Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol.27, No.11, 2643-2652, 2019
Visual study on the characteristics of liquid and droplet in a novel rotor-stator reactor
Rotor-stator reactor (RSR), an efficient mass transfer enhancer, has been applied in many fields. However, the hydrodynamic characteristics of liquid flow in RSR are still a mystery despite they are fundamental for the mass transfer performance and processing capacity. In view of the above, this paper studies the liquid-liquid flow and liquid holdup in RSR under various conditions with a high-speed camera. The paper firstly demonstrates two flow patterns and liquid holdup patterns that we obtained from our experiment and then presents in succession a flow pattern and a liquid holdup criterion for the transition of film flow to filament flow and complete filling to incomplete filling. It is found that experimental parameters, including rotor-stator distance, rotational speed and volume flow rate exert great influence on the average droplet diameter and size distribution. Besides. by comparison and contrast, we also find that the experimental values match well with our previous predicted calculations of the average diameter, and the relation between the average diameter and the mean energy dissipation rate. (C) 2019 The Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China, and Chemical Industry Press Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.