Temperature Evaluation of Combined Plasma Arc for High Temperature Materials Processing by Computational Simulation
A mathematical model was established to describe the electromagnetic, heat flow and fluid flow phenomena within a combined plasma arc. In the development of the model allowance is made for the conservation of mass, momentum, energy and the Maxwell equations. With the ANSYS finite analysis software, specific calculations were presented for a pure argon system, operating in a laminar mode. The distributions of the current density, temperature and velocity of combined plasma arc were gotten. In addition, the influences of process parameters, including arc current, argon gas flow rate and the distance from the nozzle outlet to the anode workpiece, on the temperature distributions along the axial and radial direction were evaluated, respectively. The results shows that the temperature of combined plasma arc is much dependent on the working current, while is less sensitive to the argon flow rate and the distance from the nozzle outlet to the workpiece anode.
Xianghua Liu, Zhengyi Jiang and Jingtao Han
J. B. Meng et al., "Temperature Evaluation of Combined Plasma Arc for High Temperature Materials Processing by Computational Simulation", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 148-149, pp. 53-57, 2011