A thermal plasma that uses steam as the plasmaforming gas is being developed for the destruction of chemical and biological warfare agents. The process forms an ionized steam plume that includes hydroxyl radicals (OH), atomic oxygen and intense ultraviolet (UV) radiation. These highly oxidative gases and radiation, combined with the plasma thermal energy, form an effective means for the destruction of hazardous chemical and biological warfare agents. This approach was demonstrated to destroy surrogate agents at a rate that makes it suitable for application on large area surfaces, such as runways, staging areas and roads. Attributes and limitations for the destruction of warfare agents have been identified.
|State||Published - 1999|
|Event||30th Plasmadynamic and Lasers Conference, 1999 - Norfolk, United States|
Duration: Jun 28 1999 → Jul 1 1999
|Conference||30th Plasmadynamic and Lasers Conference, 1999|
|Period||06/28/99 → 07/1/99|