In recent years there has been increasing research interest in the removal of nitrogen-oxides from exhaust gases using a pulsed corona discharge reactor. The pulsed streamer corona produces energetic electrons that excite, ionize and dissociate gas molecules, and by forming radicals that enhance the gas-phase chemical reactions which reduce the pollutant’s concentration.In this paper a method is presented, where the reaction rates of the electron-molecule collision are determined. The model is based on calculation of the energy of free electrons in the time and space varying field, considering the mean free path and the energy-dependent reaction cross sections of molecules. Knowing the rates, it is possible to solve the reaction kinetic equations, and to get the time-evolution of by-products, and the decomposition ratio of the pollutant gases.
As it is well known, the non-thermal plasma discharge is an effective way to clean the flue and exhaust gases of hazardous pollutants, like sulphur-oxides, nitrogen-oxides. The decomposition ratio of these substances depends on the gas composition, concentration, energy distribution of fast electrons, and other parameters. For a detailed analysis of the phenomena, the first step is the mathematical description of corona pulses which determines the electric field. The second step is the determination of the electric field distribution inside the reaction chamber.In this paper the authors give an easy model for the pulsed corona current and a simplified model for the electric field by using the corona current and the displacement current pulse shapes. The result of the model is the space and time dependent field distribution, which is suitable for calculating the rate coefficients of chemical reactions.