Fast corona discharge solver for precipitators using multi-grid methods on fine grids

Fast corona discharge solver for precipitators using multi-grid methods on fine grids

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A novel approach for modelling the corona problem in the wire-duct precipitators using the finite difference technique integrated with multi-grid methods is adopted in this study. The multi-grid method is applied as a fast convergent iterative solution for the finite difference technique to solve Poisson equation especially on finer grids. Two schemes of the multi-grid method, mainly the V-cycle and the full multi-grid method, are adopted in the present study. Compared with Gauss–Seidel method, the above-mentioned schemes are successfully transcendent owing to timing performance. By using finer grids, the proposed algorithm allows to get a more accurate picture about the performance of the precipitators in the design stage without suffering from the excessive computational time. Accurate results for the potential and current density computations, closed to the previous published experimental measurements, are obtained in comparison with earlier numerical techniques for several design parameters of the precipitators. Finally, the effect of changing the effective ion mobility and the surface roughness factor on the voltage–current density is considered.


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