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School of Engineering
Course unit
INP3051533, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1979, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL PLASMA TECHNOLOGIES
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Other lecturers LUIGI CORDARO FIS/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/31 Electrotechnics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SONATO PIERGIORGIO (Presidente)
BETTINI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
4 A.A. 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 SONATO PIERGIORGIO (Presidente)
BETTINI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: thorough knowledge of electrical science.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the physics principle of the "cold" plasmas, knowledge of the diagnostics for cold "plasmas", knowledge of the vacuum technology, knowledge of the main technologies and applications of the plasma in the industrial processes
Examination methods: Face to face examination based on: presentation and discussion of a in depth-examination of a topic selected by the student and discussion on the laboratory measurements.
Assessment criteria: Demonstrate:
> the knowledge of the cold plasma physics and the related applications;

> the thorough knowledge of one specific industrial plasma application;

> the experience gained during the laboratory activities.
Course unit contents: Discharges in the plasma: dark discharge, breakdown, corona discharge, glow discharge, arc, capacitive and inductive discharges.
Fundamnetals of plasma physics, main plasma parameters, interaction between particles, diffusion and mobility, fluid motion of charged particles, Townsend theory on the ionization, Paschen curve.
Plasma diagnostics, electrostatic probes.
Plasma torches: welding and cutting torches, metallurgy and waste treatment torches.
Surface modifications and coatings by plasma, physical vapour deposition, chemical vapour deposition, plasma enhanced vapour deposition, magnetron sputtering, plasma sterilization.
Plasma processes in the semiconductor technology, plasma etchng.
plasma display panels, plasma lighting sysems.
MHD conversion. Spatial propulsion.
Laboratories: vacuum technology, DC discharges: electrical parameters and plasma parameters, magnetron sputtering: Paschen curve measurement, visit to the space propulsion laboratory.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: traditional.

lessons in the classroom of theory and applications.

laboratory activities on vacuum technology, cold plasmas in atmosphere ans sub-atmosphere.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The materials for the home study is based on the slides presented during the lessons and further material for an in depth examination could be retrieved from the references at the end of the sildes for each topic.

All the material is available on the web page based on Moodle platform available from this site:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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