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International Society for Industrial Process Tomography

1st World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography

Measurements of Gas-Liquid Mixing in a Stirred Vessel Using Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT)

M. Wang, A. Dorward, D. Vlaev and R. Mann

Virtual Centre for Industrial Process Tomography,

Dept. Chemical Engineering, UMIST, Manchester, M60 1QD, UK

Abstract - The non-invasive measurement of mixing processes inside a stirred vessel in 3-D, using an 8 x 16 array of resistance tomography sensors, provides powerful opportunities for characterising and quantifying the complexities of process mixing [1,2]. Using the UMIST pilot plant 1.5 stirred vessel, new results are presented for gas-liquid mixing which can distinguish differences in liquid mixing behavior between water (low viscosity) and relatively viscous 0.25% carbopol solution. The slower liquid phase tracer mixing rates for the viscous case compared with water, as well as differences in the pattern of mixing, can be readily observed and portrayed in 3-D using linear back projection for the reconstruction. In addition, the variation of local gas hold-up (voidage) can also be simultaneously measured by identifying regions within the vessel which have high or low local conductivity/resistivity. ERT can thus provide simultaneous detailed information on two aspects of gas-liquid mixing, involving the isolation of liquid phase mixing when gas-liquid mixing is taking place. The ERT results can be processed to provide the local mixing curve, hence mixing times, for any nominated voxel.

Keywords: gas-liquid mixing, stirred vessel, tomography.

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