Numerical simulation of a potassium-seeded turbulent RF inductively coupled plasma with particles

Masaya Shigeta, Takehiko Sato, Hideya Nishiyama

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Seeding a small amount of vaporized potassium with low ionization potential into plasma is one of the effective methods for the enhancement of the electrical conductivity of plasma, which strongly affects the thermofluid fields. In the present study, the thermofluid fields and the particle behavior in the radio frequency inductively coupled plasma (RF-ICP) with electrical enhancement by seeding vaporized potassium are numerically investigated for laminar flow and turbulent flow. The behaviors of four kinds of particles injected into the electrically enhanced plasma were obtained with a Lagrangian method. Particle phase change with melting and the particle diameter variation with evaporation, non-continuum effect for smaller particle diameter, turbulent dispersion and interference with eddies were also taken into account. It is shown that, the electrons diffuse widely and the temperature region less than 2000-8000 K shifts downstream in seeding potassium. In the turbulent flow, electrons diffuse more upstream, which results in the expansion of the temperature region to upstream. The injected particles are heated more rapidly and evaporate more intensively in the turbulent flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 1
EventProccedings of the Joint International Plasma Symposium - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2002 Jul 12002 Jul 4


  • Electromagnetic effect
  • Particle injection
  • Thermal plasma
  • Turbulent flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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