In industrial process engineering, mixing is a crucial unit operation that involves manipulating a heterogeneous physical system to create a more homogeneous mixture. Homogenization refers to the minimization of concentration gradients of various compounds or temperature gradients within the entire system. This unit operation is vital for the treatment of wastewater and drinking water and for numerous chemical processes, ranging from food products in grocery stores, healthcare and pharmaceutical products, to polymers, minerals, paint and coatings, biofuels, and more.
To minimize investment and operating costs while maximizing the performance of stirred reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) provides a proven tool for designing optimal mixing solutions. The traditional approach of costly and time-consuming experimental trial and error is no longer necessary. Today, it is feasible to reliably simulate numerous designs in a short time, saving time, capital expenditure, and operating costs.
High-performance CFD enables the simulation of various problems and tasks in operations and the analysis and evaluation of critical process parameters, including:
- Suspension of solid matter and analysis of the specific mixing power needed to achieve a defined height of suspension.
- Blend time analysis for any reactor and mixing system.
- Flow distribution analysis in multiple tanks.
- Mixing patterns, flow velocities, and turbulent dissipation analysis for various types of liquids (Newtonian and non-Newtonian) across all Reynolds number ranges.
- Retention Time Distribution (RTD) analysis for Complete Stirred Tank Reactors (CSTR) in a series.
- Heat distribution and heat transfer analysis, among others.
Industrial and water engineers have always been motivated by the pursuit of achieving the highest mixing efficiency. THINK Fluid Dynamix® possesses the tools, personnel, and experience to assist our clients in reaching their objectives.