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Mixing performance in continuous oscillatory baffled reactors

Ávila López, Marco Antonio and Fletcher, David F. and Poux, Martine and Xuereb, Catherine and Aubin, Joelle Mixing performance in continuous oscillatory baffled reactors. (2020) Chemical Engineering Science, 219. 115600. ISSN 0009-2509

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2020.115600


In the current literature, there is limited information on the influence of operating parameters on spatial mixing quality and how a secondary feed should be introduced into continuous oscillatory baffled reactors (COBR) to achieve good mixing quality. This work explores for the first time the impact of the position of a secondary feed (passive non-reactive tracer) on spatial mixing performance in a COBR using transient laminar CFD simulations. Three theoretical feed positions are studied covering a range of net flow and oscillatory Reynolds numbers (Renet=6-27/Reo=24-96), the range being chosen to ensure that the flow field remains two-dimensional in all cases. Macromixing is evaluated by analysing the spatial uniformity of the tracer with the areal distribution method developed by Alberini et al. (2014a). Introduction of the secondary stream at the reactor wall or upstream of the edge of the first baffle greatly improves mixing quality due to the recirculation eddies, which assist radial mixing. However, introduction of the secondary feed at the centreline results in high axial dispersion with limited radial mixing. With an adequate introduction position, mixing quality typically increases with an increment in the velocity ratio. Nevertheless, if the net flow is too low, mixing performance decreases because the secondary stream is pushed upstream of the baffles, where it does not benefit from flow recirculation.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02735360
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:07 Apr 2020 13:51

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