Interaction between micro- and macro-mixing during reactions in agitated tanks

S. Thoma*, V. V. Ranade, J. R. Bourne

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The present investigation focusses on the interactions between micro- and macro-mixing in a stirred tank reactor, operated in the semi-batch mode. With long feed times only micromixing controls reaction, but below a critical feed time macroscopic gradients also become important. Experiments generated a coherent data set which can be used as a design guide and also for model validation. A competitive, consecutive azocoupling reaction was carried out, whereby imperfect mixing produces finite values of XS (yield of secondary product) which can be conveniently used as a mixing index. The influences of feed location, feed rate, stirrer speed, concentrations and vessel size on selectivity were studied. The micromixing model of Baldyga and Bourne (1989) was extended to include interactions between macro- and micro-mixing and should be valid for feed times below the critical value, although not so short as the macromixing time in the vessel. Model predictions were compared with the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1135-1141
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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