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New arguments supporting the supposition that the ozone is transported along a corona discharge radical shower (CDRS) reactor by the electrohydrodynamic (EHD) flow are presented. The arguments are based on the analysis of the corona discharge, which is a precursor of the EHD flow in the CDRS reactor, and on the measurements of velocity field of the EHD flow in the CDRS reactor by the particle image velocimetry (PIV). The obtained velocity flow structures and the possible causes of the ozone transport in the CDRS, i.e., diffusion, additional gas flow, EHD flow, and convection by the main flow, were discussed basing on the conservation equations for the EHD flow. The discussion showed that the EHD flow plays a dominant role in the ozone transport. This is also supported by the results of a simple phenomenological model for one-dimensional description of EHD-induced ozone transport in the CDRS reactor. The results of the computer simulation based on this model explained the main features of the measured ozone distribution in the CDRS reactor, establishing the EHD flow as the main cause of the ozone transport from the discharge region upstream, i.e., against the main flow.
Date of Publication: April 2004