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Sedanur Toraman, T. Yasar Katircioglu, Caglar Terzi

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2PhD., Chemistry, ARTECS Anadolu R&D Technology Engineering and Consultancy Inc.
3PhD. Candidate, Computer Engineering, ARTECS Anadolu R&D Technology Engineering and Consultancy Inc.

Toraman, S., Kat?rc?oglu, T. Y., & Terzi, C. (2017). THE HIGH-POWER ARC-JET PLASMA GENERATOR (PLASMA TORCH) CHARACTERISTICS AND PERFORMANCE. IJETSI, 2(4), 680-699. Retrieved from
Toraman, Sedanur, T. Y. Katircioglu, and Caglar Terzi. "THE HIGH-POWER ARC-JET PLASMA GENERATOR (PLASMA TORCH) CHARACTERISTICS AND PERFORMANCE." IJETSI 2, no. 4 (2017), 680-699.

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Nowadays, because of the unique and interesting features of plasmas, there is an increasingly wide range of applications in plasma technology. Plasmatron is an electro-technology device that converts electrical energy into heat energy. Medicine, energy, metallurgy, textile, aerospace technologies, thermochemical processes such as gasification and combustion processes are given examples of usage area of plasmatrons. In these processes, the plasmatron becomes an energy producer for the system and the requirement of hydrocarbon based fuel for combustion systems is eliminated. This paper highlights the importance of the characteristics and performance of the high-power arc-jet plasma torch and the diagnostics of plasma such as probes and other measurement devices to be used. In this study, as the plasma characteristics inside the plasmatron which means plasma parameters in the mixing chamber, pressure was directly measured, chamber temperature was calculated by using Gas Dynamic Method. In addition to the determination of internal parameters of plasmatron, two main intrusive measurement techniques which are the Pitot probe and the calorimetric heat flux probe were used in order to measure and characterize the plasmatron flame. In this paper, the main structure of a high-power plasma torch with power over 1 MW is summarized and the test methodology and the results obtained during the tests are also presented. The average values obtained at a power level about 1000 kW from our tests are given as following: the plasmatron chamber temperature above 4000 K, the plasmatron chamber pressure above 14.00 bar, and heat flux above 6.50 Mcal/kg.m2 .