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Turbulent Liquid-Liquid Dispersion in Sulzer SMX Mixer

Theron, Félicie and Le Sauze, Nathalie and Ricard, Alain Turbulent Liquid-Liquid Dispersion in Sulzer SMX Mixer. (2010) Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 49 (2). 623-632. ISSN 0196-4321

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/IE900090D


This paper presents an experimental study of pressure drop of single-phase flow and liquid−liquid dispersion through a Sulzer SMX mixer in the turbulent flow regime. Emulsification experiments are performed with various numbers of mixing elements from 2 to 20 and different flow rates ranging from 204 to 600 L/h. Pressure drop in single phase flow when Re is greater than 800 is modeled using a correlation based on the Blasius approach. The pressure drop is quantified at high Reynolds numbers for a liquid−liquid system. The droplet size distribution evolves along the mixer, and 10 mixing elements are required to reach break-up coalescence equilibrium in the case of emulsification experiments. Finally, assuming Kolmogorov’s theory of isotropic turbulence, a new correlation is established to predict the Sauter mean diameter in this mixing device as a function of the Reynolds and Weber numbers as well as the number of mixing elements.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03474260
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)
Laboratory name:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Réaction, mélange & séparation (RMS)
Deposited On:07 Jun 2012 11:52

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