Arc energy and temperature during its propagation over ice-covered surfaces

A. Nekahi, S. Farokhi, M. Farzaneh, Brian Stewart

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The voltage and current waveforms during the propagation of an arc over an ice surface were measured and analyzed. The V-I characteristics of the discharge driven by ac power supply were studied. The instantaneous and per-cycle energy delivered to the arc column were calculated. The spectra of the emitted light during the arc propagation were collected and analyzed using a spectroscopic system. The rotational temperature was derived from the relative intensities of two groups of rotational lines corresponding to the peaks of the OH (A-X) (0, 0) vibrational band. The rotational temperatures of the experimental spectra for different current levels were derived. The relationship between the delivered energy to the arc column and the rotational temperature was studied and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number1
Early online date16 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • arc energy
  • experimental spectra
  • ice surfaces
  • ice-covered surface
  • rotational temperature
  • spectroscopic systems
  • V-I characteristic
  • voltage and current waveforms, Discharge (fluid mechanics)
  • emission spectroscopy
  • optical emission spectroscopy, Ice

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