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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

PI: Uwe R. Kortshagen, Associate Fellow

Studies in Low-Temperature Plasma Discharges

The researchers use MSI resources for simulation of low-temperature plasma discharges. One of their projects involves the simulation of dielectric barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure. The simulations are a part of the group’s efforts to develop plasma actuators for applications in low-pressure turbines. They use COMSOL for this study.

The researchers are also conducting numerical simulations for the study of low-pressure dusty plasma discharges. Capacitively coupled plasma discharges are used for the synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystal materials. The researchers are studying the plasma interaction with the semiconductor material in order to help them better understand the process of synthesis.

Group Members

Song Guo, Undergraduate Student
Meenakshi Mamunuru, Graduate Student
Lance M. Wheeler, Graduate Student