{sub 2}O. By the application of three sequentially working discharge cells at a frequency of f = 4 kHz and voltage values between 9 and 12 kV, a nearly complete decomposition of C{sub 2}H{sub 4} could be achieved. Furthermore, the influence of the specific energy deposition (SED) on the destruction process has been studied and the maximum value of SED was about 900 J l{sup -1}. The value of the characteristic energy {beta}, characterizing the energy efficiency of the ethylene destruction in themore » reactor, was found to be 330 J l{sup -1}. It was proven that the application of three reactor stages suppresses essentially the production of harmful by-products as formaldehyde, formic acid, and NO{sub 2} compared to the use of only one or two stages. Based on the multi-component detection, the carbon balance of the plasma chemical conversion of ethylene has been analyzed. The dependence of the fragmentation efficiencies of ethylene (R{sub F}(C{sub 2}H{sub 4}) = 5.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} molecules J{sup -1}) and conversion efficiencies to the produced molecular species (R{sub C} = (0.1-3) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} molecules J{sup -1}) on the discharge conditions could be estimated in the multistage plasma reactor.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. INP Greifswald, Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany)
  2. LPP, Ecole Polytechnique, UPMC, Universite Paris Sud-11, CNRS, Palaiseau (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22122835
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; AIR; ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE; BY-PRODUCTS; CARBON; CONCENTRATION RATIO; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; ELECTRIC DISCHARGES; ENERGY ABSORPTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY LOSSES; ETHYLENE; FOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETERS; INFRARED SPECTRA; PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS; PYROLYSIS; SCANNING LIGHT MICROSCOPY; WATER