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Effect of Liquid Level and Agitator Pumping Direction on Turbulent Blend Times
Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
  • Kevin J. Myers, University of Dayton
  • Jeremy K. Jones, University of Dayton
  • Eric E. Janz, Chemineer
  • Julian B. Fasano, Mixer Engineering Co.
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2014
Abstract
With the impeller placed low in the tank (C/T = 1/3), turbulent blend times produced by radial-flow and down-pumping axial-flow impellers generally increase slowly with increasing liquid level in shorter batches (Z/T < 1), but increase dramatically in taller batches (Z/T > 1). The turbulent blend times produced by up-pumping axial-flow impellers increase slowly with increasing liquid level across the entire spectrum of liquid levels that were studied (up to Z/T = 1.75). This can lead to down-pumping blend times that are twice as long as those with up-pumping operation. These differences can be explained by differences in the velocity field in the agitated vessel. Further, the down-pumping mode can produce blend times in tall tanks that are comparable to those of the up-pumping mode if the down-pumping impeller is placed high in the batch such that its discharge flow is directed into the bulk of the liquid.
Inclusive pages
643–647
ISBN/ISSN
0008-4034
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Kevin J. Myers, Jeremy K. Jones, Eric E. Janz and Julian B. Fasano. "Effect of Liquid Level and Agitator Pumping Direction on Turbulent Blend Times" Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Vol. 92 Iss. 4 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kevin-myers/2/