J. K. Kim, J. L. White, K. Min, W. Szydlowski
May 27, 2013
A mathematical model is developed for simulation of flow in an internal mixer with two counter rotating non-intermeshing rotors is presented. The model presumes rotors with a screw flight which is separated into two sections. The mixing chamber is taken to be fully filled and rotor curvature neglected in analogy to screw extruder analyses. Lubrication theory is used and the fluid presumed Newtonian. The flow patterns within the mixing chamber are computed. The conditions under which rotor designs lead to global circulation patterns within the mixing chamber and good distributive mixing are considered. We also investigated the extent of fluid motion over rotor tips which should lead to dispersive mixing.