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A Study of Mixing and Its Enhancement in an Impeller-Stirred Tank

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Somnath Roy, Sumanta Acharya

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Diangrong Gao

Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China

Paper No. IMECE2008-68159, pp. 493-503; 11 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Mixing inside a moderately turbulent Rushton impeller stirred tank (STR) has been explored using both experimental and computational tools. Numerical predictions showed satisfactory agreement with experimental observations. Mixing behavior of a passive scalar inside the tank is predicted numerically in order to identify the zones of poor mixedness. Effects of variable impeller-speed are studied through velocity measurements using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Impeller-speed perturbations promoted the spreading of impeller jet and enhanced the level of turbulent fluctuations. The enhancement in fluctuating components of turbulent velocity is expected to promote better mixing inside the tank.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Impellers



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