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In situcharacterization of floc morphology by image analysis in a turbulent Taylor-Couette reactor

Vlieghe, Mélody and Coufort, Carole and Frances, Christine and Liné, Alain In situcharacterization of floc morphology by image analysis in a turbulent Taylor-Couette reactor. (2014) AIChE Journal, 60 (7). 2389-2403. ISSN 0001-1541

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/aic.14431


Flocculation of bentonite was performed in a turbulent Taylor–Couette reactor under various shear rates. Image processing enabled to determine various morphological characteristics of individual flocs. Not only their mean values but also their distributions were studied under various hydrodynamic conditions. Relevant properties were selected. The temporal evolution of radius of gyration and circularity distributions was monitored during the flocculation process. Although size and shape are obviously correlated, this article points out that their dependency to hydrodynamics is different, showing that flocs of similar sizes produced under different hydrodynamic conditions exhibit different shapes. The sizes are calibrated by the turbulence as the double radius of gyration is close to Kolmogorov microscale, whereas the circularity seems correlated to the rotation speed. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 60: 2389–2403, 2014

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-01268767
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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