The present invention is directed to a novel method for cleaning a filter surface using a plasma discharge self-cleaning filtration system. The method involves utilizing plasma discharges to induce short electric pulses of nanoseconds duration at high voltages. These electrical pulses generate strong Shockwaves that disintegrate and dislodge particulate matter located on the surface of the filter.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST
The subject matter of the present application was reduced to practice with Government support under Grant No. DE-FC26-06NT42724 awarded by the Department of Energy; the Government is therefore entitled to certain rights to this subject matter.