Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 42, Number 1, April 2008
16th International Colloquium on Plasma Processes (CIP 2007)
|Page(s)||25 - 32|
|Section||Plasma, Discharge and Processes|
|Published online||19 December 2007|
Treatment of flat and hollow substrates by a pure nitrogen flowing post discharge
Application to bacterial decontamination in low diameter tubes
PRHE Team, Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d'Énergie (LAPLACE), UMR CNRS
5213, Université Paul Sabatier,118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse
Cedex 9, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 5 October 2007
Published online: 19 December 2007
Recently, the bactericidal efficiency of a low-pressure plasma process using a pure N2 flowing post discharge was demonstrated [Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 34, 143 (2006)]. In order to use this process for the decontamination of medical fiberscopes and endoscopes and more generally for the industrial decontamination of hollow bodies, the ability of the nitrogen atoms (which are believed to be the main decontamination agent) to flow in low diameter tubes (between 2 and 8 mm i.d.) without massive destruction is checked. The dependence of the N-atom concentration with the length, the internal diameter and the material of the tubes is studied and quantified. It is shown that the N-atom concentrations measured at the outlet of a polyamide tube of 6 m in length and of a 0.2 m long stainless steel tube are sufficient enough to provide high inactivation levels.
PACS: 81.65.Cf – Surface cleaning, etching, patterning
© EDP Sciences, 2008
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