Analysis of solid concentration distribution in dense solid-liquid stirred tanks by electrical resistance tomography

Claudio Carletti, Giuseppina Montante, Tapio Westerlund, Alessandro Paglianti

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    The knowledge of the spatial solids distribution is important for predicting the performance of various processes carried out in mechanically stirred equipment. In this work, the solid suspension in a stirred tank equipped with PBT and Lightnin A310 impellers is investigated by electrical resistance tomography (ERT). The analysis concerns dense solid–liquid systems, with mass ratio of suspended solid to liquid up to 0.43, with the main goal of obtaining detailed information on the spatial distribution of the dispersed phase and on the mixing quality. The shape of the interface between the solid mixture and the clear liquid layer is also determined. The results provide insight into the complex behaviour of dense suspensions and can be adopted as a benchmark for advanced modeling techniques based on CFD methods.Based on the experimental results, a method for the evaluation of the distribution of the solids under different working conditions and geometrical set-up is suggested. This criterion can provide a guideline for scale-up, when equal solid distribution at different scales is required.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)53–64
    Number of pages12
    JournalChemical Engineering Science
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Mixing
    • Multiphase flow
    • Slurries
    • Stirred tank
    • Suspension
    • Tomography

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