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Adam Obrusník, Petr Jelínek, Lenka Zajíčková

Modelling of the gas flow and plasma co-polymerization of two monomers in an atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge

Surface and Coatings Technology 314 (2017) 139-147

We present a combined experimental and numerical study of plasma co-polymerization of maleic anhydride and acetylene in an atmospheric-pressure dielectric-barrier discharge. It combines a three-dimensional model of the gas dynamics in close-to-real geometry with a semi-analytical model of the deposition which reduces the unknown plasma chemistry into several averaged species. The unknown coefficients of the model are found by correlating it with measurements of film thickness at various deposition conditions. Even though the model is calibrated only based on spatially-resolved thickness, it is proven using FT-IR that it also makes valid predictions regarding the film composition. The predictive capabilities of the model are also tested on independent experiments, illustrating that the model retains its predictive capabilities even outside of the calibration region. The work aims not only to provide more insight into the specific deposition process but it also illustrates efficient use of numerical modelling in process control and design.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2016.10.068

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