Mixing performance of viscoelastic fluids in a kenics km in-line static mixer

J. Ramsay, Mark Simmons, A. Ingram, E.h. Stitt

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The mixing of ideal viscoelastic (Boger) fluids within a Kenics KM static mixer has been assessed by the analysis of images obtained by Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF). The effect of fluid elasticity and fluid superficial velocity has been investigated, with mixing performance quantified using the traditional measure of coefficient of variance CoV alongside the areal method developed by Alberini et al. (2013). As previously reported for non-Newtonian shear thinning fluids, trends in the coefficient of variance follow no set pattern, whilst areal analysis has shown that the >90% mixed fraction (i.e. portion of the flow that is within ± 10% of the perfectly mixed concentration) decreases as fluid elasticity increases. Further, the >90% mixed fraction does not collapse onto a single curve with traditional dimensionless parameters such as Reynolds number Re and Weissenberg number Wi, and thus a generalised Reynolds number Reg = Re/(1 + 2Wi) has been implemented with data showing a good correlation to this parameter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310–324
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue numberPart B
Early online date29 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • Mixing performance
  • Kenics
  • Static mixer
  • PLIF
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Fluid blending


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