Numerical simulations of non-thermal electrical discharges in air
Book chapter, 2012

Fundamental processes in low-temperature non-equilibrium gas discharges are briefly reviewed. Basic principles of a hydrodynamic approach for modelling such discharges are discussed. Implementation of the model in commercial finite-element software is presented and its capabilities are illustrated by results of computer simulations of corona discharges in air. Further, specific features of streamer discharges are elucidated. Numerical challenges in simulations of streamers dynamics are introduced and a finite-difference implementation of the streamer propagation model is presented. Properties and characteristics of positive and negative streamers in air are discussed based on the results of the computer simulations.

corona discharge

numerical simulations

low-temperature plasma

hydrodynamic model

streamer discharge

electron avalanche


Yuriy Serdyuk

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Lightning electromagnetics


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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

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