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Chaotic Mixing in Time-Periodic 3-D Flows

[+] Author Affiliations
A. J. S. Rodrigo, J. P. B. Mota

FCT/UNL, Caparica, Portugal

E. Saatdjian

CNRS GDR, VandŒuvre Cedex, France

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31365, pp. 1533-1538; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3615-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Mixing in a special class of three-dimensional, non-inertial time-periodic flows is studied quantitatively. In the type of flow considered here, the cross-sectional velocity components are independent of the axial flow which is assumed to be fully developed. Using the eccentric helical annular mixer as a prototype, the time-periodic flow field is induced by adding a sinusoidal component to the rotation speed of the inner cylinder. For a given 3-D mixer geometry, the degree of mixing achieved is a function of two parameters that measure the strength of the cross-sectional stirring protocol relative to the mean residence time of the fluid in the mixer: the average number of turns of the outer cylinder, and the average number of modulation periods. We find that for a given mixer geometry and mean residence time, there is an optimum modulation frequency for which the standard deviation of the temperature field at the exit is a minimum.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics)



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