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Suspension Mixing Tank - Design Heuristic
1The University of New South Wales
Citation Information: Chemical Product and Process Modeling. Volume 4, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1934-2659, DOI: 10.2202/1934-2659.1334, May 2009
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The design of suspension mixing tanks is often embedded in empiricism due to insufficient understanding of the hydrodynamics of dense solid-liquid interaction. This is particularly limiting during the design of mixing tanks or batch reactor for expensive high quality products in the fine chemicals, biological and pharmaceutical processing industries. In this paper, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-assisted design approach has been employed to study the effectiveness of mixing tank geometrical configurations to suspend particles. Ten crucial variables were investigated and the effects of changing the value of these variables were documented. In addition, a multivariable study involving these ten variables was also conducted to investigate the most important variables among them. Finally, by capturing the essence of the results, a design heuristic was developed which can be applied across the process industry.