[en] 3D models; Activation barriers; Atmospheric pollution; Dielectric barrier discharges; Electrical field; Endothermic reactions; Environmental problems; Kinetic mechanism; MATLAB program; Plasma process; Post-discharge; Reaction engineering; Reactive species ; Air pollution; Dielectric devices; Flow control; Industrial applications; Methane; Navier Stokes equations; Reaction kinetics; Three dimensional ; Electric discharges
[en] As atmospheric pollution is causing several environmental problems it is incumbent to reduce the impact of pollution on the environment. One particular problem is the production of CO2 by many transport and industrial applications. Instead of stocking CO2 and instead of being a product, it can be used as a source. The case considered is the CO2 reformation of methane producing hydrogen and CO. It is an endothermic reaction, for which the activation barrier needs to be surpassed. This can be done efficiently by the method of Dielectric Barrier Discharge. The process relies on the collision of electrons, which are accelerated under an electrical field that is created in the discharge area. This leads to the formation of reactive species, which facilitate the abovementioned reaction. This study is performed using a Matlab program with the Reaction Engineering module in COMSOL (with an incorporated kinetic mechanism) in order to model the discharge phase. Then COMSOL (continuity and Navier-Stokes equations) is used to model the flow in the post-discharge phase. The results showed that both a 2D and 3D model can be used to model the chemical-plasma process. These methods need strongly reduced kinetic mechanism, which in some cases can cause loss of precision.