Sensors 2011, 11(6), 5529-5542; doi:10.3390/s110605529
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Odor Removal Characteristics of a Laminated Film-Electrode Packed-Bed Nonthermal Plasma Reactor

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai 599-8531, Japan 2 Engineering and Technology Center, Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd., 125-1 Nishishin-machi, Ota-shi, Gunma 373-0847, Japan 3 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo City University, 1-28-1 Tamazutsumi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8557, Japan
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Received: 25 April 2011; Accepted: 12 May 2011 / Published: 25 May 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Chemical Sensors)
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Abstract: Odor control has gained importance for ensuring a comfortable living environment. In this paper, the authors report the experimental results of a study on the detailed characteristics of a laminated film-electrode and a laminated film-electrode packed-bed nonthermal plasma reactor, which are types of dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor used for odor control. These plasma reactors can be potentially used for the decomposition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and reduction of NOx. The reactor is driven by a low-cost 60-Hz neon transformer. Removal efficiencies under various experimental conditions are studied. The complete decomposition of the main odor component, namely, NH3, is achieved in a dry environment. The retention times are investigated for the complete removal of NH3 in the case of the film-electrode plasma reactor and the film-electrode packed-bed plasma reactor. The removal efficiency of the former reactor is lower than that of the latter reactor. Mixing another odor component such as CH3CHO in the gas stream has no significant effect on NH3 removal efficiency.
Keywords: plasma; chemical reaction; nonthermal plasma; odor control; ammonia; acetaldehyde; living environment; packed-bed

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Kuwahara, T.; Okubo, M.; Kuroki, T.; Kametaka, H.; Yamamoto, T. Odor Removal Characteristics of a Laminated Film-Electrode Packed-Bed Nonthermal Plasma Reactor. Sensors 2011, 11, 5529-5542.

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Kuwahara T, Okubo M, Kuroki T, Kametaka H, Yamamoto T. Odor Removal Characteristics of a Laminated Film-Electrode Packed-Bed Nonthermal Plasma Reactor. Sensors. 2011; 11(6):5529-5542.

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Kuwahara, Takuya; Okubo, Masaaki; Kuroki, Tomoyuki; Kametaka, Hideya; Yamamoto, Toshiaki. 2011. "Odor Removal Characteristics of a Laminated Film-Electrode Packed-Bed Nonthermal Plasma Reactor." Sensors 11, no. 6: 5529-5542.

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