Particle flow modelling in slurry-fed stirred vessels

Alberto Brucato, Francesca Scargiali, Franco Grisafi, Francesca Scargiali, Alberto Brucato, Grisafi, Cermakova, Machon

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Abstract

In this paper experimental information on the retention time distribution (RTD) of solid particles in a high-aspect-ratio vessel, stirredby three equally spaced Rushton turbines, is presented. The relevant data were obtained by a special technique named twin systemapproach (TSA) that greatly simpli+es the handling of particle-laden streams and is therefore particularly suited for investigating particle RTD in 9ow systems. The technique fundamentals are +rst summarized, together with the data analysis procedure. This lastly requiresa numerical deconvolution operation that is easily performed with the help of Z-transforms. Two di;erent approaches for excluding thespurious contributions of the external piping required for the experimentation are tested and discussed.Particle tracing was performed by an e;ective particle-coating/optical-detection technique that allows particles recovery and reuse aftereach experimental run.The RTD data obtained indicate that a cascade of ideally mixed tanks with back9ow results into very good agreement with experiment,with practically any number of tanks in series but one, provided that the back9ow rate parameter is chosen accordingly. In all cases, the recirculation is large enough for the resulting 9ow model to be quite close to a single perfectly stirred vessel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalCHEMICAL ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Volume27
Publication statusPublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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