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TitleResidence times and mixing of a novel continuous oscillatory flow screening reactor
Author(s)Reis, N.
Vicente, A. A.
Teixeira, J. A.
Mackley, M. R.
KeywordsScreening reactor
Fluid mechanics
Issue date2004
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Citation“Chemical engineering science”. ISSN 0009-2509. 59:22/23 (2004) 4967-4974.
Abstract(s)This paper is concernedwith the fluidmechanics andmixing performance of a novel oscillatory flow screening reactor. Using fibre optic probes, a mixing coefficient k_m is determinedfor the system as a function of the applied fluid oscillation frequency and amplitud. In a continuous operation mean residence time and a backmixing coefficient g are estimatedas a function of the oscillation conditions. Finally, in order to compare data with numerical simulations steady state flow data are also included. The screening reactor presented an intermediate mixing behaviour throughout all the studied range of oscillation amplitudes (0–3mm centre-to-peak) and frequencies (0–20 Hz). The backmixing was foundto be highly dependent of the oscillation frequency and amplitud. Nevertheless, a stronger effect of the oscillation amplitude over the axial dispersion was detected presumably due to the increase of the mixing length. On the other hand, the increase of the oscillation frequency was concluded to have the increase in the radial mixing rates as the main effect. Thus, it was possible to achieve a decrease in the axial dispersion with the screening reactor using oscillatory flow, when compared to the laminar steady flow in a plain tube with the same mean internal diameter.
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