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A new definition of mixing and segregation: Three dimensions of a key process variable

Kukukova, Alena and Aubin, Joelle and Kresta, Suzanne A new definition of mixing and segregation: Three dimensions of a key process variable. (2009) Chemical Engineering Research and Design, vol. 87 (n° 4). pp. 633-647. ISSN 0263-8762

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/J.CHERD.2009.01.001

Abstract

Although a number of definitions of mixing have been proposed in the literature, no single definition accurately and clearly describes the full range of problems in the field of industrial mixing. An alternate approach is proposed which defines segregation as being composed of three separate dimensions. The first dimension is the intensity of segregation quantified by the normalized concentration variance (CoV); the second dimension is the scale of segregation or clustering; and the last dimension is the exposure or the potential to reduce segregation. The first dimension focuses on the instantaneous concentration variance; the second on the instantaneous length scales in the mixing field; and the third on the driving force for change, i.e. the mixing time scale, or the instantaneous rate of reduction in segregation. With these three dimensions in hand, it is possible to speak more clearly about what is meant by the control of segregation in industrial mixing processes. In this paper, the three dimensions of segregation are presented and defined in the context of previous definitions of mixing, and then applied to a range of industrial mixing problems to test their accuracy and robustness.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
Other partners > University of Alberta (CANADA)
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Deposited By:Audrey LEFEVRE

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