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Hydrodynamics in a stirred tank in the transitional flow regime

Mendoza, Freyman and Bañales, A. Lopes and Cid, Emmanuel and Xuereb, Catherine and Poux, Martine and Fletcher, David F. and Aubin, Joelle Hydrodynamics in a stirred tank in the transitional flow regime. (2018) Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 132. 865-880. ISSN 0263-8762

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2017.12.011


The hydrodynamics in a stirred tank in the transitional flow regime have been studied experimentally and numerically with data obtained by Particle Image Velocimetry and Computational Fluid Dynamics, respectively, at three Reynolds numbers, Re = 340, 980 and 3000. The effects of impeller rotation speed and fluid properties on the underlying flow structures have been investigated. Data are analysed by mean flow fields, as well as with Proper Orthogonal Decomposition, which gives an insight into the flow dynamics by separating the spatial and temporal characteristics of the flow structures. Experimentally, it has been found that dimensionless velocity fields depend on fluid properties and impeller speed at Re = 340 and 980, whilst they are self-similar at Re = 3000. Coherent flow structures only exist however at Re = 340 and the flow is structurally different than that at higher Re. Characteristic frequencies identified for Re = 980 and 3000 are 0.03N and 0.13N, which are consistent with previous work in the literature. The simulations conducted at Re = 340 are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data, however, they do not predict a dependency of flow characteristics on fluid properties and impeller speed. This inconsistency is attributed to the difficulty of performing experiments that are free of physical perturbations, which may have a significant effect on flows at low transitional Reynolds numbers.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-01982666
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)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Sydney (AUSTRALIA)
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Deposited On:15 Jan 2019 18:00

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