The double- to single-loop pattern transition in stirred vessels stemming from a change in the off-bottom clearance of a Rushton turbine has been investigated by laser doppler anemometry. Time-resolved data showed the transition occurring within a range of clearance values and allowed the distinction of three types of flow: the double-loop regime, the single-loop regime and an unstable one termed "transitional state". Experiments of up to 3-4 h duration showed that both the onset and the lifetimes of these types of flow were random; however, in the transitional state, the flow varied between the two circulation patterns in a periodic manner, with a frequency linearly related to the impeller rotational speed. The results have important implications for mixing process and vessel design as well as CFD predictions of the flows which are discussed.

Spectral and wavelet analysis of the flow pattern transition with impeller clearance variations in a stirred vessel

GALLETTI, CHIARA;BRUNAZZI, ELISABETTA;
2003

Abstract

The double- to single-loop pattern transition in stirred vessels stemming from a change in the off-bottom clearance of a Rushton turbine has been investigated by laser doppler anemometry. Time-resolved data showed the transition occurring within a range of clearance values and allowed the distinction of three types of flow: the double-loop regime, the single-loop regime and an unstable one termed "transitional state". Experiments of up to 3-4 h duration showed that both the onset and the lifetimes of these types of flow were random; however, in the transitional state, the flow varied between the two circulation patterns in a periodic manner, with a frequency linearly related to the impeller rotational speed. The results have important implications for mixing process and vessel design as well as CFD predictions of the flows which are discussed.
Galletti, Chiara; Brunazzi, Elisabetta; Yianneskis, M; Paglianti, A.
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