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Title: Performance of Kenics static mixer over a wide range of Reynolds number
Authors: Kumar V.
Shirke V.
Nigam K.D.P.
Published in: Chemical Engineering Journal
Abstract: The present study deals with the numerical simulation of flow patterns and mixing behaviour in Kenics static mixer over a wide range of Reynolds number. Three different sets of Kenics mixer (aspect ratio = 1.5) comprised of 3, 9 and 25 elements each have been characterized. The Reynolds number was varied in the range of 1 to 25,000 (i.e., from laminar to turbulent flow regime). The numerical approach takes into account the aspects of the fluid flow at higher Reynolds number values including circumferential velocity profiles at different cross-sections within the Kenics mixer, which were neglected in previous studies. It was observed that cross-sectional mixing in the turbulent flow regime takes place up to 30% of each element length at element-to-element transition; beyond that velocity profiles were uniform. The experiments were also carried out to measure the circumferential and axial velocity profiles and pressure drop in three different Kenics Mixers using air as fluid. The pressure drop per unit element (?P/?) was found to be independent of the number of Kenics mixing elements used in the system. The total pressure drop across Kenics mixer obtained by CFD simulations were compared with the experimental pressure drop values and correlations available in the literature. The numerical results were found in good agreement with the experimental as well as the results reported in the literature. A new pressure drop correlation in the Kenics static mixer has been developed. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Citation: Chemical Engineering Journal (2008), 139(2): 284-295
URI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2007.07.101
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/2854
Issue Date: 2008
Keywords: CFD
Circumferential and axial velocity profiles
k-? model
k-? model
Kenics static mixer
Laminar flow
Motionless mixers
Turbulence flow
ISSN: 13858947
Author Scopus IDs: 7404634425
24169974000
22980653700
Author Affiliations: Kumar, V., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, India
Shirke, V., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, India
Nigam, K.D.P., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, India
Funding Details: The authors gratefully acknowledge the Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers, GOI, India for funding the project.
Corresponding Author: Nigam, K.D.P.; Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, India; email: nigamkdp@gmail.com
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