Bioremediation of polluted soils via bioslurry reactors is an interesting option among those available nowadays, especially when recalcitrant pollutants are present. Vortexing unbaffled stirred tanks may be a valuable choice to this purpose as they were recently found to be more efficient than baffled vessels for solid suspension processes where mixing time is not a controlling factor. When operated at sufficiently high agitation speeds, the central vortex bottom reaches the impeller and air bubbles start to be distributed throughout the system, thus avoiding any sparger and related clogging issues. In the present work, a vortexing unbaffled stirred tank with solid loadings ranging from 2.5% w/w (weight of the solid/weight of the liquid) up to the very high 160% w/w was studied. Different turbine types including Rushton turbine, up- and down-pumping pitched blade turbines, and A310 were investigated. The minimum impeller speeds for complete particles' suspension (N-js) and system aeration (N-cr) along with the relevant power (P-js, P-cr) and specific power (per mass unit) consumptions (epsilon(js), epsilon(cr)) were assessed, in order to identify the geometrical configuration and operating condition providing the lowest power consumption. Results showed that the Rushton turbine and a solid concentration B of about 30% may be the most economically convenient arrangement to achieve system aeration and complete particles' suspension at the same time inside the reactor.
|Numero di pagine||9|
|Rivista||INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2020|
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