An agitated two-phase flow and the mixing progress in an oil-water stirred tank are studied numerically using FLUENT software. The stirred cylindrical tank is equipped with an axial-type turbine and a radial-type impeller. The full Eulerian multiphase approach coupled with the standard turbulence model is performed to deal with two-phase flow with a higher volume fraction of the second (dispersed) phase. The computation is completed by using unstructured meshes in a multiple reference frame (MRF). For the initial condition of the simulation, oil is set on the top part of the tank with 30% of the total fluid volume. The simulation is conducted to get distributions of two-phase flow speed, pressure and volume fraction and to successfully illustrate how the mixing of two-phase components progresses in the stirred tank. The computational results obtained in this study would be useful for explaining the two-phase flow patterns on the mixing process and extending the applications of multiphase stirred reactors.
- stirred vessel,
- two-phase flow,
- mixing process,
- CFD simulation
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