A mathematical model combining chemical kinetic and reactor geometry is developed for ozone synthesis in dry O2 streams with a wire-tube dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor. Good agreement is found between the predicted ozone concentrations and experimental data. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to elucidate the relative importance of individual reactions. Results indicate that the ground-state oxygen atom is the most important species for O3 generation; however, ozone generation will be inhibited if the O atom is overdosed. The excited species, that is, O(1D)) and O 2(b1Σ), can decompose O3 and suppress ozone synthesis. The model developed is then applied to modify the original DBD reactor design for the enhancement of ozone yield. With a thinner dielectric thickness, more than 10% increase of ozone concentration is achieved.
- Dielectric Barrier Discharge
- Nonthermal Plasmas
- Ozone Generation
- Wire-to-Cylinder Ozone Generator