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Passive mixer cum reactor using threaded inserts: investigations of flow, mixing and heat transfer characteristics

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dc.contributor.author Khalde, Chirag M.
dc.contributor.author Ramanan, Vikram
dc.contributor.author Sangwai, Jitendra S.
dc.contributor.author Ranade, Vivek V.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-13T14:11:06Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-13T14:11:06Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9604
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Significant efforts have been and are being spent on developing intensified tubular reactors for continuous manufacturing of fine and specialty chemicals. In this work, we have proposed a new design of passive mixer-cum-reactor for process intensification and development of continuous processes. The mixer/reactor consists of threaded inserts with cone-shaped ends, placed concentrically in the tube such that fluid flows through the annular region between the inserts and the tube. The proposed design is easy to fabricate, maintain, and overcomes the limitations of scale up/scale down compared to most of the commercial passive mixers. The split and recombine of flow around inserts, the swirling effect generated by threads, change in the swirl direction due to change in the direction of screw threads, and pinching effect/expansion at the cone-cone shaped ends realize desired enhancements in mixing and heat transfer. A detailed computational study has been carried out on the mixer-cum-reactor to characterize flow, mixing and heat transfer at different operating conditions using a verified and validated CFD model. Various designs and configurations of threaded inserts were considered: 5-channel, 7-channel and 9-channel, smooth surface (no threading) and smooth surface-extended rear end inserts. The flow, mixing and heat transfer were characterized over the Reynolds number range of 100 to 1600. Structure of the generated swirling flow, effect of pinching/expansion, direction reversal of flow, tracer fraction, temperature and path lines were investigated systematically to gain new insights. Threaded inserts could achieve excellent mixing (>99 % of mixing intensity) and heat transfer (7 times smooth inserts and 20 times without inserts). The presented results will provide a sound basis for selecting appropriate threaded inserts for intensifying mixing and heat transfer in tubular reactors. The work also provides a useful starting point for further work on multiphase flows in a tubular reactor with threaded inserts. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher American Chemical Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research;59 ((9), pp. 3943-3961
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b04606
dc.rights © 2019 ACS This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see http://dx..doi. en_US
dc.subject chemicals en_US
dc.title Passive mixer cum reactor using threaded inserts: investigations of flow, mixing and heat transfer characteristics en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1021/acs.iecr.9b04606
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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