Title page for ETD etd-10022008-063118

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Halsey, Andrew C.
URN etd-10022008-063118
Title The effect of a DC voltage on the catalytic combustion of natural gas in air over platinum
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Roe, Larry A. Committee Chair
Cox, David F. Committee Member
Dancey, Clinton L. Committee Member
  • Natural gas
Date of Defense 1993-04-15
Availability unrestricted

The effects of a DC voltage on the catalytic combustion rate of natural gas in air over a platinum wire in various configurations is examined. In most cases a high applied voltage reduces and quenches the catalytic reaction. These effects are dependent on the catalyst surface charge density but not on the direction of the field. Greater effects were also observed when the field was applied on the upstream rather than the downstream side of the catalyst. Although the mechanism of this quenching effect is unknown, it is suggested that it involves the generation and diffusion of charged gas-phase species and their interaction with the catalyst surface. Possible quantum effects are also discussed. Further work to verify or refute the mechanisms presented here is suggested.

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