Optimization of the Parameters for a Rotating, Mixed-Phase Reactor

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J. G. Cleland

Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

D. M. Kornfeld

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala 35812

J. Fluids Eng 114(4), 616-620 (Dec 01, 1992) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910075 History: Received June 05, 1991; Online May 23, 2008


The motion of small, monodisperse particles in fluid was studied in a horizontal, cylindrical container rotating about its axis. One instigation for the study was the common requirement for mixed-phase, chemical or biological reactors to maintain particles in suspension for extended periods. A cylindrical, rotating reactor can allow long-term particle suspension without particle collisions and resulting agglomeration. The purpose of this study was to verify parametric effects and optimize the time of particle suspension. The theoretical and experimental results were obtained for inert, constant-diameter particles of nearly neutral buoyancy. The centrifugal buoyancy and gravitation terms were both included in the equations of motion. Laser illumination, photography and computer imaging were used to measure experimental particle concentration.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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