Chemical Engineering Science, Vol.173, 570-577, 2017
Numerical and experimental analysis of Fluid Phase Resonance mixers
Fluid Phase Resonance (FPR) mixers are investigated by means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA). In FPR mixers, a pipe is immersed centrally into a liquid contained in a vessel. Two air cushions are produced above the liquid outside and inside the pipe. The latter is periodically pressurised so that the liquid in the central pipe and the vessel is oscillating, providing good flow conditions for mixing. Starting with a basic geometry, further configurations are developed and simulated with CFD to optimise the mixing quality. Results for two simulations are validated by LDA. Comparing velocity, turbulent kinetic energy, mixing quality, mixing time, and Newton number, the influence of geometry and oscillation frequency is investigated. The mixers are compared to standard stirred vessels by Newton numbers. It is found that FPR mixers can be as efficient as propeller stirrers. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.