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An effect of the tubular baffles configuration in an agitated vessel with a high-speed impeller on the power consumption

Marta Major-Godlewska and Joanna Karcz

West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland

 

E-mail: Joanna.Karcz@zut.edu.pl

Abstract: The results of the power consumption for an agitated vessel equipped with vertical tubular baffles and high-speed impeller are presented in the paper. Aqueous solutions of CMC were agitated within transitional range of the non-Newtonian liquid flow in the agitated vessel of inner diameter equal to 0.6 m. Eight different types of the impellers were tested: Rushton or Smith turbines, turbine with straight blades, pitched blade turbines and propeller. The J tubular baffles of outer diameter B were located in the position e from the vessel wall. Different configurations of baffles, arranged around the vessel circumference singularly or blocked in the modules, were considered in the study. In total, 180 different tubular baffles–impeller systems were tested. The measurements of the torque were conducted by means of the strain gauges method. Based on the power characteristics obtained for each impeller type, the effect of the geometrical parameters of the vertical tubular baffles on the power number was determined and discussed. The results show that geometry of the tubular baffles mostly affects the power number for the system with radial flow Rushton turbine. Moreover, power numbers decrease with the increase of the clearance between baffle and vessel wall for the systems, in which the radially axial circulation of the liquid is promoted. The dependences of the power number on the geometrical parameters of the vertical tubular baffles arranged singularly around the vessel circumference were described by means of the Eqs. (5)–(16). These equations can be useful in the project computations.

Keywords: Vertical tubular baffles ; Agitated vessel ; High-speed impeller ; Non-Newtonian liquid ; Power consumption 

Full paper is available at www.springerlink.com.

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-018-0533-4

 

Chemical Papers 72 (11) 2933–2943 (2018)

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