Improved selective LIF measurement technique to investigate novel highly efficient static mixer

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Chemical Engineering


Mixing is an important aspect of chemical formulation. Most products are required to be in a fully mixed state when sold and a lack of mixing at key process steps can create reaction inefficiencies and cause yield losses. As such, the ability to mix both effectively and efficiently is a key aspect within the chemical industry. Static mixers offer a low maintenance and efficient mixing option, but problems can arise with static mixer design and specification due to the difficulty in quantifying their mixing capacity. Static mixers continually divide, stretch and reorient the flow stream with the aim to produce complete mixing with low pressure drop. Geometries available for this purpose have not changed significantly over the last two decades. Initial trials have indicated that there is evidence for an alternative geometrical design with key features of low pressure drop, but still maintaining high mixing characteristics. The designs are targeted towards the processing of formulated liquid products (emulsions, slurries, polymers), which are typically high viscosity and may be non-Newtonian or multiphase. In particular, developing microstructure may led to evolving rheological properties, the new geometries would be designed with this in mind.


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