Laminar mixing in a SMX static mixer evaluated by positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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  • Olga Mihailova
  • Victor Lim
  • Michael J. Mccarthy
  • Kathryn L. Mccarthy
  • Serafim Bakalis

Colleges, School and Institutes


Static mixers are implemented across many industries and are used for mixing, heating and reacting processes. This paper reports the combined use of positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess mixing in the industrially important SMX static mixer geometry. The focus of this study was distributive mixing for a Newtonian fluid, glycerol, flowing in the laminar regime in the standard SMX static mixer. By implementing PEPT and MRI techniques, the work elucidated mixing indices that incorporate both local velocities and concentration fields within the structure of the mixer element at 0.5 mm intervals over a length of nine 1.0L/D SMX elements. The experimental results are placed in context with previously published computational studies for this geometry.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1023
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Early online date30 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Mixing, Static mixer, Velocity, Newtonian, Positron emission particle tracking (PEPT), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)