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Bipolar corona discharge based air flow generation with low net charge

Thanh Van Dau and Xuan Thien Dinh and Tibor Terebessy and Thanh Tung Bui (2016) Bipolar corona discharge based air flow generation with low net charge. Sensors and Actuators A Physical . pp. 146-155. ISSN 0924-4247

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Abstract

In this paper, we report on a miniaturized device that can generate ion wind flow with very low net charge. Both positive and negative ions are simultaneously generated from two sharp electrodes placed in parallel, connected to a single battery-operated power source. The two-electrode arrangement is symmetrical, where the electrode creating charged ions of one polarity also serves as the reference electrode to establish the electric field required for ion creation by the opposite electrode, and vice versa. The numerical simulation is carried out with programmable open source OpenFOAM, where the measured current-voltage is applied as boundary condition to simulate the electrohydrodynamics flow. The air flow inside the device is verified by eight hotwires embedded alongside the downstream channel. It was confirmed that the jet flow generated in the channel has a linear relationship with the square root of the discharge current and its measured values agree well with simulation. The device is robust, ready-to-use and minimal in cost. These are important features that can contribute to the development of multi-axis fluidic inertial sensors, fluidic amplifiers, gas mixing, coupling and analysis. The proposed configuration is beneficial with space constraints and/or where neutralized discharge process is required, such as inertial fluidic units, circulatory flow heat transfer, electrospun polymer nanofiber to overcome the intrinsic instability of the process, or the formation of low charged aerosol for inhalation and deposition of charge particles.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Electronics and Communications
Electronics and Communications > Electronics and Computer Engineering
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Divisions:Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (FET)
ID Code:1579
Deposited By: Assoc/Prof Duc Tan Tran
Deposited On:24 May 2016 01:35
Last Modified:31 Dec 2016 14:15

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