Heat Transfer in Plasma Systems using Magnetically Rotated Arcs

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J. F. Humphreys, J. Lawton

The Electricity Council Research Centre, Capenhurst, Chester, England

J. Heat Transfer 94(4), 397-402 (Nov 01, 1972) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3449958 History: Received May 06, 1971; Online August 11, 2010


A study has been made of heat transfer from an argon-arc plasma to a constraining tubular enclosure down which the plasma was discharged. An applied axial magnetic field caused the arc to rotate rapidly. Large increases in the heat-transfer rates to the tube were observed with rotation and it was shown that these increases were due to the swirling flow and turbulence caused by the arc’s motion.

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