Mixing of medium viscosity liquids in a stirred tank with fractal impeller

TitleMixing of medium viscosity liquids in a stirred tank with fractal impeller
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMule, GM, Kulkarni, AA
JournalTheoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering
Volume50
Issue6
Pagination914-921
Date PublishedNOV
Abstract

Mixing of viscous liquids in a stirred tank is a daunting task. The present paper explores the possibility of using a fractal impeller for mixing of viscous liquids in a stirred tank. The analysis includes power consumptions characteristics, mixing characteristics and the flow patterns in the stirred tank. Ultrasonic velocity profiler (UVP) was used to measure the local velocities in the stirred tank. Fractal impeller found to exhibit different power consumption characteristics than known for conventional impellers. For the range of viscosities 0.58-0.192 Pa s, mixing time found to be directly proportional to the power consumption per unit mass. The normalised mean radial velocity profiles were found to be independent of fluid viscosities studied in the present work.

DOI10.1134/S0040579516060105
Type of Journal (Indian or Foreign)

Foreign

Impact Factor (IF)

0.547

Divison category: 
Chemical Engineering & Process Development