Adaptive Numerical Simulation of Streamer Propagation in Atmospheric Air
Paper in proceeding, 2013

In this paper, we report on a 2D axissymmetric numerical model of the streamer-type discharge process in atmospheric air, as it can be implemented into COMSOL Multiphysics. The charge conserving Boltzmann drift-diffusion equations are solved in a logarithmic representation for improved numerical stability, whilst reducing the need for artificial diffusion terms. A charge density adaptive mesh is utilized and the calculation domain is reduced to the relevant dimensions for improved numerical performance. The calculation domain for the Poisson-equation is spatially extended as appropriate to the physical boundary conditions. Results of the so obtained numerical simulations of a nanosecond discharge are analyzed and compared with previously published experimental data.

adaptive meshing

streamer propagation

logarithmic formulation

numerical simulation


Shailendra Singh

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Yuriy Serdyuk

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Raimund Summer

Proc. Comsol Conference, Oct. 23-25, 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

978-0-9910001-5-9 (ISBN)

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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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