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International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering

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Flow Generated by Radial Flow Impellers: PIV Measurements and CFD Simulations

Avinash Khopkar / Joella Aubin / C Rubio-Atoche / Catherine Xuereb / Nathalie Le Sauze / Joel Bertrand / Vivek V Ranade
Published Online: 2004-07-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1542-6580.1146

Particle image velocimetry (PIV) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have been used to investigate the single phase and gas-liquid flow generated by a Scaba SRGT turbine. The key details of the trailing vortices, the turbulent flow around the impeller blades and the accumulation of gas have been studied by using PIV measurements and CFD simulations. Both the experimental and numerical results show that the flow and the trailing vortices are not altered significantly upon gassing. The simulated results are generally in good agreement with the experimental findings. The CFD simulations also show that only small low-pressure regions exist behind the blades of the Scaba turbine compared with the very large low-pressure zones formed by the Rushton turbine. These results enable better understanding of the improved performance of the Scaba turbine for gas-liquid dispersions compared with the Rushton turbine.

Keywords: Stirred vessel; Gas-liquid flow; Scaba turbine; Rushton turbine; PIV; CFD

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Published Online: 2004-07-12

Citation Information: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1542-6580, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1542-6580.1146.

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