Generation and transportation mechanisms of chemically active species by dielectric barrier discharge in a tube for catheter sterilization

Takehiko Sato, Osamu Furuya, Kei Ikeda, Tatsuyuki Nakatani

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Abstract

The mechanisms of generation and transportation of a chemically active species in a tube generated by dielectric barrier discharge have been analyzed by experimental and computational methods to elucidate the sterilization mechanism. The obtained results are: i) Nitrogen oxide is an important sterilization factor. ii) Two-dimensional profiles of emission intensities that expand between the wire and ground in a cross section of the tube were generated by streamer propagation and relaxation processes. iii) A twin vortex was induced in the cross section of the tube by the discharge. Chemically active species, probably transported from the discharge region to the upper region of the tube by the twin vortex, were concentrated by the circular flow. A figure is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-614
Number of pages9
JournalPlasma Processes and Polymers
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Computer modeling
  • Dielectric barrier discharges (DBD)
  • Radicals
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics

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