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Missouri University of Science and Technology

2011

Masters Theses

Gas dynamics<br />Kinetic theory of gases

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Numerical Comparison Of Thermal And Kinetic Modification Of Hydrogen And Oxygen, John Benjamin Gaither Jan 2011

Numerical Comparison Of Thermal And Kinetic Modification Of Hydrogen And Oxygen, John Benjamin Gaither

Masters Theses

"This document describes a new modeling technique used to compare thermal and kinetic modification of hydrogen and oxygen gas. The thermal model uses an equilibrium thermodynamic analysis to determine the heat required for given mole fractions of molecular and dissociated products. A kinetic model is developed for a mono-energetic electron beam and a Maxwellian energy distribution. The kinetic model uses electron impact cross sections for excitation, dissociation, and ionization tabulated from available source data between 0-1000 eV. Cross sections are used to calculate forward reaction rates, electron penetration depths, and associated product concentrations for excited, dissociated, and ionized species. The ...