(239c) Effect of Operating Parameters On the Mixing Performance of the Superblend Coaxial Mixer
The mixing performance of a Superblend coaxial mixer, which combines a MaxblendTM impeller as the central impeller and a double helical ribbon, was investigated experimentally in terms of power consumption and mixing time. The objective was to better understand the influence of the operating conditions on the mixing performance with Newtonian fluids. The experiment setup used allows each shaft to be driven independently. Taking advantage of individual torque-meter on each shaft and a well-developed discoloration technique, it was shown that the speed ratio NMaxblend/N ribbon(1, 2, 4, 6, 8) and the rotating mode (up- and down-pumping of the helical ribbon) have the largest influence on the mixing performance and that there is no universal operating mode for minimizing power and mixing time in all conditions and flow regimes. The results are presented in terms of the power consumption and mixing time throughout the laminar, transitional and turbulent regimes. The contribution of each impeller, the variation of flow patterns, the determination of the optimal operating conditions, and power constant are discussed.