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CFD-DEM investigation of viscous solid–liquid mixing: Impact of particle properties and mixer characteristics

Bruno Blais and François Bertrand

Article (2017)

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Cite this document: Blais, B. & Bertrand, F. (2017). CFD-DEM investigation of viscous solid–liquid mixing: Impact of particle properties and mixer characteristics. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 118, p. 270-285. doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2016.12.018
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In chemical engineering, numerous processes require the suspension of particles in a laminar or transitional regime. For such operations, predicting the fraction of suspended particles as well as their distribution and homogeneity is a major concern. In this work, the unresolved CFD-DEM model introduced by our group for solid–liquid mixing is used to investigate the mixing dynamics of viscous suspensions. The techniques chosen to characterize the degree of suspension, the homogeneity and the distribution of the particles are presented. They are used to assess the efficiency of a pitched blade turbine with a clearance of C = T/4. The impact of solid properties on mixing dynamics is investigated by varying the Young's modulus, the coefficient of restitution and the sliding friction coefficient in the DEM model. Lastly, five alternative configurations of the mixing rig are investigated by varying the clearance of the impeller and introducing baffles.

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Multiphase flows; Solid–liquid mixing; Computational fluid dynamics; Discrete element method; CFD-DEM

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Subjects: 1800 Génie chimique > 1800 Génie chimique
Department: Département de génie chimique
Research Center: URPEI - Unité de recherche en procédés d'écoulements industriels
Funders: CRSNG/NSERC, CRSNG/NSERC - Vanier Scholarship, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations du Québec (MEIE), RMGA, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 14:03
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 16:46
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/9066/
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Journal Title: Chemical Engineering Research and Design (vol. 118)
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2016.12.018


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